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Other critiques

The book review No Science in Plimer’s Primer by Michael

shley picks up on issues

such as the temperature data, CO2 measurements and in particular some of Plimer’s weirder claims about the composition of the Sun (page 116). I have noted some such issues on CO2 measurements as items 89, 90, 91 and 93 — see also index. The index also

indicates various issues regarding temperature data.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/ian-plimer-heaven-and-earth/story-e6frg8no-1225710387147

Robert Manne,

writing in the

eekend

ustralian of 25–26/4/2009 as Zealotry not in

the public interest,

presented the view of someone who,

like most of the public and the

editors

of

the

ustralian,

is

not

an

expert

on

climate

science.

He

suggested

that

the

public (and editors) cannot rationally choose to believe the views of a handful of pseudo- sceptics rather than those of tens of thousands of scientists researching and publishing in this field. Noting the role of industries that rely on fossil fuel emissions he asserted that Pseudo-sceptical scientists such as Plime , who falsely help convince citizens that the

scientific knowledge in this field is fiercely disputed and basically unsettled,

are among

their most valuable assets.

Responses to this column included:

a:

n editorial Too much hot air in climate change row in The

ustralian 28

pril 2009,

with the sub-title The evidence for man-made global warming is equivocal and, describing Plimer as a leading academic geologist admonished Manne and concluded that Plimer’s view is not to be dismissed as the ‘zealotry’ of a ‘pseudo-sceptical scientist’. b: column Chairman Manne’s no to climate dissent in The eekend ustralian: 2– 3 May 2009, which queried the a handful of pseudo-sceptics rather than those of tens of thousands of scientists description, but which otherwise was a wide-ranging attack on Manne that failed to address any of Manne’s criticisms of Heaven + Earth and the

coverage by The

ustralian.

  • The ustralian Science Media Centre ( usSMC) posted summary comments from 7 ex- perts (Professor Colin Woodroffe, Professor Matthew England, Dr Graeme Pearman, Pro- fessor Nathan Bindoff, Professor Barry Brook, Dr Harvey Marchant and Ian Lowe) at: http://www.aussmc.org/IanPlimerclimatebook.php

  • ndrew Glikson published Plimer wants to talk science? OK, here goes... in Crikey (2009/5/5):

http://www.crikey.com.au/2009/05/05/plimer-wants-to-talk-science-ok-here-goes/

  • n article Geology points to dangers ahead, by Mike Sandiford was published in The ustralian (2009/5/6). He pointed out that the last time that there was so much CO2 in the atmosphere was in the Pliocene 5 million years ago when seas were so much higher that they flooded much of the Murray basin. http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,,25434629-7583,00.html

  • Geologist, Prof. Malcolm Walter discussed Heaven + Earth on The Science Show (broad- cast 2009/6/6) describing it as a mass of only partly digested material and poorly ex-

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