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January 21st 2018 print

Michael Copeman

Five Ways to Torment The Greens

Unpleasant and arrogant they might be, but the Greens keep putting runs to the board, not to mention adding zeroes to the nation's electricity bills. What a crying shame conservatives aren't goading these economic and cultural vandals to the point of emotional overload and beyond

green hand snakeSenator Di Natale’s recent call for Australia Day to be moved from January 26 reveals that he and many of his fellow Greens have seemingly few major issues to occupy their intermittently febrile minds. Clearly they need more topics to fret about, which they will enjoy for the virtue-signalling potential while cheering the sane rest of us by saddling them with so many concerns their monomaniacal minds won’t know how or where to begin.

It is a tactic I came to understand as a callow youth who limped from the cricket field after yet another golden duck. My team’s coach (aka Barry’s dad) gave me some very importance advice. “Michael,” he began “you don’t always want to be on the back foot.”

Forty-five years later that counsel rings true when I ponder how rational, sensible adults of conservative bent have had so little success countering green ratbaggery. Instead of being on the front foot, down the wicket, attacking the next Yorker (or the late turning leg spinner) , we invariably allow the Greens to put us on the back foot. Aided by the media and indulged by Labor allies even when their policies put union members out of work, they take wicket after wicket. All we do by way of response is argue that their latest deliveries transgressed the crease of logic and fact and were in fact no-balls.

If you want to know how well that strategy works just look at electricity prices and the insane policies that have pushed them to their absurd heights (and will soon drive them even higher).

Okay, let’s start with coal, of which Australia is plentifully supplied and whose export props up the living standards of all, even brain-dead hippies who chain themselves to bulldozers and tip trucks. How can we produce enough non-fossil-fuel electricity to keep our population cool (or warm), the lights on and industry working? Below are five proposals, each guaranteed to inspire such apoplexy in DiNatale & Co that matters like the date of Australia Day will slide mercifully from public view.

1.  Create a massive hydro-electric dam in the Blue Mountains’  Jamieson Valley

This project — an extension of Warragamba Dam — would allow Sydney’s power to be generated by a single green and environmentally sustainable project. A very large dam in the Jamieson Valley could feed constant hydro-electric power into the grid and do so on a massive scale.

The Greens’ entirely predictable response will be to scream and yell about displaced wildlife and disrupted eco systems. That will keep them both busy, ideally with your more ardent activists cuddling brown snakes and funnel webs for photo ops. This might not generate the kind of headlines they anticipate.

2. Build the Gordon-below-Franklin Dam in Tasmania

Finally going ahead with a dam on Western Tasmania’s Gordon river would give the Greens an issue they can really get their teeth into. With a bit of luck, thousand Bob Brown’s feral worshippers will camp in the middle of an icy Tasmanian winter to express their disgust while the construction project goes full-steam ahead. It’s hard to keep a decent chant when your teeth are chattering in the final stages of hypothermia.

With completion of the promised-and-abandoned Gordon-below-Franklin hydro scheme, Tasmania would likely have plenty of electricity to share via Bass Strait cable with ailing Victoria.  There might even be enough power to illuminate the penis-tucking troubadours and Safe Schools chorus providing the entertainment at Daniel Andrews’ farewell party!

3. Divert the Snowy west of the Great Divide

Those with long political memories might recall how the outcome of a Victorian state election was effectively decided in 1999 by the Gippsland East independent MP Craig Ingram, who supported Labor’s Steve Bracks on the condition that the Snowy would flow in a major (but wasteful) way through  Gippsland and thence into Bass Strait.

So let’s re-direct 100% of Snowy’s flow, every single drop, to the west via hydro-electric schemes!  Downstream, South Australia will see a bit more flow in the Murray. As this is exactly what the Greens have been whining about for ages, let them then say they oppose it.

4. Put new dams high-up on all the flood-prone rivers of Northern NSW

If you are a New South Welshman like me, you probably went through the long dull years of an Australian primary school, learning by heart the names of our Northern Rivers. This exercise seemed pointless at the time, nowhere near as interesting as blowing little wads of moist paper onto the classroom ceiling with the casing of a Bic pen. That was until you travelled north by car and realized you had to cross every one of those damn rivers before making it to the El Dorado of Surfers Paradise.

