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John Podesta Threatens “Consequences” Over Australia’s Weak Climate Policy

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

As demand for Australian coal soars to new records, Democrat John Podesta has threatened “consequences” over Australia’s defiance of Biden’s global climate initiative. But there are forces in motion which make the Biden administration’s climate demands a geopolitical irrelevance.

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London: Senior Democrat John Podesta has warned Australia will be confronted by its fellow Quad members over its weak carbon reduction targets as the Biden administration places climate change at the heart of its security agenda.

Podesta, a political consultant, chairs the Washington-based Centre for American Progress, ran Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and co-chaired the Obama transition committee in 2008.

Speaking to the podcast Rekindling Hope hosted by Labor’s climate spokesman Chris Bowen and former Labor candidate Sam Crosby, Podesta said Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s insistence that technology will sort out emissions reductions “is just not going to cut it”.

“The Biden administration is going to expect a lot more than they got at the summit out of the government,” Podesta said. “Everybody’s moving and Australia is left behind and at the end of the day that’s going to have important consequences.

Biden’s net-zero emissions goal by 2050 is shared by Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Both India and Japan pledged higher cuts than originally planned for 2030.

However, like Morrison, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not pledge any new goals for slashing India’s carbon output – the developing giant is the world’s third-largest emitter.

Read more: https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/podesta-quad-will-demand-australia-does-more-on-climate-change-20210427-p57mwa.html

Why is Australia so relaxed about ignoring the Biden administration’s climate threats?

The reason is our Asian market. Asia needs Australian coal, and iron ore, like never before.

An increasingly aggressive China is pouring money into expanding a naval fleet which already by some measures matches the firepower of the US Navy, at least for near shore operations in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait.

China’s neighbours, including India, are increasingly alarmed at China’s growing naval power, and have quietly initiated emergency military buildups of their own. Vietnam, which for much of the last 2000 years has either been occupied by or at war with China, is building up their maritime militia. Even Japan is building up its military, to counter the growing China threat. Taiwan of course is also taking the China threat very seriously.

Trillions of dollars are being poured into preparations in Asia for the next major military confrontation, and Australia is cashing in, selling coal and iron ore to whoever asks for it, including China. A substantial share of the soaring military budgets of Asian superpowers is being spent on the purchase of Australian coal and iron ore.

With money of that magnitude on the table, and the promise of much more to come, nobody in the Australian government cares what the Biden administration has to say about carbon tariffs, climate change or reducing Aussie coal exports.

Canada’s green Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once said “No country would find 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground and leave them there“. I guess that applies just as much to Australia’s coal and iron ore bonanza.

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Terry
April 28, 2021 10:17 pm

It also applies to American coal exports – interestingly enough entirely through a Canadian port located at Tsawwassen B.C. just north of the US Canada border. You probably didn’t know about that. For obvious reason the usual claque don’t talk about it.

Pat from Kerbob
Reply to  Eric Worrall
April 29, 2021 9:18 am

Yes, the incredibly woke NDP/socialist govt in BC that was so dead set against the Transmountain oil pipeline expansion, happily expanding the coal export facilities for both Canadian and USA origin coal.

Stupid and hypocritical is endless

Mr.
Reply to  Pat from Kerbob
April 29, 2021 10:07 am

I’ve always been mystified why the ultra-green governments of BC over past decades have been so rabid about not ‘polluting’ the air there with CO2, yet have stood idly by while the provincial capital (Victoria) gushed rivers of barely-treated sewerage directly into the “pristine” waters of Georgia Strait.

(I believe they’re just doing something to curtail this now).

Apparently, salmon lives don’t matter.

Ferdberple
Reply to  Mr.
April 29, 2021 12:09 pm

doing something to curtail this now
======
The new provincial slogan: If its yellow, let it mellow.

Richard (the cynical one)
Reply to  Terry
April 28, 2021 11:05 pm

There is a lot of coal exported through the Tsawassen terminal from the British Columbia mine up in Tumbler Ridge. But US coal would have to travel past me here in White Rock just south of Tsawassen, and I have yet to see a coal car on these tracks. A lot of sea-cans, other freight, the Amtrak, but no coal.

