Keith Pitt. By Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website – www.dfat.gov.au, CC BY 3.0 au, Link

CNN: “Australia is shaping up to be the villain of COP26 climate talks”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

UN officials, British and US politicians are urging Aussies to take Australia’s alleged ongoing climate devastation more seriously.

Australia is shaping up to be the villain of COP26 climate talks

Analysis by Angela Dewan, International Climate Editor, CNN
Updated 1152 GMT (1952 HKT) September 13, 2021

London (CNN)If Australia’s allies were worried that the country might cause them problems at upcoming climate talks in Glasgow, the events of the past week should leave little doubt in their minds. It will. 

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday all but confirmed a report that his country had pressured the UK into dropping key climate commitments from their bilateral trade agreement, showing no sign of regret or embarrassment at being caught out. 

And on Monday last week, when a senior UN official warned Australia’s climate inaction would eventually “wreak havoc” on its economy, Australia’s resources minister, Keith Pitt, dismissed the UN as a “foreign body” that should mind its own business. He even bragged about Australia’s plans to keep mining coal “well beyond 2030,” while much of the developed world is already well on its way to phasing out the fossil fuel.

Australia is becoming increasingly isolated from the rest of the world with its obstinate approach to the climate crisis. Leaders like US climate envoy John Kerry and COP26 President Alok Sharma have been focused recently on the climate challenge of China — but it’s Australia that’s emerging as the real pariah of the COP26 talks.

Australia stands by coal ‘beyond 2030’ after UN warns of economic havoc “Of all the developed countries, Australia has the poorest standing on climate. It’s clear that Australia will just be absent, basically, from the talks,” Bas Eickhout, a Dutch member of the European Parliament, told CNN.

“They were quite happy with the role the United States played until last year, and now of course they seem to be the last-man standing from the Western countries to block progress,” he said, referring to the US’ absence in global climate efforts during the Trump years.

Australia experienced devastating wildfires in 2019-20, events that scientists said were made more likely by human-induced climate change.

The recent UN state-of-the science climate report found that Australia is already experiencing more heat extremes and higher sea level rises than the global average because of climate change. Heat, sea level rise and drought are all projected to increase in Australia the more the Earth warms.

Read more: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/12/australia/australia-climate-cop26-cmd-intl/index.html

I suspect the lack of local enthusiasm for Australia stepping into a climate victim role may be our greatest outrage. The Biden administration, UK PM Boris Johnson’s administration, and outlets like the British BBC and CNN spent a lot of effort building the false narrative that nations like Australia are in the midst of suffering climatic devastation, only to see that narrative spoiled by the total lack of interest from Australia.

Quite apart from the hilarious spectacle of globalist climate busybodies urging Australia to take our own climate devastation more seriously, what I find funniest about this is they are blaming Australia for selling the coal many of them buy.

If other countries want Australia to stop exporting coal, all they need to do is stop buying it.

The talk of Australia’s amazing renewable energy opportunity is also funny. The reason nobody is developing Australia’s alleged renewable energy superpower potential, all those endless empty deserts for solar panels, is so far nobody has put up the money.

If renewable energy investments do not make sense in a place as sunny as Australia, renewables do not make economic sense anywhere.

Note: The picture at the top is Federal Minister Keith Pitt, whom CNN mentioned, who is the backbone of our parliamentary UN Renewable Energy resistance. An electrical engineer by trade, before he entered federal parliament, Pitt is one of the few MPs who can do math, who can calculate for himself the devastation a net zero push would inflict on the Australian economy. He tireless campaigns for continued access to affordable energy, and has repeatedly stiffened spines in parliament when it comes to resisting globalist green bullying.

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Mr.
September 14, 2021 10:14 pm

What’s a decent CoP panto without a villain.

“He’s behind you!”

James Bull
Reply to  Mr.
September 14, 2021 11:50 pm

His picture reminds me of Dean Martin
Maybe the Australian delegation could sing this to the rest of the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpBjgQlT_jA

James Bull

Greg
Reply to  Mr.
September 15, 2021 3:09 am

“He’s behind you!”

Oh, no he isn’t !

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MarkW
Reply to  Mr.
September 15, 2021 8:54 am

Reminds me of Dean Martin, and “he’s behind you”.

Now you are making me nervous.

Dennis G Sandberg
September 14, 2021 10:17 pm

An electrical engineer by trade, before he entered federal parliament, Pitt is one of the few MPs who can do math, who can calculate for himself the devastation a net zero push would inflict on the Australian economy.”

