Daily Links Apr 30

Consumers can receive recourse when they’re sold a set of dodgy steak-knives, electors have no recourse when where’re sold porkies by our pollies. Angus ‘Fantastic’ is at it again with his bald-faced whopper about renewables driving up prices. We could nick-name him ‘Teflon’ rather than his self-awarded ‘Fantastic’.https://reneweconomy.com.au/recipe-for-cheaper-electricity-try-90-per-cent-renewables-by-2040-2040/

Daily Links Apr 29

Existing regulation did nothing to prevent these five examples of ecological damage, we need more wise regulation (reject the emotive concept ‘green tape’), not less, and we need it to be enforced. Minister FOR the Environment, three ‘S’ Sussan, over to you.https://theconversation.com/cutting-green-tape-may-be-good-politicking-but-its-bad-policy-here-are-5-examples-of-regulation-failure-137164

Daily Links Apr 28

You might think that, with what is at stake here, CSIRO would want to stay right away from industry-funded research overseen by a board stacked with fossil fools.https://reneweconomy.com.au/pitt-leaps-on-industry-funded-report-that-clears-fracking-of-long-term-pollution-impacts-20705/

Daily Links Apr 27

Big data (first URL) is not an end in itself, it’s important for the evidence base. It’s what we do with it that counts, how is it used to inform action? The second URL will take you to a brilliant three part series, All watched over by machines of loving grace, perfect for these times of COVID19 lockdown. The series takes you to Jay Forrester of Limits to Growth, Ayn Rand so beloved of libertarian think-tanks and Alan Greenspan who did use data to inform action (unfortunately). https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200424093606.htm https://vimeo.com/groups/96331/videos/80799353

Daily Links Apr 25

The Swedish and Austrian closure of all coal-using electricity generation should prompt Rhodes Scholar Angus ‘Fantastic’ Taylor to reflect on Australia’s coal obsession. I’m guessing it won’t. John Kunkel, the Pentecostal PM’s Chief of Staff and former coal industry boss, and the hordes of other ex-resource industry types in political offices are all there to make sure that reflection of that kind doesn’t occur.https://reneweconomy.com.au/sweden-exits-coal-two-years-ahead-of-schedule-austria-closes-last-coal-plant-37319/

Daily Links Apr 24

Read what the 3S numerologist says and be afraid, be very afraid.https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/apr/23/coalition-is-aiming-to-change-australias-environment-laws-before-review-is-finished

Daily Links Apr 23

Please read this article and if you haven’t responded yet to the review of the EPBC Act, they will receive submissions until May 1. Using the cover of COVID19 recovery to ‘streamline’ approvals is a very scary prospect.https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/the-government-puts-business-ahead-of-the-environment,13819

Daily Links Apr 22

In our mega-threatened world, Number 10 is the biggy, because of Number 11 that isn’ there; Human greed and stupidity.1.Unconstrained climate change.2.Nuclear war.3.Unconstrained growth in human numbers.4.The mass extinction of non-human species and collapse of the web of life on which human life depends.5.The rapidly increasing insecurity of human food supplies.6.Depletion of essential resources on which modern civilisation depends.7.Universal pollution with chemicals.8.Pandemic diseases, caused both by pathogens that are new, and others well known by humans.9.The advent of powerful new technologies, including artificial intelligence.10.Failure both nationally and globally to understand and act preventively on these nine threats, due both to widespread denial and intentional misinformation.https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6729991/learning-to-survive-and-thrive-in-our-mega-threatened-world/

Daily Linka Apr 21

Always on the lookout for opportunities, the fossil fools have form when it comes to finding cover for their badness.  https://reneweconomy.com.au/fossil-fuel-lobby-to-use-covid-19-to-push-for-weaker-climate-laws-41487/ So push back. The EPBC Act review will receive …

Daily Links Apr 20

I’m reminded of the slogan ‘No jobs on a dead planet’. There’s no capacity to participate in the economy if COVID19 has taken you out.https://theconversation.com/open-letter-from-122-australian-economists-dont-sacrifice-health-for-the-economy-136686