The Talk Heard Around the World

The Talk Heard Around the World

Tony Abbott, MP, former Prime Minister of Australia, spoke in London at the 2017 Annual GWPF Lecture on October 9, and his comments have reverberated around the world.

Australia has suffered blackouts as the result of its efforts to cut CO2 emissions by relying on unreliable wind and solar in preference to coal and natural gas.

Some of his comments, as they relate to global warming and Australia’s efforts to cut CO2 emissions, are cited below.

Prime Minister Abbott used three sentences to warn against scientific consensus:

“The modern world, after all, is not the product of a successful search for consensus. It’s what’s emerged from centuries of critical enquiry and hard clash.”

“Beware the pronouncement, ‘the science is settled’. It’s the spirit of the Inquisition, the thought-police down the ages.”

“What the ‘science is settled’ brigade want is to close down investigation by equating questioning with superstition. It’s an aspect of the wider weakening of the Western mind which poses such dangers to the world’s future.”

He summarized the historical evidence:

“Paleontology indicates that over millions of years there have been warmer periods and cooler periods that don’t correlate with carbon dioxide concentrations. The Jurassic warm period and the ice ages occurred without any human contribution at all. The medieval warm period when crops were grown in Greenland and the mini-ice age when the Thames froze over occurred well before industrial activities added to atmospheric carbon dioxide.”

“Contrary to the breathless assertions that climate change is behind every weather event, in Australia, the floods are not bigger, the bushfires are not worse, the droughts are not deeper or longer, and the cyclones are not more severe than they were in the 1800s. Sometimes, they do more damage but that’s because there’s more to destroy, not because their intensity has increased.”

And spoke about how the temperature records have been tampered with:

“So far, though, there’s no concession that their models might require revision even though unadjusted data suggests that the 1930s were actually the warmest decade in the United States and that temperatures in Australia have only increased by 0.3 degrees over the past century, not the 1 degree usually claimed.”

“The growing evidence that records have been adjusted, that the impact of urban heat islands has been downplayed, and that data sets have been slanted in order to fit the theory of dangerous anthropogenic global warming does not make it false; but it should produce much caution about basing drastic action upon it.”

And of Australia’s current plight:

“Australia, for instance, has the world’s largest readily available supplies of coal, gas and uranium, yet thanks to a decade of policy based more on green ideology than common sense, we can’t be sure of keeping the lights on this summer.”

“In September last year, though, the wind blew so hard that the turbines had to shut down – and the inter-connector with Victoria and its reliable coal-fired power failed too. For 24 hours, there was a state wide blackout. For nearly two million people, the lights were off, cash registers didn’t work, traffic lights went down, lifts stopped, and patients were sent home from hospitals.”

“Because the weather is unpredictable, you never really know when renewable power is going to work. Its marginal cost is low but so is its reliability.”

“A market that’s driven by subsidies rather than by economics always fails. Subsidy begets subsidy until the system collapses into absurdity. In Australia’s case, having subsidized renewables, allegedly to save the planet; we’re now faced with subsidizing coal, just to keep the lights on.”

And finally:

“So far, climate change policy has generated new taxes, new subsidies and new restrictions in rich countries; and new demands for more aid from poor countries. But for the really big emitters, China and India, it’s a first world problem. Between them, they’re building or planning more than 800 new coal-fired power stations – often using Australian coal – with emissions, on average, 30 per cent lower than from our own aging generators.”

“Primitive people once killed goats to appease the volcano gods. We’re more sophisticated now but are still sacrificing our industries and our living standards to the climate gods to little more effect.”

These are short, verbatim extracts from Prime Minister Abbott’s talk. The entire talk is available from The GWPF website.

The author with Tony Abbott, MP, former Prime Minister, in Sydney, February 2017
The author with Tony Abbott, MP, former Prime Minister, in Sydney, February 2017

 

4 Replies to “The Talk Heard Around the World”

  1. Perhaps I need to offer a lump of coal as an atonement of my sin at the base of a wind turbine that is not working because of strong winter storms that happen every winter. Dang…..I did it again. Great article.

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