A sackable offence

The Climate Change Authority, under Bernie Fraser, proves why it should be sacked.

THE Climate Change Authority will today recommend the nation increase its target for cuts to carbon emissions from 5 per cent below 2000 levels to 19 per cent below, a move that will spark a political storm over how much the nation should do to combat climate change.

How out of touch are these people at the CCA? European countries have moved entirely away from emissions reduction targets. There is no emissions reduction target in the US, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom etc.

Yes, the EU as a whole has some target, but no longer is there a target for individual EU countries.

It is time for the Australian Government to rid ourselves of these anti-competitive policies:

  • eliminate the RET
  • remove the emissions reduction target
  • terminate the CCA
  • eliminate all Australian government funding for climate change related programs and use the money saved to reduce Commonwealth debt
  • announce that the Government wants people working in climate change related fields to move to jobs that are more productive and useful to the Australian people
  • state that the climate is and always has been variable, and Australia will adapt to changes as it must and has.

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30 Responses to A sackable offence

  1. Judith Sloan

    Samuel, you didn’t mention Japan. They completely walked away from their target and cut it by several fold.

  2. Judith Sloan

    Just checked. Japan’s original emissions reduction target – 25% by 2020 on 1990. Now a rise of 3.1%. Hee, hee.

  3. Biota

    Who is pulling the strings of these people? As Bolta always asks, by how much will this reduce what is now shown to be non-warming? Answer: bugger all to nothing.

  4. val majkus

    I thought the CCA had been terminated in December but maybe not

    Former Reserve Bank governor Bernie Fraser has called on the government to retain an independent climate advisory body as it unwinds Labor carbon policy. He challenged the government’s claims that it could get similar climate advice from other public servants.

    The Climate Change Authority chairman said he was frustrated and disappointed that the government was giving up a chance to receive ”good, independent advice”.

    The Abbott government wants to axe the authority as part of its repeal of the carbon tax. It also wants to shut the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation. The repeal bills are before the Senate this week.

    Environment Minister Greg Hunt has said the closure was part of a push to reduce bureaucracy, and climate change advice could come from the federal environment department, CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/bernie-fraser-criticises-axing-of-climate-change-authority-20131208-2yzey.html
    no it was the Climate Commission
    The CCA abolition bill was before the Senate in December but maybe it didn’t make it through

  5. Gab

    That was the Climate Commission, Val. Yet another bogus department set up by the former Labor government to do heaven knows what but costing taxpayers $1.4 million per year.

  6. Andrew

    Good point Judith, and it’s official Chinese policy to almost DOUBLE emissions from current levels – that’s their 5yr Plan TARGET (although they phrase it as “maintaining current emission intensity per unit of GDP”).

    If a quadrupling of our abatement target is such an appropriate policy, one wonders why Flannery’s sock puppet didn’t simply recommend this during the Gillard-Rudd term. After all, they’re being paid a huge amount of money for “indept advice.” Seems awfully like they are making it up every few months, with a view to who is in govt.

    Wonder why? Consider the embarrassment if a 2nd term Abbott666 builds dams and USC power, cuttin our emissions by 7% and smashing the target while improving the economy and water security immensely? The GreenLP will be out for 100 years. Heads will explode.

    This way Fewfacts can run the headline “denier Abbott666 fails on emissions – misses CCA target by 12%, destroys world, farmers and economy.” And he will say “but, but – the target was. 5% and I beat it!” And they will shriek “Denier !!!! Gaia murderer!!!!!”

  7. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    Bernie – you are 73 now.

    You have been a public servant since age 20 – time to cry:

    “Hold, enough! I have been a top end bureaucrat from age 40, you have paid me a fortune and now I need to show my gratitude by leaving you to it and shuffling off into the bush researching wombats or something.”

    But no, the complete idiot in him is determined to leave a legacy, a crippling legacy so that we all remember him.

  8. Bruce of Newcastle

    Germany is also reversing direction on “renewables”:

    All Pain And No Climate Gain … Expert Government Committee Recommends “Complete Scrapping” Of Feed-In Act!

