The Climate Institute

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I was reading a piece by deputy director of the Climate Institute begging Australia to commit to a 15 per cent emissions reduction target because it would be cheap because the price of permits is so low.  But here’s the thing: the price of permits is so low because no countries are doing much (including the very watered down EU-wide target) and there are too many permits.

For a carbon intensive economy like Australia’s to shoot itself in the foot by upping the target beggars belief, although shadow environment minister, Mark Butler, seems to be going along for the ride.  (Note to Dolly: what is your position?)

Should the carbon tax be repealed, it will be interesting whether Labor campaigns for its reintroduction at the next election.

But I digress.  The real point of this post is to tell you what I have found out the Climate Institute.  To give the organisation its due, there is a high degree of transparency in its website and annual review.

Did you know that ANDREW DEMETRIOU is on the board? And has been since 2010.

And did you also know that:

  • Westpac is the Lead Climate Partner
  • KPMG, Mirvac, Pacific Hydro and Ogilvy Earth are Major Climate Partners
  • AGL, GE and Australia Post are Climate Partners

Some of these organisations make sense – they are rent-seekers in the renewable energy space – but not all of them.  Australia Post????

And then there is this lament in the most recent Annual Review:

The last financial year was a year of extremes. Extremes only partly unexpected, and extremes predictably unrealised. The context in which we have found ourselves has challenged and sharpened us as an organisation, as we continued to work towards ambitious yet achievable solutions to the ever-present and very real climate change threat.

It seems that the TCI’s main source of funding -the Poola Charitable Foundation (Tom Kantor Fund) – is coming to an end.

It is also noteworthy that TCI received a fair slab of government funding in this last financial year, but the report seems to apologise for this state of affairs.

The magnitude of the operation is not unsubstantial – $2.8 million in revenue, $2 million in costs.

But the part I love the most of the Annual Review is the homily from Andrew Demetriou.  I know there is a reason for my waning interest in Aussie Rules.

In my role with the AFL I talk to a number of people about
a range of issues, and naturally some of them are closer
to my heart than others. The issues I encounter in the AFL
are vast; they touch people from every conceivable walk of
life. Some resonate on a personal basis more than others.
As a board member of The Climate Institute, I’m engaged
on an issue that is important in so many ways.
When thinking about how best I could provide a clear
understanding of what the Institute is about and why
I’m involved with it, I realised you probably don’t need to
hear in detail how climate change is impacting us locally
and globally.


You may not want to focus on the fact that climate change
is gravely affecting the way we live and the way our children
will live in decades to come. You may not want to be told
of the effect it’s having on infrastructure and industry or the
dangerously high global levels of CO2 we’re currently faced
with. Or how Australia is at risk of being left behind in terms
of sustainable, meaningful climate solutions and runs the
risk of failing in its claim to be a vital and progressive part of
a low-carbon future. Indeed you may not wish to know that
we’re now finding even the most conservative voices, like
the World Bank, highlighting the dangers of climate change
and the need for immediate action.

But we are not a green party or a lobby group. By seeking
most of our financial backing through private philanthropy,
the Institute is unique in that it is focused on climate
solutions through strategic, independent investment.
This independence is critical as it gives us the freedom
to make realistic assessments and analysis without the
burden of other agendas.
Through private investment we have already played a part in
influencing thought leadership around the need to ensure
the largest polluters are accountable for their carbon
output. We’ve developed ground-breaking analysis of the
financial sector’s role in investing in low-carbon solutions and
delivered reports on climate risks to Australian industries.
We’ve done this through evidence-based research;
the Institute isn’t interested in operating on guesswork or
the prevailing ideology of the day.
This is an organisation that is made up of decent people
with strong values. In many ways it’s really that simple.
Frankly I wouldn’t be involved with this organisation if I didn’t
think their moral code was robust. It simply wouldn’t work.
As a country we now have an opportunity to take the lead
on a global scale and actually exert influence on others.
By any measure we simply cannot afford to fail to respond
to what is happening around us and that brings me back
to why I’m involved with The Climate Institute.
The next period is pivotal in shaping this country’s
climate future.With an ever-changing political landscape, there are key challenges ahead and now is the time to be developing
a sustainable blueprint that properly addresses the
issues at hand.
Now is the time to work with business and the private
sector to drive change through significant investment.
Now is the time to keep all political parties on their toes
and ensure they are ready to engage and address our
initiatives and thinking.
Now is the time to re-assess what the future looks like.
I would ask that you support the Institute’s crucial work
as we enter a vitally important phase on this issue.
You have the opportunity to be a part of the solution—a
solution that offers a clear pathway to a low-carbon future.
The Climate Institute will continue to make a difference
locally and globally, we hope you can be a part of driving of these outcomes.

