Greens Claim They’d Be Winning If They Bothered Arguing

Posted on Sun 02/21/2010 by

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By Andrew Bolt

Only now that they’re losing do they want a debate … or just a stepping up of the slime:

AUSTRALIAN green groups have called a strategy meeting to devise ways to hit back at the climate sceptics movement, amid fears they are losing the PR war.

The groups, including Greenpeace, the Wilderness Society, World Wide Fund for Nature, Australian Conservation Foundation and Friends of the Earth, have acknowledged that the public mood has shifted following the collapse of the Copenhagen climate talks and blows to the credibility of the IPCC.

James Norman, of the Australian Conservation Foundation, said the strategy of ignoring climate change sceptics had not worked as it had been taken as confirmation of their claims.

‘’The stakes are too high to remain silent or disorganised in the face of this systemic disinformation campaign,’’ Mr Norman said.

He said the global campaign was being funded by anti-climate-change think tanks such as the American Atlas Economic Research Foundation and the British International Policy Network, which had both received grants from oil company ExxonMobil.

What a bizarre conspiracy theory. I have never heard of the American Atlas Economic Research Foundation or the British International Policy Network, and have never seen a dollar of Exxon money.

Have these people ever considered just arguing on the facts?

UPDATE 1

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Penny Wong, Australian Minister For Climate Change And Water.

Hmm, or is that simply not possible? Reader MarcH fact-checks the increasingly hysterical (Australian) Climate Change Minister Penny Wong:

Just how well does Minister Penny Wong know her Government portfolio?

Wong on the ABC’s world today on Friday:

We’ve got around 85 per cent of the world’s economies signed up to the Copenhagen Accord.

Number of countries in UN: 192

Number of countries providing emission target under Copenhagen Accord: 70 (Annex I (40) non-Annex I (30))

This is 36% and not the Ministers quoted figure of 85%.

And that’s being generous. Most of those targets are either highly conditional or promise not real cuts at all to total emissions.

UPDATE 2

Journalist Richad Orange confesses to trying to feed one of the most popular warmist hoaxes:

You couldn’t hope for a more perfect climate change victim than Ajay Patra, the head man of Ghoramara — the island in India’s Sunderban chain that is next in line to be submerged beneath the rising sea. The hungry tide has already claimed all but seven of the 100 hectares his family had once owned, Ajay told me…

As we sipped tea outside Ajay’s large mud bungalow, I excitedly scribbled notes, imagining how all this would go down in the Ecologist magazine, or perhaps the London-based Independent. It had already run an article reporting the disappearance of the next-door island of Lohachara, “the first inhabited island to be claimed by climate change”. I felt sure they’d love this too. But when I asked Ajay what he made of the fact that all of his troubles were the direct result of heavy industry thousands of miles away, he looked at me like I was mad.

“It’s not because of global warming, it’s because of natural erosion”, he said…

I smiled inwardly. It was, perhaps, too much to expect a simple village leader to have a full grasp of the science of global warming. But later, as I examined the dramatic waterline of Ghoramara, I began to have doubts… Then there’s New Moore Island, which appeared in the Sunderbans for the first time in 1970 and has been growing apace ever since… It’s around 10,000 square metres today, and such is the scale of the sedimentary deposits building up around it that it’s expected to hit 25 square kilometres in a couple of decades.

To my shame, I must confess that I still tried to make the story work long after all this was apparent. And I imagine every other journalist who has arrived on these islands with global warming in mind has done exactly the same thing.

Indeed, Orange soon found one that published exactly the scare story he’d realised was false:

His exhausted body a prisoner to the Bay of Bengal’s violent tides, Dependra Das stretches out his bony arms to show his flaky, ravaged skin. He is covered in raw saltwater sores…

Alongside him, stretched across the beach in long, thin lines, the villagers of Ghorama Island – including the women, elaborately dressed in their purple, orange and green saris – work daily to prop up the same black mud-and-sand fortress.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

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