Australian climate change denial


Denial in Australia is alive and well. We are earning good money from coal exports, and are developing large coal seam gas reserves. Most of our power is generated from coal and any change to renewables would be very inconvenient.

The federal government (2013) is wanting to abolish carbon tax and is receiving good support from the mining industry.

Voters are being confused by the denial campaign, it is all too difficult for them to contemplate.

Upton Sinclair observed:
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” 


An excellent review of denial in Australia is at

Summary of "Doubting Australia"

(Notes prepared by Australian climate organisations seeking action on climate change)

May 2010 

The IPA has been at the heart of climate denial in Australia since it began – one could even argue that the IPA started the climate denial movement in Australia.
It is a free market think tank, at times heavily funded by the fossil fuel industry and with strong links to the Australian liberal party. 
According to Sourcewatch, the IPA has received funding from BHP Billiton and its subsidiary the Western Mining Corporation, from oil companies such as Shell, Mobil and Woodside Petroleum, along with Tobacco giants Philip Morris and British American tobacco

The IPA wasn’t satisfied with its own lobbying so it went about setting up other groups. In 2005 the IPA set up the Australian Environment Foundation, a front group whose name was very similar (perhaps designed to be?) to that of the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Plimer’s lack of climate credentials is one thing. But as a geologist, one would expect him to get his facts right on volcanoes.  Not so.  In the wake of the eruption by Icelandic Volcano Eyjafjallajokull, Plimer has gained more international attention by repeating his claim that volcanoes produce more C02 than humans – a “fact” which has been disproven by major scientific institutions.

(Humans release 130 times more CO2 than all the worlds volcanoes. - US Geological Survey)



Professor Bob Carter

Professor, Marine Geophysical Laboratory, James Cook University

Founding member, chief science advisor, New Zealand Climate Science Coalition-former Director, 

On Bob Carter’s personal webpage, it states that he receives no research funding from special interest groups or energy companies. 

Yet carter sits on the research committee of the Institute of Public Affairs, a think tank that has received funding from oil and tobacco companies.  

Quote taken from:

Sydney Morning Herald article on Prof. Bob Carter receiving funding from Heartland Institute.

Heartland Institute statement about stolen and fake documents relating to article above.

Prof. Robert Carter Home page

Map from showing links to some ANZ cllimate denial organisations




Professor Ian Plimer

Ian Plimer is Professor of Mining Geology at the University of Adelaide. He has published more than 40 peer reviewed scientific articles – most of them about ore deposits. 
He is not a climate scientist and has never published a peer-reviewed paper on climate change. Source ...

In 2009, Plimer released Heaven and Earth, a book in which he says that climate models focus too strongly on the effects of carbon dioxide, and do not give the weight he thinks is appropriate to other factors such as solar variation.[33] Scientists from many disciplines have reviewed the book, and have accused Plimer of misrepresenting sources,[34][35] misusing data,[34][36][37] and engaging in conspiracy theories.[38][39] They describe the book as unscientific,[40] and containing numerous errors from which Plimer draws false conclusions.[41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48]

Main article: "Heaven and Earth", Plimer's book on climate change




The Institute of Climate Change Denial

Independant Australia


Websites of denial groups

The Lavoisier Group (funded by mining) -

The Australian Climate Science Coalition -

The Galileo Movement (patron Alan Jones) -

Menzies House -

Australian Taxpayers Alliance  -

The Institute of Public Affairs Australia

UK denial organisation The Global Warming Policy Foundation -

Christopher Monckton (he is not a lord)