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 Climate Deniers: freedom to report now in doubt?

15.01.20. This alarming news issued by the Rupert Murdoch family could have far reaching ramifications for journalists in the News Corp stables, whom, according to the flavour of the following article, might be forced to dance to the tune of the global warming warriors or find work elsewhere.
In The Australian today are a couple of indicators that push the climate Kool-Aid but nothing to the contrary.
*David Atkin, the chief executive of the $57bn construction industry super fund Cbus, has urged the private sector to step up its action on climate change in the wake of the bushfires.
*The world’s largest fund manager, BlackRock, has said it will ditch investments including thermal coal as part of a response to rising climate change concerns.
*The US asset management giant headed by Larry Fink said the investment risks posed by global warming were set to trigger substantial changes in how it invests $US7 trillion ($10 trillion) in assets. “Climate change has become a defining factor in companies’ long-term prospects,” Mr Fink wrote in his annual letter to corporate bosses late Tuesday.

*Energy giant Woodside Petroleum has hit back at gas industry critics, insisting LNG producers were not “the cigarette industry” and had unfairly suffered a black eye amid heightened concerns over global warming. The Australian gas exporter said the industry must be part of the solution and do more to tackle climate change, which Woodside now ranks as the largest risk to its business.
*Recycler sees carbon price as crucial part of solution. “The more carbon you put into the atmosphere the worse it is,” said Stephen Mikkelsen, CFO of metal recycler Sims, told the UBS Australasia conference. “The only way to deal with it is to put a price on things. That creates the economic viability of sustainable solutions whether it be carbon or waste or water pollution. What are the two fundamental issues society’s facing? Climate change, plus energy pricing.”


Source: BBC and News Corp

Australia fires: Murdoch’s son criticises News Corp coverage
Rupert Murdoch’s son James has said he is “disappointed” with the ongoing “denial” in his father’s news outlets as Australia’s wildfires burn.
Murdoch columnists have described linking the fires to climate change as “hysterical” and “silly”.
Rupert Murdoch has described himself as a climate sceptic.
He denies employing climate deniers.
But critics of News Corp have pointed to its comment articles and reporting of the alleged role of arson in the wildfires as minimising the impact of a changing climate.
Last week a News Corp employee in Australia lashed out at the company’s “irresponsible” coverage of the bushfire crisis.
On Monday News Corp announced it was donating A$5m (£2.7m; $3.5m) to bushfire relief. The pledge is in addition to donations from members of the Murdoch family personally.
James Murdoch remains on the board of News Corp but is not otherwise employed by his father’s businesses. He runs a private investment company.
On Monday Kathryn Murdoch, a longstanding environmental advocate, tweeted a link to an article on Vice which criticised the Murdoch outlets for attempting to blame arsonists for the fires.”Kathryn and James’ views on climate are well established and their frustration with some of the News Corp and Fox coverage of the topic is also well known,” a spokesperson for the couple exclusively told The Daily Beast.”They are particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary,” the couple said to The Daily Beast’s Lachlan Cartwright Tuesday.Murdoch still sits on the News Corporation board, but also recently founded a private investment company for tech and media, Lupa Systems. In 2014, the couple created the Quadrivium Foundation that advocates for electoral politics reform and tackles climate change catastrophes. Kathryn also sits on the board of Unite America, which seeks to unify political parties and push forward with a wide range of public initiatives. News Corp-owned publications across the world include The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, the Herald Sun, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post.
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  • Finn 15/01/2020, 7:44 am

    A young woman brought her fiancé home to meet her parents.
    After dinner, her mother told the girl’s father to find out about the young man.
    The father invited the fiancé into his study for a talk. “So, what are your plans?” the father asked the young man.

