Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Taxing Air

Taxing Air

Taxing air 
Facts and fallacies about climate change
ISBN: 9780646902180                                                                                               by Bob Carter & John Spooner 
Full colour paperback, 288 pp                                                                                                      with Bill Kininmonth, Martin Feil, 
Distributed by Dennis Jones                                                                                                         Stewart Franks, Bryan Leyland
RRP: $30.00
Pub date: 1 July 2013

In this accessible and beautifully produced full colour book The Age's brilliant political cartoonist John Spooner and leading environmental scientist Professor Bob Carter combine with colleagues to answer a series of critical and highly controversial questions about the politics and science of climate change.

Are human industrial carbon dioxide emissions causing dangerous global warming? If so, then climate change would indeed represent one of the great moral challenges of our time.

But is it possible that instead the so-called consensus science around global warming - produced by lavishly funded research institutes, and with its own international political lobby organization, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - is wrong?

Could it be that the emperor has no clothes?

Accessible, clearly written and illustrated with simple scientifc illustrations, and accompanied by Spooner's wry and telling cartoons, Taxing Air answers — without the spin, evasions or propaganda that pollutes most offcial writing on climate change — every question you have about global warming but have been too intimidated by the oppressive ‘consensus’ to ask.

All you ever wanted to know about the
science and politics of global warming but were afraid to ask.

'I could not put Taxing Air down ... Responding to vested interests, western politicians have already wasted trillions of dollars to frighten people with lies about industrial carbon dioxide emissions.
In fact, today’s global temperature lies well within life’s limits – indeed, the present-day is cooler than much of previous geological time.The gas of life rather than a pollutant, atmospheric carbon dioxide has nurtured all the forms of organism on planet Earth for many hundreds of mil- lions of years, as is so clearly explained in this beautifully written and illustrated book.'
Professor David Bellamy, OBE, President, Conservation Foundation, UK; 
Trustee, World Land Trust (1992-2002)
'Taxing Air is an outstanding contribution to the growing literature that examines and calls to account the climate alarmism of the past two decades. ... it provides an accurate, easily understood explanation of the many scientific and technical issues that comprise today’s climate science.
Equally important, it examines the history and exposes the duplicity of some of the individuals and organisations who have vested interests in creating and maintaining horrific visions of an imagined global warming future. The book would make a splendid gift to certain members of the climate science establishment.'
Dr. Art Raiche, CSIRO chief research scientist (retired)

To request a review copy or arrange an interview with Bob Carter or John Spooner, please contact: (03) 9036 6390 or Robert at rmasters@robertmasters.com.au.


Just 8,000 years ago, there was virtually 
no summer sea-ice in the Arctic Ocean

Sea-level rise is natural, and declining in rate 

Australian rainfall has not decreased over the last 100 years 

A previous Australian drought lasted 69 years

By catchment management, the Murray-Darling Basin now 
contains almost 3 times as much water as it held naturally

Global air temperature has not increased for the last 16 years, despite an 8% increase in CO2
Global ocean temperature is also steady or cooling slightly

Australian territory absorbs up to
20 times the amount of CO2 that we emit

The CO2 tax will cost about $1,000/person/year; and rising

The result of reducing Australian CO2 emissions by 5% 
by 2020 will be a theoretical (and unmeasurable) 
cooling of between 0.0007O and 0.00007O C by 2100

No scientist can tell you whether the world will be 
warmer or cooler than today in 2020

Just a selection of the fascinating facts provided in answer to more 
than 100 basic questions about global warming and climate change 
that are covered in the book.

Persons ordering prior to that date at www.taxingair.com
and prior to bookstore availability, will receive a 
personally signed copy of the book


  1. Thanks Geoff for the reminder to get in and order a copy of prof Carter's new book - before 1 July!

    Should be a great book, and very timely with the Labor Government hotting up their campaign with climate change propaganda, etc.

    Incidentally, is everyone else being bombarded with emails from Labor poiticians and their supporters, promoting the carbon tax, among other issues?

