Sky News host Peta Credlin says the whole net zero argument feels “more theological than practical”.
Ms Credlin said there are nations which have “totally failed to deliver” on existing emissions commitments, which have decided to make more extravagant targets “by way of atonement”.
“Or, perhaps by making new commitments further out in time, they hope that no one will notice they haven’t come anywhere near meeting those commitments they’ve already made and that will soon come due”.
“Listening to the ABC, or reading the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, you’d think that Australia was a climate change pariah, while New Zealand is the climate change messiah”.
Australia has reduced its emissions by 13 per cent since 2005 while New Zealand increased its by four per cent.
Analysis from the Institute of Economic Research has also shown New Zealand’s GDP would be 16 per cent lower than it otherwise would in 2050 if it continues down its current policy towards net zero even with an agricultural exemption.
Australia, on the other hand is on track to reach its Paris 2030 emissions reduction target of 26 per cent, “based on technology not tax” with minimal, if any, impact on GDP growth, Ms Credlin said.
“So, having won once, by exploiting Labor’s mistake, why would the government want to make the same mistake itself, by taking an un-costed target into the next election with no clear way to achieve it,” she said.
“Rather than focus on promises on the never-never, commitments for a moment in time that’s three decades into the future, how about governments and policy-makers focus on today and the dams, manufacturing and cheap power they’ve promised time and time again, but still are yet to deliver.”