By Judi McLeod
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Even as a beaming and tuxedoed Al Gore was picking up his Oscar for Best Documentary of the year, greenhouse skeptics were planning to congregate in Canberra, Australia for the release of a new book claiming that environmentalism is the new religion.
In the land of Crocodile Dundee, it is still safe for skeptics to openly congregate, risk of retaliation notwithstanding. In North America, questioning the science of global warming can get you outed by lefty politicians for purportedly being on the payroll of the big oil companies.
"Hard-core global warming sceptics will descend on Canberra today for the release of a book claiming environmentalism is the new religion." (www.theage.com.au, Feb. 28, 2007). "Former mining executive Arvi Parbo will launch Ray Evans' new publication, Nine Facts About Climate Change, at a function at Parliament House."
The book makes the point that climate change is nothing new and declares Howard government investments in solar power and in cleaning up coal a "complete waste of taxpayers' money".
Hollywood had to wait until the day after handing Gore his Oscar to read about the hypocrisy of how the energy to run his 8-bedroom mansion costs 20 times the average American home. But Nine Facts About Climate Change author Ray Evans told The Age in an interview a month ago that Gore's film is "bullshit from beginning to end".
Even more nefarious to some, today's book launching and dinner party was organized by nuclear physicist and Liberal MP Dennis Jensen--who has made it clear he is not convinced that human activity is responsible for global warming.
"Environmentalism has largely superseded Christianity as the religion of the upper classes in Europe and to a lesser extent in the United States," Nine Facts About Climate Change author Ray Evans says in the publication. "It is a form of religious belief which fosters a sense of moral superiority in the believer, but which places no importance on telling the truth."
Indeed, Evans sees global warming as a scam that has been, "arguably, the most extraordinary example of scientific fraud in the postwar period."
Not only will the "hard-core global warming skeptics" congregate over the release of the Evans' book, they will mull over the subject of climate change at a formal dinner.
"Former Labor minister Peter Walsh will also attend today's function, and the group will hold a dinner to be addressed by climate-change sceptic Chris de Freitas, Associate Professor in the school of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science at Auckland University," reports the age.com.
In Canada questioning global warming brings accusations raining down on the skeptic's head, no matter what his or her area of expertise
Last year, Canada's premier investigative documentary program, the fifth estate aired "The Denial Machine" on CBC-TV on November 15. The program's website promo stated: "Call them skeptics, deniers, or naysayers. They are scientists that see themselves as keepers of the truth about global warming: that is a theory only, not a scientific fact, some even call it a hoax. Who are they? They may be small in number, but they have rich and powerful allies--the oil industry and the U.S. government."
Canada's premier global warming guru, Dr. David Suzuki, currently crossing the country in a bus to warn folk against the inherent dangers of global warming, is a longtime CBC commentator.
As blogger Rob Huck points out, "There are probably more Canadians who complain about CBC television than actually watch it."
"The public network, which was already in ratings free fall before its month-long 2005 lockout, has seen its viewership numbers drop even faster since. On a typical evening, under 700,000 Canadians tune into the Ceeb for any part of prime time, down from about 900,000 pre-lockout and over 1.5 million a decade ago."
Meanwhile, author Evans says about global warming: "The Science from the anthropology view has collapsed. The carbon-dioxide link is increasingly recognized as irrelevant.
"But the Government's frightened.
"Cabinet, from what I understand, is by and large still sceptical of climate change, but it is scared of the drought and worried about how Labor will make use of it."