Guest essay by Eric Worrall
The Guardian seems worried that influential Australian politicians are openly mocking climate claims.
Craig Kelly MP mocks climate change ‘exaggeration’ in presentation to Liberal party members
Fossil fuels make us ‘safe from’ climate change, says MP who is working with Tony Abbott to move Liberals to the right
Coral bleaching has been happening for centuries, threats of rising sea levels to countries such as the Maldives and Tuvalu are greatly exaggerated and temperature gains have been grossly exaggerated by scientists.
These are the assessments of the member for Hughes, Craig Kelly, who is part of a Tony Abbott-led speaking campaign to pull the Liberal party back from the centre.
The Guardian has obtained a tape of a presentation by Kelly at the right-aligned Mosman branch of the Liberal party in September that outlines in detail his climate scepticism.
Kelly said that “30 years ago, the temperature was the same globally about where it was today” – even though the Bureau of Meteorology and other international agencies estimate the planet has already warmed more than 1 degree in the past century.
“The reality is we live in a time where our generation has never ever been as safe from the climate because of fossil fuels, concrete and steel,” Kelly said. “The climate was always dangerous. We didn’t make it dangerous.”
No doubt the mob which turned up to protest the public presence of a climate “denier” were as usual wearing lots of fossil fuel derived synthetics.