Woah, now: New Aussie PM dissolves climate change committee, freezes renewables funding

posted at 5:01 pm on September 22, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

It simply isn’t fashionable these days for any self-importantly “forward-thinking” democratic bureaucracy to be without some sort of designated climate change agency or committee to come up with exciting new ways the country can divert its revenues and resources toward so-called green projects. (“Forward thinking” got the quotation-marks treatment because it is truly miraculous how often these usually progressive-leaning governments love to think ahead on climate change, but not so much on debts and deficits.)

Earlier this month, however — amid higher taxes, a slowing economy, and a wildly unpopular tax on carbon emissions — the Australian national election yielded a changeover from six years of Labor Party rule to the relatively conservative Liberal Party. Their new Prime Minister Tony Abbot is already moving forward with one of his promises to streamline the government bureaucracy and cut down on expenditures, and the country’s environmentalist interests are not at all pleased with one of the ways he’s going about it:

The Climate Commission has been scrapped and billions of dollars in renewable energy funding effectively frozen as the Abbott government moved swiftly to wind back Australia’s climate change response, as promised.

Outgoing chief commissioner Tim Flannery, who was told yesterday morning he had lost his $180,000-a-year, part-time role, said abolishing the publicly funded body was “the government’s prerogative” but he would not be silenced. …

Scrapping the Climate Commission is expected to save taxpayers $580,000 this financial year and $1.6 million in following years. …

The changes to the commission came as the government pursued plans to wind up the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation, created by Labor to fund renewable energy projects that would otherwise struggle to get commercial backing.

The commission was only just created in 2011 by previous Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and he isn’t even doing away with governmental climate-change analysis — he’s merely handing the job back over to his Department of the Environment. Still, I imagine, this won’t make him a favorite with the international set; how will he ever show his face at the United Nations?

Too often, progressive governments rush forward into bolstering untested and even market-rejected energy projects and quotas in the name of green energy, which then actually end up scooting the government further into debt while jacking up energy prices for consumers and making people poorer. Robust economies, not top-down ideological fiat, are the only things that are ever going to bring about the innovations and efficiencies the world needs to get more out of its natural resources and develop alternative technologies — so we should all probably quit willfully tanking those economies, no?


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Wow! Now that’s what a conservative governs like!

Jaibones on September 22, 2013 at 5:02 PM

This shows how reactionary Obama and his EPA and climate changers really are.

Now I know where to move when he’s finished wrecking our country.

PattyJ on September 22, 2013 at 5:04 PM

They want an economy not a totally socialist paradise.Now we need to get the supreme court out of science.

tim c on September 22, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Flat-earthers, lol.

Philly on September 22, 2013 at 5:05 PM

it is truly miraculous how often these usually progressive-leaning governments love to think ahead on climate change, but not so much on debts and deficits.

And not so much on thermodynamics either, when they push technology that ultimately doesn’t even create net energy (i.e.: solar panels, windmills, ethanol, etc.) It’s pure politics driven by ignorance, nothing more.

ZenDraken on September 22, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Yeah baby. Oh and kudos to Germany for their election results as well.

gophergirl on September 22, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Something pleasant to look at when one has seen entirely too much Francois Hollande…

Jeddite on September 22, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Here’s the IPCC’s latest attempt to rationalize away the failure of all their predictive models: “Global warming has not stopped — it’s just on a break!”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2429051/Climate-scientists-insist-global-warming-stopped-just-break-prepare-release-report-intended-salvage-reputation.html

As soon as it has finished its coffee, global warming will be back, and better than ever!

AZCoyote on September 22, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Earlier this month, however — amid higher taxes, a slowing economy, and a wildly unpopular tax on carbon emissions

Obama would not have been reelected if Congress had imposed one of these in the US when the Dems had complete control of all three branches. And they knew it.

Johnnyreb on September 22, 2013 at 5:12 PM

This would NEVER happen by anyone in the Grand Ole Cocktail Party. But Cruz?, Absolutely!

Amadeus on September 22, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Jaibones on September 22, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Just following thru on his promises…

As bad as we think the EPA is here, the Greens ‘down under’ were allowed to run wild… they got to enact every green wet dream they desired.

And all those ‘save the Earth’ programs were tanking the economy, and less than popular.

Only Labour’s handling of immigration was less popular… and the average Aussie was p!ssed with that too.

CPT. Charles on September 22, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Johnnyreb on September 22, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Hence the ‘rats reason for putting off the major elements of O-care for as long as possible…

CPT. Charles on September 22, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Something pleasant to look at when one has seen entirely too much Francois Hollande…

Jeddite on September 22, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Obama’s ideological twin now has a 23% approval rating.

