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Turnbull trashes Morrison, Abbot & Trump as ‘climate change deniers’ (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 449.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the BBC interview with former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull, who sounded off about the fires raging in Australia, placing the blame squarely on current Australian PM Scott Morrison.


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Via BBC…

Australian PM Scott Morrison has been accused of lacking leadership during the bushfire crisis – by the man he replaced after a party room coup.

Malcolm Turnbull, who was deposed in 2018, told the BBC that Mr Morrison had misled the country by “downplaying” the influence of global warming.

Mr Morrison apologised last month for taking a US holiday amid the fires. He has insisted his policies are adequate.

But Mr Turnbull said he “cannot explain” his successor’s approach.

In a wide-ranging interview, Mr Turnbull also said US President Donald Trump was the world’s “leading climate denier” and that America’s lack of leadership was “extremely damaging”.

Mr Turnbull said “everybody knew we were in a very dry time” before the fire season, and that it “was likely to be very bad”.

“Rather than doing what a leader should do… [Mr Morrison] downplayed it, and at times discounted the influence of climate change, which is just nonsense from a scientific point of view. So that’s misleading people,” said Mr Turnbull.

“Then of course [he] chose to go away on holiday in Hawaii at the peak of the crisis. So I can’t explain any of that.

“It’s just not consistent with the way in which a prime minister would or should act in a national crisis like this.”

Since September, bushfires have scarred Australia. At least 30 people have died, livelihoods have been lost along with thousands of homes, while the catastrophic impact on wildlife may never be known.

Mr Morrison has conceded he caused “great anxiety in Australia” by taking his family to the US as record-breaking heat exacerbated fires.

“I know there are some who’ve tried to make political points and score points in the midst of these disasters, and that’s disappointing,” he said before Christmas.

He asserted that climate change was “one of many factors” responsible for the blazes.

As the fires have raged, so has the debate about climate change and its part in Australia’s destructive summer.

Mr Turnbull took aim at former colleagues in the governing Liberal Party, accusing another ex-prime minister, Tony Abbott, of being “probably the most prominent climate denier in Australian politics, but there are plenty of others” who were engaged in a “war against science”.

“It is an extraordinarily irrational and self-destructive approach,” Mr Turnbull said.

Mr Turnbull’s prime ministership began in 2015 when he removed Mr Abbott, a long-time rival. He was in power for three years before being ousted in similar fashion.

It was a fevered period in Australian politics, and Mr Turnbull was castigated by a senior minister as being spiteful and indecisive. He also faced criticism externally for not doing more while in power.

Shortly before he was replaced, Mr Turnbull abandoned his commitment to set an emissions reduction target in legislation, in what critics viewed as a last-ditch concession to his party’s right wing.

Australia’s emissions target has long been criticised as inadequate for a wealthy nation. The 2030 target of a 26% reduction on 2005 levels is one of the weakest among G20 nations.

But the University of Oxford graduate, and former barrister and banker, told the BBC he had been the victim of a ruthless political insurgency.

“The right [wing] in the Liberal Party essentially operate like terrorists,” he said.

“Now I’m not suggesting that they use guns and bombs or anything like that, but their approach is one of intimidation.

“And they basically say to the rest of the party… if you don’t do what we want, we will blow the show up. Famously one of the coup leaders said to me, ‘you have to give in to the terrorists’.”

In his offices overlooking Sydney’s harbour are small-framed photographs of Mr Turnbull with world leaders: former US president Barack Obama, Indian PM Narendra Modi and Indonesian president Joko Widodo.

There is also a picture with Mr Trump. Not so much a happy snap – the pair famously clashed over a refugee swap deal and there’s hostility, too, over the environment.

“Trump is playing a very destructive role in terms of climate action. Trump makes no bones about it. He says global warming is rubbish,” Mr Turnbull said.

“Trump is trying to put a brake on global action to reduce emissions. The lack of American leadership is extremely damaging.”

He added: “How many more coral reefs have to be bleached? How many more million hectares of forest have to be burned?

“How many more lives and homes have to be lost before the climate change deniers acknowledge they are wrong?”

