Controversial psychologist Jordan Peterson has slammed the Albanese government as ‘delusional’ for setting ambitious climate targets.
According to him, these goals will ‘devastate’ the nation.
In an article for the Daily Telegraph, the Canadian clinical psychologist called Australia a ‘resource-dependent and productive country’ and panned its end-of-decade target reduction emission by 43 per cent as ‘impossible’.
He called the 2030 and 2050 targets outlined by the Labor government ‘utterly preposterous and inexcusable goal both practically and conceptually'.
He added: “This by the way is a goal identical to that adopted last week by the utterly delusional leaders of Australia.
“Who additionally committed that resource dependent and productive country to a 43 per cent plus decrease – by 2005 standards – in greenhouse gas emission within the impossible timeframe of eight years.
“This will devastate Australia.”
Peterson’s remarks come after the House of Representatives successfully passed the country’s first piece of climate change legislation in over a decade.
The Climate Change Bill passed 89 votes to 55.
Part of this bill includes two national greenhouse gas emission targets, one of them including the reduction of 2005 levels by 43 per cent by the time we hit the year 2030 and a reduction to ‘net zero’ by 2050, which would honour the Paris Agreement.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Prime Minister Anthony Albanese celebrated the bill's passing as it will provide long-term safety to the country while creating many jobs.
He told reporters: “The impact of climate change is real. We need a response which is real.
"The government is offering that, and I’m pleased that it received the support of the House of Representatives."
While Greens leader Adam Bandt said the climate policy is merely a ‘small step to tackling the climate emergency’ but the targets were still ‘weak’, according to Sky News.
Bandt warned that the ‘good work’ of the bill could be reversed by coal and gas mines.
"If they proceed, they will blow Labor's weak targets," he said.
"Even one of those projects, the Beetaloo Basin, would lift Australia's pollution by up to 13 per cent.
"If 114 of those projects go ahead and Labor is currently backing them, Australia's pollution could lift by an additional third from where we are now."
Bandt said that he, along with his party, would continue to halt new gas and coal projects while committing to create policy reducing carbon emissions.
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