John Howard To Deliver Annual GWPF Lecture
John Howard, [Australia's] last Liberal prime minister and mentor to prime minister-elect Tony Abbott, has been roped in to deliver the keynote lecture at the annual meeting of the most prominent climate skeptic group in the UK, the Global Warming Policy Foundation. [...]
Howard has had a previous connection with the GWPF. In 2011, he wrote a foreword to a GWPF report by Ross McKitrick, which was critical of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which incidentally is about to release its latest report.
Howard complained in that foreword of the “intellectual bullying, which has been a feature of the behaviour of some global warming zealots.” He said the attempt of many to close down the debate about climate science was “disgraceful” and must be resisted. [...]
Howard described himself as an “agnostic” on global warming. He had proposed an emissions trading scheme in the lead up to the 2007 election that he lost, but he said that was predicated on the rest of the world acting in a similar fashion. He said it actions by major emitting nations would by highly unlikely.