Category Archives: Rafe

Has the City of Sydney gone renewable? Plus koala myths and our man in DC – the education of black children matters

No. City of Sydney Goes Renewable! _ NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT Have a look at the way RET certificates are traded around the country if you can understand the way it works. OldCynic  July 2, 2020 11:07 … Continue reading

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Who would have ever thought…And on the other hand…

That beavers would destroy the planet! RE is not killing conventional power. Don Aitkin sums up the world energy projections from the BP 2020 Statistical Review of World Energy. Like the International Energy Agency BP suffers from serious RE bias and … Continue reading

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The human cost of electric cars

Jo Nova has a cracker of a piece on the child labour involved in mining the rare earths for the batteries in your Tesla, not to mention the solar panels on your roof and the windmills that are saving the … Continue reading

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David Bidstrup. Another “road map” showing the way to the economic abattoir

Today’s Australian, (29 June 2020), carries a story in the business section entitled “Clean energy “could create a million jobs””. A “think tank” called “Beyond Zero Emissions” wants to see the construction of a further 90GW of solar and wind … Continue reading

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Michael Shellenberger, reformed environmental alarmist, says “Sorry!”

And about time too, don’t forget that Alan Carlin blew the whistle on Environmentalism Gone Mad years ago. On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I feel an obligation to apologize for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public. Here are some … Continue reading

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A tale of two or three energy policies

Not long ago Australia had almost 30GW of coal-fired power capacity reliably delivering some of the cheapest electricity in the world. We are now reduced to 22GW of coal power and last night at the peak of demand it was … Continue reading

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Jennifer Westacott and the Business Council vs the weather

Weather 1  :   BCA 0 Fresh from reading the BCA roadmap for our future and a check on the wind. First the BCA submission to the government Technology Investment Roadmap. The imperative is to have zero emissions by 2050. Apparently … Continue reading

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RE in Australia was never going to happen. The reasons why

Regular high pressure systems hover over SE Australia and cause prolonged wind droughts. Australia can be hard to find at first, Tasmania is the giveaway. The sun sets every evening. There is no battery storage at grid scale (Gigawatts). Pumped … Continue reading

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Fake News! + Check the BOM records!

Update triggered by a comment from Yarpos.  Longterm windwatchers Paul Miskelly and Anton Lang have pointed out that the wind practically disappears every time there is a high pressure system over SE Aust. This has only just recently become clear … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Congress for Cultural Freedom

Henry Ergas had an important piece in The Australian today to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the launch of the Congress for Cultural Freedom in Paris. The purpose was to fight the Culture Front in the Cold War. This was … Continue reading

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