Le OUCH!

Resist We Much on September 22, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Obama pushes alternative energy because it makes his base happy and helps destroy America: An Obama twofer.

GaltBlvnAtty on September 22, 2013 at 5:27 PM

What does woah spell? Whoa?
Is it another word I’m not familiar with?
What does it mean if it’s not whoa?

vityas on September 22, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Woah, now: New Aussie PM dissolves climate change committee, freezes renewables funding

Awesome!

Now, let’s see if the People of Australia can get back their guns.

Also, wondering if Abbot’s going to be dodging the Nobel Prince of Peace’s drones?

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 22, 2013 at 5:34 PM

vityas on September 22, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Find out what water is really made of… H2 WHOA!

/Simpsons

mankai on September 22, 2013 at 5:39 PM

…what?….a real leader?

KOOLAID2 on September 22, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Obama’s ideological twin now has a 23% approval rating.

Le OUCH!

Resist We Much on September 22, 2013 at 5:25 PM

If Obama has a white brother, he looks like Hollande :)

22044 on September 22, 2013 at 5:44 PM

In other news, America remains screwed, spiraling down the toilet by design

clippermiami on September 22, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Find out what water is really made of… H2 WHOA!

/Simpsons

mankai on September 22, 2013 at 5:39 PM

So you’re suggesting it’s a cultural reference that would require my watching this television program?

Okay. It must be a sticky thought everyone has adopted that doesn’t spell anything.

Thank you.

vityas on September 22, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Woman up, stand your ground, and fight like a girl!

John the Libertarian on September 22, 2013 at 5:51 PM

The sad fact is that even had he been elected, Romney would not have had the balls to attack the leftists head-on in this manner. His own conciliatory instincts would have been reinforced by Beltway GOP slime like Rove with his motherloving whiteboard.

Travis Bickle on September 22, 2013 at 5:53 PM

The Aussie is doing a lot better than even some of our Republicans.

I remember during ~ August of last year it came out that Romney would not support renewing the tax credit for wind mills, and around here we were all escstatic. Then in I think the second debate with Obama, with Cindy Crowley where Romney got testy sometimes, one time Romney got testy in saying “Obama said I would not renew the tax credits for wind energy for Iowa, that’s not true.” I’m thinking, you got to be kidding, Romney is coming off as the supreme double talking waffler extraordinaire. Romney was a horrible candidate, the worst, and as far as global warming, Romney never recanted his support for the warmists’ discredited theory. Awful.

anotherJoe on September 22, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Now if he will let the good and decent citizens of Australia be armed again…

ProfShadow on September 22, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Heck yes!!!

Big Orange on September 22, 2013 at 5:59 PM

What does woah spell? Whoa?
Is it another word I’m not familiar with?
What does it mean if it’s not whoa?

vityas on September 22, 2013 at 5:30 PM

K-Mart has a blue light special on “lives”.
Look into it.

katy the mean old lady on September 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM

What does it mean if it’s not whoa?

vityas on September 22, 2013 at 5:30 PM

The opposite of ‘whoa’ is either ‘giddyup’ or ‘hyah!’.

tommy-t on September 22, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Only Labour’s handling of immigration was less popular… and the average Aussie was p!ssed with that too.

CPT. Charles on September 22, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Bravo to him.

Jaibones on September 22, 2013 at 6:08 PM

This shows how reactionary Obama and his EPA and climate changers really are.

Now I know where to move when he’s finished wrecking our country.

PattyJ on September 22, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Nah, with leaders like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, among others, we’re going to stop the elites from wrecking America.

FloatingRock on September 22, 2013 at 6:10 PM

…and Palin, too.

FloatingRock on September 22, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Whoah (obligatory)

22044 on September 22, 2013 at 6:14 PM

May this dreaded conservative think cross the Pacific…

SouthernGent on September 22, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Facts did the deal.

Lies are all the commie Democrats have, put out the facts and their whole house of lies falls. The msm can not hold it all up much longer.
Ted Cruz and the tea party are going the fact route.

