Australian Senate blocks cap-and-trade system

posted at 11:36 am on December 2, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The big fight in the anthropogenic global warming debate took place yesterday Down Under, where the Australian Senate had been expected to pass a cap-and-trade system backed by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.  The bill created a leadership fight in the opposition, though, and the bill died after the new leader of the Senate Liberals successfully torpedoed it.  That leaves Rudd unexpectedly empty-handed on his way to Copenhagen:

Australia’s Parliament defeated legislation to set up a greenhouse gas emissions trading system on Wednesday, throwing a central plank of the government’s plans to combat global warming into disarray.

The Senate, where Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s government does not hold a majority, rejected his administration’s proposal for Australia to become one of the first countries to install a so-called cap-and-trade system to slash the amount of heat-trapping pollution that industries pump into the air.

The 41-33 vote followed a tumultuous debate in which the conservative main opposition party at first agreed to support a version of the government’s bill, then dramatically dumped its leader and switched sides after bitter divisions erupted within the party.

Rudd had wanted the legislation passed before he attends next week’s U.N. summit on climate change in Copenhagen so he could portray Australia as a world leader on the issue.

Ahead of the issue?  More like behind the curve.  The AGW movement has stumbled badly this past week, and this just adds to its woes.  The news reports do not detail how much of the debate centered on the exposure of chicanery at East Anglia’s CRU and the AGW establishment, but the point seems clear.  Rudd expected to have this bill in hand at Copenhagen, and now he may have to call an election on its failure — if he has the nerve to try it.

Australia may not be one of the world’s major producers of “greenhouse gases” as a nation, but on a per-capita basis, they are.  Furthermore, Australia is a net exporter of coal, which means a cap-and-trade system poses serious risk to their economic growth.  With that in mind, asking Aussies to deliberately kneecap themselves while the UEA-CRU e-mails show all sorts of academic malfeasance in their argument for the need of these extreme measures is not just unreasonable, it’s completely irresponsible.

The same is true here in the US.  AGW advocates demand either tax schemes, cap-and-trade systems, or EPA regulation of a gas that naturally occurs in the air — and that provides life to vegetation– on the basis of seriously flawed scientific models that these e-mails now largely discredit.  Until AGW advocates have clean, transparent data, with replicable studies and predictions that actually match the real-world conditions that follow — none of which has been true to this point — the US and the rest of the industrialized world should refuse to commit economic seppuku, just as Australia’s Senate did yesterday.

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One of our greatest assets here down under is columnist and longtime climate denier Andrew Bolt. His fight against global warming reaches a lot of readers (and viewers when he goes on tv to debate the zealots on ABC’s Insiders.) We can thank Bolt and Tim Blair for opening eyes in Australia to the fraud and lies perpetrated by the Labor government. Of course the LSM here is just as bad at ignoring the truth, but conservative blogdom has triumphed at last.

Incidentally, it was not the Senate, but the Federal Opposition in the lower house, which dumped its current leader Turnbull (who favoured the cap and tax) and appointed Tony Abbott by one vote as new leader. That vote saved Australia about $7billion. You can roughly equate most of the Liberal Party to the RINOs in the RNC, but Abbott is more conservative than previous leaders. The truly conservative party in Australia is the National Party but they are mostly a rural entity.

Ozwitch on December 2, 2009 at 6:14 PM

The move against man caused AGW and the Australian Governments ETS scheme by certain elements of the opposition party was brewing for some time before the Climate Gate scandal broke, I think it was just the straw that broke the camel’s back.

A lot of people credit the book Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, the Missing Science by Ian Plimer an Australian scientist from Adelaide University with helping to change allot of politicians minds on the validity of the theory of man caused AGW. Ive read the book and it is really good, well worth reading if you want to know what is really going on with the climate. An interesting point to note in the book is that Plimer actually discusses a lot of the stuff that came out in the Climate Gate emails, especially the way in which raw data is manipulated to fit a predetermined outcome.

Hellrider on December 2, 2009 at 6:43 PM

“Bloody right ON!”

Good ON our mates down undah!!!!!!!!

