Geologist Ian Plimer says claims by climate alarmists that carbon dioxide is destroying the planet are “antiscientific” and “hypocritical”, arguing that the use of coal has lifted billions out of poverty.

“It’s antiscientific, it’s anti-human and it’s hypocritical,” he told Sky News host Cory Bernardi.

“Without coal, we have no dole – it’s really simple, it keeps the economy going.

“We now have two nations with more than a billion people that are growing very quickly because of coal, coal has brought billions of people out of poverty, it did it in the western world in the industrialisation over a hundred years or so, it’s now doing it in East Asia.”