There are views that used to be widely held, or even law, that today would be considered inappropriate. As John Stuart Mill remarked - “every age having held opinions that are now recognised as absurd”.

There are scientific views (for example: the world is flat; the sun travels around the earth; synthetic chemicals will cause a cancer epidemic; acid rain will destroy all the German forests; global famine is inevitable due to the population explosion).

There are social norms and cultural conventions (for example: no one, who does not profess a belief in a God, should be permitted to give evidence...

Ten green bottles hanging on the wall.

Ten green bottles hanging on the wall.

And if one green bottle should accidentally fall,

There would be nine green bottles hanging on the wall.

Nine green bottles…

For twenty-five years, there has been a consensus; global warming is caused by humans adding CO2 to the atmosphere. Led by the United Nation’s body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), governments have invested millions of dollars and climate scientists have spent hours in research and built models to prove it.

Everyone knows it is true. The science is settled. 97% of scientists agr...

June 15, 2017

The objective to provide reliable, low cost, low emission energy is fraught.

We must choose our priorities. All three cannot be optimised simultaneously.

Only coal and nuclear can provide the base load necessary to supply our electricity needs for households and businesses. Our government policies must permit this to happen.

There is increasing evidence that the dangers of global warming have been exaggerated. The public is starting to understand this and is concerned that climate change policies are ineffective and come at an unacceptable cost to our standard of living.

With USA pulling out of th...

President Trump has announced that the US will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Relax. Do not slit your wrists.

There is increasing scientific evidence that the climate change alarm has been exaggerated. But do not take my word for it. Do your own research. Google the answers to the following questions:

  1. How much carbon has been released to the atmosphere from the consumption of fossil fuels? How much has the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere increased in the past 20 years?  How does that compare to the previous 100 years?

  2. How much has the global average temperature increas...

February 5, 2017

While you have been away, a lot has changed.

President Trump is implementing what he promised to do. That is a novelty that you might like to emulate.

Some of his key policies will require changes in Australia too. They are going to take bipartisan support. So, this is a message for you all.

Firstly, he is planning to reduce personal and corporate taxes. We will need to review ours too. To compete for talent and capital we cannot be too far out of kilter with the rest of the world. The policies that the Coalition took to the election are already out-of-date. If the USA has a corporate tax rate of...

December 7, 2016

BHP has wasted no time in responding to SA Treasurer and Energy Minister, Tom Koutsantonis’ suggestion that it should build its own power station for its massive Olympic dam mine.

CEO Andrew Mackenzie has announced that BHP will build a nuclear plant nearby, fuelled by its own uranium.

It will be designed to meet the full need of this complex integrated processing facility.

Mackenzie said that nuclear power was the future for Australia’s energy needs.

It is understood that plans are well advanced to build a second nuclear plant on French Island, in Victoria, to replace the base load power lost by...

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