I’ve asked about Canada already, but now it seems that, whatever the Canadian government thinks of the theory of man-made climate change, the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbot, is having none of it. Indeed, according to the Daily Caller, Canada and Australia are backing one another up in resisting the call to bankrupt their economies for the sake of a scam.
Obama wants to use the G20 as a platform to launch a global climate deal to tackle global warming. Abbott has been very vocal about his opposition to the idea and is building a coalition to stop it.
The White House downplayed the major disagreement between the two leaders. Obama and Abbott made no mention of global warming in their press conference. And a fact sheet put out by the administration did not mention Abbott’s concerns about advancing climate policies through the G20.
“The United States and Australia recognize the pressing need to address climate change, a serious issue that requires a strong and effective international response,” the White House wrote in its fact sheet. “The United States will continue working with Australia to advance clean energy and energy efficiency solutions, including in the context of the G-20.”
White House press secretary Jay Carney said the two leaders did discuss global warming, but only mentioned that Obama pressed the need to adopt “ambitious domestic climate policies as the basis of a strong international response.”
But Abbott is not as enthusiastic about tackling global warming as Obama seems to be. The conservative prime minister has said that global warming is not the most important issue the world currently faces.
“Is it [global warming] the most important issue the world faces right now? I don’t believe so. It is one of a number of significant issues that the world faces, and we will do our bit,” Abbott told reporters Tuesday.
Abbott’s North American tour has garnered much media attention because of the Aussie conservative’s staunch opposition to climate policies like a carbon tax and cap and trade. The prime minister came into office last year on a platform that opposed Australia’s carbon tax and other environmental policies that were hurting the economy.
Will Abbott be “made to care” about climate change to the point that he supports carbon taxes? If there was a cabal of rich people who would make money off carbon taxes in Australia, they would probably try to get their prime minister to support the move or get another one elected. Otherwise, there is no upside to destroying Australia’s economy for the sake of Global Warming. Perhaps those who were offered the future profits of carbon taxes in Australia have calculated that damaging the economy will produce more losses to them than anything that carbon taxes can cover.
Whatever the case, Abbot and Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper are supporting one another in opposing carbon taxes. This provides a real opportunity to prevent any international carbon tax treaty. We should be praying that their opposition is steadfast.