It began to feel more like a way to make profits, then to address a problem.
The 'cap and trade' and 'carbon credit' schemes that are already in use have done nothing to recitify this alleged problem.
Geologist Ian Plimer takes a contrary view arguing that man-made climate change is a con trick perpetuated by environmentalists
I don't agree with that entirely. I see it as a con perpetuated by investment firms, think along the lines of large banks and investment houses cannibalizing the working classes for every pound of flesh! With well meaning and or co-opted environmental groups as the 'vehicle' of information.
Plimer is a geologist, professor of mining geology at Adelaide University, and he may well be Australia's best-known and most notorious academic.
Plimer, you see, is an unremitting critic of "anthropogenic global warming" -- man-made climate change to you and me -- and the current environmental orthodoxy that if we change our polluting ways, global warming can be reversed.
The dynamic and changing character of the Earth's climate has always been known by geologists. These changes are cyclical and random, he says. They are not caused or significantly affected by human behaviour.
Polar ice, for example, has been present on the Earth for less than 20 per cent of geological time, Plimer writes. Plus, animal extinctions are an entirely normal part of the Earth's evolution.
Plimer gets especially upset about carbon dioxide, its role in Earth's daily life and the supposed effects on climate of human manufacture of the gas. He says atmospheric carbon dioxide is now at the lowest levels it has been for 500 million years, and that atmospheric carbon dioxide is only 0.001 per cent of the total amount of the chemical held in the oceans, surface rocks, soils and various life forms. Indeed, Plimer says carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, but a plant food. Plants eat carbon dioxide and excrete oxygen. Human activity, he says, contributes only the tiniest fraction to even the atmospheric presence of carbon dioxide. Read the rest here