Crikey Slams Bipartisan Climate Policy Offer: “offering to deal with terrorists”

Anthony Albanese
Aussie Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese. By Bidgee, CC BY-SA 3.0 au, Link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t JoNova – as Aussie greens panic about expiring climate policy targets, an effort by Australia’s opposition politicians to appease angry coal union supporters by offering to include a place for coal in a future bipartisan climate deal has upset radical greens.

Labor offers to deal with terrorists in climate wars

In offering bipartisanship on energy, Labor is offering to do a deal with the ‘terrorists’ who have thwarted all forms of climate action for years.

JUN 24, 2020

After the second hottest year on record globally, the hottest year on record in Australia, our second hottest summer ever after 2018-19, an unprecedentedly catastrophic summer of bushfires and record-breaking Arctic and Antarctic temperatures, Labor has opted to, in effect, surrender on climate to the denialists of the Coalition.

Anthony Albanese’s Press Club speech today — liberally distributed, as usual, to media outlets a day ahead — abandons even fifth-best policy positions on climate in favour of offering the government a chance to establish a bipartisan energy policy.

By abandoning any interest in a National Energy Guarantee, Anthony Albanese will position Labor as weaker on climate action than Malcolm Turnbull, who at least sought to include both energy security and emissions reduction within his energy policy framework before another right-wing/Murdoch putsch forced him out.

By accepting — though not proposing to fund — CCS, Albanese can offer the coal wing of Labor the pretence that coal mining can continue as a legitimate industry on a warming planet, even as the ruined communities continue to clear up the wreckage from the summer from hell. In doing so, he’s peddling in the same fiction as the government — that CCS can ever make a meaningful contribution to reducing emissions. It cannot.

As Malcolm Turnbull correctly put it, these people operate like terrorists, intent on blowing up their own government, with the support of News Corp, if anyone tries to address climate change. You can’t do any sort of deal with them. That merely rewards terrorists.

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Describing mainstream Conservative politicians as “terrorists” would be a new low in climate hype, if former conservative leader Malcolm Turnbull had not said it first.

But something which upsets greens to that extent is an interesting development. I’ve wondered for a long time how long it would be until coal union members hit breaking point.

Albanese’s party, the Australian Labor Party, is by tradition the party of blue collar workers like coal miners. But radical greens in the party want to take away their jobs. My guess is the trigger for this shift was raucous calls by radical greens for a coal free “green covid recovery”.

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June 26, 2020 6:30 pm

Don’t trust any of them.
Look at your electricity bill.
It’s the uni-party here and the World over.
We’re in trouble folks and Asia is slowly taking our world away from us.
Manufacturing is being replaced by nurses, doctors, lawyers, psychologists, psychiatrists, police, investigators, drug rehabilitation workers etc.
All in the taxpayers pocket.
Non-academic teenagers sit at home with no hope of a job.
Last month HiChem closed their manufacturing plant in Melbourne.
Every week another plant closes.
Electricity impost is the straw that breaks the Camel’s back every week in Australia.
Our politicians are criminals taking donations from foreign entities who own most of our electricity assets in the critical area of distribution where the retail price is set by corrupt Government officials.
In Victoria Australia it’s called The Victorian Default Offer.
It’s making the political donors rich and the average household poor by regulation.
No journalist will touch this and there’s never been an investigation by the equally corrupt media including the conservative media such as Sky.

Reply to  Warren
June 26, 2020 10:45 pm

Warren did you know that Energy Australia is wholly owned by the Chinese? The parent company is CLP (China Light and Power) and they operate out of the Caribbean. Despite earning more than 30 billion dollars in revenue in the last four years they have paid NO tax!

One of the Australian executives of Energy Australia, on their own site (Alastair McKeown), under Tax Contribution Report said this:

“For the past decade an excess of electricity supply in a highly competitive market has led to very modest, and sometimes negative, overall returns for Energy Australia. In recent years that has meant low profitability, and no corporate tax.”

Wikipedia lists other assets that Energy Australia hold in Australia, see below.

• Mount Piper Power Station, NSW
• Tallawarra Power Station, NSW
• Wallerawang Power Station, NSW (decommissioned)
• Pine Dale Mine, NSW
• Yallourn Power Station, Victoria
• Cathedral Rocks Wind Farm, South Australia
• Hallett Power Station, South Australia
• Waterloo Wind Farm, South Australia

And this is just one company! How big is this list? I cannot believe the extent that our State and Federal governments are ‘selling out’ to China.

Our major political parties are all left wing now here Australia, left, extreme left and communists! Some have the gall to call themselves moderates and talk about the ‘right faction’ of their party. There is no right faction of any of the major parties. And even the so called ‘conservative’ sitting government are talking about rearranging the seats to push out the ‘right faction’.

