Monday 19 June 2017 (03h37) :
Australian Finkel Review has dirty energy for 50 years & ignores 25 key issues

By : Dr Gideon Polya

Climate criminal Australia is among the world’s leading countries for per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, climate change inaction, and in exports of coal, gas, iron ore and methanogenically-derived meat (Gideon Polya, “ Revised Annual Per Capita Greenhouse Gas Pollution For All Countries – What Is Your Country Doing?”, Countercurrents, 6 January, 2016: and Gideon Polya, “Exposing And Thence Punishing Worst Polluter Nations Via Weighted Annual Per Capita Greenhouse Gas Pollution Scores”, Countercurrents, 19 March, 2016: ) .

Scientists and science-informed activists demand not just zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions ASAP but thence “negative carbon emissions” e.g. drawing down atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) to a safe and sustainable pre-Industrial Revolution level of circa 300 ppm CO2 from the present dangerous and damaging level of 405 ppm CO2 that is increasing at about 3 ppm CO2 per year ( ) .

However the Finkel Review into Australia’s energy supply, commissioned by the pro-coal Australian Liberal Party-National Party Coalition Government (aka the Australian COALition Government) and chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel, advocates continued gas and coal use for over 50 years, and utterly ignores the worsening climate emergency, the worsening climate genocide, and 25 Elephant in the Room realities relating to GHG pollution and climate change.

Serial war criminal, climate criminal and neoliberal Australia has an extraordinary look-the-other-way culture. Egregious censorship and self-censorship means that expert scientific opinion is constrained, contradicted and obfuscated in Lobbyocracy Australia (Gideon Polya, “Current academic censorship and self-censorship in Australian universities”: ; “Mainstream media censorship”: ; “Mainstream media lying”: ; Gideon Polya, “Australian ABC And UK BBC Fake News Through Lying By Omission”, Countercurrents, 2 May 2017: ).

Nevertheless, as a scientist and a humanitarian I believe that we are obliged to “bear witness” about serious matters. Below is a letter about the worsening Climate Emergency and the grossly deficient Finkel Review that I have sent to Australian MPs, climate activists, Mainstream media and journalists of the taxpayer-funded ABC (the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia’s equivalent of the UK BBC).

LETTER. Dear etc, Science is fundamentally sceptical in involving the critical testing of potentially falsifiable hypotheses. However scientists cannot endlessly re-invent the wheel and science operationally involves qualified respect for authoritative consensus opinion. In a science-based consensus view the Synthesis Report of the 2,500-delegate March 2009 Copenhagen Scientific Climate Change Conference stated of climate change inaction: “Inaction is inexcusable” and a 2010 Open Letter by 255 members of the US National Academy of Sciences, including11 Nobel Laureates, stated: “Delay is not an option”.

This global scientific urgency is in stark contrast to the substantively tardy or climate inaction policies of the politically dominant Australian Lib-Labs (Coalition Government and Labor Opposition) reflected in the Finkel Review chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist that in the words of Australian Greens leader Dr Richard Di Natale “Provides a long term lifeline to coal and gas”. This astonishing failure has lessons for other countries ruled by greed-driven, neoliberal governments and establishments.

Climate criminal Australia is among world leaders in per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, climate change inaction, and exports of coal, gas, iron ore and methanogenically-derived meat. However the Finkel Review, chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel, advocates continued gas and coal use for over 50 years, and ignores 25 key, Elephant in the Room realities relating to GHG pollution and climate change e.g. it utterly ignores agricultural and land-use methane generation (over 50% of annual global GHG pollution); the worsening climate emergency (a catastrophic plus 2C temperature rise is now unavoidable with plus 3C promised by national Paris commitments); the worsening climate genocide (already 7 million die from air pollution each year, 75,000 from the effects of pollutants from the burning of Australian coal exports, 17 million people die avoidably from deprivation each year in the already climate change-impacted Third World, with 10 billion people set to perish this century in an horrendous climate genocide if man-made climate change is not requisitely addressed).

Ignoring or misrepresenting massive realities, incorrectness by omission or commission, respectively, subverts science-based rational risk management that is crucial for societal security. Thus, for example, the Finkel Review ignores the Carbon Price demand by scientists and climate economists and cogently articulated by science-trained Pope Francis that the environmental and human cost of pollution must be “fully borne” by the polluters; advocates a disastrous and exceptionalist long-term use of dirty fossil fuels by Australia; and incorrectly advises a coal to gas transition, despite the reality that, depending on the degree of systemic gas leakage, gas-fired power can be dirtier GHG-wise than coal-fired power.

As a 5-decade career scientist I cannot despair – we must do everything we can to make the future “less bad” for our children and future generations . Science-informed Australians - especially the young facing an inescapable US$7.5 trillion Australian Carbon Debt that is increasing at US$400 billion per year and at US$40,000 per head per year for under-30 year old Australians – will utterly reject the egregiously climate criminal, pro-coal COALition, vote 1 Green and put the COALition last. The World will punish the worst climate criminal countries like Australia with Green Tariffs, ICJ litigations, ICC prosecutions and Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). Crucially, decent Humanity must resolutely promise that those disproportionately involved in terracidal climate criminality will be judicially punished by total dispossession and life-long custodial punishment – small comfort for a devastated future world, but this resolute promise may give the homicidally greedy climate criminals pause for thought now (for details and documentation see Gideon Polya, “Australia’s Finkel Review Ignores 25 Key Climate Emergency Realities & Advocates Long Term Gas & Coal Use”, Countercurrents, 17 June 2017: ).

Yours sincerely, Dr Gideon Polya, Melbourne, Australia. END LETTER.

The Silence has been Deafening. Poor fellow my country. Poor fellow my Planet.

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