January 14, 2014
I see that the Fairfax media continue to open their pages to those climate change denialists who advance the agenda of the International Climate Science Coalition Thus John McLaren asserts that the IPCC is in effect little more than a UN-sponsored lobby group, created specifically to investigate and push the ''man-made warming'' line. The other assertion is that the IPCC hasn't produced credible evidence to support the UN's claim that anthropogenic emissions of CO2 are causing significant and dangerous climate change.
The ICSC’s primary agenda includes discrediting authoritative science on climate change, opposing regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and “educating” the public on the “dangerous impacts” involved in trying to replace fossil fuels with cleaner energy sources such as wind and solar power.
We can see how the deniers in Australia play their part from Tom Switzer, the editor of the Spectator, Australia. He is given space in the SMH to assert that there is a global trend of the anti-carbon agenda being found wanting, and that the climate-change Cassandras are increasingly marginalised in Australia and abroad.
Even though the science has been well and truly settled Fairfax continues to try to cloud the issue with publishing this kind of "journalism" from the denialists premised in the absurdity of the pro climate change ship being stuck in thick ice in the Antarctic in recent weeks. This is standard conservative cultural war line and it is supposed to disprove the science of human-caused climate change conclusively.
The question is why isn't Fairfax Media questioning its sources when what they write is a series of assertions from the Heartland Institute funded ICSC. Why are they giving a platform to series of unsubstantiated allegations with no attempt to support these allegations with evidence.