Aussie Enviromentalist Under Fire for Consulting Role With Virgin Galactic

Greenie accused of being a space cadet
Sydney Morning Herald

Australia’s most famous environmentalist, Tim Flannery, has lent his name to a scheme by the world’s most infamous self-publicist, Richard Branson, to burn untold tonnes of greenhouse gases so rich people can become space tourists….

Flannery will speak at a promotional event for Virgin Galactic at the Powerhouse Museum on Tuesday. Contacted in Canada, which he is visiting as a representative of the Copenhagen Climate Council, Flannery said space travel might one day offer a more energy-efficient option for long-haul international flights.

The director of the Nature Conservation Council, Cate Faehrmann, branded Flannery’s involvement as “an extreme form of greenwashing”. “Tim does great work … [but] flying in space will never be sustainable. It is no more green having Flannery standing beside it.”

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