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oldandjaded
January 29, 2020

The fact that he is a “climate denier” is one of two reasons that Trump has attracted support from across the aisle, the other being his position on trade deals. Hmmmmm, let me see….trade deals that are designed to undermine national sovereignty (and democracy), and the battle against climate change, which is designed to undermine national sovereignty (and democracy)…..Does anyone see a pattern here?
Read Elaine Dewars “Cloak of Green”. Truth will out…..eventually.

oldandjaded
January 29, 2020

Pushback on Trumps DAVOS speech as well. They will not go quietly into that cold dark night

Revo
Revo
January 29, 2020

Turnbull invokes the holohoax to force people to believe in bullshit GloBull warming…I hope you all understand that Ex PM Turnbull actually works for Goldman Sachs

oldandjaded
Reply to  Revo
January 29, 2020

I didn’t, but it makes absolutely perfect sense. Once you shake off the ideology, the pieces always go click-click-click.

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
January 29, 2020

“Trump is playing a very destructive role in terms of climate action. Trump makes no bones about it. He says global warming is rubbish,” Mr Turnbull said. He added, “Trump is trying to put a brake on global action to reduce emissions. The lack of American leadership is extremely damaging.” Trump withdrew the US from the Paris Agreement on CC saying it was a hoax, “an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries.” He tweeted that climate change was “the greatest hoax, perpetuated by the Chinese to hamstring the US economy”. Never mind, of… Read more »

oldandjaded
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
January 29, 2020

Smoking, IIRC you are Canadian, right? Read, READ, READ Elaine Dewar’s 1995 book, “Cloak of Green”. just READ IT! It is very hard to get, try to hunt it up through your local library system, its worth the effort. I am just reading it now for the first time after hunting it for a while, I am almost finished. It is very hard to find, and prohibitively expensive to purchase, but I am working on a possible solution to get people easier access to it, that may happen. I have already done a LOT of reading and research on this… Read more »

oldandjaded
Reply to  oldandjaded
January 29, 2020

The stuff she has to say about Elizabeth May, and her family background, deep state and NWO political connections will BLOW YOUR MIND. She ain’t no cutesy little grass-roots activist, not by a HELL of a long shot! She has MAJOR connections and power, and is quite happy exercising that power from the position she is in.

oldandjaded
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
January 29, 2020

Note EXACTLY what he is saying here. “I want clean air. I want clean water.” Note that he talks about clean air and water, and says NOTHING about “global warming”. Its not a “flip-flop” he is choosing his words very carefully. The climate movement, which derives TREMENDOUS political power from the global warming narrative, has set up a straw man, equating blind acceptance of the bullshit C02 driven global warming hypothesis, with “protecting the environment”. This intimately connects “man-made climate change” which is a means of setting up a supra-national totalitarian one world government, with responsible environmental stewardship. Its complete… Read more »

oldandjaded
Reply to  oldandjaded
January 30, 2020

I’ll just assume you are down-voting my zero carbon footprint house reno here. You must have been absolutely gutted when you realized Santa-Clause was really your mom.

john vieira
Reply to  oldandjaded
January 30, 2020

Acid rain, global flooding…now climate change…after they realized that us carbon based entities could NOT exist without CO2…

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  oldandjaded
January 30, 2020

Trump does say some strange things, to be sure, but dirty air from burning fossil fuels does form a blanket in the atmosphere that traps heat, and dirty particles in the air land on the ground and are washed into waterways and contaminate water, and the acid in the particulates have raised acidity levels in the oceans, so in this case his shorthand way of speaking is not so far off the mark. As for Dewar, thanks for the information but I am not going to waste my time reading conspiracy theories supported by the fossil fuel industry or anything… Read more »

oldandjaded
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
January 30, 2020

hmmm, yea, don’t read books, they will corrupt you. That’s the same thing the catholic church said in the 1700’s. and 300 years later, those that want to control humanity are still trying to push back the enlightenment, some things never change. And how much C02 is “too much”? What are the current levels, and how to they compare to historical record? Do you know? Rhetorical question, no climate change ideologue has ever answered me when I ask that question, they never know what the current level actually IS, they just “know” the current levels are “too high”. Thing is,… Read more »

oldandjaded
Reply to  oldandjaded
January 30, 2020

And please provide supporting documentation showing the payments Elaine Dewar received from the oil industry. Because she DOES provide documentation to support her position that mining and oil interests were funding the climate change movement in the eighties, and provided the funding for the Rio earth summit. So if you are going to attack her, please adhere to the same standard of proof that she adhered to in her book. Until you do that, you have ZERO credibility with me, and I suspect, most of the others here. Or are you just another ideologue, making accusations that you cannot support?… Read more »

oldandjaded
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
January 30, 2020

