Tim Blair – Friday, January 13, 12 (12:39 pm)
Bring it on:
Global warming might make lizards super-intelligent
The main concern of those who question Australia’s spending on climate change is that it involves a very large amount of our money for very little in the way of results.
Today, for example, The Daily Telegraph reports an annual $6 million taxpayer hit so the Department of Climate Change can rent space in a new building.
On top of that, the number of bureaucrats working in the department – and therefore the bill for wage-earners – is growing rapidly.
Yet Australia’s contribution of global warming gases is very small – so small that many believe it cannot have a great effect on climate change. Our carbon dioxide quantity is only 1.4 per cent of the planet’s total.
Look at it another way. Australia generates about 500 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. That sounds huge, but China produces as much in just 22 days. We’re only nine days from China matching Australia’s entire 2012 output.
In that light, it is fair to ask about the point of our huge (and ever-increasing) spending on climate change.
Perhaps our climate spending should be reduced to a level that more accurately reflects Australia’s role in the issue.
Maybe a genius lizard can work out how little that might be.