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A Steaming Hot Contest

15 Feb

Some are saying that Climate Change Minister Greg Combet is Australia’s Biggest Bullshit Artist:

With zero training in economics, an inability even to master Internet banking and no Treasury officials by my side, even I could see months ago Climate Change Minister Greg Combet was Australia’s biggest bullshit artist when he claimed his carbon trading system wouldn’t leave the Budget with a black hole.

As far back as July last year, even an economic illiterate like me could see Combet was signing up the Government to massive budget deficits by linking Australia’s carbon trading scheme with Europe’s, where the price of carbon allowances was sinking far beneath the $23 a tonne price here.

Which it has:

Climate Change Minister Greg Combet flagged the federal government may cut revenue forecasts for the carbon tax in this year’s budget as the chairman of its Climate Change Authority, Bernie Fraser, said Treasury’s price projections were out of date and unrealistic…

He was responding to a report in The Australian Financial Review which said the government faces a revenue hole of up to $4 billion in 2015-16 from a collapse in the carbon price, which is now about $5 a tonne. Australia’s carbon price is $23 a tonne and will continue to rise until 2015, when it will float.

My friend Zeg agrees:

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Now … about that title of Australia’s Biggest Bullshit Artist. I reckon a competition for that title would be steaming hot. What do you think?

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Combet Welcomes Talk Of Ten Years More Climate Talk

11 Dec

Too funny:

Climate Change Minister Greg Combet has praised the outcome of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban as a significant breakthrough in tackling global warming.

The conference has agreed to begin negotiations on a new accord which would put all nations under the same legal regime.

Representatives of 194 countries agreed to move towards a new agreement to replace the existing Kyoto Protocol…

… Mr Combet said the new agreement was an important first step towards a comprehensive agreement covering all major economies.

The latte-sippers rag spins like the old newsreel footage:

A marathon United Nations climate conference has approved a roadmap towards an accord which for the first time will bring all major emitters of greenhouse gases under a single legal roof.

If approved as scheduled in 2015, the pact will be operational from 2020 and become the prime weapon in the fight against climate change.

In other news:

(Greenpeace International executive director) Mr Naidoo said the global climate regime amounts to nothing more than a voluntary deal that has been put off for a decade.

UPDATE:

Oh yes … and just by the way:

It’s been the coldest start to summer in decades for eastern Australia.

The unseasonably low temperatures started over southern states during the weekend as a mass of cold air from the Southern Ocean pushed north behind a cold front.

The cold air then travelled north through NSW and southern Queensland on Monday and combined with cloud cover has kept temperatures as much as 17C below average.

Sydney had recorded seven consecutive days below 23C, the city’s coldest start to summer in 51 years, The Weather Channel senior meteorologist Tom Saunders said.

Canberra is yet to reach 25C this month, its coldest start to summer in 24 years. Brisbane has also failed to record a day with above average temperatures over the past week, its coldest start to summer in at least 12 years.

The chilly summer weather will continue with Sydney forecast to remain below average for at least another week.

If Sydney makes it to next Thursday, December 15, without reaching its December average of 25C it will be the coldest start to summer in 77 years.

If Canberra does not reach 25C by Wednesday it will be the capital’s coldest start to summer since records began in 1939, Mr Saunders said.

Mum’s The Word

4 Aug

My dear old Mum has a few choice words for her oceanfront-dwelling, interstate ring-in “local” Member of Parliament using another $4 million of taxpayers’ money to peddle warmageddonist propaganda.

One hopes that green cargo cult members everywhere will applaud her admirable demonstration of the most apropos method of recycling junk mail:

Barnaby: “Innovation Labor Style”

18 Jul

Media Release – Senator Barnaby Joyce, 18 July 2011:

Innovation Labor style: let members vote for themselves

Greg Combet has said today on ABC AM that the carbon tax will bring about innovation. I agree. It will be about innovation.

