‘The Australian Energy Market Operator has just released a report on the future of the Australian energy market. Giles Parkinson over at reneweconomy.com.au has probably already got a 4000 word forensic demolition of it posted [sort of]. It is clearly going to be used by various shades of fossil fuel friends to say “only coal can provide reliable cheap baseload power,” their dominant (and false to the point of hilarity) meme.
But this: This morning as I walked around the park with the backpack full of logs and bricks, I had my transistor radio with me. And I heard an extraordinarily poor interview on the flagship RadioNational program by some guy called Hamish McDonald, interviewing the energy and environment minister Josh Frydenberg about the AEMO report. It went on for about fifteen excruciating minutes. Here are some words that never were uttered: climate change, carbon dioxide, emissions, Paris Agreement.
I can understand Frydenberg not wanting to bring them up (every time he does, the Nationals have a hissy fit), but the craven surrender by the ABC guy (the ABC is being bullied into submission much as the BBC has been) will be very hard to explain to kids 20 years from now, as the really serious shit is hitting the fan.
Chomsky nailed this when he and Edward Herman talked about the manufacturing of consent, of thought control in democratic societies.
And here, courtesy of a brilliant friend of mine, is a twitter thread from Alex Steffen
Alex SteffenVerified account @AlexSteffen
It is very difficult for most members of the American press/academia/punditry to accept the idea that their core thinking on climate change and the planetary crisis has been bounded and shaped by Carbon Lobby propaganda… much less grapple with the implications of that fact. 1/
Hamish McDonald cntinually disappoints. And yet he writes for the Saturday Paper every week on international issues. Does he adopt a different mask for the ABC?