Lord Stern’s Nice Little Earner At Renewables Company
By Paul Homewood
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.
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.
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.
Richardson was Bill Clinton’s Energy Secretary from 1998 to 2001.
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.