Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Climate, COVID and China

Opinion Piece

Viv Forbes

Australian Climate Sceptics Blog
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21 July 2020

Aussie Politicians Fight Three Wars at Once -
Climate, COVID and China 

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Australian politicians are trying to maintain their never-ending Climate War
on carbon fuels, while waging a Lockdown War on the elusive COVID virus and
also provoking a Trade War with China, our biggest trading partner.

We cannot afford three hopeless and costly wars at once. One would be too

The political war on carbon fuels has damaged the environment with forests
of "green" power poles, flats of ground-sterilising solar panels, hills of
bird-slicing wind turbines plus spider-webs of new power lines and roads.

This mess produces unreliable expensive electricity, sterilizes land, and
wastes water to keep solar panels clean. And imagine the debris when a
cyclone sails through a "farm" of panels or a "forest" of turbines. This
expensive and unreliable power, plus green taxes and regulations, has
destroyed much of Australia's manufacturing, processing and refining
industries - all for ZERO climate benefits.

The Covid Lockdown War is crippling many industries especially tourism,
aviation, education, retail, sports, local pubs, media, rural shows and
auctions and even the famous Brisbane Ekka. Attempts by politicians to hide
their Lockdown damage with handouts for everyone has destroyed budgets and
will cripple the currency, reward unemployment and produce another
depression generation.

On top of all this, our politicians are stumbling into a trade war with
China.  This has produced swift retaliation on Australia's export industries
and we will soon discover that most of our manufactured goods now come from
China, because we have driven our factories out of Australia with
uncompetitive power and labour costs and excessive red and green tape.

What to do? Four simple things:

Firstly, abandon the climate war on carbon fuels and withdraw from the
useless and destructive Paris Climate Agreement. It will never cool the
climate, even if that was a sensible goal. Abolish all subsidies and taxes
supporting intermittent green energy and legislate that any generator
feeding into the grid must be able to supply 24/7 power, either from their
own backup facilities or under contracts.

Secondly, unlock the gates - dismantle Covid barriers, green gates, red tape
and bureaucratic barriers.

Lockdown can't stop the virus - it just slows down its spread, delaying the
development of community immunity. Individuals and families are free to
self-isolate should they choose that option. Keep them informed but don't
lock healthy law-abiding people behind barriers, spy cameras, police and

Economic recovery needs to encourage and fast-track sensible infrastructure
and development proposals. We should also abolish stamp duty and capital
gains tax and reduce income tax. Governments should prohibit real pollution
of land, air and water, but allow farmers, fishermen, foresters, explorers,
miners and entrepreneurs to get on with building and expanding their

Thirdly, spread the recession pain to all protected government sectors. Cut
taxes, and reduce the numbers and benefits for all in politics, bureaucracy,
government media, academia and all able-bodied welfare recipients with no

Finally, stop publicly poking China with a pointy stick (as we did in the
Covid witch-hunt.) 

We do not need a trade war which will cost us dearly.  Wait until Bunnings
runs out of Chinese-built tools and lithium batteries, the greens run out of
Chinese solar panels, and Chinese imports of Australian coal, cattle, wool,
barley, wheat etc are hit with tariffs or quotas. 

Quiet diplomacy and more competitive industry will achieve more than
populist public posturing and provocation of our powerful neighbour. We need
to quietly restore our secondary industries, diversify our markets, get some
real defence capacity and cultivate allies in Asia and the Anglosphere. 

"Speak softly, and carry a big stick." 
President Theodore Roosevelt

Viv Forbes
Washpool   Qld   Australia 4306
Executive Director, The Saltbush Club

Viv Forbes has scientific and financial qualifications, experience in
government and industry, and a long history of observing and participating
in Australian politics.

Further Reading:

Sweden's no-lockdown policy:



Solar Panel Owners to pay for grid connection:


The Rising Costs of the Climate War - Smelters closing:

Greens deliver US Security to China:

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