Views on cli­mate and en­ergy leg­is­la­tion

Gatton Star - - NEWS OPINION - — Alexia Dad­dow, Re­gency Downs

THANKS to cli­mate alarmism and re­sul­tant re­new­able en­ergy tar­gets, house­holds, busi­ness and in­dus­try face crippling en­ergy costs. As econ­o­mist Ju­dith Sloan ex­plained: “the higher the pro­por­tion of re­new­able en­ergy used to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity, the higher the price of elec­tric­ity”.

By 2030, tax­pay­ers will have paid $60 bil­lion in Fed­eral re­new­able en­ergy sub­si­dies. This is ap­prox­i­mately half what the crum­bling car in­dus­try re­ceived in 15 years and about enough to build 10 large nu­clear re­ac­tors.

By the 1970s, de­vel­op­ing na­tions, with sup­port from Euro­pean Green par­ties, formed a ma­jor­ity in the UN and were call­ing for a New In­ter­na­tional Eco­nomic Or­der (NIEO). The ob­jec­tive was the trans­fer of “un­fair” wealth from rich na­tions such as Aus­tralia to de­vel­op­ing na­tions for per­ceived past mis­deeds and as post colo­nial repa­ra­tions.

This dream has lived on in the UN In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change (IPCC). Un­der the Paris Agree­ment, the ma­jor­ity of na­tions will have to do nor­thing to re­duce car­bon emis­sions. How­ever, they will re­ceive huge trans­fers in wealth from the rich­est na­tions to help them cope with al­leged hu­man-caused cli­mate change.

The IPCC, the voice of hu­man-caused cli­mate change, is mainly com­posed, not of cli­ma­tol­o­gists or even sci­en­tists, but diplo­mats and govern­ment of­fi­cials. It re­ports on sci­en­tific pub­li­ca­tions in the field of cli­ma­tol­ogy and in 2009 was ex­posed for ma­nip­u­lat­ing data so as not to weaken its mes­sage. On the IPCC Aus­tralia’s vote counts the same as that of North Korea.

While rep­utable sci­en­tists ques­tion the va­lid­ity of hu­man-caused cli­mate change, politi­cians cling to alarmism and im­ple­ment poli­cies that un­der­mine our na­tion’s fu­ture pros­per­ity.

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