On Tuesday the Australian had a piece by David Bellamy claimed to be victimized for his dissent:
The sad fact is that since I said I didn’t believe human beings caused global warming, I’ve not been allowed to make a television program. …
It was in 1996 that I criticised wind farms while appearing on children’s program Blue Peter, and I also had an article published in which I described global warming as poppycock. …
At that point, I was still making loads of TV programs and I was enjoying it greatly. Then I suddenly found I was sending in ideas for TV shows and they weren’t getting taken up. I’ve asked around about why I’ve been ignored, but I found that people didn’t get back to me.
Now that gives the impression that he described global warming as poppycock in 1996, but his article was actually published in 2004. Before that date, while he was loudly opposed to wind farms, he accepted mainstream climate science. For example, in May 2001 in Geographical Magazine he wrote (my emphasis):
In the March issue of Geographical the opinion piece “Out of Sink” argued against planting trees to offset CO2 emissions. However, at a time when the world is waking up to the fact that global warming is real, I feel it would be a tragedy if an unholy alliance of ideology and short-term self-interest were to throw away the chance to avoid catastrophe while doing something to repair our poor planet.
“In some ways it was probably the most stupid thing I ever did because I’m sure that if I have been banned from television, that’s why. I used to be on Blue Peter and all those things, regularly, and it all, pffffft, stopped.”
Actually, he says, his TV career had stopped some time before that – he made his last BBC series eight years ago .
In other words, Bellamy is saying his TV career ended in 1994 because of an article he published in 2004. This is, at best, delusional.
Bellamy’s piece was first published weeks ago in the Daily Mail, and Greenfyre had already given it a thorough debunking when the Australian reprinted it, but as it is by now clear, the editors at the Australian simply do not care whether the stuff they print is true or not.
But this post is about the Australian‘s war on science, not their other war against reality, so let’s look at what Bellamy says about the science. Here’s Bellamy:
According to official data, in every year since 1998, world temperatures have been getting colder, and in 2002 Arctic ice actually increased. Why, then, do we not hear about that?
Umm, because it’s not true? Barry Brook has a new rebuttal to the global-warming-stopped-in-1998 nonsense. As for the 2002 Arctic Ice look at the graph from the NSIDC
2002 was the smallest extent on record, and since then we’ve seen a drastic decrease.