Kofi Annan: Australia has forfeited world leadership on climate policy

Kofi Annan. Public domain image, source Wikimedia.

Kofi Annan. Public domain image, source Wikimedia.

Kofi “let them eat insects” Annan thinks Australia is not imposing sufficiently draconian climate policies on her citizens, to qualify as a leading green power.

According to Annan;

“Despite the known threats, far too many countries are failing to take decisive action. Several countries including Australia and Canada appear to have withdrawn entirely from constructive international engagement on climate,” the report said.

It is particular scathing about the direction in which Australia’s climate change policies are headed.

“With one of the world’s highest levels of per capita emissions, Australia has gone from leadership to free-rider status in climate diplomacy. Repeal of the Clean Energy Future Plan effectively abolished carbon pricing. Current policies will result in emissions increasing by about 12-18 per cent above 2000 emissions,” it said.

“End the free rides: Australia, Canada, Japan and the Russian Federation should set a clear course for zero emissions by 2050, with deep reductions by 2030. These countries might consider the far higher level of ambition set by Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda.”

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/05/australia-has-forfeited-world-leadership-on-climate-policy-says-kofi-annan-panel

I’m sorry Kofi – if only we Australians had known, that the politicians we supported in the last election wanted to keep our household energy bills under control, instead of offering us the opportunity to be green economic martyrs. We could have maintained that all important green leadership.

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92 thoughts on “Kofi Annan: Australia has forfeited world leadership on climate policy

  1. “Kofi Annan: Australia has forfeited world leadership on climate policy”
    This is clearly Australia’s greatest contribution to the Climate debate.
    Thanks for the recognition Kofi.. but please, you have my share of bugs.
    You’re Welcome!

    • Bugs? I am further up the food chain and intend to remain there. The Abbott Government was elected on the platform of throwing out CAGW doom and gloom legislation. Now THAT is what I call leadership.

      • Absolutely cnxtim,
        It’s worth noting that Abbott has achieved this in the face of a relentlessly hostile media, that has hyped every Alarmist misinformation PR stunt.
        The take away lesson is: When the Emperor has no clothes, the best strategy is to stand firm and confront the false arguments. Not shy away when the inevitable noise comes from the activists.

      • Whitchity Grubs are a fat caterpillar eaten by Aborigines. At various fast food places inland from Sydney, I saw that on the menu…
        Eventually a local told me most of the time they were not bugs, but immitation… made of spuds I think…
        For the (cough) Kofi quote, they must be really scared. They have lost the bulk of N. Hemisphere land, the richest part of Oceana, and a lot of the money…
        Only left in the pen are the EU (where Germany is the only real money supply, with the PIGS broke and UK flat), and a hope to rope in the USA (Where we have to borrow any money from China…).
        With China and India getting a pass, the under developed countries expecting to collect cash, not pay, and Japan economically flat and disinterested: there isn’t much money being flashed…
        Has Other Peoples Money left the building?

      • And we of the shaky isles should join with you in that Endeavor (Cap’t Cook’s ship)
        And that international parasite, should fade into the retirement he richly deserves. (and no doubt got safely stashed away.)

      • Well Asian countries eat bugs. And that stupid Dr Pauchari reckoned if we didn’t eat meat then we would save the planet. He’s a Hindu it seems. But I agree, it was a snide politically offensive and rude remark to make and senseless. What good the UN is I don’t know. It is powerless to intervene in Somalia, the Ukraine, Iraq and Syria and the Sudan and other African countries were genocide and ethnic cleansing is occurring. I don’t eat a lot of red meat, but that’s because it is expensive. Not for anything but health reasons too. Once or twice a month I like a nice medium rare steak.

    • I am happy, although I am NOT Australian, I just live here, to see real leadership that will be taken to Paris. We still hear rumbles of “policy” to “combat” climate change, but I suspect Australia in Paris will commit to nothing. And that is exactly what they should do!

