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Dr Shearman diagnoses men who walked on moon, Nobel Prize winners, as “Delusional”

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Climate deniers are the delusional lizard-brain unworthy people who can’t see what preschoolers can.  They threaten human survival. So sayth Dr David Shearman, founder of Doctors for the Environment Australia, a place where the scientific method and good manners go to die.

Climate denigration, namecalling, ABC

This is an Opinion piece the 3 million dollars a day ABC thought was “useful”.

Dr Shearman from Adelaide has the rare genius ability to diagnose hundreds of thousands of people with a mental disorder without even meeting them. Better than a telepathic MRI machine. Indeed he’s so smart, he can predict the climate, and with 100% certainty, so I say — cancel the satellites, who needs em? Why bother to measure upper tropospheric moisture when you could “just ask Dave”?

I apologize forthwith to the rest of the planet:  all that money you have wasted installing temperature sensors, launching radiosondes and argo buoys. All along, Australia had David Shearman, SuperGod. He’s probably cured cancer. I can’t wait for him to tell us.

Today Dr David Shearman has diagnosed, and publicly, the mental state of Buzz Aldrin, Charles Duke and Harrison Schmitt, 3 of the 4 men alive who have walked on the moon. They are delusional, presumably along with the 28 million weather balloons which keep denying the hot spot. Naughty radiosondes.

Sadly these giants of human achievement have homo sapiens denialista.

Climate change denial is delusion, and the biggest threat to human survival

 The belief of climate change deniers is usually unshakable, like that of the flat-earth believers or Holocaust deniers. Many delude themselves that there is a conspiracy.

 Climate change delusion is dangerous to humanity, for it overtly or deviously prevents effective reduction of greenhouse emissions by governments in many countries, including the US and Australia, but is an increasing problem with the rise of right-wing governments in Europe and South America, including, Brazil where the new government has a foreign minister devoted to climate denial.

I am concerned to hear that a new Minister in Brazil denies we have a climate, or perhaps is a devotee of a new religion. Shearman is a little ambiguous here, which is disappointing, especially when he is describing unlisted medical conditions for the first time. Unless of course, Shearman is just mouthing off an unresearched rant as a member of a Labor-loving fan club and is waving his “doctor” qualifications while inventing medical slurs to intimidate and shut up opponents. But since the most well-paid editors in the country (at their ABC) published his esteemed opinion as a doctor, clearly we’re meant to read it as a medical thing.

Dr Shearman, Gastroenterologist, has also effectively declared at least 2 Nobel Prize winners in Physics are “the biggest threat to human survival”. So there, Ivar Giaever (Superconductors) and Robert Laughlin (Quantum Hall effect). And into the bin for you Freeman Dyson, Edward Teller, Frederick Seitz, Robert Jastrow (Founding Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies) and William Nierenberg (Manhattan Project Member and Director Emeritus of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography). You are all mentally defective, so sayth the doc of intestines.

David Shearman, SuperGod of Magical Science. Photo.

David Shearman, Medical Magical Science.

Now Shearman may protest that he didn’t name these people and it is unfair of me to do so, but if he had done ten minutes of research into “well known climate skeptics” he would know exactly who suffers the denialati affliction. Surely he wouldn’t diagnose tens of thousands of people, including half of meteorologists without doing basic high school research? Though we could forgive him perhaps if he only interviewed and psychoanalyzed several hundred sufferers. (Exactly how many did you study Doctor? What’s the confidence interval on your sample or is it hard to divide by zero?)

What if one skeptic is right?

Shearman may protest that he’s only talking about the stupid plebs with engineering degrees (like Dr David Evans, PhD, M.S. (E.E.), M.S. (Stats) [Stanford Uni], B.Eng, M.A., B.Sc., University Medal, [Syd Uni]. But that’s the thing: some skeptics may be delusional, but if any one skeptic is right, then even the deluded ones are closer to the truth than Dr Shearman is. Hence for Shearman to be making a useful well-reasoned point it follows that all skeptics must be wrong including the giants of physics (and two-thirds of geoscientists and engineers).

Put another way, it’s not possible for, say, Professor Richard Lindzen to be right, and 100,000 “delusional” skeptics to still be delusional.

But make no mistake I’m not saying that just because skeptics outnumber, outrank and out-reason climate believers that that means they are right about the climate. (The evidence shows that). But I am saying Shearman is a pompous fool.

Only 43% of certified climate scientists agree with the IPCC “consensus” that man-made CO2 is the main driver of climate change.  But what would they know — they’re only climate scientists. “De-lusion-al too!”

Even emeritus professors can make wild unresearched generalizations:

“To the denier, there is no climate change — so coal is clean, coal is good, coal is cheap, it is our duty to export it to the poor of the world to give them electricity.”

Look in a mirror. The only people on Earth who deny climate change are the carbon-phobes who think the Earth’s weather was non-stop perfection around 1703.

He tosses out the usual inflated scary stats:

“The denier’s mind carries this absolution of coal beyond greenhouse emissions, to disregard the air pollution caused by coal. Outdoor air pollution is responsible for 4.2 million deaths a year around the world and many also in Australia.

“In New South Wales, the five coal fired power stations are a health scourge from their pollution which causes 279 premature deaths, 233 babies born with low birth weight (less than 2,500g), and 361 people developing type-2 diabetes every year, who would not otherwise do so. These are preventable deaths and illnesses.

Without mentioning the Lancet study that showed cold kills 20 times as many people as heat does. Indeed, across 13 countries cold killed 5.4 million people between 1985 – 2012. How many people has coal saved in the last 300 years? Countless millions more than it has killed.  What was that antiquated saying “First do no harm?” If only he was a doctor…

“As Mr Trump and many of us have found, one big lie often leads to other lies and evasions to support it for example, in economics.

One big lie by omission eh? Forget to mention the deaths by cold, then you find yourself forgetting to define your terms, check  assumptions, do any research, and next thing you know, you’re haranguing scientific stars with namecalling looney diatribes.

Who’s confused about what “A Fact” is?

Here, he appears to think that economic models based on unverified climate models, wild assumptions, best guesses, and future projections are producing “facts”?

“The Nobel Prize for economics this year was awarded to Professor William Nordhaus for his economic modelling of climate change. One conclusion from his work was that coal would have no added value to industry if the cost of its externalities of health, social and environmental, were accounted for. The Australian Government has to deny these facts to support a continuation of coal power, some denial for an economics-above-all government.

A thousand other economists could create a thousand contradictory “Facts” about the same question, and if you let them start with 3000 model runs from 23 GCM’s you get 69 million versions of A Fact. And based on past performance, all of them will be wrong simultaneously.

Beware of what you wish for:

Unfortunately, the Government tolerates climate deniers, so their constituents must instead vote them out to save lives.

Or the voters might give the biggest climate denier the biggest win in Australia for twenty years, and then storm the US and Ontario as well.

Be aware that the dangerous and deluded are hidden among us. Shearman warns:

“…most committed flat earth believers appear normal in the rest of their lives “

Lucky Shearman has the Sacred Wand of Truth so he can spot them.

You might wonder how an Emeritus Professor of Health from the University of Adelaide could say things which are so careless, incompetent, and somewhat resembling of the Salem Science Trials. But he probably learnt his climate science from The ABC, or at least, that’s where he gets his “news” from. He probably has no idea at all of the hundreds of thousands of hard scientists who are the skeptics discussing thousands of peer reviewed papers online. The ABC has let him down twice, first with filtered FakeNews, then by publishing him. That the ABC asked him no hard questions, sought no clarification, definition or data on such a preposterously apocalyptic and specious piece of denigration says everything you need to know about The ABC. Any member of Parliament who doesn’t hope to sell this parasitic incompetent behemoth is not worth electing.

On another ABC page today there is a guide to how to listen well.  Strangely, it doesn’t mention calling people “deniers” anywhere?

Predictably, for a namecalling specialist who denigrates 54% of Australians Dr Shearman has a Member of the Order of Australia. Those awards can hit the pompous psyche especially hard. After winning something like that, even a gastroenterologist might feel compelled to unleash a rant about pop-psychology on atmospheric physics without doing as much as an afternoon’s research.

Last word: If Dr Shearman was stuck on a desert island he says his List of must-have books includes ones by James Lovelock describing him as “a brilliant scientist and thinker, never subject to the cage of academia“.

So, readers, do you want to break the bad news to him about the delusional Lovelock or shall I?

 

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REFERENCES

Antonio Gasparrini et al.  (2015) Mortality risk attributable to high and low ambient temperature: a multicountry observational studyThe Lancet, May 2015 DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)62114-0.  Full PDF.

h/t to – David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz, OriginalSteve, George, TDeF, El Gordo.

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255 comments to Dr Shearman diagnoses men who walked on moon, Nobel Prize winners, as “Delusional”

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    AndyG55

    Dr Shearman.

    1. Please tells us… what do “we” DENY about “climate change™” that you can actually PROVE using real science?

    2. In what way has the climate changed in the last 40 that can you can scientifically put down to human influence?

    3. Do you have any empirical evidence that enhanced atmospheric CO2 causes warming?

    Perhaps you could send one of your eco-lites to answer these three simple questions.

    We are waiting :-)

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      Curious George

      Dr. Shearman, a gastroenterologist, knows everything about shit.

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        Another Ian

        In that vein one could use the expression that Jo has “torn him a new fundamental”

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          OriginalSteve

          Todays episode of eco lunacy has been brought to you by the letter “D”, the letter “F”, and the number “97″…..

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            Greg in NZ

            OS, in the same way we, colloquially speaking, now have a ‘Wadhams Scale’ in reference to 1 million km² of Arctic sea ice, perhaps we could utilise the sciency term a ‘Shearman Delusion’ for 1 kg of diarrhoea faeces excreta doo-doo dung. Seems only fitting to honour this great steaming pile of man.

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          ColA

          I took exception to their Aunty publishing his RANT so I wrote to them,

          ” Ms Bagwell, (she is an ABC producer)

          Please refer my most strenuous objection of the above to your Complaints Department.

          I read this rant and what a RANT it is, he scrapes the bottom of the cesspit with the his reference to Holocaust deniers, what a horrible thing to say from someone who is supposed to be a learned Doctor! And “their Aunty” see fit to publish it, as is? Any reasonable and OBJECTIVE person would find this reference disgusting, where’s you editor! you are disgraceful!

          I have never met anyone who denies the climate is changing, however, I do not agree that CO2 is the major cause of those changes from all the scientific information and reading I have done over years. I am a degree qualified Engineer, quite capable to evaluate technical and scientific information. I question because I am not convinced the data proves or even agrees with the CAGW hypothesis. I am not a ‘denier’, that term coupled with his intent above is abhorrent to any normal human being.

          I would demand an apology form this Doctor for his insult – but I won’t hold my breath.

          ColA”

          I strongly suggest you all post similar complaints to Aunty.

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        Senex

        He doesn’t know shit

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        Allen Ford

        Dr. Shearman, [is only] a gastroenterologist,

        yet presumes to pontificate about psychology and what makes the climate tick. Does he have any qualifications in either of these disciplines?

        If ever I need a colonoscopy, then the good prof will be the absolute last on my shopping list.

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          cohenite

          Well don’t go to Dr Karl or Caldicott either.

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          Eugene S Conlin

          From his own site,

          Professional Qualifications
          Medicine (MB. Ch.B) and Science (Ph.D) at Edinburgh University
          Specialist in gastroenterology and general medicine
          Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburg
          h

          His site includes (a somewhat rambling) “A short personal philosophy … I have a simple philosophy of life that we must all work individually and collectively to solve these problems. It is not always easy, for good intent cuts across vested interests and attracts ostracism and even legal retribution.” … and more …

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          Bobl

          Whether he is annoited qualified person is irrelevant what matters is whether he is right, whether his rant had any basis in fact which Jo had shown quite clearly that he doesn’t.

          I would ask two questions, do you believe in the law of conservation of energy, and how then do you explain ice melt requiring 30Watts per square meter being caused by forcing of 0.6 Watts per square metre.

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          sophocles

          Alan Ford said:

          presumes to pontificate about psychology and what makes the climate tick. Does he have any qualifications in either of these disciplines?

          Can’t have: if he really knew what made the climate and the weather `tick,’ he would be talking about the Sun as in: Magnetic (sunspot) Cycles, Solar Flares, Coronal Mass Ejections (rather than human ones), Coronal Holes and Solar Wind Velocities and Ionospheric penetration of The Wind.

          Then we could sit back and pay attention.

          As it is, because he can’t add to the debate, he can only take away from it—a lot of our scornful laughter.

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      Yonniestone

      Don’t waste your energy on on the converted, the real question is at what point will “climate change activism” be recognised as the new age cult it is?

      I mean seriously all the boxes have been checked,

      By Rick Ross, Expert Consultant and Intervention Specialist

      Ten warning signs of a potentially unsafe group/leader.
      Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability.
      No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry.
      No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget, expenses such as an independently audited financial statement.
      Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as impending catastrophe, evil conspiracies and persecutions.
      There is no legitimate reason to leave, former followers are always wrong in leaving, negative or even evil.
      Former members often relate the same stories of abuse and reflect a similar pattern of grievances.
      There are records, books, news articles, or television programs that document the abuses of the group/leader.
      Followers feel they can never be “good enough”.
      The group/leader is always right.
      The group/leader is the exclusive means of knowing “truth” or receiving validation, no other process of discovery is really acceptable or credible.

      If the general population are willing to accept the opinions of an unsolicited authority then they should be given that choice, otherwise they should accept their destruction of liberties with the usual apathy until the reality of complacency bitch slaps them into conciousness.

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        OriginalSteve

        Macron gone, a military coup in progress?

        If a military dude takes over, troops will crush dissenters- this would just be The Establishment keeping its ruinous agenda on track. If the troops get attacked, France will become a basket case…then what happens if all the illegals join in? France est mort?

        http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1055540/Macron-Paris-riots-gilets-jaunes-yellow-vests-protest-France-Army-General/amp

        “MACRON CRISIS: President may be replaced by ARMY GENERAL – ‘right-wing is REAL WINNER’

        EMMANUEL Macron could be replaced by a French Army General as tensions between the French President and the so-called “yellow vests” fail to subside, claimed former MEP Daniel Cohn-Bendit.
        Speaking to Euronews, the former Green MEP claimed the French right-wing parties will be the real winners of the deadly Paris riots as French President Emmanuel Macron faces calls of resignations. Mr Cohn-Bendit claimed the violent protests will have a knock-on effect on the May 2019 European elections and facilitate a victory of the far-right in Strasbourg.”

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          sophocles

          Not a coup. A change of leadership.
          Trump will be able to pat Macron on the head as he goes out the door if he is hit with a No Confidence motion and loses it.
          “Bye little fella … ”

          Monday is the soonest that can happen.

