Question: what relevance does this have? From The Australian:
The head of government relations with energy giant AGL is a graduate of Al Gore’s climate-change leadership program whose move to the corporate world last year follows a quest to “change the system from within”.
Tony Chappel is part of AGL’s executive team responsible for engaging with federal and state governments and local communities as the nation’s largest coal-fired power producer.
He is helping AGL managing director Andy Vesey’s policy for an “orderly transition” out of coal to renewable energy as the company encounters protests that its plans to shut down the Liddell power station in the NSW Hunter Valley could threaten power supplies.
Mr Chappel, who joined AGL as head of government and community relations in February last year, has been a chief of staff to NSW Liberal minister Rob Stokes, and linked to his party’s moderate faction. He is a former president of the Young Liberals in NSW and was once touted as a candidate in the Sydney state seats of Davidson or Ku-ring-gai.
Mr Chappel told The Australian in 2011 that he had “started to feel quite disconnected” from some policy positions taken by the federal Liberal Party almost a decade earlier, especially on climate change. “I got quite uncomfortable, especially since their position ignored the science,” he said.