Sep 29, 2011

Abbott’s climate change Tea Party stirs in Canberra

It’s been fascinating to watch climate change emerge again as a political issue in the US, writes Giles Parkinson, of Climate Spectator.

It’s been fascinating to watch climate change emerge again as a political issue in the US, with President Barack Obama taking potshots at Republican Tea Party favourite and presidential candidate Rick Perry over his denial of climate science.

“You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change,” Obama said this week, revelling in the opportunity of engaging a debate he might actually win. Perry’s camp said the jibe was outrageous. But such was the impact that most US political commentators agreed on one thing: climate change is now back on the political agenda, and will be a key battleground in the 2012 presidentials.

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20 thoughts on “Abbott’s climate change Tea Party stirs in Canberra

  1. Pedantic, Balwyn

    The Labor Party hierarchy would do well to start wedging the Liberals on this subject.

    Few believe that Tony Abbott has changed his mind about climate change, merely paying lip service to the (small) majority of his Party that remain commited to addressing this serious issue.

    With the Nationals firmly on the side of the deniers and seemingly many right wing Liberals supporting them too, Labor should exploit the difference between them and “wet” Libs at every opportunity.

    It may just resonate with the public and get some momentum for Labor.

  2. Maccas

    It’s about time he came out with some answers if he thinks Labor is lost, why in the hell are the news reporters not asking hard questions, how long since any-one out there read a news-paper thats had a go at the Libral Party, I can’t recall one since they hounded Kevie out of office and trying the same tactic against Julia.I honestly can’t under-stand why people believe the garbage that comes out of his mouth, Phoney Tony has never had time for females or people on welfare so its got me tossed.Maccas

  3. Kieran Crichton

    Pedantic — look what happened the last time Labor wedged the coalition over the CPRS. I don’t recall that having lifted anyone’s respect for the government at the time. Bipartisanship was a ship that sailed too late in the piece to ensure the survival of Rudd or Turnbull, much less the CPRS bill.

    We should have had a carbon pricing regime operating by now, had the original (highly flawed) legislation passed.

    Look at where it’s all ended up and ask yourself this: do we really need to go through all of that again?

  4. heavylambs

    The thought that our legislature is being held hostage by these lightweights is hard to contemplate. The fact that our dominant media organs refuse to expose their nonsense regularly and in brutal detail is even worse. Is the issue really beyond the intellectual resources of most politicians and journalists?

  5. friedkrill

    Bring on the wedgie!

  6. leone

    Something you didn’t see in the media. Tony Abbott visited Port Macquarie on Tuesday and the event – organised by Bill Heffernan – was a dismal failure.

    It was supposed to be an invitation-only forum for ‘community leaders’ to discuss important issues with the Rabbott, but few invitees bothered to show up. The organisers were so desperate to fill the rows of empty seats that they opened the meeting to anyone who was silly enough to want in. Even then only 85 attended, mostly pensioners. The photos on the Port Macquarie News website say it all. I bet Abbott wished they hadn’t taken those shots.

    Sky News showed the whole thing and I bet Abbott wishes they hadn’t too. He looked disinterested and seemed very lacklustre – probably not the audience he had hoped for. Even Mad Bill looked bored to tears. Abbott used the meeting to bad-mouth Rob Oakeshott and to tell everyone that ‘all’ Australians want an election. That was about it, really.

  7. Lord Barry Bonkton

    B.J still thinks the world is Flat and that the scientists are lying to us. We pay these clowns good money to spruce the lies for their Fossil fuel donator mates. America here we come.

  8. Justin

    That’s um (http://www.portnews.com.au/multimedia/29115/346959/tony-abbott-visits-port-macquarie.aspx?Start=10), that’s unfortunate, *cough* really, I feel sorry for him *snort* (posts on FB).

    Labor should keep hitting Tony on the cost of his climate change plan, it’s ineffectiveness, and how our export markets already care about carbon-priced goods, even if our competitors don’t

  9. GocomSys

    If what Guy Rundle believes is true that “climate-change irrationalists” are either : stupid, delusional or malign and nihilistic, which category would you suggest the current federal opposition leader fits into?

    Also, about the proposed (and soon to be enacted?) ETS.

    Let’s consider the current policy a mere START. The infrastructure needs to be implemented NOW to give certainty to industry and consumers.
    Initially a fixed price ETS (purposely misnamed carbon tax) will become a full fledged ETS in a few years.
    The overall impact initially will be relatively minor during the “bedding down” process. Once the ETS is in place, adjustments and even modifications over time are a given, depending on changing domestic and international circumstances.

    The most difficult part is to overcome a conservative and/or uninformed mindset.

  10. CML

    The legislation will pass before the end of the year – the numbers have already been counted. Once the price on carbon pollution comes into effect next year, things will start to settle down. There is no way all that cr*p spouted by rAbbott is going to happen, and people might then see some sense and realise that they have been sold a load of rubbish by the coalition.
    Whether this will lead to a change in Labor’s fortunes is the great unknown. However, I don’t think there will be a change of PM for at least 12 months, probably longer. Maybe early 2013, if the polls remain as bad as they are now. We will just have to wait and see.

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