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Sep 7 10 tweets 4 min read
BREAKING:
Huge numbers of Australians have owned, driven and trusted Toyota cars over the years, so this may come as pretty shocking..
Turns out #Toyota has grim record of greenwashing and lobbying against measures to reduce climate pollution from cars.
New reports out today..🧵 Toyota has been ranked dead last in the Auto Environment Guide for its lobbying against climate action, refusal to embrace electric vehicles, and continued advocacy for highly polluting hybrids: greenpeace.org/static/planet4…
Aug 12 25 tweets 11 min read
This week people were angered to find that massive polluter @WoodsideEnergy is sponsoring parliament's midwinter ball.
It's just one tactic in Woodside's industrial scale 'reputation washing' strategy to enable it to keep on polluting. Thread…
🧵 #auspol
tinyurl.com/yywm7xsz Woodside’s problem is that it makes profit by mining and selling oil and gas - fossil fuels that are driving the climate emergency.
Indeed Woodside is now one of the ten biggest oil and gas majors in the world - and the only one based in Australia:
marketindex.com.au/news/a-merged-…
Jul 25 17 tweets 7 min read
Lest we forget…
As the new Australian Parliament begins work, it is worth remembering that the last government led by @ScotMorrison was truly a ‘wrecking crew’.
Post-election revelations have reminded us just how much damage they did.
Here’s a thread…
🧵#auspol #wreckingcrew Infamously, Scott Morrison indicated to fellow believers at his church last weekend that it is right not to have trust in government. 'Wrecking crew' politicians want none of us to have trust in government. theguardian.com/australia-news…
Jul 19 7 tweets 3 min read
Angry about yesterday’s State of the Environment report?
Well, there’s an opportunity to do something practical within the next 24 hours, by lodging an appeal against Woodside being allowed to extend massive fossil gas polluting operations until 2070.🧵
soe.dcceew.gov.au The background is that WA’s environmental agency (EPA) has recommended that this extension to Woodside’s vast pollution operations be approved - which would mean locking around 50 years’ more of climate-wrecking fossil gas extraction on a massive scale: theguardian.com/australia-news…
Jul 4 23 tweets 8 min read
Hey @AngusTaylorMP you look surprised by the catastrophic flooding events.
Can this be because you have been ignoring the warnings about climate change impacts?
Here's a dozen or so expert warnings about increases in storms and floods that you may have ignored...
🧵: #auspol The truth is that we have long known, for decades, that for each degree that our atmosphere warms, it can hold 7% more water. This causes heavier rainfall and in turn increased flood risk: int-res.com/articles/cr_oa…
Jun 3 13 tweets 5 min read
This week's electricity price spikes are largely due to Australia’s continued reliance on dirty, ageing, expensive coal and gas.
This debacle has been years in the making.
The Morrison government failed to do its job and coal and gas vested interests fought change. 🧵#auspol While the price hikes are in part due to the cold snap increasing demand plus a global energy supply squeeze from the Ukraine war, the main culprit is the fossil fuel industry, which has persistently attempted to wreck Australia’s transition to cleaner, cheaper renewable energy:
May 30 23 tweets 10 min read
Today, Australia’s largest domestic climate polluter @AGLAustralia abandoned plans to ‘demerge’, to keep burning coal until the 2040s.
Combined with last weekend’s election result, this is a watershed for climate action in Australia.
Let’s unpack what it means 🧵: #ausbiz #auspol @AGLAustralia is our country’s biggest climate polluter responsible for 10% of our annual domestic greenhouse gas emissions.
What happened today is totally unprecedented.
The restructure of a massive iconic corporation collapsed because of a failure to act on climate change.
May 19 10 tweets 4 min read
Today I attended the @WoodsideEnergy AGM in Perth to hold the fossil fuel behemoth to account for its destructive gas expansion plans.
The AGM revealed Woodside's astounding arrogance, with execs disregarding expert analysis on its huge climate and financial risk. 🧵 #auspol For background, despite the IEA, among other experts, stating we need no new gas, coal or oil projects to reach net zero by 2050, Woodside plans to build the most climate-polluting project ever proposed in Australia off the coast of WA - the Burrup Hub.
May 15 37 tweets 17 min read
Integrity and climate change are key #Election22 issues because the @ScottMorrisonMP government has failed dismally on both.
But what if they were actually the same issue?
To quote ‘The Wire’, everything is connected.
Here’s a thread…
🧵#auspol #wreckingcrew There is no doubting the Morrison government’s utter failure to deliver effective climate action.
There’s no credible plan, no credible target, no credible mechanism and a global reputation for obstruction.
Here’s an earlier thread which sets it out:
May 11 25 tweets 10 min read
Today it was confirmed that 91% of the Great Barrier Reef was impacted by mass bleaching in 2022.
In light of this terrible news, it is worth examining in detail the record of @ScottMorrisonMP's government - and the failure to take action to protect the Reef.
Here's a 🧵 #auspol First, let’s remember: under the UNESCO treaty, Australia promised to do its 'utmost' to protect the Reef.
The Reef’s greatest threat is climate change, driven by burning coal, oil & gas. So our politicians have a duty to act on climate change to protect the Reef.
May 3 29 tweets 11 min read
Turmoil at @AGLAustralia reached new levels this week, with major and costly power outages, and @mcannonbrookes buying a major shareholder stake and opposing demerger plans.