The facts are easy to find on one blog.

http://www.wattsupwiththat.com

Try putting that link up on Kos Kids Kult blog.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 22, 2013 at 6:14 PM

The Aussie is right in thinking that green insanity can destroy countries. Look what’s happening in Europe, here is an excerpt from Forbes that I brought up yesterday and will repeat here:

[Green energy is] killing European economies. Electricity costs in Europe are more than double the cost of electricity in the U.S. High electricity costs make it difficult for businesses to operate.. Their cost of electricity is high, and they might not be able to pass it on to consumers when consumers are free to patronize businesses operating where electricity costs are much lower. Many businesses under pressure are likely move to a lower-cost location.. Antonio Tajani, European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, warned: “We face a systemic industrial massacre.”
The Germans probably have done more than anyone else to promote high-cost wind and solar power. .. They want to have renewables account for 80 percent of their electricity. Their experience illustrates consequences of such a policy.
The most obvious consequence is lots of subsidies and taxes. The German government has arranged for renewable energy producers to sell the power grid their electricity at more than 6 times the wholesale electricity market rate. Nature reported that in 2012 renewable energy producers “cashed in an estimated €20 billion for electricity worth a mere €3 billion.” Counting the costs of electricity from all sources, the Institute for Energy Research reported that “Germans pay 34 cents a kilowatt hour compared to an average of 12 cents in the United States.
That sucking sound of European business going to the US
The Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) reported that its surveys indicated many German business executives would rather move operations to the US than remain handicapped by high European electricity costs as they try to remain competitive in world markets.

Of course, Obama is trying to do the same thing to America, and if it wasn’t for green obsessed states like CA, the average US rates would be closer to 8 cents than 12.

anotherJoe on September 22, 2013 at 6:15 PM

The Brayams cry.

CW on September 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

I see a transit visa and short romantic stroll along the Bund in Erika’s near future

DarkCurrent on September 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Time to cut the hoaxers off cold turkey.

Murphy9 on September 22, 2013 at 6:25 PM

You mean that Australians elected a PM who… can do math?

Now hold your horses there!

Next you’ll be telling me he can walk and chew gum at the same time…

ajacksonian on September 22, 2013 at 6:27 PM

K-Mart has a blue light special on “lives”.
Look into it.

katy the mean old lady on September 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM

…LOL

KOOLAID2 on September 22, 2013 at 6:28 PM

It only sounds brave because we are used to utter cowards running the US Republican Party who are afraid to even end funding for radical marxist propagandists like NPR.

Buddahpundit on September 22, 2013 at 6:43 PM

But what will this do to the Roo’s?//

docflash on September 22, 2013 at 6:46 PM

kttmol bm.

CW on September 22, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Vityas, ‘woah’ is used by many of those who also prefer the term ‘could care less’.

Many of them call themselves bloggers.

Nordic on September 22, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Good for Tony. This is what he was elected for, and he knows it.

David Blue on September 22, 2013 at 7:22 PM

180K part time job.
no wonder hes pissed.
sucks to be him.

dmacleo on September 22, 2013 at 7:35 PM

What does woah spell? Whoa?
Is it another word I’m not familiar with?
What does it mean if it’s not whoa?

vityas on September 22, 2013 at 5:30 PM

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=woah&l=1

dmacleo on September 22, 2013 at 7:37 PM

it is truly miraculous how often these usually progressive-leaning governments love to think ahead on climate change, but not so much on debts and deficits.

And not so much on thermodynamics either, when they push technology that ultimately doesn’t even create net energy (i.e.: solar panels, windmills, ethanol, etc.) It’s pure politics driven by ignorance, nothing more.

ZenDraken on September 22, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Try “driven by power lust and an addiction to control, plus a hatred for civilization in general” and you’d be closer to the mark.

The behavior of the “greens” in the EU makes it quite clear that they don’t give a damn about the “environment”. What they are after is the erasure of civilization. Probably followed by the erasure of most of humanity.

If they cared about the “environment”, they’d want wind turbines banned, not least because of this;

Wind farms kill millions of birds

The number of birds killed by wind turbines is reckoned in the millions around the world. Among the slaughtered species are eagles, hawks, kites, cranes, ducks, swans, geese, gulls, vultures, owls and grouse. Often the area around a wind turbine is littered with severed heads, wings, other bodily parts and lots of torn feathers. Sometimes a bird is hit several times, its body chopped into many pieces. Today’s environmental movement provides the curious spectacle of nature lovers promoting a monumental slaughter of species.

And it’s not just in Europe, either;

To be sure, U.S. wind farms produce plenty of carnage, too. For example, the Journal of Raptor Research published a study that showed at least 85 bald eagles have been killed by wind farms in 10 states since 1997. This doesn’t count the death toll in Altamont Pass, northern California where about 60 bald eagles are killed annually. The number of dead bald eagles at wind farms in Idaho, Montana and Nevada is also unavailable.

Of course, here, we have laws against such things;

In the U.S., the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (1940), amended in 1962 (16 U.S.C. 668c; 50 CFR 22.3) provides a $5,000 fine or one year in prison for anyone convicted of killing or wounding a bald eagle. Repeat offenders are subject to a $10,000 fine and two years in prison.

