UN Paris Agreement Architect Intervenes to Purge Key Aussie Climate Skeptic from Parliament

Christiana Figueres
Paris Agreement Architect Christiana Figueres. By International Maritime Organizationhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/imo-un/39536174340/, CC BY 2.0, Link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Paris Agreement Architect Christiana Figueres has urged Australians to vote for independent Zali Steggall, in an effort to purge former Prime Minister Tony Abbott from the Australian Parliament.

Appalling’ policy inaction draws former UN climate leader into federal election campaign
By Stephen Long

The United Nations’ former climate change czar has intervened in the Australian election, publicly backing four female independent candidates and calling out “appalling inaction in Canberra” on climate change.

Christiana Figueres led the UN’s global negotiating process that culminated in the 2015 Paris climate change agreement, and is now a climate leader at the World Bank.

She has thrown her support behind Zali Steggall, who is standing against former prime minister Tony Abbott in the NSW seat of Warringah, Wentworth MP Kerryn Phelps, Mayo MP Rebekha Sharkie and the MP for Chisholm, Julia Banks, who resigned from the Liberal Party and is contesting the nearby seat of Flinders as an independent.

Ms Figueres said the four women “set out strong policy platforms and longer-term vision for what it would take for Australia to take its rightful place as a leader in the global fight against climate change”.

She condemned what she called “the ridiculous climate wars in Australia that have led to a very damaging climate and energy policy vacuum for more than a decade”.

“This inaction is putting us at war with a climate that has no more room for atmospheric pollution,” Ms Figueres said.

Read more: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-07/canberra-inaction-on-climate-change-appallling/11088336?section=business

Why is the United Nations so frantic to get rid of Tony Abbott, that they would blatantly interfere with and try to influence a single outcome in the 18th May Australian Federal Election?

If climate skeptic politicians do well at the Federal Election, and Abbott retains his seat, there is a small but real possibility Tony Abbott could win back his old job as Prime Minister of Australia.

If Tony Abbott becomes Prime Minister, President Trump will have a new, dependable ally on climate policy, and other key policies like immigration, and international trade, which could shatter United Nations efforts to promote the Paris Agreement and to isolate President Trump on the world stage.

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nw sage
May 7, 2019 6:05 pm

Looks like the Russians have an ally in influencing elections – her name is Christiana Figueres!

Greg
Reply to  nw sage
May 8, 2019 1:53 am

“This inaction is putting us at war with a climate that has no more room for atmospheric pollution,” Ms Figueres said.

this is the same Christiana Figueres who said that it does not matter if we are wrong about global warming since the main objective is wealth redistribution, right?

Bryan A
Reply to  Greg
May 8, 2019 10:08 am

If her chosen candidates should win, here comes the next great global collusion legal case. UN interference in Australian Elections…UN interference in any Soverign Nation elections.
Time to tell the UN to keep their noses out of the personal political business of Soverign Nations

Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  Bryan A
May 9, 2019 2:08 pm

The UN is learning from the EUSSR.

The world will be better off without these tyrannical bureaucracies.

Old Woman of the North
Reply to  Greg
May 9, 2019 12:04 am

How is she planning to plug all the volcanoes?

Santa
Reply to  nw sage
May 8, 2019 5:07 am

Its built on the idea of the The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition commonly known as the Spanish Inquisition (Inquisición española), was established in 1478 by Catholic …

But this time its the idea of The Holy NeoMarxism/Komintern at the UNFCCC/UNEP/IPCC. The NeoMarxism Inquisition.

Hot under the collar
Reply to  nw sage
May 8, 2019 11:49 am

Maybe she should go to Russia and China and tell them who they should vote for.

No doubt she was telling people to vote for Hillary in the US elections and Red Jeremy in the UK elections.

So are Facebook and Twitter going to ban her now for colluding with foreign powers to interfere in foreign elections?

Paul S
Reply to  Hot under the collar
May 8, 2019 12:29 pm

Obama went to England to tell them how to vote..

jtom
May 7, 2019 6:28 pm

Prohibition of UN interference in free elections should be in its charter. Perhaps the President could add that to his to-do list.

Reply to  jtom
May 7, 2019 7:54 pm

Christiana Figueres was Chair of the UNFCCC until July 2016. Since then, AFAIK, she has been a private citizen.

Lank
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 7, 2019 9:01 pm

“…………… is now a climate leader at the World Bank.”

Rod Evans
Reply to  Lank
May 7, 2019 9:55 pm

There are no “climate leaders” in the world bank. Perhaps they meant leading climate alarmist?

Reply to  Lank
May 7, 2019 10:08 pm

It’s unclear what status that implies. But it doesn’t make her a UN official.

jukka paljarvi
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 8, 2019 12:27 am

The World Bank is a specialized agency of the UN.
http://ask.un.org/faq/140935

Greg
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 8, 2019 1:50 am

I’m sure we can count on FarceBook InstaTwat and the rest to deplatform her an delete all here accounts a.s.a.p.

