Category Archives: Rafe

Michael Oakeshott. Sinc’s favourite philosopher

Update. Interesting to see that 90 people checked out the Oakeshott story, 27 had a look at the Guestroom, 23 read about Robert Manne, 10 read more about Peter Coleman and 7 checked out Hal Colebatch. Have a look at … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Rafe | 7 Comments

How Tomago aluminium smelter supports the power grid

Remarkable information in the Hunter Business Chamber submission to the NSW Inquiry into the future of RE in New South Wales. Tomago provides critical energy security to NSW and the National Energy Market (NEM) because it has the largest interruptible load … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 24 Comments

The problem with electric cars (again). They use electricity

The unreal world of net zero in Britain exposed. Just do some arithmetic on the power required for electric vehicles! Consider Dinorwig Power Station, the biggest hydropower energy-storage plant in the UK. If all UK cars were battery powered, the nine gigawatts … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 26 Comments

Patrick Moore coming this year…

All going well, the lapsed leader of Greenpeace will tour Australia if travel restrictions are lifted before the end of the year. Sam McClelland of True Arrow Productions has launched an appeal to complete the fund-raising for the proposed events. … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 4 Comments

Angus Taylor on the barbed wire fence.

Peta Credlin talks to the Energy Minister about the disruptive impact of RE and especially rooftop solar.  He talks about baseload power to complement RE! Mr Taylor said dispatchable power derived from gas, coal and hydro was needed to “complement” … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 18 Comments

Good luck with the RE transition Dan!

The display extends from the early morning on Wed May 13 to 4am on Friday 15. The display lags and that was the end of the visible story when this post was hoisted on Sunday morning. There was next to … Continue reading

Posted in Rafe, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 40 Comments

Is there a Bert Kelly in the House?

Bert Kelly is gone but he must never  be forgotten. John Hyde followed in his footsteps and  he wrote this valuable reminder of the service that Bert rendered to the nation. Australian democracy’s processes are far from perfect but they … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Classical Liberalism, Rafe | 3 Comments

If the solution is more expensive & unreliable RE

What was the problem? Discuss. 11.30. Wind power running at 2% of total demand. The wind map on the side of this display shows that there is next to no wind predicted for Victoria and southern NSW  for 4pm tomorrow (Friday … Continue reading

Posted in Rafe, Wasteful Spending | 10 Comments

Forget about the cost of RE. Not fair!

Another day, another surprise from the Wind lobby! Comparing the different forms of generation based purely on price is outdated and is working against the energy transition. Fancy that! Don’t worry about the cost, look at the System Value. Read … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 21 Comments

Tony Thomas telling tall stories again

Read it all at Quadrant on Line. I write all this with trepidation. I was backlashed when I last wrote about Willagee in 1981. Bob Gottliebsen had just started Business Review Weekly and for a year I had to write all the … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Rafe, Western Civilsation | 19 Comments