Wow, Australia is way ahead of the USA, if we have a single member in the House, Senate, Executive or Judiciary that can do math, the “cat’s got his tongue”.


James Bull
Reply to  Dennis G Sandberg
September 14, 2021 11:55 pm

NO NO NO
You can’t have people who know what they’re talking about in positions of responsibility. What you want is a diverse inclusive group who feel and understand others feelings and don’t know S**T about the real world.

James Bull

MarkW
Reply to  Dennis G Sandberg
September 15, 2021 7:17 am

I couldn’t find anything on engineers in congress, but a few years ago the Republicans had a medical doctor in congress.

mkelly
Reply to  MarkW
September 15, 2021 8:45 am

They still do. Ronnie Jackson for one. Rand Paul is another. I think there are a couple more.

j g
Reply to  mkelly
September 15, 2021 12:57 pm

Neal Dunn for another.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Dennis G Sandberg
September 15, 2021 8:15 am

Yep, the only qualifications you need to become a professional politician are being photogenic and posessing a flexible conscience. Intelligence and an ability to think critically are actually detrimental to this career path and will only get you into trouble.

beng135
Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
September 16, 2021 6:44 am

In the US, the political requirements are to be able to lie thru your teeth & at least look somewhat believable. Or at least in the case of the current POTUS, read off the teleprompter’s card & in general do what you’re told.

Last edited 8 days ago by beng135
Upfrontaussie
September 14, 2021 10:19 pm

Soooo happy to be the villain. Makes my heart swell.

RexAlan
Reply to  Upfrontaussie
September 15, 2021 12:00 am

Me too.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Upfrontaussie
September 15, 2021 3:19 am

Those damned lucky Aussies, to have a leader who has a pair, as well as do the maths!!! If only the UK had such a luxury, because in these climate fools are just that, fools!!!

Disputin
Reply to  Alan the Brit
September 15, 2021 3:28 am

Oh yes, our ‘leader’ has a pair. They drive his entire thinking, and now he is married the the Princess, we’re totally f*cked!

Ron Long
Reply to  Upfrontaussie
September 15, 2021 3:50 am

Upfrontaussie, good of you to volunteer, but Australia is actually the good guy in this deal, they mine a much higher grade (therefore cleaner burning) of coal and send it to China. At least until China pretended to stop buying Aussie coal and began digging up and burning their much lower quality, dirty, coal. Keep on digging in Australia!

Dean
Reply to  Ron Long
September 15, 2021 7:43 am

The Chinese tend to not buy the 6322kcal GAR higher quality thermal Newcastle “brand”. That quality coal tends to be sold to Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

They buy the 5000kcal GAR and 4200kcal GAR coal specs from Australia. And this is pretty close to the local quality coals.

LdB
Reply to  Dean
September 15, 2021 6:22 pm

And hence countries are buying Australian coal blending it with lower quality coal they have and selling to China.
https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/mining/aussie-coal-still-finding-its-way-to-china-through-other-markets/news-story/81e92ee6169bd3873d777d85b1be398c

Alexy Scherbakoff
September 14, 2021 10:40 pm

The population of Australia: 25 million
The population of UK: 68 million
The population of USA: 330 million
The population of EU: 448 million

On that basis:
Uk has 3 times the idiots of Australia
USA has 13 times the idiots of Australia
EU has 18 times the idiots of Australia

 Why should Australia pay any attention to you?

Waza
September 14, 2021 10:48 pm

The EU should punish Australia by asking China Japan Korea India and Taiwan to immediately cease purchasing coal from Australia.

StephenP
Reply to  Waza
September 14, 2021 11:08 pm

And stop buying any steel and any other items from these countries made with coal from Australia.

H.R.
Reply to  StephenP
September 15, 2021 4:28 am

♯♪♫ Divest! Divest!

Oh yes they must Divest!

♪♫They must not try it,

cannot buy it,

give Aussie coal a rest.

♪♫Divest! Divest! DIV-E-E-E-E-ST!♪♫



I just knew there was a musical comedy in there somewhere, StephenP
😜

MarkW
Reply to  Waza
September 15, 2021 7:19 am

I thought China had already stopped buying coal from Australia.

