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Australian Climate Madness

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

John McLean writes in The Australian

Continuing its welcome focus on climate realists (as opposed to the hysterical alarmism of other media organisations I could mention, eg the ABC and Fairytale Facts), The Australian publishes an article by climate data analyst and member of the Australian Climate Science Coalition, John McLean, in which the politicisation of the climate debate is laid bare:
The IPCC has now delivered four scientific assessment reports, each accompanied by an increasingly urgent call to action regarding climate change driven by greenhouse gases. National governments, which are signatories to the UNFCCC, have almost without exception bought into the alarm, modulating it only to accord better with their own political philosophies. This, combined with the allocation research funding according to policy relevance, means governments now attempt to predetermine the findings of scientific research.
Vested interests now dominate climate science. Whether climatologists, their employers and other people believe the government-approved line has become irrelevant, because they all wish to retain an income stream and whatever reputations they've established. These people advise governments, which subsequently set policy and research funding regardless of any contradiction with observational data.

Read it here.


  • John McLean is not a "Climate Data Analyst."

    The "Australian Climate Science Coalition" is an industry lobby group...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 24, 2009 at 7:05 PM  

  • OK now we've got the ad hominems out of the way, have you anything to say about the actual arguments?

    By Blogger Simon from Sydney, At May 24, 2009 at 9:00 PM  

  • OK. Apart from the fact that the man's arguably a fraud, it makes ABSOLUTELY no sense to pour more fuel on the fire if you don't have to, whether or not you believe that Global Warming is largely man-made.

    Between them, geothermal, wind power, wave power and solar can meet our needs for centuries into the future WITH NO CO2 EMISSIONS.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 25, 2009 at 11:53 AM  

  • The Australian Coal Association (ACA) and its member companies recognise the urgent need to develop technologies for safe, reliable, low-emissions power generation.

    Through the COAL21 Fund, the Australian black coal industry has committed over $1 billion to help develop low-emissions technologies such as carbon capture and storage. We believe a new generation of technologies like these will be an essential part of a global response to climate change.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 25, 2009 at 1:36 PM  

  • I guess "arguably a fraud" ain't an ad hominem either?

    The reality is that reliance on the kinds of alternative energy you suggest is decades away, maybe longer, and in the mean time, there is no way that economies (especially in developing countries) can survive without fossil fuels.

    "Vested interests dominate climate science" is the key sentence. There is way too much money to be made from the whole tax-on-CO2 scam for there ever to be a proper debate about the causes of "climate change".

    By Blogger Simon from Sydney, At May 25, 2009 at 6:16 PM  

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