Category Archives: Rafe

The power of coal in Germany and South Australia

DANG WIND DROUGHTS!   The Germans closed down some coal plants and then fired them up again eight days later. German coal closed down – for 8 days But they press on with the Energiewende, the green energy transition. Germany has … Continue reading

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What was that about RE getting cheaper all the time?

A bit of a jolt from Tesla. Elon Musk’s 2019 proclamation that Tesla’s integrated solar roof would grow “like kelp on steroids” is looking more optimistic than ever this week, with reports emerging in the US that the company has … Continue reading

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Maybe Prince Philip did not want to come back as a deadly virus to kill people + Spectator tribute

The late Prince Philip upset a lot of the right (left) bigots with his impish humour but it is generally accepted that he was seriously out of line when he apparently expressed a desire to be reincarnated as a deadly … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 13 Comments

Break out the winter woolies!

Dang climate change! SLOVENIA SUFFERS COLDEST APRIL TEMP IN HISTORY, BELGRADE BREAKS ALL-TIME SNOW RECORD, EUROPEAN WINEMAKERS BUST-OUT THE “FROST FIRES,” AND AN ANTARCTIC BLAST THREATENS EARLY-SEASON SNOW IN SE AUSTRALIA The likes of Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart can expected … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 36 Comments

Something a bit different. Talking about Karl Popper

This evening I go live for a talk with Francesco Calderone in his series of interviews with people who have unusual ideas.  He will start with my interest in Karl Popper and see where we end up. The main thing … Continue reading

Posted in Philosophy, Rafe | 5 Comments

Goddam baby boomers!

BOY, DID YOU GUYS SCREW IT UP! Born in 1945 I am not a boomer in case you were wondering, but you boomers out there have really got a lot to answer for! Brought to you by Helen Andrews who … Continue reading

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Thanks to South Australia we have a glimpse of the future power supply

Contemplate the future prospects for hot dinners and industrial development. What do we see? Today we had a wind drought across the southern states. Queensland was not affected as much as the others, and in the afternoon the two wind … Continue reading

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Where Biden is going, and where it will end up

A SERIES OF PIECES STARTING WHEN BIDEN WAS PRESIDENT-ELECT,  published in the Asia Times, a nuanced contemplation of the program, ending with the likely effect of the Green New Deal on the power supply. Watch out! Biden wants to save … Continue reading

Posted in Electric Power and Energy, Global warming and climate change policy, Go Woke Go Broke, Rafe | 17 Comments

ACT beats the City of Sydney to unveil Australia’s first public hydrogen refuelling station

Eat your heart out Clover Moore! The commitment to integrate the 20 hydrogen vehicles into the ACT government fleet follows a commitment by the territory government to use its purchasing power to support greater uptake of zero emissions vehicles. This … Continue reading

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Peter Ridd on freedom of speech in the universities

An important contribution to the debate.  The University of Sydney has treated Education Minister Alan Tudge with complete contempt within hours of the Higher Education Support Amendment (Freedom of Speech) Bill 2020 passing through parliament this month. It did so … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom of speech, Rafe | 10 Comments