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September 27th 2018 print

Tony Thomas

Ex-BHP Chief: Scrap Paris Now

The company he once led continues to pleasure the warmists by bowing and scraping before Gaia's carbon-free altar,  but ex-chief Jerry Ellis has had enough: the Paris accord is "a farce" and a sane government would exit the pact in a heartbeat

jerry ellisEx-chairman of BHP (1997-99), Jerry Ellis  (left) ex-chancellor of Monash University, and an ex-director of ANZ Bank, has called for Australia to dump the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Ellis’s intervention puts cat among climate pigeons. 

The alarmists like to lie that sceptics are a fringe group. Ellis is hardly fringe. His former BHP continues to promote the story about human-caused catastrophic CO2 warming, as does Monash University. Ellis is an awkwardness for both.

By coming out against climate alarmism, Ellis  is giving added respectability to scepticism, much as ex-PM Tony Abbott did with his London sceptic speech of last October.[i] The credibility of the sceptic case, of course, rests not on authority figures but data such as the  more than two-fold exaggeration of warming since 1980 by the climate models on which the CO2 scare is based.

Here is Ellis’s statement on Paris.

Why Australia should Clexit Paris Treaty

It is clear that the push to meet the Paris carbon dioxide emission targets is leading to higher power costs, and hence prices, and unreliable supply.

It is also a fact that the predictions of the warmists have not happened.

The IPCC scientific reports are stated in possibilities, yet the guidance for policy makers is written as certainty. A farce.

I hope the new leadership of the Australian Government has the courage to guide our country in a rational manner on this subject. as Angus Taylor seems keen to do, and abandons the Paris Treaty.

Jerry Ellis AO

Ellis’ intervention comes on the heels of calls from Green Climate Fund supporters for Australia to add another $400m to its $1b plus commitment and $200m contribution to date. The fund under the Paris accord is supposed to parcel up $US100b a year in developed country donations to help the third-world combat climate change. The fund peaked at  $US10b – thanks particularly to President Obama – but has only $US3b left. Its July meeting of donors and third-worlders   disbanded in chaos with no decisions made and  the resignation on the spot of its executive director, Australian ex-climate bureaucrat Howard Bamsey.

The policy of Ellis’s former BHP on climate change reads:

BHP accepts the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment of climate change science, which has found that warming of the climate is unequivocal, the human influence is clear and physical impacts are unavoidable.

Climate change is a global challenge that requires a collaborative market and policy response. Playing our part in responding to climate change is a priority governance and strategic issue for BHP. Our Board is actively engaged in the governance of climate change issues, supported by the Sustainability Committee. Management has primary responsibility for the design and implementation of our climate change strategy.

Our climate change strategy focuses on reducing our operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, investing in low emissions technologies, promoting product stewardship, managing climate-related risk and opportunity, and working with others to enhance the global policy and market response.”

Former One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts has replied to Ellis,

“A pity that your [BHP] successor in Jac Nasser, his CEO Andrew Mackenzie and his Coal Division President who is now Minerals Operations President Mike Henry lack your understanding.

What holds them back? Is theirs a lack of basic knowledge, a lack of integrity or a lack of courage? Or do they simply not care about humanity and the environment. Coal saved the whales. Coal saved the forests. Coal gave us cheap, clean energy that raised human productivity, prosperity and wealth that enables us today to care for the environment better than at any time in human history.”

Ellis is Chairman of MBD Energy, a director of Iron Road and on the Advisory Council of The Sentient Group. He is an ex- chairman of auto brake company Pacifica Group Ltd, and has chaired Australia’s premier environmental advocacy group Landcare Australia.

Ellis’ statement is published on the website of the Clexit [Climate Exit] Coalition.

The coalition was set up in 2016 by Queensland’s Viv Forbes, who runs it as secretary. A semi-retired geologist and current  livestock  breeder, he put in 40 years’ work for   coal, minerals and petroleum companies including as a director of Stanmore Coal.  The coalition committee includes ex-Czech President (2003-13) Vaclav Klaus , who is patron, Professors Will Happer  (US) and Ole Humlum (Norway), Chris (Lord) Monckton and leading blogger Roger Tattersall (UK) and astrophysicist and geoscientist Dr Willie Soon (US).

