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The Hon Peter Garrett MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Another climate clanger for Tony Abbott

Media release
5 January 2010

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Today's Annual Climate Statement from the Bureau of Meteorology exposes another of Tony Abbott's false climate change claims: that global warming has stopped.

On December 8 last year, Tony Abbott told 2GB Radio that the world's warming had stopped.

TONY ABBOTT: I mean in the end this whole thing is a question of fact, not faith, or it should be a question of fact not faith and we can discover whether the planet is warming or not by measurement. And it seems that notwithstanding the dramatic increases in man made CO2 emissions over the last decade, the world's warming has stopped.

This false and misleading claim is today shown to be completely at odds with the rigorous scientific findings of the independent experts at the Bureau of Meteorology.

Today's 2009 Annual Climate Statement from the Bureau of Meteorology confirms that;

This is the latest Abbott climate change clanger to be exposed by the independent experts and once again shows why Mr Abbott cannot be trusted when it comes to climate change.

Rather than stick to the facts Mr Abbott simply makes it up as he goes along.

Last week Mr Abbott owned up to the fact that his false claim that the CPRS would cost the average family about $1100 was informed by nothing more than a Google news search.

Mr Abbott must today release his own scientific evidence to prove the globe has stopped warming, or admit he got it wrong.

Australia is one of the hottest and driest inhabited places on earth and our environment and economy will be one of the hardest and fastest hit by climate change.

Today's Statement finds that the patterns of the last year and the decade are consistent with global warming.

Worryingly, projections suggest we can expect worse to come, including more frequent heatwaves and longer and more frequent droughts. The Rudd Government is committed to acting to address dangerous climate change through a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

It is in the national interest and it is in the interest of the world.

Mr Howard, Mr Costello, Mr Turnbull and the Rudd Government all believe a CPRS is necessary to act on climate change because:

Over thirty countries, including all of Europe, Japan, the United States of America, and New Zealand have either introduced or are introducing a CPRS.

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