A mocking reminder of the many visions of Tim Flannery

A nice piece by The Mocker in The Australian recently. Something in their favour for a change!

The Mocker on Tim Flannery

In 2008 Flannery proposed changing the colour of the sky to combat climate change, a crackpot scheme which would have involved adding sulphur to jet fuel to disperse it in the atmosphere. “We need to be ready to start doing it in perhaps five  years time if we fail to achieve what we’re trying to achieve,” he said.

Put Flannery’s remarks to him and you are likely to be met with his standard reply of “I didn’t say that”, or “I was misrepresented,” but the reality is this bloke is all over the shop. In 2006, he called for Australia to replace coal fired power plants with nuclear technology. “We would then have a power infrastructure like that of France, and in doing so we would have done something great for the world,” he wrote in The Age.

But less than a year later, he dismissed the case for nuclear power. “The answer is so resoundingly ‘no’ it is embarrassing,” he smugly informed a Sydney business audience. “We are, potentially, the new Saudi Arabia of renewable energy … it is massive, unimaginable amounts of energy and we have some fantastic technology in Australia to harness that.”

He did not explain his massive turnaround. If there is one thing Flannery is consistent about, it is his refusal to explain his inconsistencies. In 2006 Flannery envisaged a futuristic city in the Australian desert.

“Geothermia would be a city not of thousands but of hundreds of thousands – a place with its own critical mass,” he wrote. “Imagine the exports of gas and of processed minerals from the mammoth Olympic Dam mine, which is nearby.” Likewise the year before he told ABC’s Lateline that gas would “play a very significant role in terms of Australia’s future energy requirements”.

But when Energy Minister Angus Taylor proposed a “gas-fired” COVID19 recovery plan last year, Flannery had forgotten his pro-gas stance. “If the federal government wishes to keep Australians safe, the gas … must stay in the ground,” he wrote.

The remarkable collection of gongs and appointments that this poser has achieved.  Australian of the Year, Climate Commissioner, etc etc. Give us a break!

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31 Responses to A mocking reminder of the many visions of Tim Flannery

  1. billie says:

    geothermia .. pfft

    he was a patsy for the geo thermal mob, GeoDynamics got over $90M thanks to lobbying by this nutter of PM Rudd .. what a waste

    rarely do the media hold him to account, because they tend to be on his side

  2. Botswana O'Hooligan says:

    Poseur if you please! When one comments to Mr. Mocker along the lines that Mr. Flannery is a reflection of the quality of the politicians who hired and lauded him, ones comment is rejected in about a nanosecond.

  3. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    Didnt he get enough taxpayer dollars from te Krud/Giiard Regime to buy a flash house on the Hawkesbury? Felt safe there beause it wasnt going to rain ever again ,Wanker ! Should have stuck to digging up old bones .

  4. mh says:

    Wanker of the Century 🥇

  5. hzhousewife says:

    Anyone know how the property Flannery used to own on the Hawkesbury coped in the last week?

  6. duncanm says:

    He reminds me of the crazy guy in the basement in War of the Worlds, digging the new society.

  7. duncanm says:

    hzhousewife says:
    March 26, 2021 at 9:21 pm
    Anyone know how the property Flannery used to own on the Hawkesbury coped in the last week?

    would have been fine. Its on Coba point, well downstream of the Hawkesbury choke point at Sackville.

  8. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV) says:

    flanny needs to stand under the overflow gates of Warragamba dam in a white robe with his arms risen up, preaching how the dam will never fill again, evah evah and we must burn down capitalism to atone for our sins

  9. 132andBush says:

    Crazy eyes, like SHY.
    At least we now have the term ‘Flanneries’ to use in his honour.

  10. Snotball says:

    He is laughing at us. No-one has or ever will question his stupid predictions because they all suit the narrative. The greens and labor love him because he feeds into their voter base and Morrison hasn’t got the balls to front up and call him out. I’m am ex coalition voter who will next time go for the further far right bunch I can find. Sick to my back teeth!

  11. Rohan says:

    Anyone know how the property Flannery used to own on the Hawkesbury coped in the last week?

    In a just world, it was the one floating down the river.

  12. mundi says:

    I honestly think he just uses climate change to get rich.

    Think about it: He got AotY, not for being a mammalogist or palaeontologist or the actual decent work he did in these fields… no, he got it for “his role in explaining environmental issues”. LMAO.

    If you think the statements above are bad – try reading his books. His “now or never” book is hilarious for all the things it claims will happen by 2020.

    The fact that anyone in this country takes him seriously is very sad. It shows how much social science is just filled with fraudsters and fake science.

