It is a bitter irony that as the scientific evidence for action on climate change mounts, the political consensus supporting that action is retreating — at least in Australia....
Most leadership ballots are driven by personalities; this one, however, was driven by some of my colleagues’ relentless determination to change the party’s policy on climate change and, above all, to vote down the ETS. A colourfully self-confessed climate sceptic, Mr Abbott became leader with the support of a group of vocal climate change deniers, the most significant of whom was Nick Minchin, the leader of the Opposition in the Senate. He has said that the planet is cooling not warming, that the majority of the Liberal Party does not believe that human beings are causing global warming and that the climate change issue is being used by what he described as “the extreme Left” to “do what they’ve always wanted to do: to sort of de-industrialise the Western world.”
A curious feature of climate change denial is that it seems to be found overwhelmingly in the ranks of the old. I have never known a contentious issue where one side of the debate is so old. While I cannot explain this phenomenon, it does have a political significance.
We should listen to the young — their passion for action on climate change and their concern for the environment reflects the fact that they have the most future at stake.
Malcolm Turnbull was leader of the Liberal Party in Australia, 2008-09
So Malc, what exactly is wrong with the analysis that; "the climate change issue is being used by “the extreme Left” to “do what they’ve always wanted to do: to sort of de-industrialise the Western world.”?
So Malc, how exactly is "the scientific evidence for action on climate change mounting"?
So Malc, do you think you will always be remembered as "leader of the Liberal Party in Australia, 2008-09" Lost in Action in the Climate Wars?