Climate denial undeniable, so no rest yetRichard Treadgold | August 19, 2013
After extended time off to cope with a family bereavement and its aftermath, let me present insights from someone else. Perspicacious and humorous, resigned yet adamant.
Yesterday, by email to a climate forum I subscribe to, a scientist posted penetrating comments on the state of climate change understanding. The comments are too good not to circulate, so, without revealing his identity (because I haven’t asked his permission), here they are. He was responding to a radio broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) by one Tony Eggleton.
Yes, I know, we all want to listen to yet another alarmist DAGW broadcast like we want to volunteer for washing-up duties.
But this one by retired geologist Tony Eggleton, of the Australian National University, broadcast on the ABC’s premier science programme Ockham’s Razor, is worth listening to from end to end in order to understand the immensity of the task of re-education that still lies ahead of us.
The talk, about Tony Eggleton’s new book, called A Short Introduction to Climate Change, is the very holotype of the measured, malevolent, insistent and deadly DAGW scientific propaganda piece. One’s breath is taken away throughout by the unconscious chutzpah that Eggleton exhibits as he relentlessly accuses those whom he terms “the deniers” of almost every one of the catalogue of scientific abuses that have been so well honed by the IPCColytes.
There is something strongly disturbing about the way that such an educated and doubtless well meaning (aye: there’s the rub) man can so thoroughly brainwash himself. Maintaining the drone like a bass pedal throughout his talk is an unmistakable thread of devout belief in the need for expiation of human environmental sin.
Then there’s an additional question to contemplate. Which is how did it come about that Australia (and the UK, and Canada, and …) ever got to the position where the national broadcaster sees it as its role to broadcast such unabashed propaganda without even a semblance of balance or right of reply to scientists who have a different view.
Robyn Williams, of course, has long form in specializing in just this type of professional imbalance on Ockham’s Razor for many years — he is Australia’s counterpart to the BBC’s Roger Harrabin, whom he will know well. Broadcasting managers seem to have no idea as to how they might, or should, control the prejudices of such influential journalists.
Bottom line: even though the general public has largely switched off both interest and belief in the DAGW issue, this type of programme is deadly because of the effect it has on politicians, bureaucrats and their advisers (many of whom form part of Ockham’s Razor’s core audience). Virtually all of these persons are risk averse, for good professional reasons. Chancing to hear Eggleton’s monotonic soliloquy, they will just cling even harder to the slippery pole of the precautionary principle to justify continuing their anti-CO2 measures — with the Greens and the media continuing to cheer them on.
So don’t put your sword or steed away just yet.
It’s his conclusion prompts this post, for I was thinking comfortably I might reduce my involvement in speaking up against the AGW scare. But, if this scientist is right, it is this moment that calls for renewed effort from those of us who see beyond the deceptive surface of the climate scare. So on we go!