Web_something-to-worry-aboutOne of the main reasons that people like DJ Auchterlonie keep getting traction is because science is increasingly being threatened by public relations lobby groups. These groups have long since worked out that BS beats brains every time. And climate scientists are not the only victims of this insidious movement, which for a tidy sum will protect any product’s or industry’s reputation from scientifically threatening research.

The names of the organisations that put out scientific sounding misinformation for a living carry names most people hardly ever hear of, or connect to the views that they hold, like The Hartland Institute. This American-based institute is infamous for its work over several decades in very successfully supporting its tobacco clients against medical researchers who kept producing work claiming tobacco was a dangerous product. It is now at the forefront of the climate ‘skeptic’ movement. It is using some of the same ‘scientists’ who so brilliantly worked on discrediting medical researchers, to do the same to climatologists, on behalf of mainly coal and oil interests.

If you follow Hartland, as I do, your readers will notice that it will make pronouncements on climate science, which then find their way mysteriously, simultaneously and identically to not just our local version of Hartland, The Institute of Public Affairs, not just the journalists at ‘The Australian’ and the Sun-Herald, but to hundreds of ‘scientific’ looking websites in the blogosphere, which is probably where Mr A gets his little gems for us to read in these columns.  What you will not hear from Mr A is anything that originates from a genuine scientific body of any sort, let alone a climatological one. If any of your readers make on-line inquiries on the subject of climate change, at say the CSIRO climatology department, they will not find information even remotely approximating anything Mr A is telling us.

Christopher Nagle, Grantville.