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I might yet vote for the Liberals ...

John Hawkins*, Chudleigh. Pic*
14.02.17 5:00 am

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On 29 November 2016 the Liberal Government released documentation for a draft bill to prevent the shifting of profits out of Australia to countries with a tax rate of less than 24%. This bill when implemented will allow the ATO to impose a penalty rate of 40% on shifted profits …

Save Mutual Valley: It seems FT have come to the conclusion that they are never going to get FSC certification

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Federal Hotels’ 1993 submission to extend pokies to the ‘Burbs. Federal’s own Social Study report

Lindsay Tuffin* First published February 9
14.02.17 4:50 am

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Fascinating. A look into the way business is done in Tasmania ... and a warning from The Mercury. Mind you this was 1993 ...

Read for yourself ... Federal Group’s Social and Economic Impact Study Report from 2014, here

Anglicare: Ex-Victorian MP urges Tasmania to lead the nation on pokies reform

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NATION: Malcolm in a flat spin amid a volley of cheap shots ...

Urban Wronksi (aka David Tyler*). Pic*: Takver, Flickr
14.02.17 4:45 am

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“He has no respect for the taxpayer any more than he has respect for the members of the Australian Workers’ Union, he betrayed again and again. He sold them out. He sold them out …”

At least, finally, some of the Coalition has stopped pretending it is only a litlle bit pregnant to Peabody Energy. Indeed, the Turnbull government’s recent embrace of coal-fired power shows it has “abandoned all pretense of taking global warming seriously”, Climate Change Authority member Clive Hamilton explains as he resigns from the agency. Professor Hamilton, who teaches ethics at Charles Sturt University, fires a parting shot. He says it is perverse to be advocating coal when 2016 was the hottest year in history …

Fairfax: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and ministers were told wind not to blame for South Australia blackout Turnbull government statements blaming last year’s South Australian blackout on its high renewable energy target ignored confidential public service advice stating that it was not the cause, according to emails obtained under freedom-of-information rules. With a febrile debate over renewable energy versus coal-fired generation suddenly raging in Canberra, the revelation is set to undermine the Coalition’s energy messaging and shatter confidence in its call for investment certainty through sober debate and bipartisan policy solutions … 

Guardian: Bernardi bets on wave of destruction but future of rightwing populism is in Trump’s hands

Crikey: The climate denialist right now has the sweetest victory of all

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‘Forestry Tasmania: Illegal roading in the Tarkine’

Lindsay Tuffin* First published February 10
14.02.17 4:35 am

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Jenny Weber of the Bob Brown Foundation and Scott Jordan of Save the Tarkine have released a Media Release charging that Forestry Tasmania has carried out illegal roading in a Wedge-Tailed Eagle breeding exclusion zone in the Tarkine ...

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Andrea Dawkins: Protect the Tarkine for NW Jobs and Environment Today’s news that Forestry roading in the Trowutta Blackwood forests directly threatens nesting habitat for the Wedge-tailed eagle is alarming.  All practices must be stopped immediately and a full investigation undertaken …

Brown: Tasmanian Premier should uphold all laws of this state ... Environmentalist Bob Brown has responded to comments by Tasmania’s Premier and Forestry Tasmania regarding logging operations in Tasmania’s Tarkine. “The Premier should be upholding all the laws of this state, including forest practice laws,” Bob Brown said. “The Forest Practices Authority, as the policing authority on logging, shouldn’t be secretly licensing its mates to breach its own published prohibitions. Who from the FPA inspected the nest in November and why did he/she not make their findings public?” Bob Brown said. “It doesn’t pass the pub test,” Bob Brown said …

New Forestry Tasmania report reveals Government legislation threatens FSC A report released late Friday by Forestry Tasmania (FT) reveals that the Tasmanian Government’s plan to start logging in 357,000 hectares of protected old growth and rainforest reserves will derail attempts to secure Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification of logging operations on public land. The report has highlighted that a critical assessment of environmental values needed to secure FT’s FSC certification will be made invalid and need to be ‘reviewed and revised’ if the Government proceeds with its reckless decision to strip protection from important forest areas that are currently part of the ‘Tasmanian Reserve Estate’ …

Cassy O’Connor: Liberals Will Wear Blame if FT Fails in FSC Bid

Cassy O’Connor: Barnett Exposed by his own Agency on Tarkine Logging

Save Mutual Valley: It seems FT have come to the conclusion that they are never going to get FSC certification

FEBRUARY 20 ...

