"Australia stands at a crossroads, once more. While most of the world has
started down a path toward building a cleaner, safer energy and climate future,
the Australian government remains stuck in place.
To an outside observer like myself, Australia’s approach is reminiscent of the
what we saw several years ago with other intransigent countries – hesitant,
stubbornly clinging to outmoded energy systems and unwilling to embrace the
necessary and inevitable transition away from fossil fuels.
The difference is now, the rest of the world is moving swiftly down the path of
a renewable energy transformation, while Australia’s “leaders” are still
bickering about which direction the country should go.
But despite the political rhetoric, the notion that Australia can continue on
its current trajectory as the world’s biggest exporter of coal and gas, and one
of the top contributors to carbon pollution, while also securing a safe,
flourishing future for its populace is false. The two goals are as incompatible
as oil and water.
It is now widely accepted that a global future powered by fossil fuels cannot
safely sustain human civilization. Burning coal, oil and gas for electricity,
transportation and manufacturing has been the primary driver of the climate
crisis, a crisis that now threatens to engulf Australia as well as the rest of
As a climate scientist who has spent decades studying the impact of carbon
emissions from the burning of coal, oil and gas, the case against fossil fuels
is clear. We must, with utmost urgency, cease using these destructive energy
sources and make the shift to a cleaner, greener energy economy."
Via Robert Sanscartier.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics