Rafe’s Roundup 19 Dec

Roundup of Partners and Fellow-Travellers

Drop in and see what they are up to!

The Energy Realists of Australia Jo Nova Quadrant on line

IPA         Climate and energy program  CIS          The Sydney Institute

Menzies Research Centre  Mannkal Economics Education Foundation          

Advance Australia  Taxpayers Alliance  Australian Inst for Progress

The Conservative Vagabond The Rathouse and The Site of Kilmeny Niland

John Story on the selective catastrophism of climate alarmists

It is far from clear whether the preferred cure advocated by climate alarmists won’t be environmentally worse than the disease, but the Left is madly rushing to tear down our reliable energy production sources anyway.

In fact the “cure” is far worse than the disease. See the first chapter of Triggerwarming for the human, social, environmental, economic and cultural damage of climate-control policies.

CHRISTMAS READING Including Pink Flower: Growing up in Mao’s China, Australiana, Essays on Hayek and Making Science Pay: How to do good R&D.

CHRISTMAS LISTENING A short guide to the 700 pages of The Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl Popper.

SOS SAVE OUR STOVES. Where are FOGS the FRIENDS OF GAS STOVES when we need them. Albo and the Greens are out to take away our gas stoves!

HOH HELP OUR HOSPITALS. Recently The Financial Review ran a piece based on a Deloitte study, reporting:

Australia’s ageing and growing population means the country needs to build a 375 bed acute-care hospital every month for the next 15 years to keep pace with demand and replace our stock. That is 180 hospitals by 2037.

The same modelling estimates that if the system does not evolve the health workforce must become 4 times more productive by 2050 to meet forecast demand,

Put another way if current levels of productivity were held constant, the health workforce would need to grow from 11% to 45% of the total Australian workforce to meet rising demand.

Good luck with that! So much demand for concrete and steel and everything else to build windmills, solar factories and related rubbish.

Deloitte was not prepared to provide a copy of the report.

9 thoughts on “Rafe’s Roundup 19 Dec”

  1. Australia’s ageing and growing population means the country needs to build a 375 acute-care hospital every month for the next 15 years to keep pace with demand and replace our stock.

    As in Canada, the answer will be Voluntary Assisted Dying.

    After paying 32%+ income tax throughout your working life + 10% GST since 2000, it’s the last sacrifice the nanny state will ask of you.

    For the common good, of course.

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  2. I would not get too carried away with the Deloitte report.
    The big accounting firms jump on to the latest fad and make the numbers suit the pre determined out come.
    In our industry the first question you ask the candidate “what’s two plus two” – answer “whatever you want it to be”.
    (Where is Jonny rotten)

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  3. There are currently 3 minutes left on Elon Musk’s poll about whether he should step down from Twitter.

  4. It is far from clear whether the preferred cure advocated by climate alarmists won’t be environmentally worse than the disease, but the Left is madly rushing to tear down our reliable energy production sources anyway

    the disease is marxism, the cure is ww3

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  5. This banning gas caper is just insane. My circumstances as an example: I built a new home just over 12 months ago with all the latest, high-efficency gas appliances which I reasonably expect to get twenty years service, albeit with some servicing and repairs in the second half of the appliances life. Because I just built, I have a good appreciation of the electric appliance costs for my home, its a nice brick veneer of about 27 square living space, large double garage, perfect orientation for winter sun and its 6 point something star rated for energy efficiency: call it $20,000 for the reverse cycle air conditioning, $5,000 for the high efficiency water heating, $4,500 for the new stove. I can’t put in solar power because there are “protected trees” shading my house roof (and just so much as finger’s worth of shade on roof panels takes out an entire “line” of panels). But if I could put solar on my house, or I am made to put solar on my house despite the same green zealots not letting me cut down the trees that shade my roof, then add another $15,000 to the bill. So, given I also have to take out the gas equipment, write of the cost of these near new appliances, and take out the now redundant evaporative cooler (which works very well where I live and is dirt cheap to run, thank you) and repair the holes on the plasterwork etc , lets call it an even $50,000 to convert my near new house from gas to electric.

    On what f’n planet does it makes sense to fritter away around $50,000 to convert to electricity from gas for a benefit so infinitesimally small as to be literally incalculable, yet blow away my retirement savings for house that is no warmer in winter (in fact, probably colder, electric heating doesn’t have the same “ambiance” as does gas heating”), shower at the same water temperature I get now and live with an inferior cooking experience on an electric stove (our old house had one of those induction stoves, wife hated it). And that’s not even mention throwing out the $5,000, gas fired outdoor kitchen.

    And the savings? I’m starting from a 6 star home, all this cash to take to what, a 6.5 star home???

    FFS, this would have to be the worlds worst idea >:(

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  6. BTW, the cost to make my house a 6 star home was a $20,000 “variation” on top of the build which usually came in at 5.5 Star. In Victoria all new home finished as at Oct 23(?) have to be 7 star homes, so toss another $30,000 into that green bonfire for any new home buyers…

    And they say they care about first home buyers. FFS, seven star homes aren’t cheap to build, double, even triple glazing becomes a real prospect. Seen the prices of of gas impregnated double glazed windows or their triple glazed cousins? Pressure testing the house for air leaks etc? We don’t live in Alaska, or the Sahara. Where has common sense gone, we are governed by morons.

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  7. HT,
    convert all your appliances to LPG and install a couple of tanks. That way, when one is empty you can order another. That is how I am set up. It is also cheaper than Natural Gas. You could also stockpile a few extra bottles if needed. Conversion doesn’t cost much, a good plumber just changes all the jets.
    While ever we have petrol driven engines, we will have LPG.

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