ADELAIDE - It must be apparent by now to all world leaders that the Australian prime minister and his government are merely going through the motions of committing to the target of net zero emissions by 2050.
Their policy is a confection of aspirational statements backed by no credible analysis, no real plan and certainly no genuine commitment.
Their policy boils down to relying upon as yet unknown technologies to solve the problem and, of course, to piggy-back on the efforts of others.
They refuse to specify the cost of getting the recalcitrant National Party to sign up to the target despite literally years spent demanding that the proponents of major climate change initiatives specify the costs down to the cent.
Of course, none of this really matters now.
The huge emitters like China and India have no intention whatsoever of scaling back their emissions.
This is so because they are still determined to catch up with the Western world in terms of wealth and power, and energy generation is the key to this endeavour.
They are indifferent to the fate of the Pacific Island nations or, in fact, the world as a whole.
Unless and until the neoliberal juggernaut is at least slowed down significantly, if not stopped altogether, then talk about keeping the temperature rise at or below 1.5ºC is just so much hot air.
In that sense, Scott Morrison is in lock-step with most of the developed world, which has shown neither the will nor the capacity to mouth other than platitudes and weasel words about climate change.
Our grandchildren will despise us for our greed, stupidity and folly.