Jeff Reppun
Reply to  Richard (the cynical one)
April 29, 2021 5:59 am

I live in Bellingham and see the coal trains heading north multiple times a day. Sadly, local authorities killed a coal loading terminal in Whatcom County. Since rail traffic comes under US federal authority they cannot stop the flow of coal trains passing thru the county and giving the coal loading jobs to Canadians.

Patrick Hrushowy
Reply to  Richard (the cynical one)
April 29, 2021 2:29 pm

Tumbler Ridge coal is shipped via Prince Rupert on the north coast if British Columbia.

fred250
Reply to  Terry
April 28, 2021 11:16 pm
Duker
Reply to  fred250
April 29, 2021 12:55 am

Yes. Add in the natural gas exports and it’s clear Podesta , a Clinton era hasbeen is just parroting the green groups he’s a mouthpiece for.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Duker
April 29, 2021 5:47 am

Podesta usually speaks for the Democrat elites. So what he is saying is what is being talked about in the Biden administration.

I’m glad that Australia is in a postion to be able to ignore these arrogant dictates from the radical Democrats in the United States.

Keep in mind that at least half the people in the United States do not share the radical Democrats view of the world, and are allies of Australia.

Podesta does not speak for everyone in the United States. Neither does Biden.

ATheoK
Reply to  Duker
April 30, 2021 9:07 am

a Clinton era hasbeen is just parroting the green groups he’s a mouthpiece for.”

And that Podesta funds climate and environment propaganda machines; e.g. desmog.

Reply to  Terry
May 2, 2021 11:57 am

Terry
Thanks – I guess we should get used to this as the new norm as we enter the fossil fuel prohibition of the new energy Puritanism.

New Al Capones by the dozen are waiting in the wings.

gowest
April 28, 2021 10:38 pm

Why is the oil price rising? – must be for all the backup gensets you will need…. Its just a repeat of the MM’s Planet of the Humans… Dont listen to what they say, watch what they do
Actually the more they talk about it, the less chance of labor winning the next oz election… We are living the renewable nightmare of high power prices and blackouts.

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ozspeaksup
Reply to  gowest
April 29, 2021 3:29 am

oil prices arent that high
fuel prices in aus right now are as IF? the barrel wti was in the 100 or more range! 137c a litre today

Klem
Reply to  gowest
April 29, 2021 3:35 am

“We are living the renewable nightmare of high power prices and blackouts.”

We are living the Marxist dream of high power prices and blackouts. There fixed it for you.

menace
Reply to  Klem
April 29, 2021 12:41 pm

yep they don’t mind making fuel and electricity prices “necessarily skyrocket” (TM-Obama) to save the world from the demon lurking in the shadows

Kenji
April 28, 2021 10:44 pm

Podesta? The “Spirit Cooker”?

Patrick healy
Reply to  Kenji
April 29, 2021 12:08 am

Indeed Kenji, I was thinking the same. One of the gangster brothers who should be doing time.

Richard Page
Reply to  Kenji
April 29, 2021 2:39 am

Podesta, the guy who’s idea of cyber security was to have his online password set as ‘password’. He’s always been a joke and, presumably, always will be.

Mr.
Reply to  Richard Page
April 29, 2021 7:26 am

Hey, that guy used MY password. WTF??

Kevin kilty
Reply to  Kenji
April 29, 2021 7:35 am

He puts the “ugly” in ugly American.

Reply to  Kenji
April 29, 2021 1:22 pm

Pod-pest-a? Is he working from prison? He’s supposed to be in prison.

Forrest Gardener
April 28, 2021 10:56 pm

Australia being “left behind” in this race to economic suicide is precisely where it should be. In fact it should be moving the other way laying the foundations for future prosperity.

