(wakeup2thelies.com) Finally someone stands up to the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and says what a lot of Australians have wanted to say. Climate Depot 's Marc Morano's fantastic rant from the ABC's documentary "Can I Change Your Mind About Climate" with former LNP Senator Nick Minchin (an out spoken climate change skeptic) and Anna Rose (founder and chair of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition).
Those of you who don't live in Australia will be lucky enough to have missed last night's travesty of a documentary I Can Change Your Mind About Climate Change by the Aussies' gag-inducingly PC state broadcaster ABC. Better still, they will have been lucky enough also to have missed the even more ludicrously biased panel discussion afterwards in which an outrageously parti-pris greenie moderator, a greenie "social researcher" (whatever that is), a greenie youth activist, the head of the ultra-greenie, even-worse-than-the-Royal-Society CSIR and two more greenie plants in the audience bravely took on an evil mining magnate (my new hero Clive Palmer) and an evil climate change denier (Nick Minchin) in order irrefutably to demonstrate that anyone who does not deny the reality of Anthropogenic Global Warming must perforce be the spawn of Satan. It reminded me so much of the BBC's nuanced approach to the climate change issue it was almost as if I'd flown home 15 days early.
Andrew Bolt puts the boot in here. Jo Nova and David Evans, meanwhile, give the doco such a thorough fisking I doubt it will ever walk again. Jo rightly notes that one of the very worst bits was the invention from some baldy pillock of an oceanographer called Matthew England, who was given carte blanche to claim, unchallenged, that one of the only two sceptics on the panel – Nick Minchin – had got his facts wrong when, in fact Minchin hadn't.
Just to give you an inkling of how bad it was, here was ABC's idea of balance on the British leg of its documentary. Its interviewees were: warmist Ben Goldsmith MP; warmist Ben Goldacre; warmist Mike Hulme. Ah, so that'll be three warmists then. Goldacre seemed to think that the best way to prove the righteousness of the Warmist cause was to draw a comedic metaphor in which he invited the viewer to imagine his penis being slammed in a door. I suppose he thought this would strike a chord with ABC. No doubt it did for they kept this choice quote in, presumably to indicate what groovy guys real Warmist-y, Guardianista, semi-science types like Goldacre are: they drink pints of beer and say the word "cock" in documentaries, which kind of makes them echt and sassy, no?
Actually no. I'd say definitely no. In no wise does Ben Goldacre's membrum virile, however humorously invoked, contribute anything useful to the debate on climate change. It just doesn't, Ben, sorry. And if you really are going to continue setting yourself up as some kind of doughty – yet groovy, echt and sassy – crusader for integrity and truth in science then it's about time you started looking at the evidence and the facts on the AGW issue because at the moment you're starting to sound like a bit of a…well I think you know the word. You mentioned it recently on Australian national TV.
Incidentally did I mention how well my Aussie tour is going? Bloody brilliantly is how it's going. I think I may have sold more copies of Killing The Earth To Save It out here than I have of Watermelons in the rest of the world. (Jo Nova has the tour dates, though I think all the events have sold out). Tim Blair has written a brilliant, uber generous piece about me in the Spectator – I've actually made the cover of the Aussie edition. I'm recording a show on Andrew Bolt's TV show on Sunday. The crowds have been universally wondrous and appreciate, even though I'm nowhere near as polished as Dan Hannan or as funny as Steyn.
The only fly in the ointment so far has been a beardie, leftie irritant on Melbourne radio (ABC: where else?) called John somebodyorother who kept interrupting me and protesting – rather too much I thought – what a consummate professional he was. I keep forgetting his name. Jet lag I expect. Anyway when I get my 457 visa, like Tony Abbott was talking about this morning – oh: did I mention I met Abbott this morning too? Gave him my book and stuff. Told him like it was. etc – I'm taking his job.
Do I want to stay here forever? Er, is Cardinal Pell Catholic?..Click Telegraph link for more