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Heaven and Earth - Aussie geologist rejects global warming

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Ian Plimer, Professor of Mining Geology at Adelaide University, contends that the hypothesis that human activity can create global warming "is contrary to validated knowledge from solar physics, astronomy, history, archaeology and geology". In Heaven and Earth, his recently published book, he explains why in 500 detailed pages.

James Delingpole of the Spectator reports -

What Heaven And Earth sets out to do is restore a sense of scientific perspective to a debate which has been hijacked by ‘politicians, environmental activists and opportunists. It points out, for example, that polar ice has been present on earth for less than 20 per cent of geological time; that extinctions of life are normal; that climate changes are cyclical and random; that the CO2 in the atmosphere — to which human activity contributes the tiniest fraction — is only 0.001 per cent of the total CO2 held in the oceans, surface rocks, air, soils and life; that CO2 is not a pollutant but a plant food; that the earth’s warmer periods — such as when the Romans grew grapes and citrus trees as far north as Hadrian’s Wall — were times of wealth and plenty.

All this is scientific fact — which is more than you can say for any of the computer models turning out doomsday scenarios about inexorably rising temperatures, sinking islands and collapsing ice shelves. Plimer doesn't trust them because they seem to have little if any basis in observed reality.

Via Instapundit, we have corroborating news in a study that appeared online today. The journal Nature Geoscience has just published evidence that the climate models used to predict global warming may be all wrong.

UPDATE: Roger Kuin points out that this is the better link to Geoscience. Thank you, Roger.

We noted scientific doubts about global warming in 2006.

That a huge state-sponsored carbon cartel will transfer wealth from taxpayers to profiteers on evidence that is sinking out of sight is dismaying, to say the least. It is not the way to obtain renewable energy.

Comments (1)

I cannot speak to Plimer's argument, but there is one problem in your post: your purported link to Nature Geoscience actually links to USA Today's Science Fair, which contains a highly-oversimplified and dramatised report on Zeebe et al.'s letter. It might be better to link to the actual Nature Geoscience site (http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/ngeo578.html), where there is a longish abstract of the letter: this has no political spin, but is all the more interesting for it.

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