Tim Flannery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
WHICH is the bigger disgrace? A government body which just feeds out complete crap to mislead and deceive the public?
Or the government that set it up with that precise intention?
The Climate Commission was supposedly set up to provide in its own self-description, an "independent and reliable source of information" about climate change, international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the economics of a carbon price.
Independent? Reliable? Only if you are as utterly delusional as its pompously but laughingly revealingly titled "chief climate commissioner," the non-climate scientist Tim Flannery, clearly is.
And as for calling the sludge and propaganda it churns out 'information," the closest it gets are deceptive and dishonest half-truths.
Like, in its latest effort, "China leads the world in renewable energy." Left unstated is how utterly insignificant is that renewable energy in comparison to its massive and continuing increase in coal-fired power generation.
Everything the Climate Commission has done, everything it continues to do, makes an utter mockery of those claimed objectives.
It is a direct fraud on the Australian public, which the public has to pay for to the tune of some tens of millions.
The latest effort from its so-called 'chief climate commissioner' really takes the cake with his absurd claim that Australia could be powered "almost entirely by renewable energy."
Oh yeah. Renewable energy now provides about 10 per cent of our electricity. Sounds like we've got a running start? We've 'only' got to expand it tenfold?
Except what people like Flannery never tell you in all the headline flummery, is that the overwhelming majority of that comes from hydro power. And nobody's building dams any more.
Yes, the body of his report does note that some 65 per cent of that 10 per cent comes from hydro. It's arguably closer to 80 per cent in non-drought years.
That means barely 2 per cent of our total electricity comes from what the average person would think as 'renewable'. Or certainly the sort of renewable that Flannery flummery has flowering all across the countryside. Wind and solar.
Indeed his report says that only - although, he didn't use that word - around 2.6 per cent of our electricity today comes from wind and solar.
That means even using his optimistic numbers for current wind and solar generation, we would have to increase our installations of wind and solar by at least forty times what they are today to get 100 per cent of our electricity from these two "plentiful" sources.
Let that sink in. Imagine all the windmills already out there now, lazily, uselessly, occasionally, turning around, and multiple them by 40.
At least 40, arguably more like 80 or indeed 160.
Because they are so fickle and unreliable - even the most optimistic claims are that they produce barely 30 per cent of their 'rated capacity.' So you'd have to put in at least twice as many.