Ex­pect a ‘ cli­mate’ lec­ture

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

WOULD you turn up to a meet­ing where you weren’t al­lowed to speak? I don’t think there’s any greater hu­mil­i­a­tion and made worse by the fact you’re then asked to pay bil­lions just for the priv­i­lege. But that’s what Aus­tralia is ex­pected to do at the UN cli­mate sum­mit next week, now that Aus­tralia has been banned from speak­ing.

So why is For­eign Min­is­ter Marise Payne go­ing? She should save the $50,000 and in­stead send a strongly worded mes­sage that Aus­tralia wants no part of any cli­mate pol­icy that’s a racket for big emit­ters and a gi­ant in­come re­dis­tri­bu­tion pro­gram. Per­son­ally, I’d never put re­duc­ing emis­sions ahead of pro­tect­ing jobs and pre­serv­ing our stan­dard of liv­ing. But even be­liev­ers in the cli­mate cult should be dis­gusted that Aus­tralia (which emits just 400 mil­lion tonnes of CO2 a year) is go­ing to be lec­tured-to by China (that emits 20 times as much) and by In­dia (that emits six times as much).

You see, China and In­dia are re­garded as “de­vel­op­ing” coun­tries and want to be the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of a $100 bil­lion a year fund that so-called “de­vel­oped” coun­tries are sup­posed to pay for. Mal­colm Turn­bull promised $5 bil­lion to this fund, but Scott Mor­ri­son has said “no more” which makes me think our si­lenc­ing has more to do with dol­lars than de­grees centi­grade.

Pub­licly, at least, we’ve been put in the naughty cor­ner be­cause of our re­liance on coal for nearly 70 per cent of our elec­tric­ity. Yet our emis­sions will fall by 26 per cent by 2030 while China’s and In­dia’s emis­sions will in­crease. A third of the 197 par­ties to the Paris Agree­ment are not al­lowed to speak which goes to show what I’ve said many times — we turn our econ­omy up­side down and im­pov­er­ish house­holds with high power bills for what?

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