And as with most things the progressives love, those laws are, predictably, not being enforced;

The Obama administration has exempted politically-connected wind farm operators from fines and prison terms when their turbines kill species that are protected by the Endangered Species Act (1973) and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (1918) as well as the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

It has been said that the only species an environmentalist doesn’t like is Homo Sapiens. It should be obvious by now that environmentalists hate that species so much that they will sacrifice any other species to hurt humans, any way they can.

clear ether

eon

eon on September 22, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Woman up, stand your ground, and fight like a girl!

John the Libertarian on September 22, 2013 at 5:51 PM

She’s at it again!

Palin: Waving White Flag on Obamacare Will Not Help GOP in 2014

We ask that they not wave the white flag and capitulate and give in to liberals,” Palin said of Republicans, particularly those who campaigned on repealing and defunding Obamacare. She said that Republicans needed to stand up for Americans who do not want this “socialized program.”

“It’s unaffordable and it’s not going to work for America,” Palin said of Obamacare.
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/22/Palin-Waving-White-Flag-to-Hysterical-Cry-of-Left-Will-Not-Help-GOP-in-2014

bluefox on September 22, 2013 at 7:46 PM

I can’t keep up with Sarah!!!!

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Hillary Clinton is unfit to be president because of her role in the Benghazi scandal when she was Secretary of State on Fox News Sunday.

Whoa!!

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/22/Palin-Hillary-Unfit-to-Be-President-Because-of-Benghazi

bluefox on September 22, 2013 at 8:01 PM

180K part time job.

dmacleo on September 22, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Right. This is what fills the left with endless will to fight: an incentive structure that conservatives pay for.

Every “conservative” government that doesn’t fire hordes of guys like this on Day One, practically, is phony. Because if you don’t fire them, you are taxing your conservative base to pay for cushy jobs for the enemy, so that every liberal liar can dream that he too could get a job like that if he pushed the Party Line hard enough.

When being conservative – part time – pays like that, and liberal scare-mongering pays nothing, we’ll see changes.

David Blue on September 22, 2013 at 8:05 PM

David Blue on September 22, 2013 at 8:05 PM

The Climate Commission has been scrapped and billions of dollars in renewable energy funding effectively frozen as the Abbott government moved swiftly to wind back Australia’s climate change response, as promised.

Outgoing chief commissioner Tim Flannery, who was told yesterday morning he had lost his $180,000-a-year, part-time role, said abolishing the publicly funded body was “the government’s prerogative” but he would not be silenced. …

Fine, let him do it on his own echidna. (One of only two egg-laying mammals on Earth, the other being the platypus; it’s what is pictured on the Australian five-cent coin.)

There is absolutely nothing Gaiaists hate more than not being able to spend other peoples’ money on their pet projects- and pet peeves.

Just like progressives everywhere.

clear ether

eon

eon on September 22, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Where’s a “like” button when you need one?

iceman1960 on September 22, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Giddyup, Mate!

Mason on September 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Given Australia’s experience (not to mention Spain’s experience with Green jobs), only a idiot would continue with a Carbon Control regime.

President Barack Obama is that idiot.

J_Crater on September 22, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Woah, now: New Aussie PM dissolves climate change committee, freezes renewables funding

Rather than “Woah”, I say, “BRAVO!!!”

ITguy on September 22, 2013 at 9:37 PM

There is absolutely nothing Gaiaists hate more than not being able to spend other peoples’ money on their pet projects- and pet peeves.

eon on September 22, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Right.

Many years ago now, a conservative government started bashing the conservation movement for wasting money on inefficient, wasteful restrictions. He said that that wasn’t economically sustainable, and if you were serious about the environment you had to be in it for the long run. You had to set priorities, let some things go, and focus on things that will not gut the economy and can be sustained.

He was only saying that because he was attuned to farmers and irritated that their interests were being ignored. He didn’t realize what he was starting. But a lot of people who were green, like me back then, accepted his argument as being logical, and basically wanted him put in charge of the environment, with a brief to set priorities and focus on sustainable environmental protection. And they wanted the greenies in politics to cooperate with that. We’re in it for the long run, right?

Suddenly masses of green supporters were deserting them, because everyone knew they were unfocused money-wasters, only interested in blocking the next dam or shutting down the next logging operation, and never mind the long term.

Time for the green leadership to get with the program and start to cooperate with the farmers, the people who worry about the environment for real, because it’s their living. Right?

NO WAY! The entire “green” leadership made it clear they had no interest in cutting a deal that could be accepted by both sides of politics and made bipartisan and sustainable. They liked their phony baloney jobs ramping up environmental scares. They didn’t care about the costs, the consequences or sustainability.

