It’s the climate of opinion that has changed

Posted on Tue 11/30/2010 by


Andrew BoltBy Andrew Bolt

Tom Switzer on Mexico’s Copenhagen:

For the next two weeks the world’s carboncrats will gather in Cancun for the latest United Nations climate conference. The aim is to negotiate a vast new international emissions trading scheme that Barack Obama wants the United States to join.

But the delegates are in a state of severe, almost clinical, denial if they think they will sign a legally binding and genuinely global agreement to slash greenhouse gases. Al Gore’s moment has come and gone…

Indeed, the climate has changed so dramatically that former British prime minister Tony Blair – one of the most respected establishment voices urging fast action on climate change – mentions the subject only eight times in passing in his 700-odd-page memoirs.

In her 5,500-word keynote address to the Australian Labor Party campaign launch in August, Prime Minister Julia Gillard dedicated just one sentence to climate change, lest her energy tax proposal alienate her party’s working-class voters who are mortgaged to the hilt.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

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