Irrelevant to link climate change with terror fears
RITA Panahi’s article, “Climate change zealotry wears thin” ( TB, 22- 7) states that most Australians are more concerned about ISIS than the effects of climate change.
The figures cited are accurate but the rationale in suggesting that the high fear of terrorism can somehow be related to the rejection of climate change is speculative, provides no useful purpose and does not form a basis for sensible, informed debate.
To suggest that Australia’s concerns about “fear of being blown up, beheaded or shot by Islamic State savages” offers any relevant input to climate change issues is debatable.
Science involves evidencebased, peer- reviewed research which evolves and expands as fresh data becomes known. Personal opinions and populist media form no part of the scientific method, yet criticisms of scientists, emotive language, stereotyped name calling seem to be acceptable.
Richard Tol was cited as proof that climate change scientists are in disagreement. Tol refuted the IPCC finding that 97 per cent of climate scientists were in agreement.
This may be correct but there are rebuttals and criticisms of Tol’s calculations which were not mentioned. A similar Tol article was also recently written by Andrew Bolt.
The potential dangers of both terrorism and climate change merit serious and wellinformed consideration, but each is a separate issue.