Andrew Bolt: ‘Willful ignorance’ on climate change is making people ‘poorer and weaker’


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Sky News host Andrew Bolt says out of vanity and “wilful ignorance” Australia’s political class has decided to make people “poorer and weaker”.

“They’ve decided to get rid of our reliable electricity, electricity that used to be about the cheapest in the world, electricity that made us so rich, that let us set up smelters, and car plants, and factories of all kinds that gave us jobs,” Mr Bolt said.

“And they’re going to get rid of this cheap and reliable electricity without – and get this – without having anything reliable to replace it.”

Mr Bolt said the green projects by the government have “blown their budgets or are years behind”.

“It’s a farce, except there’s nothing funny about it. I mean look at your power bills, are you laughing? Look at the jobs already lost, is that funny?” he said.

“One green scheme after the other, failed or in strife, costing billions more than promised.”

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February 26, 2023 6:17 pm

You’d think the voters might notice…

Paul S
Reply to  insufficientlysensitive
February 26, 2023 6:52 pm

Yes, if they had half a brain…

Dave Fair
Reply to  Paul S
February 26, 2023 9:19 pm

The scarecrow in Wizard of OZ comes to mind. Is that why they refer to Australia as OZ?

Scarecrow Repair
Reply to  Dave Fair
February 26, 2023 10:11 pm

Hey! Leave my clients out of this! I’m on your side!

Bill Powers
Reply to  Paul S
February 27, 2023 8:05 am

This is exactly why central authoritarians’ first order of business has been to take over education and create brainwashed voter drones

Pat from Kerbob
Reply to  insufficientlysensitive
February 26, 2023 7:35 pm

Narrative control makes it hard
People have to want to look

Dave Fair
Reply to  Pat from Kerbob
February 26, 2023 9:21 pm

You’d think that the average person would be curious as to why his electricity bill keeps inflating and costs everywhere are rising unreasonably. Anybody saying “Putin” hasn’t been paying attention for the last couple of decades.

Reply to  Dave Fair
February 26, 2023 10:21 pm

Anybody saying “Putin” hasn’t been paying attention for the last couple of decades.

That’s the problem with the last few generations, they have the attention span of a gnat and the memory of a goldfish.

They need to look up from their screens, get off (un)social media and learn to think for themselves

Bill Powers
Reply to  Redge
February 27, 2023 8:13 am

Too late. The die is cast and the Central Authoritarians have quietly taken control. Resistance is futile and will be met with immediate suppression and Kangaroo courts. Jan6 committees anybody?

Dave Andrews
Reply to  Redge
February 27, 2023 8:56 am

“They need to look up from their screens” – won’t happen.

A few years back an arch or statue, can’t remember which but you had to walk through it, was installed on a pathway leading to Wells Cathedral (Somerset, UK). They had to move it because people kept walking into it whilst glued to their mobiles.

Ridiculous really because the Cathedral’s architecture is truly stunning and should have been the only thing people were looking at.

Reply to  Dave Andrews
February 27, 2023 12:34 pm

won’t happen.

I remember a video a few years ago of a man chasing another man through a California commuter rail car waving a gun. Not one person looked up from their phone.

Reply to  insufficientlysensitive
February 26, 2023 8:12 pm

Fossil fuels are victims of their own success with all these stinkers in residence nowadays. All that surplus value biting the hand that feeds them.

Chris Nisbet
Reply to  insufficientlysensitive
February 26, 2023 10:02 pm

They’ll notice when the lights go out.
They’ll notice when the A/C goes off.
Until then,…

I hope it happens in Australia before they have the brilliant idea of shutting down our one and only coal-fired station here in NZ. Our current climate change minister certainly wants to get rid of it.

Reply to  insufficientlysensitive
February 27, 2023 2:24 am

They would react if they knew, but thay haven’t noticed ‘cos the MSM won’t tell them.

Reply to  insufficientlysensitive
February 27, 2023 5:49 am

Australia is a perfectly tragic example of what brainwashing does to rational thinking.

The clown on the left in the photo studied economics and languages in university,
He is a political hack.

