The ABC were kind enough to tell us that …
Three former members of the Climate Commission, including its former head Tim Flannery, launched the new body this morning after the Abbott Government axed the commission last week.
Professor Flannery says community donations will fund the Climate Council so that it can continue to provide information to the public about climate change.
He says he’s been blown away by the number of donations he’s already received.
and that in my view is a very good thing. Passionate people putting their money behind their convictions, getting their voice out into the market square, taking their chances in the contest of ideas. I hope they do it well.
It is so much better than using tax payer funds to swamp the market place and skew the conversation.
The good professor has had a lot to say about climate change, if you wish you can review his predictions <HERE>. One of my favorites is this from 2007…
… the soil is warmer because of global warming and the plants are under more stress and therefore using more moisture. So even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems, and that’s a real worry for the people in the bush.
His crystal ball hasn’t been too accurate. Indeed the obnoxious James Delingpole of the UK Telegraph celebrates Tim Flannery’s sacking thus …
It is utterly inconceivable that anyone in the free market would ever pay someone so effectively useless so much money to do so little work for a job so utterly pointless as the one Flannery had as A$180,000 a year (for a three day week) Climate Commissioner.
It does look as though the most accurate prediction is Tony Abbott’s, that we would continue to have the benefit of Professor Flannery’s opinion without needing to pay for it. I wonder if we could do the same for the ABC.