    • I don’t think it is just Tony Abbot, but Warren Newman his adviser and lots of elected coalition members including the Nationals. What they do recognise though is that we need to be conscious of depleting our soils and concentrating on soil fertility and water conservation. We have so many agricultural micro-climates, and each State has its own agricultural areas depending on its climate. Remember up North they have a monsoonal climate but very little rain the rest of the year. When the big wet comes, it stops transport getting animals to and from markets. But they have adapted. We have sub tropical, temperate, tropical and alpine regions, and of course desert where mining seems to be the biggest economy. I personally do not trust African leaders nor do I think the UNIPCC is trustworthy. And the climate change fund is a rotten prejudicial con. But they should also include America, Japan, China (particularly) and other developed countries, and are picking on Oz. You may remember when the last GG went to lobby for Australia to be in the Security council it was not welcomed because we have the Union Jack like New Zealand on our flag. She then said, ‘Oh Australia will become a Republic’ which we won’t in the near future if ever. They saw us as always siding with Britain. They forget some Provinces in Canada also have the union jack on their flag, and so does Hawaii. Why it is on Hawaii I don’t know but it does?
      They didn’t mention Russia, but I bet they were afraid too.

    • It is amazing how some of these idiots …. who have lived off the public teat their whole lives, actually start to believe their lies and have no shame. They think that if you keep saying the same things over and over that eventually it will be true. Truly pathetic!!!!!!

    • Is English your second language, Martin? Too subtle for you?
      I am clearly celebrating the recognition by KA that Australia’s current government, unlike the previous socialists, is NOT participating in the Global Co2 Suicide Pact.

      • In fairness: if that is the case, I’m happy to stand corrected.
        I excluded the notion on the basis Mosh has any capacity at all to: “Give (Kofi Anannan) a home.”

    • Sorry Martin, people like Mosh don’t give homes to anyone, you and I are expected to pick up the tab.

    • Phil, you beat me to it. I second your congrats, that by Australia’s forfeiture of Annan’s perceived leadership position they are, in fact, the leaders. Australia is kinda like Groucho Marx: “I would never belong to a club that would have me as a member!”
      And remember, Annan’s son made a $20mm profit off of his “leadership” position in the Iraq oil for food program.

      • Yeah, rereading this, I can’t believe I typed the phrase “climate policy” as if it’s something that has any actual meaning in any kind of of reality that relates to humankind’s real existence and future.
        “Climate policy” is a vastly worse parasite on humanity than malaria, and probably all infectious diseases of humans.

      • Phil: I don’t doubt that one can have a “climate policy.” But the problem with one’s policy lies in obtaining the cooperation of the climate.

    • Yep, and now that the climate hasn’t cooperated (with the climate liars) we can say that “climate policy” is quite possibly the greatest parasitic infection that has ever existed within global humanity, and the disease is still within us. As we here, and others, try to stamp out this global disease they, as with the microbial parasitic infections, come up with new ways to fight humanity’s immune system of communication – by miscommunication (as the malaria parasite itself does with its surface antigens).

  2. I look forward to the US “forfeiting world leadership on climate change” soon, as in about 17 months.

  3. Lets hope the UK make the same decisions. I’ve just found out that the UK government has issued an ultimatum to the BBC in which they state, equal time must be given to scientist’s who disagree with the BBC,s view, or funding will be cut.
    (daily telegraph 6-5-15)
    Here’s hoping.

    • can you give us a link I would like to see that…. unfortunately I find it hard to believe.

      • I am an ex-Patriot, and I believe the conservative or Tories got this election so easily is the decision to exit the EU. Too many Europeans having the right to work here, and all the welfare being spent on their families who remain home. You can’t draw welfare from our government if you spend more than six weeks out of the country.

    • In this age of hundreds of TV channels, there is no excuse for a govt subsidized channel.

  4. The obvious answer is to give the UN enforcement powers to impose what must be done to save us all and the planet from ourselves.
    If those who have been undermining what must be done were prosecuted and every country were forced to adopt Californication-like measures then the human race and mother earth may have a shot at survival.
    Aavid Dppell

  5. “These countries might consider the far higher level of ambition set by Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda.”
    Neolithic is an ambition.