LdB
Reply to  MarkW
September 15, 2021 6:16 pm

There is a funny story to that. So what is happening is other countries are buying Australian coal blending it with there own lower grade and selling it to China.

https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/mining/aussie-coal-still-finding-its-way-to-china-through-other-markets/news-story/81e92ee6169bd3873d777d85b1be398c

Mike Lowe
September 14, 2021 10:51 pm

Codswallop from the ignorant!

Ed Zuiderwijk
Reply to  Mike Lowe
September 14, 2021 11:41 pm

Copswallop?

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
September 15, 2021 12:10 am

Or maybe balderdash

aussiecol
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
September 15, 2021 1:50 am

Or definitely bullsh!t

Alan the Brit
Reply to  aussiecol
September 15, 2021 3:21 am

They’re also wearing nose clips because they clearly can’t smell what they’re shovelling!!!

Sweet Old Bob
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
September 15, 2021 7:26 am

Is that what the covid lockdown crap in Australia is ? ?

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Mike Lowe
September 15, 2021 10:09 am

Bilgewater has a nice ring to it. Besides, it reminds me of Twain’s “Duke of Bilgewater” in his Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

beng135
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
September 16, 2021 7:12 am

Or Marmaduke Surfaceblow the fictional engineer. “Bilgewater!” he’d say to idjits.

Geoff Sherrington
September 14, 2021 11:18 pm

Heatwave claims continue to be stupidly wrong.
They are NOT getting hotter in Sydney or Melbourne, see here –
http://www.geoffstuff.com/sydmel5.docx

These graphs show the average of 5 consecutive days of Tmax each year, ranked from hottest to coldest heatwave, then the Top 40 selected. They are for Sydney and Melbourne, home to about half of the Australian population.
You can see that heatwaves here, simply defined, are NOT getting any hotter over time.
This bad misconception affects real matters like hospital planning to cope with heatwave victims and fire emergency planning (if heatwaves are related to fires).
You can see that Melbourne heatwaves average far hotter than Sydney’s, for the reason that the heatwaves are sourced from the Australian interior, 1000 miles away. do local weather records from Melbourne or Sydney do not matter much until the N-W winds of summer come sweeping in.

Surely some official body like the BOM ought to correct the official blather about increased heatwave peril. But no, they sit back with their fibs and hope that nobody will do the calculations.

You all should do similar for your home towns. Geoff S

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
September 15, 2021 12:14 am

Surely some official body like the BOM ought to correct the official blather about increased heatwave peril.

The BOM actively promotes the blather. When they show you your local temperature measurements against historical records, they always compare the nearest airport with historical records, not your local measurements. That way, it’s always warmer than ‘normal’ even when you can clearly see from the graphs that it’s not.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
September 15, 2021 12:59 am

Don’t worry, Geoff.

Gladys and Dan will lock everyone in their homes until the heatwaves are 80% vaccinated.

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
September 15, 2021 3:32 am

la nina on the way again so thatll ruin their heatwave/fire crap for this summer at least;-)

Ken Irwin
September 14, 2021 11:24 pm

Good on ya Bruce ! ‘Bout time someone told the climate wowzers to go and stuff themselves !

Rory Forbes
September 14, 2021 11:54 pm

It’s a good start. Now all they need to do is curb their enthusiasm for setting up a new Nazis regime and do a little independent research into civil and human rights vs. epidemiology. Perhaps not hiring sociopaths to populate their police forces might help. Things have gotten way out of hand there. People are noticing.

Duker
Reply to  Rory Forbes
September 15, 2021 12:26 am

US Constitution allows epidemics to be short term health protection to over ride some civil rights.
Australia Constitution has no such protections such as free speech or similar

mkelly
Reply to  Duker
September 15, 2021 8:47 am

Would cite the article and section where it says that.

MarkW
Reply to  mkelly
September 15, 2021 8:56 am

Probably be the commerce clause.
According to the Supreme Court, if something has any impact in interstate commerce, the government is entitled to anything it wants, in order to regulate it.

Old Cocky
Reply to  Rory Forbes
September 15, 2021 11:06 pm

The sociopath horse bolted decades ago.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Old Cocky
September 15, 2021 11:18 pm

? … so, I assume did basic English.

Old Cocky
Reply to  Rory Forbes
September 16, 2021 9:05 pm

My apologies if I’ve been taking lessons from mosh.

Alas, sociopathic police are not a new phenomenon.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Old Cocky
September 16, 2021 9:36 pm

if I’ve been taking lessons from mosh.

Riiight … Mosh is mostly a great wit in his own mind.