They are really strict on suspected outside political influence and always objective and fair about who they ban 😉

Bryan A
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 8, 2019 10:10 am

Careful Greg or you may no longer be allowed to be a Twit

Gwan
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 7, 2019 9:41 pm

And you Nick think it is perfectly OK for her to poke her nose into Australian Politics .
Its none of her Bl@@ dy business or the UN s for that matter.

LdB
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 7, 2019 10:40 pm

Am I right in thinking it would be illegal under US law?

We have no real laws in Australia this is a murky area of politics and politicians on the take from entities trying to influence policy.

MarkW
Reply to  LdB
May 8, 2019 10:19 am

If all she is doing is talking, that would be legal, even in the US.
If she’s donating or providing some kind of service to the campaign, that would be illegal.

jtom
Reply to  MarkW
May 8, 2019 2:06 pm

The entire ‘Russian Interference’ in the 2016 US election was only ‘talking’ (via comments and sites on the Internet). I have seen no claim that they did anything else wrt the elections, and half the country is having a hissy fit, wanting to void the election.

Robertvd
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 8, 2019 1:09 am

Ones you have sold your soul to the devil you will never more be a private citizen. Evil has now unlimited digital power.

Robertvd
Reply to  Robertvd
May 8, 2019 2:37 am

(once)

SAMURAI
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 8, 2019 1:52 am

Sorry, Nick-san, but The World Bank is in the U.N. system, with the unstated but obvious mission of promoting, sustaining and establishing Leftist centralized economic government systems in 3rd-World countries…

The World Bank is very anti-free market, which explains why so many countries to whom they lend are in arrears…

To get 3rd-World out of abject poverty, IMF, World Bank and ODA loans should be contingent upon impoverished countries accomplishing free-market economic and small-governmental reforms…

Reply to  SAMURAI
May 8, 2019 2:44 am

There is no indication of any official status at the World Bank. She may be just someone they consult. A recent bio here gives no indication of an official position there.

LdB
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 8, 2019 4:45 am

You didn’t look to hard did you Nick

Figueres is currently working to advance climate action and safeguard the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is currently Vice-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, ClimateWorks Board Member, World Bank Climate Leader and Mission2020 Convenor.

https://live.worldbank.org/experts/christiana-figueres
She holds the position of Mission2020 Convenor

The position isn’t listed on the World bank salaries … so I have put in a request
http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/669791531496342387/pdf/2018-Review-of-Staff-Compensation-for-the-WBG-and-Awards-Allocations-Public-Disclosure-07102018.pdf

Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 8, 2019 1:45 pm

“The position isn’t listed on the World bank salaries”
On world bank, you haven’t added to what the original article said. The other titles are with various volunteer outfits.

LdB
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 8, 2019 5:41 pm

The Stokes defense … Lets see what you said

>>>> There is no indication of any official status at the World Bank. <<<<

Answer is it doesn't get more official she is listed on there website
https://live.worldbank.org/experts/christiana-figueres

I am sure there are a great many people who support the world bank but they don't get a page on the world bank website.

How much more official do you want Nick?

Oh wait now this is climate science and a Stokes defense we will redefine the term "official".

Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 8, 2019 6:35 pm

“Answer is it doesn’t get more official she is listed on there website”
It isn’t the website of the world bank. It’s on this site, which is live.worldbank.org. I don’t imagine the WB really operates from a .org site. Anyway it is actually advertising a lecture series (DEC) and if you look at the page on CF that you linked, it is titled “Featured Speaker”. And if you look at the list of featured speakers on that top page, they are all academics.

LdB
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 8, 2019 9:38 pm

Its a secured site please … it has a the little padlock at the top left on your browser just like any bank does.

Please click and the security certificate on your browser and check the owner … any more to say????

LdB
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 9, 2019 2:20 am

This is probably appropriate
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Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 9, 2019 3:33 am

“she is listed on there website”
On that site you will see many bios, eg Eliana La Ferrara, of Bocconi University, and with the same heading as Christiana Figueres: “Featured Speaker”. It doesn’t mean they are World Bank officials.

LdB
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 9, 2019 5:10 am

She has a company title and a company web page promotion. It’s not a random title it is a very specific World Bank only title, find me any other person in the world with the title “Mission2020 Convenor”.

The World bank had to ask for permission to do that and they had to reach an agreement to do it which makes it official VERY PUBLIC position. The royals and many celebrities often take positions like “Ambassador” for companies and it too is an “official” position because it comes with a public profile and a specific title and role.

Should I just put a profile of Nick Stokes up as Head Person on WorldsMostStupid.com because apparently I don’t need any official agreement to do that. That is basically what you are arguing.

You can argue the position is unpaid but to argue it is not official is beyond stupid.

DonM
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 9, 2019 9:33 am

Nit pick all you want;

Nick, I haven’t researched any of this yet….

I’ll give you even odds for $1,000 that she is tied to World bank in some way.