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      Lance

      Apparently, “Doctor” Shearman is acquainted with the digestive and excretive tracts, other sciences, not so much.

      If he is a “Doctor of the Wazoo” as he claims to be, and not an expert in other relevant matters, It might be prudent to inquire as to how his uninformed opinion of energy, climate and such, matters more than my canine’s feces.

      Tell you what. I’ll offer to toss canine feces about with him in open forum, provided every question and every answer are required and restricted to national grid stability, viability, sustainability, towards the economic and social benefit of the nation in question. Pick a nation that has an economy of relevance. Lets do this. Straight away.

      (Relevance: +/- 1% of World GDP)

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    Sloppy terminology and hijacked language are the favoured tools of these tricksters.

    I have never met a person who “denies climate change”. The retort, of course, is that “climate change” now has an accepted and defined scientific meaning beyond its plain English meaning. Curious. I didn’t accept or define the term beyond its plain English meaning.

    Why is it exactly that those who use “climate change” in the new “scientific” sense have never shown an interest in finding something more specific to their claims about climate. Could it be that they like the emotional charge and flexibility of sloppy terms like “climate change”? Could it be that the vagueness suits them, gives them plenty of back-doors while relying on a conditioning effect through repetition?

    After all, you’d reckon after we’ve been beaten over the skull night and day about scientific precision they could have done better than “climate change” and “global warming” to define this “greatest threat to humanity”. May as well call it Fred.

    Of course, the real problem with someone like Shearman is that he was born sloppy. And no amount of condescension and smirking from the likes of Brian Cox and Bedroom-eyes DeGrasse Tyson can fix the sloppiness which underlies the climate hoax.

    You’re sloppy, warmies. Science me no science. You’re sloppy. The whole slovenly lot of you.

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      AndyG55

      “climate change” is what happens naturally

      “climate change” is an anti-science load of nonsense, that has never really got passed the baseless “conjecture” stage.

      ZERO EVIDENCE

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    Who’s confused about what “A Fact” is?

    I’m not. I was told, when I asked as a young boy, that a ‘fact’ was something that swam around the bottom of the ocean looking for fish farts for spirit levels.

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    AndyG55

    [SNIP: That's fixed :- ) - Jo]

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    markx

    “…with 3000 model runs from 23 GCM’s you get 69 million versions of A Fact….”

    Should that be 69,000?

    Or are there 1,000 data points per run?

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      I did say a thousand other economists, that’s where those zeroes came from…

      Good to know you are checking. Thanks! It is 3:52am. :- )

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      PeterS

      With a dynamic deterministic modelling technique only one model is required to make an infinite number of predictions.

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    Ken Stewart

    And our Anastasia Palace-chook has blamed the Queensland bushfires on climate change, and questions about poor management of national parks and state forests and farmers not allowed to do cool season burn offs or make decent firebreaks, are purely political grandstanding.

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      Another Ian

      Ken

      Perfectly true if you only consider the “political climate”

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      Applying commonsense we can see that bushfires are often the product of good rains and conditions in preceding years. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of Queensland, which experienced its worst fires in mid-spring 1951, the year after the Big Wet which is yet to be equalled for the east of the continent. Shortly after came the great Line of Fires from Sydney to Brissie in November. (Victoria had copped it in Jan, along with its multi-week heatwave.)

      Regrowth, Palace Chook. Regrowth and westerlies.

      I’m sure conditions were right for fire in 1902, the driest in so many records. But what was there to burn at the end of the Federation Drought?

      But I doubt the Palace Chook is listening. No more than Emeritus Professor of Health from the University of Adelaide. Their lofty ABC-based science soars above mere history and common experience.

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        Another Ian

        M

        “I’m sure conditions were right for fire in 1902, the driest in so many records. But what was there to burn at the end of the Federation Drought?”

        1902 might have been close enough to aboriginal burning to still have had a masking effect as well – around these parts anyway it seems like that.

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      markx

      One would expect that should they truly regard climate change as the major cause of catastrophic bushfires they’d take some logical precautions such as building firebreaks, backburning in cool weather, preparing equipment and machines, and clearing access roads.

      But no, they just locked up huge areas of forest, did no maintenance or preventative measures of any kind, did not allow anyone in, sat in capital city offices without ever looking at the problem, and waited for it all to inevitably burn.

      Then they jumped up, pointed and shouted in shrill tones, “Look! Climate Change!!!”

      It absolutely defies all logic.

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        Most reasonably observant people in Qld and NSW know that spring brings the most regular danger of fire, though we are always supposed to be amazed by spring fires. Even saturated Innisfail has gone a whole month without rain numerous times…but only between August and November.

        Remember those burns in the Blue Mountains just after Abbott’s election? When the media took time off from ridiculing him for wearing firefighter’s clothing (what could be more absurd, except lifesaver togs?), it informed us of the “unprecedented” nature of fires before summer. Like drought then westerlies after July was a new thing for NE Oz, rather than the regular hazard it is. In 1895, at the start of the Fed Drought, there was plenty to burn in the north…and how it burnt that August when the westerlies roared after parching autumn/winter drought!

        Someone eventually pointed out the obvious, especially the 1951 disaster, but the damage was already done in the minds of those still reading and watching mainstream media. Fortunately, that number is shrinking, unlike Queensland rainfall, which was lowest in long gone years like 1902, 1928, 1946. Of course, the drought around 2002 and these latest fires are a reminder that things may get better for a while on this continent of extremes…but not that much better, and not for long.

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      theRealUniverse

      ‘Anastasia Palace-chook ‘ great rename, every time I hear her open her mouth I cringe!

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    PeterS

    The trend continues. Climate change alarmists care less and less about having a real debate on climate change and more and more and more on embracing authoritarianism and scaremongering to support their warnings. Sort of proves the point the alarmists are the real threat to mankind. History is full of people that have caused real major catastrophes, such as the death of millions of people all in the name of authoritarianism.

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      el gordo

      Chris Kenny agrees with you.

      ‘On climate, idiocy is bipartisan

      ‘On border protection, Morrison is unassailable, but the fact neither party can talk sense to naive schoolkids is an indictment.’

      Oz

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    Mark M

    “Many delude themselves that there is a conspiracy.”

    Big oil, big tobacco, the koch brothers … oh, wait.

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      Another Ian

      Oh wait – Climategate

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        Another Ian

        And that gift is still giving

        “Why did Trump say a lot of global warming was a hoax? We follow the biggest science heist in history to find the answer #Climategate”

        https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/12/06/why-did-trump-say-a-lot-of-global-warming-was-a-hoax-we-follow-the-biggest-science-heist-in-history-to-find-the-answer/

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          OriginalSteve

          The nazis advocated telling huge lies so big, that the general populace couldnt comprehend people being so untruthful….

          The big lie means that to deny it means certain ridicule, going against the Establishment and being made look stupid. It hijacks peoples good will and trust.

          It is evil in its purest form.

          “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

          John 8:44

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            el gordo

            For the novices …

            “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

            Goebbels

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              OriginalSteve

              Well that explains why the climate lie is pedalled through every possible MSM outlet and every school…..

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      Hivemind

      Look up Kotter’s 8 steps for change.
      https://www.kotterinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/8-steps-2-e1508515045824.png

      1. Create a sense of urgency (I always mentally insert “false” in there)
      2. Build a guiding coalition (think IPCC, except the climategate emails showed there was a systematic manipulation of the facts well before the IPCC was formed)
      3. Form a strategic vision & initiatives
      4. Enlist a volunteer army
      5. Enable action by removing barriers
      6. Generate short-term wins (think IPCC conferences & shutting down working power generation in favour of unreliables)
      7. Sustain
      8. Institute change

      You can see these exact steps being used in the climate change fraud. So yes, in step 2 they did create a conspiracy.

      —-
      It’s not a conspiracy if it is all done in the open? Just looks like people with genuine (misplaced) concern. – Jo

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        Bobl

        Jo, I’d agree initially but it’s clear that the issue was hijacked by the UN to create a funding stream independent of sovereign governments which I call tax by treaty. The now repealed carbon tax was simply a way for the UN to stick their grubby paws in our back pockets bypassing our government to fund their world government aspirations.

        These days they know exactly what they are doing and fixing Rhett climate isn’t part of it. Just look at the COPs. Clearly it’s all about the money.

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          OriginalSteve

          Think of it this way- a global govt needs a global tax stream ….so a global ( illegal ) carbon tax fits the bill.

          Dont forget,the UN is a nation state like the Vatican, complete with diplomatic immunity and zero accoutability…scary stuff….step into the UN building in NY and youve left the USA…..the Rockefellers donated the land….so you know who backed global govt..the elite.

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        Binny Pegler

        Give people with big egos, and no life a platform.
        How many of these ‘climate champions’would have ever been heard of without climate change?

        Got a qualification in something, but receving zero recognition for you clearly superior intelligence?

        Climb up here on the climate bandwagon my friend.

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    Mal

    Comments/rants by believers such as the good doctor show their very narrow and limited knowledge and perspective.
    In reality, they are like Creationists.
    The earth was a garden of Eden before some cherry picked start date.
    There were no ice ages, there were no medieval warm period.
    The sea levels weren’t 65 metres lower at the last Ice Age.
    There were no dinosaurs.
    Man was created perfect (never mind we have over 90% of DNA with the earthworm.
    Who is the real delusionist???
    Again, what has the abc become to allow this sort of garbage to be broadcast with no rebuttal. Even when they do allow alternate viewpoints, their presenters bias and comments generally imply they don’t accept these views but are doing it reluctantly to “prove” they are balanced.

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      Dean_from_Ohio

      Humans not only did not evolve via NS acting on RM; they could not have done so. Such ignorant cheap shots show only your weakness and insecurity. Sad really.

      Anyway, Merry Christmas!

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        KinkyKeith

        Hi Dean,
        and yes Merry Christmas.

        I’m not sure of your message in that the terms NS and RM don’t give any meaning?

        KK

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        KinkyKeith

        O.K.

        Got it. Different search criteria and it’s what I suspected but hoped it wouldn’t be.

        On a side issue, the sea level profile of the last 20,000 years gives scope to guess the date of Noah’s flood.

        I think it likely that the Noah event was somewhere in the last 7,000 years after the big meltdown had topped out.

        Tbere were several oscillations from about 6 metres over current sea level down. One of the intermediate rises could have been the great is flood.
        It’s interesting that in the last 2000 years seas have fallen 1.2 metres leaving the old port at Ephesus high and dry.

        KK

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          KK:

          I must be out of date. I thought that “the explanation” was the flooding of the Black Sea with the loss of a lot of arable land.

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          Dean_from_Ohio

          I was in a hurry and used abbreviations used by evolutionists for Natural Selection and Random Mutation (peace be upon them).

          The complexity of life and the fine tuning of the universe cannot be explained either by chance or necessity. They can have been produced only by a Creator. So it is with reason itself. Even Darwin himself had a horrible doubt about his own intellect, and that of every human: if minds were formed by materialistic processes to favor survival, why in the world would we expect that they would recognize truth? The same is true with morality. Mal’s bad idea (pun intended for you Latin initiates out there) precludes the very idea of transcendent morality that rises above personal preference.

          Here’s my take: Mal knows the truth that we were created, but for moral reasons he wishes he didn’t. That’s why he feels compelled to take swipes and cheap shots at a being he *says* didn’t create the universe and the world. We all are lost in our sin (yes, that’s a thing) and need the forgiveness of God through the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – the Gospel of John, in the New Testament of the Bible, chapter 3, verse 16. The Creator re-created life in version 2.0, which you can share.

          For those who object to my sharing the truth about the Creator, remember that I didn’t start it. Mal dumped on the Creator and no one objected except me.

          Merry Christmas, everyone!

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    yarpos

    So this guys logic is that pre schoolers, who havent reached the age of reason and basically believe what their parents tell them and in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy, “know” about climate change. On the other hand an adult who can present a logical, science based argument that AGW is bunk, is delusional.

    I think I know who is delusional.

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    Clyde Spencer

    “…Shearman is a pompous fool.”

    There is another name for those who elevate themselves above all others, and believe that they are all knowing: Messiah Complex!

    Which reminds me of a joke: Dr. Smith dies unexpectedly and finds himself outside the Pearly Gates. There is a long line of people waiting to see Saint Peter. Dr. Smith walks up to the head of the line and approaches Saint Peter. He says, “Hello, I’m Doctor Smith. I have spent my life helping people and I’d like to enter Heaven.” Saint Peter looks over the top of his bifocals, and sternly says, “I know who you are! All the people in line are deserving of of entering Heaven. However, I have some administrative details to take care of.” Dr. Smith replies, “But, I’m a doctor! I’m not used to waiting. People wait on me.” Saint Peter replies, “Dr. Smith, up here you are like everyone else. Now please get to the back of the line and wait your turn.”

    After a few years, Dr. Smith has advanced up to the middle of the line. As he is standing there contemplating eternity, he observes an old man with a long grey beard, carrying a black bag with “MD” written on the side. The old man walks up to the head of the line and talks briefly with Saint Peter, and then enters through the Pearly Gates. Dr. Smith is incensed. He runs up to the head of the line and asks Saint Peter why he has to wait in line while he let that other doctor just walk right in. Again, looking as stern as he can, Saint Peter looks over his bifocals and tells Dr. Smith, “That was NOT a doctor! That was God. He just thinks he’s a doctor.”

    Even if there were an element of truth to what Shearman believes, he of all people should realize that there are side effect to medicine and the advice is always for the physician to consider if the expected benefit from the medication outweighs the risk. Therefore, even if there are downsides to CO2 generation, they need to be considered in context of the good that abundant, cheap energy does. Shearman obviously wears blinders.

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      David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

      And they should remember, or find out, that CO2 is not a pollutant, it is a plant food. In fact it is just one of two major plant foods, the other being water.
      I’d have thought that that knowledge would have been part of his training in chemistry??
      Cheers,
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        Another Ian

        Probably have to get that from botany, which likely wasn’t in the requirements for medicine.

        In the spirit of Tom Lehrer -

        “When the rockets go up who cares where they come down

        That’s not my department said Werner von Braun”

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          One thing a doctor should be aware of is the number needed to treat (NNTT) and the number needed to harm (NNTH) .. well, a normal non-Australian doctor who may have studied actual things in actual medicine instead of the closed-loop stuff the garbage delivery service known as University teaches ‘em here..

          NNTT is an important factor in population health and I would guess the number of people who benefit from coal fired power is very, very high, with the NNTT being low (that is to say the number of people who getting access to power who see actual benefits is close to 1:1). That tends to be the case in evolved systems – when the benefits are clear, immediate and beneficial otherwise we kinda tend to reject it along the way.

