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Climate Change Action Off The Agenda Under New Australian Government

August 31, 2018

By Paul Homewood


Australia’s new Energy Minister unveils new policy:



The move comes a week after the issue of climate change precipitated the ousting of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.

“My No.1 priority is very, very simple,” Mr Taylor said in a speech on Thursday. “It is to reduce power prices, and to do this while we keep the lights on.”

He would do this, he said, by empowering consumers to shop around, cracking down on price gouging, and increasing “reliable supply” – a phrase that has come to refer to keeping coal-fired power stations running.

“It’s ironic that in a country with an abundance of natural resources – coal, gas, water, solar, wind – we should be in the position we are today. We have to leverage those resources, not leave them in the ground.”

He listed two ways in which this would be done: encouraging states to lifting moratoria on coal and gas exploration, and underwriting “new stable low-cost generation for commercial and industrial customers”.

The latter appeared to be a commitment for the government to guarantee that coal-fired power stations would remain open. Not a single policy to increase investment in renewables or lower emissions was announced.

Mr Taylor attacked Labor for putting climate change at the centre of its energy policy.

“The difference between us and them could not be more stark. Labor’s platform puts climate change at the centre of their broader economic strategy.

“But as the Prime Minister said, this government is instead focused on delivering for all Australians and that means reducing electricity prices and cost-of-living pressures.”

Despite announcing no policies to address carbon emissions, and despite attacking Labor for prioritising the issue, Mr Taylor insisted he was not a climate sceptic.

“I’m not sceptical about climate science, but I am and have been for many years sceptical about the economics of so many of the emissions-reduction schemes dreamed up by vested interests, technocrats and politicians around the world.

“For more than 30 years, I’ve shared concerns about climate change and the impact of CO2 on our climate. I’m a lover of the environment, a farmer, a passionate back country skier and climber.”

He said his farm in NSW had repeatedly changed farming methods in response to the changing climate.

As prime minister, Mr Turnbull had intended to include carbon emissions reductions as part of the National Energy Guarantee legislation.

However, fierce opposition from the right wing of the Liberal Party prompted him to dump the carbon emissions targets in a last-ditch attempt to save his premiership.


It remains to be seen whether Mr Taylor actually translates these words into action.

  1. HotScot permalink
    August 31, 2018 11:09 am

    My understanding is that Aussie elections come round every three years. Barely time enough to scrabble for the next election campaign far less change anything.

    • August 31, 2018 2:19 pm

      That is why Oz is in big trouble regardless. Eventually the Planet Savers will get elected, nobody is going to invest in proper power stations with that prospect. The only solution is for the state to get new power stations built, Russia and China don’t have problems with Planet Savers.

  2. August 31, 2018 11:11 am

    “It remains to be seen whether Mr Taylor actually translates these words into action.”

    Nailed it there Paul. And, in order for LNP (conservatives) to have any hope to win the next federal election (~9 months away) and retain govt., Angus Taylor et al. MUST make a bigger pivot away from Climate fantasies and RE subsidies. And importantly, openly and loudly reject all UN affiliation of which the silent majority are extremely concerned.

  3. August 31, 2018 11:26 am

    We have a state election in November and the worlds second largest brown coal deposits! Our conservative State leader, Mathew Guy is a complete dud! Would not shout if a shark bit him! I am confident he will lose the State election but LNP can retrieve their position by building, quickly, At least two big coal fired power stations. If they don’t commit to that I am happy to let the Labour Green wreckers get the job, destroy what’s left of Australian industry. No gas, no coal, no jobs and no chance!
    I am reminding all local MP’s their jobs will go first, no vote in Victoria for duds I will go fishers an hunters party.

  4. David Wood permalink
    August 31, 2018 11:30 am

    Dear Paul, I really appreciate your blog and enjoy using it to annoy my warmest friends, but could you put your comments in a different colour to the quotes? With best wishes and thanks David Wood

    Sent from my iPad


    • August 31, 2018 11:50 am

      I normally show quotes in italics, to differentiate.