Take it or not?

Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 9, 2019 12:00 pm

“find me any other person in the world with the title “Mission2020 Convenor””
Of course you won’t. Mission2020 is not created by the World Bank. It is a “collective endeavour” convened by Christiana
“Mission 2020 is a collective endeavor. It requires commitment and action by all stakeholders across countries and cultures. That is why the Mission 2020 team is the extended network of individuals from organizations around the world who have taken the Mission on as their own. This extensive network is continuously growing, with people contributing every day to the descent of global emissions by 2020.”

Joel Snider
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 9, 2019 4:13 pm

Stokes is rationalizing again.

LdB
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 9, 2019 11:26 pm

Try the world Bank facebook page Nick

https://www.facebook.com/worldbank/videos/1847285075297240/

OH WAIT WHAT IS THAT AT THE END

We’re happy to welcome Christiana Figueres, Mission2020 Convenor and World Bank Climate Leader

The world bank just randomly assigned her a title “World Bank Climate Leader” but hey she has no formal relationship according to Nick.

Man the World Bank can just randomly assign people titles with no legal comeback.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 10, 2019 12:47 am

“OH WAIT WHAT IS THAT AT THE END”
So what did you leave out of the quote:
“We’re happy to welcome Christiana Figueres, Mission2020 Convenor and World Bank Climate Leader, live on April 21st at 2:15pm ET to our Mission: #ItsPossible Facebook Live booth, from the heart of the World Bank – IMF Spring Meetings.”
They are welcoming her as she gives a talk at 2.15 pm. She’s a visitor.

DonM
Reply to  Nick Stokes
May 13, 2019 11:55 am

“We’re happy to welcome Christiana Figueres, Mission2020 Convener and World Bank Climate Leader, live on April 21st ….”

What exactly is a WORLD BANK CLIMATE LEADER?

(I’m not sure there is a commonly accepted definition of CLIMATE LEADER, but it is fairly obvious that the World Bank thinks they’ve got a good one in the likes of Christiana Figueres.)

Rocketscientist
Reply to  jtom
May 8, 2019 8:09 am

What do Australia’s laws have to say about election interference by non-Australian citizens?
US laws are quite clear about this, which is why the huge brouhaha in Washington over the involvement of foreign interference. Whether those laws are strictly enforced or not is always a political decision.

Gary Pearse
May 7, 2019 6:39 pm

I’ve had my admiration for no-nonsense Ozzies shattered over the past decade or two with them tripping over each other to outdo the EU totes on this illigitimate climateering exercise. There are some brave and bold ones fighting this mental virus that remind me of those I used to know, most of whom are probably no longer with us. Com’on Oz, shake this blight off.

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Gary Pearse
May 7, 2019 7:27 pm

Most ozzies don’t care or don’t believe the Climate Change nonsense. It’s the lying thieving politicians who are all out to destroy this great nation, not the locals. Trying to find an honest poly, is like trying to find a gold nugget on the beach.

KaliforniaKook
Reply to  Greg Cavanagh
May 8, 2019 9:37 am

Greg – we’ll see if you’re right. Hopefully your country doesn’t allow the dead, foreigners, and felons to vote like we do in some states here in the US. And hopefully they don’t allow more vote collecting after the election officially closes like Kalifornia does.

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  KaliforniaKook
May 8, 2019 5:37 pm

Australia has compulsory voting. So everybody over the age of 18 must vote. They have a register of everybody that lives in the district, and when you vote they put a line through your name.

The only way to game the system is to miss-count the votes. But there are one or two moderators in the booths who monitor the counting, and everything gets recounted later on (after the election) as well, just to validate the count and weed out vote-rigging.

JohnB
Reply to  KaliforniaKook
May 8, 2019 7:38 pm

We have an independent body the “Australian electoral Commission” that keeps the rolls. Every decade or so they door knock to check things are square and people aren’t registered at non existent addresses. They also send out little cards to our registered address that we present when voting.

We also have to produce ID (like a drivers licence) when we show up to vote. Basically we have those checks and balances that the Democrats think are terrible in a democracy.

beowulf
Reply to  JohnB
May 9, 2019 12:30 am

I don’t know what part of Oz you live in but I have been voting for 44 years and I have yet to:
• Be door-knocked by the AEC
• Ever receive a card from the AEC in the mail that I must present when voting
• See anyone at any polling booth EVER be required to produce proof of identity

Maybe it’s different in some non-English speaking inner city areas. They simply ask your name and if you have already voted, then cross your name off. If you do try to vote multiple times they will catch up with you and fine you later when they check the rolls.

We always vote on a Saturday when it’s most convenient for most people, plus we have pre-poll voting for about 3 weeks ahead of voting day and postal votes for people who are house-bound. I find it quite bizarre that other mature democracies hold their votes during the week when people have to be at work. It’s encouraging people to not vote. Voting starts at 8am and cuts off at 6pm on voting day and that’s it. Tough luck if you were late.

