An anti-climate change pundit displaying her ignorance

The Australian’s War on Science 68: getting your science from a chain email
[Via Deltoid]

Jane Fraser, columnist in The Australian , writes a column based on “facts” she got from a chain email:

Back to Plimer. He says he knows how disheartening it is to realise all your savings on carbon emissions have been eaten up by natural disasters. You’ve suffered the inconvenience and expense of driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up ’til midnight to finish your kids’ “The Green Revolution” science project, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet, selling your speedboat, holidaying at home instead of abroad, replacing all those light globes that cost you 50c with ones that set you back $10 . . .

Well, he says, it took just four days to flush all these good works down the drain. In those four days the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland spewed enough volcanic ash to negate every single effort you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions.

This is not true. Fred Jourdan (Prof. of Applied Geology, Curtin University of Technology) states:

The eruption in Iceland emitted a fairly small amount of CO2. In fact most recent estimates show that the flights that were grounded by the eruption would have emitted about twice as much CO2 as the volcano itself.


The fact that she is more scared of cyclists than cars or buses should give you a hint. I wonder if she is embarrassed at all for writing a column with such inane facts in it?

She writes an entire column based on an email she received – one whose ‘facts’ could easily have been debunked by a simple Google search. Like the fact that the author of the email she quotes did not write the email. I bet he loves having his name attached to such absolute nonsense.

She agrees with most of what the email says, even though the facts in the email are wrong. So why check out to see if the facts are right. Why publish a column full of false information without even trying to find out the truth? Confirmation bias at it best is the reason.

Well, she obviously does not want to enrich the world by providing facts about the world around us. She just naively writes about something that she gets horribly wrong. As one of the commenters wrote:

I’m looking forward to Fraser’s next column, in which she relates how she easily made a million dollars simply by helping out the relatives of a dead Nigerian government minister transfer some funds…

She’s just waiting for the money to come it.