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Why Rudd is losing the climate debate


Sam Roggeveen


17 July 2009 14:06

If the exchange between the Prime Minister and Senator Stephen Fielding on Punch is any indication, it's because Rudd sticks to bland generalities about a 'serious threat to our economy, our environment and to future generations' without ever engaging critics like Fielding on the facts.

In his post, Fielding trots out a graph that he seems to have become very attached to, showing that while emissions have increased, temperatures have remained steady in recent years. Fielding says global warming is occurring, but it's not because of emissions, so why tax carbon?

I know next to nothing about the science of climate change, but I strongly suspect that Fielding's historical sample in this graph is just too small (what happened to temperatures before 1995?). But the PM has armies of advisers and experts who could help him rebut this kind of stuff. He even commissioned a huge report on the subject. So why leave these arguments unanswered?