GOOD news tonight: Barnaby Joyce hasn’t committed to the weird, unachievable and meaningless emissions reduction target that nobody in Australia cares about. In 2021, that’s the nearest thing to bravery in politics you’ll see but is it just theatre? The Deputy Prime Minister made some excellent criticisms today of half-baked climateering. His combative analysis of the energy chaos unfolding in Europe and the UK was especially apposite. Climate carnival barkers are manic about Australia signing a COP26-staged deal now precisely because human disaster is on the cards in the northern winter. None of this is about an emissions target. The target is sovereign security Down Under for fund managers and gamblers.After a four-hour party-room meeting today, the Nationals decided there is too little solid information on the table to justify endorsement of either Net Zero by 2050 or its idiot son, Net Something by 2030. One hopes this is more than an act to up the auction price and insulate regional MPs from blowback when hundreds or thousands start losing their jobs. There’s gold, after all, in them thar windmills. To sell a fake crisis, carbon Faucis are also selling the fake vaccine. Airing tonight are TV ads by an astro-turf group called Farmers For Climate Action. They don’t really look like farmers but nobody should doubt their ability to exploit a ‘renewables’ subsidy bonanza.
Reports suggest $20 billion is on offer to buy off the bush and the regions. Mr Joyce is saleyards-haggling for more in classic Country Party style. If Dom Perrottet is Premier of Australia and Scott Morrison Prime Minister of New South Wales, Barnaby is King of the Commonwealth for as long as the bull-trading goes on. The PM’s talent for disempowering himself is truly remarkable. If his Deputy has the nerve to bring the emissions question back to foundational premises where it is vulnerable to reality, and away from the feint of ‘the world has moved on,’ he could do something no other Nationals leader has ever done: save the nation.