    • Zimbabwe must surely have beaten all records by now…
      Perhaps Kofi could crown it as world leader.

    • 😉 beat me to it…I was going to query in what way would reversion to the average there do to assist anyone? but then..they DO want us to revert to 3rd worl energy use. wonder how we are meant to get the camel dung for our cooking in suburbia?

  6. A “problem” which is no problem is NO PROBLEM. But without “problems,” why do we need the UN?

    • When the warmistas want to be let into the club of coolista, that is when you know trouble is at hand.

  7. Photosynthetic law of carbon emissions:
    Sunshine + H2O +CO2 + Minerals = O2 + Sugars(food)
    We were doing our best to lead………………all that CO2 has rescued the planet from dangerously low levels of the beneficial gas, CO2, but then, a political ideology got in the way.

  8. I can tell you that of the Ethiopian population there are maybe 200 people “worried” about climate change, given that most people there, right now, cannot earn enough money to buy a meal even once per day! Annan needs to see how the “other half” live!

    • http://www.geohive.com/earth/population3.aspx
      On Ethiopia, I was looking at population projections earlier [China/India population and their use of fossil fuels musing] and came across the above link. Ethiopia’s population … good God!
      2013 – 94 Million
      2050 – 188 Million
      2100 – 243 Million
      A doubling in the 37 years to 2050.

    • I can tell you for certain there are at least 10 Ethiopians on the permanent UN mission in New York who are extremely worried — their cushy existence depends on the UN maintaining a high profile.
      See Cultures of Corruption: Evidence
      from Diplomatic Parking Tickets
      — Table 1 starting page 20. Ethiopia with a delegation size of 10 still managed to rack up an average of 59.7 unpaid parking violations per diplomat, earning them #14 in the corruption ranking (edging out Nigeria at #15 and finishing just behind Morocco).

  9. Anan’s mistaken.
    We’re just the first to kick out the carbon taxers. The rest will follow.
    NO political party survives in office after they impose the Green agenda.

    • Anan is not really interested in the “Green Agenda”. His goal is a new world order with redistribution of wealth from rich countries to poor countries. He is a member of The Club of Rome and a proponent of UN Agenda 21. AGW is a means to that end.

      • Almost right. The redistribution is from rich country tax payers to members of the Club of Rome and The Sierra Club, which explains why they are so desperate for it to happen.

  10. You may not believe this, but someday the CO2 causes warming delusion will be over, and people will wonder how in the world any serious scientist really thought “back radiation” from a trace gas was going to heat the surface of the planet. Middle school kids will even be amazed at the stupidity of it all. I wonder how long it will take.

  11. Congratulations to Australia, Japan, Canada and Russia for “waking up” and recognizing that the IPCC and the United Nations is not trying to save the earth, they are trying to control the earth!

      • err?
        how is NOT slinging massive funds TO warmist conmen in EU and elsewhere stealing money? its OUR tax money, meant to be used FOR our country
        It far saner to NOT give to the scammers and use it to try n keep our nations afloat after the banksters have done their best to drag everyone down a deep hole.
        that said they still have a green action something in Aus
        pity
        planting trees is nice…but most of them wont survive past the first or second summer=waste of time n funds better spent elsewhere on remediation that works
        or fixing any REAL pollution problems we have, not many of them really.

  12. “Spread the wealth”…Omama is gonna give it up to the UN. Here in California the senate just passed a mandate to reduce fossil fuel use by 2015 to 1990 levels when pop. much smaller. Everything costs more and business leaves…we get poorer. California goes from 4th largest economy to third world in a couple of years. How damned stupid are these fools. “California… Leadeing the world in the fight on Global Warming” Yay.

    • California is depressing… so many sheeple here. We are now paying a 60cents a gallon CO2 tax (in addition to the other state and sales tax) on gasoline and almost no one in CA even realizes it… they all think its jus the oil companies raking in extra dough.

