The real good news from last week was Professor Tim Flannery had been sacked by the newly installed Abbott Government from his $180,000 a year (3 days a week) Chief Climate Commissioner position with the agency he runs to be dismantled immediately. Environment Minister Greg Hunt called Flannery to tell him a letter formally ending his employment was in the mail. All other climate commissioners, including Professor Will Steffen, Professor Lesley Hughes and notorious adviser Professor David Karoly, will also be sacked with the move to save more than $500,00 this financial year and $1,2 million next financial year. The Coalition will now take advice on climate from the Department of Environment. This does not merely save taxpayers money, but closes a warmist propaganda unit that has spread so much baseless harm.
Here's highlights of Flannery's CV:
Firstly, Professor Flannery is nowhere near being a qualified climatologist. He was trained as a mammalogist and a palaeontologist before involving himself as an activist in the environmental movement. Before he became Climate Commissioner and getting the undeserved Australian of the Year award in 2007. He warned that the Arctic Ocean could be ice free by 2013 (Arctic Sea Ice increased 60% instead). He stated, ''Australia is likely to lose its northern rainfall'' (there's actually been more rain) and ''Perth will be the 21st century's first ghost metropolis'' (Perth is now headed for its wettest September in 40 years).
More seriously, Flannery in 2007 emphatically said global warming had hit Australia so hard that without desalination plants Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane could be out of water by 2009. ''Even the rain that falls isn't actually going to fill our dams and our river systems!'' Instead, floods filled dams in Sydney and Brisbane, and the expensive desalination plants hurriedly built in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide are now all mothballed or scheduled to be.
|Professor Will Steffen|
The deceptively titled ''carbon economy editor'' of The Age newspaper asked our warming alarmists to explain how terrible the Abbott Government was to scrap the Climate Commission, their publicly-funded pulpit.
First, Will Steffen:
''It's really important that the Australia public have access to authoritative, independent accurate information on climate change, and that's what we at the Climate Commission did. Unfortunately, the science has been sucked into a vortex of a highly politicised approach to climate change.''
What? Authoritative? Accurate? Not politicised? The Age fails to mention the Commission's cherry-picking reports with alarmist titles such as ''The Angry Summer'' and the disgraceful hyping of fear over one hot Australian summer without noting there's been no global warming for 15 years. It fails to note how the Climate Commission savaged critics who pointed out its errors. It fails to note Steffen helped blow up a conversation about kangaroo culling into a death threat by a sceptic against climate scientists. He feels it's beneath him to discuss climate change with sceptics, ''it's just infantile!'' The shear arrogance of the man is amazing to behold.
Second, Tim Flannery:
''Given the highly contested and political nature of climate change and warming, you need a body that's trustworthy.''
Trustworthy? The Age fails to mention his numerous dud predictions for one who wasn't even qualified to express such predictions. Warning us on how the seas will rise significantly in the next 30 years and yet buying a large riverfront home and property on the Hawksberry River with his fat $180,000 government salary is what really got up people's noses, as well as his bizarre Gaian theory.
The Way I See It.....with the IPCC now unable to convincingly explain the recent stall in warming (with a slight cooling seen), the fact that they are forced to actually recognize reality and make changes in their upcoming report -- possibly reducing the lower bounds for future warming, thus reducing the range of climate sensitivity -- is going to be quite momentous. Nothing stands in the way of a popular theory (e.g. global warming) better than failed forecasts. We are now at the point in the age of global warming hysteria where the IPCC global warming has crashed into the hard reality of observations. I'm looking forward to Friday and seeing them eating their words....if not a good bit of ''crow''.