Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Climate Change, Petroleum Industry
At the request of Senator Di Natale, I move:
That the Senate—
(a) acknowledges that the very first step in dealing with the climate crisis is that no new coal, oil or gas projects can be built;
(b) notes the in-depth research by the International Energy Agency that global carbon budgets cannot afford a single new coal, oil or gas project to proceed in order to stay below 1 degrees of warming, as committed to under the Paris Agreement; and
(c) concludes that the Adani coalmine in Queensland, fracking the Beetaloo Gas Basin in the Northern Territory and drilling for oil in the Great Australian Bight are incompatible with any declaration of a climate emergency.
This motion bells the cat on yesterday's Labor-Greens motion in the other place. By declaring a climate emergency, Labor and the Greens have signalled their intent to completely shut down our coal, oil and gas sectors. This would destroy jobs, drive up cost-of-living pressures and decimate the economy. The Liberal-National government is taking real and meaningful action to reduce our emissions and meet our 2030 target while continuing to grow the economy.
We will be opposing this. It's a shame Senator Di Natale is not here, because on 20 September a Victorian arborist called my staff to say that when he listens to Senator Di Natale talking about climate change it sounds like a 50-year-old trying to convince us that Santa is real. The first step in dealing with this topic is telling the truth about science and relying on solid empirical data. Firstly, no specific empirical scientific evidence has ever been presented to prove that carbon dioxide from human activity affects climate. Indeed, during 2009's global recession, human carbon dioxide output fell, yet atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continued to rise. Any measure cutting human carbon dioxide would be useless because, secondly, each year nature produces 32 times more in total than does global human production. Even the UN climate mob admits this. Thirdly, the laws of physics, chemistry and empirical data show nature alone controls the level of carbon dioxide in the air. Day 37 and still waiting— (Time expired)