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» 22/08/2017 9:50:08 AM First of all individual actions must make a difference otherwise there would be no point i.....
» 16/08/2017 12:59:53 PM Electricity and tampons what's next? I think it's also on the cards that a crude oil price.....
» 14/08/2017 8:59:00 AM 400 cycles doesn't cut it we need 10,000. For stationary applications it would be like bui.....
» 11/08/2017 2:59:14 PM Burning coal is what powered steam engines in the 17th century.. it's now the 21st century.....
» 19/07/2017 10:48:08 AM Diesel exhaust particulate can be reduced with filters and NOx reduced by urea sprays such.....
» 18/07/2017 5:10:13 PM Alan B as it happens SA has plenty of thorium as well. There's 1500 tonnes of ThO2 just at.....
» 18/07/2017 2:44:28 PM The SA Libs would have to be hopeless for Weatherill to be re-elected. SA's power woes are.....
» 17/07/2017 8:39:17 AM I doubt Finkel will be implemented any time soon as there will be not only winners but los.....
» 21/06/2017 6:32:48 PM I think the firming requirement levels the playing field. The virtuous wind and solar gene.....
» 20/06/2017 2:11:48 PM I understand the Riverland setup will be 330 MW PV with a 400 Mwh battery than can supply .....
» 20/06/2017 9:30:39 AM Insisting on X% of Technology Y is clearly the wrong approach. Renewables enthusiasts thou.....
» 15/06/2017 11:29:23 AM The trifecta of affordability, reliability and low carbon can be done as we see with Franc.....
» 5/06/2017 11:00:55 AM I think the end of the fracking boom will spell trouble for Trump if he is still POTUS whe.....
» 26/05/2017 12:49:20 PM It's ironic that Holden is closing just weeks before SA is supposed to get the world's lar.....
» 23/05/2017 9:41:27 AM Before long it will be realised that there is no easy alternative to coal. The cost of sub.....
» 15/05/2017 11:57:47 AM When I lived in Canberra I got a lift in a car to Yass Junction station to take the slow t.....
» 12/05/2017 8:31:38 AM Countries that make an effort to reduce gas dependence may get a long term advantage even .....
» 8/05/2017 6:09:31 PM Alistair if wind and solar are so cheap why don't they shut down all the coal and gas plan.....
» 8/05/2017 8:05:26 AM All these misgivings may be valid but they are up against a probable gas panic on the east.....
» 5/05/2017 8:46:27 AM It may well be true that in the past the Earth experienced rapid climate change that was n.....
» 1/05/2017 1:48:34 PM Fracking of tight marine shale can be up to 4000m deep while CSG might be only 500m deep a.....
» 29/04/2017 12:20:57 PM @Aidan in truth I haven't been keeping records of when and where the blackouts have been o.....
» 28/04/2017 2:32:34 PM I used to live in SA when Pt Augusta coal and Torrens Island gas baseload supplied most po.....
» 10/04/2017 1:25:09 PM How is it that indigenous communities have vastly greater powers to veto projects than non.....
» 4/04/2017 1:23:52 PM SA had a lovely run of cheap gas fired generation with pipelines from both Moomba and Vict.....
» 4/04/2017 11:08:21 AM The Riverland project is for 330 MW realtime peak PV with 100 MW X 4 hours battery. I thin.....
» 3/04/2017 3:01:50 PM Barnaby Joyce seems to have a grudge against cute critters, first Pistol & Boo now Leadbea.....
» 31/03/2017 8:52:10 AM You have to wonder if we will 'crack the ton' as all-liquids nudge 100 mbpd at 98.5m. Wasn.....
» 30/03/2017 2:12:21 PM Hazelwood officially lasted 46 years, lithium batteries last 10 years maybe. I read that t.....
» 27/03/2017 10:17:50 AM In the next decade there should be a vivid demonstration of the need for baseload power wi.....
» 21/03/2017 9:16:52 AM The much quoted excerpt from Gullivers Travels is " He has been eight years upon a pr.....
» 13/03/2017 11:44:54 AM Context is everything. The world didn't have 7.4 billion people 110,000 years ago delicate.....
» 9/03/2017 1:34:41 PM A window on this is the proposed deepwater drilling in the Great Australian Bight. BP pull.....
» 9/03/2017 1:23:44 PM Peak Oilers have been ridiculed and are keeping their heads down for now. An OLO commenter.....
» 27/02/2017 3:53:30 PM Declining EROEI doesn't necessarily mean that prices (like that of oil) will rise since sq.....
» 26/02/2017 6:55:20 AM The 2014 RET review concluded that the cost of CO2 avoided by the RET was $59 per tonne. A.....
» 24/02/2017 1:06:46 PM By 2024 Bangladesh should have two nuclear power plants with the money lent by Russia http.....
» 20/02/2017 8:29:13 AM Battery backed solar is a threat to the grid the way a mouse is a threat to an elephant. A.....
» 19/02/2017 10:51:16 AM ant if you think renewables will save us here's a couple of recent articles http://www.ec.....
» 18/02/2017 12:24:10 PM You sometimes see negative spot prices on the AEMO homepage but to my recollection never a.....
» 15/02/2017 12:43:04 PM I think the primary driver of energy policy should be emissions targets in the expectation.....
» 14/02/2017 9:52:10 AM They say one good deed deserves another. Now it seems one subsidy creates another if we ha.....
» 13/02/2017 1:26:13 PM That's an interesting metric to use (subsidy per Mwh)/tonnes of C02 displaced with quite t.....
» 10/02/2017 9:38:00 AM Not sure that we have plenty of gas. See the red coloured area in the graph of Figure 1 he.....
» 9/02/2017 4:05:03 PM Alan B our own ANSTO is working on one of the problems of thorium reactors http://www.worl.....
» 9/02/2017 12:00:13 PM My major problem with quotas and subsidies for wind and solar is that we are paying a prem.....
» 7/02/2017 2:44:49 PM What if Peak Oil = liquid fuels was last year 2016? We're about 98 mbpd according to some .....
» 6/02/2017 10:02:09 AM I seem to recall just a few years ago that the CSIRO (Turner et al) looked at the 1972 Lim.....
» 2/02/2017 8:57:15 AM This completely changes the equation 1) remove the legal prohibition on nuclear 2) put som.....
» 1/02/2017 12:06:23 PM It does seem as though some Asian countries are having considerable difficulties with nucl.....
» 18/01/2017 10:27:53 AM No doubt someone will point out that Australia is a minor emitter on the world stage with .....
» 17/01/2017 8:55:58 AM The new market psychology could be 'let's not frighten the horses'. Some say we are at pea.....
» 9/01/2017 8:10:51 AM This is tantamount to accusing BoM of fraud. Perhaps some parliamentarians should call for.....
» 5/01/2017 11:01:24 AM Neither the RET nor Direct Action will achieve the 26% emissions cut by 2030. We're still .....
» 23/12/2016 8:08:53 AM Logging ancient forests is like burning works of art in the fireplace. Once gone what will.....
» 20/12/2016 11:00:59 AM As I explained in a previous OLO comment what can replace coal will probably cost at least.....
» 19/12/2016 8:52:36 AM The US was able to reduce emissions 2005-2015 due to switching to gas fired generation awa.....
» 12/12/2016 9:57:28 AM The federal regulator AEMO tells us that 1) gas is the answer to the reliability problem .....
» 12/12/2016 8:19:41 AM They say if you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem. More of what doesn.....
» 10/12/2016 1:30:48 PM Upthread I suggested gas backed windpower was unlikely to get below 300 grams of CO2 per a.....
» 9/12/2016 1:36:49 PM Aidan I'm not saying twin AP1000s (2200 MW) as discussed at the Royal Commission though on.....
» 9/12/2016 1:12:25 PM The US could have a multibillion dollar export opportunity if they lead the market in smal.....
» 9/12/2016 10:58:13 AM Even if mandated wind power forces out some gas fired generation there must be a minimum l.....
» 28/11/2016 4:46:47 PM LL there are climate shocks and fuel price shocks. In March 2016 Tasmania faced the prospe.....
» 28/11/2016 3:14:11 PM Hasbeen paying for something when there is apparently no immediate crisis is called insura.....
» 28/11/2016 9:28:36 AM Weaning ourselves off fossil fuels may be expensive but it cushions against possible traum.....
» 26/11/2016 5:43:25 AM I doubt that Japan would pre-commit after the submarine snub. They are pursuing reprocessi.....
» 20/11/2016 10:47:27 AM The LNT hypothesis fails to explain why residents of high background radiation areas (eg K.....
» 19/11/2016 12:36:02 PM They say being marched to the gallows concentrates the mind. We'll understand that when Ha.....
» 10/11/2016 11:48:59 AM I went for a pub tea last night with an Adelaide Gen Xer. His job is fairly safe but he's .....
» 9/11/2016 10:45:35 AM I think SA could take nuclear waste cheaper than Russia, China, Finland and wherever else......
» 9/11/2016 8:00:13 AM This process has not been politically astute unless the hidden agenda is to keep the issue.....
» 8/11/2016 12:24:33 PM There are currently four proposals to connect SA to coal centres. That is to take wind pow.....
» 3/11/2016 2:18:24 PM ttbn the proposed Whyalla mill could maybe send 110 MW to the grid generated from coke ove.....
» 3/11/2016 10:02:23 AM On the daily cycle peak electrical demand is in the early evening when solar PV has retire.....
» 26/10/2016 7:25:15 AM I was recently visited by some cashed up SA baby boomers as part of their nonstop travels .....
» 26/10/2016 6:32:50 AM Alan B you can go out and buy a Candu reactor for about $5 bn but you cannot buy a molten .....
» 25/10/2016 11:48:50 AM I'm surprised that the RC made this their main recommendation. Recent events suggest SA co.....
» 18/10/2016 4:03:22 PM I think SA was the first to go large on wind power due to favourable winds in the mid nort.....
» 15/10/2016 10:57:28 AM I'm not anti renewables per se since I've had PV since 2005. What I don't like is their gu.....
» 13/10/2016 9:48:28 AM Cost reductions for realtime wind and solar may be missing the point. This article asks th.....
» 13/10/2016 8:32:13 AM Yairbut renewable energy consistently gets 65-75% approval ratings in opinion polls. There.....
» 12/10/2016 1:08:14 PM Electric car charging could go major when and if oil prices rebound to unaffordable levels.....
» 12/10/2016 11:58:40 AM Wind generators are not only failing to help in storms but also in the majority of heatwav.....
» 12/10/2016 8:26:12 AM Victorian brown coal also seems to be the insurance policy for Tasmanian smelters (Al, Zn,.....
» 8/10/2016 9:12:00 AM We could build a thorium burning reactor in the time it will take molten salt reactors to .....
» 7/10/2016 8:01:30 AM The LGC subsidy at around $90 per Mwh for wind and commercial solar is roughly double the .....
» 31/08/2016 10:29:32 AM Yesterday a friend suggested they wanted the satisfaction of recording a vote whatever the.....
» 23/08/2016 1:04:42 PM I'm surprised that the RC made foreign waste their main recommendation. Commissioner Scarc.....
» 16/08/2016 8:48:37 AM Wow it's all bad from start to finish. No mention of jobs and royalties or emissions savin.....
» 15/08/2016 8:36:42 AM The recent nuclear fuel cycle Royal Commission tried to help by recommending SA take nucle.....
» 12/08/2016 2:43:50 PM In both the UK and the US it is thought that biomethane will struggle to replace more than.....
» 12/08/2016 8:50:37 AM I believe California gets over 40% of its electricity from gas fired generation. Cheap nat.....
» 8/08/2016 9:43:34 AM The fact BP is drilling 300 km offshore in the Great Australian Bight shows that the long .....
» 22/07/2016 4:42:48 PM It follows that many people are already being disrespected since they live within a kilome.....
» 11/07/2016 8:51:20 AM New nuclear electricity could cost double that of uncarbontaxed power from already built c.....
» 6/07/2016 8:45:09 AM A jury shouldn't be necessary after a Royal Commission. It wasn't done for the building un.....
» 30/06/2016 2:06:52 PM Actually Roses1 I think baseload generation is the key to both low carbon and price stabil.....
» 30/06/2016 11:22:35 AM The LCOE for new nuclear is probably way too high (perhaps double) after several are built.....
» 23/06/2016 3:23:34 PM Wind and solar could earn their stripes if they got there because of tough emissions rules.....
» 22/06/2016 10:28:14 AM It beggars belief that with nearly a million unemployed and young people unable to buy hom.....
» 21/06/2016 10:17:11 AM It's handy for pro-nuclear Britain that former colonies Canada and Australia have so much .....