      Does anybody else have a view?

      • Athelstan permalink
        August 31, 2018 12:19 pm

        colour might help but (Paul’s posts) are, always fairly clear, thus self explanatory for me.

      • September 1, 2018 9:17 am

        I’m happy with quotes in italics. That’s the method I always use.

  5. Athelstan permalink
    August 31, 2018 11:32 am

    “Energy Minister Angus Taylor has unveiled a new energy policy focused exclusively on reducing electricity prices, in a strong signal the Morrison government will abandon all efforts to lower carbon emissions.”

    Paul, imo, even for a western government to come off the fence in such a positive (anti green illness) stance is remarkable in itself, for Australia to do so is even more so.

    The row back begins, just a minor crack in the crackpot green damn, leads eventually to a flood, I hope that and with all my heart, (with this quote):

    “My No.1 priority is very, very simple,” Mr Taylor said in a speech on Thursday. “It is to reduce power prices, and to do this while we keep the lights on.”

    that – Mr. Taylor and indeed his executive and poltical party mean what they say!

    As I’ve said before, Donald Trump is pushing back heavily on the great green myth and exposing it for what it is – a bloody great scam, Merkel is having second thoughts (even for her sometimes Germany comes first), Japan is going ahead with its new build coal programme. Now Australia, the COP24 – in KATOWICE (the irony it hurts!) + UNIPCC will likely receive its cards in the ensuing months and not before time either. And not least, the canuck maurice and our own uncivil nor servile crispin Tickell – I hope that you are spinning and nicholas herbert baron von stern you can go place your egregious report where the sun don’t shine – too.

    It appears that, the only green blob not listening are in the Commissariat bunker, the UK-EU Schutzstaffel proxy HQ the BEIS and Defra, are and still grimly determined to switch Britain off and into the energy free Utopia and back to the mediaeval when steam power was but a dream beyond the most fervent imaginings of the weavers and merchants in their waterwheeled industry.

    For Britain to get it, what is it going to take?

    • Gerry, England permalink
      August 31, 2018 1:39 pm

      A British revolution?

  6. August 31, 2018 12:20 pm

    It is the beginning of a long trip back towards sanity.

  7. Robert Fairless permalink
    August 31, 2018 12:54 pm

    At last common sense is being restored. Well done Australia! Unfortunately in the UK, after wasting billions there are too many politicians involved in the scam to expect a change and every householder is impoverished to pay for the folly.

  8. Gerry, England permalink
    August 31, 2018 1:48 pm

    The US still has work to do as although the Clean Power Plan (aka close coal mines plan) is dead the EPA are still hawking another stupid ‘clean energy’ plan without a legislative vote. I guess Donald is just one man against the many greenies.

  9. MrGrimNasty permalink
    September 1, 2018 9:24 am

    The BBC bias is just extraordinary – they have pretty much tried to bury the climate/energy issue in Australian politics. They have one article that covers it (so that they can say that they have covered it) that they sometimes link to to avoid repeatedly mentioning it in all the other articles where it is highly relevant. Where they have given it a begrudging downplayed mention, they then link to an old (irrelevant in the context) alarmist Australian Heat article. It’s really beyond parody – see section 6 in article below.

    • John bowyer permalink
      September 1, 2018 11:45 am

      Australian Broadcasting Corp bombards us with alarmist propaganda, stories in favour of green energy and no pretence of any impartiality! National disgrace but when conservative politicians start losing seats they will come round. Otherwise it is the far right for me!

  10. Michael permalink
    September 5, 2018 8:09 am

    Its tooi late, all the polls indicate that the ALP with Bill Shorten as PM is a certainty. We can only hope that Bill will do a Hawke-Keating act and knowing as did Hawke where all the bodies were buried, will do the opposite to what the Greens think that he stands for.
    Otherwise its the Greek situation for uis.


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