The Paris Treaty’s exit route

Sinc has already posted on the odd coincidence of Australia ratifying the UN climate accord on the very day that the Trump victory made it obsolete.  And he did so with some fanfare flanked by his Foreign Minister and Energy and Environment Minister.

Perhaps he has some tactical reasons for the strange action (e.g. claiming, as Australia comes to welch on the agreement, that he did his darndest to make it work).  Perhaps he is just ideologically blinded by the climate con and beguiled by the claims that countering it by removing fossil fuels from the economy will be cheap.

Here is an extract from my piece on the matter in today’s Australian 

The latest chapter of the international jamboree that is the global warming industry, presently meeting in Marrakesh, is, for good reason, particularly despondent.

Trump will pull out of the Obama-EU designed Paris climate change agreement under which developed countries, including Australia, undertook to reduce their carbon dioxide emis­sions by 26-28 per cent.

Moreover he will cancel the funding to UN climate change programs, making future international meetings costlier for the freeloading global warming alarmists as well as totally irrelevant.

It is in this regard that Trump offers Australia the greatest bonus. South Australia’s energy collapse as a result of its wind dependence has been followed by the wind subsidies forcing the closure of Victoria’s giant Hazelwood coal-fired electricity generator.

Wind is unreliable and dependent on hidden subsidies paid by electricity consumers; its electricity costs three times that of the fossil fuel generation it is driving from the market.

The resulting increased price effect is hitting households directly and bringing a deindustrialisation and higher production costs that will adversely affect all our living standards. Under Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg, the Coalition’s rhetoric of support for renewables has been changed into one that blames Labor and the Greens for the energy disaster that is brewing.

This is not entirely fair since it is the Coalition’s renewable energy target, with its planned 23.5 per cent market share, that is causing most of the damage, but it is true that the opposition parties would take this even further.

Trump pulling the US out of the international agreements on climate change leaves these agreements, even more than at present, as empty shells that cannot reduce emission levels, even if such measures are worthwhile.

Although Australia has ratified the Paris Agreement, it now has an opportunity and international licence to abandon these costly plans to the great benefit of the economy and with substantial direct savings to the budget.

Politicians who unwisely offered disparaging comments on candidate Trump can now thank him for offering them an exit route from a policy that started small under John Howard but have come to threaten an undermining of the whole economy.

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38 Responses to The Paris Treaty’s exit route

  1. Herodotus

    Malcolm lost the leadership over climate shenanigans last time, and deserves to do so again. He is no wiser now.

  2. Tom

    Perhaps he has some tactical reasons for the strange action

    Alan, unfortunately, the Australian media’s only investigative unit that is not in the tank for the climate/renewables scammers has a staff of one (Hedley Thomas), who currently has his inbox full on the AHRC scandal.

    I think you’ll find Lord Waffle is honouring the contractual commitments he undertook in return for the electronic brown paper bags he received before the September 14, 2015, coup.

  3. Motelier

    I wonder how the Aussie dollar will stack up against the US dollar in say 12 months time.

    My gut feeling is that our dollar will be down around US$0.50 and will stay that way untill we get someone with the balls to stand for public office using policies that create growth in all sectors of the econmy and not just one.

    The noted fact that all Australian governments and parties have policies promoting power generation using solar, wind, pixie dust and unicorn droppings shows just how far this country is down the rabbit hole.

    Continueing on this path will give us the banana republic that Keating warned about.

  4. john constantine

    Social justice electricity only brings stagflation to the outer economy, it only rolls over the proles with blackouts and communal lives of medieval russian style serfdom.

    Their inner, pay to play, economy wallows in the spray of money from social justice initiatives.

    The only thing more gleeful than social justice robber barons being granted the charter to tax the proles for living is the outright chortling they get when the unwashed masses dutifully chant that they are happy to pay the extra tax to save the planet.

    Earth Hour good, Earth Year better.

  5. Judith Sloan

    I think we should wait. The ‘get out of climate jail’ card will be picked up by the government but it’s wise not to flag this too early.

  6. Bruce of Newcastle

    Interesting comment from Delingpole today:

    To add to the greenies’ misery, coal stocks have risen … While renewable stocks have plummeted. One of the many victims of Trump’s victim is Vestas, the world’s largest manufacturer of wind turbines. At one point their stock had fallen by as much as 14 per cent.

    So investors know that wind turbine operators can pretty much be wiped out by one act of law: not by banning them but by simply no longer subsidising them.

    The industry super funds who loaded up on green energy boondoggles may be in for a shock.

