United Nations probably none too pleased with Australia’s new, less climate-change-minded budget plan

posted at 2:41 pm on May 23, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Last September, Australians gave their progressive Labor Party the boot after six years of national government dominance and instead ushered their conservative-lite Liberal Party into power. Their new prime minister, Tony Abbott, promised to reduce government expenditures and streamline the bureaucracy amidst a slowing economy and high taxes, with an especial emphasis on reducing the country’s green-energy commitments and unpopular carbon tax. Last week, Abbott released his budget proposal amidst a flurry of controversy, but he did take a pretty sizable axe to some of Australian green groups’ most treasured areas of government spending:

Australia’s conservative coalition is set to cut more than 90 percent of the funding related to global warming from their budget, from $5.75 billion this year to $500 million, over the next four years.

Environmentalists and leftist politicians in the country protested the move by conservative Liberal Party Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s governing coalition to slash funding for climate programs, arguing such funding for green energy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions were necessary to stop global warming.

But Abbott’s government shot back, saying that the country needed to reduce the size of government and improve the economy.

“The coalition government acknowledges the role of renewable energy in Australia’s energy mix,” said Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane. “There is over $1 billion in funding for existing renewable projects to be completed over the coming years.”

The budget is coming under plenty of fire from the opposition, but the new Australian government has been more than up front with voters and with the United Nations about their disinclination to eagerly participate in the ever-elusive “global climate treaty,” a.k.a. mutual impoverishment pact, that the UN is trying to scrape together (especially not one that relies on “socialism masquerading as environmentalism” in which wealthier countries voluntarily shrink their own economies while redistributing funds that will supposedly be for climate-change mitigation to poorer countries). Abbott has proposed an alternative plan to the carbon tax that would provide taxpayer funded grants to companies and projects that reduce emissions, but that isn’t nearly enough for the international globalist-environmentalist set, which is getting pretty bent out of shape about the signals Australia’s budget proposal is sending. Via Bloomberg:

Australia’s program to rein in pollution is losing momentum, the latest in a series of setbacks for the international effort to tackle global warming. …

The shift in Australia comes just ahead of a series of global climate talks set for later this year. The UN is aiming to craft an agreement in 2015 that would include 190 nations. That pact would limit emissions in both industrialized and developing nations for the first time. Yet China and India have signaled their reluctance to join without broad participation from richer industrial nations, including Australia.

“It feels like a 180-degree turn for Australia,” said Jake Schmidt, director of international climate policy at the New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council. “That’s the hardest thing for the international community to take.” …

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has asked world leaders to bring plans for action on climate to a summit in New York in September. The U.S. and China, the world’s two biggest polluters, have started diplomatic coordination on the issue, and Europe is expanding the world’s biggest carbon market.

“Australia risks being embarrassed by global leaders who are determined to take action, like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama,” said Kobad Bhavnagri, the Sydney-based head for Australia research at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

I’m sure they’ll be devastated.


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“Australia risks being embarrassed by global leaders who are determined to take action, like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama.”

Is this from The Onion?

NotCoach on May 23, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Australia’s conservative coalition is set to cut more than 90 percent of the funding related to global warming from their budget, from $5.75 billion this year to $500 million, over the next four years.

Wow! Awesome.

This is nothing but liberals feeding from the taxpayer trough anyway.

Good for Abbott. Now liberals and climate communists might actually have to work for money instead of stealing it from the average person.

darwin on May 23, 2014 at 2:46 PM

conservative Liberal Party

That’s what I call coexisting. lol

coolrepublica on May 23, 2014 at 2:47 PM

“Australia risks being embarrassed by global leaders who are determined to take action, like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama,”

So slutshaming is all the UN has ?

burrata on May 23, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Cold in Shitcago

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2014 at 2:48 PM

#BringBackOurPork

faraway on May 23, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Confused horsehead

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Good for the Aussies.

rbj on May 23, 2014 at 2:49 PM

2025: “Australia today declined to extend an emergency loan to members of the EuroGreen League, a collection of nations with UN-approved energy policies….”

