No, the ambassadors’ advice was not “steer way from the policies we have put in place which have resulted in zero growth for the past six years, the bankruptcy of Greece, endless budget deficits and deindustrialisation”. Instead the emissaries of economies that are ‘interesting places to visit’ want us to adopt those same policies.
Yes, the 26 ambassadors from the EU have clubbed together to write a piece, Europe calls for climate action, that the AFR published earlier this week. In it they rehash the need for Australia to follow Europe in taking climate action, drawing support from CSIRO reports that the seas are arising and the air is aheating. In drawing upon this material, they close their eyes to the absence of any warming or abrupt changes in weather over the past seventeen years when the global warming theory should have had Gaia raining frogs on us.
Pricelessly, the EU’s dignatories smugly claim that the creaking economies of Europe are testimony to the notion that it is “possible to combine economic growth with greenhouse gas reductions”. The abrupt collapse of these economies and their failure to grow in the years since 2008 is presumably just coincidental to the policies its governments have visited upon their people.
All this propaganda and expense dedicated to repositioning economies in ways that politicians and officials can exercise control will be ramped up in the six months leading to the Paris Conference on global warming policies in December of this year.
There will be no agreement on meaningful emission reductions – the emerging superpowers, China and India, will see to that. But we will see increased pressure to hamper economic wellbeing by regulatory policies and taxes on energy. And the EU, which has institutionalised such pressures more effectively than other countries, will implement more of them and, in order to salvage some competitiveness, become increasingly desperate to force others along the same path.
I have a more lengthy piece on the matter in Quadrant on line.