James Paterson has an excellent piece on Flannery in the latest issue of the IPA Review.
There’s no doubt that Tim Flannery is an effective media performer and a ceaseless advocate for his cause. He’s also high profile thanks in part to his 2007 Australian of the Year award and the books he has written about climate change.
But Flannery bears much closer resemblance to a religious evangelist than a scientist. His doomsday prophecies, radical solutions and religion-like certainty are all indicators of his status as a modern-day climate prophet, rather than expert scientific advisor.
It seems the Gillard Government has failed to do their research into his absurd, inaccurate and often extreme public statements before appointing him to his well-remunerated public post. Or perhaps they’re just hoping we won’t notice.