Forbes this month invited members  to add a statement on why their country should quit the Paris Accord. Ellis, an original coalition member, responded with this week’s statement. Others came in from more than 20 people representing Sweden, France, US, UK, Canada, Germany and others.

Ellis is now in the same camp as Hugh Morgan, CEO of Western Mining 1990-2003 and a Reserve Bank director 1996-2007. Morgan said today, “Ellis is absolutely right. People think the Paris Accord is just about commitments to lower CO2. It is really about transferring wealth through the UN to the so-called Less Developed Countries. It’s about advancing centralised control of people’s lives on a global scale.”

Morgan believes the alarmist movement has got so far because of backing by Western millennials who have been indoctrinated during their education. Enjoying living standards unprecedented in world history, they have embraced alarmism as a new secular religion, he says.

Ellis’ intervention could encourage other Paris sceptics to come out, including some top figures in Australia’s premier science bodies.

Tony Thomas’s new essay collection The West: An insider’s tales – a romping reporter in Perth’s innocent 1960s, can be pre-ordered hereTo get tickets to the launch in Carlton at 6pm on October 10, click here.


[i] With hindsight,that speech could have lit the fuse for last month’s ousting of climate-alarmist PM Turnbull.

[ii] The “Bloggies” annual awards

Comments [18]

  1. Geoff Sherrington says:

    Many people from mining and exploration are among the strongest critics of the global warming scare. We became used to the large scale and long time periods of geologic processes as opposed to alarm because, for example, Arctic ice extent fell for a few years arcade ago.
    We are also critics because we have realistic targets. Ore bodies are either present or absent in exploration terms and they are mostly economic or not to mine. When we use science to discover and characterise deposits,there is no gain from creative processing of data or invention of data, such as is widespread in climate work, where the target changes to fit the theory and the non-rigid goalposts.
    You do not have to be eccentric or in a minority to arrive at this view. When global warming first started, its backers were the odd ones out. Failure to make a scientific case for global warming was always present, offset by massive advertising expenditure that convinced many of the gullible. Geoff

    • Peter Sandery says:

      Well and succinctly put, Geoff, I cannot understand why so many educated Australians cannot see the scientific logic to your argument but accept the chants of the modern day alchemists who turn words instead of base metals into money.

    • ianl says:

      C’mon Geoff – “mining hurts Gaia”. This widespread sentiment cannot be displaced with logic or facts. All that is needed to carry the myth is a photo-shopped picture of water vapour from cooling towers being deliberately and dishonestly portrayed as evil, black carbon smoke.

      For well over two decades now, I’ve harangued those who control the capital in mining circles to go public with fightback. They have persisted with the cowardly view that soft, back-room lobbying would suffice. Only in the last 12 months has there been some minor admissions that this was silly, but the green blob had well and truly won by then. As Ian Plimer pointed out (a statement of the bleeding obvious, unfortunately): there has to be much more pain yet.

      The ALP Govts of Q’ld and Vic plan to inflict that pain increasingly. The Lib SA Govt is as bat-crazy as the ALP. Liddell’s closure in a year or so will aggravate the destruction, probably a tipping point. As precise as Jerry Ellis is, he will be dismissed, shouted down, as a senile, old (white) man. Emotional power plays need no logic, evidence or common sense. In fact, such concepts are seen as inimical and will be squashed.

  2. Jody says:

    Uh oh, sorry, but corporate Australia has jumped in significant numbers onto the virtue signalling bandwagon. For their trouble they’re going to end up with gender pay issues, quotas and now Paris and renewables. They needed to be smarter in the first place, instead of putting their feet in the door and preventing it from being shut.

  3. Davidovich says:

    Thomas writes “Morgan believes the alarmist movement has got so far because of backing by Western millennials who have been indoctrinated during their education.” Hugh Morgan is quite correct, our education system has been overtaken by ideologues who teach only their view of climate and brook no dissent.

    I recently gave a necessarily short talk to my local Rotary Club on the facts about carbon dioxide which included the graph of average global temperatures produced by Prof Spencer and Dr Christy from NOAA satellite data showing the global hiatus in warming over 18 years or so. The talk also had graphs of ice core data illustrating that, for millennia, atmospheric carbon dioxide lagged hundreds of years behind global temperatures. A recently retired school principal was furious that such ‘fringe’ material should be shown as fact and was contrary to the orthodoxy on anthropogenic global warming or climate change. He called for me to be censured and to be ashamed of myself for such an error of judgement as to present such material. Sadly, this intolerant and doctrinaire attitude is prevalent within our education system from kindergarten to university and the damage being done to science and scientific process is huge.

