Follow the climate money and the time when Tony beat Malcolm by one vote

FOLLOW THE MONEY.  A comprehensive review of the magnitude and extent of the vested interests that support and profit from the scientific scandal of climate alarmism.

I became quite despondent while putting this together as I started to understand the huge, eye-watering amount of money that is dependent upon the unproven notion that atmospheric CO2 arising from the use of fossil fuels is causing catastrophic global warming/climate change/ pestilence and doom.

Some headline numbers: the capitalisation of the renewable energy industry is over $1 trillion; the funding of the NGOs being used as alarmist publicity and lobbying agencies exceeds $2 billion; and the amount of government research funding committed to the issue exceeds $1billion.

Good luck expecting that the resolution of some matter of scientific importance will cause these agencies to admit that their business is based upon a lie and that they will go away quietly, or at least scale back to a size more commensurate with the real market needs.

JO NOVA’S COLLECTED ITEMS ON THE SAME THEME.

HOW The Limits to Growth  SPOOKED ANDREW ROBB and how he sank the carbon tax in the Liberal Party room

According to Annabel Crabb.

Ten years ago today, Andrew Robb arrived at Parliament House intent upon an act of treachery. No-one was expecting him. Robb was formally on leave from the Parliament undergoing treatment for his severe depression.

But the plan the Liberal MP nursed to himself that morning would not only bring about the political demise of his leader, Malcolm Turnbull, but blow apart Australia’s two great parties irrevocably just as they teetered toward consensus on climate change, the most divisive issue of the Australian political century.

And so it was that Andrew Robb made one of the most extraordinary and — by most conventional measures — indefensible tactical decisions in the history of political chicanery…

Robb ripped himself a scrap of paper and scrawled a note to Turnbull.

“The side effects of the medication I am on now make me very tired. I’d be really grateful if you could get me to my feet soon,” he wrote.

Turnbull called Robb to speak soon after. He rose, and denounced the proposed scheme in forensic detail, his words carrying significant weight as the erstwhile bearer of the relevant portfolio.

The deal never recovered. The meeting went on for six more hours. Turnbull — a streetfighter when cornered — added the numbers of shadow Cabinet votes to the “yes” votes in the party room and declared that he had a majority.

One week and one day later — December 1, 2009 — a ballot was held for the leadership of the Liberal Party.

Tony Abbott — who nominated against both Turnbull and shadow treasurer Joe Hockey — won by a single vote.

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23 Responses to Follow the climate money and the time when Tony beat Malcolm by one vote

  1. stackja

    Andrew Robb, very strange!

  2. One day, all those who have been steadfast in their fight against this Green treachery will be honoured for their efforts and, hopefully, those who they have fought will receive their due comeuppance.

  3. jupes

    Turnbull — a streetfighter when cornered —

    Lol. Turnbull is a lot of things. Streetfighter is not one of them.

    How delusional are these ABC types?

  4. Jonesy

    I well remember that sitting week…..BUT…it was the greens opposition of the bill that sunk it.

  5. The Liberals have been compromised since at least 1999 when Howard signed up to the Kyoto Treaty.

  6. Colonel Crispin Berka

    Conservatives
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    We will reach Net Zero by 2050 with investment in clean energy solutions
    and green infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions and pollution.

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    It’s official, Australia is the right way up and it’s the UK that is upside down.

  7. Colonel Crispin Berka

    (posting again without ‘at’ symbol in case that’s what caused it to be eaten.)

    Conservatives 14h
    We will reach Net Zero by 2050 with investment in clean energy solutions
    and green infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions and pollution.

    #ConservativeManifesto

    It’s official, Australia is the right way up and it’s the UK that is upside down.

  8. pbw

    Annabel Crabb. What can you say about Annabel?
    From the section headed

    An extraordinary tactic

    comes this:

    And so it was that Andrew Robb made one of the most extraordinary and — by most conventional measures — indefensible tactical decisions in the history of political chicanery.

    Parliament House is no stranger to mental illness. Historically, its sufferers have covered their tracks, loath to be seen as vulnerable.

    But this must be the only recorded occasion on which mental illness has been used as a tactic.

    Robb ripped himself a scrap of paper and scrawled a note to Turnbull.

    “The side effects of the medication I am on now make me very tired. I’d be really grateful if you could get me to my feet soon,” he wrote.

    Turnbull called Robb to speak soon after.

    What treachery! What an indefensible tactic!
    Meanwhile, back in the preceding section headed

    Enter the quiet assassin

    we have this:

    Robb obtained a confidential copy [of the deal negotiated with Labor] on the Monday afternoon. He says it horrified him.

    “It was a total sell-out, but it was so cleverly crafted that it would look, to the less informed, like we’d won the lottery in the negotiations,” Robb would later write in his memoir, Black Dog Daze.

    He sat up until late that night in his Canberra flat, studying the detail of the deal, rereading Turnbull’s public speeches, and composing an ambush.

    An ambush. Will these people stop at nothing?

    Robb seated himself in a row near the front of the room, expressed his interest in speaking and waited for the call. Hours passed, as speakers selected by Turnbull spoke in support of the deal, interspersed with opponents who — unfamiliar with the detail — simply restated their generic reservations about outpacing comparable nations in addressing climate change. Robb couldn’t catch Turnbull’s eye.

    He became anxious that Turnbull and his lieutenants — manager of opposition business Christopher Pyne and shadow cabinet secretary Michael Ronaldson — had twigged to his scepticism.

    What a low-life that Robb character is.
    But Turnbull is an honourable man.

