Among all the mad ideas Kevin Rudd is pushing, his Emissions Trading Scheme was probably the most insane. Its cost to the Australian people was/is far beyond comprehension. That he has decided to shelve it shows sanity and political cunning.
At the moment Mr Rudd is being savaged unmercifully by the media, the Greens, and the Mad Abbot. The poor old ABC (Always Bloody Controlled!) really has her knickers in a knot as her bevy of socialist reporters and editors bash Rudd from pillar to post. One ABC moroness even suggested the only politician that came out of it with his credibility intact was that bloke that led the Liberal Party before Abbot. I think his name was Malcolm Turnbull, yeah that's right, Malcolm Turnbull a true blueblood socialist and a looser!
I beleive Rudd saw the writing on the wall when Climategate thundered onto the Internet and alternative news sites.
Climategate hardly got a mention in the good old Aussie press yet it uncovered one of the biggest scientific frauds the world has ever seen. Kevin Rudds advisors (controllers?) could see that if the ETS agenda was pushed, Rudd would end up with another monumental failure and people in general would begin to see that Rudd is only tough when making female staffers cry!
Here is an article in the Hearald Sun by Andrew Bolt, probably the only journo to really understand that AGW is a fraud.
Here's the worst lie that Kevin Rudd, perhaps our most deceitful Prime Minister, once told about global warming and his Emissions Trading Scheme: "The biggest challenge the world faces in the decades ahead is climate change.
"It is the great moral and economic challenge of our time."
But on Tuesday Rudd decided "the great moral challenge" of our time wasn't, after all.
It was just "a" challenge, he said. And with public trust falling in his ETS "solution" - a great green tax on gases - he cut and ran.
His ETS would be shelved until at least 2013. Two elections away. Yet only last year this same Government claimed "delay was denial", and we could not wait to save "our jobs, our houses, our farms, our reefs, our economy and our future". To stop "700,000 homes and businesses" on our coast from drowning. (Another lie.)Rudd had his excuses, of course. The naughty Opposition now opposed the ETS in the Senate, and other countries were "slower to act" on global warming themselves.
But it was just more Rudd spin.
For years he's mocked warnings from sceptics and some Liberals that it was reckless for small Australia to make cuts that almost no other country would make.
As I've often argued, we'd just export jobs overseas without making a scrap of difference to any warming, which seems to have halted since 2001 anyway.
Rudd pretended then that such arguments were mad. Almost criminal.
"The clock is ticking for the planet," he said six months ago.
"The resolve of the Australian Government is clear - we choose action, and we do so because Australia's fundamental economic and environmental interests lie in action. Action now. Not action delayed." The cost of delay would be "severe".
Almost as empty is Rudd's excuse that his hand was forced by the Opposition's rejection of the ETS since the accidental rise of Tony Abbott to the Liberal leadership by a single vote.
IF Rudd truly believed his ETS was so desperately needed to meet the world's "biggest challenge", why didn't he fight like sin to get it through the Senate, as President Barack Obama fought to get his health reforms through his Senate?
Why didn't he throw everything into cutting a deal with the Greens and the two independent Senators to vote through an ETS to "save" the planet?
That deal may yet come, of course. Rudd's ETS is not yet a corpse but a zombie, and with an election looming, Rudd wants that zombie down in the crypt, so timid voters won't tremble.
You may think I'm harsh on Rudd, but I say little that he hasn't said himself - and of delayers just like him.
I remember his speech last November to the Lowy Institute in which he vilified me and a few other sceptics he named:
"The third group of climate deniers are those who pretend to accept the science but then urge delay because they don't want their country to be the first to act.
"What absolute political cowardice. What an absolute failure of leadership. What an absolute failure of logic."
You said it, Prime Minister. Or were you just spinning then, too?"http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/instead-of-warming-to-his-theme-rudds-gone-cold-on-his-ets-folly/story-e6frfhqf-1225859041977