He is expounding on the need for expensive electricity to save the world, with CO2, at about 1.75 W/m2, being a very minor player regarding GW.

Cloud over and water vapor, at about 120 W/m2, are the 800-lb gorilla regarding keeping the world at a comfortable temperature for flora and fauna life on earth.

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Reply to  insufficientlysensitive
February 27, 2023 8:49 pm

Credit where credit is due, the Australian Left know how elections work.

Government is based off total number of elected members of the House of Reps (aka – lower house). To get elected you need to win a 2PP vote in your district which is based on roughly equally sized areas based on population.

So under 2PP you don’t need to get the most first preference votes, you just need to get 50% +1 of the preference votes.

So – brief example

11 voters. To win you need 6 votes.

A = 4 votes
B = 3
C = 2
D = 1
E = 1

So under first past post A would get elected.

Under preferences? No clear winner. So go to E and see who their second choice was? They pick C.

So, A=4, B=3, C=3, D=1

Still no winner. So go to D who second choice was C.

C is now 4. Still no clear winner, so B gets cut. B gives votes to C as well, so C is now 7 votes and clear winner under 2PP DESPITE finishing 3rd in the primary votes.

That is how the Australian system works. This is an extreme example using a reduced voter pool but still shows the system.

So – you don’t need to get a lot of votes to win, just a lot of preferences. So you can win a district with low support.

Also you form government based on how many total seats your group wins. So as long as you do the numbers you don’t even really need to run candidates in some seats. If you don’t win you don’t win. It doesn’t really matter in real terms if you get zero votes or 45% of the total. If you don’t win your seat you go home alone.

So, if you allow for the fact you don’t even need to run in some areas and that under preferences you can get elected with only about 25% of the primary vote you can – TECHNICALLY – form government with only a nationwide primary vote of about 15%

Sure, your Senate votes may suck, but not the point, YOU and your team get to form Government.

That is how the Australian System works. Or doesn’t work. You get my point.

Point is the Australian Left understand how this works very well.

Reply to  May Contain Traces of Seafood
February 28, 2023 6:50 pm

what do you do with a tie …

assume that B had one preference for A; and one preference for C; and the third did not fill in a preference?

This system needs to be explained better to those voters where it is proposed …

‘The 2nd preference of the those that are last is likely/potentially more valuable than the 2nd preference of those that are third … ‘ (why is that?) Do you want the idiots that vote for the least appealing candidate to decide who wins?

Simon Papps
February 26, 2023 7:54 pm

It is true that ‘Willful ignorance’ on climate change is making people ‘poorer and weaker’. Resilience is the key. Australian coal fired power stations have a tendency to break down and explode.

Chris Morris
Reply to  Simon Papps
February 26, 2023 10:08 pm

The AFR article didn’t get it right. There was a cascade of faults starting with the DC system not being correct. The AEMO report gives a more complete picture.
However, like most Australian coal plants, they had cut the maintenance budget. This was because they were losing money because their generation was not able to be used when wind or solar dumped onto the grid but they were expected to run when it wasn’t there. They were even forced to run recently at price lower than the cost of their fuel.

Reply to  Simon Papps
February 27, 2023 4:05 am

Coal-fired power stations also work at night and when the wind isn’t blowing.

May Contain Traces of Seafood
Reply to  Simon Papps
February 27, 2023 7:23 pm


In context are you sure that is the word you want? Tendency implies multiple occasions frequently enough to form a pattern.

I am open to hearing the rest of your argument but…

I would also put to you as a counter that Wind Farms have a tendency to catch fire and cause bushfires and battery farms also have a tendency to catch fire and burn for days.

Would you care to discuss those topics as part of your overall argument?

We are discussing the relative failure rates of various power generation systems. I feel it is a fair call to bring wind and battery storage into the discussion.

February 26, 2023 7:55 pm

Yes, their absurd policies based on lies are making people poorer and weaker. Whatever the left says, the opposite is almost always true.

