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AUSTRALIA BAD, AS USUAL

Yet more per capita shame-mongering:

If the rest of the world emitted carbon gases at the same per person rate as Australia, its population would need seven planets to sustain the pollution, according to a damning United Nations report.

If the rest of the world lived in countries as large as Australia, with similarly small populations reliant on non-nuclear energy, the UN might be on to something.

Australia is third in per capita emissions to the US and Canada ...

We’re all the way up to third now? What happened to Trinidad? For that matter, what happened to UAE, Bahrain and Singapore? There’s a serious lack of consensus in these emissions reports.

Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd ... has pledged to slash emissions by 60% based on 2000 levels by 2050.

Rudd will be 93 years old by then, and in his 15th term. No man can defeat the Perma-Rudd.

Epidemiologist Professor Tony McMichael, of the Australian National University, said the report was particularly relevant to Australians.

“Our levels of production, consumption and waste generation, per person, are at the very top end of the international league table ...” he said. “Hopefully, the Rudd Government will take rapid action to help redress this serious imbalance.”

Over to you, Prime Minister. What “rapid action” will you take?

Posted by Tim B. on 11/27/2007 at 07:08 PM
  1. The Krudder’s already rubber-stamped that document and sent it off to a committee:

    [CUT CO2 60% BY 2050]

    non?

    Posted by egg_ on 2007 11 27 at 07:26 PM • permalink


  2. The obvious thing of course.

    Spent a billion at Hardly Normal
    so all the kiddies have a pc.

    Posted by dver on 2007 11 27 at 07:31 PM • permalink

  3. An epidemiologist is someone who studies the frequency and distribution of diseases within human populations and environments. What the hell would he know about co2 emissions?

    Posted by lingus4 on 2007 11 27 at 07:32 PM • permalink

  4. Oh-Oh. Now you gone and done it, OZ.

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 27 at 07:32 PM • permalink

  5. As far as I can see, the most effective way to cut overall consumption is to make us poor. I expect he has started in on that already.

    Posted by Harry Buttle on 2007 11 27 at 07:33 PM • permalink

  6. Well, NOT actually YOU, OZ…:).

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 27 at 07:34 PM • permalink

  7. I have a difficult time believing Australians are some sort of super-polluters. Somebody is b.s.ing you.

    Posted by Redd on 2007 11 27 at 07:34 PM • permalink

  8. are at the very top end of the international league table

    Is not good?

    Posted by Nic on 2007 11 27 at 07:37 PM • permalink

  9. This is gonna be comedic gold. In 3 years, Australia is expected to have already consistently achieved a (60%/43 yrs*3yrs) 4.18% avg reduction on CO2 output. Now, we can either a. increase the death rate by the corresponding amount of population and remove their entire CO2 output from the equation (transport, food production, electricity etc) or b. commence sending container loads of taxpayers cash to Chad and the Sudan in carbon “offsets”.

    Any guesses on where the ALP will take this?

    Posted by CB on 2007 11 27 at 07:39 PM • permalink

  10. production, consumption and waste generation = wealth

    C’mon Kevin - redress this serious wealth problem!

    Posted by Rob Blair on 2007 11 27 at 07:45 PM • permalink

  11. If Rudd fails to get us carbon neutral, it’s John Howard’s fault.

    Dear Leader wouldn’t be responsible for any failures, definitely not, but he’ll certainly be setting up a committee to find out how to blame Howard fix the problem.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 27 at 07:45 PM • permalink

  12. Um, compared to low-negligible GHG emitting countries, can someone tell me their (and our) GDP, a comparison? And how about a standard of living. And education.

    Just wonderin’.

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 27 at 07:46 PM • permalink

  13. “Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd ... has pledged to slash emissions by 60%...”

    Sounds like it’s back to the stone age for you guys.

    Have fun walking after the socialists take your cars away.

    Posted by Dave Surls on 2007 11 27 at 07:46 PM • permalink

  14. What do Australia and Canada have in common - gee wiz think think think. Try small population in a large land mass along with one of the major industries being mining. Solution - well we can follow the European model - 192 nuclear reactors….and counting (up)!!!!

    Seriously though - large land mass, long transport distances, heavy energy intensive industry (most of which is in the middle of bloody nowhere so it will always rely on remotely generated power). I guess they will only be happy when we just huddle on the coast in caves eating berries and beetles.

    Damn articles like this really tick me off.

