So it would appear from Questions a-plenty on global warming by Piers and Beware the church of climate alarm by Miranda, both on the same day but in different newspapers. I will let Miranda explain the Quadrant connection, which Piers does not mention.
One of Australia’s leading enviro-sceptics, the geologist and University of Adelaide professor Ian Plimer, 62, says he has noticed audiences becoming more receptive to his message that climate change has always occurred and there is nothing we can do to stop it.
In a speech at the American Club in Sydney on Monday night for Quadrant magazine, titled Human-Induced Climate Change – A Lot Of Hot Air, Plimer debunked climate-change myths.
"Climates always change," he said. Our climate has changed in cycles over millions of years, as the orbit of the planet wobbles and our distance from the sun changes, for instance, or as the sun itself produces variable amounts of radiation. "All of this affects climate. It is impossible to stop climate change. Climates have always changed and they always will."
His two-hour presentation included more than 50 charts and graphs, as well as almost 40 pages of references. It is the basis of his new book, Heaven And Earth: The Missing Science Of Global Warming, to be published early next year.
Piers and Miranda are both mightily impressed. Since my qualifications in the area are no better (or worse) than Piers or Miranda, neither of them famous for climatology, I will refer you to a couple of other people, while suggesting too that Plimer, a geologist, may also be worth a closer look. (I am not so sure that Miranda would have really liked Ian Plimer in his Telling Lies for God days, but that is another matter…)
- Spot the recycled denial III – Prof Ian Plimer: “After being relentlessly urged by various colleagues to do a Spot the Denial profile piece on Prof Ian Plimer, I have relented. Ian is, like me, a member of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Adelaide (he is also a joint member of the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering). He’s a nice bloke, friendly and genial, and we get on well. But of course we fundamentally disagree with respect to our interpretation of the evidence for the enhanced greenhouse effect being the primary determinant of recent global warming.”
- Mind the Gap! by Rasmus E. Benestad, a physicist and meteorologist from Norway. “Confusion has continued regarding trends in global temperatures. The misconception ‘the global warming has stopped’ still lives on in some minds. We have already discussed why this argument is flawed. So why have we failed to convince ?”
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BTW, I couldn’t resist. Piers is the butchest writer on the planet, being 94% male according to the Gender Analyzer, while Miranda is 72% male… Go figure.