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Courier Mail “High Price for Load of Hot Air”

Posted by David Keelan on Monday, June 18, 2007

Another skeptic…

The full article

The salient facts are these. First, the accepted global average temperature statistics used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change show that no ground-based warming has occurred since 1998. Oddly, this eight-year-long temperature stasis has occurred despite an increase over the same period of 15 parts per million (or 4 per cent) in atmospheric CO2.

Second, lower atmosphere satellite-based temperature measurements, if corrected for non-greenhouse influences such as El Nino events and large volcanic eruptions, show little if any global warming since 1979, a period over which atmospheric CO2 has increased by 55 ppm (17 per cent).

Third, there are strong indications from solar studies that Earth’s current temperature stasis will be followed by climatic cooling over the next few decades.

The author, Professor Bob Carter,  is an environmental scientist at James Cook University who studies ancient climate change

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4 Responses to “Courier Mail “High Price for Load of Hot Air””

  1. Freemarket said

    Great source. He’s funded by oil companies. Who would have guessed?

    ‘Carter identifies himself as a “founding member” of conservative Australian think tank Australian Environment Foundation (AEF). A June 13, 2005, article in the Australian Canberra Times reported that, upon its launch, the “Australian Environment Foundation’s registered office and principal place of business is listed as right-wing lobby group, the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA),” which according to an August 9, 2003, Inter Press Service report, is funded by “mostly mining, oil, tobacco and energy companies.” The IPA’s funders reportedly include “Western Mining Corporation, Esso Australia (a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil), the top fifteen electricity companies – BHP, Shell, Philip Morris, British American Tobacco, Clough Engineering (and) Telstra (telecommunications company).”’

    http://mediamatters.org/items/200703150012

  2. That information is also on the Wikipedia article I linked to in the post. In additiona Wikipedia cites many resources critical of Carter’s opinions and research. I didn’t look for any sources that support him as I didn’t think it wasn ecessary.

    As to Exxon, and the other myriad of interests you cite. Why should we not listen to them? Can’t they contribute to the discussion? Aren’t these organizations interested in other sources of energy too? They realize better than anyone that oil is getting scarcer and harder to extract. I was thinking about this on the drive home. Why don’t companies like Constellation and Exxon team up to build Bio-diesel plants to run power plants? Any ideas?

  3. Freemarket said

    Carter does not have the backing of the mainstream scientific community. If a scientist was making arguments that evolution did not occur, going against overwhelming mainstream scientific consensus, wouldn’t you find it suspicious if you learned that the said scientist was funded by the Christian right? I am not saying Carter is stupid- I’ll bet he’s pretty smart. Ken Ulman is smart too. But if Ken Ulman led a study that concludes Democrats are better than Republicans, I’d be just as suspicious, and so would you.

    Al Gore aptly named his documentary. This really is an inconvenient truth.

  4. I wasn’t talking about Carter. I was asking why can’t oil companies fund climate research?

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