If only things were made in Australia we could just wave the USA off as it heads over the cliff of doom.

fred250
Reply to  Forrest Gardener
April 28, 2021 11:01 pm

Coal and Iron Ore prices are up,

Coal and Iron Ore Exports are up.

Australian Economy is on the up and up.

Why would anyone with the good of their country at heart, ever do anything to stop that !!

https://themarketherald.com.au/australias-iron-ore-exports-estimated-to-hit-record-136b-this-financial-year-2021-03-29/

https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/australian-coal-exports-bounce-back-from-chinas-ban/

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Bryan A
Reply to  fred250
April 29, 2021 5:23 am

Australia should be taking Their Iron and Their Coal and making Their Own Steel to build up Their Navy capabilities. China is just a stone’s throw away from them

Mr.
Reply to  Bryan A
April 29, 2021 7:40 am

That’s like saying Canada is just a stone’s throw from Peru.

Ferdberple
Reply to  Mr.
April 29, 2021 12:16 pm

Trudeau has the Navy drawing up plans to invade Peru by way of Bolivia.

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Anon
Reply to  Forrest Gardener
April 28, 2021 11:23 pm

The choice that is being put to Australia is this:

In Quest of a Multi-Polar World

But I think the whole world has changed so much in the last 50 years that what we have now is not really so much a conflict between America and China or America and Russia, but between a financial system economy run by finance and an economy run by governments — democratic or less democratic, but certainly a mixed economy.

If you look at the whole last 200 years of economic theory — from Adam Smith and, Henry George and Marx, onward — the whole idea was that everybody expected a mixed economy to become more and more productive and to free itself from the landlords, to free itself from banking to make land a public utility.

That was the tax base to make finance basically something public, and government would decide who gets the funding and thus, the idea of finance in the public sector was going to be pretty much what it is in China. You create bank credit in order to finance capital investment in factories. It means the production of machinery, agricultural modernization, of transport, infrastructure of high-speed trains of ports and all of that.

But in the United States and England, you have finance becoming something completely different. Banks don’t lend money to factories. They don’t want money to make means of production. They make money to take over other assets. Eighty percent of bank loans are mortgage loans to transfer the ownership of real estate. And so, you have the West turning into a rent-extractive economy, a rent-seeking economy. 

https://consortiumnews.com/2021/03/26/in-quest-of-a-multi-polar-world/

And the faux Climate Change Crisis fits the bill here, as it facilitates the war against the mixed economy, by driving out factories and jobs.

In the long run, a foreign policy based around requiring allies to hobble their economies is simply inexpedient. IMHO And what do you get in exchange for it? A toxic progressive cancel culture, restricted speech, a dishonest media, massive government corruption, “fortified elections” and a worthless paper currency untethered to a productive economy.

Better for Australia to wait and see if the United States is still a viable nation in ten years. IMHO

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James
Reply to  Anon
April 29, 2021 7:02 am

I am sure other countries would be very interested in the bases in Australia. A visit from Lavrov to discuss joint strategic arrangements between Australia and Russia would soon adjust US attitudes.

Mr.
Reply to  James
April 29, 2021 7:43 am

Lavrov could arrive Down Under and announce-
“we are own all your bases”

menace
Reply to  Mr.
April 29, 2021 12:47 pm
L Flawse
Reply to  Anon
April 29, 2021 5:52 pm

We don’t need to wait ten years. The US, that Republic whose liberty constitution all our democracies are founded on is done and dusted politically, socially, economically and, soon to be, militarily.
Australia itself has already been destroyed industrially and socially through 60 continuous years of disastrous economic policy. It depends entirely on having a powerful friend. We need to start cosying up to another.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Forrest Gardener
April 29, 2021 4:44 am

I really would like to see more stuff made in Aus. Not going to happen with compulsory super deductions rising every year by .5% to 12% in 2025. From July this year I receive a .5% reduction in pay (It may go to my super fund, minus TAX, which I have not much control of until 67, but it is still money not in my hand).

Australia went off the cliff decades ago and now we rely on China.