    • Gogs says:

      Tony Thomas received the same treatment when he addressed my own Rotary Club, I’m ashamed to add. Although most listened politely, a few objected with “You’re not a scientist, what would you know” remarks.
      Keep up the good work, Tony!

      • Jody says:

        Most of us are not scientists and we still know that not everybody dies from smoking cigarettes.

      • Tony Thomas says:

        Thanks Gogs but I’ve got a thick skin and enjoy being robustly questioned. Btw I’ve given climate talks to half a dozen Probus clubs (retirees) this year and in 5 out of 6, I’d say at least 50% of the audiences outed themselves as sceptic-leaning. ( A common misapprehension I found is that global warming is connected to the ozone hole issue). Judging by earlier talks to Rotary clubs, most of the members seemed non-sceptic or non-committed, still with a decent sceptic cohort. Sadly there was an instance of one Rotary president creating a ban on any sceptic speaker, which lasted several years subsequently. This club has still not had a sceptic speaker.

  4. Biggles says:

    The planet continues to cool due to the reduced activity of the Sun. Keep your eye on the coming Northern Hemisphere winter temperatures and conditions if in doubt. Meanwhile, the warmist scare-mongers will continue to obfuscate and raise meaningless alarms ; vide the recent scare-piece about methane emissions from an oil field in northern Alaska in the SMH.

  5. Gazman says:

    The long march of the far-left through all of our public institutions, especially education, is almost complete. Now a growing number of corporations have been infected as the graduates from our universities rise to positions of management and leadership, where they can impose marxist ideology like climate change and identity politics to which they have been thoroughly indoctrinated. Among those corporations are BHP, AGL, QANTAS, the ARL and AFL, to name just a few.
    It is hard to know how western civilisation can survive. All we can do for now is keep supporting and encouraging those with experience, like Jerry Ellis and Hugh Morgan, as well as politicians who have the cojones to speak up.

    • Bush1958 says:

      Gazman:

      Well said!

      Regarding Climate Change, man-made climate change is real, but it has NOTHING to do with CO2 or other greenhouse gasses.

      And it is largely being caused by the environmentalists!

      The mechanism is the reduction in the amount of dimming Anthropogenic Sulfur Dioxide aerosol emissions in the atmosphere due to global Clean Air efforts. Cleansing the air of SO2 emissions for health related issues is a noble effort, but it has the unfortunate side effect of higher temperatures. The cleansed air allows sunshine to strike the earth with greater intensity, resulting in increased warming.

      This is the same effect that follows a large volcanic eruption, which spews large quantities of sulfurous compounds into the stratosphere, which quickly convert to SO2 aerosols (fine H2SO4 droplets). These aerosols circulate around the globe for a year or two reflecting sunlight, and cooling the Earth’s surface, and normally causing the formation of a La Nina.

      These SO2 aerosols eventually settle out of the atmosphere, and temperatures recover to pre-eruption levels, simply because of the cleaner air. In many instances, temperatures exceed the pre-eruption levels, and cause a volcanic-induced El Nino to occur.

      (The NASA fact sheet on Sulfur Dioxide emissions states that both volcanic and man-made emissions have the same climatic effect, both reflecting sunlight and cooling the earth’s surface).

      Man-made SO2 emissions peaked at 131 Megatons in 1975, and due to clean air efforts, they fell to 101 Megatons by 2014, cleansing the air, and causing essentially all of the warming which has occurred, with zero evidence of any additional warming due to “greenhouse gasses”.

      Climate Change is really very simple: Add SO2 aerosols, and cooling occurs. Decrease SO2 aerosols, and warming occurs. This concept has been validated multiple times. The climate sensitivity to changes in SO2 aerosol emissions is approx. .02 deg. C. of warming (or cooling) for each net Megaton of change in global SO2 emissions, either volcanic or anthropogenic.

  6. Les Kovari says:

    C’mon people, climate alarmism is a bloody gold mine for many, why kill the goose that lays the golden egg.

  7. Biggles says:

    And what else are the voices saying, Bush 1958?

  8. Ross Williamson says:

    When it went from ‘global warming’ to ‘climate change’ it was obvious the warmists had been sprung.