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Oct 28, 2011

Climate scientists slam George Pell's 'utter rubbish' claims

Leading climate change researchers have launched a scathing attack on a speech delivered this week by Cardinal George Pell, describing it as "dreadful", "utter rubbish" and "flawed"., writes Graham Readfearn.

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Leading climate change researchers have launched a scathing attack on a speech delivered this week by Cardinal George Pell, describing it as “dreadful”, “utter rubbish” and “flawed”.

The Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic, is a long-time denier of the risks posed by human-caused climate change.

But he has taken his climate confusion right to the heart of England’s Catholic church, with a speech (you can read the whole thing here) delivered at Westminster’s Cathedral Hall.

During the speech, Pell claimed that global warming has “stopped”, that CO2 was “not a pollutant, but part of the stuff of life” and that if carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was doubled, then “plants would love it”.

The speech was given at the invitation of the Global Warming Policy Foundation — a think-tank founded in November 2009 by former UK chancellor Lord Nigel Lawson. An edited version of the speech was reproduced in The Australian yesterday.

Crikey asked several climate change researchers, including senior figures at the Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO and leading research groups, to review the statements in Pell’s speech.

Professor Chris Turney, ARC Laureate Fellow in Climate Change at the University of New South Wales, told Crikey: “It’s all dreadful stuff, cherry picking statements to suit a belief which just doesn’t stack up against the weight of scientific evidence.”

In one section of the speech, Pell cites several climate change sceptics as proof that the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, which provides guidance on the science to the UN, was “essentially reliant on computer modelling and lack empirical support”.

But Dr Karl Braganza, Manager of Climate Monitoring at the Bureau of Meteorology, said: “The notion that climate science lacks empirical evidence is specious. There is lots of observational evidence for the greenhouse effect, and the enhanced greenhouse effect.

“More generally, the idea that climate models are somehow outside the realms of normal science is flawed.  Complex system modeling using extremely well established physics and chemistry is the basis of modern day science. We use technology on a daily basis that is the result of insights from such modelling.”

Professor Steven Sherwood, of the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre, also said the claim the IPCC lacked empirical support was “false”.

He added: “IPCC estimates of past and future global warming are based mainly on analyses of past climate variations published in the peer-reviewed literature.  Computer models are used mainly to test that we understand what the past data are telling, us, and to predict regional details of future climates.”

Dr James Risbey, a senior climatologist at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, said: “Pell’s point that the IPCC’s conclusions are essentially dependent on the models is wrong.  Most of what is known about climate change and summarized in the IPCC is grounded on solid radiative physics and thermodynamic principles, and is well verified in the observational and paleoclimate record.”

Citing University of Adelaide geologist and mining company director Professor Ian Plimer, Pell said in the speech major volcanic eruptions were not being considered by climate models.

But Mike Sandiford, professor of geology at the University of Melbourne, said: “Pell refers to geologist Ian Plimer’s estimate of volcanic contributions to CO2 emissions, but volcanologists have demonstrated that Plimer’s estimate of volcanogenic CO2 emissions is too high by a factor of about 100. Plimer is just plain wrong on the volcanogenic CO2 emissions, and should be ignored.”

Professor Andy Pitman, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science at the University of News South Wales, described the speech as “a combination of irrelevant statements with statements that are utter rubbish”.

At one point, Pell claims that “since 2001 carbon dioxide has increased by five per cent, but the atmosphere has failed to warm”.

Professor Pitman said: “This is a red-herring. CO2 acts on long time scales and there is literature — peer reviewed literature — that explains this in terms of masking of the warming by aerosols and La Nina.”

On a claim that the world had “cooled slightly” since 1998, Pitman added: “Whether it did or did not warm in a 10-year period is utterly irrelevant to global warming which is a multi-decadal phenomenon described by climatological timescales. Pell has presumably been told this but his statements continue to confuse climate CHANGE with climate VARIABILITY.”

Professor Roger Jones, of Victoria University, was a lead IPCC author for a 2007 report on “New Methods and Characterisations of the Future.”

Jones reviewed a section of the speech where Pell said climate change variants including “water vapour multipliers, sunspot activities and cloud formation, as well as deforestation, soil carbon and aerosols” were not well understood, as were “asteroid and comet impacts, and variations in cosmic rays.”

Jones said: “It’s hard to tell whether this is Gish’s Gallop, Pell’s Polka or Plimer’s Passe Doble. It’s a variant of yeti spotting when you’re completely lost and trying to convince your followers you know what you’re doing.”

He said water vapours were part of climate models, but there was still uncertainty about their distribution in atmosphere.

Jones added: “Clouds are pretty well agreed to be a positive feedback — this is not accepted by the denial industry. The background incidence of asteroids and comets is somewhat infrequent and a red herring. The other stuff is just not evident in past climates. The orbital characteristics are known but not big drivers on current timescales.”

As well as being at odds with the scientific evidence, Pell’s statement is also at odds with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which in April said: “We call on all people and nations to recognise the serious and potentially irreversible impacts of global warming caused by the anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, and by changes in forests, wetlands, grasslands, and other land uses.”

Professor Turney added: “The simple fact is greenhouse gases keep the planet warm. Indeed, if they were to disappear from the atmosphere overnight, the temperature would plummet from a balmy average of around 14C to some -21C.

“If we flood the atmosphere with carbon, putting more greenhouse gases into the air, you would therefore expect the planet to warm further.

“As the famous quote goes, ‘Every scientific truth goes through three states: first, people say it conflicts with the Bible; next, they say it has been discovered before; lastly they say they always believed it.’ Looks like some are still in the first state.”

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  1. Venise Alstergren

    Thanks LIZ. Re ARCHER, “Forgive him for he knows not what he does.” Jesus Christ.

  2. Liz45

    @ARCHER – Take another look at this topic? It’s about Pell and his lack of knowledge on this issue, but putting himself forward as having heaps. I have no respect for Pell, and more broadly the cc – full stop! I was raised a catholic, bashed by a nun and probably would’ve died in childbirth if I ‘obeyed’ the man made rulers of the cc. Over time, (via reading and public records)with the horrific abuse/r**e of kids and the part played by Pell and others re cover ups, I believe I have every right to condemn him/them, as you have the right to disagree!

    There’s nothing remotely related to the bs dogma of the cc and Art, Sculpture or anything else in that field. This is not about that! I haven’t mentioned one word about it. I also haven’t picked flaws in other religions as this topic doesn’t even mention them. For the record, I think most are obscene, particularly when they exhibit extreme views/practices etc – and for the record, you can include Jews, Scientology and all cults! I speak out against all of them, particularly when there’s abuse of children and when they display misogynist attitudes! I made no apology for doing so!

    I include most of god botherers in my criticism of the cc – as they choose to glibly slide over these horrific, unpardonable extremes of brutality saying, ‘they’re not all like that’? Well, as far as I’m concerned, if you make excuses for brutal criminals, or fail to meet that challenge with horror and the Law, then you’re just as bad as those who should be put away for the protection of others!

    May I suggest you do some more reading, perhaps, ‘The case of the Pope’ by Geoffrey Robinson, and ‘Hell on the way to Heaven’ by Chrissie Foster, the mother of just two young women brutally ra**d by a catholic priest (at the ages of 5 and 6?) – who had a record of over 50 yrs before he was finally stopped – only by a very brave young man who he also r***d!

    There’s a good book called, ‘Mama Tina’ an Irish women treated brutally by the nuns in Ireland as a girl; then there’s the movie ‘Sister Magdalen’ which is on the same theme! Both beyond imagination. There’s lots more, in fact, Geoffrey Robinson believes, that Australia probably has more victims over the last couple of centuries due to our isolation. He also lays out an almost faultless history of the denials, the cover ups and the total lack of credibility re abuse of kids. For instance the, ‘we didn’t realise the impact or the Laws etc’? This is total bs! The Laws re these crimes have been well known for centuries – even in this country! No excuses wash with me – NONE!

    A brother and a sister of mine were both sexually abused by priests/brothers! I didn’t know this until a couple of decades ago – long after my own experiences!

    Oh yes, I can certainly state that VENISE is also totally against all religions – she is more conversant with their history than I am – going back centuries I mean!

  3. Venise Alstergren

    ERRATUM: Paras one and two shouldn’t have appeared. Article begins with “ARCHER: I don’t give a flying eff what you do.””

    My computer is giving me problems.

  4. Venise Alstergren

    ever encountered was when I was caught writing ‘Religion Sucks’ on the pavement in ARCHER: I don’t give a flying eff what you do. All I’m going to do is reprint a previous comment I’d written on this post to another religious nut case.

    “”HOWEVER, as I said to some other optically challenged gentleman…(you ARCHER) I apologise-And I do have a secret confession to make.

    Yes, I do; In fact I spend my days burning bits of the ‘true cross’; I love lobbing Molotov cocktails into churches; leaping over convent walls before rushing over to
    ARCHER: I don’t give a flying eff what you do. All I’m going to do is reprint a previous comment I’d written on another post to another religious nut case.

    “”However, as I said to some other optically challenged gentleman…(you Archer) I apologise for the secret confession I’m about to make public.

    Yes, I do; in fact I spend my days burning bits of the ‘true cross’; I love lobbing Molotov cocktails into churches; leaping over convent walls before rushing over to the nuns’ Hills Rotary hoists, where I whip out my Stanley knife and cut them to shreds. Hours are spent attempting to upset the members of the neighbourhood’s synagogue. My speciality is to lurk in the undergrowth with a pair of shears waiting to cut off those offensive dreadlocks. I’ve been thrown out of the nearest mosque for writing anti- Muslim graffiti on the walls. However, the greatest hostility I’ve ever encountered was when I was apprehended writing ‘Religion Sucks’ on the pavement in front of the local town hall-I was forced to spend hours on my knees cleaning up my artwork. Oh, I forgot about my secret a fetish for leaping out of my car in order to insult the Anglican vicar-he lives around the corner from me. He’s a nice old party but his driving is awful But my worst proclivity, and my secret obsession is mailing letter-bombs to Cardinal Pell.””

    ¿Satisfied?

  5. Venise Alstergren

    ARCHER: I don’t give a flying eff what you do. All I’m going to do is reprint a previous comment I’d written on this post to another religious nut case.

    “”HOWEVER, as I said to some other optically challenged gentleman…(you ARCHER) I apologise-And I do have a secret confession to make.

    Yes, I do; In fact I spend my days burning bits of the ‘true cross’; I love lobbing Molotov cocktails into churches; leaping over convent walls before rushing over to their Hills Rotary hoists, then I whip out my Stanley knife and cut them to shreds; Hours are spent attempting to upset the members of the neighbourhood’s synagogue. My speciality is to lurk in the undergrowth with a pair of shears to cut off those offensive dreadlocks. I’ve been thrown out of the nearest mosque for writing anti- Muslim graffiti on the walls. However, the greatest hostility I’ve ever encountered was when I was caught writing ‘Religion Sucks’ on the pavement in front of the local town hall-I was forced to spend hours on my knees cleaning up my artwork. Oh, I forgot about my secret a fetish for leaping out of my car in order to insult the Anglican vicar-he lives around the corner from me. He’s a nice old party but his driving is awful But my worst proclivity, and my secret obsession is mailing letter-bombs to Cardinal Pell.

    ¿Satisfied?

  6. Archer

    @Venise
    I am well aware of your Atheism, have been since my first foray into this discussion……it was the display of anger and sarcasm to anyone who disagreed with your beliefs that had me returning. Your arguments were emotive and in some cases without fact. Your final paragraph may be described as irrational, almost teenage angst.

    Occam’s razor: attributed to the 14th-century English logician, theologian and Franciscan friar Father William of Ockham.

    “the simplest explanation is most likely the correct one.”
    Not the exact interpretation but it will do.

    It seems you were fighting this battle on another thread. I hope it has ended.

    Now I’m satisfied, and I’ll leave you in peace.

  7. Venise Alstergren

    ARCHER: In the last two/three posts where we’ve crossed swords-to use a cliché- you have consistently ignored the fact I’m against ALL religion. LIZ: Will back me up.

    Having travelled a bit throughout Muslim countries I’m very aware of Islam and its dangers. But in Oz itself and thus far, they’ve spared us some of the pottier aspects of that faith. Although I can’t help but notice the madder parts of that religion whereby one finds more women per capita in Oz wearing the burqa than the women in Egypt, Oman, Iran, Syria and Jordan. I DID SAY PER CAPITA. And far more male Australians wear the full facial beard, proclaiming their devoutness, than all the above countries-not necessarily per capita.

    Now, I’ve had a gut full of your tedious and gratuitous remarks and your refusal to read my posts correctly.

    HOWEVER, as I said to some other optically challenged gentleman…I apologise-I do have a secret confession to make.

    I do, In fact spend my days burning bits of the ‘true cross’; I love lobbing Molotov cocktails into churches; leaping over convent walls and ripping up the nuns’ underwear, hanging on their Hills rotary hoists; I spend hours attempting to upset the members of the neighbourhood’s synagogue. My speciality is to lurk in the undergrowth with a large pair of shears cutting off those offensive dreadlocks. I’ve been thrown out of the nearest mosque for writing anti- Muslim graffiti on the walls. However, the greatest hostility I’ve encountered was when I was caught writing ‘Religion Sucks’ on the pavement in front of the local town hall. I forgot that I’ve a fetish for leaping out of my car in order to insult the Anglican vicar-he lives around the corner from me. But my worst proclivity is mailing letter-bombs to Cardinal Pell.

    ¿Satisfied?

  8. Archer

    @LIZ45

    Agnostic: a stance about the difference between belief and knowledge, rather than about any specific claim or belief. In the popular sense, an agnostic is someone who neither believes nor disbelieves there is a God. In fact I ‘m not presumptuous enough to impose my views on others or denigrate their belief system. To each his own, Catholics, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Hindus and Atheists. But you do realise there is “implicit atheist” and “explicit atheist”.

    I have been labeled for recognizing the hard work of people who contributed to significant moments in history and, happened to be deeply religious. Facts which were put down to extortion, threat of torture or “religion having a stranglehold on the poor, the lost, and the foolish”. I have a compendium of Da Vinci’s work at home, a beautifully illustrated book. This man was neither poor, nor lost nor foolish.

    A family friend is a recently outed gay man, his father is RC and has disowned him, my mum is RC and is infuriated at the treatment by a father to his son and has him over to eat, chat and unwind. I can only imagine, who’da thunk it?

    I’m not a RC, Venise and yourself are hell bent on tagging me. Why you are so adamant to make it personal has me stumped.
    I don’t think being a RC did Hitler any good at the time of him blowing his brains out. But he did despise Atheists.

    @VENISE – True. Can you imagine any other group or organisation getting away with what the CC has – for centuries?

    Yes, the Muslim faith. The age of the bride of the prophet Aisha bint Abu Bakr (612 – 678) was 9 years old

    Food:

    Wayne Roberts

    We share commitment to the environment, and to food choices supporting nature. So our discussion will be fruitful – a lovely word, reminding us of rightful relations between nature and human diet.

    Eating modest amounts of animal products from livestock raised in humane and non-industrial ways is essential to a low-energy and low-pollution strategy balancing needs of all species – from bugs to birds. Animals eat low on the food chain. Most fish and land animals thrive on grasses that humans can’t digest, and which grow in soils and climates that are not fertile for crops humans need – grains, legumes, vegetables and fruit. Their ‘waste’ products (ie manure and bones that are only considered waste because of human narcissism) enrich both soils and ecosystems. By contrast, agricultural crops require prime land, require that water be brought to the plants – usually in wasteful and damaging ways – and rely on significant energy expenditures to eliminate natural predators and competitors because plants can’t fend for themselves. Animals and plants meet each other’s needs in ‘raw nature’. That same mutual exchange is basic to harmony in agriculture.

    Sound food policy requires that we get over the search for silver bullet cures. No pot can call any kettle black. All solutions are partial and none solve all problems. As much as bacon and eggs, corn and rice can be grown with dirty chemicals, heavy machinery, huge methane emissions, perverse adulterations and wasteful packaging. We need many-pronged strategies, including diets light on – but not necessarily eliminating – animal products. Fusion cooking, linking cultures of many peoples, together with fusion diets, connecting needs of diverse species, are our future.

    I don’t think we need worry about to many cow farts.

  9. Liz45

    @VENISE – Some of us got rid of it – I went ‘cold turkey’? These days I’m either pitied by some family members or thought to be ‘bitter’ by others! Strange isn’t it? “What is your problem”? Or, “I just don’t get you”??Any other aversion to some form of evil isn’t treated in the same manner. The act of enlightenment is seen in a different light! Perhaps they pray for me????I can only imagine what they think of Stephen Fry? An atheist and a gay man as well? Oh dear!

  10. Venise Alstergren

    LIZ: “”It’s like a drug that is ‘put in your veins’ from a very early age? “” That’s exactly what it is.

  11. Liz45

    @VENISE- Indeed! I can still recall the ranting sermons on Sundays, (and other times – like school retreats etc?) when you were left with the absolute feeling, that anything or anyone not like them/us were evil and to be fought against – always? Terrible indoctrination of young minds. I’m not surprised that not everyone ‘moves away’? It’s like a drug that is ‘put in your veins’ from a very early age?

    Reading the book written by the mother of those two young women who were abused by that revolting priest made me aware of the awfulness of realising that this thing, the cc, had removed her gut instinct to protect, or worse still, to even see the signs of what was happening to them – and there must’ve been signs? But such is the blinding faith, that you turn the ‘alarm system’ off? Or perhaps the ‘trust’ is so strong that you don’t even turn it on. Her guilt was almost something you could touch, only outdone by her blinding anger at the cc – of which I share! I’m just so glad that I worked it out before my boys were old enough for school? They too could’ve been abused!

    I’ve just finished watching the full hour long interview with Stephen Fry? It was simply amazing! He has more insight, compassion and intellect than any so-called religious person I’ve ever met. I wouldn’t even say his name in the same sentence as Pell!

    It’s a constant learning experience isn’t it? This thing called life!

    Not much work done on the spare room. It’s important to watch the face of someone like him – just listening doesn’t have the same impact! Oh well! back to work? I’m listening to my local ABC now!

    Cheers! Are you OK now?

  12. Venise Alstergren

    LIZ: It’s because the CC was pretty quick out of the blocks. ‘Vote early and vote often’ could have been written for them.

  13. Liz45

    @MESKI – Thank you! That’s why there’s so much concern about CSG at this time! As you point out, methane is more dangerous to our planet than Co2 – scary isn’t it?

    The comment above was in relation to meat – by that I assumed the author meant animal meat, not seafood! I love seafood, but there’s certain fish that shouldn’t be eaten more than once?a week, particularly if you’re a child or pregnant. For instance, whale meat is purported to be high in mercury – another reason to let them be!

    @VENISE – True. Can you imagine any other group or organisation getting away with what the CC has – for centuries?

