Greens leader lauds Thatcher's global warming work
Margaret Thatcher may not be remembered as an eco-warrior, but Greens leader Christine Milne has lauded her pioneering work on global warming. David BeniukSenator Milne says Lady Thatcher's background in science helped the former British prime minister, who died on Monday, become one of the first world leaders to take climate change seriously.Jennifer Marohasy details it in This post - a few quotes:
Margaret Thatcher was no friend of science, but she was a friend of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) that was established in the School of Environmental Science at the University of East Anglia in Norwich in 1972.and
It was following the miner’s strike in the UK and Prime Minister Thatcher’s increasing impatience with Arthur Scargill, then president of the National Union of Mineworkers, that the first tentative links were drawn between coal mining and the possibility of a climate catastrophe.
Some may remember Peter Spencer who held a hunger strike up a tree (link) due to carbon reduction policies introduced byn the Howard Government.
Jennifer Marohasy again
it should be recognised that John Howard was more responsible than any other prime minister for wasting billions of tax payers money closing down irrigated agriculture in the MDB. …he provided the $10billion to make it all happen. such terrible waste.The Opposition have a carbon dioxide sequestration program that would cost US, according to their policy, $3.2 billion, or according to Malcolm Turnbull, in an interview:
Indeed I have no confidence that the Abbot government, assuming there is one post September 14, doesn’t start paying money for carbon sequestration and more… when they should know better.
MALCOLM Turnbull says Tony Abbott's direct action plan could cost taxpayers $18 billion a year by 2050 (link)Margaret Thatcher later had an about face on man-made global warming: (link)
But then in 2003, Thatcher, perhaps seeing the conservative tide turning against her climate legacy, watered down the statements she made two decades earlier, calling climate action a “marvelous excuse for supranational socialism,” and accusing Al Gore—who gained worldwide recognition for similar calls for global cooperation—of “apocalyptic hyperbole.” She wrote in her 2003 book Statecraft that “a new dogma about climate change has swept through the left-of-center governing classes." She praised President George W. Bush for rejecting the Kyoto Protocol, despite her earlier rallying cry for environmental diplomacy.The Huffington Post:
She lavished praise on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, then in its infancy, and laid out the conservatives' case for environmental stewardship in the face of climate change.However, later:
But in 2003, she backtracked on her climate advocacy, calling climate activism a "marvelous excuse for supra-national socialism," and denouncing Al Gore's calls for international cooperation around climate change "apocalyptic hyperbole."
In her 2003 book Statecraft she wrote of "a new dogma about climate change has swept through the left-of-center governing classes," praised former President George W. Bush for rejecting the Kyoto Protocol and bemoaned the “costly and economically damaging” schemes to limit carbon emissions.
As a colleague writes:
Thatcher ploughed heaps of public money into the East Anglia Climate Research Unit (CRU). The end result is a plethora of corruption, such as the hockey stick graph, that continues to be revealed by a whistle blower who deserves immense credit for revealing that corruption is rife. As with all corruption, it started with East Anglia and has spread cancer-like from there engulfing well-meaning scientists whose careers must inevitably be trashed when some courageous politician has decided that enough is enough and sets up a Royal Commission