Daily Links May 15

The slogan ‘Technology not taxes’, an irrational optimism and a misperception of risk are not our friends in the climate challenge.https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/may/13/optimism-climate-predictions-techno-pollutersPlease note: no service for the next week. While Maelor will be still at it, I’ll be out on the Thorsborne Trail, out of contact. I wanted to wallow in antics of the last week of the campaign and thrill to the count as it unfolds on Saturday night but the bogan bloviator called the election on the wrong date. He should have asked me.

Daily Links May 14

It is hard to know from a reading of this article whether Adani is opening or closing. I wouldn’t for a nanosecond accept that it is out of a moral obligation to fit within a 1.5 degree warming scenario that they are making such decisions. If ever you wanted an oxymoron, try ‘responsible coal company’.https://inqld.com.au/business/2022/05/13/the-end-of-adani-investment-giant-says-coal-miner-has-revealed-carmichael-closure-plan/

Daily LInks May 13

These woodlands are the last remnant of the vegetation that covered the eastern shores of Western Port. Yes, we need sand, but we need to think more carefully where we mine it – and then mine it elsewhere. Once the woodlands are gone, they are gone forever and no amount of offsets can compensate. Leave these woodlands alone, Dandy Premix!https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/minister-backs-western-port-woodland-clearance-to-expand-sand-mine-20220511-p5ak9l.html

Daily Links May 12

I’m reaching that stage in the election campaign when the sensible thing for one to do is wallow in the satire. Here’s The Shovel asking ‘whom do I believe will win the election’. I could just crawl under the doona and rock back and forth muttering imprecations upon the bogan bloviator and his cabal of carpetbaggers, I suppose.https://www.theshovel.com.au/2022/05/09/greens-voter-exhausted-from-constantly-being-right%EF%BB%BF/

Daily Links May 11

This guy Gittins always makes sense, but the quarter of the 50 top economists surveyed who didn’t nominate ‘climate and the environment’ as the most important issue for the election don’t.https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/in-this-election-one-critical-issue-stands-above-all-others-20220510-p5ajwd.html

Daily Links May 10

While the re-election of the LNP would be horror beyond belief for our nation, a Labo(u)r Government will have to do much better on environmental policies. We don’t want State Labour to be a pointer for an incoming federal government. Peter Boyer sets out Labour collusion in penalties for protesting in Tasmania to the same level as those for aggravated assault and Queensland has recently criminalised actions of climate protesters. Remember, the price of a healthy environment is eternal vigilance.https://southwind.com.au/2022/05/10/lets-hear-it-for-independents-in-parliament/

Daily Links May 9

The choices: hold one’s ears and wait for doomsday, party while the orchestra plays on the Titanic or take agency and do something about it, personally and politically.https://apnews.com/article/climate-scientists-optimism-http://photo.uss2.sbs/pRm9Rn9

Daily Links May 8

All is not bleak about this election. But are we hanging on the result?https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-08/women-teal-independents-federal-election-shift-power-politics/101042148

Daily Links May 7

This pretty much sums up the Pentecostal P M’s election campaign. It pretty much sums up his last three years too.https://www.theshovel.com.au/2022/05/06/morrison-flawlessly-recites-coalitions-zero-point-climate-policy/

Daily Links May 6

We have the lives we have in part to our export of coal. Many Indians have the lives they have because of our exports of coal. Many of us live in air-conditioned comfort, they live in hell on earth. What is our moral obligation to them when India is no longer habitable and how welcoming will we be?https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-06/new-delhi-heatwave-a-glimpse-into-climate-change-future/101033250