Tony Abbott’s surprising new climate change job revealed: ‘All of us want to save the planet’
- Tony Abbott has joined Global Warming Policy Foundation
- Founded by Nigel Lawson in 2009 as climate-sceptic charity
- Mr Abbott previously said science behind climate change is ‘c**p’
Former prime minster Tony Abbott has joined a thinktank sceptical about climate change claiming he wants to ‘save the planet’ without ‘impoverishing poor people’.
The ex-politician, 65, has signed up to the Board of Trustees of the London-based Global Warming Policy Foundation, which has previously faced accusations of ‘leading the climate denial’ charge in the UK.
Founded in 2009 by Nigel Lawson, who served as the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer under Margaret Thatcher from 1983 to 1989, the group vows to challenge what it calls ‘extremely damaging and harmful policies’ around climate change.
Former Australian Prime Minster Tony Abbott has joined a climate-sceptic thinktank claiming he wants to ‘save the planet’ without ‘impoverishing poor people’
One of its more controversial initiatives is ‘Net Zero Watch’ which the organisation claims highlights ‘the true cost of Net Zero’.
Mr Abbott delivered the foundation’s annual lecture in 2017, where he said climate change is ‘probably good’ for the planet because far more people die in cold snaps than they do in heat waves.
He added at the time the ‘so-called settled science of climate change’ was ‘absolute c**p’.
Mr Abbott also likened climate scientists to the ‘thought police’ at the London conference, which included other British climate change sceptics.
Founded in 2009 by Nigel Lawson (pictured), who served as the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer under Margaret Thatcher from 1983 to 1989, the group vows to challenge what it calls ‘extremely damaging and harmful policies’ around climate change
Speaking on his new role, the former Liberal party leader explained: ‘I’m pleased to be joining GWPF because it’s consistently injected a note of realism into the climate debate.
‘All of us want to save the only planet we have but this should not be by means which impoverish poorer people in richer countries and hold poorer countries back.
‘Right now, in countries like Australia, the impact of climate policy is to make electricity less affordable and less reliable rather than perceptibly to cool the planet.
‘We need more genuine science and less groupthink in this debate – that’s where the GWPF has been a commendably consistent if lonely voice.’
The move comes less than a week after Mr Abbott used Cardinal George Pell’s funeral to hail the controversial Catholic leader ‘a saint’
Dr Jerome Booth, the GWPF chairman, said he was ‘delighted’ to welcome Mr Abbott on board.
‘As a former prime minister, he brings a global perspective and policy insight at the very highest level.
‘He will further assist our objectives and help our efforts to foster a culture of debate, respect and scrutiny in policy areas that are currently dominated by intolerance, high emotions, moral reasoning and confusion.’
The move comes less than a week after Mr Abbott used Cardinal George Pell’s funeral to hail the controversial Catholic leader ‘a saint’.
‘He’s the greatest Catholic Australia has ever produced and one of our country’s greatest sons,’ Mr Abbott told the congregation during the funeral service at Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral.
Cardinal Pell, 81, died in Rome in January after complications following a hip replacement surgery.
His handling of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests and brothers, homosexuality and abortion have angered many, prompting protesters to gather in large numbers outside the church during the service.
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