Energy Poverty versus Moral Cowardice

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.

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December 16, 2023 11:10 pm

This question of which is worse reminds me of questions as a little kid like would Spiderman beat Davy Crockett.

December 17, 2023 5:43 am

If I had the power to reopen just one Lunatic Asylum to house one person , that person would be chris bowen.

December 17, 2023 8:25 am

You are MUCH too kind.

The Klimate Kult is not some shadowy bunch if timid “Koncerned Citizens, though that would be dangerous enough. but out and proud apocalyptic social engineers.

Anyone with more than two functioning synapses can see that.

It is and always has been about POWER. Not just the stuff that comes out of walls, but REAL power;, Dominion, (so to speak), over all they survey. Megalomania; writ VERY large. Essentially a Death Cult; a “Green” Khmer Rouge, one that, contrary to their idols, has embraced many “modern” technologies ans and thoroughly weaponized them. Their really “naughty bits’ temporarily covered by the proverbial “fig leaf”.

Thought for their day:

“Memento Mori”.

Perplexed of Brisbane
Perplexed of Brisbane
December 17, 2023 9:06 am

This government (and LNP ones if we are honest) are Climate Cultists and are moral cowards.

They don’t seem to have made the connection that when the power goes out we will all be in the dark. Unless they have special power systems set up for the elite like themselves. It would be interesting what the homes of pollies have with generators etc.

Also, they don’t realise that muslims are using them and helping them stay in power as long as they can get to their ultimate aim. I suppose watching the confusion in his eyes as his loyal muslim constituents dispose of him permanently would be worth it.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
December 17, 2023 9:07 am

I don’t see a lesser of these two evils. One supports genocidal ambitions and the other supports world deindustrialization and resultant economic chaos. Both are killers on a large and inhuman scale.

December 17, 2023 9:42 am

Thanks Peter Smith!

December 17, 2023 9:47 am

On the news during the week an AEMO spokesman said that renewables were the cheapest form of electricity.
I kid you not.
Australia needs a cleanout of these zealots.

Boambee John
Boambee John
December 17, 2023 9:58 am


Pedantically, they are correct. You get no electricity, you don’t pay anything for electricity. How much cheaper can you get?

December 17, 2023 10:15 am

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.

Please don’t give them this excuse.

It’s akin to the mental illness explanation for terrorism.

In both instances they remain moral agents responsible for their actions.

December 17, 2023 10:40 am

Pedantically, they are correct. You get no electricity, you don’t pay anything for electricity. How much cheaper can you get?

They’ll still charge you for the infrastructure.

And all those new poles & wires they need to move supply around the grid aren’t going to be cheap.

December 17, 2023 10:41 am

You’re missing the point.

The climate agenda is a key strategy employed by the globalists to achieve their goal of population reduction and enslaving the remainder (particularly in the West). The clowns running our country are just the useful idiots executing the strategy at a local level.

Other key strategies at the disposal of the globalists to achieve their goals are:
– Pandemics
– Massive world-wide cyber attacks
– Major wars/conflicts

The current Israel/Hamas conflict is just another front opened up in the war/conflicts strategy to be used as another avenue to their end goal.

Does anyone with a functioning brain actually believe the Israeli defence and Intelligence forces didn’t know, or were not involved in some way with such an elaborate and planned attack by Hamas?

The current Israeli government has clearly demonstrated in the recent past it doesn’t care if it kills off some of its own people, as can be witnessed by its enthusiastic embrace of mass covid vaccinations and the agreements it signed with the drug companies. They are playing for the globalists, not the Israeli people.

So where do the criticisms of Israel by the Aus government fit into this? Do they understand this is part of a globalist agenda? Nope. It’s all part of the plan to keep everyone at each others throats, create confusion, conflicts & a level of chaos….Again our government are just useful idiots barking away at whatever is put in from of them. It’s a side show.

It’s designed to keep our eyes off the true criminals psychopaths and their global agendas.

December 17, 2023 11:12 am

“Pedantically, they are correct. You get no electricity, you don’t pay anything for electricity. How much cheaper can you get?”

