Whyalla steelworks and Townsville nickel refinery forced shutdowns

For decades Australian governments have waged a pointless war on industries producing carbon dioxide using taxes, emissions targets, direct action, harassment of coal and gas explorers and bankers, and promotion of expensive weather-dependent green energy. This has damaged all metals industries – iron and steel, copper, nickel, aluminium, lead and zinc.

It is not possible to produce these metals in Australia without using diesel for mining and transport, coking coal for blast furnaces, thermal coal or gas for reliable electricity for mineral processing, rail transport and refining, and fuel oil for bulk carriers. All of these operations produce carbon dioxide.

The choice is clear – abandon the futile war on carbon dioxide or sentence our metals industries to die. Our sacrifice will not reduce global emissions – our producers will just slink offshore.

The Green’s choice of future home lighting

Some greens dream of a zero-emissions world. Without rapid expansion of nuclear power and electric vehicles and machines, that would be a world without metals. And don’t think plastics can replace metals in the new green world – plastics depend even more on coal and gas for raw materials and energy.

Without metals, some lucky humans may manage to revert to family farms, horse-drawn coaches, wind-mills, draught horses, bullock teams, sulkies, shingle roofing, charcoal burners, wood stoves and kerosene lamps (oops not wood or kero – they release that demonised gas, carbon dioxide).

Any others who survive will live in metal-free poverty.

Whyalla Steelworks faces closure:
http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/mining/whyalla-is-on-knifeedge-of-collapse-as-steelworks-faces-closure/news-story/5da89944c0c87805cd97ead66005972f

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One of the few patriots left who understand the system and how it has been totally subverted under every citizen's nose. If we can help to turn it around we will otherwise our children will have nothing. Our investigations show there is no 'government' of the people for the people of Australia. The removal of the Crown from Australian Parliaments, followed by the incorporation of Parliaments aided by the Australia Act 1987 has left us with corporate government with policies not laws, that apply only to members of political parties and the public service. There is no law, other than the Common Law. This fact will be borne out in the near future as numerous legal challenges in place now, come to a head this year.

Posted on April 19, 2016, in General. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Henry Ford, all those years ago, made a back door for his car from hemp. He belted it as hard as he could with a large sledge hammer…no dents. Im not saying we dont need steel (of course we do), but its no good having mining etc at the detriment of the planet we live on.
    Instead of just bagging out the only attempt made in this country to improve the quality of our air and water systems etc via carbon control…offer something better?

    So, I propose further R&D into hemp and similar. What do you propose Bob? Hemp absorbs carbon as do all plants. Wood, pulp etc is renewable. metals are not.

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