‘From denial to delay’: a forehead-slapping week in Australian climate policy

Thu, 24 Jun 2021 06:39:26 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"It took a major international investment group with $279bn under its control
to break through the climate-laden rhetoric of geopolitics last week.

You may not have heard of Robeco Institutional Asset Management, but on
Thursday the Netherlands-based asset manager made a stunning declaration,
singling out Australia as a country with a “particularly high-risk profile”
that it wants to pressure to transition out of fossil fuels.

The warning that it would look to restrict investments in the country’s
government bonds came after a week that started in the village of Carbis Bay in
Cornwall and careered through an oil and gas conference in Perth.

Robeco’s position shows it’s unconvinced by the Morrison government’s claim its
technology-led approach to cutting greenhouse gas emissions stands credibly on
the international stage.

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, had taken his technology-focused,
Australia-first talking points to Cornwall’s Carbis Bay for the G7 summit.

Robeco’s bruising intervention suggests the government’s carefully crafted
climate messaging is now being usurped by reality."

Via Robert Sanscartier.

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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