Big Al
April 28, 2021 10:58 pm

John would love to have your child over to a swim and for dinner and party. Maybe see Joe and Barry at ritual , I mean party,

Tom in Toronto
April 28, 2021 11:00 pm

Alberta’s doubling down on fossil fuels by granting coal-mining leases. Trudeau wants them to leave the coal in the ground. We need to reorganize North America along vertical, rather than horizontal, lines.

Reply to  Tom in Toronto
April 29, 2021 3:40 am

In the modern global world to be able to respond to external and internal forces appropriately countries actually need to be smaller. A countries ability to respond to the needs of their citizens in a cohesive and caring manner goes down as the country gets bigger. Hope you enjoyed the redrawn map of North America.

Kevin kilty
Reply to  John MCCUTCHEON
April 29, 2021 7:41 am

I think you are on to something here. I have wondered if a truly free and liberal nation is not possible above a certain size, and especially so if it is multicultural. Thus, the U.S. is becoming illiberal — a balkans of squabbling interest groups. Smaller is better, perhaps.

Climate believer
Reply to  Kevin kilty
April 29, 2021 8:52 am

Look no further than the EU for proof that bigger is a disaster.

Mr.
Reply to  Kevin kilty
April 29, 2021 10:21 am

I agree Kevin.
I’ve always thought that a city of ~ 1 million population is the most viable & efficient. Critical mass to support all necessary infrastructure & services, but not so big as to become ungovernable (or unliveable, as many big cities are today).
Once ‘ideal’ population size range is reached, only accept new entrants in balance with births, deaths & voluntary exits.

(Hand in hand with this notion is the eradication of ‘mid-level’ governments (ie state / provincial), so only 2 tiers of government remain – national & (beefed-up) local governments.

DonM
Reply to  Mr.
April 29, 2021 11:47 am

Outside of the major regional hub you describe, I (as planning king/god) would also limit the smaller cities to a max of 80,000 … with a reasonable distance (30 miles) between them.

Seems that with a higher population level, the govt management is easily distanced from those that they are supposed to be serving.

Ferdberple
Reply to  Tom in Toronto
April 29, 2021 12:21 pm

Trudeau wants them to leave the coal in the ground.
======
That is because the provinces (Alberta) own their natural resources and the Feds (Trudeau) want them.

Langwog
April 28, 2021 11:04 pm

Hmm what might the real consequences of not “doing more to tackle the climate emergency” could include:

Lower energy costs
More reliable electrical grids
More competitive manufacturing and other industries
More jobs
More “wealth for toil”
More birds and bats as they aren’t fed into giant windmills

Seems to me that we Aussies’d be best served by completely ignoring the Senile fool that has managed to fall in to the Whitehouse, as the consequences seem to be overwhelmingly positive!

April 28, 2021 11:13 pm

I wouldn’t take much notice of a Democrat official. It is usually difficult to see what such people are trying to do – let alone trying to boss other countries around. From the Democrat point of view, I would suggest that they want to ruin the US economy and have what is left over for them selves. John Kerry for instance runs a huge budget running around the world in his private jet in order to promote “climate change”. I would say “sucks” for both Kerry as well as Podesta.

Climate believer
April 28, 2021 11:38 pm

Shouldn’t this guy be in jail by now?

Derek Wood
Reply to  Climate believer
April 28, 2021 11:59 pm

Podesta has some “consequences” waiting just around the corner. Not long now, I think.

Coeur de Lion
April 28, 2021 11:54 pm

It’s to generate electricity.

Chris Hanley
April 28, 2021 11:58 pm

Before Covid 19 Australian metallurgical (coking) coal exports were almost double the value of thermal coal $41b and $24b respectively, most metallurgical coal going to India.
Currently there is no alternative to metallurgical coal for the manufacture of steel.
In 2019 Australia was the world’s biggest exporter of metallurgical coal accounting for 55% of the world’s supply (with the United States in second, at 15%).

