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 NZ has a certified clown as PM

15.08.19.  New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is naive, says the respectful Graham Lloyd in his article. The pub test mob would call Jacinda Ardern a bloody clown and wonder how such a dope could possibly be elected to the office of PM to any nation.
Demanding Australia abandon its coal production and exports for the good of the climate in the ­Pacific is akin to asking New Zealan­d to give up its love affair with sheep. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is naive if she believe­s such moves would be economically feasible or in the best interests of regional stability.Source: Graham Lloyd, News Corp

Easy for Jacinda Ardern to point the finger

New Zealand under Ardern may be a poster child at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum for setting a 2050 ambition for her country’s carbon neutrality.
But it has only been possible because less than 20 per cent of New Zealand’s electricity comes from fossil fuels and its biggest source of emissions, agriculture, has been given a free pass.
Most New Zealand power comes from hydro, geothermal and, increasingly, wind.
In terms of historic performance, New Zealand just scraped through the first Kyoto round of emissions cuts and failed to sign up to a legally binding target for the second. New Zealand parted company with Europe and Aust­ralia and instead joined Japan, Canada and Russia in a non-binding commitment for 2020.
In 2015, after barely securing a surplus in credits for Kyoto’s first ­period, New Zealand said it would apply the 123.7 million unit excess to its non-binding 2020 emissions reduction target — something it now criticises Australia for wanting to do with the Paris Agreement. Greenhouse gas emissions figures are notoriously difficult to compare because of different treatments of land-use contributions. But without taking these into account it is clear that ­Australia’s challenge is 10 times bigger than that of New Zealand.
Figures compiled by the European Commission show Australia’s emissions without land use rose to 402 million tonnes in 2017, up from 275 million in 1990. New Zealand’s comparative emissions were 36.8 million tonnes in 2017, up from 24 million tonnes in 1990.
For perspective, China’s emissions were 10.9 billion tonnes.
The UN Green Climate Fund is another case in point. Australia gave the body $200 million between 2015 and last year but has pulled out after a meltdown in governance and confidence.
Climate groups are asking Australia to up its contribution to $400m a year. But Scott Morrison has made clear he would prefer to ­direct spending through the ­Pacific region.
New Zealand’s contribution to the Green Climate Fund was a tiny $3m by comparison, but Aust­ralia’s $500m contribution to regional projects, through a partia­l rebadging of foreign aid, did not win it any points.
The hard fact for Australia is that Pacific neighbours represent a potent force in the geopolitics of global climate change negotiations and enjoy a close alliance with non-government groups.
WWF said Australia’s $500m in Pacific funding must be accompanied by a plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050. This means ­reducing domestic emissions by 45 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030 and phasing out thermal coal export­s by the same year.
Including a ban on coal ­exports, the nation’s biggest export­ earner, would make the challenge all the more difficult for Australia. As a result, Australia’s strategic ambitions in the Pacific region more broadly have been caught up in other concerns.

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  • Pensioner Pete 15/08/2019, 6:37 am

    Should Australia shut down the coal mining and export industry, clearly, the financial impacts upon Australia’s economy will be catastrophic. So, how will the Pacific Islands fare, when Australia no longer has sufficient funds to pour into the Pacific Islands because we shut down our coal industry?

    • Cliff 15/08/2019, 6:44 am

      They’ll get it from China – which they’re going to do already, just as soon as they spend (or squirrel away in their Swiss bank accounts) the many millions of BORROWED money we are giving them.

      Oh, and then and only then will they have to admit to their citizens that, unlike the Australian aid, the Chinese money isn’t aid, but a loan that must be repaid.

    • Peter Sandery 15/08/2019, 9:33 am

      Not only would the smaller pacific islands fare badly if Australia’s coal industry was abolished, PP, so would the Land of the Long White Cloud, that relies on Australia for its defence, ever since its successive governments have abrogated their responsibility on this. However Australia is in a similar position vis a vis theUS in relation to matters of defence, notwithstanding our spending on air and sea capabilities.

  • john 15/08/2019, 7:19 am

    tell them the $500m they were given is from the profit from coal exports and see if they still want it

    • DT 15/08/2019, 8:10 am

      Remind them that China’s emissions increase every year is exceeding Australia’s total annual emissions.

      • PeterW 16/08/2019, 7:08 pm

        Actually what we emit in a single year China is spewing out EVERY 9 days.
        And the gutless Pacific Nations and NZ ignore.

