Ditch direct action

Just think about it this way – with the closure of Ford, GMH, Toyota and now Point Henry + two rolling mills, we are a shoe-in to reach our 5% CO2 emissions reduction target by 2020 and we don’t have to do a thing.

In fact, I have read that we are likely to reach the target by 2017-18.

So there we go, Greg, we can save the taxpayer a few bill by ditching your crazy direct action plan.

It’s a pity that we are achieving the target this way (a bit like the Europeans and the closure of all those rust-bucket factories in the East), but this is a definite silver lining.

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28 Responses to Ditch direct action

  1. Michel Lasouris

    “Shoe-in” Judith? But you make a good point.

  2. Squirrel

    We may have to be seen to be doing something (lest our perceived inaction be used to justify trade sanctions against us…..in keeping with the original motivation of the UK/Euro climate schemes), so planting of trees might be OK. Beyond that, I would prefer to see any climate money spent on sensible mitigation measures – e.g. for agriculture, where we could learn more from countries such as Israel.

  3. Judith Sloan

    How do you spell shoe-in?

  4. Token

    Can’t wait to see who would be opposed to the government breaking that election promise. The base of the Coalition hated the idea and the left are on record deriding the plan.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    Shorten is saying today that Canberra should give the Alcoa workers 50 million bucks.

    Yet he isn’t willing to repel the carbon tax which cost Alcoa $137 million last year.

    Forget about Direct Action, which now won’t require any budget outlay anyway, Australia has got to kill the carbon tax first.

    It screwed industry and their workers for $7.6 billion last year. It must be repealed urgently before more workers lose their jobs.

  6. cohenite

    Build dams, lots of them; water is still the best way to sequester CO2; although why you would want to get rid of CO2, plant-food, is beyond rational justification.

  7. Token

    Build dams, lots of them; water is still the best way to sequester CO2

    Time to allow the pipe to be built to get the water from the Gulf into the Murray Darling as well. The leftist swine in Victoria built a similar pipe to move water from the MD to the Victorian water catchment so we know the technology has been used in Australia.

  8. Steve Kates

    Judith – I would have spelled it “shoe in” as well, as in “shoe in the door” I suppose. But the net has this as the preferred origins:

    Shoo-in
    .
    The conventional spelling of the noun meaning a sure winner is shoo-in, not shoe-in. The term uses the verb shoo, which means to urge something in a desired direction, usually by waving one’s arms. The idea behind the word is that the person being shooed—for example, into the winner’s circle, into a job, or into a field of award nominees—is such a lock that we can shoo him or her in without hesitation.
    .
    The term originated in the early 20th century. The earliest instances relate to horse racing, with the shoo-ins being horses that are destined to win through either dominance or race fixing. The earliest instance listed in the OED is from 1928, and we are unable to find any examples from earlier. The word seems to have blown up in the 1930s, though, and historical Google News and Books searches uncover numerous examples from that decade and the 40s. By the 1960s it was in use outside horse racing.

  9. H B Bear

    Yep. Send Hunt to the back bench (where he always belonged), repeal the Carbon Tax and MRET legislation. Job’s done.

    Just keep exporting coal to China so they can make our aluminum imports.

  10. Eddystone

    Judith Sloan
    #1194928, posted on February 19, 2014 at 10:07 am
    How do you spell shoe-in?

    Shoo, as in herding cats!

  11. incoherent rambler

    Judith, the RET, Carbon Tax and various other government fiddlings in the electricity generation sector, all quite obviously are targeted at making electricity more expensive.

    This is insane. Alcoa is the one of many power consumers who will shift elsewhere. To be internationally competitive Australian power prices need to move from 25c-90c per kwh to 5-15c per kwh. i.e. a five to 10 fold reduction in power costs.

    Canadians and (some)Americans have prices in the less than 10c per kwh.

  12. manalive

    I would prefer to see any climate money spent on sensible mitigation measures …

    Any investment in climate ‘mitigation’ ultimately ought to be up to individual investors using their own money.

  13. incoherent rambler

    Want to have any industry? Say goodbye to windmills and solar PVs.

  14. James

    It’s really starting to feel like the beginning of the end. The forecast east coast gas price is $13/GJ this year compared to a reduction in the US gas price.

    Why would anyone bother with Australia? Let’s all just get services jobs and live happily ever after.

  15. Baldrick

    Can you imagine the incessant hand-wringing and bed-wetting if the government decided not to go ahead with the Direct Action Plan.

