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The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has slammed climate change deniers, saying they are holding the world
to ransom.


LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: The Prime Minister has finished the week with a verbal assault on so-called
climate change sceptics. Mr Rudd's accused the global warming non-believers of holding the world to
ransom and gambling recklessly with humanity's future. While he named politicians in the US and
Britain, it was clear his barbs were aimed squarely at the Liberal and National parties here at
home. Dana Robertson reports from Canberra.

DANA ROBERTSON, REPORTER: There's a month to go and the gloves are off.

KEVIN RUDD, PRIME MINISTER: It is time to remove any polite veneer from this debate.

DANA ROBERTSON: And for the next 40 minutes, the Prime Minister took aim at the people he says are
derailing the prospects of a global climate agreement in Copenhagen.

KEVIN RUDD: The legion of climate change sceptics are active across the world, and they happily
play with our children's future. The clock is ticking for the planet, but the climate change
sceptics simply do not care.

DANA ROBERTSON: Mr Rudd says the sceptics are small in number, but too dangerous to be ignored. He
says they lurk largely in the embrace of conservative parties around the world, but their agenda is
nothing of the sort.

KEVIN RUDD: Climate change sceptics in all their guises and disguises are not conservatives, they
are in fact the radicals. They are reckless gamblers who are betting all of our futures on their
arrogant assumption that their intuitions should triumph over all evidence.

DANA ROBERTSON: Whether they're outright deniers, opponents of action or just waiting for other
countries to move first, Mr Rudd says the end result of doing nothing is the same.

KEVIN RUDD: Their aim is not to convince every person on Earth of the follies of acting on climate
change; their aim is to erode just enough of the political will that action becomes impossible. By
slowing the actions of each individual country, they aim to slowly drag global negotiations on
climate change to a standstill.

DANA ROBERTSON: Many of Mr Rudd's shots were fired far from home, but there was no disguising the
real target of his invective.

KEVIN RUDD: The tentacles of the climate change sceptics reach deep into the ranks of the Liberal
Party, and once you add to them the National Party, it's plain the sceptics and the deniers are a
major force.

DANA ROBERTSON: Kevin Rudd's accused Malcolm Turnbull of cowardice and a failure of leadership for
refusing to guarantee passage of the Emissions Trading Scheme through the Senate before Copenhagen.
But at the same time, his own Climate Change Minister has raised doubts about the Government's
ability to give any ground in its negotiations with the Coalition. "we expect any amendments to the
CPRS must be economically and fiscally responsible and environmentally credible. In light of budget
impact released on Monday, it is clear that carte-blanche acceptance of the entirety of the
Opposition's current proposals does not pass these tests."

Malcolm Turnbull says he won't be baited into a fight over climate change, which he says is simply
a distraction from the Government's border protection failures.

MALCOLM TURNBULL, OPPOSITION LEADER: The negotiations are being conducted in good faith and
confidentially and I won't be running a commentary on them. I - the negotiations are proceeding.
They'll have an outcome and then we will then decide as the Opposition how we respond to the

DANA ROBERTSON: No-one's sceptical about the real priorities of politics. Dana Robertson, Lateline.