Forgive me, but I’m having great difficulty processing the logic by which our government, which mindlessly committed itself to the Paris Agreement aimed at limiting global warming to 2C, based entirely on the findings and recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, now dismisses the recommendations of that same IPCC as detailed in the UN body’s latest report. These are recommendations that include total elimination of coal fired power by 2050 and assertions that we must transition from the consumption of meat.
According to The Australian, Mr Morrison will be pledging no fealty to the latest warmist epistle and its demands for action. “We’re not held to any of them at all, and nor are we bound to go and tip money into that big climate fund,” the newspaper quoted him as telling 2GB. “We’re not going to do that either. I’m not going to spend money on global climate conferences and all that sort of nonsense.”
What has happened since 2016 to so discredit the IPCC that this PM now states his intention to blithely ignore the dire warnings climate careerists are forever issuing in wholesale lots? Why is the IPCC, sacrosanct oracle of 2016, now to be treated with such disdain? Are all those decades’ ‘settled science’ now just junk science after all? If so, why not take a Trumpist tack and deep-six the Paris agreement once and for all?
Conventional wisdom from political pundits on the right is that PM Scott Morrison is running dead on CAGW and Paris because he cannot offend Wentworth’s latte luvvies ahead of the crucial by-election by admitting Paris was a classic bait-and-switch scam from the get-go. Subtle it most definitely was not. The climate alarmists belled their cat before the ink was dry, loudly proclaiming that the agreement didn’t go anywhere near far enough and was only a good start.
Is Morrison’s current position merely a delaying tactic, keeping his powder dry until after the by-election? I’d like to think so, but I’m not that naïve. By my reckoning he is being quite disingenuous – no, let’s be blunt and say dishonest – to gloss over the fact that our Paris commitment embraces the whole economy, not just electricity. How does he propose to achieve the target in sectors such as transport and agriculture? What came to my mind was Charles Durning playing The Governor in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Watch the clip below and see if you can spot any similarities.
My guess is Morrison thinks he can keep his ‘sidestep’ routine going indefinitely. Whether Tony Abbott (conveniently pre-occupied on other matters) and Craig Kelly et al will maintain their low profiles on this issue beyond Wentworth is another question.
The release of Dr John McLean’s expose of the corruption of the HadCRUT4 temperature database should provide a hook with which any useful conservative government could pull back from the CAGW madness, ridiculing the mad hysteria of this latest hysterical IPCC report in the process. Tactically and strategically, that opportunity needs to be grasped now. As Alan Moran has noted in these online pages, not only would the repudiation of Paris open Australia’s economy to a new and revitalised competitiveness, it might just save the Coalition’s bacon come election time.