    While I’m still tidying up my materials, spare room etc I’ll watch it on line. I love having access to this type of technology – it’s great!(thanks to my eldest son – he and his brother are the same age at the moment – until the 11th – his birthday?)

  14. Venise Alstergren

    LIZ: Yes I did; powerful wasn’t it?

    The CC always uses the Nuremberg defence. It wasn’t my fault, I was just following orders: I suppose the pope confers with god and god is the guy giving the orders? Like hell he is.

  15. Meski

    @Liz: It’s methane, not CO2 from cows – which is worse from a GW POV. You don’t have to espouse veganism (if that’s a word, google spell doesn’t like it) there’s a lot of meat that doesn’t produce it (kangaroos, seafood, etc) If you espouse veganism from an ethical/philosophical viewpoint, of course, the same argument applies to these.

  16. Liz45

    @VENISE – Fancy that? Blackmailing paedophiles? (american dictionary wants to change the spelling?)
    So Hitler had HIS god on his side eh? Says it all really doesn’t it? Evil monster! HIS god apparently sanctioned him murdering 6 million people – at least!

    I knew that it wasn’t relatively new, but didn’t know exactly how long – thank you! One of the many arguments the cc has used in recent years as a defence for the slack and disgraceful way they’ve (mis)handled crimes against children, is that they did not know that it was so awful??Of course that’s a lot of rot! When people saw through this bs they then blamed the ‘sexual revolution’? This terrible evil in the world? Of course we all know that is rubbish too! How they explain the mongrel who r***d kids from the 40’s through to the 90’s without being handed over to the police is another ‘human wonder’? No sexual revolution in the 40’s but I’d suggest plenty of criminals of this type!

    Did you watch the interview between Tony Jones and Stephen Fry on Lateline tonight? If you wait until tomorrow there’ll be the full interview on line – it goes for one hour! The more I listen to Stephen Fry the more I like him.

    Cheers!

  17. Venise Alstergren

    LIZ: Yep, he was a Catholic. Also the reason the Nazis were able to keep the CC in line during WWII was a few nasty facts about the CC were used as blackmail. I’m not sure, but I think paedophilia was part of the Damocletian sword-suspended by a hair-held over them.

    Don’t forget the first law against paedophilia was written in about 315 ad. Lots of people think it is a relatively new issue.

    Cheers

  18. Liz45

    @ARCHER – Perhaps you were a bit strong? Are you kidding me? Is this your attempt at an apology or what? Pathetic!

    One of my most hated bill boards is “Stop global warming, become a Vegan”. Could someone explain that to me.

    What? Are you serious? I don’t believe it? Heard about the Co2 emissions via cows farting and belching? Heard about fertilizers and such like? How much land is taken up via sheep, cows etc?

    There are health warnings about not eating too much red meat. I think the recommendation is no more than twice a week? Farming, slaughtering etc is a very inefficient and expensive way to put a steak on the barbie? Not a very efficient or cheap way of getting protein in the diet – legumes probably provide more, with less risk?

    The Japanese have a much lower rate of bowel and colon cancer than we do, or should I say the West – but, when they come here, those rates increase and become as high as ours? In Japan there’s more emphasis placed on eating fish, poultry, rice and veg – China and other Asian countries are probably in the same category! Says something doesn’t it?

    I’ve forgotten the rate of these cancers in Australia, but I think they’re pretty high? Perhaps higher than prostate or breast cancer? That’s for men and women! Perhaps only lung cancer is higher for both sexes. The tragedy is, that it can be avoided, and also, can be detected very early, with positive outcomes – if Govt tests all over 50?

    Re HITLER – There’s quite a few quotes of Hitlers pertaining to religious belief. I think he was a catholic!
    Here’s one – “If we pursue this way, if we are decent, industrious, and honest, if we so loyally and truly fulfill our duty, then it is my conviction that in the future as in the past the Lord God will always help us”: Adolf Hitler, at the Harvest Thanksgiving Festival on the Buckeburg held on 3 Oct. 1937

    Sickening isn’t it?

  19. Venise Alstergren

    ARCHER: Where did I use the word duped? I wasn’t implying they had been fooled.
    You forget even today religion has a stranglehold on the poor, the lost, and the foolish.

    Good bye

  20. Archer

    @Venise

    “religion in Europe has been a major “influence” on art, architecture, culture, philosophy and law throughout the civilized world.”

    INFLUENCE:
    noun
    the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something.

    RESPONSIBLE:
    adjective
    • being the primary cause of something and so able to be blamed or credited for it.

    Which one did I write?

    Da Vinci could have painted trees for all I care but he chose not to. He and others like him were influenced by religion, you can’t wish away history. Sure if there were no religion who knows where his art would have taken him but the fact remains many of the great artists were commissioned by the church. Architects were commissioned to design basilicas and cathedrals and then you had the renaissance which was centralized in Florence. Artists were totally dependent on very wealthy patrons who sustained their wealth through treasures brought in from the east. Usually via the crusades, but then we have to get stuck into the Muslims, and we don’t want to do that.

    You’re insulting the intelligence of the masters by saying they were duped.

    And Hitler wasn’t an atheist, he hated atheism because to him they signified the religious control of Marxism / Communism. A doctrine which he abhorred.

    @LIZ45: Perhaps I was a bit strong. I find vegetarians who don’t eat meat because “we’re not meant to eat meat” annoying”. Vegans even worse. One of my most hated bill boards is “Stop global warming, become a Vegan”. Could someone explain that to me.

  21. Liz45

    @VENISE – I missed the ‘toilet bit’? Perhaps women haven’t had to hang around toilets in order to find partners? That’s the sad thing about being a gay man – particularly when it was a crime!

    My sisters and I used to ‘hang around the toilet’ mainly because it was a long way from the house; for years we had no outside light and that’s where we’d solve the worlds’ ills, and talk about how much better we’d be as parents????Long before we were – that’s when we were at our most knowledgeable!!!

    @ARCHER – “vegetarianism – abstinence without logic”? Pretty way out attitude. Some people are for a variety of reasons – don’t like killing animals or don’t think meat is good for you? I don’t eat red meat – except for spag bol?? – ever since I saw a “new” method to kill cattle – in the mid to late 70’s? It was horrific! These days, I couldn’t afford it anyway! Ridiculous prices! I don’t remember the last time I had a steak!!!My reasoning has a lot to do with logic! Cruelty! No good for your gut/bowel etc – too often! How’s that?

  22. Venise Alstergren

    ALEXANDER BERKMAN: Yor comments were spot on. The amount of people who trot out religion as being responsible for “”ART”” is extraordinary. Had there been no religion at the time, there was a wealth of subject matter littering the globe. The thought of people like Michaelanglo, Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael-all the great painters, and in the case of Michaelanglo he was as great a genius at architecture as Da Vinci was at invention-folding up their canvasses because of lack of subject matter is irrational and obtuse, if not obscene. But it is one of the first things spouted by wacky religionists.

    The Egyptians, and the Chinese, seemed to produce great architecture, ceramics, and art without believing in Christianity. They did so long before the rest of the world. Certainly they believed in a God, or Gods but they didn’t have the temerity to impose a father/son/mum trinity in a neat little package and slaughter the people who didn’t live by the same fairy tail.

    Another favourite tack is to say that Hitler, Kim il Sung, Mao tse Dong, Stalin and company were the result of atheism. Evil owes no allegiance to any particular God. Nor does the act of one atheist villain cancel out all atheists. Because the Pope is evil it doesn’t mean all Catholics are evil.

    I meant to answer your original comment but got waylaid. Sorry about that.

  23. Meski

    @Venise: On reflection I think he’s wrong. Surely the fairer sex spends more time queuing around them than we do?

  24. Archer

    @Alexander Berkman

    My point here was the disconnection with nature that purveys throughout the ‘western’ world and is exemplified by religious doctrine… That somehow we glorified monkeys are above nature, above animals and have a birthright to dominate and exploit.

    “The abrahamic religions esp christianity are particularly offensive to me as an australian, Why? Well, for at least 40,000+ years there were complex belief systems of the indigenous inhabitants here, beliefs connected directly to country, dare we say a virtual phd in ‘religious studies’ given it’s length of existence yet along comes a religious doctrine barely out of ‘kindergarten’ that claims to have the one and only ‘truth’? A ‘truth’ that has a history of cultural genocide, inquisitions and misogyny to name but a few of it’s crimes.”

    The glorified monkeys have provided you with a comfortable lifestyle, a computer to blog with, transport, a legal system, have put man on the moon and voyager is now out of the solar system. We are above the animals, our obligations are to ensure cruelty is kept in check, the species are maintained to the best of our abilities and the planet is kept healthy and clean for the next generations needs. In that respect it is a resource. Is your daughter above your pet dog?

    You seem to be an intelligent person so you must know that for all it’s faults, religion in Europe has been a major influence on art, architecture, culture, philosophy and law throughout the civilized world. Again, baby out with bath water.

    With all respect to the indigenous Australians, 40,000 years of complex belief systems has produced what? The Mayans, Egyptians and Incas built pyramids, library’s and palaces. They had written text, mathematics and astronomy all in a few thousand years. It’s all good and well to say you have a connection to the earth but eventually a people has to evolve and progress for the good of their own.

    “btw Einstein was a vegetarian , do you hold that as one of his virtues?”

    I never classed being religious as a virtue. You completely misunderstood my point. I said religious people contribute to science. Einstein didn’t believe in a “personal” God.

    Hitler was a strict vegetarian but it didn’t help his psychotic issues. I don’t class vegetarianism as a virtue, I class it as abstinence without logic.

  25. Venise Alstergren

    LIZ: Yes the Stephen Fry whaling-watching episode was harrowing. Finally I had to switch it off. He is an amazing man.

    One gripe I have against him was the amazing statement he made about women. Declaring them to be less sexual than men because they didn’t hang around public lavatories the way men did. Being gay may have something to do with it. But it is a hell of a sweeping statement.

  26. Venise Alstergren

    FLOWER: There are key words which will trigger the moderating machine, (It is with modesty I proclaim to be something of an expert on this-dozens, maybe hundreds of comments I’ve lost.)

    I can’t tell you literally or this will be wiped. Let me see…The country in the Middle East which isn’t inhabited by Muslims will trip it. Ditto the people who live there. The race of people, the word r@pe, the topic of paed(0)philia requires much thought and deliberation. Hear I’m talking the actual word, not the activity. My favourite time is when someone named the countries of the Middle East and carefully placed Afghanistan in the list. I simply wrote out my own, correct list. Bang
    moderated! It took me a whole day to work out what had happened. On the list was the word I referred to- first line this para.

    There are other ones but I can’t write them for fear of, etc.

  27. Liz45

    @ARCHER – Did you see Stephen Fry’s documentary re whale watching? (actually he was a guest of the whale photographer/researcher etc).It was awesome – he was very emotional about what he experienced and shocked about whaling etc. He comes across as a very compassionate, intelligent, articulate and lovely human being. I thought his contribution in the debate about the cc showed all these traits. I admire him a lot! I’ve just started watching QI and really enjoyed that too!

  28. Archer

    Jolyon Wagg
    Posted Wednesday, 2 November 2011 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    @Archer

    @JWagg Don’t make assumptions

    I assumed, after reading some earlier posts, that you would enjoy the Hitchens/Fry debate less than Venise and Liz45.

    I am delighted if my assumption was incorrect and you enjoyed it as much as they seemed to.

    Thank you, I’m a big fan of Fry’s. I enjoy his interviews and he had a brilliant documentary where he drove a London taxi through the U.S. I’m also a big fan of John Safran and Father Bob.

    Like I tried to explain to Venise, I don’t want to protect the church from it’s atrocities, I put forward the fact that science would not be where it is without the contributions of very religious people. This acknowledgment does not make me religious, it’s called “recognizing achievement”.

  29. Venise Alstergren

    ARCHER: I said I wasn’t prepared to take you on. The more you protect the Church the more you reveal yourself as being religious. The very fact you state your agnosticism the sorrier I feel for you. An agnostic is that lame little creature who wants to put his money on both sides-copper your bets- in vulgar parlance. “Ooo er, in case I offend Himself I’m going to say that God exists but I’m just not sure what form He takes”. Guaranteed to find favour with the religionists and their God in the unlikely event that should you run across Him.

    As a special treat for you I will add the following quote by Bernard Russell. “”The immense majority of intellectually eminent men disbelieve in Christian religion, but they conceal the fact in public, because they are afraid of losing their incomes.””

    You accuse Charles Darwin of being an agnostic. Why don’t you put yourself in his position? He was living in an age of hypocrisy in a country which could have invented the word. Worse, he was married to a devout woman whom he did not wish to offend. Initially he had wanted to become a clergyman and in his early work he felt comfortable that is sat well with his beliefs. One line he wrote was cringe worthy indeed.. He’s talking about creationism “”should exalt our notion of the power of the omniscient Creator.”” Oops! His ‘Origin of the Species’ didn’t betray his changing mind. In fact it wasn’t until he wrote his autobiography, which he didn’t write with a view to publication, he wrote as he did in letters to close friends, that he no longer had any remaining faith/belief, whatever.

    Now I am bored, of course I could quote more Albert Einstein to you, proving he was not a believer. But tiny religious minds think that the quote is enough. If you had known about Darwin’s later confessions you may not have jumped in to make a clown of yourself.

    Good bye; you will find I am quite able to walk out of a conversation.

  30. Graeme Harrison

    What Pell has said is the regurgitation of rubbish put forward by others who have been discredited.

    Church leaders should limit their public utterances to issues of faith and (arguably) ethics. They only make fools of themselves when they come out on science, industrial relations, etc.

    However, the issue of increased volcanic activity changing the longer-term forecast of a warming world into a forecast of a much cooler one IS valid. See:
    http://www.warming.weebly.com

    which shows how expansion of tectonic plates, as the heat is transmitted into the solid parts of the surface (ie higher surface temperatures) will lead to changes in the ‘dynamic equilibrium’ of tectonic joints, causing additional volcanic activity, earthquakes (and tsunamis). The increased volcanic activity if rapid will cause large amounts of ash to be ejected into the upper atmosphere, which is known to cause significant cooling. This is the feedback loop that keeps earth’s climate within known bounds, rather than having ‘runaway heating’… though a prolonged ice-age will be a worse outcome that a hotter climate. Mt Pinitubo caused 0.5 degrees cooling for some years… so a swathe of re-energised volcanoes around the ring of fire could trigger a nuclear winter.
    Graeme Harrison
    prof at-symbol post.harvard.edu
    Sydney, Australia

  31. Diogenes

    JOLYON WAGG

    I think the neat point you make about rational reasons for being agnostic about the science of climate change (in some aspects: obviously there are areas where doubt would just be ignorance) can be resolved by my putting it this way:

    Because I don’t think anything that Australia can do or persuade or influence others to do can have any material effect on the course of global warming, and that Australia’s interests will therefore be better served by accumulating and spending money so as to be able to adapt to any climate change and to help others to do so, as well perhaps by giving tax breaks for research into better batteries and new methods of generating energy – and this view is completely independent of the possible truth or falsity of the disastrous AGW hypothesis – I don’t feel any necessity to try and form a definite view about its truth or falsity and can enjoy reading about the fluctuating evidence without guilt and without feeling (absurdly, as for 99.9999 per cent of people) that I can and should form a view about the science one way or the other.

    I enjoy examining and sometimes questioning or criticising the arguments on both sides, relying largely on the scientific propounders of those arguments own evidence.

  32. Diogenes

    Oh dear I thought someone sensible, or at least calm, had accused Diogenes of narcissism, but I see it was Flower.

    Very difficult to assess an unemotional pseudonymous character as narcissistic I would have thought even if it was a clearly defined personality trait in theory. Actually its vast overuse in pop-psych doesn’t make me want to discard the concept because I like Freud’s idea and phrase “the narcissism of minor difference” so much. I think Diogenes might rather, with some justice, be described as arrogant because of his limited tolerance of fools and the careless or wilfully ignorant. However, the truth is that the real person wouldn’t be seen even giving the time of day to most of the mad and sad who populate Crikey blogs (those he has treated courteously at some stage excepted). He wouldn’t even admit to keeping such company to his best friend.

    So, what is Diogenes on about. He started with a simple suggestion that a certain book costing just $4.99 might prove very important so wanted to take the opportunity of telling people who might be interested – and then just got dragged along tied to the wagon. (Reminds me of the Irish Guardsman sheltering in a shell hole who is ordered by his platoon commander to return to their lines. “Ï can’t Sir”. “Why not?” “‘I’ve got a prisoner”. “Well let him go!” “I can’t Sir”. “Why not?” “He won’t let me”.)

  33. Jolyon Wagg

    @Archer

    [@JWagg Don’t make assumptions]

    I assumed, after reading some earlier posts, that you would enjoy the Hitchens/Fry debate less than Venise and Liz45.

    I am delighted if my assumption was incorrect and you enjoyed it as much as they seemed to.

  34. Diogenes

    FLOWER

    I am beginning to believe that you are a mad right winger who wants to discredit both Crikey and the cause of AGW believers by posing as a mad fanatic on environmental matters.

    That you haven’t apologised for the absurdities that I called you on, notably the idea that Laframboise was making a fast buck is consistent with that hypothesis. Nor, even now, have you claimed to have read the book or even skimmed it. But the positive evidence is much stronger.

    Consider your repeated adoption of the egregious Peter Gleick’s dishonest (because not based on actual reading at best, and downright misrepresentation quite probably) denunciation of the book. This time you say

    “”Your allegation that reviewer, Gleick has not read Laframboise’s book is a total fabrication exposing you as member of the faux skeptics who scurry from forum to forum to perpetuate the latest outright lie to subvert institutions of science and credentialled authors. ”

    I emphasise that saying he hasn’t read the book is the most favourable explanation for his review. I don’t know how you can possibly say he had read the book by 16 October when he posted his purported “review”. What is there in his review which shows he actually read it?

    Here is his review

    “By Peter Gleick “PGleick”
    This review is from: The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert (Kindle Edition)
    This book is a stunning compilation of lies, misrepresentations, and falsehoods about the fundamental science of climate change. It compiles the old arguments, long refuted, about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which summarizes the state of science on climate change. The IPCC reports — the most comprehensive summary of climate science in the world — are so influential and important, that they must be challenged by climate change deniers, who have no other science to stand on. LaFramboise recycles these critiques in a form bound to find favor with those who hate science, fear science, or are afraid that if climate change is real and caused by humans then governments will have to act (and they hate government).

    Are you already convinced that climate change is false? Then you don’t need this book, since there is nothing new in it for you.
    If you respect science, then you ALSO don’t need this book, since there’s no science in it, and lots of pseudo-science and misrepresentations of science. See, especially, the section trying to discredit the “hockey stick” — long a bugaboo of the anti-climate change crowd. Seven independent scientific commissions and studies have separately verified it, but you won’t find out about that in this book.”