    An independent committee of expert advisors to the German government is recommending in a report that the country’s once highly ballyhooed EEG renewable energy feed-in act be scrapped altogether because it is 1) “not doing anything for the climate”, 2) “not promoting innovation” and 3) driving up the cost of energy.

    The report will be officially presented to the government today [26 Feb 2014].

    The EU Parliament elections are about to take place and the German voters are groaning under the costs of electricity, and neighbouring nations are alarmed at the network instability coming out of Germany putting pressure on their own generators.

    Bernie Fraser is now swimming against the tide of history and of science. Why are we paying for the CCA to produce this ideological garbage?

  9. Aussiejohn

    It would seem that despite the “credentials” these poor folk are ill educated, because they apparently cannot read, especially material written by intelligent scientists and and others who deal in facts rather than a spurious agenda.

  10. Ant

    When will our government wake up that you can’t reason with these people? They’re beyond it.

    They have a lucrative umbilical tethered to big government which showers them with power, prestige and treasure – all pilfered off people who work and pay taxes and who have no hope of ever attaining the perks they provide to these bastards.

    Get the chain saw out!

  11. nerblnob

    As has been said before – Europe has cut emissions by de-industrialising and exporting manufacturing jobs to Asia.

    USA has cut CO2 by moving from coal to gas thanks to massive exploitation of shale reserves.

    Yet the vast majority of the numpties who want Australia to drastically reduce CO2 output are fanatically against shale gas development.

  12. Token

    Sounds like another agency which is trying the same game as that moron from Fiona Nash’s department and is pretending it is answerable to an international agency in an attempt to deny the relality that the election last September changed the executive government.

    Time to close the body down.

  13. Alan Moran

    Even Germany is now changing withBASF departing due to high renewable energy boosted electricity costs and Merkels council of advisers urging her to remove the renewable energy requirements that have caused the price hikes.

  14. cohenite

    ◾eliminate the RET
    ◾remove the emissions reduction target
    ◾terminate the CCA
    ◾eliminate all Australian government funding for climate change related programs and use the money saved to reduce Commonwealth debt
    ◾announce that the Government wants people working in climate change related fields to move to jobs that are more productive and useful to the Australian people
    ◾state that the climate is and always has been variable, and Australia will adapt to changes as it must and has.

    Good list; sounds like the policy of The Climate Sceptics party.

  15. 70s Playboy

    Merkel Advisers Urge Germany to End Clean-Energy Subsidy Program
    Angela Merkel & Tony Abbott – let’s hope they’re both on the same page

  16. 70s Playboy

    Hey, as a good looking playboy with a pretty face – how do I get my picture up?

  17. Dianeh

    At the centre of the CCA’s arguments is that more ambitious emissions reductions in the years leading up to 2020 will mean less costly emissions reductions efforts later. The CCA will also argue that major international polluters such as the US and China are now doing more to combat carbon emissions.

    So, the adverse economic effects are totally ignored on the basis that it is cheaper to do more now than it will be to do it later. Their crystal ball must be a lot clearer than mine.

    If our economy is permanently changed for the worse, and we are unable to recover, will there even be any money to tackle climate change if it happens? This ‘preventive action’ position is IMO much more risky than maintaining a healthy economy, national wealth and the ability to fund whatever disasters that may befall us. After all there are many disasters that can occur that have nothing to do with climate change.

    Close down the CCA now.

  18. brc

    I just love how they picked 19%. I’m sure they thought 20% would sound too much like they pulled the number out of thin air, so they went with an odd number instead. They should have gne the full retail experience and suggested 19.99% as the exact figure that is needed.

    Why are they still around? Why can’t the government either abolish the or appoint a friendly who then decides to close down the department?

    It is an insult to all Australians who voted for getting rid of these time-wasters that they even speak up. They should have all resigned their positions once it was clear a new governemtn was being formed which doesn’t want them anymore. What sort of a weirdo do you have to be to keep working on a project that nobody wants anymore?

