Abbott funds sceptic tarnishing academic reputations

Academics at the University of Western Australia have demanded its hierarchy explain how “sceptical environmentalist” Bjorn Lomborg was appointed as an adjunct professor for a new “consensus centre”, questioning whether the Danish researcher hand-picked by Prime Minister Tony Abbott has the proper qualifications.

Source: The Age: 23 April 2015
Creation of Tony Abbott-backed Lomborg ‘consensus centre’ has tarnished our reputations, say academics

The Conversation: David Holmes reports

Lomborg’s particularly dangerous form of climate denial is to begrudgingly accept the science while producing economic models to say that global warming is really a minor issue.

He is famous for using economic modelling as a mercenary gun for hire, saleable to governments and jurisdictions requiring climate inaction, climate distraction, or just straight-out climate crisis denial

The University of Western Australia vice-chancellor has ignored the trail of intellectual neglect in Lomborg’s work. This neglect has even attracted a book, The Lomborg Deception, which focuses solely on the lack of rigour in Lomborg’s books: The Skeptical Environmentalist (2001) and Cool It (2007).  The Lomborg Deception’s author, Howard Friels, documented how footnote after footnote does not support anything that Lomborg says.

David Holmes: Senior Lecturer, Communications and Media Studies: Monash University: 23 April 2015

ABC Media Watch 27 April 2015

Lomborg says it is time to stop subsidizing fossil fuels

Media Watch has asked others to check claims that Lomborg has a low “research impact rating”.  The check was made u used three different databases: Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar / Publish or Perish.  While results from three databases do vary, they also confirm Lomborg’s modest ranking.

Lomborg is not a contrarian for nothing. And after years of championing fossil fuels, This is what he wrote in Canada’s Globe and Mail just ten days ago.

“It’s time to stop subsidizing fossil fuels. The billions of dollars that governments could save from phasing out fossil fuel subsidies could be spent on providing better health, education and nutrition, which could benefit hundreds of millions of people.” (The Globe and Mail: 17 April 2015)

Getting rid of fossil fuel subsidies in Australia would save at least $9 billion a year and cut carbon emissions.

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