EU emissions red tape has provoked a furious backlash on Australian television from Sky guest Greg Sheridan. The bloc has slapped a carbon levy on key steel and aluminium exports, a move Mr Shredian slammed as “ludicrous” and accused Brussels of showing “zero strategic solidarity” with Australia. He added that the EU has set to punish Australians for not subscribing to Brussels’ zero emissions by 2050 target.
Mr Sheridan said: “To speak very bluntly, the European Union is essentially the work of the devil.
“It’s operating procedure is this, it ties itself up in ludicrous regulatory knots and imposes grotesque cost disadvantageous on itself.
“It then tries to export those cost disadvantages through the treaty system and multilateralism them.
He continued: “The European Union won’t impose these on a nation like China because it will get a developing country exemption.
“Meanwhile Australia, despite our record population growth, has actually reduced our emissions by substantially more per capita than the OECD average.
“But we don’t have this European rhetoric now nobody is going to get to zero-emission by 2050. This is a fantasy target.
“But the Europeans will punish us for not having their rhetoric and in the meantime the countries with which we compete most heavily geo-strategically like China will not impose any of these absurd costs on themselves.”
“Even countries we like Indonesia, India and so on they are going hell for leather creating coal-fired power stations at a great rate of knots.
“And they won’t suffer any disadvantage either.
“But the European Union which shows zero strategic solidarity with Australia on matters of geostrategic interest, democratic values anything else is going to punish Australia for not living up to the EU and its record of woeful platitudes and underperformance.
It comes after EU officials were warned they will soon find themselves playing catch up on transport emissions as the UK forges ahead with plans to scrap all petrol and diesel car sales by 2030.
The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) said Brussels must make some big decisions in the coming year or lag behind Britain on cutting transport emissions.
The IEEP said: “The ball is now firmly in the EU’s court.
“The good news is that the European Commission has launched its sustainable mobility strategy, including the revision of the CO2 standards for light vehicles.
“But to claim a position as a global climate leader on transport, EU leaders must push for some big decisions this year.”