Guest essay by Eric Worrall
A few days ago, Nancy Pelosi praised Aussie PM Scott Morrison for “Leading the Way” on climate action. Now, just a few days later, ScoMo is considering not attending COP26, and a group of diplomats are warning “climate inertia” is undermining Australia’s international reputation.
Scott Morrison may snub the COP26 climate talks as Australia becomes more isolated
By Helen Regan and Angela Dewan, CNN
Updated 1358 GMT (2158 HKT) September 27, 2021
(CNN)Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Monday he might not show up at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow this November, as his government becomes increasingly isolated in international efforts on the crisis.
More than 100 world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, have confirmed their attendance at the talks hosted by the United Kingdom, a close ally of Australia. Leaders of the G20, which includes Australia, will be convening in Rome a day ahead of the climate talks. While it is not yet confirmed if Morrison will be at that summit, many G20 leaders are likely to take the short flight from the Italian capital to COP26 in Scotland.
“We haven’t made any final decisions about (attending COP26). I mean it is another trip overseas and I’ve been on several this year and spent a lot of time in quarantine,” Morrison told the West Australian newspaper.
Morrison said he needed to focus on the country’s reopening after an extended lockdown. His government is aiming to relax its hardline border restrictions in December.
“Australia will be opening up around that time, there will be a lot of issues to manage and I have to manage those competing demands,” he said.
…Read more: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/27/australia/australia-morrison-skip-climate-cop26-glasgow-intl-hnk/index.html
The diplomats warning on Australia’s “climate inertia”;
Coalition inertia on climate undermines Australia’s credibility in region, ex-diplomats warn
The group, including former ambassadors and high commissioners, says urgent action is an ‘ethical and moral responsibility towards future generations’
Mon 27 Sep 2021 03.30 AEST
A group of 70 former diplomats has warned the Morrison government that failing to sign up to a commitment of net zero emissions by 2050 imperils Australia’s strategic interests and “undermines our credibility as a regional partner”.
The group has written to the prime minister and relevant portfolio ministers arguing that a scientific consensus about the risks associated with runaway global heating renders urgent policy action an “ethical and moral responsibility towards future generations”.
“As former diplomats we are deeply concerned that Australia’s key strategic and economic interests are at risk because of our failure to date to commit to a target of net zero emissions by 2050,” the joint letter says.
“This lack of commitment is particularly concerning to those regional partners for whom climate change already poses a clear existential threat. The United States and other key partners in Europe and around the globe are increasingly voicing concerns that Australia is not pulling its weight on climate action.”
“We fear this inertia will undermine many of the strong international relationships we have built up over decades,” the letter says.
While metropolitan Liberals want the government to adopt the mid-century target, and two senior ministers, Josh Frydenberg and Simon Birmingham have argued the economic case to sign up – ructions continue in the junior Coalition partner.
Some Nationals are implacably opposed to net zero. On Sunday, the Nationals deputy leader David Littleproud said he expected any colleagues who opposed net zero to fall into line if the party room ultimately adopted the commitment.
…Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/27/ex-diplomats-warn-morrison-government-inertia-on-climate-undermines-our-credibility-as-a-regional-partner
I can understand why Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morrison is undecided about attending COP26.
Barnaby Joyce, deputy Prime Minister and leader of the junior coalition partner National Party, recently stated he will not support legislation which harms coal mining jobs.
With the nationals thankfully digging their heels in on this issue, all that would be left for Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morrison to do at COP26, would be to keep apologising to everyone, and explaining that he is powerless to change anything.
h/t Bob Tisdale – Australia’s Sky News Andrew Bolt expressing concern Scott Morrison could cave on setting climate targets and attacking the coal industry, criticising Britain’s self inflicted energy crisis, and criticising academic and media indoctrination of young people.
I can only assume Nancy was confusing Scott with someone else in her initial remarks…
I doubt it, but I haven’t got a better explanation. It was all very odd.
Forget about Australia’s PM, small fish he, there is a mammoth stampeding over on horizon
“China’s energy crisis will rock the whole world
Country’s power failure looms over Europe’s own crisis – but there may be a silver lining ….
“State-run China Energy News said thermal coal inventories at power plants are critically low. “We are looking for coal everywhere, but no matter how high the price is, it is not easy to find,” said one utility. “.
Somebody ought to tell the Chicoms that Australia has lots of coal. Good coal, not that dirty stuff the Chicoms use.