  9. Colonel Crispin Berka

    (posting a THIRD time without twitter things in case that’s what caused it to be eaten TWICE.)

    Conservatives [ mobile.twitter.com/Conservatives/status/1198611671813677062 ]
    We will reach Net Zero by 2050 with investment in clean energy solutions
    and green infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions and pollution.

    ConservativeManifesto

    It’s official, Australia is the right way up and it’s the UK that is upside down.

  10. Totally and utterly compromised.

    Like a vanquished monarch ordering around phantom regiments.

  11. thefrollickingmole

    Like a vanquished monarch ordering around phantom regiments.

    Steiners army is on its way!!!

    Its rather telling, the man in charge of the portfolio saw his own leader deliberately, and with considerable malice, withholding information from members of his own party so they couldnt criticize it.
    For a policy being produced by another party.

    Thats pretty much political bastardry and he was duly rewarded for it.

  12. The middle men in all of this, the ones like John Hewson, desperate for a carbon trading scheme, and skimming a little percentage off the top as the money goes from; or rather taxed from one hand to another anonymous hand lurking behind some solid oak door in some far away place, dictating how much and when. Turnbull has done out of being the middle man.

  13. I_am_not_a_robot

    According to Annabel, Andrew Robb’s “act of treachery” and “political chicanery” had the dire eventual consequence of enabling the voters to have a say.
    The 2013 election at which the repeal of carbon (dioxide) tax was a major issue and Tony Abbott won by a landslide gets only one cursory mention in Annabel’s article.

  14. Iampeter

    Tony Abbott — who nominated against both Turnbull and shadow treasurer Joe Hockey — won by a single vote.

    And then proceeded to implement an Emission Trading Scheme. Green policy that conservatives have being cooking up since the 90’s. A decade before even Labor cooked up a carbon tax.

    So glad Tony won.

  15. DaveR

    I had an average opinion of Robb during his political years, and an even poorer opinion afterwards as he seemed to move unquestioningly into the China sector, apparently disregarding the risks. Now those risks are starting to be exposed, perhaps Robb will end his associations there.

    But thanks to Annabelle Crabb and others, I will from this point on have a much higher opinion of Robb for his clear-minded torpedoing of the misguided Turnbull and the damage he would have wreaked on the nation at that time. Another bullet missed, although Turnbull got his chance later on.

  16. mem

    Treat the populace like idiots, rev as many up as possible into believing a false claim that is backed by scientific claims that were spawned by grants that were conditional on supporting the false claim. Fund a lot of non government and community groups to support the claim at local, state and national level, induce the media to fall into line and become the propaganda machine for the cause, get both parties in a two party system to try and outbid each other on solving the non-problem giving the populace no where to go if they object and hey presto, you have a soft but effective revolution that will end up crippling the economics and stability of a once prosperous and stable country.

  17. Mother Lode

    Lol. Turnbull is a lot of things. Streetfighter is not one of them.

    It is how they idolised Keating even as he shat upon the press at every opportunity. Both he and Trumble were the most insufferable elitists, but the MSM see themselves as an elite so they responded to Keating’s barbs as if they were but amiable jibes. The wimpy kid desperate to hang out with the school bully who pretends the abuse meted out to him is he outward sign of a bond.

    Funnily enough, the most pugnacious politician in God knows how long is Trump. The real deal too, not just a gall bladder and a mouth like Keating ceaselessly leaking bile. Trump’s trail is littered with the dazed and bruised challengers he has dispatched seemingly without breaking a sweat or his stride.

    But in the MSM’s view he being a fighter makes him unfit for office.

  18. Rayvic

    Andrew Robb’s alleged ‘act of treachery’ was indeed timely. It triggered the downfall of the misinformed, sometimes-delusional, warmist opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull, and the rise of the well-informed (“global warming is a con” warrior) Tony Abbott who set about winning government by opposing and eventually slaying the ‘anti-growth’ carbon tax.

    However, thanks to the Liberal’s mammoth error of judgement of persuading Turnbull to stay on as an MP after his downfall, Turnbull in turn plotted what historians will come to regard as a supreme act of treachery – knifing Abbott in the back and adopting a notoriously anti-growth agenda, including the destruction of one of the world’s most cost-efficient electricity generating systems; promotion of the wasteful, unjustified Murray Darling System that prioritises directing so-called environmental flows to sea at the Murray mouth, rather than supply that water to severely-drought-affected industry; promotion of the nationalised, high-cost, partly-obsolete NBN system; and sinking (pardon the pun) over $50 billion — $100 billion more likely — on obsolete submarines procurement.

    Unfortunately, too many Liberal MPs still worship at the Turnbull shrine and naively support the continuation of the above anti-growth agenda, that would see them lose the next election unless they awaken and raise their heads out of the sand.

  19. dover_beach

    And then proceeded to implement an Emission Trading Scheme. Green policy that conservatives have being cooking up since the 90’s. A decade before even Labor cooked up a carbon tax.

    So glad Tony won.

    Wrong. Here is the timeline of climate change policy in Australia to 2013. The Howard government pretty much played a rearguard action effectively delaying any ETS, against considerable domestic and international pressure, for over a decade. It was introduced in 2008 under the CPRS under Rudd, a year after his election and once he ratified Kyoto.

  20. Mother Lode

    Big fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite ’em,
    And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so, ad infinitum.

    All the commentariat.

    (Apologies to fleas, that suck blood without malice or rancour but according to their ordained task in nature.)

  21. Mother Lode

    Oops.

    Wrong thread.

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