    I have read the book so I know that his review is a “compilation of lies, misrepresentations and falsehoods”. Don’t take my word for it. If you are unwilling to pay $4.99 and read the book, just go to the fifty plus lucid detailed comments on his purported review which you will find at
    http://www.amazon.com/review/R3DB7LHRMJ14G5/ref=cm_cr_pr_cmt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B005UEVB8Q&nodeID=&tag=&linkCode=#wasThisHelpful

    Look at his one identifiable claim to be refuting something in the book, namely what he says about the “Hockey Stick” and then compare it with what one reviewer says (and I leave in the rest of his comments because they are also a devastating blow to Gleick’s credibility WHICH NO ONE, INCLUDING GLEICK, HAS ATTEMPTED TO REPLY TO:

    Last edited by the author on Oct 17, 2011 2:09:00 AM PDT
    Roger Knights says:
    P Gleick writes: “See, especially, the section trying to discredit the “hockey stick” — long a bugaboo of the anti-climate change crowd. Seven independent scientific commissions and studies have separately verified it, but you won’t find out about that in this book.”

    Oh yes you WILL find out about it in the book, at Kindle location 2099 in Ch. 32. Here’s what it says:

    “Depending on whether you’re talking to a climate skeptic or a climate activist (people in the second camp control the Wikipedia page on this and many other topics related to global warming), the hockey stick graph has either been totally discredited or remains a sound piece of science whose findings have been confirmed by several independent studies. (footnote 32-2). As Montford’s book explains, such claims of independent corroboration are suspect, since these studies were conducted by many of the same small clique of researchers, use similarly flawed statistical techniques, and/or rely on the same dubious sources of data.”
    ———

    PGleick: “This book is a stunning compilation of lies, misrepresentations, and falsehoods about the fundamental science of climate change.”

    I notice that PG isn’t listed as having purchased the book. This gives him an “out” for his misleading statement above. The book isn’t primarily about “the science.” It’s about the IPCC’s claim, trumpeted by its Chairman, to be an impartial collection of the best experts on the topic, to rely on peer-reviewed science only, to have rules in place to ensure that proper procedures are followed, to intensively peer-review its draft documents, to be above the fray as far as policy prescriptions are concerned, etc., etc. This focus on the misbehavior of the IPCC (not its scientific claims) is apparent in the next paragraph from the book (after the one just quoted above):

    “For the purposes of this discussion THE IMPORTANT POINT IS THAT THE IPCC PERFORMED NO DUE DILIGENCE before according the hockey stick graph such prominence.
    ……………… [27 paragraphs on the topic follow, and then this summing-up:]

    “The essential point here is that the IPCC aggressively promoted a graph that had been produced by a young scientist who’d just been awarded his PhD. Even though the graph overturned decades of scholarship, even though it negated a widespread consensus about what the temperature record of the past 1000 years looked like, the IPCC didn’t bother to verify its [statistical] accuracy. What has been described as ‘one of the most rigorous scientific review bodies in existence’ felt no need to ensure that its case wasn’t being built on quicksand.”
    ———

    PGleick writes: “It compiles the old arguments, long refuted, about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, ….”
    And:
    “Are you already convinced that climate change is false? Then you don’t need this book, since there is nothing new in it for you.”

    Wrong again. The book stresses (in Chs. 33 & 34, primarily) the report of the InterAcademy Council (IAC), presented in August 2010, which is recent (and unrefuted). And this book contains important NEW material from its inquiry into the IPCC. Here, starting at Location 2557 in the Acknowledgments, are the relevant passages:

    “Hilary [Ostrov] single-handedly shook loose 678 pages [footnote link] of material on which this book relies. During its 2010 investigation of the IPCC, the IAC committee posted an online questionnaire. We were told the responses would be made public, but months after the report was released that still hadn’t occurred. Hilary tirelessly pursued the matter until some (but not all) of these responses were divulged.

    “From a journalist’s perspective, they are solid gold–being the equivalent of interviews with dozens of people about their IPCC experience. Until I read that material the IPCC was still a remote and confusing organization.”

    *********************************

    Take a holiday Flower. It isn’t worth having a breakdown about the likely destruction of a dodgy institution’s reputation, and “the science” may still be validated without reliance on people having to believe the IPCC is worthy of credit.

  35. Alexander Berkman

    @Archer ““feel and breathe in it’s beauty and find that place within your heart, not mind, that understands the need for us to protect and defend her..”

    Oh, can I feel the mythological “G” word coming on……

    What “G” word might that be?

    My point here was the disconnection with nature that purveys throughout the ‘western’ world and is exemplified by religious doctrine… That somehow we glorified monkeys are above nature, above animals and have a birthright to dominate and exploit. The abrahamic religions esp christianity are particularly offensive to me as an australian, Why? Well, for at least 40,000+ years there were complex belief systems of the indigenous inhabitants here, beliefs connected directly to country, dare we say a virtual phd in ‘religious studies’ given it’s length of existence yet along comes a religious doctrine barely out of ‘kindergarten’ that claims to have the one and only ‘truth’? A ‘truth’ that has a history of cultural genocide, inquisitions and misogyny to name but a few of it’s crimes.

    btw Einstein was a vegetarian , do you hold that as one of his virtues?

  36. Archer

    @Venise

    Albert Einstein:

    “In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views.”

    “I’m not an atheist and I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangements of the books, but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.”

    Charles Darwin was Agnostic:

    “Man “can be an ardent Theist and an evolutionist”, “In my most extreme fluctuations I have never been an atheist in the sense of denying the existence of a God.— I think that generally (& more and more so as I grow older) but not always, that an agnostic would be the most correct description of my state of mind.”

    I’m not here to convert anyone. I began this discourse because of attacks on religion, and rightly so with respect to child abuse, without consideration given to their contribution to science or medicine. I have provided evidence citing the influence Christian scientists have had over the centuries and I receive this in return.

    “If I were you I’d be careful about throwing around names of scientists and thinkers who were motivated by religion. Old records, diaries, letters, etc are constantly turning up and revealing that scientist xyz lived at a time when it was dangerous to reveal a lack of belief in God.”

    So I take it you’re not familiar with Keppler?

    Did you visit the website? Have you read Carl Sagan’s Cosmos? I recommend it.

    These are the people who discovered the fundamentals of the science which are now used to prove or disprove Climate Change, something people here feel strongly about. Ironic really, bagging religious institutions, assuming all practitioners as being “dim wits”. Cardinal Pell may well be a criminal dim wit, but to tar the whole institution and it’s history or all religions for that matter with the same brush……again, myopic.

    I go to baptisms, weddings and funerals. My religious indoctrination ended at my communion which is sad really because Italians give brilliant gifts for religious events. Should have stuck it out for the goodies. That’s the extent of my dealings with the church.

    @JWagg Don’t make assumptions.

  37. Venise Alstergren

    DIOGENES: Your verbal diarrhoea is pretentious and rude. However, the greatest problem is the sheer ennui it induces.

  38. Flower

    Well that’s it. Two of my responses to Diogenes rubbish have now gone into moderation while this narcissistic “septic” twit is permitted to bang on about himself – utter crap and entirely irrelevant to the topic.

    Anyone wanting a paid up balance of a subscription to Crikey is welcome to mine.

    Hasta la vista.

  39. Flower

    @ Diogenes: “…..but you could hardly have come across the Gleick emission without also discovering that he hadn’t read the book, any more than you have,….. So, what does it say about you.”

    More to the point Diogenes, what it says about you is that a verbose faker has taken the bait. Your allegation that reviewer, Gleick has not read Laframboise’s book is a total fabrication exposing you as member of the faux skeptics who scurry from forum to forum to perpetuate the latest outright lie to subvert institutions of science and credentialled authors.

    Further the IPCC was formed in 1988 and fossil fuel corporations formed a body the year after to sabotage the IPCC. This is clear evidence that the fossil fuel industry set out to destroy an international institute in its infancy – an institute that threatened the profits of greed merchants on rampage, trashing the environment and continuing to do so free of charge.

    Laframboise’s book is the latest garbage for fossil fuel lackeys to gloat over and peddle around the web. Laframboise sneers at the concerns over rapidly rising A/CO2 emissions. The woman is far too ignorant to know that most if not all of the five global mass extinctions in Earth’s history carry the fingerprints of the main symptoms of global carbon perturbations – global warming, ocean acidification and anoxia (lack of oxygen.)

    Not content she gives distinguished Hoegh-Guldberg and Richard Moss a serve over an association with “activists” Greenpeace and WWF. “Shock horror, let’s run some more disinformation” say Laframboise, you and the polluters who’ve been caught out chewing the **se out of Momma Nature for decades by these two groups. Indeed, Greenpeace’s research laboratories (est.1986) at the University of Exeter have provided an invaluable source of rigorous, independent scientific analysis and research, in a landscape otherwise dominated by corporate sponsorship and corruption.

    Some of the ‘heroes’ (let’s call them activists shall we?) that Laframboise alludes to are no less than the debunked Lomborg, William Gray, Paul Reiter, Axel Morner, Matt Ridley et al. And that’s some rogues’ gallery. Parasite and former chairman of Northern Rock Bank, Matt Ridley was responsible, according to the UK parliament’s Treasury select committee, for a “high-risk, reckless business strategy”. Ridley’s wonderful outcome of the Northern Rock Bank experiment was the first run on a British bank since 1878, and a £27 billion taxpayer bail-out.

    Laframboise laments that her heroes/activists are “IPCC outsiders” which is a load of crock since many of these “heroes” boast of being “IPCC contributors.”

    Gleik was far too generous in giving Laframboise’s book a 1/5 mark and commenters here are far too generous in permitting you to peddle crap and disinformation with impunity.

  40. Diogenes

    @BOO

    I am sorry if you thought I expressed disdain for scientists , especially disdain that wasn’t matched by disdain for lawyers. I claim not to have suffered from negative emotions for years (though one can find so many candidates with the aid of Google that I haven’t checked them all out) but contempt – of which I suppose disdain is the little sibling – is one that I sometimes fear is laying a hand on me. Usually the possbibility is provoked by those close to me who especially annoy me when they do or say something that I regard as unworthy of them, intellectually or as a matter of character.

    So, scientists and lawyers are equally likely to provoke my disdain through their deficiencies precisely because I respect very high professional standards for both and, perhaps illogically, am disappointed not only when theyprove less than competent or diligent or honest as scientists or lawyers but when they propound bad arguments not apparently realising that they are out of their depth.

    I can see why you thought it fair to accuse me of lack of parity of esteem between the scientific professions. So let me go further in explaining my views. Both occupations are full of energetic, conscientious, highly intelligent people (maybe even 70 per cent deserving that accolade in Australia, to give an estimate which is entirely off the cuff right now) but they make a huge number of mistakes, including many from defective technique and skill or knowledge, or at least produce sub-optimal performances. (To help understand my laid back attitude to the imperfections of the world and its inhabitants I note that I have recently had an operation done which was definitely supposed to be bilateral but which one of Australia’s leading surgeons in the area only did on one side,) And now let me come to my justification for suggesting that the balance might fall in favour of lawyerss. It was in relation to this blog, at least so far as what I had started led to response. I think that lawyers and philosophers would both be in better training than scientists usually are to characterise the nature of the argument correctly and therefore produce arguments which were a propos.

    I agree with both parts of your comment on the unfortunate case in which Sir Roy Meadows disgraced hnmself. Yes, the female solicitor/defendant, as well as the lawyers defending her (and the judge) ought to have seen the obvious fallacy. However, also, as you say, they probably depended on their own defence “experts”. Their experts may not have been up to scratch, or maybe they weren’t asked to consider the right questions or, possibly, wires were crossed and somehow the lawyers supposed that their experts had read all of Meadows evidence (supposing there was a tiimely transcript) but their supposition was wrong. To me, as no doubt to you, the point is so obvious that failure of intelligent people to see it is as incomprehensible as religious belief by intelligent people if one doesn’t happen to share it.

    I could have replied to Jolyon Wagg’s jibe about my not writing clearly with the suggestion that the problem is with those who won’t give the mental energy and attention to understanding. But I confess that he is not the first to find my sometimes confusing, sometimes by accusing me of making thngs too complex. The problem is that, to avoid simplicities which are oversimplified and at best boring I do like to take a comprehensiive look at issues and arguments and not let what may seem peripheral but may be important slip out of view too quickly. If I don”t somehow make the tiime to edit myself before emitting it is always likely that long sentences will remain, the odd typo or literal, and occasional ambiguity or even (apparent because the gaps are no filled in) non-sequiturs. For all of which I apologise without promising never to offend again. I acknowledge that Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was right when she said that easy writing makes for damned hard reading.

  41. Liz45

    @VENISE – Surprise! Surprise! A Tory?

    A constant source of wonderment to me in my family is the ongoing practice of not questioning? Anything that is ‘unpleasant’ like child r**e (let’s not skirt around it) is just not mentioned? No judgement, nothing! The attitude is, ‘not all of them do that’? No, says I, but the rest don’t speak out enough, and as far as I’m concerned they’re implicit – before and after the fact? It’s easier to just not go there! To their place/s I mean! I’m on the outta well and truly these days! Ho hum!

    Pell is the greatest apologist for abuse and abusers in this country! For that I just think he’s evil!

    As for his opinion on climate change? He’d be better served looking after the remnants of years of abuse – that’s the ones who are still alive! So much for ‘ministering’?

  42. Venise Alstergren

    LIZ: Exactly. You would know which Party she is a member of?!

  43. Liz45

    @VENISE@JOYLON – I’m listening to Stephen Fry as I type this! Thank you Jolyon! Poor Christopher Hitchens doesn’t look as healthy at the moment, which is very sad.

    The woman politician? Wow! Just what women need – women sellouts! She went to the cc when her church started to allow women to be priests! Didn’t know these people were in constant dialogue with their ‘god’ re discrimination against women?

  44. Venise Alstergren

    JOLYON W: It was a bit of a cake walk.

  45. Jolyon Wagg

    Venise,
    Glad you liked it, even though it was a bit like shooting fish in a barrel for Hitchens and Fry.

  46. Venise Alstergren

    JOLYON WAGG: Thank you heaps. I got so carried away I forgot to watch the Melbourne Cup. Great programme, although Anne Widdicombe (sic) came across as being rather pathetic…and the bishop? Loved the closing poll.

  47. Venise Alstergren

    ALBERT EINSTEIN: “”I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.””

  48. Venise Alstergren

    PS: Drat! I should have included Stephen Hawking.

  49. Jolyon Wagg

    Liz 45 and Venise,

    If you haven’t already seen it already you may enjoy this…@Archer less so

    The Intelligence Squared Debate. Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry vs The Catholics

  50. Liz45

    @ARCHER – It’s rather sad really. There is so much irrational hatred for all things religious on this thread

    Not irrational at all! Let me guess! You’re male and so your life experiences have been much different to mine. Perhaps you didn’t grow up in the 50’s or 60’s? I suggest that you do some reading before you just make those sort of assumptions without any rational thought or knowledge! Your life wasn’t considered second class and worth dispensing with for dogmatic and discriminatory/misogynist reasons? There’s lots of books available – go and do some research, like VENISE has done!

    Perhaps you could also take a peek at the ‘Male Privilege’ web site! Who knows, you might learn something. When somebody like Pell, who’s caused so much misery; who advocates avoiding the Laws of this land(and others) in order to protect vile people who r**e kids deserves protecting by you, then I’d put you in the same category as him – vile! No other area of the Laws of this country is avoided and even outlawed by the cc as those that pertain to criminal acts AGAINST children and adolescents! Go and look at yourself!

    I will never bow or be in the same area as people who are dedicated to advocating that one group be allowed to escape the Laws of this country?

  51. Venise Alstergren

    ARCHER: I’ve no desire to take ‘you on’, but I believe it’s permissible to have an opinion of one’s own. The way you are rushing in to defend the Catholic Church makes a mockery of your so called agnosticism. (Which, in itself, is fence sitting.).

    If I were you I’d be careful about throwing around names of scientists and thinkers who were motivated by religion. Old records, diaries, letters, etc are constantly turning up and revealing that scientist xyz lived at a time when it was dangerous to reveal a lack of belief in God.

    I’ll just mention two scientists were non believers…..not very famous in your catholic church, but quite famous to the rest of us. Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.

  52. Liz45

    @ALEXANDER BERKMAN –

    Hi Alex – (Glad to hear your little one is “amazing”? Is she two yet? (I bet she’s drop dead gorgeous!) Or more? Scary isn’t it – how time flies! I’m cleaning up my sewing room at the moment – like sorting out Parlt House after an election!!!Materials to give away – 3 garbage bags to date? It’s rewarding sewing for kids, although the choice of fabrics is shrinking – too much synthetic these days – I’d love to be able to buy fine wool – in summer and winter? The wool industry is having a mammoth time these days – and wool is a natural fabric suitable for our climate -even in summer?).

    I think of her future too re climate change. I’m always amazed by the language of the nay sayers. On the one hand they’ll castigate any hint of politicians dictating views, but don’t seem to think that their often abusive language is objectionable! (DIOGENES)
    Apparently we’re not allowed to have our own views or even want renewable energy for health and safety reasons – let alone cutting back on Co2 in the environment!

    People get confused between temperature and climate – trends etc? Has anyone mentioned what’s happening to the oceans?

    I find them boring and repetitive and have given up responding to them – too depressing! They should go and take a look at how some of the people in the Pacific are living! They have no doubt what’s causing their demise! None at all!

  53. Jolyon Wagg

    Diogenes

    [BTW what do you think the rule should be for closing brackets before or after a full stop?]

    As I recall the rule is that if the brackets contain a complete sentence the full stop should be inside the brackets, otherwise outside. Apologies if I broke this rule in one of my earlier posts.

    [You are right to doubt my “honours thesis”. In fact it was only Matriculation]

    Well done on your high school science results! Have you racked up any science qualifications since?

    [.. my agnosticism about the science is plausible and indeed genuine because it is a rational consequence of the view that I take of what is in Australia’s and Australians’ interests]

    I think you could rationally claim that you argue for an agnostic view of the science because of your view about what is in Australia’s interest.

    I don’t think you can rationally argue that you hold an agnostic view of the science because of your view about what is in Australia’s interest. What is in Australia’s interest is completely irrelevant to any rational assessment of the science.

    BOO

    [Scientists. Barristers. One is inquisitorial, the other adversarial. Diogenes, you are not a scientist and while you may hold sway in your profession, to a humble scientist you do appear to be less than scientific. Law and its practice is no substitute for an accomplished career as a scientist. Then again, maybe you are such a talented fellow you do not require briefings from experts before you interrogate an expert?]

    If Diogenes were a Barrister he would express himself more clearly and make more logical arguments.

  54. Archer

    @ By The Sea

    If all you can do is create a comical summary of the bible well then you fall in to that category of not very clever, without much depth.