They know it but shot themselves in the backside. China has been boycotting Australian coal for about year in a major trade dispute of the two countries. Chinese imports of Australian coal have dropped to zero, imports from elsewhere have not been able to fill the gap. Coal makes up nearly 60% of China’s energy generation, so they need steady supply which is critical for the country’s energy security. Currently there are widespread electricity cuts and usage restrictions. Rest of the world is relying on Chinese industry for numerous products and soon there will be shortages, price rises contributing to inflation.
Chinese industry for numerous products and soon there will be shortages, price rises contributing to inflation.
What a wonderful thing to watch. After years of posturing, virtue signalling and making false claims for “renewables”, demonizing fossil fuels and condemning those who aren’t on board with promoting a broken climate … the chickens are coming home to roost. There is a down side to lying. The whole fraud seems to be coming apart at the seams as the planet cools.
Sadly, the usual suspects will be blaming everything on gas.
My response to that is; “Got gas? Change your diet! Don’t bug me about it. … and BTW please stand down wind.”
Just kidding … 😎
Couldn’t the US reopen some mines and ship them some coal?
I’m mailing them a lump for their stockings this Christmas.
Mr. Jim: Any attempt to restart U.S. coal industry would certainly be opposed by enviros, who will lay on tracks/roads, sabotage equipment etc. to stop coal. Because the enviros are paid by Russia, not China (the sort of russian interference dems prefer), they would likely go berserk to block extraction and shipment, and China gets no coal. China could simply renew Aussie coal- the fact that they aren’t is very interesting. The CCP prefers the coal shortage, but why?
“China could simply renew Aussie coal- the fact that they aren’t is very interesting. The CCP prefers the coal shortage, but why?”
I do read where Chinese coal companies are still buying Australian coal, they are just buying it through third parties. And, no doubt, the Chicom government knows all about it. But that still doesn’t solve whatever problem they have. I guess they are just not buying enough Australian coal from third parties.
well shes sure not exactly rational and is also a moneyhungry biddy and sees the megabucks in the agw scams, sooner shes out with bidet the better
You are a master of understatement! 😉😃
Batsy Nancy is all about absolute power and control plus woe to any who cross her.
Crossing Batsy is easy, for many just their existence is enough, e.g. deplorables and independent souls.
She’s just a corrupt drunkard.
We’ve got one of those too…
Confuse? A permanent state perhaps. 😉
She was not confused when she told Obama to send more taxpayer dollars to Solyndra in her district right before they folded and despite financial warning signs watched by energy agency staff.
Yeah, Scott is clearly the bravest and most independent politician in the world. Nancy must have meant someone else.
are you, or are you not a friend, or at most stretching, a servant!
Speak up griff.
They better answer is to assume the paper that published the quote – the SMH, a far left paper part of the woke ‘Nine’ media group – paraphrased Nancy who was paraphrasing The Fence Sitter.
If you recall back Scott Morrison was not quoted directly.
Basically the SMH made stuff up that sounded exactly what they and their readers wanted to hear.
Unless of course you are of the school that believes that Nancy is also a few ice creams and a nap away from mental dysfunction and does actually get confused easily… 🙂
‘runaway global heating’. What utter c**p.
No, it’s real, computer modelling of the warming trend has been very carefully created, creative accounting garbage in, and then utter garbage c**p out.
Former PM of Australia Tony Abbott was misquoted with claims that he said climate change is c**p, actually he correctly pointed out that the modelling is.
He said “a lot of the science behind global warming is crap”
I defy anyone to provide evidence that this statement is wrong.
There is no science behind global warming.
That’s not altogether true. The fact is there is far too much science behind the myth of human causation. The corrupted scientists have belched out so much “science” the average person can’t distinguish the believable from the fantastic … the real from the fabricated, so they just switch off and believe the loudest noise or what has been repeated most often.
These people are seriously deranged
As with expression by the Pope, to believers they are reality.
Scott Morrison is at his best when he does absolutely nothing and Barnaby Joyce is at his best when he is in full attack mode/ It is to be hoped that a combination of these two will steer Australia clear of the COP26 climate talks until after the talks collapse into the traditional recriminations and empty promises.
COP26 will turn out to be another nice vacation for the elites.
You’ve never been to Glasgow in November, have you?
Has bill J ever been to Glasgow?
There is a good chance that the meeting will be a failure.
Not that the Europeans won’t sign up to net 0, but then they will be well and truly retired, in nursing homes or pushing up daisies in 28 years time, so not accountable.
In the meanwhile the big countries will be powering away with coal, China, India,Brazil,Japan, not to mention gas, the Russias, US, UK and Canada.
They won’t sign up to trade embargo’s.
We have learned that China and France cannot be trusted with trade or contracts.