  19. Ripper

    A cynic would think that Bernie is trying to protect the massive investment that Industry super funds have in renewables. e.g. they own 100% of Pacific Hydro.

  20. Combine_Dave

    This ‘preventive action’ position is IMO much more risky than maintaining a healthy economy, national wealth and the ability to fund whatever disasters that may befall us. After all there are many disasters that can occur that have nothing to do with climate change.

    Plus + 1.

  21. Combine_Dave

    What sort of a weirdo do you have to be to keep working on a project that nobody wants anymore?

    ‘A public servant’ is the answer to your question.

  22. Squirrel

    “Environment Minister Greg Hunt has said the closure was part of a push to reduce bureaucracy, and climate change advice could come from the federal environment department, CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology”

    Surely that’s enough, when you consider that PM&C, Treasury, Finance, Industry and AG’s would also have things to say about climate policies.

  23. Myrddin Seren

    Yes, the EU as a whole has some target, but no longer is there a target for individual EU countries.

    and as Bruce of Newie pointed out upthread, the Germans have ramped up their electricity costs and destabilised their grid with the green koolaid renewables binge.

    Post-Fukushima they are closing their nuclear power sector.

    And as a result building coal-fired power stations to stave off a sudden return to the 18th century.

    Meaning with German CO2 emissions inevitably rising, the only way for Europe as a whole to meet a target is for the Club Med countries to be permanently deindustralised and left to rot economically, and Britain to continue to walk off an economic cliff with it’s disastrous Climate Change Act.

    Some nation had to be the first to prove how monumentally stupid these green energy policies are by going bust big time. For a long time I had feared Australia would be the first lemming over the cliff, but there is hope that Formerly-Great Britain will demonstrate to us what a national economic suicide note looks like.

  24. Bruce of Newcastle

    there is hope that Formerly-Great Britain will demonstrate to us what a national economic suicide note looks like

    You got that right Myrrdin. Last night one of the Tory senior ministers announced that Prince Charles was just like them – a green conservative.

    Prince Charles is a ‘natural’ Conservative environmentalist, Michael Gove suggests

    Bye bye, Tories. No wonder the UK is going down the tubes, and the UKIP becoming more popular. Everyone is of the left except them.

  25. Bill Thompson

    Our ABC’s mid-day TV news today again lived up to its charter/code obligations for ‘balance’. There they were – again – spruiking AGW – this time with an extended interview with Bernie. He reckons a paltrey 5% reduction in CO2 emissions is useless, when we can easily just buy knock-down, off the back of a truck European permits & thereby hit 15% or even 19%. All for only a mere $200-$850million… Simple as that! As usual, a couple of minutes of listening to Bernie seemed like decades of watching paint dry…

  26. Andrew

    All for only a mere $200-$850million…

    Good. Let’s do it. I happily authorise Abbott666 to give the corrupt Eurocrats $850m pa. As long as we then do nothing to encourage any RET domest

  27. Andrew

    Domestically and allow all “climate destroying” activity like coal mining. Buying carbon indulgences is 1000x easier than actually de-industrialising to reduce real emissions.

  28. boy on a bike

    You forgot about turning all wind farms into RAAF bombing ranges.

  29. Combine Dave

    Judith is right –

    Tokyo – Japan has drastically scaled back its target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, complicating efforts to forge a global climate change pact. The new target approved by the Cabinet on Friday calls for reducing emissions by 3.8% from their 2005 level by 2020. The revision was necessary because the earlier goal of a 25% reduction from the 1990 level was unrealistic, the chief government spokesperson, Yoshihide Suga, told reporters.

    http://www.news24.com/Green/News/Japan-drops-climate-change-emissions-target-20131115

  30. Combine Dave

    So when the other developed countries are going from 20% reduction targets to 3% our own warminists* are asking us to go to 20% (or higher) with the admonishment that we are falling behind the rest of the world?

    *Said warminists are apparently employed by the tax payer… Mr Abbott, I thought the budget was in a perilous condition requiring cuts? There’s some Public Servants you can cut right there.

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