Martin Ferguson – in a parallel universe or just the real world?

For those concerned about climate change, Energy Minister Martin Ferguson can appear like he's in a parallel universe with his focus on growing our fossil fuel exports. But from the other side climate change activists can appear to be out of touch with the needs of the impoverished masses in India and China.

In the press reports surrounding the release of the Energy White Paper there appeared to be two parallel universes in existence – one concerned with dangerous climate change and another concerned with satisfying Asia’s demand for energy.

Nikki Williams, head of the Australian Coal Association, perhaps best illustrated the latter. She stated to the Sydney Morning Herald in relation to the Energy White Paper:


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