Good to see a Pom saying nice things about Oz, especially after we crushed England in the fourth test!
Sadly though, the resolve of the Coalition's senior partner, the Liberal Party, is questionable on this issue. There are more than a few who think this madness that will achieve nothing other than the driving up of the price of just about everything and destroy jobs, (um, that's real jobs in the real economy, not the make-believe green jobs that are supposedly to replace them), is a good idea.
Hurrah, hurrah and thrice hurrah for Aussie common sense.
Australia’s Senate - the Government’s upper house - has just voted by 42 to 30 to defeat the cap and trade legislation bill proposed by their premier Kevin Rudd.
Why did those Senators reject Rudd’s scheme, despite their prolonged drought and their bush fires? Well some - the green ones - did so because they didn’t think its emissions cutting targets went far enough. But the majority did so - duh - because they didn’t want their coal-dependent heavy industry hamstrung by still more pointless taxation and regulation, their consumers fleeced and their economy ruined in the middle of a thwacking great global recession. And, in at least the case of Senator Steve Fielding, because they’d done their research and discovered that Anthropogenic Global Warming is a figment of Al Gore’s imagination.
Having consulted scientific experts including Ian Plimer [whom I interviewed in the Spectator a few weeks back and whose views are neatly summarised here] Sen Fielding was inspired to visit the US to assess at first hand what evidence the Obama administration was using to justify its radical Waxman Markey cap and trade measures. He was not impressed and issued a challenge, emailing graphs to one of the US president’s energy advisers showing that, despite rising CO2 levels the globe has not warmed in over a decade.