Australia counts the cost of environmental lunacy – and plots its sweet revenge | James Delingpole

July 15th, 2011

Gosh I’m looking forward to visiting Australia later this year. And the reason I’m so excited – apart from the fact that I’ve never been before to the Land of the Taipan, the Sydney Funnel Web, the Box Jellyfish, the Saltwater Crocodile, and the Great White Shark – is that I know I’m going to be given a hero’s welcome.

After all, by the time I arrive in Oz sometime in November to promote the Aussie edition of Watermelons (Connor Court), the Australians will have had a good three months to reflect on the disasters which have been inflicted on their economy in the name of “combating climate change.” They’ll have noticed the $25 billion shaved off the share markets in a spectacular vote of investor confidence in Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s new carbon tax; they’ll have started to feel the effects of the blackouts caused by the needless (and uncosted) closure of 2000 mega watts worth of “dirty” brown coal power stations; and above all, they’ll have done their calculations – as the mighty Andrew Bolt has done – and come to a robust Aussie conclusion:

$24.5 billion is too bloody much, too bloody much by far, for Australia to pay for the privilege of reducing the world’s temperature, by 2020, by 1/4000th of a degree.

Yep, you read that aright. Australian Prime Minister Julia “Toast” Gillard has hit on the ingenious idea of clobbering one of the world’s most thriving – and also one of the most carbon-intensive – economies with a tax on one of its main industrial by-products, CO2, which will punish business, hamstring economic growth, boost unemployment and make life for everyone outside the enviro-rent-seeking professions more difficult and expensive. And all in order to achieve the wonderful goal of ensuring that by 2020 the world’s temperature will be altered with such refinement and subtlety that not even the most sophisticated measuring equipment yet devised is likely to notice the difference.

As Andrew Bolt trenchantly put it after the day Australians have christened Carbon Sunday:

JULIA Gillard’s carbon dioxide tax is the most brazen fraud to be perpetrated by an Australian government.

Warming believers should be outraged that the tax is so useless.

Sceptics should be outraged it’s so pointless.

It offends the intelligence of everyone and threatens the jobs of thousands. For nothing.

The Prime Minister yesterday claimed “the science is in” and man’s gases were heating the planet dangerously.

But not even Gillard dares to claim the tax she’s finally unveiled will stop any of that warming, or change the climate in any way.

Never has she said by what amount her tax would change the temperature – because it won’t. It can’t.

Even the Greens’ deputy leader, Christine Milne, admits this $23-a-tonne price on carbon dioxide emissions “will not be high enough to drive the transition to renewable (energy)”.

No wonder. From sheer gutlessness, the Government has exempted many of the worst “polluters”. There’s no tax on petrol, no tax on farmers and their gassy animals, and huge handouts to keep some of our coal mines, smelters and power stations going.

And, of course, the tax is just half what global warming adviser Professor Ross Garnaut said was needed, and less than a third of what the Greens wanted.

So what’s the point of it?

The point of it, of course, is that there is no point. And this is what I shall be hoping to explain in a bit more detail in Australia. Though Ian Plimer, Bob Carter, David Archibald, among others, have been doing a superb job of explaining why the “science” behind “global warming” is crook; and though in Andrew Bolt and Jo Nova, Australia has two of the world’s most feisty, readable and committed bloggers; and though Christopher Monckton has been riling Australia’s ecotard community with his characteristic verve and brilliance on his recent tour I like to hope there’ll still a bit of greenie-baiting fun left for me to enjoy when I come over in November-ish.

I’m looking especially forward to having my bags carried for me at Sydney airport by a grovelling Tim Flannery (who will by then, of course, have resigned his three-day-a-week $180,000 PA position as Australia’s Climate Commissioner and will be desperate to make amends for the misery and despair his scientifically dubious prognostications have helped inflict on Australia’s businesses and taxpayers to no useful purpose whatsoever).

I’m looking forward to a participating in series of touchy feelie victim support groups, sharing Australians’ pain with the special I knowledge I bring from the only country in the world with climate policies EVEN MADDER than Oz’s thanks to the power crazed, economically suicidal strictures of the ecoloon they call Huhne, and the green delusions of our Gore-worshipping Prime Minister Dave “My father in law owns some of the best wind-farming country in Britain, don’t you know?” Cameron.

And, of course, I shall be bringing a Churchillian message of hope to the Aussies that though this is not the end, or even the beginning of the end, it is perhaps the end of the beginning.

