Wikileaks confirm Green Party opportunism
According to a US Embassy confidential cable, the Green Party had everything to gain from blocking action on climate change. This Wikileak revelation confirms the Party’s malign role because it highlighted how the Green Party was thinking at the start of 2009 – before blocking an ETS twice before the year was out.
I have previously made the point Australia would be pricing carbon now if the Green Party had not joined with climate change deniers and blocked Kevin Rudd’s Emissions Trading Scheme in the Senate, on the last occasion in December 2009. Without that action there would be a price on carbon. And, capital would be withdrawing from coal-fired plants and going into gas and renewables.
We are not pricing carbon- because of the Green Party.
Daniel Clune of the US Embassy in Canberra had cabled Washington March 17, 2009, with this observation:
Although deeply committed to environmental issues, the Greens stand to gain the most from knocking down the Government’s ETS – any substantial delay is likely to lead to tougher targets, and disaffected Labor voters will most likely turn to the Greens to protest the Government’s having “lost its way.”
In other words, the Green Party saw itself winning votes from voters who blamed Labor for having no price on carbon. Crafty politics. But world action to slow down the disaster of global warming is retarded to the extent that Australia – a big per capita polluter – has no emissions trading system and refuses to do what Garnaut has urged this week, plan for its future and the world’s.