LukeinNE on May 23, 2014 at 2:51 PM

They must hate this too

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Please let America risk being embarrassed

CBWV99 on May 23, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Typical green scam:

- Get millions in taxpayer money to fight something that doesn’t exist.

- Pretend you’re developing “green energy”.

- Pocket sizeable chunk for yourself and fellow cronies and climate communists.

- Spend a tiny bit to make it look like you’re doing something.

- Give the rest to politicians so they will keep getting elected and continue to give you taxpayer dough so you can live on high class welfare.

- When confronted scream denier!

darwin on May 23, 2014 at 2:52 PM

That’s what I call coexisting. lol

coolrepublica on May 23, 2014 at 2:47 PM

“Liberal” in their parlance means conservative. Not like the US where liberal means liberal with taxpayer money and nothing else.

darwin on May 23, 2014 at 2:54 PM

“Australia risks being embarrassed by global leaders who are determined to take action, like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama.”

Heh, land of Mad Max could give a shit about Merkel or Obama…..
Australia will start attracting German and US business’s who are sick and tired of the Socialist Greenie Weenies.

redguy on May 23, 2014 at 2:55 PM

If all Hot Air readers were to decide to move to Australia, the population would, like, double.

percysunshine on May 23, 2014 at 2:55 PM

…CAN WE EXCHANGE LEADERS?….oh wait! …we don’t have one!

KOOLAID2 on May 23, 2014 at 2:55 PM

“Australia risks being embarrassed by global leaders who are determined to take action, like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama,” said Kobad Bhavnagri

Seriously, does any political figure stand a chance of embarrassing themselves more than Obama does himself?

darwin on May 23, 2014 at 2:57 PM

“Liberal” in their parlance means conservative. Not like the US where liberal means liberal with taxpayer money and nothing else.

darwin on May 23, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Don’t bother, she’s just a little too thick. She wouldn’t get it if you explained to her many, if not most, of us are classical liberals.

NotCoach on May 23, 2014 at 2:58 PM

The U.N. can go f*ck themselves. Go Australia!

Turtle317 on May 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

What,if anything, could embaress an Aussie?

Wethal on May 23, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Germany’s Green Elephant

Berlin is saying “nein” to nukes, and trying to run Europe’s largest economy on wind and solar instead. It’s not quite working.

kcewa on May 23, 2014 at 3:03 PM

0dumbo can’t embarrass any adversary except for those that call themselves United States citizens. Well, “citizen” citizens. The guy is an utter embarrassment. My left leaning European relatives even wonder in dismay “WTF?”.

freedomfirst on May 23, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Don’t bother, she’s just a little too thick. She wouldn’t get it if you explained to her many, if not most, of us are classical liberals.

NotCoach on May 23, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Are you trying to get your degree in Coolrepublicanism?lol I am actually happy that you take such interest in me. I will be watching you young(or super old) man, and grading how well you think you know me. So far today, you get an F.

But keep trying. Practice makes perfect. You will have plenty more chances to bring your grade up. lo

coolrepublica on May 23, 2014 at 3:07 PM

United Nations probably none too pleased with Australia’s new, less climate-change-minded budget plan

Good. I hope they get so angry they threaten to write us stern letter.

I would support Tony Abbott seeking government funding for a shark tank and a trapdoor, just for state receptions for UN bureaucrats who think they have the right to tell Australia to cripple its economy with bogus environmental regulations. I think that would be a highly cost-efficient use of funds in the long run.

David Blue on May 23, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Why does he have two flags behind him?

kcewa on May 23, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!!! Oy, Oy, OY!!!