  • seadogger 15/08/2019, 7:44 am

    Mrs Ed is well and truely out of her depth , thats not because sea levels are rising Tuvalu. She is not competent in her job and will be gone sooner than later

  • DT 15/08/2019, 8:00 am

    “After graduating from the University of Waikato in 2001, Ardern began her career working as a researcher in the office of Prime Minister Helen Clark. She later worked in the United Kingdom as a policy advisor to British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In 2008, she was elected President of the International Union of Socialist Youth.”

    • Cliff 15/08/2019, 12:58 pm

      Translation: she’s never held a real job since (and if) she worked part time at the Auckland Macca’s while she was a high school.

      • Aktosplatz 15/08/2019, 1:40 pm

        Excellent and accurate translation, Cliff. Ardern has never had a job.

  • Jarrah 15/08/2019, 8:01 am

    For all to see, Ardern is another failed female leader, there is a pattern there. NZ can thank the opportunist Winston Peters for foisting this failure on the NZ people, the majority of voters did not want her. Morrison needs to tell the failure to go and jump. Her claim to fame is Muslim appeaser. MM ED: Thanks for the photo of her in the article, it has curdled the coffee, but portrays her accurately.

  • DT 15/08/2019, 8:09 am

    Carbon dioxide causes global warming as the planet cools because of solar energy decline, another Little Ice Age developing.

    Oceans are not rising in the Pacific, the high tide gauges in Sydney Harbour show no rise, or at Port Arthur Tasmania.

    Isn’t it well past time that Australia joined the USA and dumped the Paris Agreement? Consider the New Zealand position, China and India, and most EU member countries all far from reducing their emissions in line with target reductions.

    Competing with China’s loans, I understand the issue, but let’s also offer loans not donations.

    • Aktosplatz 15/08/2019, 1:42 pm

      Yes it is time Australia follows the US and pull out of the Paris Agreement, and stop wasting our money on the Climate Change Scam.

      But has Morrison got the ticker in him? (I fear not)

  • DT 15/08/2019, 8:32 am

    Who is surprised?

    And why bother with the UN Gravy Train?

    “The UN Green Climate Fund is another case in point. Australia gave the body $200 million between 2015 and last year but has pulled out after a meltdown in governance and confidence.”

  • Lorraine 15/08/2019, 9:07 am

    I believe that Mr Ed, the real Mr Ed had better teeth and a bigger Brain

    • Botswana O'Hooligan 15/08/2019, 12:54 pm

      Probably the pack camel “restoration of good humour” method might set her back on the path of reason. You stick them in a round yard and belt the bejesus outa them with a lump of 4X2 for five minutes timed by the sun.

  • crankykoala 15/08/2019, 9:35 am

    It never ceases to amaze me how these leaders of Pacific nations (including NZ) and our home grown green/left activists expect little old Australia to save the planet by going back to cave dwelling days of long ago. Particularly since they do nothing to help themselves, much easier to bludge off the Australian taxpayer! Scomo should grow some and tell the likes of these leaders and the UN to go plait their poop. Then see if they bellyache to China who, no doubt, will step in to fill the gap. A step to far? As for the locals tougher laws must be introduced (Gaol Time) to deter idiot protesters who have nothing better to do than disrupt working Australians going about their business. And, for those that trespass on to private property well then the owners should fight “fire with fire”, with something like PP’s trusted friend Lee!

  • nev 15/08/2019, 10:20 am

    NZ may do well to consider how this deranged muslim socialist came to govern the tiny nation. After winning only 46 seats to Nationals 56 seats Ardern was hoisted to power by Winston Peters who despite having lost his own seat in the election was then elevated to Deputy Prime Minister.
    Under it’s clearly dysfunctional MMP system it is the first time the party winning the popular vote is not part of the Government.

  • Aktosplatz 15/08/2019, 1:37 pm
  • ozsceptic 15/08/2019, 2:44 pm

    She is sort of right. I can’t buy a few lumps of coal to get my wood heater going, but we export gazillion tons of the stuff to india .

  • Thunder 16/08/2019, 6:16 am

    Having spent time in most of the Pacific Islands I know what their “leaders” are like….” oh goodie……all this FREE money is MINE…FK the Natives.

    ScoMo ( really TURD TWO ) needs to tell the TRUTH !!

    Tell the Natives to Rack Off, once and for all time……….

    ” YOU ARE GETTING NOTHING FOR THE CLIMATE CHANGE BECAUSE IT’S ALL A BIG FRAUD !!”

  • Graham Richards 16/08/2019, 9:18 am

    She’s going to complain a lot more when the next (enlarged) tranche of deportees get back on the NZ dole & benefits queue!

  • DT 16/08/2019, 9:21 am

    NZ Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has not supported Prime Minister Adern’s attack on Australia.

    She leads the alliance minority government and her party attracted about 1 in every 3 votes at the last election.

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