“No change to climate policies. (But) I’d be hopeful things will get more progressive, but it’s wait and see at this stage.”
And Business Spectator’s Robert Gottliebsen today stated that strengthening the Coalition’s climate policy position is almost a guaranteed under a Turnbull government.
Historically, Mr Turnbull has been a well-publicised advocate for direct action on climate change - a campaign that inevitably led to his demise as Liberal leader in 2009.
He was an architect of the Howard government’s Emissions Trading Scheme in 2007 and backer of an ETS well into the Rudd years – even labelling Mr Abbott’s lack of emissions reduction ambitions as “bulls—t” in a 2009 blog post.
“First, let’s get this straight. You cannot cut emissions without a cost. To replace dirty coal fired power stations with cleaner gas fired ones, or renewables like wind let alone nuclear power or even coal fired power with carbon capture and storage is all going to cost money,” Mr Turnbull wrote.