climate change from ex PM John Howard?
- Ben OLv 67 years agoFavorite Answer
Climate change believers try to make something out of the fact that John Howard went to an election promising to take some action on emissions.
The fact is that John Howard was always openly skeptical about catastrophic climate change, but he was prepared to take some action on emissions because he though it had public support. That's what politicians tend to do in a democracy - give the public what they want. Also to his credit, he went to each election being honest about what his policies were rather than trying to sneak things on to the people.
Julia Gillard had no such principals. As far as she was concerned, she knows what's right and if the public didn't agree with her, then it's not important. She also didn't have a problem breaking election promises. If someone disagreed with her, she'd just call them a misogynist or a climate change denier (or both). She became incredibly unpopular because in a democracy a leader can't just ignore what the public wants.
@ Jungle Jim - John Howard never signed the Kyoto Protocol and never implied that he would.
- MikeLv 77 years ago
If only Tony Abbott hadn't been so solicitous of the environmentalists. He probably never would have lost his post. Or perhaps Australians had to see what the global warmers have planned for them before they could accept the skeptics. Roger Pielke Jr calls it the iron law, that the public will not accept policies that restrict access to cheap energy. Perhaps Britain will follow suit, though David Cameron is more of a global warmer than the Labourites. UKIP and Nigel Farage are the way to go.
- Anonymous7 years ago
Channeling "Honest John" (Howards nickname )
He left out the bit about how his party had as policy in 1990 (the Fair Go For The Environment Policy) a cutting of GHG emissions by 2000 of 20% to avoid catastrophic climate change. He signed Kyoto in 1997 claiming it a win for the environment and a win for Australian jobs. I guess those were all lies - just like his statements on Iraqs WMD and claims of atrocities committed by asylum seekers .
Honest John admitted he never bothered reading anything on the science (hey - he is just like you) but read Lord Lawson's book An Appeal to Reason - twice!!!!
He was too lazy & smugly ignorant to not even bother reading the IPCC Synthesis Report - what a ******* hypocrite
Any more experts you would like to share - or was a News Ltd copy of Honest Johns speech your best shot?
@ Ben "@ Jungle Jim - John Howard never signed the Kyoto Protocol and never implied that he would." BS - he signed it in 1997 - he was accompanied by Senator Robert Hill .
http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamenta... "Australia made an international commitment in December 1997 at Kyoto (Conference of the Parties COP3) to limit its greenhouse gas emissions growth to 108 per cent of its 1990 baseline, which equates to nearly a 30 per cent reduction from its 'business as usual' projections."
http://www.abc.net.au/science/earth/climate/diary.... Australia's Environment Minister Senator Robert Hill could not disguise his delight when he emerged from the conference saying the outcome was a win for the environment and one which Australia could surely belong to. Prime Minister Howard later confirmed that Australia would belong to the agreement. The government said this could be achieved without any job losses.
Howard claimed the Kyoto Protocol was “a win for the environment and a win for Australian jobs” (ABC AM, Friday 19 Dec, 1997)