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Climate change 'hysteria' like a sci-fi movie, Coalition MP tells fellow sceptics

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The Coalition MP George Christensen has likened the “hysteria” of calls for action on climate change to a science fiction film, in a speech to a gathering of climate science sceptics in Las Vegas.

Christensen, the Liberal National party MP for the federal seat of Dawson, told the Heartland Institute conference that mainstream climate science was “a lot of fiction dressed up as science”.

Showing slides depicting scenes from Star Trek and the Kevin Costner film Waterworld, the MP said the climate change “major motion picture” was previously a “slasher-style horror flick as ever more graphic descriptions are used to scare people into submission”.

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The Heartland Institute, funded in part by the ultra-conservative Koch brothers, questions the mainstream science of climate change. In 2012, the organisation suffered a flight of corporate donors after likening climate change believers to criminal psychopaths, but still holds regular events to challenge the findings of climate scientists.

Christensen, a Coalition backbencher who chairs the party’s committee on industry policy, represents an electorate that adjoins a portion of the Great Barrier Reef.

According to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, climate change is the reef’s greatest threat, with global temperatures needing to remain no more than 1.5C above the long-term average if it is to remain a “coral dominated system”.

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