CSIRO head Dr Larry Marshall has an epiphany following the nasty backlash prompted by by his announcement that the organisation would shift climate change research emphasis from modelling to mitigation:

I feel like the early climate scientists in the ’70s fighting against the oil lobby.

I guess I had the realisation that the climate lobby is perhaps more powerful than the energy lobby was back in the ’70s – and the politics of climate I think there’s a lot of emotion in this debate.

In fact it almost sounds more like religion than science to me.

Marshall has been labelled an infidel:

I’ve been told by some extreme elements that they’ve put me at the top of the climate deniers list and what perplexes me is how saying that we’re going to shift more resources to mitigation – i.e. doing something to address climate change versus just measuring and modelling it – I don’t see how that makes me a climate denier.

Good luck to Marshall: trying to reason with true believers is pointless.

Update: Realising that offending zealots isn’t a good idea, Marshall recants:

I’d like to apologise for any offence I may have caused to anyone with respect to my reference to religion.

I was merely referring to the passionate zeal around this issue, not any other reference, and I deeply apologise.

Militant lefties don’t tolerate criticism, no matter how relevant: just ask Richard Dawkins.


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