Jun 25, 2014

Explainer: did Clive Palmer just save the planet?

Clive Palmer dropped a bombshell on climate policy tonight. He's a fair bit greener -- and Tony Abbott will be fuming. Crikey explains what just happened.

Cathy Alexander — Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

Cathy Alexander

Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

Kingmaker Clive Palmer has saved the furniture on climate policy, in a bizarre press conference with environmental crusader Al Gore. Spin and media fiction aside, here's an explanation of what Palmer's announcement means.

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37 thoughts on “Explainer: did Clive Palmer just save the planet?

  1. Wobbly

    He’s not the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy.

  2. Flickknifetipsy

    That is so true Wobbly!

  3. botswana bob

    Clive is a sly old fox presenting himself as the Green miner. He has totally flummoxed phoney Tony, making Australia’s leading climate change refusenik look more like a bozo then he usually does.

  4. Wobbly

    Clive to Tony tomorrow: “Just about to come over for that meeting mate. You sure I can’t bring anything? Hang on a sec mate…”
    Clive (muffled) “Al – can you wrap those shit sandwiches in Glad Wrap mate. We’re off to see Toenails.”
    Clive to Tony: “yeah we’ll be right over. See ya.”

  5. Chris Hartwell

    Sly old fox indeed. As always, Clive looks out for Clive. But, and this is always the hard part, Clive looking out for Clive may just benefit the rest of us as well.

  6. Simon

    Well at least he looks like he has some kind of vision. (even though he doesn’t).
    … and it doesn’t seem to matter if he looks like he’s a few sandwiches short of a picnic (or maybe too many sandwiches)

  7. Liamj

    Isn’t the populist good cop Clive lovely after Tony wingnut bad cop. But all the wind turbines & pv panels in the world wont themselves solve climate change, and i do wish Oz journo’s would stop writing the LNPPUPs press releases for them.

  8. Gregory Oakes

    Not a bad result all up, but I’m not going to place in faith in Palmer until he does something like divest his coal mining interests. After all, a fortnight ago Waratah Coal announced that is will pursue legal action against the Qld State Government for rejecting a proposed rail corridor in central Queensland.

  9. Fiona

    And he still hasn’t stated his position on the Emissions Reduction Fund, apart from stating he thinks it’s a “waste of money”. Will he or won’t he support its implementation? Because if he doesn’t, then Australia is left with one small scheme aimed at reducing emissions – the Carbon Farming Initiative (on which the ERF is based), and it can’t generate enough to meet even the 5% reduction Abbott is committed to.

    It’s all very cute but in the meantime, there are real people trying to implement actual policy on the ground, and the uncertainty while people play politics and grandstanding is insane.

  10. beachcomber

    Well done on the best attempt in today’s media to make sense of the scramble that spills out of Clive Palmer’s mouth.
    I don’t think Al Gore had any idea why he was there, or what Clive was saying.
    Nor do most people including journalists today.
    But Palmer has allowed Abbott to lead the only Government in the world that is repealling action on Climate Change.
    And there will be nothing to replace it.
    No Direct Inaction.
    And an ETS that works only when everyone else on the planet gets one before us.

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