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.
Alan Jones has jumped on the marijuana bandwagon. Apparently it is a wonder drug for the dying and people with chronic conditions. If that is the case, then let marijuana go through the normal approval processes, via the TGA, that every other medical drug has to go through in order to receive approval for use. Don’t count on that happening any time soon.
Legalising marijuana for ‘medical’ purposes is simply a ploy for legalising the drug for general use. Proponents should start telling the truth.
Fortunately there are jurisdictions where marijuana has been legalised, and the early lessons are telling. Apparently in Colorado black market marijuana is rampant even after the product was legalised for certain use. It seems the normal laws of supply and demand still work.
Legal sales of recreational marijuana were supposed to reduce black-market demand for pot but have actually had the opposite effect, The Washington Post reports.
“It’s actually benefited the black market. Prices are going up,” a broker identified as “Junior” told the Post’s Tina Griego…..But when it became legal to sell in dispensaries earlier this year, the prices shot up, partly to pay taxes imposed by the state.
Illegal pot doesn’t come with taxes attached, so the black market began to thrive again, Griego explained.
I’ve previously covered Tony Abbott’s less than authentic voice on conservative issues here and here. Well, to add more evidence to the claim:
Mr Abbott said he was dumping Senator Brandis’s draft laws, which would have removed key sections of the Racial Discrimination Act which the Attorney-General said made it illegal to “hurt the feelings of others”.
Weak. Let’s be clear: Tony Abbott is a big government establishment politician and he will do what it takes to protect his fellow establishment mates by putting their interests ahead of the national interest. Need I list some of Abbott’s sins:
His PPL scheme
Referendum to fix apparent ‘racism’ in the constitution
Increase in the corporation tax
Increase in the top income tax
Support for the RET
There does not appear to be much fighting spirit on domestic issues.
Tony Abbott this morning supported Israel’s right to self-defence and repeated calls for an immediate ceasefire “because plainly too many people are dying”.
“We support Israel’s right to exist, we support Israel’s right to self-defence, we support the Palestinians’ right to a state of their own, but that’s got to go hand-in-hand with the recognition of Israel’s right to exist behind secure borders,” the Prime Minister told Melbourne radio 3AW.
The blunt assessment was issued yesterday by Anthony Whealy QC, the former judge who chaired a 2013 counter-terrorism review and who sentenced Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf to five years’ jail.
Clearly the sentences for such offenses need to be toughened.
Hamas has fired over 2,000 rockets into Israel without direct provocation and ignored the Egyptian sponsored cease fire (Israel abided by it for at least a day, while the rockets rained down). What exactly is Hamas trying to achieve?
The most rational explanation I can find for Hamas’s renewal of hostilities is that it’s trying to shore up its support in Gaza. The Syrian civil war and the Egyptian coup have deprived the paramilitaries of, respectively, their chief sponsor and their most immediate sympathiser. Isolated and bankrupt, unable even to pay the salaries of their 40,000 government employees, Hamas leaders seem to have decided to stake everything on a military campaign. Possibly, like Galtieri’s junta in 1982, they feel they have little to lose. At best, a new ceasefire might result in concessions, such as prisoner releases or – the big prize – a reopening of Gaza’s borders. At worst, the conflict should rally people to their regime.
I think if there is one thing that has become clear over the 70 year conflict it is: who ever leads the Palestinian people does not care for the welfare of the Palestinian people.
Hamas does not build air raid shelters, fires rockets at Israel from highly vulnerable civilian locations and has no intention of ever making peace with Israel. Despite Israel vacating the Gaza strip in 2005 and offering to share Jerusalem as a co-capital with the Palestinians, amongst a range of concessions the Israelis have been willing to make. Is that really consistent with a leadership that cares about its own people.
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.