You probably all know that there has been a MAJOR change in the way that the Australian media are reporting the AGW issue, led nobly by The Australian. The change has been stimulated by a Canberra Senate select committee that is discussing the tabled ETS legislation, and also by the release of Ian Plimer’s new book
You can find an account of what the committee is on about here, and at the end of the article is a list of URLs that link to much more balanced media comment than has formerly ever been the case, at least in Australia:
On a Tortuous Political Problem: Bob Carter
That’s last week. The trend of balanced media comment
has continued this week, culminating with a splendid article, and an even more splendid headline, by Jan Veizer in today’s Australian:
Climate change science isn't settled
I agree with Marc Moranothat Revkin’s article
is strange, silly even. For though the technical experts may have been advising (for some strange, doubtless self-interested reason) this: “even as the coalition worked to sway opinion, its own scientific and technical experts were advising that the science backing the role of greenhouse gases in global warming could not be refuted”
, I’ll eat my hat if anyone could show that was actually the case at any time since 1990.
My guess is that Revkin, like all other promulgators of AGW hysteria throughout the media and scientific communities, is starting to really feel the weight of the evidence that shows all too clearly that dangerous AGW is a myth, and is simply thrashing around in any and every direction to try to find a way of continuing to obfuscate the issue until December.
The bottom line is that - with President Obama elected, and Copenhagen COP coming up as long-planned - the carbonistas can sense that they are oh-so-nearly over the line.
In my view they will do absolutely anything to ensure that the dam holds until December, and then in Copenhagen aim to achieve “another Kyoto”, i.e. organize a lowest-common-denominator agreement that is so inoffensive that countries will sign it with relief (anything to get this bloody issue off our backs for a while). And this will be making exactly the same mistake again, for a signed piece of paper, however ineffectual the actions, if any, that are required to stem from it, will serve to keep the matter on the political agenda – just as Kyoto has.
God protect us from those who want to save the world.
Professor Robert (Bob) M. Carter
Marine Geophysical Laboratory