In case there was any doubt Prime Minister Abbott shares the same conspiracy driven world view of the more extreme elements of the climate sceptic movement, his recent speech to the Tasmanian Liberal Party Conference makes it clear (ABC reports):
Mr Abbott also said the carbon tax was a socialist policy in disguise.
“Let’s be under no illusions the carbon tax was socialism masquerading as environmentalism,” he said.
“That’s what the carbon tax was.”
This claim is straight from the New-World-Order playbook of paranoia.
Equating environmentalism with a global plot to take over the world via concerns about climate change is often referred to as the “watermelon theory”. It has been a staple of right-wing conspiracy culture for almost two decades. And it seems our Prime Minister is happy to share his paranoia in like-minded company.
In Battlelines Abbott hints at his belief in this great-big-conspiracy:
“For many, reducing emissions is a means to achieving a political objective they could not otherwise gain.” [page 171]
So – according to our Prime Minister a market based mechanism as represented by the emissions trading scheme is “socialism”. And yet supposed to we’re accept the Direct Action Plan, which plays polluters using the public purse, is the epitome of free market.
In retrospect, Abbott becoming Prime Minister is not such a bad thing – the lack of scrutiny that was missing in media during these past few years is dissipating. The world’s eyes are on the PM, and we’re getting a far better understanding of how Abbott sees the world.
[Hat tip Tim @ New Anthropocene]