Do they not understand that we voted for Morrison because we wanted no part of renewable energy. We are smarter than that, we know the real reason behind renewable technology and it’s got nothing to do with Climate, they are blind if they can’t see that, it hasn’t been successful anywhere in the world. We voted for Morrison because we wanted a moderate and right of centre government. Surely they can see that all that the left has to offer is destructive in every way.

Reply to  Megs
June 27, 2020 1:20 am

All true.
I don’t even trust One Nation.

Pat from kerbob
June 26, 2020 6:30 pm

The sooner they eat their young, the better for all of us

Dennis G Sandberg
June 26, 2020 6:39 pm

Nice to see that Australia may survive the renewable cult. It would be a shame for all their beautiful coal to be burned in China and India.

Chris Hanley
June 26, 2020 6:43 pm

“… these people operate like terrorists, intent on blowing up their own government … if anyone tries to address climate change”.
That’s pretty funny, proposed ‘climate action’, if it is what I think it is, was the cause of the political de@th of three prime ministers and the rejection of ‘climate action’ delivered one prime minister a landslide majority.

Reply to  Chris Hanley
June 26, 2020 7:43 pm

Nancy Pelosi accussed Republicans of wanting to “Get away with the … murder of George Floyd”.

Socialists have always considered those who stand in their way to be evil. The only difference is that in recent years they no longer feel the need to hide their real feelings.

Tim Neilson
June 26, 2020 6:46 pm

Good point about the coal mining workers.
If it wasn’t for them the deal would certainly be a far-left green fantasy. In Australia like the USA “bipartisanship” usually means that the few real conservatives get fragged by green/left fifth columnists inside the supposedly “conservative” side of politics and the “progressives” get 100% of what they want.
But Labor lost the last election largely because they lost large numbers of seats in coal mining areas so they may just try to outflank the Coalition from the right. Ironic, hey?

Gary Pearse
June 26, 2020 7:05 pm

I’ve told some friends and family that have supported the left for a lifetime that they are voting for a party that doesn’t exist anymore except in name. Their real constituents are the Eurocentric Global marxist governance crowd who dont give a darn about the poor folk who voted these people in in some far away land.

The vote itself is an archaic exercise that eventually they would do away with. At present their is no other way to put them in power until they have a substitute for it, probably a party central committee where only politicians vote for who’s to be who.

Are these voter folk thick-skulled? The ones I’ve been trying to get through to are otherwise pretty smart. Do they find themselves better off after all these years? Are the problems they would like to see solved showing any improvement? No and no!

Trump got elected by the people who awoke to the fact that the left is not there for the ordinary folk. Trump also got more black, hispanic and other minority ethnicity voters than any other Republican in modern times after he told them to vote for him because they had nothing to lose, that the Dems never did any thing for them anyway. If that got some of them, then Hillary’s remark that half of Americans are “Deplorables” swung the rest.

Oz and New Zealand in my view are too much like the “Old Country”where, as the left moved leftward, the right did likewise until there wasn’t much of a choice. Albanese at least finally spoke up for his real constituents, but look at the flood of abuse he attracted. Trump is doing us all a favor by knocking off the Euro/UN apparatchik infestation.

Steve Clark
Reply to  Eric Worrall
June 26, 2020 8:51 pm

Ahhh, you see Eric. The latest data out from US is as right leaning people are moving towards the centre, left leaning people are moving further left. Trust me, that can only end in disaster for Western Civilisation.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
June 26, 2020 10:41 pm

What you say is true but there are many more layers.
One layer of importance is how individualist the person is.
Both Australia and the United States are very individualist societies.
The labor party can only go so far left towards socialism before many of its individualist supporters say enough is enough.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
June 26, 2020 7:45 pm

Even Aristotle remarked that democracy will always end in tyranny. It inevitably creates problems that cannot be solved democratically, and then people call for a tyrant to fix things.

We’re pretty close to that point right now. How many Americans would prefer to have Trump as Dictator For Life than have to deal with idiot politicians?

Reply to  Eric Worrall
June 26, 2020 9:49 pm

“You need to get to the root of whatever is causing all the hate and anger, and find a way to fix it”

How do you do that in a democracy?

Trump could have rounded up the people who’ve been pushing the hate and anger long ago, but he’d have been impeached by the politicians elected by the people who support those people.

And what if the root of the problem actually turns out to be genetic, and not ideological? Which it likely is, due to the near-elimination of infant mortality allowing defective genes to spread through the population as they did in Mouse Utopia.

What then?

“Democracies can fail, but usually they self correct in the end.”

No, they don’t.

Almost every democracy ever created has failed, and the ones we have left don’t look like they’re going to last much longer. Because letting 51% of the population vote to loot the other 49% of the population is a really dumb idea.

