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Canberra to be emitting 1/5th of 1990 level greenhouse gases by 2050?

By johnboy - 27 August 2010 42

[First filed: Aug 26, 2010 @ 10:09]

Pretend you had never heard of “NoWaste 2010“, imagine for a moment that “Vision Zero” remained just a twinkle in Jon Stanhope’s eye.

Even then you’d still split your sides laughing at Simon Corbell’s plan for carbon neutrality by 2060.

No seriously. Really, you kids up the back stop sniggering.

A government incapable of organising hard rubbish or green waste collection is going to end greenhouse emissions armed only with:

    — regular reporting to the Legislative Assembly on the ACT’s greenhouse gas emissions trends;
    — establishing a Climate Change Council, which will provide independent advice on climate change issues as they effect business and the wider community;
    — encouraging private entities to take action through voluntary sector agreements with Government.

Now before you think Simon’s been into the reindeer wee (comment #3) observe the rat cunning in the statement.

The Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Bill 2010 formally set out the Government commitment to carbon neutrality by 2060 and peaking in per capita emissions by 2013.

2013 you say?

So we hit the nominal peak emissions (ie no problem if there have been no results) one year after the 2012 ACT election and then have 3 years to slink away from miserable failure and reframe targets as aspirations before 2016 (at which point hopefully it’s someone else’s problem?).

It’s a hell of a way to run a railroad.

UPDATE: Catallaxy has a blunt assessment of this piece of policy:

Here are the implications of this target:

— it will not be achieved – unless there is a nuclear power station providing energy to the ACT; or if it is achieved
— there will be a dramatic de-industrialisation or depopulation in the ACT.

What’s Your opinion?


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42 Responses to
Canberra to be emitting 1/5th of 1990 level greenhouse gases by 2050?
Peanut 8:26 pm 26 Aug 10

Heavens knows it would be just as effective to sacrifice a few virgins – I am sure there are a few green, tree huggers who fall into that category. Just slice and dice them on the top of Mt Ainslie and the Climate Change hysteria will be magically solved. Beats sacrificing an economy leaving the poor and elderly too darned scared to turn on their heaters. Cold kills more than heat. Half wits.

hax 7:59 pm 26 Aug 10

arescarti42 said :

troll-sniffer said :

That buildings (particularly houses) in the ACT’s temperate climate even need active heating/cooling systems is a testament to their poor construction. The German Passivhaus standard of thermally efficient construction allows houses in frigid northern Europe to mostly do away with heating, so there should be no need to have it at all in Canberra.

There would be a significant additional cost to achieve these standards.

Captain RAAF 6:43 pm 26 Aug 10

What’s next, Sheeple, Soylent Green?

Carbon neutrality = A very boring existance. Sure you may have saved the earth from dying one minute earlier over the span of a few hundred thousand years because lets face it, all that has to happen to set back all your carbon reduction schemes is for some volcano anywhere in the world to sneeze and you’re back to square one. Why bother? Is the pain worth the gain or do you just think that doing something, anything, is better than nothing at all? Well guess what, you could spend a lifetime being ‘green’ and you won’t make any difference to the planet, you could get all your friends to do the same and the end result, the planet would be no different. We are nothing in the life of the great green and blue orb that we ride on, when it wants us gone, it will just wipe us out and start again, it does’nt care how many plastic bottles you recycle or trees you plant, when the time comes nothing you do will make a lick of difference.

So, while you are all planning what color your Prius is going to be and whether or not you should wear the brown hemp pants or the green ones, know that I and people like me that vastly outnumber you, will be living a fun life, driving rainforest destroying V8’s, dragging the Victa out on the weekend to do the lawns, downing a beer, going to the footy in big 4WD’s, cranking up the heater in winter and maybe burning a few trees under the BBQ, but it will be a hell of a life and we won’t have it any other way!

Thumper 6:10 pm 26 Aug 10

Anyone want to turn their heaters off at the moment?

No, didn’t think so.

Skidbladnir 5:19 pm 26 Aug 10

So, will our MLAs stop flying everywhere on ‘business trips’, or is the solution going to be “tax the shit out of citizens and let industry do its thing” like we do with water?

A Noisy Noise Annoys 4:55 pm 26 Aug 10

MDDRLD said :

We can bury our head in the sand, or we can try to do something. Yes our per unit electricity cost will need to increase but there are so many possibilities for decreasing how much we use, it’s criminal that we haven’t bothered much before. The Government is telling us all, now, that this will have to change. It might be time to stop your whinging and think about how you could turn your obvious spare time into something useful.