Here’s what happened when one of the “scientists” “smoking eagle” holds in such high regard took Tim Ball to court for Ball claiming that Mann’s Hockey stick graph was a total fraud. https://principia-scientific.org/breaking-key-un-climate-fraudster-makes-concessions-tim-ball-lawsuit/ https://climatechangedispatch.com/tim-ball-defeats-michael-mann-lawsuit/ Bullshit artists that count on public shaming to provide cover for their lies, which is exactly what “smoking eagle is doing here on a smaller scale. Smoking eagle will now try to sell you on the idea that the BC Supreme Court is also a “shill for the oil industry”. problem with that is two-fold, firstly BC HAS NO meaningful oil industry, and secondly, and more… Read more »

oldandjaded
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
January 30, 2020

“Since then he has committed billions of dollars to building pipelines from the filthy Alberta tar sands and for the construction of a tanker port on the coast of British Columbia. ”

Most of the funding for protests against the Trans-mountain pipeline come from so-called “NGO’s” with close ties to the American government. The goal is to cut off easy Chinese access to oil from the Alberta tar sands, thereby preventing price competition from China with the US for tarsands oil, thereby holding the price down. Virtually none of these issues are as straightforward as they appear.

oldandjaded
Reply to  oldandjaded
January 30, 2020

Gee, whoever down-voted this^^, I am really sorry if the COLD HARD FACTS hurt your feelings. Counselling is available.

Bruno Orso
January 29, 2020

For a start the volatility in our politics is still a more recent phenomenon. It started in 2010 with then Labor PM Rudd being voted out by his party in favour of Julia Gillard. In the 5 elections since Rudd’s Labor governmemt won in 2007 a PM has not finished a full 3 year term (yes, the terms are too short although that perspective might be different if you are leader). You can mark Turnbull’s comments “more bitter ramblings of a failed leader”. He had his chance to lead the Liberal party in a more progressive direction and, much to… Read more »

Brad Golding
Brad Golding
January 30, 2020

As I am not a qualified expert in these matters, so I can only comment on what I have observed, read about and seen. Climate change is, to me, an odd term as the climate changes every minute of every day. Global warming I think is a better term. However, whatever terminology is used, if it stops humanity from plundering the Earth with no concern for the consequences that can only be a good thing. Whilst the rise in temperature as caused the catastrophic nature of these fires, the primary cause has been the build up of fuel loads on… Read more »

oldandjaded
Reply to  Brad Golding
January 30, 2020

” if it stops humanity from plundering the Earth with no concern for the consequences that can only be a good thing.”
except that’s not what its about, in fact, its about corporate power doing exactly the opposite, while making certain that we the unwashed masses have no say in the matter…

Hopium
Hopium
Reply to  oldandjaded
January 30, 2020

Yes unfortunately this seems to be the case. For those who can’t access that book you mentioned, GlobalResearch have a very good article by the excellent investigative journalist William Endghal. He gives a brief but thorough run down of Davis participants who are involved in this rort. But let’s not jump to conclusions re morrison being a climate change denier. This does not make him squeaky clean. This ‘leader’ is running slipshod over known environment concerns and backing big business at the expense and wellbeing of the environment and Australian people. He is no different to the climate change manipulaters.… Read more »

oldandjaded
Reply to  Hopium
January 30, 2020

I have seen the William Endghal piece, I can second it, its quite good. Nowhere near as in-depth as the Dewar book, but hits the high (low?) points well. What is really amazing about the Dewar book is the access she got, and that will NEVER happen again, they know how vulnerable they are to being exposed, they were overly confident at that time (mid eighties), they will never make that mistake again. Matthew Ehret knows someone that has spoken directly to Elaine Dewar about the writing of that book, she doesn’t even want to talk about it, it sounds… Read more »

oldandjaded
Reply to  Hopium
January 30, 2020

Really good look into the inner machinations of Australia as well, thanks for posting. Nestle is also stealing water in Canada for bottled water, on a long-since expired contract. Its just flat-out theft, but they know the Canadian Government has less power than they do, so they just go ahead.
Fucking SCUM. Another BIG corporate supporter of the “climate change” narrative.
https://www.nestle.com/csv/impact/climate-change/climate-change

Get your collective heads out of your collective asses, forget the bullshit feel-good ideology THEY MANIPULATE YOU WITH, KNOW YOUR ENEMY.

