All hail the Chief! Better luck this time, baby, and maybe take climate change seriously. Someone can perhaps tell me whether it was Louis the XIV or XV who correctly saw what was coming. Obama II is hopefully as prescient.
While there is lots of hoopla about Hurricane Sandy influencing votes at the end of the campaign, see
Superstorm Sandy appeared to give Obama a late boost (http://www.rtcc.org/policy/what-a-difference-a-storm-makes/) Julian Cribb also believes it has helped put climate change back on the agenda, as he optimistically suggested on ABC radio yesterday.
I’m waiting for the live streaming next week from the Climate Reality Project (the group in the Australian Conservation Foundation that trained me to do climate change presentations) to give me an update on events.
The news is not good, and if you think I’m a scare monger, or that the IPCC is a bunch of ideologically twisted idiots, then perhaps you will take the latest report from consultancy Price Waterhouse Coopers with an equal grain of salt. Or maybe you just don’t get it.
PWC says in their ‘unnerving’ assessment of current pledged emissions reductions that we are heading for 6°C of warming.
More dots to connect, as fuel is being rationed in NY, following another storm.
From the gov’s just released white paper on energy:
chapter 4.1.2 Liquid fuels Liquid fuel energy security is assessed as high, trending to moderate in the long term, as Australia has continued access to adequate and reliable supplies of liquid fuels at prices that are manageable within the broader economy. The long-term moderate assessment recognises that our rising imports of petroleum products will lead to greater reliance on international supply chains and a consequent need for investment in import and storage infrastructure... The decline in Australia's domestic refining capacity (following announcements of the Clyde and Kurnell refinery closures) is not considered to impair Australia's liquid fuel security... Substituting imports of crude oil for imports of refined fuel at this scale does not pose any additional risk to market security. Our lack of oil self-sufficiency and the prospect of further refinery rationalisation does not in itself compromise or reduce our energy security (see Box 4.1). Our liquid fuel security is expected to remain high because of our access to reliable, mature and highly diversified international liquid fuel supply chains. Because of the commercial potential of unconventional sources of petroleum, the International Energy Agency (IEA) believes that there is a very low probability of reaching global supply limits (so-called 'peak oil') in the period to 2035 (IEA 2011a). My question: why is our gov (and the IEA) still sticking its head in the sand on both climate change and peak oil?