Daily Links Jul 3

When all other avenues are closed off, it is not surprising that frustration leads to the activism in this article. Scientists have screamed out their warnings about dangerous climate change, and we aim for no more than 2 degrees. We’re on track for more than 2 degrees and even at 2 degrees we are stuffed! Meanwhile, look what is happening now.https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/trying-to-poke-the-beast-what-s-driving-the-climate-activists-causing-traffic-chaos-in-sydney-20220629-p5axue.html

Daily Links Jul 2

What Charles Koch has done is legal even if immoral and shows capitalism at its very worst. We have home grown billionaires who are not that much different. Murdoch rules the media world to add to his fortune while Palmer games the political system for policies to add to whatever sized fortune he has. We still have a High Court that is not politicised, even as lower jurisdictions (eg, the AAT) have been stacked with LNP hacks. Capitalists have to be tightly regulated, we see what happens when they’re not.https://theintercept.com/2022/06/30/supreme-court-epa-climate-charles-koch/

Daily Links Jul 1

To be taking advice on energy generation from putative journalist Piers ‘Laughing Stock’ Ackerman and the usefulness of battery storage from Chris ‘I make up my own facts’ Uhlmann would be the height of folly. Yet here they both are trying to do what King Canute knew he couldn’t do, hold back the tide. With the climate-wreckers out of office, the tide can now bring in policy and investment certainty to accelerate the uptake of renewables.https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/30/net-zero-nuance-commentary-on-decarbonising-the-grid-misses-the-mark-on-batteries-and-nuclear

Daily Links June 30

Eunice Foote warned of the warming effect of carbon dioxide in 1851. Alas, there was, and still is, too much money to be made (and a considerable lift in living standards) for her warning to be heeded. And with our steadfast refusal to act on the warning, this article continues ” … the planet will survive, we won’t.”https://www.thenationalnews.com/opinion/comment/2022/06/29/we-were-first-warned-about-c02-emissions-in-1851-why-didnt-we-listen/

Daily Links Jun 29

Woodside’s Scarborough gas development and Origin’s fracking plans for the Betaloo Basin can not go ahead if Australia is to meet emission reduction targets. The dig-it-up, ship-it-out WA state government in league with Minister King, a cash-strapped federal government and a currently inadequate EPBC Act don’t provide much confidence for anyone worried about human health and the health of the planet.https://southwind.com.au/2022/06/28/the-true-cost-of-woodsides-climate-bomb/

Daily Links June 28

Aggravated assault is deliberate and is assault with a weapon. Here, the deliberate assault is on the environment and the weapons are chainsaws, bulldozers and logging trucks. So how come it is people pointing out the assault who are the ones being arrested? Minister Plibersek, here is your opportunity to show us that you are a Minister FOR the Environment.

Daily Links Jun 27

Off list here, but this is a fascinating read and should put us all on high alert. “The contemporary American fascist movement is led by oligarchical interests for whom the public good is an impediment, such as those in the hydrocarbon business …. “. Vigilance over complacency I say. The enablers here, egged on by Murdoch, have many of the attributes set out in this article.https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/22/america-fascism-legal-phase?CMP=share_btn_tw

Daily Links Jun 26

Katharine Murphy lays bare the LNP’s culpability for our current climate change and energy predicament. And sadly, for us all, she sees little likelihood that the Big Sebago, with Three ‘S’ Sussan riding shotgun, will lead his rag-tag mob to a more sound policy position. She’s an entertaining writer too.https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jun/25/australian-voters-have-sent-peter-dutton-a-clear-message-he-would-be-silly-to-miss-the-cue

Daily Links Jun 25

These are the issues we must bear in mind when we donate to a čause, when we join a community group or political party, when we enter the voting booth and/or when we sit on a road. There won’t be a habitable world if we don’t do something and there are different things to do for different people; just do it.https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jun/24/i-never-thought-i-could-face-arrest-and-imprisonment-campaigning-for-climate-action

Daily Links Jun 24

Now we are talking! Rather than the futile chase for the oxymoronic ‘clean coal’ or the pipe-dream of Carbon Capture and Storage, the fig leaf that allows the fossil fools to keep being foolish, here’s money going to research that can lead to the changes we need. It is such a relief to have Angus ‘Fantastic’ Taylor and his clutch of ideologues out of the way.