Our system is open to some very minor abuse, but is still way ahead of what we hear of the US system. It is uniform throughout the country and does not vary from state to state. Dead people don’t vote; non-citizens can’t vote. We have physical ballot papers that are kept until the vote is absolutely decided in case re-counts are needed. None of this machine voting nonsense where they can’t read your vote; no computer voting with all the skulduggery that implies. The vote counting process is “scrutineered” by representatives of all the political parties who watch over every ballot paper as it is counted by the Electoral Commission staff and can protest if they think a ballot paper has been mis-counted. It keeps things very clean. In the rare event that things get to the courtroom stage in a knife-edge result, we have a Court of Disputed Returns that handles any vote counting wrangles and can order a full re-count or whatever.

All of this takes place at arms-length from government. The strange thing about Ozzie voters is that we accept the result even if our party loses. We don’t riot or chuck a Hillary tantrum, although that is becoming less so with the rise of the Rabid Left/Antifa etc

Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  JohnB
May 9, 2019 2:17 pm

In Canada, we have Elections Canada, but I hardly call them neutral. Any government bureaucracy is automaticaly Liberal (i.e. center-left and corrupt) here as the Liberal Party expanded the bureaucracy and, also, government bureaucracies are always for more government power.

Walter Sobchak
May 7, 2019 6:44 pm

It worked so well when Obama interfered in the Brexit referendum and in an Israeli election. He went 0 for 2 on those. Maybe Ms. Figueres can pick up the Obama baton.

BobM
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
May 7, 2019 7:30 pm

Yeah, when Taylor Swift plunged into the 2018 Senatorial election here in Tennessee with her first-ever endorsement, the Democrat thanked her for her support. And immediately, his opponent and the eventual winner opened enough of a lead to make it clear that voters don’t really care what singers think. I’m guessing the Aussies will do the same.

LdB
Reply to  BobM
May 7, 2019 10:41 pm

Taylor Swift is at least an American citizen and entitled to have a view on it.

MarkW
Reply to  LdB
May 8, 2019 10:22 am

Everyone is entitled to an opinion. They are also entitled to tell others what their opinion is.
Nobody is entitled to have others care about their opinion.

May 7, 2019 6:50 pm

Sounds like the UN is panicking to me. What with Donald Trump more securely in power now and noises in Europe.

Christiana, take a look at my blog which illustrates a few minor things about the UN and Climate Change.

https://rogerfromnewzealand.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/ever-been-told-that-the-science-is-settled-with-global-warming-well-read-this-and-decide-for-yourself/

https://thedemiseofchristchurch.wordpress.com/2016/05/06/un-headquarters-and-usd1-2-billion-upgrade-and-rising/

Regards

Roger

Quilter52
May 7, 2019 6:53 pm

i am Australian. Butt out Christina and continue yo wreck your own country. Leave mine alone. It is up to Australians to decide who our leaders should be, not some appalling , public teat sucking, international bureaucrat.

markl
Reply to  Quilter52
May 7, 2019 7:47 pm

“continue yo wreck your own country”…. It’s about as wrecked as it’s going to get thanks to her family.

Reply to  markl
May 8, 2019 9:53 am

I’ve a better suggestion. Christina how’s about you ‘intervene’ and have a word with those commie bar stewards in China and tell them to stop all their wicked carbon ‘pollution’. C’mon. You know you’ve got to do it. Think of how much ‘good’ you could do. You could make a REAL difference! They are of course the world’s biggest carbon ‘polluter’. While you’re at it how’s about you hold your breath (and spare us all more carbon ‘pollution’) while waiting for their response?

Tony
May 7, 2019 7:01 pm

Dream on. Tony Abbott is one of the least popular politicians in Australia, both within his party, and outside it. One of the main reasons is his climate “scepticism”. Unlike the US, climate “scepticism” is a fringe belief in Australia, like evolution “skepticism” or anti-vax.

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 7, 2019 10:04 pm

Exactly. He was voted in BECAUSE he was vocally opposed the carbon(sic) tax.

Reply to  Tony
May 7, 2019 9:14 pm

You are the dreamer Tony. Abbott won the 2015 election by a landslide, because he opposed the Carbon Tax and associated nonsense. He was betrayed by his own party, but if this intervention by Fuegeres gets promulgated in Australia, it is likely to backfire.
I’ll be voting 1 for the LNP candidate in my area, on the basis that to do otherwise is to invite a much worse climate loonie government. My vote for Senate will be for a candidate who has a PhD in Atmospheric Physics.
Don’t get me wrong; there was a time when I was a union rep. I used to tell people who were unwilling to join the union that they had every right not to join, but if they didn’t, the only people looking after their interests were Tony Abbott and John Howard. “Mutter mutter [bad language] give us the form tell me were to sign … how do I pay …”

commieBob
Reply to  Martin Clark
May 8, 2019 1:23 am

… if this intervention by Fuegeres gets promulgated in Australia, it is likely to backfire.

