Australian ministers: We’ve had just about enough of this “socialism masquerading as environmentalism”

posted at 4:51 pm on November 11, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Back in September, the relatively conservative Liberal Party swept to power in the Australian national elections, booting the Labor Party out of the hot seat and bringing in brand-new Prime Minister Tony Abbot. He campaigned on promises of rolling back some of Australia’s profligately expensive green commitments and streamlining the government’s bureaucracy, and he immediately got to work by scrapping the country’s Climate Commission and freezing renewable energy funding.

The oh-so-august bureaucrats gathering in Warsaw, Poland for yet another United Nations climate conference this week usually turn up their noses at such tacky, backwards notions as fiscal sustainability, but Australia is already putting the word out that they have no intention of participating in whatever globalist, redistributive, and ostensibly “green” cockamamie scheme the UN comes up with next.

The Australian reports:

Federal cabinet has ruled that Australia will not sign up to any new contributions, taxes or charges at this week’s global summit on climate change, in a significant toughening of its stance as it plans to move within days to repeal the carbon tax.

Cabinet ministers have decided to reject any measures of “socialism masquerading as environmentalism” after meeting last week to consider a submission on the position the government would take to the Warsaw conference. …

The Australian has seen part of the document and it declares that, while Australia will remain “a good international citizen” and remains “committed to achieving the 5 per cent reduction” by 2020 of the 2000 levels of emissions, it will not sign up to any new agreement that involves spending money or levying taxes. …

The decision hardens the nation’s approach to the UN’s negotiations amid a renewed push from less-developed countries this week for $100 billion a year in finance to deal with climate change.

That money quote is from the government’s official pre-conference position-outlining document, by the way. Boom.

The Australians did leave the door open to reviewing their “commitment in 2015 in light of the science and international developments,” but only if all other major economies make the same level of commitment — but they don’t really expect that to happen, and caution that their future spending and commitments on reducing carbon emissions will be conditional upon “fiscal circumstances.”

As I mentioned last week, even the European Union is reevaluating their various countries’ commitments to pursuing renewables subsidies in light of continuing economic struggles, expensive power bills, and malingering debt problems. It’s kind of bizarre how relentlessly subsidizing noncompetitive products and technologies always seems like a great idea, until fiscal reality and economic backlash lead to a policy retrenchment and suddenly those technologies don’t have the price efficiency or innovative chutzpah to continue to thrive on their own — no?


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God bless Tony Abbott.

bluegill on November 11, 2013 at 4:53 PM

one day, this will be here.

rob verdi on November 11, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Obama to order an IRS audit on Tony Abbot in 3…2…1…

22044 on November 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM

There is hope for the world. Not much hope, but some.

Chris of Rights on November 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

WTG, Australia.

VibrioCocci on November 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

“socialism masquerading as environmentalism”

Nailhead, meet hammer.

petefrt on November 11, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Socialism, a one way ticket to disaster.

major dad on November 11, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Watermelon. Green on the outside, Red on the inside.

Murphy9 on November 11, 2013 at 5:01 PM

bluegill on November 11, 2013 at 4:53 PM

And I`ll say “HEY ABBOTT!” :)

I may have to move there if this is where they`re going.

ThePrez on November 11, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Obama to order an IRS audit on Tony Abbot in 3…2…1…

22044 on November 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Nah, Australia just won’t get their “Billion dollar return” like the random PO Boxes in Europe.

tetriskid on November 11, 2013 at 5:01 PM

A solid start. Now, about that NBN scam …

OldEnglish on November 11, 2013 at 5:03 PM

The failure of gGreen subsidies in a nutshell:

Wait, you mean pouring water on a rock didn’t make it grow?

hawksruleva on November 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM

rob verdi on November 11, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Not until Americans get hammered as badly as the Aussies did with their own idiotic green laws.

And that my friend will amount to eyeball-bleeding level of economic pain first.

Or a ‘denier’ President.

Time for sane people to make their voices heard in the primaries… AGW is one those ‘answer or else’ questions to be asked of the oncoming candidates.