    Posted by rbresca on 2007 11 27 at 07:47 PM • permalink

  15. it’s all those barbies you guys have!!!

    Posted by missred on 2007 11 27 at 07:48 PM • permalink

  16. GDP per capita, I meant… here ya go…

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 27 at 07:48 PM • permalink

  17. I may have been under the affluence of incahol at the time but I’m sure I heard last week that Kevni’s plan to reduce CO2 was going to add approximately $6600 to the average yearly electricity bill. Did anyone else hear that?

    Posted by Gibbo on 2007 11 27 at 07:49 PM • permalink

  18. Look! :http://www.news.com.au/business/money/story/0,25479,22835220-5013951,00.html

    (not good with the whole link thing)

    Kevni has already laid his hands upon the huddled,oppressed masses afflicted with howard’s evil “mortgage stress”, and lo - it is gone! And only 4 days after The Ascension!

    Praise be! Is there ANYTHING our new fat bogan overlords can’t do?

    Posted by anonymous guest on 2007 11 27 at 07:51 PM • permalink

  19. Here ya go, the countries we should emulate… their ranking, Name, GDP, year assessed. (I think it’s in $US, not sure)

    #139 Nicaragua:
    953.729 per capita 2005 ...

    #140 Côte d’Ivoire:
    900.322 per capita 2005 ...

    #141 Djibouti:
    893.7 per capita 2005 ...

    #142 Papua New Guinea:
    839.972 per capita 2005 ...

    #143 Lesotho:
    808.089 per capita 2005 ...

    #144 Kiribati:
    772.092 per capita 2005 ...

    #145 Sudan:
    760.142 per capita 2005 ...

    #146 Nigeria:
    752.305 per capita 2005 ...

    #147 Iraq:
    736.547 per capita 1999 ...

    #148 Mongolia:
    736.276 per capita 2005 ...

    #149 India:
    736.092 per capita 2005 ...

    #150 Yemen:
    718.272 per capita 2005 ...

    #151 Pakistan:
    710.86 per capita 2005 ...

    #152 Senegal:
    706.666 per capita 2005 ...

    #153 Moldova:
    693.573 per capita 2005 ...

    #154 Comoros:
    644.536 per capita 2005 ...

    #155 Vietnam:
    630.522 per capita 2005 ...

    #156 Solomon Islands:
    623.768 per capita 2005 ...

    #157 Zambia:
    623.054 per capita 2005 ...

    #158 Mauritania:
    602.965 per capita 2005 ...

    #159 Chad:
    560.954 per capita 2005 ...

    #160 Kenya:
    546.781 per capita 2005 ...

    #161 Uzbekistan:
    533.141 per capita 2005 ...

    #162 Benin:
    508.062 per capita 2005 ...

    #163 Haiti:
    500.5 per capita 2005 ...

    #164 Laos:
    485.337 per capita 2005 ...

    #165 Ghana:
    484.803 per capita 2005 ...

    #166 Kyrgyzstan:
    474.535 per capita 2005 ...

    #167 São Tomé and Príncipe:
    450.884 per capita 2005 ...

    #168 Cambodia:
    439.734 per capita 2005 ...

    #169 Bangladesh:
    423.301 per capita 2005 ...

    #170 Mali:
    392.451 per capita 2005 ...

    #171 Burkina Faso:
    390.933 per capita 2005 ...

    #172 Togo:
    358.468 per capita 2005 ...

    #173 East Timor:
    357.751 per capita 2005 ...

    #174 Tajikistan:
    355.316 per capita 2005 ...

    #175 Guinea:
    349.845 per capita 2005 ...

    #176 Central African Republic:
    339.096 per capita 2005 ...

    #177 Mozambique:
    335.299 per capita 2005 ...

    #178 Tanzania:
    315.977 per capita 2005 ...

    #179 Gambia, The:
    304.033 per capita 2005 ...

    #180 Uganda:
    302.763 per capita 2005 ...

    #181 Nepal:
    272.393 per capita 2005 ...

    #182 Madagascar:
    270.879 per capita 2005 ...

    #183 Zimbabwe:
    259.233 per capita 2005 ...

    #184 Niger:
    243.974 per capita 2005 ...

    #185 Rwanda:
    238.279 per capita 2005 ...

    #186 Eritrea:
    220.357 per capita 2005 ...

    #187 Sierra Leone:
    215.84 per capita 2005 ...