» 31/05/2016 12:43:54 PM Roses1 you must do this to prove the doubters wrong. A cautionary tale is that Germany spe.....
» 31/05/2016 9:39:05 AM The fact is the Renewable Energy Target is exceedingly generous in terms of both guarantee.....
» 25/05/2016 9:03:20 AM Countries that have grown rich on the back of high yielding energy sources now want to mov.....
» 23/05/2016 8:28:36 AM At some point the rush to sell oil will turn into a preference to conserve. In that case t.....
» 20/05/2016 7:20:44 PM Someone who added a leaf of home grown lettuce to a multilayered sandwich once told me wit.....
» 17/05/2016 3:50:15 PM $US28/lb is about $A85/kg which seems like good money to me. Cigar Lake Canada is a high c.....
» 16/05/2016 9:30:37 AM I have to agree this is a copout. I say that as one who both supports nuclear power and al.....
» 2/05/2016 9:35:57 AM GoM wouldn't it be easier just to move everything a bit bit further north to Woomera? No N.....
» 2/05/2016 8:27:26 AM If the Chapman property is a pastoral lease then aboriginal groups have no legal basis to .....
» 29/04/2016 8:15:00 AM Perhaps we should worry about the recurring reference to 2020. Does it mean that the Saudi.....
» 26/04/2016 11:55:51 AM What about the tens of millions of tonnes of CO2 that Australian uranium keeps out of the .....
» 31/03/2016 4:17:45 PM SA and Tas have the same problem, namely lack of rainfall in hill country. FWIW I've canoe.....
» 31/03/2016 8:43:31 AM I think it was Tim Flannery who said the Lower Lakes evaporate 190 GL a year. Two centurie.....
» 29/03/2016 8:36:19 AM Neither the costly RET nor Direct Action have caused Australia's emissions to decline. The.....
» 21/03/2016 1:04:42 PM The implication is that full tanks mean an oil glut, But they only represent a few days wo.....
» 3/03/2016 1:30:29 PM I suspect all-liquids will never exceed 100 mbpd so for practical purposes we are at Peak .....
» 2/03/2016 7:47:33 AM The author is getting his wish fulfilled...CO2 keeps on increasing. There must be some rea.....
» 29/02/2016 10:11:17 AM They are trialling a new chemical extraction process for the hardrock lithium ore at Green.....
» 17/02/2016 9:54:45 AM To quote E. Presley 'it's now or never'. Free marketeers can excuse government interventio.....
» 8/02/2016 12:50:27 PM Cobber despite past practices I don't think Pt Augusta is a good place for either seawater.....
» 8/02/2016 8:40:06 AM It should be clear by now that neither the Emissions Reduction Fund nor the Renewable Ener.....
» 28/01/2016 7:35:50 AM In real terms Turnbull hasn't changed Abbott's policies which could be his downfall. The A.....
» 22/01/2016 8:06:52 AM At this stage I doubt batteries will have a disruptive effect. Even in sunny Queensland th.....
» 14/01/2016 10:03:48 AM This is all very well except for some major caveats. First we have extreme conditions such.....
» 11/01/2016 9:48:17 AM Paris was theatre of the absurd. We had people burning a litre of jet fuel every 25 km or .....
» 6/01/2016 7:13:21 AM I see liquid fuels hit an all time high of 97 mbpd in August 2015. I wonder if 1) it will.....
» 25/12/2015 12:42:36 PM It's true Tassie had sea level snow on August 3rd. Right now it is 35C in sub-alpine areas.....
» 25/12/2015 6:43:48 AM The woman in the interview said the IPCC claimed the world was turning into a fireball. I'.....
» 21/12/2015 6:32:21 AM Notice that negative prices never exceed the LGC subsidy now about $73 per Mwh. That is th.....
» 14/12/2015 3:07:09 PM If the RET were replaced by a tough national CO2 target then we'd know wind power and comm.....
» 4/12/2015 9:27:03 AM I suggest with incessant demand growth that fossil fuels will run out sooner than we think.....
» 19/11/2015 12:14:30 PM As we speak politicians of all persuasions want to cram more people into Australia. Also a.....
» 17/11/2015 1:38:11 PM Funny how just in today's news Leigh Ck coalfield shut down due to depletion. Then BP was .....
» 17/11/2015 11:01:26 AM I think the article's conclusions are probably correct. Sure we have a lot of coal, oil an.....
» 12/11/2015 1:11:20 PM MN lithium battery problems is one of the theories behind the fate of flight MH370. If a h.....
» 12/11/2015 10:28:28 AM It seems likely the next wave of grid defectors will use Li ion batteries known to have ov.....
» 10/11/2015 8:05:22 AM I see that after 12 years since another company's efforts BP is to drill in the Great Aust.....
» 3/11/2015 1:14:29 PM This is market failure for two reasons. Firstly Saudi Arabia is losing money and will go b.....
» 21/10/2015 8:22:20 AM Couple of questions - why aren't we paying under $1 per litre for fuel? - what happens whe.....
» 14/10/2015 10:07:55 AM Too bad that current pledges are inadequate because I think even some of those won't be me.....
» 6/10/2015 8:18:52 AM In round terms if that $660m only created 10 Mt of new real emissions reductions instead o.....
» 30/09/2015 9:44:33 AM I wonder if the knives will be out for progressives when recent migration turns sour. Migr.....
» 28/09/2015 10:28:37 AM Sometimes it does look as though BoM has a hard sell on its hands. For example on ABC Land.....
» 25/09/2015 11:34:12 AM The energy regulator AEMO has looked into home batteries, EVs and switching gas appliances.....
» 21/09/2015 12:57:38 PM I wonder if in the rear view mirror 2015 or perhaps 2016 will be the all time peak year fo.....
» 16/09/2015 11:10:57 AM I agree that devils are doing it tougher because the carrion on which they feed is less ab.....
» 8/09/2015 8:27:40 AM I visited an offgrid family near me. The tracking PV was playing up as was the diesel gene.....
» 3/09/2015 8:01:49 AM There has to be an oil price correction before long. While Saudi Arabia has shot itself in.....
» 1/09/2015 9:55:53 AM Hydrogen via water electrolysis has poor energy recovery. On Stuart Island off Washington .....
» 29/08/2015 6:01:54 PM Somehow a diesel rebate for miners is an unconscionable subsidy but a diesel rebate for fa.....
» 28/08/2015 8:12:08 AM Wind and commercial solar would have more legitimacy if they got there on the basis of tou.....
» 27/08/2015 11:38:11 AM The writer seems to assume non-natural radioactive material will get into the environment .....
» 26/08/2015 1:09:29 PM I think an oil price backswing is inevitable which on top of a China slowdown will have bi.....
» 10/08/2015 8:54:20 AM I suspect we are living in fool's paradise with unnaturally low oil prices. SUV sales are .....
» 28/07/2015 9:06:07 AM This message will sell better if it wasn't bundled with climate change denial. The point r.....
» 27/07/2015 6:27:01 PM Obviously wind and solar have not saved SA's bacon. The state also pioneered hot dry rock .....
» 27/07/2015 8:24:21 AM The stupid thing is that SA could be the SA Saudi Arabia of energy if there was a concerte.....
» 21/07/2015 9:40:23 AM There's no doubt that wind power can save x% of emissions whatever x is. However since it .....
» 20/07/2015 9:57:53 AM Arcoona Station is near Olympic Dam so that would be returning some actinides close to whe.....
» 19/07/2015 5:57:12 PM Obviously oil must run out before too long. The world is said to have 800 million internal.....
» 9/07/2015 2:59:21 PM I have one of Pindyck's books on the shelf so I hesitate to criticise. I agree that modell.....
» 7/07/2015 4:18:22 PM Coal it is then. In all likelihood SA will import even dirtier coal fired electricity from.....
» 22/06/2015 9:56:59 AM I think the primary influence on the generating mix should be an emissions target, not gua.....
» 15/05/2015 8:01:44 AM I think the medium level waste repository only needs to be 50-100 km from a city. There is.....
» 4/05/2015 2:53:31 PM The vexing question of optimum wind penetration seems to be a variant of the least cost co.....
» 17/04/2015 12:53:45 PM Our electricity supply is 87% fossil fuelled, 13% renewable of which half or so is 20th ce.....
» 17/04/2015 8:27:36 AM The primary driver should be emissions targets not quotas and subsidies for preferred tech.....
» 13/04/2015 9:05:43 AM SA could be wealthy if it chose to fully exploit the fact it has a third of the world's ea.....
» 10/04/2015 8:37:50 AM Slight contradiction here .... fossil fuels are doomed, don't let fossil fuels remain domi.....
» 2/04/2015 12:20:51 PM As the price of gas rises wind power may be able to stand on its own without the $40 per M.....
» 19/03/2015 9:22:09 AM I think SA interests are getting ahead themselves talking about PRISM reactors and taking .....
» 10/03/2015 2:16:56 PM Australia has about 18m cars. Suppose half were replaced by EVs each requiring 10 kwh for .....
» 10/03/2015 10:24:36 AM I notice Tesla have toned down their rhetoric about lithium ion batteries. For example the.....
» 5/03/2015 12:04:41 PM Rhrosty a Aussie company called Ceramic Fuel Cells just filed for bankruptcy, not a good s.....
» 5/03/2015 8:34:00 AM Econ 101 tells us less supply same demand means prices must go up. Maybe there are irratio.....
» 4/03/2015 1:12:14 PM Those who think solar and batteries will save us should look at some near realtime electri.....
» 4/03/2015 8:53:11 AM By coincidence another article came out today cautioning against high expectations for SMR.....
» 26/02/2015 4:23:01 PM The fate of the Holden workers might be predicted based on Mitsubishi in SA and Ford in Vi.....
» 25/02/2015 10:24:05 AM What may remain more steady throughout the price swings is what I'd call 'affordability' t.....
» 24/02/2015 4:28:09 PM Liquid fuel production is experiencing declining EROEI or energy output over input. 1930s .....
» 24/02/2015 12:19:49 PM Without buying into future prices I can guarantee that at some point there will be less li.....
» 27/01/2015 12:18:52 PM The populous vs the profligate. If India aspires to Australia's per capita energy consumpt.....
» 27/01/2015 6:32:43 AM Similar concerns apply to LNG exports from the Australian east coast. In the next few year.....
» 22/01/2015 3:25:46 PM Aidan the argument against PV+batteries being a major power source is that the energy retu.....
» 22/01/2015 11:41:35 AM Aidan the problem with Pt Pirie and Pt Augusta for seawater cooled thermal plant is that b.....
» 22/01/2015 10:18:33 AM The article omits the likelihood of steep gas price rises when Santos diverts Moomba gas t.....
» 8/01/2015 1:57:02 PM I think this is potentially more alarming than climate change. An unlucky few get flooded .....
» 6/01/2015 1:16:15 PM I was surprised that a month or so after the G20 in Brisbane that Modi paid a quickie visi.....
» 5/01/2015 8:21:04 AM I think the price drop was due to a lack of storage space for temporarily excess oil produ.....
» 12/12/2014 12:10:13 PM AG Peak Oil never went anywhere it just has its head down because of the irrational optimi.....
» 12/12/2014 9:02:44 AM That's great having nearly a trillion dollars in the wealth fund but if you can't buy a go.....
» 11/12/2014 5:50:50 PM Elsewhere others have pointed out that the Collinses apparently never fired a shot in ange.....
» 1/12/2014 9:08:24 AM If ASC don't get new orders then ideally there would be other jobs for the workers while t.....
» 20/11/2014 7:33:06 AM Funny how the author didn't seem to catch the WNA report that said 60 new reactors were pl.....
» 18/11/2014 10:58:06 AM The IEA will have to have a hard look at themselves if in fact oil production decreases no.....
» 17/11/2014 10:33:38 AM A simple solution is to use 100% plantation timber from land that has already been comprom.....
» 24/10/2014 7:34:50 AM If Saudia Arabia is trying to flood the market and bankrupt the frackers then world oil wi.....
» 3/10/2014 8:29:23 AM As an ex Safstrine I have to agree. The people SA should hang on to are leaving in droves......
» 2/10/2014 4:13:15 PM @ Johnj one consultant to the RET review thought power prices could decline while other co.....
» 2/10/2014 8:59:13 AM The main claim that the RET greatly reduces emissions is bogus. The biggest form of renewa.....
» 1/10/2014 1:41:42 PM @ Roses you're the one who gave a list of high EROEIs then wanted to retract them. A list .....
