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Climate science at the ANU?

“Reducing GHG emissions will not eliminate the risk of climate change”. Interesting claim by Professor of Environmental Management at the ANU, Jeff Bennett.  He has been recently spuiking his book on the “lies” of the Green movement.  It is published by the same publisher (Connor Court) that published the nonsense of Ian Plimer and a whole set of other denialist tracts on climate change.  In the past Bennett has attempted to torpedo moves for Australia to introduce a carbon tax.

5 comments to Climate science at the ANU?

  • Alphonse

    What else to expect from this prof? Environmental Management is to vandalism as pasties are to boobs.

  • Uncle Milton

    Harry, you’re being unfair in grouping Bennett with the denialists. What he says is

    “Human induced global climate change is a serious threat to the continued ability of the planet to support humanity and current ecosystems. The damage caused by climate change will be so large that GHG emissions must be reduced now.
    BUT
    Reducing GHG emissions would be costly. The decision to bear those costs should be made with reference to the expected benefits reduced GHG emissions would yield. Reducing GHG emissions will not eliminate the risk of climate change.”

    I presume you agree with every sentence except the last one. (The last sentence is strange, since it doesn’t follow from the previous ones, especially the second, unless one gets all literal about “eliminate”. I suppose there is a very small probability — and this is consistent with the scientific literature — that GHGs aren’t causing climate change, and so eliminating them won’t eliminate the risk of climate change. But this would be pedantry of a high order. I suspect that the last sentence was put there by a dumb copy editor.)

  • hc

    Bennett has grouped himself with denialists like Plimer. Take a look at the books published by Connor Court. Why his opposition to the carbon tax? He sounds like the soul mate of Tony Abbott – agreeing with the idea of climate change (how can you not, its a fact not a theory) but denying effective means for addressing it.

  • Uncle Milton

    Harry, we’re going to have to disagree on making him guilty by association. I prefer to judge his arguments on their merits (or lack of them, as the case may be.) Going further into your links, it seems that he is a big supporter of adaptation, and he thinks it hasn’t been taken seriously enough, which might explain why he says that reducing GHG emissions won’t eliminate the risk of climate change. And since 2 degrees (at least) of warming is locked in, regardless of what we do with mitigation, we will some adapting to do.

    Of course, there is no logical reason why adaptation and mitigation should be mutually exclusive; if Bennett says that, he is wrong. And if he is saying that there should be no mitigation in order to focus attention on adaptation he is not only wrong but runs the risk of being taken not at all seriously.

    But I don’t think he is saying that, because he says “Human induced global climate change is a serious threat to the continued ability of the planet to support humanity and current ecosystems. The damage caused by climate change will be so large that GHG emissions must be reduced now.”
    This is not Plimerism. It’s not even Abbottism.

  • johno

    Uncle Milton.

    Harry is a fanatic and any deviation from his line must be dealt with harshly. That’s why he wants to lump Professor Bennett with other professors such as Professor Plimer whom he attacks relentlessly for providing an alternative to the One True Voice of the IPCC.

    He is really quite harmless and strangely amusing.

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