    #188 Guinea-Bissau:
    189.814 per capita 2005 ...

    #189 Afghanistan:
    175.75 per capita 1989 ...

    #190 Liberia:
    167.029 per capita 2005 ...

    #191 Malawi:
    160.826 per capita 2005 ...

    #192 Ethiopia:
    156.819 per capita 2005 ...

    #193 Somalia:
    137.403 per capita 1990 ...

    #194 Congo, Democratic Republic of the:
    123.42 per capita 2005 ...

    #195 Burundi:
    105.974 per capita 2005 ...

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 27 at 07:56 PM • permalink

  20. #19 Here’s your link anonymous guest.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 27 at 07:56 PM • permalink

  21. g’morning kae and ash

    Posted by missred on 2007 11 27 at 07:59 PM • permalink

  22. G’day Missred. How’s all in your part of the world?

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 27 at 08:01 PM • permalink

  23. The increased CO2 is due to Climate Change. Breathing patterns change, and there have been births at the Melbourne Zoo. I need to consult my local experts (grandchild ferals) to expand my theory which is just as valid as any other.

    Posted by Pa Feral on 2007 11 27 at 08:01 PM • permalink

  24. What a lot of codswallop this global warming/climate change is- We have seen a new government voted in with this issue one of their main spout pieces. Well today the good old CFA are out in force burning all 8 ks of road side grass. I am sitting here hoping to stop them in my neck of the bush as we have 20 native hens with nests somewhere in the long grass. Lots of tigers about-snakes that is. Al gore where are you? we need a little global coolant today.
    Talking of smakes- wonder when the red hooded cobra will strike the puffy chipmunchkin.

    Posted by Hillyminx on 2007 11 27 at 08:03 PM • permalink

  25. #24
    Pa, I’m sure it’s got something to do with the aging population… hills getting higher, etc.

    Don’t tell the youngies, though, or we’ll be Soylent Green!

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 27 at 08:05 PM • permalink

  26. dark and not too cold for a late autumn evening.  although i did hear some one mention that we might get the “s” word next week.  the cat has been fed and the daughter isn’t complaining.  life is good ;)

    Posted by missred on 2007 11 27 at 08:05 PM • permalink

  27. and how is the day faring for you, ash?

    Posted by missred on 2007 11 27 at 08:06 PM • permalink

  28. Perhaps the good Perfesser McMichael could start setting an example of how to live a low income, low consumption life by giving back the $4 MILLION GRANT he was recently awarded.

    Posted by Alex of Canberra on 2007 11 27 at 08:09 PM • permalink

  29. It’s pretty good Missred. The baby’s at the babysitter’s, most of the housework is done, and the music is a rather comfortable volume. The doors and windows are open and the breeze is flowing through. It’s just a nice, relaxing day… until 2 pm anyway!

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 27 at 08:09 PM • permalink

  30. Over to you, Prime Minister. What “rapid rabid action” will you take?
    fixed for you, Tim

    Posted by missred on 2007 11 27 at 08:11 PM • permalink

  31. and how is the wee bairn, ash?  applied for uni yet? ;)

    Posted by missred on 2007 11 27 at 08:12 PM • permalink

  32. pheer the perma-rudd…... There would be no land-fill big enough to take in his ear gunk.  He could sell the new safe ennviro-candle made with pure 100% rudd-wax.

    Posted by darrinhV2 on 2007 11 27 at 08:12 PM • permalink

  33. She’s good Missred. Haven’t applied for Uni yet, I’m going to see if Kevni will save me the trouble of training her in the Arts of the Moonbats at University by setting up reeducation camps. That’ll save her HECS fees.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 27 at 08:15 PM • permalink

  34. #34 Ash

    If she studies law, she can aspire to Deputy Prime Minister one day .....

    Posted by Pa Feral on 2007 11 27 at 08:20 PM • permalink

  35. An environmental scientist remarked to me the other day:
    “So and so* reckons it’s all bullshit.  Clean coal, that’s bullshit too.”
    There is a bit of a struggle in the EIS industry between scientific objectivity and leaping aboard the gravy train.
    *As this is in the realms of hearsay, I’d rather not name Australia’s most experienced environmental impact assessor.

