That some Coalition members refuse to even negotiate on the Government’s ETS is stupidity bordering on the far side of idiocy. Coalition members seem to have foregotten that John Howard, as PM, supported a scheme that is close to the current proposed scheme. Moreover, opposition to even negotiating on the ETS gives the Goverrnment grounds for a double dissolution of parliament where the Coalition will face electoral annihilation and when, as a result, the legislation will pass the Senate anyway since the government has the numbers. Finally and most importantly, those climate change sceptics in the Coalition should start to back the science of climate change and dump the silly old fools in their party who deny the science because it offends their political prejudices.
The reported remarks of Tony Abbott that the arguments on climate change were “absolute crap” - seem deeply disturbing. However his later remarks that an active ETS can be justified on the basis of an insurance principle – close to being sensible scepicism – suggests he may have been taken out of contexct. I’ll wait and see on this one. (116)