Aussie PM Trying to Please Everyone on Climate Change

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. By User:Clrdms – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is talking up Australia’s efforts, while warning against “needless anxiety”, and demanding China take a greater role in climate efforts.

Scott Morrison does not want kids to have ‘anxieties’ about climate change after Greta Thunberg’s speech

By North America Correspondent James Glenday in New York

Scott Morrison has warned against causing children “needless anxiety” about climate change and suggested Australian kids need to be given more “context and perspective” on the issue.
Key points:

  • Mr Morrison said he did not want Australian children to be anxious about the changing climate
  • He said Australia had the highest per capita investment in renewable energy
  • The Prime Minister missed the climate summit but will address the UN General Assembly on Wednesday

Responding to a passionate speech by Swedish teenage environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg at Monday’s United Nations Climate Summit, the Prime Minster said it was important Australian children were confident they would live in a “wonderful country and pristine environment”.

“They will also have an economy to live in as well,” he said.

“I don’t want our children to have anxieties about these issues. “We’ve got to let kids be kids.”

The Prime Minister has faced criticism from Australian businesspeople and scientists for missing the summit.

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On China;

Australian PM says China must step up on climate change as ‘newly developed’ nation

Scott Morrison uses keynote speech of US visit to say China should be doing more to combat the climate crisis

Katharine Murphy Political editor, in Chicago
Tue 24 Sep 2019 00.01 AEST
Last modified on Tue 24 Sep 2019 15.48 AEST

Scott Morrison has challenged China to do more heavy lifting on climate change, saying Australia welcomes its economic growth, but that prosperity and power also come with responsibility.

The Australian prime minister used the keynote speech of his US visit, at the Chicago Institute for Global Affairs on Monday, to praise China’s “economic maturity”. Morrison characterised China as a “newly developed” rather than a developing economy, and argued that status conferred developed-world obligations on the Chinese leadership.

“Having achieved this status, it is important that China’s trade arrangements [and] participation in addressing important global environmental challenges, with transparency in their partnerships and support for developing nations, reflect this new status and the responsibilities that go with it as a world power,” Morrison said.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison as usual leaves me with a feeling of “not good enough”.

Scott Morrison criticises China for their climate hypocrisy – but demands they do more. Yet at home Morrison does very little about climate change, while talking up the need to do something, and provides in my opinion transparently inadequate descriptions of all the climate good he intends to do.

Mr. Prime Minister, if you feel so strongly about how Australian kids are being affected by climate anxiety, and you are right to feel that way, then make a decision; either embrace the green path wholeheartedly, or follow President Trump’s lead and make a stand for economic sanity. Work to undo the damage.

Telling kids climate change is an issue but not doing anything about it is confusing and cruel.

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Alan McIntire
September 25, 2019 2:22 pm

This reminds me of Aesop’s Fable of the Man, the Boy, and the Donkey. As the moral goes, “Try to please everyone, and you will wind up pleasing no one”.

Reply to  Alan McIntire
September 25, 2019 6:46 pm

How dare you?

Charles Higley
Reply to  Alan McIntire
September 25, 2019 7:39 pm

How about telling parents, schools, and media not to indoctrinate and traumatize the children by not lying to them about the climate? That would solve the problem. Where would kids get this anxieties? They HAVE to come from the adults, who are proving to be irresponsible child abusers.

Geoff Larsen
September 25, 2019 2:27 pm

“either embrace the green path wholeheartedly, or follow President Trump’s lead and make a stand for economic sanity. Work to undo the damage”

What a pack of clodswallop. Australia under the current Federal Government will be following climate policy our way. It won’t be following green policy and it certainly won’t be following Trump on anything to do with trade or climate policy.

Geoff Larsen
Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 25, 2019 3:22 pm

I’ll repeat again. Australia under our government will do it our way. To categorise it as an half in/half out approach is nonsense. We will decarbonise but we will do it intelligently, methodically and slowly.

How is the Australian approach adding to children’s anxiety? The mind boggles at such an assertion.

Geoff Sherrington
Reply to  Geoff Larsen
September 25, 2019 3:57 pm

Geoff Larsen,
Will we “decarbonise” as slowly as we are adopting nuclear power generation?
Policy based on poor science needs heaps of apologists.
Go for it. Review your apologetic success slowly, in a decade or two, after the bubble has burst.
As it will, as our youngsters reject synthetic alarmism and punish the doomsayers for trying to harm them.
Geoff S. Australian scientist.

Reply to  Geoff Larsen
September 25, 2019 4:19 pm

How does Australia define “intelligently” and “methodically”? So much hinges on the precise meaning and implications of those words.