    Posted by lotocoti on 2007 11 27 at 08:23 PM • permalink

  36. Ash, i doubt he will be around that long lol

    Posted by missred on 2007 11 27 at 08:23 PM • permalink

  37. #35 Yeah, but then she’d have to work for Slater and Gordon Pa Feral. And I may have to disown her if she does that… unless they stop chasing ambulances.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 27 at 08:24 PM • permalink

  38. #8
      Redd,
          Good God man, do you realize that
          we are evil.


    Have you ever seen the improvement we could
    make if we follow the carbon footprint example
    set by the Greater Spotted Desert Nomad?

    Posted by dver on 2007 11 27 at 08:25 PM • permalink

  39. Excellent idea…via Theo Spark

    Aussies, Brits or any other ally with troops away from home…there are some neutrals that can be sent.

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 27 at 08:26 PM • permalink

  40. #37 True, but if he sets up reeducation camps, the State Labor governments will keep them going, I’m sure.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 27 at 08:27 PM • permalink

  41. Serious CO2 emitters detected in American trees.

    Posted by rhhardin on 2007 11 27 at 08:28 PM • permalink

  42. #40 That really is an excellent idea El Cid.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 27 at 08:30 PM • permalink

  43. What about the serious CO2 emitters, the trees?

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 27 at 08:33 PM • permalink

  44. #41, aren’t “reeducation camps” called universities?
    my once sweet intelligent young sister was sent off to wellesly collge hot bed of liberal lesbians, came back a raging lunatic liberal

    now lets hope all my striking and linking worked

    Posted by missred on 2007 11 27 at 08:34 PM • permalink

  45. #45 That’s a shame. Has she gotten better yet?

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 27 at 08:41 PM • permalink

  46. Oh gracious, no.  we don’t speak much ;D

    Posted by missred on 2007 11 27 at 08:42 PM • permalink

  47. The on going saga…of Islam versus people with brains. That includes a seven year old boy, in Sudan. As Tim said…Brits, over to you.

    Boy Defends British Teacher Jailed in Sudan Over Naming of Teddy Bear Muhammad

    Fox News

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 27 at 08:47 PM • permalink

  48. #48, here’s the latest on another ongoing Islamic saga.
    Pigs Invade Mussie School Site (via AWH)

    Posted by Gibbo on 2007 11 27 at 08:51 PM • permalink

  49. #48, i guess toy teddy bears aren’t halal

    Posted by missred on 2007 11 27 at 08:54 PM • permalink

  50. #49 Think it’ll have any effect on the school?

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 27 at 08:56 PM • permalink

  51. Gibbo, what’s the bull in the article stating the 1,000 against the school were against it because it would bring violence to the area?

    (Though they may be right, I don’t recall that being a major complaint. Thought it was the use of local facilities without any contribution to the Local Government.)

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 27 at 08:57 PM • permalink

  52. #51, perhaps the grounds have been desecrated (not really up to all the changing intricacies of islamic law)

    Posted by missred on 2007 11 27 at 09:04 PM • permalink

  53. #49, and by the way.. where has wronwright and cohorts been with the tardis

    Posted by missred on 2007 11 27 at 09:11 PM • permalink

  54. Australia Bad - As Usual

    Yeah. Australia.
    One of the three worst polluters in the world (per capita).
    The most racist nation in the world.
    The highest rate of civil rights infractions in the world.

    What have I missed?

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 27 at 09:40 PM • permalink

  55. Whew, at least we’re still number 1 at something…. U.S.A. ...U.S.A. ...U.S.A….

    I know who I’m rooting for at the duel in the pool!!!! (thank God Ian Thorpe retired…)

    Posted by Old Tanker on 2007 11 27 at 09:45 PM • permalink

  56. #55

    The press is frequently silenced.
    David Marr is never permitted to talk.
    Margrok is forced to pay for her own bolding, when it should be a government responsibility.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 27 at 09:45 PM • permalink

  57. It’s the flatulent marsupials.

    Posted by Honkie Hammer on 2007 11 27 at 09:47 PM • permalink

  58. #49 - They were discarded election leaflets.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 11 27 at 09:51 PM • permalink

  59. #59

    Like Lord of the Flies? Is that what that was all about…

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 27 at 09:54 PM • permalink

  60. So what of the new Kruddmobile, will it get stuck in carbon neutral?

    Posted by egg_ on 2007 11 27 at 09:55 PM • permalink

  61. I got it all figured out: WHY DON’T THEY JUST build a s**tload of desalinization plants (preferably without rendering any dinosaurs extinct), irrigate that blank space on the map, and plant trees.  Voilà—instant carbon sink. 

