Something wicked this way comes: October deniers conference and book launch

“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes…”  

Looks like it is shaping up to be the October Carnival of Denial!  

I’ve already noted that the Heartland Institute, in conjunction with the Institute of Public Affairs, is hosting a Sydney conference this month.  

Well, it seems the boys and girls at the IPA have a very busy month planned.  

Bob Carter, one of the very few qualified scientists who doubt climate change will be launching his bew book “The Counter-Consensus” in early October:

“The counter-consensus to quasi-scientific hype and induced panic on climate change is at last assembling. Climate: the Counter Consensus examines, with thoroughness and impartial expertise, the so-called facts of global warming that are churned out and unquestioningly accepted, while the scientific and media establishments stifle or deride any legitimate expression of an opposing view.

Professor Carter is an Emeritus Fellow of the IPA. He featured in the ‘Climategate’ emails as one of those brave enough to question the prevailing wisdom on climate change. Climate: The Counter-Consensus challenges the myths of ‘climate science’ that have been accepted by the media and the public.”

The book will be launched by NZ politician Rodney Hide:

Professor Carter’s book will be launched by the Hon Rodney Hide. Rodney is a minister in the New Zealand government, and leader of the ACT New Zealand Party. ACT New Zealand is an explicitly free market and small government party and has five MPs in the New Zealand parliament.

Further proof that the denial movement is supported by an international network of industry funded think tanks.  

 So why all the hub-bub?  

It’s possible be that they are trying to ratchet things up following the formation of the Gillard minority government.  

They are, after all dead set against a price on carbon. Says the IPA of thus much dreaded eventuality:

Rise up against the emissions trading scheme

The announcement by new Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard that Australia will not have an ETS before 2012, shows what a huge mistake the National Government has made by pushing ahead with our scheme in New Zealand…

We are now guaranteed to be at a competitive disadvantage with our closest major trading partner for at least another two years, if not more. How many jobs are we going to lose overseas and what damage will be done to our economy, before Australia, the US, Japan and China get on board – if ever?..

ACT believe the ETS should never have been implemented and will keep campaigning to at least have it suspended. This is a key issue for us. This is a key issue for New Zealand’s future prosperity and therefore for all New Zealanders who care about where this country is heading.

Yes, rise up ye patriots and lovers of liberty! Strike a blow for freedom!  

Give us LIBERTY or give us DEATH!  

The counter-counter-consensus  

I think we can easily dismiss Carter’s book as in the vein of “there is no consensus“.  

Sorry Bob, the counter to your counter-consensus is that scientists agree climate change is happening.  

A survey of over 3,000 earth scientists clearly indicates strong scientific support for climate change:

It seems that the debate on the authenticity of global warming and the role played by human activity is largely nonexistent among those who understand the nuances and scientific basis of long-term climate processes. The challenge, rather, appears to be how to effectively communicate this fact to policy makers and to a public that continues to mistakenly perceive debate among scientists.

The debate is non-existent amongst the science community: the public debate is fuelled by professional disinformers such as the IPA and Bob Carter.


4 thoughts on “Something wicked this way comes: October deniers conference and book launch

  1. “the so-called facts of global warming that are churned out and unquestioningly accepted, while the scientific and media establishments stifle or deride any legitimate expression of an opposing view.”
    I get so sick of this nonsense. Firstly, because of the political and public debate, and more recently the non-event, Climategate, climate science is probably the most thoroughly examined fields of science. NO-ONE has accepted the evidence of climate change without examination – there has been no luxury to do so in any corner. Idiots promoting paranoia and conspiracy theories maintain this stupid notion. Secondly, scientific establishments have only stifled baseless expressions of personal belief. Like Donna Laframbiose loves to say, “climate skepticism is freespeech!” However, freespeech does not automatically constitute weight in lieu of evidence. If you say something stupid like the Earth is flat, you can make a safe bet science will stifle this stupidity. Saying that science isn’t fair for picking on your belief in a flat Earth, is much the same as what’s occurring here.
    As for the media. I’d have to conclude the opposite – I see far more denial in Australian news than support of the science.
    As I see it, people like this will not change, but as is becoming increasingly obvious, they will look more and more ridiculous for their baseless beliefs as time passes.

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  3. klem says:

    Um, your referenced study was done in late 2008 early 2009 when AGW Belief was about at it’s peak. It was also a year before Copenhagen failed and allowed scientists to speak up without retribution. Times have changed pal. Nice try.

  4. adelady says:

    “… allowed scientists to speak up without retribution… ”

    What? Has someone done that Nobel Prize winning paper that contradicts the physics of CO2? No-one told me.

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