Speakers on climate

Professor Ian Plimer

Professor Plimer is a distinguished geologist with a career spanning more than 50 years. He was a tutor and senior tutor at Macquarie University from 1968 to 1973, gaining his Ph.D. there in 1973 on the subject of the pipe deposits of tungsten-molybdenum-bismuth in eastern Australia.  He then lectured in geology at the W.S. and L.B. Robinson University College of the University of New South Wales at Broken Hill from 1974 to 1979 followed by working for North Broken Hill Ltd. as chief research geologist. His output of scientific papers resulted in his appointment as senior lecturer in economic geology at the University of New England.

Professor Plimer’s next appointment was head of the geology department at the University of Newcastle, followed by the same role at the University of Melbourne from 1991 to 2005 and finally as professor of mining geology at the University of Adelaide. He has also been research professor at Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich.

Naturally, as a distinguished scientist, Professor Plimer is affronted by willfully wrong science behind the global warming scare. His book Heaven and Earth, published in 2009, was a landmark in the debate around climate science in Australia.  After Heaven and Earth, he published How to get expelled from school, Not for greens, Heaven and Hell and Climate delusion and the great electricity ripoff.

This prediction of his from a newspaper interview in 2009 was prescient:

“Australia will go broke and become the laughing stock of the world if politicians ignore basic science on climate change, a leading global warming sceptic says.

Adelaide University professor of mining geology, Ian Plimer, said he feared Australia would become an economic backwater if due diligence was not part of developing climate change policy.

“My greatest fear is this country’s lights will go out and the rest of the world will think no one is home – and they will be right,” Professor Plimer said today.

“Australia will go broke and will become the laughing stock of the world if our political leaders keep making decisions on climate change based on ideology rather than on science.

“This country is heading down a very dangerous path of self-destruction if these people continue on their current path of ignorance and ignore scientific due diligence when making such important decisions about the future of this country.”

Professor Plimer is based in Adelaide.