Peta Pinson, Mayor of Port Macquarie Hastings region. Source council website, fair use, low resolution image to identify the subject.

More Aussie Climate Change Heresy?

Essay by Eric Worrall

Ever since former conservative Aussie PM Tony Abbott announced “I am a climate skeptic” at CPAC 2022, there has been indications climate belief might not be rock solid amongst other politicians.

‘Clumsy joke’: NSW Liberal candidate for Swansea filmed saying ‘I don’t believe in climate change’ 

Exclusive: Labor calls for Coalition to ‘guarantee’ candidates support climate action after Megan Anderson’s remark

Tamsin Rose
Tue 14 Mar 2023 01.00 AEDT
Last modified on Tue 14 Mar 2023 11.15 AEDT

The New South Wales Liberal party’s candidate for Swansea, Megan Anderson, has downplayed a comment she made denying climate change last week, calling it a “clumsy joke”.

With the state election less that two weeks away, Guardian Australia has seen footage from a community event about the Hunter offshore windfarms in which Anderson can be heard remarking to a person beside her, “I don’t believe in climate change”.

When contacted by Guardian Australia about the comment, she said it was not a declaration of her beliefs.

“I made a clumsy joke in response to the previous speaker, but that was not a declaration of my beliefs,” Anderson said.

“I understand that our climate is changing and the NSW government has great policies that preserve our environment for future generations, which I support.”

The comments come after it was revealed Nationals candidate for Port Macquarie, local mayor Peta Pinson, told a meeting her scepticism about climate science had “solidified” after reading a paper. She is running in one of just two seats being contested by both a Liberal and National candidate.

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Good on Peta Pinson for being straightforward about your beliefs.

We like Peta Pinson at WUWT. Peta has been consistently climate skeptic, she featured in 2022, after she revoked the Port Macquarie Climate Emergency, declaring it was a “misuse of council resources”. Port Macquarie is one of my favourite places to stop when driving the NSW coast road, well run, lots of shops, clean streets. So please consider voting for Peta, if you live in Port Macquarie.

As for you Megan Anderson, maybe it’s time you stop joking. I mean, what have you got to lose? You are running for a seat which conventional wisdom declares is unwinnable. Your only chance of challenging this pessimism is to impress your voters with your honesty and willingness to stand on principle, to be their candidate rather than just another faceless cog in the party machine.

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March 14, 2023 2:14 pm

Australia needs a Jan6 Committee staffed with GW ideologues

Anyone expressing even the slightest reservations about climate change, etc, will be called before the Committee, will be automatically found guilty, will lose his freedom for a few years without a trial, then his livelihood, and blacklisted, unemployable.

Krishna Gans
Reply to  wilpost
March 14, 2023 3:07 pm

If I understand you right it would have been better to finish with /sarc

Reply to  Krishna Gans
March 14, 2023 5:29 pm

It’s not sarc. It’s fact

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  wilpost
March 15, 2023 4:59 am

The CCCP was good at canceling people back in the ’30s.

E. Schaffer
March 14, 2023 2:40 pm

Climate scepticism = not knowing sh#t

Either you know, or not. We have all the knowledge on why CO2 is not significantly changing the climate, and what other (anthropogenic) agents are in play. As long as the “critical side” gets it wrong, refuses to understand and brings up nonsense arguments, society will go down the drain without need. Tragic!

Ron Long
Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 14, 2023 3:07 pm

Yep, Goldilocks all over again, too hot, too cold, just right.

Reply to  E. Schaffer
March 14, 2023 5:23 pm

Eric, Consider a fence dividing skeptic and alarmist and tell me which side you sit on. Your post seemed to me to have so many ambiguities that I can not discern your viewpoint. Please restate your point for the benefit of the semantically challenged like me

E. Schaffer
Reply to  alastairgray29yahoocom
March 15, 2023 12:52 am

Being sceptical as a mindset is good, being sceptical as a position is pointless. Either you know something, or you have nothing to tell.