I don’t recall power bills ceasing to arrive after the blackouts in Sydney and Perth when I lived there.

Rufus T Firefly
Rufus T Firefly
December 17, 2023 11:18 am

Western Govt’s are at war with their populations and have been for at least 40 years.

No matter who you vote for, you get a degraded education system, an immigration system that 95% of the population object to, a Govt that panders to those who allow men into female change rooms and a deliberate policy of making energy, both electric and vehicular, so expensive that it is out of the reach of most people.
That, my voting friends, is the Globalist UniParty.

Note that these worthless wind farms and solar arrays, are being constructed on fertile agricultural land. The problem with that is, both of these worthless technologies exude an “actual” poison, SF6, (as opposed to an alleged poison, CO2, which is ESSENTIAL for life on earth), which renders the land unusable for further agricultural use. Less food for the future.

The last dam was built in Australia, the driest continent on earth, in 1980.
Since then our population has doubled.
“Can’t destroy the habitat of the yellow throated finch”.
Amazingly however, in North Qld, the Govt plans to approve blowing the top, off of a mountain, about 40 square miles in area, to insert a wind farm.
To paraphrase the eloquent Victoria Nuland, “F*ck the Koalas!”

Add to that the mandating of an untested, experimental medical procedure, that has increased the Excess Death numbers by 17%, WORLDWIDE and it is obvious that the Govt is attempting to kill you. Given the Excess Death numbers, that no one dare mention, they are succeeding, ……., serf!!!

December 17, 2023 11:22 am

If I had the power to reopen just one Lunatic Asylum to house one person , that person would be chris bowen.

Bowen is one of the best examples around of someone promoted WAY beyond his ability. It is one of the greatest weaknesses of the Labor Party that they reward timeservers. Albanese is another example. But Bowen is an especially feeble character with negligible intellect. He reminds me of one of those pricks at school who was always toadying up to the teacher to obtain some stupid special position.

Bill P
Bill P
December 17, 2023 11:29 am

I just saw your estimate of replacement cost of $25K.
Where did you get that?
It is a Mitsubishi 380 is it not?

Bill P
Bill P
December 17, 2023 11:30 am

Shit. Wrong fred

Kim Howard
Kim Howard
December 17, 2023 1:45 pm

whats worse is the sheer stupidity of the Australian voter and also the Liberals and Labors preferencing Greenie nutjobs over One Nation and Conservatives

December 17, 2023 3:44 pm

Nothing will change until we start calling out the greatest propaganda heist in the history of science: there is no such thing as climate change.

Normal people aren’t falling for the bullshit being fed to impresssionable children by the education system. The climate changes in cycles of approximately 60 years duration. Sixty years ago, there were white frosts in southern Victoria in winter, which, like clockwork, will return in the next decade.

Humans have nothing to do with it. The only people who think they do fancy themselves as replacements for the Almighty — Aztec-style animists who, coincidentally, believe in other Aztec customs like the worship of plants and animals and child sacrifice (abortion).

December 17, 2023 3:57 pm

Either Way we are being Screwed by The Australia Labor Party & Blackout Bowen

Said to Young Jewish Guy with Skull Cap waiting with His Wife & 2 Young Kids at Sydney Airport Qantas T3 Domestic for 420 Bus today (for me to Mascot Station – Cheapskate – only taxpayer benefit I get $2.50 Seniors and walk at other end shorter than walk to Domestic Train Terminal – them as it turned out, 420 Bus to Burwood – they both arrived at the same time) -“Go Israel and complete Destruction of Palestinian Gazan Hamas Barbarians” – Got a Smile

Spineless Labor Wong & Albosleezy cannot be trusted on Israel

As for Blackout Bowen – as my Electricity Prices skyrocket –

Enyaw above sums it up perfectly
Dec 17, 2023 5:43 AM

If I had the power to reopen just one Lunatic Asylum to house one person , that person would be chris bowen.

let me add one more – As Albosleezy drinks $500 Bottle of Wine

Why are Australia taxpayers being ripped off by this

Shell Coles Express Toorak & Tivoli Roads South Yarra U91 – 169.9c per l

Shell Coles Express Cnr Ben Boyd Road & Ernest Street Neutral Bay U91 – 219c per l

December 17, 2023 4:23 pm

All Australians with an ounce of moral fortitude should disassociate themselves from this shameful action of this shameful government.