Politics is strange and unpredictable. One of the big problems is getting your supporters to actually get out and vote. Having some foreigner sticking her oar in could get some folk’s backs up and motivate them to vote against whatever she is proposing.

Sceptical Sam
Reply to  commieBob
May 8, 2019 7:15 am

Voting in Australia is compulsory.

That doesn’t stop voters from voting informal of course. However, to do that they still need to get of the sofa and get their name marked off the roll.

Some even vote three and four times in the same election because ID doesn’t have to be shown.

Vote early and vote often is how the green left socialists manage to keep their numbers up.

Governments of all persuasions are comfortable with that kind of electoral fraud. They think they benefit more than their opposition. That tells you all you need to know about the integrity of the Australian voting system.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Tony
May 8, 2019 12:24 am

Tony is actually correct.

Abbott is ‘least popular’ outside his party because he refuses to roll over and do as he is told. The Left want their cake and then your cake as well. Since they cannot comprehend that people hold differing opinions to their own want to have a Government (left wing) in power that they like and an opposition that will nod and smile and not cause problems. Their perfect world will then be perfect. The Left are actually open about this. When Rudd got into power in 2007 the MSM were openly calling it an end to conservatism and openly believed that the Right no longer had a right to speak in public.

This is why the Left and the MSM were so determined to put Malcolm Turnbull into the big chair. They liked Turnbull. Turnbull was actually incredibly popular with people who were never going to vote for him and people who didn’t like him stopped voting Liberal Party in the last election, taking Abbotts massive landslide back to a skin of the teeth margin.

Abbott is disliked within the Turnbull party because he proved them wrong. They assumed that first he would do the correct thing and go away (spoiler – he didn’t), and then assumed that all the good will Abbott had built would just automatically transfer because they arrogantly believed that pro-Abbott voters would have nowhere else to go.

DelCon movement. Its a thing.

Grass roots Liberals – ie the people who stand in the sun each election day manning booths – still deeply support and admire Abbott. Turnbull by comparison was considered a loser in 2009 who kept digging and was hated with a vengeance by a very significant percentage of ‘conservative’ voters. The Turnbull party hate him for that.

The massive irony to all this is that Tony Abbott, the man apparently that EVERYONE hates and is currently a back bencher snubbed a ministerial position, is STILL the politician getting the most media attention. Abbott gets more screen, print and audio time than the current deputy opposition leader.

Also, sorry to break this to you Tony, but the only reason ‘scepticism’ is so fringe in Australia is it is vastly outweighed by all those people who instead believe Climate Change is utter (cough cough mods wont let me print that). Reality check time here, Tony. If Climate Action was so vital to all Australians, then why are the Greens only getting a single figure percentage of the vote? Over 90% of Australians DON’T VOTE GREEN.

Robertvd
Reply to  Tony
May 8, 2019 12:59 am

Most politicians have a price the One World Order World Bank is willing to pay. You could also have an accident.

Thingadonta
May 7, 2019 7:01 pm

It probably says somewhere in UN policy that they don’t interfere with local elections.

Robertvd
Reply to  Thingadonta
May 8, 2019 2:41 am

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

https://youtu.be/PSZxmZmBfnU

Patrick MJD
May 7, 2019 7:10 pm

Abbott won in 2013 with cancelling Gillard’s carbon tax that she said would not happen as one of his election goals. Voters in his constituency obviously were in support of that.

So it is OK for people like this to interfere in another country’s election process if it related to climate change action?

May 7, 2019 7:11 pm

Poor Australia, we with a vast carbon sink, enough to remove large amounts of that dreadful stuff CO2, , of which Australia generates some 1.3 %.

So what about India and China, plus all of the other so called 3 rd world countries, and their vast amounts of CO2 emissions. But of course theyhave a “”Get out of jail free” card from the original Kyoto, and the recent
Paris talk fest did not change that.

Any time you are asked by a Greenie “”What about Climate Change”” just reply, “”But what about India and China”

Of course we must not be too hard on them, they are
after all helping to “”Green”” the planet.

MJE VK5ELL

Ashok Patel
May 7, 2019 7:15 pm

Are the Developed Countries so gullible that Russia or the U.N. can interfere with those Countries’ elections ?

Tom Abbott
May 7, 2019 7:16 pm

“Ms Figueres said the four women “set out strong policy platforms and longer-term vision for what it would take for Australia to take its rightful place as a leader in the global fight against climate change”.”

I thought Australia *was* leading. They are in the process of bankrupting the nation by switching to unreliable windmills and solar, and Australian voters don’t seem to be able to distinguish between sensible politicians and delusional politicians, and they elect so may delusional politicians that Australian’s policies have become delusional.

Australia needs a Trump. Of course a Trump requires a substantial amount of support from the voters. Australia may have a Trump, but I’m not sure the Australian Trump would get enough political support to make a difference.

