The Expensive Folly Of ‘Renewable’ Energy

Ray Evans & Tom Quirk have a comprehensive article on the folly and ruinous expense of so-called renewable energy in the current issue of Quadrant Magazine. A few sample paragraphs: The low-cost electricity we once enjoyed was obviously of great advantage to ordinary families, whose standard of living was thereby enhanced. But it was of greater …

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So Scary It’s Profitable

A couple of excerpts from Matt Ridley, writing in The Australian: No matter how many scares are proved wrong, the next set of dispatches of doom are treated with the same reverential respect. Remember what the media said about the Y2K computer bug? “This is not a prediction, it is a certainty: there will be serious …

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Andrew Turnbull on Climate Policy

Lord Turnbull was Permanent Secretary of the UK Department for the Environment from 1994 to 1998, and Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service 2002-05. He has written a twenty page briefing paper for the Global Warming Policy Foundation. It is called The Really Inconvenient Truth Or “It ain’t necessarily so.” You can download …

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Blanchett to Australia – ‘Listen Up, Peasants’

The Australian Greens have accused polluters of an “ugly attack” on Hollywood star Cate Blanchett, who has come out in a new television advertising campaign in support of a carbon tax. Yes, but if CO2 is a pollutant, then everyone still breathing is a polluter, right? A tax on CO2 will have a serious effect on …

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Axe the Tax

The Prime Minister is scheduled to speak at Adelaide University tomorrow on ‘Governing for Reform: Values in Practice.’ Short talk, then. Late notice, but a good opportunity. Copied from menzieshouse.com.au: We have just received word that Julia Gillard will be speaking at Adelaide University tomorrow evening! We are sorry for the late notice, but this …

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Sideshow Bob

Tim Wilson has a delightful piece at The Punch, cross-posted at the IPA, which explores a day in the life of Carbon Bob. Bob’s a model citizen and busy man trying to save the world from the hundreds of big bad carbon polluters required by law to report their environmental vandalism to the government. Tim’s …

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Then What’s The Point?

As I noted a few days ago, the only way a carbon price can have any affect on CO2 output is by reducing the use of fossil fuels. It does this by making the use of those fuels more expensive. This increases the cost of electricity, of water (especially if that water come from a …

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Pricing Carbon

I noted last August that people seemed to be confused about how much carbon dioxide there was in the atmosphere. Some people thought that CO2 made up half of all the gasses in the atmosphere. One of Jo Nova’s readers recently asked 100 people questions about the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, and came …

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Julia Gillard Makes No Sense

Julia Gillard is not stupid. But as Forrest Gump said, ‘Stupid is as stupid does.’ And there could hardly be anything more stupid than putting a punitive tax on the resource – cheap carbon fuels – that has underpinned the fastest ever growth in development and standards of living around the world, including health and education, and …

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Know What You’re Voting For

A few people I have spoken to over the last couple of weeks, people who are otherwise intelligent as far as I can tell, have told me they intend to vote for the Greens in the Senate. When asked why, they usually respond by saying they think the Greens will do a better job of protecting the …

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