I wear my “I stand with Israel” polo shirt at every opportunity. A tiny protest and serve to those who are merely fair-weather friends of Israel.

As for the rest of your post – couldn’t agree more. We are being led by dolts who are in awe of the snake-oil salesmen. The climate cult represents an opportunity for vast riches to be embraced. The numbers (in dollars, Pounds, Yen, D-Mark, Franc etc.) are almost too incredible to comprehend. And don’t the charlatans and grifters know it! They see, correctly, that the climate ‘movement’ will fundamentally alter every aspect of the lives of citizens and business the world over. No corner will be left untouched in some way. The climate movement has reached a critical mass making it impossible to stop. It is not about you, your family or even the science – this is about money.

And I suspect that people like Bowen also have a eye towards their time after politics where he will milk it for everything he can get. The rest of you, the little people, will just suck it up and pay. That is your role.

December 17, 2023 5:33 pm

What compels (internally or externally) moral courage?
How does the absence of that compulsion affect the outcome of moral decisions?

Robert Sewell
December 17, 2023 5:43 pm

Bloody Liberals.
Bloody Labor.
If they were a dog, you’d have them the vet and get them put down.
Not even worth an out of date smelly tin of Pal.

Nah I’m joking about the vet – just bash ’em behind the ear with a tyre lever – save your money.

December 17, 2023 10:58 pm

No-one wants to be politically alone, Winston. Only extremists and weirdos are politically isolated, right? (Political isolation is a prerequisite for social isolation?).
Polisolofauxbia I’m calling it.

That and nostalgia – a false euphoria – are the ‘respectable’ drugs that will finally doom us. (It’s a wonder the grubbermint haven’t found a way to tax them both. Yet).

December 18, 2023 9:49 am

“…there is no such thing as climate change. “

Before European settlement, there were 100’s of millions of buffalo roaming the US.
These are basically all gone now, replaced by less than half the number of cows.
Note both are ruminants.
But the cows are bad, hmmkay?
We must reduce the number of them to “save” the world.

And they are now saying that human exhalations “contribute to” climate change.

I would suggest you listen to a climate scientist who was doing climate research *before* it became a cash cow – someone like Roger Pielke Snr, or Richard Lindzen.
These sorts of people were dong this in the “old days”, and now “climate research” budget has increased by 17 times. What will all those “climate scientists” do if there is no “climate emergency”? Where will they get their grants?

In any case, it is too late – unless we start next year at the latest to build new “on demand” power stations like coal or nuclear, we are screwed. And even then, we need to expedite the approval process and get rid of the ridiculous “green tape” that prevents their construction.

They appear to believe they can divide us, but I suspect that widespread blackouts will actually unite us against them. We will all demand it get fixed, whatever the “environmental” cost, and suddenly, the “human cost” of not doing it will become de rigour.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
December 18, 2023 11:11 am

There really is a plague of madness afflicting the lefty elites.

First thing Miles did as Premier of Queensland was announce unilateral castration of his state with a 75% emissions reduction by 2035. But at the same time he said he would approve coal and gas projects. Go figure.

And today we have the unions going nuts.

Unions pressure Albanese to increase climate target (Sky News, 18 Dec)

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is under pressure from unions and Labor members to increase the 2035 emissions reduction target to be more in line with state goals.

It comes after new Queensland Premier Steven Miles announced a goal to lower the state’s emissions by 75 per cent.

It’s insane. Not only is it an engineering impossibility but nothing unusual is happening climate-wise. Just normal weather, and no signs of dangerous global warming in the raw real world data – certainly not in the 21stC so far.

I really don’t understand what is going on inside the heads of these people.

The Bungonia Bee
The Bungonia Bee
December 22, 2023 6:18 pm

Climate Change = Open Borders = Fragment The West.

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