Daily Archives: February 19, 2017

Feb 20, 2006 – “Dirty Dozen” named, but basically un-shame-able…

On this day in 2006 the executive director of The Australia Institute, Clive Hamilton, delivered a blistering speech at the Hilton Hotel, in Adelaide.  In it he named names, listing ‘The Dirty Dozen’ – the top 12 opponents of effective climate change action in Australia. . You can read it here. Since then the names have changed, but the tactics and arguments have largely stayed the same, with some necessary modifications….

As Liz Minchin reported –

Dr Hamilton had been thinking about making the allegations for months, and said he was not worried about being sued.

“I doubt that anyone I’ve named would want their involvement in this issue dragged through the courts,” he said.

See also  Minchin, L. 2006. ‘Dirty dozen’ accused over fossil fuels. The Age, 21 February.

Also on this day-
In 1995, having defeated the proposal for a carbon tax/levy, the miners and their friends showed ministers what their voluntary measures would do. And so was born the ‘Greenhouse Challenge’…

2006 the excellent journo Rosslyn Beeby had a front page story at the Canberra Times

Beeby, R. 2006. CSIRO appointees drawn from oil, coal industries. Canberra Times, 21 February, p.1.
The Federal Government’s appointment of two new CSIRO board members with strong links to the coal and petroleum industries was ”a tragedy” for the national science organisation, Tasmanian Greens Senator Christine Milne said yesterday

Coming up – Gillard’s death warrant, dirty dozens, a 1981 warning (ignored)

Last week on this site we had the usual seven ‘on this day’ posts, which covered the CSIRO admitting it let industry funders bury inconvenient research (14 Feb 2007), John Howard rubbishing Kyoto in 2005, and a possibly link between climate change and suicide rates.  There were also two posts about the incredible Scott Morrison ‘lump of coal’ debacle – one that was a failed Conversation article, the other a grab of a fantastic letter in the Australian Financial Review pointing out what a lump of silicon of the same weight could provide.

This coming week sees blog posts about the unshameable Dirty Dozen,  clean coal hype, the day Julia Gillard signed her own death warrant, and a 1981 discussion of the dangers of coal burning. Yes, 1981.

As always, it would be good to hear your thoughts…(Unless you deny basic 19th century physics, and/or are incapable of googling basic facts. If that’s the case, let’s not waste each other’s time and bandwidth, ‘kay?)