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Claim: Aussie PM Edging Towards a 2050 Carbon Pledge

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Surprise! When Aussies re-elected conservative PM Scott Morrison in the last national election, we thought we were rejecting the hardline climate madness of the Labor opposition party. Turns out we were mistaken.

Morrison eyeing more ambitious climate target of net zero by 2050

By David Crowe
February 1, 2021 — 7.16pm

A more ambitious climate change target will be part of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s agenda for the year ahead after he expressed his hope to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, a goal that divides government MPs.

Mr Morrison signalled his hope to set the target as government policy before the next election, after months of internal Coalition debate and a rebuff from global leaders in December because he would not make the pledge.

“Our goal is to reach net zero emissions as soon as possible, and preferably by 2050,” he said.

Mr Morrison said this would depend on science and technology, such as driving down the cost of clean energy from hydrogen, rather than a “tax” in the form of a price on carbon.

Asked on Monday whether he could commit to net zero by 2050 in time for the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow in November, Mr Morrison said the answer depended on the science and technology.

“When I can tell you how we get there, that’s when I’ll tell you when we’re going to get there,” he said.

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It is possible Scott Morrison, who famously brought a lump of coal to parliament, is just playing for time, trying to delay real action until Americans tire of Job Killer Joe and his magic pen.

But words have consequences. If Scott Morrison doesn’t try to find at least a little backbone on this issue, it seems likely Australia could be rushed into a raft of economically destructive climate actions, just when the economy is starting to show a few signs of recovery from the Covid lockdowns.

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Phillip Bratby
February 2, 2021 10:39 pm

You cannot trust 97% of politicians.

Reply to  Phillip Bratby
February 3, 2021 3:24 am

Make that 100%

Jean Parisot
Reply to  Disputin
February 3, 2021 4:13 am

There are a few who are reliably insane.

Reply to  Phillip Bratby
February 3, 2021 5:02 am

And the main theorem is The Golden Rule.
Bezo, Zuck and all the folks growing their hedge funds, etc.

February 2, 2021 10:48 pm

That Australian pledge is looking doable ever since China backed away from buying significant energy intensive commodities from there. Then, all that’s needed to close down those unmarketable production streams currently sustained with fossil fuels would be something we voters in America call an Executive Order from dear leader.

Andrew C
February 2, 2021 11:01 pm

So hard for govts like Australia and maybe others to take the different path. Peer pressure, trade sanctions etc. now that Trumps gone it’s looking bleak

Reply to  Andrew C
February 3, 2021 12:57 pm

Let’s remember that long-serving Prime Minister John Howard (Rudd’s predecessor) stated the position in 2007 that Australia would move to reduce CO2 emissions when the rest of the world was demonstrably underway with their measures.

(being as how Australia only contributes 1.4% of the world’s industrial emissions)

Current PM Scott Morrison would be well advised to adopt the same approach still.

Reply to  Mr.
February 3, 2021 3:53 pm

Australia could simply say they will follow what China does.

February 2, 2021 11:02 pm

You’ll be a pariah in the international community if you don’t pledge something. 2050 sounds about right. By 2035 climate hysteria will have settled down.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 2, 2021 11:30 pm

Why isn’t Norway then ? OIL !!

Reply to  Tom
February 3, 2021 12:50 am

That’s it then, pledge.

Jean Parisot
Reply to  Lrp
February 3, 2021 4:15 am

Non-binding, with lots of loop holes and contingent on a massive investment in nuclear power and a super-conducting grid!

Andre Thomas Lewis
Reply to  Tom
February 3, 2021 4:33 pm

I see your point but once a policy with a date is public the street activists and lawfare enablers will use it to try and shut down any fossil fuel project. They are doing it now and a firm commitment by government like a zero emissions (of CO2 presumably but they rarely say that for some reason) by xx would ramp it exponentially.

Tony M
February 2, 2021 11:10 pm

Enthusiasm for expensive fossil fuels and nuclear may be popular here, but they are not popular in Australia. Politicians are all about getting elected, and with one exception (Tony Abbott) Australian ploiticians tend to be pragmatic rather than ideological.

Being an international pariah: one of the few rich countries not to sign up to carbon neutrality by 2050, doesn’t suit Morrison, as climate “skeptics” are a rapidly shrinking minority.

Reply to  Tony M
February 2, 2021 11:31 pm

Tony Abbott was highly rational and pragmatic.

That was his problem. !

No wonder the ABC and other far-left yappers hated him so much.

And what was his massive majority at the one election he partook in. !!

