The Age of Assertiveness, not reason

The climate change debate is being dominated by an Age of Assertiveness rather than reason, where the screams of big business self-interest are drowning out a more informed, mature discussion aimed at broad community consensus.

*This is an extract of a speech given by Bernie Fraser, chair of the Climate Change Authority, to the National Press Club on Thursday 13 March reflecting upon the Climate Change Authority’s Report of the Targets and Progress Review. The points extracted below were prefaced as the personal views of Mr Fraser and not the views of the Climate Change Authority board or secretariat.

Reactions to the Authority’s recommendations have been predictable and, on the whole, not particularly encouraging.



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