by Martin Parry
May 8, 2015
Spanish version of related report
Australian Prime Minister
Tony Abbott's top business advisor
has claimed climate change is a
by the United Nations to
new authoritarian world order
under its control.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's top business
advisor on Friday claimed climate change was a ruse encouraged by
the United Nations to create a new authoritarian world order under
Maurice Newman, chairman of the Prime Minister's Business
Advisory Council, said the real agenda was,
"concentrated political authority. Global warming
is the hook".
In a column for The Australian newspaper to
coincide with a visit by UN climate chief
he added that the world had been,
"subjected to extravagance from climate
catastrophists for close to 50 years".
"It's a well-kept secret, but 95 percent of the climate models
we are told prove the link between human CO2
emissions and catastrophic global warming have been found, after
nearly two decades of temperature stasis, to be in error," he
said, without providing evidence.
Newman, a former chairman of the Australian
Broadcasting Corporation, is a known climate change skeptic but he
went further by accusing the UN of being involved in a scam.
"Figueres is on record saying democracy is a poor
political system for fighting global warming. Communist China,
she says, is the best model," he wrote.
"This is not about facts or logic. 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."
Figueres, in charge of getting a global emissions
reduction agreement in Paris in December, was in Australia to
discuss practical climate change action.
She was not immediately available for comment Friday.
With its use of coal-fired power and relatively small population,
Australia is one of the world's worst per capita greenhouse gas
polluters and has been increasingly isolated over its perceived
reluctance to do more to tackle the climate threat.
In an interview with the ABC this week, Figueres said the nation had
no option other than to gradually step back from coal - a key
"hopefully, like India's Prime Minister Narendra
Modi, Tony Abbott isn't listening (to the UN)".
But he warned that,
"having gained so much ground, eco-catastrophists
won't let up".
"After all, they have captured the UN and are extremely
well-funded. They have a hugely powerful ally in the White
House," he said.
"They will continue to present the climate change movement as an
independent, spontaneous consensus of concerned scientists,
politicians and citizens who believe human activity is
'extremely likely' to be the dominant cause of global warming.
And they will keep mobilizing public opinion using fear and
appeals to morality."
Calls for resignation
Abbott, who once said evidence blaming mankind for climate change
was "absolute crap", axed a controversial tax on greenhouse gas
emissions last year as part of an election pledge.
His government replaced it with a so-called "direct action" plan
that included paying companies to increase energy efficiency and not
Amanda McKenzie, chief executive of the independent Climate Council,
said Newman should resign.
"For the business sector to be represented by him
is nothing short of embarrassing," she said.
"He is either intentionally misleading the public or he is
incapable of understanding scientific consensus, in which case
he has no business advising the government."
The Climate Council was formed to provide Australians
with facts on the issue by former members of the Climate Commission,
a government-backed body that Abbott abolished.
According to the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
global mean temperature could rise by up to 4.8°C this century
alone, widely seen as a recipe for worse drought, flood and rising
Australia has a current target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions
to five percent below 2000 levels by 2020, but is yet to announce