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Reply to  fred250
February 3, 2021 12:35 am

27 seat majority.

Reply to  Tony M
February 3, 2021 7:40 am

Ditching expensive fossil fuels and nuclear, by going to the 10 times more expensive renewable power sources? That’s not smart.

As to us catastrophic climate change skeptics shrinking in number, that’s only true after you cook the numbers. Then again, cooking the numbers is the only thing your scientists are good at.

Reply to  Tony M
February 3, 2021 12:29 pm

No mention of the failed CSP projects?

Reply to  Tony M
February 3, 2021 3:31 pm

“If you do a belly dance for a bear it won’t eat you.”
Fact check: FALSE

February 2, 2021 11:38 pm

Let us hope that Scott Morrison is playing for time against the Global Warmist Insanity, Given thirty years into the future, they may well be off on some other wild goose chase. Or they may have noticed that the electricity is only on for 6 hours a day and they don’t like that.

February 3, 2021 12:01 am

When discussing politicians it’s important to understand the difference between the concept of honesty and trust.

In certain circumstances citizens don’t mind if their politicians are dishonest because they trust them to do the right thing.

If spinning bs is able to keep the left of his back, so he can focus on other policies I’m fine with that.

Just remember every alarmist keeps doubling down on more dangerous climate change damages further into the future, so why can’t a politician double down on taking more action further into the future.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 3, 2021 1:30 am

“I prefer my politicians to be straight shooters”
So you have a choice of …

Juan Slayton
Reply to  saveenergy
February 3, 2021 3:35 am

You can’t be reliable 90% of the time….

John in Oz
February 3, 2021 12:37 am

Morrison follows the ‘science’ of the CSIRO. his preferred ‘experts’.

All of my emails to him, the last one congratulating him for not being invited to the last gab-fest, elicited the same response as always – “We follow the (selected and cherry-picked)science”.

Maybe my next one, soon, will get a different response (I’m retired so can spend time looking for the flying pigs).

February 3, 2021 12:48 am

Scott Morrison seems to believe he’s got the next election all sorted out; we’ll see.

Stephen Mueller
February 3, 2021 12:50 am

I for one as mad as hell about this , we are living through the coldest summer in living memory and their doing this ,lost me.

Reply to  Stephen Mueller
February 3, 2021 2:24 am

we are living through the coldest summer in living memory

yes, but its ‘the Hottest coldest summer in living memory’ so worse than we thought;
now do you understand ?

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a happy little debunker
February 3, 2021 12:59 am

Since 2013 Australia has had 4 federal elections – all focused on a climate change emergency.

At each election climate change (as an issue) was defeated, by the electoral will of the people.

Yet, here we are – replaying ‘attack of the zombies’ on an infinite loop…

Reply to  a happy little debunker
February 3, 2021 2:12 am

It’s the new normal.Keep holding elections till you get the desired result and then never have an election again

February 3, 2021 1:54 am

Morrison is a politician and wants to stay with the “vibe” so that he constitutes a small target for the Opposition on climate change come election time.
He may well succeed.
However policies have consequences.
When Australian PM John Howard allowed a small Renewables target in 1999, the consequence was the growth of an industry sucking up vast public monies to no national benefit.
Paris is the International “Tar Baby” of public administration, as Morrison and President Biden will discover.
No action by the 28 Developed countries will achieve anything while Paris is a voluntary compact and developing countries have no monetary or emission obligations, just ‘best endeavours’
As James Hansen has said to The Guardian, Paris is “a fraud” and “ a farce”.

February 3, 2021 1:56 am

My understanding from Biden’s speaches, is that if Australia does not toe the US line on climate policy, then the USA will impose significant penalties on Australia. The Australian Government consequently changed policy as it looked like Biden/Harris had won.

The impact of US policy on the Australian economy cannot be underestimated. China is currently showing it’s displeasure with Australia, but honestly, it’s a feather duster touch compared to Biden. With friends like Biden, who needs enemies.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 3, 2021 9:18 am

boot US bases out and see how fast they change their tune! Invite Russian bases in, or just invite Lavrov for a visit to look at them and build trade ties with Russia. This would change their tune a bit!

Reply to  PeterD
February 3, 2021 3:27 am

Impose penalties on friends and allies? Who needs enemies with friends like that?

February 3, 2021 3:54 am

Perhaps he’s just bought a load of shares in renewables.

Reply to  JeffC
February 3, 2021 4:56 pm

Following in Malcolm Turncoat’s footsteps?
Actually, Malcolm did his purchasing by proxy through his son, Alex.

