Climate change action off the agenda under new Australian government 

Posted: August 31, 2018 by oldbrew in Emissions, government, News, Politics
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Lots of coal in Australia

Disastrous virtue signalling is out and reliable affordable energy generation is in, according to this GWPF report.

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.

The move comes a week after the issue of climate change precipitated the ousting of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. “My No.1 priority is very, very simple,” Mr Taylor said in a speech on Thursday. “It is to reduce power prices, and to do this while we keep the lights on.”

He would do this, he said, by empowering consumers to shop around, cracking down on price gouging, and increasing “reliable supply” – a phrase that has come to refer to keeping coal-fired power stations running.

“It’s ironic that in a country with an abundance of natural resources – coal, gas, water, solar, wind – we should be in the position we are today. We have to leverage those resources, not leave them in the ground.”

He listed two ways in which this would be done: encouraging states to lifting moratoria on coal and gas exploration, and underwriting “new stable low-cost generation for commercial and industrial customers”.

The latter appeared to be a commitment for the government to guarantee that coal-fired power stations would remain open. Not a single policy to increase investment in renewables or lower emissions was announced.

Mr Taylor attacked Labor for putting climate change at the centre of its energy policy.

“The difference between us and them could not be more stark. Labor’s platform puts climate change at the centre of their broader economic strategy.

“But as the Prime Minister said, this government is instead focused on delivering for all Australians and that means reducing electricity prices and cost-of-living pressures.”

Despite announcing no policies to address carbon emissions, and despite attacking Labor for prioritising the issue, Mr Taylor insisted he was not a climate sceptic.

Continued here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    Trouble in Canada too.

    Alberta pulls out of carbon tax initiative after pipeline ruling
    August 31, 2018

    The Canadian province of Alberta announced Thursday it would pull out of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s flagship climate change initiative in protest against a court ruling against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

    Read more at:
    – – –
    Rail option?

    Another new idea: Turn bitumen into solid pellets so it can be transported via ordinary rail cars and shipped on vessels. The rail company Canadian National announced in December that Calgary-based Toyo Engineering Canada Ltd. has been selected to design and build a pilot project to produce the so-called CanaPuxTM pellets. Such a solution may allow producers to get around a ban on tankers in the waters of northern British Columbia and ship crude out of the port of Kitimat, avoiding Vancouver.

    See also:

  2. oldbrew says:

    Posted on Wed 08/29/2018 by PA Pundits – International

    By Andrew Bolt ~

    Forget the Paris Agreement, says William Kininmonth, former supervisor of climate services in the Bureau of Meteorology and a consultant to the World Meteorological Organization

    It is time to re-evaluate our national commitment to the Paris Agreement and its requirement for emissions reduction. As a nation, are we pauperising ourselves in a cause that is now demonstrably false?…

    It is also worth noting that the observed 1.2°C per century rate of global warming of the lower troposphere is less than the lowest model projections. A continuation of this rate of warming would not exceed the 1.5°C aspiration of the Paris Agreement until the 22nd century.

    The observations point to recent warming being a result of internal variability of the climate system and not anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide.
    – – –
    Paris Climate Express Hits the BRIC Wall
    Vijay Jayaraj – Posted: Aug 25, 2018

    The BRIC countries were about the only developing countries whose INDCs involved any reductions in future carbon dioxide emissions that might remotely be called serious. With a combined 41 percent of the world’s population, and 50 percent of the developing world’s population, their de facto failure to keep their INDCs—whether they formally pull out of the treaty or not—makes fulfilment of the treaty’s goal essentially out of reach, especially because most other developing countries’ INDCs didn’t come near serious reductions in projected emissions. (Not to mention that no country’s INDC is legally enforceable.)

    [INDC = Intended Nationally Determined Contributions]

  3. ivan says:

    The only real way that Australia can recover from the mess it finds itself is by parliament repealing the ‘Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000’ which would remove all subsidies (paid by the consumers in their bills as an indirect tax), the disproportionate carbon tax on coal usage and remove preferential treatment of renewables. That way the lowest cost provider (coal fired power) gets first chance to provide power without crippling taxes to do so which would give reliable 24/7/365 power to the consumer at a much lower cost.

    We in the UK need to see the repeal of the ‘Climate change Act 2008’ for the same reasons.

    Until such things happen, everything is just papering over the cracks and pandering to the UN one world order.

  4. Graeme No.3 says:

    While agreeing with you I think that repealing the Act before the forthcoming Federal election may be politically impossible. The current Federal Govt. has got itself into an impossible situation with the majority of the public believing that “renewables are clean and cheap” and spending the previous 4 years claiming that themselves. But the public also wants cheaper electricity and the only quick way of doing that is to remove those subsidies immediately. They won’t be able (on present attitudes) to get the Repeal of the Act through the Senate.
    The best option I think to eliminate those subsidies is to try and have them declared unconstitutional or illegal, but that puts it into the hands of lawyers who won’t want to end the case until long after the next election. However a campaign against the subsidies based on numerous claims by the Opposition and fellow enthusiasts that if “they are cheap then they don’t need to be subsidised” might be a way of winning the next election and dropping the Act thereafter.

  5. ivan says:


    It seems there is very little time for the government to do anything meaningful about getting electricity costs down to a reasonable level and restoring industrial growth. They have to remove the carbon tax (or what ever it is called now) from the coal fired power stations and remove the preferential treatment from unreliables. If they don’t do that long enough before the election for the effects to show up on peoples bills the country is liable to end up in a worse state than it is now.

  6. dai davies says:

    if renewables “are cheap then they don’t need to be subsidised”

    I think that line could gain traction with the electorate.

  7. oldbrew says:

    ‘The Royal Society of New Zealand cannot support its contention that AGW is real & dangerous’

    It all started with a statement by the Chief Executive (CE) and two reports that made it clear that RSNZ supported the belief that that man-made global warming was real and dangerous and urgent action was essential. The NZCSC asked RSNZ to provide convincing evidence based on observational data that supported this belief. The Royal Society were unable to do so and passed the query on to Prof James Renwick who has close links with the IPCC. He too was unable to provide the requested evidence. It seems that the evidence does not exist.

    A consensus of assertions is all you need it seems 😦

  8. Saighdear says:

    I have often contemplated all this repealing of bad Acts, etc. I suggest that the Repeal of these nonsensical Eco laws should include cancelling all support for these daft eco projects – as in “Let the buyer beware” – anyone who gleefully entered into contracts “cast in stone” to cream-off Grants and Subsidies should, NOT ONLY have them stopped forthwith, BUT ALSO Clawed back with Taxation.
    We are in a ridiculous situation where all new build houses MUST COMPLY with Eco standards. Not only does fitting Solar Panels ON TOP OF Roofs cause Fire-control problems, but thinking of Grenfell, – other serious issues for the future – much like Pumping / storing Carb Diox. into the seabed ( as it is portrayed ).
    Recently a Business Manager was severely penalised for “Not having the Hunger to Comply” with legislation. ….. says it all.