» 1/10/2014 7:54:58 AM I see desert based concentrating solar thermal with storage barely makes the cut yet the I.....
» 26/09/2014 11:05:42 AM To avoid a volumetric oil peak (the net energy peak has passed) these discoveries would ne.....
» 19/09/2014 8:38:59 AM Rather than a steep protracted decline it's possible Chinese emissions may plateau for say.....
» 12/09/2014 8:38:42 AM The submarine contract comes up at a very time for SA with the closure of Holden in 2017 a.....
» 5/09/2014 8:53:27 AM Battery enthusiasts are merrily predicting large improvements in cost and performance. It .....
» 26/08/2014 8:29:26 AM You'd have to think that green PR + subsidies have a lot to do with it. Mines typically op.....
» 8/08/2014 8:36:15 AM I think climate change and pressures of human intrusion means we will never again see E. r.....
» 7/08/2014 10:09:46 AM A few inconsistencies here. As pointed out the 180 MW Gordon below Franklin hydro would ha.....
» 25/07/2014 5:13:10 PM FWIW I've had PV since 2005 and thanks to feed-in tariffs I can avoid power bills for 9 mo.....
» 25/07/2014 12:44:33 PM $1 per kwh grid electricity pricing may eventually happen but it will be a night time pric.....
» 25/07/2014 9:33:45 AM This article is tantamount to heresy in some circles. People should recognise solar for wh.....
» 21/07/2014 8:08:15 AM It would seem most odd to buy Japanese submarines when one (actually the remains of two) i.....
» 18/07/2014 9:52:43 AM There is an impediment to this boom; if the oil costs more than $100 a barrel to extract. .....
» 24/06/2014 10:28:49 AM If these projections are true then some IPCC emissions scenarios of CO2 increasing after 2.....
» 21/06/2014 9:28:41 PM This may not go as well as hoped. US emissions declined 2008-2012 due to driving less and .....
» 13/06/2014 9:36:37 AM If I recall a year ago China's coal generation capacity was about 750 GW in contrast to ab.....
» 3/06/2014 7:57:42 AM I suggest the fish catch from the Coorong and Lower Lakes is insignificant compared to oce.....
» 26/05/2014 9:49:08 AM Seems like only last week stockbroker types were telling us the fracking boom would give u.....
» 21/05/2014 9:03:30 AM SA has a third of the world's easily mined uranium. As Bob Hawke said this week we'd be do.....
» 13/05/2014 3:03:01 PM When a talented footballer loses everything due to gambling the usual advice is 'stick to .....
» 12/05/2014 9:23:17 AM Fukushima had the added drama of the tsunami and the hydrogen explosions which the public .....
» 28/03/2014 7:34:02 AM Funny thing is that the people desperate to come here are from highly populated countries,.....
» 15/03/2014 7:19:07 AM Botanical issues aside the main point is that it took a long time to achieve the forest pe.....
» 10/03/2014 7:50:23 AM Fair enough, but what happens to certain mainland States when Asia stops buying coal and i.....
» 26/02/2014 12:02:33 PM I think the interviewee has counted chickens before they are hatched. Think about it; US o.....
» 20/02/2014 7:30:35 AM New nuclear cannot compete with already built coal fired power stations in the absence of .....
» 14/02/2014 12:14:37 PM Countries that have useful but clearly limited amounts of hydrocarbons (oil and gas) shoul.....
» 29/01/2014 9:47:03 AM A Japanese nuclear restart could help Australia in two ways.. it would revive the price of.....
» 10/01/2014 9:47:48 AM Perhaps the author would like a fact finding inquiry into BoM akin to the one on the home .....
» 24/12/2013 10:45:07 AM The RET is as appropriate as saying 20% of electricity must come through purple coloured w.....
» 23/12/2013 9:19:18 AM Three places that have prematurely retired nuclear power stations have each recorded an in.....
» 14/11/2013 8:19:00 AM Several factors impose a cost when solar surplus electricity is sent to the grid but I thi.....
» 9/10/2013 7:25:13 AM This represents a marketing opportunity for the companies in question. Simply disprove the.....
» 13/09/2013 9:33:40 AM To save themselves all this grief the industry could stick to 100% plantation timber. Othe.....
» 22/08/2013 7:55:42 AM This clean energy transition needs to be quick as the atmosphere can't afford for China to.....
» 21/08/2013 8:58:24 AM Get a grip. About 20,000 people died in the tsunami but there may be no statistically obse.....
» 15/08/2013 8:08:49 AM I'm not sure that submarines are needed in the 21st century. The navy seems to have its ha.....
» 13/08/2013 4:22:59 PM I have to agree with this article. In a strange way greenies are the new conservatives. We.....
» 5/08/2013 8:30:40 AM The evidence should be clear that wind and solar can at best only make a small dent in coa.....
» 24/07/2013 9:53:43 AM A saving grace is that the Arckaringa Basin is dry outback and may encounter less nimbyism.....
» 8/07/2013 8:54:39 AM Some seriously wishful thinking here. As of now home batteries for PV storage are too expe.....
» 27/06/2013 9:18:33 AM Lack of value adding will apply to other industries; for example we send both iron ore and.....
» 20/06/2013 9:07:32 AM To his credit Abbott did point out the inconsistency between carbon tax and the effusive p.....
» 17/06/2013 8:15:16 AM The article makes some sweeping assertions but fails to make key insights. For example why.....
» 12/06/2013 10:29:38 AM The Judeo-Christian world view is that humans are in control of nature and have managed it.....
» 4/06/2013 3:29:34 PM Thanks for your question cohenite. We all need to look at facts not beliefs. The regional .....
» 4/06/2013 8:44:22 AM I agree that explicit CO2 pricing, either carbon tax or ETS spot price, is the best approa.....
» 27/05/2013 9:32:30 AM The US gasolene price keeps increasing since both the quantity and quality of oil substitu.....
» 10/05/2013 11:57:39 AM The article asserts Australia is a minor direct contributor to world emissions therefore s.....
» 8/05/2013 1:54:00 PM I see the Kool Aid moment coming long before 2025. I live smack in the middle of hydro cou.....
» 23/04/2013 1:40:28 PM If algae biofuel is so good how come it hasn't taken off like mobile phones or DVDs? Clear.....
» 22/04/2013 9:28:09 AM I'd call those people Blind Freddies. Just because in January Sydney and Hobart recorded t.....
» 12/04/2013 8:42:34 AM Instead of spreading the money around I suggest the main beneficiaries will be Woodside sh.....
» 31/01/2013 7:53:28 AM On a positive note SA did a good job with the Tour Down Under with organisation and turnou.....
» 29/01/2013 6:33:44 AM How come nuclear deprived Germany and Japan are going backwards while pronuclear China is .....
» 16/01/2013 7:58:17 AM What a convoluted argument to justify a predetermined position. This 'theory' would seem t.....
» 14/01/2013 8:32:43 AM I don't know if the author has noticed it has been a tiny bit warm lately. Perhaps we shou.....
» 16/12/2012 5:07:38 PM Bazz re-read the first post, second sentence. As to declining yield the example I give is .....
» 14/12/2012 9:40:29 AM I doubt this irrational exuberance over unconventional oil in N. America will last more th.....
» 9/12/2012 5:54:01 PM warmair where did you get your cost estimates? Try this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cost_.....
» 7/12/2012 7:40:10 AM People accept instinctively statements like 'it's not economic to grow bananas in the Simp.....
» 5/12/2012 9:46:23 AM I question whether foreigners should have first dibs on our gas. We've seen Japan consume .....
» 5/12/2012 9:22:36 AM I predict this will become a scandal. Some scientists with the right kinds of political se.....
» 4/12/2012 6:45:41 AM CDM is perhaps the standout example of green fuzzy thinking. Pay other countries money for.....
» 20/11/2012 7:55:35 AM The trouble is that there are now so many of us with pressing demands that unreliable and .....
» 19/11/2012 8:03:06 AM A year ago some optimists were saying that Australia had 6,000 years of shale gas. Hence n.....
» 5/11/2012 9:51:03 AM As an ex-SA person I believe that State has come to expect favours from Canberra. In the c.....
» 5/11/2012 6:09:56 AM I agree and disagree. It would be folly to build another batch of unreliable diesel submar.....
» 1/11/2012 9:36:39 AM As far as I know Australia only has one working shale gas play (ie horizontally drilled, n.....
» 31/10/2012 9:20:52 AM I presume the Climate Change Authority has a mission statement about reducing CO2 but I do.....
» 22/10/2012 12:12:31 PM A relative has just traded a late model Renault for a new Cruze so they must be doing some.....
» 19/10/2012 7:06:17 AM My gut feeling is that severe weather events are no more frequent than the long run but ma.....
» 29/09/2012 10:58:14 AM Rather than generalities I think we could look at specific minerals. For starters I doubt .....
» 27/09/2012 8:36:58 AM Why are we even opening up new coal mines? Surely the whole point of the carbon tax and th.....
» 18/09/2012 7:34:12 AM Carbon 'farming' is clearly intended as a cheap copout for big emitters and a form of rura.....
» 3/09/2012 1:37:59 PM Curmudgeon is right that some reduction in demand for electricity can be attributed to hig.....
» 3/09/2012 11:36:58 AM Carbon pricing is rapidly turning into a dogs breakfast. Not only are we to abrogate to th.....
» 31/08/2012 7:49:46 AM A couple of simple observations suggest the EU ETS is not all it's cracked up to be 1) an .....
» 22/08/2012 7:20:43 AM Interpret this as you will but I think Flannery is as relevant to the Australian climate d.....
» 20/08/2012 11:42:44 AM I think the best uranium deposits will be just over the SA border in the 'Curnamona' geolo.....
» 2/08/2012 8:51:02 AM I agree that Australia's carbon tax is not going to make much difference unless there is a.....
» 27/07/2012 8:33:28 AM I agree that Australians have a naive belief in the ability of subsidised wind and solar t.....
» 19/07/2012 9:32:44 AM Radiophobia aside few seem to be asking what will happen when gas becomes prohibitively ex.....
» 6/07/2012 6:02:12 PM SM I'm no lawyer but I surmise that Australia's antidumping laws are more than adequate to.....
» 6/07/2012 11:58:26 AM I think we should carbon tax aluminium made in China and see if that helps local producers.....
» 2/07/2012 1:06:42 PM The connection between comments by Geoff and Hasbeen is that coal exports could be the def.....
» 2/07/2012 8:01:38 AM Australia cannot complain about the effects of high global CO2 unless we get our own house.....
» 27/06/2012 1:02:24 PM Climate change deniers should also consider the prospect of fossil fuel depletion, normall.....
» 27/06/2012 8:36:01 AM I suspect most of the CEFC's soft loans will effectively be subsidising gas, for example c.....
» 19/06/2012 8:31:00 AM The internal review of statistical findings should be more rigorous with large organisatio.....
» 18/06/2012 8:41:45 AM michael-in-adelaide I hope you realise the batteries in your Tindo solar powered bus have .....
» 13/06/2012 9:05:39 AM The good news is that the US has reduced emissions by generating more baseload power with .....
» 12/06/2012 8:17:24 AM I doubt that is physically or politically possible to run more than a fraction of Australi.....
» 25/05/2012 9:04:06 AM Google reduced its investment in one of the solar thermal projects mentioned when the pric.....
» 11/05/2012 11:36:34 AM It appears that the long term gas prospects for Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia.....
» 7/05/2012 6:35:19 PM To clarify my position I think the compliance problem will be with net emissions which wil.....
» 7/05/2012 9:39:32 AM I would distinguish between administrative compliance costs, uncertain measurements and am.....
» 3/05/2012 8:37:47 AM China accounts for more than 8 bn of the annual 30 bn tonnes of global man made CO2. I und.....
» 30/04/2012 7:45:46 AM It's strange how we engross ourselves with political trivia but huge issues like oil deple.....
» 11/04/2012 1:42:08 PM Curmudgeon you've been watching too many repeats of 'Top Gear'. If there's so much new oil.....
» 11/04/2012 9:20:14 AM I suspect the world economy will decline from now on due to resource thinning and accumula.....
» 2/04/2012 7:47:32 AM Somehow Olympic Dam mine has morphed into the spirit of the Olympic Games. I wouldn't comp.....
» 29/03/2012 5:54:20 PM SA people like to cite the 26% wind power but omit to mention that another 44% of their el.....
» 29/03/2012 7:53:14 AM If wind power is so good why does it need any subsidies? The Snowy Hydro doesn't get any. .....
» 26/03/2012 10:06:19 AM I agree also. SA people have a fairly major sense of entitlement. They not only want to 's.....
