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Pat Kenny's Climate Change Denial

category international | environment | other press author Tuesday December 08, 2009 01:36author by Plebian Report this post to the editors

I was lucky enough to be able to listen to Pat Kenny's show last week and on Wednesday, he had yet another climate change denier on – the ludicrous and discredited Ian Plimer – opposite John Gibbons.

Pat Kenny's radio show has long been a platform for the most kookiest of deniers, and it is quite clear where his own views are on the subject. In fact, the only thing that appears to get him more, eh, heated, is somebody with the temerity to mention the use of progressive taxation! Particularly when as an alternative out of the current economic crisis...

So, I thought he'd yet again play it somewhat cagey (as in hiding his bias against the overwhelming consensus) but clearly give Plimer an easy time of it, however, Kenny just let the mask slip very, very visibly. The 'debate' would be Kenny & Plimer vs Gibbons and 99.9% of the peer-reviewed science. Kenny treated Plimer with kid gloves and then called Gibbons an “apostle” for climate change.

You really would need to listen to the audio (1), as if it was not so serious (2) it would in some way be funny.
It was an absolutely disgraceful performance for a public broadcaster and he would follow it up the following day with a very childish series of one-sided rebuttals. Kenny repeated the performance against a climate scientist on Friday, inferring dishonesty on the case for anthropogenic climate change and putting words into his mouth.


Click here to listen to the Pat Kenny/Plimer/Gibbons “debate” 2-12-09

John The Apostle Walks The Plank

"....Not by himself, of course, since the man is truly, deeply ignorant on the subject (until today, I thought he was just feigning ignorance; my bad). Anyhow, back to the story. Kenny drew me into his ménage à trois with one Ian Plimer, a professor of geology from the University of Adelaide, and director of at least one, and possibly three, mining companies (this fact not only escaped Kenny’s eagle eye, the great journalist felt it was irrelevant. Duh.)

The purpose of this circus, ostensibly, was to discuss Plimer’s anti-climate change science polemic, which Kenny seems to think was a learned volume on climate science, presumably because he, like me, hadn’t actually read Plimer’s tripe. I had, however, read detailed expert critiques, which are far more useful than wading through the molasses of half-truths, lies and deceptions that Plimer’s little confection consisted of.

A report in today’s Guardian makes interesting reading. Headed: ‘Climate change denial is the new article of faith for the far right’, it outlines a claim by neo-fascist Nick Griffin of the UK’s BNP explaining how climate change was all a left wing conspiracy. It gets better. According to the Guardian, “Prof Ian Plimer then helped the UK Independence party to launch its own declaration of climate change denial this week. Suddenly climate change denial has become a new article of faith among the far right”. Aaaaah, that would indeed be the very same “expert” trotted out by Kenny this morning.

The UK right wing rags such as the Daily Express have, like Kenny, pounced on Plimer’s pack of lies and blown it up into the 180 degree opposite of the truth. Yes, there is a climate scandal, and it’s that people like Pat Kenny are allowed to sabotage this deadly serious debate with their own ideology (in Kenny’s case, it’s as likely spiced up with a bad case of pique as well, since NOBODY talks to him like that, don’t ya know).

In the two years I’ve been operating in the public domain on this topic, I’ve never had a day like today. The phone, texts and email has been buzzing since 11am. Academics and others trying to mobilise action on climate change are dumbfounded that someone as reputable as Kenny can be so utterly, totally, and completely wrong on such an issue of overwhelming public import.

In many ways, it’s sad to see someone I once admired as a decent journalist and gifted interviewer descend in the twilight of his career into a parody of himself – RTE’s real-life version of the fictitious Alan Partridge on Radio Norwich, fearlessly asking the hard questions as he baits local farmers about the giant GM chickens they probably keep in their sheds, etc. etc....."

Kenny has form in this, also check out
Pat Kenny Show Climate Change Segment 16-11-09

And for more on Plimer check out his refusal to even answer the simplest of questions below. (Plimer is also a director of several mining companies)


"Michael Ashley, professor of astrophysics at the University of NSW:

"Plimer has done an enormous disservice to science, and the dedicated scientists who are trying to understand climate and the influence of humans, by publishing this book. It is not "merely" atmospheric scientists that would have to be wrong for Plimer to be right. It would require a rewriting of biology, geology, physics, oceanography, astronomy and statistics. Plimer's book deserves to languish on the shelves along with similar pseudo-science such as the writings of Immanuel Velikovsky and Erich von Daniken. "










The consequences of a 4 degrees rise makes honest reporting all the more important...

