|Thursday 23 August 2018
Politics is cyclical. And that’s pretty bad news for climate change.
In the US, President Trump has finally got to rolling back Obama’s Clean Power Plan, while in Australia there’s a prime-ministerial crisis catalysed by internecine conflict over climate policy – the world has gone very noughties.
Remember that time George W Bush took a machete to the EPA, anyone? Remember Tony Abbott calling the then-PM Julia Gillard’s support for climate policy “the longest suicide note in history”? The cast may have changed, but the politics remain depressingly familiar.
This has all made a few, not particularly clued-up, people very happy.
Myron Ebell, from US fossil fuel lobbysits the Competitive Enterprise Institute, called Trump’s extremely weakened plan to tackle the US’s energy sector emissions “a huge improvement” on the Clean Power Plan. Ebell, remember, headed up Trump’s energy transition team, denies basic climate science, and was invited to speak in the UK in 2017 by the UK’s premier climate science denial campaign group, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF).
Meanwhile, another GWPF favourite, former Australian primte minster Tony Abbott, is celebrating current PM Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to drop the country’s emission reduction targets from key legislation (proposing to implement them through regulation instead). The U-turn was one of the opening shots in the multi-faceted (and, from a distance, hilarious) intra-party battle to oust Turnbull. At the time of writing, Turnbull was still PM. Just.
Abbott has long called the National Energy Guarantee a carbon tax in disguise – a policy that, for someone who proudly resists the urge to be seen “worshipping at the altar of the climate change gods”, is simply outrageous. Reports that Abbott celebrated Turnbull’s announcement by dancing around a pool in red speedos to the sound of Men At Work remain unconfirmed.
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|FEATURED PROFILE: James Delingpole
How do you make a snarky climate science denier snark about climate science? By denying them ownership of a political deity, it seems.
James Delingpole has been spouting nonsense about climate science for decades, but in his most recent offering you can sense the hurt. And all because Tory grandee Michael Howard dared to write that Thatcher saw climate change coming, and thought ‘actually, you know what, this sounds pretty terrible’ – all printed in the pages of the hallowed Daily Mail, too. Boo hoo and ouchy all at once.
For those that still pray to Lord Maggie each night while kneeling at the alter of Dacre, this is sacrilege in the extreme. Our Deputy Editor Mike Small recounts the far-right apoplexy that accompanied a Tory taking climate change seriously, here.
Delingpole, of course, thinks climate change “is the biggest scam in the history of the world”. Oh, and just by the by, in 2010 he was awarded the Bastiat Prize for online journalism by the free-market International Policy Network, a group that, according to public 990 forms, has received over $1 million from the secretive Donors Capital Fund, and $390,000 from oil giant ExxonMobil.
Read more about Delingpole’s (mis)deeds in his database