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Archive for July, 2011

Natural Gas, More Polluting than Coal? Only According to the IPCC. A Note from Cementafriend

METHANE is the major component of natural gas (>94 percent) and coal seam gas, which are claimed to be good clean fuels on the basis they have a lower carbon content than coal or oil. Is this the same methane from the backsides of farting cows that is considered to be a bad greenhouse gas [...]


Details of Carbon Tax Package

“A NEW carbon cop will be given sweeping powers to enter company premises, compel individuals to give self-incriminating evidence and copy sensitive records under a carbon tax package that will force about 60,000 businesses to pay 6c a litre extra for fuel. “The tough new powers of the Clean Energy Regulator were included in the [...]

No Barking Greenhouse Effect

REMEMBER the Sherlock Holmes story, Silver Blaze… Gregory (of Scotland Yard): “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?” Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.” Gregory: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.” Holmes: “That was the curious incident.” And so an outraged commentator [...]

Much Revealed in Government’s New Carbon Tax TV Advertisements: Thomas Barlow

ADVERTISING campaigns are not often celebrated for their honesty. But the Gillard government’s media campaign to “illustrate a vision for Australia’s clean energy future” has a refreshing candour. The advertisements parade various beneficiaries of the government’s energy policies. With surprising authenticity, most of these ventures are small, parochial and inconsequential… writes Thomas Barlow in The [...]

Christopher Monckton Versus Richard Denniss on Anthropogenic Global Warming at the National Press Club

According to Christopher Monckton in yesterday’s National Press Club debate with Richard Dennis the carbon tax is the wrong solution to a nonproblem. I got a bit bored with them both. Who do you think ‘won’ the debate?

Live Export is a Sore on the Face of Australia: A Note from Animal Activist Jenny

“THE live export trade is always going to be a running sore on the face of this country. It will never be made humane. Some 500 000 animals have died horrific deaths on the ships alone. 100 000 were burnt to death at sea. Hundreds of cattle have been crushed on rolling ships in rough [...]

Agroforestry out of Carbon Tax Smells like Snake Oil

SOMEONE needs to tell the Prime Minister that global warming and agroforestry are yesterdays failed fads. According to an ongoing media study by Max Boykoff and Maria Mansfield interest in anthropogenic global warming is on the wane.[1] It is difficult to see the situation turning around unless there is a climate catastrophe of some sort [...]

Spectator Australia Debate on Carbon Tax

POLLS show strong public opposition to the minority government’s policy of increasing the price of energy to combat climate change. Meanwhile, a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions remains elusive. In this environment, is the proposed carbon tax justified? Join the Spectator Australia debate on Wednesday 3 August at Tattersalls Club, Sydney, between 6 [...]

Live Export Ban Lifted

FEDERAL Agriculture Minister, Joe Ludwig, has lifted the live export suspension to Indonesia at a press conference in Canberra. Minister Ludwig said agreement had been met with the live export industry on international standards for animal welfare treatment, while exporters were ready to meet those standards and Indonesia ready to issue import permits. Mr Ludwig [...]

Asking Difficult Questions of the Environmental Establishment

Hi Jennifer, As you probably know, we have been annoying lots of people by daring to practice journalism and ask difficult questions of the environmental establishment. We’ve rounded up for you some of the highlights of the last few months. The third installment of our Hypocrites series – with a look at Prince Charles’s eco-Hypocrisy [...]