Peter K
Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 25, 2019 5:58 pm

I have been in the energy game for a long time and I can tell you there is a lot going on that is not reported in MSM. Most of our politicians are also ignorant of the progress.

Australia has decommissioned 20% of their coal fired power stations since 2012. Another will be decommissioned in 2021, bring the total to around 24% in terms of name plate capacity. Quite a number of large scale solar and wind farms are now on line. There is a number of constructions and applications under way at present. By 2021 Australia will have more renewable power stations on line than coal, in terms of nameplate capacity.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 25, 2019 7:09 pm

Don’t waste your time and energy debating with these political hacks, Eric.

Sid Abma
Reply to  Geoff Larsen
September 25, 2019 4:51 pm

Geoff. What we need is for President Trump to tell the “promised” coal miners, We now have a clean coal solution. He can tell them that this solution turns the CO2 in the combusted coal exhaust into good paying full time jobs and money. Coal fired power plants can operate and will put into the atmosphere less CO2 than a natural gas fired power plant.
Prime Minister Morrison needs to talk with President Trump and tell him that he wants to bring to his Australia, The Time Of Clean Coal Is Now Here.
America and Australia have over 600 years of good quality coal available. This coal needs to be used to produce electricity. Lets use our natural gas efficiently for building space heating and by industry to produce all those products that we consume every day.
Doing this will ensure our countries will have energy for centuries, be warm and turn on the lights!

Reply to  Sid Abma
September 25, 2019 6:44 pm

Why on earth would a sane person want to waste money decreasing CO2 output?

I see Sid still can’t get enough suckers to invest in his Ponzi scheme.

Timo Soren
Reply to  Geoff Larsen
September 25, 2019 9:00 pm

Because 1/2 or more of what you say is bs.

You won’t de-carbonize because you won’t embrace nuclear and don’t have the technology nor money otherwise.

Up to now intelligently equates to doubling prices, killing industry, spending billions sent to already wealthy investors, to achieve nothing.

The rhetoric of the entire public media and proposed curriculum is an affront to your youth.

In 30 years you might see the light but I suspect an arrogant addled brain won’t recognize it own idiot behavior and arguments then.

Beat your country back into depression, corrupt your children’s minds and future and lie in the bed you make. No longer have any sympathy for your lot.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 25, 2019 4:10 pm

What do you honestly believe causes all the angst, anxiety, and fear, yes fear, in the schoolchildren of today.
Pick one, and only one:
A) The schoolchildren have carefully parsed the arguments of the PM and find them to be needlessly ambivalent. The schoolchildren have summed the positive and negative aspects of the social, economic, and political implications of the PMs positions and would prefer a more direct policy, one way or another. The lack of sure direction is the source of their anxiety.

B) The schoolchildren are getting fed a steady diet of alarm and future catastrophe, for themselves and the entire planet. In any other context but public education, this would be considered criminal child abuse, and the authorities would become involved.
The children are responding in the only way they can.

Remember, pick one, and only one.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 26, 2019 4:11 am

give him some credit
he DID suggest that people go and read and not just listen to the(he stopped himelf at Fakenews) media soundbites
Id say hes well aware its rubbish, but really is stuck on the barb wire of the illinformed, who still vote(cos we have to)
fundings been removed from greenish schemes since he got elected and there has been a mention of a group to examine Nuke power
immediate ABC scarestories abounded within hours on that.
I said at the outset of they wanted to scream clean co2 free power then the greentards would have to accept nukes or stfu.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 26, 2019 11:00 am


Nuclear is the Alarmist’s worst nightmare because the climate has nothing to do with their true goals.

If Nuclear Power Is So Safe, Why Are We So Afraid Of It?

“…With nuclear energy, Oak Ridge Laboratory Director, Alvin Weinberg, argued, humans could create fertilizer, fresh water, and thus abundant food — forever.
But literal-minded nuclear advocates like Weinberg missed the point. Cheap and abundant energy was — for Malthusians — not a feature but rather a bug. The Sierra Club and other environmentalists hated nuclear because it held out the promise of universal prosperity.
It was at that moment that environmental groups and their philanthropic supporters began a half-century long campaign to frighten the public. “Our campaign stressing the hazards of nuclear power,” wrote Sierra Club’s President in a 1974 memo to the board of directors, “will supply a rationale for increasing regulation and add to the cost of the industry…”

Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 25, 2019 6:42 pm

I’d agree with that Eric but as Nicolas Tesdorf summed it up well elsewhere-

“Politicians are already feeling the pressure from both sides. On one side is a noisy, violent minority who want to destroy all industry, on the other side is the large silent majority who do not want to pay even $1 for all that green nonsense and the hope of better weather. The Politicians know instinctively which side their bread is buttered on and pay only lip service to the noisy, violent minority.”