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46 Responses to The Climate Institute

  1. blogstrop

    Generational Planet Inversion

    Are we running out of resources, or is it just that old people no longer have what it takes to make things happen?

    My friend answered, “you know, you are right. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation did a survey of its audience and found the majority of those who watch its programs are old. For a long time they made the mistake of pitching to the young, only to learn that it’s really the old codgers who watch TV.”

    The Western Left’s biggest lie is that it represents a movement of the young, but it really represents the very old. Their very concerns are geriatric: Marxism, trash recycling, health and safety, public transportation and gossip.

  2. blogstrop

    Damn; forgot the link again.
    No Country For Young Men - Blemont Club

  3. steve

    so what you are telling me is that not only is the fat hairy Greek destroying my football team without any evidence, but he is also destroying my country without any evidence. Hmm, was he visiting the old country when they went down the tubes?

  4. 2dogs

    Australia Post????

    That would be Ahmed Fahour’s doing. He went full retard on climate change at NAB, too.

  5. Baldrick

    Australia Post? Didn’t you know Australia Post has a policy on climate change?

  6. Dan

    A bank and a dickhead want your money

    Make an orderly queue to your left

  7. .

    The Western Left’s biggest lie is that it represents a movement of the young, but it really represents the very old. Their very concerns are geriatric: Marxism, trash recycling, health and safety, public transportation and gossip.

    Comedy gold. Also, sad but true.

  8. Bruce of Newcastle

    it would be cheap because the price of permits is so low

    Since CO2 is effectively harmless the only morally acceptable emission certificate price is zero.

    Anything else is either fraud or theft.

  9. Leigh Lowe

    If the Fat Greek really believed that shit he would play footy the old fashioned way (in the daytime) and not burn coal running floodlights.
    But then again if you are a grubby hypocrite maybe it doesn’t bother you.

  10. cohenite

    With AGW’s chief psychologist tarred and feathered by the withdrawal of his recursive paper it is appropriate to consider the mentality of people like Demetriou.

    He genuinely believes in AGW; he has listened to the liars and ideologues of AGW and been convinced.
    Some of these liars are well credentialed scientists. These people have utilised the imprimatur and prestige of science to peddle this grand, apocalyptic scam. This prestige has to a large extent convinced people like Demetriou who also have some prestige and can therefore relate on a personal level when other people who they accept as peers tell them the world is going to blow up.

    Demetriou and his ilk, the prestigious persuaded, do not stop to think about the manifest decline and damage to our society if the lies of the prestigious persuaders were implemented because they think their own prestigious position will insulate them. They focus on the increase to their own prestige which will flow from being one of the superior ones who recognises the threat and is doing something about it.

    People like Demetriou have come on board through an appeal to their vanity.

    The only way this can be turned around is through revealing the Emperor has no clothes and the prestigious persuaders, the AGW scientists are liars and in some instances fools.

    This can be done in a number of ways. Through the media. A good start would be Flannery with his bizarre videos about super-organisms and Hamilton with his belief in Gaia. Unfortunately the media, with a few exceptions, will not ridicule the alarmists.