» 15/03/2012 12:27:26 PM I not only support nuclear but I think there is no realistic alternative. I might add that.....
» 15/03/2012 10:05:35 AM Hasbeen that's a fair point that some low carbon sources cannot realistically provide larg.....
» 15/03/2012 8:05:56 AM The claim that Australia needs to export coal to help people in developing countries is gr.....
» 7/03/2012 8:57:18 AM This article misses the point that it is the geological destiny of the lower lakes to beco.....
» 5/03/2012 12:59:37 PM Here are some issues I have with the mining industry. What do we do when the best deposits.....
» 28/02/2012 10:15:26 AM I think it's time alchemy made a comeback. Apparently mercury will disappear if you heat i.....
» 28/02/2012 10:02:09 AM The pervasive thinking in Australia is that bush that looks like parkland is somehow bette.....
» 23/02/2012 8:18:46 AM If this works out we'll be able to grow tomatoes in the snow and save the expense of green.....
» 15/02/2012 8:44:20 AM I agree on some key points but disagree on others. I wouldn't call Germany a success story.....
» 3/02/2012 11:01:44 AM We could have started at $10 so $23 is reasonable. I expect there will be minor belt tight.....
» 25/01/2012 7:57:29 AM Unfortunately we have become dependent on the profligate energy use created by once-cheap .....
» 23/01/2012 8:52:20 AM The data is vague but it seems possible that China may not be able to burn 3.2 billion ton.....
» 23/12/2011 8:26:51 AM Good luck when the mineral deposits are just holes in the ground and the wheatbelt has tur.....
» 20/12/2011 12:20:40 PM This solar energy seems to be photovoltaics that require battery electrical storage, not s.....
» 15/12/2011 1:03:12 PM Til Hasbeen's post I didn't realise China was a big importer of bauxite and alumina http:/.....
» 15/12/2011 6:51:01 AM I does seem that the dynamos leave Adelaide early in their careers, Rupert Murdoch being a.....
» 13/12/2011 10:44:00 AM I'm gobsmacked by Australia's coal export hypocrisy. We're supposed to bust our nuts getti.....
» 8/12/2011 8:19:12 AM Some are living in fantasy land if they think wind and solar can knock off coal at an affo.....
» 28/11/2011 8:32:03 AM Biomass burning (hopefully smoke free) has some problems that need to be sorted out. It sh.....
» 23/11/2011 7:17:26 AM Expensive oil will not only make long commutes unaffordable but it will add to the cost of.....
» 21/11/2011 8:03:43 AM It's quite remarkable that despite 20,000 tsunami and related deaths all the media hysteri.....
» 16/11/2011 11:57:18 AM I think Australia may end up calling the shots. We have the most uranium, may overtake Qat.....
» 14/11/2011 9:07:36 AM The Germans are setting themselves up for mass humiliation if this experiment backfires. C.....
» 8/11/2011 9:27:07 AM Actually Mt Lyell mine is still going along nicely. The trees are coming back to the hills.....
» 24/10/2011 7:14:24 AM Yes this experiment will be watched by the rest of the world. If it goes badly the effect .....
» 5/10/2011 12:20:01 PM Peter H thanks for the Dorothy Dixer. As it happens I drive my car mainly on modified vege.....
» 5/10/2011 8:50:09 AM If this is true you have to wonder if Mother Nature has set a comprehension test for the h.....
» 30/09/2011 10:24:03 AM I think it's on the cards that Chindia's economic activity could slow dramatically, both i.....
» 23/09/2011 7:55:18 AM The line about cheaper inputs sourced overseas is odd given that Australia's west coast su.....
» 13/09/2011 12:46:53 PM There is absolutely no point in having an election to get rid of carbon tax. That's becaus.....
» 13/09/2011 9:14:33 AM I think the value of the carbon tax will be firstly to encourage some voluntary efficiency.....
» 7/09/2011 9:45:19 AM Carbon farming runs the risk of moral hazard whereby we convince ourselves that the amount.....
» 5/09/2011 9:58:27 AM There's some embryonic ideas in this proposal which point to the future. Australia is inde.....
» 1/09/2011 7:56:57 AM Since Olympic Dam was discovered 30 years ago you'd think the sparse indigenous population.....
» 29/08/2011 5:28:18 PM Regrowth forest will never produce the giant swamp gums that tourists love. Take a look at.....
» 29/08/2011 8:44:37 AM A retirement village in a national park sounds pretty good to me. Therefore a lot of Tasma.....
» 29/07/2011 10:12:03 AM Many others including industry insiders do not share the author's enthusiasm. The problems.....
» 28/07/2011 9:07:07 AM The German Greens face a credibility crisis if the nuclear phaseout is halted or seen to b.....
» 18/07/2011 8:29:27 AM This doesn't seemed to have stopped wind farms figuring prominently in the new carbon tax .....
» 6/07/2011 9:43:19 AM Abbott may feel the N-word is the kiss of death. As some have pointed out the PM is taking.....
» 6/07/2011 9:30:04 AM These are good questions. I suspect we might get 5% CO2 reductions anyway by 2020 if the g.....
» 5/07/2011 5:33:23 PM I wonder if the weekend carbon tax announcement will include a special deal for wind power.....
» 23/06/2011 8:07:17 AM I doubt biofuels could ever contribute more than a few percent of the needs of current vol.....
» 13/06/2011 9:36:06 AM An obvious response to those countries who think the Western lifestyle is too profligate i.....
» 6/06/2011 3:17:57 PM I think a carbon price is an essential first condition to early emissions reductions. The .....
» 2/06/2011 3:38:42 PM If this all goes badly perhaps Basil Fawlty will say 'don't mention the wind farms'. There.....
» 24/05/2011 9:58:24 AM Not only Mt Isa but copper and uranium concentrate from SA's Olympic Dam will be sent to C.....
» 20/05/2011 9:41:31 AM This article should deflate some urban green fantasies of affluent lifestyles for all with.....
» 4/05/2011 8:38:02 AM I agree that international trading of carbon credits is an invitation to fraud. For exampl.....
» 3/05/2011 2:39:25 PM We'll soon see if there are genuine alternatives to nuclear. Germany may end up building m.....
» 27/04/2011 9:46:17 AM It seems strange to make carbon intensity the increasing basis of the tax system. Thus on .....
» 15/04/2011 4:04:35 PM Gillard's visit to the solar boosted coal station underscores the task ahead. The new gadg.....
» 15/04/2011 8:42:43 AM The problem with spending carbon tax revenue on alternative technology is that it may atte.....
» 14/04/2011 10:03:34 AM The fact that fossil fuels particularly oil will escalate in price means that carbon prici.....
» 6/04/2011 10:08:57 AM I think the government's likely response to Peak Oil is the wrong one, namely to reduce fu.....
» 1/04/2011 3:18:40 PM It has been proposed that Martian astronauts make rocket fuel for their return journey usi.....
» 10/03/2011 8:30:09 AM I wouldn't object so much to selective logging of ancient trees if they didn't trash the w.....
» 3/03/2011 9:18:11 AM I think in any sticky situation it's a bit weak to say nothing can be done unless someone .....
» 4/02/2011 8:56:09 AM There may well be a lesson for Australia behind Egypt's woes but I suspect it will be forg.....
» 19/01/2011 8:52:52 AM I think we're paying for climate change already in direct quantifiable terms. Local govern.....
» 13/01/2011 8:37:40 AM I have to agree that our electricity generation system is not forward thinking. However it.....
» 5/01/2011 5:23:50 PM There is a country that 1) is the OECD's highest per capita emitter 2) is the world's larg.....
» 5/01/2011 7:57:37 AM Emissions are certain to drop more than 5% by 2020 regardless of any policy decisions. My .....
» 24/12/2010 7:54:11 AM I think the public is concerned about the possible effect of CO2 on climate it's just they.....
» 15/12/2010 11:59:35 AM This must be the crucial question; can wind and solar replace coal? I believe the answer i.....
» 13/12/2010 8:56:25 AM Without detracting from these concerns they need to be put in perspective. Mining is inher.....
» 6/12/2010 8:57:36 AM The volumes of rock we are talking about are really quite small compared to the mining of .....
» 2/12/2010 9:40:21 PM Loudmouth that's OK it was hot in Death Valley in 1913. It's just that more recently the s.....
» 2/12/2010 2:00:42 PM The not-alarmed-ists have a wonderful refuge here in OLO. I'm starting to see their patter.....
» 25/11/2010 9:41:52 AM I suspect there is a practical limit to how much fuel can be made from fats and oils (trig.....
» 25/11/2010 9:22:42 AM If low carbon is really what it's all about then nuclear should get the feed-in tariff as .....
» 15/11/2010 8:33:01 AM The IEA prognosis is riddled with dubious assumptions. For starters many informed observer.....
» 27/10/2010 9:08:37 AM This article conflates two messages; that carbon trading is largely fraudulent (which I ag.....
» 13/10/2010 12:13:33 PM While I agree with the need to phase out coal I consider the suggested alternatives to be .....
» 6/10/2010 9:48:33 AM This makes sense to me. It is wrong for upstream irrigators to have water taken away to co.....
» 30/09/2010 3:31:25 PM Wow $7 a kL as the real cost of desalinated water. I've seen $5 for some outback desert to.....
» 28/09/2010 8:36:08 AM The extent to which depletion of all fossil fuels will restrict warming seems to be conten.....
» 15/09/2010 9:51:11 AM I have to agree on the issue of travel by politicians. They either don't get it or excuse .....
» 16/08/2010 10:56:26 AM Political pundits tell us that Greens will soon have the balance of power in the Senate. N.....
» 12/08/2010 9:00:40 AM Far from setting the bar I think the Zero Carbon Australia proposal brings home a reality .....
» 27/07/2010 8:58:48 AM The theoretical advantages of an ETS, namely no technology preference, a flexible carbon p.....
» 24/07/2010 5:54:28 PM Australia's politicians are not alone in thinking that wind and solar need special treatme.....
» 23/07/2010 1:24:47 PM The implication of the RET is there is something magical about renewables. What we really .....
» 23/07/2010 10:27:41 AM It's a bit like the episode of Yes Minister with the new hospital that was too busy with m.....
» 14/07/2010 9:25:18 AM I agree that natural gas is not a long term solution but I disagree that wind and solar ca.....
» 6/07/2010 9:34:11 AM Even if you don't believe in AGW or think we have an obligation to act, it still makes goo.....
» 1/07/2010 1:45:33 PM I think this is a good idea for the reasons given. Another reason I would add is that if a.....
» 28/06/2010 2:20:54 PM I have to agree the climate mitigation industry is fraudulent and perverse. Other examples.....
» 17/06/2010 6:09:27 PM It's strange reasoning to say that since Tasmania still has many trees that it could do wi.....
» 17/06/2010 9:25:20 AM This article fails to acknowledge that the forests have a high economic and aesthetic valu.....
» 1/06/2010 9:24:31 AM I think food vs. industrial energy conflicts are a sign that things are out of balance. An.....
» 26/05/2010 10:04:32 AM Other than niche applications the futility of biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel will bec.....
» 20/05/2010 3:49:45 PM michael_in_adelaide I think you should read some of the rebuttals to Jerome's claims. In s.....
» 11/05/2010 11:30:00 AM I doubt that when the early colonialists first camped by a small creek they envisioned 1-4.....
» 30/04/2010 11:22:35 AM If Mother Nature has programmed us for another Ice Age she must try harder. Globally March.....
» 14/04/2010 9:23:38 AM This is a strange conclusion somewhat akin to saying if medical experts diagnose a serious.....
» 11/04/2010 4:24:18 PM MW Poynter I suspect Abel Tasman moved his ship when the smoke got too much. People who li.....
» 10/04/2010 7:25:20 AM As I speak there is a pall of smoke from forestry burnoffs. I suspect it covers tens of sq.....
» 9/04/2010 10:29:31 AM Blind Freddy can see there is an improper relationship between the Tasmanian government an.....
» 29/03/2010 1:40:35 PM The data coming out of Europe should make it clear that wind and solar cannot replace coal.....
» 25/03/2010 2:37:32 PM Seems I touched a nerve there spindoc. Perhaps I am a bit of a hypocrite since while I per.....
» 25/03/2010 10:13:25 AM I think it is morally weak for Australia not to lead in emissions reductions. Our per capi.....
» 9/03/2010 12:55:06 PM Australia's growing oil import dependence is a curious omission from the report. Arguably .....
» 17/02/2010 9:03:47 AM I think we have to seriously question whether Australia's dependence on China makes us vul.....