How to survive the coming century - environment - 25 February 2009 - New Scientist

Climate Change: Four Degrees of Devastation

author by Shockedpublication date Tue Dec 08, 2009 01:53Report this post to the editors

a stacked audience of deranged religious nutcases letting the church off softly. sickening. one or two voices of sanity drowned out by the ravings of the religious. very surreal. very frightening that people still believe such nonsense to the degree that they will forgive paedophilia in this day and age. If they can do that then it's no stretch that they can ignore science and rational discourse in other realms.

author by Bazooka Joepublication date Wed Dec 09, 2009 21:13Report this post to the editors

Pat Kenny did not take sides. He simply pointed out some facts such as the fact that Gibbons was not responding to any of Professor Plimers arguments that climate change is a scam but was instead engaging in attempted character assasination and flaming. Gibbons admitted he hadn't even read Plimers book and had reviewed it for the Irish Times on the basis of a review written by another climate change apostle review! Kenny would have been inept not to point of how unprofessional that was.

Professor Plimer said that as a geologist he could see evidence in the earths history of continual huge rapid climate change for many thousands of years. He said that based on the deposit of limestone or chalk in the past we could work out the amount of CO2 in the athmosphere. He said that over time the athmospheric CO2 content has decreased from about 30% to about .0385% today.

Professor Plimer therefore refuted the allegation that he was a 'Climate Change Denier' since he fully accepts climate change. He did however dispute the fact that this present climate change is in any substantial way due to CO2 generated by humans. The use of the word 'denier' to somehow brand people who dissent from the theory of manmade climate change and somehow link them with Holocaust deniers is very slimy. It is typical of the unscientific methods being used by apostles of manmade climate change like John Gibbons and the Irish Times.

Pat Kenny had Professor Plimer clarify that only 3% of all the CO2 entering the athmosphere comes form mankind. Professor Plimer said this was true and in fact there have been periods of cooling when there was an increase in CO2. Plimer pointed out that the IPCC had been established with a preordained conclusion i.e. climate change was due to manmade CO2 emission and as such was political and not scientific.

All Kenny said was that, as such, it was an acedemic conspiracy where all the people who published 'evidence' of manmade global warming were peer reviewing each other and that from the emails leaked from the University of East Anglia some of this 'evidence' was falsified and other genuine evidence that did not fit the preordained conclusion was hidden. We know this to be a fact and indeed Phil Jones, the head of the CRU at East Anglia had to resign over his behaviour of falsifying data, hiding other and destroying other.

Professor Plimer said the carry on at the University of East Anglia was fraud and that if you commit fraud to get your argument accepted then your science must be extremely weak.

Gibbons did not address any of these arguments but instead started to sneer and abuse the reputation of Plimer. All the comments except one to Today with Pat Kenny pointed this out.

I would indeed encourage people to lisen to the programme and judge for themselves. This moron Gibbons is so typical ot the manmade climate change gang it is indeed worth seeing how they react when they are confronted with the science.

Pat Kenny was quite fair in this instance. Gibbons started the attack on Kenny when Kenny refused to join in with the 'Climate Change' hoax. You 'Plebean' and continuing to attack facts with insults and 'Denier' titles. I know the manmade 'Climate Change' gang don't have genuine facts and I look forward to seeing their shoddy science being fully discredited. We will not goose step along with their gang and they and all their apostles and apologists will be exposed for the frauds they are.

Why is nobody talking about how the leaked emails from the CRU and other independent sources show the temperature of the earth stopped rising around 1980 and has in fact been falling since 2000?