    A second way would be through legal action; a Judicial declaration against the BOM or CSIRO; a suit against the ABC for breach of charter; personal action against a prominent alarmist for some sort of breach of fiduciary duty. But who has the stomach or money for that?

  11. David

    The Western Left’s biggest lie is that it represents a movement of the young, but it really represents the very old

    Not this “old codger” it doesn’t nor does it represent my equally “old” mates who despise what the left has done to the country we worked long to maintain and now see, to use an old phrase, being pissed upon from a great height by smart arse young people with the accumulated wisdom of nano-seconds.

    We didn’t get “old” by being stupid. We don’t have a monopoly on wisdom but I don’t see much in the so called intelligent “young”.

  12. Robbo

    That fat slob has always been full of bullshit and so he doesn’t need to produce that sort of crap in writing to convince us. Most people realised a long time ago that he is nothing more than a fat phoney.

  13. sabrina

    Few observations:
    1. Labor has as much chance as winning the next 2 elections as I have winning $1million in lottery

    2. Most of the companies (their Australian subsidiaries) you list have mainly non-coal assets , are full of accountants who have most to gain from any tax or trading schemes.

    3. Looking at the Climate Institute’s website, they still show large cooling towers and water vapour emanating from these as if these are emitting polluting gases. None of the cooling towers in these country have flue gas ducts connected to them. So in a sense, their photographs are misleading , and in my language it is annoyingly dishonest.
    4. In their website, they also show coal dust below conveyor lines. So what? I can show hinded photographs with sawdust and wood chips near forests and mills. Their photograph proves nothing. Zilch.
    5. I also see the Climate Institute accepts tax deductible donations. This government should remove tax deductibility of non-charity organizations at the least. These sort of organizations feast on tax payers.

  14. jupes

    A second way would be through legal action;

    The third and best way would be if the parliament declared that AGW was a scam and henceforth will repeal all ‘climate change’ legislation and regulations.

  15. incoherent rambler

    Charge them with Crimes against reality.

  16. Leo G

    This solution Andrew Demetriou is seeking us to support.
    This solution to the Climate Institute’s crucial work in the vitally important phase of the issue of re-assessing the appearance of the pathway to a low-carbon future.
    This solution is just rent, isn’t it.
    The climate that matters to the Climate Institute is the climate for touts and rentseekers.

  17. Squirrel

    “As a country we now have an opportunity to take the lead
    on a global scale and actually exert influence on others”

    Every time an Aussie says “I don’t believe in AGW” (or words to that effect), somewhere in the world, a green fairy’s solar-powered light goes out – it’s all our fault!

  18. Ant

    Andy’s double chin would seem to suggest that Andy’s been a very naughty little boy, stuffing his face with all sorts of naughty little treats that make his carbon footprints not so little but still vewy, vewy naughty.

  19. gabrianga

    ◾Westpac is the Lead Climate Partner

    ◾KPMG, Mirvac, Pacific Hydro and Ogilvy Earth are Major Climate Partners

    ◾AGL, GE and Australia Post are Climate Partners

    Just follow the money (and subsidies)

  20. Andrew

    I’m hearing on good authority that solar panel prices have come down so much that they are genuinely competitive. (That’s from China stock analysts crying about the falls in revenue, not from greenscum pushing an agenda.)

    It may actually be that there’s places on earth so remote from generation and with such predictable sunlight that they would benefit from solar generation. (And take themselves off the grid load during the hot day peaks.)

    It would be nice to think that we got something for all the trillions of dollars and bankrupting Spain for a generation. (Or it would have happened all by itself just as it has in every other tech manufacturing, such as semi-conductors.)

  21. nerblnob

    Solar and wind might be OK for people living so far “off the grid” that they can’t afford a diesel generator. It might also be appropriate for operations that can rely on weak or intermittent power.

    There’s no way that the state or national grid should have to accommodate these wasteful technologies though. Maybe they can build their own grid.

    And there’s no way that the Chinese would have a surplus of the things to dump at lower prices if they hadn’t gambled on The West continuing to subsidise them, ban nuclear and exorbitantly tax oil and gas both directly and indirectly through various emission prices and compliance schemes.

