Australia has just handed climate quack Bjorn Lomborg four million dollars.
The Abbott government found $4m for the climate contrarian Bjørn Lomborg to establish his “consensus centre” at an Australian university, even as it struggled to impose deep spending cuts on the higher education sector.
A spokesman for the education minister, Christopher Pyne, said the government was contributing $4m over four years to “bring the Copenhagen Consensus Center methodology to Australia” at a new centre in the University of Western Australia’s business school.
It ought to tell you something when Lomborg got defunded by the Danes, he went begging for cash in the US, and our right-wing think-tanks (but not our government) coughed up a million or so for him — he’s got no legitimacy or credibility except to denialists. And then he lobbies Tony Abbott and is obligingly given $4 million and a professorship and a position as the head of a division at the University of Western Australia.
That’s simply not how real scholars operate. He’s in the business of fleecing wingnuts, and hey, Tony Abbott is an eager mark.