Abbott and the RIGHT on climate change

Posted on February 26, 2011

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Tony Abbott is so out of touch he said the argument on Climate Change is “absolute crap”.

1. Tony Abbott said climate change is “absolute crap”. “The argument [on climate change] is absolute crap.” SOURCE: THE AUSTRALIAN, 12 DECEMBER 2009. To view the full article click here.

“We can’t conclusively say whether man-made carbon dioxide emissions are contributing to climate change.” SOURCE: TONY ABBOTT, SPEECH, 27 JULY 2009 To view the full speech ‘A Realist’s Approach to Climate Change’ click here.

“I think the science behind the policy is contentious to say the least.” SOURCE: ABC RADIO AM, 4 AUGUST 2009 To view the full transcript click here.

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“I am, as you know, hugely unconvinced by the so-called settled science on climate change.” SOURCE: ABC 7.30 REPORT, 27 JULY 2009. To view the full transcript click here.

“It seems that, notwithstanding the dramatic increases in manmade CO2 emissions over the last decade, the world’s warming has stopped.” SOURCE: HERALD SUN, 5 JANUARY 2010.

 

2. Experts say Tony Abbott’s plan to tackle climate change will actually result in higher emissions. A Climate Institute analysis last week found the Coalition’s policies would result in emissions being 7 per cent higher than 2000 by 2020. That’s a long way from a 5 per cent cut. SOURCE: SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 19 JULY 2010 To view the full article ‘Climate Institute at odds with

 

3. Representatives of the electricity industry say Tony Abbott’s plans will result in higher electricity prices.

Chief Executive of the Energy Supply Association, Brad Page, says:

”Without a long-term carbon price the problem of inefficient investment has still not been addressed and electricity prices will still go up,” Mr Page said. SOURCE: SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 30 JULY 2010 View the full article ‘Abbott’s plans don’t stack up as prices set to rise’

 

4. Tony Abbott disputes that humans are responsible for climate change. Asked by the ABC’s Four Corners if he still disputed that humans are responsible for climate change, Mr Abbott said: ”Sure, but that’s not really relevant at the moment.” SOURCE: THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 17 AUGUST 2010

 

5. Despite scientific proof, Tony Abbott does not believe global temperatures are rising. ”I have pointed out in the past that there was that high year a few years ago, and … if you believe the various measuring organisations, [the temperature] hasn’t increased, but again the point is not the science, the point is how should government respond and we have a credible response that will achieve a 5 per cent reduction by 2020 and the government doesn’t.”

 

Mr Abbott was referring to global temperatures in 1998, which coincided with a heat-inducing El Nino cycle, and by some measures was slightly hotter than 2005. However, the same measurements show that the warming trend has continued steadily since the late 1990s. SOURCE: THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 17 AUGUST 2010 Read the full article Abbott still doubts planet is getting hotter.

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6. When Tony Abbott became Opposition leader he promoted climate change sceptics. EXTRACT FROM SYDNEY MORNING HERALD ARTICLE: Abbott’s leadership marks the triumphant return of the climate sceptics to the top of the federal Liberal Party. SOURCE: SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 2 DECEMBER 2009. To view the full article ‘Climate sceptics have made their triumphant return’ click here.

EXTRACT FROM SYDNEY MORNING HERALD ARTICLE: Climate change sceptics triumph SOURCE: SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 9 DECEMBER 2009. To view the full article ‘Climate change sceptics triumph’ click here.

EXTRACT FROM SYDNEY MORNING HERALD ARTICLE: Nick Minchin: I don’t mind being branded a sceptic about the theory that that human emissions and CO2 are the main driver of global change – of global warming. I don’t accept that and I’ve said that publicly. I guess if I can say it, I would hope that others would feel free to do so. SOURCE: FOUR CORNERS ABC, 9 NOVEMBER 2009. To view the full transcript click here.

7. Sydney Morning Herald journalist Adam Morton says Tony Abbott is not telling the whole truth when he talks about rising electricity prices and a carbon tax. What he doesn’t tell them is that power bills are going up anyway, for a host of reasons – massive network upgrades and the 20 per cent renewable energy target (that was backed by the opposition as well as the Government) for starters. SOURCE: SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 19 JULY 2010 Read the full article ‘Climate Institute at odds with Abbott’s carbon copy’.