  22. manalive

    Blair’s Law, it’s settled science:
    “the ongoing process by which the world’s multiple idiocies are becoming one giant, useless force.”

  23. Token

    Is Aus Post a government agency? Why does it get to pretend it is a commercial organisation & compete with private companies & distort the market?

    Why does it engage in sponsorship?

    Mission creep as usual.

  24. Token

    Did you know that ANDREW DEMETRIOU is on the board? And has been since 2010.

    When will they end the phoney war and just give Fat Andy the ALP senate seat already?

  25. Token

    Westpac is the Lead Climate Partner
    KPMG, Mirvac, Pacific Hydro and Ogilvy Earth are Major Climate Partners
    AGL, GE and Australia Post are Climate Partners

    They paid Danegeld to offset the risk of further green shake downs.

  26. Rabz


    Should the carbon tax be repealed, it will be interesting whether Labor campaigns for its reintroduction at the next election.

    Why would they bother, when they can simply do a Lady Lardarse and lie about it?

    I can actually envision Dolly chanting this mantra:

    “There will be no air tax under a gubberment I lead …”

  27. john constantine

    what sort of heavy duty parachute would it take to land demetriou into a consolation prize of leader of the victorian labor party coming up to the vic election?

    or do demetriou and eddie mcguire have to thumb wrestle for the pickings of the labor carcass? let shorten do the hard yards,then save the cause on a tidal wave of media adulation?.

    or will demetriou and eddie check their privilege,and sponsor a disadvantaged victim into politics ahead of themselves. surely adam goodes would speak from a disadvantaged heart as easily as eddie/dimmy can.

  28. Lawrie Ayres

    What I find amazing is that scientific know nothings keep repeating the “climate change is happening” but nothing I’ve seen supports that statement. We have warm summers and mild summers and so it goes so what on earth are these people talking about? It’s patently obvious that they don’t have a clue and equally obvious that they hope we don’t either. There is criminal intent here because knowing something is false but promoting it for financial gain is no better than fly by night home decorators. We need a royal commission into the whole scam so that the charlatans are exposed and the public is protected.

  29. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Some good comments above. Absent a large amount of money to sue a few major liars, or some very generous back-pedalling from companies with too many interests tied up in ‘climate change’, the only hope is a change in the media perspective driven by a grass-roots revolt (internet informed). This will be slow because young people don’t have the time or the sheer guts for it (educated to never vote Liberal, lol), and the many older people who can analyse and see sense are also just old and tired (sorry for the ageism here). Truth will out though in the end. Ya gotta believe.

    I do like this:

    the prestigious persuaded

    Time to send them up in every possible way. They are vain and will hate it. Prick their pompous self-satisfaction. Deflate their climate balloon along with their egos. Watch them quick-change tack.

  30. Ed

    Westpac is the Lead Climate Partner

    I didn’t know about this, but Westpac’s green ideological sympathies have been obvious for some time. This is why I don’t bank with them.

  31. Rabz

    What I find amazing is that scientific know nothings keep repeating the “climate change is happening” but nothing I’ve seen supports that statement.

    Who’da thunk it?

    For 25 frigging years I’ve been assailed with this preposterous fact and evidence free anti-scientific horse shit.

    Literally every statement that spews forth from their big stupid gobs is totally and utterly wrong.

    Every ridiculous doomsday prediction they’ve made – totally and utterly wrong.

    And yet, like a malodorous bloody zombie, this utter fucking garbage and its equally ridiculous boosters simply refuses to die.

    There is simply too much at stake for these idiots. They will never admit they are wrong.

    This is why they should be gaoled (and no, I am not sounding like them). The reasons include the theft and wastage of billions, not to mention deliberate, malicious attempts to reduce peoples’ quality of life, as well as the inexcusable attempts to brainwash kiddies.

    These people are evil and repulsive and it appears we’re stuck with them.