May 7, 2019 7:26 pm

It is horrifying to think that anti-intellectualism is winning the current energy and environmental discussion. In truth, those “morally superior” proponents have begun to systematically ban the loyal opposition’s best arguments and writings. It seems like book burnings and ideas trashing has become a religious trope without an economic development or resource development bone in its doctrine.

Mike
May 7, 2019 7:29 pm

Stop interfering with the AU election and p**s off.
We don’t care about CF or her stupid climate babble. Steggall knows as much about climate as a squashed apricot.
And so does the rest of the green blob for that matter.

BoyfromTottenham
May 7, 2019 7:47 pm

Hmm – now I am waiting for PM Morrison to ask Pres Trump to interfere in our federal election in favour of Tony Abbott and the other contenders for LNP seats being contested by MP Kerryn Phelps, Mayo MP Rebekha Sharkie and the MP for Chisholm, Julia Banks. What are the odds? This is a most ‘interesting’ election that I can remember, and I’ve seen quite a few.

Voltron
May 7, 2019 7:54 pm

Abbott has his time as PM. I do hope he does get re-elected however. He might be able to talk some sense into ScoMo. Anyone, and I do mean ANYONE other than Bill bloody Shorten or the Greens. Heaven help us if they get in

Alan Grey
May 7, 2019 8:14 pm

Figueres is a member of a socialist political party. It is unsurprising she uses pseudo science to push for government takeover

May 7, 2019 8:22 pm

When I Googled “Zali Steggall”, the first thing that came up was a campaign promise by Ms Steggall to “stem the health impact of climate change.”
WTF is that?
Is she so stupid to actually believe that making electricity more expensive and unreliable will help her fellow Aussies with health problems unrelated to anything about “climate”? Is she daft?
Australia’s CO2 emissions are negligible compared to China and the rest of the world.

If Tony Abbott loses, then Aussies should start learning Mandarin as the Chinese will eventually become your master. With stupid moron downhill skier as your MPs, you are doomed if you get too many of them running your government. The US has it’s share of illiterate AO-C’s of course, but at least she is so far a rarity of low intelligence even among Dimocrats.

Mike
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
May 7, 2019 9:35 pm

>>>”Is she so stupid to actually believe that making electricity more expensive and unreliable will help her fellow Aussies with health problems unrelated to anything about “climate”? <<<

Yes.

Robertvd
Reply to  Mike
May 8, 2019 1:14 am

She is a progressive and progressives hate people. People don’t fit in their Utopia line of ‘thinking’.

StephenP
Reply to  Robertvd
May 8, 2019 5:59 am

She will have to give up skiing as it is a frivolous waste of fossil fuel.

MarkG
Reply to  StephenP
May 8, 2019 7:51 am

Commissars are always allowed to do the things they say the proles shouldn’t.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
May 8, 2019 7:13 pm

Joel O’Bryan May 7, 2019 at 8:22 pm said “Is she daft?”

Yes.

Lewis Buckingham
May 7, 2019 9:17 pm

The left has become obsessed with Abbott.
The actions against him are disgusting. A book full of animal faeces left at his door, his picture emblazoned with a word consistent with part of the female anatomy around his electorate.
It’s a wonder the femanista don’t rise up and support him in solidarity.
GetUp, the Aussi equivalent of a parallel political party, has targeted anyone who does not toe the climate line. Its like a SuperPac.
Figueres has form in telling us what to believe.
https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/hindi/en/audiotrack/links-between-bushfires-australia-and-climate-change
‘Earlier this week, the United Nations climate chief, Christiana Figueres said it was clear that the bushfires in New South Wales were absolutely linked to climate change.Prime Minister Tony Abbott has accused Ms Figueres of talking through her hat.’
GetUp reputedly has put up to a thousand volunteers into the fray to unseat Abbott.
In Australia you can’t pay into political parties if you are a foreign National.
Here however, the climate collective have managed to obtain a free plug from someone outside of our politics and nation.
No doubt this will be all over SBS and ABC news, Taxpayer funded.
One must admire the dedication of Abbott’s enemies and reasonable opponents.
Hopefully the Abbott campaign will be like that wonderful giant planet Jupiter, which protects our Earth
from harmful collisions with random orbiting debris and comets.
May his tribe increase.

MarkW
Reply to  Lewis Buckingham
May 8, 2019 10:28 am

Most feminists have demonstrated that they are liberals first and women second. (If that high)

Bank of Lank
May 7, 2019 9:22 pm

The World Bank which has 10000 employees, and a budget of 57 billion dollars also has a code of conduct which determines that “the Bank and its employees should not interfere in the political affairs of any member” https://heinonline.org/HOL/LandingPage?handle=hein.journals/jhintl16&div=16&id=&page=&t=1557288836

Clearly the World Bank has somewhat morphed into a political machine to influence the politics of its members.

