How The Great Global Warming Bandwagon Was Created

Posted on Sat 06/23/2012 by


By Andrew Bolt ~

CSIRO is the acronym for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. It is the Australian national government body for scientific research…..TonyfromOz

Garth Paltridge, former chief research scientist with the CSIRO division of atmospheric research, launches a devastating attack on the creation of the global warming “consensus” – and on the CSIRO.

Some extracts from this important piece:

The broad theory of man-made global warming is acceptable in the purely qualitative sense… The economic and social argument is whether the increase, even if it were noticeable, would change the overall welfare of mankind for the?worse…

But perhaps the biggest of the underlying problems, and it is common to both arguments since it inevitably exists when there is large unpredictability and uncertainty, is the presence of strong forces encouraging public overstatement and a belief in worst-case scenarios…

But the real worry with climate research is that it is on the very edge of what is called postmodern science…. Postmodern science envisages a sort of political nirvana in which scientific theory and results can be consciously and legitimately manipulated to suit either the dictates of political correctness or the policies of the government of the day.

There is little doubt that some players in the climate game – not a lot, but enough to have severely damaged the reputation of climate scientists in general – have stepped across the boundary into postmodern science. The Climategate scandal of 2009, wherein thousands of emails were leaked from the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in England, showed that certain senior members of the research community were, and presumably still are, quite capable of deliberately selecting data in order to overstate the evidence for dangerous climate change…

Climate science has transformed itself from a research backwater a few decades ago into one of the greatest public-good scientific cash cows ever devised. In Australia, for instance, there is a separate federal Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency specifically devoted to implementing (buying?) the social change required to limit global warming. The livelihood of many of the climate scientists within the CSIRO and elsewhere is now dependent on grants from that department. It is not a situation conducive to sceptical outlook and balanced advice…

No doubt these scientists genuinely believe in their own perception of the climate change story. But why do mainstream scientists go along with the inevitable overstatement associated with the activism business?

One factor is a form of loyalty to colleagues. Another, bearing in mind the singular nature of the funding source, is the need to eat.

A new Coalition Government should as a first step set up a bureau of audit of the assumptions driving climate change policy, with a particular mandate for a proper assessment of probabilities, risks and costs.

New funding models need to be created to remove the institutional bias against funding sceptics, perhaps along the lines suggested by Professor Peter Ridd.

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

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