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Broadcaster Alan Jones launches ugly attack on AEMO’s Zibelman

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Prominent radio Broadcaster Alan Jones has launched an extraordinary and unhinged attack on Audrey Zibelman, the new head of the Australian Energy Market Operator, saying “that woman” should be “run out of town.”

In a reprise of Jones’ nasty attacks on former prime minister Julia Gillard over the carbon tax, and on the same day that the head of the Coalition’s energy policy committee Craig Kelly said “people will die” from renewable energy, Jones described Zibelman as “ideologically constipated” and “full of rubbish.”

“The woman is a global warming advocate and a promoter of wind turbines,” Jones said, while repeatedly confusing the name of the organisation she runs. “That woman, watch out for her, she should be run out of town”.

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Zibelman was appointed early this year and has impressed nearly everyone in the industry with her drive, clarity and understanding of the issues in how to navigate the path through the energy transition.

Her crime? Her apparent support for renewable energy – which she accepts is the cheapest form of new generation, and her push for smart, demand side responses which she says is cleaner and cheaper than building new fossil fuel plants.

Jones was also apoplectic about Zibelman’s acceptance of climate science – which he rejects – and her comments that the Hazelwood closure would not put Australia’s energy security at risk. Jones described her as a “global warming hoax alarmist.”

Zibelman led the New York state’s ground-breaking “reform the energy vision” program which looked at using localised, renewable energy and micro-grids to boost energy security after Hurricane Sandy destroyed the centralised energy infrastructure and left millions without power for weeks.

Jones’ bombast is well known. But it is of great concern that the conservative attacks on all things clean energy – solar, wind, battery storage, carbon pricing and vehicle emissions – have now turned personal and ugly as the campaign by the fossil fuel lobby and their apologists turns even more toxic.

Conservative commentators, almost all as one, turned their barbs on chief scientist Alan Finkel even before the release of his report, for failing to toe the fossil fuel line.

They have continued relentlessly since the release and when it appeared it may be possible that the Coalition might consider his recommended clean energy target, and as Finkel and numerous others made the point that renewables are clearly cheaper than new coal or gas plants.

Interestingly, Jones wasn’t the only one to attack Zibelman, with Alan Moran, the former Institute of Public Affairs regulatory boss, accusing her of “being a refugee” from Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential bid.

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Jones also led a conservative attack against Tesla found and CEO Elon Musk this week after the announcement of the 100MW/129MW battery storage installation in South Australia, apparently on the belief that it was designed to power the whole state, not just make up any potential shortfalls and boost grid security.

“Elon Musk won’t be able to produce a thirtieth of the energy demand of South Australia,” Jones said, echoing comments made by federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg, adding that  Musk should also be “sent home” and not paid any money.

Jones was the instigator of a series of extraordinary attacks on former PM Gillard at the height of the carbon tax debate, appearing in Canberra, along with Tony Abbott, amid signs of “ditch the witch” and calling for her to be  put “into a chaff bag” and hoisted into the sea.

Jones also led the “wind fraud” rally in Canberra in 2013 which barely attracted 100 people, and forced to admit he “got it wrong” after making ludicrous claims about the cost of renewable energy on the ABC’s Q&A program in 2015.

In 2012, in a humiliating episode, Jones and his Sydney radio station 2GB agreed with the country’s radio broadcasting watchdog to undergo training in fact-checking after complaints about a statement Jones had made about climate change.

Clearly, the training did not work.

 

 

 

  

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  • trackdaze

    If A J wants here gone then she is most definitely a keeper.

  • MaxG

    It was a matter of time before someone starts a fire… let’s see how it ends… it is utterly sad though…
    Like the saying goes: the revolution eats its children…
    I read some research on “why the majority gets it wrong”; quite a disturbing read 🙁

    • MaxG, I am interested to learn more about “why the majority gets it wrong.” Please can you point me in the right direction. Thanks.

  • Rod

    I’m surprised it took so long. She is obviously stepping on toes.

    Our illustrious energy minister and Prime Minister need to come out strongly in her defence now or confirm they are the spineless hypocrites I consider them to be.

    • Chris Fraser

      Defence from Josh ? We will sooner be listening to crickets in the silence.

  • tsport100

    Not sure this is actual NEWS!!

    This blog post perpetuates the idiotic local media system that allows this retard (and others like him) to earn a living for simply talking shit !!

  • Graeme Henchel

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

    Mahatma Gandhi

    These ignorant ranters are entering the fight zone.

    • Mike Westerman

      Or the Twilight Zone?

  • Jack B

    Alan Jones’s brand of journalism is pretty hard to stomach if you can bear to watch even just a few minutes, he is nothing more than a dinosaur that still thinks the earth is flat, what a bonehead he is!
    But seriously who the hell is paying him to say the lies he says when it suits him!
    Sick to death of all this constant negativity from all corners that is holding Australia back.

    • And when he is in a corner he fights like a rat and get very nasty and personal.
      How can he be silenced???

  • George Michaelson

    I don’t like how Singapore uses the law to beat down opposition, Its been used as anti-unions and anti opposition party tactic since the birth of the nation. But whenever I read about Jonesy using his bully pulpit to rant, I think that a well formed government would take it up to him and require a bit less rant and a bit more reason, when he goes off at a statutory body chair.

