As you may be aware, 2GB has basically been running a campaign of miss-information about coal seam gas (CSG) for a few years now. Primarily driven by Alan Jones, easily influenced 2GB personality Chris Smith has also jumped on the anti-CSG campaign. Today Andrew Bolt alluded to the irrational fear of CSG on Chris Smith’s programme, and it was obvious that Smith felt uncomfortable with what Bolt was saying and the interview promptly ended. Now Ross Greenwood has invited Santos on to his programme to outline CSG operations in NSW. Alan Jones basically refuses to speak to pro-CSG advocates because they ‘keep telling lies’, or something like that. This will being to isolate Alan Jones from within 2GB on CSG and hopefully end the media campaign against CSG in NSW.
Have Andrew Bolt and Alan Jones fallen out over coal seam gas (CSG)? It is unconfirmed at this point, but every time Bolt posts on the ridiculous campaign against CSG, a certain Alan of Sydney responds in the comments pushing the same ill-informed and unsupported line that Alan Jones of 2GB pushes on the radio. You be the judge, from today with the announcement that NSW is effectively extending the ban on CSG. Bolt wrote, “Another politician sacrificing jobs to pander to a green scare’.
I’ve just returned from a Queensland outback holiday.
CSG mining extends from Toowooomba to Roma.
The locals fear not just the loss of the most fertile cropping an grazing land in the world, but they fear for their water. The contamination of the aquifiers cannot be undone. What took millions of years to create cannot be remedied overnight after the benzine and cyanide and salination destroys the water.
Along the Warrego Highway between Oakey and Chinchilla, heaps of coal are stacked along the roadside. Massive mountains of it. Not wetted down, the coal dust is free to blow for kilometers where it pleases.
This is criminal. A local gas reservation policy will end shortages overnight and this mad rush for mining for export can become sane again.
Normally, I agree with Andrew but his position on CSG is uninformed and frankly dangerous given his ignorance and large soapbox.
2GB radio personality Alan Jones has been running a campaign against all things coal seam gas for a few years now. His commentary is well meaning, but it is clear he does not understand the environmental, engineering and legal issues around CSG. I’ve been covering his anti-CSG campaign for a little while now. Other conservatives have largely avoided buying into the CSG issue and have not overtly criticised Alan Jones for this pro-green anti-development campaign, but things are starting to change.
Peter Reith, who has been pro-CSG for a couple of years now:
Under former premier Barry O’Farrell, NSW had been largely paralysed by green campaigners who totally opposed any fossil fuels and had been given a platform by radio commentator Alan Jones. Nearly all their claims have been largely debunked by independent scientific advice from the likes of GeoScience Australia and others.
Andrew Bolt, in reference to NSW’s ban on CSG at the behest of AJ:
Those who fall for green mysticism and unreason should pay the price themselves. Call it a tax on stupidity.
I have heard Bolt criticise the anti-CSG movement on radio sometime ago. This from last week:
This is not the first time Australian governments have strangled useful industries by pandering to baseless green scares. We have virtually banned nuclear power. We banned lucrative nuclear waste facilities to take in spent fuel rods from overseas. We’ve hampered the use of genetically modified crops. We imposed a useless carbon tax on coal-fired power generators and helped to drive smelters out of business.
This is madness, and a lack of political courage and principle is to blame.
Reading through the responses to Bolt’s post it is clear that readers blame Jones for his hysterical campaign of miss-information.
John Howard and his government did a great deal of good, but they let an incredible amount of unfinished business. It is reassuring that many current members of the Coalition are ready to finish what should have been started years ago.
An incoming Liberal senator has set out a radical libertarian program in his maiden speech, calling for the GST rate to rise to 15 per cent, federal health and education departments to be abolished and for the immediate sell-off of youth radio station Triple J, with the rest of the ABC to also be privatised if it fails to address perceived left-wing bias.
Apart from raising the GST, I agree with everything said. I’d look to build a community view that the ABC should be privatised. It is reassuring though that the ABC has been asked to make cuts and sack at least 80 people as part of the cancellation of the Australia Network.
