Aussie Senate rejects Cap’n’Trade

Australia’s Senate yesterday rejected the government’s climate-change legislation, forcing Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to amend the bill or call an early election.Senators voted 42 to 30 against the law, which included plans for a carbon trading system similar to one used in Europe, and to the one proposed by President Obama for the USA.  Australia, the world’s biggest coal exporter, was proposing to reduce greenhouse gases by between 5 percent and 15 percent of 2000 levels in the next decade.

Rudd, who needs support from seven senators outside the government to pass laws through the upper house, can resubmit the bill after making amendments. A second rejection after a three-month span would give him a trigger to call an election.

Thanks to Bloomberg and the Wattsupwiththat web-site for this.  Get more on

This development is especially significant for two reasons.  First, it’s a major set-back to the Copenhagen process seeking a comprehensive global CO2 reduction programme in December.  Secondly, I understand that a group of climate-sceptic scientists in Australia has been lobbying the Senate and challenging the knee-jerk climate alarmism of Climate Change Minister (yes, the Aussies have one too!) Penny Wong, whom we recently met, I think in Brussels.  The sceptics seem to have succeeded.  Only a few days ago, the speculation was that the decision was on a knife-edge, and the proposal might be rejected by a single vote.  In fact the majority was clear.

We’re seeing a flood of new books challenging the alarmist position.  Now, a major government’s very expensive and damaging Cap’n’Trade bill has fallen at the first hurdle, and while it may yet come back, this represents a big set-back for the alarmist cause.  Perhaps, just perhaps, the tide is starting to turn.

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4 Responses to Aussie Senate rejects Cap’n’Trade

  1. Editor 1 says:

    Roger – please explain this:

    The Antarctic ice is clearly in on this alarmist plot too.

  2. Under-Ice Volcano Eruption Spewed Ash Over Antarctica:

    “Heat from the volcano likely melted a large amount of ice around it, and this meltwater probably ran under the base of the ice sheet and out to sea, the researchers say.

    The volcano could continue to melt ice around it, and the meltwater could lubricate the base of the ice sheet, speeding up the movement of the nearby Pine Island Glacier, helping make it today one of Antarctica’s fastest-flowing glaciers.”

  3. Roger Helmer says:

    Editor: Haven’t you noticed the way these things are reported? “Glacier retreats” is news. “Glacier advances” is not. Despite the fact that the world has warmed slightly since the seventies, global ice mass is broadly constant.

  4. Faggot12 says:

    If the argument is that health care is a right, so is legal representation. ,

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