Mickey Reno
May 7, 2019 9:24 pm

It is so past time to end the United Nations completely. It was a big fail, just as was it’s predecessor, The League of Nations. I want to close it down, NOW! Sell the HQ bldg on East 42nd street to a private developer. Kick out all the diplomats and deport them to their home countries. Just to be fair, set up a time-limited, temporary welfare program for the working girls on Central Park South to make up for their loss of income when the UN diplomats leave.

michael hart
May 7, 2019 9:24 pm

Pretty foolish of her. In most countries it doesn’t usually work very well to have any prominent foreigner telling people who to vote for.

Petit_Barde
May 7, 2019 9:30 pm

Excellent !

People don’t like this kind of totalitarian interference particularly when it’s come from abroad.

The day before the Brexit referendum, former French President Hollande made the same arrogant and idiotic mistake.

Wait and see !

Steve C
May 7, 2019 9:46 pm

The sooner Donald Trump (and *every* other leader) de-funds and closes down the UN, the better. They represent, unequivocally, the greatest threat to the human race, and are now becoming arrogant when we do not submit to them. They must go, period.

Reply to  Steve C
May 8, 2019 6:03 am

Or at least make them pay their parking tickets, NYC would make a fortune.

MarkW
Reply to  Paul Jackson
May 8, 2019 10:30 am

Use the proceeds from selling the building to pay off the parking tickets.

steve case
May 7, 2019 9:58 pm

This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for the, at least, 150 years, since the industrial revolution,” Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary – UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Link

E J Zuiderwijk
Reply to  steve case
May 8, 2019 1:22 am

Yep, de-development is what is needed. Feodalism and serfdom will soon follow.

Gwan
May 7, 2019 10:44 pm

Thanks Steve Chase I have read this many times and I would like to see it published in the mainstream news papers but that would never happen .
If the UN was at all serious about climate change they would be advocating for extensive use of nuclear energy to replace fossil fuels .
It is the naked truth that the UN want to destroy capitalism.
They would be advocating for nuclear which is the only non CO2 emitting energy source that can power the modern advanced civilization that we have now in most advanced countries.

Rod Evans
May 7, 2019 10:51 pm

I have been trying to understand what is driving the manic upsurge in climate alarmism currently taking place.
The big institutional players the IMF the UN the World Bank and their political constructs have been working overtime in the past year to drive fear into the minds of people, not blessed with scientific understanding of these things.
Children are being used and abused, literally being projecting as the poster children of climate alarmism. Their lack of understanding and ignorance, have been given centre stage in the climate crusade, by the alarmists.
Meanwhile the climate continues along its benign trajectory. With local weather events no matter how typical or normal, are being hyped and used by the on side propagandists, to convey the false impending doom. Think BBC, CNN, ABC and so on.
The reason for this urgency, is perhaps, the changing political awareness regarding climate?
World wide, political leaders are now challenging the faux science, pushed out as fact, by climate alarmists. Think Trump, XI Jinping, of China, Modi of India, Bolsonaro of Brazil, these are all leaders of massive countries that matter in world climate terms, they do not project the UN agenda/desire, which is to force climate anxiety into the peoples’ minds.
Australia is an interesting case. They have woken up to what is being done to them in the name of climate concern. Having no aircon due to power outages during an Australian heatwave thanks to unreliable energy supplies, is an educational experience most don’t want. The climate facts do not agree with the climate rhetoric and the people know it. Also as a key supplier of minerals and energy to the Chinese market, and having a huge Chinese proportion in the Australian population, Australia is favouring China rather than the nonsense UN/ World Bank shills.
China, is aiding third world countries via conditional loans, to build infrastructure and energy access mostly coal. They are aiding peoples natural desire to improve their lives. The World Bank refuses to do so, and has stated it will not fund developing nations wanting to use coal for energy.
Guess who is winning? You will then understand, why the climate alarmists are so animated.

Mike
Reply to  Rod Evans
May 7, 2019 11:27 pm

”Australia is an interesting case. They have woken up to what is being done to them in the name of climate concern.”

Rod, I’d have to say they are (some of them) waking up slowly. Most (at least the ones making their voices heard) are still shrieking about the usual impending doom. We don’t hear the rest.
Eg; the Opposition leader, when asked about the cost of his ”action on climate change” during a ”public” forum answered by saying…..”What a stupid question, you can’s ask about the cost of doing something without asking the cost of doing nothing – or words to that effect…… Everyone cheered.
That was it. Next question. Same with the Greens leader. The general public…like deer in the headlights.

May 7, 2019 10:56 pm

Keep the UN out of local elections – they have already done too much with Agenda 21 ICLEI.

Reply to  Jon P Peterson
May 7, 2019 11:08 pm

ICLEI = The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) – it’s an international UN organization.

mabarnes
May 7, 2019 11:14 pm

I have a dream that one day … January 20, 2021, the day that Trump is sworn in for his second term … that he turns to his Secretary of State and says “Do it” … and the 22% of UN funding that comes from the United States is impounded. The dream ends when they hang a Now Selling Units sign on the FORMER UN Building in New York, which has converted to high end condos by, I dunno, someone with experience in that kind of real estate.

