Greg Bourne used to be the Regional President of the big energy company, BP. He is now the Australian head of the World Wildlife Fund.
He is calling for Australia to sign the Kyoto Protocol.
This an excerpt from his argument:
"We should sign Kyoto for one reason only in Australia – and that is the leadership signal it sends to all businesses and the community. It won’t actually change the amount of emissions that come out of Australia by 2010, 2012, but the signal it sends to people and businesses – that we mean business as we go forward – would be profound."
Now is no time to be a purist.
I will take the ratification any way I can get it…even because it’s good for business.
Signing the Kyoto Protocol will connect Australia with the UN and the other countries in the binding multilateral agreement to combat climate change. It will represent a significant step towards protecting the millions of people and species at risk from climate change impacts.
"Excuse me, Excuse me.
Why are we playing the sad version, the sad version of the theme?
I am on top of the world.
I couldn’t be happier.
I’ve had the best weekend.
Isn’t it funny. No one predicted what was going to happen on Saturday night.
The pundits got it wrong, the pollsters didn’t get it.
This overwhelming swing to Labor.
This huge mandate for Mark Latham, and I must say the PM made a very graceful concession speech…"
That’s how Phillip Adams opened Late Night Live (LNL) last night.
Then Beatrix Campbell and Barry Jones joined in and for almost an hour I could make-believe that it wasn’t true…
Thank you Phillip for my first spontaneous smile since Saturday night.
Starting on 12 September 2001, you (assisted by Blair and Bush) capitalised on the fear and shock of the events of the day before and through Classical Conditioning attempted to create a high level of anxiety for every Australian.
By October 2004, all you had to do was mention any of the diverse, radical, ‘other’ words such as:
Muslim, Asylum Seeker, Refugee, people who question why children are kept behind razorwire, Habib, Hicks, Hicks’ family, Brian Deegan, WMD’s, the UN, Human shields in Iraq, Australian Hostages in Iraq, Iraqi civilian casualties, Greenie, Leftie, Media Watch, ABC, SMH, Lesbian mother, Michael Moore, Phillip Adams, Mark Latham, Global warming, higher interest rates, young drivers, learner drivers, custodial parent, organic farmer, disabled person, ‘freelance’ anything, internet, adult pornography, Brazilian wax, mobile telephones with cameras, Terriers (it sounds like Terrorism when you are hyper-anxious)
and there was mass quivering on farms, in mortgage belts, in offices, in worksites, in the Public Service and in the homes around this country.
In the course of your training of the Australian public, the Conditioned Stimulus (CS), e.g. the words-old growth forest, were repeatedly presented together with the Unconditioned Stimulus (US), e.g. fear; eventually the voters form an association between the US and the CS.
Congratulations you bastard, you turned most of Australia into quivering, fearful lapdogs who were trained to react to you as their Protector.
You set it up, fed it well and exploited it for your own gain.
Read the Bloggisphere you insufferable manipulator…We are the future and we are all getting active…
Starting the deprogramming now….
NEXT patient please.