Monday, January 09, 2006

Ian Plimer cool on global warming

Professor of geology at the University of Adelaide, Ian Plimer, says since we will all be coal in a million years (ok, so I'm paraphrasing), why worry about global warming?

Does it matter if sea level rises a few metres or global temperatures rise a few degrees? No. Sea level changes by up to 400m, atmospheric temperatures by about 20C, carbon dioxide can vary from 20 per cent to 0.03 per cent, and our dynamic planet just keeps evolving.


The planet's best friend is human resourcefulness with a supportive, strong economy and reduced release of toxins. The greenhouse gases - nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide and methane - have been recycled for billions of years without the intervention of human politics.

Ian Plimer also makes his living selling this line through the auspices of the Institute of Public Affairs, an Australian right-wing think tank.

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1 comment:

Anthony Judd said...

I find it a little rich that Plimer is claiming "...we have thousands of scientists who have got everything to gain by saying the world is going to end..." (,,25348271-11949,00.html)

He and other "skeptics" clearly make a fine living by saying what big business wants to hear. Why should the truly skeptical reader trust his assertions over those of the many other scientists who have repetitively debunked the myths that he recycles in his latest book?