» 11/02/2010 1:07:02 PM The article glosses over the fact there have been extinction events in the Earth's past th.....
» 1/02/2010 8:36:47 AM Australia's coal exports show the staggering hypocrisy of pretending to seek reduced globa.....
» 21/01/2010 9:31:23 AM Australia seems to have had an irrational exuberance about the mining industry ever since .....
» 20/01/2010 9:56:47 AM I suggest an alternative scenario; far from being out-manouevred the Europeans and Scandin.....
» 18/01/2010 12:18:33 PM Something missing from this analysis is the fact that fossil fuels are becoming more expen.....
» 13/01/2010 12:39:11 PM I don't think the UAE nukes will produce weapons material because the process in not secre.....
» 11/01/2010 4:06:14 PM It's 41C here in southwest Tasmania, something unheard of way back in the last century ie .....
» 6/01/2010 3:15:08 PM Here's some reasons why Australia is very much in the drivers seat with respect to climate.....
» 23/12/2009 7:32:23 PM examinator there is the US website http://thoriumenergy.blogspot.com/ or perhaps http://ww.....
» 23/12/2009 8:55:47 AM I don't think Australia is big enough to pioneer new nuclear technology; even the locally .....
» 21/12/2009 8:53:39 AM I suspect that Australia will remain an indispensable supplier of minerals to the world. S.....
» 18/12/2009 10:20:12 AM mikk if I lived in the dry outback I'd rather live next door to an N-waste repository than.....
» 18/12/2009 8:50:31 AM It will only take one community where the lowest paid workers are driving Mercs for others.....
» 16/12/2009 8:36:22 AM The thing that troubles me about the standardised Integral Fast Reactor is that only a yea.....
» 14/12/2009 8:41:15 AM These battery breakthroughs may not happen nor could new energy sources like geothermal. I.....
» 11/12/2009 9:09:22 AM I think it will soon be apparent that with 6.8 bn people the world already has more than e.....
» 7/12/2009 8:56:00 AM IMO CPRS = FUBAR. The scheme will be even more of a shambles if farmers can sell tree plan.....
» 30/11/2009 3:16:36 PM I agree with banning international offsets, despite being a plank of the CPRS. There may b.....
» 26/11/2009 9:45:40 AM I think acceptance of sacrifice (eg expensive electricity) will occur when a majority are .....
» 25/11/2009 8:32:27 AM I think Peak Oil will soon grab the public's attention more than weird weather. The connec.....
» 20/11/2009 10:00:40 AM While believing firmly in AGW I agree that carbon trading may be largely parasitic. Tradin.....
» 19/11/2009 9:11:07 AM It's clear that the Victorian government has no intention of cutting back on brown coal, t.....
» 18/11/2009 8:08:20 PM It's regrettable that what I've said is regarded as further proof of deceit. Incidentally .....
» 18/11/2009 12:55:25 PM Some are conflating running out with peaking. Sure a finite resource runs out from Day One.....
» 18/11/2009 10:13:41 AM Let's look at both specifics and generalities in relation to Tasmania. The removal of the .....
» 16/11/2009 9:20:58 AM Whether Australia has reached optimum population however defined may not be clear until it.....
» 13/11/2009 9:14:29 AM Bizarrely when the mainly methane gas from the West Atlas rig caught fire it became CO2 wi.....
» 9/11/2009 9:27:42 AM Some claim that China may face coal shortages in the next five years. Evidence for that is.....
» 5/11/2009 7:56:58 AM The article doesn't explain clearly how 'white certificates' will restore profit to electr.....
» 4/11/2009 10:41:07 AM This raises questions as to how forward thinking is the free market system. Their myopia i.....
» 4/11/2009 10:04:25 AM Frequent fliers who buy tree planting offsets may think all is well. However they may not .....
» 3/11/2009 1:09:56 PM While the aims are laudable I don't believe the suggested means will achieve the desired o.....
» 30/10/2009 1:05:18 PM rstuart the reasons for the complacency of the oil majors (Shell, BP, Exxon etc) is an ama.....
» 30/10/2009 8:55:32 AM I think we have to decarbonise global warming or not. Independent analysts conclude that c.....
» 22/10/2009 9:53:50 AM The uncomfortable conclusion is that China and India have too many people to achieve Weste.....
» 19/10/2009 8:32:38 AM The public may think a little about biophysical limits but in practice breathes a sigh of .....
» 15/10/2009 10:00:04 AM Rudd has painted himself into a corner. Australia is the world's biggest coal exporter and.....
» 13/10/2009 9:10:51 AM The dinosaurs probably thought they would make a big comeback and the world would thank th.....
» 10/10/2009 8:08:42 AM Protagoras I agree it is hypocritical that the mining phase of the nuclear industry which .....
» 9/10/2009 10:26:20 AM The problems revealed by China were anticipated in the West years ago and it only seems to.....
» 9/10/2009 9:30:11 AM I believe the Olympic Dam expansion will be the economic saviour of South Australia and wi.....
» 6/10/2009 9:20:37 AM The Tasmanian government is too close to forestry interests to recognise ecological vandal.....
» 5/10/2009 8:34:34 AM I'm sure the WTO resolved that carbon tariffs are allowed. One question is whether each im.....
» 1/10/2009 9:22:05 AM Borlaug has contributed to the idea the fossil fuelled party can go on for ever. Now crude.....
» 28/09/2009 8:56:15 AM The conventional wisdom has attributed the China boom to low labour costs but it must also.....
» 25/09/2009 9:34:53 AM The RET could complement a stringent ETS since there is no guarantee renewables will displ.....
» 21/09/2009 11:01:51 AM I agree with most of these sentiments. Whereas politicians are now cock-a-hoop over LNG sa.....
» 16/09/2009 9:01:44 AM The article glosses over the high chance of 'controlled' fires getting out of hand. Increa.....
» 15/09/2009 10:04:58 AM In my opinion most Australians won't take to electric cars. Even at the sacrifice of power.....
» 14/09/2009 9:59:53 AM While Australia now imports most of its oil which must increase in price we seem to think .....
» 11/09/2009 9:59:05 AM I don't think there will be any reduction in coal burning beyond a general economic slowdo.....
» 3/09/2009 2:00:18 PM It's wonderful that OLO provides equal opportunity for climate change deniers. However I'm.....
» 3/09/2009 11:21:37 AM The question is whether communications improvements can overcome biological and geological.....
» 2/09/2009 9:26:11 AM I agree that the carbon tariff must be on the table. A couple of problems though. Firstly .....
» 27/08/2009 11:54:10 AM @Nigel the Energy Users Association has an alternative estimate of Australia's natural and.....
» 27/08/2009 10:03:21 AM Our politicians are cock-a-hoop about selling off the natural gas we will need ourselves. .....
» 24/08/2009 9:21:36 AM The Olympic Dam area is not rain forest inhabited by rare species and depended upon by ind.....
» 18/08/2009 1:10:08 PM The last hard estimate of emissions was 2006 at 565 million tonnes. If Australia's populat.....
» 11/08/2009 5:21:59 PM I think there are bigger issues than the financial probity of the water contract. Taking w.....
» 10/08/2009 1:46:45 PM LPG is mainly propane and a byproduct of both petroleum refining and natural gas separatio.....
» 10/08/2009 8:33:54 AM A couple of developments are in the pipeline that may change public perceptions. One is a .....
» 5/08/2009 8:56:29 AM I predict dry rock geothermal will go nowhere. The reasons are firstly the low working tem.....
» 4/08/2009 10:03:48 AM I think in hindsight cap-and-trade will look like the best approach all along. The problem.....
» 3/08/2009 9:06:21 AM I don't think the King Island battery can be judged as a success; the high cost of electri.....
» 30/07/2009 9:12:06 AM This has echoes of whether there should be GST on a cake. Carbon penalties should apply fi.....
» 29/07/2009 2:54:48 PM I think it suffices just to look at the next 20 years without discounting. The prospect of.....
» 27/07/2009 9:13:46 AM I'm not sure what this article is saying. Perhaps it is a lament for the realisation that .....
» 23/07/2009 6:01:11 PM An examination of the waste volume issue knocks CCS on the head before costs are even cons.....
» 23/07/2009 5:46:40 PM I believe the world is already over 400 ppm if you include methane and other greenhouse ga.....
» 17/07/2009 12:42:55 PM WAL the ETS floor price (called a 'pathway') could have been $7.50 or $32.95. I guess $20 .....
» 17/07/2009 9:15:22 AM This is a back-to-front view. Carbon imposts don't subsidise low carbon generation; rather.....
» 16/07/2009 9:24:59 AM I guess the PR people didn't like describing a net CO2 absorber as 'carbon negative' so as.....
» 14/07/2009 2:41:24 PM @blairbar the Snowy Scheme generates $5bn in additional irrigated agriculture and supplies.....
» 14/07/2009 10:47:27 AM NIMBYism would prevent the Snowy Mountains Scheme from being build today but in hindsight .....
» 13/07/2009 10:56:40 AM Global warming vs local non-warming. Peak Oil vs oil price falls. Both could be prime exam.....
» 1/07/2009 12:00:08 PM I believe some researchers like the US Carnegie Institution have concluded that temperatur.....
» 26/06/2009 9:07:05 AM I think renewable energy is a case of build it while you can. The hydro schemes of the 60s.....
» 25/06/2009 10:00:46 AM As dire as these predictions are they affect most countries as well but Australia will be .....
» 12/06/2009 9:50:58 AM If I recall China claims ~5 tonnes a year per capita CO2 emissions compared to over 25 ton.....
» 10/06/2009 2:04:32 PM I think the problem of nuclear waste disposal has been over dramatised. Informal groups or.....
» 5/06/2009 9:01:58 AM It is now clear that politicians do not have the cojones to make carbon penalties tough en.....
» 3/06/2009 3:26:42 PM The statement 'Old coal canít compete with low carbon forms of energy like natural gas, hy.....
» 2/06/2009 9:06:15 AM Putting aside the population question it could be noted that Asia generally lacks a balanc.....
» 1/06/2009 9:09:42 AM The article wrongly assumes there is no dividend with cap and trade. Under Australia's ETS.....
» 28/05/2009 10:22:56 AM As we saw in WA the Greens are likely to pick up more lower house seats with every electio.....
» 26/05/2009 10:27:21 AM What gets me is the smiles all round when farmland gets turned into housing estates. Livin.....
» 21/05/2009 1:14:28 PM Given that outer Melbourne hit 48C before the fires I think the young and fit will also ex.....
» 14/05/2009 9:11:48 AM The article confirms that Australia is inextricably involved in major carbon pollution des.....
» 13/05/2009 6:14:31 PM The Euro dreamers who think an underwater cable to a massive solar plant in North Africa i.....
» 13/05/2009 9:51:17 AM The problem is the rainy week not the rainy day. In that case you probably have to have al.....
» 6/05/2009 2:19:50 PM The combination of climate change and government policy may be driving a tree species to n.....
» 30/04/2009 9:52:04 AM I think Australia and the world generally have been lulled into complacency over oil deple.....
» 23/04/2009 10:07:29 AM None of this has really sunk in with the talking heads on TV. Having failed to predict the.....
» 22/04/2009 10:45:09 AM Those people now forced to be frugal seem to want to join the ranks of the overconsumers. .....
» 21/04/2009 9:29:29 AM This is a vexing issue. I think it is good that urbanites have a chance to see wilderness .....
» 16/04/2009 10:19:36 PM @ curmudgeon 'global temperatures are ...going down'. I guess the Wilkins Ice Shelf must h.....
» 16/04/2009 10:34:26 AM I think the crux of the problem is that neither current not future generations will be abl.....
» 9/04/2009 10:30:21 AM A good application for GE in Australia is checking to see if parks and conservation areas .....
» 7/04/2009 11:19:16 AM To underscore the magnitude of the energy density problem a kilogram of lead-acid battery .....
» 6/04/2009 11:16:01 AM Perhaps OLO and other blogs can take some credit for newpapers going online and interactiv.....
» 31/03/2009 9:43:28 AM I think that the CPRS as planned will be perceived as unjust, inefficient and perhaps frau.....
» 27/03/2009 10:42:40 AM Australia's controversial 'baby bonus' goes large on if national carbon targets are based .....
» 25/03/2009 9:04:48 AM I'd say as of this week the evidence for batteries and new transmission helping out is not.....
» 21/03/2009 9:08:30 PM I've just been reading WWF Australia's report on achieving low carbon energy by 2050 http:.....
» 20/03/2009 9:22:27 AM The current use of natural gas fired electrical plant to balance variable wind output is s.....