Climate Change has always been with us
Climate Change has always been with us

author by Bazooka Joepublication date Wed Dec 09, 2009 22:58Report this post to the editors

Comments by listeners re Professor Plimer v. Gibbons on Today with Pat Kenny Thursday 3rd Dec 2009


"Just wanted to say thank you for presenting a fair and balanced view of the debate on climate change. It is a welcome relief to hear someone try to present something other than the current orthodox view. Mr Gibbons came across like a member of the Spanish Inquisition shouting ‘burn the heretic’ at both you and Professor Plimer for daring to challenge his view of the world. I’m not a scientist but I do know the difference between opinions, facts and beliefs. The arrogance of Mr Gibbons shows his complete lack of understanding of the meaning of scientific method. Whether Professor Plimer is correct or not is beside the point. He is a scientist and he has put his work out there for review. If there is a problem with it, it will be exposed by science. Mr Gibbons is a journalist and not a scientist; he has neither the skills nor the competence to review the content of Professor Plimers book, even if he took the time to read it." – From Mike O’Donoghue

"Please accept my heartfelt congratulations on your decision to invite Professor Plimer and John Gibbons to contribute to your show. It’s hard enough to get a debate going as pretty much everyone I know has absorbed and accepted without question the idea that human carbon emissions are causing global warming. One particularly malignant element of the propaganda is the propagation of the idea that the scientific debate is over and that to continue to debate the science is immoral. Indeed our own Green Party ministers are on record as suggesting that scientific debate should be suppressed due to the ‘seriousness of the situation’. Your item with Plimer and Gibbons was a remarkable and rare hosting of a debate on the subject. I was thrilled to know that many thousand of your listeners were exposed, perhaps for the very first time, to the concept that the science is not settled and that there is an active and increasing debate going on in the scientific community. Thanks to Mr Gibbon’s performance they will also have witnessed the depth to which manmade climate change proponents will plummet to defend their position. - From Stephen Lane, Dunboyne.

I am a geologist of 45 years standing, actually a palaeontologist by speciality and I also studied climatology at University, so I think I can exempt myself from the class of non-experts. It seems to me that a number of climate scientists, environmental activists, journalists and other have devoted their careers to supporting the theory of catastrophic global warming. They have a lot to lose if the theory which they have embraced turns out to be wrong or not as important as they think. The same observation can be made with more certainty in respect of those politicians, especially Al Gore, Barak Obama, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown etc and even that now well know climate scientist Mary Robinson, who have climbed aboard the climate catastrophe bandwagon. This makes me all the more sceptical of their claims when there is not clear evidence to back them up. I wouldn’t give two hoots about the ‘anthropogenic global warming theory’ if it wasn’t being used to justify the introduction of foolish and extremely costly legislation which will bring about virtually no discernable temperature change. In any case, most of the independent research reveals that a slightly warmer world, with a higher CO2 content in the atmosphere, that is mostly a natural phenomenon, will not be a dangerous place to life, indeed it would most likely be beneficial to it and to mankind. I’m appalled that any reasoned questioning of the anti global warming theory is now being regarded as some sort of religious sacrilege or heresy by those in our society who have proclaimed themselves to be the saviours of the planet. Their attitude breeds and intolerance of dissent and reasoned argument based on observed conditions that is unattractive and dangerous and strongly reminiscent of the behaviour of the Catholic Church over the centuries. To dismiss the considered views of an eminent and responsible scientist solely on the grounds that his views one disagrees with seems to me one example of the attitudinal blockers preventing balanced debate to arrive at a policy response which is actually attuned to the reality and the magnitude of a perceived problem.
-From David Whitehead

These comments from Today with Pat Kenny of Thursday 3rd Dec 2009 are available until Tomorrow evening Thursday 10th Dec 2009 under ‘Shows from the past week’ here (at about 45mins)


author by Mark Cpublication date Wed Dec 09, 2009 23:25Report this post to the editors

I'm with Bazooka Joe on this one. Gibbons had, basically, an ad hominem against Plimer from the get go, basing his 'critique' on a review that someone else had written who, in turn, allegedly, had only read 25 pages of the book.

Gibbons came across as a most arrogant, self-righteous man, with not concept of engaging with the statements of Plimer.

author by Plebianpublication date Thu Dec 10, 2009 11:21Report this post to the editors

@Bazooka Joe

"Pat Kenny did not take sides....He did however dispute the fact that this present climate change is in any substantial way due to CO2 generated by humans. "

Kenny's bias is quite clear. I suggest people listen to the "debate" and keep in mind the long list of deniers Kenny has provided a platform to. Furthermore the next day, Kenny had the temerity to suggest Gibbons did not receive one positive comment. This is clearly incorrect and I can vouch for that. His peformance on Friday followed in the same line.

