Contribution by Dr Chris McGrath
A useful update on climate science relevant to the Australian policy debate was released today by the Climate Commission, authored by Professor Will Steffen, Executive Director of the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University, Canberra.
The report is titled, “The Critical Decade: Climate science, risks and responses”. It provides a short summary of recent climate science and is filled with graphics and key pieces of information for informing the current policy debate.
In an unexpected move, retiring Liberal Senator Nick Minchin quickly denounced the report as “nonsense” and because it was co-authored by the anti-Christ, Hitler, and Osama bin Laden combined in one.*
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, although not regarded as an independent or objective observer, also attacked the report. It remained steadfast that “Our view is that [Australia] shouldn’t move ahead of the world” in regulating climate pollution. Had the Chamber led Britain in WWII, no doubt it would have argued against independent action as bombs rained down on London.
* For Nick and anyone else without a sense of humour: That was a joke.