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.