    BRING IT ON!

  16. johanna

    While Direct Action is bovine excretement, the devil will be in the detail.

    Under a wise Minister, the money will be used for things like getting rid of weeds and feral animals, clearing waterways and fencing off banks, etc etc – which would have been done anyway under other programs. Savings can then be made in those programs.

    It is a bit early to despair. Let’s see what concrete proposals get approved first.

  17. Goanna

    CO2 is essential for healthy plant growth.
    Forget all about evil CO2 and its nonsensical description as “pollution.”
    Crank up the coal fired power stations and give so called Direct Action the flick.

  18. thefrollickingmole

    Australian unions have cut their own throats over this.

    Australian companies could pay above average wages and still turn a profit BECAUSE energy input costs were low.

    They somehow convinced themselves that they could massively increase energy costs and still push for higher wages…

    I wonder how Piggy Howes is going now hes living in a van down by the river,, having promised there would be no job losses with a carbon tax.?

  19. gabrianga

    Everything Lord Wentworth and his footman Hunt brought to Coalition Environmental Policies should be torched and Abbott should start afresh.

    Get rid of baggage in the first year, used to be the guideline for a successful Government.

  20. Squirrel

    “James

    #1195010, posted on February 19, 2014 at 11:05 am

    It’s really starting to feel like the beginning of the end. The forecast east coast gas price is $13/GJ this year compared to a reduction in the US gas price.

    Why would anyone bother with Australia? Let’s all just get services jobs and live happily ever after.”

    Indeed – if only the rest of the world would keep lending us the money to pay for all the stuff that our net foreign earnings don’t cover.

  21. Greg James

    There is no point in suggesting this to Greg Hunt.

    On all indications he has been a committed pale green AGW Alarmist for a decade or more – just like Turnbull – and the most disappointing decision made by Abbott after toppling Turnbull was to keep Hunt in his existing role.

    Given his [and Turnbull's] ideological leanings on this one issue alone, he should have been removed and someone like Dennis Jensen from WA should have been appointed. If Abbott had done that, and simply finally conceded that “the science was crap” the LNP would not now need to be engaging in all sorts of verbal and ideological contortions with respect to CO2 and the Direct Action plan.

    Greg Hunt is easily one of the weakest links in the current government, IMO.

  22. johanna

    I had dealings with Hunt when I was in the Pubes, and like Turnbull he is bright and capable. But he is not to be trusted, also like Turnbull.

  23. wazsah

    Has anybody read the “Emissions Reduction Fund Green Paper” ?
    Seems to me the thrust relies on carbon farming.
    Any other views?
    And yet the Henbury Carbon Farming Project in the NT failed.
    Why was that?
    Anybody know.

  24. NT Oldie

    And yet the Henbury Carbon Farming Project in the NT failed.
    Why was that?
    Anybody know.

    Here you go, the sad story of yet another ALP Green waste of tax payers money.
    NT Govt wants carbon farm returned to pastoral use.

  25. handjive

    Australian government scientists acknowledge 17+ years of NO man made Global Warming despite ‘record levels’ of carbon(sic) at 400ppm.
    Should be enough information to pause any more spending on direct action.

    Howard, much to his detriment, had a carbon(sic) tax, but only when the rest of the world joined in.
    Maybe we can re-start direct action when the warming restarts.
    Maybe Prof. England can predict this date, like when he says 100 years in the future.
    . . .
    If you can’t explain the pause, you can’t explain the cause.
    Therefore, you can’t justify any spending.
    Greg Hunt can’t explain neither, unfortunately for Australia.

  26. entropy

    Carbon farming only has a remote chance to work in any sort of financial way in places where soils that are wet through regular rainfall. Northern Australia is not that place.

    And then there is the small problem of credible accounting……

  27. Crossie

    Everything Lord Wentworth and his footman Hunt brought to Coalition Environmental Policies should be torched and Abbott should start afresh.

    Get rid of baggage in the first year, used to be the guideline for a successful Government.

    I’m really starting to question Tony Abbott’s judgment. With that election night proclamation “Australia is open for business” I expected better from him than giving jobs to Labor and Democrats has-beens. If he keeps this Mr Nice Guy routine the voters will not be nice to him at the next election. We expected retribution and instead got Natasha ‘Doc Martens’ Despoja.

  28. Notafan

    More dams would be an excellent idea but surely even Hunt sees the end is nigh for the carbon loonies.

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