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CSIRO bid to gag emissions trading scheme policy attack November 2, 2009

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CSIRO bid to gag emissions trading scheme policy attack

By Nicola Berkovic
The Australian, November 2, 2009

THE nation’s peak science agency has tried to gag the publication of a paper by one of its senior environmental economists attacking the Rudd government’s climate change policies.

The paper, by the CSIRO’s Clive Spash, argues the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme is an ineffective way to cut emissions, and instead direct legislation or a tax on carbon is needed.

The paper was accepted for publication by the journal New Political Economy after being internationally peer-reviewed.

But Dr Spash told the Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics conference that the CSIRO had since June tried to block its publication.

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1. Pete Ridley - November 3, 2009

Supporters of The (significant human-made global climate change) Hypothesis ridicule scientists who claim that pressure is applied to hinder the publication in respected journals of papers that are sceptical of The Hypothesis. Here (Note 1) we have an example of just such unprofessional conduct by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

The CSIRO declares its full support for The Hypothesis (Note 2) and Dr. Clark, who was appointed as Chief Executive this year, has no reservations about expressing her enthusiastic personal support (Note 3 & 4). It appears that Dr. Clark has no pedigree in climate research so cannot be relied upon to have based this support upon sound scientific understanding of the extent of the scientific uncertainties surrounding climate processes and drivers
Taking into consideration the fact that the CSIRO is funded by the Australian Government to the tune of almost $1 billion per year it is not hard to understand why this organisation would not wish any of its researchers to publish anything that shows The Hypothesis to be flawed or the proposed CPRS/ETS to have no merit.

1) see http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,,26297102-11949,00.html
2) see http://www.csiro.au/files/files/psvk.pdf
3) see http://www.csiro.au/science/Megan-Clark-presentation-20090324-greenhouse.html
4) see http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2009/10/23/2722197.htm

Best regards, Pete Ridley, Human-made global climate change agnos(cep)tic.

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