          The NNTH is probably very, very high – that is to say if we give power to a whole bunch of people, a massive number benefit and very very few are harmed. These ratios are precisely the way we’d like to see them and if this were medication we’d be declaring it as close to perfect as one could ever dare to dream for.

          but as I said, Aussie doctor. Probably never even heard of the concept of NNTT and NNTH.

          Isn’t it funny how doctors, natural authoritarians, with the aid of their union and hand in hand with government have pushed and shoved their way closer to being the center of authority on just about everything? First they seized control of pharmacology and usurped the pharmacists and became the gatekeepers of access to medication, then they shoved their way into the courts and are now deemed the only arbiters of our mental health, now we have this guy waving his medical credentials claiming dominion over physics, chemistry and botany! For a profession with the highest number of serial killers (and unions that have protected said serial killers), I’m not so keen on letting them have more power..

          I’ll bet the good doctor knows utterly zip about C3 photosynthesis – but when has ignorance ever stopped a doctor from mouthing off?

          (Sincere apologies to any scientist doctors out there who I may be tarring with my heavy brush but I’m more than sure you know what I’m on about).

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            Robert Swan

            You talk as if doctors were different from everyone else. They’re not. They have nannies just like the rest of us. In their case they are told what is “best practice” and warned that, unless they follow it, they’ll be out on a limb if anything goes wrong. Remember a couple of years ago when a specialist oncologist was being told by *reporters* that he was underprescribing some chemotheraputic agent. Just like climate science, people who know the subject far better than the activists are harangued if they ever “sing out of key”.

            You’re right that the AMA is one of the agents of evil. So is the government. The doctors themselves are just like the rest of us. There are good and bad among them, but mostly they’re not out to take over the world, the ninny quoted here obviously being an exception.

            I’m disappointed you speak approvingly of NNT. I want to be treated as an individual. There is NOT a 17% chance I have heart disease because of a high cholesterol reading (or whatever). My personal chance is 100% or 0% — I either have it, or I don’t. A visit to the doctor is meant to decide which it is. NNT strikes me as a statistical game played by the pharmaceutical companies. They’re making a bomb from the absurd levels of overprescription of statins, bisphosphonates, etc., and surely are the bigggest beneficiaries.

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              In relation to NNTT I did mention population health which is of course what it’s intended for not individual health, much as a stable power supply for the nation is a population issue despite the odd (word chosen carefully) green who wants to live free of “carbon”. Just as with medicine for individuals, I would recommend such folk go for it. Of course we should assist them in their endeavor at every opportunity, warning them away from food, plants, plastics and all other horrible carbon-based thing ;)

              As to medicine and teaching, I was accused of being a horrible lecturer for encouraging students to think, to question and to take nothing as gospel because I suggested they believe nothing, not even what I told them. I earned the most scorn by offering extra marks for any student who could find fault with what I taught – I have always been keen to learn what things I thought were true that were not. I found it shocking that for an advanced diploma of science, lecturers felt it was appropriate to preach and reward regurgitation without thought but hey, I guess it’s their sandpit, if they wanted to empty their bowels in it it’s their decision – my main protest was we were being paid to teach students and we owed them the best we could not the easiest to teach or the most convenient for us, and in science, teaching people to think for themselves and to question seemed paramount.

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                Another Ian

                About here seems an apt time to point out the high proportion of research papers in the medical field that can’t be replicated

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                Robert Swan

                Oh, don’t get me started about lecturers!! :-) (by and large, mindless regurgitation does seem to be what they’re after)

                Anyhow, I did notice you had mentioned population health for NNT, but I don’t think that takes the curse off it. Given the reasonable proposition that any drug that can do good can also do harm, treating individuals on statistics rather than actual diagnosis surely breaks the “first do no harm” tenet. I haven’t seen any evidence that there’s herd immunity from heart disease.

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                Hey, I’ve been prescribed known harmful drugs that I should *never* have used because the doctor is just experimenting to see if it works.. Know I’m older and aware of such things as NNTT and NNTH I can look these up.

                NNTT =1, yay, I’ll take that! Glads to be aware of the statistics, pleased as punch that the number for all it’s shortcomings is available.. one dose needed, one person treated. I have no better assurance that this drug is a good one. NNTT is 10 or 20 or 50 or like the one my wife has just been prescribed, 60.. not so keen thanks – So 60 people have to use this thing for one person to see a benefit!? Now tell me somehow not knowing this number is better than knowing it? I’d be VERY unhappy to be the oblivious patient encouraged to take something like that with no idea of it’s efficacy (or lack thereof).

                NNTH of 10,000? yup, that’s a drug worth a go – I’d be pleased to know a doctor would take a chance on a drug with such a low risk of harm – but imagine a number like 25 was out there and you were unaware of it and the doctor scribbled up a script for this disaster of a product. So 25 people taking it, one will be harmed

                Again, these are intended for population health but I seem to have found a way to use these numbers for making my own decisions about the drugs I take – surely others can see too how being aware of them and having the numbers at one’s disposal could be beneficial? ;)

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                OriginalSteve

                Karlos…the worst thing for the medical industry is people who can think….

                If every person considered “at risk” from “high” cholesterol was medicated, we’d be looking at 50% of the population….which is just nonsense.

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                Robert Swan

                Karlos: even an NNT of 1 is not all that reassuring, since it depends on what “bad” outcome that treatment prevented. If it saved a life, great. If it just ameliorated some other perceived sign of illness, well, has that actually helped; has it slowed the car down, or just fiddled with the speedo needle? My problem with NNT isn’t the maths, it’s that it gives a veneer of rigour to a vague field, full of profiteers (just like climate).

                OriginalSteve: I’m glad you said “medical industry” there. Karlos irked me by saying “doctors”. Doctors deserve a little sympathy. I bet quite a lot of them are unconvinced about cholesterol and statins, but they can’t know which patient is going to go on and have a heart attack or stroke and then find themselves in court because “if only you’d put them on a statin” — so called “best practice” and all that.

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              theRealUniverse

              And..over prescribing antibiotics (for viral infections) and now there are more deadly strains of bugs, like flesh eaters than there ever were before.
              Dont start me on western medicine ….LOL.

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    TdeF

    As I wrote on Dr. Shearman in the last post, this man means well. GPs are trained from childhood to believe everything they are told. Their science thinking applies to their problem solving and does not include questioning their own beliefs. At school they study science and mathematics to get into medicine and do very well, so they think they are scientists. At University, they furiously study and remember everything too, passing well or not at all. In practice they listen carefully and largely unsceptically to their patients. They are problem solvers with a great body of knowledge, experience and responsibility. They even make good money so they think they are successful businessmen. Cars, holidays, property, lifestyle.

    They can also be pig headed because they make hard decisions all the time, and stick to their decisions without any self doubt. They are also treated as gods.

    At no time do they learn that people lie to them, take advantage of them, manipulate them. So when someone tells them the world is going to end because of fossil fuel, they do not question it.

    I have found this with almost all GPs I know. The surgeons I know are much more skeptical, questioning, balanced. They know there might be an answer which is different from current opinion. Their world changes rapidly and it is not about the next magic antibiotic, but endless very specific problems which take ingenuity and risk. If not skeptics, they are inquisitive and prepared to be wrong. Also treated as Gods, but they have their doubts.

    So I sympathise with Dr. Shearman, but he is utterly wrong. Simple science he already knows proves him wrong. Radio carbon dating proves there is almost no fossil fuel CO2 in the air. It does not mean there is no problem. It means we did not change anything and we are unable to change anything. CO2 levels are set by equilibrium between air and sea, driven by the sun. That is science fact.

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      Another Ian

      And “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”

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      TdeF

      I see that Dr. Shearman is more qualified, as a gastroenterologist. I greatly respect these people and their knowledge. However they live in a world where radiologists, microbiologists, clinical laboratories, physicians, instruments all tell them the truth. They depend on being told the truth. They should try the life of a policeman or a lawyer or a salesman or a politician. So in their privileged and protected world, they have no developed a B*s*t detector.

      Mine went off many years ago and a simple check of the facts confirmed it. There is no fossil fuel CO2 in the air, so it is all made up. Endless diversionary arguments. Facts people can debate, confuse, intimidate, overwhelm their audiences and other experts. A smokescreen and control of words like ‘pollution’ and ‘climate change’ and ‘denier’.

      The only question is why they do it. There are many reasons, mainly money and power. There are almost no altruistic people on the man made Global Warming side, except perhaps Dr. Shearman who passionately believes what he is told.

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        For what it’s worth, doctors of many kinds (mostly retired) have been key supporters of this blog. I’ve found humble GP’s with long experience have a very good connection with reality and the failures of predictions, promises and pharmaceuticals.

        They have both the wit and the means to help unpopular bloggers.

        I’m very grateful to some GP’s and specialists. (You know who you are, thank you!)

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          TdeF

          Of course I am not saying they are all like this. It has been my experience that GPs are more likely to scan newspapers, read only the headlines, pick up the correct and popular opinions from others, to believe others without questioning. Often left leaning socialists like many of their staff. Two of the last three leaders of the Australian Greens have been GPs.

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          Lance

          FWIW, you are correct insofar as referencing persons of Principle. TdeF is speaking of persons of Principal.

          1. Principle. Noun or Adverb. Of or relating to a fundamental truth or fact. Law, Axiom, Consequent
          https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/principle
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principle

          2. Principal: of or relating to primacy or first relevancy.
          https://www.thoughtco.com/principal-and-principle-1692772

          The difference is that a “person of principle” represents truth and fact.
          A “person of principal” person represents power.

          Principled persons do not require a quid pro quo. Persons of Principal most often do.

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        Greebo

        A little over twelve months ago I, along with my wife, began a whirlwind journey. Gastroenterologists were at the centre of it. I guess that carrying out invasive procedures, giving IVs that cause major distress, and finally giving devastating bad news could jade their viewpoint. However, I would have thought this would make them closer to humanity, not totally removed from it. Perhaps Dr Shearman wasn’t a great gastroenterologist. He sure ain’t a great scientist.

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          Lance

          Spent a month in an ICU Burn unit.

          Experts have opinions.
          Human beings have Advice, Empathy, Compassion, and Understanding.

          I’ve had both. Much prefer the latter.

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    Let’s give David Shearman a free trip to the Champs Elysees with a megaphone, where he can argue for greater taxes to save the world.

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    Drapetomania

    Funnily enough..the “journalists” and editors who did the story ..as well as Sherman would all own and use cars and their houses would be powered by coal..
    Its the thought that counts amongst the zomble CAGW…
    Their trance like gibberish never ceases to amaze me..
    Truly we live in strange times

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    tom0mason

    Only BS artist utterly believes that they can diagnose others’ psychological conditions by remote assessment.

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    Ian Hill

    From Wikipedia, re Harrison Scmmitt:

    Schmitt’s view on climate change diverges from the frequently reported scientific consensus, as he emphasizes natural over human factors as driving climate. Schmitt has expressed the view that the risks posed by climate change are overrated, and suggests instead that climate change is a tool for people who are trying to increase the size of government. He resigned his membership in the Planetary Society primarily because of its Mars-first policy, but also because of its stance on global warming, writing in his resignation letter that the “global warming scare is being used as a political tool to increase government control over American lives, incomes and decision-making.” Schmitt spoke at the March 2009 International Conference on Climate Change sponsored by the Heartland Institute. He appeared in December that year on the Fox Business Network, saying “the CO2 scare is a red herring”.

    I’ve just finished reading a book “Last Man on the Moon” by Eugene Cernon and Don Davis (2009). A fascinating read as Cernon gets very emotional about everything. At the beginning he begrudgingly accepted that Schmitt had to come along for the ride on Apollo 17 because it was the last chance to put a scientist on the Moon and later he acknowledged that they “had a ball” and became good friends.

    The comment by Schmitt “climate change is a tool” is one I hadn’t seen before but is very true!

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    AZ1971

    Jo …. I love, love, love your sense of snark! It’s pithiness is brilliant. Have a great weekend!

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    It is the psychology of CAGW that has kept me so interested in the subject for the last 20 years. Here we have a man with a Doctorate degree, who without asking anyone, knows the answers to all questions associated with any given person (as long as that person doesn’t believe as he does). Guilt by association? Not even, I say. As long as you don’t believe that we’re all doomed, you are guilty of bringing that doom upon us all.

    This is my favorite so far; “coal would have no added value to industry if the cost of its externalities of health”. So, the poor Africans who cook dung on open fires gain no value from said cooking because…. it kills them in 30 years time. Yep, no value in living if it kills you.

    I did laugh when I noted it was the ABC who promoted the man :)

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      el gordo

      ‘I did laugh when I noted it was the ABC who promoted the man.’

      Its Orwellian, regimented ideology through state propaganda has warped language and every aspect of people’s lives.

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      ivan

      Now if they had cheap reliable electricity 24/7/365 supplied by coal fired power plants they wouldn’t have to burn dung for cooking and their lives would be prolonged – something I hope the good doctor would approve of.

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      Greg

      Most medico’s here have degrees MB BS (bachelors in medicine and surgery) and the “Dr” is honorary

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        theRealUniverse

        Not many GPs have PhD. The term ‘doctor’ is historical for medicos. There are PhDs in medicine but they usually are involved in research or professors, not GP. Anyway a surgeon is called ‘Mr.’

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      Len

      He probably has the double pass bachelor degree MBBS. I have asked Medical Departments at universities why they use the term Doctor and no one seems to know. There is in the British system an MD, Medical Doctorate. It is a post graduate degree. There is even a M. Med. It is a Masters degree in Medicine.
      It took an African medico about four years to do his Masters.
      Off course the Americans call their basic degree in Medicne an MD.

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    Alfred (Cairns)

    My ex wife is an excellent and popular GP in a big city in Australia. Some lady patients are prepared to wait 2 weeks to see her – rather than to go to any other GP in the same practice who is available at once.

    Yet, at a personal level, she is totally irrational when I am compelled to deal with her so as to get what the courts decided. She has just gone for a 3 week holiday – so as to further delay matters. The court approved the divorce on the 8th of October and I am still waiting for the pension funds to be split up. I am 20 years older than her so it is not as though she were senile.

    What I am getting at here is that even highly-skilled professionals are easy swayed by their emotions when they are in an area out of their competence.

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    Roy Hogue

    Since my wife has a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy I’m quite certain what she would say about this “expert’s” diagnosis of much of the world. I’m equally certain that it wouldn’t be repeatable in polite company such as this blog. The man is a quack! He’s so far outside the ethics of his profession I would remove his credentials and forbid him to make another statement with his degrees as his authority.

    Need I go any further?

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      Roy Hogue

      And double shame on them all for once more trying to use the children to justify their immoral attempts to paint the giants of this world as delusional. Let him walk on the moon just once and then maybe he can paint Armstrong, Aldrin and those who did it as delusional.

