Tony Abbott, head of the conservative Liberal Party, will be the new Prime Minister of Australia.
Among the contenders for his most extreme viewpoint is his belief that the science around climate change is “absolute crap.”
The full quote, according to a report in the Pyrenes Advocate in the country’s southeast, was the following:
The argument is absolute crap. However, the politics of this are tough for us. 80 per cent of people believe climate change is a real and present danger.
In his acceptance speech just a few moments ago, he named scrapping Australia’s carbon tax as the very first thing he hopes to accomplish in the next three years.
That being said, Abbott does have a plan, of sorts, to reduce carbon emissions.
It’s called Direct Action, and it’s supposed to provide $US3 billion in grants and subsidies to encourage energy efficiency. There’s also an initiative to sell captured carbon to farmers to increase crop yield.
But most scientists don’t see the plan as a viable way for reducing emissions, and Abbott has said he will cap the program’s budget regardless of whether it gets the country to its bipartisan goal of reducing overall emissions by 5% by 2020.
He also plans to shut down the government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which cost $US10 billion.
Dismantling the carbon tax probably can’t happen overnight as the Liberal Party is unlikely to win full control of the senate.
But the direction the country is heading in is now clear.
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.