'Every year climate science seems to get less sure until I want to shout 'Just vanish back into obscurity until you've got a handle on this mess! Go on, go to your room and don't come out till your predictions last longer than it takes the ink to dry on them." '

Jun 29, 2013 'TinyCO2' commenting at Bishop Hill


Saturday, 18 February 2012

Innoculation against the CO2-Scare Virus in Schools: try humour if you can

One of the leading promoters of panic about airborne CO2 in Australia is a chap called Tim Flannery.  He makes a pretty good living out it, and has over the years provided dire warnings of, amongst other things, severe drought and dramatic rises in sea level.  He spent part of his takings from climate panic consultancy on a waterfront villa, and was well-regarded by Julia Gillard the Australian Prime Minister.  The floods and swollen reservoirs of recent years down-under may well have tested that regard, however.  She is the redhead on the left, Flannery sits on the right in the telling depiction shown below (hat-tip Jo Nova).  Bob Carter who gets a mention in this cartoon by Spooner in the Melbourne Age newspaper, is a distinguished voice of scientific reason and rationality in that same land, and the author of an excellent book on climate matters called 'Climate: The Counter Consensus'.

The Age, Melbourne

Now Flannery is clearly, from his writings, a nervous and excitable type, easily scared and yet fluent enough when he takes his turn at scaring others, e.g.

2008: 'Throughout 2008 it’s felt as if our future has been crystallising before our eyes. Food shortages, escalating oil prices, a melting Arctic ice cap and other climatic changes seem to make the news every week. All are potentially serious threats, and any one could be the harbinger of profound change for our global civilisation. Scientific studies confirm that our planet is warming at a rate consistent with the worst case scenario developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2001, meaning that we must make substantial inroads on our emissions in the next 20 years if we hope to avoid irreversible damage to Earth’s climate system.'  For concentrated silliness, this paragraph would take some beating.

Andrew Bolt has been exposing  Flannery's odious flim-flam for years, as in this piece in the Herald Sun newspaper, and this one giving the transcript of a radio interview. An entire book has been published Fisking Flannery's unhinged book called 'Weather Makers', within which it found:.

  • 23 misinterpretations, 
  • 28 contradictory statements,
  • 31 untraceable or suspect sources, 
  • 45 failures to reflect uncertainty, 
  • 66 over-simplifications or factual errors, 
  • 78 exaggerations and over a hundred unsupported dogmatic statements, many of them quite outlandish. 

So, here we have a nervous and silly man, driven by his vivid imagination to spread doom and gloom.  He has also been a very influential man, at least in Australia.  The combination of his silliness and his influence is surely an embarassing blot on the record of Julia Gillard's government and its predecessor.  As Australians wake up to the foolishness of the recently introduced Carbon Tax, more and more of them will start asking why, and some of the pointing-fingers will surely turn to Flannery.

I look forward to the day when more and more citizens wake up to the foolishness, and cruelty, of scaring children about CO2, and start asking why.  After that, they should be asking what can we do to help our children.  We can tell them the stories came mostly from some foolish men who had had an awful fright and instead of dealing with it like responsible adults and checking it out, they rushed around shouting Panic! Doom! Act Now!  Change those lightbulbs!  How silly they were!  They should have known better. 

    1 comment:

    dave ward said...

    "We can tell them the stories came mostly from some foolish men"

    But you do realise this will mean telling impressionable children that ADULTS CAN LIE!!!

    How will they cope? They might be traumatised for life...