Looks like it was Pilmer night on the ABC. First, he was on Counterpoint, ABC’s anti-Science show, as you would expect from his previous appearance, everything he said, no matter how outrageous was uncritically accepted. This time he blamed the Antarctic ozone hole on CFCs coming from Erebus. (Not so)
But his performance on Lateline was astonishing. Rather than let himself get pinned down into to defending the claims in his book, he continually shifted ground. When Tony Jones, questioned about his claim that temperatures had been cooling since 1998, Plimer said that this was not an important point, despite repeating the claim dozens of time in his book. When Jones pressed him on his claim that the Hadley centre had shown that warming had stopped in 1998, Plimer suddenly claimed that the Hadley centre data was unreliable and that corrected NASA data showed that temperatures in 1930s were warmer than today. When Jones said that wasn’t true for global temperatures and the correction only affected US temperatures, Plimer was off again, saying that Jones was ignoring history and climatologists were cherry picking the last ten years.
Plimer has learned well from Duane Gish.