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Email exchange with IPA on climate


Sam Roggeveen


8 July 2010 14:18

After posting my piece about the Institute of Public Affairs' attitude toward developing a global consensus on climate change, I invited a response from the IPA's Alan Moran. The email exchange went as follows:

ROGGEVEEN: Alan, I just wanted to alert you to my post and to invite your response.

MORAN: Thanks Sam. Nobody thinks that Australia’s actions in cutting emissions would have any effect unless near universal adoption of the same approach. There are those who see Australia with 1.5% of the world’s GDP as having far more influence than this. Mr Rudd clearly thought if we take a lead others will follow. That is now a distant memory. If we move and others don’t we have a penalty and must accept lower living standards.

ROGGEVEEN: Yes, I get that, but you clearly seem to believe that it is a good thing for a global consensus to emerge on climate change. So what action do you propose the government should take to encourage such a consensus?

MORAN: Nothing. I am a great believer in conserving resources. We think everyone waits with baited breath on our every word but we are too small fry and nobody would pay any attention.

(My thanks to Alan for giving his permission to publish this).

UPDATE: I originally published only the second half of this exchange, but for completeness, I added the first part.