Monday, July 4, 2011

Tony Abbott arguing for a carbon tax in 2009

This is Tony Abbott in 2009, denying climate change, arguing against the 'complex' CPRS scheme and arguing for a 'simple carbon tax'. At least former leader Malcolm Turnbull was approaching climate change action in a bipartisan way. Abbott doesn't even have the intellectual rigour to appreciate climate science and the impacts already being felt in a warming world.

Tony Abbott: "If you want to put a price on carbon why not just do it with a simple tax? Why not ask motorists to pay more? Why not ask electricity consumers to pay more?"

"And then at the end of the year, you can take your invoices to the tax office and get a rebate on the carbon tax you paid."

"It would be burdensome, all taxes are burdensome, but it would certainly change the price on carbon, raise the price on carbon without increasing in any way the overall tax burden."

John Cook from Skeptical Science has some in depth commentaries debunking climate myths espoused by Tony Abbott:
* Is the science settled?
* Evidence for global warming
* Does CO2 always correlate with temperature (and if not, why not?)

Read Malcolm Turnbull on the Coalition's Climate Change Policy from March 2011, or that in March 2010 academics and scientists called the Coalition's 'direct action' plan just "tinkering at the edges".

Original Interview Source: Full interview with David Speers Sky News Interview with Tony Abbott. Uploaded to youtube by SkyNewsAustralia on Jul 29, 2009

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