JohnGalt23 on May 23, 2014 at 3:09 PM

“Australia risks being embarrassed by global leaders who are determined to take action [feather their nest with this scam]…”

Tsar of Earth on May 23, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Is Obama going to get an interpreter who can speak Australian?

gwelf on May 23, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Are you trying to get your degree in Coolrepublicanism?lol I am actually happy that you take such interest in me. I will be watching you young(or super old) man, and grading how well you think you know me. So far today, you get an F.

coolrepublica on May 23, 2014 at 3:07 PM

You need to show your work. And below is a video that might help you understand people around here since you don’t seem to get it after reading HA since 2007.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU-8Uz_nMaQ

NotCoach on May 23, 2014 at 3:12 PM

What,if anything, could embaress an Aussie?

Wethal on May 23, 2014 at 3:03 PM

The ultimate disaster.

David Blue on May 23, 2014 at 3:13 PM

many, if not most, of us are classical liberals.

NotCoach on May 23, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Yep.

butch on May 23, 2014 at 3:13 PM

I am very impressed with Australia for the leadership they are showing on this issue.

slickwillie2001 on May 23, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Please let America risk being embarrassed

CBWV99 on May 23, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Too late.

msupertas on May 23, 2014 at 3:16 PM

I’ve just returned from Melbourne area and the typical/ expected leftist group are flipping out over the new budget proposal to include this. State leadership (all but 1) held emergency meetings to halt cuts..

There have been protests mainly led by admitted socialist wanted the head of Tony Abbott as well as early elections.

When I landed in Oz a friend offered that Abbott was staking his future and the future of the party with these proposals which at the time hadn’t been announced but data leaking. My friend (business owner)agreed with what Abbott is doing but the welfare recipients and leftists.. are seeing the world burn in front of their eyes- or so they claim..

theblacksheepwasright on May 23, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Cold in Shitcago

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Barry is just as stupid as Morgan Freeman too.

slickwillie2001 on May 23, 2014 at 3:19 PM

The U.N. can go f*ck themselves. Go Australia!

Turtle317 on May 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

They already do. And they want us to participate…

Rix on May 23, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Big Climate Lies.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 23, 2014 at 3:21 PM

World wide wealth redistribution.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 23, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Your tax money is our tax money.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 23, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Earth First Mud Hut Cult.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 23, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Stine on line law suit.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 23, 2014 at 3:23 PM

theblacksheepwasright on May 23, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Very Thatcherite. I hope he is successful. Maybe after this he can restore Aussie’s right to arm and defend themselves.

NotCoach on May 23, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Hockey sticks that broke.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 23, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Commie thug Democrats in full Panic.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 23, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Next they will dilut the mecury in the temp. instruments to fake the rise in temp.’s.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 23, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Mike Mann will huf and puf and blow the windmills himself.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 23, 2014 at 3:26 PM

My friend (business owner)agreed with what Abbott is doing but the welfare recipients and leftists.. are seeing the world burn in front of their eyes- or so they claim..

theblacksheepwasright on May 23, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Then the greens and the socialist left shouldn’t have gutted the economy in the first place, for their green scams.

Typical green scam:

- Get millions in taxpayer money to fight something that doesn’t exist.

- Pretend you’re developing “green energy”.

- Pocket sizeable chunk for yourself and fellow cronies and climate communists.

- Spend a tiny bit to make it look like you’re doing something.

- Give the rest to politicians so they will keep getting elected and continue to give you taxpayer dough so you can live on high class welfare.

- When confronted scream denier!

darwin on May 23, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Yes. Exactly like that.

That’s why the economy started tanking. That’s why Abbot did this.

Need a shark tank and a trapdoor for the next lot of globe-trotting green experts.

David Blue on May 23, 2014 at 3:26 PM

It is 97% or above for sure.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 23, 2014 at 3:27 PM

This lie base tax and spend fraud has come undone and they know it.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 23, 2014 at 3:28 PM

51

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 23, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Very Thatcherite. I hope he is successful. Maybe after this he can restore Aussie’s right to arm and defend themselves.

NotCoach on May 23, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Not a chance, because it was the Liberals that brought in draconian “gun control”.