When the EU threatened to put a carbon tax on airlines entering EU airspace, India simply told them that they would not be able to overfly India, so burning more fuel.
The carbon tax was dropped by the EU.
Increasingly we need a sovereign climate and economic policy.
We need to rule out climate contracts from free trade agreements.
Otherwise some obscure bureaucrat in Brussels will dictate the terms.
Its hard enough to get a trade agreement with the EU anyway.
Only today another vet company announced they have stopped manufacturing in France, Royal Canin.EU centred drug manufacturing has to come to Australia as the supply lines are not working.
WE just can’t get some EU drugs now.
The Coalition idea of exporting technology to emerging nations on the climate front rings true.
China, our biggest trade partner does not play by a ‘rule based’ environment.
Or more exactly they make up the rules as they go.
Only today a large manufacturer of cosmetics lost their contract to China and and have put their staff on leave.
Their product was exported for $A1 a unit.
The Chinese can make it for 30c a unit.
Amazing what cheap power and low wages can do.
We don’t even charge GST on exports, a ‘subsidy’ to China.
The planet has virtually stopped warming now for 6 years.
Three years ago we were told that in ten years we would go extinct.
Another 7 years to go.
Quote: “This lack of commitment is particularly concerning to those regional partners for whom climate change already poses a clear existential threat. The United States and other key partners in Europe and around the globe are increasingly voicing concerns that Australia is not pulling its weight on climate action.”
Australia was one of a very small number of developed nations that achieved the UN IPCC Kyoto Agreement emissions reduction target and is now one of a very small number that are on track to achieve the Paris Agreement target.
The above complainants urging our PM to attend COP26 should redirect their advice to the majority of UN member nations who are not achieving Paris target and missed Kyoto earlier, and when they catch up to Australia maybe then they and the complainants might have the right to make further demands?
She probably just loves their current police state
Nancy was trying to shame ScoMo into action, accidentally/deliberately misunderstanding him and then exaggerating what she thought he said when she got back home and out-of-range of his rebuttal. ….Chinese Whispers meet Magical Thinking….
No, rebuttal via teleconferencing is crap – hence the need for shindigs exactly like the COPs
They need the face-to-face meeting to get their story right and without the annual COP the entire thing would fall apart inside 2 years, 3 years at most. Their stories are all so self contradictory, their science so shoddy and they know it
Bolt is in that video what saying what I’ve been saying since forever – chronically depressed, hence Magical Thinking and Paranoid, have been brainwashed by Media and Government
(Its that Mencken thing about hobgoblins)
But even Bolt falls over when he praises rising grain production – it is exactly that that creates the chronic depression = nutrient-free rubbish food based around sugar.
There is nothing in that mush to feed our brains/minds/thinking
It is in fact Ehrlich in action..except everyone, esp the magical thinkers, imagine a physical starvation.
No, Mental Starvation is vastly worse is is exactly what is going on, Greta and her young sister being the figureheads – along with 1-in-40 of the children born in the UK now
Yet the magic thinkers think its Great Fun to take the p!ss out of her
what a <expletive> mess
He should at least go for the hookers and blow.
Hunter will be there?
Hunter is at the art gallery.
In this mad, mad, mad, mad world, firebugs like Alexandra Souverneva and Gary Maynard are the unsung climate heroes.
The media seizes on the fires and unleashes its messages of thermageddon on the climate anxious; daily and even hourly. There are no reports about the people lighting the fires, be it in California, Turkey, Greece etc In fact, according to a BBC ‘fact check’, the ignition [in California] is caused by increased lightning – due to global heating.
Wildfires: How are they linked to climate change?
By Jack Goodman & Jake Horton
BBC Reality Check
“Scott Morrison said Monday he might not show up at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow this November”
He can always point to the emissions he’s saved by staying put and argue they could be doing the same. Every little bit helps, right? Ant it really is a crisis?
But that isn’t what theses gatherings are about. This is high politics and a route to large amounts of fiat money – now that Trump is out. Networking and even affairs are part and parcel of these shindigs.
Science is the fig leaf of respectability.
Perhaps they meant “inaction”, it certainly makes more sense that way.
Maybe Scott Morrison has been talking to Peter Ridd?
It’s not just coal mining jobs. Oz has only a few exports that are propping up the entire balance of trade. Coal is one of them. Iron Ore is another. You bow to the CO2 scammers, there goes an honest, productive, positive economy. God knows what would happen to us.
Not only balance of trade. The exports are underpinning the greatest rise in the current account that Australia has ever experienced:
Every Australian has a duty to encourage the madness infesting the rest of the developed world. Australia can ride on the manufacturing prowess of China as they gobble the wealth from the developed nations paying ever higher prices for Australian commodities.
