Cli­mate change is real: Ab­bott

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

FED­ERAL Op­po­si­tion Leader Tony Ab­bott has de­clared cli­mate change is real af­ter be­ing at­tacked for telling a com­mu­nity fo­rum that the science wasn’t set­tled.

Mr Ab­bott on Mon­day said: ‘‘ whether car­bon diox­ide is quite the en­vi­ron­men­tal vil­lain that some peo­ple make it out to be is not yet proven’’.

He in­fa­mously de­clared in 2009 the science was ‘‘ crap’’ but has since stated he ac­cepts hu­mans are con­tribut­ing to global warm­ing.

Yes­ter­day ,the Lib­eral leader stated that ‘‘ cli­mate change is real’’.

‘‘ Hu­man­ity is mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion,’’ Mr Ab­bott told Ade­laide ra­dio.

‘‘ It’s im­por­tant to have a strong and ef­fec­tive pol­icy to bring emis­sions down and that is what we’re do­ing.’’

Cli­mate Change Min­is­ter Greg Com­bet said Mr Ab­bott’s com­ments at the fo­rum demon­strated he ‘‘ clearly doesn’t ac­cept the cli­mate science’’.

While the po­lit­i­cal biffo con­tin­ued un­abated, Can­berra aca­demic Frank Jotzo gave a tick of ap­proval to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s plan for pric­ing car­bon.

‘‘ Start­ing with a fixed price and later mov­ing to cap-and­trade al­lows an or­derly tran- sition from al­lo­cat­ing costs and risks to gov­ern­ment . . . to al­lo­cat­ing price and in­vest­ment risks to ma­jor emit­ting busi­nesses over time,’’ the Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity re­searcher wrote yes­ter­day. Prime Min­is­ter Ju­lia Gil­lard made it clear on Mon­day night she’d have pre­ferred to go straight to an emis­sions trad­ing scheme but couldn’t due to the ‘‘ mi­nor­ity par­lia­ment’’.

Ms Gil­lard told ABC TV she’d been forced to ‘‘ walk away’’ from her pledge not to in­tro­duce a car­bon tax.

But Mr Ab­bott said her per­for­mance was wor­thy of Walt Dis­ney. ‘‘ This ex­cuse, ‘ The Greens made me do it’, just doesn’t wash,’’ he said.

The Op­po­si­tion Leader said Ms Gil­lard knew the mi­nor party would prob­a­bly hold the bal­ance of power in the Se­nate when she made her orig­i­nal prom­ise be­fore the fed­eral elec­tion.

Mr Com­bet’s of­fice yes­ter­day was spruik­ing the re­sults of an Es­sen­tial Poll that found sup­port for pric­ing car­bon jumped from 38 to 54 per cent when peo­ple were told low and mid­dle-in­come earn­ers would be com­pen­sated for price rises.

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