Here, roughly, is how I see things panning out:

2011-2012 Australia totally stuffed. Gillard and her gang of eco-cronies have got you by a very tender part of your anatomy and your only consolation as the carbon tax bites and your economy starts to tank is that Gillard has set herself up as the Worst Prime Minister in Australian history and will take down the Labor Party with her.

2013. Tony Abbott wins landslide victory for the Liberals. He pretends to care about carbon reductions too but this is just a political game. He knows – and everybody knows he knows – that he thinks the whole AGW theory is crap. Unfortunately, the carbon tax cannot be undone immediately. That will have to wait until….

2014. After having his repeated efforts to rescind the carbon tax blocked by the handful of Greens who – more’s the pity – essentially control the casting vote in the Senate, Abbott calls a “double dissolution.” A re-election is called and this time, Australians can properly demonstrate how properly disgusted they feel at having had God’s Own Country urinated on by bleeding heart eco-loons with plaited armpit hair and no understanding of what it means to do a day’s work.

2015 Climate Nuremberg begins:

Bob Brown: sentenced to swim the length of the Daly river and commune with the local wildlife in a caring green way.

Julia Gillard: deported to Wales (one of the nasty bits ruined by wind farms)

Tim Flannery: sent to drive a truck at an open cast coal mine so he can learn where the money comes from that has been paying his inflated government salary.

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8 Responses to “Australia counts the cost of environmental lunacy – and plots its sweet revenge”

  1. Patrickdj says:July 17, 2011 at 5:39 amWell Delingpole, so you’re going to visit us in Australia.
    Don’t expect Tim Flannery to carry your bags, he’ll be much too busy getting on with the important business of fighting AGW.
    Me, well I sure as hell won’t be carrying your bags, except maybe back to the airport to get you and your absolute b/s out of the Country. Where & when will you be arriving, I’d love to organise a welcoming party to meet you when we can discuss the dumb claptrap you’ve been pedalling.
    I do hope you’re coming to Sydney, not visiting your rubbish friend Andrew Bolt south of the border in Melbourne.
    I’ll be keeping an eye out for you, love to attend one of your ‘touchy feelie’ meetings just to take you down a peg or two with questions about the nonsense you espouse. Would you like a list of questions, it would only be fair to give you a good three months to put together some sort of pathetic answers.
    Monckton by the way got laughed off most of the media here, just about everybody knows he talks crap, but, I’ll grant you one thing he is entertaining apart from being pitiful.
  2. Tony Montana says:July 17, 2011 at 11:16 amPatrick, you’ve used an awful lot of words just to say “I have no counterarguments to the points raised”. Of course, we can’t discount your shocking threats to prepare some kind of verbal masterstroke, but judging by what you’ve written there I’ve got a feeling you’ll wind up pretty embarrassed.
  3. Lisa Dunn says:July 18, 2011 at 2:23 amJames, thanks so much for your book and forthcoming visit. People like you, Lord Monckton, Vaclav Klaus and Mark Steyn are contributing so much this important debate. I will happily shlep any of your bags!

    Patrick, does your mum know you’re on her laptop?

  4. colin powis says:July 18, 2011 at 8:04 amPatrick sounds like another true believer who will not” suffer a witch to live”….enviromentalism is pre christian paganism dressed up in modern clothes….high tech deism or maybe animism… has it’s holy book, holy symbol, holy prophet and vision of the apocalypse …it’s sacred symbol is the green windturbine that is evocative of the cross and can be worn as a shoulder patch on their” greenshirts ”
  5. John from Bulimba says:July 19, 2011 at 4:09 amHi James,

    Can’t wait for you to visit. Available to carry your bags if need be. Love your work and wish I could say the same about the rest of The Spectator.

  6. Andrew Ryan says:July 20, 2011 at 2:18 pm“Imagine if everything you knew about the environment was wrong.”

    I can think of no-one better qualified to describe how that feels.

  7. John Mosel says:July 22, 2011 at 3:33 amPatrickdj confirms the problem we have here in Australia. You question the orthodoxy, you get yelled down, threatened, abused and insulted. If we had a climate inquisition (handily located in all Australian Broadcasting Corporation offices) Patrick could report me anonymously to Cardinal Tim or Group Leader Julia to be dealt with.
    By the way, Monkton was heard respectfully at the National Press Club last week so there are few left down under with manners and tolerance.
  8. Liza Kingsley says:August 2, 2011 at 2:17 amWhat a thorough unpleasant, nasty, ugly person you are Patrick. James will definitely be given a hero’s welcome, just as Lord Monckton was, and I for one can not wait to hear him speak.

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