Friday 25th of July 2014

where else but las vegas, an entertainer from bogan land can joke about his deliberate ignorance and incomprehension...

a ignorant joker

One of the Prime Minister's backbenchers has likened the climate change debate to a science fiction film plot, but says "alarmist" claims are more comedic than frightening.

Liberal National Party MP George Christensen made the comments in Las Vegas at a conference hosted by the Heartland Institute, a prominent think tank questioning man-made climate change.

Mr Christensen drew heavily from Hollywood films to mock claims made about the effects of climate change, which he says are exaggerated.

"In Australia, we have crossed that point where the horror genre is descending into a comedy," he told the audience.

"It's hard to tell the difference between an alarmist claim about global effects and the basic premise of a disaster movie plot.

"The weather and climate in Australia has not changed in the last century but a new religious interpretation has arisen since then.

"When we are in a flood, they tell us 'too much rain is a sign, more hurricanes is a sign, fewer hurricanes is a sign, the sky is blue – it's a sign, gravity – it's a sign'."

Mr Christensen poked fun at what he said were alarmist claims from climate change campaigners, asking if global warming would lead to a zombie apocalypse, cannibalism, a prostitute shortage in Bulgaria and the death of the Loch Ness monster.

"I look forward to Johnny Depp doing Pirates Of The Antarctic," he quipped.

read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-09/backbencher-likens-climate-change-to-science-fiction-film-plot/5583734

Obviously, this Member of parliament is a joker — a great rolly-polly clown — and good on him for telling jokes... Obviously he is pissing on all the good work that the scientist have done in collecting data supporting the science of global warming... But then he was in good company at the Heartland Institute... and his boss, the Turd in Chief, the big Tonicchio, the man who lies with a straight face, supports him all the way to porkiedom. 

 

except australia — should we keep the abbott ignoramuses...

Here’s what your future will look like if we are to have a shot at preventing devastating climate change.

Within about 15 years every new car sold in the United States will be electric. In fact, by midcentury more than half of the American economy will run on electricity. Up to 60 percent of power might come from nuclear sources. And coal’s footprint will shrink drastically, perhaps even disappear from the power supply.

This course, created by a team of energy experts, was unveiled on Tuesday in a report for the United Nations that explores the technological paths available for the world’s 15 main economies to both maintain reasonable rates of growth and cut their carbon emissions enough by 2050 to prevent climatic havoc.

It offers a sobering conclusion. We might be able to pull it off. But it will take an overhaul of the way we use energy, and a huge investment in the development and deployment of new energy technologies. Significantly, it calls for an entirely different approach to international diplomacy on the issue of how to combat climate change.

“This will require a heroic cooperative effort,” said Jeffrey D. Sachs, the Columbia University economist who directs the Sustainable Development Solutions Network at the United Nations, which convened the multinational teams.

The teams, one in each of the 15 countries, looked at what would be necessary to keep the atmosphere from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius, 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, above the preindustrial average of the late 19th century, a target that most of the world committed to at the climate summit meeting in Copenhagen five years ago. To do so, CO2 emissions from industry and energy use would have to fall to at most 1.6 tons a year for every person on the planet by midcentury.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/09/business/blueprints-for-taming-the-climate-crisis.html?_r=0

always blaming someone else for his crooked policies...

 

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has acknowledged the past week in the Senate has been a difficult one, but is putting the blame on Labor, not the Palmer United Party (PUP).

The Government is hoping to re-introduce its carbon repeal legislation in the Lower House next week after the PUP voted with Labor and the Greens in the Senate to block it.

The Coalition is working with the PUP over the weekend to ensure its amendments meet constitutional requirements and that penalties for not passing on savings are limited to gas and electricity entities.

Mr Abbott told a Liberal National Party conference in Brisbane today that it is Labor that is keeping the Government from fulfilling its commitment to scrap the tax.

"When you look at things in the Senate, sure, Mr Palmer has three senators, but Mr Shorten has 25 and we know that Mr Palmer will change his mind come Monday but Bill Shorten will still be there supporting putting your power prices up," he said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-12/pm-blames-labor-for-senate-chaos/5592192

Meanwhile, Tony-the-Turd wants to destroy the planet...

 

so what's the real purpose of the abbott-palmer war?...

 

simple:

A) Repeal of the carbon pricing

B) sinking of the "direct action" policy 

C) give the illusion of protecting the planet

D) blame Labor and the Greens for the failure of acting on climate change

 

Why:

A) Tony and Clive do not believe in global warming

B) Kill two annoying birds in succession, while appearing to have a bleeding heart about the environment.

 

How:

A) Palmer and his senators vote for the repeal of the carbon pricing

B) Palmer and his senators won't support Tony's ghastly "direct action" policy

C) then Palmer blocks the abolition of the renewable targets, blocks the abolition of the Climate Change Authority and blocks the abolition of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation... to give himself some "cred" but his senators might do a switcheroo or not (it does not really matter).

D) Palmer "places" some conditions for the repeal of the carbon pricing — conditions DESIGNED to make burning carbon even cheaper than before.

 

Result:

A) not a single policy in place to mitigate emissions of CO2

B) reduction targets become impossible to achieve

C) Climate change authority becomes toothless

D) Clean Energy Finance Corporation dies from lack of funding

E) Tony Abbott gets all his wishes, blames Labor for not passing his "green" program (a CON, of course)

F) Palmer appears as a saviour of the environment while he goes on and digs bigger holes to burn more coal.

 

Not a good look. Abbott and Palmer have been working on this con since day one. There is no such "war" between them, only the illusion of one — in a magnificent hustle-style sting.

keeping the bastards honest? you're kidding...

 

Palmer will have his issues. His personal foibles, values and business interests will come to the fore, and they will need to be explained and managed. Some will baulk at the risk that wealth can buy power, bringing with it the worst elements of American politics.

But my guess is he will be mostly judged on outcomes and, as such, he is in a unique position to really make a difference. His timing is simply excellent.

John Hewson AM is the former federal opposition and Liberal Party leader and is a professor and chair in the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, at the Australian National University's Crawford School of Public Policy. View his full profile here.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-14/hewson-palmer-the-one-to-keep-the-bastards-honest/5594624


see article above... see also: dangerman...