And they are at it again. This time it’s Allan Jones, a darling of the uneducated commonsense brigade. In a piece published in the “Daily Telegraph’ he calls on politicians debating (still) whether Australia should join in with other developed nations and aim for net zero by 2050 – to do a little homework because he claims, “Politicians who are driving Australia to reach net zero emissions by 2050 need to wake up and start listening to the scientists telling the truth about CO2 and its effects.”
He goes on to list names of scientists and what they apparently had to say about CO2 and climate change – and so I did a bit of homework and went through Jones’ list…
John Christy – Trump recruit. Need we say more?
Dr Charles Wax – claimed in 2012 that warming of the planet is caused by sun spots and that climate change is a ‘good thing’. Old theory and totally debunked.
Stanley Goldenberg – does not have a PhD and is a research meteorologist not a ‘scientist’. Claimed the increase in hurricane activity is due to a natural cycle.
William Kininmonth Australia Meteorologist – also not a ‘scientist’ – is a member of the Lavoisier Group which was formed by politicians and others committed to actively deny climate change.
Dr David Evans is an engineer and mathematician. Was indeed a consultant to the Australian Green House Office but between 1999 and 2005. Admitted at the time “carbon dioxide has an effect” but denied it is driving climate change as established as fact by the IPCC. Since then what has been observed is actually beyond the IPCC’s worst predictions.
Dr Richard Lindzen. – of whom Christopher S. Bretherton, an atmospheric researcher at the University of Washington, said Lindzen is “feeding upon an audience that wants to hear a certain message, and wants to hear it put forth by people with enough scientific reputation that it can be sustained for a while, even if it’s wrong science. I don’t think it’s intellectually honest at all.” Others have also called Lindzen dishonest.
Dr Robert Laughlin Did get a shared bit of the Nobel Prize for physics but not for anything climate related. View on climate change is that it may be important but the future is impossible to change. Probably doesn’t have kids.
Dr Kary Mullis – now dead. Aside from denying climate change he also denied HIV causes AIDS, and the accepted science of ozone depletion.
Dr Madhav Khandekar retired Canadian scientist. Independent journalists claim they have documented proof Khandekar is receiving monthly donations from a climate change denying organisation.
Dr Roy Spencer Is a signatory to “An Evangelical Statement on Global Warming” which states,
“We believe Earth and its ecosystems—created by God’s intelligent design and infinite power and sustained by His faithful providence—are robust, resilient, self-regulating, and self-correcting, admirably suited for human flourishing, and displaying His glory. Earth’s climate system is no exception. Recent global warming is one of many natural cycles of warming and cooling in geologic history.”
Total garbage – on that natural cycle the planet should be cooling whereas it is undeniably warming.
Jones and the Daily Telegraph certainly did their homework and must be congratulated for coming up with so many deniers! Ten of them! Including the dead one.
Now maybe they could put some balance into their journalism and list all the scientists who say we are in deep shit if we don’t act now. They would have to make that a special edition as it would probably be hundreds of pages of names and institutions.