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We tried letting Sky News run the country and look where it got us

Whilst there are many factors contributing to our current energy woes, there is general agreement that “the simplistic, ideological nonsense that has substituted for policy in the past decade” is right up there.

This crisis was a long time in the making and won’t be fixed quickly or easily. The first step, admitting we have a problem, has been thrust upon us by a confluence of circumstances.

Despite the difficulties faced, both immediately and into the future, there is a sense that action is being taken. Experts are being listened to rather than tame consulting firms commissioned to produce spurious reports about the unaffordability of moving to clean energy.

Yet still, the Coalition resist and deny.

The new leader of the wedge and slogan party said the crisis has occurred because the power industry has been “spooked” by the ALP’s plans to promote renewables “too quickly”.

The new leader of the climate change denying party suggested nuclear power was the answer. It is the most expensive form of power. It would take 15 years to build. It is not renewable and it produces toxic waste.

It is obvious where the views of the alternate prime minister and his deputy come from and it isn’t any of the energy regulators, suppliers or academics in the field.

Oh no. If you want to know how to run the country, turn to Sky non-News.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese signing a deal to prioritise “climate gestures” amid an energy crisis could be “signing his own political death warrant,” says Sky News host Chris Kenny.

Mr Albanese and Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen signed a letter to the United Nations promising to deliver cuts to Australia’s emissions by at least 43 per cent by 2030.

“So that’s it, rather than ensure you have enough electricity, no greenouts, and that your electricity is affordable,” Mr Kenny said.

“Albanese and Bowen, in the middle of an energy crisis, have bowed to the UN and promised to cut our emissions by even more.

“The political timing is unthinkable.”

And they wonder why we are in such a mess.

 

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  1. Philip Pryor

    STY news, newsless, factless if the real facts do not suit, staffed with itchy botties and irritable misfits. I’ll be in a motel room next week, the only place I see a casual bit of STY in passing and searching. The shit there makes the worst ads look decent, Who could sit supine, silent, vulnerable, naive and hopeless in receiving this shit T V sham willingly. Who? Why? I know a chap who says it is entertaining. There’s the simple vision, of poor T V. It’s entertaining to digest shit voluntarily. (He is a nice dill) N B, my wife fiddled the naming and I’ve been promoted from Phil to Philip.

  2. Henry Rodrigues

    Regarding that sage Chris Kenny and his dire observations about the signing of the letter to the UN about carbon reduction targets; let me be the first one to donate my best and most expensive tie to this pompous dork so he can avail himself of the nearest accessible tree and my tie, and put them both to good use. It’ll be over in a few minutes, the trashing about and then the stillness. And better still, get Adam Taylor, Scummo’s personal photographer to record it for posterity.

  3. Kaye Lee

    I think Peta Credlin should shoulder a lot of the blame for the crap we have endured for the last nine years.

    “Along comes a carbon tax. It wasn’t a carbon tax, as you know. It was many other things in nomenclature terms but we made it a carbon tax. We made it a fight about the hip pocket and not about the environment. That was brutal retail politics and it took Abbott about six months to cut through and when he cut through, Gillard was gone.”

    Then….

    “Is Malcolm going to be able to take something as complex as the RET (Renewable Energy Target) and break it down and argue it and hit the hustings and smash through all of that detail to have people come with him? That will be the political test.”

    And then….

  4. Michael Taylor

    Hi, Philip. That explains why your recent comments were caught up in moderation, which I apologise for.

    It should be OK now.

  5. Josephus

    I have long never watched more than a minute of commercial tv, which seems to be turning many into devotees of a trumpian or putinesque alternative universe . That said, I note that The Australian does now carry the odd alternative view on global warming. Its readers usually seem however more addled than do some of the journalists. I use as my yardstick the evidence serious scientists and similar experts provide. I can’t understand why people can’t distinguish opinion and evidence. Once a man at the pub told me that he did not believe in man made climate change. I replied that his opinion was irrelevant. He was furious, did not understand.
    Our schools are in crisis . Perhaps we should import anglophone French teachers, whose schooling included, and whose colleagues still teach, basic logical thinking.

  6. Peter F

    Now we have a blonde senator from WA telling us that the ALP had nine years in opposition to be prepared to repair the coalitions disastrous mistakes, the must be blamed for not being ready. Is this the best they can do?….. yes, it is.

  7. Harry Lime

    You can’t help but feel sorry for the poor bastards..irrelevance must be a bitter pill to swallow after deluding themselves so successfully for years.Has Rupert passed the hat around for his funeral yet?What an astounding gaggle of fuckwits.

  8. Phil Pryor

    To M T, no apology needed.., just that the internal naming, which I understand not, suddenly had her name, mine twice and different, and that of a deceased friend, all mysterious. I prefer to remain plain, open, “vulnerable”, “honest”, etc.

  9. Williambtm

    The contract to be given the agency to run with the negatives & nonsense of the former Liberal Pentecostal Pontiff has since been tossed into the Labor government dirt tin. So why does the Sky News mob bung on as though they are the mighty masters of all national & international news narratives?

    With the installation of a new federal government that is far more in step with the people of Australia & our sovereign nation, all that uttered by Sky News has since become redundant,
    Surely someone in their senior ranks already knows this, so why does Sky News persist with their offer of more bunkum blather and bullschitt news stories.