      But the first training trip through the vomit comet at zero g wold probably scare the stuffing (you know which stuffing I mean) out of him and end his career in space, never mind acceleration with 5 Saturn Vs firing under you.

      Does no one understand what’s involved in going to the moon and getting back in one piece?

      Sorry I asked. I know most if not all readers of Jo Nova would know what they would have to go through. And you can read Jim Lovell’s biography, Apollo 13 to find out how close they came to disaster.

      Too bad there’s no more moon project to send him on. I’d like to see how he does.

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        Roy Hogue

        And if Google does’t stop messing with the spelling checker I may send Google to the moon — permanently.

        I resent being used as a beta tester without my advance knowledge and consent. No matter who you are you do not do that to your customers, not even if they ride for free.

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          sophocles

          if Google does’t stop messing with the spelling checker I may send Google to the moon — permanently.

          … if you need any help with that Roy, just ask!

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        Greebo

        )h, I’m sure Mnr Musk would be able to help….

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        Not to be too picky..”never mind acceleration with 5 Saturn Vs firing under you.” – I think the Saturn V had 5 F1 engines. Five Saturn V’s would be a hell of a ride..

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      ivan

      Roy, his problem is that he has been drinking too much of the green kool-aid and it has scrambled his brains, at least the few he has left.

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      theRealUniverse

      The A(Bovine droppings)Corporation shouldnt be promoting these people as having any authority to make such ludicrous claims.
      What an insulting fool. These idiots are all the same , just ramble on about climate change, when they mean globull warmung.

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    David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

    Good on you Jo,
    Two bulls eyes with one arrow. Sherman and the ABC.
    Cheers,
    Dave B

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    Gwyn ap Neath

    Amongst all the nonsense one thing that really stood out to me was the assertion that the use of coal to generate electricity causes Type 2 diabetes. How the **** did he arrive at that conclusion? Type 2 diabetes is the result of following Government dietary advice and eating a high-carbohydrate diet instead of one in which the majority of calories come from protein and saturated fats. But that’s a whole other scandal, albeit one with remarkable similarities to the Great Climate Scam.

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      Bobl

      Absolutely, and I notice the majority of doctors are still promoting the idea of a carb rich diet directly in the face of the largest meta study in history that has conclusively shown that sugar and other water soluble carbohydrates are at the root of obesity and diabetes.

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    John F. Hultquist

    The belief of climate change deniers is usually unshakable, like that of the flat-earth believers or Holocaust deniers. Many delude themselves that there is a conspiracy.

    conspiracy

    Each year the UN herds about 23,000 of its cult members into an interesting city to drum up support for one world government and money for its green slush fund.

    How skeptics could look upon these “parties” and call such activities making-plans-in-secret (the definition of conspiracy) is beyond belief.

    When I encounter this argument, I know the kook has joined the cult.

    [No "herding" required, but I appreciate the satirical take on the COP extravaganza's. Jo]

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      John F. Hultquist

      AZ,
      We were at a concert of Celtic Music by a Seattle area group called the Gothard Sisters. Thus the delay.

      Sorry, only the first part is a quote, from Jo’s post, by David Shearman.
      The part after the single word ‘conspiracy’ should not be italicised.

      I’m not sure what is wanted.
      For the UN Conference of the Parties, COP24, for this year there is information here:
      https://cop24.gov.pl/news/news-details/news/basic-facts-about-the-cop24-conference-in-katowice/

      The UN claims “almost 30,000 participants” with “registered” folks numbering 12,810. Other places I saw claimed fewer total. Lots of other numbers at that link.

      The “Green Climate Fund” is the one ex-Pres. Obama sent $500M to just before he left office. Here is a link to a story about it:

      https://dailycaller.com/2018/07/18/un-green-climate-fund/

      Anyone that spends 20 minutes reading about the UN Green Climate Fund should be stunned.

      Hope this helps.

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    Neville

    This delusional nonsense just proves that Dr Hans Rosling was correct about the opinions of the so called educated elite.

    Here’s part of his ( BBC science) history of the world from 1810 to 2010 as 200 countries moved from poor and sick to wealthy and healthy. It takes just 4 minutes of your time to watch, but it easily disproves these delusional arguments we have to endure from ignorant fools.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbkSRLYSojo

    And here at his TED talk Dr Rosling tries to help people become better informed than chimps at the Zoo. Just watch the first five minutes as this massive crowd tries to answer a few simple questions. I think most people at Jo’s blog will know the correct answers, certainly science educator Jo will.

    BTW this talk tries to help people to not be so ignorant about the world we live in. He has a huge task when you see the results. Amazing that he was partly funded by the US State dept under the Obama admin to carry out this research.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm5xF-UYgdg

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    Another Ian

    On the subject of “advising”.

    Around the early 1980′s a SA farmer who had drawn a block on Kangaroo Island took the SA Lands Department to court around bad advice. In that they had insisted on his using a strain of sub clover that turned out to be oestrogenic and ruined his animal production enterprise. And won.

    This caused rumblings in the circles of agricultural advising and the ststus of such advisors.

    The response from Qld DPI was along the lines of:-

    “The role of an agricultural advisor is to provide the best available advice, for and against. It is NOT their role to decide as to what management decision is made from that advice. So long as that is the case they have no such legal problem”.

    Obviously many in the field of climate science do not have that standing.

    Incidentally (IIRC) the farmer lost on appeal

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      Annie

      If the department ‘insisted’ on his using a particular variety of sub-clover then, surely, they must take some responsibility?
      What about the situation where preventative maintenance and clearing to make fire-breaks is forbidden? Someone somewhere should be held responsible for death, injury and property loss I would have thought, when the property owners would have been safe had they been free to clear.

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        Greebo

        Annie, the various findings of the many RCs that have been held into devastating bushfires in Victoria alone make interesting reading. I’m astonished that no ‘class action’ has been filed around those deaths in Kinglake in Feb 2009 due to council and Governmental Authorities’ road closures.

        After the ’97 fires in the Dandenongs (n deliberately lit), there were many tracks closed to “prevent access” to firebugs. This resulted in severely limiting residents’ escape routes whilst having zero impact on things such as motorcycles, bicycles or of course shanks’ pony.

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          Annie

          In the 2009 fires the police tried to stop my daughter getting through with supplies from town for about 20 people, including her young son, to their refuge…at the time the road was ok. Mostly around here they are pretty sensible but there were others drafted in. She just kept going.
          We have a framed drawing, done by our then under 4 year-old grandson for his grandad, of the flames he could see behind them.

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            Greebo

            To be fair, nobody, not one, in authority had any idea what to do. I was here in Sassafras listening to my scanner, wondering should we stay or go, fires were close, and I was listening to Area 13, listening to CFA trucks screaming for more water, more people. I will never forget the Mayday call from members surrounded in their truck south of Kinglake, with other units desperately trying to locate them, and the ‘Elvis’ unit asking for their roof number. At this time the poor woman who was the voice of VicFire was in tears. I threw out my scanner after that. It was of no earthly use. VicFire was 20 minutes and more behind events. No power on earth could have dealt with that day.

            Doesn’t excuse the Commissioner of Police though.

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        Another Ian

        Annie – I only saw the adviser end. Not full bottle on the case details

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    John Westman

    Now let’s get to the guts of the problem.

    Dr. Shearman ( I really don’t like applying the honorific of doctor to someone who seriously traduces the title) has a problem. All spin and “carbon emissions”, full of mouth opening but empty of substance. Has he been drinking too much and not taking enough food for the mind?

    So called consensus science once demanded that the world was flat, without argument. Look out if you disagreed!

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    Serp

    A couple of weeks ago a co-worker, young fellow, mentioned to me that greenhouse gases were rising alarmingly and then went on to mention that glaciers were melting. Glaciers come and go said I and it was hotter in the 1930s than it is now and I then asked him how Hannibal got the elephants over the alps two thousand years ago and how the Vikings settled Greenland a thousand years after that. I don’t think he’d heard of Hannibal or the Vikings. It’s not easy being young in these times.

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      el gordo

      Millennials are pathetic, but its not their fault because mass delusion has engulfed the education system. The MSM reinvigorates what they have already been told in school, its ‘unprecedented’. In this way the big lie is reinforced.

      http://www.warwickhughes.com/blog/?p=5976

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      Another Ian

      Not suprised. Recently I met one who hadn’t heard of “The Dog in the Manger”.

      I had wondered if her department used that as part of their training material – with the accent on keeping the department as the dog. She did check it out though.

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    robert rosicka

    This guy calls me a flat earther while wearing an alfoil hat .

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    Jeff

    As this Adelaide Dr David Shearman actively campaigns for the closure of all coal power plants and the adoption of renewables, we see some of the results of his diagnosis and treatment.
    Double the cost during high demand.

    AEMO Average Daily Prices ($/MWh)

    DATE 2018/12/07
    RRP PEAK RRP
    NSW 80.01 90.4
    QLD 74.63 83.04
    SA 148.09 190.06
    TAS 44.76 36.69
    VIC 160.29 204.08

    https://www.aemo.com.au/Electricity/National-Electricity-Market-NEM/Data-dashboard#average-price-table

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    Neville

    The Bolter quotes Dr Curry on his show about the
    projections of future SLR.
    He then finds a projection from an ABC moron who thinks that 50 metres SLR is on the cards. But I suppose it’s better than silly Flannery’s 100 metres in 100 years.
    BTW remember this SLR climate porn from the Copenhagen conference? They are barking mad, see at link.

    https://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/who-you-gonna-believe-a-scientist/news-story/b92b711e35622302a4ce33a97027141f

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      Neville

      Sorry above should read silly Robyn Williams ABC Science?????? show., not Flannery. Tim thought SLR would cover an 8 story building, so I’m sorry to Tim for quoting above his approx 20 metre projection.

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    Richard Evans

    Jo, you are being unfair to the good doctor. As a gastroenterologist, he is just following the habits of Pythia at Delphi studying the entrails of goats to forecast the future.

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    OriginalSteve

    Actually, as someone who may have Jewish blood( unproven, but highly likely ), I find the concept of labelling soneone like myself as a Holocaust Denier highly offensive.

    Regardless of my heritage, labelling anyone who would stand up for truth, a liar or of unsound mind , is just not on.

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    Earl

    I went to see Evita the other night, good show Tina was particularly good. The was a line in a song about Evita Perón, “She did not have much to say, but she said it loud.”
    Just about sums up the greens and their ilk.

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    Ken Stewart

    Physician, heal thyself.

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    DMA

    Salby closes this excellent video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=rohF6K2avtY )
    with the statement that if only one side is allowed that’s all the society will see. Our Doctor may well never have heard of “the other side” in anything but the derogatory terms he uses here.
    I see his message as a call to continue to press our science into the public forum because it will be accepted by the open minded, rational folks that are exposed to it.
    I was truly glad to see Dr. Salby address the junk rebuttal of Harde 2017 that Kohler foisted on the world while the journal censored Harde’s reply. (https://hhgpc0.wixsite.com/harde-2017-censored)

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    Cynic of Ayr

    Not really on topic, but I’m looking at Andrew Miskelly’s site https://anero.id/energy/.
    It’s a fine site, but on the graphs, little tags come up to indicate the % of that particular source of energy. However, the % is of the total at that particular source of energy, not the total.
    I’d like to comment to Andrew himself, but unfortunately he seems to be only on Twitter, and there’s no way I’m going to delve into that particular sewer.
    Any ideas on how to contact him?

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      Cynic, if you email me joanne AT this sites domain — I can pass it on. Andrew is very dedicated and would probably appreciate constructive feedback. Bear in mind he is unfunded (where o where are our government agencies?). Also bear in mind he doesn’t necessarily share our understanding of the IPCC.

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    Tel

    You don’t get ahead as a doctor in Australia by thinking for yourself.

    In the medical industry you learn to regurgitate large amounts of data on command, and you learn to be obedient to government paymasters at all times. It’s a closed shop so you don’t have to worry about someone else doing a better job than you do.

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    Rosco

    “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

    H. L. Mencken

    Enough said !

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      OriginalSteve

      Correct. The “war on terror” comes to mind too….

      The Elite appear to manufacture many “crises” to ensure they can pass many odious laws that maintain a tightening grip on power.

      America was founded as a refuge from tyrannical european monarchs, so people could have freedom of religion and the freedom to worship in peace……

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    pat

    $300,000 over 3 years…with $150,000 of it in 2016 – the year of Trump and Brexit OMG!

    7 Dec: Guardian: George Monbiot: How US billionaires are fuelling the hard-right cause in Britain
    That Spiked magazine’s US funding arm received $300,000 from the Charles Koch Foundation suggests a hidden agenda
    The Kochs’ chief political lieutenant, Richard Fink, developed what he called a three-stage model of social change. Universities would produce “the intellectual raw materials”. Thinktanks would transform them into “a more practical or usable form”. Then “citizen activist” groups would “press for the implementation of policy change”. To these ends the Kochs set up bodies in all three categories themselves, such as the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the Cato Institute and the “citizens’ group” Americans for Prosperity. But for the most part they funded existing organisations that met their criteria. They have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into a network of academic departments, thinktanks, journals and movements. And they appear to have been remarkably successful…

    Until now, there has been no evidence that Charles and David Koch have funded organisations based in the UK. But a few weeks ago, a reader pointed me to one line he found in a form submitted to the US government by the Charles Koch Foundation, which showed money transferred to a company that appears to be the US funding arm of a UK organisation. Once I had grasped its significance, I set up a collaboration with the investigative group DeSmog UK. We could scarcely believe what we were seeing.

    The organisation the Charles Koch Foundation has chosen to fund is at first sight astounding: a US organisation established by an obscure UK-based magazine run by former members of a tiny Trotskyite splinter group. Some of its core contributors still describe themselves as Marxists or Bolsheviks. But the harder you look at it, the more sense the Koch donations appear to make. The name of the magazine is Spiked…

    Spiked magazine, edited by O’Neill, appears to hate leftwing politics. It inveighs against the welfare state, against regulation, the Occupy movement, anti-capitalists, Jeremy Corbyn, George Soros, #MeToo, “black privilege” and Black Lives Matter. It does so in the name of the “ordinary people”, whom, it claims, are oppressed by the “anti-Trump and anti-Brexit cultural elites”, “feministic elites”, “green elites” and “cosmopolitan politicians”.

    Its articles repeatedly defend figures on the hard right or far right: Katie Hopkins, Nigel Farage, Alex Jones, the Democratic Football Lads’ Alliance, Tommy Robinson, Toby Young, Arron Banks, Viktor Orbán. They are portrayed as victims of “McCarthyites” trying to suppress free speech. It demands the hardest of possible Brexits, insisting that “No deal is nothing to fear”, as it would allow the UK to scrap EU regulations. But what it appears to hate most is environmentalism.

