Story submitted by Mike Jonas
writes Angus Taylor, MP for Hume, New South Wales, Australia.
How refreshing it is to read something written by a politician that shows that they “get it”!
Some of the article follows, but first an explanation: Canberra – also known as the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) – was specially created in the early 20th century to be the capital of Australia, and that is its only reason for existence. The federal government of Australia is housed in Canberra. But Canberra itself is run by the local ACT Legislative Assembly aka the ACT Government. When Angus Taylor refers to “Canberra” or “the ACT” in this article, he is referring to the left-wing-controlled ACT Legislative Assembly, not to Australia’s federal parliament.
Angus Taylor is a member of the Liberal Party, which is the right-of-centre party of Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Angus Taylor entered federal parliament in the 2013 election, representing the electorate of Hume which stretches from the edge of Canberra to the edge of Sydney and is roughly the area of Maryland but with a fraction of the population. Expect to hear much more of Angus Taylor in years to come.
Angus Taylor opens with:
AUSTRALIANS are learning the hard way that moral vanity comes at a high price. After many years of climate policy chaos, we know that most people want some action on climate change but they don’t want to waste money on expensive, inefficient schemes.
He then goes on to criticise the ACT’s “plan to mandate that a dizzying 90 per cent of the ACT’s electricity supply will come from large-scale renewables by 2020” and quotes Bjorn Lomborg to draw a parallel with “the folly of Copenhagen’s plans to be the world’s first CO2-neutral city“.
There’s lots of downright common sense in the article, such as “As old-style industry protection has fallen out of favour, rent-seekers are hungrily eyeing green industry subsidies.“, “today’s huge investment costs are hidden in tomorrow’s electricity bills” and “when the wind blows, ACT-sponsored wind farms will send their electricity into the NSW grid, yet the ACT will demand a reliable and constant supply in return“.
The only thing that Angus Taylor gets seriously wrong is in his last paragraph “We need efficient, careful and well-timed emission-reduction policies.“. What a pity that he thus spoiled an otherwise excellent article. Maybe when most people don’t “want some action on climate change“, this part of the narrative might change.