Tony Abbott: The "Sceptical" Submariner

Michael Lee

Griffith, Australia

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Tony Abbott; exploiting the ignorance of the common Australian. An anti-denier artwork. See below for an explanation.

© Created by Michael Lee on 21/12/2009

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Just to be clear on my position in regards to this work:
The evidence is conclusive that global warming is occurring and is almost certainly caused by human activity. Tony Abbott and other self proclaimed “sceptics” are exploiting the ignorance of the common Australian to serve their political agendas. Before anyone gets upset about my description of the average Australian as ignorant, I am speaking in regard to climate change science which is hardly expected of the average person. I include myself to some extent as I am not a climate scientist. Obviously, everyone can’t be experts in every field therefore we should defer to the respective experts in any given matter. Climate scientists are the experts in this matter and their recommendations should be held in the highest regard.

As for the climate change deniers labelling themselves as “sceptics”; this has to be the dirtiest trick in the book. Their views are formed from “gut” feelings and misinformation. Their position denies the great majority of credible evidence therefore rendering them less than eligible for the description “sceptical”. Real scepticism is to question or doubt evidence sourced from authority or tradition. Not to deny evidence from sources that can be tested and rigorously examined. By definition, all scientists are the epitome of scepticism.

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