2011-05-13 02:04:04Carter Confusion series
Dana Nuccitelli

Source article

1) "Since [the 1980s], with the formation of the IPCC, and a parallel huge expansion of research and consultancy money into climate studies, energy studies and climate policy, an intensive effort has been made to identify and measure the human signature in the global temperature record at a cost that probably exceeds $100 billion. And, as Kevin Rudd might put it, “You know what? No such signature has been able to be isolated and measured.”

2) "that we can’t identify and measure [an anthropogenic warming signal] indicates that the signal is so small that it is lost in the noise of natural climate variation....Global average temperature at the end of the twentieth century fell well within the bounds of natural climate variation"

3) "One thing is known for certain about these computer models, and it is that they are wrong as tested against the last twenty years of elapsed global temperature."

4) "Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant but a natural and vital trace gas in Earth’s atmosphere, an environmental benefit without which our planetary ecosystems could not survive."

5) "Increasing carbon dioxide makes many plants grow faster and better, and helps to green the planet."

6) "Earth’s temperature is currently cooling slightly"

7) "ocean heat is declining"

8) "global sea-level rise has not accelerated (although the climate models predict that it should)"

9) "tropical storm energy is at a thirty-year low."

10) "no evidence exists that Australian climatic phenomena—including droughts, floods, storms, heat waves and snowstorms—differ now in intensity or frequency from their natural historical and geological patterns of strong annual and multi-decadal variability"

11) "the Great Barrier Reef is in fine fettle."

12) "It has been shown that in Spain, 2.2 conventional jobs are destroyed for every new job created in the alternative energy industry"

13) "Taxing the emissions of [large emitters] will cause them to move offshore, or destroy them....To levy an unnecessary tax on [coal] is economic vandalism that will destroy jobs and reduce living standards for all Australians."

14) "Norway has levied a tax on carbon dioxide since the early 1990s which has added to the already high cost of living there, and despite which a 15 per cent increase in emissions has occurred."

15) "At its mooted introductory level of $20 to $30 per tonne, a carbon dioxide tax is unlikely to effect any reduction in emissions. As the price is ratcheted up, as is intended, to the point at which energy-intensive industry is forced offshore, Australian emissions will decline, as will Australia’s standard of living, but world emissions will remain the same. Such a policy is senseless."

16) "All hope of a global agreement on emissions reduction has collapsed with the failure of the Copenhagen and Cancun climate meetings. The world’s largest emitters (USA and China) have made it crystal clear that they will not introduce carbon dioxide taxes or emissions trading....Though a dozen US states have previously committed to anti-carbon-dioxide schemes, some of those (such as New Hampshire and New Mexico) are now withdrawing."

17) "Playing “follow the leader” is not a good idea when the main leader (the EU) has a sclerotic economy characterised by lack of employment and the flight of manufacturers overseas...For Australia to introduce a carbon dioxide tax ahead of the large emitting nations would be to expose our whole economy to competitive and economic disadvantage for no gain whatsoever."

18) "For Australia, the total cost for a family of four of implementing a carbon dioxide tax is likely to exceed $2000 a year*—whereas eliminating even all of Australia’s emissions might prevent planetary warming of only about 0.01 degree by 2100."

19) "there is no demonstrated problem of “dangerous” global warming."

20) "Spending billions of dollars on expensive and ineffectual carbon dioxide taxes serves only to reduce our wealth and our capacity to address these genuine problems."

2011-05-13 12:38:26Carter quotes
John Cook


Would be great if someone could add these to the Quotes database so they appear here:


(note - this page is embargoed, don't link to it yet as it's not yet been launched)

2011-05-13 14:35:44
Dana Nuccitelli
I'll go on a quote adding rampage tomorrow or this weekend. Gotta add Lindzen quotes too.