Katfish on December 2, 2009 at 7:30 PM

This what happens when you put a conservative in charge of a conservative party instead of one who wanted it to be more progressive. Now with Abbott in charge we Aussies stand a chance of having common sense prevail.

Turnbull was more of a RINO the Specter is as he was more desperate then Rudd to get it passed. Plus he also came from Goldman Sachs which was going to profit big time from the ETS permits.

Meanwhile Rudd was over there sucking up to Obama before Copenhagen. Maybe he should stay out of the country more, I think he has racked more frequent flier miles the Gore.

wakey74 on December 2, 2009 at 7:39 PM

Not at all like our wussy lying corrupt bunch of bought-out bastards.

bluegrass on December 2, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Ok here is the lowdown over what took place here in Australia.First of all, we had a weak feckless Opposition leader by the name of Malcolm Turnbull who believed the lies about AGW. He was doing a deal with the govt i.e. KRUDD to get the ETS legislation passed. What you have to take into consideration is Turnbull used to work with Goldman Sachs…. Carbon trading anyone? Anyway, the crunch came after the Climategate scandal happened. Prior to that scandal hitting the news it looked certain that the Crap and Tax would be passed. There had already been a leadership challenge which was defeated. The person who threw his hat into the ring was Kevin Andrews (a Catholic). A few days later things were erupting again, and this time Tony Abbott led the revolt. After question time he was the first to go to the leader of the Opposition and resign his position. Several others followed. It was more than 5 members who resigned. There was some jockeying over the weekend and then on Tuesday came the leadership spill, which ended up with Tony Abbott becoming the leader of the Opposition. FYI, both the leader of the Govt and the leader of the Opposition are in the House of Representatives, not the Senate. As soon as the vote was taken and the leadership was resolved, Tony Abbott then called for a secret ballot vote to determine the course of action that was to be taken. From what I understand Turnbull had not given the party members the choice about their position. Anyway the vote was 55-29 to vote down the ETS legislation. The Senators had to either try to vote for the legislation to be sent to committee until February 2010 or they were to vote against it. The final vote saw two Senators crossing the floor (both are dumb females, and one of them was from QLD). Tony Abbott is providing a very clear alternative for Australia on this subject. He acknowledges that climate change is happening, just that it is not man-made. However, we still need to make changes so that we are more efficient with our energy consumption. We do not need cap and trade to achieve those changes. KRUDD has now issued an ultimatum of sorts. Whilst the Senate rejection is grounds for triggering a double dissolution, what the govt has done is: we will present the legislation in February to give you another chance to pass it…. duh… by then I hope that Climategate will be well and truly in the open.As some have already stated Penny Wong refuses to acknowledge Climategate. She is sticking to the crap about peer reviewed material. How stupid is that considering that the peer review process was totally tainted.

maggieo on December 3, 2009 at 4:51 AM

wakey74 on December 2, 2009 at 7:39 PM

Also, Joe Hockey was tending towards being a Progressive, which would be like having Scuzzy a the leader of the Republicans.

maggieo on December 3, 2009 at 4:53 AM

Ozwitch on December 2, 2009 at 6:14 PM

I prefer to use the term “skeptic” rather than climate denier. We are skeptical about the research rather than about what is normal climate change – because it does go in cycles which is provable.

Also, I think that Piers Ackerman, Miranda Devine and Terry McCrann need a special mention. Miranda has been copping a lot of flak over her comments. Terry McCrann and Piers Ackerman have also been long time skeptics.

Special mention must be given to both Andrew Bolt and Tim Blair. They stuck to their guns on this issue, and they have been very bold in taking a stand against the lack of wisdom of the greenies. Most of us are devoted followers of Andrew Bolt’s blog.

I should add that I have followed Piers Ackerman, Terry McCrann and the father of Miranda Devine, Frank Devine, as well as Miranda for many years.

maggieo on December 3, 2009 at 4:58 AM

Vashta.Nerada on December 2, 2009 at 12:52 PM

As it happens, our dear narcissistic leader KRUDD was visiting with Barry when all of this happened. On top of that KRUDD’s plane broke down twice…. ROFL… I can bet he was really “upset” about that.

maggieo on December 3, 2009 at 5:07 AM