Clive Hamilton, Executive Director of The Australian Institute, has written a rather pointed piece for today’s Sydney Morning Herald suggesting that Tim Flannery, author of a recent book on global warming, is “a trump card” in Prime Minister John Howard’s “nuclear power play”. It also suggests that the government has bought off environment group the WWF:
“WWF (formerly the World Wide Fund for Nature) is the foremost of the friendly organisations. It is close to the Government, providing a stream of favourable commentary on its policies and bestowing several awards for the Government’s environmental achievements, including three “Gift to the Earth” awards, which the Environment Minister, Ian Campbell, displays in his office. In return, the Government has been generous, sending tens of millions to the fund for various programs.
The force behind the emergence of the organisation as the leading group backing the Government’s environment policy is the businessman Robert Purves. He has made a very large donation to WWF and is now its president.
Purves has drawn Tim Flannery into the orbit of conservative environmentalism by funding the preparation of Flannery’s book on climate change, The Weather Makers. … Purves is said to have spent $1 million promoting Flannery’s book, including costly backlit billboards outside Qantas Club lounges around the country.”
This is not the first time Clive Hamilton has thrown mud at WWF, his first shot was perhaps publication of a report titled ‘Taming The Panda’ just a couple of years ago.