It’s official “the politics of carbon is ended”!

In an article in the Spectator on Friday last week, I suggested that the Biden Administration was going to take drastic action and work with the EU to impose trade restraints on nations that they deem to be inadequately toeing the line on greenhouse.  That would leave Australia vulnerable.
By that evening, the Prime Minister had pre-empted any trade war with an immediate surrender or, as his spin on the front page of The Weekend Australian put it, declaring that the “Politics of carbon has ended” .
 
The Spectator published a further piece of mine today which built on Morrison’s policy announcement  that he wants Australia to achieve carbon neutrality by adopting yet to be discovered technology innovations. I speculate that the best path forward may be to proclaim Australia’s green credentials in having funded the destruction of its previously reliable electricity supply industry and to announce a 2050 net-zero commitment, while gradually eliminating subsidies and making the goal’s achievement  “on the alchemy of turning hydrogen into energy or other unlikely breakthroughs.” Obtaining EU/US acceptance of such an approach as policy-compliant will be among the most important policy challenges Australia faces. Whereas Trump as President meant the greenhouse con would unravel, the woke Biden team will work in the opposite direction and a timid and at times greenhouse alamist Australian polity may move further in imposing costs on the economy.  
In other news today, The Guardian is appalled to report on a pre-Christmas government announcement creating a committee to ensure carbon offsets are appropriately determined.  The Guardian’s gripe is that the chair, David Byers, though presently part of the greenhouse mitigation bureaucracy (he heads a carbon-capture-and-storage subsidy program), previously worked in areas it judges climate skeptic. It is also worried that the impeccably credentialled Brian Fisher is a member of the committee.
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22 Responses to It’s official “the politics of carbon is ended”!

  1. notafan says:

    Is there no end to Bidendestruction?

  2. Roger says:

    In ploughing an alternative field, the Biden team, like the EU, realises that decarbonisation must be
    multilateral to ensure acceptable national economic harm.

    Did the American people vote for “acceptable national economic harm”?

  3. jo says:

    Just another reason I will never vote for the uniparty.

  4. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    I dont think bidens owners will let him go too far ,it would bite into tgeir massive profits ,they didnt spend all that money buying career lying politicians to lose money. If they pull the bribe money away the politicians careers are finished . They need the bribes to enrich themselves and pay people with half a brain ,something they sadly lack .to advise them
    Todays career politicians are mostly filth , the scrapings of marxist fifth rate ” universities ” and their advisors love in Theoryland,a fabricated world fabricated in the marxisy universities .

  5. thefrollickingmole says:

    Libs find another hill not to die on.
    As usual.

  6. Snotball says:

    The carpet baggers and their useful idiots are back in the drivers seat!

  7. Crossie says:

    The Chinese must be laughing their heads off.

  8. H B Bear says:

    Dream on SloMo.

  9. Rabbi Putin says:

    If you still have leftist friends or family please disassociate from them

  10. Bruce says:

    “Bipartisanship”?

    Coercion, rebadged.

  11. Watch Your Back says:

    This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this … Australia.

    Australia is already fucked. As a country it produces next to nothing, no products or advanced services that anyone wants to buy. It can’t even, despite all its ‘health and science innovation precincts ‘ produce a Covid vaccine.

    There is nothing that Australia exports that does not ‘emit’ CO2 when produced or used: coal, iron ore, beef, lamb, copper, overseas tourism, foreign students, even wine 🍷. Does anyone buy Australian fashion or use Australian architects or second rate Tech companies?

    The Lucky Country is the thick and lazy country with morons in charge.

    When all these exports are banned or curtailed, the Australian economy will be ‘a thing of the past’.

  12. Dr Faustus says:

    In ploughing an alternative field, the Biden team, like the EU, realises that decarbonisation must be multilateral to ensure acceptable national economic harm.

    This is a correct statement.
    And, like the EU, the US realises that “multilateral” does not include anything much outside of the Western World. Certainly not the BRICS economies, which make up ~30% of global economic activity.

    Hence one of the critical tools is to overstate the potential harm of climate change so that the asymmetric response appears to be a justifiable net benefit.

  13. m0nty says:

    By that evening, the Prime Minister had pre-empted any trade war with an immediate surrender or, as his spin on the front page of The Weekend Australian put it, declaring that the “Politics of carbon has ended” .

    Yeah right, as if.

    What that statement means is that he doesn’t want the issue in the press, but he’ll quietly keep on cheating with Kyoto carryover credits, and do nothing else.

  14. Kneel says:

    Zero carbon?
    Time to go nuclear – we have plenty of uranium after all…
    And as a bonus, we’ll be able to make a few bombs from the leftovers, which could be handy when Chy-nah decides to invade.

  15. Boambee John says:

    What that statement means is that he doesn’t want the issue in the press, but he’ll quietly keep on cheating with Kyoto carryover credits, and do nothing else.

    munty has the sads. Wait until the power goes off (“demand management”) during his fantasy football, and listen to the screeches of outrage.

  16. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    I said this. The Democrat party base really believes the world will end in fire and brimstone if they don’t act right now to save it, led by their holy climate saints AOC and Greta.

    Which is why they went all in to steal the election.

    None of it is actually happening in the real world but none of them have the sciency skills to fob off the climate charlatans. Which they don’t want to do anyway since the rest of the Democrat party just loves the grift, graft and yummy green pastures that come with the Nude Eel.

  17. Forester says:

    cheating with Kyoto carryover credits

    So to avoid cheating, you post your tax refund cheque back?

  18. Dot says:

    Pro nuke or they’re having a laff.

  19. Forester says:

    Kneel
    #3736256, posted on January 25, 2021 at 12:05 pm
    Zero carbon?
    Time to go nuclear – we have plenty of uranium after all…

    And even more Thorium, and a huge empty desert to reprocess the world’s nuclear waste.

    Imagine Australia as the world’s leading neutral nuclear power, without nuclear weapons, pioneering the latest advances, if we had not missed the boat in the 1960’s, due to the trade unions and their Marxist Greens.

  20. Paul says:

    Carbon has ended in the west. Chyna Joe is following orders to Make Communist China Great, while their politics on carbon is booming, with ongoing cheap coal fired energy plants that last 50 years.

    Meanwhile, back in Australia the luxury beliefs of the wealthy will continue to demand the poorest households pay the exorbitant subsidies for the wealthy to buy solar panels and EVs.

    Its only fair.

  21. Nob says:

    Oil is not dead

    Indeed it will thrive like never before in The Asian Century. (remember that?)

    Africa hasn’t even got going yet but in 30 years its population will rival Asia.

    Not to mention Latin America.

    Carbon dioxide is a last gasp obsession of a few increasingly irrelevant western countries.

  22. Nob says:

    m0nty
    #3736254, posted on January 25, 2021 at 12:04 pm
    By that evening, the Prime Minister had pre-empted any trade war with an immediate surrender or, as his spin on the front page of The Weekend Australian put it, declaring that the “Politics of carbon has ended” .

    Yeah right, as if.

    What that statement means is that he doesn’t want the issue in the press, but he’ll quietly keep on cheating with Kyoto carryover credits, and do nothing else.

    Wrong.

    Australia is a laughing stock – the most compliant country with Kyoto with the most to lose, and consequently the most stupidly self-harming.

    Everyone else gets that it’s about lip-service, phony fait accompli, comparative advantage, outsourcing heavy industry, making a virtue out of necessity, and setting impossible goals that harm other countries more, for dates in the future when everyone will have forgotten today’s hysteria.

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