Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly has been savaged on UK television for denying the links between climate change and Australia’s bushfire crisis.
Self-proclaimed climate sceptic Liberal MP Craig Kelly has been accused of being a “climate change denier” on British television as he sought to deny any link between climate change and Australia’s bushfire crisis.
Interviewed on Good Morning Britain by Piers Morgan, Craig Kelly said he believed that there has been global warming but denied that there was any link between that and the intensity of the this season’s bushfires.
He accused people trying to make the link of playing politics.
Craig Kelly MP defends Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s response to the wildfire crisis and says there isn’t a link between climate change and bushfires.@piersmorgan | @susannareid100 | #GMB pic.twitter.com/Mz0dxJSK5T
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) January 6, 2020
“To try and make out – as some politicians have – to hijack this debate and exploit this tragedy, to push their ideological barrow that somehow or other the Australian government could have done something to reduce its climate emissions that would have reduced these bushfires is just complete nonsense.”
He said “record fuel loads” was the main issue, not climate change.
A former regular guest on Sky News Australia, Mr Kelly was in September last year denied permission by the Prime Minister’s office to appear on the ABC’s Q&A program.
This followed his comments at an Australian Monarchists League function where he claimed the island nation of Tuvalu was “floating, not sinking [due to climate change]” because the island is a coral atoll and “a coral atoll actually floats on the ocean”.