Only a dream, but you never know….

Craig from Oz
May 8, 2019 12:00 am

The (Australian) ABC writes: “…former climate change czar has intervened in the Australian election.”

dictionary.com writes “Origin of czar – 1545–55; < Russian tsar "

There was go. The ABC openly admits Russian Collusion in the Australian Election. I expect the US Democrats to be openly condemning over this and Maxine to be chanting Impeach Impeach Impeach before lunchtime Friday.

Moderately Cross of East Anglia
May 8, 2019 1:00 am

Clearly the former UN and now World Wank’s Evita is losing her temper that the plebs are not doing as the globalists demand and now feels she has to direct them to do as they are told. Won’t end well for the elitists in the end.

Petit_Barde
Reply to  Moderately Cross of East Anglia
May 8, 2019 1:47 am

Totalitarian principle :

“If the people do not act as expected, change the people.”

Fortunately in most cases, the opposite happens … except when those totalitarian henchmen are not even elected …

StephenP
Reply to  Petit_Barde
May 8, 2019 6:11 am

And if they do not vote the way you require, keep repeating until you get the result you want.
Didn’t Einstein say something about repeating something over and over to get the result you want is a sign of insanity?

E J Zuiderwijk
May 8, 2019 1:19 am

What, exactly, is Australia’s ‘rightful place’? Just wondering.

MarkW
Reply to  E J Zuiderwijk
May 8, 2019 10:33 am

About 800 miles southeast of Borneo.

George Lawson
May 8, 2019 1:51 am

Once again, a climate fanatic does everything in her power to quash any alternative viewpoint. Traditional discussion on all points of view must be avoided at all costs with these people who do not have the confidence for open debate on climate change.

knr
May 8, 2019 2:18 am

To be fair to Figueres she spends so much time flying around the world that perhaps she finds it hard to keep track of what is going on in the country .

JeffT
Reply to  knr
May 8, 2019 10:49 pm

“To be fair to Figueres she spends so much time flying around the world”on her broomstick that perhaps she found it hard to keep track of what carbon footprint she was attaining by flying by jet aircraft.

Jaap Titulaer
May 8, 2019 7:12 am

That constitutes election interference by a foreign communist.
Surely not something that the Australians will just tolerate. Right?

May 8, 2019 7:44 am

Could you declare this lovely lady a persona non grata?

May 8, 2019 7:44 am

Could you declare this lovely lady a persona non grata?

ResourceGuy
May 8, 2019 8:23 am

Meanwhile coal export loadings are up from Australia for the Chinese metallurgical coal market and more global overproduction of steel.

GREG in Houston
May 8, 2019 9:36 am

“…what it would take for Australia to take its rightful place as a leader in the global fight against climate change…”
No disrespect intended to my Aussie friends, but Australia, with ~25 million people, is not likely to be a leader in the “global” fight against anything.

John Robertson
May 8, 2019 9:57 am

Why the “Ladies” support could prove invaluable.
To Tony Abbott.
Hopefully he will use her past statements about the “redistribution of wealth,via Climate lies”, to good use.
The member of the Effete Elites is too much.
Promote her long and hard as a symptom of the madness driving The Cult of Calamitous Climate.
So bogus that even its frontpersons boast about their deceit.
The add could start with; “She knows you are stupid”
And mention her belief that she owns us as well.

KaliforniaKook
May 8, 2019 10:00 am

I’m going to get massacred for saying this, but I kind of hope Australia continues down the “Green” path to all renewables. They are a large country, but not huge. They are physically isolated from other countries that could help them out of the mess they’re creating by importing electricity. Kalifornia (I know – only a state, albeit a large one) has backup for their stupidity: Arizona, Nevada, and Oregon. European countries have backup from neighboring countries.

Someone needs to show the world how stupid reliance on renewables is, just as Venezuela has shown that socialism fails even when the country has incredible natural resources. Australia could be that example to the world.

Australia can recover, because they have money and resources as well as an educated workforce that could build nuclear and become a world leader in that arena – and beyond.

And maybe trash for a couple of generations belief in the wisdom of government officials. Hm. Another oxymoron: wise government. Beneficent government. Plththt.

Reply to  KaliforniaKook
May 8, 2019 8:28 pm

Australia has a history of being anti-nuclear

May 8, 2019 10:10 am

Having Paris Agreement Architect Christiana Figueres intervene on the side of Zali Steggall could be worth a few extra votes for Tony Abbott at least.

mr bliss
May 8, 2019 2:17 pm

“Ms Figueres said the four women “set out strong policy platforms and longer-term vision for what it would take for Australia to take its rightful place as a leader in the global fight against climate change”.”

Sounds like the Four Women Of the Apocalypse

Robert of Ottawa
May 9, 2019 2:06 pm

Who elected her Dictator of Australia?

Oh, wait. She’s not Australian and never was elected to anything.

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