By Eric Worrall- Re-Blogged From WUWT
The Australian Government ABC confirming my view that climate activism is a virtue signalling hobby for comfortable urban elitists.
Election 2019: What happened to the climate change vote we heard about?
By Matt Mcdonald
It was supposed to be the big issue of the 2019 Australian federal election: climate change.
In the survey more than 60 per cent of Australians agreed with the sentiment that “Global warming is a serious and pressing problem. We should begin taking steps now even if this involves significant cost”.
And while a self-selecting sample, those filling out the ABC’s Vote Compass survey consistently emphasised climate change as a crucial issue for them at the election.
Crucially, those identifying it as the most important issue had risen from 9 per cent in 2016 to 29 per cent in 2019.
Here the emphasis on quality of life over immediate economic and physical needs encourages a focus on issues like climate change. But this is a sensibility that speaks to those in higher socio-economic brackets, and principally with higher levels of education.
It isn’t particularly applicable to regional Queensland, for example, especially when constituents in the latter view large scale mining operations as a crucial potential source of income and employment.
Voters feared climate policy more than climate change
In this election, Australians were suddenly faced with a prospective Labor Government ready with a suite of measures to tackle climate change.
And they were presented with an account of these measures as a devastating economic blow to Australian prosperity and growth.
However discredited much of this modelling ultimately was, and the broader fear campaign about everything from electricity prices to the end of petrol-based cars, it raised the spectre of immediate economic sacrifice for Australians.
Of course there is a simpler question the ABC failed to ask; why were any government measures at all required to tackle climate change?
Last December the Australian Government CSIRO claimed wind power plus energy storage is cheaper than coal, even without government subsidies.
Yet during the election the Australian opposition manifesto included an intimidating raft of targets and mandates to force the adoption of these allegedly cost saving green energy options.
What’s up with that? Voters aren’t idiots. The green narrative simply doesn’t make sense.