Thursday, November 14, 2013

The New Government In Australia Reverses Course On Climate Policy

Australia is experiencing its hottest year in history.  This article describes some of the consequences of the high temperatures in Australia.  Unfortunately, the new government has ended its tax on carbon and it is not very interested in what scientists say about the potential damage from climate change.  Public opinion on climate change in Australia seems to be quite inconsistent and politicians are pretty good at tracking changes in public opinion.  Rupert Murdoch's media empire has been leading the effort to shape public opinion against government programs to address climate change in Australia just as he had done in the US and the UK.  We should reserve a special place for Rupert Murdoch in our history.  He has done more to misinform the public on critical issues that require political attention that anyone in recent memory.  His organization has mastered the art of yellow journalism.

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