Communism, Money Behind Net Zero Push: Australian Senators

A Queensland senator has argued that money and communism are behind the push for renewable energy.

In an interview with the Epoch Times, Nationals Senator Matt Canavan said the Net Zero agenda is being driven primarily by two groups: Western companies and the Chinese Communist Party.

“The root of all evil is money, so these two forces together have proven diabolical and very difficult to counter. The second root is communism.” he said.

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Senator Matt Canavan in the Houses of Parliament at the Houses of Parliament in Canberra, Australia, July 4, 2019. (Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)

“So, I think, put together, there is an alliance between big business and the big communists who are trying to destroy Western industry.”

“Many are investing heavily in renewable energy, many are investing heavily in carbon credits, and we are doing everything we can to keep these games perpetuated.”

His comments suggest governments in developed countries are embarking on aggressive campaigns to achieve net zero, including spending billions of dollars building renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and storage batteries. sometimes issued.

Over the past decade, Australia has increased its share of electricity generation from renewable sources. steadily increasing Although it was about 20% in 2018, the share of electricity generation from non-renewable sources has declined from about 92% in 2007-08 to less than 85% in 2018.

Investment in large-scale renewable energy projects more than doubled in the three years from 2015 to 2018, surpassing $10 billion in 2018.

The Australian Labor Government has set an emission reduction target of 43% by 2030 and net zero by 2050.

China benefits from promoting renewable energy

Meanwhile, this push from Australia comes despite China having 1,110 coal-fired power plants in operation as of 2022, more than any other country in the world. . StatistaThis is nearly four times the number of power plants in second place India.

At the same time, China’s control over 80% of all parts of the solar panel supply chain means that the West’s net zero push will benefit China. International Energy Agency I warned you.

A survey by the Epoch Times in April this year revealed that 70% of Australia’s 60 largest solar farms use solar panels made in China.

Canavan told The Epoch Times that he doesn’t believe Australia should “shut down what works and replace it with something that might work”.

“Politicians are just guided by what they think people want. We are in a democratic country, so the most important thing for most politicians is to keep seats and jobs. It is,” he said.

“They will fall into the trap of making people think what the latest fashion is. [rather than] Think long term. “

Nina Nguyen


Nina Nguyen is a reporter based in Sydney. She covers Australian news with a focus on social, cultural and identity issues. She is fluent in Vietnamese. Please contact her at [email protected].