Guest essay by Eric Worrall
An aristocratic British member of parliament has decided it is time to lecture the Australian colonies, on what they should be doing about climate change and carbon pricing.
According to MP Richard Benyon;
British Conservatives value climate science and finding market solutions to address the biggest environmental challenge of our era.
Seen from the other side of the world, the stance of Tony Abbott’s government on climate change is incomprehensible.
For a country visibly and increasingly exposed to impacts of climate change, Abbott’s decision to increase climate risks by becoming the first leader in the world to abolish a carbon price mystified many.
Cutting Australia’s renewable energy target was also bewildering, for a country blessed with almost unlimited renewable resources, the more so from a supposedly pro-business government. Meanwhile, the giant new coal mining and coal exporting operations on which Abbott appears to be betting Australia’s financial health look increasingly risky investments, with bank after bank refusing to back them and demand from China, the world’s biggest coal-burning nation, falling.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott made eliminating the carbon tax, to control spiralling energy prices, a prominent centrepiece of his election campaign. Eliminating the carbon tax was the will of the Australian people.
Member of parliament Richard Benyon has an estimated personal wealth of £110 million, so he is in no personal danger of experiencing fuel poverty – in fact Benyon has occasionally attracted criticism, thanks to his skilful application of generous government grants, for rich landlords like himself, who convert their rental tenancy properties to green energy.