What they say about global temperature trends
- The temperature is level - neither cooling nor heating.
- The earth is cooling.
- There has been late 20th century warming.
- So what if 2010 was the hottest year on record?
- The earth is not warming, or maybe it is warming (but we don't want it to be warming so it isn't).
- The sun is quiet so it shouldn't be warming (therefore it isn't).
- The Minister has just made it all up.
- We don't believe any temperature record that includes the Arctic (and anyway, we don't like Dr Hansen of NASA; he's a bit of a pessimist).
- All the thermometers are wrong.
What they say about reducing CO2 emissions
- Even cutting CO2, it will take a long time to come out of the atmosphere, (therefore we should keep adding it instead).
- Cutting CO2 would stop the rise in temperature and even cause it to decline slightly. (Therefore we shouldn't cut it.)
- Increasing atmospheric CO2 is good for the environment.
- Australia doesn't pollute any more than anywhere else with the same environmental regulations.
What they say about evidence
There is none. Tell us, where is the empirical evidence:
- that warming is caused by CO2 emissions
- of an increase in weather disasters
What they say about terminology
- We don't like the term 'carbon pollution', (it's not nice; our friend Carbon would find it offensive).
What else they say
- Other things have been the main cause of global warming in the past (therefore it can't be CO2 this time around).
- It's a cycle (temperatures don't need a cause to go up and down)
- Forty years ago, some scientists thought the world was cooling (therefore it is still cooling, even though forty years ago more scientists said it was going to warm).
- We're not sure if global warming is a dangerous problem or not.
Believe it or not, one of the authors is an active academic, two are retired academics and one was once a government employee (now a conspiracy theorist). Will the current academic hold his job after this? (Probably yes, unfortunately.)