    It rails against “climate scaremongering”, and has called for fracking and coal production to be ramped up…
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/07/us-billionaires-hard-right-britain-spiked-magazine-charles-david-koch-foundation

    even lengthier than Monbiot above:

    6 Dec: DeSmogUK: Revealed: US Oil Billionaire Charles Koch Funds UK Anti-Environment Spiked Network
    By Mike Small; Editing and additional research by Mat Hope.
    For years, people have speculated about who is behind a shadowy group of well-connected ‘free speech advocates’ spreading far-right ideologies and climate science denial.

    Our investigation shows that Spiked has received $300,000 from the Koch’s over the past three years, including $150,000 in 2016 — the year of Donald Trump’s US presidential election victory and the UK’s Brexit referendum…
    https://www.desmog.co.uk/2018/12/04/spiked-lm-dark-money-koch-brothers

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    Greebo

    Perhaps Dr Shearman needs reminding of that sage dictum ” When one finds oneself in an ever deepening hole, the trick is to stop digging”.

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    pat

    $443 for CAGW in a digital click. CAGW insiders still fighting over it. will Turnbull even bother to front the inquiry?

    7 Dec: SMH: Malcolm Turnbull asked to front Reef inquiry
    By Peter Hannam
    Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has been asked to front the Senate inquiry into his government’s controversial $443 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation early next year.
    The request comes as state and federal environment ministers meeting in Canberra on Friday failed to agree on the wording over climate action, and a separate report identified a heavy environmental toll if the Galilee Basin coal mines including Adani’s proposed Carmichael project proceed.

    Mr Turnbull has been offered any dates “that would be appropriate between now and early February”, and at “your preferred location” for a public hearing into the controversial grant to the non-profit organisation announced last April.
    The former prime minister’s attendance is voluntary and it is understood he is the final witness the committee wants to interview. The inquiry has also won an extension to provide its final report by February 13.

    Meanwhile at a meeting of environment ministers in Canberra, the Labor-led state and territory ministers criticised Melissa Price, the federal Environment Minister, for again omitting climate change from the agenda of the regular gathering.
    “The science is frightening, unequivocal and clear – we are running out of time,” the Labor ministers said in a statement. “We must take swift and strong measures to reduce emissions now.”

    “Yet the response of successive Liberal prime ministers has been one of delusion and deliberate inaction – and it is unacceptable that any action on climate change has again been left off the agenda at today’s meeting of environment ministers,” they said.
    Ms Price later told journalists that the ministers had had “a very good conversation”, but could not agree on common wording. The minister will attend global climate talks in Poland from Sunday…

    Separately, the federal government has its “bioregional assessment” of the cumulative impacts on groundwater, creeks and rivers from opening central Queensland’s Galilee Basin for mining.
    Despite only modelling seven of 17 proposed coal and gas developments – including the Adani mine – the report predicted widespread impacts over 1.4 million hectares and as much as 6285 kilometres of streams…READ ON
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/malcolm-turnbull-asked-to-front-reef-inquiry-20181207-p50kxs.html

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    pat

    ***says the poll released by The Australian Youth Climate Coalition!

    8 Dec: news.com.au: More climate protests planned for Saturday ***as Australians back student activists
    School students who skipped school to protest against climate change are at it again, refusing to back down. ***It seems most Aussies support them.
    by Charis Chang
    Another mass student-led march will be held across Australia today following news Adani would self-fund its controversial coal mine in Queensland…

    New national ReachTel polling conducted after the Student Strike for Climate Action revealed widespread support for the students.
    ***The Australian Youth Climate Coalition released results from the survey of 2345 people, which found 62.7 per cent thought school students had a right to demand action from the Government on climate change. Among Labor voters, this rose to 86.4 per cent.
    A majority of 58.1 per cent also thought the Labor Party should show leadership on climate change and oppose Adani’s coal mine, including 80.7 per cent of Labor voters.

    Today, students have invited adults to join them at March for Our Future rallies in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns after Adani announced it would self-fund its mine and start work before Christmas.
    “This new poll shows Australians support the students’ actions and that the Prime Minister’s attacks on the kids are mean-spirited and out-of-step with public opinion,” Australian Youth Climate Coalition national director Gemma Borgo-Caratti said…

    “The poll also puts Bill Shorten on notice that a clear majority of Australians, and the vast majority of Labor voters, want him to act to stop the Adani mine…

    The rallies on Saturday will be to protest against the Adani coal mine and Jean said they were opposed to the use of coal for electricity and were also against the development because of the potential impact on the Great Barrier Reef.
    “It will drive Australia and the rest of the world away from a sustainable future and that’s something we don’t agree with,” she said.
    “Young people will not stand by and let Adani dig its mine, or let politicians get away with waving through a project which will destroy our future…

    “Climate change is breathing down our necks. We’re fired up and ready to do whatever it takes to stop Adani.”…

    Earlier in the day, Mr Morrison said he would sit down with the school students, a week after he criticised them for skipping school to stage the national strikes.
    “I’m always happy to listen. I respect everybody’s views,” he told reporters on Wednesday morning…
    Despite the PM’s words, he’s yet to meet with the 100-strong student group, whose protest was moved to the lawns outside Parliament House by security.

    Crossbench MP Kerryn Phelps and Greens senator Jordon Steele-John both took time to meet with the students.
    Greens leader Richard Di Natale praised the group…

    A leading climate scientist suggests Australia will now have to reduce electricity sector emissions by 60 to 70 per cent in order to meet its Paris Agreement target of reducing carbon emissions by 26 to 28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030.
    “It’s clear that nations around the world aren’t doing enough to slow down climate change,” Griffith University emeritus professor Ian Lowe told ABC radio on Thursday…

    MARCH FOR OUR FUTURE
    #StopAdani rallies are being held today, Saturday, December 8.
    DETAILS
    https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/more-climate-protests-planned-for-saturday-as-australians-back-student-activists/news-story/bad8c051ae23a69706b1d4aff5304a43

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      OriginalSteve

      I notice Plelps was happy to further the green nonsense…as predicted….

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        Dennis

        Yes, Dr Phelps wants 10 failed application asylum seeker children removed for medical purposes, 69 doctors in Nauru apparently incompetent.

        She would like two Australian based doctors to sign a form releasing the children from Nauru and permitting them entry to Australia.

        No doubt refugee advocate doctors.

        She did not explain that all failed asylum seekers in Nauru are free to leave, but cannot travel to Australia.

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    pat

    8 Dec: Reuters: Paris in lockdown as France braces for new anti-Macron riots
    by Michel Rose
    Authorities say the protests have been hijacked by far-right and anarchist elements bent on violence and stirring up social unrest in a direct affront to Macron and the security forces…
    Despite the climbdown, the “yellow vests” continue to demand more concessions from the government, including lower taxes, higher salaries, ***cheaper energy costs, better retirement provisions and even Macron’s resignation…

    Macron, who has not spoken in public since he condemned last Saturday’s disturbances while at the G20 summit in Argentina, will address the nation early next week, his office said…

    ***In a sign the concessions offered by the government may be starting to weaken support for the movement, two opinion polls showed a decline in popularity for the “yellow vests” on Friday.
    The protests were supported by 66 percent of respondents in an Ifop-Fiducial poll for CNews TV, down six percentage points since a previous poll carried out on Dec. 3-4.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-protests/paris-in-lockdown-as-france-braces-for-new-anti-macron-riots-idUSKBN1O700H

    ***on the other hand:

    6 Dec: Yahoo 7News: AFP: ***French back ‘yellow vest’ protests despite govt U-turn: poll
    The Elabe poll found 78 percent believed measures announced by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in a bid to quell more than two weeks of anti-government protests did not meet the expectations of the “yellow vests”…
    Some 68 percent think freezing fuel taxes will not boost their purchasing power, while 54 percent think freezing gas and electricity prices will not help.
    Some 72 percent support the movement overall, according to the poll — numbers that have stayed stable despite violent clashes in Paris last weekend when some 200 cars were torched…

    Among people who vote for far-right leader Marine Le Pen, 83 percent support the “yellow vests”, dropping slightly to 78 percent among those who support leftwing firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon.
    Among Macron voters, 52 percent back the movement.
    The Elabe survey of 1,002 people was carried out online Tuesday and Wednesday for BFM television…
    https://au.news.yahoo.com/french-back-yellow-vest-protests-despite-govt-u-180729089–spt.html

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    RickWill

    Victoria’s stressed power system is now worse than SA. The peak price for electricity yesterday in Victoria managed $2237/MWh; $200/MWh more than SA.

    Before Hazelwood was turned off, SA was always the price setter. Now Victoria has that crown. Sustained warm weather on the east coast will test Victoria’s reliance on interconnectors.

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    liberator

    I love how the abc news site doesn’t allow comments. We pay for this yet we dont have the opportunity to offer our comments,feeedback or challenges to this kind of crap (appropriate for the dr). I saw it on their web site this morning and didn’t even bother giving it the light of the day. Thanks Jo for confirming it was a waste of my time.

    I read a comment piece a little while ago in the abc news about car speedos and how their accuracy can be impacted by a number of factors from tyre size, pressure etc. They then spoke about using a gps for checking your car speedo accuracy or using them in its place. The guy said no, don’t do it they aren’t that accuracte.You can’t calibrate and different quality depending on the manufacturer. Imagine that..we’re driving around with inaccurates GPS’s that are so far out that when I’m in the middle of Melbourne it thinks I’m still in Craigiburn. I wonder why I don’t get all these speeding fines when I pass a camera doing 117 in a 110 zone because my gps says I’m doing 110 and my speedo says 117. Dont trust your gps,tell that the millitary.

    Did we get the chance to tell the abc so called expert that he was wrong, no? So now we have a bunch of readers thinking they cant trust thier GPS and that climate skeptics are delusional like the abc and their contributors?

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      Greebo

      This is precisely the reason people drive along thinking ‘look at that maniac in that truck. How fast is he going?’ Car speedos always read high. Truck ones don’t, as they are individually calibrated to allow for various ratio combinations available depending on intended end use. I have heard, but cannot confirm, that car speedos are mandated to read low.

      Your’ “so called expert” is probably still stuck in the old world where GPS accuracy was limited by the US so that it couldn’t be used against them. I agree, we should be able to comment so we can tell this maroon that hey, the US ain’t the only country with satellites, doncher know. I’ll bet he is an advocate of self driving cars though….. I guess that 100 metres is close enough for them.

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        Another Ian

        If you dig into the parts catalogue for your car you will likely find that there are several speedo drive gears available. At least there were for Falcons. The utes were about 7 kph slow iirc as issued. I bumped mine so it was indicating just too slow after around 120 kph. Checked with gps.

        From RACQ

        “Australian Design Rule 18 sets out the accuracy standards for vehicle speedos.

        Until July 2006 this rule specified an accuracy of +/- 10 percent of the vehicle’s true speed when the vehicle was travelling above 40km/h.

        That is, at a true vehicle speed of 100km/h the speedo could indicate between 90km/h and 110km/h.

        An odometer accuracy of +/- 4 percent was also a requirement.

        From July 1 2006 a new standard began its phase in and by 1 July 2007 all new vehicles had to comply. The new standard requires that:

        The speedo must not indicate a speed less than the vehicle’s true speed or a speed greater than the vehicle’s true speed by an amount more than 10 percent plus 4 km/h.
        Odometer accuracy is no longer defined.”

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          Greebo

          Speedo drives used to be colour coded to match the vehicle. Ute diffs were typically ‘shorter’ or ‘longer’ depending on which terminology school you attended. This was supposedly to account for the load that the ute might carry, but, as most of us know, it was used primarily for quicker acceleration.

          Your last para seems to encompass what I was trying to say. The + or- part has been done away with. At 100 Km/h 10% is of course 10, which gives us 90, +4 = 94, which explains Liberators 117 ( do the figures backwards, so to speak ) and it explains why trucks appear to speed. The truck is doing an indicated and mandatorily limited 100, and an actual 100.

          O/T, but I have long believed speed limits to be yet another form of social engineering, and they, and BAC levels, have been used to batter us unto believing in ‘the government knows best’ thinking, or IOW 1984.

          Before I get inundated with nasties, consider this: when, ever, do you encounter a mass chaotic system that adheres to rules? Although this might be better debated elsewhere.

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            Another Ian

            Numberwatch had a good rundown on BAC’s

            Site wasn’t working when I tried it recently but available via the wayback machine

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        JoKaH

        Car speedos always read high.

        The Australian Design Rules requires that for speeds above 40kph the speedo can’t read lower than your actual speed, ie it has to make you think you are going faster than you really are. There is a formula that I can’t recall at the moment to set the limit that the speedo can be out but it gives an allowable reading over the actual speed and increase as the speed rises. I can remember testing a Chev Corvette that had a reading of over 10kph higher than actual at 110kph and it easily complied with the ADR. This was not always the case as before sometime around the year 2000 the ADRs only gave a plus or minus factor on the speed reading (so don’t get caught if you drive an older car). Changing tyre sizes that affect the effective outside diameter of the tyre can affect the speedo reading taking it outside the speedo latitude range. In the past most cars had the speedo driven by a gear and cable drive from the back of the gearbox although these are now being supplanted by hall effect devices electronically connected to the speedo via the car’s computer rather than cable drive. An exception to this was the old 1200 VW where the speedo drive came from one of the front wheels!

        BTW I used a calibrated GPS device to get the actual speed when testing speedo accuracy and for brake testing- this was accurate to within 0.1kph.

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          JoKaH

          Thanks Ian for jogging my memory on the speedo accuracy formula I had been hoping to forget all of that when I retired.

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          theRealUniverse

          Yep calibrate on a GPS speedo. The rule doesnt allow much for the idiotic + 1kph tolerance for getting a ticket! Thats not even the needle width on most mechanical speedos. The speed scam is another psuedo statistic, used by govts and police to justify alot of measures, that I wont go into on this just now.

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            Greebo

            Queue the NSW Govt decree that NO scientific measuring device evidence is to be allowed in court. Unless it’s theirs, of course.

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      Bright Red

      GPS speed can be accurate and depending on the conditions it can also be very inaccurate. The problem is that most people have no idea what the GPS speed accuracy is any given time. You should check your GPS specifications. They will not give an absolute accuracy as you would expect with other measuring devices.

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    pat

    the FakeNewsMSM silence on Heartland/Solidarity announcement continues. however, Breitbart has:

    7 Dec: Breitbart: Heartland Institute, Polish Labor Union Sign Historic Pact to Resist Climate Change Agenda
    by Penny Starr
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/12/07/heartland-institute-polish-labor-union-sign-historic-pact-resist-climate-change-agenda/

    EurActiv (and other CAGW advocacy sites mention it):

    7 Dec: EurActiv: COP24 diary – day #5
    By Claire Stam reporting from Katowice
    US-Polish climate scepticism. Reference to the IPCC 1.5°C report is constant in Katowice: at press conferences, in plenary sessions, at side-events and informal meetings, in the corridors. This is because its scientific findings serve as an undisputed negotiating common ground.

