"You name any type of nasty, dishonest, cruel claim; chances are Mr Bolt has used it at some point."
"...He'd know all about catching out journalists for being dishonest, misleading, grossly careless, or picking them up for having factual errors or selective misrepresentation, or distorting the truth or lacking care and diligence, or being gratuitous, cynical, disrespectful, intimidatory, inflammatory, derisive, and not acting in objective good faith, because Andrew Bolt has been found by the courts to have done all those things himself in his own journalism."Shaun Micallef, quoted from Rational Wiki
In July 2019 Bolt stooped to a new low in his attack on 16-year-old Norwegian girl Greta Thunberg, an advocate of urgent action on climate change. Luke Henriques-Gomes, writing for The Guaridan said that "Andrew Bolt's mocking of Greta Thunberg leaves autism advocates 'disgusted'".
No doubt Mr Bolt is well paid and he certainly has become well known, but at what cost to himself? How could he have any self respect. No honest, decent, well informed person could hold any respect for him. He will be despised for his lies about climate change in the future, more than he is already.
Later on will he look back on his life and think it was well spent?
How could organisations such as these, with long traditions of scientific accuracy and academic independence make all their scientific staff take part in the lies? Can you imagine it: the boss gets all the scientists together and tells them, "in the past you have followed the evidence wherever it lead you, but in the future you are going to have to put aside all your scientific training, all your professional ethics, and the proud tradition of centuries of scientific advance that you have previously been a part of, and take part in a hoax the like of which the world has never before seen."
To believe that all the scientists in the CSIRO, BoM and many other scientific
organisations around the world are colluding in a conspiracy, and that not
one of them is willing to speak out and expose the conspiracy, would require
monumental stupidity (or gullibility); Mr Bolt is far from stupid, so
the only logical conclusion is that he has taken this stance dishonestly to
misinform those more foolish and gullible (but perhaps also more honest) than
People have always had a strong tendency to believe what they chose to believe rather than what the evidence tells them they should believe; consider religion, the belief that there is a god or gods, in the total absence of any evidence for their existence.
In some hypothetical world in which the majority of people were well informed and critical thinkers very few would be interested in the opinions of people like Andrew Bolt and Alan Jones.
In a world in which philosophy books and books on ethics must be looked for among the superstitious mumbo-jumbo of the "New Age" section of a book shop people like Alan Jones and Andrew Bolt can flourish.
Why should we believe that anthropogenic climate change is a fact? First, the science:
$92/MWh equals 9.2¢/kWh. The price of electricity to household consumers in Australia is typically around 35¢/kWh; the extra cost comes from transmission, distribution and retailing.
Western Australia is not on the NEM, it has a separate power grid.
Abbreviations used in the table:
The above, as I understand it, were the wholesale prices paid for power on the open market. Note that, contrary to Mr Bolt's claims, the prices paid for rooftop solar and particularly wind energy were below the average in each jurisdiction.
See on another page for several recent contract price agreements on wind power in Australia.
For more information on the psychology of internet trolls see Internet trolls are narcissists, psychopaths and sadists, written by Jennifer Golbeck Ph.D., published in Psychology Today.
Quoting from Dr Golbeck:
"An Internet troll is someone who comes into a discussion and posts comments designed to upset or disrupt the conversation. Often, in fact, it seems like there is no real purpose behind their comments except to upset everyone else involved. Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response."This sounds to me very much like the behaviour of Bolt and Jones.