Craig from Oz
April 29, 2021 12:37 am

Speaking to the podcast Rekindling Hope hosted by Labor’s climate spokesman Chris Bowen and former Labor candidate Sam Crosby, Podesta said…

So the SMH (openly woke Sydney based daily newspaper) is quoting a slur on (nominally) ‘conservative’ Prime Minister Morrison made on a PodCast hosted by a current Labor (aka ‘the opposition’ in the current Australian government) member and someone who is openly clearly linked to the ALP and this is news?

Spoiler? Podcasts get less attention then the Oscars (live streaming for all those sweet SuperChat bucks is where it is at) and this podcast is clearly a forum for Woke to talk Woke at Wokes for Wokes.

Now I don’t claim their little podcast shouldn’t exist, but do wish to comment on the selective attitude traditional media displays when it comes to New Media.

example?

US Leftie slags ScoMo on podcast? Valid News Source
Fans on YouTube discuss the Woke/Broke train wreak that Disney has become? Toxic Racist Incels!

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Craig from Oz
April 29, 2021 12:38 am

Sorry – Toxic Racist Incels who are part of an organised hate group funded by the Alt Right!

Kevin kilty
Reply to  Craig from Oz
April 29, 2021 7:47 am

You Australians share a language with we Americans, but I often have to read Australian several times to get your meaning!

Michael in Dublin
April 29, 2021 1:47 am

Notice who John Podesta did not threaten: the greatest culprit for burning huge quantities of coal namely China? Too scared to take on the big boys or not politically expedient?

Richard Page
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
April 29, 2021 2:45 am

Cowardly. Prefers to throw a tantrum at those that won’t hit him back.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
April 29, 2021 5:58 am

Podesta didn’t threaten India, either.

Australia should tell John Podesta and Biden to go to Hades Mind their own business. Prove coal is harmful to the Earth’s climate before castigating others.

Lrp
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
April 29, 2021 10:59 am

It’s much better to badger your allies; it strengthens friendship. Joke aside, Chris Bowen is an idiot, much like all of Labor Party these days

Lowell
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
April 30, 2021 9:43 am

I think its a third alternative that they are bought off. Biden has a major problem with a third of the population believing they cheated to win the election. So their thinking lets blame the Russians thinking most Americans will remember the cold war and will unify against the Russians.

Well I have news for the Biden administration, a lot of us no longer believe their lies about Russia. Podesta could be just another of the many Chinese bought off politicians that the CCP is using to wage their cold war against Australia. Since their is documentation in the Hunter Biden laptop on how Biden is sold out to the CCP it stands to reason many people in the highest levels of the democrat party are sold out plus the rhinos.

CD in Wisconsin
April 29, 2021 2:06 am

“As demand for Australian coal soars to new records, Democrat John Podesta has threatened “consequences” over Australia’s defiance of Biden’s global climate initiative. But there are forces in motion which make the Biden administration’s climate demands a geopolitical irrelevance.”

Has anyone bothered to tell Podesta that coking coal is need to make solar panels and the steel for wind turbines? If he wants the world covered in the things to fight climate change, then he needs to stop treating coal like some kind of evil demon. But I guess when there is somebody in govt who is as clueless as he his, we can’t expect him to demonstrate a whole lot of common sense.

I for one would be shocked if he did.

CD in Wisconsin
Reply to  Eric Worrall
April 29, 2021 6:48 am

@Eric:

“They think everyone uses hydrogen for industrial reduction…”

So Eric, are you saying that they do not need coking coal to make silicon for solar panels nor for the steel for wind turbines? I thought hydrogen made steel brittle?

Please clear up my confusion here. Thank you.

Pat from Kerbob
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
April 29, 2021 9:12 am

He said “they” think. They also believe in unicorns. I’d say he was being obviously sarcastic

Kevin kilty
Reply to  Eric Worrall
April 29, 2021 7:50 am

I don’t know about that. When I worked in the electronic materials business we got our electronics grade silicon from a Union Carbide plant that used coking coal as step one in the process — silicon dioxide to metallurgical grade silicon.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
April 29, 2021 6:11 am

Democrats have to have someone or something to demonize when they are seeking some policy change, and they have decided to pick on Australia as part of their climate change policy.

