Rafe’s Roundup 15 May

Drop in and see what the usual suspects are up to

CIS   The Energy Realists     The Conservative Vagabond Jo Nova    The Monarachists Quadrant on line The Free Press

IPA Climate and energy program      The Sydney Institute

Mannkal     Menzies Research Centre    Taxpayers   Alexandra Marshall 

Advance Australia     Australian Inst for Progress Bettina Arndt

REMEMBERING JOHN HYDE. His book Dry: In Defence of Economic Freedom tells the tale of the long march to establish sensible economic policies in the lucky country. On line at the IPA. We have been marching backwards lately, so good luck for the future!




The four papers in The Spectator are behind a paywall. They can be downloaded as PDF files. These papers support Champions Law which states that RE will not work due to the conjunction of three facts.

1 The grid must have a continuous input of power to meet the demand.

2. Nights with little or no wind destroy the continuity of RE input.

3. There is no feasible or affordable grid-scale storage to bridge the gaps.

There is a lot of literature on the energy density of RE and studies of the comparative cost which refute the CSIRO GenCost claim that RE is comparatively cheap. Nobody in the street is going to bother with those stories. They just need to know the three facts which can be demonstrated quite easily to anyone who is concerned about the way things are going. Pretty soon that will be everyone!

KARL POPPER Beautifully illustrated Twitter thread on The Open Society and Its Enemies Never mind the text, enjoy the pictures!

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May 15, 2023 7:22 pm

Thanks, Rafe.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
May 15, 2023 8:14 pm

Energiefuhrer Bowen’s FUD about nuclear should be taken apart point by point.

Just one point for now, and yes it will be whataboutism but that’s okay for making a statement about relative efficacy in delivering a return on investments which have to be made one way or another.

• Delay.
1. Bowen reckons “nuclear power stations built today are facing huge delays in construction”. Well firstly you wouldn’t want anyone rushing such a thing, so the delay is worthwhile if the same consortium uses their lessons learned to build new instances of the same design here. It totally disregards the companies’ and buyers’ ability to learn and improve.
2. Secondly, WHAT ABOUT the delays and budget blowouts in Snowy 2.0? Delays don’t stop being expensive unforeseen delays just because they are in renewables. And the problem with the Snowy tunnel is unique to the geology they encounter on that site, not something that gets repeated with the next project, so the learning excuse doesn’t wash as well here.
3. Thirdly, he says even if SMRs began to be built today they would not be ready in time to meet (quote) “the urgent need to deliver dispatchable power now”. True enough. But the only reason there is an urgent need to deliver dispatchable power now is because of Green/Labor policies during the 2009-2012 period and (as Bowen correctly points out) the next SFL/LINO government that did very little to reverse Labor’s sabotage over 9 years.

Community Notes has already commented on the misleading yellow barrels images.

Louis Litt
Louis Litt
May 16, 2023 8:49 pm

Hi Rafe
My question to you is if the earth is warming, does the coral reefs surrounding islands grow as they like warm water and co2.
If the coral grows it traps the sand from the backwash of the wave therefore sedifying sand and increasing the land mass of the island.
Is this correct?

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