It’s great to see Media Watch picking up on the false claims of the denial movement. They also spotted Plimer’s false claims about the CO2 emissions of volcanoes vis-a-vis human activity (Episode 13 , March 3):
Ah, facts. Well they’re always welcome.
Not that Jason Morrison, who’s deeply sceptical about human-induced global warming, was able to elicit many actual facts from his source, Professor Ian Plimer, who’s even more deeply sceptical.
Here’s one fact the Professor did come up with:
“Prof. Ian Plimer: … we humans only put out about three per cent of the annual emissions of carbon dioxide. The rest comes from all sorts of other things, including volcanoes.
— Radio 2GB, The Jason Morrison Drive Show, 19th April, 2010″
And here’s one he didn’t mention: volcano expert Dr Fred Jourdan of Curtin University told Media Watch:
“… it has been shown by the US Geological Survey that current emissions from volcanoes are being dwarfed by human emissions to a ratio of 1/130…
— Response from Fred Jourdan (Prof. of Applied Geology, Curtin University of Technology), 28th April, 2010″
I picked this up on 21 April, however I obviously don’t have the reach of Media Watch.
Not that it concerns me: it’s great to see Plimer’s false claims publicly exposed. Personally, I take some pride in being able to spot a false claim.
My knowledge of climate science – and the claims of the denial movement – has been growing over the last three months. I feel this confirms the blog heading in the right direction.
One thing I’d note: the deniers throw out so many claims it can take many hours of research and fact-checking.
But this is one of their key strategies: sound authoritative and hope the average person does not take the time to check the facts.
Denial… or misleading?
Can we say there is a difference?