CPT. Charles on November 11, 2013 at 5:06 PM

http://sppiblog.org/news/scientists-blast-obamas-global-warming-myth-youre-basing-politics-on-faulty-computer-models-rather-than-science

This administration and Congress would rather cripple this nation’s resources, by stalling a pipeline project and destroying the coal industry, to make Americans more dependent on the government – the more people that are dependent on the government, the easier they are to control. If the government controls resources, such as water and electricity, an entire community could be deprived of resources to bring it in line with the government agenda. The theoretical myth of global warming accomplishes this whereas the cyclical climate trend of the earth caused by solar activity does not.

By ignoring these scientific facts on solar activity and ice core samples, Obama is demonstrating hard headed, stubborn, narcissistic and dictatorial behavior. He supports a lie instead of the truth. It isn’t a far stretch to see that last statement as fact. Every time he opens his mouth to speak, an entire repertoire of lies is forthcoming; Obama lives a lie. To him, a lie is truth as long as you can hide the facts, berate others who bring forth the facts, and hypnotize a population of low intellect individuals. A lie benefits an agenda to where the end justifies the means.

As I learned as a child, if you tell one lie, you have to tell another to prop it up; then, you have to keep telling lies to prop up all the previous ones. At that point, you have built a house of cards that comes tumbling down at the slightest of disturbances. Lies end up catching up to the liar as it is harder to remember what lies you have told than it is to tell the truth; truth does not change. The point eventually comes when there are no more lies to tell and the house of cards cannot stand; the lies then become the card that topples the house.

Murphy9 on November 11, 2013 at 5:08 PM

“socialism masquerading as environmentalism”

Nailed it, and it cannot be said enough. The corollary being “green is the new red.” Perfect illustration of the axiom “brevity is the soul of wit.”

Rixon on November 11, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Australia is already putting the word out that they have no intention of participating in whatever globalist, redistributive, and ostensibly “green” cockamamie scheme the UN comes up with next.

Sanity rules!

AZCoyote on November 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Is the SANITY PILL taken by the Australians available elsewhere – or have all the socialist governments banned it?

TeaPartyNation on November 11, 2013 at 5:13 PM

This Abbot guy is obviously a racist.

trigon on November 11, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Those Aussies aren’t as upside-down as they used to be…

Marcola on November 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

It’s also ‘bizarre’ how progressives thought that very best time to implement their socialist agenda was during an excruciating global economic recession.

The middle class in virtually every developed nation, including the Scandinavian nations, is tapped out… drained dry.

The Scandinavian nations are cutting their overly generous welfare systems because they’ve suddenly realized… they can’t afford them anymore. Even Norway elected a conservative ( by their standards) because it occurred to them that their state run oil revenues with which they pay for the socialist state may either dry up or be worth considerably less in the face of the North American energy boom and new advancements in nuclear engineering.

Europe is on its knees. The Euro is continuing it’s slow death spiral and causing enormous pain and damage in it’s death throws. To prop it up during this dismal decline the middle class income earners of Europe have been taxed nearly to the point of extinction. All but enslaved to support those who will not or cannot produce.

The UK is rapidly reassessing what can be done to salvage their own health care system since the NHS is barely functioning. Thousands have died in Britain alone from rank neglect and abuse at he hands of NHS ‘health care providers’, including dying of thirst, bed sores gotten through being left to lie in soiled sheets for days on end, and physical abuse… this doesn’t begin to address the ‘accidental’ deaths as a result of employing doctors, nurses, and technicians who are foreign nationals or immigrants who don’t speak English well enough to mark a chart, read instructions, or communicate with patients and nursing staff. The welfare system in Britain has become a haven for ‘benefit tourists’ and parasites. Unemployment among the poor and lower middle class in Britain has skyrocketed due to a steady influx of immigrant labor, both legal and illegal.

While every nation needs a safety net to prevent needless suffering, no nation needs a system of incentives to keep people from being productive and unable to attain the dignity of independence and self reliance.

thatsafactjack on November 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM

thatsafactjack on November 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM

When you’re a socialist, it’s always time for more socialism.

trigon on November 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Listen up RINOs.

faraway on November 11, 2013 at 5:27 PM

meanwhile back on the ranch…

But there’s one thing that’s going right for Obama: Executive action on climate change is moving full-speed ahead at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“He may be able to do more through climate change [rules] because the EPA has the authority,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told The Hill on Thursday.

