‘The Government says it wants a “climate expert” to sell the message to the public, and who do they pick? A small mammal expert whose predictions on the climate are so wrong any normal person would slink off in shame. But not Flannery, the Teflon prophet, reality doesn’t stick to him. How can it be that the outrageously wrong get away with it with reputations intact (and get rewarded too)? Blame the mainstream media. Blame also a government that thinks it’s a good use of public money to promote known failures.
‘Flannery will be paid $180,000 a year to be part-time chairman of the Gillard Government’s Climate Commission, to convince us to agree to her plans to “put a price on carbon”. In other words, he’s not an expert in climate science but in science-PR. Bolt describes how Flannery changes his PR tune to suit his employers. The man has no scruples.
‘He claims the “committee is independent”. But we all know that they will come to no other conclusion that to support a tax, call carbon “pollution”, and rave about all the evidence (that they can’t name specifically). That $5.6 million dollar committee is just a thinly disguised $5.6 million dollar advertising campaign…
[Last time I spoke with Tim Flannery, after an ABC Television’s Q&A program in October last year, he reiterated to me that there was still a drying trend, that Australian rainfall was in decline, and would continue to decline. I could not agree. Since then we have had more and more flooding rains.]
Meanwhile a poll in The Age newspaper suggests there is not a lot of support for the proposed new carbon tax amongst the Australian public with 89 percent against when I looked close to 11pm on February 11 (Brisbane time).