» 19/03/2009 2:47:02 PM Things are crook when you have to pay for garbage to be delivered to you. It looks like mo.....
» 19/03/2009 1:10:12 PM The pollies are going to have to burn the midnight oil (P. Garrett MHR included) on the qu.....
» 18/03/2009 12:57:14 PM A bugbear of the European ETS is not only free permits but lavish use of questionable offs.....
» 17/03/2009 9:35:30 AM There are several factors this argument omits. Firstly if the West got tough on carbon int.....
» 12/03/2009 10:12:28 AM A bean counter would argue that a megalitre of water released into the Murray-Darling has .....
» 10/03/2009 11:52:29 AM It seems slightly weird to export Australian west coast iron ore and east coast coking coa.....
» 5/03/2009 2:12:30 PM I'll delve in to some of those reports to see if there is anything I've missed from the vi.....
» 3/03/2009 11:53:56 AM EVs sound good in theory but their lack of range won't suit Australia's long distances and.....
» 28/02/2009 10:48:54 AM Examinator I think you'll find the Honda FCV is far from a practical proposition. Top Gear.....
» 27/02/2009 7:57:16 PM It is far from clear what the car of the future should be. Perhaps there should be fewer c.....
» 27/02/2009 9:16:09 AM Climatologist James Hansen points out that cutting coal use must be our main focus. Forget.....
» 25/02/2009 9:42:46 AM I believe that a stringent cap-and-trade scheme is the best policy instrument because unli.....
» 20/02/2009 12:53:46 PM I spent $20k on a circa 2kw system in 2005 in cloudy Tasmania. I got $4k back and the expo.....
» 20/02/2009 8:44:58 AM Several other critics have pointed out on the other hand that all IPCC CO2 emissions scena.....
» 19/02/2009 12:05:42 PM A couple more points after studying the graphs. Under a $25 carbon tax SA's incremental ge.....
» 19/02/2009 10:47:42 AM These conclusions must burst the bubble on some green fantasies. No affordable combination.....
» 9/02/2009 1:40:42 PM I'd liken population increase to taking on more people in a lifeboat thinking the new addi.....
» 2/02/2009 10:36:25 AM Perhaps the bigger question is whether Adelaide can support over a million people, particu.....
» 30/01/2009 10:16:03 AM Fungo I'm flattered that you keenly await my comments. You might notice I never have anyth.....
» 30/01/2009 9:14:03 AM I agree that Rudd looks weak and dishonest over the ETS. It was a core election promise th.....
» 29/01/2009 9:12:35 AM You wouldn't think the weight of mountain glaciers would affect the land elevation all the.....
» 29/01/2009 8:45:08 AM It may be possible to kill two birds with one stone; revive the economy and mitigate clima.....
» 23/01/2009 9:01:12 AM I suggest service people who step up to the plate in dire moments are needed to perpetuate.....
» 21/01/2009 7:46:37 PM As a resident of SW Tasmania I haven't really been on the wavelength of Tamar Valley peopl.....
» 19/01/2009 9:25:09 AM I have to agree that the Europeans have been a disappointment on carbon cuts. Worse than t.....
» 16/01/2009 1:59:01 PM Another debunking of clean coal. The thing is it will never happen beyond a few demo proje.....
» 16/01/2009 1:37:29 PM There are severe energy penalties even before the compression stage. The version which use.....
» 15/01/2009 4:13:06 PM Curmudgeon you may be right that we will find more copper and zinc if we look harder due t.....
» 15/01/2009 9:11:06 AM I believe global crude oil production is declining about 6.5% a year. Production of ethano.....
» 14/01/2009 10:37:01 AM Not only is Rudd weak by caving in to vested interests but he has broken a core election p.....
» 12/01/2009 12:21:47 PM I think Evans must present his missing hotspot theory to an audience of the scientifically.....
» 7/01/2009 3:28:23 PM Ross I only caught excerpts of the Obama speech and Rudd's 'sorry' speech. However I belie.....
» 7/01/2009 8:58:14 AM I think Australians have a b.s. warning light that Americans don't and grandiloquent speec.....
» 5/01/2009 8:57:57 AM Even to a casual observer it must seem that weather dynamics are changing. On New Year's d.....
» 28/12/2008 6:03:43 PM Rusty I think the company behind Project Better Place wants to own and refurbish the batte.....
» 24/12/2008 11:18:21 AM Personally I don't see battery swap cars catching on. The few people who could put up with.....
» 23/12/2008 10:27:26 AM When the big bucks start flowing I think owners/managers of potential sites will be formin.....
» 22/12/2008 9:09:20 AM I think a couple of points need to be made 1) public opinion will change with dramatic wea.....
» 18/12/2008 10:57:49 AM These issues will have to be sorted out because quite a few countries want nuclear electri.....
» 17/12/2008 12:46:40 PM I think boosting the green economy will make everybody feel better. There is not only the .....
» 16/12/2008 9:13:04 AM If I understand this correctly the article calls for finished goods to be taxed on their c.....
» 12/12/2008 9:20:54 AM Much of this talk of the need for increased trade will seem quaint when transport fuels fo.....
» 8/12/2008 9:34:12 AM All these foibles are represented in Australia's aluminium industry which I believe is try.....
» 8/12/2008 8:57:25 AM I tend to agree with most of the criticisms of Kyoto. However while recent months have bee.....
» 5/12/2008 10:43:00 AM The reason for the ETS is to help prepare for a sustainable future in which today's childr.....
» 5/12/2008 8:59:03 AM The statement that proposed subsidies are unprecedented is pre the looming Detroit bailout.....
» 2/12/2008 12:06:04 PM I agree that the greenhouse effects of agriculture and forestry are too hard to measure an.....
» 24/11/2008 5:57:57 PM The implications of this are enormous. I recently met some laid off Australian miners who .....
» 20/11/2008 3:43:47 PM Apparently the movie 'Australia' starring our Nic was filmed extensively in the Kimberleys.....
» 20/11/2008 11:55:50 AM This has eerie parallels with Mad Max. Instead of Lord Humungous we have Ahmedinejad sayin.....
» 19/11/2008 12:18:58 PM Maybe Sweden will become the new 'Lucky Country'. At least they are not hypocrites like Ca.....
» 17/11/2008 8:56:06 AM I wonder if the slow progress of biofuel expansion is due to the hangup with liquids when .....
» 12/11/2008 8:52:41 AM In the next few years there may be a growing divide between green chic and pragmatism. Tho.....
» 10/11/2008 9:28:03 AM I suggest that the government should 'jump the gun' on the handback of carbon revenue by h.....
» 6/11/2008 8:20:12 AM This is an eye opener. The prevailing assumption in Canberra is that Chinese demand for re.....
» 5/11/2008 10:37:57 AM Despite sympathy for his physical frailty Hawking still seemed to cop plenty of verbal abu.....
» 30/10/2008 9:05:44 PM I suppose I should hold an opinion having hung around ANU campus while a Canberra resident.....
» 29/10/2008 8:52:17 AM It gets worse. Queensland approved water withdrawals on the upstream Warrego River even as.....
» 27/10/2008 8:48:34 AM I agree that lifecycle emissions analysis should be the main performance measure. While so.....
» 23/10/2008 9:01:51 AM My suggestion is get over it. The white sandy beaches have re-formed albeit narrower and I.....
» 20/10/2008 8:53:49 AM I think you'll find that it will be near impossible to do without nuclear electricity and .....
» 16/10/2008 8:51:25 AM This is a variant on the 'saving for a rainy day' problem. What might seem like a rainy da.....
» 15/10/2008 8:57:37 AM I agree and disagree with some assertions. Firstly clean coal is a furphy that cannot work.....
» 12/10/2008 5:32:10 PM plerdsus I agree that granite geothermal is nukular-lite. In fact where some of the outbac.....
» 10/10/2008 3:58:54 PM Like the climate the debate is hotting up. For the sake of balance perhaps it's also cooli.....
» 10/10/2008 8:13:51 AM If you include coal exports I think you will find that Australia is guilty of 6% of global.....
» 6/10/2008 5:24:57 PM Bit of a suckup there DR. Let's hope your book learning will be of a kind that gets you ou.....
» 6/10/2008 8:28:10 AM There are some dark sub themes here that people may not be ready to think about. For examp.....
» 3/10/2008 9:42:23 AM Clean coal ie with carbon capture and storage, cannot work on the required scale because o.....
» 2/10/2008 9:15:22 AM I think stability of CO2 storage comes third in line of CCS critical failings behind the v.....
» 1/10/2008 9:19:16 AM Much of Asia's comparative advantage in manufacturing will be eroded with high energy pric.....
» 26/09/2008 3:32:36 PM I think that the NT and indigenous communities could do rather well out of nuclear waste d.....
» 24/09/2008 8:53:20 AM Perhaps the uncomfortable truth that no-one likes to admit is that many Asian countries ha.....
» 22/09/2008 9:14:07 AM Some obvious points spring to mind. Firstly if there is that much spare cash chasing unpro.....
» 16/09/2008 9:20:53 AM It seems that the germs of 'growthism' and 'militarism' must have lingered in the corridor.....
» 4/09/2008 11:06:20 AM colinsett it's not that renewables are evil, they will never keep pace with the demands of.....
» 2/09/2008 9:14:59 AM If Palin survives the various skeletons emerging from the closet she will represent a triu.....
» 1/09/2008 6:25:26 PM Peter K the reason that most countries are struggling to get past a minor percentage of re.....
» 1/09/2008 9:37:12 AM I think there is little alternative to radical conservation and lifestyle change. Despite .....
» 30/08/2008 4:18:52 PM Arjay by your reasoning everybody who has been convicted of drink driving has met with an .....
» 29/08/2008 9:09:31 AM This is all going to look rather daft if the coming summer is a scorcher. True this southe.....
» 28/08/2008 9:58:44 AM In my opinion forestry should be divorced from emissions trading as the amounts and timing.....
» 27/08/2008 4:19:30 PM I suggest perhaps only a minority of the public thinks that arriving in Australia without .....
» 21/08/2008 9:00:12 AM I agree that Australia is morally bound to deny uranium that may be used for weapons. With.....
» 19/08/2008 6:06:00 PM The unhappy connection between free trade and global warming is that fossil fuels are runn.....
» 18/08/2008 9:19:00 AM There are reasons that the green economy may disappoint. For starters it's not only carbon.....
» 14/08/2008 1:01:27 PM I agree that the lower lakes (Albert, Alexandrina) are doomed and no amount of utopian thi.....
» 12/08/2008 10:13:50 AM This article is itself an improvised explosive device with unproved allegations. However I.....
» 6/08/2008 9:56:26 AM Just when you think OLO has exhausted its pool of climate contrarians they come up with ye.....
» 4/08/2008 3:07:12 PM One criticism of the IPCC which has some objectivity is future emissions scenarios. Severa.....
» 1/08/2008 9:10:35 AM I agree that we all have to put in a commensurate effort starting now, not years from now......
» 28/07/2008 9:06:40 AM If we can get through the next 20 years it will be a miracle. By that time Australia will .....
» 24/07/2008 8:39:38 AM I think the Malthusian factors need more weight in immigration policy. Clearly per capita .....
» 23/07/2008 9:59:03 AM Here's another energy philosophy; what works is already doing so and what doesn't yet work.....
» 22/07/2008 9:07:52 AM Bowed but unbloodied OLO continues the fight. http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2008/07/the_.....
» 14/07/2008 1:24:05 PM Miner what I meant was it would take years to construct a large CTL plant in Australia, no.....
» 14/07/2008 9:46:49 AM If the author ever gets cancer he should take up smoking to calm his nerves. What helps sh.....
» 9/07/2008 9:45:12 AM Unfortunately I think even as coal's problems become more clear people will tend to look t.....
» 8/07/2008 9:30:53 AM As an ex-South Australian I marvel at that State's tenacity. They have three desal plants .....
» 7/07/2008 9:43:36 AM The main claims here seem to be there is a better system than cap-and-trade and our emissi.....
» 3/07/2008 9:53:58 AM Acceptable ways will have to found of reusing sewage. Mined phosphorus is running out and .....
» 30/06/2008 10:00:41 AM I agree that fuel must be included in the ETS. Otherwise we could have perverse anomalies .....
» 27/06/2008 10:16:08 AM Wow, the repercussions of this could be huge. Australia's mineral boom really depends on b.....
» 23/06/2008 9:38:59 AM I agree that the Clean Development Mechanism is misguided. Even without 'additionality' (a.....
» 20/06/2008 10:51:53 AM I see food production as a kind of race. On the one hand you have GM, low tillage and the .....