8. Tony Abbott can’t make up his mind about a price on carbon. On the first day of the election campaign Tony Abbott said he opposed a price on carbon. “I do not support… making consumers pay a price on carbon.” SOURCE: ABC, 18 JULY 2010. Read the full article here. But he changed his mind just 24 hours later. “If the world does, obviously that is a new situation and we would have to adjust to it.” SOURCE: THE AGE, 20 JULY 2010

9. >> First Tony Abbott supported an ETS. “The Howard Government (in 2007) proposed an emissions trading scheme because this seemed the best way to obtain the highest emission reduction at the lowest cost.” SOURCE: BATTLELINES, 2009, PAGE 171

>> Then Tony Abbott opposed an ETS. “This is not the time to take this risk.” SOURCE: ABC LATELINE, 17 MARCH 2009

>> Then Tony Abbott again supported an ETS. EXTRACT FROM THE AUSTRALIAN ARTICLE: We must vote for ETS: Abbott SOURCE: THE AUSTRALIAN, 24 JULY 2009. To view the full article ‘Senior Liberals at odds on climate change strategy’ click here.

“There is much to be said for an emissions trading scheme. It was, after all, the mechanism for emission reduction ultimately chosen by the Howard government.” SOURCE: TONY ABBOTT SPEECH ‘A Realist’s Approach to Climate Change’, 27 JULY 2009 To view the full speech click here.

“I think that the science is far from settled but on the insurance principle you are prepared to take reasonable precautions against significant potential risks, and that’s I think why it makes sense to have an ETS,” SOURCE: ABC NEWS ‘Abbott backs Turnbull despite climate change doubts’, 4 OCTOBER 2009 To view the full article click here.

“If the Government substantially accepts our amendments there is no reason why this legislation can’t be passed.” SOURCE: THE AUSTRALIAN, 11 NOVEMBER 2009. To view the full article ‘Row over sceptics hits climate ETS talks’ click here.

>> Now again Tony Abbott opposes it and even says climate change is “absolute crap”. EXTRACT FROM PERTHNOW NEWS ARTICLE: Tony Abbott resigns from Liberal front bench over ETS stance” SOURCE: PerthNow 26 NOVEMBER 2009. To view the full article ‘Tony Abbott resigns from Liberal front bench over ETS stance’ click here.

EXTRACT FROM BUSINESS SPECTATOR NEWS ARTICLE: Abbott says opposition will vote against ETS legislation in Senate if decision not delayed. SOURCE: BUSINESS SPECTATOR, 1 DECEMBER 2009. To view the full article ‘Abbott says opposition will vote against ETS legislation in Senate if decision not delayed’

 

10. Former Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull’s comments on Tony Abbott’s position. “Tony himself has, in just four or five months, publicly advocated the blocking of the ETS, the passing of the ETS, the amending of the ETS and, if the amendments were satisfactory, passing it, and now the blocking of it.” “We have an Opposition whose current leadership dismisses the Howard Government’s ETS policy as being just a political ploy. We have an Opposition Leader who has in the space of a few months held every possible position on the issue, each one contradicting the position he expressed earlier.” SOURCE: TURNBULL WEBSITE BLOG, 7 DECEMBER 2009.

 

11. Tony Abbott says he is against a carbon tax, but his plan has been labelled as “just another type of carbon tax” – but one that gives taxpayer’s money directly to polluters, funding a scheme that won’t bring about lasting change. The chief executive of The Climate Institute, John Connor, said the Coalition policy to subsidise one or two power stations was ”just another type of carbon tax”. ”It is still taxpayers’ money buying emission reductions. It’s just instead of businesses taking responsibility for their own pollution, the taxpayer takes responsibility for it directly,” he said. ”Without a price on carbon, it won’t do anything to shift the rest of the economy.” SOURCE: SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 30 JULY 2010 Read the full article ‘Abbott’s plans don’t stack up as prices set to rise’

 

12. The power industry says electricity prices will rise faster until there is a long term plan to tackle climate change. The power industry itself says they will go up faster while there is uncertainty about a carbon price, as they prop up the grid with comparatively expensive open-cycle gas turbine stations, rather than new baseload generation. SOURCE: SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 19 JULY 2010 Read the full article ‘Climate Institute at odds with Abbott’s carbon copy’.

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Abbott’s song sheet on carbon…

The shadow treasurer, Joe Hockey, has said he believes a carbon price is ”inevitable”, and the environment spokesman, Greg Hunt, said last December the Coalition would use the direct action policy of government grants to reduce emissions in the ”first instance” but would ”consider [a carbon price] when we know what the US is going to do”.SMH.com.au

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