New Deputy PM Michael McCormack (Mick Mack) is a garden variety climate denier according to Paddy Manning at The Monthly:
- Given he is our new deputy prime minister, it is not surprising that “who is Michael McCormack?” pieces are now popping up everywhere. And yet, they glide over his worst offence: he appears to be just another National Party climate change denier.
He revealed it in his first speech in parliament. More recently:
- So McCormack was quite certain that the devastating Brisbane floods in 2011 were “not climate change”, ditto the floods in his own electorate in 2012. McCormack calls the use of the words “dangerous climate change” hysterical, he cites Bjorn Lomborg and attacks Tim Flannery, he opposed the carbon tax, supported the abolition of ARENA, and complained that schools were teaching climate “doomsday scenarios” to our kids. Speaking on the Clean Energy Future package, McCormack said: “If … the seas are rising due to the catastrophic climate change, why is it that so many of the doomsayers are still happy to live on the ocean’s edge? For every alarmist scientist after their next funding grant who will tell you we are facing ‘dangerous climate change’, I can show you a salt-of-the-earth generational farmer who will be just as convincing with his assurances that the only thing which changes is the weather.”
- Adam Bandt put the question directly to McCormack this afternoon – “are you still a climate change denier?” – but was ruled out of order by Speaker Tony Smith, on the bizarre grounds that climate change has nothing to do with McCormack’s direct portfolio responsibilities. We’ll have to wait for a direct answer to that question. He’ll fudge, he’ll wriggle out of it, but we know the answer.
Maybe he won’t wriggle and fudge, but will be proud of his views. Around five years ago I understood that Federal Nationals were 100% climate sceptics or deniers.I would expect that little has changed. Certainly George Christenson and Barnaby Joyce are quite open about it. In November 2015 Josh Taylor at Crikey identified them, plus Senator Ian Macdonald, Andrew Laming and Cory Benardi, plus two Liberals since departed, Dennis Jensen and Chris Back, as having Turnbull by the short’n’curlies as he was about to commit to the Paris Agreement. In August 2016 climate sceptic Liberal MP was appointed chair of environment and energy committee. That could only be done in a climate of opinion friendly to his views.
So I’m sceptical of Michael J. I. Brown’s view that our top politicians have stopped listening to climate deniers, which he saw as now occupying the political fringe with then One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts.
When President Trump was about to walk away from the Paris Agreement last June Fairfax reported that five MPs from the Liberal backbench – Ian Goodenough, Eric Abetz, Ian MacDonald, Tony Pasin and environment committee chair Craig Kelly – were urging the Government to think likewise.
They also urged that the Finkel review of climate policy should take account of Trump’s position.
- Taken together, the comments once again underscore the political fault line that has run through the Coalition on how to tackle anthropogenic climate change since 2009.
Of course the Government was not for turning, but it is very noticeable that when Turnbull when talks electricity policy emphasising cost, reliability and emissions reduction, the latter comes a bad last. The National Energy Guarantee (NEG) is being finessed to support old coal power and even to allow new coal power to be built, possibly with taxpayer support.
This, it would appear, conforms with the Coalition Agreement, now signed again unaltered. Who can forget February 2017, when Scott Morrison brought a lump of coal into parliament?