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Oliver Dunne (Letters, 2 December) writes a lengthy letter attacking local environmental expert Dailan Pugh and claiming, ‘The Clarkes Beach dune blowout was most definitely not caused by climate change or long-term sea level rise’.

Dunne cites an article that appeared in The Conversation to support his statement. But The Conversation article doesn’t argue this at all. In fact, it says the opposite, making several references to ‘climate drivers’ and other potential climate impacts on the scale of the Headline Effect.

Either Dunne did not read The Conversation article, or did not understand it. Or perhaps his letter to the editor was a deliberate attempt to mislead.

As editor of RenewEconomy for the past nine years, I witness the actions of climate deniers on a daily basis. This is one of their favourite ruses – cite an article, claim it says something different, and hope that everyone is too lazy or too busy to check.

The matters before us at Byron, and elsewhere in the world, are too important for such reckless claims. This is no time to deny the science, we must respect the experts.

So Mr Dunne, please enjoy your privileged views, but try and open your eyes next time.


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4 COMMENTS

  1. Mr. Dunn has put his glasses on backwards nb; I’ll lend him mine. This is
    not a fairy story for 3 year old siblings but it could be a deliberate ‘grab at
    a misreading only worthy of Murdoch’s packed lunch news.’ [sick]. There
    will always be climate drivers & impacts but they are NOT what causes
    Climate Change. The deniers need to get a life after they’ve learned to
    read.

  2. A great effort at trying to educate the un-educatable Giles, but alas, you are doomed to failure, “there are none so blind as those who do not want to see” (old proverb). You see, if people who after 50 years of access to the best scientific evidence made available by outstanding scientists like Tim Flannery, that has even become more profound in the last decade, haven’t got it by now, they’re never going to. But does it really matter if the remaining cave dwellers continue to carry on like spoilt brats spitting their dummy’s; but after all it is quite entertaining. Even the marketing guy in Canberra has been dragged kicking and screaming to admit to Anthropogenic climate change is real, although the troglodytes in the Coalition won’t let him do anything meaningful about it. The demise of that megalomaniac Trump is going to make a huge difference to how the whole world reacts to the climate emergency, we may get there yet.

  3. Keith Duncan selective Memory loss Maybe ?
    Tim Flannery !! An error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.. !! Due to Flannery’s
    Advice and decision making Australian taxpayer’s are out of pocket , upwards of 20 Billion keith
    Yes that’s BILLIONS !! desal plants built in most states mothballed without a drop of water . Buit in preference to dams due to the greens and you Keith and warming alarmist such Flannery claiming the rains would not return . Dud Desal plants Keith !
    All at the behest of Flannery.. those plants are costing 500.000 to 1,000.000 per day Keith until
    Contract runs out in 2030 .. yes your man Flannery has form Keith ..!! Flannery again , just imagine a world 5 years from now where there is no ice over the Artic . Reality check !! Minimum Artic ice extent
    Has been trending up this past decade and is definitely not ice- free the exact opposite of what Flannery the press the ABC experts, scientists have been telling us .. yes your man Flannery has form keith !!

    “Perth will die !! I think there is a fair chance perth
    Will be the 21st century’s first ghost
    Metropolis. Was there last week keith absolutely
    Thriving. Yes your outstanding scientist has form
    Keith !!
    “Even if all the rains fall isn’t actually going to fill our dams and river system’s ”
    Keith Flannery is an academic however his background is Mammalogy – he studied the evolution of mammals .. yes your man has form
    Keith !!

    Lastly in 2018 Q&A had Flannery on as a guest again for what reason taxpayer’s still dont know .
    Keith after all of his Dud predictions and costing the Taxpayers almost 20 billion, you may have
    Expected the ABC to ask for a please explain ?
    not one mention of it .. are you as a taxpayer
    Surprised by that Keith .. well of course not .. !!
    “Those are only a few of his failed predictions ”
    Outstanding scientist Keith ?
    This is why most Australians are sceptical
    Because of rubbish propaganda like Flannery’s.
    Debunk the above Keith ? Good luck ..

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