Good news for Tony Abbott: Off the deep end on climate change

Tony Abbott has gone off the deep end when it comes to climate change, expressing the view that the climate has cooled in recent years. This view alone – the equivalent to believing the sun rotates around the earth or that the world is only 6000 years old – is enough to disqualify Tony Abbott as a viable alternative PM.

I have pointed out in the past that there was that high year a few years ago and the warming, if you believe various measuring organisations, hasn’t increased … the point is not the science, the point is how should government respond, and we have a credible response.

Tony Abbott, 4 Corners

It seems that Tony Abbott has taken as his main scientific advisor on climate change the discredited denialist Ian Plimer – a geologist by training. Abbott has ignored the advice of the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology – two leading climate research institutes – as well as the Australian Academy of Science’s report on the science of climate change (released yesterday, link is a pdf).

Even if you only read the summary of the AAS’s report, the findings are pretty clear:

The global average surface temperature has increased over the last century and many other associated changes have been observed. The available evidence implies that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are the main cause. It is expected that, if greenhouse gas emissions continue at business-as-usual rates, global temperatures will further increase significantly over the coming century and beyond.

We need to rapidly stop carbon pollution in Australia and show some leadership in transforming our economy into a 21st century, low carbon economy. If Tony Abbott became Prime Minister – a job he is woefully unqualified for – it would be a disaster for our environment and our economy.

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