When one considers:
- Australia is the country that on relatively elementary ecological grounds should have the lowest per capita emissions in the world
- Australia actually has the highest per capita emissions in the world
- There is little political pressure abroad to change this because the economic costs of sanctions would be intolerable for the selfish and materialistic cultures of modern Europe
write down their “hopes and fears” under a changing climateThe problem is that the newspaper points out that
- as many as ninety-seven out of one hundred and seventy-seven people involved were over fifty-five
- only thirty of the people involved were born after 1980
Such trends could well lead to an Australia with policies more pro-freeway and more pro-fossil fuel than ever at a time when the rest of the world has moved to completely renewable energy systems, especially if funding of public transport declines. As Europe, Asia and even the Americas shift to renewables, Australia is likely to gain monopsony access to the last oil reserves, which would further encourage fuel prices deeper into the Mariana Trench and increase global warming.