Have you heard of Tuvalu? The nation of nine tiny islands sits around 3,500 kilometres off Australia’s east coast. It has a population of just under 12,000 people. The size of a small Aussie town.
Yet its government is trying to strong arm Australia’s domestic climate policies.
According to the AAP, Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga of Tuvalu warned that Australia’s ‘Pacific pivot’ is being undermined by its climate change policies.
Australia is planning a series of infrastructure projects to counter China’s growing investments and influence in the region.
But Enele Sopoaga is worried climate change could destroy his tiny Pacific nation if sea levels rise as some forecasts suggest.
Speaking to the ABC he said:
‘We cannot be regional partners under this step-up initiative — genuine and durable partners — unless the government of Australia takes a more progressive response to climate change… They know very well that we will not be happy as a partner, to move forward, unless they are serious.’
Chinese emissions dwarf Australia’s
Worrying about rising sea levels impacting your tiny island nation is certainly a valid concern.
Yet in calling for Australia to stop production of Queensland’s Adani coal mine and to make even deeper cuts to our carbon emissions, Sopoaga oversteps himself.
Worse still, he turns a blind eye to the fact that Chinese emissions dwarf Australia’s. And China continues to build new coal fired power plants with abandon. Even if Australia ceased emitting any pollution at all, it would have zero impact on sea levels.
Sopoaga needs to ask himself if his tiny country is willing to turn away aid from China and the US — another major global emitter — as well as turning his back on an offer of Australian partnership. And all because he’s been blinded by rhetoric from climate warriors who believe 25 million Aussies spread across an entire continent are a major cause for melting icecaps.
PS: Jason Stevenson exposes the ‘man made global warming’ hoax that we’ve been fed by the funding-hungry scientists — and reveals what could be in store for the next 20–30 years.