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Climate Hustle

Barnaby Joyce

The two columns below show quotes (left column) from Barnaby Joyce paired with what the science says (right column). Click on text in right column for full details.

Quotes by Barnaby Joyce vs What the Science Says
"From about 1940 to 1980 it was cooling."
1 April 2011 (Source)
Mid-century cooling involved aerosols and is irrelevant for recent global warming.
"Between about 1908 to 1940 the world was warming, then from about 1940 to 1980 it was cooling, now it’s slightly warming again. So what? […] If it was warming between 1908 and 1940, what was happening then?"
1 April 2011 (Source)
Early 20th century warming is due to several causes, including rising CO2.
"The way this debate works, Chris, is they work on a division of labor theory. They say “very smart people say the world is warming, and if you say anything different you’re a fool”. And people generally go: “Oh, well, I don’t have the time to actually research it, so I’ll just sit back and say nothing and I’ll agree with them, because agreeing is a very safe place to be, even though I have the sneaking suspicion that what they say is not correct, because I don’t feel the world is coming to a catastrophic end. I just feel that this is just another one of those pitches […] Western society always has, to come up with some disaster; something we’ve got to be scared of; something that we’ve apparently got to fix up right now, and the way we fix it up is by paying a certain group of people a lot of money.” That’s generally how it works."
1 April 2011 (Source)

97% of climate experts agree humans are causing global warming.

"The models that the IPC (sic) put up are wrong. What they initially put up were wrong. The calamity that was supposed to happen, when you look at the modeling process, is not correct."
1 April 2011 (Source)

Models successfully reproduce temperatures since 1900 globally, by land, in the air and the ocean.

"Because it’s warming by an extremely small amount there’s virtually nothing you can do about it, and definitely nothing you can do about it from Australia by yourself, except stuff up your economy."
1 April 2011 (Source)

If every nation agrees to limit CO2 emissions, we can achieve significant cuts on a global scale.

"What [John Christy is] saying is, basically, if it’s warming it’s warming by an extremely small amount."
1 April 2011 (Source)
This argument ignores the cooling effect of aerosols and the planet's thermal inertia.

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