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.Read more: https://www.crikey.com.au/2020/06/24/labor-bipartisanship-anthony-albanese-climate-wars/
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”.