    “I am a biblical scholar,” he replied.
    “A biblical scholar, hmmm?” the father said. “Admirable, but what will you do to provide a nice house for my daughter to live in?”\
    “I will study,” the young man replied, “and God will provide for us.”
    “And how will you buy her a beautiful engagement ring, such as she deserves?” asked the father.
    “I will concentrate on my studies,” the young man replied, “God will provide for us.”
    “And children?” asked the father. “How will you support children?”
    “Don’t worry, sir, God will provide,” replied the fiancé.
    The conversation proceeded like this… and each time the father questioned, the young idealist insisted that God would provide.
    Later, the mother asked, “How did your talk go, honey?”

    THUS The father answered, “Another Greens voter; he has no job, he has no plans, and he thinks I’m God.”

    • Lorraine 15/01/2020, 7:59 am

      Love it .

  • Albert 15/01/2020, 7:50 am

    It is very easy to see who is driving this climate change lunacy – just follow the money.
    There have been mass hysteria outbreaks throughout the world a number of times but I very much doubt that there was anything approaching the idiocy and greed fuelled manipulation by fraudsters and thieves that we see with climate change.

    • DT 15/01/2020, 8:04 am

      What frustrates me is that the truth is out there.

      Many websites where qualified people discuss natural climate change and the hoax material. BoM creative accounting of weather and climate data, not recording weather station temperatures accurately, weather stations located in or near heat sinks, etc.

      And then the many newspaper and magazine articles exposing the politics of climate change hoax.

      Last by by no means least how could anybody believe that Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is Carbon (C) and pollution, CO2 is odourless and invisible (one Swedish girl claims she can see it) and essential for life on Earth.

      • Bushkid 15/01/2020, 9:25 am

        Exactly how I feel, DT!

        All the accurate information you can wish for is out there and easily available, yet it is ignored and denigrated – and even outright denied by the pro-CAGW mob.

        Only so many can be so ignorant and easily influenced by the blatant lies. There are far more who have the capacity to look and learn and acknowledge the truth – yet they don’t, and arguably either do look and deny it, or deliberately don’t look so that they don’t have to change their minds or admit they were wrong.

        The only question is, “Why?”

      • DT 15/01/2020, 3:22 pm

        I believe that I heard why today while at a restaurant with friends.

        Climate change fraud, the AWA slush fund matter, and some other discussion and my friends admitted to not having time to spend on websites, property to look after and animals etc.

        In other words most Australians are captive audiences for ABC/MSM short delivery propaganda.

  • Lorraine 15/01/2020, 8:03 am

    follow the money trail indeed. multi millionaires all finding climate change . do this for the good of the planet and my wallet. Really sickening that they need more money when they are so rich. You could say we are fighting the losing battle ,but I will never believe in this crap.

  • DT 15/01/2020, 8:05 am

    Investors Business Daily

    06:43 PM ET 02/10/2015
    Economic Systems: The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man’s stewardship of the environment. But we know that’s not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this.

    At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

    “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said.

    Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

    The only economic model in the last 150 years that has ever worked at all is capitalism. The evidence is prima facie: From a feudal order that lasted a thousand years, produced zero growth and kept workdays long and lifespans short, the countries that have embraced free-market capitalism have enjoyed a system in which output has increased 70-fold, work days have been halved and lifespans doubled.

    Figueres is perhaps the perfect person for the job of transforming “the economic development model” because she’s really never seen it work. “If you look at Ms. Figueres’ Wikipedia page,” notes Cato economist Dan Mitchell: Making the world look at their right hand while they choke developed economies with their left.

  • DT 15/01/2020, 8:06 am


    Editor’s note: Five years ago, Quadrant Online published this profile of Maurice Strong (left), the man who, more than any other, redefined a trace gas as the meal ticket for tens of thousands of climate functionaries — the same people whose light-fingered heirs are today gathered in Paris. To mark his passing, we once again present John Izzard’s profile of the man who did very nicely by costing everyone else dearly.


    The Yellow Brick Road to Climate Change

    January has certainly been a defining month in the quest for truth about climate change, and the custodians of that “truth” aren’t looking that flash at the moment. Indeed in the month of January some of the major doomsday prophecies unravelled and the prophets themselves seemed to undergo vows of silence. Kevin Rudd, Penny Wong, Tim Flannery — who are never lost for words — seemed, well… totally lost for words!

