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Australia still believes in Paris Agreement

Australia still believes in Paris Agreement—led by the nose

Our new Environment Minister Melissa Price is dedicated to the UN edicts that most Australians wish to avoid. Being under the marching orders UN global governance needs serious review, not blind acquiescence. Ms Price said this: “she was confident it was the right decision to give the money to the GBR Foundation.” That indicates concurrence with Turnbull’s gift of $444 million to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. Game, set and match for Paris and huge loss for Australia under PM Morrison! The Coalition must learn that appeasing their left faction will see the entire party off at the ballot box!

The Coalition will refocus environment policies on the Abbott-era Direct Action plan, including a rebooted Green Army and a ­reverse auction scheme to ­improve land management and help communities, ­Environment Minister Melissa Price has ­declared.

Source: News Corp

Direct Action back on the agenda

Melissa Price: We can meet Paris targets responsibly

Ms Price is preparing to push for more funding for the $2.5 billion Emissions Reduction Fund, which is almost empty. The ­priority would be projects that ­provided co-benefits for the environment and community rather than simply cut carbon dioxide emissions. “I am particularly interested in those Direct Action projects that help the environment and give people opportunity,” Ms Price said.

Direct Action was “something I believe as an individual we should be doing”, she said.

“I do not see it as a return (to Abbott-era policies). We have had very good environmental programs under Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull.”

The ERF is a reverse auction scheme that supports reforestation and other projects to sequester carbon dioxide and ­reduce emissions. The scheme has been criticised because it ­relies on government funding that could limit the number of projects funded.

Environment groups have also said benefits from the ERF have been more than offset by increased land-clearing in Queensland and NSW.

Ms Price said land-clearing predominantly was a responsibility for state government.

In a wide-ranging interview, Ms Price said it was wrong to focus solely on greenhouse gas emissions.

“When you focus on emissions, you are missing part of the story on how you are helping the environment,” she said. “There is no doubt the ERF is supporting good projects on the land. If we are confident about meeting the 2030 target, we have to look at what we have got, what we can do to support more people on the ground with land projects that have a multitude of co-benefits.”

There is about $250 million left of the $2.5bn original budget funding for the emissions reduction fund. The last auction in June supported 32 projects to save 6.67 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions at an average price of $13.52 a tonne.

The fund has issued 738 contracts to save more than 51 million tonnes of emissions.

The Green Army program closed on June 30. It engaged more than 11,000 young people on about 1000 heritage and conservation projects.

Ms Price said although the program had ended, the final projects were still under way.

A new budget allocation will be needed to continue the ERF and restart the Green Army. “My job before I go to cabinet is to assess the whole suite of climate policies and assess what they are adding and what can be improved,” Ms Price said.

The Coalition’s climate policies have been embroiled in controversy over negotiations for a national energy guarantee. By splitting the environment and energy portfolios, Scott Morrison has allowed Energy Minister Angus Taylor to focus on reducing electricity prices.

This could put more pressure on the land sector to meet the government’s Paris target of 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Ms Price said she was confident the Paris target would be met.

Australia’s total emissions last year were 540 million tonnes. More than 60 million tonnes came from the land sector and 191 million from electricity. A report by ClimateWorks said land sector emissions were rising after sustained falls. It estimated potential savings from land use of more than 100 million tonnes, enough to meet the 2030 Paris target for the whole economy.

Ms Price is expected to attend climate change talks in Poland in December where a rule book for the Paris Agreement must be finalised.

Australia has been criticised for helping the US, Japan and EU stall negotiations over a promised $US100bn a year fund for developing countries from 2020.

As well as climate policy, Ms Price must deal with controversy over the Turnbull government’s $444m unsolicited donation to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and an escalating campaign over plans by Indian company’s Adani to open Queensland’s Galilee Basin to coalmining.

Ms Price said she was confident it was the right decision to give the money to the GBR Foundation.

{ 21 comments… add one }
  • Popular Front 17/09/2018, 6:12 am

    Yet another stupid ugly redhead. Did we get a job lot or something?

  • Xword 17/09/2018, 6:26 am

    Agreed PP… perhaps there should be an “ugly stick” test for some pollies to halt those who may have had a rough time in their formative years getting even with the mob

  • Muphin 17/09/2018, 7:25 am

    I cannot see one IOTA of difference between Turnbulls climate change BS and Morrison’s climate change BS.

    • Graham Richards 17/09/2018, 7:58 am

      Maybe it’s another “cunning plan” from Baldrick. We’ll tell the people that prices are coming down while stacking the ministries with hard left climate change believers hoping the the base (the people) will actually believe them.
      Same with the new curriculum for schools now based on NWO / Globalist / UN ideas for an obedient world! The shit is getting deeper & deeper!

      • angry 17/09/2018, 9:06 am

        The communist ussr used to brainwash the gullible young in their “young pioneers” program. The SAME thing is being done to our children!

        FFS!!!!!

  • Aktosplatz 17/09/2018, 7:27 am

    As I have already posted, I have stopped listening to these ignorant twerps. They have to be tossed out of office.

    • Muphin 17/09/2018, 7:31 am

      Agree. The Liberals lost my vote they stabbed Abbott.

  • DT 17/09/2018, 7:35 am

    Another Muppet.

