UNFAIR ATTACKS ON SCIENTISTS
All through 2016, Peter Campion repeated what was then his political dogma in all the local papers, saying that the temperature was NOT going up. By 2017 he’d changed his mind and was telling usxotic reasons why it wasn’t fossil fuels that were causing the increase.
I asked repeatedly which of these contradictory ideas he now believed in, and received some of the most imaginative and obscure name-calling I’ve ever encountered in response.
P.C. has tried repeatedly to ascribe political motivations to my fact-checking, but no, it’s strictly personal. P.C. keeps presenting untruths, false figures and misleading half-truths, so I keep challenging them. It’s the facts not the factions that I’m interested in. I think of P.C. as the loud-mouth at the bar, redfaced, spittle flying, who thinks hating is an argument; a serial whinger with irritable mouth syndrome whose effluence of understanding pours forth with the charm of a leaky tap. Someone who only believes the tiny number of scientists that have been approved by his political superiors [Politically Correct scientists], who criticises and slanders honest, hard-working Australian scientists, one of whom was my daughter. So no, I don’t need any grouphugs to motivate me to respond to his sloppy research or his absurd fantasies, just a desire to clear the air. MICK CORLEY, Malanda
THE CONFUSING CASE OF “CARBON”
There’s a war on. We’re fighting “carbon” – which is a really odd thing for carbonbased lifeforms to do.
Actually, the generals in this war say “carbon” but they mean “carbon dioxide”, a gas. “Carbon” is a solid. Soot is carbon. Diamonds are carbon. There is no “carbon gas”.
The gas “carbon dioxide” (CO2), is one part carbon to two parts oxygen. It’d be more accurate to call it “oxygen” than “carbon”. But “oxygen” doesn’t sound sooty enough.
Does science mis-describe substances? Or does marketing do that?
Plants use CO2, water, trace elements and sunlight’s photons to make carbohydrates. Without adequate atmospheric CO2 all carbon-based life goes extinct - including us.
CO2 is now at 400ppm. Offices with recycling air-conditioning often have around 4000ppm CO2. That’s why office plants can thrive with sub-optimal light and irregular watering.
Human exhalations are 40,000ppm CO2. But we can use exhalations to resuscitate another person. Does that sound like a “toxic gas”?
What about CO2-warming? That myth is busted. 4 molecules in 10,000 can only fractionally slow heat down on its way back to space – nothing more.
The warmists’ much-heralded “multiplier effect” with water vapour hasn’t happened. It should have been measurable by now. It’s not.
So, why demonise CO2? The small group that engineered this campaign in the 1960s were brilliant marketers, but lousy scientists.
They manipulated our primal fear of rough weather to advance their political agenda and make billions.
Every day we are forced to pay and every day we get force-fed their agenda.
When you hear something scary about “carbon”, remember, planet Earth is fine.
It is the person delivering the scare that you should be worried about. PETER CAMPION, Tolga
WALLABIES AT MAREEBA RACE COURSE
Many years ago when my grandkids were only a couple of years old, our property was unfenced.there is a lot of undeveloped land behind us. As a treat for the kids I was feeding wallabies that lived behind us in the bush and when the children came to visit they loved it .
But, on a about three of occasions there was a couple of large dogs that would come just after dark. They attacked the wallabies. The violence of their attack was horrific. I went to the aid of one wallaby once but as I got close enough to try and help, I feared for my own safety, and I mean it.
These dogs acted in mad frenzy and I firmly believe that the wallaby deaths at Mareeba Race Course could very easily have been done by dogs. BARRY BRAES, Mareeba
MEDALS BANNED FOR YOUNG SWIMMERS
Australian Swimming has banned medals from junior swimming carnivals. Just when the whole country is on the edge of their seats cheering on their champions in the Commonwealth Games for Gold, Silver or Bronze. I was at a masters swim meet last Saturday in Atherton and there were swim coaches present who could not believe there are officials who would belittle the achievements of the thousands of swimmers and coaches who make up Swimming Australia. The timing is atrocious. The rationale put forward is that the junior swimmers should be self motivated?
Swimming Australia should know Australia is a democracy not a dictatorship.
This kind of administrative bullying saw the country’s top swimmer, Dawn Fraser, banned for 10 years in Tokyo for “souveniring” an Olympic flag.
The next Olympic Games will also be in Tokyo and hopefully the bullies will have gone from Swimming Australia by then. IRENE SHANKS, Mareeba