    Well, almost undisputed. The very same day the IPCC celebrated its 30th anniversary, the Silesian Region of Polish trade union Solidarity issued a joint statement with US think-tank the Heartland Institute, known for its climate denial stance.

    The statement claims “there is no scientific consensus on the main causes and consequences of climate change,” going against the rigorous scientific conclusions established by the IPCC. “The Silesian Region of Solidarity, the Secretariat of Mining and Energy of Solidarity, and The Heartland Institute express scepticism of the assertions of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that the world stands at the edge of a climate catastrophe,” the statement goes on.

    The group said they met during COP24 and agreed to begin working together more closely “to advance sound, science-based public policy”. It also said that Solidarity translated the first edition of the Heartland-published Climate Change Reconsidered series in 2009 and that it was very satisfied by the new science and policy presentations from Heartland during their COP24 meeting. “The presentations assured Solidarity that their doubts about current, alarmist climate policy are correct,” the statement also reads…

    Saudi-Arabia. The evening before, environmental NGOs awarded the fossil of the day to both Saudi-Arabia and Brazil.
    It has to be pointed out here that NGOs are allowed to follow the negotiations in the numerous meeting rooms installed in the premises of COP24, which provide them with some insights of what is going on behind closed doors.

    For the NGOs, Saudi-Arabia is the most consistent, insistent and persistent voice undermining ambition in the negotiation so far this week. The country called for example for the deletion of the term “ambition mechanism” in the preamble to the Global Stocktake text on the grounds that it pre-judges the outcome of it, the NGOs explained.
    As for Brazil, the deforestation plans of the Amazon by newly-elected Jair Bolsonaro “are no laughing matter”…

    South America. After Brazil retracted to host the next UN climate conference, Costa Rica, Chile, and Guatemala offered to host the conference and thus maintain the venue of the next summit in a Latin American country…
    Christiana Figueres, a former UN official who was a key negotiator for the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, is from Costa Rica. No doubt she will be pushing for her country to host the next UN climate conference…

    Emissions growth. Global carbon emissions are set to hit an all-time high in 2018, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Global Carbon Project.
    The projected rise of 2.7% in global greenhouse gas emissions is driven by a solid growth in coal use for the second year in a row, and sustained growth in oil and gas use, the report finds…
    “The growing global demand for energy is outpacing decarbonisation for now. This needs to change, and change quickly to address climate change,” said Prof Corinne Le Quéré, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at the UEA…
    https://www.euractiv.com/section/climate-environment/news/cop24-diary-day-5/

    behind paywall:

    Corporates see trillions adding up on climate action by Graham Lloyd
    In-Depth-The Australian-12 hours ago

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    robert rosicka

    Sort of related , a farmers land clearing proposal has gone to court because of “climate change” .

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-08/nt-land-clearing-climate-change-legal-stoush-supreme-court/10590808

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    Dean_from_Ohio

    Bring it, you commie freak!

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    pat

    heads exploding at ThinkProgress:

    7 Dec: ThinkProgress: First week of U.N. climate talks saw coal cages, coal sponsors, and coal-polluted air
    COP24: brought to you by a dying fossil fuel industry.
    by E.A. Crunden
    The event’s sponsors include three Polish coal companies, at a conference held in the heart of Polish coal country. Poland itself is the European Union’s leading producer of hard coal and the country routinely suffers poor air quality in the winter as coal uses rises. Generating some 80 percent of its energy from coal, Poland comes second only to Germany in its consumption of fossil fuels throughout the European Union — something reflected yearly in its winter air quality…

    Coinciding with the conference this week, the Polish trade union Solidarity aligned itself with the Heartland Institute, a Chicago area-based conservative think tank that has long advocated against climate science and climate action.
    In a joint statement released on Wednesday, Solidarity and the Heartland Institute took aim at the October IPCC report and downplayed the U.N.’s findings.

    According to the statement, the two parties “express skepticism” over the report and reject “that the world stands at the edge of a climate catastrophe.” Together, the organizations stress that “there is no scientific consensus on the main causes and consequences of climate change. Neither organization opposes the goal of clean air nor supports the elimination of coal from the world’s energy portfolio.”.

    The United States notably lacks its own pavilion at COP24 and U.S. movements domestically toward fossil fuels and away from decarbonization has largely been seen as a drag on global climate talks.
    But the Heartland Institute won’t be the only display of U.S. support for fossil fuels during COP24. On Monday, Trump administration officials are set to partake in a side event promoting fossil fuels and nuclear power…
    On Thursday, as the first week of talks wrapped up in Poland, the U.S. government announced plans to ease carbon-emissions rules for new coal-fired plants, despite no current plans to build new coal plants in the country.

    This piece has been updated to clarify the Heartland Institute’s headquarters.
    https://thinkprogress.org/un-climate-talks-cop24-greenwashing-coal-trump-poland-dfe0579704e7/

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      Dennis

      Meanwhile wind capital Germany relies on coal fired power stations in Poland and nuclear power stations in France to support the German electricity grid.

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    Ruairi

    Could a Grand Solar Minimum bend,
    Warmist minds, making reason upend,
    What they know to be true,
    Yet deny and construe,
    As a negative climate portend?

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    pat

    Englart is posting all the StopAdani protest stuff (below the old tweet at the top of the page:

    Twitter: John Englart EAM @takvera, Citizen Journalist at #Nofibs, #climate blogger @Camoreland, parent, cyclist, NTEU, Eureka Australia Medal. NGO #COP21 #COP22 observer
    https://twitter.com/takvera

    Wikipedia: John Englart, pseudonym Takver, is an Australian citizen journalist, photojournalist, Videographer and blogger from Melbourne…
    Since 2004 Englart has gradually increased his focus on climate change and environmental issues in his journalism and blogging, and is involved in local groups Sustainable Fawkner and Climate Action Moreland. In 2015 Englart was an accredited NGO delegate for Climate Action Moreland and Climate Action Network Australia to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. Subsequently, he also attended the 2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech…

    Photographic Contributions
    Photos by Englart using the Creative Commons license have been republished in a wide range of online news sites including Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Al Jazeera America, Asian Correspondent, Australian Geographic, Business Insider, Common Dreams, Euractiv, Forbes, Green Left Weekly, Grist, Guardian, Junkee, Medical Daily, Mother Jones, Nature News Blog, RTCC, Scientific American, SF Weekly, The Nation, The Conversation, The Times of Israel, Treehugger, The Ecologist, Truthout, to name a few.
    Photos have also been used in reports of the Australian Climate Commission and Australian Climate Council, and the websites of Environmental Defense Fund (US), Social Policy Connections, and Sydney Environment Institute (Sydney University) and Melbourne Polytechnic.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Englart

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    el gordo

    Breaking Nooze

    ‘The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday is expected to rescind a rule that requires new coal plants to be fitted with carbon capture technology, according to several officials who spoke with The New York Times.

    ‘Under the Obama-era mandate, new coal plants were not allowed to emit more than 1,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour. The Trump administration is due to raise this limit to 1,900 pounds.’

    wuwt

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      theRealUniverse

      It should be any amount of CO2 they feel fit to release.

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        theRealUniverse

        There is also another ‘inconvenience’ they all miss – 200ppm CO2 is where photosynthesis STOPS! Yes no plants! We all starve. 380-400ppm is only mildly above that limit. If it were even possible to reduce the level, they will really kill off life.

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          Greebo

          200 ppm, 400 ppm. That’s a pretty narrow window, percentage wise.

          Maybe that’s their agenda. They need to get it down under 200, then they can all put on their silver suits and sandshoes and await the rapture. Maybe Applewhite had more followers than he thought.

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    Mark M

    I looked up the dictionary for the meaning of ‘deluded’.

    It had a link to the twitter Stop Adani Gold Coast account with a photo of them travelling to Brisbane on a fossil-fuelled train.

    https://twitter.com/StopadaniGC/status/1071171470041042944

    You can’t make this stuff up.

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      AndyG55

      This coal is destined to provide electricity to millions of children in India.

      What is it with DENYING these children reliable electricity.???

      Its just sick and DEPRAVED and extremely racist.

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        theRealUniverse

        “This coal is destined to provide electricity to millions of children in India..” That is (was) the PRECISE agenda of the late Maurice Strong and his anti humanist ilk. Reduce the 7 billion of us to a few hundred million ‘elites’.

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        OriginalSteve

        Cheer up…apparently hydrogen pruction by low energy plasma has taken leaps and bounds forward recently. Then we will be driving V12 SUVs running on H2 driven by on board fuel reformers….which can then be modified for home heating or electricity production on larger scale. It could be a new Oz industry….stay tuned…you cant keep good people down.

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    theRealUniverse

    Another delusional fool. Actually fools be them ,ABC (Another Brainless Consortium), that publishes the diatribe from these non qualified (in the relevant disciplines) insulting idiots.
    ” including the giants of physics” and ASTROPHYSICISTS of which most are in the realist camp except Cox who is another delusionist.

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    Bob Fernley-Jones

    Outrageous though this is, it is only an online opinion piece and while it would hold big appeal to extreme alarmists, I would think that in the general population they are a small minority church. I doubt that there are very many readers of ‘ABC online’ anyway, let alone those searching for ABC opinion on climate change.
    Incidentally, there is no formal ABC procedure available to make a complaint against an ABC online article (and they make it difficult to complain about actual broadcast programs).

    How about this on 30 Nov 2018 on the dedicated ABC TV News channel 24 on “The Drum”, from panellist (a wise barrister) Kellie Edwards concerning the schoolchildren’s demonstrations:

    “I’ve got a 10-year old. She’s going to be left with these problems. She’s going to live to a hundred. By that stage we’re looking at 5-degree change, sea level rises perhaps between — no one really knows — 50 metres? That’s going to put huge pressure on the geopolitical situation. And people say perhaps children don’t really understand this — my child’s lying awake in bed at night worried about this stuff.”

    The Chair (Dr Julia Baird) and the 3 other panellists did not murmur at this (including as to why the poor child might be unable to sleep at night) and the wise five continued to agree with each other on everything for 45 minutes
    https://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/who-you-gonna-believe-a-scientist/news-story/b92b711e35622302a4ce33a97027141f

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      AndyG55

      ” She’s going to live to a hundred.”

      Thanks to the wonders of RELIABLE electricity supply.

      And no, its NOT going to warm up by 5C. The sea level will NOT rise by 50m, or even 5m, almost certainly not even 0.5m

      Its all just a FANTASY created to SCARE mindless people.

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      theRealUniverse

      Here
      There is no scientific peer-reviewed paper in existence which shows – using
      real data in the last 100, 1000, or 10,000 years – that CO2 level rises drive
      temperature rises and we challenge IPCC, Al Gore and the BBC to provide such
      (by Dec 14 deadline, the end of COP24). The observed facts are CO2 levels are AN
      EFFECT NOT A CAUSE of Climate (Temps) and the CO2 warming ‘theory’
      violates basic Laws of physics”

      The problem is they are incapable of understanding ANY basic level of this.
      OR -
      1. Fools that are just greenies and havent a clue.
      2. Duped into following the ‘religion’
      3. In on the ‘agenda’ and part of it knowing FULL WELL it as a scam.

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        robert rosicka

        Just once I’d like the trolls that frequent this site explain how Henry’s law and the second law of thermodynamics prove their case .
        Not to mention all the other “Science” they conveniently forget about in favour of computer games .

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          sophocles

          Just once I’d like the trolls that frequent this site explain how Henry’s law and the second law of thermodynamics prove their case .

          If they did that Robert, they wouldn’t be Trolls anymore. They would be joining the discussion. Trolls are P.R.A.Ts; (Pachydermatous Rude Arrogant Tagrags) who make DBC’s (Drive By Comments) and whose manners are tabula rasa. They will soak up all your time by thread bombing and demanding you provide them evidence when the obligation is on them. They make denigratory remarks about you not `knowing the scientific method’ which they really don’t give a toss about, and they ignore all requests to give their evidence. They’re on a MFG (Mission From God) so they don’t and won’t play by any rules except their own.

          They can’t join in the discussion and actually debate something: it will pollute their lily grey minds. They might learn something which is Unapproved. Can’t have that. It’s dangerous.

          Best to just ignore them. Totally. They might then, as Billy Connelly so skilfully puts it, F. O.

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    Speedy

    Delicious! A perfect pompous fool getting it stuck up him – pretty to watch! Thanks Jo – the Mocker at Oz would be envious. I hope you get chocolate for Christmas…

    Perhaps the good Doctor (for doctor he is) would like to explain to us why global warming is man-made, unprecedented and catastrophic. Until he does that, he just sounds like he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, but wants to slag the people who would have the temerity to expect him to apply logic. Apology will not be forthcoming, “doc”.
    Cheers,

    Speedy

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    sophocles

    Was Dr Shearman paid for his utterance? Was it suggested, otherwise arranged or just from the `goodness of his heart?’

    Thanks to Ben Davidson, I can provide references to 348 peer reviewed papers from the last 18 years which say: “The sun done it.

    This covers the following fields of discovery:

    1. Climate – Global Warming, Global Cooling and Climate Change

    2. Extreme Weather

    3. `Ordinary Weather’

    4. Earthquakes

    5. Volcanic Eruptions

    and

    6. human illness both physiological and psychological …

    Just two papers chosen at more or less random from the medical field:

    1. Azcarate et al `Influence of geomagnetic activity and atmospheric pressure on human arterial pressure during the solar cycle 24.
    Advances in Space Research (2016).”The superposed epoch analysis found that the largest number of significant SBP and DBP changes occurred for women.”
    (Oops: is the sun, or could it be, sexist …)

    NOTE:
    SBP = systolic arterial blood pressure
    DBP = diastolic arterial blood pressure

    2. Babayev and Allahverdiyeva. Effect of geomagnetic activity variations on the physiological and psychological state of functionally healthy humans.Advances in Space Research 2007.
    ” It is experimentally established that weak and moderate geomagnetic storms do not cause significant changes in the brain’s bioelectrical activity and exert only stimulating influence while severe disturbances of geomagnetic conditions cause negative influence, seriously disintegrate brain’s functionality, activate braking processes and amplify the negative emotional background of an individual.”

    Hmm. Should you check the kp index when you’re feeling down? )

    If the sun done it then “Greenhouse Gases” (CO2, methane et al) and Mankind are innocent of all charges.
    There’s one charge which can be levelled accurately—we, mankind, designed, built and put the satellites up there which are giving us all this knowledge.

    I have to ask if Dr Shearman has ever read a scientific paper in the last ten years?

