How close we were

This is from The SMH: ‘You bastards sacked me.’ When the climate sceptics arrived. It begins:

On the first day of the new Abbott government, Australia’s climate scientists got a pretty clear message. It was September 18, 2013, and within 24 hours of the swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Yarralumla, the new environment minister, Greg Hunt, had called the head of the Climate Commission and sacked him.

“It was a short and courteous conversation,” Dr Tim Flannery recalls. “I’m pretty sure that cabinet hadn’t been convened when they did it. My very strong recollection is that it was their very first act in government.”

Flannery’s colleague on the commission, Professor Will Steffen from the Australian National University’s Climate Change Institute, was also sacked, along with all the other commission members. “I think we were the first definitive action of the Abbott government,” Steffen recalls. “They got rid of us and you could probably measure it in hours rather than days.”

What surprised the scientists most was not their hasty sacking but how quickly the government obliterated their work. “The website that we’d spent a lot of time building was taken down with absolutely no justification as far as I could see,” says Flannery, the one-time principal research scientist at the Australian Museum and internationally renowned scientific author. “It was giving basic information that was being used by many, many people – teachers and others – just to gain a better understanding of what climate science was actually about.”

Or as summarised by the article:

When Tony Abbott became prime minister, a raft of legislation was introduced to shut down everything from the emissions trading scheme, the CEFC and the Climate Change Authority.

The article is told as a tale of catastrophe averted. For myself we are dealing with some of the most destructive people in Australian history. If only Tony Abbott had been able to repel these climate fog-heads our economic future might have been set in a different and more productive direction. Do these people really believe that global climate change is the danger they keep saying it is? It would be nice to find at least one prediction that has ever come to pass. Flannery is the most infamous of the lot with his predictions on the future of drought, but none of them has ever had a predictive success.

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