In October 2013, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Neil Mitchell on 3AWRadio that the recent bushfires were not a result of global warming climate change.
Leftists were infuriated recently when G20 leader Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will not “clutter up the G20 agenda” with global warming junk science.
Think Progress whined:
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In December, Australia took over leadership of the G20. In normal times, this would’ve been welcome news for the global community deeply concerned with the impacts of climate change. But these are not normal times in Australia, politically or environmentally. Before Tony Abbott was elected Prime Minister of Australia last September, the country was known for passing a national carbon tax, striving for ambitious greenhouse gas reductions targets, investing heavily in renewable energy, and valuing the input of leading climate scientists. Since then, however, Abbott and his Liberal Party coalition in power have rolled back any initiative on climate and environment as much as possible, and pivoted to a focus on growing the economy through doubling-down on Australia’s powerful fossil fuel industry.
Abbott has not been hesitant to push his agenda globally either, if he thinks it will benefit him at home. In October, he engaged U.N. Climate Chief Christiana Figueres in a debate over the link between climate change and bushfires in Australia, saying that Figueres was “talking through her hat” in regards to climate change’s role in the fires. Then in the lead up to the G20 meeting in Sydney in February, Abbott said he didn’t want to “clutter up the G20 agenda with every worthy and important cause, because if we do, we will squander the opportunity to make a difference in the vital area of economic growth.”
His remarks, made at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland in January, were clearly targeted at those who want climate change to play a leading role on the G20 agenda, including Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, who toldAustralian television that the issue of climate change “must be dealt with.”…
…The U.S. has also been highly critical of Abbott’s neglect to include climate change on the G20 agenda. President Obama’s G20 emissary, Caroline Atkinson, recently said that within the G20 there is a growing understanding of the importance of addressing climate and energy issues and that these issues also impact Australia’s economic growth priorities. Then this week, Heather Zichal, who up until recently was President Obama’s lead climate and energy adviser, said “Ignoring one of the biggest challenges we have ever faced is simply not an option … sitting out climate change negotiations is not in Australia’s or any other nations’ interest. It is a huge mistake.”
Thanks goodness, there’s at least one Western leader with some guts and common sense.