Gibbons was fully aware of the "debate" between Monbiot and Plimer, where Plimer consistently refused to answer the most basic of questions. Arguing with Plimer is like arguing with someone denying the link between smoking and lung cancer.

Finally the term "denier" is used in relation to anthropogenic climate change not in terms of climate change as you well know.

As I posted above, for Plimer to be correct "would require a rewriting of biology, geology, physics, oceanography, astronomy and statistics. " not to mind atmospheric science.


"Michael Ashley, professor of astrophysics at the University of NSW:

"Plimer has done an enormous disservice to science, and the dedicated scientists who are trying to understand climate and the influence of humans, by publishing this book. It is not "merely" atmospheric scientists that would have to be wrong for Plimer to be right. It would require a rewriting of biology, geology, physics, oceanography, astronomy and statistics. Plimer's book deserves to languish on the shelves along with similar pseudo-science such as the writings of Immanuel Velikovsky and Erich von Daniken. "

@ Shocked
Yeah that sounds like classic Kenny. I don't think it's done consciously, moreso Kenny is the typical and dominant media persona type within the mainstream media.

There are outliers of course, but in the main, we hear people who will not enter areas which run counter to elite interests.. . Either that or else they're very uncomfortable in doing so, treat them with contempt or do what the likes of Kenny consistently do.

Chomsky's market and power analysis of the media (the propaganda model) is still the best explanation of this sectoral behaviour.

A BBC interview where Chomsky describes Kenny's approach succinctly*

The Chomsky Marr Interview 1996


review and transcript of

"The fact is that they are deceitful with no wish to deceive, not like
Machiavellians, but with no consciousness of their deceit, and usually
with the naiive assurance that they are doing something excellent and
elevated, a view in which they are persistently encouraged by the
sympathy and approval of all who surround them." (Tolstoy, On Civil
Disobedience and Non-Violence)


Marr: How can you know that I’m self-censoring? How can you know that journalists are...

Chomsky: I don’t say you’re self-censoring - I’m sure you believe everything you’re saying; but what I’m saying is, if you believed something different, you wouldn’t be sitting where you’re sitting. "

author by Robespierrepublication date Thu Dec 10, 2009 16:55Report this post to the editors

An interesting article from Physics Worldshows that the Climate change Deniers are totally out of touch.

Global warming resulting from slowly changing Earth systems could be up to 50% greater than previously thought, according to research by UK and US scientists. The study reinforces the notion that certain poorly understood systems such as ice sheets or vegetation are integral to accurately predicting future temperatures. It also paints an ever-bleaker outlook for our planet at a critical time when world leaders are gathering for a United Nations conference in Copenhagen to discuss practicable ways of mitigating climate change.

"If we want to build an agreement that is going to last for many, many centuries – so for our grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren – then we need to be taking in these issues," lead author Dan Lunt of the University of Bristol told physicsworld.com.

Related Link: http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/41202
author by Robespierrepublication date Thu Dec 10, 2009 17:00Report this post to the editors

In the Philipines the Logging companies have armed private militias. But the resistance are armed as well. Here is a report of the New Peoples Army taking Direct Action against those companies which are desstroying the planet.

New People's Army Front 30 seized 13 automatic rifles consisting of two M14s, five Garands and six carbines on November 11 in a raid on the office of the Surigao Development Corporation (SUDECOR) in Barangay Pakwan, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur. The guerrillas conducted the disarming operation without firing a single shot.

After disarming the Special Civilian Armed Auxiliary (SCAA) and SUDECOR guards, the Red fighters confiscated seven chainsaws from the company. The peoples guerrillas also destroyed four bulldozers, two log yarders, a timber jack, a crane, two dumptrucks and a welding machine.

The objective of this punitive action was to put a stop to SUDECORs logging operations, said Ka Maria Malaya, National Democratic Front-Northeastern Mindanao Region (NDF-NEMR) spokesperson. She added that it was about time they ended the companys plunder and relentless destruction of the environment and people's livelihood.

