The chairman of Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s advisory council, Maurice Newman, has accused the UN’s agenda of using climate change to create a new world order. His comments were made to coincide with visiting top UN climate negotiator, Christiana Figueres.
Figueres, who was touring Australia last week, called on Australia to drop their heavily polluting coal productions.
Newman, who has a history of making offensive statements and being a climate change sceptic, called the climate change politics a hoax. Commenting in an opinion piece published in The Australian newspaper, Newman said:
“The real agenda is concentrated political authority, global warming is the hook; it’s about a new world order under the control of the UN. It is opposed to capitalism and freedom and has made environmental catastrophism a household topic to achieve its objective.”
While in Melbourne, Christiana Figueres went ahead in addressing the issue of global warming, urging Australians to break away from its second largest export: coal, which Prime Minister Abbot describes as “good for humanity” and the “foundation of prosperity” for the foreseeable future.
Figueres said economic diversification will be a challenge to Australia, urging them to take the lead in the climate summit in Paris in December. The request is likely to be avoided by Abbot, who previously tried, unsuccessfully, to avoid it during last years’ G20 Summit in Brisbane. He said that the summit in Paris would fail if world leaders decided to put the agenda of cutting carbon emissions ahead of economic growth.
In 2009, Abbot called the science behind climate change ‘crap’, cancelling a tax on carbon pricing and eliminating the independent Climate Commission advisory body.
Commenting on the global level concerning politics of renewable energy around the world, Figueres said:
“At the global level, what we see is increased participation of renewables, increased investment in renewables, increased excitement about renewables.”