Climate Change and Energy

Net Zero Is A National Security Risk
25 February 2022

Net Zero Is A National Security Risk

Greens leader Adam Bandt last week asserted we need “a government plan that helps workers move out of industries that are shutting down and into other well-paid secure jobs, including in mining’’. Where exactly those well-paid and secure jobs would come from Bandt did not care to mention. Perhaps that’s because he knows that such jobs do not exist. From
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Closing Eraring Is All Pain For No Climate Gain
24 February 2022

Closing Eraring Is All Pain For No Climate Gain

“Shutting the Eraring power station seven years earlier will make no discernible difference to the global temperature, but it will put over 1,000 workers in the Hunter Valley out of a job and drive-up electricity bills,” said Daniel Wild, director of research at the Institute of Public Affairs.  Institute for Public Affairs research published in the Daily Telegraph today showed
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Most Published Studies Exaggerated the Effects of Ocean Acidification
21 February 2022

Most Published Studies Exaggerated the Effects of Ocean Acidification

The concept of ocean acidification, and human-caused global warming more generally, could be described as containing a grain of truth embedded in a mountain of nonsense. Indeed, the projected large increase in atmospheric CO2 will at most cause a small reduction in pH – it will not turn the ocean acidic. Yet this is what is implied by the term
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Net Zero Already Destroying Jobs In Regional Australia
17 February 2022

Net Zero Already Destroying Jobs In Regional Australia

“The early closure of Australia’s largest coal-fired power station is a direct consequence of net zero policies being pushed by governments and big business in Australia and globally”, said Daniel Wild, director of research at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today Origin Energy announced it will close Australia’s largest coal-fired power station at Eraring, located in the Hunter Valley region,
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The Chilling Effect Of Net Zero Dreams
14 February 2022

The Chilling Effect Of Net Zero Dreams

The push towards a Net Zero climate policy for Australia jeopardises investment of $200 billion in coal, gas and oil projects currently in development in Australia, with tens of thousands of jobs on the line. The Australian Greens have sent a dangerous signal to investors by making clear their Net Zero policies involving a moratorium on new coal, gas and
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How Officialdom Can Fail to Acknowledge Two Years of Cooling
10 February 2022

How Officialdom Can Fail to Acknowledge Two Years of Cooling

At the beginning of each year, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology release their annual climate statement for the previous year with comment about how much hotter it is relative to temperatures back to 1910.   This is duly reported by the mainstream media. Two years ago (9th January 2020) it was reported, for example, in the Sydney Morning Herald: We’ve seen clear
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Feeding the Fishes, A$1 Billion
31 January 2022

Feeding the Fishes, A$1 Billion

The feature image is the view from a drone up about 120 metres, of me floating above the front of Pixie Reef, an inshore reef just to the north of Cairns.  This reef was categorised by Terry Hughes as badly bleached, flying at about 150 metres and looking out from an airplane window. The Great Barrier Reef is vast: a
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Australia’s Broken Temperature Record (Part 1)
26 January 2022

Australia’s Broken Temperature Record (Part 1)

The feature image, at the very top of this blog post, shows me at the Goulburn weather station in August a few years back. It could be that the last 26-years of temperature recordings by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology will be found not fit for purpose and will eventually need to be discarded. This would make for a rather large hole
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Globe Trotters
21 January 2022

Globe Trotters

The 400 private jets used to ferry participants to a conference on reducing emissions symbolise how international climate policy is made, argues Professor Emeritus of Government Aynsley Kellow. The 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), held recently at Glasgow, highlighted many of the worst aspects of how international climate science and policy occurs. Close analysis also displays the extremely dubious
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Remembering A Free Australia
21 January 2022

Remembering A Free Australia

In free societies men and women can—under the rule of law—pursue their own self-interest through “truck, barter and exchange” (to use Adam Smith’s words). The stunning increase in prosperity since about 1800 is entirely due to the evolution of society in the direction of freedom and the institutions and values that support a free and commercial society; or what economist
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