Aussie government adviser warns of 'global cooling'

The Ice Age commeth – or at least that's what an Australian government adviser would have us believe. [Image: Fox] The Ice Age commeth – or at least that's what an Australian government adviser would have us believe.

The chief business adviser to the Australian government, Maurice Newman, has poured scorn on the idea of global warming saying our concerns about climate change have left us "ill-prepared" to deal with the prospect of "global cooling", something he suggests is much more likely.

In a report in The Australian newspaper (paywalled) he sounds a dire note:

Having put all our eggs in one basket and having made science a religion, it bravely persists with its global warming narrative, ignoring at its peril and ours, the clear warnings being given by Mother Nature.

He bemoans how governments have accepted the consensus scientific view: primitive civilisations offering up sacrifices to appease the gods, many governments ... used the biased research to pursue “green” gesture politics. This has inflicted serious damage on economies and diminished the West’s standing and effectiveness in world ­affairs.

Newman makes much of the pause in global warming which he says is "now nearly 18 years old".

We wish he would read Cosmos where we covered the latest research that explains the pause in expected warming. The report is here, although the short answer is that the oceans have so far taken the strain and when they stop doing so – as they inevitably will – heat will return to the atmosphere very quickly.

Then there is the US Navy (not what we'd describe as a bunch of hysterical hippies bent on destroying "the West's standing and effectiveness in world affairs"), which accepts without doubt that the planet is warming and is preparing strategy based on an ice-free Arctic by the summer of 2029.

Newman's comments have added to the alarm among many climate scientists Down Under who fear the country is backing away from the commitment to battle climate change.

The Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, who gave Newman his job, in 2009 dismissed climate change as "absolute crap". And, although he claims now to believe that the climate is changing as a result of human activities, Abbott last month achieved his long-term ambition to scrap the country's carbon pricing scheme put in place by the previous government.

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