Big oil declares war on science and free speech

Woodside has put Jo Nova in the cross-hairs.

In March I was invited to present the FESAus Christmas function in December this year. They’re the Formation Evaluation Society of Australia, a non-for-profit volunteer organisation for Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts. A niche technical club of experts. It was unpaid, but I was happy to help make it a fun and push some buttons. “Hot” graphs, cartoons and all.

But in June, suddenly it became controversial to make jokes about climate change. Committee members started resigning, and dummy-spit declarations were made that “a discussion about climate was stupid”. People were shaken. The chips were on the table, the members said “yes” but the committee was split. When decision time came, the key committee meeting was hijacked by an outsider from Woodside who turned up by surprise and darkly threatened that all funding or support for the professional organisation and all future speakers from Woodside would be withdrawn if that climate denier, Jo Nova, was allowed to speak.

So much for the lavish funding from Big Oil to support climate deniers.

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41 Responses to Big oil declares war on science and free speech

  1. Crossie

    The Left’s march through institutions is complete. Bow and scrape or you will be sacked, not just deplatformed.

    People used to say that by trading with China we will lead them to freedom and instead they lead us all into re-education camps.

  2. Mark A

    Crossie
    #3146514, posted on September 3, 2019 at 6:50 am

    The Left’s march through institutions is complete. Bow and scrape or you will be sacked, not just deplatformed.

    People used to say that by trading with China we will lead them to freedom and instead they lead us all into re-education camps.

    Is that your own conclusion Crossie?
    Immensely impressed.
    Great.

  3. Win

    How charming BHP Rio Tinto join Peter ColemanWoodside calling fora carbon pricing to combat climate change. And theses are the leaders of industry. What a pitiful contrast between Lang Hancock and this mob.

  4. Crossie

    Everyone who works in a company or any government entity knows that complete strangulation of any thought outside the approved statements is not permitted. There are online courses, face to face instruction sessions, emailed memos and you better attend and applaud affirmation sessions on every form of deviancy and stupidity.

    Even as recently as five years ago you could opt out of a lot of this rubbish on religious grounds or conscience but that is no longer the case. That is the reason Israel Folau raised so much money in a matter of hours. Cardinal Pell is being crucified to to let the rest of us know that resistance is futile.

    This is what it was like living behind the Iron Curtain, if you were considered undesirable you did not have a job. You might as well “defect” as there was no future for you or your kids within the regime. Ironically, the only places we might be able to “defect” to are the former captive states of the old USSR.

  5. Crossie

    People used to say that by trading with China we will lead them to freedom and instead they lead us all into re-education camps.

    Is that your own conclusion Crossie?
    Immensely impressed.
    Great.

    Yes, my own and I never liked the idea of trading with China as it was counter intuitive. Reagan brought down the Soviet Union by outspending them but some fools thought we will change China by making them rich.

  6. Bruce of Newcastle

    In the Oz today:

    Atlassian boss backs ‘climate crisis’ strike (paywalled)

    Business leaders have pledged support for September 20’s ‘climate crisis’ strike led by youth activists.

    Turkeys voting for turduckens.

  7. sfw

    Just heard on the radio news, the AMA has declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ apparently because of the diseases that will spread.

  8. Bruce of Newcastle

    Keep in mind that the real world data shows no global warming this century, apart from the recent el Ninos. Despite a 10% absolute rise in CO2 in the atmosphere – which is 30% of the total rise since preindustrial baseline concentration.

    In the northern hemisphere, which is less affected by el Nino there’s been no warming at all – except in the distorted datasets the lefty activist climate scientists produce. Furthermore the climate indicators like the AMO strongly suggest global temperature will turn down as the cycle reverses from the rising phase of the last 30 years.

    See below for the data:

    Recent US raw temperature data
    NH snow cover extent
    Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation index

  9. egg_

    Tell the Woodside fascists to fvck off.

  10. Is there some important event coming up that I’ve missed? There seems to be an awful lot of climate hysteria from big companies and the like in the last few days.

  11. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    If you are employed in government or the corporate world you have no freedom to speak on climate issues. Most of the people who do speak out are retired or close to retirement, or are well off enough to no longer care about retribution and blow-back or they are insulated from it in some other way. Regardless, you may be assured that if you do speak out then you will be sent to social Coventry, generally de-platformed, and your past achievements will be shoved firmly down the memory hole. You have to be strong not to care. Fortunately, there are strong people amongst us, and all power to them. Slowly, the word is getting out. There is increasing pushback against the vested interests who have no desire for the climate gift train to cease and against the Green Marxists who see it as the best means to end industrial capitalism that has arisen since the Soviet collapse. Opening the eyes of dummies who have let themselves be seduced by the Gramscian Long March Through The Institutions is part of what everyone can do. Keep talking locally as well as elsewhere. That is how the corrupt Soviet system was eventually brought down. Emperors without clothing become visible when the people themselves start to suspect and then see the fraudulent hoax.

