The Government’s proposal for a "Australian Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute" is either a stunt or they haven’t done their homework properly.

There’s already an international carbon capture body just like the one proposed by Kevin Rudd and Martin Ferguson on Friday. The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum was established by the Bush Administration in 2003, as part of its attempt to suggest if there was such a thing as climate change -- and of course there wasn’t -- it should be dealt with via new energy technologies that meant we didn’t have to do anything about our patterns of consumption or sources of energy.