No excuses left…

WWF and CSIRO yesterday jointly launched a new report called The Heat is On.

I haven’t had a chance to read it yet (been on annual leave moving into our the apartment), but there’s a fair buzz around here about the report. From the press release launching the report:

The report was two years in the making and is the result of a coalition of Australia’s leading energy and transport stakeholders – including Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Xstrata Coal, Westpac Banking Corporation, Alcoa World Alumina Australia, Woodside Energy and the Australian Automobile Association.

The report features modelling by CSIRO and ABARE that reveals Australia can make deep cuts to its greenhouse gas emissions in concert with the international community with little impact on the economy.

Contrary to popular belief, the report shows that overall household energy will be more affordable in 2050 than it is today.

This, on top of the Stern Review of previous reports on the topic should finally put lie to the argument that taking the necessary steps to reduce our carbon emissions will destroy the economy.

This, plus the continued public and political momentum behind addressing global warming will hopefully tip the government into action. Only time will tell…

P.S. just a reminder to those that don’t know, I work for WWF-Australia, but the views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of my employer.