Turnbull launches climate attack on Abbott

Malcolm Turnbull has savaged Tony Abbott's views on climate change action.

Former Opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull has this morning blasted his replacement Tony Abbott’s climate change ideas and has vowed to cross the floor and vote with the Government when emissions trading legislation is brought back to parliament next year.

Turnbull posted a blog via the Twitter website in which he labeled Abbott’s climate change views as, “bulls**t,” and vowed to, “tell a few home truths about the farce that the Coalition’s policy, or lack of policy, on climate change has descended into.”

In his blog, Turnbull said that Abbott has to come to terms with the fact that cutting emissions will have to come with a significant financial 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,” he said.

“Somebody has to pay.

“So any suggestion that you can dramatically cut emissions without any cost is, to use a favourite term of Mr Abbott, ‘bulls**t.’ Moreover he knows it.”

The former Coalition leader’s vocal protest comes after recent reports that Opposition Treasury spokesman Joe Hockey used a shadow cabinet meeting two weeks ago to attack Abbott’s plans for a climate change switch, warning it would cost more than $50 billion.

Turnbull also used his blog to question Abbott’s belief in the need for climate action.

“The fact is that Tony and the people who put him in his job do not want to do anything about climate change,” he said.

“They do not believe in human caused global warming.”

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