    Just as an aside – anything that follows the phrase “Why don’t they just…” is likely to be
      (1) unbearably stupid, and
      (b) a Labour (Australia or UK; Democrat in US) campaign promise.

    Posted by Mitch on 2007 11 27 at 10:06 PM • permalink

  62. Why is Rudd trying to kill off Canadians,

    Does anyone in Australia even know what a -35 wind chill feels like. 

    Never mind that it doesn’t really get cold until January. More than a month away,...

    Posted by hollingshead on 2007 11 27 at 10:39 PM • permalink

  63. Need to get that population up!

    One - for Mum
    One - for Dad
    One - for Peter Costello (RIP)
    One - for Gaia

    Women of Australia lend me your wombs…

    Posted by Hump B Bare on 2007 11 27 at 10:55 PM • permalink

  64. #55
        Greedy?
        Redneck?
        Plasma TV owners?
        Obese?

      I’m sure our academics can find
      more missiles to hurl from their
      ivory towers.

    Posted by dver on 2007 11 27 at 10:57 PM • permalink

  65. #65
    Acadoomics would be more suited to the Hallowed Halls I am familiar with.

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 27 at 10:59 PM • permalink

  66. geez I wonder if this meand Kevini wont buy that seaside house after all.

    Climate change ruling ‘sets precedent for developers’

    “The Land and Environment Court stopped the $250 million housing and aged care development from going ahead at Sandon Point, south of Sydney, because of the possible impact of coastal flooding caused by climate change.”

    Its going to get worse, much worse before this foolishness stops. (Wonder if they used Karl “14 metre” Krustiknickers figures of the lower ones??

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 11 27 at 11:12 PM • permalink

  67. Hey, I want to see Canada up there in this hall of fame. Surely we must be #1 per capita carbonistas. We have to burn energy in the summer to keep cool and in the winter to keep warm. And it’s a long way to the deppaneur corner store in Maniwaki.

    Wwe’er #1. We’re #1…?

    Ottawa temps tomorrow expected to rise ... to -9 Centigrade.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 11 27 at 11:41 PM • permalink

  68. #763 Hollingshead, did you hear the hysterical fiction that was broadcast on the CBC Saturday science program?  I had to turn it off after 5 minutes. The program consisted of fiction being passed off as science.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 11 27 at 11:47 PM • permalink

  69. Boofuckinghoo.

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 28 at 12:04 AM • permalink

  70. More about #70.

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 28 at 12:06 AM • permalink

  71. #67 - WTF, the WA State Government recently fleeced buyers ignorant of the effects of climate-change-induced rising sea levels when it auctioned waterfront blocks at Port Coogee, just south of Fremantle, for $78m.  Average price for the modest sized blocks was more than $3m.  The buyers should sue!

    I keep looking out for terrified true climate-change believers causing a fire sale in beach and riverside property in Perth, but the values keep heading north, not south.  Funny that there’s a fundamental disconnect between the global warming rhetoric and behaviour everywhere.

    Posted by Ubique on 2007 11 28 at 12:08 AM • permalink

  72. #70 - those Egyptian and Pakistani torturers would have been Presbyterians of course.

    Posted by Ubique on 2007 11 28 at 12:11 AM • permalink

  73. Academy Award Material… #70 again.

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 28 at 12:11 AM • permalink

  74. #74
    Call me a sceptic…. has anyone x-rayed his fingers?

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 28 at 12:14 AM • permalink

  75. #70 [sarcasm] The poor, poor guy. Has anyone got a spare Kleenex for him? [/sarcasm]

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 28 at 12:17 AM • permalink

  76. Oh, and I’m sure the Government will settle his claim now Kae. I’d be stunned if Rudd doesn’t.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 28 at 12:18 AM • permalink

  77. #70/74
    What a Star. Must run in the family.

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 28 at 12:20 AM • permalink

  78. After declaring victory late Saturday, Rudd attended church Sunday then held meetings with government officials about the mechanics of signing the Kyoto pact on global warming . . .

    God told him to do it!

    Posted by paco on 2007 11 28 at 12:32 AM • permalink

  79. Another best/worst story on Australia.

    Australia ‘third best to live, third highest polluter’

    I wonder where wed rank if the terrible pollutant (since when???) CO2 was taken out?
    I guess 3rd best to live & 152nd most polluted doesn’t have the same ring to it eh?

