In 2005, Flannery predicted Sydney's dams could be dry in as little as two years because global warming was drying up the rains, leaving the city "facing extreme difficulties with water".
Check Sydney's dam levels today: 98 per cent. As the Daily Telegraph reported:
WARRAGAMBA Dam could spill over within days - for the first time in 14 years - as a massive rain band drenches NSW, sending drinking water worth millions of dollars down the dam wall and out to sea.And what of the desalination plant?
Professor Stuart White from The University of Technology's Institute for Sustainable Futures, one the authors of the state government's Metropolitan Water Plan, yesterday said it was ridiculous Sydney households were paying an estimated $96 extra in water bills because of the desalination plant when "free water" was set to pour over Warragamba's walls.Professor Flannery also predicted similar scenarios for Adelaide (fail), Brisbane (Devastating floods) and Perth.
He said the desalination plant "should be put in moth balls until the next severe drought".
It is costing Sydney a lot of money and its not needed right now.
"Every megalitre of water from the desal plant costs between $700 and $800. A megalitre from Warragamba would be between $100 and $200. Last week NSW dams increased their levels by between 50,000 and 60,000 megalitres - that's something like $50 million of water in a week."
Due to predictions like his, governments around the country invested in hugely expensive desalination plants. (e.g. NSW link; Vic link.)
Surely it is time for the Government to say that we no longer need a Climate Commissioner.
If any honourable person had been as wrong as Tim Flannery, had cost governments as much in worthless investments as Tim Flannery, they would have apologised, resigned and paid back the salary received under a bundle of lies.