Coober Pedy Regional Times
It is very worrying that Senator Steve Fielding has returned from his fact-finding mission to the USA with his confidence in the opinions of the Heartland Institute about climate change.
It is understandable that such a busy person as Senator Fielding might not have the time to check on the background of this organisation.
The Heartland Institute is funded by fossil fuel and tobacco industries. It has become quite famous for its continuing campaign to show that smoking is not a health hazard. Its other current campaign is to prevent any regulatory limits on the profitability of the fossil fuel industries.
Unfortunately, Senator Fielding hasn’t yet had time to pursue his fact-finding with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, with scientific institutes in USA and other countries, or even with Australia’s CSIRO or with the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of NSW.
A thorough explanation of climate change would show that the current warming of the atmosphere, in tandem with increasing C02, is happening over a 100 year period – very brief conmpared to the 1000 year warmings of past ages.
The effects of El Nino’s over the past decade also have to be considered. The theories that cosmic rays and solar flares have caused the gradual warming – these theories have been discredited by reputable scientists.
I am sure that Senator Fielding will continue his fact-finding about global warming. It is just too serious a problem to be brushed aside, and have no action taken to address it.