On this day 11 years ago Australian climate scientist Barrie Pittock had an opinion piece in the Melbourne Age newspaper. In the piece, titled “In global warming war, may market forces be with you“, Pittock observes that
“The Institute of Public Affairs supports, as far as I know, road rules and safety standards, for example for automotive design, medical procedures and drugs. Sensible regulation, with carrots and sticks for people to do the right thing, is necessary in an imperfect world. The same must apply to environmental damage caused by human activities that threatens future human health and welfare.”
Pittock, B. 2006 “In global warming war, may market forces be with you“, The Age, January 14.
The IPA, for those not in the know, is a ‘think’ tank that has been around since the early 1940s. It used to be conservative, but has now gone full-libertarian. By its own admission (as in, boast) it has played a key role in denial of climate change in Australia.
Also on this day-
WWF Australia released a report tying global warming to the 2002 drought (which continued until the late 2000s, but more on that another time…
SYDNEY, Australia, January 15, 2003 (ENS) – Human-induced global warming was a key factor in the severity of the 2002 drought in Australia, the worst in the country’s history, according to a report issued Tuesday [14 january] by WWF Australia. The report is part of an effort by Australian environmental organizations to convince the Liberal Government of John Howard to reverse its policy and sign the Kyoto climate protocol.
newswire. 2003. Human Actions Blamed for Worst Australian Drought. Jan 15.