Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced business commentators. Alan has been a trusted source of investment advice to Australians for many years, and in 2005 he founded Eureka Report - Australia’s #1 online investment report. Along with Robert Gottliebsen and Stephen Bartholomeusz, Alan also founded Business Spectator, the popular business news and commentary website. Alan is the regular finance presenter on the ABC News and producer of the popular nightly graph (or two).
As much as this episode may have been a simple case of Dr Karl trying to earn a few extra dollars for drawing our attention to a government report that turned out to be not what he thought, there is one final aspect of this saga that is worth looking at: science has always been political.
A massive infusion of heat-trapping CO2 from powerful volcanoes saved the planet from the so-called Snowball Earth environment, while a more recent volcanic event acidified the oceans, wiping out life en masse.
The government refuses to respond to questions about whether they remain committed to containing global warming to 2 degrees. The Climate Institute responds by pointing to threats to Australia's own interests from the current climate change trajectory.