    Like Dorothy, Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, we’ve all been dancing down the Yellow Brick Road of “settled science” in search of answers from the Emerald City, only to find that what we suspected all along — the Wizard has been telling us fibs.

    But who exactly is the Wizard? And where did this seeming-madness all begin?

    Undoubtedly there are many “wizards”, but the man behind the green curtain, the man who managed to get the climate industry to where it is today is a mild mannered character by the name of Maurice Strong. The whole climate change business, and it is a business, started with Mr Strong.

    Maurice Strong, a self-confessed socialist, was the man who put the United Nations into the environmental business, being the shadowy-figure behind the UN secretaries general from U Thant to Kofi Annan. His reign of influence in world affairs lasted from 1962 to 2005. Strong has been variously called “the international man of mystery”, the “new guy in your future” and “a very dangerous ideologue”.

    Strong made his fortune in the oil and energy business running companies such as Petro Canada, Power Corporation, CalTex Africa, Hydro Canada, the Colorado Land and Cattle Company, Ajax Petroleum, Canadian Industrial Oil and Gas— to name just a few.His private interests always seemed to be in conflict with his public persona and his work on the world stage. Strong’s extensive range of contacts within the power brokers of the world was exceptional. One admirer christened him “the Michelangelo of networking”.

    Maurice Strong described himself as “a socialist in ideology, a capitalist in methodology”.

    In 1972 he organised for U Thant the first Earth Summit, The Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. This led to the formation of UN Environment Program with Maurice Strong at its head. Later, as the UNEP boss he organised the first international expert group meeting on climate change.

    This led to exotic UN sponsored organizations such at Earth Council and Earth Charter, The World Resources Institute, the World Wildlife Fund and later The Commission for World Governance and the UN’s University for Peace. Strong was the driving force behind the idea of world governance by the United Nations when he dreamt up a world tax on monetary transactions of 0.5% which would have given theUN an annual income of $1.5 trillion. About equal then to the income of the USA.

    The stumbling block was the Security Council, and their power of veto. He devised a plan to get rid of the Security Council but failed to get it implemented. Then came along the idea that global warming might just be the device to get his World Governance proposal up and running.

    In 1989 Maurice Strong was appointed Secretary General of the Earth Summit and in 1992, addressing Earth Summit II in Rio, he told the thousands of climate change delegates:

    It is clear that current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class— involving high meat intake, consumption of large amounts frozen and convenience foods, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work place air-conditioning, and suburbanhousing — are not sustainable.

    There goes the Sunday roast, a house to live in, the car, the occasional hamburger and generally, life on earth as we know it. But what Strong didn’t tell the delegates was that he was involved in the purchase of the Colorado Land and Cattle Company, which he bought from Adnan Khashoggi, an arms dealer who had strong connections with the Bin Laden family.

    This 200,000 acre cattle property, called the Baca had two hidden secrets. One was that it sat above vast underground water systems, which Strong wanted to remove. He formed the American Water Development Corporation to exploit the water by pumping it out for commercial intent but was stopped by the locals as they feared it would destroy the delicate environment.

    The second secret was that Maurice Strong had been told by a mystic that:

    The Baca would become the centre for a new planetary order which would evolve from the economic collapse and environmental catastrophes that would sweep the globe in the years to come.

    As a result of these revelations Strong created the Manitou Foundation, a New Age institution located at the Baca ranch — above the sacred waters that Strong had been denied permission to pump out. This hocus-pocus continued with the foundation of The Conservation Fund (with financial help of Laurance Rockefeller) to study the mystical properties of the Manitou Mountain. At the Baca ranch there is a circular temple devoted to the world’s mystical and religious movements.