Innovation like:

Now that power is so much dearer, how do I stay warm? Likewise, now that power is so much dearer, and it’s summer, how do I stay cool?

Now that they are shutting down a major power supply, how do we maintain affordable base rate power?

Now that our competitors don’t have a carbon tax and we do, what are we going to discount so that we can sell the product? Or do we just shut down the product?

Now that the government has a tax that they can put up whenever they like, do I trust them to not put it up whenever they like?

Now that the government is $197.1 billion gross in debt, borrowing an extra $3 billion just last week, do I think that in due course they will just use this revenue stream as a desperate attempt to pay back people overseas?

This is all innovation and much more that we can expect from Labor’s carbon tax.

However, the sort of innovation that Australia needs to fix all this is as follows:

If one Labor lower house member, such as Sharon Bird, Stephen Jones, Kirsten Livermore, Joel Fitzgibbon or Yvette D’Ath crosses the floor the carbon tax will not come in.

Now that is truly simple innovation that could really get rid of this tax.

Barnaby: Tax Burns Gillard’s Credibility

16 Jul

Senator Joyce writes for the Canberra Times (my emphasis added):

Are you sick of it yet? It’s only just started. The carbon tax legislation has not even been introduced.

Why does it have so much resonance? Why has it managed to do something that so many issues don’t manage to do? That is, that cherished political attribute where the vast majority have an opinion on it and are not afraid to express it. They either love it or they hate it.

Politics at times can be a peculiar art form. As I have said it’s thixotropic. You believe something is solid until it is shaken up and dissipates through your hands leaving the policy gel to drip between your fingers. It has The Bad Touch, as the Bloodhound Gang would say, yes it’s getting two thumbs up.

Here is the crux of the issue: if only one of the expected supporters in the lower house changes their vote, the carbon tax doesn’t get up, the battleship will be sunk.

The Labor Party spent years telling me how to vote on issues when they thought my vote would be crucial and to be fair I crossed the floor 28 times. I know for an absolute fact, having just returned from the Hunter Valley, that there are at least three Labor members there who are not representing the views of their constituents.

Sharon Grierson in Newcastle, Joel Fitzgibbon in Hunter, and Greg Combet in Charlton are in seats that do not want a carbon tax. It is not sort of ”don’t want it”, we are talking ”red-hot rejection”.

So if they are people of honour, who put their electorate first and foremost, who are strong enough to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune and take arms against a sea of troubles, they should stop this tax. The torture of Hamlet I have been there, ably counselled by Labor Party promoters and their agents. Sometimes they were dead right. If I was in a coal seat, knowing that a policy had been co-written by a person who has said quite adamantly the coal industry should be closed down, and I was elected on a promise not to introduce a carbon tax, I think the only honourable thing would be to oppose a carbon tax.

This same policy is also just going to put up the price of power on top of the 50 per cent that electricity prices have increased in the past three years. The end result of this is that the temperature of the globe doesn’t change, our domestic emissions go up, according to the Treasury modelling, and we send more than $3billion a year overseas to buy carbon credits abroad.

It is tough to cross the floor against your party but why else are you in politics but to represent the views of your electorate? Take it from me, you get used to having dinner on your own and your mates in Canberra will get over it eventually.

See it is not just Julia Gillard that has failed to tell the truth on this one, it is everyone who was the benefactor of that promise given. Every Labor member that was elected at the last election did so on a platform against a carbon tax. It is quite obviously a major promise that they should honour and do everything in their power to honour that promise in how they act.

When you don’t honour your promises it doesn’t just make a fool of you, and the Prime Minister in this case, it makes a fool of everybody because the people in your electorate know that what you say is meaningless.

In Canberra, Andrew Leigh, Gai Brodtmann and Senator Lundy all won their seats with a policy commitment that they would not introduce a carbon tax. Not one of them said I am putting a caveat on that because I might introduce a carbon tax. Each one of them is as responsible for their actions as Gillard.