    Brava, Jo Nova, in particular.

  12. Botswana O'Hooligan

    My wife is a geophysicist with a sane view of Earth science in that there are too many variables measured over too short a time frame to panic about anything as the science is most certainly not settled. Many of her colleagues, geophysicists and geologists working in the exploration business as she does, are rabid greenies and climate change believers so logic dictates that they should be in other employment.

  13. Nob

    Woodside is Big Gas really but have always been somewhat Woke and touchy-feely.

    My NYCer tech that did a job for them on the North Rankin in 2000 described them as “a New Age Oil company”.

    But it’s true, Big Oil etc have been hedging their bets like crazy and are among the biggest investors in – or “donators to” is probably more appropriate – wind and solar.

    Among other things , in places like the North Sea they can trade offshore wind projects for more drilling rights.

    It’s literally, not even metaphorically anymore, buying indulgences from the Climate Clergy.

    Meanwhile, the medium oilcos get on with business. I was at a do in London with P–m–r Oil a couple of months ago and an engineering consultancy rep was gushing to the drilling manager about their new Renewables Division. “So, if you need any renewables people ….?” said the glamorous rep.

    “No” was the flat answer, to general hilarity.

    Funny, because the guy is usually quite affable, and people are so used to pious prevaricating in this situation.

  14. mh

    People used to say that by trading with China we will lead them to freedom and instead they lead us all into re-education camps.

    We should keep in mind that with President for life Xi there has been a change in tack. The West needs to recognise this fact and adjust accordingly to China once again being a hardcore Communist regime.

    Australia can begin by kicking out ChiComs on campus. Bye bye 👋

  15. Texas Jack

    It’s time to start a crowd- funded corporate activism register. Book em, throw away the key. It really is that simple. Proctor & Gamble have been made to pay. Others need their lesson. Shall we start one here? All those in favour type aye!

  16. Mother Lode

    I truly hope that some of the remora-like lawyers will discover that they can attach themselves to groups of shareholders and take these directors to the cleaners.

    The people have obligations to shareholders and their headlong scrambling after social justice creds, the investments foregone, the capital squandered, the inefficiencies of offices staffed by identity politics quotas, is denying shareholders value.

    It would be cathartic and worthwhile to to run these buggers through the wringers. Throw them onto the streets where they can live out a miserable existence of self-reproach and regret, hair matted, skin blackened by the sun and grime, lice infesting their sweat-oil hardened fabrics, forever on display with no space of their own to retreat to until the roll over one day, shedding their newspaper blankets, and croak.

    And make it available for streaming, Blue Ray, and VHS for the traditionalists.

  17. Nob

    It’s not just shareholders – the all-powerful safety regulators like NOPSEMA have been captured or intimidated by activists.

    Any project initiated in Australia faces constant harassment and delays for many given reasons but ultimately for the sole purpose of destroying the project.

    Example:
    “Won’t somebody think of the fisherfolk?” (as if Greenies don’t want to destroy fishing too)
    https://www.victorharbortimes.com.au/story/6271328/equinor-faces-delay-in-bight-drilling-plans/

    So the Woodsides of this world are in terror of confronting activists.

  18. Penguinite

    More virtue signalling! It does suggest that we’ve got them worried! The UN’s spell is ubiquitous!

  19. Louis Hissink

    Everyone who works in a company or any government entity knows that complete strangulation of any thought outside the approved statements is not permitted.

    The custodians of the various religions also pro- and pre-scribe what the devout are allowed to think, so this is not something new. (All human action is predicated initially by thought, with the physical action being the last link in the chain of outcomse). It’s religion which few seem prepared to lose.

    It goes back to the Hawke-Keating adminstration when the Trade Unions started forming the industry superannuation funds. Ostensibly to fund member’s retirement, covertly to invest in the private sector and ultimately to control it. Same for central bank credit expansion and bankrupting states, another way of getting ownership of private assets. They now control the system, and will try to make it work. It won’t of course, since they are trapped in their virtual reality fabricated by their various beliefs, and while it might work in La-La Land, it won’t in reality.

    When the parasites become too numerous, the host inevitably dies.

  20. Herodotus

    Keep in mind that the real world data shows no global warming this century

    Now, now; none of your facts, please. As Joe Biden said, the “truth” is now preferred to facts.

