"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Thursday, February 24, 2011

You may not believe in climate change, but you will pay!

Alan Moran of the Institute of Public Affairs comments on the Institute's poll showing only 34% of Australians believing in   Global Warming/Climate Change/Climate Disruption or whatever the scare is called this week! Following on Gillard announcing that the carbon tax she promised would not be implemented is scheduled for next year it is up to the 66% of Aussies who are not being fooled to make their presence felt.

A Galaxy poll commissioned by the Institute of Public Affairs has found that only a third of Australians think the world is warming due to human carbon dioxide emissions.
The poll, taken last weekend, represents no shift in views from those in an identical poll eight months ago. And that's in spite of well-publicised claims by climate activists linking recent floods with man-made global warming.
The Gillard Government must be disappointed. Courtesy of the Australian taxpayer it is vigorously promoting the case that mankind is causing global warming and that Australia must have a carbon tax, people are not buying the message. A vast edifice of publically funded bodies is in place for this task.

The Government has its own politicians and a vast supportive bureaucracy in Government Departments and the CSIRO pressing the case. It has also established a series of "independent" bodies to review the data, then explain that global warming is taking place and to promote its favoured carbon tax.

The latest is the Climate Commission headed by Tim Flannery. This has a budget of $5.6 million and comprises five members who can be relied upon, supported by nine science advisers.

We already have Garnaut's Review of the 2008 Garnaut Review, staffed by personnel seconded from the Department of Climate Change and elsewhere who are committed to the greenhouse cause.

Then there are the expert advisors to Parliament's "multi party committee on climate change" and government subsidised bodies like the Grattan Institute.

The Government's generosity with taxpayers' money means we are being bombarded by material from three greenhouse related directions.

First we are told that thousands of scientists all agree that man-made warming, now renamed climate change, is taking place and that recent hurricanes and, counter-intuitively, cold spells, actually substantiate this. Evidence that the weather anomalies have always been with us are dismissed. So is the fact that the drought has broken and that our rivers are no longer drying and that the data showing the world's climate unexpectedly and inconveniently has not warmed for 15 years.

There are many scientists with views on the debate but in fact few of these are credentialed in the key area of climate physics. Indeed climate change skeptic Richard Lindzen, the world's foremost atmospheric physicist, points out that only a few hundred people in the world have the qualifications appropriate to speak with authority.

Secondly, Australia is depicted as standing alone against a tide of international action to tax carbon. Unstated will be the fact that we already wastefully ensure more electricity than average is produced from politically correct non-carbon sources like wind. Wind produces two per cent of our electricity, a larger share than the US, Japan, China and the UK. Moreover, the US states, like the Obama Administration, are reneging on previous commitments to reducing carbon emissions, a process that has now commenced in Europe where Holland, Spain and the UK are leading the retreat.
I think the whole idea of a carbon tax will fade away as power prices keep escalating giving potent ammunition to the opposition with the "great big new tax mantra"
and even "everything is caused by global warming" Flannery will not be able to sell the message to suspicious Aussies!

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