According to Clive Hamilton, Alan Moran is one of Australia’s greenhouse Dirty dozen:
As the head of the Regulatory Unit at the Institute for Public
Affairs, a right-wing think tank with close ties to greenhouse
sceptics, Moran’s role has been to support the Government and the
fossil fuel corporations with anti-environmental opinions about
climate science, the costs of emission reductions and the pitfalls of
renewable energy. As a bureaucrat in the Kennett Government he played
a major role in stopping, for a time, the national adoption of energy
performance standards for home appliances that had been agreed by all
the states. The IPA has assisted the anti-wind lobby in Victoria, a
move that appears to be driven by hatred of environmentalists and a
relentless scepticism about climate change.
At Desmogblog, Richard Littlemore writes about Moran:
the Melbourne Age, embarrasses itself today with a piece by Alan Moran, director of the Australian Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) deregulation unit.
We have written before on the IPA’s status as a mining and energy industry front group. The Age, like so many credulous newspapers, should be ashamed of itself for publishing this kind of confusing and scientifically suspect material from industry backed lobbyists who are presenting themselves as climate change experts.
And sure enough, Moran misrepresents the science:
Yet, the only solid measure of the warming, the NASA satellite data, shows that over the 27 years that data has been available, warming has been at a negligible rate of 0.13 degrees Celsius per decade. This level is engulfed by the statistical variation for reliability.
By no stretch of the imagination can the satellite data be described as the only solid measure. The warming rate for the satellite data keeps getting revised upwards as errors in the methodology are corrected and more data becomes available. Nor is is certain what the trend is from the satellites since there are different analyses available. And you can probably guess that Moran cited the lowest one he could find. The more consistent surface record and some analyses of the satellites, find that it is warming at 0.2 degrees Celsius per decade. This is not negligible and will have some serious consequences if allowed to continue.