Pick which untruth you want today, or, A Case of Early Alzheimers?
July 2011, Star FM Gippsland (T. Abbott):
Yeah look I never said it was a myth. I once used some colourful language describing the so-called settled science of climate change but look, climate change is real, humanity does make a contribution to it and we’ve got to take effective action against it. I mean, that’s my position and that’s always been my position but I’ve never been in favour of a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme…
Sky News July 29, 2009 (same guy):
I also think that 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 of the carbon tax you’ve paid. It would be burdensome, all taxes are burdensome, but it would certainly change the price of carbon, raise the price of carbon without increasing in any way the overall burden. This Emissions Trading Scheme is almost impossible to understand. It involves some enormous offsets. It’s going to create business opportunities in a product that is not a real product.
Lateline October 2, 2009 (same guy):
So we are taking this issue seriously and we would like to see an ETS which excludes agriculture, which protects Australian jobs, which doesn’t damage export industries, which is at least as supportive of our jobs and our industries as the proposed American ETS is of theirs.
Daily Telegraph, July 10, 2009 (same guy):
I am wary of a system which creates new vested interests – which an ETS will do. I suspect that a straight carbon tax or charge could be more transparent and easier to change if conditions change or our understanding of the science changes.
Climate Change speech, July 2009 (same guy — having a really good month)
There is much to be said for an emissions trading scheme. It was, after all, the mechanism for emission reduction ultimately chosen by the Howard government. It enables an increasing market price to be set for carbon through capping volumes of emissions. The allocation of permits should mean that more carbon-efficient businesses have a surplus that can be sold to more carbon-intensive ones.
Interview with Alan Jones, December 2009:
And it seems that notwithstanding the dramatic increases in man made CO2 emissions over the last decade, the world’s warming has stopped. Now admittedly we are still pretty warm by recent historical standards but there doesn’t appear to have been any appreciable warming since the late 1990s.*
* 2000 – 2010: warmest global average temperates for any decade on record
More to come…..