On this day 13 years ago John Daly (not to be confused with John Daley, who we will meet later) died. Daly was the author of The Greenhouse Trap, published in 1989. It was the first (and for a long time only, I think) Australian book to deny anthropogenic global warming. Daly went on speaking tours, was on the radio a bit crossing swords with scientists and environmental advocates. He didn’t get to present his, ah, ‘research’ at the 1990 ANZAAS meeting, which apparently irked him.
You can read an obituary by Ray Evans here.
As the website Climate Citizen puts it –
On Tuesday January 8  the Bureau of Meteorology released an interim special climate statement on the Extreme January heat Australia is currently experiencing. Record temperatures both day-time maximum and night-time minimums continue to be broken. The extraordinary heatwave has also been the scene for catastrophic fires, especially in Tasmania. The Prime Minister Julia Gillard saw the devastation in Dunalley and among her many interviews and press conferences made a brief statement connecting the intensity of bushfires with climate change.
But of course, you’re not supposed to be able to link weather phenomena to climate. That would be a fundamental attribution error… Except, of course…
See also the Guardian‘s take on it.
Also on this day-
Peter Walsh, finance minister under Hawke, and later to be a founding member (president?) of the Lavoisier Group takes an early pop at climate science (he’d been at it for a while already) in the Fin.
BACK in 1989 a proposal to spend $6 million on an Australian response to the greenhouse effect and climatic change was being considered. The 1990 Budget Papers identify another $17 million for climate change core research and “multifaceted programme initiatives” – which presumably includes funding various national and international greenhouse conferences so beloved by greenhouse activists.
He also in this article cites approvingly John Daly’s ‘The Greenhouse Trap’…
Walsh, P. 1991. Credibility Gap in Greenhouse Gabfests. Australian Financial Review, 8 January, p.7.