Monday, September 14, 2015

Australia boots its climate change denier leader

Remember when Australia was burning - - as is California and US West - - with climate change believed to be making a bad situation worse?

So the Australians just dumped their leading climate change 'skeptic' - - and who knows - - maybe Canada's tar sand oil champ may be next, The Washington Post reports.

Can't wait to see the issue discussed in sympathetic detail at Wednesday's GOP debate. Oh, wait a minute…

Conservative billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch, much of whose wealth comes from fossil fuel-related industries, unveiled their plan earlier this year to spend $889 million in the 2016 elections through their group Americans for Prosperity. This amount would dwarf what either of the presidential candidates raised in the 2012 general election, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.
The Koch brothers, each worth more than $40 billion, have been public in their opposition to government intervention to combat climate change. The brothers successfully persuaded many elected officials — including presidential hopefuls Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul — to sign a pledge that would "oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue."

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