Author Archives: Rafe Champion

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The latest from Quillette. At CIS tonight. University campuses throughout the West are in the grip of a troubling social phenomenon, now in danger of spreading beyond the ivy walls. Once bastions of intellectual rigour and freedom of thought, universities … Continue reading

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John Cleese on why he leaving Britain, dreadful press and no comedy

Interesting stuff. He is going to Nevis in the Caribbean. Followed by Stephen Fry on Political Correctness, Greek mythology, Trump, the monarch and Canada. What he says about the stories of Greek mythology is important and he is a left … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Rafe | 16 Comments

Ian Plimer on the Australian power crisis

A brilliant talk that briefly and graphically sketches our descent into the valley of Green death. Only 15 minutes. First they put interconnectors between the states and ended interstate competition in the energy market. They centralised the market under the … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 22 Comments

The cost of the Paris agreement

Jo Nova has flagged an important paper from the IPA on the cost to Australian people of the failing Paris accord. Actually it looks like a serious underestimate. What about the cost of the collapse of the grid for a … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 58 Comments

Enjoy morning coffee and hot meals while we still have coalfired power

Memo to the Liberal Party room. Today Wind and Other peaked near 9% of demand at the low point of demand around noon. AT 2 as demand picked up it was down to 8% and at 5.30 as the sun … Continue reading

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Canada selectively cuts carbon tax for the big end of town

Of course it makes sense! Warning, social justice warriors at work. 80%-90% of greenhouse gas emissions of large industrial corporations will be exempt from the tax The plebs still pay the tax because they can’t relocate. LOL. Environment Minister Catherine … Continue reading

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Vaclav Klaus on Peter Bauer

h/t Jessie on the open thread. A very elegant tribute to a man who was a true scholar and a gentleman as well. He came in Sydney in 1989 to visit the Centre for Independent Studies en route to a … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Economics, Rafe | 6 Comments

Flow-on from the Trump tax cuts

Good news from our man in DC. Not much to see in Australia yet. Funny thing that.

Posted in Rafe, Taxation | 4 Comments

Coal-fired power stations under construction around the world

What do we know that they don’t? From the Global Coal Plant Tracker. Coal Plants by Country (Power Stations) to July 2018 30MW and larger. The total for the top 100 countries is 270 (file not fully loading). China 130 … Continue reading

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20th century literature of liberalism

For a single book it is hard to beat Ludwig von Mises Liberalism that you can download as a PDF or read in various other formats including a book made out of paper! This is Mises’s classic statement in defense … Continue reading

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