Author Archives: Rafe Champion

20 Years of progress with unreliable energy

The more things change… Global demand for coal and gas to generate electricity was back on the rise last year … Most striking had been the failure of renewable energy to make an impact on the fossil fuels share of … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 8 Comments

Cut the beer tax and win a landslide a la Ontario

Creativity and sex have long been linked, as has art with the contravention of bourgeois values. Long may it be so. By the way, what is wrong with bourgeois values? On a main topic, apparently James Allen has a super … Continue reading

Posted in Conservative politics, Rafe | 34 Comments

Can this be true? Trump and Kim shake on a deal

interesting if true. SINGAPORE (AP) — Clasping hands and forecasting future peace, President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un committed Tuesday to “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula during the first meeting in history between a sitting U.S. president and … Continue reading

Posted in Innovation, Rafe | 55 Comments

The social cost of carbon

Interesting developments in the withdrawal from the war on CO2 in the US and some background on the work by Greenstone and Sunstein that resulted in the concept of the “the cost of carbon“. The House GOP on Friday took … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 12 Comments

Background to the Amy Wax story

The following is in the April edition of The New Criterion which by strange coincidence I read this afternoon in the backlog of mail that accumulated while I was away. The material is paywalled and this is cut and pasted … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Education, Rafe | 17 Comments

Don Aitkin on the benefits of Western civ.

Including universities. Teaching about Western civilisation is divisive? Even saying it may be superior to others? Wheee! And this is coming from within higher education, where argument ought to be central. So I thought I might put down some of … Continue reading

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, Rafe | 41 Comments

Pericles in defence of democracy, tolerance and enterprise

Pericles 495 – 429 BC was a prominent and influential Greek statesman, orator and general of Athens during the Golden Age. Probably best known for his funeral speech to celebrate the fallen in the war with Sparta. From the funeral … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Rafe | 22 Comments

Power crisis in NSW. But who needs aluminium smelters?

Jo Nova reports (as did The Weekend Australian) that the aluminium smelters in NSW are at risk from uncertain power supplies.

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 25 Comments

Welcome to the solar energy “duck curve”

Courtesy of Jo Nova. Each year as more solar power arrives when we don’t need it in the middle of the day, the belly of the load curve swings lower and lower. Then as the sun fades and the peak … Continue reading

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Claudio Veliz on our universities

A piece from the IPA Review, Feb 1988, posted in John Roskam’s weekly newsletter. The 20 universities refers to the pre-Dawkins era. ‘The Closing of the Australian Mind?’ [Australia has] one of the least diversified higher education systems of any … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Rafe, Uncategorized | 21 Comments