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The tide is going out



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SENATOR RON BOSWELL THE NATIONALS SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

www.ronboswell.com

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The Tide is Going Out

The latest report released by Greg Combet has sea levels rising to 1.1 metres by 2100 a far cry from the possible 2 metres that the Critical Report warned us of two weeks ago.

“We should be so relieved that in just two weeks the sea level projections have dropped a metre,” Senator Boswell said.

The report, Climate Change Risks to Coastal Buildings and Infrastructure cautions us that 1.1 metres represents a high-end scenario for 2100 but this did not stop Greg Combet engaging in scaremongering at its worst and warning of possible coastal inundation and financial devastation.

“The truth is that the 1.1 metres the report flags is extreme and well above the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projections.

“The accepted figure used by the Bureau of Meteorology is that sea levels have risen by 3.2 mm a year which gives a more probable scenario of sea levels rising by .32 metres by 2100” Senator Boswell said.

Greg Combet’s media release went on to rally us all to the climate change cause by informing us that the “science tells us we can avoid the worst of these potential impacts if we reduce -our carbon pollution-that is why the Government is committed to putting a price on carbon”

The science tells us no such thing.

Greg Combet is confusing the projections of computer modelling with science.

There is no empirical evidence to indicate that the rates of warming or sea level rise have accelerated recently with increased CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. It is time that Greg Combet stopped making exaggerated claims about the sea levels and scaring the living daylights out of Australians living in coastal areas.

The tide is going out on Mr Combet and he would be safe taking his arm chair down to the beach.

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7th June 2011 B2011/34