Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Mmmm. Perhaps, (says Paul Sheehan of The Sydney Morning Herald), I was wrong...


...What I am about to write questions much of what I have written in this space, in numerous columns, over the past five years. Perhaps what I have written can withstand this questioning. Perhaps not. The greater question is, am I - and you - capable of questioning our own orthodoxies and intellectual habits? Let's see...

With these words, Paul Sheehan throws a brick through the greenhouse window, (thanks to the help of Gary Larsen and The FarSide) and introduces "Heaven And Earth", written by one of Australia's foremost Earth Scientists, Professor Ian Plimer. In reviewing Heaven and Earth (due to be released today) Sheehan delicately presents his own confession, that his past assumptions about AGW may have been mistaken... How long before more journalistic recantation becomes routine ? and how appropriate that it should follow my last posting...

Aside from Sheehan's position, Ian Plimer has written a significant summation of the present climate change debate and its political origin... Much of what we have read about climate change, he argues, is rubbish, especially the computer modelling on which much current scientific opinion is based, which he describes as "primitive"..."It is little wonder" he says, "that catastrophist views of the future of the planet fall on fertile pastures. The history of time shows us that depopulation, social disruption, extinctions, disease and catastrophic droughts take place in cold times … and life blossoms and economies boom in warm times. Planet Earth is dynamic. It always changes and evolves."
To sum up...Is dangerous warming occurring? No.
Is the temperature range observed in the 20th century outside the range of normal variability? No...more from Paul Sheehan here...and Anthony Watts (WuWT) here...and Australian Climate Madness here...

1 comment:

MK said...

I certainly hope more and more people wake up to this pile of crap.

Larson is a maniac by the way. A brilliant maniac.