When is Climate Change Science not a science?

Last year, ABC's Landline (3/2014) presented a program titled The Fruits of Labour about an amazing man called Bob Brinsmead and his vision to create an agri-tourism adventure - Tropical Fruit World.

ABC's Landline

BOB BRINSMEAD: We bought it primarily as a nice place to live. This was a great place to raise a family. We just loved avocados. The whole family, we were, like, addicted to avocados. And there weren't many around, but there were a few trees on this property from the old (government) experimental farm. It wasn't long before we had about 3,000 avocado trees. But then, we wanted more than avocados. 

MEGAN WOODWARD, REPORTER: At 80 years of age, Bob Brinsmead is a man who always has and still does want more from his tropical fruit farm. He moved to the region as a 12-year-old and has called this property home since the early 70s.

BOB BRINSMEAD: Because of its micro-climate and the type of soil we have, it's ideal for a great range of tropical fruit growing. And we began growing all the common types of tropical fruit - mangoes, bananas, guavas, custard apples, macadamia nuts. And then having exhausted that, then my interest extended to: what other fruits are there out there in the world? 

MEGAN WOODWARD: There are now more than 500 different types of tropical fruit grown here, representing every inhabited continent in the world. 

 And Bob's Final Word on Landline:

The kids grew up here, they spent their time helping to pick some of the fruit, planting the new kinds of fruit. Often, I guess, it became irksome to them sometimes to drag irrigation pipes around, but we've modernised since those days. We've made provision as a family this remains as an ancestral home. We were offered the - by the local planning authorities, they offered to include this territory here in the future urban planning for the Tweed, and we said we're not interested. And we want to maintain what it is. 
Bob is also a member of the Australian Environment Foundation and a Climate Sceptic. He has previously written of the man made global warming hoax : An Irrational Fear of Carbon.

Dr Wes Allen and Bob Brinsmead

Now Bob poses a question:

When is Climate Change Science not a science?
  1. When it appeals to the authority of consensus.
  2. When it uses the ad hominem card against its sceptics.
  3. When it says that “the science is settled” and “the debate is closed.”
  4. When it promotes a theory that cannot be falsified.
  5. When it is driven by a “confirmation bias”, reporting only findings that appear to support it and hiding those that don’t.
  6. When it exaggerates the extent and dangers of climate change.
  7. When it fails to acknowledge the uncertainties of the science.
  8. When it refuses to acknowledge any positive aspects of climate change - like the benefits of rising CO2 levels and a greener world.
  9. When it demonizes scepticism and lauds blind faith.
  10. When it becomes dependent on Government support and fails to maintain a prudent separation of Science and State.

A “science” that fails these ten basic tests begins to look suspiciously like The Church of Climatology rather than a science.


  1. Love your reference to the "Church of Climatology". I think I'll start using this in posts from now on!

  2. Yes as we stand on a receding glacier and watch the globe warm the deniers continue to sprout BS more https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4inFkIzm6I

  3. There is a global consensus among scientist on the climate crisis. Such that most corporations are divesting away from fossil fuels.

    1. "Global consensus?" Consensus is not a scientific term. Ask Barry Marshall and Galileo.

    2. If consensus mattered look at these stats:

      A 2010 George Mason University survey of 571 media broadcast meteorologists found that 63 percent believe global warming is caused by natural, not human causes.

      A 2012 survey from the American Meteorological Society found that only a quarter of scientists agreed with the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that humans are primarily responsible for recent warming. 89 percent accept that the planet is warming, but only 30 percent said they were worried about it.

      In 2008, the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysics of Alberta surveyed 51,000 Canadian scientists. 99 percent of the 1,077 who responded said climate is changing, but only 26 percent blamed “human activity like burning fossil fuels.” 68 percent disagreed that “the debate on the scientific causes of recent climate change is settled.”

    3. "Such that most corporations are divesting away from fossil fuels"


      Except..... China, Japan, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Brazil, South Africa. etc etc etc..

      But you go on "believing", little boy, and watch as global coal usage continues to expand. :-)

    4. Oh, and did you know that last year, Indonesia overtook Australia in coal production, and growing even more rapidly than ours is.

      Well done Indonesia. :-)

      They have some large reserves and they won't have anyone blocking their coal mines and exports.

      Coal will be the MAIN source of energy worldwide for many, many decades to come. :-)

      Plenty of CO2 plant life gas for a long long time.

  4. There has been no global warming for ~20 years. The CAGW hypothesis has been falsified.


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