If we imagine this to be a trial with CO2 as a defendant, the question is what strategy the lawyer is going to choose. If he has nothing up his sleeve, then casting “reasonable doubt” might be the only way forward. Regrettably this is not going to work here.

In reality however there is overwhelming evidence totally exonerating CO2, just like a DNA test. But the lawyer does not take it on, because he does not know what DNA is. And that is the state the “critical side” is in. It is appalling.

Reply to  E. Schaffer
March 14, 2023 5:30 pm

Obviously you are in the not knowing sh#t club

Reply to  E. Schaffer
March 15, 2023 10:48 am

society will go down the drain without need. Tragic!

fear mongering apocalyptic thinking.

scepticism is a religion

Reply to  Steven Mosher
March 15, 2023 3:09 pm

”scepticism is a religion”

LOL, that one takes the cake. How many false doom and gloom predictions have sceptics made Mosh?????

Reply to  aussiecol
March 15, 2023 5:24 pm

past month on WUWT dozens

March 14, 2023 2:46 pm

If only they’d come out as “climate realists” they might be surprised by the publics positive reaction.

We can mitigate where necessary, we don’t need to collapse society.

March 14, 2023 2:58 pm

You can be a skeptic and still say you believe in Global Warming. It’s the word “catastrophic” that needs to be the target of skeptics. And the data is heavily in the skeptics favor.

Philip Mulholland
Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 14, 2023 5:28 pm

I think most people agree CO2 is a greenhouse gas

And there lies the fundamental root of the problem.
Science is not determined by consensus.
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Reply to  Philip Mulholland
March 14, 2023 8:37 pm

It’s a scientific fact that CO2 is a greenhouse gas. Unfortunately there are a small number of people who can’t accept that.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 14, 2023 5:32 pm

CO2 might be a “greenhouse gas” however it’s only used in greenhouses to increase plant production no the planet

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Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 14, 2023 8:57 pm

Thats it Eric, climate change is unnoticeable, it’s only the models that predict significant changes, and they have already been debunked due to their use of too high ECS values, that do not match recent observations and calculations from atmospheric physics in the range >0.5-2C. So CAGW is just green fantasy.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 15, 2023 4:42 am

“I think most people agree CO2 is a greenhouse gas.”
Eric, I agree that CO2 does have some warming effect, although probably quite small. Much of the warming is almost certainly due to the planet recovering from the Little Ice Age.
CO2 is definitely not a greenhouse gas. That’s because greenhouses don’t work by trapping radiation – they work by trapping warm air. It’s very appropriate that the name – AGW – is based on wrong science.
Of course, there is a connection between greenhouses and CO2. Farmers routinely feed in extra CO2 because it enhances plant growth.

Reply to  SMS
March 14, 2023 4:23 pm

This is very much true.
“Catastrophic” means we must act. We MUST act

It doesn’t say how we must act but there’s no time to think about that now. Just do something!!!

Which is very, very silly.

And yet, every use of the Precautionary Principle assumes “catastrophe” and demands panic into action.

We should also target the Precautionary Principle (the child of “catastrophic”).

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  MCourtney
March 15, 2023 5:06 am

Greta says “I want you to panic!”. Not a convincing argument.

Reply to  SMS
March 14, 2023 5:34 pm

Go tell it on the mountain , under the rising ( or falling ) seas and every where. Open your eyes . Look and See. You were born smart . Stay that way.

Philip Mulholland
Reply to  SMS
March 14, 2023 6:04 pm

believe in Global Warming.

How many times does this need to be said?
Science is NOT a belief system.

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ethical voter
March 14, 2023 3:19 pm

obedience to the party machine is the price of a party ticket. It has always been that way and always will be. if the party does not have the obedience of its acolytes then it has nothing with which to buy votes. If the voters want honesty and free thought then they must vote for only independents who think like they do. Its really simple.

ethical voter
Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 14, 2023 3:54 pm

If personal integrity is a risk within a system then the system is rotten and should be thrown out like garbage.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 14, 2023 5:43 pm

Now as a member of the UK labour party what do I say to my -head in the sand- moronic local committee to make them open their eyes and listen to a modicum of common sense when the party is committed to lemming-like cliff jumping. Lemmings were not as daft as Tories and Labourites, and never actually did jump off cliffs – unlike walruses, who were pushed by Attenburgers, camera drones and polar bears.

