Australian news, and some related international items

Australia’s Prime Minister maintains his allegiance to COAL

Remember Mr Lump O’Coal? He’s still doing his thing, Brisbane Times, By Warwick McFadyen, 8 December 2018  So, we are doomed. And in a perverse way there is a grotesque sense of achievement in this. No other species can realise this for an entire planet. We can. Three cheers for us. Hip, hip hooray.

The most famous environmentalist on this blue planet, Sir David Attenborough, has pronounced it so as an envoy of the people to the UN: “Right now we’re facing a man-made disaster on a global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change.

“I am only here to represent the voice of the people to deliver our collective thoughts, concerns, ideas and suggestions.

“The people have spoken. Leaders of the world you must lead. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”………

Donald Trump believes in fossil fuels. Just one of many examples of this is his choice of Andrew Wheeler, a coal lobbyist, to head the Environmental Protection Agency. You wouldn’t see this in a forward-looking country like Australia. Oh, hello, ministers Melissa Price and Angus Taylor.

It is almost two years ago that Prime Minister Scott Morrison, then the treasurer, walked into question time with his friend, Mr Lump O’Coal.

In February 2017, Morrison, courtesy of the Minerals Council of Australia, brandished his friend. He said, “Don’t be afraid. Don’t be scared.”

Mr O’Coal, of course, had no say in the matter. Others spoke for him. He was just there – a token of their esteem, a symbol of their way of thinking, a pillar, metaphorically, of their ideology. He sat quietly except when passed around. There was laughter and much mirth. He was not the butt of jokes, but light entertainment. See, look at him, poor harmless fellow. Oh, don’t be scared yon naysayers across the floor and throughout the land, he won’t bite. See, he has no teeth. Look at our hands. Clean!

He was servant to a grinning master and, his usefulness in the skit done with, put away. You can’t blame Mr O’Coal. He was just the prop, the sight gag to a larger joke that is still running throughout the land: in this long night of the lumpenproletariat, ignorance flourishes. Too much sunlight and it withers. Too much science and it withers. It’s as if there’s an idiot wind making it so we can hardly breathe.

December 10, 2018 - Posted by | General News

1 Comment »

  1. Reblogged this on jpratt27 and commented:
    Stop Adani we need a Green New Deal urgently

    Comment by John | December 10, 2018 | Reply

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