What is the purpose of listening to an election speech if it is completely and utterly without honour? How are you going to hold the other side to account when you let your own side deceive? You don’t have to believe in the philosophy of the commitment but you should believe in the principle that a person should honour the key commitments they make when they are endorsed by the electorate. That is the essence of what a democracy is about.

Barnaby’s “Blunder”

18 Jun

Ok, fine.  Maybe it’s just me.

But I find this positively hilarious.

Here is Climate Change Minister Greg Combet’s oh-so-obviously fallacious attempt at sledging Barnaby’s economic nous on June 2, 2011 (or, see it here on the ALP’s own website):

“Barnaby blunders as economicsts (sic) back carbon price”

Ok, ok, maybe I’m just a spelling nazi.  I still think it’s hilarious … and somewhat of a Freudian slip.

Notice too, that the apparently illiterate Combet loudly and proudly bangs on about “13 of Australia’s most prominent economists” who had written an Open Letter in support of a carbon (dioxide) price.

Funny how he neglected to mention that at least 7 of those 13 “economicsts” (sic) are employed by banks.  And, that at least another 3 were previously employed by banks.

Yes, that’s right.  At least 77% of those Open Letter “economicsts” (sic) were and/or still are employed by the very same parasites who are pressing the hardest for carbon dioxide “pricing” as the basis for their new global casino.

Do you think that little nugget of truth might just have some influence on their “support” for it?

Oh yes. One other thing.

Did you know that one of those “13 most prominent” “economicsts” – Mr Saul Eslake – had himself a little dummy spit right here on this lowly blog, because he didn’t like his little group of rent-seeking parasites being referred to as “The Banksters’ Glee Club”?

Yes indeed. Mr Eslake threw his rattle right out of the cot.  See for yourself.

And a good thing it is too.

Because thanks to his little tantrums – yes, more than one – we have now seen a further glimpse of both the heights of vanity, and the depths of deception, that these “economicsts”, banksters, and their dyslexic political lackeys like Combet et al will go to, in order to get the legislation needed to implement their megalithic new derivatives trading casino scam passed through our Parliament.

Behold … “By Saul’s Own Words They Stand Condemned”.

Seriously – would you trust an ocean-front dwelling former union hack who can’t even spell the word “economist” to successfully implement a multi-billion dollar, economy-altering energy taxation scheme?

Barnaby Bites Back: “Labor Still Can’t Lie Straight In Bed”

2 Jun

Media release – Senator Barnaby Joyce, 2 June 2011:

Greg Combet has decided to have a go at me for actually answering a straight question on Lateline last night.

The paradox of course is that Greg won’t answer a straight question. The paradox of course is that when I ask Greg a straight question the answer will be silence.

How much will your Green-Labor-Independent carbon tax, Greg, cool the planet? What will be the reduction in temperature from an $11 billion carbon tax imposed on a country that produces 1.5 per cent of the world’s emissions?

You will never hear anyone in the government give a straight answer to this straight question. Until they are upfront with you, you should understand that they are trying to inspire guilt and faux righteousness in proxy for facts?

The fact that they ignore is that a carbon tax on Australians is a gesture. It’s a gesture whose only discernible effect will be to exacerbate the problems so clearly evident in last quarter’s record decline in GDP.

The tax will fall on people who can’t pass on the tax and become poorer as excess cash is taken from their lives. Why should these people be used to assuage the feigned guilt of people who are doing vastly better.

I also note that Greg Combet announces the support of financial market economists for a “carbon” price as some kind of victory.

If I were the prospective trader of carbon credits I would definitely find myself a suite of economists to bestow the beauty of me making squillions from punting paper on a colourless, odourless gas. It would be a splendid idea not because of what it is going to do to the climate but what it would do to change the renovations to my house. It would be a splendid idea because it would make the jacuzzi a real possibility.

So Greg Combet you support the people, and good luck to them, who have seen you coming and are going to make an absolute bucket load, and I’ll support the people who are going to have to pay for it.

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