The Prime Minister and several of his key ministers, Pearse asserts, have been captured by a group of industries and their lobbyists, known as the greenhouse mafia. They have infiltrated deep into the bureaucracy and they continue to make sure the Prime Minister and his ministers hear nothing by way of advice but what they want them to hear. There is consequently, Pearse says, no debate whatsoever in cabinet on climate change. The Prime Minister simply elucidates his policy and the party follows.
Pearse describes the think tanks, industries, bureaucrats and individuals that provide advice to the Prime Minister on climate change and the media outlets that propagate the resulting party line. In the inner circle is a group that Pearse (following Clive Hamilton) calls the Prime Minister’s XI. Hugh Morgan is characterised as team captain, while Queensland Premier Peter Beattie is included, and so (as 12th man) is Chris Mitchell, editor-in-chief at The Australian.