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February 26, 2023 8:21 pm

Australia has almost three times the peak power generating capacity of its average demand. Sadly more than 60% of that peak capacity is rarely available when really needed. But all that capacity has cost a lot of money.

If you counted the number of people involved in power generation, installing new capacity and maintaining existing capacity, Australia would have the lowest productivity in the power generating sector of any country in the world.

That low productivity underpins price inflation in almost every item in Australia. It means that housing affordability is slipping away for many younger and middle aged people.

The job creation of “renewable” energy is a massive drain on the Australian economy. It is a completely useless exercise that wastes human resources and capital. It is sterilising large areas of land for productive activities.

February 26, 2023 9:01 pm

Not one of our current Federal Ministers has, to my knowledge, ever expressed the fundamental purpose of pushing this unwanted huge expense on the public. They cannot even speak to justify the mental corruption of describing devices as “renewables”. It is a sickness. Geoff S

February 26, 2023 9:14 pm

Andrew Bolt is a jewel. Plain language, physical examples of the failures, examples of politicians and climate activists being flat out dishonest and lying right to our face. It is time for people to wake up and give these people the boot.

February 26, 2023 11:22 pm

insufficientlysensitive said [You’d think the voters might notice…]
Well – in time they might but you have to appreciate the extent to which Oz media is GreenLeftTealsAlboLabor biassed.
Over six months ago I blogged –
Count the ways lies of the left helped Albo’s Labor win the election 30June2022
You have to checkout my last comment to see my current list is up to 17 specified issues where GreenLeft media bias assisted GreensTealsLabor to win the May 2022 Oz Fed Election.

February 27, 2023 5:37 am

Enough, indeed. Andrew for PM. If Oz achieved NetZero, it would only offset a city in China and a city in India.

February 27, 2023 5:45 am

Oz could be powered by thorium liquid salts cooled reactors….as an example to the world.

William Howard
February 27, 2023 8:30 am

not sure if God is getting a chuckle or shedding a tear looking at all the useful idiots here on the earth thinking they can play God and control earth’s climate by simply removing a tiny, miniscule, barely measurable amount of CO2 from the atmosphere – up to 97% of the CO2 in the atmosphere is naturally occurring which means that CO2 in the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels is something like 1 one hundredth of 1%, and it defies all common sense to believe that something that insignificant could affect anything, let alone the earth’s climate – but they are willing to destroy life as we have come to know it just to prove themselves to be idiots

February 27, 2023 8:53 am

Story tip

It’s a race to bottom.

S.O.S for the U.S. Electric GridPJM Interconnection sounds the latest alarm that fossil-fuel plants are shutting down without adequate replacement power. The political class yawns.

February 27, 2023 11:06 am
February 27, 2023 6:51 pm

The world has spent trillions of dollars fighting climate change with nothing to shoe for it. The truth is that there is no real evidence that CO2 has any effect on global climate so decreasing CO2 emissions will have no beneficial effects Mankind does not even know what the optimum global climate actually is let alone how to achieve it..

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February 27, 2023 7:31 pm

Andrew Bolt is also a Never Trump style Biden Supporter.

Back post 2020 election but before the swearing in, Bolt made the statement that despite the clear evidence of election ‘issues’, Biden had used ‘Fine Words’ during the debates and hence DESERVED (Bolt’s words) a chance to become President.

Bolt said that.

Then, once it was beyond denial that Biden was a mental pudding, Bolt jumped onto the entire ‘HO HO HO, Look at what Biden said this week! LOL!’ bandwagon the same as everyone else to the right of the MSM.

Sure Bolt is a hard critic of ‘Global Warming(tm)’ and also the Black Industry (which may have a slightly different context outside of Australia, but still), but it also needs to be remembered he came from The Left and it is his job to produce constant new content as a media presenter.

Your views are obviously your own, but to me Bolt is a traditional Left how just happens to disagree with the collective on a couple of ‘Right Wing’ talking points.

Remember, “Fine Words”. He said that.

February 28, 2023 7:42 am

Eliminating a source of energy without a reliable replacement is bad governance. After all, civilization requires a reliable source of energy.

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