Monday, May 19, 2014

Enviros on the Run: More from Australia

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is an OLS hero, primarily for his willingness to put his money where his mouth is when it comes to his anti-global warming alarmism perspective (see here and here).  From a news story at The Guardian:
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has long been skeptical of global warming and the science behind it, but with his new-found legislative power it seems as though he is looking at making that viewpoint into law. According to critics, there is no longer even the pretence of working towards limiting the effects of climate change as the government works to protect the interests of fossil fuel producers and businesses.
Whether or not there is a real connection between big business interest and the new budget, Abbott and his cabinet have taken the axe to climate change research and are poised to fundamentally damage all scientific research in Australia in the process. The budgetary facts are inescapably grim for researchers and scientists based in renewable energies and research. The funding for all government programs related to climate change is set to shrink at an alarming rate, going from $5.75 billion this year to a scant $500 million in the next four years.
That's a reduction of over 90% in public funds for the Australian enviros!  That's a huge blow to them and, with any luck, perhaps it can send a signal to other world leaders to do the same.