Professor trapped in Antarctic ice “trying to get rich off AGW hysteria”?

“Turney has a carbon something or other company trying to get rich off the AGW hysteria –,” says reader Fred From Canuckistan.

I hadn’t heard about this allegation, so I asked Fred if he had any links to back it up.

A couple of hours later, a different reader sent two links – one for Turney’s own web page, the other for his linkedin profile.

Now, I don’t know if Turney is “trying to get rich of AGW hysteria” or not. You’ll have to decide that for yourself. But he unabashedly admits that he helped set up Carbonscape.

Here are some direct quotes from Turney’s web page:

By a series of accidental turns and a healthy dose of serendipity I have ended up exploring the world.

I am an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Professor of Climate Change at the University of University of New South Wales where my team and I are focussing our efforts on using the past to better understand the changes we are seeing today. To do something positive about climate change, I helped set up a carbon refining company called Carbonscape which has developed technology to fix carbon from the atmosphere and make a host of green bi-products, helping reduce greenhouse gas levels.

And here, in his linkedin profile, Turney mentions Carbonscape twice.

  • Director at Carbonscape Holdings
  • Laureate Fellow and Professor of Climate Change at University of New South Wales
  • Director at Carbonscape
  • Professor of Physical Geography at University of Exeter
  • Royal Holloway, U. of London University of East Anglia

Thanks to Byron Dawes and Fred From Canuckistan for this info

21 thoughts on “Professor trapped in Antarctic ice “trying to get rich off AGW hysteria”?”

  1. Turney will be remembered as the explorer who found…


    ..wait for it…

    > in Antarctica.

    You couldn’t make stuff up this stupid.

  2. Professor should have invested in a flame thrower with a changeable co2 cannister to melt his way out of this ice jam debacle at the bottom of the earth,stuck in no mans land/ice,lost at sea…he/tourists on board would be better off to trek over to the penguins and ask for advice on the climate down there.And the emperor penguin said:its frosty,freezing,frigid and frozen for good here.And don’t play on my ice freeway.

  3. as ome wags at WUWT pointed out,
    hmm? is that newage pc speak for BYproducts
    or is he just illiterate as well as a plain dim true believer?
    either way the big difference is obviously its Colder and Icier and not warm down there.
    now theyre going to evac 52 out on the chinese chopper…when the storms stop..hope its a long wait.
    the poor crew get to stay n suffer.

  4. From Bishop Hill

    @Paul Matthews – Dec 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    ” ……expedition leader Turney …has set up a carbon capture company”

    Interestingly, JoNova commenter redress December 31, 2013 at 8:51 am · discovered Prof Turney decided to ‘hide/disguise’ his direct involvement by having family, rather than himself, as named shareholders:-

    The Carbonscape Holdings share registry. There is a total of 29,553,564 shares on record for this company.

    Catherine Ann TURNEY, Ian Stewart TURNEY, LATIMER TRUSTEES 2006 LIMITED 4,730,880 shares ~ 16.01%
    Christian Stewart Macgregor TURNEY 382,400 shares ~ 1.29%
    James TURNEY 290,581 shares ~ 0.98%

    Tim FLANNERY 159,733 shares ~ 0.54%

    Directors/ Officers

    Nicholas Harold GERRITSEN, director, 10 Dec 2006-
    Timothy John LANGLEY, director, 22 Jul 2007-
    inactive Benjamin Pak-ping CHEN, director, 28 Nov 2011-
    inactive Michael Robert ASHBURN, director, 10 May 2012-
    inactive Raf MANJI, director, 28 Oct 2012-
    Christian Stewart Macgregor TURNEY, director, 28 Oct 2012-

    Company Type: NZ Limited Company
    Jurisdiction: New Zealand

  5. Thanks for the unfolding drama of the unintended meeting of Modelers of Reality with REALITY !

    There is a great deal more reality that has been hidden from the public since 1945, including precise experimental data that provide clear and unequivocal evidence the Sun:

    1. Made our elements
    2. Birthed the solar system 5 Ga ago
    3. Sustained the origin and evolution of life after 3.5 Ga ago
    4. Maintains total control of every atom, life and world in the solar system today, a region if space greater than ten billion, billion Earths

    With kind regards,
    Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo

  6. This is nothing new. Al Gore’s law firm invested one billion dollars in green energy companies, and since he was a partner of said law firm… nuff said.
    Some folks are highly motivated to continue the myth of man-made global warming while the earth is starting to sink into a cooler period, in spite of the fact that atmospheric CO2 keeps rising.

