On page 19 of Heaven and Earth we find Plimer making this remarkable claim about one of the authors of the IPCC’s 2nd Assessment Report’s chapter on the impacts of global warming on health:
Other authors were environmental activists, one of whom had written on the health effects of mercury poisoning from land mines. If a land mine explodes, the last thing one thinks about is the health effects of mercury poisoning.
Yes, that’s just crazy. Let’s see what Plimer’s source, Paul Reiter’s submission to a House of Lords committee says:
One of these activists has published “professional” articles as an “expert” on 32 different subjects, ranging from mercury poisoning to land mines, globalization to allergies and West Nile virus to AIDS.
Writing an article on land mines and a different one on mercury poisoning is not the same as writing about the effects of mercury poisoning from land mines. Plimer obviously misread Reiter, but rather than checking to see if this extraordinary story was true, because it felt it helped his cause he accepted as gospel truth and stuck it in his book. This, alas, exemplifies his approach to evidence in his book.
And you should take Reiter’s claims that IPCC authors are unqualified with a large boulder of salt.