According to ABC News Online, in Nick Minchin’s farewell speech to the senate he said:
“I must say when I first learned of the existence of the Australian Greenhouse Office, I assumed it was responsible for supplying tomatoes to the Parliament House kitchen,” he said.
“But no, as I soon learned as industry minister, it was in fact a government-funded redoubt of veritable soldiers in a war against carbon dioxide.
“Thus upon leaving the Parliament I’m contemplating the foundation of an organisation called the Friends of Carbon Dioxide.
“Membership will of course be open to all, including the plants whose very existence depends on CO2.”
In the Australian, in March this year he was quoted as suggesting:
“There is a very powerful natural cycle at work, and if anything, we are more likely to see a tendency down in global temperatures rather than up,” he told Sky News.
Senator Minchin said Professor Garnaut was a good economist but “from my perspective he knows nothing about the climate”.
It is a worry when a senior figure in parliament has these types of views. In fact there is no excuse for ignoring the clear scientfic consensus on climate change. No wonder scientists are speaking out about attempts to undermine the credibility of the scientific process.