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    Michael Spencer

    There are so many people who might well be “experts” in their particular specialty, but who nothing more than dabble in other things – accepting as “Gospel truth” the opinions of others if it agrees with their own mindset, but without checking to see if there are nasty facts contradicting those so-called “experts”!

    Thus there is a wonderful joke about the two psychiatrists/psychologists who met one day. The first looked the other deep in the eyes, and said: “You look alright! How am I?”

    Says it all, really …..

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      Another Ian

      “Gifted Amateurs and CAGW

      I heard of a Australian unit early in WW2 whose MO in civilian life was a vd specialist. His sex hygiene lectures were around the theme of “It is not the professionals you have to worry about – it’s the bloody enthusiastic amateurs”.

      The subject of “gifted amateurs” wasn’t mentioned but the likely response might have been that there are a lot more amateurs who think they are gifted than actual “gifted amateurs”.

      And when you look at the cagw proponents there seems to be a lack of climate science qualifications. And shining examples of pundits in one field venturing with authority in support of cagw.

      Thus amateurs – you can decide if gifted or merely enthusiastic.”

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        Bobl

        I keep saying this on either side of the debate physics, chemistry and biology don’t care about your qualification, all that matters is whether got are right or not. Einstein was a patent clerk when he wrote his first scientific paper.

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    Andrew McRae

    Skeptics of climate catastrophism often say that while anthropogenic climate change is not a problem they are still supportive of efforts to fight against genuine pollution and other real environmental problems.
    So it’s actually a shame that Dr Shearman has used his carbophobic hobby horse to distract everyone from the real and measured environmental issue with Australian coal-fired power stations – an issue not seen to the same extent in coal power in other countries.

    The passing reference Shearman makes to the fine particulate pollution is the only credible argument he has against coal fired power. (Strange that nobody else in the comments above has mentioned this already.) In the Environmental Justice Australia report he linked, the methodology seems generally sound, although it still admits many assumptions which can be questioned plus two more of my own:

    • It assumes pollution levels to be spread across wide areas proportional to inverse square distance from the air quality detectors, without taking wind direction into account. Oddly, the wind suddenly leaps into existence when trying to attribute a percentage of particles to power stations. If the air sampling locations are not random there is a chance they’ve been placed specifically to catch power station emissions. That would mean a higher than normal measurement is being distributed across the whole region, prior to multiplying by the power station contribution percentage. Even if the wind traceback to power stations was done correctly, the result could be biased higher from the sampling placement.

    • “That the toxicity of PM 2.5 in NSW is the same as that observed in North America where the risk estimate for mortality was derived. Suggesting otherwise is like claiming that cigarettes do not cause lung cancer in Australia because there has never been an Australian study of this question.”
    Actually the mortality is also affected by the quality of available healthcare. Is anyone in the environmental movement going to argue that the Australian healthcare system is no better than the American healthcare system?

    Just to put the scale of the problem into perspective though, the report Shearman cites says this:

    The results published by Cohen 2012 establish that the proportion of Sydney PM2.5 attributable to electricity generation is between 14% and 18%.

    What about the origin of the other 82% of fine particles in the most densely populated area of the study? Nothing is said by Shearman about the source of the majority of these deadly fine particulates! Quite possibly another example of the crusader who cares about “the planet” more than the people in it. The EnviroJustice report hints that the major source is oil-based transport exhaust, but it’s obviously easier to blame a small number of power stations than the manufacturers and drivers of trucks and cars.

    Nonetheless, the amount of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and sulphur dioxide that are legally emitted by NSW power plants is greater than is permitted even by China. Yes, really. That this excess continues to be tolerated despite availability of technical solutions ought be a source of national shame. If there is no economical use in retrofitting old plants nearing the end of their service life, that’s also an argument for adding new HELE coal power with particle and sulphur scrubbers in their design from day one. But in no way can PM2.5 and sulphur dioxide be taken as the proof that a total shutdown is the only solution or even the best solution.

    Shearman rails against the existence of coal power, yet the very environmental group that he cites for support are not asking for coal power to be shut down. In their own submission to the NSW government they give a list of current emissions limits and their suggestions for new limits. The proposed limits are in line with the EU and China, but oddly enough are not zero. Which brings us to what is probably the most unscientific statement in Shearman’s entire sermon:

    there is no safe level of air pollution.

    That brand of alarmism is eerily reminiscent of the anti-nuclear brigade telling us that all radiation is unsafe at any level, the well known Linear No-Threshold Hypothesis. Carry that belief to its logical conclusions. Should we tell the police there is no safe level of pepper spray and tear gas? Should we tell the Greens party that for birds there is no safe number of wind turbines?

    The study author supports this belief with a consensus argument from ignorance: Scientists have been unable to find a lower threshold, therefore there isn’t one! Who knew that absence of evidence was evidence of absence. With so many competing causes of death it is no surprise the threshold is hidden down in the noise of all the other causes of death. Safely on board the consensus train, they apply the following mortality rate without threshold:

    The best estimate of risk for all-cause mortality is relative risk (RR) of 1.06 per 10 μg/m^3, derived from the long-term follow up of the American Cancer Study

    The background levels of naturally occurring fine particulates are 2.5 μg/m^3 in Sydney. So you can triple the natural levels and have it cause 4.4% of annual deaths in Sydney, or you can shut down all coal plants and ban all fossil-fueled vehicles completely and the fine particulates will still cause 1.5% of deaths in Sydney. But then how many more deaths will be caused by unaffordable energy? Yet a total shutdown is not needed if there is a lower level of exposure above zero that is still safe.

    Our bodies, and the bodies of all living things, have barriers, internal cleanup processes, and immune systems precisely because we are surrounded by completely natural toxic and health-threatening substances. These defenses get invoked regardless of whether the irritant is man-made pollutant or naturally environmental. The fact our bodies can adequately deal with small exposures non-fatally is proof there is a safe level of air pollution.

    As most PM2.5 is formed by secondary gas reactions, not emitted directly from the power station, any attempt to cut SO2 and NOx emission would also greatly reduce PM2.5 pollutants.

    I live over 100km from the nearest coal power station. But I’m willing to pay 5% more for electricity to fund the installation and operation of SCRs, ESPs, and bipolar agglomeration technology on both old and new coal power stations to fight a genuine coal power pollutant. I hope other skeptics of CAGW would say the same.

    I live near a major highway. I’d be even more keen to see the real source of this PM2.5 pollution get solved by new vehicle designs. As more people become aware of this health risk, we may even see particulate pollution reduction becoming the main selling point for electric and hybrid vehicles. It’s certainly more efficient to scrub the exhaust when all combustion is happening in one big power station.

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    Serge Wright

    The thing about being branded a climate denier is not that you deny the climate of today, but it’s that you deny a prediction of what the climate alarmists claim will be the climate of the future.

    Is it really possible to deny an event or outcome that has not yet occured ?

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    Presumably he’d be for this then?

    “The Green Climate Deal”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/12/08/the-green-climate-deal/

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    pat

    8 Dec: ClimateChangeNews: Twelve activists denied entry to Poland for UN climate summit, says campaign group
    Members of Climate Action Network claimed the Polish authorities had blacklisted campaigners from eastern Europe and central Asia
    By Natalie Sauer
    At least 12 climate activists due to attend COP24 have been denied entry at the Polish border or deported, Climate Action Network (Can) claimed on Friday.
    Members of the network attributed this to Poland’s controversial anti-terror legislation passed ahead of the UN climate summit Cop24, which gives authorities the power to ““collect, obtain, gather, verify, process and use information, including personal data about persons posing a threat to public safety and order, including outside the borders of the Republic of Poland”.

    The environmental umbrella group, which represents over 1,200 NGOs worldwide campaigning on climate change, voiced fears that the Polish authorities may have compiled a “blacklist” of activists.
    One of the cases was Nugzar Kokhreidze, a 350.org activist and member of the Georgian delegation…

    “As host of the most important climate summit since Paris, Poland has the eyes of the world on it and the question is, what sort of host does Poland want to be?” Greenpeace Poland director Bohdan Pękacki said. “Will it embrace the demands of people demanding action and allow their voices to be heard or silence them through denied entry?”…
    http://www.climatechangenews.com/2018/12/08/twelve-activists-denied-entry-poland-un-climate-summit-says-campaign-group/

    as always, Greenpeace gets quoted above, yet poor old Greenpeace Poland hit a wall when they tried to provide an English-language version of their press release re Solidarity/Heartland!

    TWEET: Megan Darby, Climate Home
    (tweet re Solidarity/Heartland)
    reply:
    Greenpeace Polska (Poland): Here’s our comment on this [PL] We’re happy to provide comments in English as well if you like. PS You can find us everyday here @ClimateHubCOP24
    LINK Polish-language Press Release
    https://twitter.com/climatemegan/status/1070618246783660032?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Enews%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

    here’s a google translation! lol:

    6 Dec: Greenpeace Poland: Mining trade unions will cooperate with climate liars
    Today, (Solidarity) and the National Secretariat of Mining and Energy of NSZZ “S” published information on signing a cooperation declaration with the Heartland Institute, which is known, inter alia, for a campaign denying the negative effects of smoking tobacco and spreading lies about climate change.

    Comment by Bohdan Pękacki, director of Greenpeace Polska
    I admit that my hands have just dropped. The union heads of their members are guilty of the truth. It seemed to me that in 2018 we will no longer have to repeat: climate change is a scientific fact, and the civilization that burns fossil fuels, including coal, is responsible for this. We are 12 years old to prevent the most tragic consequences of the climate crisis. Sitting at one table with climate liars who have in their “portfolio” also denying the harmfulness of smoking, will not change reality, and will only make miners harder when the world escapes us. The only solution for them and for the whole country is fair transformation. If we are not forced to do so by political and scientific reality, then economic reality will do it. Wind energy is already 50% cheaper than that produced from coal combustion. The heads of trade unions should concentrate on finding solutions for miners in this reality.

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      pat

      should have noted Megan Darby wrote in the “activists arrested” piece:

      Campaigners were preparing a march through Katowice on Saturday afternoon, to call for rapid action to tackle climate change.

      the latest:

      8 Dec: Tweet: Megan Darby, Climate Home:
      Police at climate march in Katowice have riot shields, dogs and tear gas canisters. Bit much. All peaceful so far
      reply:
      Arthur Wyns: Managing Programs @climatetracking, reporting on #UN negotiations for @DeutscheWelle @the_Ecologist:
      #Ukranian NGO representative in #Katowice has been taken by police, potentially for interrogation on the 6 Ukranians who were stopped at the border yesterday (I have not been able to reach her since)
      https://twitter.com/climatemegan/status/1071374231001276416

      8 Dec: Tweet: Megan Darby, Climate Home:
      Police vans heading into central Katowice, sirens going. The climate march starts in three hours…
      (followup tweet with video)
      Oops, meant to post the animated version. Police vans heading into Katowice, where a climate march kicks off at 12
      VIDEO
      https://twitter.com/climatemegan/status/1071332229299752960

      7 Dec: ClimateChangeNews: Global alignment of climate plans pushed to 2041 in UN draft
      Late start date for synchronising national climate plans shows complacency and risks dampening ambition, warn observers
      By Karl Mathiesen
      The start date of an important element of the Paris Agreement would be set 23 years in the future under a proposal from major emerging economies…
      Camilla Born, an analyst with think tank E3G, said it would be “bizarre” to wait two decades to synchronise countries…
      Sources in the negotiations said that a final decision on time frames may be pushed into next year…READ ON
      http://www.climatechangenews.com/2018/12/07/global-alignment-climate-plans-pushed-2041-un-draft/

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    pat

    a couple of places to check on the yellow vests. Paris is pretty much locked down. if there were only 1,500 and so many have been detained/arrested, there should soon be no-one in Paris at least:

    8 Dec: RFI: [Live] Early clashes on Paris’ Champs-Élysées as Yellow Vest protest begins
    Police estimated that around 1,500 protesters had gathered in the area.
    By midday Saturday morning, police had already detained 514 people and arrested 272…
    Paris alone 8,000 are patrolling the streets along with 12 armed vehicles.
    They are also carrying out checks on people arriving at train stations and at protest hotspots such as the Champs-Elysees and Bastille monument…
    http://en.rfi.fr/france/20181208-clashes-champs-elysees-fourth-yellow-vest-protest-underway-capi

    8 Dec: France24: Live: Tear gas, mass arrests as new Yellow Vest protests hit the Champs-Élysées in Paris
    Paris police detained over 500 people Saturday as fresh anti-government Yellow Vest protests hit the capital, ***with similar protests taking place all over France.
    https://www.france24.com/en/20181208-live-hundreds-detained-paris-france-braces-new-anti-macron-riots

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    observa

    “The denier’s mind carries this absolution of coal beyond greenhouse emissions, to disregard the air pollution caused by coal. Outdoor air pollution is responsible for 4.2 million deaths a year around the world and many also in Australia.”

    That’s what you work out with the 97% of global warming/climate change/climate disruption/extreme weather morphers who haven’t studied the science but simply rely on what they’re told repeatedly. They really associate CO2 with dirty smokestacks and air pollution so pointing out how CO2 is not and cannot ever be a thermostat to control global temperature simply sees them morph off into sooty pollution land. So climate change becomes this wonderful catch all for sticking their fingers in their ears with rational science arguments and going nahnahnahnahna! The only thing that will sway them in the long run from this doomsday cult will be the inevitable failure of the lunar prescriptions to try and control the earth’s temperature. Rolling blackouts with the national grid should make them sit up and pay attention.

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    Graeme#4

    Shearman raised the subject of the NSW pollution and its impact on health. I believe that he was referring to the faulty Latrobe Valley report generated by an activist doctor in that area. This report, based on another faulty report from New Jersey, has been thoroughly debunked by Latrobe Valley health professionals, who pointed out that the region has many other mitigating factors such as a high level of smoking, poor dietary habits and sedentary lifestyles.

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    Ian Knows

    Jo,
    This site has been slinging mud for years without providing any counter evidence that survives outside it’s bubble.
    And you wonder why you get called “denier” ?.

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      Antoine D'Arche

      Nice try. Do you understand what a literature reference is? Let me help you. When you see a superscript number next to a statement/ phrase/ word, it will direct you to the source material. Much of what is referenced comes from the centre of this debate, including data published by AGW proponents.
      Furthermore, do you understand what an ad hominem argument is? It’s an arugment based on denigrating the person, not the position. The central tenet of Dr Shearman’s argument as published is that the person, not the argument is at fault. He calls them delusional. That’s a Dr making a public diagnosis, a behaviour which is considered ONE OF THE WORST PUBLIC BEHAVIOURS IN WHICH A DR CAN ENGAGE. He does so without undertaking a consultation (which by the way, he is not qualified to do given that he is a gastroenterologist, not a psychiatrist) with a single specified person. Delusion is a feature of psychosis, a particularly important mental health condition with implications for the individual in terms of freedom to function independently.
      Hope I’ve helped.

