Tony Abbott is running a heinous scare-campaign and spreading misinformation about the carbon dioxide tax – if you believe Julia Gillard (let’s face it, no one believes Julia Gillard anymore). How then would she describe this attempt to put the fear of gaia into us. She claims that :
- sea levels will rise a whole metre by 2100!!!
- temperature rise of 2.2 to 5 degrees celsius by 2070
- climatic zones will shift 2000km southward
- “threats to infrastructure, failures of urban drainage and sewerage systems, blackouts, transport disruption and private property damage”
This apparently marks a return to the debate of the science (if you believe the writers of the article). I call it plain old attempted alarmism.
I’m not sure where she got 1m from, but as ACM points out, it goes even beyond the hysterical predictions of the IPCC (59cm). Sea levels have been rising throughout the holocene anyway, and we are suppose to fear a metre over the next 89 years. That is how long we would have to adapt to this. Wouldn’t this be the more economical thing to do.
The climatic shifts and economic damage suffered are based on this 2.2-5 degree rise. These are based on the climate models which all predicted drastic warming during the past decade. Where is this warming? What a travesty! Why are the models still considered reliable?
Gillard is not discussing science. She is discussing alarmist and discredited predictions. The sea level claim however, (while she apparently thinks that is scary) is laughable. What happened to the good old days of alarmism, when we had 6m (Al Gore/Jim Hansen) and 100m (Robyn Williams) sea level rises bearing down on us?