Australia needs to encourage global climate ambition. Australians end up with a decent slice of any climate ambition due to its critical place in the start of the supply chain. It appears this gravy train is just building a head of steam. Australia can only hope this train keep rolling for a few more decades.
“I can understand why Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morrison is undecided about attending COP26.”
Well, I can’t: it is obviously a complete waste of time and money. No sane politician (OK, I know there are very few) would consider for a second attending such a virtue-signalling joke!
Nothing will supercharge the Australian economy more than unbridled climate ambition. ScoMo has a duty to attend COP26 and squeeze this farce for the good of Australian exports. It is already the greatest economic boom in Australia’s history and could run two or three decades before the woke awaken to the unsustainability.
“The group of former Australian diplomats that has written to Morrison and portfolio ministers includes ambassadors, high commissioners, consuls-general, consuls, humanitarian aid coordinators and a range of middle and senior level public servants from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and AusAID.
The letter was coordinated by the Australian Conservation Foundation,”
So they could only find 70 greenie/libtards out of that population? They could have found a lot more than that in DFAT/AusAID if they had looked a little harder.
I doubt that the majority of those public servants were actual “former diplomats”.
Shouty is gone!
Morrison will lose the election next year if he commits to net zero socialism. The reason being that his conservative base will cast their votes elsewhere in vibrant protest and all those who support net zero socialism will always vote either Labor or Greens anyway. The good news is that Morrison will win the next election if he holds firm.
Most Australians know it is a farce but why stop the gravy train. The big miners in Australia made the realisation about 5 years ago that there could be nothing better for Australian commodity prices and demand than the world committing to random energy generators.
The Mineral Council of Australia is now a lobby group strongly promoting “green” energy. BHP runs national ads heralding the fact that every wind turbine needs 3 tonne of copper. What they are not saying in the ads is that they require a humungous amount of iron ore, coal and energy that they can never recover in their operating life. Climate ambition has created the greatest mining boom in Australia’s history:
An unprecedented wave of wealth beckons. Australia should have no regrets about the rest of the developed world committing economic suicide as long as Australia grows wealthy while the rest grow poor.
Net zero is not achievable across the globe in centuries but lets keep the illusion alive – for Australia’s economic benefit!
Think also of all the minerals needed for EVs as each one requires SIX times as many minerals as an ICE vehicle
From the gallery one might wonder if there will be elections in the People’s Republic of Australia? Cancelled because of covid don’t cha know? If there are elections who will do the counting? Are the Australian people so cowed that they will willingly vote for Covidism? Half the US seems determined to to make Covidism the permanent way of life here.
On the contrary. By staying away Morrison shows true leadership.
Ed, Scott could beg off going to the climate party by saying he has a bristling economy to run.
This is a microcosm of the essential problem for the warmunists:
They depend upon scaring everyone into taking immediate, radical, and societally-disruptive actions based upon … a computer model.
The rest of us, however, have lives to live, jobs to do, families to raise, bills to pay, security to promote, etc. etc. etc. The easiest thing in the world is to just keep on keeping on, meanwhile really smart people keep creating and nurturing new technologies and new machines that incrementally improve life.
Financial Security is an absolute must for National Security.
I pointed out to our lefties that by not going he was saving us from those “Awful CO2 emissions” that would have happened had he gone.
Australia needs more climate ambition. The more money wasted on these resource hungry monuments, the higher demand and higher prices for all of Australia’s exported commodities.
This is a resource boom of monumental proportions – literally scattered across Europe in their thousands waving to the climate gods. Most Australians can sit back and take government handouts as they have done for the last two years as long as the coal, iron ore and bauxite loaders keep filling bulk carriers:
There is a reasonable chance that existing Australians will grow wealthy as they grow old.
Bring on COP26 and lots of climate ambition. Australia needs to support these fruitcakes sprinkling random energy pixie dust.
ScoMo is more than a climate hero. At great personal sacrifice, he’s considering giving up a stay in Glasgow in November.
And Haggis! Boatloads of Haggis.
Morrison has to concentrate on aquiring nuclear submarines, to preserve Australia’s freedom threatened by China.
First things first
MAKE AUSTRALIA GREAT AGAIN
Regarding the $3.5 TRILLION “REMAKE-AMERICA/FIGHT-CLIMATE-CHANGE” bill in the US:
The communist/socialist, Bernie-led Progressives wanted SIX $TRILLION.
