The most dangerous aspect of our climate and energy dilemma is that, due to the inertia of the climate system, the actions we take today are locking in irreversible catastrophic climate outcomes decades ahead, long before we see them. Solutions require enlightened long-term thinking, based on the latest science, and a preparedness to act in the public interest; the antithesis of the blind, short-termist, anti-science, ideology which drives mainstream Australian politics and corporate decision-making. Waiting for catastrophe to happen before acting, which is what we are currently doing, ensures it will be too late to act.
We are being taken for fools by our politicians and corporate leaders as they place personal aggrandisement and self-interest ahead of our future.
Climate change is a genuinely existential issue which unless rapidly addressed, will result in a substantial reduction in global population with immeasurable suffering, the beginnings of which can already be seen in the climate-driven refugee crisis engulfing Europe. Australia, as the driest continent on Earth is not immune. We have left it too late to solve this dilemma with a graduated response; emergency action, akin to placing the economy on a war-footing, is essential if we wish to avoid the worst outcomes.