The Prime Minister is tying funding for renewable energy sources to more natural gas extraction. We discuss why using gas as a "transition" energy source is a dead end and a bad deal.
- Australia is very much still on fire.
- …as is the Bridget McKenzie scandal. Some nice color-coded spreadsheets leaked.
- an hour after we wrapped recoding, Bridget McKenzie resigned from the front bench (but still keeps her seat).
- Leigh Sales from ABC’s 7:30 Report empty-chair interviewed McKenzie. Thanks for listening to the show, Leigh!
- Kristina Keneally is running to the right of the Liberal party by complaining about “airplane people”. She’s been doing it for a while.
- Australia is closing it’s borders to anyone from China (except for citizens and residents), including thousands of students returning for university.
- Scott Morrison speaks at the press club
- BTW, the press club is sponsored by Westpac
- Morrison is forcing New South Wales to use more gas.
- Australia is the world’s biggest exporter of gas
- … but we also import gas.
- We make a pittance from taxes on gas. Qatar makes $26 billion in gas income. Australia makes $600 million. The oil and gas companies are making off with the rest.
- Corruption drives climate change. We’ve known about this stuff a long time, and it’s been covered up.
- Angus Taylor hates wind farms, and is the minister in charge of all this mess.
- The government is also trying to tie funding for renewables to new gas plants in Victoria.
- Gas is bad for the environment too. It looks clean, but leakage in production and transport means it is as bad as coal.
- Like clean coal, gas is a dead end. Just build renewables.