Last week, heading up the coast for Christmas, I decided to take a taxi to my parents’ place rather than hang around Gosford Station for 20 minutes waiting on a bus.
Somehow, the taxi driver started talking about climate change. Honestly, I DID NOT START IT.
“Oh, all these scare mongerers,” she said. “I mean, who cares about two degrees change or whatever. I can’t see it’ll make any difference. The temperature changes all the time.”
“Um, yeah,” I said. “But global climate temperature is different to everyday local temperature.”
“Yeah, but you know, it’s just all about taxing us, giving us another tax. And like, there isn’t any science behind it—”
“—yeah there is!”
“—there’s just no science behind it. I mean, you never hear about it on the radio, or on TV or anything. Where’s the science?”
“Look,” I said. “I read a lot of science books. The science is there. It’s robust. There’s over a hundred years of climate science.”
“But where is it?” she persisted. “It’s not in any of the newspapers.”
“You’ve got to go to a library,” I said. “Borrow a book. The fact is, those guys aren’t going to publish any of the science, you won’t see it on Today Tonight or in the Daily Telegraph or on talkback radio. You just won’t.”
“But why not?” she asked. “Why not?”
It’s a good question. Why can’t we read about actual climate science in any of the mainstream publications?