Alan Jones has blasted New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for challenging Scott Morrison on his climate change stance.
During the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu – an island in the South Pacific – Ardern warned that the Morrison government ‘will have to answer to the Pacific’ on global warming.
Morrison is now under pressure to sign up to a statement from 18 countries calling for the world to stop using coal.
But the radio shock jock has rushed to the prime minister’s defence, urging Mr Morrison to ‘shove a sock down the throat’ of Ms Ardern.
‘Here she is preaching on global warming and saying that we’ve got to do something about climate change,’ Jones said on 2GB.
‘If you want to talk about the figures… the fact is New Zealand’s carbon dioxide has grown by 10.8 per cent per capita since 1990. Ours has grown by 1.8 per cent.
Alan Jones has taken aim at New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for challenging Scott Morrison on climate change
Jones said the New Zealand leader was a ‘complete clown’ after she pledged her nation would have a carbon-neutral economy by 2050.
‘I just wonder whether Scott Morrison is going to be fully briefed to shove a sock down her throat,’ he said.
‘She is a joke this woman, an absolute and utter light-weight. These people are an absolute joke and Jacinda Ardern is the biggest joke.’
In a passionate Facebook rant, Mr Jones went on to accuse Ms Ardern of excluding agriculture and methane from her calculations, because they ‘contribute half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions.’
Jones said that New Zealand’s carbon dioxide levels have grown by 10.8 per cent since 1990, while Australia’s have only risen by 1.8 per cent.
‘When it comes to fossil fuel power generation, coal, oil, gas, biomass – which is dirtier than Australian black coal – New Zealand gets 67.2 per cent; we get 84.8,’ Jones said.
‘But when it comes to wind and solar which she’s in love with, we get 12.1 per cent, New Zealand .93 per cent.
During the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu – an island in the South Pacific – Ardern warned that the Morrison government ‘will have to answer to the Pacific’ on global warming
Jones highlighted that Australia is responsible for .0000134 per cent of global emissions, while our New Zealand neighbours contribute .00000124 per cent.
‘The point is, no matter what either of us does, there will be no impact,’ he said.
Jones also pointed out the comparison in the number of Australian expats living in New Zealand and vice versa.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, there are 568,000 Kiwis in Australia.
‘Statistically we have five times New Zealand’s population but only 38,600 Aussies live in New Zealand,’ Jones said.
‘We have almost 15 times that number of Kiwis living here. Presumably they prefer Scott Morrison to Jacinda Ardern’.
‘That would be no surprise’.
Ardern reemphasised New Zealand’s strong course of action to ensure the global temperature increase was kept to 1.5 degrees.
‘Every single little bit matters. So that is why New Zealand has joined that international call. That is why we speak, I believe strongly on the international stage around these issues,’ Ms Ardern said according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
‘But ultimately we all have to take responsibility for ourselves … Australia has to answer to the Pacific. That is a matter for them.’
In Tuvalu on Wednesday, Morrison vouched that Australia would be a ‘champion’ for the environment in the Pacific.
Morrison’s visit to the tiny island nation of Tuvalu is the first prime ministerial visit since Bob Hawke in 1984.
Morrison till take the next few days to discuss the environment, the economic future and employment opportunities for young people in the region.
Earlier this week, Ardern reemphasised New Zealand’s strong course of action to ensure the global temperature increase was kept to 1.5 degrees