Another “What th…” moment in the climate debate.
The elevation of Dr David Evans as a climate science adviser has a ring of familiarity.
Evans, a mining engineer with a PhD in mathematics, is not only a prominent climate change denier but subscribes to the conspiracy theory that “climate change is merely a cover for a massive power play”. His standing as a climate science expert is thus odd, but he is well enough credentialed for Tony Abbott. He is the person most likely to tell Tony Abbott what he wants to hear.
Yes, David Evans of the “Climate change is a global conspiracy” fame.
I’ve been seeking verification from various sources, and at this stage it would appear Evans has not become an adviser in any official capacity.
It was reported in various sources (hence my decision to comment), but without an official press release or confirmation from the Prime Minister’s office we can disregard what was reported. Initially I had some scepticism, hence the use of question marks and noting it needed to be verified in the original form of this post.
The best any of us in both the traditional and new media can do is verify facts and get confirmation. When we need to correct or clarify, we do so. The new media environment of Twitter and blogs is an exciting and fast paced. It is often the place where news is first reported. Just like traditional journalism what we do is the “first draft of history”. This means there are times when an error is reported. When this is the case, we fix it.
Mike @ WtD
(Edited to reflect updates 11.2.14)