And artificial wombs will put the final stake through the heart of the democracies which make it that far, because anyone will be able to have as many kids as they want. Don’t like the government? Just breed millions of new voters.

Edward Hanley
Reply to  MarkG
June 27, 2020 12:40 am

“Trump could have rounded up the people who’ve been pushing the hate and anger long ago, but he’d have been impeached by the politicians elected by the people who support those people.”

News Flash! They impeached him anyway! Now, as for solutions:

“You need to get to the root of whatever is causing all the hate and anger, and find a way to fix it”

The root cause is the polarization incited by social and mainstream media for financial and political gains. That can’t be fixed. But it CAN be ignored. Turn off the TV and talk to people over a beer.

Oh. I forgot. We can’t do that anymore.

Never mind.

J Mac
June 26, 2020 7:16 pm

Crikey! Bernie Keane really has his panties in a twist! Send him a lump of coal this Christmas?

Tom Abbott
June 26, 2020 8:12 pm

From the article: “After the second hottest year on record globally,”

Not true. It’s easy to check:

And that chart just covers 1979 to the present. It was as warm or warmer during the Early Twentieth Century Warming as it is today.

In other words, we are not experiencing unprecedented warming today, it was just as warm in the recent past.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
June 27, 2020 12:36 am

Thank you. Someone really needs to challenge the lies of the Green Mafia before they become accepted as fact.

June 26, 2020 8:57 pm

Are these Greenbeaners so naive about the real world that they don’t realize we are about 1.5 steps away from the Mad Max stories?
(? = Except unlike that world, which ended as a desert, this one will end up the opposite.)

Seriously, if you haven’t been aware of all the riots, looting, and destruction in the good ol’ US of A in the past few weeks, then you’re living in a closet. But all it takes is something to set off chaos and BOOM! or something like that.

I sometimes wonder how dumb the Greenbeaners really are, because they seem to be unable to make the connection between Hoomans and the planet. Strange, they are… very strange.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Sara
June 27, 2020 8:33 am

“Seriously, if you haven’t been aware of all the riots, looting, and destruction in the good ol’ US of A in the past few weeks, then you’re living in a closet.”

That’s only really happening in the major cities. I live about 70 miles north of Seattle, and there’s none of it up here. There were a few guilty-conscience white people protesting on one of the bridges, not blocking traffic, but that’s it.

Patrick MJD
June 26, 2020 9:44 pm

No-one here where I am in Australia is worried about climate change. Everyone is out panic buying toilet paper, again!!! I just went out to do some chores and get a few things, not toilet paper, and people are going mad. Shoppers seem ruder than ever and absolutely no-one is worried about “social distancing” apart from the man behind me with two young daughters…who were not bothered either! Madness!

gavin gee-clough
Reply to  Patrick MJD
June 26, 2020 10:56 pm

climate change is a meaningless tautology
which is why it was chosen – ensures endless shitfight
reality: ecological damage is real – caused by greed of mega-rich and mindless tech consumption of most people.
this is why the system has to collapse – we can’t get to a sustainable system rationally – cos we aint rational enough.
as you have indicated – individually we can detach from whats going on, let the necessary madness play out, without becoming a lunatic or enraged.
the fool thinks himself wise
the wise man knows he’s a fool
let’s face it: greens and liberals destroying the very system they cant live without is very funny. whereas folks who know how to do stuff, rather than just talk about it, will always be okay.
looking forward to the cities shrinking….and a permaculture future

gavin gee-clough
June 26, 2020 10:48 pm

i will be voting one nation / independent
never will i vote for greens, labor or lnp

Reply to  gavin gee-clough
June 26, 2020 11:36 pm

I agree totally gavin, One Nation used to be mocked, they are making so much sense these days. I’d rather listen to Pauline Hanson and her team speak plain sense than the likes of ‘many other’ politicians out there, meaningless intellect endeavoring to cover up BS. One Nation have got some good people too, if someone puts their hand up in our electorate as a One Nation candidate I’d vote for them. The major parties are ‘all’ leftists now anyway, they won’t be getting my vote.

Reply to  gavin gee-clough
June 27, 2020 1:10 am

Me as well!

June 27, 2020 12:46 am

“……these people act like terrorists…….”
The US Department of Justice defines terrorism as “ a violent act dangerous to human life, in violation of the law, to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population or any segment thereof in furtherance of social or political objectives”.
It would be amusing to see Mr. Keane, or indeed Mr Gore, try to obtain a court ruling that an extensive list of climate scientists who they term “deniers” are terrorists.
“ One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter”,etc.

Bruce Cobb
June 27, 2020 6:18 am

“Climate terrorists” is actually a good name for the Alarmists. They love manufacturing and spreading climate terror.

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