[ASC-list] Climate sceptic funded out of US

Vicki Burkitt vicki.burkitt at monash.edu
Fri Feb 17 04:23:37 UTC 2012


I flagged a commentary by Bob Carter in the Australian (attached) to a
colleague recently as I wasn't sure whether to take Carter seriously or not.

Vicki

On 17 February 2012 15:07, Susan Kirk <skirk at iprimus.com.au> wrote:

> This doesn't surprise me in the least and is going on a lot more than I
> think any of us realise.  The trouble is it will destroy the credibility of
> science and scientists.
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> Susan Kirk
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> > Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 19:06:29 +1100
> > From: Toss Gascoigne <director at tossgascoigne.com.au>
> > To: ASC list ASC <asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>
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> > Interesting story in the SMH today.
> >
> > Documents show that Professor Bob Carter, a leading climate change
> > sceptic  is paid a monthly retainer by the US Heartland Institute.
> >
> > Heartland is a conservative think tank, and is paying Carter $US20,000
> > as part of a program to pay "high-profile individuals who regularly
> > and publicly counter the alarmist [anthropogenic global warming]
> > message".
> >
> > Here's an extract from Wikipedia on Heartland:
> >
> > In the 1990s, the group worked with the tobacco company Philip Morris
> > to question the science linking secondhand smoke to health risks, and
> > to lobby against government public health reforms.[6][7][8] More
> > recently, the Institute has focused on questioning the scientific
> > consensus on climate change, and has sponsored meetings of climate
> > change skeptics.
> >
> > Sounds like we have out own 'doubt-mongers' right here at home ....
> >
> >
> http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/scientist-denies-he-is-mouthp
> > iece-of-us-climatesceptic-think-tank-20120215-1t6yi.html
> >
> > Carter writes regularly for News Ltd.
> >
> >
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