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Leading GHG emitter and Biggest Coal Exporter Australia Kills Most Green Program using Floods Excuse

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Australia is the biggest exporter of coal in the world and one of the leading emitter of GHG emissions.Its huge mining industry generate tons of carbon and earns billions for the Australian Treasury.However despite its leading role in global warming,Australia has almost no subsidies for green energy.The federal government has conveniently used the recent Queensland Floods to cut off a number of Green Programs such as Green Car Innovation Fund, Cleaner Car Rebate Scheme, the Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships and Solar Flagships, the Solar Hot Water Rebate, Green Start Program, Solar Homes and Communities Plan.The Solar Flagships Program which was supposed to generate around 1 GW of Solar Energy has also been killed.Note Australia generate 92% of its electricity from Fossil Fuel which is quite high compared to other developed countries.

Solar Energy Program Cutbacks To Help Pay Australia’s Flood Bill

In a speech to the National Press Club a short time ago, Prime Minister Julia Gillard outlined spending cuts and deferments to help provide funding to rebuild infrastructure ruined by Australia’s worst flooding disaster – some of the programs to fall include solar power initiatives.

Its quite shocking that developed countries like Canada,UK and Australia have such a apathy towards problems of climate change.Japan and Europe appear to be angels in this regard compared to these countries.The recent Queensland Floods can be indirectly be linked to global warming so you would have though the thich headed government there would  have increased green funding.Instead they have killed the funding because they have to use those funds for flood relief.Apathy towards global warmings and climate change has been rising with the failure of the Cancuan and Copenhagen climate meets.Australia has been leading the way in anti-global warming efforts.

Australia Sabotages Copenhagen By Excluding Huge Agriculture GHG Emissions

Australia is a world leading greenhouse gas (GHG) polluter as shown by the following data. As of 2008, “annual per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution” in units of “tonnes CO2-equivalent per person per year” (2005-2008 data) is 0.9 (Bangladesh), 0.9 (Pakistan), 2.2 (India), 3.2 (the Developing World), 5.5 (China), 6.7 (the World), 11 (Europe), 16 (the Developed World), 27 (the US) and 30 (Australia; or 54 if Australia’s huge Exported CO2 pollution is included

This latest decision of the Rudd Labor Government means that world leading per capita GHG polluter Australia is telling the World a few weeks before the December 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference that it will continue to pollute the atmosphere with GHGs domestically at more than 50% of its current level FOREVER, while continuing to expand its world leading coal exports.


Abhishek Shah

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