The company uses bulldozer dragging, a method where bulldozers drag felled logs and destroy small trees in their path. The method likewise erodes the soil and contributes to the siltation of rivers. SUDECOR has thus been responsible for the rapid destruction of the environment and has been depriving the national minorities and settlers of their livelihood, said the NDF-NEMR spokesperson.

author by Plebianpublication date Fri Dec 11, 2009 20:13Report this post to the editors

The BNP are outspoken deniers of climate change and in an unholy alliance, they are now forcefully emulating more mainstream denier fanatics in claiming that climate change was a leftwing conspiracy. Similar to "the same way as Lord Christopher Monckton has in his recent speeches in the United States." And, of course, Prof Ian Plimer has in Australia....and now Ireland

– That is, thanks to the presenter of one of the most popular radio shows here.

Here's a Guardian article on the resurgent far right wing assault on the scientific consensus, and the extremes that are gaining ground amongst the mainstream right and the neo-liberals.

Some extracts,

Climate change denial is the new article of faith for the far right
Despite a complete lack of evidence, the leaked emails hysteria has encouraged more deniers to emerge from the shadows

"....Perhaps unsurprisingly, the hysterical atmosphere created by the emails has encouraged more of the denial lobby to emerge from the shadows. The British National party leader, Nick Griffin, gave a speech in which he claimed that climate change was a leftwing conspiracy, in much the same way as Lord Christopher Monckton has in his recent speeches in the United States. Monckton and Prof Ian Plimer then helped the UK Independence party to launch its own declaration of climate change denial this week. Suddenly climate change denial has become a new article of faith among the far right.

Who knows where this will end. The denial lobby is determined to make this story drag on for as long as possible, and some are even claiming that it contributed to the failure of Australian climate change legislation this week and the ousting of the opposition leader. But when is all is said and done, the climate will still be changing and the risks will be mounting.

author by Miriam Cotton (MediaBite)publication date Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:22Report this post to the editors

A two part interview with Gibbos here. As he puts it himself he was frightening the [pro corporate/advertiser/commercial] horses at the IT. That's the impetus for climate change denial, sadly.


author by Shakespearepublication date Tue Mar 23, 2010 20:48Report this post to the editors

The graph at this link shows the rise of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere as recorded in the cleanest air on earth: Fourteen thousand feet high on Mouna Loa,Hawaii in the middle of the Pacific ocean.

It is so accurate it records the breathing of plants between summer and winter in the northern hemisphere.(Hence the sine wave.):


We disregard that graph at our peril.

It has nothing to do with politics.

author by O.M.F.G.publication date Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:42Report this post to the editors

There's this new fangled thingy called 'Google' and apparently one can enter the words 'Mauna Loa' into 'google' and find that Mauna Loa is in fact an active Volcano - don't take my word for it, try it and see for yourself - http://www.google.ie/search?hl=en&q=mauna+loa

One of the well-known and undisputed characteristics of active Volcanoes is that they expel large amounts of co2 into the atmosphere.

Trying to con people into belief in AGW by using measurements of CO2 taken on the side of an active Volcano is the sort of thing I would expect to be done by either complete charlatans or by complete morons, but that's just me, you may feel differently

The graph at this link shows the rise of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere as recorded in the cleanest air on earth: Fourteen thousand feet high on Mauna Loa,Hawaii in the middle of the Pacific ocean.

The above quote is a perfect example of the AGW average believers complete inability to question any sort of 'eco-sounding' statement which supports their almost religious belief in AGW

Mauna Loa - An active Volcano, spewing out lots and lots of CO2 into the atmosphere
Mauna Loa - An active Volcano, spewing out lots and lots of CO2 into the atmosphere

author by Shakespearepublication date Wed Mar 24, 2010 13:53Report this post to the editors

Don't assume that the scientific community are all fools O.M.F.G.

Nice view here of the neighbouring Astronomical Obervatory on Mauna Kea:


(Mauna Loa is the mountain in the background.)

The Astronomers are on Mauna Kea all fools too I suppose.


author by O.M.F.G.publication date Wed Mar 24, 2010 18:54Report this post to the editors

Don't assume that the scientific community are all fools O.M.F.G.

