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WA, the State of Emergency

Posted by occidentprone on June 17, 2008

“If you are watching this video I am dead, or you are dead (or at least very very cold).”

Alan Carpenter is taking his message of conserving power to the public in a video that uses all his old skills as 7.30pm Report presenter to give WA the bad news. It made him remember what a cushy gig being an ABC pitbull was compared with running WA, the State of Emergency. (State of Excitement was a good slogan but this is more accurate.)

Offices, the public service and industry are telling staff to conserve electricity and gas: Use minimum lighting; turn computers off at the end of the day; don’t turn on unnecessary printers, faxes; non-essential hot water turned off; tell staff to wear winter woollies to work because the heat is being turned off.

Which makes you think – until now have we really been doing all we can to stave off global warming and fossil fuel depletion or was it all hot air?


If you got a kick out of the Premier’s video, check out even more interesting political videos, satires and mashups (including footage of Belinda Neal’s bizarre devil spawn comment) on Australian Politics TV. And if you’re into democracy you can vote for your favourite video.


5 Responses to “WA, the State of Emergency”

  1. Retarius said

    WA – State of Emergency: (Damn! I wish I’d thought of that!) That’s a slogan people might actually like to see on their number plates.

    Maybe I just missed it, but I don’t recall anyone explaining exactly what caused the big bang on Varanus island. It all just goes to show how slender a thread we’re hanging by.

  2. occidentprone said

    Retarius the beauty of this crisis is that we can use as many puns on gas and power as we can. And Varanus Island – sounds half scatalogical, half exotic. So your “big bang on Varanus Island” takes on a Benny Hill hue if you’ve got a “Yakety Sax” backing track.

  3. Rolly said

    Your point re. “.. until now have we really been doing all we can to stave off global warming and fossil fuel depletion or was it all hot air?” is particularly apposite.
    My aimless wanderings (on foot and by public transport wherever possible) enable me to observe the daily doings of “normal” folk whilst remaining relatively invisible.
    There is little evidence that the message from last year’s warnings about the acceleration of the rate of global warming, and the more recent evidence that the rate has been severely underestimated, has penetrated the core of community consciousness.
    It certainly hasn’t been evident in overheated shops and shopping malls.
    Neither is it apparent in the crush for parking outside the movie rental houses and delis.
    Nor is it apparent in the continued habit of single occupant commuter car journeys.
    “Nah! It’s not convenient, mate.”
    It’s a grass roots problem, not one solely for industry and government: Mostly it’s a case that people just can’t be bothered.
    I reckon that we’ve had it too soft, for too long, and that our brains have turned to mush.

  4. occidentprone said

    Rolly, from your last two comments I’m guessing you live in a yurt, make your own beer and hold placards outside chain stores. (Or am I being swayed by the avatar pic which may or may not be accurate?)
    I agree that we all need to start doing our little bit in our little bit of the world.
    And besides we can exhibit style over substance in our writing / blogging / commenting – and I thank you for yours.

  5. Rolly said

    The yurt sounds attractive but no, a suburban rental unit is the best that I can manage.
    I am a person of refined taste so yes, the homebrew guess is correct.
    Not into public demonstrations but, maybe, *if* I can find a rent-a-mob that wishes to promote logic and considered thinking.
    The avatar is from an etching of Edward Lear of nonsense limericks fame. The poor bastard was highly intelligent but had epilepsy and the misfortune to be borne into a family of social status à la ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and was treated as some kind of buffoon.
    My only real similarities with him are the beard and the nonsense that I write. (Or as is considered to be by the average buffoon 😯 😉

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