What’s worse? Chris Bowen plunging Australia into energy poverty in order to reach an unattainable goal which, even if it were reached, would make no difference to the climate. Or Australia voting at the UN to condemn Israel to a continuation of horrific attacks on its people. I argue in a Quadrant Online piece that the latter is much worse.
It’s not a hard call. Bowen and the government he represents are members of a climate cult which has warped their minds. What we sane people see is hidden from Bowen et al. I know this. The wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine, and storage of energy in any useful quantities is impossibly expensive. Ergo, renewable energy is a crock which simply won’t work. Anyone with half a brain can work that out, even Bowen. The reason he can’t is not, on that account, because he’s a bad dude. He’s blinded by his faith. You see it in NSW.
It was hot in Sydney on Thursday. Penny Sharpe, the New South Wales minister for energy and climate change appeared on TV encouraging the good people of NSW to conserve electricity by adjusting their air conditioners to warm; by turning off their dryers, dishwashers and pool pumps, etc. She belongs to a government which has just overseen legislation to reduce net emissions to 50% of their 2005 level by 2030, by 75% by 2035, down to net zero by 2050. This will mean getting rid of all remaining coal power. At the same time, the government will almost certainly pay Origin Energy to keep Eraring coal power station open beyond its scheduled close of 2025. What does all of this confusing, mixed messaging, mean? It means that like Bowen, Sharpe has lost an ability to think clearly. Sad, but not bad.
Bad, is the way to describe the government’s pusillanimous capitulation to domestic electoral forces in voting to throw Israel to the wolves. This is morally bankrupt. Can’t blame the lackey representing Australia at the UN; he did what he was told. Penny Wong and Anthony Albanese and all government ministers and most Labor Party federal parliamentary representatives are responsible or complicit. It is a disgrace and a betrayal. Moral cowardice of a high order. It has been condemned by a number of media outlets. But, in my view, in not nearly strong enough terms.
It’s is not good enough to claim that the UN vote, opposed by the US and nine other honorable countries, will be ineffective. If you vote for it, you believe in it; you will be rightly charged with wanting it made effective. What would that mean? It would mean that Hamas would win. It would mean that Hamas could rearm and plan to go on violating, torturing and killing Israelis. In such circumstances, every Israeli victim would justifiably be sheeted home to Australia’s moral failing.
All Australians with an ounce of moral fortitude should disassociate themselves from this shameful action of this shameful government.