Discredited ex-Prime Minister, back-bencher without portfolio, climate denier, no-voter on marriage equality, clean coal man, political dinosaur and a man who can’t tell the difference between an onion and an apple, Tony Abbott thinks you can’t.
Sanjeev Gupta, the flamboyant Indian-born and British based billionaire who has agreed to buy the ailing steel producer Arrium, and who has promised to turn the ageing Whyalla steel plant “green” by sourcing electricity from renewables and pumped hydro, thinks you can.
And he is putting his money where his mouth is. He is also buying a stake in Ross Garnaut’s Zen Energy,
Ross Garnaut is Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne. In 2009 Ross was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, from the Australian National University and in 2013 he received a Doctor of Science in Economics, honoris causa, from the University of Sydney. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences and a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia. In addition, Ross is a Distinguished Life Member of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society and also an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
He thinks you can too.
Tony Wood of the Grattan Institute thinks you can too.
Tony has been Director of the Energy Program since 2011 after 14 years working at Origin Energy in senior executive roles. From 2009 to 2014 he was also Program Director of Clean Energy Projects at the Clinton Foundation, advising governments in the Asia-Pacific region on effective deployment of large-scale, low-emission energy technologies. In 2008, he was seconded to provide an industry perspective to the first Garnaut climate change review.