Probably because picking on Australia will have the fewest bad consequences for the radical Democrats, while, in their minds, picking on Australia makes the radical Democrats look like they are really doing something about climate change.

It’s the least confrontational stance the radical Democrats can take while still appearing to be pushing the climate change envelope. It’s all about the optics to the radical Democrats.

The radical Democrats are seriously delusional. They really do need therapy. Maybe we can oust these asylum inmates in 2022 and get the world back on track.

Real Americans Love Australia. We remember our common history, with Australians fighting beside Americans in many wars.

TonyG
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 29, 2021 10:07 am

“They really do need therapy.”

Problem is, most therapists need therapy too.

L Flawse
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 29, 2021 6:05 pm

Australia is probably weak enough and small enough for them to bomb if they need to

ozspeaksup
April 29, 2021 3:28 am

podesta can stfu
re sales of ore
hard call the money n works good BUT theres an old story
pollies that sold china our scrap n it came back as weaponry
Pig Iron Bob

john
April 29, 2021 3:41 am

Man wants to make threats, eh? Got some questions about a young fellow named Seth Rich… Chose your fights carefully, Podesta…

Tom Abbott
Reply to  john
April 29, 2021 6:15 am

Yes, radical Democrats are big on threats. They have an inflated view of themselves, which makes them very dangerous when they have political power.

Reply to  john
April 29, 2021 1:34 pm

Pod-pest-a sez he will not warn again – next time – John Kerry will reappear in Australia – you were warned.

Joseph Zorzin
April 29, 2021 3:44 am

Meanwhile in Germany:
“Legal blow for Merkel’s climate plan as German Greens surge”
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/legal-blow-for-merkel-s-climate-plan-as-german-greens-surge/ar-BB1gaIR2?ocid=Peregrine

Gregory Woods
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
April 29, 2021 4:19 am

Could Germany be the first country to be sunk on a Green Economy?

Pauleta
Reply to  Gregory Woods
April 29, 2021 5:17 am

Fingers crossed

LdB
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
April 29, 2021 7:15 am

Now that is funny right there on so many levels … Germany scores an own goal and takes one for the team :-).

zack aa
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
April 30, 2021 8:20 am

Surely in an America awash in lawyers a smart one could rewrite this lawsuit and apply it to the massive debts being dumped onto “the children” of the future. How angry will those people be? How stupid will they judge us to have been? Like leeches, Nazism, slavery seem to us now, how could billions of people have gone along with this CO2 nonsense?

Sara
April 29, 2021 4:12 am

Gee whiz, it also applies to the 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Mediterranean basin, now being developed by Egypt, Israel and Jordan. Yes, that number is correct. That is the best guess so far, but there is the possibility that it may be more. I dropped an article link about that in the “NEWS TIP” section a few days ago.

Podesta is just looking for attention, nothing more. He is an attention-seeking twit, SO lame and pathetic, can’t accept not being relevant any more.

Patrick MJD
April 29, 2021 4:36 am

Interesting. Apart from Australia being a massive “carbon” sink.

LdB
April 29, 2021 7:12 am

About the only Australians who would give a rats what John Podesta said or thought would be the left MSM and greentards because it plays from the book. It will get a niche playtime and be quickly ignored.

L Flawse
Reply to  LdB
April 29, 2021 6:09 pm

Australia is, quie demonstrably, ruled by the inner city elites. The Left MSM IS the media! There are few who watch anything else. So ‘no’ Podesta will not be ignored. What is happening is dangerous to us all

Olen
April 29, 2021 7:49 am

Podesta sounding dictatorial threatening a US Ally with just not going to cut it. What would that “it” be.

Burgher King
April 29, 2021 8:27 am

There are consequences, and then there are consequences. Biden could order the US Navy to intercept Australian coal shipments on the high seas. Operation Greta, if you will. If nothing else, it’s one way of generating just a whole lot of attention.

