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There was such an uproar in response to this hilariously crap PR campaign, that America’s Power has killed it. It’s not on facebook, and it’s not even on their own website any more. Fucking classic. That PR agency won’t be popular next year. America’s Power’s has made some weak excuse for killing the little bastards. “Behind the plug” – so that’s what it was? looks like it’s been pulled good and proper.

Anyway, there’s one fragment of it left on the ‘net, if you still want to check it out: Google Cache of the Facebook page. The comments don’t have quite the vehemency of the other one that were there when I checked last time.

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There’s a useful new article on envirowiki on CCS and Clean Coal: Carbon Capture and Storage in Australia.

The article covers all the projects planned in Australia. If you find any more info on each of these, feel free to add more detail on the pages, it’s a wiki after all.

If you don’t feel like editing it yourself, feedback would be most welcome here on my contributions, or on the discussion page for the article.

Aint.

The term’s been popping up a LOT lately, so I thought I’d give a few links to pages worth reading (there’s not much point me re-doing it, it’s already done so well)

Steve from Rising Tide Newcastle has written a clean coal fact sheet, with a lot of good stuff about carbon capture and storage. Check it out, and leave comments if you want.

There’s also a good piece on the HCEC website, showing that coal will probably run out before “clean coal” is even viable, at least in the Hunter.

There’s some good arguments at mindfully.org, by Vivian Stockman, from the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.

Of course, Greenpeace has a good shot at it too, with their myths and facts sheet.

There’s hundreds more out there. if you find any good ones, or ones that point out something that the above articles have missed, leave a comment with a link.

ned

Just listening to radio national news/current affairs, and this piece about the Geelong ford factory shutdown/worker layoffs and the newsreader says, roughly:

“The Factory’s manager admitted today that the decision was a hard one, given the impact it would have on Geelong”

ONE word in that really gets me riled up. It’s the word “admitted”. Let’s get something straight here. Companies don’t admit messages like that. They workshop them.

Ford doesn’t give a fuck about Geelong, any more than it cares about anything apart from profit. Companies don’t work for places, they work for money, and, infact, that’s not just an economic choice they make – they are legally bound to to provide profits to their shareholders.

But they DO know that people care about people, even if companies don’t. They also know that people buy cars. And if people don’t like Ford because they think Ford are capo scum, then they won’t buy ford cars (Heh. If people really looked hard, they’d realise that all car companies are capo scum, and wouldn’t buy cars). So Ford has to make it clear that they’re sorry, very sorry, we didn’t want to, but the Market (God) forced us to! no, really!

What the fuck happened to the ABC? It used to be highly intellectual, I’m sure to the point where it could see through this crap, but apparently not any more. It’s a pity. Might be time for some Pirate Radio in Oz.

it’s true, this website told me so:
http://www.miningnsw.com.au

not that I didn’t take part in making that website. but that’s not the best bit. The best bit is that this website is actually a parody of a site set up by the NSW Minerals Council, as part of their “Life: brought to you by mining” re-education campaign (http://www.nswmining.com.au). And the NSW minerals council have already taken the site down twice in the last two weeks.

yep. the NSW Minerals Council is having us silenced. who’d have thunk it? surely the Minerals Council is a free-thinking, facts-only information dispenser! who would imagine that they’d stoop to propaganda, and THEN… then try to silence criticism by the community? surely they are friends with the community?

apparently not.

anyway, check out the site, and check the indymedia page, as it has all the details on the background and all that I can’t be bothered writing again:
http://sydney.indymedia.org.au/node/50223 (this is a copy of the RT press release)
The original is ofcourse, at the risingt tide website: http://www.risingtide.org.au/node/401 (also on the front page at the moment)

the SMH has covered it:
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/
industry-closes-anticoal-website/2007/03/04/1172943275688.html

let me know what you think. I did all the design work, with some help for a couple of the images. tell me if you think I’ve imitated too closely the original site’s layout etc. I don’t think so. Infact, I’m quite offended that those the NSWMC is claiming MY work, which I easily spent over 30 hours on, as theirs. in fact it really pisses me off.

we’re looking for a barrister, who mightbe able to do the case pro bono if it gets to court (we’d love to pay,but all we can afford is costs/accomodation, that kind of thing). if you know anyone who’d been keen and has some experience in this field,
please let us know.

if you want to help us get this story out there, digg it: http://digg.com/environment/Mining_Lobby_Silencing_Community_Comment

cheers
ned

Notes:

this case deals with legislation brought in to comply with the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement. Remember when all those small-media people were up in arms about the FTA? well this is just one reason why.
The actual amendment is available here:
http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/num_reg/car200412004n405376/index.html
(check out the schedule)

Fair Dealing Parody Information:
Fair Dealing Parody Fact Sheet (Attorney General’s Department)

this page is constantly being updated with new sites. nothing will be removed, but I apologise if it makes any comments seem illegitimate.

Happy Valley:

the same shit is happening in NZ, where the big state-owned mining company, Solid Energy, is sueing the Save Happy Valley mob, because they put out a political parody report claiming to be from Solid Energy. check it out!

Other media on this story:

— Mass Media:

— Law blogs:

— Other blogs:

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— Crossposts:

Luckily for me, I’d never heard of Neal Boortz up until the release of the IPCC’s Summary for Policy Makers, 2007. then in comments on an intro report on the SPM on realclimate ( http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2007/02/the-ipcc-fourth-assessment-summary-for-policy-makers/ ), a few people mentioned his latest attack: http://boortz.com/nuze/200702/02022007.html

have a read. it’s quite entertaining, even in it’s simplicity. I thought I’d take a look at it, and rebut some of the more interesting points. If you think I’ve missed an important one, let me know, I’ll have a go at it. (more…)