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International Inertia
Aussies: G20 Won't Make Much More Climate Progress

Australia will host a G20 summit this November, and ahead of that meeting, it’s pointing out the futility of further international progress on addressing climate change. Reuters reports:

G20 countries are encouraged to invest in green infrastructure, and there was work on reducing fossil fuel subsidies and on climate change financing, [Heather Smith, the personal G20 representative of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott] said after giving a speech on Australia’s G20 presidency.

But she added: “You have to find consensus where there is consensus, and there is no consensus in the G20 to do anything beyond those areas I’ve mentioned.

Greens will be quick to point out that this is Abbott’s Australia speaking; his Administration has worked to dismantle many of the country’s climate change apparatuses. But speaking on behalf of the Abbott Administration, senior official Heather Smith noted that this was “not an Australian position. It reflects the membership.”

This is no great shock. The movement to craft a Global Climate Treaty has been treading water for years, and summit after UN-sponsored summit have failed to produce anything of value. True, climate change is an international issue, but emissions culpabilities are so diverse, and the effects of climate change so varied, that coming up with an enforceable international policy is effectively a non-starter. Australia is merely pointing out the obvious: Don’t expect progress on the global approach.

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  • Rick Johnson

    It’s a pity Tony Abbott will not go further and call out the warmerist hysteria for what it is – a Great Big Green Con. So much effort going into inflicting so much damage to tackle a problem that doesn’t exist.

    • Corlyss

      He’s got a real problem because so many Aussies swallowed the Kool-Aid. They don’t opposed the AGW article of faith so much as they didn’t want to see the degree of harm that Gillard and Rudd were prepared to do to their economy in the name of ideology. If you think they are bad, you should see the Kiwis!!!!

  • Andrew Allison

    Would it be unreasonable to ask why Australia is hosting a waste of air and jet-fuel which it recognizes will have no results other than contribute to the supposed problem?

    • Corlyss

      Hey, the tourist Aussie Dollar is the tourist Aussie Dollar.

      • Andrew Allison

        Ah, ha! I finally get it: meaningless international conferences are taxpayer-funded tourism. Maybe we should eliminate travel budgets and introduce these parasites to videoconferencing.

        • Curious Mayhem

          Then virtual sex.

        • Corlyss

          Where’s the tourist dollar in that? 🙁

        • Loader2000

          Just have all climate conferences in Reno Nevada. Then we would see how urgent the issues really are to the potential delegates.

          • Andrew Allison

            I vote for Cleveland. But the issues are unimportant to the delegates, all that matters is the travel.

  • LarryD

    Climate Change is what they renamed it when the realized the warming trend was “pausing”. The pause is now going on 18 years, longer than the warming trend before it. Carbon dioxide levels have continued a steady (but tiny) rate of increase.

    The technical term for when reality doesn’t follow your theory is “refuted”.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    The fact that this article is using the irrefutable “Climate Change” (the climate is always changing), in place of the much more descriptive and scientifically refutable “Global Warming” is evidence of warmist bias on the writer’s part.

  • Corlyss

    Really doesn’t matter what the G20 does or doesn’t do as long as there are Greenies in charge of energy policies in the west.

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