For Immediate Release
1st January 2011
Ignore Climate Fakirs and Shamans.
Statement by Viv Forbes, Chairman, the Carbon Sense Coalition
The Carbon Sense Coalition today accused governments in many western countries of wasting resources on the trivia of the
Climate Change Industry while ignoring infrastructure needed to help people cope with real weather crises.
Speaking from his rain sodden property in flood ravaged Queensland, the Chairman of Carbon Sense, Mr Viv Forbes, said
politicians need to get back to climate reality.
"Climate Change and extreme weather are always with us. The weather gods are blind to our sacrificial offerings – we
will not change the weather by crucifying the public with carbon taxes and ration cards. What they really need is
weather-proof transport, water and electricity infrastructure.
"That won't change future climate either but it will allow us to cope better with whatever weather we get.
"Queensland has wasted millions on the global warming industry, mostly on tokenism. Residents would be better off had
they spent it on water storage, flood gauges and flood-proofing of highways, railways and airports.
"Europe and USA have wasted billions on the global warming industry. Residents would be better off had they spent it on
reliable power stations and snow-proofing of highways, railways and airports.
"Climate change and extreme weather have endangered every generation of humans. But this is the first generation that
has sacrificed its savings on the altars of the climate gods instead of preparing for whatever weather shocks we may
"We can forecast and control the weather" has always been the false promise of fakirs and shamans. This is usually
accompanied by self flagellation and the sacrifice of some innocent victim.
"Today the fakirs flagellate ordinary folk with carbon taxes and plan to crucify an innocent angel of life, carbon
"Sensible people make sure they have the equipment to cope with extreme weather events.
"It's time to ignore climate fakirs and shamans, and cease paying tributes to them."
Chairman, The Carbon Sense Coalition