Fielding the non-believer

Senator Fielding started of as a man made global warming believer but has now changed his mind:

After talks with the government and top scientists, Senator Fielding, whose vote could be crucial in passing the Federal Government’s plan to put a price on carbon emissions, has released a document setting out his position.

“Global temperature isn’t rising,” it says.

Senator Fielding says he would not risk job losses on “unconvincing green science” to set up a carbon emissions trading scheme (ETS)….

Fielding questions to the government were:

The questions posed were: Is it the case that CO, increased by 5 per cent since 1998 while global temperature cooled during the same period? If so, why did the temperature not increase, and how can human emissions be to blame for dangerous levels of warming?

Is it the case that the rate and magnitude of warming between 1979 and 1998 (the late 20th-century phase of global warming) were not unusual as compared with warmings that have occurred earlier in the Earth’s history? If the warming was not unusual, why is it perceived to have been caused by human CO, emissions and, in any event, why is warming a problem if the Earth has experienced similar warmings in the past?

Is it the case that all computer models projected a steady increase in temperature for the period 1990 to 2008, whereas in fact there were only eight years of warming followed by 10 years of stasis and cooling? If so, why is it assumed that long-term climate projections by the same models are suitable as a basis for public policy-making?


Penny Wong’s advisers were unable to provide good answers.

I’ll ask my question- how many degrees cooler will we be after the introduction of ETS?

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