Climate of fear.
Along with the other "fly in-fly out" activists at mining sites across the state, they are doing their best to destroy the coal industry, which underpins Australia's wealth.
"How can we try to prevent catastrophic climate change while opening coal mines?" Pocock wrote in a rambling essay on his "tumblr" site.
The pair were arrested last month after bolting themselves to machinery at Whitehaven Coal's Maules Creek Mine, near Boggabri, 750km from their Canberra homes. Chances are they didn't walk there.
Their protests are only possible because of the energy provided by fossil fuels, whether it's the coal which provides the electricity to charge the smart phones Pocock used to tweet a picture of himself "locked on" to a digger, or the fuel that powers the cars and planes they use to travel around.
They are convinced of the evil of Big Coal, our second biggest export, yet they offer no alternative to keep the lights on.
They want Australia's abundant coal resources kept in the ground. They demonise the energy source which has created our prosperity and which allows us the luxury of creating a clean environment.
Worse, they want to deny that prosperity to millions of poor people across the world.
As Danish statistician and climate realist Bjorn Lomborg keeps pointing out, billions of people around the world are so desperately poor they have to burn dung and wood to cook and keep warm. Three million a year die prematurely from breathing the polluted air inside their homes. How many people die from climate change?
Greenies seem convinced the planet is going to fry and we are all going to die if we don't cut the carbon dioxide emissions which come from fossil fuels. Yet they oppose the only viable low-emission alternatives, coal seam gas and nuclear energy.
Nuclear is the only option with zero emissions, and you only have to look at how the US fracking boom has slashed its emissions to see the potential of coal seam gas. But most greenies are just as opposed to these greenhouse-friendly alternatives as they are to coal.
The same professional activists locking themselves on equipment at Maules Creek turn up at anti-CSG blockades and anti-uranium protests.
Australia has a lot of uranium but, unlike Europe, we haven't resorted to nuclear energy because we have been spoiled by the easy availability of cheaper fossil fuel.
But as Foreign Minister Julie Bishop sensibly pointed out, the nuclear option is the "obvious conclusion" if we are serious about cutting emissions. With honourable exceptions like economist Ross Garnaut, climate alarmists refuse even to consider the nuclear option, and instead cynically exploit community fears.
They offer no plausible substitute for the fossil fuels which provide 81 per cent of the world's energy needs. Wind and solar is their mantra, and they demand billions of dollars in subsidies to prop up renewable industries which just cannot replace coal for baseload power.
But greenies don't trouble themselves with details, as long as they feel good.
Just like the bien pensants who made that silly Live-Aid style video about children in immigration detention, it's not really about solving the problem, but about parading their virtue. The "We're better than this Australia" music video featuring celebrities from actor Bryan Brown and author Tom Keneally to the Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs should have been made years ago.
"We've all read a lot (about this issue) over these last few years and been very troubled by it and not really known what to do," Brown admits.
Lo and behold, now a conservative government is fixing the problem, they know exactly what to do.
If it were really about the children, activists would not have stayed silent during the Labor years. And if it were really about the climate, greenies would support coal seam gas and nuclear energy.
Instead their model is North Korea, the world's most successful nation at reducing greenhouse gas emissions--by two-thirds--thanks to famine, disease and general economic collapse. The lights have literally gone out. Pocock and friends should move there.
Great news that Hal Colebatch won a Prime Minister's Literary Award for his best-seller, Australia's Secret War, which exposes the shameful secret of how Australia's unions sabotaged our troops in WWII.
The award will only drive more sales.
But not everyone is delighted, especially not former Fairfax columnist Mike Carlton, who began a tantrum on twitter.
"Naturally I'll be accused of sour grapes" he wrote, as he railed against Colebatch.
Carlton had entered a book in the same category and hadn't won. So he tried to trash the winner.
Yet the attack piece he wrote in December for Crikey proves only that Carlton is a sloppy researcher.
He cites two incidents from the introduction of Australia's Secret War:
1. The arrival of HMS Speaker into Sydney in October, 1945, which Colebatch says was delayed by strikes, but which Carlton claims, "simply did not happen", citing an online history of HMS Speaker's service written by one of its officers. Yet this is what that history says: "It was unfortunate for us that this period should have coincided with a wave of strikes ashore which put Sydney on a real austerity basis for lighting, cooking, transport and entertainments and made it difficult for many men to get away on leave." Colebatch: 1; Carlton: 0.
2. The crash of a squadron of Vultee Vengeance dive bombers after they made a raid on Rabaul, which Carlton says is "sheer fiction". Referencing Wikipedia, Carlton says the Americans did not fly the Vultee Vengeance in combat. But Colebatch only says they were American planes, that is, American-made. As the same Wikipedia entry records, the planes were used by the RAAF, and as a history of RAAF memoirs, another of Colebatch's sources, confirms.
Colebatch: 2, and Carlton a big fat zero. No one likes a sore loser. As one commenter wrote:
"As for the Vultee Vengeance dive bomber planes, I can assure you that my father flew those planes for the RAAF in dive bombing operations in New Guinea. The details of all this are within the Australian War Memorial records and silly old Carlton can access those records which will prove Colebatch's history.
Furthermore, my father was ordered/volunteered to fly from New Guinea to East Coast Ports in Australia at extreme danger to himself and his aircraft to secure basic supplies of food and ammunition being denied the troops in New Guinea by the Unions as set out in Colebatch's important book.
If anyone cannot accept what he has written, then do get off your lazy and ignorant backsides and research at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and other places available to you. For his small part in this disgraceful episode, my father's war records are also available in Canberra."
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