Carbon Is Now The Millstone Around Rudd’s Neck

Posted on Tue 12/22/2009 by

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By Andrew Bolt

The failure of Copenhagen makes it now impossibly hard for Kevin Rudd to sell his emissions trading scheme to Australians. Already the revolt is fast gaining steam:

WHEN Keith De Lacy was treasurer of Queensland, a certain K. Rudd was the other can-do man in the then state government.

Now that the Prime Minister has come up in the world, Mr De Lacy has a message for him: the Australian coal industry was sold out in Copenhagen, and Kevin Rudd needs to drastically revise his climate change response.

These days, Mr De Lacy’s main job is with miner Macarthur Coal, which he chairs. His concern after the failure of the summit in Denmark to secure binding international action on global warming is that the Rudd government’s decision to persist with emissions trading will do more harm than good to export-exposed industries such as coal. “It (an ETS) will erode our competitive position, while it does absolutely nothing to reduce greenhouse emissions,” he told The Australian.

“If you replace Australian coal with Canadian coal or South African coal or Indonesian coal, that doesn’t do anything for anyone.”

Rudd vastly overplayed the warming scare, and now his carbon millstone threatens to drown not just him but his party.

UPDATE

Terry McCrann:

Many things can be said about the extraordinary fortnight in Copenhagen. Three stand out with particular relevance to past and present politics in Australia.

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First, that passing the government’s ETS (Emissions Trading Scheme) legislation would have made four-fifths of five-eighths of a very small number difference to either the process or the outcome…

Secondly, both the process and the outcome demonstrate that it was an exercise of criminal irresponsibility by the prime prat to try to force the ETS into law ahead of the gathering.

We would have locked in binding carbon dioxide emission reduction targets – and to some extent more damagingly, a process, the ETS – in a context in which the two countries that together account for 50 per cent of global emissions, are doing neither…

So what is the Greens’ reaction? To call for not the 5 per cent unilateral cut proposed by the government, but 40 per cent.

That’s the third thing to be said. If ever the Greens’ claim to say anything remotely sensible was ever going to be utterly, finally and irredeemably shredded, this is it. More particularly, they have demonstrated they really are intent on taking Australia back to a primitive pre-civilisational lifestyle.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

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