Pope's climate adviser lambasts Australia
If you think he looks like something that has recently emerged from the anus of a zoo animal, I will not contradict you, "ad hominem" though that is. Apologies but the pompous fraud has certainly succeeded in irritating me. More temperately, exactly what qualifies a theoretical physicist to pontificate on the Australian economy? Also see Tuesday's issue of GREENIE WATCH for a comment on his "science"
A leading German climate change authority and adviser to the Pope on the effects of global warming has lambasted Australia over what he perceives as its failure to address an inevitable process of de-carbonisation.
Professor Hans Schellnhuber, head of the highly-regarded Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research outside Berlin, told reporters Australia's reliance on coal exports to China was a "suicide strategy".
"I don't think Australia can be sustained based simply on raw materials he says. "Just pursuing the carbon path is a red herring."
An adviser to both the Pope and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prof Schellnhuber is one of Europe's leading climate change scientists in his capacity as Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Potsdam.
He was interviewed in his study where Albert Einstein developed his Theory of Relativity.
In good natured remarks about the challenges facing a country like Australia, Prof Schellnhuber said it was "not responsible to run a country like a lottery."
He compared Australia unfavorably with resource-rich Norway which is being run almost completely on renewable energy [mostly hydro, which Greenies hate] and was making use of its vast sovereign wealth fund to build new and innovative industries.
Australia, he says, was excellently-placed to make the most of its renewable potential in solar, wind-power and other forms of renewable energy.
Asked why Germany experienced a low level of climate skepticism compared with countries like Australia and the United States, Prof Schellnhuber says "Anglo-American" societies tended to be dominated by ideas of entrepeneurship and free market impulses.
The Anglo-American world believed technology and innovation would help it to overcome its challenges. Germany, with its "different history", was more "cautious." [Germany has a cautious history? You could have fooled me!]
"Australia and Canada suffered from the curse of bounty," he says. "We will be fine forever: why should we change?"
"In the end," he adds. "it [the curse of bounty] makes you complacent. Unfortunately paradise doesn't last forever".
Africa and South America also have bountiful natural resources, so how come they are not in "paradise"? Schellnhuber hasn't even asked himself that question. His economics and sociology are on a par with his climatology