"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

Monday, March 25, 2013

Conversation for climate believers only!

The Conversation is a majority taxpayer-funded left-wing blog allowing academics, most of whom have no real-world experience, to address a mostly left-wing compliant audience.
To gauge the political color of the readers you only need to look at the reaction to articles by Michelle Grattan , a left-of-centre journalist who recently left the Age to take up an editorial position at the Conversation. Not realising her audience is mainly to the left of Lenin her fairly mainstream articles have provoked near hysteria among the pseudo intelligentsia .That is why when I commented on today's article "States of decay: complementing the federal carbon policyit was not surprising that my comment was deleted.

In a survey last year of 22,812 people across 22 countries (including Australia), the polling organisation GlobeScan found that environmental concerns had fallen worldwide since 2009, and fewer than one in two people (49%) now viewed climate change as a “very serious” problem. GlobeScan’s chairman, Doug Miller, commented: “Scientists report that evidence of environmental damage is stronger than ever – but our data shows that economic crisis and a lack of political leadership mean that the public are starting to tune out.”
Miller’s comments could have been tailor-made for Australia. The famous “hockey stick graph” of rising temperatures has been confirmed, and atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations spiked dangerously upward in 2012. The Australian Climate Change Commission found that climate change is already adversely affecting Australians with record-breaking heat, severe bushfires, extreme rainfall, and damaging floods – byproducts of the “Angry Summer”.
Yet with the centrepiece of Australia’s climate policy not even a year old, most Australians are sick of it, or sick of hearing about it – fewer than 13% trust what politicians say about major public issues like climate change.

My first comment was with reference to the freezing spring in Europe and the USA following predictions of snow"being a thing of the past and the years of flooding in Australia following predictions of continuing drought and noting that people are not stupid and can see for themselves what is happening. This was the reason they did not believe politicians.
That note disappeared along with comments from other skeptics.

"Your comment on the article "States of decay: complementing the federal carbon policy" has been removed in line with our community standards."

I await the verdict on a follow-up to my reply below.

"The first part of this article is about a survey on peoples attitude about climate change and the fact that the number of those concerned was decreasing. "fewer than 13% trust what politicians say about major public issues like climate change"
My comment on why this is occurring has been deleted as off topic. Maybe the Conversation needs to put in italics the parts of articles we are allowed to comment on. "
The good news for the UK is that they are apparently going to have their own version of the Conversation.

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