Hopium
Hopium
Reply to  oldandjaded
January 31, 2020

Bottled water is of course a huge contributor to pollution with tons of plastic waste. If Nestlé are on the climate change band wagon they are huge hypocrites. Not only are they stripping habitats of their natural water supply, they contribute to unnecessary waste. Bottled water in plastic containers should be banned stat! Clean up our tap water. Get the toxic chemicals out if it and there would be no need for bottled water. Max Igan put out a great video showing the corporate take over of our water supply

Hopium
Hopium
Reply to  oldandjaded
January 31, 2020

To be precise the link to the freedomadvocates alternative to Agenda 21 is http://www.freedom21agenda.org We need solutions and this is one.

Hopium
Hopium
Reply to  Hopium
January 31, 2020

A mob called freedomadvocates have put out an alternative to Agenda 21. You can access it on their site. HTTPS:/www.freedomadvocates.org. An interesting mob but the site does not look like it has been updated for a couple of years. Good info on there. They have a paper that outlines the doublespeak in Agenda 21. Also just to correct a predictive txt error in above comment… That mumbo jumbo word referring to the Morrison government was meant to be includes.

Diana
Diana
January 30, 2020

If Malcolm Turnbull is so bright, how can he not see through the climate scam? Which of course he can, but it suits his cynical form of politics to pretend that warming is happening. As to the fires in Australia, Max Igan has done some interesting videos on the reasons for them, pointing out that the majority have been started on purpose. Don’t know if this is relevant but back in the 1980s the south of France was burning every summer. We never hear about fires there now so I assume the developers have got what they wanted all along… Read more »

Hopium
Hopium
Reply to  Diana
January 31, 2020

Max Igan is right on target. If I knew how to upload that very informative video of his I would. If you can it would be worth doing.

Vera Gottlieb
Vera Gottlieb
January 30, 2020

One would have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to realize that something is going on with Earth’s climate. As I see it, mankind is making things worse big time.

oldandjaded
Reply to  Vera Gottlieb
January 30, 2020

There’s always “something going on with Earths climate” there always has been, and always will be,Its not C02 driven climate change, that’s complete bullshit, and its the idea that we should try to stabilize the climate at some arbitrary point of our choosing that is “un-natural”. But that’s nothing to do with what actually drives the climate change narrative, what drives the climate change narrative is the push towards a corporate controlled global government, and corporate control of resources And if you control the resources, you control mankind. That’s what this is about. A book you can read that IS… Read more »

oldandjaded
January 30, 2020

There’s always “something going on with Earths climate” there always has been, and always will be,Its not C02 driven climate change, that’s complete bullshit, and its the idea that we should try to stabilize the climate at some arbitrary point of our choosing that is “un-natural”. But that’s nothing to do with what actually drives the climate change narrative, what drives the climate change narrative is the push towards a corporate controlled global government, and corporate control of resources And if you control the resources, you control mankind. That’s what this is about. A book you can read that IS… Read more »

Hopium
Hopium
Reply to  oldandjaded
January 31, 2020

I posted this below my previous comment. A mob called freefomadvocates have an alternative to Agenda 21 without all the hidden agendas. Just put freedomadvocates in search engine. I posted the link above. Doesn’t seem to be anyway of uploading the pdf here.

Hopium
Hopium
Reply to  oldandjaded
January 31, 2020

The link to the pdf freedom21agenda is http://www.freedom21agenda.org

oldandjaded
January 30, 2020

Annual funding for climate change research. This is ANNUAL. 12 billion in 2014
https://www.gao.gov/key_issues/climate_change_funding_management/issue_summary

oldandjaded
Reply to  oldandjaded
January 30, 2020

From Scientific American, probably the BIGGEST single pro-climate change shill in the business, so we can assume that these figures will be pushed to the high side. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/dark-money-funds-climate-change-denial-effort/ 558 million OVER SEVEN YEARS, so we do a little elementary school math, 558,000,000/7=$79,714,285 per year. Clearly, assuming the figures provided by Scientific American, in an article attempting to MAKE THE CASE that the oil industry is funding climate change denial are even remotely meaningful, and UNLIKE That villainous multi-billionaire oil industry schill, Elaine Dewar, they provide NO supporting evidence for any of the assertions in this article, these anti-climate change oil… Read more »

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