Eric Worrall on Flannery

With thoughts for poor Dunedin, a city already plunged into turmoil (we’re told) —due to false hypothetical statements from lemmings about impending severe effects of climate change, including rising air and sea temperatures, violent storms, dramatic sea level rise, and (oh yeah!) high ground water levels. Whatever.


Received from Mick Field
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 at 5:39 p.m.

Flannery by Josh [22Feb2016]

### 22 Feb 2016
Tim Flannery: Firing Climate Scientists Breaches the Paris Agreement
By Eric Worrall
Tim Flannery, whose spectacularly wrong advice once helped panic Aussie politicians into wasting billions of dollars on useless desalination plants, now thinks firing CSIRO climate scientists will cause Australia to breach the Paris Climate Agreement.

“Cuts to the CSIRO’s climate modelling and measuring research will breach Australia’s obligations under the recent Paris agreement and will result in huge costs to the economy, a report by Australia’s Climate Council has found.

The report adds to a chorus of eminent bodies and individuals criticising the move, which the CSIRO made after almost no consultation with its own scientists or other research institutions.

Earlier in the month it was revealed CSIRO would be cutting up to 350 staff from climate research programs over two years. Over the following weeks, the organisation’s chief executive Larry Marshall explained that would result in a loss of about 50% of the staff working in climate modelling and measuring.

In a report titled “Flying Blind: Navigating Climate Change without the CSIRO,” the Climate Council said governments and businesses relied on the CSIRO’s climate modelling and measuring work to make billion-dollar decisions and if the cuts went ahead, would be relying on “guesswork”.”
Read more at The Guardian

In these days of automated weather stations and satellite temperature monitoring, its a little difficult to understand why you need hundreds of scientists to produce a few climate graphs – especially since parallel efforts are in progress in a number of other countries. Perhaps all the scientists are required, to help think up plausible sounding reasons why the historic rate of warming in Australia should be adjusted upwards.


Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Baloney, Climate change, Media, Name, People, Politics, Public interest

8 responses to “Eric Worrall on Flannery

  1. alanbec

    A rather dismissive attitude to human intellectual input, Mr Field. Are graphs redundant if prepared by trained climatologists? Don’t think so. They may be right, they may be wrong, but putting those with something to offer out of work is typically short sighted. Who knows, they may even be open minded on climate change.

    • Elizabeth

      Bureaucracies build and bloat. If the individuals are devoted to science they will move into new contracts or other ways of applying their rigour (if they have any) by working, elsewhere. Some of us do not live in the economy of tenured work and never have. Adaptability is good for job science as much as changeable weather.

      • alanbec

        Course it is. Depends on one’s professional rep to secure another job though. ‘Oh, hello, er, highly qualified person what was sacked. I’m sorry, with your singular attitude on (insert disputed topic here), I doubt you’d be happy working here, either. Besides, overqualified. Good-by’.

        • Elizabeth

          No one is owed a job. It’s a nice theory but completely with the fairies. It’s dog eat dog for the inspired who own entrepreneurial bones. For the rest, they expect a cage battery laid on with regular cash or larvae.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      I agree, alanbec: “putting those with something to offer out of work is typically short sighted.” However it is something that happens in workplaces all over NZ and all over the world, all the time. I’m not sure why you make the plea that climatologists’ jobs should be protected, I can’t see how they are more deserving of jobs for life than SDHB kitchen staff, or Hillside workers, or ______, _____, and ______ . Readers are bound to remember enough examples to fill in the blanks, some of them may indeed have been put out of work through no fault of their own. The idea that certain privileged people must be protected from the same fate is likely to go down like a cup of cold sick.

    • @alanbec
      April 23, 2016 at 11:32 pm
      A rather dismissive attitude to human intellectual input, Mr Field.

      Not dismissive. Just look at this gigantic ‘make work’ scheme and the damage that it has caused – even has its ramifications in ‘lil ole Dunners’. It was high time that a stop was put to this gravy train and the excesses of the CSIRO (same in many other parts of the world especially the UK).
      Open minded – sure some would be – win some lose some.

  2. Elizabeth

    Sat, 23 Apr 2016
    ODT: Bennett signs historic climate change agreement
    Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett has signed an historic global climate change agreement on behalf of New Zealand. Mrs Bennett has signed the Paris Agreement at the United Nations in New York. The ceremony was hosted by Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon and coincided with Earth Day. More than 170 nations also signed the agreement. The agreement was concluded in December 2015. 188 countries took part in the negotiations, covering more than 90 per cent of the world’s emissions.

  3. Gurglars

    Just calculate the cost in emissions that the wood duck politicians and their public hangers on have caused by flying the representatives of 181 nations to New York.

    The hypocrisy of politicians.

    Now that is a wonderful addition to the nomenclature.

    How do you describe a group of politicians?

    Answer – A hypocrisy of politicians.

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