Howard plays down climate challenge

From both yesterday’s and today’s age

“Prime Minister John Howard has rejected Labor leader Kevin Rudd’s claim that climate change is the overwhelming moral challenge facing Australians. Mr Howard said Australia was a minor emitter of greenhouse gases and could not influence the global climate by acting alone.

(This of course, despite the fact that Australians are the highest per capita greenhouse gas emitters in the world. (UNFCCC) )

“Maintaining economic prosperity — rather than climate change — was Australia’s great moral challenge Prime Minister John Howard said yesterday, deepening the gulf between himself and Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd.”

Apparently the lessons from the Stern report have already worn off. Ignoring climate change will have drastic social, environmental and economic impacts. Climate change is by far the most important issue facing Australians and Howard’s inability to recognise this is both short sighted and dangerous.