Passing of Professor Bob Carter


Northern-based Coalition Senator Ian Macdonald has paid tribute to the late Professor Robert (Bob) Carter, who passed away in Townsville earlier this week.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Bob Carter.”

“A well-known and highly respected and awarded geologist and Professor at James Cook University for nearly two decades, Bob was a great and courageous man who staunchly defended his strong views on climate change.”

“In my many dealings with him I was always impressed by his intellect, his professionalism and his quiet confidence in his profession and its impact on the world.  He was never rabid in his view and always explained issues clearly and persuasively to those he dealt with.”

“I well remember his considered and moderate predictions that have made a lasting impression on me and that was, (in my words,) that if just a fraction of the money that was spent on research grants to only one side of the climate change discussion, was spent on ameliorating the impact of climate change, then the world would be a much better place. 

“He believed, as I do, that the money wasted on trying to prove man’s emissions of carbon were causing climate change, would better be spent on helping those Pacific Island nations which have always been impacted by the changing climate.

“In his profession, he was well aware of the changing climate that has been occurring for millions of years.

“I extend my deepest condolences to Bob’s family. He, and his contribution to public debate, will be sorely missed.”

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