Hat’s off to Ian Plimer for acting as a one-man climate denial machine.
Given that the number of scientists who are sceptics are thin on the ground, the denial movement is busily sending “Our Ian” around the globe.
Recently Plimer was in London trying to convince UK politicians climate change was all a big lie:
“I’m a geologist [pause]… and the one thing we miss out in looking at in climate change is the past. Climates have always changed”.
To which I have to say:
Ian, say hello to Chapter Six of the last IPCC report on the paleoclimate. I mean even a surface glance indicates an appreciation of “past climates”.
If the report includes discussion of the climate over the last 400 million years, I’m assuming scientists are thinking about the past. Let’s have a look at one of the diagrams in Chapter Six shall we…
So a graph illustrating atmospheric CO2 concentrations over the last 400m does not qualify as looking at the past?
Come on Ian, do your really think the entire scientific community hasn’t twigged to this “past climate stuff”? That somehow the IPCC and tens of thousands of scientists have ignored past climate, and that you’ve somehow just pulled off the greatest “Gotcha!” moment in science?
Plimer also makes some wonderfully absurd claims:
- the Romans wore togas, ergo it the whole globe was hotter (!)
- the “monies floating around for climate research… is a fad and fashion… and quite perverse”
- the climate industry “has for me been a huge attack on the scientific method”
- he repeats his oft debunked claim about sea volcanoes (!)
- the “climate industry ignores history”
Thanks Ian for some unintentional comedy!
I’m currently putting together a rebuttal.. all in good fun of course.