How Barack Obama and Tony Abbott differ on climate change

The US president and the Australian prime minister … this will not be a meeting of minds

Barack Obama (interview with Thomas Friedman 2014, published in the New York Times): The science is compelling … If you profess leadership in this country at this moment in our history then you have to recognise that this is going to be one of the most significant long-term challenges, if not the most significant long-term challenge, that this country faces and the planet faces. The good news is that the public may get out ahead of some of these politicians, and I think that as the public starts seeing greater frequency of extreme weather events, as they start seeing what used to be 100-year storms happening every year or two and you start seeing the economics of inaction, then the public start thinking: You know what? We are going to start rewarding politicians who start talking … honestly about this problem.

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