Tony Abbott just compared efforts to curb climate change to 'primitive people once killing goats to appease the volcano gods'

Former Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott. Photo: Carl Court/ Getty Images.

Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is again airing his scepticism and controversial opinions of climate change science, this time during a speech at the London-based Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), a climate sceptic thinktank on Monday evening.

His speech echoed similar sentiments to his provocative assertion in 2009 that the science around climate change is “absolute crap”.

Speaking to the forum, attended by 200 people and chaired by leading British climate science sceptic and former UK chancellor of the exchequer Nigel Lawson, Abbott said climate change is probably doing “more good than harm” and likened policies to how “primitive people once (killed) goats to appease the volcano gods”.

Here’s an excerpt of his speech, as published by The Australian.

It’s the spirit of the Inquisition, the thought-police down the ages. Almost as bad is the claim that ‘99 per cent of scientists believe’ as if scientific truth is determined by votes rather than facts. Contrary to the breathless assertions that climate change is behind every weather event, in Australia the floods are not bigger, the bushfires are not worse, the droughts are not deeper or longer, and the cyclones are not more severe than they were in the 1800s. Sometimes, they do more damage but that’s because there’s more to destroy, not because their intensity has increased. More than 100 years of photography at Manly Beach in my electorate does not suggest that sea levels have risen despite frequent reports from climate alarmists that this is imminent.

Then there’s the evidence that higher concentrations of carbon dioxide — which is a plant food after all — are actually greening the planet and helping to lift agricultural yields. In most countries, far more people die in cold snaps than in heatwaves, so a gradual lift in global temperatures, especially if it’s accompanied by more prosperity and more capacity to adapt to change, might even be beneficial.

The Australian has more.

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