Taking the moral high ground on climate change

Tony Abbott said something along the lines that the alarmists claim the high moral ground and we try to promote commonsense and pragmatism. We can do better than that, we hold the moral high ground along with the science and cost/benefit analysis that points to better policies.

So called carbon mitigation and clean energy policies area devastating human lives and the environment with no scientific justification, virtually no impact on CO2 emissions (see the German trifecta of failure) and ruinous economic costs. So what is moral about that package?

Just a thought for the day before setting off to the Friedman Conference.

It would be good to have a team live-blogging the event, so many exciting things are happening it is too much for one correspondent. Hats off to Tim Andrews and the team, the gala dinner last night was grand, pity they served so much finger food before the event, hardly a need to eat afterwards!

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28 Responses to Taking the moral high ground on climate change

  1. stackja

    The scam has been given moral high ground by many, who make money at the expense of less well off. MSM should take a lot of the blame, but won’t.

  2. Nato

    I hope you enjoy the conference. Fear works. Here’s an idea that a lot of political types overlook: This is completely irrelevant to the working poor.
    How many times did that idea come up at the conference?
    Remember the quiet Australians.

  3. Nob

    They don’t care that upgrading coal power stations would result in less CO2 emissions than the current mess.

    They don’t care that drilling for more gas would result in less CO2 emissions than the current mess.

    They don’t care that building more dams would result in less CO2 emissions than the current mess.

    They don’t care that nuclear power stations would result in less CO2 emissions than the current mess.

    They can’t create.

    They can’t build.

    They must oppose.

    They must obstruct.

    Therein lies the power, the thrill they crave.

  4. Everything the Left pushes is based on it being the ‘moral high ground’.

    It’s sad, however, that it’s the self-serving elite that seeks to enhance their own power and wealth, yet so many peasants blindly support them, even if it leads to poverty and eventually their own demise.

  5. Nob

    They don’t care that drilling for oil hundreds of km offshore where oil already seeps possess no threat to beaches or marine life.

    They want the thrill of nihilism. It’s all they have.

  6. Greg Lindsay

    I don’t think you mean Tim Anderson!

  7. nb

    New, safe, nuclear power.

  8. Once a year we have Earth Hour, where lights are turned off for an hour to save the planet. Then in turn we have the Vivid Festival (which just started) where the entire Sydney CBD is lit up for two full days, as well as numerous ‘light up’ festivals from Melbourne to Alice Springs.

    Why aren’t the climate worriers complaining?

  9. Tel

    Anyone with an NRMA membership might be interested to know that your money is getting spent on expensive charging stations.

    https://www.mynrma.com.au/community/news-and-media-centre/nrma-fast-charging-the-riverina

  10. Bruce of Newcastle

    It’s only the moral high ground if it is truthful.
    The climate alarmists are neither correct nor truthful.
    Lying, distorting and faking data, pushing scare-story millenarian apocalypses.
    So theirs is actually the immoral low ground.

  11. Ben

    Our Paris targets mean we need to reduce emissions from 550Mtpa to 441Mtpa. In 2018 $20bn spent on renewables shaved 6Mtpa out of the electricity sector taking it down to 180Mtpa. Transport is 100Mtpa and agriculture is 70Mtpa. In 2018 our net emissions across all sectors grew 5Mtpa.

    Our Paris targets can be described in terms of per capita and emissions intensity. These are 50% and 62% reductions respectively.

    Our Paris targets are extreme, we have no chance of meeting them without seriously affecting multiple sectors of our economy. The recent media softening on this is a worry.

    https://www.environment.gov.au/climate-change/publications/factsheet-australias-2030-climate-change-target

  12. Behind Enemy Lines

    For too many in dissident politics, this obsession with applying the blue pencil to the Left’s myth-making remains a liability. Conservatives have always fallen into this trap. While the Left is performing yet another morality tale, the Right is busy editing the script for accuracy. In politics, factual accuracy is only important if it advances the narrative. What matters, what always matters, is convincing the public that your version of reality is the most pleasing. The facts are just part of the set. – The Zman, Failure Analysis

  13. It’s gone too far for logic to prevail – if it ever could.
    The only thing that will work now is to let the idiot child touch the top of the stove.
    Prepare for the eventuality as best you can, and remember that the lessons that are painful are the ones best remembered.
    Perhaps they will listen the next time they are told something is dangerous.
    sauve qui peut, mes amis

  14. The zman article linked to above by ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ is excellent.
    Thanks.

  15. mem

    MSM should take a lot of the blame, but won’t.

