Not only is Australia a major greenhouse gas emitter, it is also one of the biggest exporters of fossil fuels. And we need to start taking some moral responsibility for the harm these exports cause, writes Jeremy Moss.
In December 2015 the world’s attention will be focused on reaching agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions as part of the Paris climate negotiations.
As Australia is already one of the highest per capita emitters in the world, cutting our emissions will be tough. But the problem for Australia is even bigger than being a major emitter. We are also one of the biggest exporters of fossil fuels. Our gas and coal exports generate many more emissions than we consume, while the proposed Queensland mega coal mines will add even more.
Why should this matter for our “emissions budget”, as it is often called? Forget about emissions for a moment and think…
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