Later still, you came to realise that almost every summer one or more of those Northern Rivers will flood. The logical response and progression is to tackle this peril at its source  Build dams in the catchment areas for each of these rivers and, while you won’t catch every drop that falls, you at least will have a better chance of stopping the rivers flooding lower down.

With Greens already chained to trees and rocks in the Blue Mountains and Tasmania, on-the-ground opposition will be inevitably diminished.

5. Build the once-planned nuclear power plant at Jervis Bay

You don’t want coal power anymore, Senator Di Natale?  You want us to phase out all fossil fuel use?  But let’s face it, you don’t really have a plan how to produce all the “sustainable” power that’s needed to replace it. If cliches, half-truths and outright lies had calorific value we could burn them all day long, but such is not the case. Nuclear is safe, carbon-free and proven (at least when drunken Russian technicians aren’t running the control room), so the Greens should love it. But of course they don’t.

So let’s build it and watch the fun as they chant, snivel, mug for the cameras and attempt to explain why this super-clean form of energy generation is in fact, you know, like ‘really, really icky, man’.

They say Old Nick loves idle hands. Let’s give the Greens such an overload of issues to keep them busy that sane Australians can get on with the job of repairing the damage they have already done.

Comments [19]

  1. Even armed with the knowledge that more people are killed each year in efforts to clean the solar panels on their rooves than have been killed by the west’s nuclear power industry, forever, I would still rather build a series of new coal fired power stations because they can generate electricity at the lowest true free market cost. Using coal for energy creation has been the greatest tree saving event in human history.

  2. ianl says:

    On the other hand:

    http://catallaxyfiles.com/2018/01/21/australias-kobayashi-maru-moment/

    Widespread informal voting would cut the Gordian Knot, but very few people will do that. Certainly not nearly enough to make any difference.

    • whitelaughter says:

      informal voting is pointless. If 99% of the population votes informal, then the remaining 1% determine who gets elected.

      The way to put the wind up the establishment is to support independents and minor parties. Sure, most of them are ratbags; but if the threat of them being elected is real, the major parties will pull their socks up.

      • ianl says:

        The “remaining” 1% are so unstable that they fall apart in less than 3 months. Just look at the spectacle of elected Hanson candidates double-crossing their “party” on their inaugural Parliamentary speech. Why would the 1% behave differently ? That chaos would cause re-organisation of the polity just as surely as your non-solution.

        As I said, it’s moot anyway as not nearly enough people will do it to have impact. Trying to vote in an assortment of unstable, incoherent independents is just a variation on this theme. The “major” parties and their running-mate MSM would try and jail the more popular candidates – look what Abbott et al did to Hanson.

        It’s really disheartening that the Aus population is so deeply imbued with middle-class security needs that actual fundamental, wholesale change is beyond them. Such a long way from the Eureka Stockade …

      • Wayne says:

        In most lower house seats voting for minor parties is a waste of time as your preference will end up with one of the big two. At least by voting informal and I mean really informal with a written message to the powers that be you get some satisfaction and you take back control of your vote. Is it cutting off your nose, absolutely but in some circumstances such as we find ourselves with the choices available the nuclear option is the only way to send a message that just might be heard. Surprisingly a lot of seats are won by a small margin and an increase in deliberate stress deliberate informal votes will definitely get attention.

        The Senate is another matter and here the smaller parties are definitely worth a protest vote.

  3. Tricone says:

    They win because productive people who improve society simply don’t have time to engage in Green ratbaggery.

    The only thing to do is to cut their funding. Not just the taxpayer dollars funding their propaganda in the ABC and SBS.

    All the licensing and compliance authorities that they infiltrate to get well-paid , overstaffed, limited hours jobs preventing productive people from fulfilling their potential, obstructing valuable projects, discouraging most would-be entrepreneurs from even starting.

    What a drain on the health of the nation!

  4. Tony Tea says:

    If I was a king – say, Louis XV – and got by spending money I didn’t have, I would build and eastern states water network from Cape York to the Victoria SA border. (SA can go it alone with giant water batteries.)

