Climate sense from Bob Carter

Climate sense

Professor Carter is a breath of fresh air in the stale fog of climate alarmism. Writing in Quadrant, he skewers Greg Combet’s crusade (for that is what it is) for a price on carbon, when the rest of the world is putting on the brakes:

Following the failure of the UN’s Cancun talkfest, Climate Minister Greg Combet, displaying what Paul Keating would doubtless term remarkable intransigence, commented that it was still “very important from the government’s point of view that a market mechanism is adopted” to put a price on carbon dioxide.

Scrabbling to regain similar lost ground, EU Commissioner for Climate Action (a real, and not satirical, title) Connie Hedegaard has now started to spin up the outcome of the Cancun conference as being a great success (“Cancun deal puts climate action back on track”, The Australian, Dec. 27).

According to Ms. Hedegaard, the major Cancun achievements were an agreement to limit future global temperature increase to 2 deg. C (a policy ambition that represents an astonishing mixture of scientific ignorance and political hubris), and the agreement of a package of climate-related financial aid to third world countries that is forecast as attaining $100 billion annually by 2020; to believe that this money will be well spent, or even provided at all, represents the triumph of UN hope over likely reality.

Ms. Hedegaard was the former Minister for the Environment who approved the conditions under which Danish financial traders were able to rip-off the European carbon dioxide trading market of an amount estimated by the auditor general to be 38 billion kroner. In 2007, she allowed a Danish carbon dioxide registry to be set up with lax rules, amongst other things removing the requirement for trader identification. One result of this was that more than 1100 of 1256 traders registered in Denmark (almost 90%) were set up with fraudulent intent, and have subsequently been delisted as their crimes became apparent. [ACM posted on Hedegaard’s Australian article, and the Danish ETS scam here – Ed]

Ms. Hedegaard, therefore, is scarcely the type of public official whose advice Australia should be seeking, and that she and Mr. Combet are hand-in-glove in their attitudes regarding the still entirely hypothetical “dangerous global warming” is a matter for concern.

Mr Combet’s continued, and unrealistic, support for the introduction of a carbon dioxide tax or trading system was announced on Dec. 21st, together with the results of the third meeting of the Prime Minister’s Multi-Party Committee on Climate Change (MCCC).

Read it all.

Comments

  1. Are we sure about the public’s rejection of a carbon tax? If it is dithered until the greens get senate balance, surely they can just put it in regardless? Is there an instance where a recently implemented tax has been overturned by an incoming new government?

    I would like to see some public polling of the type : do you support any type of carbon tax?

    The opposition really needs to start making some noise about this, and start publishing some expected cost of living increases for people to make a real choice.

    The two rural indepedents really have a lot to answer for, and they are the weak link in the government chain to introduce a folly like this. It needs to never get to the upper house.

    • The Loaded Dog says:

      “I would like to see some public polling of the type : do you support any type of carbon tax?”

      They would never do this for fear of discovering their delusions of support are based on lies and spin.

  2. Ah, well.. when they govern in total ignorance, what can we expect? Either that, or they’re abysmally inept at identifying risk, which I guess amounts to the same thing.

    • Graham Richards says:

      Dave,
      Do not be fooled. The push for carbon tax / ETS is not being done in ignorance or thru ineptitude.Its’ policy of the International Socialists!!
      This is a socialist agenda. Look around the world. All those pushing it have leftist tendancies in accordance with UN policies.
      The ALP & it.s leaders are all members of the Fabian Society which years ago actually stated that it would like a method of taxing ‘air’.

      We don’t realise how dangerous this policy is and it must be defeated at all costs. Be wary of even certain Liberal Party members.
      Turnbull will back the ETS again in the future…leopards do not change their spots!

  3. The Loaded Dog says:

    “Ms. Hedegaard, therefore, is scarcely the type of public official whose advice Australia should be seeking”

    Actually Ms. Hedegaard, is precisely the type of public official whose advice a corrupt, irrelevant and ditheringly impotent government should be seeking.

    She will be able to expertly advise them on maintaining the status quo.

  4. “very important from the government’s point of view that a market mechanism is adopted”
    Yes Greg, the budget’s busted and you want to grab more of our cash to pay back that which you have borrowed and squandered.

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