While I regret the effects of his death on family, I’m somewhat less charitable about Bob Carter’s later career than Graham Readfearn. I’ve read many of Bob Carter’s rants and ‘papers’ on climate change both in my usual reading, and when the ‘deniers’ post links to them here and that I’ve examined while moderating. His evidence and interpretation failed to be even remotely convincing. It seemed to be designed to fool idiots and to provide scientifically illiterate journalists with a good story. It was just silly PR.
I can’t see how in the hell he could have largely ignored the clear evidence vindicating the theory of anthropomorphic climate change over the last 35 years since I first read about it as an undergraduate. Back then it was the theory without substantive evidence. But since the mid-1990s it has evident that there was enough clear evidence of it occurring that it become the severe risk to our entire civilisation. It destroys the technological underpinning of the agricultural systems and food production systems that have sustained the steady growth in human populations for about 10,000 years.
For Bob Carter to have gone into the intellectual convolutions described in this post to deny a theory that has been steadily became more and more supported by evidence over the decades has been astonishing to me. Especially since he had to use so much of the evidence of the palaeoclimatology in a contorted form to support his various denialistic stances over the decade since I started reading his ideas.
In my view it was either an article of faith for him, or ego, or he just liked the money funnelled directly or indirectly to him from the owners of fossil carbon. Either way, to me his ‘scepticism’ appeared to have little to do with earth sciences and more to do with the personal failures of the man himself.
I’m sure that current and future generations will curse him and others like him for delaying the early changes that would have reduced the sustained climatic damage of the recent Anthropocene