Apr 15, 2014

The Dirty Dozen: Australia’s biggest climate foes, part 1

Who are the 12 people doing the most to block action on climate change in Australia? With a new government in place, and Australia's emissions stubbornly high, we name and shame a fresh Dirty Dozen ...

Who has been most responsible in recent times for preventing progress in the reduction of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions? The Dirty Dozen -- which I originally named in 2006 and updated in 2009 -- are the people who have most effectively denied the science of climate change, lied about its implications, lobbied to water down laws, or provided cover for weak policy.

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31 thoughts on “The Dirty Dozen: Australia’s biggest climate foes, part 1

  1. rhwombat

    Go Clive, you good thing!

  2. Interrobanging On

    Clear, smart and incisive. Just the sort of thing that has no place in Abbott’s Australia, where thinking is suspect.

    Fingering McNamara is a revelation.

  3. seriously?

    Great piece. Interesting perspective on “Macca” – i guess that folksy, salt-of-the-earth style of propaganda may well be more pervasive, but for sheer bloody-mindedness bolter deserves a gong.

  4. SusieQ

    Does Ian McNamara really have that many listeners??? Amazing….I thought he spent most of his program promoting himself up to worry too much about anything else.

  5. rossmcg

    As others say McNamara is in interesting inclusion, bug then again I haven’t listened to him in decades. But I know people who do and they tend to be anti green Tory types. Now I know why they find him appealing.

  6. Pete from Sydney

    hate to be picky but saying Mitchell wants to ‘destroy the Greens’ and an editorial saying ‘they should be destroyed at the ballot box’ presumably by voters are two different things aren’t they?

  7. Boerwar

    Macca fell thoroughly in love with himself a fair while ago, so it is little wonder he knows more about climate science than 97% of the world’s climate scientists.

    Apart from that, a fundamental element in Macca’s core constituency is older, white, poorly-educated, rural males. Their Nationals representatives are quite happy to feed ignorance with more ignorance by means of the World’s Greatest Retail Politician. Talk about an endless loop of climate ignorance.

    Macca’s Rural Climate Cognoscenti mostly know much more about climate science than 97% of the world’s climate scientists, so Macca himself is a good fit.

    Macca sucks up to the innate nobility of these sages of the bush with his hokey folk schmaltz.

    The really entertaining segments are when drought strikes. The climate change (whoops, climate ‘variability’) elephant can be heard delicately tip- toeing through the dust bowls.

    The more alert amongst the devoted Maccaloonies (less those who walked off WA’s wheatbelt because because of climate variability) will already be fretting about what the next El Nino has in store for them.

    Still, listening to Macca from sparrow fart on Sundie might just be enough reassure their cotton picking minds that all that noise about AGW is simply a nefarious global socialist plot

  8. Simon Mansfield

    As usual Clive forgot to include himself and the Green Five who in 2009 failed to support the CPRS setting in train the collapse of Australia’s first progressive government in 12 long years. Oh that’s right it would have locked in failure, cost money to further tighten and given Bob nothing to campaign against. Well there’s plenty of failure locked in after July 1 when the sin tax is binned along with any action on climate change for a decade or more. Good work Clive.

  9. MJPC

    Clivr, thank you for identifying these individuals. When our grandchildren ask why nothing was done to abate the affects of climate change it will be nice to put a face to the envirocriminal.

  10. Freja

    Please stop calling Christopher Monckton a Lord. He is not a Lord so please don’t call him one.

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