  13. Beware Green Tyranny
    Vaklav Klaus explains the noble cause tyranny of centralized control sought by the UN in Blue Planet in Green Shackels: What is endangered, Climate or Freedom?”.

    . . .The largest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy, and prosperity at the end of the 20th and at the beginning of the 21st century is no longer socialism or communism. It is, instead, the ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism. This ideological stream has recently become a dominant alternative to those ideologies that are consistently and primarily oriented toward freedom. It is a movement that intends to change the world radically regardless of the consequences (at the cost of human lives and severe restrictions on individual freedom). It intends to change humankind, human behavior, the structure of society, the system of values – simply everything.
    Even through environmentalism boasts about its scientific basis, it is, in fact, essentially a metaphysical ideology that refuses to see the world, nature, and humankind as they really are. It has no regard for spontaneous evolution and takes the current state of the world and nature as an untouchable standard, any changes to which would be a fatal jeopardy. . . .

  14. And in other news, the lead Lemming rushing towards energy poverty oblivion has changed course. Other lemmings hurt and confused. Interviews and commentary coming up …

  15. These countries [ Australia, Canada, Japan and the Russian Federation] might consider the far higher level of ambition set by Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda.

    For the record, can someone post the “levels of ambition” set by Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda?

    • “can someone post the “levels of ambition” set by…”
      Hold on a sec, they’re creating that data as fast as possible

      • As with FIFA, at some point, we’ll likely see the rats start deserting the CAGW sinking ship en masse (despite the relentless efforts of the propagandists to keep the boat afloat.)

    • The ambition was to get $200 BILLION / YEAR from the developed contries and redistribute it to the takers (minus handling charges of no more than $100 billion /year…plus costs…)
      So their ambition is to collect their portion of the largess…

    • Alan Watt says, “For the record, can someone post the “levels of ambition” set by Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda?”
      I believe it is an obvious reference to gen-cide; it is the population reduction side of reducing energy use.

  16. And by the way Antony thank once again for being in the vanguard of the fight back from this madness I have learned more from this site than from 15 odd years in school and uni
    [Reply: Added some spaces. -ModE ]

  17. If they are looking for a country to emulate, North Korea does it without even trying.

  18. If the US elects a Republican president in 2016 and I think we will then you ain’t seen nothing yet.

    • It would be helpful if the candidates would start addressing the various CAGW issues apart from kowtowing to the media- supported party line.

  19. Rent-a-Kofi has a deal for you and any dumb comment is available as an add-on option. So come on down to Kofi’s used car policy dealership. We know dumb. See us about soccer events also.

  20. We had Swartzenegger on TV tonight going off the Terminstor promotions script to help the CAGW hype. Such a shame. I suppose everyone has to have at least one major flaw.

    • Big Arnie, a true solipsist who enjoys erecting multiple statues of himself … how does this foible imbue him with such moral righteousness on a scientific issue? Only an idiot journalist would ‘think’ so.

  21. “End the free rides: Australia, Canada, Japan and the Russian Federation should set a clear course for zero emissions by 2050, with deep reductions by 2030. These countries might consider the far higher level of ambition set by Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda.”

    According to The World Coal Association, worldwide about 15% of annual coal production is used to make steel. The 10 biggest steel producers in 2013 out of the total 1606 Mt (Million tonnes) were:

       PR China - 779 Mt
       Japan      - 111  Mt
       USA         -  87  Mt
       India	   -  81  Mt
       Russia	   -  69  Mt
       S. Korea   - 66  Mt
       Germany  - 43  Mt
       Turkey	    - 35  Mt
       Brazil	    - 34  Mt
       Ukraine	    - 33  Mt
    

    Note that China produces more steel than the remaining 9 together.
    Each tonne of steel requires about 770 Kg of coal when using the Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF) method – which accounts for about 70% of steel production.
    I’d like to know just how any industrial nation can be headed for zero emissions, while worldwide steel production (and therefore consumption) grew by 28% from 2006 to 2013. Actually, I can believe if of Japan: they are headed for zero population if current trends continue, although they won’t reach that by 2050. Current population is declining by 0.2% annually.

