Remember Climate Change Minister Greg Combet’s mendacious and deceitful spin last year about the rest of the world matching Australia’s insane sacrifices to “stop” a global warming that actually paused 16 years ago?:
AUSTRALIA plans to join Europe in a renewed and binding pledge to reduce emissions under the Kyoto treaty, Climate Change Minister Greg Combet said on Friday before leaving later this month for negotiations in Doha, Qatar…
“While Australia is doing our fair share, we expect the same from others,” he said. “The Kyoto Protocol is not enough on its own. It will cover less than 15 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions and only from developed countries.”…
Besides agreeing to an extended commitment to the 1997 Kyoto treaty, the EU and Australia are holding out the possibility of making greater pledges to cut emissions to encourage similar global action…
Combet defended Australia’s move to begin pricing carbon in July and to start a cap-and-trade system in 2015. About 3 billion people may live in a place using cap and trade either nationwide or in one of its jurisdiction by 2020, he said.
“Paying for pollution is no longer the exception,” Combet said. “It’s a global reality.”
Let’s check how we’ll we’ve succeeded in encouraging other countries to join in renewing their Kyoto commitment to cut emissions:
The U.N. climate summit here in Cancun, Mexico, has been consumed this past week over Japan’s announcement at one of the opening plenary sessions that they would not renew their emission reduction pledges under the Kyoto Protocol once the first round of required carbon cuts expire in 2012.
Canada would not renew its commitment to the Kyoto Protocol once the pact’s first commitment period expires at the end of next year, Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent said Monday.
New Zealand will not sign up for fresh commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, Climate Change Minister Tim Groser announced yesterday…
Greenpeace is condemning the move as embarrassing, just as Australia is renewing its commitment to the Kyoto Protocol.
Russia will not renew its commitment to the Kyoto Protocol,..
Russia decided to discontinue its participation in the protocol because the world’s major producers of greenhouse gases – the United States, China and India – are still refusing to commit themselves to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
I don’t think this policy of wowing the world with our sacrifices is working. Do you?
And seeing how our efforts will make no difference to the climate, shouldn’t the government be more concerned to save us money and jobs?
Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.