  13. Lazlo says:

    Botswana O’Hooligan says:
    March 26, 2021 at 8:49 pm
    Poseur if you please! When one comments to Mr. Mocker along the lines that Mr. Flannery is a reflection of the quality of the politicians who hired and lauded him, ones comment is rejected in about a nanosecond.

    That is why, along with many Cats, it is necessary to cancel your subscription to The Australian, and tell them why.

  14. David Brewer says:

    Have journalists no shame? How on earth did they let this nong get away with such a litany of failed predictions, alarmist garbage and outright contradictions?

  15. tombell says:

    Flannery, David Morrison …

    What a conga line for Oz of the year.

  16. Texas Jack says:

    Can someone please get rid of Australian of the Year? It’s embarrassing. They only ever piss on our country.

  17. Up The Workers! says:

    Flim Flannery wants to pollute our pristine, sensitive, delicate, fragile and precious atmosphere with sulphur now?

    Makes a change from his regular bovine excrement and Humpty Dumpty tales.

  18. Dave of Reedy Creek, Qld says:

    I have asked many times, did anything he said ever happen? Now the big question is “How much did his forecasts cost this country?” He has/had no accountability ever.

  19. flyingduk says:

    That is why, along with many Cats, it is necessary to cancel your subscription to The Australian, and tell them why.

    Surely everyone at the Cat has done that by now?

  20. Roger says:

    Flim Flammery!

  21. Major Elvis Newton says:

    If you ever wanted an insight into the shameless profiteering and huckstering of this morally and ethically bankrupt hypocrite, Tim Flannery just look up Geodynamics.

  22. Iain Russell says:

    Poseur?!? Pseud, propagandist, plonker, prat and preyer on public funds.

  23. billie says:

    Australian firm Geodynamics has finalised a name change to ReNu Energy, leaving its geothermal past behind – now as well with its new name.

    yep, it’s what they do and now fleecing Ausaid (Australian Taxpayers) so they say

  24. Old School Conservative says:

    Surely everyone at the Cat has done that by now?

    Nope, I’m still in for the Alan Jones rugby articles, Janet Albrechtsen, Gerard Henderson, The Mocker, Chris Kenny, Gemma Tognini, Peter Ridd, Greg Sheridan and more.
    It’s not a perfect conservative read, but it gets close.

    Oh…..and of course the Johannes Leak cartoons.

  25. Andre Lewis says:

    Once Australian of the Year or the Young Australian was awarded to someone who had achieved something important. Then it started going to ex pollies and bureaucrats and the occasional sport champion. Lately it goes to woke wankers or victims such as high heels Morrison, racism ‘victim’ Goodes and now a young woman who was sexually assaulted and wants to tell the whole world about it.

  26. Lee says:

    Once upon a time, snake oil salesmen or cons such as Flannery would have been tied to a railway flatcar and sent out of town.
    These days, despite the fraud and phony he is, he is lauded and promoted by the likes of the ABC.

  27. Bruce says:

    Have journalists no shame?

    Rhetorical question of the day, but a pertinent one.

    As per the Kovid Kaper”; they are all in this together.

  28. Rockdoctor says:

    Flannery, Paleontologist from a Masters of Science but from a Bach Arts origin, English Lit at La Trobe. I take anything he says with a grain of salt unless he is talking about macropods, megafauna and Cretaceous dinosaurs. Despite doing well for himself he is one very overrated individual in public circles.

    As for Geodynamics, I know people who lost lots in that. I warned them to be cautious after running it by a talented geophysicist whose advice was to be careful till proven viable. Then drillers started telling me about depths, pressures involved. If true and Bruce maybe able to elaborate on the chemistry side of the house that the very expensive “indestructible” alloy casing used was getting dissolved in under 12 months because such conditions were never planned for or even anticipated by the wellsite engineers. Not only that apparently the radioactive decay in the surrounding formations wasn’t generating enough heat with the throughput which was what I was warned about. Personally I can’t believe these guys are still in business…

  29. Beertruk says:

    Old School Conservative says:
    March 27, 2021 at 11:21 am

    Same same. Still have the Tele subscription to read Tim Blair’s stuff.

  30. The Barking Toad says:

    Flim Flam – does he still use the two-stroke outboard to pollute the Hawkesbury air?

  31. Simon Morgan says:

    Flannery is one thing – Ferguson quite another. I refer of course to ‘Professor’ Pantsdown Ferguson who has managed to get the world to shut down, literally, for over a year. To combat a cold.

    I don’t know who I detest more – Ferguson or the imbeciles that hang on his every word. It’s not as though the man has been even remotely close to mark with his umpteen other predictions.

    Really don’t know whether to laugh or to cry any more.

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