Climate Change and Energy

Revealed: The True Hottest Day Ever Recorded In Australia
14 July 2020

Revealed: The True Hottest Day Ever Recorded In Australia

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology deleted what was long regarded as the hottest day ever recorded in Australia, Bourke’s 125°F (51.7°C) on Sunday, January 3, 1909. This record* was deleted, falsely claiming that this was likely some sort of ‘observational error’, as no other official weather stations recorded high temperatures on that day. However, the Liberal Member for Hughes, Craig
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Historical Temperature Records Around the Great Barrier Reef
30 June 2020

Historical Temperature Records Around the Great Barrier Reef

This report by Dr J D Vlok and Dr J J Marohasy is an overview of historical temperature measurement around the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), including: sea surface temperature (SST) data recorded by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), and surface air temperature (SAT) data recorded by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM). Special attention is given to SST
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The Guardian’s Attempted Smear of the IPA Proves Accuracy of Research
27 May 2020

The Guardian’s Attempted Smear of the IPA Proves Accuracy of Research

In the April edition of this newsletter I wrote about Cian Hussey’s research which found that federal environmental regulation had increased by 445 per cent since the year 2000. Following publication of the that report and subsequent coverage in The Australian, on Sky News Australia, and on 2GB and 4BC radio, Graham Readfearn who is The Guardian’s environment editor wrote
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445% Increase In Federal Enviornmental Regulation Since 2000
24 April 2020

445% Increase In Federal Enviornmental Regulation Since 2000

“The Morrison government must slash environmental red tape to boost business investment and job creation in the post-coronavirus economy,” said Cian Hussey, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. A new report released today The Growth and Complexity of Environmental Regulation, authored by IPA Research Fellow Cian Hussey, finds that the number of regulations enabled by the Environment Protection
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Not Running Out Of Oil, Or Sunshine
23 April 2020

Not Running Out Of Oil, Or Sunshine

I remember through the 1970s, we were meant to run out of oil, soon. In fact, as long as I can remember we have been running out of oil, soon. Instead, oversupply is such that the benchmark for US oil fell below zero for the first time ever a couple of days ago. That is, the share market suggested oil
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Coral Catastrophes Imagined
13 April 2020

Coral Catastrophes Imagined

Exactly one year ago yesterday,* I was getting off a train in Proserpine, looking to pickup a hire car to drive to Bowen. I wanted to know if the coral there was all dead, or not. Bowen is a coastal town in North Queensland, not far from Abbott Point that is the coal terminal for the controversial Adani coal mine.
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Cut Environmental Red Tape For Australia’s Jobs
8 April 2020

Cut Environmental Red Tape For Australia’s Jobs

  Kurt Wallace explains how environmental activists are exploiting a special legal privilege which has put over $65 billion of investment and thousands of Australian jobs at risk. Read the full report, Section 487: How Activists Use Red Tape To Stop Development And Jobs (2020 Update), here.
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Running Out Of Rice, While Wasting Water
30 March 2020

Running Out Of Rice, While Wasting Water

Australia was once self-sufficient in rice. We now grow less than 25 percent of domestic rice consumption. The SunRice Group has been importing rice from Vietnam and repackaging it to make-up the shortfall. Since the Corona Virus pandemic, the Vietnamese government has banned the export of rice, while the Australian Bureau of Meteorology has feigned an unprecedented drought. There is a need
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A Simple Stimulus Step That Won’t Cost A Cent: Stop Green Lawfare
20 March 2020

A Simple Stimulus Step That Won’t Cost A Cent: Stop Green Lawfare

Over $65 billion of investment, mostly in regional Australia, has been put at risk by a small group of environmental and inner-city activists who have exploited a special legal provision to engage in frivolous and vexatious legal activism without delivering a discernible environmental benefit.  Research recently released by the Institute of Public Affairs found that green groups such as the Australian Conservation Foundation and the
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Some Stimulating Ideas
12 March 2020

Some Stimulating Ideas

Rather than engaging in a shortsighted and reckless cash splash, the federal government should seize the opportunity created by the economic fallout from the coronavirus to cut red tape, reduce taxes, and deliver reforms that will save the Australian economy from recession and form the basis for prosperity for decades to come. The Morrison government is expected to announce today
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