Yesterday I asked whether Tim Flannery would be given the same treatment that Ian Plimer was given on The Project. As luck would have it, my question would be answered the next evening, and my hunch was spot on; Flannery got a free ride.
Last night, the panelists questioned Plimer’s credentials on climate and he explained that being a geologist, he is able to put the current climate into context. Surely this would make him more qualified than an expert on the evolution of macropods, right? Surely they could have asked Flannery why he should be considered more of an expert…but no. Flannery had in fact said that Plimer was “out of his depth” on climate. And you’re not, Tim? The ironic thing is that they asked him about his career as a naturalist, and the fact that he’s named 30 different species. This explains his motivation to help the environment, but not why he is accepted as a climate expert.
One question that was put to Flannery by Carrie Bickmore was whether or not he was surprised that there were “people who call themselves scientists” still question climate change. Is the science so settled, so solid, the evidence so insurmountable to Bickmore that she can’t comprehend that a scientist could ever doubt man-made climate change? The fact that The Project had given air time to a skeptic was enough to enrage some, as Charlie Pickering explained, because “99%” of scientists all agreed with the theory. Making up figures doesn’t help your cause, Charlie.
Flannery got up to the usual warmist tricks, arguing from authority and claiming the impacts of climate change are clearly visible, especially in PNG (something that George Negus blindly repeated). Another ridiculous tactic was his suggestion that the science has been established for 150 years. I assume he talks of Arrhenius, who established that carbon dioxide was a greenhouse gas, but this isn’t contested by skeptics. Actually, Arrhenius had predicted a warming of five degrees for a doubling of carbon dioxide, which we now know to be wrong. This statement by Flannery is just propaganda, designed to bolster the settled science myth.