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October 20th, 2007 at 12:09pm

You may have noticed that the Google Ads returned from a lengthy absence recently. They disappeared earlier this year when Google sent me a personal identification number through the post and I forgot to enter it, and then misplaced it. Google then cut off the ads, and I eventually remembered to ask them to re-send the PIN, which they did. I then entered it, and the ads returned.

Now that they are back, they are posing a minor administrative nuisance as some of them are promoting things which I believe to be fundamentally false. Once such ad I have spotted is for a website called “The Big Switch” which tried to encourage people to convince their local politician that climate change is caused by human activity. I sent the following email to the organisers of that website a short time ago:

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to inform you that, effective immediately, I am blocking your Google advertisements for from being displayed on my website.

It is my strong view that climate change is a mostly natural phenomenon, and I will not allow you to run your scare campaign on my website.

I commend you for standing up for what you believe in, but I’m not going to accept any money for advertisements promoting something I believe to be fundamentally incorrect.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

I have now blocked ads for that website, but it could take a few hours for the block to come in to effect.

I’m not going to try and block ads for political parties as I believe they have a right to advertise wherever they like during an election campaign, but other ads that promote things I strongly disagree with will be banned if and when I spot them.


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  • 1. Pen 15  |  October 22nd, 2007 at 6:51 pm

    What happens to all our car emissions, Sam? Do they just disappear?

  • 2. Samuel  |  October 22nd, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    Of course not, but they don’t affect the climate!

  • 3. Samuel  |  October 22nd, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    Oops, I should correct that. Vehicles may have a very minor effect on the climate, but they, along with the rest of human activity are certainly not to blame for the majority of the changes to our climate.

    Changes to the climate are mostly natural.

  • 4. Pen 15  |  October 22nd, 2007 at 11:59 pm

    Really? You sure sound like you have done your research here. Can you point me to some of your sources? I would like to become more informed about this topic.

  • 5. Samuel  |  October 23rd, 2007 at 1:14 am

    The fun thing about global warming is that every time I find a study which says humans are not responsible, you will be able to find another which says humans are responsible…and then I’ll find another that says we aren’t, and you’ll find one that says we are, and on and on it will go.

    For that reason I don’t propose that we enter such an endless linking match, but if you want to provide me with some of your favourite “humans are responsible” links, then I’ll give you the following in return:

    I’ll start with this one from the “Center for the study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change” (slightly outdated ). This study examines the correlation between CO2 levels and temperature and finds that they don’t really match.

    Then there is this peer-reviewed study by Professor Arthur B. Robinson, Professor Noah E. Robinson and noted astrophysicist Dr Willie Soon which shows that many other natural things are responsible for the temperature change, and the increase in CO2 has actually been beneficial.

    And whilst I certainly wouldn’t call Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt an expert on such matters, I have been unable to find a link to the text Andrew quotes from (not that I have really looked all that hard, so if anybody does find the link I would be happy to add it) in this article. This shows quite clearly from a Bureau of Meteorology graph that the vast majority of the warming in the last century was in the latter half of the 1970s, which fits in with Great Pacific Climate Shift of 1976/1977.

    Some of Andrew’s contributors provide links to equally interesting reports about the issue.


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