The most far-reaching piece of Obama’s climate plan is carbon emission standards for the nation’s fleet of existing power plants, by far the largest single source of industrial carbon emissions. The EPA is also writing standards for new plants.

kcewa on November 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

“Socialism masquerading as environmentalism”

Makes a great bumper sticker or t-shirt design.

PatriotGal2257 on November 11, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Good news.

I just dropped by to confirm that President Obama is a lying sack. Pass it on.

Mason on November 11, 2013 at 5:35 PM

I wuv you, Tony, I wuv you a lot.

Blake on November 11, 2013 at 5:36 PM

The most far-reaching piece of Obama’s climate plan is carbon emission standards for the nation’s fleet of existing power plants, by far the largest single source of industrial carbon emissions. The EPA is also writing standards for new plants.

And, congratulations are in order to ALL of those union idiots who voted for this resident. Maybe the UMW will start to catch on that the AGW scam — supported by their beloved Dhimmicrat party — is exactly that. A scam. Guess they won’t mind being wards of the (bankrupt) State.

oldleprechaun on November 11, 2013 at 5:41 PM

But there’s one thing that’s going right for Obama: Executive action on climate change is moving full-speed ahead at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“He may be able to do more through climate change [rules] because the EPA has the authority,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told The Hill on Thursday.

The most far-reaching piece of Obama’s climate plan is carbon emission standards for the nation’s fleet of existing power plants, by far the largest single source of industrial carbon emissions. The EPA is also writing standards for new plants.

And in the meantime here in Kentucky, they are shutting coal mines down left and right. Coal miners are being thrown out of jobs all over Eastern and Central Kentucky, Union coal Miners, and nary a peep about that is being made. I can’t figure that part out.

Johnnyreb on November 11, 2013 at 5:47 PM

I hope we catch up to the Australians sometime in 2017.

redguy on November 11, 2013 at 5:48 PM

And in the meantime here in Kentucky, they are shutting coal mines down left and right. Coal miners are being thrown out of jobs all over Eastern and Central Kentucky, Union coal Miners, and nary a peep about that is being made. I can’t figure that part out.

Johnnyreb on November 11, 2013 at 5:47 PM

The difference between ObamaCare and coal mines…..

The healthcare industry will be destroyed by ObamaCare.

The coal mines can be re-open in 2017.

redguy on November 11, 2013 at 5:49 PM

And in the meantime here in Kentucky, they are shutting coal mines down left and right. Coal miners are being thrown out of jobs all over Eastern and Central Kentucky, Union coal Miners, and nary a peep about that is being made. I can’t figure that part out.

Johnnyreb on November 11, 2013 at 5:47 PM

I feel for you. I saw the same thing happen to the timber industry in the northwest.

kcewa on November 11, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Send that man a Green Card, immediately.

slickwillie2001 on November 11, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Upon hearing this news, Obama was heard talking to his golf partner: “You just can’t trust people who speak Australian.”

poxoma on November 11, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Watermelon. Green on the outside, Red on the inside.

Murphy9 on November 11, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Bingo. Last bastion of scoundrels, communists, socialists — The Green Party.

Jaibones on November 11, 2013 at 6:08 PM

It’s a so-called market in the non-delivery of an invisible substance to no-one…
Tony Abbott

DJcool on November 11, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Fantasy meet REALITY!

GarandFan on November 11, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Bingo. Last bastion of scoundrels, communists, socialists — The Green Party.

Jaibones on November 11, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Overly optimistic, I’m afraid. They’re entrenched in every major avenue of information dissemination here; Education, Big Media, Hollywood, Print media, etc.

Cleombrotus on November 11, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Meanwhile, the community organizer is going to try and Rahm this down our throats via executive order, like he Rahmed through his health care plan and I suspect the results will be the same.

There is nothing pro-growth about the environmental movement. They have no desire to see countries grow and prosper, all they’re concerned with are emission numbers and targets, with little regard for the cost of them.