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Craig from Oz
February 3, 2021 4:01 am

Open question to the MSM: If Climate Change(tm) is so popular in Australia, why do The Greens only get about 8% of the popular vote?

Face it, there has been hard proof since Climate Change(tm) was invented that there are people who don’t believe in it, people who don’t care about it and people who want the government to action on it.

There is NO ONE who wants to pay for it themselves.

Climate Change is ballot box poison.

Reply to  Craig from Oz
February 3, 2021 8:38 am

Nailed it.

Reply to  Craig from Oz
February 3, 2021 12:52 pm

A. Although they are called the Greens they are not really greenies.
They are watermelons who push a range of radical far left policies such as supporting illegal immigrants, legalising drugs and safe injecting rooms.
They don’t actually have any ability to manage anything.
Thus have a limit of how many voters they can attract. Nevertheless, both major parties need their vote.

February 3, 2021 4:11 am

hes not silly or agreeing
[this would depend on science and technology, such as driving down the cost of clean energy from hydrogen]
cos he KNOWS they wont produce cheap hydrogen without CHEAP fossil fuels to create it.
ABC ran the greens adam bandt after that announcement
whining moaning its not enough and covering 3 topics no one gives a stuff about
only abc gives the useless git airtime!

Kevin kilty
February 3, 2021 7:35 am

Among the many things I learned as an elected official is that no matter how sincerely one promises to do or not do certain things on the way into office, the more difficult it is to maintain those promises over time. We are subjected to round the clock lying (gaslighting), and pressure by the goo that inhabit all of the administrative offices permanently.

You have to be there to really understand. What kept my compass true during those years was, in fact, science and skepticism. The paper reports they would provide when they were pushing some agenda or another contained the very information that illuminated the lies, or undermined their narrative. All one had to do was read the report with a skeptical mind, and then question it in a public way. Even the press would occasionally catch on — not often, though.

Reply to  Kevin kilty
February 3, 2021 8:41 am

You must have regarded “Yes Minister” as a skills development course?

Kevin kilty
Reply to  Mr.
February 3, 2021 9:49 am

I watched a bit of that program some 30+ years ago, and it is very like what goes on, but the program was funnier. I was happy to not run for re-election and give the headache to someone else. What good I did i am sure has been undone. Politics is the antithesis of what I really like in life.

Reply to  Kevin kilty
February 3, 2021 9:14 am

Maybe the green liberals should just join the greens

February 3, 2021 8:34 am

It’s like your community association pledging food donations to the food bank for the next 20 years. Everybody knows it is not under their control and is only a virtue signalling photo opportunity.

Joel O'Bryan
February 3, 2021 9:27 am

China’s communists are laughing their butts off. They plan on owning Australia by then.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 3, 2021 9:12 pm

Plan? Sorry, that plan is in full execution mode.

February 3, 2021 12:27 pm

Go large with a 2100 pledge instead.

Andre Thomas Lewis
February 3, 2021 4:29 pm

Morrison is backed into a corner. Not only have the opposition latched onto the AGW scam as a stick to beat him with there are traitors in his own party trying to ramp up the CC policies for reasons it is hard to fathom. Perhaps just naked greed to get wealthy on the renewables money train or, more disturbingly, they actually believe the climate emergency nonsense the media is promoting on behalf of the activists.

Reply to  Andre Thomas Lewis
February 3, 2021 5:00 pm

Morrison inherited a lot of believers (and possibly those with vest interests in renewables) from Malcolm Turncoat’s cabinet. Hunt and Frydenberg are just 2 of the more obvious ones.

Patrick MJD
February 3, 2021 7:58 pm

I have been approached by employment agencies to work for Govn’t departments one being the Electoral Commission. That means only one thing. Shouty (Morrison) will call a federal election late this year or early 2022. So this net zero (BS) emissions pledge is to try to win swinging voters.

Andy Pattullo
February 4, 2021 8:34 am

“Our goal is to reach net zero emissions as soon as possible, and preferably by 2050,”

Translation: We will end of modern civilization in the next 40 years and do everything possible to reduce atmosphere CO2 levels back to where photosynthesis barely works.

Johann Wundersamer
February 13, 2021 12:37 am

There’s ~195 member states in the UN.

There’s ~ 2, maybe 5 members without representation / including states without regimen.

Of that ~195 states there’s / hopefully / 5, in words five, climate funding net payers:

US, UK, Germany, Italy and España.

Guess how many states brave holding up hands for warm green bucks rains.

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