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Lrp
Reply to  Burgher King
April 29, 2021 11:09 am

Much cheaper for Biden to subcontract China to intercepts Australian coal shipments

L Flawse
Reply to  Lrp
April 29, 2021 6:10 pm

He’ll want 10%

paul courtney
April 29, 2021 8:29 am

When Hillary lost in 2016, she knew SHE wasn’t to blame. Podesta was next in line, to deflect blame from himself he made up the “Russia collusion” story. Hillary didn’t belive it either, but it was alot better than blaming the folks in Philly and Detroit for not stuffing mail-in ballots.
Hard to believe Podesta is still welcome in Dem circles- he lost to Trump!!!!

Julia
April 29, 2021 10:18 am

Tell Biden to go pound sand. He’s not the president (neither is Harris). What an embarrassment.

Jaybo
April 29, 2021 10:27 am

Australia told China to fack off. They will tell China’s puppet Xiden to do the same

L Flawse
Reply to  Jaybo
April 29, 2021 6:13 pm

Unfortunately, Aus telling China to pluck off is very dangerous. Aus constantly overestimates both it’s own importance and strength – military and industrial….oh, and cricket.

Bruce Pestell
April 29, 2021 10:40 am

Podesta and his brother ran a lobbying firm for foreigners (Iraq, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia). No FARA certification. Democrats get away with exactly what Manaforte did. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/lobbying-firm-shuttered-tony-podestas-fate-mueller-probe/story?id=55298024

R Curtis
April 29, 2021 10:56 am

Search “Podesta Artwork” in any search engine.

dpls308
April 29, 2021 11:02 am

Sell and burn that coal baby

oliver
April 29, 2021 1:44 pm

Australians don’t care what a filthy rock spider has to say. He should be in prison.

DON
April 29, 2021 4:36 pm

China is currently using the global warming idiocy to convince the stupid not to invest in coal in an effort to pick up Australia’s substantial coal assets for nothing. You have to admire them for that, they barely have to hide it anymore.

Quilter52
April 29, 2021 5:05 pm

Sod off, John Podesta. I am seriously tired of ignorant Americans, especially their politicians, whether Democrat or Republican, sounding off about my country from their position of zero knowledge. Australia is not perfect but we are one of the very few countries that has met our Kyoto obligations and we’re stupid enough to have signed up to Paris and again look like we will be one of the few countries to get close to those commitments.

Instead we are harangued by ignorant fools trying to cover up for their own incompetence. By the time Americans wake up, they will no longer have the democracy they keep spouting off to the rest of the world.

So I’d like to deliver a little lecture back. How about you learn how to run a decent democratic vote for your president that doesn’t allow fake voting, multiple voting and vote harvesting. My country, Australia, again is not perfect but we do require our citizens to at least front up to a ballot box and we definitely do not require people to register with a particular party. The rules for election for our federal politicians are the same across the country through the Australian Electoral Commission. We usually have a pretty good idea of who actually wins our elections within 24 hours and we don’t need our High Court to decide it for us.

So I finish my comment where I started it.

Sod off, John Podesta.

TheoKornpone
April 30, 2021 6:03 am

Im almost starting to think if Podesta and Biden as bullies

ATheoK
April 30, 2021 8:57 am

Podesta is threatening countries?

Threatening them with what?
A) Vague threats about sycophant big bully countries?
B) That Biden’s religious climate believers will do something substantial?
B) The return of Hillary and her vengeance?

Shouldn’t Podesta be in Jail somewhere?

Edward Katz
April 30, 2021 6:12 pm

Whatever Australia or any other country does to improve its economy and alleviate its poverty is its business, and others shouldn’t preach to it or denounce it. If the countries that are importing Australian coal are supposedly so concerned about global emissions, all they have to do is quit buying it, but let’s see how fast that happens. Also let’s see how fast the EU is willing to cut its imports of US coal.

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