Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Australian Elections Sees Climate Change Denial Spanked!

We are always hearing hyperbole from climate change sceptics denialists telling us that 'people' are 'waking up' to the 'fraud' of climate change and will reject it - soon. Any day now. That this is an issue about freedom, liberty and all that. Well in Australia they had an election and climate change was a clear issue in the election - so clear that it was the emergence of a single issue political party dedicated to giving the voters a chance to vote for freedom! Enter The Climate Sceptics Party!

Interestingly within the taxonomy of climate change denial these lot are from the 'it's all natural' school of thought; "From us, we know that the climate change issue has been exaggerated. It is not man-made, it is cyclical." However they also claim nobody knows, "The alarmist theories propounded by the IPCC and other political bodies are crippled by huge uncertainties." Which is an odd contradictory position to say that 'it is uncertain that climate change is happening, but if it was humans would not be to blame.' Sounds like somebody making a excuse up in advance, 'Nobody can say a crime has been committed but even if you find evidence to say a crime has been committed then I'd like to point out in advance that I didn't do it!'

So how did voters respond to this golden opportunity to send a clear message to the political class?

The Climate Sceptics Party attracted just over 18,000 votes across the country. If their presence was designed to embarrass the Greens, which by definition must be a climate change acceptor’s party, then they failed. The Greens received 1.26 million votes in the Upper House.

The Greens, as noted before, attracted the biggest swing of 3.9 per cent. This was followed by the Sex Party and the Shooters Party. The electorate has spoken and this might be its plan: tackle climate change, make love and, then shoot the lights out.

Election fail. Climate Sceptics were beaten by the Sex Party.

Yup, climate was an election issue - but not the dumb-ass denial way - check this - not from some far-left eco-green fascists magazine but from Business Spectator!!

They need to note that most of the votes they chased so desperately ended up with the Greens, who picked up a substantial swing of 3.9 per cent. And they need to realise why, which is because both mainstream parties failed to deliver a long term vision or address the difficult long-term policy issues.

Climate change, of course, is one of these. This should not come as a surprise to either party. Howard lost in 2007 because the electorate did not trust him to move on climate change, Rudd triggered his precipitous decline when he backed away from the ETS, and Gillard’s honeymoon came to an abrupt end when she trotted out the idiotic idea of a citizen’s assembly.


VM said...

Unfortunately, Australia looks like it may well have a minority conservative (Liberal-National Party) coalition government headed by a homophobic, misogynist climate skeptic called Tony Abbott. It will largely depend on whether 3 rural independents decide to support the centrist Australian Labor Party or the centre-right LN coalition.

One of those rural independents, Bob Katter, had this to say about climate change:

""I mean, if you could imagine 20 or 30 crocodiles up there on the roof, and if all that roof was illumination, and saying that we wouldn't see anything in this room because of a few croco-roaches up there," he said. "Are you telling me seriously that the world is going to warm because there's 400 parts per million of CO2 up there?""

Joe Earth said...

Because the best way to make scientific decisions is by majority rule.

Cavin Jackson said...

Because the best way to make scientific decisions is by majority rule.

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