A warmists’ smear turns out to be as fact-free as their scares:
CLAIMS that some of Australia’s leading climate change scientists were subjected to death threats as part of a vicious and unrelenting email campaign have been debunked by the Privacy Commissioner.
Timothy Pilgrim was called in to adjudicate on a Freedom of Information application in relation to Fairfax and ABC reports last June alleging that Australian National University climate change researchers were facing the ongoing campaign and had been moved to “more secure buildings” following explicit threats.
In a six-page ruling made last week, Mr Pilgrim found that 10 of 11 documents, all emails, “do not contain threats to kill” and the other “could be regarded as intimidating and at its highest perhaps alluding to a threat”.
Chief Scientist Ian Chubb, who was the ANU’s vice-chancellor at the time, last night admitted he did not have any recollection of reading the emails before relocating the university’s researchers. “I don’t believe I did,” Professor Chubb told The Australian…
The FOI application was lodged by Sydney climate blogger Simon Turnill… The university refused to release the documents, citing a clause in the Freedom of Information Act that exempts documents that “would, or could reasonably be expected to … endanger the life or physical safety of any person” from disclosure.
This is astonishing.
Prominent warmists last year used these fake claims of death threats to try to discredit sceptics as dangerous and uncivilised – and freeze them out of the debate:
ANU vice-chancellor Professor Ian Young says scientists at the university in Canberra have received large numbers of emails, including death threats and abusive phone calls, threatening to attack the academics in the street if they continue their research…
The Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies’ CEO, Anna-Maria Arabia, says the extreme behaviour represents a worrying trend and political leaders must put a stop to the misinformation campaign.
The Fairfax Canberra Times was also only too happy to report this beat-up and help smear and silence the sceptics:
Australia’s leading climate change scientists are being targeted by a vicious, unrelenting email campaign that has resulted in police investigations of death threats…
Australia’s new chief scientist, former ANU vice-chancellor Professor Ian Chubb has condemned these email threats as ‘’an outrageous attack’’ on open and public debate…
Federal Climate Change Minster Greg Combet said harassment of scientists or other researchers was unacceptable….
“People whipping up anxiety over a carbon price should temper their language and engage in rational debate rather than irrational scare mongering,’’ Mr Combet said.
Australian Greens deputy leader Christine Milne said the emails were ‘‘an orchestrated, extremist anti-science campaign attempting to threaten and intimidate people into silence.’’
Claims of death threats were even incorporated into a campaign to “respect the science” – or, in fact, to “respect” only those bits of the science that backed the warmists:
Anna Maria Arabia is the CEO of the nation’s peak scientific body, FASTS – the Federation of Australian Science and Technological Societies.
Ms Arabia, who is launching the ‘Respect the Science’ campaign at Parliament House today, told ABC News Breakfast she had received a fresh death threat only this morning….
Earlier this month, a number of the country’s top climate change scientists, including several at the Australian National University (ANU), were targeted by death threats and reported receiving abusive phone calls for months…
Ms Arabia says today’s campaign launch is aimed at restoring public confidence in science, as the hysteria in the climate debate spills over into attacks on all research.
“It is really aimed at looking at the misinformation campaign that’s being run against the scientific evidence largely coming from the climate change debate … and seeing how that is undermining the nation-building work of our scientists,” she said.
And warming extremists such as academic Tim Lambert were only too keen to apply the smear against particular sceptics:
That so many media outlets of the Left repeated these claims so unquestioningly says a lot about their gullibility. Do they swallow the rest of the alarmists’ claims so easily, too?