The green headbangers at The Age, like Adam Morton, just cannot believe it:
PREMIER’S BACKFLIP GALLING
FOR anyone concerned about man-made climate change, the symbolism will be galling.
A week after the Baillieu government confirmed it plans to hand its massive brown coal reserves over to industry to mine, it is dumping the state target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent this decade.
It will add to a sense that it either does not accept the mainstream climate science, or at least rejects the need for Victoria to play a part in tackling it.
It also suggests that it believes abandoning green policies will not hurt it politically. [very, very true – Ed]
It may be right: most polling finds concern about climate change is much less likely to influence how people vote than just a few years ago. [Also very true – Ed]
The economic realities of such a crazy target are lost on Morton. But then again, we can’t possibly expect any kind of critical environmental reporting when Fairfax (which owns the SMH and The Age) is the one-third owner of the WWF green-bankrolled Earth Hour project.
Thankfully, the new Coalition government in Victoria is starting to wind back the green madness of Labor.
Read it here.