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  • Published: 27 June 2007
  • ISBN: 9781742284057
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496
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High and Dry


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Australia's climate is changing. Water shortage is chronic and irreversible, temperatures are rising, extreme weather events are more frequent, species are dying on land and at sea.The world's scientists agree that to avoid the worst environmental damage we must cut at least 60 per cent of global emissions by 2050. Instead, Australia is on track to Increase emissions by 70 per cent over this period. Why Is the Howard government acting so conspicuously against the world's Interests, and against Australia's own future?In this damning account, Liberal Party member, lobbyist and former Howard-government advisor Guy Pearse takes us behind the rhetoric he once helped write. He reveals that the government has no plans whatsoever to reduce Australia's emissions, and explains why this is bad for Australia's economy. He exposes a prime minister wilfully blind to Australia's real Interests – a man who has allowed climate change policy to be dictated by a small group of Australia's biggest polluters and the lobbyists they fund.

  • Pub date: 27 June 2007
  • ISBN: 9781742284057
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

About the Author

Guy Pearse

Guy Pearse joined the Liberal party in 1989 and spent the past eighteen years studying environment policy and working in the political 'dark arts'. He's been an industry lobbyist, political minder, consultant and spin doctor. He wrote the speeches of Australia's former environment minister, Robert Hill. While studying at Harvard, he moonlighted on the advance staff of the Clinton-Gore White House and re-election campaign.More recently, his PhD research exposed the self-dubbed 'greenhouse mafia' - a cabal of lobbyists working for our worst polluting industries. What Guy discovered about the pervasive control these industries have over Australia's response to climate change persuaded him to leave the dark arts behind to write High & Dry - his first book.


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