That’s when a lot of people, like me, realized that this is a scam.

It’s also when the greenies basically weeded out everyone who was not hard left and just using “the environment” and “climate change” to push “progressive” policies that they were in favor of anyway.

It’s purely partisan now. There basically is no honest green left. When the dishonest green left gets its chance, it pushes all the craziness it wants, harming the economy, seizing control, setting up jobs for the boys and girls and wasting billions without care. And when it loses, I’m glad to say, it loses totally. And doesn’t really care, or not enough to moderate itself when it’s in power.

“Sustainability”, what’s that? Who cares, gimme my fat salary for nothing.

David Blue on September 22, 2013 at 9:43 PM

The DownUnder was drowning in liberalism and PC. Against all odds, Abbot ran as an proud principled conservative, defying all the PC rules… and won.

His campaign is a model for victory here in 2014 and 2016.

………………

Merkel’s landslide victory today was another indicatory that the world, at last, may be getting sick of this leftist sh!t.

petefrt on September 22, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Merkel’s landslide victory today was another indicatory that the world, at last, may be getting sick of this leftist sh!t.

petefrt on September 22, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Considering that Merkel has signed on with the Greens on wind power and anti-nuclear mania, and the German people are paying the price for it- literally- I wouldn’t bet on that.

clear ether

eon

eon on September 22, 2013 at 10:09 PM

I wouldn’t count on Tony Abbott being conservative across the board either.

But at least he is starting to deliver on the single main thing he was elected to do.

David Blue on September 22, 2013 at 10:16 PM

(big sigh) if only we had leadership like this in the ole US of A – somewhere, in at least one of our political parties…..
I suppose we can hope for a change, right???

dentarthurdent on September 22, 2013 at 11:15 PM

I love our new PM. He’s making the Lefties’ heads explode.

The Thin Man Returns on September 23, 2013 at 12:20 AM

You mean that Australians elected a PM who… can do math?

Now hold your horses there!

Next you’ll be telling me he can walk and chew gum at the same time…

ajacksonian on September 22, 2013 at 6:27 PM

He’s also an active volunteer lifeguard and volunteer rural firefighter and holds a semi-trailer (tractor-trailer) driving licence. He also visits and works in remote Aboriginal communities and does so without calling in the press; he just goes and does it. Also, he has 3 attractive, well-mannered daughters who are well adjusted, and he rarely swears unlike our previous Labor PM Kevin Rudd who was an openly foul-mouthed bully.

No wonder the Lefties hate Abbott.

The Thin Man Returns on September 23, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Wish he was OURS!
Maybe we should move out of our new Socialist country where we are no longer free and Obama and those like him are killing the Country my father fought for. The Country I used to believe in.
May GOD send us his clone!

Delsa on September 23, 2013 at 1:52 AM

I’m loving the lefties squeal like pigs now that the money for their pet projects has dried up.

Crux Australis on September 23, 2013 at 3:15 AM

I’m loving the lefties squeal like pigs now that the money for their pet projects has dried up.

Crux Australis on September 23, 2013 at 3:15 AM

We owe Tony a vote of thanks for that at least.

And it’s not just the projects, though that’s all they’ll admit to. It’s also the cushy, indoor, well-paying jobs for nothing but being a rabid leftist. They love those, and they hate to see them dry up.

David Blue on September 23, 2013 at 4:20 AM

He’s also an active volunteer lifeguard and volunteer rural firefighter and holds a semi-trailer (tractor-trailer) driving licence. He also visits and works in remote Aboriginal communities and does so without calling in the press; he just goes and does it. Also, he has 3 attractive, well-mannered daughters who are well adjusted, and he rarely swears unlike our previous Labor PM Kevin Rudd who was an openly foul-mouthed bully.

No wonder the Lefties hate Abbott.

The Thin Man Returns on September 23, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Thank you for the profile. I had not heard of this man until I saw the election results here on HotAir, but I was impressed, and now even more so.

The Bringer on September 23, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Wow, and I thought they were screwed after John Howard left office. This is good news.

Ward Cleaver on September 23, 2013 at 9:08 AM

It seems the Netherlands may end up being the first crack in the European wasteland to get all conservative. The new king has told his people that the end of the free stuff has arrived.
Good on ya, mate, and good luck. The Aussies need their guns back since they should know by now that we aren’t the allies we used to be.

Kissmygrits on September 23, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Woah, now: New Aussie PM dissolves climate change committee, freezes renewables funding

Well, this is going to be fun.

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM

A part-time gig for $180,000? Nice deal. I’ll bet he can still avoid getting a “real” job.

Colony14 on September 23, 2013 at 4:18 PM