Monday, 10 December 2012

Australia commits to $Billions on dubious science.

The Science is settled.

A Year Ago we had all the major Australian parties agreeing.

There was Minister Greg Combet in Parliament (link)

Mr COMBET—I thank the member for Moreton for his question. Of course, the foundation for a genuine climate change policy is respect for the science, and mainstream scientists are telling all governments internationally that carbon pollution is contributing to warming, and that is related to climate change. The fact of the matter is that the science is overwhelming, and the Australian government respects the science. 

And, after a report called The Critical Decade by Tim Flannery (remember him?) and Will Steffen
"declaring mainstream climate science as settled:"
  • ·      Tony Abbott welcomed the Climate Commission report as an endorsement of the Coalition's direct action policy to fight climate change;
  • ·      Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt also backed the report saying there was bipartisan support on the science;
  •      The Prime Minister said the time had come for sceptics to stop second-guessing scientists. We don't have time for false claims in this debate.”

As Minister Combet says, let’s respect the  scientists. 

Let’s respect the 134 Scientists who wrote to Ban Ki-Moon.

 Scientists such as
  • ·      Habibullo I. Abdussamatov, Dr. Sci., mathematician and astrophysicist, Head of the Selenometria project on the Russian segment of the ISS, Head of Space Research of the Sun Sector at the Pulkovo Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • ·     Syun-Ichi Akasofu, PhD, Professor of Physics, Emeritus and Founding Director, International Arctic Research Center of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, U.S.A.
  • ·     Timothy F. Ball, PhD, environmental consultant and former climatology professor, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • ·     Colin Barton, B.Sc., PhD (Earth Science, Birmingham, U.K.), FInstEng Aus Principal research scientist (ret.), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • ·     Roger W. Cohen, B.S., M.S., PhD Physics, MIT and Rutgers University, Fellow, American Physical Society, initiated and managed for more than twenty years the only industrial basic research program in climate, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • ·     Gordon Fulks, B.S., M.S., PhD (Physics, University of Chicago), cosmic radiation, solar wind, electromagnetic and geophysical phenomena, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
  • ·     Ivar Giaever PhD, Nobel Laureate in Physics 1973, professor emeritus at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a professor-at-large at the University of Oslo, Applied BioPhysics, Troy, New York, U.S.A.
  • ·     Vincent Gray, PhD, New Zealand Climate Coalition, expert reviewer for the IPCC, author of The Greenhouse Delusion: A Critique of Climate Change 2001, Wellington, New Zealand
  • ·     William Kininmonth MSc, MAdmin, former head of Australia’s National Climate Centre and a consultant to the World Meteorological organization’s Commission for Climatology, Kew, Victoria, Australia

(For the complete list go to our previous post here  or to the ICSC’s post here.)

Just consider these few:

The Head of Russian Space research; the Founding Director of the Arctic Research Center; Research Scientist from the CSIRO;  a Nobel Laureate in Physics; a former head of Australia’s National Climate Centre and an astrophysicist with parallel qualifications to the Godfather Alarmist, James Hansen.

With a roll call like that, we should be sceptical about the alarmists “settled science” and pay more attention to the science of the sceptics.

 Kyoto Protocol 2

In November, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Joe Ludwig confirmed Australia’s Kyoto Protocol 2 (KP2) commitment (link)

Is it Australia’s job to save the world?  The US, China, India, Japan, Canada and even New Zealand have been clever enough to dodge a commitment to KP2.

The Australian reports that Australia’s Doha Liabilities may reach $2.4 billion. Australia will have to go further into debt to pay the $2.4 billion.
AUSTRALIA has backed a global climate change deal that offers poor countries financial aid for the "loss and damage" they suffer from extreme weather events, in a new step that could one day leave taxpayers with a $3 billion annual bill. 
Developing nations acclaimed the deal for clearing the way for compensation claims against advanced economies as the summit failed to set new targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions, further delaying the crucial decisions until 2014. 
Climate Change Minister Greg Combet declared the "loss and damage" provisions would not leave Australia exposed to financial claims, insisting yesterday that the aim was merely to help countries adapt to change. 
But experts say the obligation - written into the global climate accord for the first time - would lead to long-term demands on rich countries to pay for rebuilding if hurricanes and other disasters could be linked to climate change.
AAP also report
Climate Change Minister Greg Combet says it is in Australia's best interest to re-commit to the Kyoto Protocol even if a number of countries have walked away from the agreement.
Australia and 36 other industrialised countries signed up for binding emission cuts by 2020 at the weekend as part of a package of agreements extending the life of the Kyoto Protocol at a UN conference in Doha. But Russia, Japan and Canada have withdrawn from the agreement, while major developing polluters such as China and India remained excluded from the protocol. The United States still refuses to ratify Kyoto, which legally binds signatory nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions by five per cent of 2000 levels by 2020. Combet said extending the life of Kyoto was important but was still not the whole response required because it did not bind all major emitters.
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