Daily Links Aug 15

As in the US, so in Australia. What say you, fossil fools Nev Power, AGL, Santos etc? How much should we put into gas, d’ya reckon? From: Maelor Himbury <maelor@melbpc.org.au>Date: …

Daily Links Aug 14

Another member of the Pentecostal PM’s hand-picked National COVID19 Commission is Andrew Liveris, ex-CEO of plastics manufacturer (and chemicals more generally) The Dow Chemical Company. He’s either had the Damascus experience or he’s taking hypocrisy to new heights. Where does the Clapper get these people from?https://www.afr.com/rear-window/plastic-no-longer-fantastic-for-andrew-liveris-20200813-p55lhc

Daily Links Aug 13

The Pentecostal PM’s pick to advise on post-COVID19 recovery, troglodyte Nev Power, in being asked about the role renewables, says he’s ‘… not recommending a green recovery per se … ‘ and ‘not looking at energy in that context’. Sadly, Labour energy shadow Coal Fitzgibbon dwells in the same cave.https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/12/joel-fitzgibbon-blasted-by-mark-butler-for-backing-gas-led-covid-recovery-plan

Daily Links Aug 12

Will there ever be a day when the environment and those who seek to protect it will have a fair fight against developers and governments in their thrall, or perhaps I could say, pockets? Delegating federal oversight for approvals and regulation to the states is a retrograde step and shouldn’t occur, particularly when there are international treaties in play. And while we’re at it, strengthen the EPBC Act.https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/12/developer-lobbied-frydenberg-to-de-list-area-of-wetland-for-queenslands-toondah-harbour-complex

Daily Links Aug 11

The criteria established here for industry support are all met by renewables, none are met by fossil fuels and worse, the consequences of the latter could kill many industries. So why does the Nev Power Commission and enabler, the Pentecostal PM, persist in acting as a ‘predator state’ in the support for a dying industry? One has to ask.https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/morrisons-covid-19-commission-industry-policy-in-reverse,14190

Daily Links Aug 10

I reckon Australian humans are a bit like American humans, we all like parks. Foot traffic on our local creek trail is the heaviest we’ve seen it and most people are wearing a happy face, if you can guess from their eyes above their masks. Not everything about the pandemic is bad, just a lot of things.https://theconversation.com/twitter-posts-show-that-people-are-profoundly-sad-and-are-visiting-parks-to-cheer-up-139953

Daily Links Aug 9

Totally predictable and ultimately stupid, the Pentecostal P M plans a gas-led recovery from the pandemic, just as Nev Power, his hand-picked chair of his personally-created National COVID-19 Coordination Commission, advised. The Commission is stacked with resource-industry heavies and their plan will make achieving our Paris targets impossible. Perhaps the plan is based on the premise that the Rapture is imminent and climate change is immaterial. Like I said, stupid!https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-prepares-a-gas-plan-to-boost-economy-out-of-the-pandemic-20200807-p55jop.html

Daily Links Aug 8

Scientist says the risk is too great to proceed with Santos’s CSG project. Bureaucrat says there are uncertainties about the geology and hydrogeology, but these could be managed with robust monitoring and regulation. ” … the project does not trigger the precautionary principle”, he said. I say “This is how death by a thousand cuts occurs.”https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-08/scientist-says-risks-too-high-for-coal-seam-gas-in-narrabri/12530152

Daily Links Aug 7

It’s a fine line we walk on the climate response and just now we’re stumbling. Doom is no fun and sunny optimism isn’t realistic. We need to understand the issue and options and be prepared to, in the words of the legendary John Kennedy, DO SOMETHING!https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/06/global-climate-crisis-doom-optimism-emergency

Daily Links Aug 6

I’ve gone off-list for a glimpse into a bleak future as described in this New York Times article. But have we the time and the wit to avoid it?https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/05/climate/overlapping-disasters-heat.html