    Trump Victory Totally Rains On UN Climate Summit’s Parade

  7. Baldrick

    Just another reason to never again vote for the CINO Turnbull Coalition Team.
    Stupid.Fucking.Liberals

  8. Rod W

    Maybe the two events weren’t coincidental. Maybe Turnbull & co made their announcement about the Paris agreement knowing full well it was meaningless following Trump’s election. That way they can claim the moral kudos whilst knowing that they were staking nothing.
    Nah, on second thoughts – that aren’t that smart.

  9. Megan

    Just another reason to never again vote for the CINO Turnbull Coalition Team.
    Stupid.Fucking.Liberals

    Amen brother!

  10. egg_

    I think you’ll find Lord Waffle is honouring the contractual commitments he undertook in return for the electronic brown paper bags he received before the September 14, 2015, coup.

    +1

    Virtue signalling to his constituency?

  11. Tezza

    What a remarkable ‘coincidence’ that Turnbull acted when he did.

    On any issue of principle central to conservatives – say freedom of speech, for example – Turnbull will waffle and prevaricate. But on a issue central to his own identity as a progressive and core to his virtue-signalling to the left, he can act like lightning: ‘quick, before any analyst has the opportunity to point our that our commitment will be even more costly now that the US will be full-steam ahead on affordable and reliable energy to continue rebuilding its economy’. And he will co-opt the foreign and environment ministers for the photo op, to pretend there is greater Liberal support for his impulse than there is.

    I wish I shared Judith’s confidence that the Government will, in due course, read the writing on the wall. Certainly Turnbull won’t.

  12. Cannibal

    If anyone could unravel Turnbull’s arcane register of interests returns, maybe they’d find some investments in the renewables con, along with investments related to the “price on carbon”.

  13. Ant

    My respect for Josh Frydenberg hit the wall after seeing him standing next to those two dropkicks last night.

  14. Mark M

    Politicians who unwisely offered disparaging comments on candidate Trump can now thank him for offering them an exit route from a policy that started small under John Howard but have come to threaten an undermining of the whole economy.”
    . . .
    As for any politicians who have ever believed in global warming, or supported the carbon tax, or a carbon-constrained economy, there is no hope for them.

    They are either too stupid or incompetent to be taken seriously.

    Merely recanting, at this late stage, won’t be enough.

    Make their lives hell too, just as they wished a diminished life on you.

    Time to Drain the Swamp in Australia.

  15. Ant

    We’re truly screwed with Turnbull as PM and I can only hope his polling stays well under 50 for good so that the bedwetters propping him up eventually force him out one way or another.

    I watched Bolt’s program on Wednesday night. It started late, due to Trump’s acceptance speech and Turnbull’s address. I have never seen AB so angry and he was particularly fired up due to the pathetic performance by Turnbull where came across like some paternal figure reassuring his little children that the big bad wolf isn’t going to eat them – but we all have to be careful!

    It’s pretty clear the dickhead rarely strays too far from his ABC/Radio National/Fairfax enclave, and his address seemed specially tailored to assuage their horror at the impending Trumpaggedon.

    What a clown. Throw the bum out!

  16. mareeS

    Just one more reason why Turnbull is untenable as PM.

    Drain the swamp. Now.

  17. Entropy

    Judith Sloan
    #2203548, posted on November 11, 2016 at 7:36 am
    I think we should wait. The ‘get out of climate jail’ card will be picked up by the government but it’s wise not to flag this too early.

    Judith is certainly right from a political perspective in the general sense, you hold fire until the majority clearly see merit in the dismantlement. In the meantime you don’t poke the badger.
    Unfortunately, that is not what this clownshow is doing though. They are not adopting a holding pattern. They are doubling down and making sure it will be a very, very hard policy and program to unpick.

  18. min

    Ant what do you expect him to do ? Josh was given a portfolio guaranteed to fail by Malcolm. Listen carefully to what he says . He points out the costs of renewables and says we have to have coal energy . He is into Andrews for taxing Hazlewood for brown coal so much that it made it unviable.
    Last time I saw him I introduced an explorer of the 900’s Eric The Red who founded the colonies in Greenland where they raised cattle and grain for 400 years until the climate changed again. No coal fired power stations back then when it was warm enough there to be called Greenland. It certainly would not be named Greenland these days .
    Slowly slowly cachtee monkey I keep feedin g him info about other reasons for climate change than the dodgy modelling for co2

  19. Ant

    I hear you, min. I think he knows it’s a racket and has to tow the line. It’s a kick in the guts, though, to see him standing there with that fraud, Turnbull.

    So, having being invited recently to a Party fundraiser which my wife and I were going to attend, I’ve now decided they can go F themselves.

    Money talks, and walks.

  20. Entropy

    just as they wished a diminished life on you.

    Thing is, that is exactly what modern politician has been doing for over a decade. Increased regulations all have a cost, either direct, or indirectly by escalating the difficulty in starting up, or growing a business. Forcing increased energy costs closes businesses, diminishes lifestyles, the ability of little old ladies to live out the rest of their lives in reasonable comfort, and destroys jobs, jobs, jobs. For the deplorables, not them.

