PM's Chief Science Adviser Is Bonkers
SOLO-NZ Press Release: PM's Chief Science Adviser Is Bonkers
August 16, 2009
The old adage "the shit begins at the top" is incontestably a truism.
The Prime Minister's top science adviser has drawn a comparison between climate change sceptics and those in the 1980s who disputed that Aids was caused by the HIV virus.
Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, in one of his first acts as Chief Science Adviser, has released a position paper - hear that, position paper - on climate change stating that the vast majority of the world's climate scientists believe the current warming trend is of human origin.
This man is a liar. He should be sacked and stripped of his silly title.
A virus by its nature infects living organisms, unlike the friendly non-pollutant carbon dioxide's inability to infect our biosphere.
You know that, he knows it, and the government knows it.
He has spent all of one month schooling up on the politics of climate change.
He complains that "scientific advances can create uncertainty for many people" and that "scientific progress can come into conflict with the beliefs and cultures of our society." You're right there buddy, and with honest science, the kind of which you do not practice, discrediting "beliefs and cultures," civilization advances. Once again.
He admits his foremost focus is the indoctrinating of the country's youth in "the scientific method and its opportunities and limitations." A is not A, it's whatever one wishes it to be.
The post of Chief Science Adviser was created by John Key to give him expert advice and improve public understanding of scientific issues.
Expert advice, my arse.
The Prime Minister is playing it two ways. If the stagnant green swamp continues to engulf the PM, he'll pull out one of Gluckman's gelatinous blueprints to justify whichever political tomfoolery.
It is not encouraging that, if Gluckman is John Key's choice of advisor, we can therefore expect no sensible 'directives' from this parliament.
It is scandalous.