» 19/06/2008 9:59:20 AM These suggestions are just tinkering that will be overwhelmed by oil's relentless supply d.....
» 17/06/2008 2:21:41 PM Aside from the distributional aspects of food production, there are looming factors that m.....
» 13/06/2008 9:24:07 AM This article makes some good points then spoils it with climate change denialism. The auth.....
» 5/06/2008 9:38:07 AM There has to be something in this. I think that many single breadwinner households would l.....
» 19/05/2008 9:37:42 AM I'm surprised that a climatologist would emerge from the sheltered corridors of academia t.....
» 14/05/2008 9:11:00 AM A tiny problem with the global cooling theory; parts of Australia and I suspect NZ are abo.....
» 29/04/2008 9:04:16 AM This would have been welcome news to the people of Adelaide back in March when they had 13.....
» 28/04/2008 10:29:05 AM Firstly a quibble in that I believe China is currently well down the list of export client.....
» 24/04/2008 11:11:09 AM While no doubt biogas has considerable potential there are issues of scale, hygiene, anima.....
» 23/04/2008 10:31:40 AM Funny thing about these visionaries AFAIK none of them rode there on a pushbike and stayed.....
» 17/04/2008 11:07:54 AM This 'cooling' trend is a bit of a statistical contrivance if you start with hot years lik.....
» 14/04/2008 10:40:09 AM BN to some extent Nature can absorb manmade CO2 additions if they are drastically slowed a.....
» 10/04/2008 10:26:20 AM Here's a tiny clue that climate change might be serious; every Australian city except Hoba.....
» 2/04/2008 12:03:41 PM Looks increasingly like OLO is a safe haven for GW deniers. Funny how they like to start t.....
» 1/04/2008 12:11:32 PM I agree that a carbon cap is superior to carbon taxation. The big unknown is how much the .....
» 31/03/2008 9:42:27 AM Sock it to 'em Bob. By the way a 'spline' is a type of curve that can be made to twist and.....
» 26/03/2008 9:36:02 AM Carbon offsets for the most part are a lame copout which largely have little or no effect .....
» 17/03/2008 3:47:17 PM As Henry has had another swing of the boot I might as well too. Since the Basslink underwa.....
» 17/03/2008 12:04:03 PM I think Australia should be debited with emissions from LNG and the 80% of black coal that.....
» 17/03/2008 9:26:35 AM I suspect there is going to be some major sleight of hand. For starters Tasmania's cloud c.....
» 14/03/2008 10:09:15 AM I agree that people want 'something done' about climate change it's just they are not yet .....
» 11/03/2008 9:18:25 AM The article touches on the mining boom and the Garnaut report. Therein lies the irony. Que.....
» 6/03/2008 9:07:10 AM This proposal sounds like a close cousin of the 'clean development' offset whereby the eco.....
» 5/03/2008 9:28:31 AM If climate patterns are uncertain so are the social costs, hence it may be better to err o.....
» 4/03/2008 10:29:46 AM It's not surprising that Minister Wong didn't see eye to eye with the Garnaut report. Obvi.....
» 3/03/2008 9:11:38 AM I disagree that Australia is powerless. We are the world's largest exporter of coal and ha.....
» 25/02/2008 10:04:23 AM Laugh or cry as you please but fossil fuels are going to run out soon enough anyway. Subtr.....
» 15/02/2008 9:42:25 AM Instead of backing off as we approach the cliff we are speeding up. The evidence for a loo.....
» 13/02/2008 9:02:19 AM I'm relieved the government 'gets it' because I don't......
» 12/02/2008 3:46:02 PM If I recall Miss Hanson said that aboriginal issues 'always come back to money'. How refre.....
» 6/02/2008 9:46:23 AM Unless someone can demonstrate a real world high penetration windpower system (note this c.....
» 22/01/2008 8:50:44 AM Many inferences can be drawn from this article; that we should quickly expand windpower to.....
» 21/01/2008 9:10:30 AM The trouble is that climate change is like a slow moving train from which we think we will.....
» 17/01/2008 9:52:10 AM The article suggests China's coal consumption is around 2.7 billion tonnes annually but ot.....
» 9/01/2008 12:56:22 PM I agree that Fermi type thinking must permeate discussions in the near future. The pressin.....
» 3/01/2008 3:51:43 PM Apart from second generation biofuels there is also electrification of transport (eg batte.....
» 2/01/2008 9:17:04 PM Agree and disagree with some claims here. Way back when the thylacine disappeared we didn'.....
» 31/12/2007 9:43:58 AM This ignores the fact that tastes and technology have moved on. It could be that orchestra.....
» 28/12/2007 10:51:26 AM Different fairness criteria provide different results. If you use cumulative emissions the.....
» 21/12/2007 8:45:37 AM I agree that Indonesian demand for payment to refrain from deforestation (home of cuddly o.....
» 14/12/2007 9:50:05 AM I suggest Howard's departure is a sign the public mistrusts the goal of relentless economi.....
» 11/12/2007 9:04:25 AM Payment for forest preservation has huge scope for blackmail, carbon accounting Enron styl.....
» 10/12/2007 10:07:12 AM This could be an early sign that indefinite rapid economic growth is not socially just or .....
» 4/12/2007 10:47:47 AM While I accept that Australia's per capita emissions must decline, I don't believe it nece.....
» 3/12/2007 9:02:32 AM It may be possible to have both carbon capture and sustainable biofuel via thermochemical .....
» 27/11/2007 10:06:14 AM The oil change analogy may be at the limit of our planning horizon. Would we buy a house i.....
» 26/11/2007 10:24:42 AM The point about us all being linked by the carbon cycle should be noted by the new governm.....
» 23/11/2007 12:05:44 PM ChristinaMac Thank you for your keen observations. As it happens I live in a solar power.....
» 23/11/2007 10:14:29 AM Sure nuclear is slow and expensive but it works. Just ask the French who have numerous nei.....
» 22/11/2007 9:22:50 AM The questions must be why biofuels and which kind? The long awaited hydrogen fuel cell car.....
» 19/11/2007 9:11:41 AM There are some issues here that people haven't wrapped their heads around since World War .....
» 14/11/2007 1:42:30 PM The only thing certain with competing claims about lagged uptake and release of CO2 in for.....
» 13/11/2007 10:02:40 AM Additional considerations must be oil running out and coal causing climate problems. Hence.....
» 7/11/2007 9:15:36 AM I have to agree; silicon panels are really a form of bling-bling showing off. However ther.....
» 5/11/2007 12:34:49 PM The double whammy will be 'lack of liquids' both fuel and water. That will create all kind.....
» 27/10/2007 5:18:31 PM It's a good thing there is no urgency about climate change or the need for gigawatts of lo.....
» 26/10/2007 11:52:34 AM Nuclear alarmists will have to find yet another scare tactic to add to the list of fizzers.....
» 25/10/2007 10:03:16 AM Yes it's interesting how quickly nations commit troops to foreign wars but say nothing can.....
» 23/10/2007 12:02:40 PM The next PM will be put in an excruciating position with energy issues that will upset peo.....
» 19/10/2007 10:20:38 AM I'm expecting considerable disharmony in the Australia-China relationship. Coal industry a.....
» 17/10/2007 12:12:49 PM I think these proposals should be welcomed. I'd go further and suggest that Australia also.....
» 10/10/2007 9:48:02 AM I take it the author thinks a golf course is an example of a well managed native forest. A.....
» 5/10/2007 10:39:16 AM The advantage of a carbon cap is that (absent loopholes) it is driven by a target whereas .....
» 2/10/2007 10:35:31 AM If the mill goes ahead you can just about guarantee 1) unapologetic breaches of air and wa.....
» 2/10/2007 10:09:08 AM Some wishful thinking here. Cats and foxes are way smarter and more agile than devils. Muc.....
» 1/10/2007 11:01:15 AM It's a bit rich for people from wealthy countries to dispense wisdom on why poor people sh.....
» 30/09/2007 4:33:32 PM That's an interesting insight Sir Viv into how the Sydney Uni group thinks. As we speak th.....
» 28/09/2007 11:21:09 AM Christina I live off the grid, drive a car fuelled by home made diesel and grow much of my.....
» 28/09/2007 10:49:07 AM If the proposed Tamar mill is based on sound science how come the Gunn's veneer mill at Ne.....
» 28/09/2007 10:30:55 AM It seems glib but a vote against nuclear is a vote for coal. Note that a new coal loader h.....
» 27/09/2007 9:31:49 AM This speech is either brazenly hypocritical or astonishingly one sided. The criticisms lev.....
» 25/09/2007 9:06:14 AM As a corollary to the resources boom we could ask; what will people do when all that's lef.....
» 20/09/2007 10:33:33 AM It seems like Big Coal and their captive politicians are laughing behind everybody's back......
» 19/09/2007 8:31:28 PM I don't know this area but I agree with the proposal that envirocrats have episodes of gro.....
» 11/09/2007 10:01:31 AM I'm trying to envision a State consisting only of the Murray Darling catchment. I'm not su.....
» 10/09/2007 9:29:43 AM I agree the watchdog could be hoodwinked; I disagree they are ineffectual. A uranium custo.....
» 7/09/2007 1:14:29 PM I think Australia should control its own uranium, hence a large part of world supply. If t.....
» 5/09/2007 10:09:22 PM Here's a clue to the veracity of the carbon trading market; after much thought Stern thoug.....
» 5/09/2007 11:23:54 AM I totally agree with this assessment; carbon offsetting is largely a scam or a delusion. F.....
» 3/09/2007 9:50:26 PM X we could be looking at a failure of this years wheat export crop. If that's due to clima.....
» 3/09/2007 9:35:35 AM This sounds like a drug dealer complaining about distribution problems. Since Australia's .....
» 31/08/2007 10:46:24 AM My misgiving concerns future diligence rather than the current political process. During t.....
» 27/08/2007 4:44:07 PM Meg here's a surprise..I actually use about 50% biodiesel already in my restrained car tra.....
» 27/08/2007 9:18:40 AM NASA scientist James Hansen has said that we don't need to worry too much about CO2 from d.....
» 22/08/2007 8:43:07 PM I think this has the potential to be a scam due to exaggeration and pork barrelling. The a.....
» 20/08/2007 10:04:24 AM People I know on Adelaide's far fringes (Gawler, Aldinga) are trying LPG cars and a combin.....
» 16/08/2007 11:12:43 AM I think a system of agriculture and renewable energy which is both sustainable and allows .....
» 15/08/2007 1:18:30 PM If you accept the inevitability of increased uranium sales then I think Australia should a.....
» 13/08/2007 9:13:59 AM I think that critics of biofuels overlook the possibility that problems can be solved with.....
» 7/08/2007 9:39:03 AM The wheel of history will have turned full circle if we go back to firing smelters with wo.....
» 3/08/2007 12:01:12 PM I believe that climate change is gradually transforming Tasmania's forest from 90m giant t.....
» 2/08/2007 3:27:37 PM The great thing is that we'll know within a decade or two whether the other low carbon alt.....
» 1/08/2007 11:02:53 AM The current Establishment seems to think the Asian miracle economies are like a sun in whi.....
» 30/07/2007 10:16:25 AM Peak Oil denial is at the highest levels in Australia. Food and fuel prices are removed fr.....
» 26/07/2007 4:37:11 PM You've clearly done your homework snowbird. Did you include a link to RealClimate's articl.....
» 26/07/2007 11:06:27 AM That's all great about starbursts, volcanoes and continental drift. But in those time scal.....
» 24/07/2007 10:52:54 AM The claim is that climate scientists impose a kind of groupthink in their ranks that punis.....
» 20/07/2007 1:10:11 PM All of these points have been rebutted at length elsewhere; see for example Coby Beck's we.....
» 11/07/2007 9:11:31 AM While I am not entirely opposed to logging the way it is currently practiced leaves a lot .....
» 28/06/2007 9:33:39 AM We have the problem that people occasionally need a 4WD for towing, dirt roads or carrying.....
» 25/06/2007 11:09:47 AM Conservatives appear to believe we should flog off resources as quickly as possible becaus.....
» 22/06/2007 10:16:43 AM Whether via a fossil fuel burning connection or pure coincidence I think most of Australia.....
» 20/06/2007 9:52:00 AM There is strong evidence that liquid fuels have already peaked on a net energy basis since.....
» 18/06/2007 11:25:09 AM As climate woes and electricity prices rise I think the public will think that nuclear may.....
» 8/06/2007 9:58:09 AM The problems as I see them are: there is so much fat already in a flexible system that upw.....