    Big government politicians of course benefit from greenhouse policies through increased power due to a larger role for the centralised State, and the public service benefit from an ever expanding role and ever higher wages for the crony executives in the SES.
    Big business benefit from the higher barriers to entry from a more onerous regulatory system, and their greater range of options and ability to provide patronage to the politicians.
    Big union leaders benefit from the opportunity to work closely with big business and big government to further their ambition and career opportunities, to maximise their personal wealth.
    Big institutions benefit through providing an expanding pool of shock troops and recruits for the Crony Trinity of Big Government, Big Business and Big Unions. And a well funded bolt hole and holding pattern for the political class if things turn temporarily pear shaped.

    And the best bit from Crony Trinity’s perspective is it is all paid for using Other Peoples’ Money, preferably the deplorables and their future descendants.

  21. Louis Hissink

    The following sort of explains why the “Liberals” support climate change – DNC staffer “Zach” complaining about the Clinton collapse etc

    “You are part of the problem,” he continued, blaming Brazile for clearing the path for Trump’s victory by siding with Clinton early on. “You and your friends will die of old age and I’m going to die from climate change. You and your friends let this happen, which is going to cut 40 years off my life expectancy.”

    (my bolding)

    Die of climate change????? He believes this stuff and it’s as strong a belief as any. Facts simply don’t matter.

  22. Dr Faustus

    A purely defensive move, I think. The state of the National Electricity Market will be the very last thing to occupy his mind.

    Turnbull is probably not a particularly introspective, doubting man, but he must be painfully aware that his PM-ship is a shot duck. Drowning in the polls, parliamentary majority squandered, legislative agenda embarrassingly stalled, twatted daily by Shorten zingers about being ‘hostage to the 666Right’ – in the shadow of the sunshine of Leigh Sales’ love.

    This is a last ditch effort to raise a Turnbull standard before the Summer Break (anyone seen exciting and agile innovation lately?).

  23. JamesS

    Hey Malcolm – just like last time, no more votey. Consider Libs again only when they become sensible – 10 years? In meantime, go third party, go PHON. Drain The Swamp.

  24. egg_

    anyone seen exciting and agile innovation lately?

    Fragile and incontinent?

  25. redress

    He obviously did not read Donald Trumps energy manifesto….had he done so, he may have kept the ink in the pen.

    https://www.greatagain.gov/policy/energy-independence.html

    IT READS:

    Energy Independence

    The Trump Administration will make America energy independent. Our energy policies will make full use of our domestic energy sources, including traditional and renewable energy sources. America will unleash an energy revolution that will transform us into a net energy exporter, leading to the creation of millions of new jobs, while protecting the country’s most valuable resources – our clean air, clean water, and natural habitats. America is sitting on a treasure trove of untapped energy. In fact, America possesses more combined coal, oil, and natural gas resources than any other nation on Earth. These resources represent trillions of dollars in economic output and countless American jobs, particularly for the poorest Americans.

    Rather than continuing the current path to undermine and block America’s fossil fuel producers, the Trump Administration will encourage the production of these resources by opening onshore and offshore leasing on federal lands and waters. We will streamline the permitting process for all energy projects, including the billions of dollars in projects held up by President Obama, and rescind the job-destroying executive actions under his Administration. We will end the war on coal, and rescind the coal mining lease moratorium, the excessive Interior Department stream rule, and conduct a top-down review of all anti-coal regulations issued by the Obama Administration. We will eliminate the highly invasive “Waters of the US” rule, and scrap the $5 trillion dollar Obama-Clinton Climate Action Plan and the Clean Power Plan and prevent these unilateral plans from increasing monthly electric bills by double-digits without any measurable effect on Earth’s climate. Energy is the lifeblood of modern society. It is the industry that fuels all other industries. We will lift the restrictions on American energy, and allow this wealth to pour into our communities. It’s all upside: more jobs, more revenues, more wealth, higher wages, and lower energy prices.

    The Trump Administration is firmly committed to conserving our wonderful natural resources and beautiful natural habitats. America’s environmental agenda will be guided by true specialists in conservation, not those with radical political agendas. We will refocus the EPA on its core mission of ensuring clean air, and clean, safe drinking water for all Americans. It will be a future of conservation, of prosperity, and of great success.

  26. Fat Tony

    Ant
    I just want to thank you for playing the Devil’s Advocate role regarding Trump over the past 12 months or so. Kept me (at least) from getting over-confident.

    It’s way too easy for people to piss in each others’ pockets and fool themselves. Just because one wants something to happen doesn’t mean that it will.

