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Time to shine climate nuts! Mayor Rattenbury opens the gates of hell!

By johnboy - 17 January 2014 66

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As if the whole city wasn’t irritable enough as the bricks of our homes start to glow from the accumulated heat.

Now Shane Rattenbury has been unable to restrain himself and has linked the heatwave to carbon emissions thereby kicking off the most annoying argument known to man.

As Canberra faces its third consecutive day of extreme heat, we are starting to experience firsthand the impacts of climate change in our city, said ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury, MLA.

“2013 was Australia’s hottest year since records began in 1910. 2014 has begun with heatwaves travelling across the country and according to findings released by the Climate Council; we can expect more of the same in the future,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“Heatwaves are hotter, lasting longer and occurring more frequently, increasing the risk and severity of bushfires and drought. The Abbott Government’s failure to take action on global warming is negligent.

“The ACT is a national leader in renewable energy and we are taking decisive action to avoid the worst impacts of global warming. However, the Abbott Government is determined to ignore the science and listen only to its big business mates.

“It astounds me that while people in Canberra – and all over the nation – are already feeling the effects of global warming, Tony Abbott would let his ideological position get in the way of the hard facts.

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66 Responses to
Time to shine climate nuts! Mayor Rattenbury opens the gates of hell!
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IrishPete 11:39 am
17 Jan 14
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Well, to be fair he is saying it as Greens MLA not a Government Minister, so he can say what he likes. Greens MPs at all levels have been saying this all over the media this week. Apart perhaps from the Tasmania State MPs as they’re too busy being sacked from the Government.

Though I’m a paid up member of the Climate Nuts Party, I think I would have been more circumspect and said “we are experiencing firsthand the impacts that climate change will have in our city”, as it would take some of the wind out of the sails of the “one swallow doesn’t make a summer” and “one speck of rain on my window pane… [Google it]” Brigade.

IP

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Roundhead89 11:41 am
17 Jan 14
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OMG! Do we have to go through this all again? When will the climate change brigade get it through their thick green heads that they will never win this argument, and no amount of Chicken Little armageddon nonsense every time the temperature goes above 30 degrees during summer will make people take them seriously.

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davo101 12:31 pm
17 Jan 14
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kicking off the most annoying argument known to man

I think the “my imaginary friend is better than your imaginary friend” argument is far more annoying. How much pain, suffering and death has this brought us down through history?

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HiddenDragon 12:53 pm
17 Jan 14
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Stanhope seemed to do quite well out of shaking his fists at Howard, so it’s hardly surprising that others should follow that lead.

I would be interested to know what, in practice, is meant by “we are taking decisive action to avoid the worst impacts of global warming”.

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MERC600 12:53 pm
17 Jan 14
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Ah good he’s back.

Must ring about me street potholes.

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maxblues 1:03 pm
17 Jan 14
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Maybe Rats is feeling the heat after Tasmanian Labor sacked the two Green MPs from the minority government and then called an election. Premier Giddings acknowledged that the punters are not happy with the govt performance and are now throwing the Greens overboard. Rats and sinking ships?

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IrishPete 1:09 pm
17 Jan 14
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HiddenDragon said :

Stanhope seemed to do quite well out of shaking his fists at Howard, so it’s hardly surprising that others should follow that lead.

I would be interested to know what, in practice, is meant by “we are taking decisive action to avoid the worst impacts of global warming”.

90% renewables by 2020? Though they don’t say what day. I presume it isn’t 2020 this evening, as the sun will have gone down by twenty past eight.

Of course in a small non-industrial city like Canberra it is largely symbolic, but leading by example is morally better than waiting for everyone else to act first.

But I can’t wait to see where the windfarms will go (because you aren’t going to get much solar PV at night). Perhaps some of the dams could have small hydro-electric power stations, like ACTEW did in Burra.

I do hope it’s not like Jon Stanhope’s No Waste 2010 which turned out not to be either a time or a year, which he dealt with by becoming No Stanhope 2011.

IP

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Rollersk8r 1:09 pm
17 Jan 14
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MERC600 said :

Ah good he’s back.

Must ring about me street potholes.

No don’t do that – you’ll just end up with speed cushions! 😛 Fortunately speed cushions also fight climate change, with all the improved pedestrian safety and whatnot, especially in outer suburbia…

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HiddenDragon 1:31 pm
17 Jan 14
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….”Of course in a small non-industrial city like Canberra it is largely symbolic, but leading by example is morally better than waiting for everyone else to act first. “…. [IrishPete #7]

Yes, that was essentially my point – “decisive action to avoid…” might conjure up images of a Monty Burns style sun-shield for Canberra, which I assume is unlikely…. Perhaps the heat, and the heat of the moment, would explain the over-enthusiastic wording.

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maxblues 1:41 pm
17 Jan 14
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maxblues said :

Maybe Rats is feeling the heat after Tasmanian Labor sacked the two Green MPs from the minority government and then called an election. Premier Giddings acknowledged that the punters are not happy with the govt performance and are now throwing the Greens overboard. Rats and sinking ships?

For those that missed it, the Greens were made to walk the plank only yesterday.

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Garfield 1:48 pm
17 Jan 14
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Rollersk8r said :

MERC600 said :

Fortunately speed cushions also fight climate change, with all the improved pedestrian safety and whatnot, especially in outer suburbia…

I would have said that speed cushions fight against climate change as they require vehicles to brake and then accelerate again thus using more fuel than necessary. My car tells me how much fuel I’m using at any given moment and the petrol saved when slowing down is more than offset by the amount used when speeding up. Unless I’m mistaken doesn’t more fuel used equal more CO2 emitted?

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switch 1:49 pm
17 Jan 14
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MERC600 said :

Ah good he’s back.

Must ring about me street potholes.

Answer: “The ACT is a national leader in traffic frustration, sorry, calming, and we are taking decisive action to avoid the worst impacts of inverted potholes…”

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bigfeet 1:53 pm
17 Jan 14
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Roundhead89 said :

OMG! Do we have to go through this all again? When will the climate change brigade get it through their thick green heads that they will never win this argument, and no amount of Chicken Little armageddon nonsense every time the temperature goes above 30 degrees during summer will make people take them seriously.

You mean the same way that the Alan Jones brigade use every occasion they need to wear a cardigan as proof that climate change is crap?

They can’t both be right.

I think I’ll go with the side that has the vast majority of scientific evidence and peer reviewed research thanks.

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belowra 2:01 pm
17 Jan 14
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It is undoubtedly the most annoying argument known to man, but refusing to have that argument is just surrendering the field to the denialists when all the intellectually rigourous ammunition is on one side and loud and aggressive noise is the main weapon of the denialists.

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IrishPete 2:06 pm
17 Jan 14
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maxblues said :

Maybe Rats is feeling the heat after Tasmanian Labor sacked the two Green MPs from the minority government and then called an election. Premier Giddings acknowledged that the punters are not happy with the govt performance and are now throwing the Greens overboard. Rats and sinking ships?

Not sure that metaphor works. Rats voluntarily leave a sinking ship. The Tasmanian Greens Ministers were told “don’t come to work tomorrow”. Oddly it all seems to have been done in very good humour – I saw some Tweets reproduced somewhere saying “no hard feelings” and stuff like that.

IP

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