    Monsignor Georges Henri Joseph Édouard Lemaître (17 July 1894 – 20 June 1966) was a Belgian priest, astronomer and professor of physics at the Catholic University of Louvain. He sometimes used the title Abbé or Monseigneur.

    Lemaître proposed what became known as the Big Bang theory of the origin of the Universe, which he called his ‘hypothesis of the primeval atom’

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Lema%C3%AEtre

    It’s rather sad really. There is so much irrational hatred for all things religious on this thread, posters can’t acknowledge the importance of the contributions made by their scientists or by scientists with deep religious convictions. I think it’s called being myopic. Would atheistic or agnostic scientists make you more comfortable. I wonder if any of the climate scientists are deeply religious?

    Einstein:
    “Subtle is the Lord, but malicious He is not. ” or ” God does not play dice”

    Again, I put in the disclaimer. I’m agnostic, I’m defending the religions because some of the arguments here consider the sciences and religion to be completely incompatible and it is not so. Far from it.

    @ Alexander Berkman

    “feel and breathe in it’s beauty and find that place within your heart, not mind, that understands the need for us to protect and defend her..”

    Oh, can I feel the mythological “G” word coming on……

    “Devotion to reason”

    Alexander Berkman was was an assassin and believed in revolution through violent action to promote his cause. That’s reasonable? Nice role model.

  55. Boo

    Diogenes,

    From a small number of experiences in my past, I have come to the view that science and law are somewhat removed intellectually. I have little doubt about this having been exposed to the legal side of the equation. I would no more go ‘toe to toe’ with a barrister than fly. However, legal professionals are quite comfortable confronting scientists. In court. Their contributions to science, especially by way of research and peer reviewed publication concerning science, are scant to say the least.

    I found your reference to the female lawyer and Roy Meadows interesting. The failure to notice some obvious compelling flaw in an argument leads me to question her competence as a lawyer. If I can imply that from what you write. However, not all flaws and limitations are obvious. In such a case you would be relying on an expert, or experts, to provide you with sufficient information and the relevant limitations and qualifications. Otherwise you are assuming the expertise as your own, surely?

    From time to time I have been asked for my opinion on global warming, with there being an expectation as a scientist I must surely have some technical understanding of the subject. Which I do not, and as such offer no qualified opinion. The common reaction to this is mild shock. Given the proliferation of ‘experts’ (or others with some gifted insight) with no grounding in climate science this reaction comes as no surprise. While science can benefit from greater public discourse, I do not see this as being the case here. In Australia, I do not see the public level of scientific literacy increasing, the funding of sciences as flourishing. What I do see the proliferation of lobby groups and misinformation. And as a matter of principal I do not wish to add to this as I believe that, amongst other things, this is harmful to the future of scientific endeavor in this country.

    Much the same as I prefer the opinion of a distinguished legal professional on a question of law than some shock jock playing on public emotion for their own person gain. Or my own, even more fallible, opinion for that matter.

    And, FWIW you have an apparent disdain for *scientists*. One not applied to *lawyers* I note.

  56. Alexander Berkman

    Perhaps some time outdoors away from the screen might just be good for you Messr Diogenes, give you sometime in nature to connect with this wonderful planet we dwell upon and to see, feel and breathe in it’s beauty and find that place within your heart, not mind, that understands the need for us to protect and defend her..

  57. Diogenes

    Consider alternative or supplementary hypotheses Mr Berkman. How about procrastination, displacement actiivity, filling in time on the train, in doctor’s waiting room etc. and running an experiment (not with a fair sample of the population by any means, at least not of the general population)

  58. Alexander Berkman

    @Diogenes -you have far, far , far too much time on your hands….
    @Liz45 – Hi Liz, yep back again after a little absinthe (!) – daughter is amazing and her mum is sewing like mad – no better place to start battling the capitalist consumerist infinite growth model than in our own home!
    @ By The Sea – well summarised!! Very very funny!
    @ Archer – oh yes, so “wonderfully” put by such a scribe of genius as Gerard Henderson! “Sneering secularism”… Hah – no sneering here, just a very good understanding of history and a devotion to reason…

  59. Diogenes

    Phillip Smith

    Please don”t undermine the worthy cause of baiting George Pell and persecuting the RC church by talking complete balderdash about that science which is so obvious to you. I have never seen such rot on the subject of global warming before, even on a Crikey blog. I would tell you what you have got wrong (which I wouldn’t need to tell 95 per cent of Crikey bloggers – no, not even they) but I wouldn’t to relieve you of doing a little elementary homework. You may be about 10 years reading behind the field but you should be able to sound less foolish with a month or so of reading and asking some elementary science teachers to help you understand it.

  60. Diogenes

    BOO
    I would be interested to know what you mean when you say that I appear to be less than scientific in some sense which is relevant here.

    I was about to content myself with adding that I wasn’t trying to be scientific but then it occurred to me that no one else, without exception, has given the appearance on this blog of trying to be scientific. N’est-ce pas? Can you point to anyone on this blog “being scientific”?

    I think your rather confused, or at least confusing, assertions have to do with your perception (the Two Cultures perhaps?) that barristers and scientists think and present in completely separate intellectual environments. If so, I suggest that you should consider that it is not to the advantage of scientists when considering the range of issues covered on this blog. Barristers, after all, if they are good at anything, are good at putting logical arguments – that is valid ones which stand scrutiny – and of taking bad arguments to pieces. That is not an observable strength of most scientists, at least outside narrow specialties.

    Of course, it goes without saying, that barristers, and MPs on parliamentary committees who want to make a mark, do much of the “boning up” to which I referred informally by consulting experts and often making the experts much clearer in mind about what they are truly willing to affirm with confidence. Unfortunately many barristers and MPs are not very numerate and miss large areas which should be considered doubtful. An outstanding example is the case of the female lawyer who was gaoled for murdering her babies who died of SIDS because the great expert witness (and medical *scientist*) Sir Roy Meadows gave evidence with confidence that the odds of two or three (whichever) infants in one family dying of SIDS were 80 million to one! I was shocked to think that a scientist could support such a fallacious conclusion and that barristers (and at least one judge, as well as a whole jury) could fail to see what was wrong. I trust it stares you in the face that the obvious inquiry to make is whether there might be some inherited weakness that all her children, or at least those with the same father, were at risk of manifesting. Yet it didn’t occur to Meadows, the scientist.

    Let it be quite clear. A moderately numerate, or just logical, barrister should have been entirely qualified to disbelieve what Meadows the experienced scientist and knighted expert witness asserted. So, I’m sorry, I’m not going to give much credit to the views of people with a long scientific career, if not of direct relevance to the scientific question, just because they are scientists. If they can’t distinguish between good and bad arguments they aren’t much use to a cause,

    Also, if they can’t deal with the complex but not scientific issue of how much the main source of authority’s discrediting matters, with proper nuance and subtlety, their views can’t carry much weight.

  61. Archer

    @ Venise Alstergren

    As I wrote to Alexander Berkman;

    Gerard Henderson beautifully put it, and I’m paraphrasing;

    “What you are expressing is a form of sneering secularism, and if you are to pose such a hypothesis you may as well confront Barak Obama or Cherie Blair, both contemporary Christians, and call them flaming idiots.
    You don’t have to be a practicing Christian, Jew or Muslim to understand that these three religious traditions have a great intellectual power, a great historical antecedence and are therefore deserving of respect. And it’s very easy to to tell everyone they’re a blooming fools but I don’t think it is very clever and I certainly don’t think it has any depth.”

    Now, I’m an agnostic. My mum tried to raise me Catholic but I didn’t like Sunday school.

    So, you’re prepared to dismiss all the positive work done by the Catholic church because of the unspeakable crimes committed by certain laypeople and priests. This is known as throwing the baby out with the bath water. Whether you believe in miracles or beatifications is not a matter for your concern. If a person, through their faith, is comforted by their belief in God, saints and miracles, more strength to them.

    “It happens that I dislike all religion. It allows uncertain little men into positions of trust and gives deliberate misinformation to gazump the brain-dead.”

    Again, I trust you looked at the link I provided. Much of the fundamentals of modern science can be attributed to deeply religious people.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_thinkers_in_science

    I take it you’ve heard of Johannes Keppler, you know, the three rules of planetary motion. You may also know that Kepler was a very religious man, who found a way to credit God for each and every discovery he would make, not to mention his own life and career paths. Kepler had originally planned on becoming a priest, but was drawn into the world of science.

    So, you may say to me, try to take an even handed view and study Australian political history-and the Catholic influence thereon, and I will say to you, look into history and see how much we know today we owe to scientists who were driven by their religious convictions.

  62. Phillip Smith

    So Cardinal Pell is yet another climate change denier is he? Have these people not seen, and continue to see evidence that our planet continues to warm by up to, I think 1 degree a year, and, reportedly is expected to increase this by up 2 3 degrees by 2020, if my data is correct! But I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, as this is exactly the same guy(or one of them) who continues to cover up abuses in the Catholic church, and to top it all off, refuses to report the perpetrators to the police! The science is obvious! Now it’s time for action!

  63. Boo

    Scientists. Barristers. One is inquisitorial, the other adversarial. Diogenes, you are not a scientist and while you may hold sway in your profession, to a humble scientist you do appear to be less than scientific. Law and its practice is no substitute for an accomplished career as a scientist. Then again, maybe you are such a talented fellow you do not require briefings from experts before you interrogate an expert?

  64. Liz45

    @VENISE – I’ve just read your post of Sunday at about 7pm? (I’m tidying up my sewing room? Got 3 bags of unwanted fabric so far?Wow! My grandkids are growing up and lots not suitable any more. I’ll need another lifetime to use it all).

    I’ll believe the nonsense about India. Just reinforces my view(and yours too no doubt)that the cc doesn’t give a s***f about kids once they’re born – or their parents either! Obscene!

    I think I’ve told you about my little Mum’s attitude to my not having more than 3 kids! I wanted to live and raise the babies I already had – not die ‘in a state of grace, going straight to heaven’ if I died in childbirth? True story! She was a product of her upbringing too! I’m ‘out on a limb’ and a non-attendee of cc activities – woke up to the s**t? Funny how experiences make you ponder dogma? Could be the reason why even women in very strong catholic countries believe in a woman’s right to choose – as I do! very strongly!

    I suppose the poor women in India can’t afford the pill even if they had access to doctors? I find it criminal of the cc, as you know! Crimes against humanity!

  65. Diogenes

    Flower

    Do you live entirely in your head brewing red hot emotions that exclude all consideration of anything that doesn’t support your central existential core of emotion? I ask because you seem totally oblivious to the fact that there are just as many people whose material self-interest is consistent with their support for an ETS and support for uneconomic renewables as there are people with an interest in maintaining the use of coal? (I have a constant reminder that the self-interest point is bipartisan because an intelligent young man I play tennis with is in the business of selling foreign wind power technology in this country. His anguish at having to face the unattractive realities affecting wind power would be amusing if he weren’t a friend).

    Then you totally ignore the fact that, early on, I pointed to Peter Gleick as a particularly dishonest reviewer of Laframboise’s book as indicated by a huge number of other reviewers. Without any acknowledgment you give him unblemished credit. OK, you can ignore, or simply not read, what I wrote, but you could hardly have come across the Gleick emission without also discovering that he hadn’t read the book, any more than you have, and that a hell of a lot of other reviewers had noticed that. So, what does it say about you, that you can ally yourself to angry denialism, which is what denouncing a book without reading it has to be in its most flagrant form?

    Further evidence that your emotion and prejudice and no proper reading of the book comport with your moral standards is, for just another couple of examples, this:

    “And here we have yet another hack who thinks nothing of making a fast buck out of other people’s misery.” and “Most of Laframboise’s work is poorly sourced….”

    If you had read the Kindle (and, presumably, the print) edition from beginning to end you would know that what you say is all complete BS. You can see why it has taken her two years of research and a lot of assistance to put together such a meticulously detailed case just by reading the lot including links and footnotes. Have you even noticed that much of it was derived from what was disclosed in over 600 pages of something referred to (from memory) as the Interacademy Report (commissioned by the IPCC I think) in which insiders are very frank? Have you noticed that her volunteer panel, accepting only the result most favourable to the IPCC, found that, far from its President’s claims to rely only on peer reviewed research, nearly a third of its references were to grey literature, right down to press releases from campaigning organisations associated with the IPCC lead authors, even co-ordinating lead authors? So whose sources are poor?!! Would it not concern you, if you had read the book, that the already known-to-be-tainted by conflict of interest President Pachauri is shown to be an out and out liar – though Laframboise, with intelligent restraint you could learn from, never calls him a liar?

    As to making a “fast buck” you must be joking. Two years of work to produce something which is self-published and sold on Kindle for $4.99! Aren’t you afraid of making yourself appear ridiculous if only because it will deter people from taking seriously what you say with fervour?

    I know, really, you are beyond redemption, but can’t you make a distinction between being passionate about the environment and being passionate about particular purveyors of supposed evidence which supports opinions and preferences you hold? Maybe the IPCC is an honestly run institution which truly summarises the current state of science on AGW. If so, don’t you owe it to yourself and those who care about what you care about, to read the book carefully and use that as a basis for reducing its influence amongst other readers who may be disposed to accept its evidence and conclusions and as a basis for improving the IPCC so its valid work can still carry authority?

  66. Liz45

    I’ll still leave it to the climate scientists! David Attenborough also? And there’s lots more! Quite frankly I’m bored to death with the nay sayers. Don’t have the time or the inclination to keep on going around in circles on this issue!

    Pell’s knowledge and opinion about this issue is almost? worse than his ability or inclination to listen and take note/action of those people whose lives are st****d due to the priests that he continues to protect. He’s beneath contempt. In fact, I’d go so far as to say, that any other person who took his stance on abuse of kids and young people would be run out of town! So why should I take note of him at all!

    If people want to confuse or deliberately misrepresent climate change by just taking one aspect of our current climate, then let them! They just bore me rigid! No knowledge just selective misrepresentation of fact. Not interested! The debate has gone on for 30 years, heaps of more info etc for the last 10? Both major parties have gone to the polls with a policy – all this c**p is just that! I don’t have the time to waste any more!

  67. Diogenes

    Richard Uncle Skeleton

    What is the lie? That is to say, what is the assertion of fact that I have made knowing it to be false? And what is the evidence that it is was false and that knew it.

    Your semi-literate rant leaves it quite unclear whether you are saying that I am driven by ideology and deny it, or what??? You seem to have a problem with understanding that what I have written about is not to do with denying “the science” though I confess that I would be delighted if it were to turn out that Laframboise, after proper consideration of her work (unlike Flower’s who hasn’t read it), had demolished our reason for regarding the IPCC as being a credible source of concern about AGA and that it didn’t look as though an alternative source was going to achieve authority and propound the same message. Wouldn”t you be pleased too? If not why not? Do you prefer to believe in a disastrous climatic future?

    Since you can’t read or interpret fellow bloggers honestly or intelligently I should probably exempt you from my hope that some concerned people will actually read Laframboise”s book. Which brings me to Flower’s emotional outburst…..

  68. Venise Alstergren

    ARCHER: And you don’t consider seventeen million people to be ‘hordes’? You have to be joking. Mother Theresa was a simple minded old woman who loved Princess Di and wrote to her sympathising with her in the Di’s divorce. Not a very Catholic stance to have taken. She should no more than been a saint than our own laughable Oz version, Mary MacKillop. Cancer curers, my fanny.

    It happens that I dislike all religion. It allows uncertain little men into positions of trust and gives deliberate misinformation to gazump the brain-dead. Cardinal Pell and Tony Abbott take a bow. Most especially I hate the Catholic Church. It is the greatest threat to the Oz Constitution which exists. And Tony baby is just the guy to change it.

    Finally, you should try to take an even handed view and study Australian political history-and the Catholic influence thereon.

    PS: I am meant to faint because India’s Catholics do some charitable things? For every good deed done by the Catholic Church there are twenty thousand evil things they’ve done. Or perhaps you approve of priests who sodomise small children and their Pope who protects them from the law?

  69. Flower

    Laframboise is at the lower end of the unscientific blogging spectrum which attracts dills like Pete50 et al who run away when confronted with the evidence.

    And here we have yet another hack who thinks nothing of making a fast buck out of other people’s misery. Most of Laframboise’s work is poorly sourced and hypocritical and she’s adept at trying her hand at deception by alluding to any scientist (out of 2500 plus IPCC scientists) that can be shown to have a link to say Greenpeace or WWF. The twit of a woman then claims that the connection (no matter how remote) makes them ‘activists’. So how would one describe the sceptics who are IPCC contributors (past and present) who are sabotaging action on climate change and who Laframboise suggests are “IPCC outsiders?:”

    Short list of sceptics ( activists?) – IPCC contributors:

    Tol, Boehmer, Christiansen, Skea, Piellke Jnr, Christy, Morner, McKitrick, Goklany, Storch, Zorita, Labohm, Kininmonth, Kellow, Reiter, Balling, Spencer, Curry, de Freitas, Michaels, Bernstein etc.

    Short list – industrial and commercial IPCC contributors:

    Exxon, World Bank, Petroleum Corp. Jamaica, Chevron, Shell, Boeing etc.

    “IPCC outsiders?” You lie Laframboise. These are IPCC contributors. These are the losers and history will not be kind to them. These are the greed ideologues and religious nuts who want only to kill the IPCC. These are the fronts for the ecocidal corporations who’ve been sued around the planet for wiping out ecosystems on sovereign and foreign soils and committing human rights’ abuses.

    “I think capitalism, globalization, and biotechnology are the best way to cure widespread poverty on this planet,” says ignoramus, Lamframboise. Is she hormonal?

    Irrespective of a/climate change, Lamframboise and the list of cretins above are peddling for fossil fuel chemicals that sicken and kill humans, sickens and/or wipes out terrestrial and marine animals (including food animals), contaminates soils, air, rivers, oceans and inland waterways.

    And no mention in Laframboise’s book alluding to what the George C. Marshall Institute and the Cato Institute have been up to at the IPCC?

    “This book is a stunning compilation of lies, misrepresentations, and falsehoods about the fundamental science of climate change.” (Peter H.Gleick, PhD, President Pacific Institute, MacArthur Fellow, Member U.S. National Academy of Science.)

  70. klewso

    “Immaculate misconception”?

    (And “carbon dockside” is good, and arsenic is good for horse’s appetites, in the right dose.)

  71. Rich Uncle Skeleton

    That isn’t what you said Diogenes. You said:

    While I was once willing to accept that AGW was an important enough problem to justify a lot of hard thinking and probably action I am now quite agnostic about the science because it is so clear that Australia’s only rational policy is to make ourselves as rich as possible

    You have admitted, as clear as I have ever seen, that your non-acceptance of the science is driven by ideology. Why are you lying?

  72. Diogenes

    …nor my reputation for correct spelling…..

