Author Archives: Rafe Champion

The hidden cost of unreliables

Under-estimating the cost of wind and solar? Who would have thought? A big part of our problem is that we are dealing with variables that are “not independent.” If we add subsidized wind and solar, that act, by itself, changes … Continue reading

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A few things

This is a long read, a gobsmacking account of the way billionaire John Arnold got into the war on bad science. After listening to the libertarain Russ Roberts on EconTalk he started giving out real money. The Arnold Foundation. As … Continue reading

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Guest post. Peter Campion on climate reporting and policy

What are the prospects for the HONEST Act? We Aussie climate sceptics can only watch in awe as the new US President begins systematically driving a stake a into the vampire heart of the climate-alarm industry. If we want to … Continue reading

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Uniting the non-left

First drafted in July 1986 in response to a piece by Greg Sheridan in The Australian but not taken by that newspaper nor Age Monthly Review, or various other avenues until it ran years later in the Victorian student newsletter … Continue reading

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The Soviet culture war

My Russian friend Pavel left the country in 1985 and became a wildlife collector and photographer based in Australia. He is a student of the history of the Soviet regime and its activities worldwide. He advised that from day one … Continue reading

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CIS Policy on line

The electronic version of the magazine which appeared in paper form last week is now on line.

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The culture war: how we got to where we are

Courtesy of Gramski, Lukacs and the Frankfurt School. h/t Frank Brus

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Tribute to Bill Leak

RIP. Interesting, a student of the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney. h/t Jeff Grimshaw of LibertyWorks. “Trigger Warning” is available from Bill Leak prints and cartoons are available from

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New York Times report: Beijing joins climate fight…

…Building 700 new coal-fired power plants. No coal-fired power plants for Australia but 1600 worldwide. Over all, 1,600 coal plants are planned or under construction in 62 countries, according to Urgewald’s tally, which uses data from the Global Coal Plant … Continue reading

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Beautiful pictures of Australia

From one of our commenters. Might as well advertise my own verbal commentary on Australiana as well. And more. The work of the late Kilmeny Niland, a brilliant and versatile artist and illustrator. She painted several different kinds of Australian … Continue reading

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