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Reef Report for Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Australia’s Proposed Global Warming Carbon Reduction Scheme Being Debated
Does it go far enough to protect the Great Barrier Reef?

For the past few weeks we have been following the debate over the proposed Carbon reduction scheme being proposed by the Australia’s current Labor Government.

The scheme is many-faceted, proposing a host of various projects and new programs, aimed at reducing Carbon Dioxide generation in Australia by 5% by the year 2020.

The debate seems to be most heavily propped up by big industries and organizations with environmental concerns. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises It would be fair to say that the collective position of big industry is that they can barely manage to tolerate a 5% reduction target. I think you can guess the position most environmentally concerned constituents feel that 5% does not go nearly far enough to protect Australia’s natural environment, and sets a poor example for other nations, especially given that fact that measured on a per person basis, Australia is one of the biggest producers of Carbon Dioxide.

We admire Kevin Rudd and the Labor Party Government for making signing on to the Kyoto Climate Control Agreement almost immediately after winning the election. A natural next step would be one that’s equally strong to match continue that bold new direction; to set a higher reduction target and challenge other nations to follow.

Doing so would more strongly commit the government and industry towards protecting Australia’s environment, upon which the agricultural and tourism sector depend on, and frankly, protecting the environment is just the right thing to do. We realize that change to existing patterns of industrial production might be a challenge, but it’s the development of new technologies that will so strongly and positively influence the economic climate and environment our children will experience, let’s take a step in the direction of the future that we’d like to see!

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(C) DiveTheReef The weekly reef report is written by Joel Groberg of DiveTheReef.com, who compiles them from the many conversations he has with dive staff in the area, as well as  many other local sources in the dive community.

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