Michael Mann urges the OECD to reject “Local weather Inactivist” Mathias Cormann’s provide of management – does that agree?
Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Michael Mann and other Greens are appalled that the new OECD chief could be former Australian minister Mathias Cormann, whom they describe as a “climate inactivist”.
Mathias Cormann defends the climate change record as the backlash to the OECD job offer increases
05:54 a.m., March 6, 2021
Mathias Cormann has defended his offer for the top job at the OECD, as the response from leading experts on climate change and environmental groups is growing.
Mr Cormann’s defense comes as a renowned US climatologist Michael E. Mann urged the OECD and Joe Biden’s government to decline Mr Cormann’s offer to become his next General Secretary.
In extensive comments on The New Daily, Mr. Cormann pushed back against the criticism and promised to deal with climate change if selected.
He argued that as head of the OECD, he would “drive ambitious and effective measures against climate change”.
“An ambitious, globally coordinated approach is required to effectively address climate change,” he said.
Read more: https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2021/03/06/mathias-cormann-oecd-climate/
From the guard;
Great Britain warned against supporting Mathias Cormann as the new OECD head
Supporting the Australian ex-minister with poor results on the climate crisis would send a “terrible message”.
Tue 9 Mar 2021 06.03 AEDT
Britain has been warned not to send a terrible message to the rest of the world by assisting a controversial former Australian minister with a much-criticized climate change track record to lead the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
The race for the next Secretary General of the OECD – the Paris-based economic think tank that advises governments around the world – has been limited to Mathias Cormann, former Australian finance minister, and Cecilia Malmström, former EU trade commissioner and Swedish centrist Politician. The result is due by March 15th.
Malmström said she had the support of many EU and non-EU countries in the 39-member OECD, but admitted that she did not know how the US, seen as key to the outcome, is planning a vote. Canada, which is also viewed as critical, is likely to follow the lead of the US.
Poland, one of the countries most hostile to the EU’s green policy, has spoken to the Australians about posting.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/mar/08/uk-warned-not-to-back-mathias-cormann-as-new-oecd-head
Mathias Cormann holds the record for Australia’s longest-serving finance minister. A free market advocate and fiscal conservative, he is widely credited in Australia for helping steer the Australian economy during difficult economic times. His economic track record is impeccable.
Regarding his views on the environment, I wasn’t really aware that he had any. I have never seen Cormann as a climate skeptic, but I never got the impression that Cormann sees climate protection as a priority.
Germany could be the decision maker. On the one hand, I’m sure Germany loves Cormann’s fiscal conservatism. So Cormann must have many influential supporters in German finance, people appalled by the hyperinflationary risk associated with the government’s spending spree, advocated by climate hardliners like President Biden. On the other hand, Chancellor Merkel responds to a strong green constituency. It is unclear which way Germany will jump.
I suspect that the Man et al. With Cormann is that as a fiscal conservative politician, given the green demand for trillions of dollars to fund his renewable energy revolution, he would likely advocate fiscal sanity and make awkward demands that green energy systems live up to their claims to function without government support to be able to.