Ex-Aussie PM: cli­mate change is a good thing

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CLI­MATE change is a good thing be­cause less peo­ple die in warm weather, says former Aussie prime min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott.

He made the claim in his speech to the Global Warm­ing Pol­icy foun­da­tion in Lon­don this week, adding the “so-called set­tled science of cli­mate change” was “ab­so­lute crap”.

Mr Ab­bott likened cli­mate sci­en­tists to the “thought po­lice” at the Lon­don conference, which in­cluded other cli­mate change scep­tics.

He said Aussie ef­forts to re­duce emis­sions would be fu­tile on a global plat­form, telling the cen­tre-right Global Warm­ing Pol­icy Fo­rum cli­mate-change poli­cies did more harm than global warm­ing it­self.

He said: “Cli­mate change is prob­a­bly do­ing good – or at least, more good than harm. Far more peo­ple die in cold snaps than in heat waves, so a grad­ual lift in global tem­per­a­tures – if it’s ac­com­pa­nied by more pros­per­ity and more ca­pac­ity to adapt to change – might even be ben­e­fi­cial.”

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