Climate Terrorism: Mainstream Media Waging War on Common Sense & Reason

Australian voters recently rejected a massive increase in wind and solar and voted in favour of the Queensland coal industry. And yet, plenty in the mainstream media continue to act as if the Green/Labor Alliance had, in fact, won the Federal election in May.

Never let the facts get the way of a deluded narrative, as they say.

In Australia, the National broadcaster, the ABC and the Nine/Fairfax broadcast and print conglomerate dominate the debate on all things PC, catastrophic climate change, included.

Each of them has their individual champions for wind and solar – Peter Hannam, for example; with that pair advanced, mantra-like, as the only ‘solution’ to an imminent climate catastrophe. But it’s their institutional bias that shone through during and after the election. An election that these same characters predicted Bill ‘Shifty’ Shorten’s Labor party would win by a landslide, because they had dubbed it the ‘climate change’ election and believed that all and sundry would vote, just like them, in favour of a whopping tax on carbon dioxide gas and a 50% RET. They didn’t.

Characters like the ABCs Fran Kelly work themselves into a lather over the weather and were ecstatic when know-nothing teenage brats were given the day off school to wave paper windmills and (misspelt) placards demanding immediate ‘climate action’ to a ‘climate emergency’. After they retreated from the barricades, the kids were collected from the protests by their mothers in fuel hungry German SUVs and returned to their comfy air-conditioned homes to flop down in front of giant widescreen TVs to play Fortnite, and forget about the world, for a while.

Of course, the demand for ‘climate action’ is a euphemism for extending subsidies to wind and solar, until kingdom come.

Never mind that the chaotic delivery of wind and solar mean that neither will ever constitute a meaningful power supply.

But, none of this matters, in the fact and consequence free zone, which is your ABC, as Chris Mitchell details below.

Ita claims it’s ‘unconscious’ but entrenched anti-coal bias at the ABC is out in the open for all to see
The Australian
Chris Mitchell
24 June 2019

New ABC board chair Ita Buttrose surprised Radio National host Fran Kelly on Monday, June 10 when she said the ABC really had to think about its unconscious bias. The following Monday, Media Watch made Ita’s point for her.

Like his predecessors for decades, host Paul Barry was riding shotgun against journalists straying from the ABC’s deep-Greens line on matters environmental. He jumped on a show on Sky News the previous week, falsely claiming host Peta Credlin had not properly declared Adani’s role in paying for a trip to India during which Credlin had interviewed Adani chairman Gautam Adani, India’s former secretary for power RV Shahi, and families that had no access to electricity.

As Andrew Bolt on Sky News pointed out on Tuesday night with Gerard Henderson, Barry was just plain wrong. Credlin did personally mention Adani’s support and the program did so again at the bottom of the screen. Various ­pieces Credlin wrote for News Corp papers about her trip before Media Watch aired made the same declaration.

Barry did not discuss the real substance of Credlin’s program, which was fascinating and something the ABC should have done years earlier. Rather, he claimed Credlin did not ask tough questions about black-throated finches and the water table.

She did, however, ask tough questions the ABC does not want to know about, such as: why should a quarter of a billion Indians continue to languish with no access to electricity? Shahi, the father of the country’s electrification program, said India would either use coal from Adani or much ­dirtier coal sourced elsewhere.

As this column argued during the campaign for the May 18 election, Indian villagers, especially women responsible for cooking, continue to have shortened life expectancies because of the use of dung and wood inside homes for cooking and lighting.

Let’s go back to Ita’s words the previous Monday: “We are all biased. It can be the question we ask, or the question we don’t ask. It can be the person we have on or the person we don’t have on.”

Sins of omission? Not only did Media Watch have no business criticising an incisive hour of television on the Adani issue, it missed what really should have been its targets, given the previous week was one of the year’s most important for climate change stories. They were just stories that did not fit Media Watch’s bias. Nor did they fit the agenda of our ABC or the Nine Entertainment newspapers, which did not report news that made the front page of this newspaper as well as the quality newspapers in London, including The Guardian.

The program should have asked why the national broadcaster and Fairfax ignored the BP 2019 Statistical Review of World Energy, each year one of the most important for the world environment. The report showed that, contrary to the ABC/Fairfax narrative, global carbon dioxide emissions last year rose 2 per cent while gas production and consumption rose 5 per cent, the highest rises in 30 years. And although world renewables output rose 14.5 per cent, this was only a third of the total world increase in global energy usage of 2.9 per cent.

Worse from the ABC perspective, given it has been predicting the imminent death of the fossil fuel industry for more than a decade, fracking last year allowed the US to report the largest annual increase in history in any country of oil and gas output.

