Andrew L. Urban.
Why am I writing about climate change on a blog devoted to wrongful convictions? My justification is that carbon dioxide has been wrongfully convicted of causing global warming, according to climate scientists, and the alarmism is causing many children to be overly anxious. (Not to mention all the other damage…) And I’ve been ‘triggered’ …
The trigger for this post is a column in The Australian (2/9/23) by commentator and broadcaster Chris Kenny, admonishing climate alarmists for fuelling the fear afflicting children. He singles out the ABC but there are others just as guilty. His column echoes my own concerns about the irresponsibility shown by most media as well as the government for terrifying children … unnecessarily.
Writes Kenny: “Ironically, the ABC children’s program I have called out for putting the fear of Gaia into our young people, Behind the News or BTN, recently focused on the psychological impact of climate change on children. The segment began with a clip of ABC News telling viewers about “Earth’s hottest month on record”, US President Joe Biden talking about the “existential threat” of climate change and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warning “climate change is here, it is terrifying, and it is just the beginning. (He of ‘global boiling’ fame…)
“What a way to reassure and inspire children about their future. The program presenter, Amelia Moseley, said climate talk was “pretty much everywhere all the time and sometimes all this bad news can really start to get to us”. You can say that again. Moseley continued: “In fact, experts have a name for this, it’s known as climate anxiety.”
“The ABC then showed social scientist Blanche Verlie from the University of Wollongong talking about people’s “painful feelings” and “worry about the future”, while psychiatric epidemiologist and health services researcher Fiona Charlson of the University of Queensland said the images of bushfires and floods were “very distressing”.
“Then we heard from schoolchildren, seemingly in their early teens. “What I’m mainly worried about is what would happen in the future,” said one boy. “When I hear about climate change it does make me feel scared,” said a girl, before another added: “I don’t want our home to be destroyed”, and a third said: “In the future it’s going to be even worse, Earth is not going to be liveable for us.”
He adds: In my “child abuse” column I used examples from literature – Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and Peter Goldsworthy’s Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam – to underline how, when there is true bleakness and real hopelessness, parents protect young people from it rather than fuel panic and insecurity. With climate, a greater emphasis on the facts, rather than hype, would be reassuring.
My decades-long interest in this subject was given public expression in my recent book, Climate Alarm Reality Check – What You Haven’t Been Told (Wilkinson Publishing). I dedicate the book “to the panic stricken 12 year old schoolgirl I saw sobbing on the TV news fearing the world will soon end because of ‘climate change’ – and all her fellow schoolchildren around Australia.”
Filled with uncontested facts, the book presents the findings of research by scientists that challenge the alarmist speculation of not just activists but world leaders. The book quotes experts in the field who are not bound by the ruling orthodoxy. Scientists who know the devilish complexity of climate science and do not believe the simplistic notion that carbon dioxide is the earth’s heat control knob.
Snapshots from the book
How many reasonable people would accept unquestioningly that a non-toxic man made gas that is 0.038% of the atmosphere is a pollutant driving global warming? That’s the amount of man-made CO2 in our atmosphere. Australia’s share, at 1.3% of that, is 0.0005%.
Over 1600 international signatories to the 2022 Climate Declaration*, some 300 scientists in a petition to the US President, 33 current and former Fellows of the Geological Society and many individual scientists have affirmed that there is no climate emergency.
*Issued by Climate Intelligence Foundation established in 2019 by emeritus professor of geophysics Guus Berkhout and science journalist Marcel Crok.
WHAT THE SCIENTISTS SAY
Man-made carbon dioxide is innocent
Princeton Professor, emeritus, William Happer, who has studied possible CO2 related climate change for over 40 years, succinctly states his opinion:
”There isn’t a climate crisis. There will not be a climate crisis. It is utter nonsense.”
MIT Professor, emeritus, Richard Lindzen has studied climate even longer than Happer, his comment:
“What historians will definitely wonder about in future centuries is how deeply flawed logic, obscured by shrewd and unrelenting propaganda, actually enabled a coalition of powerful special interests to convince nearly everyone in the world that carbon dioxide from human industry was a dangerous, planet-destroying toxin.
“It will be remembered as the greatest mass delusion in the history of the world – that carbon dioxide, the life of plants, was considered for a time to be a deadly poison.”
“I suspect that many people believe that there is an instrument that measures the Earth’s temperature. As most of you know, that is not how the record was obtained.
“Obviously, the concept of an average surface temperature is meaningless. One can’t very well average the Dead Sea with Mt. Everest. Instead, one takes 30 year annual or seasonal means at each station and averages the deviations from these averages. The results are referred to as annual or seasonal mean anomalies.”
Back in 2010, 43 Fellows of the Royal Society (The United Kingdom’s national academy of sciences, a Fellowship of some 1,600 of the world’s most eminent scientists) wrote to its then president, Paul Nurse, to complain about the unscientific tone of the society’s messages on climate change. Eight years later, a group of 33 current and former Fellows of the Geological Society wrote an open letter to their president in similar vein.
The letter notes that: “The IPCC position matches observations that almost half of the warming that has occurred over the last 150 or so years since industrialisation, had already happened by 1943, well before the rapid rise of industrial CO2 This difference of opinion is critical, for if CO2 did not cause the pre-1943 warming, the claimed consensus that Catastrophic AGW is caused by human CO2 emissions since the Industrial Revolution, which is supported by GSL, must be mistaken.
“We also believe the GSL has a responsibility to refute the exaggerated claims that swirl around the fringes of the Climate Change debate, undermining the real science – such as that CO2 and Climate Change cause: more hurricanes, more rain, more drought, more asthma and now, even more terrorism (through drought in Africa), the exceptional cold and warm recorded over most of the sub-Arctic, Northern Hemisphere during the past winter and spring are what we should ‘expect’ from Global Warming.
“As this letter makes clear, it is not true that 97% of scientists unreservedly accept that AGW theory is fixed, or that carbon and CO2 are ‘pollutants’ and their production should be penalised; how can the primary nutrient in photosynthesis be a pollutant?”
Melbourne based climate data analyst John McLean, whose PhD thesis is titled “Prejudiced authors, prejudiced findings”, claims that the climate data being used to propagate warming theories is essentially unreliable. He describes carbon dioxide emission mitigation policies as “a solution in search of a problem”.