» 7/06/2007 9:38:00 AM I agree that the IPCC is not infallible; only a few days ago on OLO there were credible cl.....
» 5/06/2007 9:30:10 AM It's hard to know how to react to this; on the one hand the planet is saved and on the oth.....
» 1/06/2007 9:17:55 AM This article seems to contain contradictions such as the need to burn native forest for he.....
» 29/05/2007 11:14:27 AM The authors seem not to have read the Richard Heinberg article recently in OLO arguing tha.....
» 21/05/2007 1:21:32 PM Who knows how long this gas will last or whether some of it will be harder to access than .....
» 16/05/2007 9:45:40 AM First of all I think that natural gas should not become the primary energy source, rather .....
» 10/05/2007 9:37:02 AM There's a couple of ways to make the Chinese take notice 1) not sell them any coal 2) put .....
» 9/05/2007 11:17:44 AM Many commentators with economic nous are suggesting that looming resource shortages will p.....
» 3/05/2007 10:11:39 AM I guess this makes me a party pooper but the more the coal industry is hindered the better.....
» 27/04/2007 10:27:20 AM The article starts by correctly saying current approaches to carbon trading are deeply fla.....
» 26/04/2007 12:54:51 PM I'm increasingly wondering if we'll have to voluntarily cut household energy use because t.....
» 23/04/2007 10:27:42 AM In greenhouse terms oil is less of a problem than coal as it is facing rapid depletion. Pr.....
» 17/04/2007 1:52:22 PM I think the likelihood is that we will burn coal furiously, even use it to make petrol sub.....
» 13/04/2007 9:46:49 AM I agree that putting a price on carbon emissions is an essential first step, hopefully in .....
» 10/04/2007 11:33:07 AM I think the problem for agriculture is not a gradual shift in rainfall and temperature but.....
» 4/04/2007 10:44:44 AM Governments seem to have a knack of backing energy duds; hydrogen and corn ethanol with th.....
» 2/04/2007 12:09:53 PM The astute observations on technology are undermined by rose tinted interpretations of cli.....
» 23/03/2007 11:03:42 AM When the world has such seemingly intractable domestic problems spending trillions on defe.....
» 20/03/2007 9:53:33 AM There's always the danger of being caught out with permanent loss of credibility. This par.....
» 2/03/2007 11:51:49 AM When the land use credit got Australia closer to its already relaxed Kyoto target it seeme.....
» 28/02/2007 9:32:13 AM If we're due for an Ice Age but it's actually getting warmer things must be worse than we .....
» 20/02/2007 9:29:28 AM I'd like to see what other researchers say about this. A few months ago there was enthusia.....
» 14/02/2007 12:15:17 PM The reason that emissions trading will have a bumpy ride is illustrated by the example you.....
» 2/02/2007 12:08:57 PM If I understand correctly the IPCC will put their cards on the table by issuing conditiona.....
» 18/01/2007 11:56:25 AM I think we have to accept that ever growing human populations will finder it harder to co-.....
» 16/01/2007 12:23:12 PM I agree that Howard and even the Premiers are fobbing off meaningful action for fear of al.....
» 29/12/2006 3:14:35 PM Far from cutting back coal use is increasing on the sly; in Australia there is Basslink su.....
» 27/12/2006 12:10:08 PM Not only are current resources barely sufficient for the world's growing population those .....
» 15/12/2006 9:32:48 AM Perhaps human performance will plateau within the next decade. It may be nobody will ever .....
» 12/12/2006 12:05:37 PM Some strange reasoning here; nuclear energy will increase greenhouse gas emissions? Nuclea.....
» 4/12/2006 12:01:05 PM Strangely I agree with most of what this article says but not the conclusions. I believe t.....
» 28/11/2006 12:42:44 PM I agree that we should be thinking about how to finance the massive investment required in.....
» 27/11/2006 9:25:11 AM I think this is picking on an easy target when the blame should be shared around. Baby boo.....
» 21/11/2006 12:49:35 PM I made the point last week that Australia should export less yellowcake and more enriched .....
» 21/11/2006 12:18:30 PM I was going to shell out to buy a greenhouse to grow tomatoes. Now I realise it's not the .....
» 17/11/2006 11:53:29 AM The obvious response to this is that Australia should enrich all its uranium here and take.....
» 13/11/2006 11:59:27 AM I'm not sure that China or India would do metals smelting with much lower emissions. Moreo.....
» 27/10/2006 12:58:55 PM Interestingly another article in today's OLO blames afforestation for reduced water flows .....
» 19/10/2006 1:29:28 PM I've read that the traditional owners of the Kutubu gas field have split into warring fact.....
» 13/10/2006 1:00:57 PM History should record 'Rex' Connor as a visionary whose timing was out by thirty years. Th.....
» 29/09/2006 8:53:50 PM I don't believe the case has been made that the RAAF needs supersonic aircraft at all. To .....
» 27/09/2006 12:58:25 PM This raises the bigger question of 'energy entitlement'. Most would accept that the very y.....
» 5/09/2006 1:20:35 PM The disconnect between benefits and costs of greenhouse abatement is nowhere more evident .....
» 25/08/2006 12:47:21 PM That is interesting about the PM wanting to flog off WA gas to the highest bidder. It ties.....
» 24/08/2006 2:11:09 PM Best of luck generating 50 gigawatts of continuous electricity from low carbon sources any.....
» 21/08/2006 1:07:05 PM There are some major considerations this article omits. Some of the European countries wit.....
» 14/08/2006 1:15:41 PM I think Australia should enrich and reprocess uranium and store waste products. This not o.....
» 9/08/2006 1:01:30 PM The ethanol 'miracle' in Brazil needs to be seen in perspective. Not only do they use suga.....
» 7/08/2006 2:51:52 PM I agree that the temptation to mine uranium will be irresistible. Other reasons might incl.....
» 14/07/2006 1:17:08 PM It seems odd to conflate nuclear energy largely for electricity with biofuels for vehicles.....
» 11/07/2006 1:41:20 PM I think the world's middle class of over a billion people would be unwilling to voluntaril.....
» 30/06/2006 1:05:20 PM I feel Australia is responsible for perhaps half a billion tonnes of GHGs from coal export.....
» 26/06/2006 2:03:20 PM Much of what the article says is possibly valid though some points have been rebutted else.....
» 21/06/2006 12:55:20 PM The article glosses over the substantial energy penalties in generating, storing, distribu.....
» 16/06/2006 1:00:40 PM The article strangely omits the effects of carbon taxes or cap-and-trade on the relative e.....
» 30/05/2006 9:19:28 AM Quite a few factoids here; let me focus on one. If the world can get 12% of its energy fro.....
» 29/05/2006 1:05:51 PM I've had a tube of yellowcake (U3O8) in my shed for more than 20 years. I ain't dead yet......
» 26/05/2006 1:16:02 PM In the decade or so between decision to build a nuclear plant and turning on the switch a .....
» 24/05/2006 1:43:06 PM This is a strange statement; 'This decline in real output is from ...and ... the ban on la.....
» 9/05/2006 12:53:19 PM I think OLO readers must be getting weary of point-for-point rebuttals of anti-nuclear arg.....
» 8/05/2006 1:21:32 PM I agree on a couple of things; that we have to have an emissions penalty or quota system a.....
» 3/05/2006 1:10:16 PM Instead of trying to scare us I suggest the Greens give us an alternative energy plan with.....
» 6/03/2006 12:10:20 PM It's noteworthy how Rann is untroubled by the thorny issue of uranium. Since Olympic Dam i.....
» 3/02/2006 8:33:29 PM The coal industry itself has conceded the need for 60% cuts in emissions. Since I doubt ge.....
» 3/02/2006 12:41:08 PM Far from being a bit player Australia is a major contributor to GW through coal exports. A.....
» 29/12/2005 12:26:07 PM This discussion has an amazing blind spot when it comes to greenhouse consequences. One es.....
» 23/12/2005 12:31:07 PM I think it will take a prolonged global crisis before there are real cuts to emissions. Ev.....
» 8/12/2005 9:46:18 AM Shaun the problem with solar is capital cost and intermittancy. On an overcast day you can.....
» 6/12/2005 9:34:46 AM Many of these criticisms are undoubtedly true; it's just that the alternatives are pipe dr.....
» 4/12/2005 12:10:49 PM Roger that Alchemist, I'll bookmark that site. Sorry Roger K. to get so sidetracked from a.....
» 30/11/2005 12:16:16 PM I hope oil-from-algae doesn't end up on the scrap heap like a host of others such as hot a.....
» 28/11/2005 12:37:01 PM I tend to agree we're headed for tough times regardless. A likely scenario is stagflation .....
» 21/11/2005 8:42:22 PM Claimed energy return on energy invested (EROEI) is disputed for different fuels, particul.....
» 18/11/2005 12:27:51 PM We seem to be reluctant to make short term sacrifices to avoid a terminal calamity. Here's.....
» 12/11/2005 1:32:37 PM Temperature rises have been a little higher than the IPCC 'B' scenario but there has been .....
» 11/11/2005 12:27:09 PM The discussion omits the costs of not reducing emissions and some indirect benefits of alt.....
» 7/11/2005 12:24:03 PM A localisation trend would be a kind of back swing against globalisation. Apart from reduc.....
» 4/11/2005 1:08:56 PM I would paraphrase Diamond by saying too few of populations past and present have a connec.....
» 12/09/2005 1:50:45 PM Terrorism is really a side issue compared to a range of more insidious problems. These inc.....
» 26/08/2005 10:14:45 PM An independently minded country like NZ could introduce a carbon tariff on imports. This c.....
» 26/08/2005 12:02:15 AM While I live in a State that refines aluminium with renewable energy, it also chops down 3.....
» 25/08/2005 1:02:00 PM My take on this is that the coal industry is softening us up for more coal use. I predict .....
» 3/08/2005 2:40:09 PM I can paraphrase this article as follows 1) CO2 is not the real villain 2) it's all a plot.....
» 14/07/2005 8:56:19 AM A marvellous combination of Australian music and imagery occurred about ten years ago when.....
» 13/07/2005 1:34:53 PM I thought I heard Dambusters March behind some TV footage. That is of course good music by.....
» 11/07/2005 1:02:56 PM Energy is the biggest game in town but the public won't realise it til it's not there. The.....
» 9/07/2005 1:58:23 PM The G8 Summit has endorsed the Bush position that hydrogen and clean coal has the problem .....
» 7/07/2005 9:49:32 PM Reading Ziggy Switkowski's bio http://www.users.on.net/~markd/CEOs/Switkowski.htm suggests.....
» 7/07/2005 8:49:10 AM I'm convinced that today's middle class is unwilling to cut their average energy use more .....
» 6/07/2005 8:41:26 AM Taz, agree about biomass not sure about gas. The pipeline from PNG seems to confirm Austra.....
» 2/07/2005 7:28:05 AM On TV last night a Tas Hydro executive seemed to be saying a key reason for the Basslink u.....
» 1/07/2005 1:42:16 AM Big Fish I'm inclined to think if an innovation has legs it will be commercialised within .....
» 30/06/2005 9:31:42 AM I think the energy debate can be 'dumbed down' by using the benchmark figure of 50%. That .....
» 29/06/2005 8:44:25 AM I'll start the ball rolling by suggesting a site for Australia's first nuclear power plant.....
» 27/06/2005 4:45:00 PM I think we about to begin a Decade of Dithering and Denial with coal. People on diets even.....
» 26/06/2005 6:16:34 PM Once again you're talking sense Sylvia. I have solar panels which cost big bucks even afte.....
» 26/06/2005 1:58:03 PM Alchemist if you have a solution you should say what it is. Then consider whether business.....
» 25/06/2005 12:19:36 PM Agree with last comments Sylvia. I have roof mounted solar panels but I use grid electrici.....
» 25/06/2005 8:21:57 AM It seems the Solar Tower is now the energy saviour of choice but we don't even know yet if.....
» 15/06/2005 5:18:04 PM It seems to me the US has problems that the current adminstration cannot address 1) it may.....
» 15/04/2005 8:57:13 AM I doubt whether any of the expensive options will be implemented other than in token form......
» 7/04/2005 5:40:26 PM Like many people I think both Al Quaeda and the Bush Administration are vindictive knuckle.....
» 16/02/2005 12:46:05 PM That's a brave prediction that another cool period will arrive 'some time soon'. A 10,000 .....
» 20/01/2005 5:48:20 PM Some funny factoids here. Just who previously logged the forests that have been undisturbe.....
» 26/11/2004 3:31:57 PM The article glosses over the question of whether geosequestration can work economically an.....

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