One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts has claimed that the CSIRO’s climate change science had no “empirical proof”.
In his Monday press conference, Roberts released his 42-page report titled “On Climate, CSIRO Lacks Empirical Proof”, in which he wrote that the agency “relies on unscientific Australian and overseas manipulations of data that have fabricated warming temperatures”.
Roberts also published his letter to Dr Larry Marshall of the CSIRO, saying that climate policies is detrimental to “key industries” and people’s job security.
On my 1st day as a Senator I sent this letter to Dr Marshall of the CSIRO requesting a meeting about their climate advice to Government pic.twitter.com/4cJRFgmW0U
— Sen. Malcolm Roberts (@SenatorMRoberts) November 6, 2016
The report also criticised former Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s carbon tax policy and claimed that Great Barrier Reef is not “dying”.
“We have had complete failure of science in policies that has cost Australian taxpayers and citizens and Queensland residents billions of dollars and has cost lives,” said Roberts in the press conference.
Roberts said the CSIRO and weather bureau should face an independent inquiry over the lack of “empirical evidence” that human activity affects climate.
The CSIRO maintained its position in a statement: “CSIRO stands behind its peer-reviewed science on environment, climate and climate change.”