    Todays emails include the following from Greg Combet:

    "I know you're passionate about taking meaningful action against climate change. As the Labor minister responsible for delivering the price on carbon and charged with tackling climate change, I'm determined to do what I can to lower carbon emissions while protecting local jobs." (etc)

    I intend replying that I am indeed passionate in my opposition to the fraudulent disinformation being purveyed by so-called climate scientists in an effort to brainwash the populace (etc).

    And also today the following from Bill Shorten:

    "I'd like you to play an important role in this election by stepping up in your community." (etc)

    Yes, it's time I 'step up in my community' and do more to expose Labor's deception!

  2. I have long enjoyed John Spooners cartoons and wonder how is it that a newspaper with the political bias of The Age allows the contrary view be published via the very effective communication of a talented editorial cartoonist.

  3. Bad news for Professor Bob Carter. From the Townsville Bulletin, University dumps out-of-step climate change sceptic

    Dr Jennifer Marohasy has publically posted the following letter

    Dear Editor,
    Thank you for telling us the story of Bob Carter – University dumps out-of-step climate change sceptic, June 28, 2013.

    It is standard practice for universities to provide academics with adjunct positions when they retire. That JCU recently refused to renew Bob Carter’s position after three decades of service is a sign of the times – in particular the growing intolerance of academia to scepticism. Indeed, that almost all environmental and climate science in Australia is now government-funded makes it particularly susceptible to contrived political consensus.

    Prof Carter is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers in professional scientific journals. The great majority of these concern interpretations of ancient environments, including paleo-climatic studies.

    Therefore, what is all the more worrying about his termination is that of all the academics at JCU, Prof Carter would arguably be the best qualified to research, supervise and comment on climate change, at least from the perspective of geological history.

    Dr Jennifer Marohasy
    Adjunct Research Fellow
    Central Queensland University

    1. G'day Dale,

      I have received a document from Bob re his diminishing relationship with James Cook University. He has been an adjunct professor for the last few years.

      An adjunct professor is a part-time professor who is hired on a contractual basis rather than being given tenure and a permanent position. Many universities hire large numbers of adjunct faculty members because they are flexible and cheaper to maintain than traditional full-time faculty members

    2. Normally, an adjunct professor would have his contract renewed. Unfortunately Bob's wasn't.

      They said that it was too much trouble answering the queries that came in because of his "sceptical" stance,

      The greatest loss for Prof Bobbwas the loss if an office and access ti a research library?

    3. The black-ballig of Professors continues.

      Before Bob Carter there was Don Easterbrook at West Washington University Peer review vs Smeer Review and also in Australia there was Prof Murry Salby's disgraceful departure from Macquarie University
      Murry Salby and MacUni

  4. Just hope this disgraceful conduct by the Uni does not have too much of a braking effect on Prof. Carters activities. His contribution to the debate in Australia is without equal, and his authority on the subject is absolute and non-negotiable.. what a shame that a professional sham like Flannery gets all the press and kudos. The "intolerance of academia " that Jo Nova refers to in her letter is yet another symptom of the declining standard of the higher education system which prefers arrogant dismissiveness to structured debate, and is indicative of the selling of souls that goes on in the constant pursuit of funding.

  5. Bob Carter & John Spooner have had an extract of their book published at Quadrant Online - Can we really take the ocean's temperature?

    1. I have a pdf file of Taxing Air but today received my Hard Copy. Looks good!

  6. See Tony Abbott is copping flak from media and scientists for his comment about Rudd's carbon trading plan as the "non-delivery of an invisible substance to nobody". Do these d---heads really believe that an ETS and carbon price of around $6 a tonne is going to save the world or change the climate in any conceivable way? What a joke.

    1. So true John M. Of course, we can always be sure the left-leaning media and scientists will be hell-bent on ridiculing Tony A in any way they can think of. Can't possibly allow him to steal a march on Kevin.

      I received my copy of Taxing Air too Geoff. Have read only a snatch and it's an excellent resource to have I'm sure.

  7. Taxing air book launch in Brisbane in a couple of days time on Thursday 5th September at the Hilton Brisbane, 190 Elizabeth Street from 5.00pm for 5.30pm till 7.00pm
    If you haven't yet reserved your place, there's still room for a few more guests. Click here to RSVP


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