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Peter Ridd: Chicken Little Propaganda Dressed Up As Science

November 28, 2022

By Paul Homewood

 

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology is just as bad as the UK Met Office when it comes to propaganda, judging by what Peter Ridd has to say.

 

From The Australian:

 

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The Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO have delivered their ­biennial dose of depression about the climate, but their report ignores a slew of positive environmental changes.
The Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO have delivered their ­biennial dose of depression about the climate in their latest State of the Climate report. The climate has warmed by 1.5C and there is barely a single benefit – it is all ­disaster.
It is often said, “if it is too good to be true, it probably is” and you are being conned. What about too bad to be true? Can a gently warming climate have no significant benefits at all? The only marginally encouraging part of the report is about northern Australia. There might have been a slight reduction in cyclone numbers, and there has been a bit more rain in the recent decades.
Apart from that, the report reads like the Book of Exodus – one disaster after another. Only the frogs and boils are missing.
But it is significant that the period when Egyptians were building pyramids, which was hotter than today’s climate, is often called the Holocene Climatic Optimum. The word “optimum” was an indication that scientists working in the era before climate alarmism could see some advantage of a warmer climate.


A sure sign that the report tries too hard to find disaster is when it discusses coral bleaching and the Great Barrier Reef. It stresses that there have been four bleaching events in the past six years, which it implies were devastating. But for some reason the report fails to mention that this year the reef recorded its highest amount of coral since records began in 1985.
This proves that all the hype about the coral loss from bleaching was greatly exaggerated. But the report writers were obviously ­untroubled by the contradictory evidence. They ignored it.
And they also ignore the fact that corals grow about 15 per cent faster for every degree temperature rise, and that almost all the corals on the reef also live in much warmer water near the equator. We should expect better coral, and it should extend further south. That is not too bad, is it?
Why doesn’t the report mention that the extra CO2 in the atmosphere improves the water utilisation efficiency of dryland plants, which occupy most of Australia, and that this has caused plants to thrive? According to NASA satellites, there is a “greening” of Australia of at least 10 per cent. Overall, the world has seen the area of green leaves expand by the equivalent of twice the area of the United States in just 35 years.
In a changing climate, there will be winners and losers, and it might be that the net effect is a major problem. But if the report writers will not even mention the good bits, how can we have any confidence in its findings?
The latest report should ring alarm bells – but not just about climate. Is this an excellent tool of propaganda, or is it a scientific statement?
We should all worry about whether groupthink has taken hold of the BOM and CSIRO.
We should worry when the BOM says it has recently adjusted all the temperature records reducing the temperatures a century ago by up to a degree. Can we have any confidence they did this with a good scientific reason?
And we should worry about the BOM’s claims that the fire seasons are now much worse than in 1950. Why is all the information on huge bushfires before 1950 ignored – like the devastating 1851 Victorian bushfire and the 1939 fires? It is not like there is no data before 1950.
Did they ignore that data for a good reason? Is this similar to the US fire statistics, which are often reported by authorities as having a major increase in fire acreage burnt since the early 60s, but fail to mention that there was almost 10 times more acreage burnt in the “dust-bowl” period in the 1930s?
In the next decades, Australian governments plan to spend hundreds of billions attempting to prevent climate change. Before we do that, maybe we could spend a few million doing an audit of BOM and CSIRO reports.
Maybe we would find that adapting to a changing climate is by far the best way to proceed. We might even find that some of what we have been told is wrong.
Why will the conservative parties not commit to an audit? Who would argue against a bit of checking of the science, when the Great Barrier Reef statistics prove scientists got something badly wrong?
And the latest report is a sure sign that the BOM and CSIRO are drifting into political advocacy rather than science, observation, and objective prediction.

7 Comments
  1. markl permalink
    November 28, 2022 6:50 pm

    The entire AGW hoax pushes fear as its’ message. After all the projections/tipping point failures I’m surprised anyone listens anymore. Maybe they don’t.

    • November 29, 2022 7:42 am

      The only people who listen are those in the AGW bubble echo chamber who want to keep the whole process going for their own personal benefit

  2. November 28, 2022 6:55 pm

    The lies and propaganda will continue as long as we have stupid politicians giving the likes of CSIRO, BOM and the Met Office loads of taxpayers’ money.

  3. 2hmp permalink
    November 28, 2022 7:15 pm

    More truth from one of the two Professors sacked by James Cook University for telling the truth.

  4. Harry Passfield permalink
    November 28, 2022 7:48 pm

    “Can a gently warming climate have no significant benefits at all?”
    Now that’s a question that should be put to ALL politicians – and a question I would dearly like to hear answered on the BBC.
    Of course, they would claim that it is not warming ‘gently’: Don’t you know, we’re in an emergency?

  5. A+man+of+no+rank permalink
    November 28, 2022 7:54 pm

    The promoters of this bile seem to have no geographic boundaries, who is orchestrating this?
    Nice to hear from you Peter, have your dealings with J.C. Uni come to an end?

  6. 1saveenergy permalink
    November 28, 2022 8:45 pm

    “Only the frogs and boils are missing. ”
    So is not as bad as we thought then !!

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