Nick Stokes
March 14, 2023 5:07 pm

“local mayor Peta Pinson, told a meeting her scepticism about climate science had “solidified” after reading a paper”

What was that “paper”?
“Peta Pinson, has told a public meeting that her scepticism towards climate science has “solidified” since seeing a document saying that NASA had admitted that global warming was caused by changes in the Earth’s orbit.”
Says the SMH:
“During a candidate forum late last month, Pinson read from the document that she says was sent to her by a resident.

She said it showed that the US space agency, one of the world’s leading climate research institutions, now conceded that planetary warming “was not caused by SUVs, fossil fuels and plastic straws”.

The document appears to be based on a widely debunked blog post first published in 2019.”

So the “paper” was a junk blog post that circulated widely but of course was false. No such announcement was ever made. 

Philip Mulholland
Reply to  Nick Stokes
March 14, 2023 6:12 pm


Nick Stokes
Reply to  Philip Mulholland
March 14, 2023 6:36 pm

Yeah, that’s how the search for knowledge goes around here

My scepticism was solidified when NASA admitted it was all wrong
But that is not true. NASA never said that.

Philip Mulholland
Reply to  Nick Stokes
March 14, 2023 6:51 pm

You are the problem.

Nick Stokes
Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 14, 2023 9:49 pm

But she quotes just one source of information, given to her by a constituent, who got it off the internet. If the claim that NASA announced that they had got it all wrong doesn’t excite her BS meter, she doesn’t have one.

Nick Stokes
Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 15, 2023 2:26 am

The blog post seems to be this one
There is no analysis. She says what caused here to “solidify” her doubt, and the claim she used, whatever its origin, is blatantly fake. You don’t need more than that.

Try asking her to produce that NASA statement.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
March 14, 2023 8:51 pm

Philip is not yawning about science, he’s yawning about you, once again pushing your own brand of junk science.
How boring.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
March 14, 2023 8:50 pm

The who spends his life pushing junk science, is complaining about junk science.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
March 15, 2023 7:50 am

From your ‘fact check’,

”The spokesperson said that collectively, the past eight years have been the warmest since modern records began in 1880.”

Something never explained by alarmists is why ”modern records began in 1880” when in fact that time chosen was at the end of the little ice age and the globe has been warming ever since. Does that excite your BS meter Nick?

Nick Stokes
Reply to  aussiecol
March 15, 2023 11:31 am

Modern records began when people started to systematically keep temperature records. We (now) didn’t choose that time.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
March 15, 2023 3:05 pm

How convenient. But something that has never peen portrayed to the public as to why temperatures have been rising from that time, has it, Nick.

Nick Stokes
Reply to  aussiecol
March 15, 2023 4:09 pm

It isn’t a reason, only a descriptor. It was cold then, it is warm now, so we call that a little ice age. There is no law of nature that says that if it is cold, it has to get warmer.

Eamon Butler
March 14, 2023 5:12 pm

I think, a big concern is, that someone feels the need to be defensive for fear of reprisals, their comment might bring. Megan Anderson obviously felt a bit intimidated when questioned, and she back tracked as quick as she could, just incase someone accused her of being a D*nier. Oh the shame and humiliation of it. She might be banished to obscurity.

Reply to  Eamon Butler
March 14, 2023 5:45 pm

Maybe some cracks are appearing. Time to pull the finger out of the dyke and let the seas of reason flood in.

Clarky of Oz
March 14, 2023 10:20 pm

What Australia needs is some politicians with the courage to stand up and back their convictions and not pass such comments as a half arsed joke. BTW America, what we call “Liberal” is not what you call “Liberal”. Ours are mostly right of centre. Some more so, some less so, although some of them could pass for left wingers.

Joseph Zorzin
March 15, 2023 4:57 am

I bet a lot of politicans are climate skeptics but they are too cowardly to say so- not willing to challenge the zeitgeist.

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