Sceptics weather the storm to put their case on climate
Your Blogger has lived in Melbourne, the home of the Age newspaper, a MSM outlet with serious journalistic tradition and until more recent CAGW times, authority; to see many things, and now I ask myself, "have I seen the tipping point on Global Warming and free speech?"
I grew up with The Age when it questioned the establishment, not acted as its mouthpiece.
John Spooner writes as well as he cartoons (exceedingly well) and it is perhaps, unfortunately instructive, that his article is published when the senior journalists are on holidays. It is instructive, because no similar article has been published in recent times and certainly it seems no self respecting Age journalist would be seen dead exploring the murky waters of 'empirical evidence' on global warming (as opposed to endless exaggerated and now clearly inaccurate and thus flawed climate model outputs).
So has the cartoonist been allowed to 'fly a Kite'? You can only cry WOLF so often, without a wolf appearing, to lose credibility, eventually. Perhaps allowing the cartoonist to mention in passing, during the holidays, that the wolf was last seen 16 years ago and is now no doubt grey and riddled with arthritis, will eventually be seen as The Age showing belated balance.
I trust this impression is incorrect because John Spooner's article is spot on and exceedingly well written.
I trust The Age, like the Climate, will soon return to its traditional journalistic standards and so continue to increase the climate of scepticism and good journalism based on questioning those in power and seeking the truth, rather than simply accepting on faith what those in authority say. Paul (aka Phil) Jones at UEA would be proud.
"WELL, so much for the 2012 apocalypse. If the ancient Mayans ever knew anything about the future, they made a serious miscalculation. The same fate has befallen the international climate change emergency brigade. About $1 billion and 18 "Kyoto" meetings later, the world has agreed to do nothing much more than meet again.
How did this frightening climate threat dissolve into scientific uncertainty and political confusion? What of the many billions of dollars of wasted public resources? Some might blame the "sceptics", the "merchants of doubt" or the "deniers". Others point to the global financial crisis.
We can say for certain that many hesitant individuals overcame the pressures of group-think, intimidation and tribal disapproval to have a closer look at the relationship between real science, politics and business."
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