  • DT 17/09/2018, 7:57 am

    The Howard UN Kyoto Agreement action plan was direct action using CO2 reduction methods that do not impact adversely on the economy, the Abbott Direct Action plan was an extension of the Howard plan.

    Abbott did try to abolish the RET and related indirect susbisides that have forced electricity prices up and up since Labor raised the Direct Action once-off trial 3% RET of the Howard plan to 28%. The Senate agreed to reduce it to 23% but refused to abolish it. Abbott did get rid of the 10% carbon tax plus 10% GST on electricity bills.

    We all know that most UN member nations are ignoring the Paris Agreement they signed, but most would not ratify it. And that when Turnbull signed it via Minister Hunt in New York in April 2016 he learnt that President Trump would get America out of the Agreement and sent Hunt back to New York in November 2016 to ratify it, and later via the deceptive NEG inserted a clause to reinforce the UN Treaty Paris Agreement by making CO2 reduction targets an Australian Law.

    I understand the politics, globalism politics and national-state politics on natural climate change presented as man-made global warming. Unfortunately probably close to 50% of voters here have accepted the hoax as factual. And support unreliables in the belief that electricity from sun and wind is free and clean.

    Airheads cannot see the hidden costs: the cost of equipment, installation, land cost or leasing cost, maintenance costs and in around 20 years, maybe, replacement and disposal costs. And then the costs for “poles and wires” passed to consumers to connect solar and wind farms to the main grid, and maintain them.

    Compared to a power station, fuel whatever, that will when correctly maintained operate 24/7 for at least 50-years to 80-years and longer unless technology advancements make retirement and replacement more cost effective for shareholders.

    As for the scandalous $444 million paid in one payment to the private sector GBRF, another “green” deception, the GBR is in excellent condition and has been for thousands of years despite attacks by predators and other normal ageing and regeneration cycles. Why GBR? Why is the WA Coral Coast not being funded to protect it against climate change? Is climate change only on the East Coast of Queensland?

    Well 45 Liberal MPs voted for ScoMo, 40 voted against. Obviously Black Hand faction blocked the best candidate, Peter Dutton and did not want Tony Abbott as his deputy or as a cabinet minister. The Liberal Party is controlled at executive level by Mansion. The Union Labor Party is controlled at executive level, “the faceless men”, by the union movement. What they try to present to voters is a government and an opposition but behind the scenes they are silent partners with ambition to secure complete control of the Commonwealth of Australia before handing over sovereignty to EU, in other words UN.

    Spread the word to the apathetic voters who believe politics has nothing to do with them.

    • Aktosplatz 17/09/2018, 8:51 am

      Thanks DT – that’s very clearly expressed. Our conclusion remains:- these Pathetic Losers, (formerly the Liberal Party) have to go.

      I find their rhetoric on climate change quite insulting.

      • DT 17/09/2018, 9:10 am

        Thank you Akto, I also find their deceptive rhetoric on naturally occurring climate change insulting and offensive.

        And it angered me when on two occasions Alan Jones of 2GB interviewed Minister Frydenberg and angrily accused him of back flipping from stating that man-made global warming is “crap” to backing the Mansion Black Hand lies. Jones reminded Frydenberg that he spoke privately about the “crap” to him and has obviously been bought with a position in cabinet.

        He is not alone, there are many self-centred opportunist MPs.

    • flav1945 17/09/2018, 1:00 pm

      A superb commentry DT. This should have been the main article by MMadmin …
      NOT the blatherings of Melissa Price cut & pasted from Newscorp.

  • Maryanne 17/09/2018, 8:35 am

    Ditch Paris; get rid of SBS and their GayBC; give Gonski the boot and let the states be responsible for schooling – can’t call it education any more – and build some HELE coal-fired power stations. It’s not hard! Just man up and do it.

    • Dave 17/09/2018, 9:07 am

      Spot on Maryanne

    • DT 17/09/2018, 9:11 am

      A very good start Maryanne.

    • Albert 17/09/2018, 11:30 am

      “. . . can’t call it education any more . . .” Too true Maryanne. I read somewhere recently that school students were given the option of bypassing maths in order to gain better passes in important exams.

  • angry 17/09/2018, 8:44 am

    MORRISON IS A GLOBAL WARMING NUTJOB, JUST LIKE THAT SCUMBAG TURNCOAT!!!

    HE HAS TO GO!!

    Scott Morrison reveals his hand as Pro-Renewables RET man ………….

    http://joannenova.com.au/2018/09/scott-morrison-reveals-his-hand-as-pro-renewables-ret-man-forced-thanks-to-turnbull/

  • angry 17/09/2018, 9:18 am
  • angry 17/09/2018, 9:46 am

    Morrison stages STUNTS like this to take the attention of the public away from his NON PERFORMANCE!

    PITIFUL!

    ‘One of Australia’s greatest disgraces’: PM Scott Morrison announces royal commission into aged care sector……..

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6172345/One-Australias-greatest-disgraces-Scott-Morrison-calls-commission-aged-care-sector.html

  • Jarrah 17/09/2018, 9:46 am

    Are you sure she is not related to the hopeless Marise Payne, both are redheads, and by the look of things are quite adept at the food trough, also both are lefties, Turnbull’s girls.

    • angry 17/09/2018, 10:24 am

      Them and gillard came out of the same test tube experiment….

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