Tony Abbott the hyper-conservative

The Australian Prime Minister’s ideological opposition to national and international action on addressing climate change has been long standing and constant. Here are the most memorable quotes by the Prime Minister on climate change, fossil fuels and the environment. And given that his government is only half way through its term in Parliament, no doubt, there will be more memorable quotes to add to the list below.

  1. “Coal is good for humanity” (Sydney Morning Herald, 13/10/14)
  2. “Coal is essential for the prosperity of the world” (The Guardian, 4/11/14)
  3. “We have too much locked up forests” (Sydney Morning Herald, 5/3/14)
  4. “I see people (the timber industry) who are the ultimate conservationists” (ABC, 5/3/14)
  5. “I regard myself as a conservationist” (Sydney Morning Herald, 13/6/14)
  6. “When i’ve been up close to wind farms, there’s no doubt, not only are they visually awful, they make a lot of noise” (Sydney Morning Herald, 13.6.15)
  7. “The Renewable Energy Target is very significantly driving up power prices” (Australian Financial Review, 2/7/14)
  8. “The science of human induced climate change is crap” (The Australian, 12/12/09)
  9. “It seems that, notwithstanding the dramatic increases in manmade carbon dioxide emissions over the last decade, the world’s warming has stopped” (Sun Herald, 5/1/10)
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