Proposed Bango Wind Farm near Boorowa NSW – an example of five years of multiple regulatory hurdles

The Bango Wind Farm proposal initiated in 2009 extends from north of Yass to SE of Boorowa and is a classic example of the largely pointless but expensive red and green tape that Australian resource projects are strangled by. With the Federal Govt now reconsidering the Renewable Energy Target (RET scheme) that would have been [...]

Six members of the EU resist moves to 40% emissions cut by 2030

The Polish PM says “…she would block any move that would increase energy bills for Polish consumers.” Poland’s economy is heavily reliant on coal as an energy source. Poland’s largest opposition party Law and Justice (PiS) says it would support a veto by Prime Minister Kopacz on climate change in Brussels next week if the [...]

Six years of electricity price history at the coal-face in Canberra and statements by Minister Corbell

I was curious to chart the recent reduction in electricity costs due to the Carbon Tax being abolished. Funny that the reduction looks less than the increase in cost in mid 2012 when the Carbon Tax was introduced. While digging into this it was even funnier to find media from the ACT Minister Simon Corbell [...]

Where is the technology for this post carbon world that will leave our electricity grids still working 24/7 ?

I see Professor Ian Young – Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University has this Canberra Times article – Time to move to a post-carbon world Baring nuclear – I can not see any of the current crop of renewables technologies taking over from fossil fuels to power our grids with anything like the “round the [...]

Australian National University divests itself of Australian resource companies

This news has been out a few days and has been discussed at Catallaxy. The seven companies are – Santos, Newcrest Mining, Iluka Resources, Sandfire Resources, Oil Search, Independence Group and Sirius. There are two main issues I see here – the divestment of the petroleum companies SANTOS and Oil Search can be justified for [...]

Evidence of Plunge Protection Team PPT or similar US Fed or US Govt activity supporting US Markets starting early Friday 3 Oct 2014 in New York – overnight in Australia

Against a background that the DOW looked a bit nervous after falling Wednesday 1 Oct – remembering the plunge in August see chart below – I am sure the PPT are not keen on Octobers – Dow looking toppy – Here is the overnight gold price in both AU$’s and US$’s At A just before [...]

“The Economist” could read what they said they day before

I was reading this 2012 article on India-China border disputes with useful map when I noticed their GraphicDetail section where they produce an interesting graphic every day. The entries for 22nd and 23rd of September caught my eye. On the 22nd GraphicDetail was bemoaning the health effect of emissions from coal fired power stations – [...]

Fishing industry disquiet at South Australia State Labor Govt increasing areas of marine parks on back of Green claims

The Australian is reporting – Suicide warning as Labor locks up fisheries – full text pasted below. This map from AdelaideNow Nov 2012 is the only statewide map I have found. More detailed and up to date maps are here. Concerned fishing people say. SBS says – Fishermen downcast as marine sanctuaries prevail in SA. [...]

Is the Australian landscape in such a bad condition that we should be paying out multi-$Billions on tree planting etc?

Seeing this article – Former Governor General calls for Cabinet shakeup on land management – spruiking Greening Australia got me thinking about if we really need another group to improve or care for the landscape. It seems to me that there is a plethora of groups such as Landcare – Caring for our Country – [...]

GreenLabor Govt prudent management of $1.824Billion in Dept of Environment grants in five months run up to Sep 2013 Federal Election

List of grants let by the Department of the Environment Under the Commonwealth Grant Guidelines the Department is required to publish details of all grants provided by the Department. Some months are inflated by water buybacks – which seem to me very different from other grants – these I have noted on the chart as [...]