CSIRO cuts are under fire but Joe Hockey jumps to their defence

Joe Hockey, former treasurer and now ambassador to the United States, has publicly defended Australia’s climate change efforts following an editorial
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Joe Hockey, former treasurer and now ambassador to the United States, has publicly defended Australia’s climate change efforts following an editorial criticising changes at the CSIRO in the New York Times.

Mr Hockey, appointed to the diplomatic posting by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, has jumped in to defend the decision penning a letter to the editor.

“Australia remains committed to climate science research and to increased global action to address climate change. CSIRO, Australia’s leading science agency, is making a strong contribution to the growing body of international climate change knowledge,” he writes.

“Many of our world-leading universities and climate scientists receive government funding for their research. We are renowned in international climate change forums for contributing a uniquely Southern Hemisphere perspective.”

This letter comes as a retaliation against the American newspaper’s editorial which claimed that Australia is turning its back on climate change. The article argued that shifting the focus from climate change research shocked the scientific community and undermined the commitments that were made at the summit in Paris in November.

“Undermining the search for commercially viable solutions that CSIRO proposes to join – makes no sense,” the editorial says.

The New York Times called for a suspension of chief executive Larry Marshall’s changes, including the axing of 350 positions. They also argued against the $111 million cut over four years as per the 2014 budget handed down by Mr Hockey.

The editorial argues that these changes will affect Australia’s ability to assist climate change support. “The cutbacks could also obstruct Australia’s role in supporting the landmark climate agreement reached in Paris in December, which, among other things, calls on scientifically advanced countries like Australia to assist developing countries with advice and support,” it says.

Mr Hockey rebuts this and finishes by writing that Australia “will continue to lead the way” and “continue to meet its international climate change obligations and commitments, including those made in the Paris Agreement.”

What do you think? Is he truly passionate about climate change or just defending his budget cuts?

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  1. Jennifer Dickson  

    He is defending HIS budget cuts. These were his actions before doing a runner into this cushy job. I would cut the politicians salaries and perks before touching the CSIRO, because the CSIRO is fantastic and does a wonderful job, whereas pollies are bombastic and are not working on our behalf, but on behalf of themselves and pals.

  2. John mead  

    I doubt if poor Joe knows what day it is
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  3. Joyce  

    We need all the help we can get to combat climate change. Joe Hockey was a skeptic in government and he has not changed. Remember it was the LNP who cut funding to alternate energy and are happy opening new mines. While we may not use the coal here where ever we send it will cause climate problems.

  4. shalong  

    THIS FAT GREEDY FOOL SHOULD HAVE BEEN SACKED RATHER THAN GIVEN A PLUM POSTING ‘FOR THE BOYS’! WHO CARES WHAT HE THINKS! WE NEED LEADERS WHO DO THE RIGHT THING RATHER THAN JUST KEEP THEIR BLOODY PARTY HAPPY….AND STOP WASTING OUR MONEY!!!

  5. Graham  

    Did you know that the US state of Oregon has just passed a law that required coal to be phased out by 2025?

    Coal is not the answer to the prayers of people in India and Africa. There is no infra structure to take the electricity to the people who nmeed it and building that infra structure is a trillion dollar job that will take 20 years. The days of big coal and oil fired power plants is over. The new age is distributed generation where the electricityu is manufactured just beside the user. PV costs are still plummeting. Remenber a few yearts ago when storage was impossibl and so PV and wind couldnt work? Now there are many manufacturers of batteries so huge that they can supply whole suburbs while the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesnt shine.
    We are starting to have more frequent blackouts. Why? I think its that the maintenanc eof the infrastructure has been farmed out to commercial operators and guess what? they would rather save money and forget maintenance – leave it for the next contract- so our supply is deteriorating.
    KING COAL has created a whole story about clean coal. Its just an impossible dream to stave off the inevitable. Putting a 20 year delivery time on it is just ridiculous. It would make much more sense to direct the money to a Carbon dioxide to fuel process which appears to just need development. At least there is hope at the end of that tunnel.
    We are governed by OLD MEN with OLD brains and no belief in genuine science so they fall back on mystic and snake oil.

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