Conservationists call for halt to proposed logging in Tarkine Old-growth forests

FEBRUARY 21 ...

Conservationists launch Tarkine canopy vigil in threatened forests

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Valentines Day ...

Leunig, http://www.leunig.com.au/
14.02.17 4:30 am

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Used with permission, http://www.leunig.com.au/

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The Human Microwave – Will We Get One?

Ted Mead* Pic*
13.02.17 4:15 am

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With more Forestry protests on the horizon, the Tasmanian Liberal government must be getting desperate to control dissidents, and now that their 2014 anti-protest protection law seems to have become impotent, the solution to keep those pesky Greenies under control may not be too far away …

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Creating a Future Beyond Homelessness ...

Kim Peart*
13.02.17 3:13 am

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An opinion article in the Examiner claimed that “everyone can help to resolve homelessness” ...

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Glamorgan Spring Bay Council’s very secret business ...

Rosalie Woodruff*. Pic: Kris McCracken, Flickr. Fish farms in Birchs Bay. First published: December 22
10.02.17 5:00 am

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FEBRUARY 10, 2017 ...

ABC: Former executives voice concerns about sustainability of Tasmania’s $700m salmon industry

… The motion followed a leaked TasWater document that heavily objected to the financial viability of building the proposed dam in the upper catchment of the Prosser River. TasWater highlighted the impact on long-term water needs for Orford and Triabunna, townships who were on water restrictions last summer, and raised the risk of future litigation because of flawed user-pays measurement methodology. This appears to be the next in the long line of convenient government arrangements for Tassal’s stake in Okehampton Bay. The Marine Farming Review Panel has yet to present its findings on the review of the 20 year old Okehampton Bay lease for intensive salmon farming by Tassal. It’s not due until February 2017 …

ABC: Dam needed by Tassal’s Okehampton Bay proposal wins council approval, sparking calls for inquiry

Rosalie Woodruff: Tassal Dam at Taxpayers’ Expense and Ratepayers’ Risk ...

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

Environment Tasmania: Glamorgan Spring Bay Council votes to pass Tassal’s plans ...

TasWater: TasWater –protecting water supplies for Orford and Triabunna

Environment Tasmania: Tassal’s dam strong-arming ...

Jeremy Rockliff: Strong support for salmon farming welcomed

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Seafish Tasmania, Cocaine, Trawlers and a fine Stink ...

John Hawkins* Chudleigh. Pic: of Eric Abetz from his website. First pub: Jan 16
10.02.17 4:45 am

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Eric Abetz was the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation in the Howard Government from 27 January 2006 to 3 December 2007. One could safely say that on all the available evidence Abetz was a disaster in this portfolio - think Managed Investment Schemes, tax scams protected and promoted by Abetz against the advice of the Tax Department leading to the eventual bankruptcy of Great Southern, Gunns, Wilmot, FEA and the loss of billions by both the ATO and investors.

ABC: Salmon farming giant Tassal to be probed over witness pulling out of aquaculture inquiry

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The grotesque failure of MIS plantations ...

John Hawkins*, Chudleigh. First published February 4
09.02.17 5:19 am

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In, or adjoining the Chudleigh Valley, three large plantations were planted under the Abetz MIS scams: one at Union Bridge, another at the Needles and one at Caveside …

The terrible destruction of Lapoinya ... Elly Hoyt’s tribute on YOUTUBE, here

ABC: Logging can ‘greatly increase’ fire severity for 50 years, researchers say

ABC: Battlelines drawn in new round of forest wars ...