Good summation of the Turnbull vs Bolt issue. In essence, Turnbull is a light weight who is failing as the Communications Minister (just as he failed as the Opposition leader and leader of the 1999 ‘yes’ case) and is not a team player. The NBN is still a financial disaster, the ABC continues to be a bastion of LabGreen dogma and free speech is still under attack. Turnbull intends to do nothing to address those Communications issues. It is a record of failure. As a note, Abbott is basically dismantling Turnbull’s Howard era water reforms. Turnbull has nothing much to show for his time in politics.
Obviously the ABC and the Canberra press gallery are on the side of Turnbull, which tells you all you need to know about Turnbull’s loyalties.
This is a distraction from the main issue: Turnbull is a hopeless Communications Minister.
The ABC is on the rack. The public outrage over their coverage of the boat people issue is surprising in its extent and marks a turning point in the public mind on the role of the ABC in public life. Certainly the ABC’s initial claims that Navy personnel had tortured illegal immigrants on boats, claims that turned out to be utter rubbish, has highlighted the partisan nature of the public broadcaster. This claim also goes along with the work the ABC did in promoting Snowden leaks about DSD spying on the Indonesians. It was therefore reassuring that Abbott has picked up on this mood, and basically denounced ABC’s coverage of recent issues. But like clock work Turnbull has rushed to the defence of the ABC.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has strongly defended the ABC’s editorial independence in the face of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s attack on the national broadcaster, which he says ”instinctively takes everyone’s side but Australia’s”.
Mr Turnbull defended the Prime Minister’s right to critique the ABC but, in comments that could be interpreted as resistance to Mr Abbott, he said the ABC was rightly accountable to its board of directors, not politicians.
The ABC might be independent of the present government, but it is not independent of the LabGreen big government agenda as highlighted by Cory Bernardi on many occasions. In any case, Turnbull has been a non-performer since coming to power so I don’t think he carries the weight in the party room like he used to.
Wonder if there was any pressure put on Turnbull to announce the review into ABC and SBS operations?
“The study will focus on the costs of inputs – that is the ‘back of house’ day-to-day operational and financial operations, structures and processes applied to delivering ABC and SBS programs, products and services.
“It is not a study of the quality of the national broadcaster’s programs, products and services, or the responsibilities set out in their charters but of the efficiency of the delivery of those services to the Australian public.”
The Department of Communications will conduct the study….
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Alan Jones has looked to leftist think tank the Australian Institute to take on his enemies in the mining and gas industry. His go to man from the Australia Institute is former Bob Brown adviser Richard Dennis.
Interview here. This is a summary:
First up AJ uses Dennis to try and discredit claims that some how the mining and gas industry is not important to jobs growth in Australia. There are 27,000 jobs directly related to CSG in QLD alone, most of which are in reginonal Australia.
Secondly, claims that the Feds should take greater control over mining and gas operations away from the States.
Thirdly, claims the mining and gas industry needs a ‘social licence’ – whatever that is – to conduct operations.
Fourthly, somehow CSG uses techniques that are new and untested and the laws ‘did not foresee’ gas wells. (It has been around in Australia and the USA for decades – over 1 million fracked wells in the US alone).
Fifth, the Feds should lockup large sections of land to stop development – sounds like de facto national parks.
Six, set up another government environmental agency – claims that CSG makes people sick (completely unsubstantiated)
Seventh, recommends another national policy governing wealth creation.
Eight, falsely claims that the public do not know what fracking chemicals are used in CSG.
Nine, falsely claims CSG and coal chemicals are flushed into rivers generally -doing that is completely illegal!
Ten, the Feds, States and regulators need to stop the mining and gas industry altogether. (This is crazy stuff).
Eleven, claims that water has no guaranteed protection – once again completely false.
Let’s be clear: No other conservative journalist or commentator wants to touch Dennis or the opponents of the CSG industry. AJ is out there by himself, cavorting with leftist green radicals in some campaign to undermine wealth creation and energy security.
Andrew Bolt has conducted probably the best interview ever of an ALP PM. The questions were pointed, went to the heart of the matters facing Australia, while giving Rudd little room to spin. I dare say it was ‘fair and balanced’. Something that has been sorely missing from the ABC for years. As short as the interview was, I don’t think Rudd will be doing anymore conservative media anytime soon.