  73. Diogenes

    And thank you Dr P.

    I am saddened t0 find that one famous for “all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds” should have succumbed to gloom but glad to have been able to lift it somewhat.

    Mind you I appreciate that none are likely to be reminded of my fame as a cynic by what I right. ‘But let us share the comforting thought that we can all go on learning and changing, with a bit of luck in the directon of wisdom and felicity.

  74. Dr Pangloss

    GOOD NEWS! GOOD NEWS!

    THANK YOU DIOGENES FOR PUTTING ME ON TO THE BEST TONIC FOR AN OLD MAN”S GLOOMS!

    Why didn’t you tell all of us worriers about the world we might be leaving for our grandchildren that Miss Laframboise has given us all reason for hope. The good tonic was indeed worth $4.99 and I have half finished the bottle which is enough to cheer me.

    Try it everybody! Could even make you forget poor old George and his church.

    If Laframboise has done her job properly the main reason we all believe that early doom awaits the burners of carbon based fuels disappears for the time being at least. So be of good cheer while it lasts, brothers and sisters.

    To the curmudgeons: instead of hoarding your time so you can go on grieving for the planet spend a little of it on a quick read. Very cheering – as I say, for the time being anyway.

  75. pete50

    George Pell is right. We’ve seen no global warming for at least 10 years, despite the continued rise in atmospheric CO2, and the scientists still haven’t come up with the real world science that inspires confidence in the claim that AGW is anything more than a fantasy in the minds of ‘some’ climate scientists.

  76. Archer

    @ Venise Alstergren

    “It would seem that Ireland knows it is the twenty-first century, whereas the people who brought the poxey Catholic religion in Oz appear to be living in the twelfth century-to the detriment of non-Catholics.”

    You do have anger management issues, don’t you?

    “I wrote a nasty post sending them my congratulations on the fact that a nation of 7 billion people should have to breed more people to satisfy the Catholic Church. I wish Crikey could print this article. It might cause even the most hardened catholic to know George Pell, his infinite stupidity and the evil he does.”

    BTW: India’s Catholic population consists of about 17 million people (less than 2%). Not the hoards you make out.

    Unfortunately Mother Teresa was a Catholic.

    Though Catholics make up less than 2 percent of India’s population, the Church provides an estimated 22 percent of all health-care services, operating 5,000 facilities, and employs 33 percent of Indian health-care workers, including 40,000 Catholic nurses.

  77. Diogenes

    Liz45

    I can’t find above (on my browser’s version anyway – but I can blame Telstra/Bigpond after recent experiences) your post which included:

    “@DIOGENES – I loved Dave Allen! He was about the only person who could make me laugh about the catholic church! It was impossible not to laugh at him. I don’t know of anyone else who comes close to how he’d tell stories – I just wish I could remember them all and was good at telling jokes – I’m not! I’m hopeless, but he was magic!

    When it comes to climate change, I believe the experts – not the two bit idiots who don’t know s**t from clay! I’ve recently seen the poor people in the Pacific and my heart goes out to them. There’s just too much evidence from the SCIENTISTS to disregard in my view. Anyway, even if we cleaned the planet up with renewables, I think of all those whose medical conditions could be prevented or improved with clean/cleaner air! I had a 2 week old with asthma, and it’s an awful thing to see! Very scary! I’ve had grandkids with asthma too! Awful!”

    You sound just the right person to appeal to on this blog – to exchange time wasted on this highly repetitive blog sniping at the old enemy in Rome (or, in this case, Sydney) from which there appears to be almost no dissent – for a small amount of time, and $4.99, spent with Laframboise’s online book. You might then begin to ask someone to actually identify the supposedly reliable scientists whose consensus one should accept. In doing a job on the IPCC Laframboise casts into doubt all the claims that the consensus of scientific work on climate has ever been honestly and competently studied and written up. But the reason I particularly want your opinion on it is your splendiid capacity for outrage!

    You will be absolutely outraged by either the IPCC, or, if you can find an answer to Laframboise’s charges, to Laframboise. I hope to enjoy the explosion from wherever I am in the world!

  78. Flower

    “Few of us are scientists but we can read, listen and
    observe. Do not fear to face up to the lies of those who
    deny that rapid climate change has already begun or
    deny that humanity’s high level of fossil fuel use is the
    main cause.

    ” It is not being unkind to say that climate deniers
    have vested interests, have been bought off or
    are just ignorant. In our day, rapid climate change is
    human induced and not a natural cycle.

    “Followers of Christ must be Truth-Tellers.”

    (Source: Rev Dr Charles Rue 2007)

  79. Flower

    Climate Change and 2007 Federal Election
    – Mapping a Moral Response

    “Do not be afraid to face up to those who play on
    religion and people’s good will in their denial of climate
    change. They want to sow doubt that leads to
    confusion. They may piously ask, how could we be
    so presumptuous as to think that humans can
    change the climate and divert God’s providence?
    This is denial. Under the banner of ‘concern for the
    poor’ they oppose carbon taxes. With a literalist
    reading of Scripture they pervert the religious word
    ‘stewardship’ to sanction exploitation.”

    Cathnews: (Prepared by Rev Dr Charles Rue, October 2007
    Coordinator Columban Justice Peace and Integrity of
    Creation Australia)

  80. Flower

    @ Kevin Herbert: “Will you (anyone) rebutt Pell’s points.”

    Pell’s diatribe is a blurp of stupefying religious swill. Noah’s ark, the tower of Babel, Marduk, Babylon’s chief god and all the other nonsense is entirely irrelevant to climate change. Creationism or Intelligent Design does not have peer-reviewed scientific support. Nor does Pell’s multitudinous hibbity jibbity.

    1) Pell: Steve McIntyre is an academic.

    Pell is being deliberately deceitful. Note: “One who says, “I know him,” and doesn’t keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth isn’t in him.” (1 John 2.4)

    Rebuttal: McIntyre has been listed as a “semi-retired Toronto minerals consultant” by the Wall Street Journal. McIntyre was exposed for having unreported ties to CGX Energy, Inc., an oil and gas exploration company, which listed McIntyre as a “strategic advisor.” He is the former President of Dumont Nickel Inc., and was President of Northwest Exploration Company Limited, the predecessor company to CGX Energy Inc.

    As of 2003, he was the strategic advisor of CGX Energy Inc. McIntyre has worked in mineral exploration for 30 years, much of that time as an officer or director of several public mineral exploration companies. “I’ve spent most of my life in business, mostly on the stock market side of mining exploration deals,” he said in 2009. In April 2011 Trelawney Mining and Exploration Inc of Toronto, Ontario, announced that McIntyre had been appointed to the company’s board of directors. On June 30, 2011, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of the company.

    2) Pell smears Dr. Greg Ayers, Director of Meteorology whining that 30,000 copies of Plimer’s “The Missing Science”was sold in Australia in a few months, but Ayers denounced it as “simply not scientific.”

    Rebuttal: So the sale of 30,000 copies means the contents of Plimer’s book must be scientific so let’s not pollute the discussion with the opinions of experts eh? Six million copies of “In God’s Name” was sold and not for its scientific content either.

    • ‘The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace says: ‘The climate is a good that must be protected and reminds consumers and those engaged in industrial activity to develop a greater sense of responsibility for their behaviour.’

    • ‘One of the stronger local church statements comes from the 2005 position paper of the Australian Catholic Bishops: Climate Change: Our Responsibility to Sustain God’s Earth. The focus is not on the existence of climate change, but what to do about it: ‘Given the gravity of the problem, detailed and resolute responses need to be both swift and radical.’

    That somehow demolishes your argument Kevin Herbert that Pell is “101% right” though you’ve not yet produced an argument to substantiate the claim and appear incapable of saying why he’s right. I daresay though all would agree with your assumption that Pell is a “misogynist dimwit.”

  81. Diogenes

    SAILOR

    I wondered what you could have found to applaud in Michael R. James’s non-responsive and largely irrelevant rant but now I see you were sympathetic to his saying how much hard work in science is needed to be able to form a view which disagrees with experienced scientists work.

    Up to a point you are obviously right, but you overlook a major exception. That is finding fault with the logic or with the completeness of an argument which does not require that the fault finder understand enough to say what might be done to cure the defect. Maybe you have never had the experience of being presented as an expert witness and shredded by cross-examination by a lawyer, or even MPs in a parliamentary committee, who know enough to test your case in reliance on your own evidence and what they have boned up for the purpose. It happens often however unfair the disgruntled and humiliated expert may find it. For a private example, I note that I have pointed out to a distinguished sceptical physcisist that his case that most of the additional atmospheric CO2 in the last 50 years could have come from the oceans overlooks the likelihood that it has derived from absorbtion in the colder high latitudes, subsequent mixing, and then re-emission from the tropical seas. I was not in his league as a scientific authority or thinker but could validly deny that he had proved his case – even though he had published his conclusions in a peer reviewed journal.

    You say nothing of the issue that provoked Michael R. James and which he sought to evade. That is the case made by the brilliant investigative journalist Donna Laframboise in her dissection of an institution, to wit the IPCC. So you say nothing to the view that might follow from concluding that the IPCC was so corrupt, incompetent and secretive that nothing which depended on its authoriity could be relied on. Or to the point that the basic hypothesis that AGW threatens disaster would need resurrection if one wipes out the alarmist views embodied in IPCC summarising reports. Has anyone but the IPCC even pretended or purported to collate the evidence as the IPCC says it has done? So what are we left with if Laframboise’s work stands as a demolition of the IPCC’s credit? [An article in The Australian today notes that four out of five of hundreds (from memory) of reviewers of the book on Amazon.com have given it five stars. Clearly it threatens to go viral. Time to read it and combat it if you find it unworthy of the worldwide influence it is rapidly acquiring].

  82. Diogenes

    Rich Uncle Skeleton

    “I don’t think the laws of physics show as much regard for wealth as you do. AGW doesn’t cease to exist because you believe you have a right to be as rich as possible.”

    Why bother blogging if you can’t help making an ass of yourself. Or worse if you actually know that I was saying that *Australia* needed to make itelf as rich as possible so it could cope with whatever the climate change we can’t avoid might bring and, of course, make choices as to how money ought to be spent as between aged care, scientific research, educating our young people, improving the lot of Aborigines as well as “the greatest moral issue of our time””.

  83. Sailor

    @MICHAEL R JAMES – post of 0152/29Oct11:
    To use a very old term of praise, “chapeau”.

    Well said. As a now non-practicising scientist [chemistry & food technology], I am alarmed and angry at the lack of knowledge displayed by the celebrated when they stridently criticise at will, with no idea about the subjects they choose to pontificate on for the moment. “Freedom of speech” is a much abused concept, as is the principle [another out-dated term, it seems] honesty in argument.

    All around me I find I am [or could be, if I’ve not remembered the last unsastisfactory experience] subjected to the scribblings and babblings of people with no concept about how much real evidence it takes to validly [and honestly] disagree with an idea/concept/statement, and what a great deal of work is required to provide that evidence.

    So much easier to take the selective view of presenting confected “evidence”, and so patently dishonest.

    I will not expand on that, because it’s off the topic of your admirable comment. Well done, again.

  84. Rich Uncle Skeleton

    While I was once willing to accept that AGW was an important enough problem to justify a lot of hard thinking and probably action I am now quite agnostic about the science because it is so clear that Australia’s only rational policy is to make ourselves as rich as possible

    I don’t think the laws of physics show as much regard for wealth as you do. AGW doesn’t cease to exist because you believe you have a right to be as rich as possible.

    I feel I need to point out that anyone who backs Pell on the science is probably backing a losing horse.

  85. David Allen

    I am not dead! Prick me, do I not bleed?

    Whilst somewhat bruised I will be resurrected. I did call myself Dave until about 1975 when the ‘witticisms’ from the world’s gratest wags became intolerable and caused me to revert to my birth name. That st*ffed ’em.

    Diogenes, I had the pleasure of seeing Ms Laframboise fawned over in the Dolt Report. (My weekly penance) and was fairly disimpressed. Strawmen and more ‘Perhaps’ than Doris Day (there you are, that must prove my vintage:-). Didn’t pass muster I’m afraid and nothing to do with the underlying science anyway. Bolt, of course, didn’t mention the BEST report, as you, to your credit did, – no surprise there.

    On ETS – I’m not keen; more loot for ‘the masters of the universe’. Carbon Tax? I’m pretty positive but prefer the model suggested by Hansen. There are a lot more reasons than climate change to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels – they’re far too valuable to burn for one. But, at the end of the day, Que Sera, Sera, methinks.

  86. Venise Alstergren

    Correction India=1 billion souls.

  87. Venise Alstergren

    DAVID: That’s very kind of you. I’m delighted he died in his sleep, must be the best way to go.

    LIZ: Good question. Perhaps he made Catholics more tolerated by people like me. You’re right in as much as he probably wouldn’t have converted people.

    EXTRA: The only Diane Framboise I can find is a speech therapist??

    LIZ: If Dave Allen could charm people into tolerating Catholics, the Cardinals like George Pell have been responsible for myriads of Catholics who have deserted the Church.

    BTW, LIZ You’ll think I’m making this up. The other day in Huffington Post I came across a plea….wait for it, by the Catholic Church of India, begging people to breed more children which would lead to more Catholics. (The numbers of Catholics in India are shrinking) I wrote a nasty post sending them my congratulations on the fact that a nation of 7 billion people should have to breed more people to satisfy the Catholic Church. I wish Crikey could print this article. It might cause even the most hardened catholic to know George Pell, his infinite stupidity and the evil he does.

    Gotta go…..

  88. Archer

    @ GocomSys
    @ Venise

    JOHNFROMPLANETMARS Friday, 28 October 2011 at 4:46 pm

    “Are you still here? Isn’t it time you went home? Please take Pell, Abbott and their ilk with you. That’ll be great. Do it now. Thanks.”

    I take it by, “their ilk”, you mean the Catholics. The sad part of this argument, or bagging, is that many of the pioneers of science who dedicated their lives to discovering the theorems, equations and disciplines which are now used to study climate change were, themselves devout Catholics or Christians.

    Like it loath it, much of today’s science is owed to us by some deeply religious people.

    And read what I wrote to Alexander Berkman.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_thinkers_in_science

  89. Liz45

    @DAVID – Thanks for this. 2005? I wouldn’t have been surprised if it was longer – years just seem to race by! What a shame Callum didn’t know him? He was a very clever and accomplished artist. Maybe the cigs were to blame! (I hope I gave up in time to protect me???)

    @VENISE – Do you really think he encouraged/helped people to become catholics? Or did he just appeal to ex or questioning catholics like me?

    @EXTRA – Or maybe that’s what happens or can happen when you get old/older? particularly if you’ve engaged in certain activities while you’re alive? like smoking and drinking? Perhaps surviving the catholic church is also a health hazard?

    As for Pell and climate change? There’s nothing much to add is there? He’s an idiot and a zealot? So???Who’d think him capable of intelligent thought?

  90. by the sea

    So Let me get this right..

    1. The world was created about 6000 years ago by god who made a woman from a chop (rib) of a fella. OK
    2. Some fella got all the animals in the world on a boat and (then) god killed everything else (reboot?) . OK
    3. Cause some mob built a big building god made languages.. (Babel) OK
    4. Some fella took a few million jews a couple of hundred miles right thought the red sea that he parted with a stick and took 40 years to do it OK
    5. Some fella got eaten by a giant fish and got vomited up on a beach 4 days later OK
    6. Some chick got knocked-up and claimed she has sex with an angel. OK
    7. Some fella was killed for exposing the tyrannical woo haa of a church and state, he was crucifed and 3 days later came back to life and then took off on a cloud to heaven OK
    8 If it don’t believe this and am not baptised then I will burn in hell for eternity OK (gulp)
    9. If you abuse children then you get protected by the church institution NOT OK
    10 George is an expert in global science and meteorology.. really

    11. Tony Abbot is just a naught boy

    And so it goes.. and the church gets tax free ride from the government because why? Anyone?

  91. david

    Liz and Venise FYI…

    Dave Allen born David Tynan O’Mahoney (6 July 1936 – 10 March 2005)
    Allen lived quietly in Holland Park, west London, in semi-retirement while enjoying the regular company of his close friends and devoted family. A keen amateur artist, he continued to exhibit his paintings.[1] He had given up cigarettes for several years, which he had smoked regularly during his television appearances in the 1970s.

    He died peacefully in his sleep in 2005 at the age of 68. He was survived by Karin O’Mahoney (née Stark), his wife of eighteen months and by his three children from his first marriage, Edward, Jonathan and Jane. Six weeks after his death, Karin gave birth to a son, Callum.

  92. Diogenes

    Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms/Lord/Lady EXTRA

    Do you know something which makes it worth asking your assistance or are you just a slightly unscrupulous supporter of the IPCC’s cause with whatever words come readily to hand?

    My understanding is that the supposed road to Damascus conversion of Prof Richard Muller and his team of temperature checkers is, when looked at closely, a bit of a yawn. If one reads his piece in the Wall Street Journal, as I have, it looks as though he was impressed by the indeed impressive evidence collected by Anthony Watts and his team of volunteers about the problems with the temperature records in the US and now has done a much more comprehensive survey which overturns the doubts that Watts’s work understandably aroused. So, what does that bring him to? To believing that records from a large part of the 30 per cent of the global surface which is not ocean show actual temperature increase over 50 plus years. That’s all. But it ain’t really news because not too many sceptics have believed the world hasn’t warmed in the last 50, 100, indeed 150 and more years. And there is more because Muller says, quite explicitly, in the WSJ, that he is not saying anything about the significance of the increase, its causes or its consequences. He doesn’t, for example, deal with the question of whether the Great Pacific Shift, alleged to be shown by the Chow Test, to be a critical occurrence in the late 1970s which explains (or could explain which is sufficient) a large part of the 50 year rise. (That means there was no straight line rise correlated to the rise in atmospheric CO2).

    Am I wrong? Can you enlarge on your point responsively to the points I raise?

    On your defence of the IPCC’s work and implied attack on Donna Laframboise’s book (not “Diane Framboise” I note in case you are tempted to buy and read the book) I find less ground for hope. It seems impossble that you have actually read the book, as I have, right through. I can assure you that it is brilliant investigative journalism with a forensic quality rarely seen in that genre. (My qualifications to my prima facie view of it and of its consequences for belief in “the science” I have already expressed). If the IPCC is shown to be a corrupt, incompetent and secretive organsation with a political agenda (indeed several political agenda) you rightly point out that it doesn’t invalidate whatever good science may demonstrate. As you say it doesn’t do more than select and purport to summarise some of the work of others (of whom a bare majority appear to be scientists or any degree of seniority or authority, however minimal) and it may be that its lies and exaggerations are unnecessary because “the science” is really all there to show the way to decarbonising the world. The trouble is you need to say where people should look to get any reason to believe that if the IPCC is shown to be untrustworthy. And it is important because the IPCC’s executve summaries are all that our politicians are likely to read and, therefore, to base expensive policies on.

