Abbott and Harper invite UK to join their anti-Obama, anti-green alliance


Blackleaf
#1
Australia and Canada have invited the UK to join them in a "like-minded" alliance of conservative-run countries against "left-liberal" Obama.

The two countries have each rolled back green policies in recent months, and want others to join them to resist a legally-binding international deal on carbon emissions.

Tony Abbott, Australia’s prime minister, called for limited action on climate change that would not ‘clobber the economy’.

He is seeking to form a conservative alliance that aims to undermine what he calls a ‘left-liberal’ push by US President Barack Obama to ramp up green taxes.

The two leaders also want other Commonwealth countries, including New Zealand and India, to join the anti-Obama alliance.


I'm afraid to say, though, that neither Australia nor Canada will get much co-operation from Britain - despite Cameron being a noted climate change skeptic who once reportedly told his officials to ditch the 'green c**p' - whilst one of its left-wing Establishment parties are in power (even the Tories have been taken over by liberals).

They'll have to wait until Ukip get in.

Australian PM Tony Abbott calls for alliance with UK to counter Obama's 'left-liberal' agenda to raise taxes and 'unwise' plan to address global warming

Abbott made comments during meeting with Canadian PM in Ottawa

British Government says it has not been offered alliance and will not join

United Nations summit on climate change is planned for September


By Ben Spencer
10 June 2014
Daily Mail

Australia and Canada have invited the UK to join an alliance of ‘like-minded’ nations to limit action on climate change.

The two countries have each rolled back green policies in recent months, and want others to join them to resist a legally-binding international deal on carbon emissions.

Tony Abbott, Australia’s prime minister, called for limited action on climate change that would not ‘clobber the economy’.

He is seeking to form a conservative alliance that aims to undermine what he calls a ‘left-liberal’ push by US President Barack Obama to ramp up green taxes.


Tony Abbott (left) suggested that the UK could enter into an alliance to limit action on climate change at an event in Ottawa with Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (right)



Like Canada’s prime minister Stephen Harper, who withdrew his nation from the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, Mr Abbott has moved to repeal Australia’s carbon tax.

The British Government last night distanced itself from the Canadian-Australian alliance, insisting it had not been approached and was, in fact, ‘leading from the front’ on climate change.

Mr Abbott, standing alongside the Canadian leader during a visit to Ottawa, said: ‘We think that climate change is a significant problem, it’s not the only or even the most important problem the world faces but it is a significant problem and it’s important every country should take the action that it thinks is best to address emissions.’

He said no country would ever take action that would harm its economy, adding ‘we are just a bit more frank about that than other countries’.

‘It’s not that we don’t seek to deal with climate change,’ he said.

‘We seek to deal with it in a way that enhances our ability to create jobs and growth, this is their position.’

He said efforts are underway to form a new ‘centre-right’ alliance including Britain, as well as India and New Zealand.

Climate change is due to move up the political agenda in the coming months, with a United Nations summit on climate action planned for September, to be hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

It will lay the groundwork for a legally-binding global deal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, to be agreed in Paris in December 2015.

Mr Obama, who sees strong action to stop climate change as a legacy issue as his presidency draws to a close, last week announced plans to cut pollution from power plants by 30 per cent by 2030.

The British Government, meanwhile, has gathered an anti-green reputation in recent months, after David Cameron reportedly told his officials to get rid of the 'green c**p', his party promised to cap the number of onshore wind turbines, and officials slashed subsidies for large solar farms.


Britain has gained a reputation for anti-green rhetoric after David Cameron reportedly told his officials to ditch the 'green c**p'

But officials last night insisted the UK was not aware of the anti-climate grouping and had not been approached about joining.

A spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change said: ‘The UK Government remains fully committed to domestic and international actions to curb climate change, and will continue to advocate strong actions through the UN process and other international forums, working with our inter-national partners.

‘The UK is leading from the front in the fight against climate change.

‘We are pushing for an ambitious EU energy and climate change package that will lead to a 40 per cent domestic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and we are also working to secure an ambitious legally binding global climate agreement in Paris in 2015.’

Bob Ward, policy at the London School of Economics Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, said: ‘This looks like a desperate move by Tony Abbott who must be beginning to realise how isolated Australia and Canada are as China, the United States, Europe and the rest of the world move towards stronger action on climate change.

‘The Australian and Canadian governments, through their backsliding on commitments to cut green-house gas emissions, are making their countries synonymous with old and dirty methods of energy production, frantically trying to resist progress towards clean and more efficient sources.

‘I doubt very much that Mr Cameron or any other world leader will join Prime Minister Abbott and Prime Minister Harper in what is, in effect, the slow lane, where their countries will be eventually overtaken by those that are making the transition to clean and sustainable economic growth.’



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Last edited by Blackleaf; Jun 11th, 2014 at 06:44 AM..
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
#2
Many countries have abandoned the Green lobby, but are too cowardly to openly recognize this direction.... Don't know what Obama is really thinking, but if he really wants to drive his economy further into the sh*tter, it's not my business to tell him otherwise.

That said, it's not his business to dictate to other countries as well
 
Praxius
Free Thinker
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Blackleaf, just a friendly request:


Could you chop some of the repetitious lines in your posts in the future? I noticed for a long time now that I end up reading the exact same paragraphs over again an awful lot.


Anyways, I'm no fan of Harper or Tony, but I agree with their stances on this topic.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

Many countries have abandoned the Green lobby, but are too cowardly to openly recognize this direction.... Don't know what Obama is really thinking, but if he really wants to drive his economy further into the sh*tter, it's not my business to tell him otherwise.

That said, it's not his business to dictate to other countries as well

Look at what he is doing on the Southern Borders. The place is becoming swamped. It's going to cost billions.
 
Nuggler
#5
Abbott and Costello ?
 
Kreskin
#6
I love how things are spun. Anti-Obama alliance. Is that like a Pro-pollution alliance?
 
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