  5. Ian Mackenzie says:

    I’ve never understood opposition to dams, which are just artificial lakes really. If there was a lake somewhere and we suggested draining it back to the point where there was just a river, the Greens would oppose it and yet if we propose creating a nice new lake, they oppose that too. Basically they’re just never happy, as Graham Richardson admitted in the latest Weekend Australian. Every time the silly s*d did something for them, the Greens would complain he didn’t do more.

    • Jody says:

      They’re actually no different to your generic recalcitrant child; explanations prove useless. You can only resort to loss of privileges and/or the stick. They are THAT infantile. But don’t forget there are legions of gulls out there desperate to hear the word of a messianic figure who will show them the way to prosperity with minimum effort, how to prorogue other peoples’ cash and then keep it for themselves and to fix the environmental mess made by the “adults” (of which they themselves derive huge benefits). I repeat what I’ve always said, “if it’s working for you keep doing it”.

    • oldsailor says:

      Yes,yes,yes,yes and yes!

  6. Jody says:

    Go to circa 20 minutes in this and a lot will be made much clearer!! Stick with it. Please:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5685KJmphFs&feature=youtu.be

  7. pgang says:

    Michael’s argument is absolutely correct – the fight must be taken to them because in this battle logic isn’t a weapon. But there isn’t a politician in Australia who would risk a few votes (even though they would likely win votes) by adopting such a controversial strategy; one which the media would wage war against.

    • ianl says:

      Today’s Aus (supporting Waffle as usual) makes a big deal out of “backbenchers” remonstrating against tax subsidies for electric cars.

      And as usual, they will cave in after some trivial concession from Waffle, as tax subsidies are easy to sell whereas expensive cars that no-one wants in any numbers because they stink on range and re-charge time (let alone no re-charge stations yet) cannot be sold. The Aus and other MSM idiot cheer squads will con the gullible by pretending it’s a win-win for consumers and greenies. No freedom of movement for you without a great deal of trouble and expense.

      This is Waffle’s pattern, as I’ve noted before. A lot of fake noise and news to cover over a decision (subsidies for overseas vehicle manufacturers of nasty products) which he knows we will hate.

      Yet another greenie run on the board. Waffle is truly despicable.

      • ianl says:

        > ” … The Aus and other MSM idiot cheer squads will con the gullible by pretending it’s a win-win for consumers and greenies”

        And so it came to pass, the very next day. Airheads galore …

  8. talldad says:

    More decent schemes for Victoria,

    1. Mitchell River hydro scheme and water storage.

    Would require unravelling the fake National Park created by Steve Bracks(?), but would provide
    a) power for say eastern Victoria
    b) water to supplement the Thompson scheme for Melbourne plus add to regional suppliles
    c) flood mitigation downstream through Bairnsdale

    2. North-South Pipeline
    Reverse the stupid one-way flow of water to the South

    And another Snowy-scale scheme
    Connect the flood-prone Gulf country on the Qld north coast (Gulf of Carpentaria) to the Murray-Darling system through somewhere like Tambo or Charleville.
    Benefits: more consistent water flows, improvements down south (Adelaide might get better water!), flood mitigation in the north

  9. talldad says:

    Apologies for careless typos

  10. AlanIO says:

    Lets turn off the mobiles and notepads. Without Twitter and Facebook the world could be a more peaceful place for us 7-5 Bn diddums.
    I totally agree on the nuclear power bit. The Weinberg Liquid Fuel Nuclear power system of 1965 will soon be demonstrated in Indonesia, Chalk River in Canada and UK. The use of Spent Fuel Rods will extend our power supplies for many decades.
    We used to joke about finding yellowcake during the 60′s and using hydrogen fuel cells for transport power plants. There would be ample power to pump water uphill if really useful. Now electric cars are viable too. Oh yes China is testing metals in Australia for their LF units.
    No emissions then for the Greens to complain about. Alan IO

  11. Alighieri says:

    All great ideas. That would really get the Greens collective heart rates going. One the best responses to De Narialie’s Australia Day pronouncements was the female magistrate in the NT along the lines of: “You are a doctor. If you really want to help Aboriginals, get up here and look after the children.” The Greens are all talk and no action.

  12. Tricone says:

    If electric cars ever reach some critical mass, greenies will campaign against them too.
    I guarantee it.