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BHP, Climate Doubters, involved now in Australia’s CSIRO

A poor climate for debate at CSIRO, The Age, Paddy Manning, July 3, 2010 QUESTIONS are being raised about the closeness of BHP Billiton and the CSIRO under chief executive Megan Clark. A former technology vice president at BHP, Clark was appointed in late 2008 ……. there is concern about the imbalance in research funding at CSIRO, particularly in responses to climate change. ”Renewables like solar [and] thermal seem to have been totally underfunded, whereas carbon capture and storage or clean coal technologies seem to be getting a disproportionate share of funding.”……

According to CSIRO’s operational plan for 2009-10, headcounts in the energy group roughly favour fossil fuels 70:30 with 212 people working on petroleum resources (136) or clean fossil fuels (76) and 82 people working on renewables…..

Enter brand-new chairman Simon McKeon, a lawyer who chairs the Melbourne operations of Macquarie Bank – a group not known for its transparency…..

Simon McKeon – ‘Surely mankind can come to a landing sooner rather than later as to whether the climate is changing and then start to take a view on what the implications of that are?”

Score: Creeping managerialism (1), scientific debate (0).

A poor climate for debate at CSIRO

July 3, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, energy, secrets and lies, solar, wind | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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