Finkel’s fu­tile words

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Letters -

Chief sci­en­tist Dr Alan Finkel (Let­ters, 7/12) con­firmed An­drew Bolt’s as­ser­tion that our emis­sions have vir­tu­ally no im­pact on the cli­mate.

How­ever, when Finkel said that Aus­tralia should still be a good world ci­ti­zen and re­duce our emis­sions he would have meant large cuts to emis­sions from the pro­duc­tion of en­ergy, agri­cul­ture and trans­port.

If that is so, he is ef­fec­tively say­ing that we should risk our pros­per­ity on the al­tar of be­ing a good ci­ti­zen even though our ef­forts are fu­tile.

I do not ac­cept that po­si­tion. We can be a good world ci­ti­zen by play­ing our part in a way that suits our cir­cum­stances — one size does not fit all.

In­deed, to think that we are ex­pected to dam­age our­selves when China’s mas­sive emis­sions are ex­empted from con­sid­er­a­tion makes no sense. Den­zil Bourne, Jerrabomberra

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