  27. Crossie

    Malcolm lost the leadership over climate shenanigans last time, and deserves to do so again. He is no wiser now.

    He is following Rudd’s example in Copenhagen, arriving there with 150 flunkies and bound for glory just as Americans refused to give that confab legitimacy.

  28. Crossie

    Hey Malcolm – just like last time, no more votey. Consider Libs again only when they become sensible – 10 years? In meantime, go third party, go PHON. Drain The Swamp.

    Two weeks ago I sent Malcolm an lengthy email detailing my concerns with s18C and it’s misuse in the QUT students’ case and Bill Leak’s case and that I will cast my vote at the next election for whoever promises to repeal it.

    I only received one of those auto replies “thank you…” and nothing since. Either he couldn’t care less, his staff couldn’t care less or he received an avalanche of similar emails. If the latter you would think they would have a form response to send to all of us.

  29. old bloke

    min
    #2203665, posted on November 11, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Slowly slowly cachtee monkey I keep feedin g him info about other reasons for climate change than the dodgy modelling for co2

    Min, I have lost all respect for Frydenberg. He should know that this CAGW theory is a hoax, he shouldn’t need people to feed him snippets of information to form his own understanding. The man is either too scared of Turnbull to call out the hoax, or he’s an ignorant buffoon.

    Neither option makes him fit for a cabinet role.

  30. gabrianga

    Why all the fuss and a “Jim Hacker” speech about the “Paris Agreement” yesterday when fellow “greenie” Greg Hunt, then Minister for Environment, SIGNED OFF on the agreement months before ?

    We all knew we had thrown our hat into that U.N.swamp so why all the turgid rhetoric from Lord W. during Question Time ?

  31. Zyconoclast

    My respect for Josh Frydenberg hit the wall after seeing him standing next to those two dropkicks last night.

    It’s worse than that. On the 2GB Price show, his repeated mantra was we approach this in a more considered way than the ALP.

    In other words the ALP knee you repeatedly in the groin forever.
    The Libs kiss you once, gently on the cheek and then knee you in the groin repeatedly forever.

    Thanks Josh, I feel so much better now.

  32. Goanna

    Dr Faustus.
    Turnbull is probably not a particularly introspective, doubting man, but he must be painfully aware that his PM-ship is a shot duck. Drowning in the polls, parliamentary majority squandered, legislative agenda embarrassingly stalled, twatted daily by Shorten zingers about being ‘hostage to the 666Right’ – in the shadow of the sunshine of Leigh Sales’ love.

    This is a last ditch effort to raise a Turnbull standard before the Summer Break (anyone seen exciting and agile innovation lately?).

    I have boycotted the ABC since the last election and payed no attention to Turnbull but I did switch to Leigh Sales after the Trump victory when she was interviewing Turnbull.
    My observation is that Turnbull looks to be lacking in vitality.
    He does indeed waffle. Mute was the only option. He’s gone and he knows it.

  33. Ant

    Thanks, Fat Tony.

    Must admit I’m feeling very chuffed about how election day went, and much of it has come from seeing the naked anguish and despair from the left plus, more satisfyingly, knowing that the Clintons would be feeling completely gutted still knowing in their hearts that, finally, their corruption came home to roost.

    I honestly wish Trump’s administration well, although I remain apprehensive about how it is all going to unfold over 4 years. There’s already indicators that he’s hamstringing the thrust of his campaign, but he deserves a chance to make a decent fist of it.

  34. Michael Cunningham aka Faustino aka Genghis Cunn

    My letter to the Oz yesterday:

    It is unbelievable that Australia has ratified the Paris climate agreement immediately after the election of a US president who will scrap all GHG emissions controls and adopt pro-energy policies. China and India will continue to greatly expand emissions and the US will ignore them. Australia’s action can only damage our economy for no useful purpose.

  35. Boambee John

    John Constantine

    I enjoy your posts, but there is a point I think you have missed.

    Our self selected “elitists” often live in detached houses, whichcan have solar hot water systems and solar cells fitted on the roof, to help them harvest the flow of subsidies.

    Under their guidance, however, the proles are to be stacked into massive apartment blocks, without the option for these subsidies. Their elitlsts wuldn’t want the proles to benefit in any way, would they.

    PS, I deliberately used “elitists” rather than “etites”; I think it describes them more accurately, and also starts to fight back against the endless advance of “Newspeak”.

  36. truth

    I think Turnbull ratified the agreement on that day purely to show his absolute contempt for Trump—and to get his own goody-two-shoes cred up there on the record.

    Turnbull seeks cred internationally–not in Australia IMO.

    If he’d waited it would have become increasingly harder for Turnbull to show his uber-rich Socialist comrades that he’s ready and willing to make Australia commit economic suicide in order to gain their approval.

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