Out-0f-place Liberal frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull has launched yet another attack on skeptics (see here for previous attack).
OPPOSITION frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull has compared climate change sceptics with people who refuse to admit smoking causes lung cancer.
The study of the world’s surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially bankrolled by a foundation connected to global warming deniers.
Mr Turnbull said the backers of the study “presumably” hoped to demonstrate climate science was not reliable, and used the results to criticise people who continually question global warming.
“They’re like the guy who gets told by his doctor to stop smoking, lose weight and decides not to do that,” he said.
Turnbull’s continuous use of that tobacco line is not only getting a bit old, it is just plain insulting. It is nothing but a baseless smear by a man who I doubt has even heard a skeptic make his case. Perhaps he should have a chat to some of his colleagues in the Liberal party, like Dr Dennis Jensen.
Turnbull’s ignorance at the position of most skeptics is evident by his claim that BEST completely refuted them. As Bolt notes, “if he doesn’t even know the questions, how can he be so sure he has the answers?” For those like Malcolm, here are some arguments made by skeptics.
- Negative feedbacks are predominant in the climate (Lindzen and Choi, 2011; Spencer and Braswell, 2010; Douglass et al., 2007).
- The Vostok Ice Cores do not establish that carbon dioxide is the main driver of climate (Caillon et al., 2003).
- The medieval warm period was warmer than today (Loehle, 2007; McIntyre and McKitrick 2005).
Abbott only got up by one vote in that leadership challenge two years ago. It’s scary to think how close he came to failing, which would have left us stuck with Turnbull as leader and an ETS already.
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