Guest essay by Eric Worrall
The new Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull may be quietly dismantling former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s climate initiatives. The latest move is the cancellation of an offer to fund Bjørn Lomborg’s Climate Consensus Centre.
According to the Australian ABC;
The Federal Government says it has withdrawn a $4 million offer to help establish a climate change research centre headed by Bjorn Lomborg.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham has told a Senate estimates hearing the proposal was quietly dropped in the week when Malcolm Turnbull became Prime Minister.
“Certainly, a specific incentive from the Government for such an institute is no longer available,” Senator Birmingham said.
Malcolm Turnbull won the leadership challenge against former PM Tony Abbott, by promising to maintain Tony Abbott’s climate policies. An apparent substantive breach of that promise in the first week of leadership is a bit of a record, even for an Australian Prime Minister. So far Turnbull has declined to offer the Australian people an opportunity to vote their approval of this change in direction. Turnbull’s hesitation to obtain a mandate from the Australian people may be understandable, given that Australia voted overwhelmingly for climate skeptic Tony Abbott in the last election.