Alas, sociopathic police are not a new phenomenon.

I’ve heard Oz is way ahead of the curve in that regard. Great resource in a plandemic.

Old Cocky
Reply to  Rory Forbes
September 16, 2021 10:50 pm

“if I’ve been taking lessons from mosh.

Riiight … Mosh is mostly a great wit in his own mind.”

Well, there you go. “Closing the stable door after the horse has bolted” isn’t as well know a saying as I thought.

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Zig Zag Wanderer
September 15, 2021 12:07 am

outlets like the British BBC

There’s another BBC?

I guess that you use your PIN number at the ATM machine, too.

Brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department.

Last edited 9 days ago by Zig Zag Wanderer
AlexBerlin
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
September 15, 2021 4:01 am

There used to be another, Swiss, BBC (Brown, Boveri & Cie.) dealing in down-to-earth technology rather than fanciful propaganda:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown,_Boveri_%26_Cie

Stephen Lindsay-Yule
September 15, 2021 12:31 am

Australia is not far from a huge ice sheet on a bigger continent. And what has changed. Here on 11th of August (blue is below negative 60C) widespread negative 60 Celsius degrees temperatures. Not observed in 2020. Why they have July as 16.36°C global temperature when the southern hemisphere 80° mean is below negative 40 degrees Celsius. In the 1970’s only the northern hemisphere average surface temperature reported. This year northern hemisphere was 1°C above now reported global temperature. Southern hemisphere average surface temperature was less than 2°C. Positive average around the mean 50° latitude of 5°C. This means average above 50° to 90° is negative 28.75°C. Makes me conclude to dismiss official global mean temperature.

negative60CoverAntarctic2.png
Mike
September 15, 2021 12:34 am

ongoing climate devastation”

Jeezuz.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Mike
September 15, 2021 3:27 am

Oh thanks for that, I knew there must be another doomsday adjective I’d forgotten, that’s 8 in all, devastation, chaos, breakdown, disaster, crisis, catastrophe, armageddon, emergency!!! I will thumb through my Thesaurus for some more!!!

Chris Hanley
September 15, 2021 12:42 am

… If other countries want Australia to stop exporting coal, all they need to do is stop buying it …

Absolutely.
If coal exports ceased from Australia, Indonesia (the latest exporter in 2020) Russia US and other coal exporting countries would simply fill the gap.
In 2020 about 30% of coal exported from Australia was metallurgical coal essential for steel manufacturing.

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William Smith
September 15, 2021 12:50 am

Australia is already experiencing higher sea level rises than the global average
Amazing how the sea is rising just around Australia, as if it knows how naughty we have been!

Duker
Reply to  William Smith
September 15, 2021 1:28 am

Must be that melting Antarctic……
Good catch on that one

Stephen Lindsay-Yule
Reply to  Duker
September 15, 2021 2:26 am

It is melting today after growing since February 21st. Sea ice peaked at 18.7 million square kilometers August 30th. Just 6 years ago it reached a record 20 million square kilometers. Since February sea ice has grown by 15.7 million square kilometers. Not far off the area as the arctic circle. And of course the continent is 14.2 million square kilometers. Almost 30 million square kilometers of ice in the southern hemisphere. Arctic is now growing from a minimum of 4.9 million square kilometers. Arctic lost 9.6 million square kilometers since March 10th. Problem is people believe what their told and not bother to check if its true. Must be an excuse to use sarcasm is guess.

Klem
Reply to  William Smith
September 15, 2021 2:37 am

What? Our politicians have been telling us that WE have the highest ocean rise. I get the feeling that there’s some fibbing going on around here.

Bill Powers
Reply to  Klem
September 15, 2021 7:34 am

In other places around the world they call it high tide.

Dennis
Reply to  Bill Powers
September 16, 2021 9:05 pm

And at highest tide the boat ramp I use located Mid Coast NSW remains no higher than it has been for as long back as locals can remember.

Robert Hanson
Reply to  Klem
September 15, 2021 11:46 am

My BS detector went off right away on that. Since the oceans of the world are all connected, you can’t have global sea level rise in one place, and not in another. Just try having the water in your bathtub 6 inches higher on one end of the tub than on the other end. Then get back to me. 🙂

markopanama
Reply to  Klem
September 17, 2021 2:03 pm

Right out of Dr. Strangelove: “We cannot allow a doomsday gap!!”

Climate believer
Reply to  William Smith
September 15, 2021 4:03 am

Very naughty….