He celebrated his honeymoon in the USSR, BEFORE THE IRON CURTAIN came down; he is HARD-CORE.
After many crocodile tears, Bernie reduced it to the “bare minimum” of $3.5 TRILLION
Senator Manchin has previously stated he COULD vote for $1.5 TRILLION.
Gee, are not WE lucky to get screwed with only $1.5 TRILLION
Remember, all of this has to do with centralized command/control of the US Government by Dem/Progs, and establishing dozens of new, and expansion of existing government programs, all managed by Dem/Progs, a multi-generational fief; WE OWN THE GOVERNMENT; YOU DO AS WE SAY.
Just so you know, the $3.5 T was produced in a form of trickery with phase-ins of some of the elements to lower the 10-year cost estimate window from CBO. A true 10-year window of these social giveaways would really be $5 T or more. The WSJ had a good breakdown on how this trick works. The Dems have become experts at getting around CBO cost estimates with tricks that was first seen with Obama’s ACA. and maybe earlier.
COP26 is going to be a bad scene for politicos appearing in the middle of an energy crisis. It makes climate communications consulting that much harder to spin their shaman stories.
I would suggest some domestic crisis excuse not to attend.
“a group of diplomats are warning “climate inertia” is undermining Australia’s international reputation.”
There is a ‘tell’ in this. The last three words are both a puff up of the country and a threat. They are really saying who the heck does this junior country think they are snubbing their betters?
I am hoping someone comes to side with Australia, Austria? Poland? Hungary? Stephen Harper tried to go it alone on the issue and I hoped at the time that another country would stand by him. We’re deeper in the mire now so it’s not likely
It would be good if Morrison could awaken some of the old fashioned stubborn individuality that was an attractive hallmark of the Ozzie character of yesteryear. He should go out across the country and speak about what’s at stake for the country’s economy, sovereignty and way of life if they allow themselves to be bullied by nations who think themselves Australia’s betters. Ya know, I might go out ont stump in Oz!
You know who is a real hero?
Maybe he knows they are close to a deal with China.
China energy crunch triggers shutdowns, pleas for more coal (yahoo.com)
“Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Monday he might not show up at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow this November…”
Probably because someone has told him what the weather is like in Glasgow in November. It’s not exactly Wordsworth and nodding Daffodils.
Scott really should not be bogarting that humongous lump of coal, and should instead send it to the UK. I hear they could use it this winter. We are all in this together. Share and share alike!
One man’s hero is another’s zero
Ya know what undermines Scott Morison’s credibility? Letting Australia turn into a police state with mass in home incarceration in the name of COVID zero.
That make him a zero in my book.😡
I wish politicians who are still immune to the climate hysteria would just clearly call out the idiots who run around wailing about ‘runaway climate change’, wetting themselves and bullying anyone with enough sense to disagree. Even someone who believes that CO2 is a magic climate button has no evidence to justify a runaway prognosis.
“just a short flight”. That’s all right, then – those emissions are good emissions.
I have just emailed my Prime Minister to congratulate him on his consideration of not attending.
With the switch to nuclear subs producing no more than a yawn from the electorate it’s clear the electorate has had a change of heart with nukes and the MSM are beginning to get where ScoMo can take the running at the next election-
Nuclear power could be the ‘rabbit in the hat’ the PM pulls out for net zero (msn.com)
It’s Time for Nukes!
Particularly if this summer causes industry shutdowns or blackouts due to unreliables.
Actually it doesn’t have to be nukes definitively just that the Gummint is committed to having a National Energy Summit with net zero nukes on the table given the power crisis emerging around the globe with UK EU and now China. Labor would have to decide if they want to go full ballistic with the Greens or go along with it just like the nuclear subs deal.
I would have thought that not signing up puts our PM into a class of international heroes who are prepared to resist the extreme bullying of the climate alarmists
Reality is a wonderful leveler.
Scott Morrison will stay home in a futile attempt to save his government at the next election.
The nation’s brutal response to Covid-19 is paying dividends, but not the dividends he was hoping for. The attempted “cure” has been far worse than the disease.
Even though the diplomats are telling the Prime Minister to join the Climate Change band wagon, the conservative voters hate the idea and promise to not vote for him if he goes the way of former Prime Ministers Malcolm Turnbull, Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd.
Finally, Germany, the UK and other European nations are facing an energy-free winter because they closed down base load power stations in favour of “Green” renewable methods. Unfortunately for many Europeans the “level place” will be permanent and six feet under.
I have a bad feeling that throughout the northern hemisphere, a lot of people alive today will have frozen to death before spring of 2022. Sacrificial victims of the Khmer Vert.