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NATION: Malcolm slapped down by The Fake President ...

Urban Wronksi (aka David Tyler*). Image: Martin Hawes
08.02.17 5:00 am

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It’s “fake news”, says Donald Trump. After a shocking week in which Australia has its nose rubbed publicly in its own mess by the US, President Donald Trump makes Islamophobia official US policy, threatens to invade Mexico and our PM confesses he paid $1.75m out of his own Cayman Island account to buy his own mandate - as you do- a grateful nation can at last heave a sigh of relief. Malcolm’s incredible slap-down - and its leaking to the Washington Post never happened.  Hit the reset button. …

“We have got a good history around this and really the rest of the world is catching up to Australia now,” ScoMo crows. It’s a lie, Turnbull told delegates at the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants last September. That “good history” has cost us a massive $9.6 billion in three years, not to mention the incalculable cost to Australia’s reputation, putting us in breach of international human rights law 40 times. Children have fled conflict; sought our asylum -  only to be illegally detained for years in conditions which expose them daily to abuse, neglect and violence. Oddly, information about our “good history”: is suppressed. Criminal sanctions apply to anyone who reports abuse on Nauru and Manus. Good history? In a world which has over 21 million refugees, Australia takes 13750 annually …

Fairfax: Federal Appeals Court denies Donald Trump’s request to restore travel ban

news.com.au, Newspoll: Pauline Hanson on the rise as Coalition support dives

BBC: Trump defends Putin over Russia killings allegations

Fairfax: Inside story: How a conversation with Tony Abbott sealed Cory Bernardi’s Liberal Party

Fairfax: Peter Dutton, Barnaby Joyce slam Cory Bernardi ‘betrayal’

The mauling of Cory ...

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What Happened to the Republic Malcolm?

Ted Mead* Cartoon: Leunig, used with permission, http://www.leunig.com.au/
08.02.17 4:45 am

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After the defeat of the 1999 Australian republic referendum to amend the Constitution of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull rapidly retreated with his tail between his legs from his budding Liberal ascendency back into the semi-conservative shadows. This man who so graciously accepted defeat is now weighing up this position once again, but will it be his political saviour? …

Fairfax: Peter Dutton, Barnaby Joyce slam Cory Bernardi ‘betrayal’

The mauling of Cory ...

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Dumb deals from a dumb government ...

Phil na Champassak* Cartoon: Martyn Turner, used with permission*
05.02.17 5:23 pm

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US President Donald Trump is right to describe the refugee resettlement deal to relocate 1250 currently detained in Nauru and Manus Island as “dumb” …

Guardian Live: Trump travel ban: White House vows to overturn court block as visas reinstated

Tess Lawrence, Independent Australia:  Trump has no intention of allowing Aus refugees settle in US ... Australia’s grubby asylum seeker deal with the US is now looking even more tawdry, reports contributing editor-at-large Tess Lawrence.

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Fencing rivers, or what you do when you don’t want to do anything ... !

Bill Benfield*
05.02.17 5:35 am

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A warning for Tasmania ... from New Zealand This could well be one that New Zealand Fish & Game brought upon itself and its license holders. It was around 17 or 18 years ago that they started raising concerns about dairy run-off into rivers. I don’t think there is any doubt that the concern was proper, but it failed to look at other things that were happening in the environment and were also ending up in rivers or how the issue could best be addressed …

New Zealand’s high intensity agriculture is in effect an extractive industry that is mining the environment. As in all mining, there will come a point where the mother lode has been exhausted and the industry will collapse. Those signs are already there on the Canterbury Plains, and yet there are still plans for further increases by way of extensions to the upper plains scheme for increased irrigation and dairy. Sooner or later, we as a nation will have to diversify away from intensive agriculture or live with the economic consequences.

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Premier Will’s plan is ‘virtually impossible ...’

