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REAKING NEWS. The first Australian Taxpayers Alliance Podcast. Meet the people and the programs.
The picture below illustrates the Great Fossil Fuel Phase-out Fantasy. To introduce a note of reality, the projection from the International Energy Authority (an optimistic green body) is for unreliable energy to make up 3 or 4% of the world’s fuel mix in 2040.
Looking for the source of the picture this story turned up. Mr Bernard Matthews, the UK’s largest turkey farmer, has launched ‘The Big Green Plan’ – a programme of green energy initiatives that will make the business the UK’s greenest farmer and put sustainability at the very heart of the business. Go Bernie! PM May is with you!!
On the Folau saga, this liberty quote is appropriate.
First they came for the Jews, but I did nothing because I’m not a Jew. Then they came for the socialists, but I did nothing because I’m not a socialist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I did nothing because I’m not a Catholic. Finally, they came for me, but by then there was no one left to help me. — Martin Niemoller
On the same topic John Roskam’s weekly epistle to the various dispersed congregations of believers (recalling the epistles of St Paul) came to hand. The point is that the Folau case is a nice example of the trend to corporate virtue signalling that Jeremy Sammut has been researching. John wrote:
My friend Jeremy Sammut at the Centre for Independent Studies has just put out a great new book from Connor Court Press – Corporate Virtue Signalling: How to Stop Big Business from Meddling in Politics. You can get it via the Connor Court Press website. Jeremy makes the really important point that our society has become ‘hyper-politicised’. Everything is political and everything is the subject of a fight. If we attempted to accommodate differences we’d go part of the way to solving these challenges. Interestingly (I’ve used that word a lot today – but there’s lots of interesting things about this case) on the left-wing website Crikey, Guy Rundle wrote something yesterday that puts this sharply – ‘There’s a simple way to get rid of a lot of this: make institutions as neutral as possible. Rugby Australia no more need a same-sex marriage plebiscite policy than Beaumaris Golf Club needs a Middle East peace plan.’
Windwatch. In the last 24 hours or more the Wind has maintained a remarkably stable level of supply near 50% of capacity and 3.2GW that is about 12% of demand. That compares with numbers down to 2 or 3% of demand during the peak during the previous week. No reason to celebrate. That is a tick above what we get from coal at Liddell that is going out in a couple of years. Two more things. The price had doubled during the lifetime of Liddell. And second it is not the average or occasional performance of wind that counts, it is the choke points, like the spots of congestion caused by a crash on a busy highway.
Jo Nova has been busy as usual, this is a report on the people of faith who have joined the Childrens Crusade against affordable and reliable energy.
Signatories to the letter include bishops, rabbis, theologians, the grand mufti of Australia and the heads of the Uniting Church, the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils, Muslims Australia and the National Council of Churches.
Remember the alarmist maxim: ask a plumber to do the plumbing, a heart expert to do the surgery and when you want to predict the climate, ask an Imam.