A source of mine (hat tip to Big Buck Hunter) has alerted me to a new push by the denial movement in trying to shape the debate.
A new book has been published by the Institute of Public Affairs and includes articles from some of the denial movements most prominent figures (Plimer, Monckton):
Climate change, the facts. Note the irony in my delivery of that last sentence.
Apparently some Members of Parliament (MPs) are getting hit with brochures and email spam for the above. The IPA have created a web site to accompany the book at http://climatechange.ipa.org.au/
Free copies will most likely be distributed to politicians, so expect a fresh batch of “talking points” from “sceptical” politicians. A copy of the book is coming to me: analysis of contents soon.
The site declares:
The world’s best scientists and economists on why we need an honest debate about the facts of climate change.
Governments around the world want to dramatically increase taxes, regulate energy supplies and limit individual choices to deal with climate change.
But what do we really know about the science of climate change? Is climate change caused by humans?
Is there really a ‘scientific consensus’?
If you come across this flyer, email spams etc. let Watching the Deniers know.
This is the start of their counter offensive.
Let’s keep our eyes out.
Plimer and Monckton! Nothing like presenting two mutually exclusive theories as to why AGW is bunk to overturn a large body of science.
Bleh. It seems that any book cover which poses rhetorical questions, to which the actual answer is ‘yes’, will be BS.
The parallels to creationism in this whole scuffle are quite compelling. The difference is that it’s hard to point at a specific ideology motivating the contrarians, as a whole.
Indeed mate – they are twin movements with identical strategies. I call it the ‘bipartisan” war on science.
Now I’m delighted to know who the the world’s best scientists and economists are:
And they want to charge good money for this?
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this is very strange… there’s absolutely no mention of the book on the IPA’s main website. A key word search turns up the letter they wrote to Kevin Rudd about it . It’s like they don’t want to promote it or something.
The letter is quite something. Bob Carter, Ian Plimer, Garth Paltridge, Pat Michaels, and Bill, Kininmonth, Alan Moran, Tim Wilson, Sinclair Davidson, Alex Robson, Christopher Monckton, Richard Tol, Brian Fisher, Aynsley Kellow, and Nigel Lawson.
Now that is indeed interesting… I have the package sent to MPs, and it is very slick. My review is almost done, so it will be intersting to what other make.
Have they pulled it? Or decided to downplay it now?
[Note: link you have not working, can you repost?]