Daily Links Sep 26

Coal Fitzgibbon has been in Parliament for 24 years, pushing his coal-based electoral interests. His relentless prosecution of fossil fuels as Australia’s energy base risks framing the Opposition as a laggard on the transition to renewables. He’ll have greater flexibility to speak from the backbench but he couldn’t be represented as Labour’s Shadow Minister for Resources.

Daily Links Sep 25

In what is a two-party country, if you don’t get or can’t afford one, you get the other. With the LNP determined to cling to carbon, they are the government we cannot afford to safeguard humanity and the globe. So we get Labor. If this internal fight, with Coal Fitzgibbon and his band of troglodytes versus Butler, Dreyfus et al, stymies a carbon-free future, we can’t afford Labor either. The Greens aren’t a party of government so progressives in Labor have to win or we’re cooked.https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/24/mark-butler-rows-back-remarks-dismissing-gas-as-labor-divisions-exposed

Daily Links Sep 24

Klaus, capitalists donate to put and keep governments in their pockets and ensure that regulation doesn’t occur. To reform capitalism, we must first work on our political processes, limit donations, bring in transparency and real-time reporting and establish an integrity commission with sharp teeth.https://www.fastcompany.com/90553471/the-pitchforks-are-coming-if-we-dont-reform-capitalism-says-davos-founder

Daily Links Sep 23

Spin, blather, flawed, fail – a few of the words applied to the energy road map released yesterday. It would appear that Angus Fantastic and the Pentecostal PM had a plan to appease donors and their back-bench when we thought it was a plan as national policy. Check the many articles here.

Daily Links Sep 22

Red herrings, old chestnuts, flogged dead horses and oxymorons abound. CCS is not THE answer. Angus Fantastic is trying every trick in the book to avoid the obvious, the Fossil Fuel Age is over. It is ‘dead, buried and cremated’ as the ‘suppository of wisdom’, coal champion and noted onion-eater once described his chances of remerging as leader.https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/sep/22/morrisons-tech-roadmap-flags-more-investment-in-carbon-capture-and-storage

Daily Links Sep 21

When I was a kid, I so looked forward to summer; barefoot days of swimming and sunburn, storms and the days getting warmer and more settled until the next show of thunder and lightning. Kids today have every reason to be fearful of summer, and they’re mad as hell and not going to take it any more. All power to your climate response lawsuit, Bella.https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6930942/its-time-to-put-our-futures-before-fossil-fuels/?cs=14246

Daily Links Sep 20

Off list here and George Monbiot discusses the rise of the oligarchs and their success in convincing the population that they would look after their interests. Take nine minutes and check this video, he lays out what we must do, starting in the US on November 3.http://www.mainstreamweekly.net/article9740.html

Daily Links Sep 19

Just as well that Energy Minister Angus Taylor says ‘Fantastic. Great move. Well done Angus’ of the gas-led recovery, because theren’t many others who agree.https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-19/government-backing-power-plant-gas-fired-distraction/12677222

Daily Links Sep 18

“… 30 years ago … gas had merit as a transition fuel… . This is no longer the case.” This is what a previous Liberal leader says, the current Liberal leader should pay heed. Yet all our post-pandemic eggs are in the gas basket, it’ll come to grief!https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6929080/scott-morrisons-gas-plan-is-an-arrogant-irresponsible-disaster/?cs=14246

Daily Links Sep 17

Re our Pentecostal PM’s post-pandemic gas obsession, home-grown tech entrepreneur Mike Cannon-Brookes reckons as follows:  – AEMO? More gas generation not needed – CSIRO? Gas generation = expensive electricity – …