As a program motivated by climate alarmism, Media Watch should have understood what BP chief economist Spencer Dale said these numbers meant, and should have asked why many in the media can’t handle the truth about renewables and fossil fuels. Said Dale: “The longer carbon emissions continue to rise, the harder and more costly will be the necessary eventual adjustment to net-zero carbon emissions.”

Media Watch should also have asked why the ABC and Fairfax continue to ignore the collapse in support for the left’s Canadian climate darling, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Toronto Sun on June 12 reported 45 per cent of Canadians in a poll of 1633 voters opposed Trudeau’s carbon tax and only 28 per cent supported it. Two days later The Canadian Press reported only 32 per cent of Canadians think Trudeau deserves re-election.

As Ita says, it’s bias by omission.

There is a strong case Media Watch, when examining the coverage of the federal election, should have asked why so many media organisations misread the Adani issue. This column argued several times during the campaign that Adani and former Greens leader Bob Brown’s convoy from Melbourne to the central Queensland coal fields could severely damage Labor’s votes in three coastal seats. Many Labor MPs made the same point.

Here Media Watch and the ABC have been — and remain — blind to the views of voters who care about jobs and power prices, understand the nation’s need for reliable baseload power and know coal is the nation’s largest export earner. Why on earth would they not vote accordingly?

The ABC has been on an anti-Adani crusade for years, its reporters captured by Greens lobbyists and unable to deal with the issue, or the company, fairly. Yet Media Watch, far from looking at this ­hyperventilating coverage, has only criticised ABC news director Gaven Morris for intervening to ensure at least a semblance of balance by his reporters. You can see that June 3 program online.

Readers who doubt the ABC’s Adani bias should go back and have a look at the coverage, much of it driven by business journalist Stephen Long, starting with his Four Corners special on October 2, 2017. On ABC’s The Business last Thursday week, Long implied the mine had gained final environmental approval only after political interference by the Queensland Premier and yet again cast doubt on whether it would actually be built. This fits into a long-running Greens narrative that there is no global future for coal and that the Adani mine will never be built.

Long went on to contradict his own position, saying the approval might signal other mines in the Galilee Basin, where Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer have large leases. Like many critics of the Carmichael mine, Long seems to think a private company would spend a billion dollars on a project knowing all along it never intends to build it.

A shrewder journalist might look at Palmer’s $70 million election advertising spend and its focus on criticising former opposition leader Bill Shorten and the ALP, and conclude billionaires know there is still plenty of money to be made in Queensland thermal coal.

ABC editorial management could address their reporters’ unconscious biases by suggesting they read the excellent piece in The Weekend Australian last Saturday week by Bjorn Lomborg to learn the facts about renewables: solar and wind account for just 1 per cent of global power and are likely to be only 4 per cent by 2040.
The Australian

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We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.

Comments

  1. Peter Pronczak says:

    ABC Radio National has been swindling listeners for years. They continually broadcast the same interviews with different presenters voices.
    An interview on Darwin ABC of a sportswoman was rebroadcast on Sydney radio by a different presenter. The next day she had the impudence to accept compliments ‘for a wonderful interview’ from local listeners.

    I first became aware of the practice a year after tropical cyclone Larry in March 2006.
    On one occasion an interview broadcast on ABC RN on a Friday morning was rebroadcast by another presenter on Sunday night. When I rang the station to complain the woman producer snarled, “Not everyone listens 24/7” and slammed the phone down. It’s not exactly a secret as presenters and producers need to conspire, but so far no whistleblowers that I’m aware of – maybe it’s about the money?

    Some interviews are even altered after being broadcast. After downloading one particular interview, after listening to the first where the interviewee spoke in a logical historical timeline, the reproduction left me wondering why the well known presenter bothered to invite the person in the first place as they did all the talking.
    The interviewee didn’t respond to my questions about the alteration, perhaps because of an ABC TV mini series made from his book.
    Some altered interviews are missing their properties and I doubt many people are aware of how advanced voice recognition software has become.
    It’s left me wondering what we’re paying for on ‘Your ABC’: blackmail perhaps?

  2. Raphael Semmes says:

    Here is a more responsible media account, the documentary entitled “The Great Global Warming Swindle” broadcast nationally in the UK on Channel 4:

  3. Incredible waste of time and resources as they steal the wealth away from the populace.

  4. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

  5. Time to form our own country states to breakaway from se queensland sydney and melbourne two to four country states depending on opinion. Our roads in western victoria have 60 and 80 km limits already and andrews wants to do it to all country roads. Probably not the hume but should be if all our roads are cut back so should theirs. Make them have turbines in the citys where they want renewable intermittant power.

  6. enouranois says:

    It would be good to get away from the divide-and-rule scenario between “renewables” and nuclear energy.

  7. Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

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