  93. Venise Alstergren

    KEVIN HERBERT: On the other hand, what’s your sex life got to do with climate change? About as much as David Allen I suppose. 🙂

  94. Kevin Herbert

    As a 14 year old Christian Bothers boarder I always thought bi-sexual had to be the preferred inherited trait…..the odds are phenomenally good for a healthy sex life….a fact of which I expect at least 33% of Anglo Celtic women & men are well aware…..foxy Knoxy…..et al….darl…

    I was born hetero….. it’s back breaking work…but someone has to DO it……

  95. Venise Alstergren

    KEVIN HERBERT: 🙁

    LIZ: So am I glad that you agree with me. I hope the booze didn’t get him? More charm than anyone should have. And I loved the way he got stuck into the Catholic Church. I’d venture to suggest that David Allen did more to attract people to the Catholic Church than anyone. I include the humourless Jesus Christ and his band of gay caballeros. (sorry Kevin)

  96. Charles Kerr

    @Kevin Herbert

    “Will you (anyone) rebutt Pell’s points.”

    I have a longstanding policy of not responding to trolls. So I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and refer you to the link I posted above:

    http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_academies/acdscien/2011/PAS_Glacier_110511_final.pdf

    Dr. Pell was rebutted by his own Pope on May 11, long before his speech was made.

  97. Kevin Herbert

    David Allen:

    I asked the question first.

    Will you (anyone) rebutt Pell’s points.

    Your glib response says it all…all show & no go.

    Too bad…you were a gr8 comedian… (sorry Venise)

  98. extra

    Interesting that the Diane Framboise book (Shock! horror!! grad students (=underqualified) exploited (again) to prepare first drafts of IPCC report chapters!!!) made an early appearance in this discussion. Attacking the IPCC on credibility grounds seems to be one of the few avenues left to denialists where they feel confident of getting some traction. Problem for them is that the IPCC doesn’t do it’s own research, it synthesises the scientific work of thousands of scientists. Even if the synthesising were biased, it doesn’t alter the correctness of the supporting science. Anyway, the next IPCC report should be out in September 2014, and the Working Group 1 report – covering the science – due before that, in 2013.

    Science-based climate change sceptics are becoming an even lonelier little group of late, as more results come in. The Berkeley (BEST) has confirmed earlier work by researchers who have been vilified by the ‘ClimateGate’ email saga. Very difficult to hint darkly at conspiracy theories, when a couple of poster-person sceptic scientists were involved in BEST, and it was supported in part by $$ from the Koch Brothers.

    Another major scientific peg that denialists were hanging arguments on was claims by Roy Spencer and a few others that the climate system’s sensitivity to CO2 was so low that doubling the CO2 level would only raise temperature by about a degree, well below the IPCC’s best estimate of about 3 degrees. One of the few has recently submitted a paper acknowledging problems in his earlier work, and upping his estimate to about 2 degrees- within the error range of the IPCC estimate.

    Scientists still dispute about a number of issues, but these are disputes of priority and quantities, and regional impacts- they are not disputing about the basics. The denialists twist and turn, but it’s getting harder and harder for them.

    Yes, both David Allen, and Dermot Morgan (Father Ted) are dead. It seems that ‘s what happens when you take the piss out of the Irish Catholic Church.

  99. Liz45

    @VENISE – My last post is held up???Dave Allen died 5? years ago – probably more! He was great! I loved him too!

  100. Liz45

    @VENISE – I agree re the Vatican, rapist priests etc! The current pope who was the OIC for 25 yrs re how and what was done with child abusers, sent a letter to bishops only last year. Regardless of what they say publicly, it’s ‘business as usual’ re the number one priority is to keep their ugly secrets; intimidate victims and pay out as little as possible? Disgusting! Anyone who goes in to bat for them is in their same class – beneath contempt!

    Dave Allen – If I say 5 years ago it was probably more. He wasn’t very old? In his 60’s? I loved him too! He was great!

  101. Venise Alstergren

    CHARLES KERR: Do you seriously wish anyone to believe anything written by that ultimate self-interest group, the Vatican? I’ll tell you what. The day the Pope comes out to announce that all of the priests in the Catholic Church which have been found to be guilty of sodomising small children have been flung into irons in a rat-infested, no-calorie, wind-conditioned cell for the rest of their lives, I might read the first paragraph. Might.

    DIOGENES: I’m so sorry to head that THE David Allen is dead. I used to love him.
    When did he die and how old was he, etc?

  102. Diogenes

    Jolyon Wagg

    Your point about punctuation taken. I am a pretty good savage nitpicking editor but too often skip its final application to my own output, which I acknowledge is discourteous to readers (of which I know I have one in this case). (I should have split that last sentence with a full stop after “output” for starters.) BTW what do you think the rule should be for closing brackets before or after a full stop?

    You are right to doubt my “honours thesis”. In fact it was only Matriculation though that didn’t really affect the point I was making. Those were the days when one did six hours of papers in Pure and Applied Maths (which I did take a bit further than Matric) and doing the the equivalent of Vegie Maths was not regarded as acceptable if you could do maths and sciences (as well as Latin, if not Greek, etc)

    Let me note, however, that you could do with a bit of self-editing yourself. What you say is perfectly clear but how could you, after a second thought, say of the carbon tax that, the Australian parliament having enacted it (if and when… I don’t think it is yet law as you imply) it is not worth talking about because the caravan passes on? (Perhaps we should all “move forward” as our top cliché mongers say). Do you really think for a moment that the carbon tax is anything but an enormouslylive political issue and will remain so at least until the next election? No, I credit you with intelligent second thoughts. However…

    Your remark is also inapt because I am not banging on (as in campaigning) but merely explaining the fixed points in my reasoning which should help you to understand that my agnosticism about the science is plausible and indeed genuine because it is a rational consequence of the view that I take of what is in Australia’s and Australians’ interests.

  103. Jolyon Wagg

    Diogenes,

    [What it says about your style of thought and preconceptions and a somewhat imaginative substitution of fancy for evidence might be thought of no more interest than my illustration (by reference to the positive feedback question) of the limited nature of the science dealt with in Laframboise’s book was to you, or anyone wanting to deal in hard scientific fact but it is worth telling you perhaps that y0u are plain wrong.]

    I hope you put more effort into the grammar of your (claimed) honours dissertation. Here’s a tip: try using some punctuation.

    Given that Australian parliament has resolved to introduce a carbon tax, your continued banging on brings to mind the old arab expression: The dogs may bark, but the caravan passes on.

  104. Diogenes

    David Allen

    I salute your civulity, indeed at the risk of going over the top, your urbanity. That you didn’t rev your brain up earlier I can understand since you were merely blogging in the minimalist sense rather than preaching pretentiously. After all a retired engineer frend, who had recently been a senior executive of a major corporate body, told me earnestly over the dinner table a few years ago of his concern with AGW based on just the undoubted (and it is) rise in global temperatures over the last 50 (or maybe it was 150) years concident with rises in CO2 emissions combined with the equally undeniable fact of CO2 being a greenhouse gas. I don’t remember him saying the standard of proof achieved justified wasting billions that could be better spent on futile carbon tax or emissions trading schemes but my point is that I don’t demand that all adequately intelligent conscientious people turn up the wattage of their cerebration on the subject to burning point – unless it is the Michael R James’s of this world whose pretensions are too provoking.
    We all suffer (and benefit, it is pragmatically unavoidable) from intellectual inertia based on group think, cultural background, half understood memories of early school lessons etc. Mine happens to include a habit of being provoked by bad arguments (part of my aspirations to have clever children perhaps) and my growing ten years or so of interest in the AGW issue has given me plenty of fodder for irritation and sharp response, mostly, but not by any means only, from the alarmist camp. Hence I trust you will accept the withdrawal of any insult.

  105. David Allen

    Diogenes

    It’s a pity you start with argumentum ad hominem and I have to advise you that your allusion to ‘Dave Allen’ is far from original.

    You are incorrect in your attribution of my occupation. I am an ancient retired clerk who has had a keen interest in the earth sciences since the 1950s.

    You write, “…but can’t see that what I have contributed has nothing to do with the denial of “the science” that you raise totally irrelevantly but with the alleged failings of an instituton. Those failings may indeed have importance for people’s structures of belief based on authority …”

    On rereading your original post I realise I am obliged to concede the point and do so readily. I apologise for attaching your name to my earlier post.

    The fact that you have detected my feeble mindedness is greatly to your credit. I try to keep it well hidden.

    I can answer your query re the Stefan Boltzmann constant and its application in climate change calculations in the affirmative.

    And to your last question I suppose I must also respond in the affirmative.

    Ouch!

  106. Flower

    @ Bohemian Posted Saturday, 29 October 2011 at 11:22 am | ‘Read Murry Salby’s work…he is an official IPCC reviewer and his work is making the barking dogs choke on their own vomit.’

    Yes Bohemian it’s embarrassing that Salby will have to eat crow over his claim that: “current carbon dioxide levels are 380ppmv” – cringe. And the fossil fuel lobbyists are so intellectually lazy they haven’t even noticed – not one! Just goes to show how desperate these “barking dogs” are when they peddle stuff they’ve never read, never listened to, or stuff that’s beyond their comprehension. The only skill they possess is perpetuating the nonsense of Watts, Monckton, Curry, Carter et al. Even that crap about Salby being an “official IPCC reviewer.”

    Here’s looking at you pal.

  107. Diogenes

    [sorry – accidental premature ignition] do find exciting is the quality of research, reasoning and writing and the fact that, in the absence of refutation, another global institution could lose all authority – though doing a quick reality check makes me take note of the fact that most churches, Islam and the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China effortlessly retain their millions of adherents. I do have a prejudice against institutions which propagate humbug I admit, and rejoice in any of them being found out and preferably brought low.

  108. Charles Kerr

    All those having too much fun kicking the Catholic Church can stop reading now. I know it deserves it on many occasions, but …

    What I cannot understand is that no-one in the debate refers to the document published 11 May 2011 commissioned by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences:
    “Fate of the Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene”

    http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_academies/acdscien/2011/PAS_Glacier_110511_final.pdf

    Included in this report is the headline: “Individuals and Nations have a Duty to Act Now”

    I don’t claim that this report is the end of the debate. But I after discovered it (early June), I emailed the link to Dr. Pell and over 20 Federal and State politicians. I included all parties, independents and my 2 local (Liberal) members. I recieved one (irrelevent) response.

    I have searched in vain for a reference to it in Dr. Pells address. I would LOVE to read a response to it from him or the Leader of the Opposition.

    Not all christians are anti-science. Some us hold that two different domains can address similar truths.

  109. Diogenes

    Jolyon Wagg

    I apologise that I feel compelled to correct an error you have made again. You say

    “The point I was making is that there are many contrarian books on Amazon. I think the only reason that you are so excited about this one is that it confirms your own preconceptions. That seems a bit sad to me.”

    What it says about your style of thought and preconceptions and a somewhat imaginative substitution of fancy for evidence might be thought of no more interest than my illustration (by reference to the positive feedback question) of the limited nature of the science dealt with in Laframboise’s book was to you, or anyone wanting to deal in hard scientific fact but it is worth telling you perhaps that y0u are plain wrong.

    While I was once willing to accept that AGW was an important enough problem to justify a lot of hard thinking and probably action I am now quite agnostic about the science because it is so clear that Australia’s only rational policy is to make ourselves as rich as possible, with much enlarged Future Fund like the Norwegians, so we can cope with whatever changing climate may inflict upon us since we know nothing we do or say can affect the outcome and we shouldn’t waste vast sums of money which could be put to better use looking after the aged, Aborigines, education etc. (I don’t include the Maldive Islanders whose President tells lies about their supposedly being AGW victims and puts his hand out for big money).

    What I

  110. alex.rosser

    If Jesus were here today he would say “Render unto Darwin the things that are Darwin’s, and to God the things that are God’s”

  111. Liz45

    @GOCOMSYS – Just keep exposing him for who and what he is! Like VENISE does. I agree with all she says about the catholic church and the evil bastards who run it!

    @VENISE – Hi Venise! Re the Constitution/religion/the cc etc – totally agree! The more I read the more I detest the whole lot of them! Pure evil dressed up as ????

    @DIOGENES – I loved Dave Allen! He was about the only person who could make me laugh about the catholic church! It was impossible not to laugh at him. I don’t know of anyone else who comes close to how he’d tell stories – I just wish I could remember them all and was good at telling jokes – I’m not! I’m hopeless, but he was magic!

    When it comes to climate change, I believe the experts – not the two bit idiots who don’t know s**t from clay! I’ve recently seen the poor people in the Pacific and my heart goes out to them. There’s just too much evidence from the SCIENTISTS to disregard in my view. Anyway, even if we cleaned the planet up with renewables, I think of all those whose medical conditions could be prevented or improved with clean/cleaner air! I had a 2 week old with asthma, and it’s an awful thing to see! Very scary! I’ve had grandkids with asthma too! Awful!

    For this I’m labelled! But I don’t give a toss!

  112. Diogenes

    David Allen?? No the marvellous Irish comedian is dead (he comes to mind when the Pope gets even a walk on part) so you must just be the pathetic hanger on of a second rate largely inactive scientist with no expertise in climate related sciences. I say “pathetic” because you purport to be able to contribute to a discussion where some minimal intellectual quality is required if it is to be worth anything other than as a whinging ground but can’t see that what I have contributed has nothing to do with the denial of “the science” that you raise totally irrelevantly but with the alleged failings of an instituton. Those failings may indeed have importance for people’s structures of belief based on authority (of all those thousands of scientific experts that are supposed to validate the IPCC’s work – but, crucially, of the IPCC itself) .

    That you are close to feeble minded is a necessary suspicion when you raise (albeit irrelevantly) as your criterion for scientific credibility such elementary stuff as

    “Before paying any attention at all to deniers I ask a them a couple of questions.

    1> Do you know the difference between temperature and heat? Demonstrate.

    2> Do you know what latent heat of fusion is? Demonstrate.

    Generally I am met with stony silence.

    So off you go Diogenes et al.””

    I didn’t have to get First Class Honours in Physics, which I did, to know such stuff. I knew it at 12 or at latest 13. I wonder whether you know what the Stefan Boltzmann constant is and why it is important? Perhaps you would, after all, prefer stony silence.

  113. Venise Alstergren

    GOCOMSYS: We could start by re-enforcing the Constitution which stipulated that religion and politics should be kept separate.

  114. Venise Alstergren

    Anyone who would vote for Tony Abbott should know how his fellow religionist, George Pell, views science, reason, the ability to question the status quo, politics and women-which he wouldn’t know anything about anyway- should die of shame.

    Tony Abbott is a Catholic fundamentalist and the gay George Pell is equally so. It’s about time Australian Catholics caught up to the country from which came the initial founders of the Catholic Church in Oz. It would seem that Ireland knows it is the twenty-first century, whereas the people who brought the poxey Catholic religion in Oz appear to be living in the twelfth century-to the detriment of non-Catholics.

  115. Diogenes

    Michael R James

    You write more like a believer in authority like all those adherents of religions down the ages who went along with the mob than a scientist who prides himself with justification on his independent judgment and rigorous standards of evidence. For example, how do you justify any superiorty over me in your qualifications to assess the merits of what Laframboise says – even, as it seems, without reading something that I have read? Evidence please? Why do you drag in the word “conspiracy” unless to show that you don’t have much idea what the word means to those for whom it has a precise legal meaning substantially reflecting the ordinary meaning which requires conscious and deliberate co-ordination of efforts to do something wrong. (There is a bit of that in Laframboise but only a bit. Not that you would know.)

    I note your claims to 35 years as a scientist though not with one jot of justification for your claiming to be better at assessiing the state of cliimate science than, say, a barrister with a long history of dealing with expert witnesses. Your PhD and claim of published articles leaves me quite unimpressed – not least as an excuse for your pathetic pretence that you don’t have the time to have a look at the Laframboise book, to which I shall return. I used both Bing and Google to look for evidences of your standing. All I found was a single article written with no lesss than 9 co-authors on a subject of no relevance at all to establishing your credentials to have a worthwhile view on climate science. So why, I found myself asking, was this fellow, after 35 years as a scientist not a full professor? Did you ever apply or was it early made clear that you weren’t marked for any promotion or recognition? I ask as one who has served on many professorial selection committees nearly always as an outsider to the discipline and therefore very attentive to such detail and nuances as the exact words of referees might be intended to convey. I usually found that my reading between the lines was correct when I checked with referees. I wonder if you ever wondered whether referees were really supporting you or were dropping heavy enough hints that you had no people skills, were never going to hack it as an academic leader or serious researcher or whatever – and please check with me if you, the committee member, have the gumption to read between the lines.

    So, though you know very little about me – and all I am asking for is someone to read a book and tell me why it is wrong it it is – but you have disclosed yourself as a second rate (if I don’t flatter you) academic who has so much invested in non-rational belief (just like George) that he has to pretend that his time is too precious to spend a few minutes even on something that might upset his fragile ego and equanimity. Sorry if this gets close to the bone but you asked for it by your choice of words (e.g. twit) and your arrogant baseless claim to superior qualifications to judge the book in question (even unread!!).

    As for lacking the time to check out the book!!! BTW, don’t you feel a responsibility to read it and stop it poisoning the climate debate rather than passively sitting back and waiting for someone you know to tell you it is a book worth reading? You could at least send a few journalists your bullet points made while reading a few chapters. But this laughable time business of yours…..

    We know your time is not taken up with your being a serious scientist doing serious work or you wouldn’t be a Crikey blogger at all and certainly not one who contributes not a word of serious argument on a subject you obviously regard as important. Andrew Glikson at least, with some reluctance, does occasionally give serious replies to queries raised on blogs.

    So, unless you would reject the work of any investigative journalist analysing problems of the Roman Catholic church as an institution because the journalist wasn’t a Catholic or a theologian, I suggest that you dare to upset yourself by reading something which is not to do with science so much as the human, often political, behaviour of a lot of people (bureaucrats rather than scientists acting as scientists) appointed to serve certain politically determined ends under the auspices of the UN. If you find that you cannot answer the book’s charges you might find yourself a job. That job would be to see if you can rescue the real climate science from the mess the IPCC has condemned it to. Or of course you might be able to answer the book’s charges…..

  116. GocomSys

    LIZ45 posted Friday, 28 October 2011 at 6:12 pm

    “Pell makes my flesh creep every time I see him. I’m not surprised that he and Abbott sing from the same song sheet – two of a kind! Both gross and ignorant!”

    Feel the same way but what do we do to get “rid” of them? Non-violently naturally, but how? Any ideas, anyone?

  117. Liz45

    @ALEXANDER BERKMAN – Hi Alex! How’s things?

