Sunday, December 4, 2011
Australia a Shag on a rock!
With Angelina Jolie and the rest of the private jet glitterati saving the world with champagne in Durban Australia is looking very lonely as the only one willing to sacrifice their country's economy in this dangerous economic climate. With Climategate 2 emails shedding light into the dark corners of scientific conspiracy and more and more stories surfacing of hiding inconvenient data and research it is doubtful that any will follow Australia's policy of economic self-harm in these last days of the great conspiracy. Miranda Devine has more:
SO much for Australia winning global respect for imposing a carbon tax on its resentful citizens.
At the climate change confab in Durban last week, Australian delegates reportedly tried to make a statement about our world-leading tax and were rejected. They had to wait until day two.
The world has moved on and Australia sits like a shag on a rock, risking $100 billion on a gesture hardly anyone noticed.
As Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt (both above), Bono (below) and Al Gore (right) jet towards Durban to mingle with 15,000 climate delegates, the truth is that the world financial crisis has spoiled their party.
Newly prudent nations, including the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitters, have no intention of following the kamikaze lead of Australia, which produces just 1 per cent of global emissions.
Everyone but Australia has figured out we no longer can afford the luxury of empty gestures.
And the latest batch of leaked climate scientist aimless, dubbed Climategate 2.0, confirm suspicions of something fishy about the global warming gravy train.
The most damning conclusion from Climategate 2.0 must be that the scientific consensus is a hoax. The emails show eminent climate scientists conspiring to have PhDs stripped from sceptics, to have journal editors fired for publishing papers that contradict predictions of imminent apocalypse, and colluding with the media to slant coverage.
This wasn't science. It was politics.
But we don't need leaked emails to see the nature of climate politics in Australia.
Take Adelaide geologist Ian Plimer, demonised by climate alarmists since the publication of his best-selling book Heaven and Earth.
In his new guide for students, How to Get Expelled from School, Plimer asks: "If the science of human-induced global warming is so strong then why is it necessary for the climate industry to engage in fraud, exaggeration, obfuscation, personal attacks, spin and the demonising of dissent?"
He mocks attempts by the academic establishment to marginalise him.
"I've been banned from speaking at two Australian universities, yet I've been a full professor for 27 years.
"This is really a totalitarian system."
Exhibit A is coastal engineer Doug Lord, former chair of the national committee of coastal engineers.
AMID exaggerated predictions that sea levels would rise by 75m, Lord made the career-ending mistake of actually measuring the sea level and trying to publish the results.
This caused him to be "let go" from his government job and have peer-reviewed scientific papers pulled at the last minute from a conference in Shanghai last year, from a conference in Perth in September and from a journal this year.
Not only that, but he was banned by his then bosses at the NSW environment department from representing Engineers Australia at a 2009 parliamentary inquiry into managing climate change.
The irony is that he is not even a sceptic.
"I believe in the climate-change science," he says, "but I see the need for the real data to be out there."
Revolutionary concept. With colleague Phil Watson, Lord examined 110-year tide records from Fort Denison in Sydney Harbour, Fremantle in Western Australia, Auckland Harbour in New Zealand, and Pilot Station, Newcastle.
They found the sea level was rising at less than 1mm a year, contrary to previous estimates of 6mm a year.
In 2009, Watson published the results, putting the lie to Penny Wong's claims sea level rises would wipe out beaches and coastline. The analysis reveals a consistent trend of weak deceleration at each of these gauge sites throughout Australasia over the period from 1940 to 2000, he wrote in the Journal of Climate Research.
The NSW environment department responded to media reports by claiming Watson had been "misrepresented".
But Lord and Watson weren't making trouble. They kept looking at the data, "trying to see if there was acceleration", Lord says.
"We could find no discernible acceleration."
This was an inconvenient truth to governments busy beefing up climate risk assessments. The Federal Government predicted a sea level rise of 1.1m by 2100. NSW came up with 0.9m.
But Lord's data showed they had exaggerated the rise by 1000 per cent. He predicts a sea level rise of no more than 90mm by 2100.
LAST year, Lord and Watson were banned from presenting three papers at the International Conference on Coastal Engineering in Shanghai.
"I was told (the Government) wouldn't support the three papers because they weren't consistent with the policy that was being developed".
By this stage, Lord had lost his job, after a departmental "restructure".
Nevertheless, he and Watson wrote another paper, which was peer-reviewed and approved for publication in the journal of Australian Civil Engineering Transactions. In September, just before publication, the paper was pulled. As was paper the two men were to present at the Coasts and Ports Conference in Perth.
"Hundreds of hours go into putting together these papers," Lord says.
"You put out your best assessments and if people see you did something wrong they tell you. If people don't allow you to put it out there you learn nothing."
Attempts to censor science, and silence an honest expert like Doug Lord, reinforce our suspicions that the climate change industry is a scam.