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June 10, 2015 – Tony Abbott talks about ‘health impacts’ of wind farms

According to the excellent Lenore Taylor, on this day two years ago Prime Minister Tony Abbott was on the radio show of Alan Jones.  It was, as you can imagine, a high quality conversation….

Speaking to the Sydney radio host Alan Jones – a long-term windfarm critic – the prime minister said: “I do take your point about the potential health impact of these things … when I’ve been up close to these windfarms not only are they visually awful but they make a lot of noise.”

Taylor, L. 2015. Tony Abbott agrees windfarms may have ‘potential health impacts’. The Guardian, 11 June.

see also: Wind Beneath Their Contempt: Why Australian policy makers oppose solar and wind energy.

Also on this day –

Green, J. 2002. WMC’s hypocrisy on greenhouse emissions. Green Left Weekly

“On June 10, Hugh Matheson Morgan AO, chief executive of WMC Limited, was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia for services to business, “particularly through leadership in the formation and evolution of sustainable development policy”. What a joke!”

 

See also

John Howard on giving Wilson Tuckey Forestry – “he has a sense of humour”.

Ian Lowe almost not being given Aus Environmentalist of the Year  and Howard then changing the judging system to prevent further ‘problems’

 

 

May 25, 2011 Alan Jones flaks a climate scientist

During that bizarre year of 2011 everything stopped being surprising. David Karoly, Professor of Meteorology at the University of Melbourne and a contributor to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was interviewed by shock jock Alan Jones.

Jones: Are you being paid for being on the Governments Climate Commission Science Advisory Panel?

Karoly: No, my salary is not being paid by that.

Jones: Are you in any, and in receipt of any, benefits or funds or anything at all from the

Karoly: I am receiving a travel allowance to cover the costs of going to meetings of the Science Advisory Panel and I am receiving a small retainer which is substantially less than your daily salary.

Jones: So youre paid by the Government and then you give an opinion on the science of climate change. Have you ever heard about he who pays the piper calls the tune?(Cited in Barry 2011b)

(Ward, 2015: 235)

Also on this day-

1992– According to Neal Blewett’s ‘Cabinet Diary’ there was a discussion of the upcoming Rio Summit in the Keating cabinet.

2006   The Federal Environment Minister at his best – “If you genuinely tell people that building a wind farm here will save the planet from climate change you are doing a massive disservice to the environment. It is an atrocious misleading of the Australian community.”

Ian Campbell, Senate Estimates ECITA Committee, 25 May 2006, p.116.

 

March 18, 2008 – “Protecting Australia’s new #climate change response from the Greenhouse Mafia”

The climate issue had broken out in late 2006. Until then a cabal of bureaucrats and trade association actors had,for about ten years, kept a tight rein on Australian climate change (and energy) policy.   The key book on this is ‘High and Dry’ by Guy Pearse, who had done a PhD on the very subject.   In early 2007, after the Howard Government had finally been forced to consider an emissions trading scheme (the ‘Shergold Report’), the State Governments of Australia (all Labor at the time) and the Federal Opposition (led by Kevin Rudd) asked high-profile economist Ross Garnaut to write a report about ‘what should be done’.  Garnaut set to work, but by the time that Guy Pearse made this submission

2008-03-18-protecting

the sidelining of  Garnaut – who didn’t think there was a justification for stuffing the pockets of generators and coal-miners with ‘compensation’ – was already underway…

Also on this day

On his 2GB program, Alan Jones, having berated Julia Gillard for being late to his studio less than a month before, continues in his fine form with these comments about Ross Garnaut. 

“What do you make of this galoot Garnaut, the Federal Governments climate change head-kicker?…‘The overwhelming weight of scientific evidence is telling us climate change is happening’ – well of course its happening, ha ha of course climate change is happening ya dunce, but is it being created by manmade carbon dioxide emissions? They dont want to face that question. (Cited in Barry 2011a)

(Ward, 2015: 235)

February 25, 1981 – Senator ponders the dangers of burning coal. Yes, 1981.

If you were paying attention in the 1970s, you knew there might be trouble ahead, not just for the whales, but the even stupider mammals; the ones on two legs.  Various green and scientific publications ran stories on the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and the worrying trends throughout that decade.  The first World Climate Conference took place in February 1979.  Some Australian politicians (whom we will encounter as this project goes on) were aware of the problem. Still, props to Senator Stan Collard,  Country/National Party. On 25 February 1981 he had this to say –

“Our steaming coal exports are mounting. I have no objection to that, except for one thing. I ask: Just how much further can we go with burning these masses of coal and pouring the pollutants, including carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere? One thing that we are not sure of, of course, is the ultimate greenhouse effect that it will have on this continent, maybe even in our lifetime. I think we must consider quite reasonably just where to cry halt to the burning of masses of steaming coal and where we can bring in one of the cleanest methods of power generation, that is, nuclear power generation, until something cleaner and better comes along. I reject the suggestion that the Government is lacking in its planning, but I welcome the opportunity to take part in this debate.

Also on this day – 

1992  On 25 February at UN headquarters (New York City, USA), 20 business associations from 9 countries released a joint statement to the fifth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Framework Convention on Climate Change. The business associations, nearly half of which are from Australia, are in the fields of fossil fuel and energy production, manufacturing, and metals.

Anon. 1992. International Business Associations Issue Statement on Climate Negotiations. Global Environmental Change. Vol. 4, No. 5  13 March.

Fraser, A. 2007. Rudd unveils his ‘clean coal’ plan. Canberra Times, 26 February.
Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd is giving Prime Minister John Howard a race for his ”clean-coal” money, unveiling a $1.5 billion plan yesterday to come up with breakthrough technology.  (see 26th March 2007 for  Lavoisier group response)

On this day in 2011, fresh from signing her own ‘death warrant’, Julia Gillard was on the breakfast radio show of Alan Jones.

“Or consider this excerpt from Jones’ 25 February 2011 interview with Gillard (which he began by berating the prime minister for being late). He concluded his line of questioning about her CO2 emissions policy saying: ‘Do you understand, Julia, that you are the issue today because there are people now saying that your name is not Julia but JuLIAR and they are saying we’ve got a liar running the country’ (cited in Barry 2011a).”
(Ward, 2015: 236)