So it’s all very well for us to be critical of straddling the barbed wire fence of democracy like that but as politicians well know only the impotent are pure. Furthermore they start from the given position here and now and like the tourist asking the way to Dublin the answer was you wouldn’t want to start from here.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 26, 2019 6:05 am

Well you gotta admit ScoMo beat all the pundits going up the middle and no Shorten Labor and the Greens so just be thankful for small mercies 😉

Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 26, 2019 11:19 am

Indeed, Eric. Trump says what he means and does what he says.
“Politicians are elegant at lying.
Trump is brutal at truth.”
It seems to be working. Imagine that, a politician telling the truth.?

President Trump Approval Rating Jumps to 53 Percent: Rasmussen Poll
September 25, 2019

“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” 
Thomas Sowell

Bryan A
September 25, 2019 2:27 pm

I vote for Economic Sanity TRUMPING Green Hypocrisy every time

September 25, 2019 2:30 pm

Like all politicians he strives to speak much, say little and do even less.

Reply to  Rocketscientist
September 25, 2019 7:39 pm

It’s the UN it is where you have free licence to say anything kit’s a bit like speeches from drunks at any bar near closing time.

September 25, 2019 2:30 pm

If you lie down with dogs you will get up with fleas. We/the world needs to stop being so wishy washy about skepticism.

September 25, 2019 2:39 pm

Take a stand on manipulating children by advocacy groups. We don’t need a Climate Jonestown to get the point across that there are problem groups out there.

September 25, 2019 2:40 pm

He is doing a great job wish there were more like him…honest and great bloke!

Sweet Old Bob
September 25, 2019 2:45 pm

People should know that fence straddling …. especially “bobwire” is a sure way to get neutered .

Reply to  Sweet Old Bob
September 25, 2019 6:53 pm

Or perhaps a case of beware of the walruses when you’re hanging out with scientists of a particular persuasion and their media types-

September 25, 2019 2:49 pm

Scott Morrison’s attempts to mollify the Greens’ demands for ‘Climate Action’ are futile. Nothing would satisfy the bloodthirsty Greens’ demands short of a return of all of society to the Stone Age. Developing a thick hide like Trump would serve him well.

Stephen W
September 25, 2019 3:14 pm

The more the phrase “action on climate” is uttered, the less it actually means.

September 25, 2019 3:27 pm

Australia has become a very backward horrible country Im so glad I left it ten years ago its a country that has no character and freedoms that it used to have. Their science is a joke their universities re peter Ridd are a joke it no longer can claim to be an advanced country. I will be rescinding my Australian citizenship this year my Australian offspring will have to visit me here I will never return there South America and USA is 1000 times better where we have freeedom and enlightment

September 25, 2019 4:03 pm

Regarding China and India, both previously rated as developing nations, to
enable the original Kyoto agreement to survive, now both have a big military
, the atomic bomb , and are involved with a space programme, to still
pretend to be undeveloped nations is a farce. .

PM Morrison is quite correct to call it as he sees it. As far as trade is concerned
, despite the usual nonsense of it affecting trade, China needs Australian
trade as we too need Chinas trade.

The UN’s call for the world, excluding the usual suspects of course, is
expected. They are well aware that this has nothing to do with climate and to
save the World .

It right back to ” Wizard of Oz “” and the man behind the Green Curtain
pulling the levers, with the dog To To pulling back the curtain. The UN
with its two thirds of the black, brown and yellow nations, wants to rule the
World, and Green is their colour of choice.

Again they say that the GBR is dead and dying. Perhaps it might cause
Morrison or the minister for green things to phone the head of JCU and tell
them to drop this appeal against the judgement of Judge Vasa and Peter Rid.
or lose their next handout of taxpayers money. Hopefully the Judges
hearing this appeal might go and look at the reef as its at the heart of this
Court case .

But even if they stick with just the original court case, its still all about
the GBR, its the Elephant in the room.


Craig from Oz
September 25, 2019 4:33 pm

Michael said,

“Regarding China and India, …. now both have a big military
, the atomic bomb , and are involved with a space programme”

This is misleading. The word ‘now’ implies they didn’t before.

Craig from Oz
September 25, 2019 4:37 pm

Eric, you are quoting both the ABC and The Guardian – both proven to be hard Left opinion pushers rather than distributors of actual news – and attempt to imply this is an accurate report on not only the Australian Prime Minister’s actions, but also a valid slice of Australian public opinion.