  21. There is a big push by the scamsters because the low electricity prices in the US thanx to a sceptical President is killing European businesses and economy.
    Furthermore, the election of people like Bolsanaro of Brazil and a few others in Eastern Europe is bolstering scepticism (Bolsenaro openly said AGW was a scam).
    The US elections are fast approaching. The scamsters desperately need to remove Donald Trump.
    Expect a flurry of “Scientific” papers authored by multiple climate scientists to be published and promoted by the MSM in the coming months.

    The Democrats were going to have a debate based on climate alone, but internal polling showed that was going to be a bomb, so instead CNN took up the fight with a planned all day Climate Crisis program.

    Sceptics are playing science (look at muh graph, it’s proof climate sensitivity to CO2 is less than half what the IPCC claims it is yada yada yada) but the scamsters are playing politics and kicking sceptics arse.

    Expose the money being made by Climate pimps at the expense of plebs. That’s the only way to win this war that’s being lost rapidly.

  22. We are now clearly in “Authoritarian Land”. It is not as if there were not warning signs along the way. Now to find our way out to clearer, more favourable territory. Lots of hazards & threats along the way. Be prepared & never waiver from the path.

  23. Dr Fred Lenin0

    The Chinese communists before xi had a loose capitalist society that worked fairly well ,the capitalists made the money and the communists had the power . Then the muslim world domination murderes moved into Sinkiang corrupting the locals ,the commmuists tthen realised they could have a future problem , Aspirants amongst their own Han people,Hong. kong infesting the south with evil democratic thought ,the muslim insurgents ,so likegood comunist fascists they clamoed down on the muslims and Honng Kong ,no doubt the lid has been put o the aspirants too . They were always bound to follow the old socialist fascist actions of Hitler and Stalin ,its the only way tgey can retain power as they could bever win a fair election .
    As fir re education camos those who dont die are never a tgreat as they are physically and nentally. damaged

  24. egg_

    I truly hope that some of the remora-like lawyers will discover that they can attach themselves to groups of shareholders and take these directors to the cleaners.

    Amen.

  25. egg_

    the low electricity prices in the US thanx to a sceptical President is killing European businesses and economy.

    Brexit and a UK-US trade deal will likely only add to their pain.

  26. egg_

    Climate pimps

    That’s gotta be a Liberty Quote, right there!

  27. Anne

    Where is the Cash Ban thread?

  28. Leo G

    Big Fossil Energy benefits big time from depressed international coal prices to maintain supply volumes to developing countries and from political restrictions on the use of coal in developed countries. “Climate denier” is a an established pejorative the industry now uses to sneer at a threat to the business plan.

  29. Dr Faustus

    FESAus is the Australian chapter of the (much larger) US Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts. As the piece above says, it is a tiny group of specialists, about 100 members, mostly petrophysicists and reservoir engineers. Its members are typically physical/earth scientists, analytical, numerate, with a highly developed understanding of correlation and causality – in fact that’s exactly the skill set they are paid big bucks for by Woodside et al. Consequently, they tend to be informed, highly skeptical and definitely not included in the 97.3%.

    In the US, SPWLA is staunchly agnostic about climate change and participates in public debate on exactly how settled climate change science actually is. Here, FESAus is so low key as to be invisible.

    Woodside’s entire business model is built on exploration and production of natural gas/LNG. WPL is acutely aware that, as a debbil-debbil fossil fuel business, it is on the edge of commercial destruction at the. hands of government and ‘ethical investment’ fund managers driven by Green activism.

    Consequently WPL has adopted a sweaty, defensive, both-sides-of-the-fence corporate strategy:

    – Accepting that climate science is settled;
    – Genuflecting to any and every Green idol;
    – Marketing itself as symbiotic with, and complimentary, to renewable energy:

    LNG can displace higher emissions energy sources in transport and power generation and provide firming capacity to help resolve intermittency issues with renewable energy sources. We are working with other industries to develop new opportunities for LNG to displace higher-emission fuels.

    So, ‘not quite Green, but a shitload better than coal – and we are quite happy to worship at the Temple of Greeness and support carbon pricing that we can pass on to our customers’.

    Obviously, under this strategy, association with ratbag skeptical scientists entertaining denialism is like garlic to a vampire. Hence the arrival of a WPL corporate flack to give the Gypsy’s Warning – in much the same way that BHP did to the Minerals Council of Australia.

  30. MPH

    Woodside:. We want certainty!

    WA EPA:. Ok, let’s go with net zero.

    Woodside:. Not that certainty, the other certainty!

    Truly Pythonesque

  31. classical_hero

    BoN, I remember on Twitter a climate alarmist said you need warmth for snow. He was trying to counteract the fact of increasing snow levels. Delusional.

  32. Tim Neilson

    BoN, I remember on Twitter a climate alarmist said you need warmth for snow.

    It’s not as entirely stupid as it sounds. As I understand it, to get snow you need some very cold air and some “warmer” (or at least less cold) air.