When your own party sells you out, you are done on that issue.

David Blue on May 23, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Australia risks being embarrassed by global leaders who are determined to take action, like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama

Well, *I* have certainly been embarrassed by Obama for the last 5+ years……..

GWB on May 23, 2014 at 3:30 PM

I thought everybody in Oz would be dead by now because of the hole in the ozone layer.

Don’t tell me somebody got that one wrong, too?

Dolce Far Niente on May 23, 2014 at 3:31 PM

So, how easy is it to find the facts?

http://www.wattsupwiththat.com/

Follow the current dust up with the University of Queensland down Aussie way.

Brandon Shollengerger has their 97% lie by the balls and will not let go.

U of Q says no one can see the data of how the 97% came to be.

They lie, they hide the decline, they they lie about the hide, then the make up new crap and sell it to the dumb as dirt donk voters who have to vote for the checks cause its all they know cause they got educated by the commie donk teachers unions.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 23, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Austrailia to UN: “you can kiss my a_ _!”
Obama to UN; “a_ _ kissing is our specialty.”

warmairfan on May 23, 2014 at 3:36 PM

That’s a good start but taking four years to do it is ridiculous. Should be cut in one year. Never give the conniving leftists time to mount a counter attack with the propaganda of the totalitarian state media.

jukin3 on May 23, 2014 at 3:41 PM

In our case “G.E.” has bought off the commie Democrats for the green fraud payoff pork to them, and the RINO’s in the House are in the pork feeding trough also.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 23, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Follow the windmills.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 23, 2014 at 3:45 PM

“Australia risks being embarrassed by global leaders who are determined to take action, like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama,” said Kobad Bhavnagri, the Sydney-based head for Australia research at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Merkel is building coal plants.
Obama is banking on gas, his own of course.

J_Crater on May 23, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Australia risks being embarrassed by global leaders who are determined to take action, like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama,” said Kobad Bhavnagri, the Sydney-based head for Australia research at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

I’d take the ‘embarrassment’ any time of the day, only go full speed ahead with fracking……

jimver on May 23, 2014 at 4:18 PM

“Embarrassed”? For being smart?

Abbott should tell the environmental lemmings to go find a cliff to jump off.

GarandFan on May 23, 2014 at 4:26 PM

I’d take the ‘embarrassment’ any time of the day, only go full speed ahead with fracking……

jimver on May 23, 2014 at 4:18 PM

I think Barry has lost his ability to embarrass anyone outside of the USA. Now he only embarrasses himself and we unfortunate Americans that have to put up with him.

slickwillie2001 on May 23, 2014 at 4:37 PM

If I were an Aussie, I don’t think I’d lose much sleep about the possibility of being “embarrassed” by idiots.

307wolverine on May 23, 2014 at 4:43 PM

I wish we weren’t too old for Oz to take us as immigrants. There’s an awful lot right down under these days.

ExPat on May 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Good for you, Australia! The UN can pound sand.

Theophile on May 23, 2014 at 5:59 PM

“Liberal” in their parlance means conservative. Not like the US where liberal means liberal with taxpayer money and nothing else.

darwin on May 23, 2014 at 2:54 PM

As the token Aussie here, a little background:

Labor Party = straightforward socialism – owned by union thugs

Liberal Party = supports liberalised i.e. free trade. Classically liberal (as in Edmund Burke).

There is no Conservative party in Australia any more – hasn’t been for decades.

The Thin Man Returns on May 23, 2014 at 6:39 PM

You remember “climate change refugees”? (There haven’t been any.)

Australia risks a flood of climate change fascism refugees from countries ruined by climate change fascism.

Kevin R on May 23, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Australia risks being embarrassed by global leaders who are determined to take action, like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Isn’t it the other way around?

Socratease on May 23, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Hooray! Finally, a leader with a spine!!! Go Australia!

MN J on May 23, 2014 at 9:19 PM