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Delusions deluxe

March 6th, 2007

While Australia has punched a little below its weight in terms of the number of climate change delusionists we have produced, we’re at world’s best practice as far as loopiness as concerned. Our leading delusionist group is the Lavoisier Institute which has, among other things

* Used the work of (now-deceased) astrologer Theodor Landscheidtas the basis for criticism of the IPCC
* Compared the Kyoto Protocol to the attempted Japanese invasion of Australia in 1942(1)

The Lavoiser team got together at Parliament House in Canberra to launch a book by rightwing eminence grise Ray Evans called “Nine Facts about Climate Change”.

As I’ve said before, I don’t plan to bother refuting this stuff any more, but taavi does garbage pickup. I particularly liked the perpetual motion machine in Fact 2.

1. Of course, the official rightwing line now claims that the invasion threat was itself a myth cooked up by notorious appeaser John Curtin.

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  1. jquiggin
    March 16th, 2007 at 12:40 | #1

    I actually did my own research into the Oregon thing long ago, with even less favorable conclusions. To the extent that signatories had any relevant qualifications, the largest group were petroleum geologists. My estimate of the number of genuine climate scientists who signed was less than 50.

    But of course, even if the whole thing weren’t bogus, it’s a decade old. The principal evidence on which it relied was the discrepancy between satellite and ground-based records, which has since been resolved in favour of the ground-based records. Intellectually honest people who took this argument seriously have accepted that the AGW hypothesis has been vindicated on this score.

  2. Stephen L
    March 16th, 2007 at 12:49 | #2

    Point 2 of Carter’s points is either deeply out of date, or a straight out lie. The aerosonde data since the 1950s shows a warming trend similar to that at ground level. The satellite data appears on the surface to show lower warming, but this is because of problems with drift in orbit and samples from different levels in the atmosphere getting mixed up. Once these factors are controlled for the satellite data shows warming as fast, or faster than that of ground based observations since the observations began in the late 70s.

    Carter is a Professor of Geology, but looking at his publications record it doesn’t exactly scream leader in the field, and much of his work has no relevance to climate change at all.

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