    But of course he was still bullshitting. It needs to be cold to get snow. Not warm.

    And the real point is that snow has falsified the alarmists’ theory, according to normal application of the scientific method, viz.:
    1. Hypothesis – CAGW
    2. prediction on the basis of the hypothesis, in 2007 “children born now will never see snow” (not sure of the exact words but that was it);
    3. Controlled reproducible experiment testing the prediction – not possible in “climate science” (which is why it’s a refuge for flakes), but at least observation of reality – 12 years of further data on snow;
    4. result of the experiment/observation – strap the skis to the roof racks guys;
    5. conclusion:
    (a) proper science – there’s something wrong with the theory;
    (b) “climate science” – you stupid evil deniers, more snow is just what you’d expect from climate change [and if you refer back to point 2, you’re just doing a “gotcha”].

  33. Rex Mango

    Perhaps Big Climate will get Jo Nova George Pelled?

  34. Bruce of Newcastle

    BoN, I remember on Twitter a climate alarmist said you need warmth for snow.

    CH – The Rutgers snow extent anomaly graph is the area with any amount of snow on it relative to the average for that date (which thus corrects for seasonal swings).

    So the boundary of that area is always at 0 C. An isotherm as we call it. Therefore it is showing that the area of the northern hemisphere at or below 0 C has not changed on average since the mid 1990s.

    The curve is the running 12 month average, so swings are averaged out. There isn’t much of the northern temperate zone which doesn’t get any precipitation on it in a 12 month period.

    This is easy to measure because you just read the pixels off a sat pic. Temperature is hard to measure by contrast – satellite temperature requires complex processing since it relies on microwaves, which are emitted by different altitudes that you have to pick from each other. As you know it doesn’t take much altitude to radically change the air temperature. And satellite orbit decay has a large impact, which requires correction – but not for the snow extent which is a simple photo.

    Terrestrial temperature is even worse since most of it now comes from airports, since airports have to collect it for the planes and governments hate spending money on temperature stations. Airports have been badly affected by the urban heat island effect.

    Consequently the SCE anomaly dataset is a primary proxy of temperature. If temperature goes up the area with snow on goes down as the area at or below 0 C gets smaller. Because it has been flat the temperature has been flat relative to CO2 increases, since CO2 mixes very efficiently. Global warming therefore should be happening everywhere, but since it isn’t in high latitudes there must be a different explanation for the temperature changes over the last century.

    And indeed there is – two or three natural variables that the climateers choose to ignore. They caused almost all of it, and CO2 very little of it.

  35. mh:

    We should keep in mind that with President for life Xi there has been a change in tack. The West needs to recognise this fact and adjust accordingly to China once again being a hardcore Communist regime.

    It has just become obvious that the Triads run China.

  36. Tator

    Would be interesting to see if the massive union run industry super funds have gotten enough clout in these corporations vide their shareholdings on behalf of fund members to start putting directors on the boards that are mere puppets for the left. It was always one of Keatings goals for universal super and industry funds for the unions to take control of the means of production via the industry funds.

  37. Rafe Champion

    Lunacy rules, Microsoft has got on board.

    This crap comes up if you run on Windows.

    On October 8 last year, the United Nations published a report that called for global warming to be limited to 1.5 degrees centigrade over the next 12 years. Failure to do so will significantly worsen the risk of drought, floods and poverty for hundreds of millions of people, scientists warned.

    The research made for grim reading and laid bare the challenge that mankind faces in creating a healthy and thriving planet that future generations can live on.

    Lucas Joppa, Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Officer and the man behind the company’s $50m AI for Earth programme, is honestly blunt when asked about the UN’s findings during a visit to London recently.

    “There are two conclusions you can take from the report,” he says. “One is we are finished; but I’m not a fatalist, so I try not to take that route. If you reject that conclusion, which I hope human society does, you are left with only one other – we need to do some pretty radical things, and we need to do them now.”

    Three weeks later, the WWF published a report stating that global wildlife populations have fallen 60% since 1970.

  38. jupes

    Woodside are positioning themselves to supply the gas once all the coal fired power stations have been destroyed. It pays them to “believe” up until that point. They are too gutless to fight the ‘global warming’ bullshit so are prepared to throw coal under the bus.

    Of course they forget history … First they came for coal … Who do they think will be next?

    Corporate scum.

  39. Charles Rasp

    Coleman thought he was being smart when he threw the coal industry under a bus a few years ago, supporting the attacks against coal and claiming gas was the fuel of the future, because “climate change”. Now the EPA has got his number and Woodside is squealing like a stuck pig … boo hoo. My contacts in Woodside say that self-censorship is routine on all the usual suspect leftist causes … “climate change” being one of them. Pathetic, just pathetic.

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