    We don’t rise to judges because they are our masters. We rise to judges as a mark we understand the role a judge plays in the formalism of the law. Jones is trash talking somebody who was appointed to public benefit. I think he should be made to put up a case why they are not fit to occupy the role, or he should shut up.

    • Maybe a smart lawyer can win a liable case or similar against 2GB and AJ.

  • Mark Fowler

    What a sad, sick man. Go Audrey!

  • lin

    I have never understood why this misogynistic bigoted old fool has an audience of more than double figures. You can feel your brain shrinking as you listen to his “show”. It does not say much for Sydney that he is so popular there.
    On a positive note, this is a major vote of confidence that Zibelman is doing a good job.

  • Chris Fraser

    Isolated, boorish, predictable. May the degree of fake outrage being channeled through the dinosaur oligarchy’s media equal the impact being felt by Zibelman reforms.

  • Noel Wauchope

    Oh dear – I pity Australia’s comedians – the competition from Australia’s loony right is just getting too strong

  • My_Oath

    Alan Jones doesn’t produce a thirtieth of the radio content in Australia. He should be sent home and not given a cent.

  • Rob G

    Jones often has trouble with women in power. A man so obnoxious and arrogant it’s hard to find an equal (Trump maybe?!). A man who ought to take a look in the mirror and see what most of us see before passing judgement. A disgraceful and ignorant man.

    • trackdaze

      Looks like he has a severe dose of “ideological diahhroea”

  • FeFiFoFum

    And there it is…. as predicted.
    We suggested in a previous article that she would be demonised and pressured to leave.
    I think shes up to the challenge unless there is pressure placed on AEMO to sideline her.

    Jones is a pig of a man much like that other dinosaur announcer who are full of self importance and hubris.
    Mamma Karma will bring him down soon enough.

  • Ken Dyer

    Alan Jones is merely constipated. Redfaced, strangled tones, he must be full of shit.

    • Mike Westerman

      As any parent will know, it’s the mark of immaturity in not being in control of your bowel movements…

  • Tom

    Just a couple of weeks ago I was talking at work about the recent tragedy.

    Alan Jones had narrowly escaped death from some sort of infection, and was now recovering.

    “The tragedy” was that he survived!

    He’s a bloke that needs to be stuffed in a chaff bag with a car battery and dumped from a boat somewhere. I hope there’s a bikie gang out there that he’s crossed.

    And I’m guessing that the “infection” was HIV related.

  • Joe

    Poor old Alan. He has a “thing” with women in authority. His “Chaff Bag” for PM Julia was a shocker but he did a recent revisit of sorts with his “Noose” for NSW Premier Gladys. Now it is young Audrey’s turn. The last time I checked making ‘threats’ and ‘bullying’ were not acceptable. Why aren’t the police involved ? The dude is a disgrace to the human race.

  • Nick Thiwerspoon

    What a tool.

  • Roger Brown

    Should send Alan Jones back to the UK , toilet block , where he was arrested with his pants down. He was lucky that the Howard govt got his charges dropped .

  • Alastair Leith

    > “The woman is a global warming advocate”

    No that’s what Jones is, he is advocating we do nothing to stop it. Even though he probably has no idea of the environmental devastation and genocide that CC will unleash and that which we’re on track for mid century or earlier if we continue to do so little to halt warming.

    One third of current 1.0º C warming was due to anthropogenic methane, the majority of which is associated with livestock production, especially in Australia, and have we even had the maturity to begin discussing this let alone addressing it?

    No. Land clearing continues unabated in QLD, NSW is about to ramp up land clearing, some wealthy industrialists fretting the iron-ore down turn envisage a quadrupling of meat and dairy exports from WA. Livestock numbers and emissions are the scared cow in the Australian climate movement. And please don’t “seaweed supplement me”.

  • Robert Comerford

    I am not one for advocating attacks on free speech but I think Alan and the station he works for need to be brought to heel by the regulator for repeatedly disseminating lies and threatening people. No one with any integrity should appear on his show. Stop giving him oxygen!

    • Mike Westerman

      I think we can conclude that anyone appearing on his show has no integrity. Likewise anyone who is surveyed and admits to listening to him. He only survives because advertisers subscribe, so if you want to starve him out, write to his advertisers and get them to walk out again, as they did in 2012.

  • Rob

    Alan Jones is the one who should be run out of town!

  • Tinman_au

    It’s sad that Alan wants to push up his listeners power prices, I thought he actually cared about them when he fought over the coal exploration stuff, but…..nah….

  • Cameron Boyle

    I love Alan Jones. He can get carried away at times, yes, but he listens & like it or not reflects & reacts to what the overwhelming majority are actually concerned with. At 76ish he still works like a dark Trojan. Like any bastard his personal life has obviously been tricky but he’s achieved a sh*t load of success for many in as many fields.

    He articulates amazingly day in day out with the the most effortless quality timbre- this clearly appeals to a f*** load of people & yes he is extremely influential much to the chagrin of his detractors who are only fooling themselves hoping otherwise.