Fort Denison SLR co2.png
Peter W
Reply to  Climate believer
September 15, 2021 6:23 am

Actually, the problem is that the Australian continent is sinking! Must be due to all the heavy thinking going on there.

MarkW
Reply to  Peter W
September 15, 2021 7:22 am

With all the coal they have sold, I would have thought the continent was getting lighter.

MarkW
Reply to  William Smith
September 15, 2021 7:21 am

It’s not that the seas know you have been naughty, the seas are just trying to migrate to Australia.

Dean
Reply to  William Smith
September 15, 2021 7:46 am

Certainly not at Fort Denison (Sydney). That has been averaging less than 1mm per year compared to the 2 to 3mm commonly cited as average sea level rise.

markopanama
Reply to  William Smith
September 17, 2021 2:01 pm

Gaia is pissed

Craig from Oz
September 15, 2021 12:56 am

Villain?

Can we also get some sharks with frigging laser beams?!

Sounds awesome to be honest. We can make a secret lair under large natural formed objects and piss off other people as well.

(side note – Judge Dredd had a rival group of regrade Judges do that in the comics. Dredd nuked them. Trying getting away with THAT now 😀 )

Also, if all these ‘West’ nations want to be mean with us, I am sure countries like… INDIA will be more than happy to become major trading partners. We can trade raw materials. Play Test Cricket. Form strong defence ties against a common ‘not friend’.

Win/Win

Also Greta will do that angry face, which is always amusing. Win/Win/Win 😀

Anon
September 15, 2021 12:57 am

Since China is closer to Australia than either the United States or Europe, Australians might have some incentive to preserve some semblance of a productive economy in order to preserve their own autonomy. IMHO

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 15, 2021 3:36 am

dont forget the Lemon jsf Fd well n truly ,800faults f35s

Scissor
Reply to  ozspeaksup
September 15, 2021 4:54 am

You get 10,000 boomerang hand grenades free for every F35 purchased.

Sweet Old Bob
Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 15, 2021 9:52 am

“I spent about 11 years in the Royal Australian Navy working on both Oberon and Collins Class submarines … I can tell you that stealth is a key attribute of a submarine,” Mr Patrick told 7.30.
“With a pump jet, a conventional submarine operating at low speed will consume its battery at a much greater rate than a submarine with a propeller.
“When it’s recharging, it’s snorting, it’s drawing air from above the water line. It’s running its noisy diesels, it’s detectable by radar, it’s detectable visually.”
‘Defence projects are never easy’Naval Group is basing Australia’s new diesel submarine on one of its nuclear designs. Defence Analyst Greg Ferguson said that wasn’t a bad thing.

Using diesel subs for defense is like using wind turbines for electricity …….

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  Sweet Old Bob
September 15, 2021 10:53 am

In the 1950s, ALCO in the U.S. manufactured diesel-electric locomotives that made very distinctive sounds, which earned them the nickname “U-boats”.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Carlo, Monte
September 16, 2021 12:15 am

Not completely the same fish.

Diesel-electric vehicles are a diesel donk transmitting power via an electric transmission. You run off a diesel. There are pros and cons.

Various nations attempted to use diesel electric in tank design. Porsche LOVED the idea. The Brits experimented but never that seriously. I think the US played around as well but would need to check. I think the main problem was that with 40s tech the electric motors struggled at high loads (dragging the tank through mud for example) and burning the transmission out was common. With 2020 tech I believe many defence companies are confident they can get it to work.

‘Conventional’ boats use the diesel for charging the batteries, then run off batteries. Pro? VERY quiet. Con? Batteries run flat and need recharging so eventually you are going to need to switch the diesel back on and find some fresh air.

So… as nice as that story is, I am pretty sure the ALCO’s didn’t really sound like U-boats.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Sweet Old Bob
September 16, 2021 12:07 am

Rex is a blow hard. A LOT of people have been part of the RAN.

What Rex fails to mention is that the SSN is in nearly all cases bigger than the SS. What Rex fails to mention is that when running on batteries you are very very quiet, while a nuke boat always has reactor noise.

It is not a simple case of saying SS bad, SSN good.

It is a case of saying “What are our medium to long term strategic objectives and what do we need to best fill them”.

If your plan is to go fishing on the weekend down the creek then you buy a row boat. If you plan to project power ocean wide in deep water a long distance from your bases, then you go SSN. If you want to do stealth missions in restricted waters you go SS.

