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Climate Misinformer: Tony Abbott

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Climate Myth What the Science Says
"This is a government which is proposing to put at risk our manufacturing industry, to penalise struggling families, to make a tough situation worse for millions of households right around Australia. And for what? To make not a scrap of difference to the environment any time in the next 1000 years."
29 March 2011 (Source)

CO2 limits won't cool the planet, but they can make the difference between continued accelerating global warming to catastrophic levels vs. slowing and eventually stopping the warming at hopefully safe levels

"Whether carbon dioxide is quite the environmental villain that some people make it out to be is not yet proven."
15 March 2011 (Source)

Through its impacts on the climate, CO2 presents a danger to public health and welfare, and thus qualifies as an air pollutant

"I don't think we can say that the science is settled here. "
14 March 2011 (Source)
That human CO2 is causing global warming is known with high certainty & confirmed by observations.
"Climate change is a relatively new political issue, but it’s been happening since the earth’s beginning. The extinction of the dinosaurs is thought to have been associated with climate change. [unverified]"
9 March 2011 (Source)
Climate reacts to whatever forces it to change at the time; humans are now the dominant forcing.
"The climate has changed over the eons and we know from history, at the time of Julius Caesar and Jesus of Nazareth the climate was considerably warmer than it is now. [...] Climate change happens all the time and it is not man that drives those climate changes back in history. It is an open question how much the climate changes today and what role man plays."
8 May 2010 (Source)
Climate reacts to whatever forces it to change at the time; humans are now the dominant forcing.
"It was the so-called settled science of climate change, that I thought was to be described in language that I wouldn't use on a family program."
2 February 2010 (Source)
That human CO2 is causing global warming is known with high certainty & confirmed by observations.
"I want to reduce emissions [...] but I think we've also got to accept that carbon dioxide is an essential trace gas as well."
2 February 2010 (Source)

Many substances are dangerous even in trace amounts; what really matters is the total amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.

"These so-called nasty big polluters are the people that keep the lights on. I mean, let's not forget how essential these people are to the business of daily life."
2 February 2010 (Source)

A number of renewable sources already do provide baseload power, and we don't need renewables to provide a large percentage of baseload power immediately.

"If man-made CO2 was quite the villain that many of these people say it is, why hasn't there just been a steady increase starting in 1750, and moving in a linear way up the graph?"
19 November 2009 (Source)
There is long-term correlation between CO2 and global temperature; other effects are short-term.
"I am not setting myself up as the great expert here, but the Hadley Institute in Britain, which is apparently one of the most reputable of these measuring centres, according to press reports, has found that after heating up very significantly in the previous 25 years, there seems to have been a slight cooling, but at a high plateau I'll accept that."
19 November 2009 (Source)
The last decade 2000-2009 was the hottest on record.
"The fact that we have had if anything cooling global temperatures over the last decade, not withstanding continued dramatic increases of carbon dioxide emissions, suggests the role of CO2 is not nearly as clear as the climate catastrophists suggest."
29 July 2009 (Source)
There is long-term correlation between CO2 and global temperature; other effects are short-term.
"I think the climate change science is far from settled."
29 July 2009 (Source)
That human CO2 is causing global warming is known with high certainty & confirmed by observations.
"The issue is not whether climate change happens (after all, grapes grew in Britain in Roman times; crops grew in Greenland in the middle ages; and the River Thames froze in winter during the 1600s) but how much of it is man-made and what can realistically be done to tackle it."
27 July 2009 (Source)
Climate reacts to whatever forces it to change at the time; humans are now the dominant forcing.
"The thesis that carbon dioxide is uniquely responsible for global warming has run up against a serious problem, and that is the fact that the climate has if anything been cooling slightly over the last decade, while there have been continued massive increases in carbon dioxide emissions."
27 July 2009 (Source)

Global temperature is still rising and 2010 was the hottest recorded.

"I am, as you know, hugely unconvinced by the so-called settled science on climate change. [...] I mean, I just think that the science is highly contentious, to say the least."
27 July 2009 (Source)
That human CO2 is causing global warming is known with high certainty & confirmed by observations.
"Another big problem with any Australian emissions reduction scheme is that it would not make a material difference to atmospheric carbon concentrations unless the big international polluters had similar schemes."
1 July 2009 (Source)

If every nation agrees to limit CO2 emissions, we can achieve significant cuts on a global scale.

"The climate change argument is absolute crap..."
1 January 2009 (Source)
That human CO2 is causing global warming is known with high certainty & confirmed by observations.
"Even if global warming is as bad as the doomsayers claim, it’s better to respond correctly than to respond tomorrow. Man-made CO2 emission have been happening for centuries and I daresay the planet could cope if we respond intelligently in 2012 rather than foolishly in 2010."
19 December 2008 (Source)

A large amount of warming is delayed, and if we don’t act now we could pass tipping points.

"Even if they are adding to climatic extremes, humanity may be able to cope with only modest adjustments."
27 July 2007 (Source)
Negative impacts of global warming on agriculture, health & environment far outweigh any positives.
"We can’t conclusively say whether man-made carbon dioxide emissions are contributing to climate change."
27 July 2007 (Source)
Multiple sets of independent observations find a human fingerprint on climate change.
"As the ABC’s Chris Uhlmann has instructively remarked, if we can’t predict the weather a week in advance and can’t accurately forecast next year’s budget deficit, how can we be so sure about climate and its economic consequences in 100 years time?"
27 July 2007 (Source)
Weather and climate are different; climate predictions do not need weather detail.
"While many scientists, perhaps even a strong numerical majority, think that carbon dioxide is the principal factor in variations in global climate, others question the significance of the role of a naturally occurring trace gas and attribute climate change mainly to variations in solar activity."
27 July 2007 (Source)

97% of climate experts agree humans are causing global warming.

"There may even have been a slight decrease in global temperatures (the measurement data differs on this point) over the past decade despite continued large increases in emissions associated with the rapid economic growth of China and India."
27 July 2007 (Source)
The last decade 2000-2009 was the hottest on record.
"The scientists associated with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have concluded that man-made carbon dioxide emissions are probably responsible for climate change which, they think, is likely to result in up to one metre rises in sea levels over the next century, up to six degrees increases in temperatures and more extreme weather. A difficulty for this thesis is that man-made carbon dioxide emissions have been increasing substantially for at least a hundred years but significant global warming only seems to have occurred in the last quarter of the last century."
27 July 2007 (Source)
There is long-term correlation between CO2 and global temperature; other effects are short-term.

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