If there is any doubt that the Australian Liberal Party is the party of climate change denial, then the appearance of South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi at an upcoming “deniers” conference clears up such much misconceptions.
The US think tank the Heartland Institute – in conjunction with Australia’s Institute of Public Affairs and the Property Rights Alliance – is hosting a free seminar in Sydney on October 1.
Heartland – for those who don’t know – have worked with companies such as tobacco giant Philip Morris in trying to question the link between second hand smoke and increased health risks.
Over he past few years they have been one of the driving forces of climate change “scepticism”. Indeed, this conference is a perfect example of the “denial machine” in action”. Is demonstrates the links the Australian deniers have with US right wing think tanks, and how they are supported by them.
Many of the usual suspects will appear, including old friends such as Jo Nova, Bob Carter, David Evans and the IPA’s Alan Moran.
The (draft) agenda indicates the speakers will pontificate on the usual hodgepodge of bad science, conspiracy theories.
Normally that wouldn’t get my attention, as these talk fests constitute nothing more than ”Blah, blah the science is wrong!”, “Boo hiss IPCC!” and “They are trying to take our freedoms!”.
What does strike me as incredible is that a politician form a major political party would not only attend, but appear as a major speaker.
As noted, the conference is free and held in Sydney.
If any readers do attend, I’d be delighted to hear a report and publish here.
Bernadi’s great big conspiracy theory
The good Senator’s blog is as a good a guide to his conspiratorial world view.
He maintains the “greens” are trying to install a communist world government, and that the IPCC is a “corrupt body”
The nature of the Greens’ totalitarian agenda can be seen through a careful examination of their policies and party platform.
Their support for global governance, manifested in the United Nations, includes a “stronger UN capable of dealing with threats to international peace and security.”
Given the Greens oppose every type of conflict except the ‘just wars’ mounted by radical eco-terrorists like the Sea Shepherd organisation, one must ask what benefit a stronger United Nations would be to their objectives? Unless the UN was entrusted to enforce some of their more interventionist treaties and agreements.
Actually, that’s exactly what the Green lobby wanted through the Copenhagen treaty. An unelected, unaccountable body was to be funded through the wealthy Western nations to act as the global policeman, judge and jury determining who could do what, where and when.
Such a process would have almost assuredly resulted in systemic corruption that would have dwarfed the frauds and falsehoods of the UN’s own climate change committee and limited the ability of nations to choose their own path to the benefit of their citizens.
These are all talking points one would normally associate with fringe beliefs. He has also fallen hook-line-and-sinker for the whole “Climategate” affair:
When any public organisation is exposed as being incompetent and deceptive, thereby destroying any semblance of credibility, it needs to be disbanded.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is one such body.
The so-called authoritative voice for climate change, used by the global warming alarmists to justify their hysterical claims, has been caught relying on flawed documents, dodgy data and fanciful science to try and change the world.
Many of us have suspected for some time that the IPCC was pursuing a political agenda rather than being a dispassionate provider of information. However, few suspected the astonishing scale of the campaign by members of the IPCC to further the alarmist cause.
That an elected Senator, representing one of Australia’s major political parties chooses to associate himself with the anti-science movement is a sad day for Australian politics and the conservative movement.
Clearly Australia’s conservatives are following their political brethren in the US and embracing extremism.