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Lord Stern’s Nice Little Earner At Renewables Company

November 28, 2015

By Paul Homewood 


h/t DennisA




I reported on the looming bankruptcy of Abengoa, the massive Spanish renewable energy company.

A look at their international advisory board reveals some interesting names.


Lord Stern

Nicholas Stern needs little introduction, well known for his highly rewarded promoting of the warmist agenda for several years now.

As well as his role at the Grantham Centre, he also has other remunerated climate related employment, according to the House of Lords Register below.

The idea that he can offer any sort of impartial, objective advice is clearly laughable.




Kemal Dervis

Dervis is currently the vice president and director of the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

His earlier career involved a 22-year stint at the World Bank, prior to becoming chairman of the United Nations Development Group, a position which is rated the third-highest-ranking official in the United Nations, after the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General.



Bill Richardson

Richardson was Bill Clinton’s Energy Secretary from 1998 to 2001.



Mario Molina

Molina is a professor at the University of California in San Diego. Although it is not mentioned in the Abengoa curriculum list, Molina, along with Stern, also happens to be a member of the Earth League,.

According to their website:-


Earth League is a voluntary international alliance of prominent scientists from world‐class research institutions, who look to work together to respond to some of the most pressing issues faced by humankind, as a consequence of climate change, depletion of natural resources, land degradation and water scarcity.  
The alliance focus includes how we can manage anthropogenic global change according to the principles of sustainable development. The Earth League aims to provide decision makers with multiple options for addressing pressing sustainability issues, by delivering robust background information and enhancing transparency of the choices available. 
By coming together in a self-organised alliance, the Earth League members form a united voice in the global dialogue on planetary issues.


Or to put another way, a bunch of scientists trying to influence public policy.

The Earth League’s member list reads like a who’s who of the climate establishment:-

  • Ottmar Edenhofer – Potsdam Institute
  • Sir Brian Hoskins – Grantham Institute
  • Jennifer Morgan – former head of the WWF climate change programme.
  • Nebosja Nakicenovic – IPCC lead author
  • Veerabhadran Ramanathan – UNESCO Professor of Climate and Policy at Pachauri’s TERI University
  • Hans Joachim Schellnhuber – Potsdam Institute
  • Peter Schlosser – Earth Institute
  • Leena Srivastava – currently the Vice Chancellor and Executive Director (Operations) of the TERI University in New Delhi.
  • Pamela Matson – Woods Institute for Environment; she also serves on the boards of the World Wildlife Fund and the ClimateWorks Foundation.


Many of these are IPCC authors as well. 



Spiders and Webs

What is striking about these details is just what an interconnecting web the climate establishment has built up around itself, in which the same old faces keep reappearing, just in different permutations, and where each continually promotes the other’s ideas.

Many of the bodies involved are no more than lobbying outfits, designed to put pressure on governments and other organisations to push through their political agenda, under the guise of science. We are familiar with the Grantham Institute. but there are others with similar purposes. Edenhofer, for instance, is also Director of the newly founded Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) in Berlin, whilst Morgan is Director of the Climate and Energy Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI).

The list of their positions makes you wonder just how they find time to actually do any science.

  1. November 28, 2015 6:49 pm

    With the internet these ratbags can no longer hide from scrutiny and exposure.

  2. johnbuk permalink
    November 28, 2015 7:49 pm

    “…actually do any science.” That was “settled” ages ago – they are needed to work out how to “explain” it to us plebs. I think they’re working on a bigger loud hailer as we speak.

  3. john cooknell permalink
    November 28, 2015 8:33 pm

    Are you suggesting that a world renowned financial expert did not foresee that the company he advises would be at risk of going bankrupt.

  4. November 28, 2015 8:45 pm

    A new wheeze involving the Lord

  5. November 28, 2015 8:47 pm

    Does anyone know what has happened to Will Scribe (rhymeafterrhyme) who used to contribute regularly on topics such as these? I rather miss his poems. His web-site show no activity since September.

  6. Green Sand permalink
    November 28, 2015 10:40 pm

    ‘Little earner’? Maybe ‘little’ to the elite Lord Stern but I wonder just how many thousands could be lifted out of absolute poverty if Lord Stern’s ‘little earners’ were made available for effective use?

    Travel and lunch expenses alone would be an interesting starting point. If then projected via Lord Stern’s economic fantasia we might have solved world poverty.

    Lord Stern and his elite ilk is the epitome of the problems the world faces. Their constant ‘that can’t be done’ is simply getting in the way of those that are actually doing it!

  7. March 21, 2016 2:24 pm

    One of the most stupid effects of the fear of nuclear power among my fellow-environmentalists is the culture medium it provides for people who use phrases like “warmist agenda”
    AGW is a fact, and the proof of it is that glaciers and polar icecaps, from year to year are melting. It takes something like 333 kJ to melt one kg of ice. This is happening because of the addition of carbon dioxide to the air, easily verifiable by the existence of worked out coal mines and oil wells. A change of fifty parts per million of the atmospheric gases may seem trifling, but it is quite large compared with the fact that only a few hundred ppm suffices to keep the Earth comfortably warm and feed all the photosynthesizing life that the rest of us depend upon. I feel comfortable at 65F° to 75F°, not so much at 50F° or 90F°. But in the shower, the comfort range of warm water is much narrower.

    • March 21, 2016 3:44 pm


      Glaciers have been melting since the mid 19thC, at the end of the LIA, long before supposed AGW set in.

      In places like Alaska, they are still bigger than they were in the Middle Ages

  8. March 21, 2016 2:43 pm

    “A bunch of scientists trying to influence public policy” ….
    How dare they! As if they knew more about hurricanes, floods, chemistry, physics and whatnot than the energy industry owners who are reluctant to go to the expense of even filtering poisons out of their power plant emissions!

    I do not know if that particular bunch of scientists is nucleophobic enough, or romantically nostalgic enough, to think solar and wind can oust the technologies that swept them away when Earth’s human population was only 1000 million, but there is a difference between the “climate establishment” and those who actually know there is a problem.

    I have a suspicion that nucleophobia and wind and solar mania are so utterly beneficial to the fossil energy establishment that they must be encouraging them

    To a large extent, the Right denies the disease while the Left prescribes the wrong medicine.
    But James Hanson, and even Christine Todd Whitman, are aware that solar origin “renewable” energy has no hope of replacing fossil solar energy, and also that the the statement “nuclear energy is not renewable” is a lie.
    Even the wickedness of the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, three days after the first bomb, was made from a renewable nuclear energy resource.

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