  7. And I will bet the trip is paid for by Aussie and likely UK taxpayers, no way by carbonscape, and certainly not from his pocket.
    One more good reason for him to be a believer

  8. I am certain that several of the people who he suckered into coming on the ship with him hope his own carbon footprint will be permanently eliminated.

  9. The hideous aspect of agw is the millions of jobs and trillions of dollars that ensure the sustainability of this scam.

    As we exit the present Interglacial Warmup Period and enter the next inevitable Ice Age, greenhouse gases will be blamed, for the cooling also.

    Never has there been a “science” which explains everything and anything, without any empirical data at all, as the “science” of agw.

  10. I think we need to organise a sweepstake:
    How long till they resort to cannibalism on that ship.
    Well, it would be entertainment on good news. Beats any cabaret!

  11. It seems to me that after too many years having gone by without a worthy successor, we have at last found a worthy successor to Saddam Hussein’s “Comical Ali”.

    Remember him? He used to front up everyday to tell the world’s media how Saddam’s forces were repelling the American invaders. It was comical … it was delusional, much in the same way Chris Turney has been trying to put a positive spin on his highly embarrassing dilemma.

    100 years ago, Sir Douglas Mawson was in the same place at the same time but there was no sea ice.

  12. “has developed technology to fix carbon from the atmosphere and make a host of green bi-products”

    I have a garden full of such ‘technology’ and over the road a forest full of what I can ‘stand alone atmospheric carbon fixing … umm …. trees’.

  13. Oh before that sweepstake, somebody please send him a message telling him there is a run on his company / his shares have plummetted in value since his boat got stuck in the ice!

  14. No conflict there…@! Do these people no realize their lies will be exposed..? AGW is the largest scale scam ever perpetrated upon the human race.

  15. Apparently climate science is one of the most flexible tools ever invented by man. It explains too much ice even while it predicts no ice.

    I understand from our intrepid explorers and soon-to-be rescued adventurers that the ice entrapping their ship is the result of accelerated melting from a nearby glacier. See how easy that is?

    The expedition was organized to demonstrate how conditions in the Antarctic have changed in the last 100 years. It is a great success: 100 years ago men steamed straight to the continent and set up their camp on firm, if cold, ground. After 100 years of Mann-made warming sea ice blocks the path even in the deepest summer. I’m sure the programmers are hard at work tuning their Gameboys to show how the new balmy conditions carried the continent’s glaciers out to meet the ship.

    No ice and snow? AGW’s obviously at fault. Too much ice and snow? AGW is to blame. Ahh, the mysteries of faith.

  16. This gang of green idiots should be the poster children for the Year 2014 and their picture shown every single time Al Gore opens his carbon flapping pie hole along with anyone from the U.N. who even attempts to get near a microphone!

  17. This so called research vessel is nothing more than a propaganda vessel. A true research vessel would venture out with an unbiased opinion and search for evidence to prove or disprove the global warming theory. All of these Chicken Little’s (the sky is falling) scientist and tourist already have come to the unsubstantiated conclusion that global warming is a fact. If they were to go out to Antarctica and discover evidence to the contrary, like having their research vessel frozen in 15 feet of ice during the summer, would they bring back evidence and state they are wrong? No way! There is too much money to be made over this hoax.
    I have to agree with John DeFayette’s post when he stated: No ice and snow? AGW’s obviously at fault. Too much ice and snow? AGW is to blame. This is why the term global warming was changed to the generic term climate change. Is much like someone at a coin toss saying heads I win, tails you lose. This way, no matter which way the temperature turns, the Chicken Little’s can thump their chest claiming they’re right. However, they look pretty ridiculous trying to claim victory with all that egg on their faces.

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