The Aussies have a lot of common sense. Apparently their liberals haven’t figured out how to steal an election so they can Rahm through their policies. There is something to be said for the parliamentary election process.

bflat879 on November 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

I support Tony Abbott’s efforts and I hate “socialism masquerading as environmentalism.” But I observe that logically hating socialism does not imply hating non-socialist environmental measures.

thuja on November 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM

The land of kangaroos doesn’t like kangaroo courts!

Steve Z on November 11, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Inspiring. God bless them.

paul1149 on November 11, 2013 at 7:47 PM

I love the Aussies. Can we trade leaders? Pretty please?

Conservchik on November 11, 2013 at 8:04 PM

It’s also ‘bizarre’ how progressives thought that very best time to implement their socialist agenda was during an excruciating global economic recession.

thatsafactjack on November 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM

It’s the only time they can. It takes a big economic down-turn, with the associated unemployment and resentment, for them to get enough people thinking that they would benefit from bringing everybody else down.

Count to 10 on November 11, 2013 at 8:18 PM

There is nothing pro-growth about the environmental movement. They have no desire to see countries grow and prosper, all they’re concerned with are emission numbers and targets, with little regard for the cost of them. is destroying Western Civilization in the belief that they can create a non-technological Eden on the ruins thereof.

bflat879 on November 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Edited for accuracy. This is their goal. Everything else is strictly a sham.

If the majority of people knew what the “deep-ecos” really want to do to them, and their descendants, the results would look a lot like the Albigensian Crusade, with the “ecos” as the Cathars.

As it is, they’re the ones doing the “crusading”.

Guess what that makes everyone else?

clear ether

eon

eon on November 11, 2013 at 8:18 PM

This will also allow the UN to focus on the biggest offenders in India and China!

*cue rolling of eyes*

jangle12 on November 11, 2013 at 8:26 PM

The Global Progressive political religion has it’s sacraments.

1. Aborting as many people as possible (after all it’s the “weeds” like Blacks and minorities that get killed off, leaving the smart elites to rule the world).

http://blackgenocide.org/planned.html

2. Indulgence paid to the UN and other organizations that want to control/rule the world. The indulgence can cover the multitude of your carbon sins, and you are then blessed by the high priests in NYC or Brussels.

3. Redistribution of wealth. From the countries and the innocents that were raped and pillaged by the capitalists.


Did I miss any?

PappyD61 on November 11, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Did I miss any?

PappyD61 on November 11, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Yep, the confiscation of weapons.

The Ausies need to say they want their effing guns back…….yesterday!

antipc on November 11, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Good on ya, Australia!

TfromV on November 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Mildly O/T: I can’t think of any scientific reason why so many Australian guys should look so Australian, yet they do.

Knott Buyinit on November 11, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Knott Buyinit on November 11, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Itsa sun, mate – fair dinkum!

OldEnglish on November 11, 2013 at 9:56 PM

A good start by Tony Abbott. A long way to go though, to undo the train wreck that was the Labor Govt’s climate policy. Did you know that power companies here were bribed with taxpayer money to close their coal plants – ostensibly because they didn’t meet ‘new emissions standards’ which in reality means that they rewrote the emissions standards to make sure that the biggest coal plants were shut down.

A couple of power companies got a bit too greedy and asked too much, so we were spared total blackouts this winter. But be sure that Obama has exactly the same goal in mind. Your tax dollars at work.

Ozwitch on November 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM

…come to America!

KOOLAID2 on November 11, 2013 at 11:12 PM

“…renewed push from less-developed countries this week for $100 billion a year in finance to deal with climate change….”

Ahhh, yes. The UN’s “let’s pay third world nations so they can progress to the point that they ‘pollute’ as much as first world nations and then start regressing to a point where they don’t pollute anymore” plan.

ptcamn on November 12, 2013 at 2:43 AM

“socialism masquerading as environmentalism”

BULLS-EYE !!!

This NAILS the world-wide, UN sponsored, AL GORE hyped, Global WarmingClimate Change, eco-scams that are designed to subjugate ’100s of millions’ while making the scammers themselves a filthy rich few!!

BigSven on November 12, 2013 at 5:01 AM