I haven't, you need to re-read what I actually wrote

but, unlike you, I have noticed the absurdity of basing the whole CO2=AGW theory on CO2 readings taken on an active volcano

The Astronomers are on Mauna Kea all fools too I suppose.

I dunno - are they trying to measure CO2 using their telescopes?

If so, that would probably be pretty foolish, IMHO.

the fact that CO2-trend is recorded as continuing to rise, while in the same time-period the so-called 'global avg. temp' is recorded as trending downwards kinda throws a spanner-in-the-works of the whole 'co2=run-away-AGW' campaign

That people like you, and what you like to call 'the scientific community' (i.e: those scientists who share the same beliefs as you do, regrading AGW) continue to ignore this obvious flaw in your overly-simplistic theory is testament to the inherent absurdity of trying to reduce the complexities of an obviously Chaotic-system down to a few simplistic causal factors

author by Shakespearepublication date Thu Mar 25, 2010 08:48Report this post to the editors

Ignoring the Mauna Loa graph is like ignoring a train hurtling straight at you down the track.

(It last erupted in 1984 but its emissions don't contaminate the carbon dioxide graph.
The atmospheric etc. sensors on Mauna Loa are controlled via Mauna Kea.)

Science is not about scaremongering.Nobody says that the water in Dublin Bay will be too hot to touch in the next several hundred years.But it might,on much longer time frames.

There is every likelihood now that an ordinary ship will make it through all the way to the North Pole by the end of this decade.

That will make an iconic photograph!!!

The Russians have already. staked a claim by placing their flag on the seabed under North Pole! Even little Demark is flexing its muscles!


NASA satellites have recorded the decline in the thickness of Arctic ice.
Animations available here:


As I said,we ignore the data at our peril.

P.S. The observatory on Mauna Kea is one of great outposts of human civilisation,comparable to CERN in Europe.

author by Astro Boypublication date Thu Mar 25, 2010 16:31Report this post to the editors

Bill Henderson writes about GLOBE 2010. Full text at link.

GLOBE 2010, one of the world's largest and longest-running events dedicated to the business of the environment, comes to Vancouver March 24-26. Denial is the key word for Globe 2010 because almost everybody in business concerned with climate change has to shoehorn the climate change debate into continuing business as usual (BAU).

Below I will sketch out the present science bottom line - that climate change is high probability civilization if not humanity threatening; that the most sinister climate change danger is non-linear, possibly abrupt, runaway warming; and that, finally, the emerging global carbon budget science bottom line must be a Draconian 100% emission reduction by 2020.

Since this level of emission reduction is impossible within BAU, too uncomfortable to accept, Globe 2010 won't be about needed climate change mitigation but the bubble building presently labeled the low carbon economy. This is criminal denial because we are carbon addicts imperiling all future generations.

Related Link: http://www.countercurrents.org/henderson250310.htm
author by Astro Boypublication date Thu Mar 25, 2010 16:36Report this post to the editors

An Island sinks beneath the waves. New Moore Island becomes No More Island. Maybe theres something to this Global Warming thing after all. Full text at link.

A tiny island claimed for nearly 30 years by India and Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal has disappeared beneath the rising seas, scientists in India say. The uninhabited territory south of the Hariabhanga river was known as New Moore Island to the Indians and South Talpatti Island to the Bangladeshis.

Its disappearance has been confirmed by satellite imagery and sea patrols, the School of Oceanographic Studies in Calcutta said.

New Moore Island in the Sunderbans has been completely submerged, Sugata Hazra, oceanographer and professor of the School of Oceanographic Studies at Jadavpur University in Calcutta, said.

"What these two countries could not achieve from years of talking, has been resolved by global warming," he said.

Anyone wishing to visit now, he observed, would have to think of travelling by submarine.

Related Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/03/20103241....html
author by Shakespeare.publication date Thu Mar 25, 2010 21:17Report this post to the editors

Incidentally, If you have ever wondered why I picked Elsinor in Denmark for the setting of my well loved play Hamlet.......... just look in that Danish bay.

The astronomer Tyco Brahe's fabulous island Ven (Hven) is in the bay of Elsinor.

Within shouting distance.

Ven (or Hven) was the Mauna Kea of the seventeenth century.

Great minds seldom differ.

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