Andrew Bolt asks in his column – Why won’t other journalists tackle Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, too?
Maybe such dud predictions should be called “claimet change” for all the failed claims? – Anthony
by Andrew Bolt
THE ABC was among the first to fall for it, of course. In 2002, it reported the Great Barrier Reef was as good as dead already.
Host Kerry O’Brien groaned that our “once-spectacular” reef was “threatened by global warming” and “up to 10 per cent of the reef has been lost to bleaching since 1998”, turning it “bone white”.
Up popped Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, a Queensland reef researcher with a natty patter, to warn us to “change our lifestyles” or the reef would go — killed by hotter seas.
My god, but journalists are suckers for warming scares.
It’s like they actually want to be fooled — or to fool you.
Hoegh-Guldberg is now arguably the world’s most influential reef scientist in global-warming circles, having got big government grants, chaired a $20 million World Bank study of warming, and worked as an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change lead author.
Last week, he bobbed up again, waving a report he’d just done for the WWF green group to help promote this month’s Earth Hour.
Again journalists lapped it up, not bothering to check how all Hoegh-Guldberg’s other warnings had panned out. (Answer: terrible, as you’ll see.)