How has $AGL - a company with such an incredible history - reached this crisis point? 🧵: #ausbiz To start, a reminder - @AGLAustralia is our country’s biggest climate polluter. $AGL alone is responsible for almost a tenth (over 8%) of our annual domestic greenhouse gas emissions. To protect our climate it is imperative AGL shifts its business model.
May 1 33 tweets 13 min read
Australia has been singled out by Transparency International for ‘systemic failings in tackling public sector corruption’.
Morrison government rorts have gone beyond individual scandals to become something far worse - the strategic wrecking of our system of government:
🧵#auspol In a previous thread I argued that Morrison & co are ‘wrecking crew’ politicians, actively trashing expectations of government and the idea of the public good.
In this thread, I’ll argue that rorting is core ‘wrecking crew’ behaviour.
Apr 29 18 tweets 8 min read
This week EVs emerged as a key #election2022 issue.
Australia is a terrible global laggard on electric vehicle uptake.
And if we stick with the current ‘strategy’ of @ScottMorrisonMP’s we are going to stay that way. Here's why🧵: #auspol First, the Morrison government has refused to implement fuel efficiency standards, requiring cars to become cleaner over time. This is a tried and tested EV uptake tactic & the bare minimum - adopted by more than 80% of the global vehicle market:
abc.net.au/news/2021-10-1…
Apr 8 19 tweets 6 min read
This week the Morrison government appointed a bunch of ‘mates’ to key statutory positions. Much of the commentary has focused on nepotism - which is fair enough because it is pretty revolting.
But I reckon this is just another step in a deliberate wrecking agenda 🧵: #auspol First, some background. This week the Morrison government was criticised for appointing ‘mates’ to key public service positions. Some former Coalition MPs & staffers were given high-paying jobs on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, for example: sbs.com.au/news/article/g…
Apr 5 19 tweets 7 min read
Yesterday, UN chief @antonioguterres singled out Australia as a climate action ‘holdout’ in the wake of the #IPCCReport & its call to urgently speed up emissions cuts.
Why? World leaders are fed up with @ScottMorrisonMP's ruinous history of inaction & blocking progress:🧵#auspol There is a long, dismal history of the Morrison ‘blocker’ government.
Basics first. The biggest cause of the climate crisis is the mining & burning of coal, oil & gas.
The govt has zero plans to actively phase out these polluting fossil fuels:
google.com/amp/s/theconve…
Apr 4 20 tweets 6 min read
Overnight, #IPCCReport WG3, the 3rd volume in the blockbuster trilogy of global climate reports was released.
This one focuses on solutions and has some clear messages for Australian politicians.
Spoiler alert: @ScottMorrisonMP's track record comes out looking very bad. 🧵#auspol For context, WG1 updated the physical science while WG2 outlined the climate change impacts we are already experiencing, and can expect in the future. Think of it as volume one on what is happening, volume two on how bad it is, and volume three on our last best chance...
Mar 29 29 tweets 10 min read
As we face more devastating east-coast floods, much of the commentary on the government’s abandonment of impacted communities has focused on @ScottMorrisonMP’s character & obsession with image management.
I reckon there's more going on - a deliberate wrecking agenda 🧵#auspol A decade or so ago, US commentator Tom Frank coined the idea of ‘wrecking crew’ politicians who - perversely - deliberately or recklessly seek to govern badly in order to advance an extreme ideological agenda: tcfrank.com/product/the-wr…
Mar 22 27 tweets 10 min read
Right now, as the Great Barrier Reef faces a fourth mass bleaching in six years, @ScottMorrisonMP govt officials are actively lobbying @UNESCO against an 'in danger' listing.
FFS, how ‘in danger’ does the Reef need to be?
Here's 20 warnings that have already been ignored🧵#auspol The warnings of the terrible danger faced by the Reef from the climate crisis go back for many years, but it is in the last half dozen that the consequences of inaction have really accelerated, so let’s start there…
Mar 20 16 tweets 7 min read
South Australia’s 47th premier @PMalinauskasMP has come to power in unprecedented times.
As the election took place, it was 40C degrees above normal in Antarctica. Climate emergency is here.
What challenges will SA face in the next four years? #auspol 🧵
washingtonpost.com/weather/2022/0… In a nutshell, because prior governments haven't acted on climate change, every new government around the world now faces the twin challenges of slashing greenhouse gas emissions at emergency speed and scale, while also taking action to safeguard people and nature from disaster.
Mar 18 25 tweets 10 min read
As the news becomes more alarming about a potential mass bleaching event striking our Great Barrier Reef for the 4th time in 6 years, let's do some fact checking of @ScottMorrisonMP.
Has the Coalition “saved the Great Barrier Reef” as the prime minister once claimed? 🧵 #auspol First, let’s remember: under the UNESCO treaty, Australia promised to do its 'utmost' to protect the Reef.
The greatest threat is climate change, driven by burning coal, oil & gas. Our politicians have a duty to act on climate change to protect the Reef. So, what have they done?
Mar 9 26 tweets 9 min read
Hey @ScottMorrisonMP you seem surprised by the catastrophic flooding events.
Can this be because you have been ignoring the warnings about climate change impacts?
Here's a dozen or so expert warnings about increases in storms and floods that you seem to have ignored 🧵: #auspol The truth is that we have long known, for decades, that for each degree that our atmosphere warms, it can hold 7% more water. This causes heavier rainfall and in turn increased flood risk:
int-res.com/articles/cr_oa…