Tony Abbott seems to have answered Julia Gillard’s question of whether you should get your climate science from reputable climate scientists or Andrew Bolt by going for Andrew Bolt.
Bolt interviwed Tim Flannery who said
“If the world as a whole cut all emissions tomorrow, the average temperature of the planet’s not going to drop for several hundred years, perhaps over 1000 years.”
Bolt argued that this was admission that cutting emissions was useless.
Abbott then seized on the comment by Tim Flannery and claimed that Flannery had admitted that
“It will not make a difference for 1000 years,”
Of course this just demonstrates that Abbott has no clue what the whole climate change debate is about. The reason for cutting emissions is not to reduce temperatures from current levels, but to prevent them from increasing to dangerous levels. And the fact that, as Flannery pointed out, CO2 emissions largely stay in the atmosphere for hundreds of years is the reason why we can’t just postpone cutting emissions until the temperature rises dangerously — by then it will be too late.
You also might wonder why, if Abbott really believed this, his own policy is to achieve exactly the same reduction in emissions as Labor?
To his credit, Graham Lloyd, Environment editor for The Australian corrects Abbott’s error:
The scientific view is that if CO2 emissions are left unchecked, the world will warm by 4C by the end of the century.
Flannery’s point is we must act to stop the forecast additional 4C temperature rise before we even consider returning to pre-industrial age temperatures.
He didn’t want to answer the question about what impact Australia’s action alone would have because the answer is obvious: next to nothing.
But the real answer is if Australia is not prepared to do anything, how can we expect anyone else to act.
I’m wondering if Abbott’s next trick will be to repeat this piece of stupidity from Bolt:
Twenty years or 1000? One of these “experts” is hopelessly wrong
Climate scientist and warmist Andy Pitman on Thursday:
If we could stop emissions tomorrow we would still have 20 to 30 years of warming ahead of us because of inertia of the system.
Climate Commissioner and warmist Tim Flannery on Friday:
If the world as a whole cut all emissions tomorrow the average temperature of the planet is not going to drop in several hundred years, perhaps as much as a thousand years
Maybe Bolt thinks stabilising is the same thing as decreasing? Who can tell?