Fossil Fuels and Subsidies in Australia

From the end of last year but still relevant.   Anyone who claims that coal mining or other resource production is subsidised in Australia is trying to sell you something.. It isn’t. Claims it is are deliberately misleading.   There are no subsidies, just the same tax reductions for business costs that apply to all …

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Renewable Energy?

So called renewable energy is not renewable. When you take into account the cost of construction, installation, maintenance, transmission, and the need to keep real energy sources running constantly to make up for fluctuations in supply caused by the unreliability of wind and sunlight, any wind or solar installation has a net cost in energy. …

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Ignoring Reality

In a natural follow up to the story below, where a bunch of toddlers attempt to pretend something does not exist, the UK government and the BBC pretend something does exist – cheap renewable energy. Christopher Booker writes in The Telegraph: What is the maddest thing going on in Britain today? There may be many competitors …

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Unwarranted Assumptions

It turns out unwarranted assumptions are the largest single source of renewable energy. Take for example the Zero Carbon Australia, 2020 report which claimed that all of Australian energy could com from renewable energy sources by 2020. Ted (F.E.) Trainer, a well known Australian energy theorist pointed to some of the plans flaws, To summarise, my back of the envelope …

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Wind Power Is Not Working. What’s Next?

Pee power… Gerardine Botte, an engineer at Ohio University, said in an interview with New Scientist magazine that harnessing the power of urine could mean that an office building of 200-300 people would produce about 2Kw of power. Seriously. At least it won’t kill any birds.

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