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March 5, 2021

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If treason is the crime of betraying your country, then what do we call betraying the entire planet and the human species? On June 3, 2017, The Australian ran a front-page story that suggested that man-made global warming was entirely a hoax, made up by scientists keen to be paid big money for their bogus research.

The journalist who wrote the article admits having no training in climate science, yet he ridiculed climate scientist Tim Flannery, claimed the prime minister of Tuvalu was just interested in ‘the free cash’ and guaranteed that ‘the sea isn’t going to rise by so much as an inch’.

Isn’t it odd that the journalist who claims global warming is a hoax never mentions the huge profits generated each year by the fossil fuel industry and never even suggests that the fossil fuel industry would be willing to fund efforts to discredit the proven science behind man-made global warming?


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