Lindsay Tuffin* Pic* First published February 4
05.02.17 5:32 am

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Bob Davey, President of Save Your Leatherwood Honey Association, has released a press release damning the Wilderness World Heritage Management Plan …

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Releasing vulnerable people from the oppression of our own government ...

Rod Bower* Pic* First published February 4
05.02.17 5:30 am

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Speech by Fr Rod Bower, Anglican Diocese of Gosford. Delivered noon in Canberra today, Saturday 4th 2017 at the Refugee Rally “Walk for Freedom”, Mint Oval, Deakin. … “Of course in the developed world life is never as tenuous as marketing machines would have us believe, and certainly never as frightening as populist politicians and megalomaniac manipulators need us to believe. If we want to release some of the world’s most vulnerable people from the oppression of our own government, if we want to close the camps, if we want to liberate those who seek nothing more than freedom to live in peace, then we must first free the Australian people from the grip of the populism, nationalism and fear that crushes their humanity, and denies the humanity of the vulnerable …”

• Anthea Falkenberg, refugee advocate from Adelaide, has visited detainees on Manus twice in recent months. This is the speech she gave at the #WalkforFreedom Refugee Rally in Canberra on Saturday: Systematic Deprivation and Torture, in Australia’s Offshore Processing Centres. The speech is reproduced below ...

We stand #WithRefugees. Stand with us

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The Frankland River Forest: an Impending Liberal Siege ...

Ted Mead* First published February 2
04.02.17 4:30 am

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Stop Press - Warning - The bulldozers are coming! …

Invasive Species Council: Australia’s feral cat campaigner nabs cane toad gong

ABC: Tasmania’s giant freshwater crayfish threatened by logging plan: conservationists

• Don’t Log the Tarkine Forests Protest: Hobart - Friday 3rd February, 3:50pm on Parliament Lawns. The protest will run from 4 – 5pm at the Executive Building.

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NATION: Turnbull government a dead parrot as power-crazed Trump cuts loose

Urban Wronksi*. 'Toon: Martyn Turner, with permission*
03.02.17 5:15 am

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… Rude shocks continue.  The Coalition of capons pulls its head out of the sand, only to be eye-gouged by newly proclaimed US Vandal-king, Donald the Red, a power-drunk, politically illiterate knuckle-headed tyrant eager to show he’s king of the playground at home and top dog on the world stage by abuse of his presidential executive powers. Trump, the campaign blowhard, was meant to morph into a Republican pussy-cat. That was the Coalition plan; its reality-denying rationale for inaction and inertia secured by yet another Julie Bishop charm offensive - now exposed as woefully inadequate. …

• Urban Wronski Update in Comments: Has Turnbull achieved another coup? Anti-Muslim travel ban by executive order loophole update: During a twenty minute phone call to President Trump at 9:00 am yesterday, the ABC breathlessly reports, Malcolm Turnbull achieved a breakthrough in Australia’s deal to re-settle, in the US, refugees currently suffering the torture of abuse and neglect in our offshore indefinite detention gulags on Manus and Nauru Island.  On RN breakfast, Monday morning Fran Kelly wonders aloud if this will be Malcolm Turnbull’s coup. (Risky phrase, Fran, risky.)  …

The Conversation: Trump gives Turnbull refugee deal green light but government provides no detail

Andrew Wilkie: Asylum seekers, rule of law and morality trashed as Turnbull kowtows to Trump ...

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Religious freedom cannot be allowed to dwindle ...

Senator for Tasmania Helen Polley*
03.02.17 5:07 am

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Australia is still the lucky country because we live in a pluralist society whereby competing ways of life co-exist in relative harmony. Freedom of speech and freedom of religion are two fundamental rights that make our way of life so good. However, when free debate is not conciliatory it can sometimes manifest itself in aggressive and sometimes unruly, and violent behaviour. These moments directly challenge our civilised society and the free exchange of ideas …

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First Day ... February

Isla MacGregor*
01.02.17 4:55 am

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… My trip last Friday (December 16)  kayaking from Geotopia Beach out to the islands at southern end of Pedder impoundment with views to the Western Arthurs and the Frankland Range. That evening near full moon over Mt Eliza and Mt Anne, with no wind on the water and clear sky … no mist but several shades of dark misty blue … surreal … words cannot describe.

