Daily Links Jul 21

Be afraid, folks, be very afraid. Perhaps the ‘cop on the beat’ shouldn’t have Three ‘S’ Susan’s bogey word attached to it, ‘independent’ is not in favour with this lot. And wait until Scotty from Marketing applies his massive mind to selling the message. ‘Greenkeeper’ is a bit too golf, ‘EnviroSafe’ is a bit too greenie, ‘ResourceSafe’ might be the preferred term and the cops on the beat will be ‘ResourceForce’ in being more accurate in describing their approach.https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-20/epbc-act-environmental-review-report-recommends-independent-cop/12392594

Daily Links Jul 20

What would provide more value to more people? Keeping negative gearing so the well-off can increase their property portfolios or using government dollars to improve comfort and health in making existing homes energy efficient? In raising the issue of energy efficiency in context, Victoria’s greenhouse alliances continue to provide good ideas based in the needs of their communities.https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6836509/why-energy-efficiency-is-vitally-important/?cs=14246

Daily Links Jul 19

Here’re so many of the issues in one proposal, coal versus agriculture, the role of shock-jocks in public policy, decision-making skewed to political advantage, Labour fence-sitting on coal and … there’s talk of winding back environmental protections and fast-tracking approvals? Puleeeze!

Daily Links Jul 18

Bunnings is accused of virtue-signalling in determining what forest products they sell. The problem, according to IPA-linked Quadrant-published Mark Poynter, is that Bunnings, in deciding not to sell timber from native forests, is informed by a Federal Court ruling that found that VicForests’ harvesting operations are unlawful and that there is an ‘unhealthy reliance on ANU scientific papers’. Mark, I guess that you’d prefer their decisions to be based on your ideology?https://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=21017

Daily Links Jul 17

This is how conspiracy theories start: fertile soil to begin with; poor track record on conservation, seeding with invasive species by dodgy gardeners; fast-tracked approvals process under the influence of …

Daily Links July 16

The first step to planning a response is to understand the problem to be addressed. In this long-form essay, both pessimistic and realistic, our problems are made clear even if the response is still to be created.https://newmatilda.com/2020/07/13/goodbye-lucky-country/

Daily Links Jul 15

Now here’s a new one. Don’t bother with Lindenmayer’s body of highly-regarded research and published papers. Simply ‘refuse to accept him as an authority’ and go ahead and do what you want to do, unencumbered by dissenting opinions. Vicforests, this is hardly operating in the ethical, efficient and accountable manner as you claim as your professional values.https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/top-scientists-back-australian-ecologist-in-vicforests-bushfire-row-20200714-p55bt0.html

Daily Links Jul 14

So you have to ask, what higher priority drives a supposedly free-market supporting political party to turn away from a market-driven carbon price? Here’s evidence that a carbon price works.https://theconversation.com/carbon-pricing-works-the-largest-ever-study-puts-it-beyond-doubt-142034