Back on the money trail with Tony Jones
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Back on the money trail with Tony Jones

ABC television’s Tony Jones had the following conversation back in 2005 with a climate change activist on the television show, Lateline.

TONY JONES: Why, then, are the sceptics so passionate about the arguments they’re putting forward, and they are putting them forward with incredible passion. Richard Lindzen, who we just mentioned, for example, compares global warming to eugenics as an abuse of science.
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/>ROSS GELBSPAN: Well, Mr Lindzen does, but Mr Lindzen is really sort of out there on a limb. I don’t know very many supporters of Mr Lindzen who are not in the pay of the fossil fuel lobby. Dr Lindzen himself, his research is publicly funded, but Dr Lindzen makes, as he told me, $2,500 a day consulting with fossil fuel interests …

Who knows – perhaps this was a lightbulb moment, because today Tony Jones is scheduled to appear in Melbourne, at his annual visit to Carbon Expo, presumably earning his fee of $5,000 to $10,000 per day. Jones has been on an annual trip to Carbon Expo and similar events for years now,  in between asking questions like this on his television show:

TONY JONES: It is fundamental, the carbon price, evidently, because the renewable energy industry needs a price to make them competitive with the current power arrangements and in fact Kevin Rudd this evening said the greatest failure of this government was not to create a carbon price. So what’s Labor’s carbon price?

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TONY JONES: To come back to my original question, though. What is Labor’s carbon price? You’ve been listening to professor Tim Flannery obviously. He says, and many people in the renewable energies sector say, that a carbon price of about $50 per tonne of emitted carbon has to be the end result. Do you agree with that?

Funnily enough, unlike the services of Tony Jones, carbon dioxide still doesn’t have a price.

After presumably trousering his generous fee, Jones will return to the chair of Q and A next week, moderating a discussion on climate change. One of the guests is Tim Flannery, a member of the Wentworth Group of Scientists who are supported by the same people who support Carbon Expo each year. It remains to be seen whether or not Jones or Flannery feel compelled to declare their interests.