Australia: Worst drought ever, but don't mention climate change!
Date Written: 2018-08-11
Publisher: Climate & Capitalism
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22875
Despite record drought conditions in Australia and the numerous climate related disasters around the globe, the Australian goverment still refuses to acknowledge human-induced climate change.
National Party Senator Barnaby Joyce, who represents the drought-stricken region of New England, told Sky News that same day that the drought is "a natural disaster" and that lowering emissions will have no effect on climate change: "Do you honestly believe what we do in Canberra is going to change the climate? It's not."
Littleproud and Joyce's denialism is just latest example from a government refusing to take serious action to prevent runaway climate change. Their reasoning: It's not human induced, therefore there is nothing humans can or need to do to prevent it getting worse. Convenient lies from a government aligned to the big fossil fuel and mining interests.
This political alignment means the government is limited to just tinkering around the edges of the climate crisis - for example, releasing a pitiful drought relief package, while cutting funding to land-care programs, or insisting states sign up to a National Energy Guarantee that will hand over responsibility for COs emissions reductions to the energy providers.