UPDATE: In a depressing double-whammy, Turnbull has also lifted TA’s sensible ban on pointless and ugly bird-choppers (wind farms). Oh well, they can be a lasting monument to Chairman Mal’s stupidity.
One of the main reasons Tony Abbott was elected in 2013 was his rational stance on climate alarmism.
He stood apart from Rudd, Gillard and Turnbull, all of whom advocated taking action on global warming climate change – and won the 2013 election as a result.
Abbott rightly believed that spending trillions of dollars to make no difference to the climate is a pointless solution to a non-problem. There has been virtually no warming for almost two decades, despite rising CO2 levels, and the science, in particular on the sensitivity of the climate to CO2, is far from settled.
How it all changes.
With a global warming believer firmly installed in the Lodge, and Julie Bishop swooning to Malcolm’s charms, we are greeted this morning by nauseating pictures of Bishop laughing and smiling at this ‘historic’ (aren’t they all?) climate agreement in Paris, and gushing articles from Fairfax and the Guardian (always a bad sign):
Governments have signalled an end to the fossil fuel era, committing for the first time to a universal agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions and to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change at crunch United Nations talks in Paris.
Speaking outside the conference hall, a jubilant foreign minister Julie Bishop said the agreement involving all nations and trading competitors could give Australia “comfort” to take tougher action to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Anyone who knows anything about climate knows that Australia’s contribution of 1.5% of global emissions could be reduced to zero without the climate even noticing. As China continues to build a new coal fired power station every couple of weeks, choosing, rightly, to lift its population out of poverty with cheap energy, Australia’s tiny reduction is nothing more fart in a hurricane (which, by the way, are getting less frequent).
Any deal to remove fossil fuels will harm the poorest most, since until renewables are genuinely competitive, fossil fuels will remain the cheapest form of energy for developing countries. But who cares about that when you’re ‘saving the planet’?
Utterly pointless, and 100% NOT what was voted for by the Australian people barely two years ago.