Australia's Chief Scientist is wrong on gas, say leading experts

Current Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel delivering a speech.
25 August 2020

A group of leading Australian scientists has taken the unusual step of writing to the Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, saying his support for gas as an energy source "is not consistent with a safe climate".

"We are making a definite and profound statement that the advice the Chief Scientist is giving is in opposition to the evidence the Australian scientific community has gathered about the climatic system and the way it is changing," Professor Will Steffen, the founding director of the Australian National University's Climate Change Institute, said of the decision to write the letter.

The letter's signatories include many world-leading Australian experts and lead authors with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They include professors John Church, Matthew England and Steven Sherwood from the University of NSW's Climate Change Research Centre, Professor Mark Howden of the Australian National University and Professor Graeme Pearman of the University of Melbourne.

Read the full article on The Sydney Morning Herald website, featuring commentary by Prof Will Steffen 

You can read a copy of the open letter here - signatories include ANU academics Prof Will Steffen, Prof Mark Howden, Prof Nerilie Abram, Dr Joelle Gergis, & Hon Assoc Prof Hugh Saddler