Disappointing we weren’t outright worst overall, but second worst is pretty good.
We were, however, outright worst for industrialised nations. So in every cloud of farts there’s a silver lining.
While other nations gleefully haemorrhage money on pointless climate mitigation action and other sacrifices to Gaia (which, as any fule kno, will make no difference to the climate whatsoever), Australia can use that same money for actually improving people’s lives. But don’t try explaining that to the global warmists, who believe that an expensive and futile gesture such as a carbon tax or ETS is essential to show their compassion for the planet. Barf.
Australia is the worst performing industrial country for action on climate change, and the second worst country from 61 covered in a new report.
The release of the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) for 2015 coincides with climate talks in Peru, which Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is reported to be attending against the Prime Minister’s wishes.
The CCPI – a joint report by Germanwatch and the European Climate Action Network – blames changes to government policy for a drop in the ranking.
Australia sits just ahead of the oil-exporting nation Saudi Arabia, which is in last place.
Chief counsellor at the Australian Climate Institute, Tim Flannery, [WTF, SBS? Flim-flammery is at the Climate Council, no? – Ed] said Australia had lost three years’ worth of gains since the repeal of the Carbon Tax.
“We’re one of the highest per capita polluters on the planet, overall we’re the 15th largest polluter and we’re starting to go backwards,” Mr Flannery said.
Instead of celebrating Australia’s immunity to climate astrology, the government tries to make out it is doing something, and ends up looking very stupid:
Environment Minister Greg Hunt was contacted for comment.
A spokesperson from the minister’s office referred to Australia’s success at meeting the 1997 Kyoto Protocol targets, and spruiked the government’s $2.5 billion Direct Action policy.
“Australia has been one of the few nations to actually achieve its emissions reduction targets to date,” the spokesperson said.
Yeah, right. With less than 1.5% of global emissions, the climate wouldn’t have even noticed…