I will say right now that I WILL NOT change my lifestyle, I WILL NOT accept a lower standard of living, I WILL NOT pay one more cent for electricity and I WILL NOT do one solitary thing to be “environmentally friendly” just to please a bunch of selfish, utopian, moronic greenies. They can go to buggery and take their weird ideas with them.

georgesgenitals 4:22 pm 26 Aug 10

MDDRLD said :

We can bury our head in the sand, or we can try to do something. Yes our per unit electricity cost will need to increase but there are so many possibilities for decreasing how much we use, it’s criminal that we haven’t bothered much before. The Government is telling us all, now, that this will have to change. It might be time to stop your whinging and think about how you could turn your obvious spare time into something useful.

I look forward to how you propose we drastically cut emissions without destroying the economy so much that we can still, you know, eat.

MDDRLD 2:51 pm 26 Aug 10

Until now – so this should be a cause for celebration!

arescarti42 2:32 pm 26 Aug 10

troll-sniffer said :

There is no way in a believable universe that Canberra or any other part of Australia is going to come within a laryngitis-affected bull’s roar of even reducing our current greenhouse gas emissions in the forseeable future.

A prime example? ACT planning and building laws. By now house and unit designs should mandate carbon-free designs, but what do we have? The same perpetually stupid designs that make up for their deficiencies by slapping on air conditioners and gas or other heating units. The same idiotic series of new suburban developments, exactly the same as the last three or four generations that contributed so much to our current emissions. Pandering to the reactionary types and heritage lobbies who stymie any serious attempts to consolidate development into more environmentally friendly areas.

That’s the sad reality. The ACT has extremely limited industry, I’d say the majority of GHG emissions in this city would be coming from transportation and buildings, which would make it comparatively easy to reduce emissions compared to other states.

That buildings (particularly houses) in the ACT’s temperate climate even need active heating/cooling systems is a testament to their poor construction. The German Passivhaus standard of thermally efficient construction allows houses in frigid northern Europe to mostly do away with heating, so there should be no need to have it at all in Canberra.

As a nation, we lack the public and political will to do anything about it unfortunately.

MDDRLD 2:14 pm 26 Aug 10

We can bury our head in the sand, or we can try to do something. Yes our per unit electricity cost will need to increase but there are so many possibilities for decreasing how much we use, it’s criminal that we haven’t bothered much before. The Government is telling us all, now, that this will have to change. It might be time to stop your whinging and think about how you could turn your obvious spare time into something useful.

Me no fry 1:40 pm 26 Aug 10

verbalkint said :

troll-sniffer, you are aware that all new houses and units need at least a 6 star energy rating, right?

The star rating system is badly flawed and has only the faintest relationship to a measure of how much energy a house may consume.

verbalkint 11:52 am 26 Aug 10

troll-sniffer, you are aware that all new houses and units need at least a 6 star energy rating, right?

troll-sniffer 10:42 am 26 Aug 10

There is no way in a believable universe that Canberra or any other part of Australia is going to come within a laryngitis-affected bull’s roar of even reducing our current greenhouse gas emissions in the forseeable future. Of course the average Aussie is concerned about greenhouse gas emissions; but only other people’s. The economy is not set up to make any substantial changes in our lifetimes unless war pestilence or famine takes over. There’s no real will in the vast majority of the population. Those who supposedly have the will are not encouraged to participate in any meaningful actions.

A prime example? ACT planning and building laws. By now house and unit designs should mandate carbon-free designs, but what do we have? The same perpetually stupid designs that make up for their deficiencies by slapping on air conditioners and gas or other heating units. The same idiotic series of new suburban developments, exactly the same as the last three or four generations that contributed so much to our current emissions. Pandering to the reactionary types and heritage lobbies who stymie any serious attempts to consolidate development into more environmentally friendly areas.

Even simple issues like the moronic policies that demand leased vehicles run a minimum of 27,000km a year. A continuing lower rate of taxes on large 4WD vehicles.

Every single person I know who professes to avidly supporting a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions drives everywhere, does not reduce their balmy winter indoor temps, buys all sorts of exotic foods from far distant places, has at least one full shower per day, and other than when sitting around the dinner table or drinks discussing the need to reduce our emissions does not seriously think about their lifestyle choices and how they actively contribute to the problem.

johnboy 10:32 am 26 Aug 10

I think you over-rate the impact this will have!

Waiting For Godot 10:22 am 26 Aug 10

Look forward to whopping electricity bills just to give a bunch of loony greenies the warm and fuzzies.

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