    If anyone doubts Pell’s form, I invite you to read ‘Hell on the Way to Heaven’ by a mother whose two daughters were abused by the same priest from the ages of 5 and 6 – he raped them both! The eldest committed suicide while still in her late 20’s and the next daughter will require physical/emotional support for life – she walked out in front of a car at the age of 14? heart rending reading, but what was worse (if that was possible)was the role played by Pell and the cc? Just appalling! Go online and take a look at the webpage etc!

    I thought I was well informed on this issue, and about Pell. I was shocked and angered by his attitude! People could also take a look at the letter sent by the current pope to the bishops of the world re this issue! It’s in Geffrey Robinson’s book, ‘A case of the Pope’ – also can be looked at online? I have not the slightest shred of respect for either of them!

    Why anyone would even listen to a person like Pell astounds me! They’re either ignorant or complicit in his views? No middle ground here in my view!

  118. zut alors

    ‘…if carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was doubled, then “plants would love it”.’

    Jiminy cricket! Herein the voters can already foresee Abbott’s innovative climate policy ie: to double co2 output so we can reforest Australia.

  119. David Allen

    Kevin,

    You accept that Pell is a ‘dimwit’ but not on this subject. Can yow explain how you assess his dimwittery on various matters?

    You say, “Would anyone care to rebutt his arguments…or are you all going to take the cultural atavism (go on..look it up on Wiki you witless dodos)path…” (And then go on to criticise others for ad hominem – you joke, surely). Anyway, on rebuttal:

    His arguments are recycled Plimer, Carter, Monckton et al and have been rebutted numerous times in numerous places. The rebuttals are ignored and the same crap repeated. If you can be bothered see these point by point corrections to the claims made by deniers.

    (www.skepticalscience.com/argument.php?f=percentage)

    If you wish to challenge any of these rebuttals I will be happy to debate the matter with you.

  120. Jolyon Wagg

    Diogenes,

    [Thank you for your recommendations but assume they were intended to be something that might particularly interest a medical doctor]

    The point I was making is that there are many contrarian books on Amazon. I think the only reason that you are so excited about this one is that it confirms your own preconceptions. That seems a bit sad to me.

    [my favourite is the absence of strong empirical evidence that the essential positive feedback exists, but that is my sceptica (sic) point rather than hers]

    Nobody is interested in the “sceptical points” of anonymous bloggers. If you have any research skills that are relevant (which I rather doubt!) then put your findings in a paper and submit it to a peer reviewed journal. Feel free to send us a reference once it is published 😀

    BTW, I am relieved to find that you are not the other contributor going by the name Diogenes. I hope he is not too offended that I thought you might have been.

  121. Kevin Herbert

    There’s a loty of lapsed Micks in this crew of posters.

    Generally, I reckon G Pell is a misogynist dimwit.

    However, on this occasion he’s 101% right.

    Would anyone care to rebutt his arguments…or are you all going to take the cultural atavism (go on..look it up on Wiki you witless dodos)path, and load up the ad hominem howitzers.

    Rock on G Pell……you misogynist Richmond barracker you

  122. Archer

    Alexander Berkman Friday, 28 October 2011 at 8:49 pm

    “so let me get this right, Climate change is not real but things such as a virgin birth, necromancy and a big boat full of two of every kind of animal piloted by a 900yr old man is…… hmmmmmmmmmmm! it just so reinforces the denial-ism of any kind of reason associated with religion!”

    As Gerard Henderson so beautifully put it, and I’m paraphrasing;

    “What you are expressing is a form of sneering secularism, and if you are to pose such a hypothesis you may as well confront Barak Obama or Sheree Blair, both contemporary Christians, and call them flaming idiots.
    You don’t have to be a practicing Christian, Jew or Muslim to understand that these three religious traditions have a great intellectual power, a great historical antecedence and are therefore deserving of respect. And it’s very easy to to tell everyone they’re a blooming idiot but I don’t think it is very clever and I certainly don’t think it has any depth.”

    Now, I’m an agnostic. My mum tried to raise me Catholic but I didn’t like Sunday school.

  123. Diogenes

    Jolyon Wagg

    Thank you for your recommendations but assume they were intended to be something that might particularly interest a medical doctor. I am not a doctor, not even one of those medicos who imagine themselves to be scientists but are (usually) not. My life for decades has been much more directed to assessing the logic and evidence of claims to truth of apparently intelligent people.

    You suggest that I ought to emphasise the qualifications of someone whose book I want people to read but then, rather illogically, point to Laframboise’s apparent lack of qualifications. You seem to be ignoring the point that her book is that of an investigative journalist examining with apparently diligent and scrupulous attention to what her extensive and intensive research turned up. She is examining an institution and, apart from points that can be made as a matter of logic (my favourite is the absence of strong empirical evidence that the essential positive feedback exists, but that is my sceptica point rather than hers) she is not making criticisms of the science so as to make her scientific qualificatons or lack of them relevant.

    MY REASON FOR POSTING ABOVE ALL IS TO FLUSH OUT ANY SERIOUS CRITICISM OF HER BOOK BY SOMEONE WHO CARES ENOUGH ABOUT THE CREDIT OF THE IPCC TO READ IT AND ALL ITS FOOTNOTES AND AT LEAST MOST OF ITS REFERENCES. WHY? BECAUSE IF SHE IS RIGHT THE CASE THAT POLITICIANS ARE ACTING ON AND JOURNALISTS FOR THE MOST PART TAKING AS A GIVEN IS BUILT ON SAND. (Which is not to say that all the scientific papers which support elements of the AGW hypothesis including it disaster scenarios are to be disregarded. I’m afraid I have to spell that out for the typical careless readers of Crikey blogs who will not see the logic of the capitlised statement unless forced to attend.)

  124. Tom Watts

    When I read this nonsense from Pell I am reminded of Galileo and his problems with the Catholic church. Pell apparently believe a dead nun can cure cancer – so much for his scientific credentials

  125. Bohemian

    Do you climate change protagonists have your retorts and slurs on hand ready to defend the official story any time someone questions it. Bunch a talking heads gone berserk if you ask me.

    Read Murry Salby’s work…he is an official IPCC reviewer and his work is making the barking dogs choke on their own vomit. Well Australia is a little behind the rest of the world in this regard. They are all leaving the official story as you jokers tuck in.

    I cannot get over the fact you are all shilling for Mr. Elite, Al Gore who stands to win either way. Lol.

  126. David Allen

    Pixel

    Bear in mind that my post was essentialy to congratulate. once again, MRJ for his patience.

    As far as I’m concerned, if the interlocutor is not able to answer the questions as posed then they do not have sufficient grasp of even the most basic science. Ergo, I think, any opinion they may hold is either second-hand or ill-founded. In either case, not worthy of debate.

  127. Boo

    I had a suspicion when Diogenes posted ‘the list of those intelligent educated people … who say more than they are qualified by expertise or personal research on climate change for non-rational reasons’ that he or she would add themselves to that list.

    Michael, critical analysis reveals that I may be inconvenienced, so by any measure of objectivity it must be wrong. There is no alternative hypothesis as I am the only person that matters. My peers reviewed me and found that their own self interest correlated with mine to a very high degree of certainty. Unlike a scientist whom only spends about half a lifetime acquiring skills, I have spent an entire lifetime being an opinionated self interested git. Which make me much more qualified!

  128. Pixel

    @ David Allen

    I’d probably meet you with stony silence too.

    I haven’t done science since trade school and I didn’t just reasearch the answer on the net so I had to think about it for a bit. But from memory it might be easier for me and other non scientist types to answer if you said “heat energy” and maybe asked what the latent heat energy of water or oil is.

  129. JamesG

    What a embarrassment to the Catholic Church, a man who is homophobic, dogmatic and scientifically illiterate. Why has been so successful? Oh that’s right because he is homophobic, dogmatic and scientifically illiterate. Just the way the Catholic Church likes ’em.

  130. David Allen

    Michael R.

    Well said! I continue to marvel at your patience.

    Before paying any attention at all to deniers I ask a them a couple of questions.

    1> Do you know the difference between temperature and heat? Demonstrate.

    2> Do you know what latent heat of fusion is? Demonstrate.

    Generally I am met with stony silence.

    So off you go Diogenes et al.

  131. michael r james

    @DIOGENES Posted Saturday, 29 October 2011 at 12:08 am

    I will wait to see if anyone I might trust will give a review of Laframboise’s book to indicate I would not just be wasting my time. So far every indication is that it is just another amateur denialist writing a load of nonsense. But your endorsement is almost enough (to make me not want to even open the front page).

    And you, my insulting anonymous twit can believe any conspiracy theory you choose but you cannot insist someone has to read a particular book to hold a reasoned point of view. I have worked for 35 years as a PhD research scientist and have published >100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international science journals, so unlike you, I have an idea of how to judge claims and likelihoods. I am guessing you haven’t read a single primary-source scientific paper on global warming, including any of the 5,000 you/Laframboise claim are by scientists who disagree with the IPCC. Sure, just like Plimer and Monckton make the same claims but none of which stand up; some real scientists have spent lots of time tracking the references down and even contacting those cited scientists, all of whom deny that their work ever supported the statements made by Monckton et al.

    Just because Laframboise (and BTW she might prefer you managed to get her name right) is a sometime journalist does not give her any particular bona fides on this subject. Andrew Bolt is a journalist too–though like Laframboise, also does not have a qualification (she actually holds a degree in women’s studies); then again the same is true for Tony Abbott.

    And here’s the thing. You do not need qualifications if you want to critically read what a large number of bona fide scientists write on a subject. You can come to a decision as to credibility. BUT if you wish to disbelieve what they say, well now you are in completely different territory. To hope to write credibly dismissing what thousands and thousands of scientists say, you would need a whole bunch of skills it takes half a lifetime to acquire. You would have to have some basic understanding of peer-review. And then you would have to be able to write your alternative view of reality and have it published (not anonymously) in a peer-reviewed publication to expect anyone other than the most gullible ignorant twit to even bother reading it. But then I am a scientist (not a climate scientist) so obviously I am just part of this massive world-wide conspiracy that you and Laframboise believe in.

  132. Jolyon Wagg

    Apologies Diogenes…from the way you were pitching the book I presumed it was a novel

    [It reads as a great thriller, beautifully or at least logically, literately and lucidly written. ]

    If I was trying to interest people in a non-fiction work I would probably emphasis the qualifications of the writer to contribute to the subject at hand. Unfortunately that wouldn’t have worked too well in this case given that Laframboise’s only qualifications are in women’s studies (a fine discipline, to be sure, but not the ideal background for pontificating about climate change).

    Seeing that you like books that challenge the prevailing wisdom here are a couple that should interest you…

    The Sanctity of Human Blood: Vaccination is Not Immunization by Tim O’Shea (apparently he is a doctor so shoud know his stuff). Very enthusiastically reviewed by most on Amazon (apparently its a rip-snorting bodice ripper). Unfortunately there are a few critics as well, but they are presumably lying their hearts out.

    Inventing the AIDS Virus by Peter Duesberg (apparently he is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and a professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley and a leading figure in AIDS denialism). Again very enthusiastically reviewed by most on Amazon (apparently it is action-packed and beautifuly written). Sadly, there are, again, a few critics who are presumably lying their hearts out.

    Are you the Diogenes from Poll Bludger who is also a medico? If so, I bet you will be itching to read these books and apply the principles in your medical practice. If not…why not?

  133. Diogenes

    TormentedbytheDs

    I don’t understand your point about Lord Kelvin being, hypothetically, right. Are you seriously suggesting that all countries should have pretty well stopped burning coal about 1900. If you don’t regard that as absurd then I suppose you are capable of believing that the whole case for doing something that someone claiming to be an expert says will be dangerous lies must be made conclusively by the proposer of the action.

    As to the acceptable level of CO2 in the atmosphere I suppose you are aware that the next 400 parts per million will only produce as much additional greenhouse retention of outgoing radiation as the last 200 million did unless one assumes positive feedback effects which have been assumed in all or most IPCC models but haven’t been proved. As the last 200 ppm have only produced a quite manageable increase in global temperature of the order of one degree C (IF one assumes that it is the greenhouse effect of CO2 that has caused the rise in temperature) the effect of the next 400 over nearly a century is, prima facie, no justification for Australia to greatly reduce its ability to spend on aged care, Aboriginal welfare, war in Afghanistan, scientific research etc. by wasting money on a carbon tax regime which will have no effect on climate nor influence any major country.

  134. Diogenes

    Michael R James

    How pathetic that you and most of the other petty parrots on this blog come across as afflicted as much as George Pell with the need to believe the unprovable (as AGW so far is and a Creator God no doubt always will be). Can’t you tolerate uncertainty and accommodate to the necessity of still making some important decisions after doing one’s best to weigh the probabilities, costs and benefits?

    (BTW I haven’t more than glanced at the article and have no intention of reading Pell’s lecture. I am not interested in his views on climate change though I might have a look if I some day want to compare his rationality on that subject with his rationality in relation to the existence of a Creator God. My sole purpose in blogging was to introduce to people I wrongly presumed would live up to their pretence to be interested in reality a book which I suspect may be a real game changer for the absolutely undeniably shonky crew running the IPCC and those who have relied on them).

    Does your taking note of the French meaning of the Canadian author Donna Framboise’s surname mean you are seriously attentive to words and their meanings? No, I’m afraid not. Your reference to her as a “denialist guru” simply shows that your language is as clichéd as your thinking. If you had read her book you would know that neither part of the description fits at all. Gurus rely on their ipse dixit authority for the simple or lazy minded. By contrast she does not deny scientfically established facts such as the continual warming of the earth over most of the last 250 years but forensically destroys, on the basis of extraordinarily thorough research over about two years (not that I have checked all her footnotes and references) the right of the IPCC to be given credit for truth or good science.

    Why not read the book? It doesn’t cost much and doesn’t take long to read.

  135. Flower

    Rest assured many of the enlightened Catholic clergy cringe when this dogmatic fool spruiks uneducated nonsense about climate change.

    Pell’s hosts, the GWPF was founded at the same time as the climategate emails were released. At the time of GWPF’s foundation the average age of its trustees was 74. Dads’ Army?

    No doubt Pell would have been briefed by GWPF’s ‘Academic Advisory Council’ – not least by one member, Ian Plimer. Indeed a collusion between Plimer and Pell would certainly make wacko bedfellows since Plimer is an anti-creationist. Plimer published a book titled “Telling lies for God.” Plimer had the pants sued off him by the creationists he teased and tormented so he ended up $400,000 out of pocket. The link to his begging bowl, to recover litigious costs remains on the web where the author pleads: “I would urge you most sincerely to contribute to the Plimer Fighting Fund.”

    In his lecture, the cardinal refers to Thomas Aquinas: “The argument from authority based on human reason” is the weakest form of argument always liable to logical refutation.”

    Really? Recently eminent theologian Bart Ehrman and professor of religious studies at the U of North Carolina released his book: “Forged: Writing in the Name of God — Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are.”

    “Thus Christians aiming to authorize views they wanted others to accept wrote in the name of the Apostles, fabricating, falsifying and forging documents,” writes Professor Ehrman.

    Ditto! I would suggest that before Cardinal Pill touts any further for faux sceptics , he has an obligation to provide us with modelling, satellite images and a DNA sample of his supernatural deity which just may afford him a smidgin of credibility.

    Oh ye hypocrite!

  136. extra

    Could we all kick in to buy the good Cardinal a First Dog T-shirt? You know the one- with Kevin Rudd’s cat musing on how people can refute the science 0f climate change, but accept the miracle of the donkey and the cauldron …

    Seriously, he’s got no expertise in climate science; he’s just being a mouthpiece/useful idiot for the Galileo Movement. Puts him at odds with his boss, too.

  137. Michael Harvey

    Bloody Pell it’s Benny and George !

  138. AR

    Apart from the invisible friend, the misogyny, the child abuser protection and the whole smells’n’bells claptrap, why would someone who chooses to be celibate be anything but an object of pity? If that ain’t a denial of reality I can’t imagine what else would top it in the deranged stakes.

  139. Moira Smith

    Why would anyone be surprised that most of what George Pell spouts could credibly be described as ‘utter rubbish’.?

  140. Veronica Guy

    Why does anyone give any airtime anymore to any religite with a title? They are all up to their eyeballs in hogwash.

    Scott says “He isn’t an idiot (he has a Phd from Oxford in Church History and a Masters in Education from Monash) and he is an influential man and a extremely good communicator. Don’t be blinded by his position in the catholic church (as most of the atheists do)”.

    Excuse me, but why does having a degree in Church History(!!!) or a Masters in Education (??) guarantee Pell’s lack of idiocy? I should also add that I am not blinded by his position in the Catholic Church; I see the abuse of power that he wields oh so very clearly!

    He has no understanding of science (obviously) and if he is talking to the Mad Monk then both of them should be locked up in the asylum, not given a dais from which to spruik superstitious and dissembling rubbish.

    Climate Change science is a far more exacting intellectual exercise than either of these two have synapses available to appreciate. And they obviously are not interested in increasing their synaptic capacity by opening their wee brains to further understanding of the real, physical world about them. And some people here, on this forum, are prepared to give both of these twits credence?? Sheesh.

    The big problem is the number of ordinary decent people who happen to have been born into Roman Catholicism who rely on this ridiculous man to speak on their behalf. I have one such friend who thinks Pell knows of what he speaks. It is a worry.

  141. Jeremy Williams

    Yes, as has been mentioned arrogance was the first word that came to me. Why doesn’t he give a speech on brain surgery. Breathtakingly irresposible was another thought, and why does he keep pushing this barrow. And lastly, right on cue, the dishonest oz right there to advertise it on page 1.
    Pretty grim really.

  142. Peter Bartley

    OMG this guy is in no way qualified to speak on real science. As the leader of a failing sect he should not be given any air time. His statements are full of strawman arguments andoutright lies. His statemented experts are compromised.

  143. Alexander Berkman

    so let me get this right, Climate change is not real but things such as a virgin birth, necromancy and a big boat full of two of every kind of animal piloted by a 900yr old man is…… hmmmmmmmmmmm! it just so reinforces the denial-ism of any kind of reason associated with religion!

  144. davoid

    I’m a scientist. Tell you what. Why doesn’t the Catholic Church invite me to come and give a speech in which I tell them how interfering with kids isn’t so bad and better ways to hush it up when discovered?

    Gobshite.

  145. michael r james

    @DIOGENES Posted Friday, 28 October 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I give a loud raspberry to you and your latest denialist guru, Laframboise!

  146. Mack the Knife

    George Pell is only looking after the Catholic Churches investments in oil (Gulf Oil, Shell) over the welfare of ordinary people which seems to be his modus operandi for anything that threatens the church.

    Thank god ordinary Catholics are better people than him or Phoney.

  147. TormentedbytheDs

    Diogenes, if Lord Kelvin had been right and we had diminished the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere by a third, so far, may be we would not be burning coal? We have increased the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere by a third. The rate at which we are increasing the concentration is also increasing. What is your upper limit for CO2 before you start to get worried?