Patrick MJD
September 25, 2019 5:01 pm

“Michael September 25, 2019 at 4:03 pm

Regarding China and India… now both have a big military
, the atomic bomb…”

Have had for a long time, China 1964, India 1974. Mores the worry is that Pakistan has nuclear weapons too, 1998. I would not be worried about any face off between China and India, but India and Pakistan?

Right-Handed Shark
September 25, 2019 5:15 pm

His attitude pretty much confirms my suspicion that ALL politicians know AGW is a lie, but they’ll never admit it because, hey, we’re successfully taxing air! How ’bout that?!

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
September 26, 2019 1:31 am

And that is the crux of the matter. A revenue stream that never ends and can be constantly adjusted up for when the weather is a bit warm.

September 25, 2019 5:36 pm

He wants to plan the baby and let her live. Only if he avoids reconciliation. Good luck crossing that philosophical (?) divide.

John of Cairns
September 25, 2019 6:15 pm

Eric, things certainly seem as you say,but Mr morrison is an highly intelligent pragmatist who understands that politics is the art of the possible,and that the penny will drop last for the media, who have the real power.Read between the lines,softly softly catchem monkey.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 26, 2019 8:41 am


It seems to be a tradition in Australia.

Reply to  John of Cairns
September 25, 2019 7:04 pm

A good comment John. And he should also quietly build a couple of nice modern coal fired power plants, get the electricity price down and everyone will continue to vote for him. Meanwhile the EU would probably resist doing business with us in the short term, but in the long term they will all come to realise that it’s not going to warm much, that they have all kinds of problems generating base-load power with their silly windmills and see that they need to do as we did or have to deal with riots in the streets.
Unfortunately modern politics looks only as far as the next election cycle.

Geoff Sherrington
Reply to  Mike
September 26, 2019 5:13 am

Sorry to hear your story, but can understand the caused of your discontent.
Does some discontent stem from a movement in society whereby we now have many more people paid to tell other people what to do, while in earlier times more people just set about creating new wealth for all to share? Geoff S

Peter K
Reply to  John of Cairns
September 25, 2019 8:37 pm

Agreed. I believe Morrison is doing well in dealing with the , juvenile, climate change mass hysteria.

Gary Pearse
September 25, 2019 7:22 pm

I’m disappointed that only a handful of heads of state recognized that Trump’s priorities of going for the best for America and Americans and his ebulliency in dealing with the NWO elitists’ didn’t attract more emulators. Particularly with the degree of success he had in turning the US economy around. Eastern Europe, which recognizes the schemes of the Eurocentric “one party” would-be тоталiтагуаиs know where this is really headed! They, Austria, Italy and Brazil dumped the néomarxistes like a hot brick. I thought Brexit was something similar but I see that they are splitting from the EU because they want to ruin themselves quicker with their own made-in-UK ‘Juncker’.

Oz, for the sake of a once proud, vital, in-your- face, good, sturdy folk, do something good for your own people while you still may have 50% of your former real, self reliant, population. I never thought I would see the day when Ozzies would be looking to Europe for their cues. A lot of my despair with all this is what I see has happened here to my fellow Canadians. Of the old Commonwealth of Nations, I can’t see anyone but India to rescue us from all this. I certainly would prefer surrendering Canada to Prime Minister Modi. Do you know this head of state has a 93% approval rate for his government!

September 25, 2019 9:13 pm

Meanwhile in sunny Western Australia, the local electrical supplier Synergy has posted an approx $600 million net loss due to declining sales and challenges with increasing solar PV uptake. Those who are well-off will continue to install subsidised solar PV and the rest will have to deal with increasing electrical costs. All for a non-existing problem, notwithstanding high surf issues at Stockton due to Goreball Warming causing acidic rising seas according to our ABC. Ignorant journalists! Australia is stuffed due to AGW and an aging population. Just codswallop! Peak stupidity.

September 25, 2019 9:44 pm

Agree, John of Cairns!

September 26, 2019 2:37 am

UK is leaving the EU because they (mostly) recognise it as a socialist construct bound to fail. Anybody doing anything about Spanish youth unemployment? UK has record employment atm.

Roger Welsh
September 26, 2019 9:35 am

Australia. You got rid of Tony Abbott. You now have, like most, people interested in “”me” , not their Country.
We have the same crisis in the uk.
We are headed toward civil unrest big time.

September 26, 2019 1:55 pm

That’s the same playbook used by others. Page three reminds you to say it with a straight face and practice often to make it believable.

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