Ousted Australian PM: This government cannot address climate change

Posted: August 24, 2018 by oldbrew in climate, Emissions, Energy, government, News, Politics
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Ex-PM Malcolm Turnbull [image credit: BBC]

Same for every other government. Unless they can change the orbit of the Earth or control the Sun, they are likely to be out of luck.

Turnbull replaced by treasurer who brought lump of coal to parliament, says Climate Home News.

Australia’s governing party cannot agree a climate policy because of anti-science forces within, the outgoing prime minister said just moments after being deposed in a party room coup on Friday.

Malcolm Turnbull will be replaced by Scott Morrison, his treasurer, who defeated challenger Peter Dutton 45 votes to 40 for the leadership of the governing right-wing Liberal party.

One of the most dramatic weeks in Australia’s political history began with Turnbull’s admission that he could not pass his signature energy reform – the National Energy Guarantee (Neg).

Rebels in his party, led by former prime minister and arch conservative Tony Abbott, had refused to back a policy that would have set – relatively weak – emissions targets for the power sector.

That led to a leadership challenge from Dutton on Tuesday, which narrowly failed. But Turnbull bled support throughout the week as ministers resigned across the government. He did not contest the vote on Friday.

In a valedictory press conference, Turnbull said his party, which governs in coalition with the Nationals, was unable to implement a climate change policy.

Continued here.

  1. tallbloke says:

    Scott Morrison points out coalophobia as the malady afflicting the opposition on video here:
    Worth a watch.

  2. oldbrew says:

    likely to be out of luck… and straining for votes as electricity prices soar and supply gets routinely stretched at peak times etc. (in those parts of Oz where coal power is frowned on).

  3. Curious George says:

    From Climate Home News: “Turnbull says party is captured by ideologues with views not based in ‘engineering and economics’.”

    What a real chutzpah.

  4. Graeme No.3 says:

    Curious George:
    When the reverse is true.

    It will be ‘interesting times’ this coming summer with The AEMO (Australian Energy Market Operator)
    predicting a one-in-three chance of load shedding under extreme conditions this summer unless additional action is taken. “Particularly when these temperatures are experienced towards the end of the day when business demand is still relatively high, residential demand is increasing, and rooftop PV’s contribution is declining.”
    Extreme conditions defined as 40℃ or above, not unknown in summer. Many wind turbines are also likely to shut down at 40℃ because of the fire risk.
    And if Victoria goes black, so will renewables overloaded South Australia. NSW might also be involved but might get enough coal fired power from Qld.
    And if the Federal election is held early next year there may not so much enthusiasm for the Opposition which wants even more renewables.

  5. Shaun says:

    Actually the emissions target had been removed from the legislation, but this was not enough for the Abbott camp, who failed in their bid to get Dutton up. Shortly therefore we’ll be back to Labor with their nutty policies for four years.

  6. stpaulchuck says:

    my girlfriend Karma just loves it when people vote in Warmists, socialists, and other variant mental cases. She just sits back a while and then delivers the Fickle Finger Of Fate.

    Play stupid games, win Darwin Awards.

  7. dai davies says:

    Likely a cool summer, but hoping for #ElectricElection

  8. gallopingcamel says:

    “Mitigating Carbon” was a dumb idea from the start. Australia has coal and uranium. Pedal to the metal with coal powered power plants.

    That will keep the pot boiling with cheap electricity until Generation IV fission reactors are available at low prices.

  9. oldbrew says:

    Meanwhile in the US, energy policy is done another way…

    Obama’s climate legacy is toast.

    – – –
    At 40C Victoria has a one in three chance of blackouts in summer


  10. ivan says:

    It is all very well to say the government can not address climate change but people saying that never answer the question of just why any government should be in the business of addressing climate change.

    A governments job is to look after the interests of the country and its people, NOT to follow the diktat of some zealots from the UN that produced a communist wet dream of destroying the western nations.

    What we have seen in Australia was inevitable once a bankster took over running the country. Everything he did was aimed at a carbon tax that would enrich his bankster buddies and hangers on, even if it meant destroying the country. It is impossible to run industry on unreliable renewables as South Australia found out after blowing up a good coal fired power station as a publicity stunt they now have to rely on CO2 producing diesel generators to keep the lights on – complete and utter stupidity.

  11. Not right Shaun. Firstly no NEG legislation was put to parliament. The initial draft had 26%RET target as a start rising to 30% by 2030 (the opposition wanted to go to 50%. A ploy by Turnbull was to remove the RET from the draft and allow the minister to put in a target by regulation. This was the final straw that activated those in the Lib-LNP coalition party (note the National party is a coalition partner but do not sit in the party room that selects the Prime Minister)( also note the LNP is a merger of the Liberals and Nationals on the Qld state). Some 10 members of the Lib-LNP indicated that they may cross the floor to vote against the LNP. There were also a number of Nationals (eg Barnaby Joyce Nat NSW who had been deputy PM) to indicated that they would not support the NEG legislation. Tony Abbot previously deposed Turnbull over the Carbon Tax. Turnbull undermined PM Abbot after his famous election win and over turning of the Carbon Tax. With the backing of the media and bribing of wets in the liberal party Abbot was deposed and then Turnbull foolishly signed the Paris Agreement with the RET Turnbull and deputy Lib-LNP leader Bishop had said that the Paris Agreement still stood beside NEG draft legislation no matter what it left out.
    One hopes that Morrison will pull out of the Paris Agreement following Trump who he has contacted. If Morrison still adheres to the Paris Agreement .he will lose the election in May 2019. Australians do not want Carbon taxes or RET (renewable energy targets) or anything which costs money for no benefit.

  12. Julie Bishop has announced she will retire. She has given away 100’s of millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation and supporters of the climate scam as well money to Africa dictators and money grabbers. She was one of the worst foreign ministers Australia has had. UK needs to get rid of May, Hammond and the other scum trying to block Brexit. Then UK needs to renounce the Paris Agreement and get some sense into their energy policy. Australia is happy to enter in a trade policy with Britain as soon as they exit the EU. Australia can supply all the food needed by the people of Britain, there need be no shortages. Australia used to supply all the apples UK needed before they entered the common market and at a cheaper price.

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  14. tallbloke says:

  15. oldbrew says:

    Australia rediscovers the need for reliable affordable electricity…

    Date: 30/08/18 The New Daily

    Energy Minister Angus Taylor has unveiled a new energy policy focused exclusively on reducing electricity prices, in a strong signal the Morrison government will abandon all efforts to lower carbon emissions.