Prominent Australian scientists seek to block parliamentary investigation into the evidence for anthropogenic global warming
Genuine science is built on the basis of skeptical inquiry, and people confident in their conclusions welcome independent investigation and confirmation. But neither of those practices is comforting to the prominent Australian scientists who are telling the nation’s parliament to shut down a proposed inquiry into the evidence for their theory of catastrophic manmade global warming. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (The ABC) reports:
A group of prominent Australian scientists has warned climate sceptic MPs against wasting time and parliamentary resources on an inquiry into the evidence of human influence on climate change.
The scientists have sent a letter to West Australian MPs Dennis Jensen and Chris Back, offering to brief them on the latest science instead.
The letter was sent by Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg from the University of Queensland's Global Change Institute and co-signed by 12 others, including Professor Will Steffen from the Australian National University and Professor Lesley Hughes from Macquarie University.
Dr Jensen and Mr Back supported a motion at the federal Liberal council meeting last month, which called for a parliamentary inquiry to examine the evidence of climate change before the Government signs up to post 2020 emissions targets.
The motion was ultimately referred to the party's policy committee, dodging a potentially damaging public debate.
So, for the moment, the inquiry is in limbo, awaiting the policy committee’s decision. But an official, fair, open investigation certainly is in order when vast amounts of money are being spent on a problem for which there is no conclusive proof.
A steady trickle of highly credentialed scientists is putting the lie to the contention that global warming is “settled science.” The latest is a Nobel laureate in physics. The Washington Times reports:
Nobel laureate who supported President Obama in his first presidential campaign now says the Democratic president is “dead wrong” on global warming.
Ivar Giaever, a scientist who shared the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physics, challenged Mr. Obama in a July 1 speech at the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany.
“I say this to Obama: ‘Excuse me, Mr. President, but you’re wrong.’ He’s dead wrong,” Mr. Giaever said in a video of his 30-minute speech posted on the website Climate Depot, which first reported the story.
His speech, “Global Warming Revisited,” came in sharp contrast to the effort by another Nobel laureate, Brian Schmidt, who introduced the Mainau Declaration 2015 on Climate Change.