    Based on the latest data from the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, Japan’s population will keep declining by about one million people every year in the coming decades, which will leave Japan with a population of 86 million in 2060.[5] By that time, more than 40% of the population is expected to be over age 65.[6] In 2012, the population had for six consecutive years declined by 212,000, the largest drop on record since 1947 and also a record low of 1.03 million births.[7] In 2014, a new record of population drop happened with 268,000 people.[8] In 2013, more than 20 percent of the population are age 65 and over.[9]

    So do you want a future without steel? Or a population with 40% 65 and over and most of the rest fully occupied taking care of them?

  22. Kofi Annan talking ‘leadership’.
    Alphonse Gabriel Caponee might have been a better ‘rep’ than ‘oil for food’ Kofi. Alphonse certainly killed orders of magnitude less people during his brief reign. Employing a local gangster rather than global gangster might have been a better bet for the UN.

  23. “These countries might consider the far higher level of ambition set by Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda.”
    That is just code for genocides and population reduction.

  24. Its gotta sting when you come to realize that nobody is listening anymore, even more when the money starts to run out.

  25. So by following Spain, we would be “leaders”?
    I can’t for the life of me understand why a single Australian would feel the slightest concern about being criticised by the UN for following policies that we as a country voted for. Different story for the 8% of mentally deficient people who actually voted for the suicidal policies of the Greens, but for the semi-sane 92% we voted for the repeal of the World’s Biggest Carbon Tax (yes, all parties except the Greens took that to the election) and to stop people smuggling (ditto – only the Greens had a people-smuggler friendly policy). For anyone to squirm when the UN say “we don’t like that” is truly shameful.

  26. Regard bugs: Anyone who has ever kept poultry and bred meal worms as treats will be able to tell you that whilst meal worms(probably the easiest insect to raise) are high protein food, they do live in their food and once that has too many droppings mixed in, the worms get sick. Result: you still use roughly as much, if not more feed as if you feed the birds directly, and throw away much more than your birds waste.
    And that is before we factor in the constant warmth(24C/75F) the insects need to progress at a viable rate, which birds don’t.
    Finally: poultry is far tastier than meal worms. Even in an extra strong curry.

  27. We have expressions here in Australia for W$%^$#s like Annan. However I don’t think this website will allow them.

  28. Kofi is not exactly visionary. After all he said “Obviously, this should not go as far as governments telling people what to eat.”, meaning of course there is a market opportunity here. Why not lead Ghana into the area of bug farming and bug exporting?

  29. ‘Despite known threats’….. well, the biggest known threats come from politicians, as David Archibald in his TWILIGHT OF ABUNDANCE states bluntly: “Global warming did serve a couple of useful purposes. The issue has been a litmus test for our political class. Any politician who has stated a belief in global warming is either a cynical opportunist or an easily deluded fool. In neither case should that politician ever be taken seriously again. No excuses can be accepted.” — not even from all at G7 in Bavaria at the moment.

  30. “far too many countries are failing to take decisive action. Several countries including Australia and Canada appear to have withdrawn entirely from constructive international engagement on climate”.
    Withdrawing from your stupid talks IS the decisive action that we all need to take.
    Australia has decisively decided to stop punching themselves in the nuts. Nobody should try to become a world leader in smashing up their own economy.
    And Canada has one of the highest proportions of low carbon electricity production of any developed nation in the world, since it already has 60% hydropower. It even sells hydropower to the U.S. So, really, why is the U.N. picking on Canada? Just because they won’t kowtow to a bunch of technically illiterate bureaucrats?
    Honestly? Well done to Canada and Australia.
    We need more decisive world leaders.
    And fewer morons blindly following Kofi into his personal nightmare plans for the people of planet earth.

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