Just cause Rex is ex RAN and ex Submarines does not make him a subject matter expert. He is a political blow hard and legacy of the self serving Nick X. He blows hard because if he doesn’t he will be handing in the keys to his Canberra apartment after the next election because as an Independent you either make a lot of noise as the people’s champion or get forgotten on the ballot paper.

(and frankly if submarines are going to be the first card he plays out of his hand he had better make sure his CV is up to date. Mr and Mrs Voter don’t understand the arguments he is making well enough to consider him their champion.)

Old Cocky
Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 15, 2021 11:14 pm

What a difference a day makes…

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 15, 2021 11:55 pm

Eric – that reply aged well 🙂

Charlie
September 15, 2021 1:25 am

We’re in desperate need of politicians like Keith Pitt who know their stuff. In contrast, the writer of the CNN article, CNN’S International Climate Editor Angela Dewan, has qualifications in music, Spanish and journalism.

Of course, if there is to be a ‘villain’ in any of this it would be China, but the media know that no amount of browbeating in their columns will alter China’s position. So they stick to bashing Australia.

Klem
Reply to  Charlie
September 15, 2021 2:46 am

“CNN’S International Climate Editor Angela Dewan, has qualifications in music, Spanish and journalism.”

Chrystia Freeland, Canadas Minister of Finance, has degrees in Slavic studies. I kid you not. She definitely can’t do math.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Charlie
September 15, 2021 10:05 am

“Of course, if there is to be a ‘villain’ in any of this it would be China, but the media know that no amount of browbeating in their columns will alter China’s position. So they stick to bashing Australia.”

The Chicoms also pay for a lot of what our Media outlets do or do not report about China. There have been instances where it appears the Chicoms wrote some news stories for American news outlets.

The corruption of the news media goes deeper than we thought.

Robert Hanson
Reply to  Tom Abbott
September 15, 2021 11:50 am

Forget appears. There are US papers that outright include pages directly from the CCP in their regular editions.

aussiecol
September 15, 2021 1:47 am

”UN officials, British and US politicians are urging Aussies to take Australia’s alleged ongoing climate devastation more seriously.”

Considering Australia is only a mere fraction of what Europe and USA emit, it just strikes me that we are just being used as a political football to set an example. Meanwhile China still has free reign to pollute more than any nation.
Even if we go to zero emissions and go broke in the process, it will make next to nought difference to the global CO2 output. Keith Pitt needs to dig his own backyard pit, jump in and stay there.

September 15, 2021 2:10 am

More politicians should be trained as electrical engineers and not as lawyers, before they enter parliament. This would ensure that they could do maths, have a sense of proportion and practicality and probably bring a swift end to the ‘Climate Change’ boondoggle. Having worked as a farmer in Australia would serve equally well.

September 15, 2021 2:26 am

This is state sponsored bullying, the fear is not “Climate Change”, the fear is that some countries will not hobble themselves to the same extent, and that the political prize of “Climate Leadership” will be lost. Its all politics and economics, environmentalism is just an excuse.

fretslider
September 15, 2021 2:41 am

A Pommie writes…

I just can’t work the Australians out. They seem have a sensible enough approach on climate

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday all but confirmed a report that his country had pressured the UK into dropping key climate commitments from their bilateral trade agreement, showing no sign of regret or embarrassment at being caught out. 

but they have a completely bonkers approach to dealing with a virus.

StilI, I would bet good money that princess Nut-Nuts is hopping mad about it.

I noticed in today’s Independent a story that almost made me choke on my toast.

Coal-free future ‘in sight’ as three-quarters of projects scrapped since Paris climate agreement
Global collapse in planned coal projects piles pressure on handful of countries to halt new developments
“..with just a handful of countries still planning new developments, an encouraging new report has revealed.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/uk-news/coal-power-paris-cop26-china-b1919853.html

Wishful thinking writ large.

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 15, 2021 3:39 am

yeah so we locked everyone up! kept em indoors no sun no fresh air
way to go hey?

Scissor
Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 15, 2021 5:02 am

The existence of wild animal reservoirs thwarts most containment strategies. Bird carriers make isolation of island nations more difficult.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  Eric Worrall
September 15, 2021 10:57 am
george1st:)
September 15, 2021 3:15 am

Sanity will always prevail over the insane , but rather difficult atm while they are in charge of the asylum .
When they can PROVE CO2 is the control knob for the Earths apparent climate changing , then DEMAND the worlds largest emitter of such be constrained immediately , perhaps Aust. and others might play along .
Until then it is just a political power game with lots of doola being handed around .

