Category Archives: denialism

June 17, 2007 – “Carbon Sense” coalition formed

On this day in 2007 (it seems) the “Carbon Sense Coalition” put up its first post.  It describes itself as “a voluntary group of people concerned about the extent to which carbon is wrongly vilified in Western societies, particularly in government, the media, and in business circles. We aim to restore balance and reason to the carbon debate, and to explain and defend the key role of carbon in production of most of our energy for heat, light, and transportation, and all of our food.”

June 17th, 2007 |

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1989 Review of THE Greenhouse Effect –

Moran, A. 1994. Cool appraisal time for global warming. The Australian Financial Review, 17 June, p. 26.

Global warming is a con. There is no justification for threatening those jobs that depend on coal and thermal power stations, says ALAN MORAN THE greenhouse phenomenon has raised far more hot air than has emerged from global temperature records. Not all agree with this. Greenpeace has launched its “Climate Timebomb” catalogue, claiming documentary evidence of global warming attributable to increased emissions of carbon dioxide.

17 June 2009  Christine Milne ‘The Climate Nightmare is Upon Us

 

2009 Turnbull ‘don’t snuggle up’ to Labor…. (see Taylor, 19 June)

Taylor, L. 2009. Opposition tells industry: don’t `snuggle up’ to Labor — Turnbull puts heat on business. The Australian, 19 June, p.1.

MALCOLM Turnbull has attacked big business for “snuggling up” to Labor, demanding business publicly back the Coalition strategy of amending and then passing the government’s emissions trading laws.

In a blunt exchange with about 30 chief executives at a Business Council of Australia breakfast at Parliament House on Wednesday, Mr Turnbull attacked business for being “intimidated” into supporting the government and for failing to publicly push for amendments to the laws.

2014 “I am not a citizen of Australia, and I don’t feel I have the privilege of entering your political debate,”

O’Malley, N. 2014. Al Gore: Saving the future. The Age, 17 June, p.20.

2014 Ray Evans dies (Mr Climate Denial Australia)

 

June 15, 1994 – embarrassing IPA #climate denial piece in Canberra Times

On this day in 1994 the pretty-good-on-climate newspaper the Canberra Times published a frankly embarrassing piece by IPA operative Andrew McIntyre, under the title “No proof of global warming” (Canberra Times, June 15, p.17)

To be fair, there were rebuttals by Greenpeace published on the 20th, and by scientist Neville Nicholls on 26th and 29th!!

Still, this didn’t prevent McIntyre getting another column, on 30th November the same year…

June 8, 2005 Launch of Australian “Environment” Foundation

On this day in 2005 the Melbourne Age reported on the launch, by figures associated with the Institue of Public Affairs, of the “Australian Environment Foundation”, whose name was in no way cohosen to mimic the Australian Conservation Foundation, oh no…

“Australia’s newest environment group is ruffling feathers – but not where you would expect.”  it said –  Fyfe, M. 2005. Cool reception for new green group. The Age, 8 June.

Aka ‘corporate ventriloquism’ and “FACES of Coal.”

 

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Uren, D. 1990. Editor’s note. BRW, 8 June.

In the battle for hearts and minds, the environmentalists have it all over companies. The business sector’s difficulty in grappling with the environment issue will result, sooner or later, in a company director finding himself in the dock facing charges over pollution. Both NSW and Victoria now have legislation that can render executives and directors personally liable for environment protection offences. Many within the environment movement are looking for a test case of this legislation.

In this week’s cover story BRW writer Matthew Stevens examines the challenge that Greenpeace is throwing out to Australian companies. As Stevens reports, the local branch of the international Greenpeace organisation has thoroughly reorganised itself and is armed with the latest techniques developed in the US for direct action against companies. Greenpeace is out to achieve the greatest public humiliation of those it chooses to expose.

Greenpeace, 2006. Media Release: Greenpeace Denounces Moore. 8 June .

“Sydney, Thursday June 8, 2006: Greenpeace Australia Pacific CEO Steve Shallhorn dismisses Patrick Moore’s suggestions that nuclear fuel will have positive environmental impacts. John Howard is only using the likes of Patrick Moore, a hired gun for the nuclear lobby, precisely because he is not a genuine environmentalist,” said Mr Shallhorn.”

 

 

 

 

May 1, 2007 Hamilton and Lowe talk “Scorcher”

Ten years ago today Clive Hamilton and Ian Lowe were at the Queensland Irish Club in Brisbane, as part of the launch publicity around Hamilton’s book ‘Scorcher: The Dirty Politics of Climate Change,’ in an  effort to thrash out fact from fiction in an effort to dispel the myths and embrace the realities of our changing climate.”