    Enough, FFS.

  32. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    And yet, like a malodorous bloody zombie, this utter fucking garbage and its equally ridiculous boosters simply refuses to die.

    Ya haven’t lost your edge, Rabz. Not getting old yet, birthday or no birthday.
    Still in good enough repair for some classic scorn. :)

  33. blogstrop

    That might be a bear with a sore head talking, Lizzie. Oh, wait. Is it ok to call somebody a bear?

  34. mundi

    One of the companies mentioned had an internal target of reducing land fill waste.

    So they banned bins for most office employees. The idea was that they would reduce their overall land fill waste by making employees take all their lunch time rubbish home with them.

    By having less land fill – their CO2 emissions go down. The fact that it all ended up in landfills anyway was irrelevant – since they were not binning it, it didn’t count against them, so their CO2 ‘emissions’ went down and they were able to reach their reduction target….

  35. It’s OK blogstrop, to call someone a bear. As long as it’s a veganbear.

  36. egg_

    The Western Left’s biggest lie is that it represents a movement of the young, but it really represents the very old. Their very concerns are geriatric: Marxism, trash recycling, health and safety, public transportation and gossip.

    Yup, from previous, Drs Wives/blue rinse set pet First World concerns.

  37. egg_

    What I find amazing is that scientific know nothings keep repeating the “climate change is happening” but nothing I’ve seen supports that statement.

    Seems like the Chaos theory butterfly flapping its wings morphed into climageddon – what’s up next, Al Bore?

  38. egg_

    Charge them with Crimes against reality.

    How’s Bob Brown’s (energy) price signal coming along – or is he just busy throwing another log through the back door down in Tassie?

  39. Rabz

    Peoples, how much climate doomism can a Koala Bear?

  40. mundi

    Solar is pretty much viable already – without any subsidies. The problem is that energy storage is not.

    So unless your load profile matches the solar output, there is no point.

    One good example of where solar is better is for pool pumps. A pool pump generally only has to run 8 hours in summer and 4 hours in winter. Long term a solar powered pool pump will be able to not only run those hours – but run more hours and be cheaper than grid power.

  41. john constantine

    is demetriou really in the running for a multi million dollar bonus payout? that had to be an april fools day joke didn’t it?.

  42. JC

    Solar is pretty much viable already – without any subsidies. The problem is that energy storage is not.

    Of course there’s a subsidy. it’s called the feed in tariff. Despite the bullshit we see particularly at leftwing sites about storage, progress on that front is at a snails pace and in fact quite disappointing. There will be no great advances in battery power with current technology. New technology will need to be be developed and they are unpredictable.

  43. Tel

    Long term a solar powered pool pump will be able to not only run those hours – but run more hours and be cheaper than grid power.

    I just did a google search and found the “All Primus Portable Solar Panel Kits feature highly efficient Mono-Crystalline solar cells” selling at $349 for 60W. Typical pump, let’s say 2hp, from another check on google “2 horsepower = 1.49139974 kilowatts” which requires 25 of those 60W panels at a total cost of $8725.

    They probably give you a discount if you buy a lot, suppose $7000 for the cells, and discount that at 10% PA to get $700 per year of real money spent.

    In comparison, using grid power costs 0.25c per kWh and 8 hours at 1.491kWh is 2.98 per day but half that in winter. Total over a year of $816 which means the solar cells do win, but only just. If you can get cheap off-peak grid power you will win that way (but get badly burnt when you cook dinner or run an air conditioner).

  44. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    badly burnt when you cook dinner

    Yep. My dinners tend to the badly burnt. Another disaster tonight.
    Peak hour is off-peak for me.

  45. Lizzie, next time you’re in Hobart do let me shew you some foolproof recipes.

  46. ProEng

    Cohenite, I think you have got right. Your thoughts would apply to Turnbull -vanity, stroking his importance, maybe he can be Prime Minister , all the little old ladies love him, isn’t he clever, his has such nice business friends who will finance him through deductable donations to charities etc

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