    Sky would do itself a favour by sacking its feckless-news presenters and opinionators & sticking with racing, trots and greyhounds. Let’s hope they don’t stuff that up?
    My television stays off 24/7, that way my brain is not besmirched with the traumas of Scotty the builder, or the dumping of a young couple in some far-off
    Pacific Island, then bung on they are lost & near starving, yet there is a food van just behind the cameras. Talk about a load of shite television, I might even take the shite-box (television) to the local recycling centre, dump it,then kick the bloody screen in.

    There is far more intelligence available on Youtube, BitChute, or even Tik Tok.

  10. Mr Bronte ALLAN

    Sky non news is an absolute travesty of “real TV”, with the likes of the bolster, cretin, kelly etc, what can we say? Thanks to the lying fucking COALition, we have had to put up with this crap about the fact that they do not believe in Climate Change, & mudrake , Sky TV etc backing them we have gone backwards! Now thank goodness, the “real” Australians, the Labor party, we have a good strategy & a good chance in trying to combat Climate Change. Even now the dustbin & his bunch of lying crones are still blaming Labor for their own debacle in not doing enough in trying to manage Climate Change. Great article, as usual,Kaye!

  11. Albos Elbow

    Isn’t Poopert Murdereroch dead yet?

  12. Andrew J. Smith

    Peta Credlin’s claim of thinking up the ‘carbon tax’ is allegedly only half true, in the Australian context, but had been used in the previous decade by GOP & fossil fuels in US to nobble attempts by the Clinton administration to bring in carbon pricing; no doubt informed by some GOP trained pollsters and/or a Koch linked think tank.

  13. Kaye Lee

    The article Kathy linked to is interesting

    “The analysis, published by UK thinktank the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, said the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sky News Australia consistently ranked highly for traction, pushing the partisan views of its hosts and guests to a global audience through social media networks.

    The report identified key “discourses of delay” used to undermine action on the climate crisis, particular in the lead up to and during the UN climate talks in Glasgow in 2021.

    These included attacks on “unreliable renewables” or claimed ineffectiveness of electric vehicles. Other popular themes were to point to major emitters – often China – and use their high emissions to absolve other countries of the need to act, or to argue that advocates for climate action were wealthy elites and part of a “New World Order”.

    More broadly, the report said that climate change denial and attacks on renewables often coexisted with anti-trans and anti-lockdown sentiments, as well as misinformation on the pandemic.”

    I remember the part Alan Jones caused in stoking the Cronulla riots. I remember the gallows brought to the anti-lockdown protests.
    Shades of Trump. These people deliberately stoke social division. They should be stopped.

    The pentacostal push for political power is another American import.

  14. Michael Taylor

    Kathy, if you’re a Luddite then I’m a dinosaur.

    That was a telling article, btw. But it’s not surprising.

  15. Kathy

    Michael, I’ve been checking them out on Twitter and I can’t believe some of the things I’ve heard lately and absolutely false. How on earth could someone be allowed to say on air that “The virus was created for the vaccine-the vaccine was not created for the virus.”

  16. Michael Taylor

    Crazy, Kath. They are a dangerous outfit.

  17. wam

    You have oft dismissed my morning show posts, kaye, but the old google says sunrise reaches 1112000 viewers with ABC Breakfast 2nd and karl baby 3rd..
    The secret is 5 second messages repeated 3 times. As for tax, a compulsory contribution to state revenue, old google: price on carbon: The tax calculated on the basis of carbon emission from industry, number of employee hours and turnover of the factory is called carbon tax. This tax shall be paid by industries. This will encourage the industries to use the energy efficient techniques. For someone, who supported boobbies destruction of the bipartisan 2009 price, it seems a little churlish to challenge credlin on her use of carbon tax??? Be strong Albo, go for renewables and be inclusive of independents(don’t forget katter) and remember that the bandit has an agenda that makes him and probably the rest untrustworthy.

  18. Terence Mills

    SKY sacked Alan Jones at the same time that The Tele dropped his column as no longer ‘resonating’ with readers. SKY then made way for Piers Morgan who was personally appointed by Rupert Murdoch at enormous expense to peddle right-wing claptrap on various Murdoch outlets in Britain, the US and Australia, including online streaming.

    So far I hear that the ratings for Piers Morgan have been abysmal and are a sure sign that Roop is losing his midas touch.

    I tuned in to Morgan the other night and found that he was getting his knickers in a knot about Amber Heard and Johnny Depp – at least Alan Jones put some effort into his rants even if he didn’t check his facts.

    SKY rely heavily on their international online streaming and right wing audiences in the US – in Australia Sky after Dark is always out rated by offerings such as Peppa Pig on the ABC – that’s why they spend an inordinate amount of time focusing on Joe Biden, his age, his trips and stumbles and how much better Trump was .

    What intrigues me is whether, when Rupert dies, Lachlan will continue this pathetic excuse for a news service or if he will sell it all off and spend time flying around the globe in his private jet and cruising the oceans of the world in his new yacht.

  19. Mark Buckley

    Watching Sky is ‘taking one for the team’, Kaye. You should be congratulated. I once stumbled on to Paul Murray (?) and thought I was on a televangelist show. I watched it for a moment, until the stupidity alerted me to the fact I was watching really low grade tv. I even thought I was on Fox for a minute, with an Aussie accent.

  20. Terence Mills

    That’s what it is, FOX with an Aussie accent – they couldn’t even be original about that.

  21. Kaye Lee

    Mark,

    I didn’t watch it. Not even in the name of research can I stomach actually listening to them. My google searching leads me to strange places. Reading it is less likely to prompt violent physical reactions than watching though it can lead to some swearing and over vigorous typing.

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