    The valley in which the Baca establishment is located is also traditional home for various Navajo tribes. They believe that their ancestors were led underground here by “Ant People” and according to Navajo tradition they were warned of a coming cataclysm by “sky katchinas” (sky spirits). No wonder Strong wanted to buy the Baca.

    Meanwhile Maurice was also busy founding the Earth Council Institute in 1992 and recruiting world luminaries such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Shimon Peres, Al Gore and David Rockefeller. In 2000 Earth Charter was formed as a further push by Strong to create a world governing body.

    Unfortunately, in 2005, the most powerful man in the push to save of humanity — by steady promotion of the theory of human induced greenhouse gases — was caught with his hand in the till.

    Investigations into the UN’s Oil-for-Food-Program found that Strong had endorsed a cheque for $988,885 made out to M. Strong — issued by a Jordanian bank. The man who gave the cheque, South Korean business man Tongsun Park was convicted in 2006 in a US Federal court of conspiring to bribe UN officials. Strong resigned and fled to Canada and thence to China where he has been living ever since.

    Strong is believed to have sanctuary in China because of his cousin, Anne Louise Strong, a Marxist who lived with Mao Tse Tung for two years, and when she died in 1970, her funeral was arranged by Premier Chou En-Lai. Anne Louise Strong was a Comintern member — an organization formed in 1919 as the Third International, with one of its aims to use “by all available means, including armed force, for the overthrow of the international bourgeoisie…”

    Maurice Strong, as an 18-year-old Canadian from Manitoba, started work at the United Nations in 1947 as a junior officer in the UN Security Section, living with the UN Treasurer, Noah Monod. Following his exposure for bribery and corruption in the UN’s Oil-for-Food scandal Maurice Strong was stripped of many of his 53 international awards and honours he had collected during his lifetime working in dual role of arch conservationist and ruthless businessman.

    The exposure and downfall of climate change’s most powerful wizard? Dorothy and Toto would have loved it!

  • Aktosplatz 15/01/2020, 8:24 am

    . “The more carbon you put into the atmosphere the worse it is,” said Stephen Mikkelsen,.

    That is an outright lie, the liar(Mikkelsen) doesn’t know the difference between carbon which is an element black in colour, and carbon dioxide gas which is invisible and is a plant food.

    The bushfire smoke would contain elements of carbon black as a matter of probability.

  • Red 15/01/2020, 8:41 am

    I wonder if the green solar extremists will turn off their coal fired electricity when their panels start to reduce with the smoke. A big ‘NOT’.

  • Tony H 15/01/2020, 11:00 am

    And as usual the Enemedia refuse to challenge the outlandish comments made by these grubs! I refuse to accept that Climate Change and Global Warming are real things. Bush fires are not started because of coal mining and petroleum production. Bush fires are started by arsonists, lightning strikes and accidents including negligence. They are made worse by extreme weather situations, lack of preparation in winter months ( Controlled burning). The actions of political ideologues who have their bullshit philosophy forced upon the masses despite their minority status! Time we stood up.

  • Penguinite 15/01/2020, 12:11 pm

    More American woke-folk are quick to condemn Australians who don’t believe the fairy tales emanating from New York and Californian glitterati . If Mrs Murdoch can elucidate a workable, factual and scientific alternative we’re happy to listen but please desist from denigrating us as “Climate deniers”. The quickest way to lose subscribers to The Australian is to attempt to influence the news gathering and comment abilities of reporters and correspondents.

  • TommyGun 15/01/2020, 8:20 pm

    Maybe I’m just stupid but I bought some shares in Whitehaven Coal today! LOL!
    The share price has been eroded down from about $4-$5 a year ago to only $2.55. So I bought in. I don’t know what these fools think they’re going to smelt metal with if they stop mining coal…

  • Ozisceptic 16/01/2020, 12:31 pm

    remember the old saying, look at what they do and not pay attention to what they say. For all the rhetoric, the USA is doing quite well at emissions reduction, and will do better when they cap their population.
    I am all for more on emissions, bring on nuclear is what I have been saying for 10 years.

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