China and India's pursuit of coal-fired power smashes the rhetoric

Terry McCrann, Herald Sun, November 14, 2012
REMEMBER the scene in the first Jurassic Park movie, when both the actors and the audience get their first, ahem, big clue, that we'd gone back to a future when dinosaurs ruled the earth?
When Jeff Goldblum takes off his shades - not quite sure why, perhaps not to have his scene completely stolen by what he's approached - and intones: "that is one big pile of s---?"
Well, if opposition leader Tony Abbott supposedly talks bulls--- on the subject of climate change, minister Greg Combet talks complete industrial strength dinosaur crap on the subject.
Everything, and I do mean everything, that Combet and indeed prime minister Julia Gillard say on climate change is either a direct lie or a very deliberate constructive lie.
Quite possibly the most honest thing Gillard has said on the subject is that: "There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead."
Gillard, and especially Combet, have been churning it out, day after day, week after week, month after month. They've built a veritable mountain of climate change crap.
The lies tumble out on every part of the subject. Starting with the Big Lie that would have made Goebbels blush, the term Carbon Pollution.
Going on to the fraudulent claims of breakthrough agreements at every hopelessly failed resource-munching carbon dioxide-spewing climate conference, and on to the destructive uselessness of the carbon tax itself.
The endless repetition of the term "Carbon Pollution" is done deliberately to convey the impression the policy is directed at cleaning up dirty bits of grit, when it's got absolutely nothing to do with that sort of real pollution.
And indeed that modern coal-fired power stations which emit essentially only two things - life-giving tree and plant food otherwise known as carbon dioxide and hydrogen pollution otherwise known as water vapour - would actually work to clean up.
If you closed down old coal-fired stations in the third world which do pump out dirty bits of grit, and replace them with new ones that don't.
The lie from Gillard was that China was closing a coal-fired power station every fortnight or so. Yes, closing old, small, really dirty ones.
What Gillard, of course, didn't say is that China is opening many more and much bigger, new coal-fired power stations.
The net effect over the next few years will be a very big increase in the amount of power generated in China by coal-fired power stations - pumping out much more CO2 and much less dirty bits of grit.
Similarly Combet keeps claiming in that unique half-whine half-rasping snarl of his, that China is making huge increases in renewables.
Yes, they are making huge increases in the production of solar panels to sell to gullible politicians and the public in developed countries.
The lie to all this utter Combet crap was give by the latest IEA (International Energy Agency) projections, which showed China, already the world's biggest emitter of CO2, now heading for a 50 per cent increase over the next 20 years.
According to the IEA, and its forecasts are almost certainly weighted on the low side by a combination of naivete and political correctness, China will increase its annual CO2 emissions by something over 2.5 million tonnes.
This not only gives the lie to Combet's claim of China tackling climate change. It demonstrates the utter pointlessness of our efforts to change the climate.
China is going to increase its emissions by 2.5 million tonnes a year. We will cut ours by around 150,000 tonnes. China is going to increase by 16 times what we cut. And India is going to pump as much extra as China.
And that's only what we cut in theory. We are going to buy two-thirds of our CO2 "cuts" from Europe, via pieces of expensive bits of paper. We are only going to cut our real emissions by around 50,000 tonnes a year.
That is to say, China and India combined will add to their emissions by around 90 times what we actually cut.
If we cut entirely to zero, and turned off all the lights, they'd still swamp by around seven or eight times
Could you ask for a better definition of utterly pointless? But also punitively destructive. In the serious damage it will do to our economy.
Greg and Julia will just keep churning it out.