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The arboretum to save the planet?

By johnboy - 24 June 2009 40

The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury is up in arms over the ACT’s climate budget being used to fund the Chief Minister’s beloved arboretum:

    ACT Greens MLA for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury MLA has slammed the Government’s funding of the Arboretum from the climate budget following the tabling of a report* that indicated the emissions that will be saved by the project.

    “The Government has indicated that over a period of 200 years, the Arboretum will sequester around 63,000 tonnes of CO2. Annually this is around 0.00007 percent of the ACT’s emissions each year!” Mr Rattenbury said.

    “Yet the Government is spending something like 16 percent of the climate budget on the Arboretum, even before they had any indication of its effectiveness as a climate mitigation measure.”

Would we expect anything else?

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The arboretum to save the planet?
Clown Killer 9:48 pm 24 Jun 09

I don’t think that it really matters where the money comes from. It’s a great idea and just the sort of thing government should be spending money on – rather than trying to compete with the private sector to deliver services like education and health.

someoneincanb 9:22 pm 24 Jun 09

I’m in total agreement with #11 and #13 on this one. Stanhope’s legacy at best might replace trees throughout Canberra that die as a result of the drought and long term poor water management strategies.

Thumper 8:49 pm 24 Jun 09

Stanhope can water his legacy but not Green Square?

sepi 8:46 pm 24 Jun 09

Ditto – I love trees – but the ones we have as our street trees are suffering serious neglect – look after what you have, then branch out into new plantings.

miz 8:23 pm 24 Jun 09

I love trees, but I’m afraid the Arboretum leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I would rather that more deciduous shade trees were planted and maintained (especially on nature strips and in the small suburban parks, which only seem to have horrid, widowmaker gums) across the entire city to beautify the whole place (ie not just inner North and inner South).

And I have not forgotten that there was an apparent load of cash for the Arboretum when schools were being ‘rationalised’.

c9 7:13 pm 24 Jun 09

The carbon of people driving out there to visit the arboretum?

I agree with #2, total waste of money.

Thumper 6:31 pm 24 Jun 09

Wow. I’ve NEVER seen anybody come with that sort of insight on a climate change thread. Just BAM! You sure showed all those scientists, destroying their crazy conspiracy with just one sentence. Can I subscribe to your newsletter?

Wow! As usual Woody, you just proved global warming in one succinct post! I’ve NEVER seen anybody come with that sort of insight on a climate change thread. Just BAM! You sure showed all those scientists, sorry, denialist flat earth creationalist religious freak, right wing fascists destroying their crazy conspiracy with just one sentence. Can I subscribe to your newsletter?

I am so impressed.

astrojax 4:55 pm 24 Jun 09

Trunking symbols said :

No government should be spending *any* money on so-called “climate change” which is the biggest con ever perpetrated on the public.

toad’s coterie aside, it is of course entirely disingenuous to compare ration of carbon savings to government expenditure: so, if pubic health isn’t going to cut carbon emissions it gets, let’s see, zero percent of the budget. right…

the arboretum does, of course, posses the potential to add significantly to carbon emission reductions through research and propagation, in the long term, of plant species that may play a vital role in some future plan for ghg reductions, etc… definitely money well spent.

FC 4:42 pm 24 Jun 09

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

so-called “climate change” which is the biggest con ever perpetrated on the public.

Wow. I’ve NEVER seen anybody come with that sort of insight on a climate change thread. Just BAM! You sure showed all those scientists, destroying their crazy conspiracy with just one sentence. Can I subscribe to your newsletter?

Bahaha!

Woody Mann-Caruso 4:37 pm 24 Jun 09

so-called “climate change” which is the biggest con ever perpetrated on the public.

Wow. I’ve NEVER seen anybody come with that sort of insight on a climate change thread. Just BAM! You sure showed all those scientists, destroying their crazy conspiracy with just one sentence. Can I subscribe to your newsletter?

monomania 4:32 pm 24 Jun 09

When Rattenbury argues against the absurdly costly and ineffective way to generate renewable energy, the feed-in tariff scheme for small solar generators on peoples roofs that the rest of us pay for in our electricity bills then I might take some notice of anything else he might have to say.

For every 63 000 tonnes of CO2 saved by roof-top solar generators under this scheme in its July 09 form, ACT electricity consumers will pay about $34 million using current figures that place the price of CO2 saved between $490 per tonne rising to $590 per tonne for the smaller solar arrays.

At least the Arboretum has other functions and over its life will not have produced hundreds of tonnes of toxic waste that this 2MW of solar generatoring capacity will have.

ant 4:31 pm 24 Jun 09

Rattenbury is being pretty sensible, I think. Rather than going “treees! oh treeeeees” he’s applying some actual objective thinking to it.

And I’d love ot hear how the arboretum (which I support) is worthy of all this funding, when they’re planning to deracinate the ACT of street trees. They’re somehow less environmentally powerful than the special arboretum trees?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 4:03 pm 24 Jun 09

Why can’t we offset our carbon outputs by getting all the people on the dole to plant trees all day?

Trunking symbols 3:41 pm 24 Jun 09

No government should be spending *any* money on so-called “climate change” which is the biggest con ever perpetrated on the public.

LG 3:30 pm 24 Jun 09

200 years! Who says the Government doesn’t plan for the long term?

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