Clive
September 15, 2021 4:00 am

Australia is a capitalist Western democracy. All of them are required by the UN socialist organization to destroy our economy and lower our standard of living to an approved level in accordance with equal standards of living with the rest of the world. We, like the other capitalists, should give billions of dollars every year to the other nations to raise their standard of living. Antonio Guterres UN chief would have approved this as head of Socialists International before going to the UN.

Neville
September 15, 2021 4:04 am

Aussies and the entire SH are already at NET ZERO. just check out CSIRO site at the link.
And the NET SOURCE of co2 emissions is the NH. See CSIRO quote under Seasonal variation. WAKE UP.

https://www.csiro.au/en/research/natural-environment/atmosphere/Latest-greenhouse-gas-data

Michael in Dublin
September 15, 2021 4:06 am

The UN with a staff of 37000 cannot even manage their own organization and income efficiently so I would not trust them to start prescribing to even a country the size of Australia.

Also we see that typical CNN reference to an unnamed official. Who is this “senior UN official” and what is his track record? Why should we believe CNN if they cannot even give us this detail. If they were responsible all countries would do proper due diligence before giving even one more dollar to the UN. If there are indeed some deserving causes channel the funding some other way not via the UN.

Last edited 9 days ago by Michael in Dublin
richard
September 15, 2021 4:18 am

Darn those bumper crops-
Australia’s winter crop harvest has begun. It should be a …https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/ip3/www.abc.net.au.icohttps://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-11/australian-2021-winter-crop-harvest-underway-with-wheat-from-qld/100449708
ABARES is forecasting Australia will produce another bumper winter crop of around 54.8 million tonnes. The wheat harvest got underway in Central Queensland this week … “Bumper U.S. corn and soybean harvests are within reach

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The United States is headed for its largest corn harvest ever and its third-largest soybean crop, based on the USDA’s annual Acreage report, issued on Wednesday. The mammoth crops would be ready for harvest late this summer, replenishing U.S. grain inventories that are being drained by robust demand at home and abroad”
http://americasfarmreport.com/farm-report/bumper-u-s-corn-and-soybean-harvests-are-within-reach-july-2-2021/

Dennis
Reply to  richard
September 16, 2021 9:09 pm

That’s what “carbon pollution” does.

Known in science as CO2, but not in the “science is settled” climate hoax spin.

Steve Case
September 15, 2021 4:40 am

“If other countries want Australia to stop exporting coal, all they need to do is stop buying it.
 
If renewable energy investments do not make sense in a place as sunny as Australia, renewables do not make economic sense anywhere.”
 
Pointing out the obvious to the anointed priests of today’s enlightened intelligentsia will at the very least be merely ignored. Other outcomes such as being branded a blasphemous heretic and awarded a trip to the re-education camps are possible.

CD in Wisconsin
Reply to  Steve Case
September 15, 2021 10:15 am

“Pointing out the obvious to the anointed priests of today’s enlightened intelligentsia will at the very least be merely ignored. Other outcomes such as being branded a blasphemous heretic and awarded a trip to the re-education camps are possible.”

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“Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune.”
— Noam Chomsky.

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m getting the perception that challenging conventional beliefs and orthodoxies is becoming an increasingly endangered concept these days. But perhaps it has always been that way.

nankerphelge
September 15, 2021 4:48 am

Simple fact is that the so called “climate fires” of 2019/2020 burnt out about 20m Hectares. Sad as that is, and it does rate in the top 10 of recorded time, the largest ever was over 115m Hectares.
Ah did I hear that the UK was restarting a Coal Fired Power Station and that Germany has one approved or commenced????
Freaking hypocrites – stand by your guns Australia!!!

Peter
September 15, 2021 6:13 am

I dont get why BC Canada gets a pass when their number 1 export is coal.

Pat from Kerbob
Reply to  Peter
September 15, 2021 11:03 am

Because hypocrisy. Because stupid. Because the BC NDP government has a carbon tax so their coal is pure

Bill Powers
September 15, 2021 8:00 am

“If other countries want Australia to stop exporting coal, all they need to do is stop buying it.”

Oh the apostasy! Where is the author’s Post Modern Psychosis Driven Morality. How dare he lay the blame on the CO2 Makers.

