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One alarming aspect of the climate change debate has been the suppression of dissent. Indeed Bill Kininmonth (February AD2000) was himself a victim of this insidious form of censorship after his opinions on certain aspects of climate change, which he had contributed to the ABC's radio program AM, were subsequently excluded from the transcript of that program.
Last year I attended, at a local university, talks under the ominous heading, 'The politics and science of climate-change denialism'. The chairman had his audience quaking in its collective boots when he warned that the vast majority of scientists accept the alarmist view of climate change.
I was immediately reminded that in the past the same argument might have been used, unsuccessfully, in support of the flat earth theory.
A little later one of the featured speakers, when asked about a certain well known 'denialist' scientist, was almost apoplectic in insisting that this person should not be permitted to express his views in public, nor in scientific journals.
On leaving the theatre I felt that those involved had earned little honour.
Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 23 No 2 (March 2010), p. 15
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