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Intimidation tactics against climate scientists

“I have been subject to all sorts of personal attacks, threats to my safety, my life, threats to my family, and it’s not just me, it’s
dozens of climate scientists in the US, in Australia and many other regions of the world where our findings are finding that climate change is real and potentially poses a threat to civilisation if we don’t confront that challenge. That represents a threat to certain vested interests and they’ve tried hard to discredit the science, often by discrediting and intimidating the scientists. “

VIDEO http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2012/s3454652.htm  Climatologist slams intimidation of scientists Australian Broadcasting Corporation Broadcast: 15/03/2012
Reporter: Emma Alberici Climatologist and director of the Earth System Science Centre in Pennsylvania State University Michael Mann joins Lateline.
Transcript
EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: The Climate Commission’s latest report says
global average temperatures have continued to rise over the last
decade. It’s all part of the research that started more than 20 years
ago in the United States. The lead climate scientist in much of that
work was Michael Mann. Mann says he’s the central object of attack in
what some have characterised as the best funded, most carefully
orchestrated assault on science the world has known…..

EMMA ALBERICI: Now you’ve just published a book called The Hockey
Stick and the Climate Wars and I have to say it’s a book that reads
much more like a thriller than a scientific textbook. You’ve had death
threats and charges that you misappropriated funds. On one occasion
you went to work and were greeted by the FBI. Tell us what happened
there…..
I have been subject to all sorts of personal attacks, threats to my safety, my life, threats to my family, and it’s not just me, it’s
dozens of climate scientists in the US, in Australia and many other regions of the world where our findings are finding that climate change is real and potentially poses a threat to civilisation if we don’t confront that challenge. That represents a threat to certain vested interests and they’ve tried hard to discredit the science, often by discrediting and intimidating the scientists. Unfortunately
it’s not all that new a tactic. We saw the same thing back in the
1970s, 1980s with tobacco, with the tobacco industry trying to
discredit research establishing adverse health impacts of their
product. It’s an old tactic and it’s now being used to try to
discredit climate science, mainly coming from vested interests who
don’t want to see us shift away from our current reliance on fossil
fuels because they – understandably, they profit greatly from our
current addiction to fossil fuels…….
trace much of the attacks against climate science and climate
scientists to various organisations and front groups that derive most
of their funding from the fossil fuel industry and what they often do
is issue press releases attacking mainstream science. They publish –
they have folks publish op.’ eds attacking climate scientists. They
sort of create what some have called an echo chamber of climate change
denial that permeates the airwaves and our media and it’s been a real
challenge for scientists, for the scientific community to try to
communicate the very real nature of the climate change threat in the
face of this fairly massive disinformation campaign……
ustralia faces many of the same threats from climate change that we
face here in the US: rising sea level and loss of coastal settlement
and erosion of our coastlines. In the case of Australia, a very real
threat to the health of one of the world’s great natural wonders, the
Great Barrier Reef, increasing drought in certain regions and
increasing flooding in other regions. What we’re seeing play out in
Australia and in the US and around the world are the very scenarios
that we predicted decades ago, that the models told us we would be
seeing: increasing heat, more frequent extreme heat in all the major
continents of the world and we’re seeing all of this play out. So, if
you actually take the projections of future climate change under an
assumption that we don’t do anything to deal with the problem,
so-called business as usual, then what we see by the middle of this
century – my colleague James Hanson has referred to as a scenario
where the Earth will be a fundamentally different planet from the one
that we grew up on, and it has deeply ethical consequences. The
decisions we’re making today about our fossil fuel emissions are gonna
determine the world that we leave our children and grandchildren and
there isn’t a whole lotta time to act if we are going to avert some of
the more damaging impacts of future climate change in Australia, in
the US and in the rest of the world….
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2012/s3454652.htm

March 16, 2012 - Posted by | Audiovisual, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, civil liberties, climate change - global warming, secrets and lies | , ,

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