The left can be visually depicted by spooling up those old silent movie reels of the keystone cope. Their arguments are so full of contradictions that they are constantly tripping over their own damn selves.

Pat from Kerbob
September 15, 2021 11:00 am

I think the real point here is that the COP-out artists know they won’t be able to do anything about the real issue, China, India and the rest of the world ramping up coal use, so they are creating a much smaller target they can safely attack so they can look like they are “doing something”, presumably to avoid stern looks from Greta (not going to happen).

All part of the show, folks

September 15, 2021 11:11 am

Everyone has forgotten the BoM in Sep 2019 reported that an Antarctic phenomena referred to as “sudden stratospheric warming” was worsening the drought so as rainfall decreased; the chance of heatwaves rose and fire risk increased.
The air above Antarctica is suddenly getting warmer – here’s what it means for Australia 9 September 2019
http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/updates/articles/a035.shtml
The ABC reported on this
Rare weather event over Antarctica driving Australia’s hot, dry outlook 6Sep2019
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-06/rare-weather-event-over-antarctica-drives-hot-outlook/11481498
The ABC quotes the BoM saying – quote “SSW is not thought to be caused by global warming. “We view SSW as a natural, internally-generated phenomena,” Dr Hendon said.” These facts have been totally lost in the responses post the Black-Summer fires and “sudden stratospheric warming” was not mentioned in 2020 news that I saw.

So CNN and the IPCC is forgetting the above to push their agenda that “climate change caused Australian Black Summer.

Jeffery P
September 15, 2021 1:34 pm

Australia just needs to lean to talk the talk. They don’t have to walk the walk. Just spew the correct ideology and pretend to be onboard

Dusty
September 15, 2021 1:51 pm

Go to it, Mr Morrison. The liberal use of a sap while in that environment would be of great benefit to the world.

willem post
September 15, 2021 2:14 pm

Australia is a villain only because it is realistic regarding Global Warming.

Because CO2 plays a very tiny role, compared to H2O in the atmosphere, the ups/downs of H2O will completely swamp any changes in CO2

It makes absolutely no sense to turn the world economy upside down, just to reduce CO2.

There are vast benefits, such as increased greening of the biosphere, cropland, crops, etc.

Here is an article applicable to the entire world

HIGH COSTS OF WIND, SOLAR, AND BATTERY SYSTEMS IN NEW ENGLAND
https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/high-costs-of-wind-solar-and-battery-systems

John in Oz
September 15, 2021 4:08 pm

China is a ‘developing’ country that does not need to reduce its CO2 output for many years, this being approved by the UN busy-bodies.

As such, they are building many coal-powered power stations which, strangely, require coal.

Australia is only following the dictates of the UN by selling coal to China so that they can complete their stated aims.

Greg
September 15, 2021 5:20 pm

Given the latest submarine deal with US and UK worth $50+ billion, how hard do you think they will push Australia?

LdB
Reply to  Greg
September 15, 2021 6:20 pm

And they need lots of steel to build … unless they have the new all renewable sub we haven’t heard about 🙂

Dennis
Reply to  LdB
September 16, 2021 9:11 pm

There are still two operating steel mills in Australia.

Edward Katz
September 15, 2021 6:15 pm

Here’s another suggestion to accompany the one about those who want Australia to quit exporting coal, should stop buying it. Those that denounce China’s world-leading emissions numbers should start boycotting Chinese imports. Let’s see how fast that happens.

Craig from Oz
September 15, 2021 11:53 pm

Also, for those not following defence news, Australia is now going to operate nuke subs.

What has not been confirmed or denied is if the RAN will operated them out of a hollowed out live volcano or not.

Dennis
Reply to  Craig from Oz
September 16, 2021 9:12 pm

A secret base has been constructed under New Zealand.

[sarc]

steve
September 16, 2021 5:43 pm

He even bragged about Australia’s plans to keep mining coal “well beyond 2030,” while much of the developed world is already well on its way to phasing out the fossil fuel.

Of course, how much actual reduction in fossil fuels remains to be seen. I suspect there will not be much, certainly not as much as the Greenies believe will take place.

Dennis
Reply to  steve
September 16, 2021 9:15 pm

Steel manufacturing nations need Australian coal and iron ore and we all know how important steel is in the world.

And one of the most recently opened high grade coal mines, Adani which is owned by investors from India, is planned to be exporting coal for several decades to supply coal fired power stations needed to supply electricity to areas of India now without electricity supply.

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