The Australian - Climate extremists on different planet
Naive media commentators advocating that Australia go it alone need to grow up before they can contribute something constructive to the debate. Yesterday's editorial in The Sydney Morning Herald, for instance, would have been more at home in Green Left Weekly than a mainstream paper.
Brushing aside concerns over unemployment and the global slowdown, the editorial slammed the Rudd Government for "compromise, back-pedalling and political expediency" over climate change. Anything less than a commitment to a 20 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2020, it ranted, would be "squibbing". Australia, it advocated, should be out at the "forefront" cutting emissions, and not sitting around blaming China.
When Kevin Rudd appointed Professor Garnaut as his handpicked climate change adviser before last year's election, the Herald, along with other green-leaning newspapers, applauded. But now that he has arrived at his meticulously researched conclusions, the Herald wants the Government to ignore his report and go ahead with deep but futile cuts, regardless of what the rest of world decides to do.
Read it here.