Madrid, Christmas and Angus Taylor
Angus Taylor, now somewhat infamously, claims to have been a polemicist for the celebration of Christmas in his Oxford days, against the forces of political correctness that apparently permeated those hallowed halls. He was apparently a little hazy on the timing of Naomi Wolf’s residency, but is he any clearer about the message of Christmas?
The shaft of light that is Christmas makes visible in time and space, truth that we might previously be forgiven for not knowing. The truth is that giving, or sharing, or going beyond, maximises abundance whilst exploiting, conniving and taking, expands scarcity.
In Madrid, Australia has ignominiously joined a small group of self-serving nations to have voted for scarcity. We have successfully prevented an agreement that would have expanded the possibility of global trade based on lower carbon emissions, out of a desire to protect an accounting trick and not seriously commit to the minimalist target we have set under the Paris agreement.
What is doubly galling is that the Kyoto ‘credits’ (upon which we are relying) were achieved because of a Labour policy that the present government despised. Under conservative governments since then, emissions have been slowly increasing, as have global emissions
That we are not performing even more poorly is entirely due to private enterprise that sees market advantage in renewable investment and in States and Territories setting higher benchmarks, to the chagrin of the federal government
No longer can the federal government claim that we are of little account because our emissions are ‘only’ 1.3% of global emissions, our performance at this and other international forums has meant that global emissions remain infinitely higher than they would otherwise have been – and all in the face of Australia being on fire.