RUSH: Fascinating story here. It really is. This is from the Sydney Morning Herald: “Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott is seeking a conservative alliance among ‘like-minded’ countries, aiming to dismantle global moves to introduce carbon pricing, and undermine a push by US President Barack Obama to push the case for action through forums such as the G20.”
Let me translate. Obama is not just attempting to establish a carbon tax here, and he’s not just using the EPA — this is something also that happened right at the beginning of my vacation. The EPA, it’s been long coming. It was not out of the blue. The EPA was just going to institute regulations that would require power plants to reduce emissions by 30%. It was aimed at coal-fired power plants, and it’s not possible. He was going to put a bunch of power plants out of business, and in the process raise electricity rates through the roof. It’s bad. And, by the way, speaking of the Clintons, the first person who wanted to do this was Bill Clinton. He was the first guy to propose a carbon tax way back in the campaign from 1992 after he’s elected and inaugurated in 1993.
This is a wet dream for these people, but Obama has really pushed the envelope and the EPA has been granted the right by the Supreme Court to do this willy-nilly without any act of Congress, just require a 30% reduction in emissions. It isn’t possible! We’ve got nothing to replace it with. There is no substitute for coal. There’s no substitute for oil. Natural gas is the closest thing we have, but it still is not a total substitute.
So the prime minister of Australia is trying to form an alliance of like-minded countries to oppose Obama on this, because Obama is not just trying to wreck the domestic energy industry, but the world. He wants everybody to go along with his emissions plan. And of course the ChiComs will not. Oh. That’s another thing that happened. Folks, this happened again very early when I was gone. AP, Reuters, one of the two, ran a story quoting, ostensibly, an official from the ChiCom government saying that the ChiComs would go along and reduce their carbon emissions by 30% if the United States did.
I think a lot of news agencies ran with this, long story, big deal, because it represented a 180-degree change. The ChiComs have never said anything like this, and it turns out they didn’t. The Chinese official who was speaking was not a member of the ChiCom government.
He was simply a ragtag source that somebody in the AP or Reuters (I forget where) found who was willing to make it look like he was speaking for the ChiCom government. The ChiComs are not gonna reduce their economic growth. They’re not gonna cut their carbon emissions by 10% or 5%, much less 30%. But it didn’t matter.
The American and European media decided to run a false hoax of a story claiming that they were going to, when they’re not. This guy wasn’t even speaking for the ChiComs. So, to me, it’s a hopeful sign. I’ve not seen anything like this before. Tony Abbott is the Australian prime minister. “Tony Abbott Seeks Alliance to Thwart Obama on the Climate Change Policy.” That’s in the Sydney Morning Herald.
I’m sorry, folks, this is big, and this is something that ought to inspire Republicans domestically. The Australian prime minister is pushing back, and trying to find willing countries to go along with him to stop Obama on this madness. I got a better headline than “Tony Abbott Seeks Alliance to Thwart Obama on the Climate Change Policy.” The better headline would be: “World Leaders Think Obama Needs to Be Stopped,” because that’s what this story is all about.
RUSH: All right. Just to clarify, it was a UK Guardian on June the 3rd: “China to Limit Carbon Emissions for First Time, Climate Adviser Claims — China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, will limit its total emissions for the first time by the end of this decade, according to a top government advisor. He Jiankun, chairman of China’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change, told a conference in Beijing…”
He was not a member of the ChiCom government.
They totally bought it.
I don’t know if the Guardian knew it at the time or if they fell for this guy’s lie but he was totally making it up. He’s a professor at Tsinghua University. He is not a government official. He passed himself off as one, speaking as a typical professor about what he wished his government would do. The UK Guardian fell for it and a bunch of other people picked it up. It was all bogus, like most everything in the global warming story, movement, whatever, is.