Dirty Rotten Climate Scandals
Written by Tony Thomas
June 7, 2019
Shakespeare’s monster, Caliban, dreamed of clouds opening to show riches ready to drop upon him.
Climate scientists don’t have to dream about it – honors, awards and cash prizes rain down in torrents.
Other scientists try to help humanity, but while climate scientists may kid themselves and others that they share that goal, their practical intent is to raise energy costs and harm nations’ energy efficiency via renewables.
While they posture as planet-savers in white coats, some of them pocket awards of half-million dollars, even a million, and notch up more career-enhancing medals than a North Korean general.
A couple of local prizes are the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science ($A250,000) for ex-President of the Australian Academy of Science Kurt Lambeck last October, and in January UNSW Professor John Church pocketed an $A320,000 half-share of the 400,000 Euro BBVA Prize.
Both have done science work of international repute and their reputations in their specialist fields are deservedly high. However, Lambeck is a long-standing smiter of “deniers” and Church propagates via the ABC such lurid scenarios as this:
“… if the world’s carbon emissions continue unmitigated, a threshold will be crossed which will lead to the complete melting of the Greenland ice sheet. This, with melts from glaciers and ice in Antarctica, will lead to a sea level rise in the order of seven meters.”
There are many mickey-mouse awards in Australia for climate science and I’d be amazed if any post-doc climate person hasn’t won a gong.
It’s particularly obnoxious that even schoolkids are incited to compete for climate awards by regurgitating climate doomism.