On June 21 this year, the Opposition leader said:
Well, I think the Prime Minister should be waking up to herself and waking up to the fact that the rest of the world is not taking decisive action by way of carbon taxes or emissions trading schemes. Sure, lots of other countries are doing the sorts of things to help the environment that the Coalition is recommending – they’re taking direct action – but they are not putting in place economy wide carbon taxes or emissions trading schemes and the Prime Minister should finally admit that Australia’s carbon tax is an international orphan.
The above quote comes from the Liberal Party of Australia’s own website (http://liberal.org.au/Latest-News/2012/06/21/Tony-Abbott-doorstop-interview.aspx)
Yesterday, the Australian chief climate commissioner released the aforementioned report. The report estimates that by next year 33 countries and 18 sub-national jurisdictions will have a carbon price in place.
Can someone explain the rationale behind Mr Abbott’s ill-informed statements? Does he really think that the populous is ignorant?