  148. Diogenes

    Jolyon Wagg, the is he a knave or a fool question is often a puzzle and it is in your case unless you are just showing what overindulgence in Happy Hour can produce in the way of verbal folly’.

    I did not once mention a novel or novels. It is entirelyof your manufacture and, in fact, I read about one novel a year. Laframboise’s book is deadly serious and deserves the time you might spend on three days of Crikey.

    As for TORMENTEDBYTHEDS
    What you say about the burden of proof sounds sensible – for a nanosecond. The application of the principle you espouse would have halted the use of just about everything needed for the successive technological and economic revolutions, not least the Industrial Revolution, which have given us a life expectancy of 80 instead of 30 and the means to enjoy it all while other non-ruling class people also do. Consider the consequences of taking too seriously the fear voiced by the great Lord Kelvin when President of the Royal Society that coal burning might use up all the oxygen in the atmosphere.
    Not only would it have been possible to raise fears about the dire effect on the environment of most of the great developments of the last 250 years but it would also be true that there was an element of truth, even much truth, in many of the apprehensions as well as totally unforeseen bad consequences. (One might even include the provision of modern medicine to societies still in a Malthusian condition of reproduction).

    The point is that no broad brush rules of thumb suffice. Close attention to detail is essential. And, unfortunately, the detail is being provided mostly, because that is where the big government money is, by a body which, on the evidence in Laframboise’s book, is not run by scientists (though there are some, and Laframboise has described their behavour in ways which suggests they are not behaving as scientists) but by politically appointed bureaucrats with preconceived political or philosophical agenda, sometimes personal such as Pachauri’s.

    As to the “peer reviewed stuff” you might care to do some homework. The subject is dealt with in Laframboise’s book and, more generally, the value of peer review is reflected on by the major work of Ionnadis and his team on the publshed medical research which you might conveniently catch up with if you read David Freedman’s article in a recent Atlantic Monthly, and also in an ABC RN interview. More directly to the point, if you were taking a serious open minded interest in something which our politicians had better get right you would have come across the articles which note at least 5000 peer reviewed articles which cast doubt on the IPCC’s headline oversmplifications. (Despite the corruption of the whole IPCC process as described by Laframboise, the small print usually makes it clear that the IPCC has no firm predictions).

  149. Rodger

    So a man who can choose what he wants to believe to be the truth from a 1500 year old book also chooses to ignore modern science. No surprises there.

  150. michael r james

    @JIM REIHER at 4:00 pm

    Yes, Pell is the (Bishop) Samuel Wilberforce of our day. Though he certainly has not got the oratory skills of old Soapy Sam but does have the other attributes. (from Wiki: The nickname derives from a comment by Benjamin Disraeli that the Bishop’s manner was “unctuous, oleaginous, saponaceous”; slippery, evasive and soapy).

    You would kind of think that these guys might learn from history. Pell even has a PhD from Oxford no less, in history of the church! They eventually lost all the big battles against paradigm-shifting science, from Copernicus, Gallileo, to Darwin. Of course it does take a century or two, and thus it is never the contemporaneous church office holders who finally make the leap to truth. Thus it continues today. Prevention of AIDs by condoms is another–this has already spanned two popes, just how much longer, and how many more millions of people will suffer, until they change official policy?

  151. Jolyon Wagg

    Diogenes,

    you were serious!?!?!

    [And be ashamed of yourself whoever your really are Jolyon Wagg]

    And I suppose you really are Diogenes 😀 Diogenes would be spinning in his barrel at the thought of someone taking his name and putting forth such tosh.

    [Why fill blog spaces with cheap silly jibes which inspection of what I wrote gives no justification for, except to indicate that the book is a well-paced page turner.]

    I am delighted that you get so much enjoyment from reading novels. So do I. The (cheap silly) point I was making is that novels do not provide a sound basis for responding to an issues like climate change.

  152. TormentedbytheDs

    Diogenes, Scott, etc. Carp on about IPCC here and computer model there but that is not the point.
    It’s up to Pell and Plimer or whoever to offer up the proof that changing the chemical composition of the atmosphere will be benign. You are the one’s advocating change, we are the conservatives. Just point us to all the peer reviewed stuff that says doubling, tripling or more the CO2 in the atmosphere will have no major effect. So far the advocates of change have published sweet FA.

  153. Liz45

    When one does some reading about the role Pell played re some pretty awful cases of child sexual assault, is it any wonder he’s still exercising pig ignorance on this issue too?

    Pell makes my flesh creep every time I see him. I’m not surprised that he and Abbott sing from the same song sheet – two of a kind! Both gross and ignorant!

  154. Diogenes

    Liz A and Jolyon Wagg

    You are at one with the disgraceful Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute caught out propagandising without even having read the subject of your comment. Please spare me from dishonest pseudo scientific supporters like Gleick. You will find him as lead reviewer of Laframboise’s book on Amazon. It is a truly disgraceful lying performance as other reviewers demonstrate and based on simply not reading the book – or even skimming it apparently. You are no better if you wish to be responsible and take serious issues seriously. Just read the book for the price, on Kindle, if you don’t read the free cloud version, of three copies of The Age.

    And be ashamed of yourself whoever your really are Jolyon Wagg. Why fill blog spaces with cheap silly jibes which inspection of what I wrote gives no justification for, except to indicate that the book is a well-paced page turner. And anyway, what’s wrong with “thriller” which would describe many true crime or or POW escape stories for example. Nothing to do, per se, with novels. So stop wasting people’s time with confirmation of the low average standard of Crikey bloggers, switch on such brain as you have and do your homework.

  155. GocomSys

    JOHNFROMPLANETMARS posted Friday, 28 October 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Are you still here? Isn’t it time you went home? Please take Pell, Abbott and their ilk with you. That’ll be great. Do it now. Thanks.

  156. Jolyon Wagg

    Diogenes,

    Wow!! I read a novel too!!! It was about zombies…I think we should all start boarding up our windows.

    BTW, are you serious, or are you parodying Cardinal Pell and his reliance on a rather longer work of fiction.

  157. Liz A

    Diogenes,

    The problem with Donna Laframboise is that she has no credibility, even as a denialist blogger. If this book is about Richard Tol (which I suspect it might be as he has been a favourite topic for her), did she remember to say this time that he is an economist who takes a contrarian view helpful to the fossil fuel lobby? Or did she omit that little “gem” from her research again?

    The other real problem for Laframboise is not who is rebutting her (after all, given the amount of time the IPCC had to spend rebutting and then investigating the bullshit spread from the stolen emails why bother with the nonsense of a second rate hack?), rather it is who is endorsing her. So far she has received the unconditional endorsement of the (vocal) blogging denialista : Anthony Watts, Australianclimatemadness, truthiscontagious, Judith Curry, Andrew Bolt, nocarbontax, climatescienceinternational & australianclimatesciencecoalition just to name a few. Many of these websites are astroturf machines and in fact 1 has direct links on its site to the Lavoisier group.

  158. Scott

    While I believe that climate change is occuring, I think it is important to listen to people like Pell as he does have something to say. He isn’t an idiot (he has a Phd from Oxford in Church History and a Masters in Education from Monash) and he is an influential man and a extremely good communicator. Don’t be blinded by his position in the catholic church (as most of the atheists do)

    A couple of interesting points he makes.

    1. At the end of the day, there are flaws in the computer models. There are around 20 Global circulation models out there which give you 20 different forecasts for climate in the future. The models are sure to suffer some sort of bias depending on the unique assumptions used and the fact that every determinant of climate has yet to be determined (thus there would be OVB in the models used). Most well funded research uses an average of all 20 computer models when forecasting to get the most accurate prediction, but statistically, you need around 120 models to get an estimate based on a normal distribution (which is the gold standard)

    2. A lot of what he says regarding Lorenz is true; to accurately predict the future climate, you need to know the current state of the climate and the forcing effects at a particular point, which is said to be extremely difficult with non-linear systems like atmosphere and the Ocean. Indeed, some peer reviewed papers seems to think that because of the non-linear nature of these determinants, it is impossible to predict climate with any degree of accuracy beyond a few decades, yet to read some of the papers, that is exactly what some of them do.

    3. The question of prevention vs adaption is an argument that needs to be addressed (I like the ark reference), if only as a fall back plan if we cant reverse the effects of climate change using current methods.

    The way I read the Pell article, he is expressing some doubt over the science (maybe a little too much but there are some issues there), but also asking us to question whether there are some things (like climate) that are outside man’s ability to control (hence the Canute reference). As a church leader, it’s not an unusual question to ask.

  159. puddleduck

    Haven’t you heard? The world is flat! FLAT, I tell you!!!

  160. Peter Bayley

    It’s the word “Change” that gets them going. Pell and his ilk have benefitted from the way things were – so any change is a threat to their position. This is the true, fearful “Conservative” at work.

  161. kakadu

    You would have thought that the church learned the hard way not to meddle in science when they excommunicated Galileo. It’s happening

    Leave Science to the scientists. The arrogance of the man is breathtaking.

    Yes, Mark, I agree with your Catholic friends. I’m Catholic and I think Pell is a misogynistic dinosaur artifact left over from the last pope.

  162. Johnfromplanetearth

    Now these scientists wouldn’t be at all worried that there are approximately 5.1 million Catholics living in Australia and that Cardinal Pell has a lot of clout with these people. Couldn’t help noticing that one crack pot doesn’t wish us to confuse climate change with climate variability, kinda reminds me of Gillard speak “clean energy future”. I suspect that scientists are more than worried about the influence Pell has on 5.1 million people.

    “think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another” ~Napoleon Hill

    Cardinal Pell has the ears of millions willing to listen.

    Oh, i’m not a catholic by the way.

  163. Diogenes

    Just add George Pell to the list of those intelligent educated people – Barry Jones, Phillip Adams, even Gus Nossal come to mind – who say more than they are qualified by expertise or personal research on climate change for non-rational reasons. But now let’s move on to something much more interesting…..

    No it is not the Richard Muller news which, so far as appears from The Age’s secondhand opinion piece this morning, only says that the earth has been warming for about a century which is no news at all (except that it has been going on for at least 250 years).

    It is the absolutely devastating (until rebutted which seems unlikely) book by Donna Laframboise “The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert”.

    I haven’t finished reading my $4.99 Kindle edition of it so haven’t done what passes for due diligence these days and seached the WWW for commentary or – as I emphasise most unlikely – effective refutation (though expect plenty of attempts to divert the attention of those who will only read secondhand reports about the book).

    Read it. It reads as a great thriller, beautifully or at least logically, literately and lucidly written.

    It so undermines the credit we tend to give to the IPCC, especially its summaries for policy makers and its supposed expertise and honesty, to the journalists who appear to report on clmate issues (but miss many big stories which don’t fit the preconceived story) and even natonal science bodies that we should probably all start again and ask why we are wasting so much money (a question that applies a fortiori in Australia where nothing we do can affect the outcome except being rich enough to adapt to whatever happens).

  164. wothers

    I would have thought George had more urgent matters to attend to than preaching claptrap to a roomfull of Climate Science deniers – like handing over all the priests guilty of sex abuse crimes still hiding in the Church.

    Has George issued instructions to priests to start spouting this nonsense from Catholic pulpits on Sundays yet?

  165. Andybob

    My problems with Cardinal Pell and verification start well before we get to climate science. Listening to people who believe in invisible friends is a job for well paid psychiatrists.

  166. Kevin Herbert

    It’s cultural atavism front & centre from most of the pro-global warming troops…no data, full of bile….and no credibility.

    Taxi !!!!!!!!

  167. Liz A

    There has been a fairly vigorous debate about this on a Pure Poison thread over a couple of day now, and I will cross post my last blog entry from there to here as it is relevant.

    Someone sent me a link to an article on the Independent Catholic News website. Independent Catholic News is based in the UK and “Our aim is to provide speedy and accurate news coverage of all subjects of interest to Catholics and the wider Christian community.”

    http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=19177

    The article pwns Pell and his views. It includes such gems as:

    [Members of the Columban Missionary Society and Fr Joe Ryan of Westminster Justice and Peace, challenged the Cardinal for accusing those calling for climate action as being scaremongers. Fr Ryan pointed out that the May 2011 report of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on ‘Fate of Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene’ did not deliberately set out to scaremonger when it listed numerous examples of glacial decline around the world, and the evidence linking that decline to human-caused changes in climate and air pollution…The document is available on the Vatican website.]

    and

    [Tim Aldred of Progressio said: “it is strange that the Cardinal calls for action only on the basis of evidence, whilst apparently dismissing the evidence-based conclusions of (amongst others) the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and NASA”]

    and

    [Columban Father Sean McDonagh, who has written a book about Climate Change, said he feels Cardinal Pell is out of step with Vatican policy. He points out that a joint communiqué issued by the Holy See and the British Government last September, during the papal visit, clearly indicates the Vatican’s position. ]

    and

    [Father McDonagh said he feels it is “very regrettable” that Cardinal Pell is “planting seeds of doubt” about Climate Change just one month before the next round of UN climate negotiations in South Africa. Just last week, in his message for World Food Day, Pope Benedict said that “availability of foods is increasingly conditioned by volatility of prices and sudden climatic changes”.]

    I’ll take my glass of schadenfreude with a wafer, to go thanks Cardinal Pell.

  168. Mark from Melbourne

    It’s interesting that almost all of my friends who are Catholic think that Pell is an abomination. Or maybe that’s why they’re my friends. Or vice versa. Or something else.

  169. Margaret Kerr

    To date, he has yet to convince me that he has any Christian qualities and he seems so politically extreme. Doesn’t he think God wants us to treat this planet and each other and our fellow creatures a little better? Actually, a lot better? I wonder how many Australian Catholics take him seriously?

  170. Gratton Wilson

    Is Abbott feeding these myths to Pell or is it Pell feeding these climate myths, and others, to Abbott. Either way I wish they would both go far far away.

  171. Stephen

    Locally, nationally, globally, Pell is simply a force for evil. Compare with his destructive opposition to any reasonable consideration of the population question.

  172. sparky

    And we should be surprised that the Brown Cardinal thinks this ? Maybe he is spruiking for the Firms investments.

  173. Jim Reiher

    Mike M – I have a theory about fundamentalists who reject climate science. I have asked some: where is the chapter and verse that tells me to deny climate change? Why hitch your wagon to that side of the debate. No one can answer me. But I think I have figured it out:

    The same religious people who reject climate science have already demonstrated a great distrust of “the concensus of scientific option” on another topic: evolution. Because they are creationists (against 99% of all experts in the science), they sub-consciously feel a need to reject the concensus of scientific opinion on this topic too. Otherwise, someone could say: “Hey! You accept what scientists say about climate change – why dont you accept what other scientists say about evolution?”

    maybe…

    or maybe they are just simple minded and easily manipulated.

    If my theory is true, then ironically the same people use the concensus of scientific opinion every time they go to a doctor and take their advice.

    Here is a question I like to ask the deniers and sceptics: If you went to 100 expert doctors in cancer, and 99 said you had cancer and needed treatment, and 1 said you didnot… what would you do?

  174. Mark Duffett

    Apart from anything else, terrible timing by Pell, his speech almost coinciding with the release by hitherto-skeptic Berkeley Professor Richard Muller of his group’s study showing conclusively, and yet again, that Earth is warming (berkeleyearth.org/Resources/Berkeley_Earth_Summary_20_Oct). With this, the issue has well and truly moved on to the ‘they always believed it’ stage.

  175. Shinsko

    What is most staggering about Pell is the sheer arrogance of the man. What possesses these people (read climate change deniers in general, Pell in particular) to think that they know better than qualified experts.

    It is as though thousands of scientists, both currently and throughout the century, have overlooked some piece of the science which Pell (et al) have discovered with google. And stripped of context and relevance this google discovery casts doubt, not only on the laws of physics and chemistry, but on the whole canon of climate science.

    What a nincompoop.

  176. Sancho

    Shame that the Catholic church has no history of consistently conceding scientific facts that it formerly denied.

  177. Mike M

    Just another example of the Catholic Church denying science.

    Ever since this misogynistic fool became head of the catholic church in Australia I stopped going to their churches.

    Just how the ultra right wing became such deniers of science is hard to comprehend, other than for little more than political cynicism of the worst kind.

  178. TormentedbytheDs

    Thanks MESKI. It is usually DEES. The Melbourne Football Club.

  179. Glen Scott

    I wonder if he would have backed Copernicus or sided with Rome against him?

  180. Meski

    @Tormented: Seconded code cutter! (but not really humble)
    (EDS is tormenting you?)

    @Cardinal Pell: Not to be trusted on child abuse || climate change.

  181. Microseris

    Pell may be an authority on catholic dogma and religious superstition, but what exactly are his credentials on the subject of climate science?

    Doesn’t accept the overwhelming data based evidence, but wants us to accept as fact his imaginary friend for whom no evidence exists whatsoever.

    Hypocrisy, he is an authority on that as well.

  182. david

    Is it any wonder Abbott spurts out non stop rubbish on this and many other topics, when his mentor and adviser is the same ignorant Pell. Abbot is the lap dog for the Catholic Church and 2GB’s Jones, he dare not utter an opinion without the say so and blessings from on high. It is time Pell was taken to task by his master the German in Rome, but of course pigs will indeed fly.

  183. Janette T

    I trust this rebuttal will make the front page of The Australian today, as Pells did yesty?

  184. stephen martin

    @ Graham Readfearn – I am waiting for Tamas Calderwood’s reply to this; seriously though not all Climate Scientists agree on the degree to which mankind has caused the majority of global warming. eg;

    Roy W. Spencer received his Ph.D. in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981. Before becoming a Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2001, he was a Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, where he and Dr. John Christy received NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for their global temperature monitoring work with satellites. Dr. Spencer’s work with NASA continues as the U.S. Science Team leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite. He has provided congressional testimony several times on the subject of global warming.

    http://www.drroyspencer.com/global-warming-natural-or-manmade/

  185. Jim Reiher

    What a tragic and foolish speech! Mr Pell is spurting out the material of Bolt, Plimer and Mokton…. my goodness – he is even at odds with the official stand of the Catholic Church! Dont listen to the experts, rather the journalists, the geologists who sit on mining board companies, and the nutters from the UK!

  186. Justin

    Irrelevance, he has it.

    Makes me glad he didn’t become the next pope

  187. TormentedbytheDs

    I read Cardinal Pell’s speech in the OZ (Some pay wall that). Can I be the first humble code cutter to tell His Eminence, that while overblown, the y2k bug was also real.

  188. Bohemian

    Science is definitely compromised, academia is most definitely compromised, politics is completely compromised, medicine is compromised, corporations are compromised. I dont believe anyone anymore. I wonder if God is comnpromised?
    Climate change..isn’t that dead yet? Will be soon when the aliens arrive!!!!

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