Just look at the big Greenhouse 2005 conference [environment minister Ian Campbell] department is sponsoring in Melbourne in a week.
See how free of yucky debate it is, with speaker after speaker picked to say, yes, man-made global warming is so true that we must, the organisers say, “work closely together to tackle this significant environmental issue”.
There will be so little debate that one of the four key presenters is the local head of the World Wildlife Fund. Even more telling is that another is Dr Michael Mann.
Actually, if you look at the program (available
here), you will find that neither Mann nor the head of the local WWF will be presenting.
Bolt then claims that the hockey stick graph has been found to be flawed, claiming that McIntyre and McKitrick had found that Mann’s program produced a hockey stick no matter what data was fed to it. However, other researchers have looked at their claims and concluded that the hockey stick is not the product of calculation errors by Mann.
Bolt then trots out every discredited claim about widespread disagreement on global warming that you’ve ever seen:
Peiser checked a now-famous claim last year in the influential Science journal that 75 per cent of almost 1000 scientific papers on global warming in the past decade backed the “consensus view” that man-made gases were largely to blame. Peiser found in fact only one third implicitly backed the consensus, but just 1 per cent did so explicitly.
Trouble is, if you check Peiser’s work, his classifications are wildly incorrect.
It also rejected an article by Prof Dennis Bray of Germany’s GKSS National Research Centre on an international survey of 500 climate scientists. The findings? Just one in 10 strongly agreed climate change was caused mainly by man.
Trouble is, it wasn’t a survey of 500 climate scientists. The URL for participation was posted to a global warming skeptics mailing list, so it included some unknown number of skeptics as well as climate scientists. This made the survey useless.
More than 17,000 scientists signed the Oregon Petition, saying they doubted the theory, too.
Finally, given Bolt’s complaints about Campbell not allowing a debate on the greenhouse issue, it is interesting to see what happened when Steve Gloor tried to post a comment disputing Bolt’s claims to Andrew Bolt’s forum. Gloor’s comments just did not appear.