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- Degree in Applied Science Geology, and Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. 
Viv Forbes is the Chairman of the Carbon Sense Coalition, which was created to "defend the role of carbon on earth and in the atmosphere," and which describes Forbes as a "pasture manager, soil scientist and geologist from Rosevale in Queensland." 
Forbes has also had a long association with the coal industry. According to his biography at Stanmore Coal where he acts as director, Forbes has over 40 years of coal industry experience and has worked with Burton Coal, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, South Blackwater Coal Mine, Tahmoor Coal Mine, Newlands/Collinsville Coal Mines, MIM, Utah Goonyella/Saraji and Gold Fields.
According to Forbes, the "Green Elite" has a "long-term agenda . . . to destroy human industry and reduce human population. Thus they are opposed to farming, mining, fishing, forestry, exploration and cheap power." 
Stance on Climate Change
"It is unbelievable that many in politics and the media are whipping up public hysteria about 'global warming' when the best evidence suggests that for the 100 years ending in the year 2000, the century of coal, steel, electricity, the internal combustion engine, jet planes, two world wars and a population explosion, the average surface temperature rose by only 0.6 deg, and there has been NO increase in temperature since 1998. In many areas, surface temperatures have been falling for decades." 
"Queensland has wasted millions on the global warming industry. Residents would be better off had they spent it on water storage, flood gauges and flood-proofing of highways, railways and airports." 
"Even if the water vapour and carbon dioxide produced by man did cause some slight warming of the earth, is this a problem? Eons of geological history show that a warm, moist, carbon-rich atmosphere encourages all life on earth. These periods are referred to as 'Golden Ages'. The cold barren periods are those to be feared – they get called 'The Dark Ages'." 
"Carbon dioxide plays a wholly beneficial role in the atmosphere, and there is no evidence that this would change should carbon dioxide levels rise. It is being vilified because it is a so-called 'Greenhouse Gas'." 
"There is no evidence, no consensus among scientists, no clear benefits, no reliable projections but huge potential costs if Australia does indeed pursue a 'low Carbon Future'." 
Forbes and the Carbon Sense Coalition supported climate change skeptic Christopher Monckton's Australian tour.
"We urge people to attend the Monckton functions because the opposition will try to frighten us away with smears and personal attacks on him and his associates. His cause is our cause," Forbes said. 
June 13, 2009
Forbes released a statement where he opposes The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS), claiming that it would "not change the climate, it will do nothing useful for the planet and it will destroy real jobs faster than green jobs can be created."
His hope was that Australia would refuse to pass "this dangerous legislation." 
October 9, 2008
Forbes authored an open letter (PDF) criticizing carbon trading on behalf of the Carbon Sense Coalition. The letter, addressed to the Premier and Members, describes carbon dioxide as "harmless . . . plant [food]."
Forbes also suggests that carbon trading would increase the price of petrol, grain, beef and other farm products, and that carbon trading would result in something "worse than the sub-prime crisis." It is interesting to note that the Carbon Sense Coalition's Advisory (PDF) Committee is filled with individuals representing the beef and mining industries. 
The letter concludes that "There is no consensus on the science of global warming, and no evidence beyond computer models that carbon dioxide is causing or will cause dangerous climate changes. Climate is always changing, and there is no evidence that man has or can affect world climate trends. Therefore there is no basis to embark on a massive dislocation of Queensland's backbone industries. There are zero proven benefits." 
February 11, 2008
Forbes, on behalf of the Carbon Sense Coalition, sent a submission (PDF) to the Commonwealth Department of Climate Change (DOCC), criticizing its proposal for a national greenhouse and energy reporting (NGER) system.
The NGER act would provide a national framework in Australia to report the greenhouse gas emissions by major corporations.
Forbes suggests that the NGER system (if implemented) should "minimize the data demanded, the people who must report and the matters reported on." His suggestions include to: 
- "Delete all requirements to report all energy produced, transported and consumed..."
- "Delete all reporting on guesses of carbon gases produced by the disposal, decay, composting or burning of organic waste, agricultural products, dead pasture, scrub re-growth, waste water, animal manure, human sewerage, land fill etc...
- "Delete all references to 'Indirect Emissions'. . ."
The submissions's conclusion is that there should be an "Independent Enquiry" into climate change science before any de-carbonisation proposals are applied in Australia.
Forbes's reasoning is that the climate is "unusually benign," that carbon dioxide has "encouraged plant growth, causing a large increase in food production on earth since the 1850’s ('the green revolution')." He also believes that "a period of global cooling is likely."
Although he mentions "scientists who study the sun," he does not cite any scientific studies in his report.
According to a search of Google Scholar, Viv Forbes has not published any articles in peer-reviewed journals on the subject of climate.
Forbes has published a study (through the Carbon Sense Coalition) called "All Cows are Green" in the journal Australian Sugarcane. 
The study calls on farms in New Zealand and Australia to "raise their voices in opposition to the proposals of Australian and New Zealand governments to include emissions and motions from farm animals as a taxable carbon emission."
"Directors and Management," Stanmore Coal. Accessed January 2012.
"Climate Smart?" Media Statement, Sunday 1st July 2007. Published on Carbon-Sense.com.
"The New Dark (Green) Age by Viv Forbes," Just Grounds Community, June 27, 2011.
"Viv Forbes: adapting to climate is a better policy," Australian Conservative, January 4, 2011.
"The RAT Scheme will destroy jobs, jobs jobs," Canada Free Press, June 12, 2009.
"Introducing The Carbon Sense Coalition" (PDF), Carbon-Sense.com. Accessed January, 2012.
Viv Forbes. "An Open Letter to Premier Anna Bligh and All Elected Members in Queensland" (PDF), Carbon Sense Coalition, October 9, 2008.
"'Keep it Simple, Stupid': A Submission from The Carbon Sense Coalition to the Commonwealth Department of Climate Change (DOCC) on its proposal for a National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting System" (PDF), February 11, 2008. Retrieved from Climatechange.gov.au.
"Who We Are," International Climate Science Coalition. Accessed January, 2012.
"About Us," Australian Climate Science Coalition. Accessed January, 2012.
Viv Forbes. "All Cows are Green," Australian Sugarcane, Vol. 12, No. 2, Apr/May 2008.
Viv Forbes. "Australian Tour by Christopher Monckton," Canada Free Press, June 27, 2011.
"Viv Forbes," SourceWatch Profile.
Graham Readfearn. "Australia's place in the global web of climate denial," The Drum, June 29, 2011.