 

Scorcher is a good book (still worth reading), full of horrifying stories of complacency, stupidity and  outright denialism.  It was written at a time when it was hoped we could get smarter, could escape the mess we had made for ourselves. Now?  Not so much…

April 26, 1992 – “No carbon tax,” says Ros Kelly..

On this day 25 years ago the Sun Herald reported that a spokesman for Environment Minister Ros Kelly had said that Keating’s Government was not considering a “carbon tax” but instead  favoured “no-regret” options. It was framed as a ‘win-win, with the spokesman adding “This Government would be delinquent if it did not take a precautionary rather than a cavalier approach to the greenhouse effect. The worst-case scenarios are terrifying.”

The Sun Herald continued

BCA spokesman Mark Emerson said Australia should not support the EC proposal for a commitment by developed countries to stabilise greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2000. “Business is concerned that, against the background of the enormous scientific uncertainties, inappropriate policy responses might be applied which would have devastating economic and social effects without any discernible environmental benefits,” he said. “None of Australia’s regional trading partners or competitors – except New Zealand – will agree to the EC option.”

1992 Skinner, S. 1992. Greenhouse: Aust yet to set its policy. Sun Herald, 26 April, p. 13.

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2007 If you need a laugh –  Ray Evans Global Warming Debate A revised version of an address delivered at the ACT Caucus Room, Wellington, NZ on 26 April 2007

April 18, 1992- Shock, horror; climate denial in The Australian?!

The Murdoch press has been at this for a Very Long Time Indeed.

New and conflicting predictions continue to be made. For example, on 18 April 1992 the Australian carried a page one headline ‘Global Warming May Lower Sea Levels’, while later in the business section a case was made against a carbon tax on fossil fuels.  Business interests remain unimpressed by the call to tax themselves.

Love, R. 1992. Stranger Weather Still.  Arena 99/100 pp.39-46.

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1996

“Australian environmental education has been launched onto an international stage, with local group ARK Australia yesterday going live on the Internet with a World Wide Web site called Planet Ark.

“The product of a significant co-operative effort involving the Seven Network , Austereo, Reuters and Sanitarium, the site will provide on-demand 24-hour environmental radio news on the Net, along with environmental software and celebrity campaigns that can be downloaded free of charge, including the “Save the Planet” videos featuring stars such as Pierce Brosnan, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.”

Helen Meredith, 1996 “Planet Ark launch – Planet Ark’s world-first on the Net” The Australian Financial Review, 19 April, p. 48

 

2007 How competitive is gas in carbon-priced power generation? APPEA Conference  Adelaide See John Daley (for AIGN! comments). For example, Michael Chaney, BCA President, writing in The Australian on 18 April 2007:

“Climate change and the development of a long-term strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are complex challenges facing Australia’s economy and will be the subject of significant debate in the election campaign. Yet the issue does not lend itself to quick fixes or simplistic political posturing.”

2013: “Lateline follows up with CSIRO on soil carbon and proves again that Greg Hunt’s soil carbon plan would require up to “two thirds of the land mass of Australia.” (From Mark Butler’s Direct Action Timeline)

April 11, 2001 – John Quiggin eviscerates the Lavoisier Group.

John Quiggin is a take-no-prisoners economist who isn’t afraid of a fight.  In 2001 he had an article entitled “Wishful thinking of Walsh’s true believers” in the Australian Financial Review. You can read the whole thing here, but these are the choice bits.

Along with a range of right-wing luminaries, [Peter Walsh, Hawke’s Treasurer] is a leading figure in the grandly-named Lavoisier Group. This body is devoted to the proposition that basic principles of physics, discovered by among others, the famous French scientist Antoine Lavoisier, cease to apply when they come into conflict with the interests of the Australian coal industry.

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The Lavoisier Group serves one useful social purpose. There are always participants in the public debate who will happily put forward any proposition that supports their position, whether or not it has any basis in fact and logic. The arguments of such commentators should be discounted appropriately, but it takes time and effort to identify them on an individual basis.

The Lavoisier Group has collected a number of prominent commentators who indicate, by their membership, that they are prepared to rely on wishful thinking whenever it suits their turn. These true believers in fairies at the bottom of the garden should be accorded the credibility they deserve.

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On 28 February 1997  Federal Environment Minister Senator Robert Hill announced the release of a discussion paper, ‘Future Directions for Australia’s National Greenhouse Strategy’, prepared by the Intergovernmental Committee on ESD with a deadline for submissions of 11 April 1997.