Tony Abbott on Climate Change in Washington Post

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Tony Abbott on Climate Change in Washington Post

Postby HVPA_research » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:37 am


A recent article "‘It’s been hot before’: faulty logic skews the climate debate " provided a link to an interview in the Washington post.

Lally Weymouth: An interview with Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Australia’s new prime minister, Tony Abbott, spoke with The Post’s Lally Weymouth this week by phone — and did not mince words when it came to his opinion of the Labor government that preceded him. Excerpts:

Only the parts of the interview related to climate change are archived here. It is important to read what Tony Abbott actually said and to have the quotes handy.

LW: During your campaign you called for a repeal of the carbon tax imposed by the Labor Party. Why are you against this tax?

TA: The carbon tax is bad for the economy and it doesn’t do any good for the environment. Despite a carbon tax of $37 a ton by 2020, Australia’s domestic emissions were going up, not down. The carbon tax was basically socialism masquerading as environmentalism, and that’s why it’s going to get abolished.

LW: It will be abolished this year?

TA: As soon as possible. If the Labor Party wants to give the people of Australia a Christmas present, they will vote to abolish the carbon tax. It was damaging the economy without helping the environment. It was a stupid tax. A misconceived tax.

LW: Since you want to abolish the carbon tax — does that mean you are skeptical about climate change?

TA: I’m not one of those people who runs around and says every time there’s a fire or a flood, that proves climate change is getting worse. Australia has had fires and floods since the beginning of time. We’ve had much bigger floods and fires than the ones we’ve recently experienced. You can hardly say they were the result of anthropic global warming.

LW: So do you believe in climate change or are you skeptical?

TA: This argument has become far too theological for anyone’s good. I accept that climate change is a reality. And I support policies that will be effective in reducing emissions, but I do think there is too much climate-change alarmism.
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