Fairfax gives a skeptic a say!

This is not a joke. The Age has really published an opinion article by skeptic, Bob Carter. After all this time insisting the debate is over, they have effectively contradicted themselves.

“Fact 1. A mild warming of about 0.5 degrees Celsius (well within previous natural temperature variations) occurred between 1979 and 1998, and has been followed by slight global cooling over the past 10 years. Ergo, dangerous global warming is not occurring.

Fact 2. Between 2001 and 2010 global average temperature decreased by 0.05 degrees, over the same time that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels increased by 5 per cent. Ergo, carbon dioxide emissions are not driving dangerous warming.

Fact 3. Atmospheric carbon dioxide is beneficial. In increasing quantity it causes mild though diminishing warming (useful at a time of a quiet sun and likely near-future planetary cooling) and acts as a valuable plant fertiliser. Extra carbon dioxide helps to shrink the Sahara Desert, green the planet and feed the world. Ergo, carbon dioxide is neither a pollutant nor dangerous, but an environmental benefit.

Fact 4. Closing down the whole Australian industrial economy might result in the prevention of about 0.02 degrees of warming. Reducing emissions by 5 per cent by 2020 (the government’s target) will avert an even smaller warming of about 0.002 degrees. Ergo, cutting Australian emissions will make no measurable difference to global climate.

Fact 5. For an assumed tax rate of $25 a tonne of carbon dioxide, the costs passed down to an average family of four will exceed $2000 a year.”

Not only have The Age published the piece, but they approached Professor Carter about writing it. Once again, this is not a joke.

About Climate Nonconformist

Hi, I'm the climatenonconformist (not my real name), and I am a global warming skeptic, among the few in generation Y. With Australia facing the prospect of a carbon tax, we need to be asking the simple question; where is the evidence that our emissions are causing any dangerous warming?
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2 Responses to Fairfax gives a skeptic a say!

  1. Deadman says:

    Meanwhile, there’s a facebook event, “Boycott Channel ten till they get rid of Andrew Bolt.”
    I commented on a friend’s endorsement of this deluded display of awarmist pique by saying:
    “Boycotting Ten for giving that fraud, George Negus, a show, or for the 7pm Project, or for letting that proctoleichous, biassed Paul Bongiorno pretend to report news, sure. Certainly, for ‘reality’ shows—from the people who brought you Bondi Butcher, Bondi Topiarist, and Bondi Bikini-Waxer, comes Bondi Greengrocer: thrill to the excitement each week as customers seek exotic ingredients! gasp as deliveries are sometimes late! cry with laughter as tourists chat with the helpful assistants, and find something nice for lunch!
    “For the one bloke on TV who rips into the fraudsters who want to impose a ‘carbon’ tax, no.”

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