    Many in media positions reporting on environment are rabid Greens activists. They believe they have the right and responsibility to inflate figures and exaggerate the Armageddon narrative and to quash any information that might call the narrative into question.

  16. I came across this video where the newly elected Liberal member for Sturt in SA provides his view on climate action (again, South Australians). Screw the Paris Accord and put some real sense into climate action. You simply can’t create jobs etc and remain in the Paris Accord:

    https://youtu.be/mSDxQzi4vbw?t=178

  17. Dr Fred Lenin

    How can you take the moral high ground hen all your beliefs are based on unmitigated lies and exaggerations ?
    As for morals and the left? Now there is a contradicion of facts ,an oxymoron f epic proporons .

  18. Muddy

    The ‘moral high ground’ is always claimed by our ideological enemies because they take the initiative. We are then forced to react and defend. It doesn’t need to be that way, but changing the mindset of conservatives is a challenge I’m not confident can be overcome anytime soon. You either position yourself and potential challengers, or you allow others to position you. Rather than thinking four moves ahead, we wait for a challenge, and then make things up, ad hoc, on the run. How is that working so far?

  19. NuThink

    Well researched and written (in 2015) article by a Chemical Engineer, Andrew Kenny, about the climate change scare.
    https://irr.org.za/reports/atLiberty/files/liberty-2013-climate-change-science-and-the-climate-change-scare
    Engineers generally make more sense than so called scientists.

  20. sfw

    It’s a tragedy how things for Australia and Abbott turned out. He’s intelligent and courageous but deeply flawed. He was elected PM with a great majority and instead of taking control while at the peak of his power, he (seemingly) abandoned his principles and lost his chance of greatness and that of our nation. He folded to all and sundry. I don’t get it, even now I see redeeming features in him but I could never support him again.

    a flaw of character that destroyed him and damaged the nation.

  21. The late Hon Maurice Strong came to Australia to invite me to join a panel to prepare what would become UNFCCC COP3 Kyoto Protocol (based upon my paper “the missing sink”)
    His close working relation with PRC saw me appointed foreign expert & to Mongolian Gov.
    Working with 9 desert Provinces over 8years growing annual soils(s) sequestering mass CO2.
    My work continued via a group of interested business leaders, reversing many decades of heat reflecting anthropogenic deserts.
    2019 global the Nature Science of soils growing restarting the CO2 cycle well planned in desert nations by 2025 will witness serious reversal “global warming”. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbI8YZmBP8g.

  22. Leo G

    So what is moral about that package?

    It’s the wrapping- politically-correct, progressive-supremicist, cultural-relativist, red-green recyclable, moral high-ground government issue.

  23. mem

    sfw
    #3025359, posted on May 25, 2019 at 5:49 pm
    It’s a tragedy how things for Australia and Abbott turned out. He’s intelligent and courageous but deeply flawed. He was elected PM with a great majority and instead of taking control while at the peak of his power, he (seemingly) abandoned his principles and lost his chance of greatness and that of our nation. He folded to all and sundry. I don’t get it, even now I see redeeming features in him but I could never support him again.

    a flaw of character that destroyed him and damaged the nation.

    Well said and in my view spot on. He had the mandate, the knowledge and the timing but buckled when he should have grasped control. Inexplicable and so costly to Australia.

  24. egg_

    Anyone with an NRMA membership might be interested to know that your money is getting spent on expensive charging stations.

    P1ssing members’ money up the wall virtue signalling.

  25. Bad Samaritan

    Where’a an open thread?

  26. mem

    The Lib coalition are deluded if they think people voted for them because of the smaller cost of climate change actions compared to Labor. They provided the best of two bad options. A far better option would have been to withdraw from Paris, pull the subsidies and put funds into researching new technologies. As it stands Australians will have to endure higher electricity prices and a fluctuating grid. And all the green nonsense will continue.

  27. Tel

    P1ssing members’ money up the wall virtue signalling.

    Sure looks that way … I’ve been thinking about alternative options and ending the membership. I do drive an oldish car which is kept in reasonable condition, but might break down.

    https://www.gotu.com.au/

    What about these guys? No annual membership, backed by Allianz … anyone tried them out?

  28. Tel

    These guys will sell you a battery … 24 hours mobile assist.

    https://www.batteryworld.com.au/Our-Services/24-Hour-call-out-service

    Only pay for what you use. No membership required, just call them when you want them.

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