With the end of the first week of the world Climate Change summit, the torrent of papers and thousands of presentations remain overshadowed by a different form of war to that on carbon dioxide. A small satellite conference hosted by Heartland saw a parade of actual scientists including our own Bob Carter, demonstrate the idiocy of the proceedings – not unexpectedly, the vacuous protesters outside outnumbered the attendees at this side event.
So far we have had the 150 and more speeches by world leaders and sundry princes who have jetted in for three minutes on the podium. And jetted out again. The Herald Sun’s Rita Panahi excoriated the hypocrisy shown by the rich and famous.
Third world leaders predictably called for more money to be provided from the west.
Holding the fort for Australia was Environment Minister Greg Hunt who has held half a dozen events. These announced:
- a program of carbon resilience to save us from the droughts and floods some predict will take place;
- research into “Blue Carbon” which buries carbon dioxide at sea in mangroves and other fauna;
- progress on a Western Australian solar plant costing $40 million, $36 million of which the taxpayer supplies; and
- a soil carbon research initiative.
Julie Bishop takes over for the second week when the issues will be solemnised.
One decision made is that there will be no treaty. Such a formal document would be the kiss of death as the US Congress has already said it will not approve contributing to the vaunted $100 billion a year fund and will oppose the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to harass coal plants out of business. If these measures are to be put in place, and they would not be under a Republican President, this would need to be done informally.
The Senate has now voted its opinion that human emissions are not the cause of significant climate change.
The Paris conference organisers are probably right in assessing that individual measures are a way to promote lower emissions. After all, for the first ten years of its life the 1997 Kyoto protocol was not a formally ratified treaty and this did not stop Australian and other countries voluntarily taking abatement action. Indeed, it was only when the treaty came into force that countries not prepared to make the sacrifices they had previously agreed to actually pulled out.
For Australia, once wind and other solar requirements led to higher energy prices, demand dropped off. Together with planning regulations that prevented landowners using their land this meant meeting the Kyoto goals was a breeze. For the future, the commitment to a 26-28 per cent reduction in emissions will cost $4 billion a year plus in renewable subsidies and several billion a year in budgetary outlays.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s ideas on how to move, costlessly to a carbon free future have leveraged off the Turnbull innovation statement as a means to reducing emissions (thereby further demonstrating its uselessness). Oh and she has promised Australia will provide a $600,000 megaphone for Pacific region women to agitate for the cause.
The highlight was the CFACT, Marc Moreno hosted film Climate Hustle. This is a witty, well-crafted denouement of the whole climate change scam and integrates serious analysis with take downs of scientists, media, statesmen and Prince Charles. Again climate change demonstrators were out in force.