    And take this you Americans!!! You are ranked 12th by the mighty UN.

    “Rich free-market countries dominate the top places of the United Nations liveability report, with Iceland, Norway, Australia, Canada and Ireland the first five while the United States slipped to 12th place from eighth last year in the Human Development Index.”

    Geez lucky for America they’ve got Australia to help prop them up?
    /hides under rock and waits for inevitable payback.

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 11 28 at 12:39 AM • permalink

  80. Great ally, Australia.  Welcome to the “bad as usual” club.  Canada, good to see you there with us. 

    “Perma-Rudd” is disturbing.

    Posted by reese on 2007 11 28 at 12:45 AM • permalink

  81. Bruce Flegg has apparently been asked to finish as leader of the Qld Liberal Party.
    World Today transcript headline is that the leadership challenge has fizzled… but Dr Flegg has been told by Warwick Parer Party president tells Flegg to step aside….

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 28 at 12:53 AM • permalink

  82. The pollution figures are obviously out of date. They haven’t been politically adjusted to take account of the new Rudd Labor government.

    Political adjustment is a simple sliding scale that alters carbon output depending on where on the political spectrum your national government sits. Canada was actually the cleanest country on earth until it elected Stephen Harper and it follows that Australia should now sit somewhere back with the Europeans.

    The best illustration of the sliding scale is that smog in China, with its newfound capitalism, is deadly, while Europe’s thick and hazy skies are actually good for your lungs.

    Posted by Contrail on 2007 11 28 at 01:32 AM • permalink

  83. Tony McMichael’s ridiculous scaremongering has been completely refuted here.

    Posted by MAGB on 2007 11 28 at 01:44 AM • permalink

  84. 70.  Kae, Mamdouh Habib and Daewood Hicks (or whatever the hell his name is today) will probably be made Governor General and the spokesman for Climate Change, once they are free and collecting their booty from we the taxpayer under Krudds government

    Posted by Cashew on 2007 11 28 at 02:21 AM • permalink

  85. MAGB

    Good little article.

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 11 28 at 02:22 AM • permalink

  86. “Australia is third in per capita emissions to the US and Canada ... What happened to Trinidad? For that matter, what happened to UAE, Bahrain and Singapore?...”

    ‘Global warming’ is an exclusively ‘Anglospheric’ crime.

    Posted by chrisgo on 2007 11 28 at 03:14 AM • permalink

  87. “Australia is third in per capita emissions to the US and Canada ...”

    Stuff that, I say we push for first, who is with me!!

    Posted by Harry Buttle on 2007 11 28 at 03:46 AM • permalink

  88. #78, a positive note by one of the commenters there: “im of middle eastern background but ive been in OZ since i was a baby and consider myself australian first. I think anyone who migrates to another country should respect its cultures,laws and citizens. and if they have a problem with it they are free to go home. call me racist, whatever, but its logic.”

    Posted by carpefraise on 2007 11 28 at 04:00 AM • permalink

  89. (smacks Australia on the nose with a rolled up newspaper)

    Bad country!  Bad!

    Posted by Zonc on 2007 11 28 at 04:21 AM • permalink

  90. Scientists Bad, Visiting Japanese Good
    Now that they’ve won the climate change argument, rules can change too.
    Gus Nossel and the CSIRO think GM canola is ok, and ALP State governments are falling like third world dominoes in their rush to lift bans.
    No So Fast! 7.30 Report Here: These GM crops have to be further studied, and a visiting group of Japanese have pleaded with us not to go GM. What’s more, Coles and Woolies don’t like it. Those CSIRO types are in the pay of the GM brigade. So there. Stop it at once.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2007 11 28 at 05:52 AM • permalink

  91. #69 Wimpy Canadian nope I am one of those rare birds who don’t have tv in fact to see the Grey cup I had to visit someone.

    But none of my memories of the CBC are good. 

    God Bless the internet, eh.

    And I get to pay 70.00 per year for the left wing bias.

    PS it’s still friggin cold out, and Australia doesn’t care that the polar bears are freezing to death.  :(

    Posted by hollingshead on 2007 11 28 at 01:18 PM • permalink

  92. Geddaway, Hollingshead.

    Polar bears are DROWNING, not freezing. It’s called global warming for heaven’s sake. Everyone knows that. Al told us.

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 28 at 05:42 PM • permalink

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