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        Ian Knows

        Antoine,
        Do you understand what the scientific method is ?, its what Jo and other “delusionals” refuse to engage in, choosing instead to hide ‘evidence’ on sites like this.
        The ball’s been in your court for years.
        Btw, this place is rank with ad homs, why get so precious when you are the target ?.

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          You mean cli-sci method where the models don’t match the obs so the obs are wro-ong? …And sometimes it helps to change the graph to a revised spaghetti modelling or maybe a splice, Mann’s ‘trick,’ to hide the decline?
          https://climateaudit.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/figure-1-4-models-vs-observations-annotated.png

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          AndyG55

          “Do you understand what the scientific method is ?”

          ROFLMAO

          Ian Knows NOTHING about the scientific method, or anything else to do with science.

          Have you got any evidence that atmospheric CO2 causes warming, little brain-hosed IKN ?

          What do we “deny” that you can provide actual empirical scientific evidence for.?

          Come on IKN, stop being a coward and answer the questions.

          Show us your “scientific method”

          Show us your “EVIDENCE”. YOU HAVE NONE !!!

          You brought your ad homs with you at your very first post

          You are still trying it on in every sentence.

          Stop crying when you get some reflected back at you.

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          Antoine D'Arche

          oh dude denying the existence of evidence is what you guys say to us, right? There is overwhelming evidence against AGW, if you care to admit to it.
          The point about Spearman’s ad hominem is that it was directed carte blanche against anyone who disagrees with him, but moreover that it was in the form of a serious medical diagnosis. What you haven’t understood is the significance in the medical profession of making such statements. It is a serious professional faux pas. And he should be reprimanded as such.

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      AndyG55

      Ian again shows he KNOWS NOTHING.

      Have you got any evidence that atmospheric CO2 causes warming, little brain-hosed IKN ?

      What do we “deny” that you can provide actual empirical scientific evidence for.?

      You have ducked and weaved in manic evasion of answering these basic questions… why would that be?

      Climate has changed NATURALLY for millions of years.

      Recent changes have been a highly beneficial NATURAL warming out of the COLDEST period in 10,000 years.

      Why do you continue to DENY natural climate change IK-NOTHING.?????

      And I disagree with Antoine..

      It was not a “nice try”. It was probably your most pathetic so far.

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        sophocles

        You have ducked and weaved in manic evasion of answering these basic questions… why would that be?

        Andy, more to the point: he’s a troll. He drops in, throws a comment (almost always wrong, because Jo does use references and good ones too) and ignores every request from everyone here. The onus is on him to provide references and proof, not us. So we totally ignore him.

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          Ian Knows

          Sophistry,

          No, the burden of proof is with the deniers, the scientists have done their job.

          You want evidence ?, go and annoy the CSIRO for starters, then tell them they’re wrong about the role of CO2 while providing YOUR evidence to the contrary.

          What the.. ?, they said your evidence is amateurish and has been proven wrong many times already ?, what a surprise.

          Oh well, back to the alternative science bunker.

          Good luck.

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            AndyG55

            RUN AND HIDE, headless chook.

            You have ZERO EVIDENCE that atmospheric CO2 has any affect on climate whatsoever.

            Just an EMPTY VASSAL.

            Have you got any evidence that atmospheric CO2 causes warming? NOPE !

            What do we “deny” that you can provide actual empirical scientific evidence for.?

            You can’t state one thing we “deny”, because you have NO EVIDENCE..

            How much more FEEBLE and PATHETIC can your evasions get ???

            I guess we will see next time.

            DUCK and WEAVE little trollette. ;-)

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            sophocles

            Ian Knows Sweet F All:

            What are we supposed to be denying? Do tell.

            Sophistry Ooh. Big words now. Do you know what that means? You should: you do it yourself so much, Mr Quibbler.

            By “The Scientists?” Do you mean the tame Under Graduate and pet Post Graduate students kept as authors by the IPCC? The thirty or forty authors who are represented to the world as “thousands of the world’s top scientists” by that Institute of Propaganda? If you believe them, I have a spare bridge lying around I could sell you. Just contact my accountant at Embezzlement, Plunder and Pillage Coy Ltd. He’s an honest accountant honestly.

            Well, credit where credit is due:

            Thank you Ian Knows SFA for proving my point for me. :-)

            I don’t pay the CSIRO salaries, so why would I want to talk with them? You see, Ian Knows SFA: I’m not resident in Australia. Now, if you had paid attention, you would have known that. I’ve made no secret of it so do keep up. Anyway, the CSIRO have been told that CO2 has no effect and you’ll notice it’s had no effect.

            Now, this is ‘specially for you Ian Knows SFA: here’s some “amateurish evidence” for you:

            Gray et al: Solar Influences on Climate. Reviews of Geophyics Vol 48 Issue 4 2010.
            [Stanford University Solar Center --- more professional and with a better international reputation than your piddly little CSIRO ...]

            Gray et al: Eleven-year Solar Cycle Signal in the NAO and Atlantic/European Blocking. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 2016 [another institution of high repute. Who needs your CSIRO? Amateurs, the lot of them.]

            You can locate each paper by posting the reference into a good internet search engine. Even Google Scholar may work. ( I don’t use it so I haven’t tested it.) You can download them free of charge and read them. Make sure you have a good dictionary to hand because these are real scientific papers written by grown-up scientists, peer reviewed and published, so they may have some big words in them.

            Before you start reading, check the bios of all the authors. You’ll find they aren’t amateurs at all.

            Ancient Chinese Curse: May you live in interesting times.

            The next two decades are surely going to be Interesting Times.

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              Ian Knows

              Soph,

              Thanks for the tedious reply.

              Why would I bother keeping track of deniers’ addresses?.

              Now, send your slam-dunk evidence to NASA or any other scientific body you disparage and share their response with us.

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                bullocky

                Ian Knows:
                ‘.. send your slam-dunk evidence to NASA or any other scientific body…’

                Sophocles has posted references to peer reviewed literature.
                Why do you think that ‘NASA or any other scientific body’ would be unaware of them?

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                Ian Knows

                bullocky,

                Yes, I’m sure the scientific community are aware, my point is, what was their response ?
                Peer review is a start but verification/replication is required.
                Also, looking at evidence that challenges ones views.

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            AndyG55

            “Oh well, back to the alternative science bunker.”

            Yep, off you go, what you have is definitely an “alternative” form of science..

            … called EMPTY-SCIENCE, NON-SCIENCE or ROFLMAO-SCIENCE

            It does not resemble real science in any shape or form.

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      Bill In Oz

      Ian, what do you really know ?
      Perhaps it’s you that lives in the bubble mate, where it’s big, nice and safe and comfy with lots of devoted idiological followers to hang out with.

      As for folks who don’t live in your ‘bubble’ , hey mate, it’s bracing and often socially very ‘cold’. But there is the joy of being in the real world.

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    Tides of Mudgee

    A quote by Noam Chomsky, who, despite being a great believer in AGW, seems to describe the exact behaviour that the biased media, the UN, many world leaders and now our schools, are trying to create.

    “You’ve got to keep them pretty scared, because unless they’re properly scared and frightened of all kinds of devils that are going destroy them from outside or inside or somewhere, they may start to think, which is very dangerous, because they’re not competent to think.” ToM

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    doc

    It’s actually very sad when a man specialising in work from a totally unrelated field of science totally looses perspective that his ‘field of excellence’ is totally restricted to that field when making comment. Indeed, I would suggest his psychiatric specialist colleagues might take a dim view of his trespass into their field when putting dumb diagnoses onto people of whom he both knows little is too lazy to find out about but worse presents no argument on the science. Indeed, his accusations reflect a narcissicm that would do Mr Turnbull proud.

    Maybe this chap was a mathematician, as a minimum, in a past life. At least then he may be capable of a making some reasoned argument to support his belief on global warming. He thoroughly discredits himself as any form of scientist, or he has aged somewhat and forgotten what science is all about. As pointed out, it only takes one person to present a reasoned argument which, with a basis of ‘proof’, can pull down the entire edifice of what has been believed to be gospel for a millenium. I believe Dr Shearman is the equivalent of a flat earther which I had understood was a problem resolved in the middle ages. Obviously not!

    As a former specialist doctor I must admit to a depth of embarrassment the way many in the profession profess to have, or carry on as though their qualifications qualify them to have almost a devinity in knowledge regardless of what scientific or sociological question is posed over our existence. It’s very sad, a hangover from a long ago past when doctors held a position, in a society that was limited educationally, as fonts of wisdom in many non medical matters. It seems some still seem to consider this their rightful position. The ego and hubris shown by Dr Shearman says much about him; a man with a closed mind to all but his own opinions. However, one could also say, this coarse attack on people who hold other opinions based on their own expertise in their science, or who read widely to establish a basis of the arguments, those who hold and express alternate views, are increasingly exposed to this ranting raving mob of true believers who cannot even bring themselves to consider other reasoned arguments. It is the real sign that they are losing or have already lost either the debate, their destructive illogical cure for their problem, or both. Just look at Macron’s Paris currently.

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    cedarhill

    Moonboot moon envy? Fitting somehow.

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    Harry Passfield

    Dr David Shearman, a real denier of science. When did he stop questioning? When he could make a good living out of going along with the crowd?
    Shearman: for Shame.

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    Steven Ward

    Glad ypu picked this opinion piece up Jo. I couldn’t believe that the ABC had stooped so low as to host this offensive tripe. To liken sceptics to holocaust deniers is unaaceptable in my opinion. As such I have put a complaint into the ABC and my local member.. Australians should expect much much better from its national broadcaster

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    The Left and other fraudsters call it Climate Change or sometimes just Climate but they really mean ‘Global Warming caused by burning fossil fuels’. Climate has always been changing. Compelling evidence as follows is that CO2 , in spite of being a ghg, has little to no effect on climate.
    1. In the late Ordovician Period, the planet plunged into and warmed up from the Andean/Saharan ice age, all at about 10 times the current CO2 level [3].
    2. Over the Phanerozoic eon (last 542 million years) there is no correlation between CO2 level and AGT [3].
    3. During the last and previous glaciations AGT trend changed directions before CO2 trend [2].
    4. Since AGT has been directly and accurately measured world wide (about 1895), AGT has exhibited up and down trends while CO2 trend has been only up. [2]
    5. Since 2001, average temperature uptrend calculated by Global Climate Models (GCMs, aka General Circulation Models) which assume CO2 causes AGW is about twice measured. (Section 8 of my blog/analysis)
    6. Analysis of CO2 and Temperature data 2002-2008 shows a close correlation between dCO2/dT and lower tropospheric temperature. This demonstrates that CO2 follows temperature and not the reverse. [30]
    The references [ ] are given as live links in my blog/analysis (b/a) at http://globalclimatedrivers2.blogspot.com

    NASA/RSS has been measuring average global water vapor by satellite and reporting numerical data since 1988. The data is reachable through http://www.remss.com/measurements/atmospheric-water-vapor/tpw-1-deg-product which eventually gets to http://data.remss.com/vapor/monthly_1deg/tpw_v07r01_198801_201810.time_series.txt where the last two digits are the month. When a new month is reported the previous month is deleted.
    According to these data, WV trend has been increasing about 1.5% per decade, 8% since 1960. This is about twice that calculated from the increased vapor pressure due to average temperature increase of global surface water. Data since Nov, 2017 have been below the linear trend.

    WV is a ghg and its increase has contributed (my estimate about 35% 1909 to 2017) to planet warming as a result of the (misleadingly named) ‘greenhouse effect’. The slight increase in warming is welcome and self-limiting but some infrastructure improvement is probably cost effective to reduce flood damage.

    “How much of recent flooding (with incidences reported worldwide) is simply bad luck in the randomness of weather and how much is because of the ‘thumb on the scale’ of added water vapor?”

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    Keith L

    You post a picture of Dr Shearman.
    I see a picture or Rev Applewhite.

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    Yonason

    So, one of Shearman’s hero/role models was “…never subject to the cage of academia.”, but don’t YOU dare to be different, or question the narrative.

    Not a one of them isn’t a hypocrite.

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    Quoting Nobel Laureate Professor William Nordhaus is fraught with difficulties. Although he believes in climate alarmism, in a paper published last year he calculated that onerous UN climate mitigation policy costs far exceed the costs of unmitigated climate change.
    However, Nordhaus (in common with consensus climate alarmists) only looks at global carbon taxes. But all 200 nations implementing a common glocal policy is never going to happen. From the UNEP Emissions GAP Report 2018 I have calculated only a minority of countries have committed to reducing their emissions. Of the G20 countries, the aggregate increase in emissions from 9 emissions-increasing countries will far exceed the aggregate decrease in 11 emissions-decreasing countries. Further, of the countries either in the G20 and/or have a population > 30 million, the net increase in emissions from 2015 to 2030 from the NDCs will be around 10 GtCO2e, on top of the 52 GtCO2e in 2015. The emissions gap report states

    Total annual greenhouse gases emissions, including from land-use change, reached a record high of 53.5 GtCO2e in 2017, an increase of 0.7 GtCO2e compared with 2016.
    In contrast, global GHG emissions in 2030 need to be approximately 25 percent and 55 percent lower than in 2017 to put the world on a least-cost pathway to limiting global warming to 2°C and 1.5°C respectively.

    Notice a large gulf between modeled desires of the alarmists and political realities?

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      It gets worse for climate mitigation countries like Australia and the UK.
      A fundamental innovation in economic theory back in the 1870s was marginalism. That is, to understand the impact of actions or changes on economic actors one had to look at the marginal impact on those actors and not the total impact on the economic area. In understand the adoption – or lack of adoption – of mitigation policy by nation states one has to look at the marginal policy costs and the marginal prospective climate impacts forgone. Even if one makes the ludicrous assumption (like the UK Stern Review 2006) that the costs of global climate mitigation are one tenth of those of catastrophic climate change, if (as at present) countries with a small minority of global emissions adopt emissions-reducing policies, these countries will be worse off by acting than doing nothing at all. Conversely, by some countries acting will be net-beneficial to non-policy countries. That is, from William Nordhaus and others, the relation between rising average temperatures and climate change is not a linear function, but a quadratic or cubic or exponential function. Therefore, a few countries acting will significantly reduce the policy cost to prospective climate cost ratio of the non-policy costs. Rather than China or India being encouraged to follow the lead of trail-blazing countries like Britain or Australia, the economic logic dictates that trail-blazing policies has shifted the marginal policy / climate cost ratio for the follower countries in such a way as to make it less worthwhile for these other countries to implement policy. This blatantly obvious position I worked out in the third of seven posts in October 2013.

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