Caroline Hutchinson
Caroline Hutchinson

Be aware of pack of lies

IS IT just me or is everyone sick of lies, damned lies and statistics?

Today I was sent an email denying climate change. It’s the third time I’ve been sent the same piece, which I know for a fact is full of mistruths.

I don’t know if scientists can accurately predict future catastrophes and I don’t know if a carbon tax will effect real change in global temperature, but I do know whose side I’m on.

Climate change sceptic Christopher Monckton (I’m not going to call him Lord, because he’s not one) was on the Sunshine Coast recently, his visit coinciding with the Government’s unveiling of the carbon tax.

Mr Monckton is considered a laughing stock around the world. A very short tour of the internet will uncover his lies and deceptive propaganda.

But I don’t want to concentrate on Mr Monckton. I just want to remind everyone that not every email they receive is correct and if it’s remotely political you might be very surprised by who paid for it.

For instance, how many times have you been told volcanoes cause more CO2 emissions than humans?

According to a US Geological Survey report released in June, the amount of CO2 emitted by volcanoes each year is equivalent to what human activities emit every 2.7 days.

So, why do I keep getting an email saying the opposite?

Back in the 1950s, when the tobacco industry came under pressure from science showing smoking caused cancer, it took decisive action, launching a public relations campaign that lasted until the 1990s, subtly undermining the medical research and discrediting the scientists.

And it worked. For as long as there was a shred of doubt in the air, people happily smoked.

Climate science is similar. It’s complicated and potentially very uncomfortable for big business.

None of us wants a new tax and it would be much simpler to believe human activity is benign. But that doesn’t make it true.

And just for the record, I don’t see members of the public disputing the way a physicist explains how semiconductors work. Why are we so confident we know better than climate experts?

If you’re a denier I completely accept you don’t agree with me, but can you at least stop sending the emails?

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