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ACOSS letter to Malcolm Turnbull on the Centrelink disaster ...

Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO ACOSS* Pic: Flickr, Donkey Hotey
01.02.17 4:50 am

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The Hon Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister, PO Box 6022, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600. Dear Prime Minister, I write to you on an urgent basis to call on you to immediately halt the automated recovery of Centrelink debts to prevent further harm being caused to potentially hundreds of thousands of people who have received a Centrelink payment. The automated program is issuing tens of thousands of incorrect discrepancy notices, which are in many cases leading to inaccurate debt notices. We are deeply concerned that people are paying debts they do not owe or paying a debt higher than what they owe …

Watch the YouTube (absurdist) video ...

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TICT’s Ambit Claim = More Wilderness Development ...

Ted Mead*
31.01.17 4:38 am

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Here we go again! – More smoke and mirrors, more assault on our wilderness areas …

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A sense of betrayal ...

Rosemary Farrell*
31.01.17 4:25 am

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I believe it is high time that the issue of a “rolling extension” of the TAS RFA has a wider airing than it has had so far, especially in the media ...

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What do people want ... ?

Madeleine Ogilvie MP* Pic* First published January 29
31.01.17 4:23 am

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… Little consideration appears to have been given to the critical question - ‘what do people want’ and how best to deliver it. Unless we are asking that question, and engaging Tasmanians in developing solutions, as policy makers we risk missing the mark. I have listened to the discussion on the merit of ‘citizen juries’, particularly in these pages, which pick up on these themes. The retention of local councils, with their local offices, local representation and local jobs, seems to me to be an important part of not only our democracy, but the functioning of our diverse towns and cities. Forced amalgamations are not the way to go (in my view) …

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Why we should Change The Date ...

Lindsay Tuffin*
31.01.17 4:15 am

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There could be no more a compelling argument to Change The Date than yesterday’s (Thur) concert in St David’s Park, Hobart ...

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Falls ... Reviewed!x

Patrick Carroll*
31.01.17 4:12 am

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Mud, mud, mud! If nothing else, Falls Festival 2016/17 was great opportunity to model the Tasmanian uniform of Blundstone boots, boardshorts and a Kathmandu puffer jacket, and join in the annual passage of people to Marion Bay …

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A letter to Jeremy Rockliff: I am appalled ...

Jean Walker* Pic: thinkpublic, Flickr First published January 28
28.01.17 5:30 am

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The Hon Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education,  25 January 2017, Dear Mr Rockliff, I am writing to you as a past President of the AEU and a teacher of over 40 years.  I was handed the attached page from a Hobart state primary school report by a teacher who was angry but too frightened to do anything about it herself …

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Mr Trump greets Theresa May ...

Martyn Turner, https://www.facebook.com/martynturnercartoons/ . http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/martyn-turner
28.01.17 4:54 am

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You can buy John Gay’s house for $2.5m ...

Editor via Ross
28.01.17 4:23 am

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Look what’s for sale ... Mr John Gay’s house ... and it’s a snip at $2.5 mill ... The former Chairman of Gunns Ltd (now broke and non-existent) has his house on the market for ‘offers around $2.5 million’ with realestate.com.au HERE.

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Abrupt Climate Change: A Further Update ...

Keith Antonysen* Pic*
28.01.17 4:15 am

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Various contrarian opinions are based on the fundamental premise of anthropogenic climate change in relation to how light interacts with radiated infrared.  Seth Miller, a scientist, provides some history; and then, criteria in relation to how science matters can be rationally evaluated.1 Seth Miller uses 9 criteria to show the strength of the science in relation to the greenhouse impact of carbon dioxide.2 …

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