Australia’s entire strategic oil reserve is only enough for 1.5 days of domestic consumption
from the Spectator and IPA
Former cosmopolitan elite-in-chief, Adrian Blundell-Wignall (a former head of the OECD) let the mask slip earlier this month when he said:
‘Here is the simple truth. It doesn’t matter where the fossil is burned. The carbon dioxide pumped into the atmosphere has exactly the same effect on climate change, regardless of whether it is burned here or abroad.’
Putting aside the flawed climate science, Blundell-Wignall’s admission is significant. China’s annual emissions are around thirty times higher than Australia’s. It is futile (again, putting the climate science to one side) for Australia to cut its emissions and to end coal when China continues to build more coal stations and increase its emissions.
But rather than draw the obvious conclusion that Australia should shelve its emissions reduction policies such as Net Zero, Blundell-Wignall argues what we actually need is a carbon tax, because ‘with a carbon tax, other countries would buy less of our coal’.
It’s a touch ironic that just weeks after these comments, the federal government announced it would be sending 70,000 tonnes of coal to Ukraine to support their military and defence efforts against the Kremlin. It seems Tony Abbott was right after all when he said in 2014 at the opening of the Caval Ridge coal mine in central Queensland that ‘coal is good for humanity’, and that ‘coal is vital for the future energy needs of the world, so let’s have no demonisation of coal’.
Still, Blundell-Wignall is at least honest, which is more than can be said of the federal government.
Having won a landslide victory in 2013 on the promise to ‘axe the tax’, and on the back of the victory at the 2019 ‘climate election’, Scott Morrison has spent the better part of three years shifting his focus from the workers of Gladstone to the bureaucrats of Glasgow.
Just before the COP 26 Glasgow climate conference held in October last year, Morrison announced the Coalition would adopt Labor’s policy of Net Zero emissions by 2050. And just after the conference, the government released modelling asserting such a commitment would make us all $2,000 richer by the year 2050.
Promises of green hydrogen, ‘choices not mandates’, and exciting new technologies yet to be discovered – all without costing a single job – makes for a great marketing slogan. But here’s the rub. Australians are still unpersuaded.
The disconnect between the political class and mainstream Australians has even been publicly acknowledged by the member for Longman, Terry Young.
In February, Young was reported as telling a Liberal Party room meeting that he voted in favour of Net Zero even though the people of Longman didn’t back it.
It’s likely more than a few more MPs would have followed Young in ignoring their constituents’ preferences if a recent survey by the Institute of Public Affairs is anything to go by.
Over 1,000 Australians were asked a series of questions by marketing firm Dynata between March 4-6 about energy security, Net Zero emissions, and national defence. Some 72 per cent of respondents said they believed reliability or affordability should be the focus of energy policy, and only 28 per cent said meeting Net Zero emissions by 2050 should be the focus.
What is significant about this finding is how far attitudes toward cutting emissions have shifted over the past year. A similar survey undertaken by the Lowy Institute in April 2021, before Scott Morrison committed Australia to Net Zero, found 55 per cent of Australians believed reducing carbon emissions should be a priority of the federal government, while 44 per cent believed reducing household bills (affordability) and reducing the risk of blackouts (reliability) should be a priority (and 1 per cent weren’t sure).
The plummet to those supporting cutting emissions as a priority of energy policy has no doubt been driven by the growing geopolitical uncertainty.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has exposed the dependency of Western European nations, such as Germany, on foreign energy supply and the extent to which this can be used as diplomatic and military leverage. It has also highlighted our own vulnerabilities.
Australia’s entire strategic oil reserve is only enough for 1.5 days of domestic consumption, and we lack the capacity to bulk store fuel resources locally. At the turn of the century, Australia had eight operational oil refineries, enough to almost meet our domestic consumption of fuel, however only two remain today.
Worst still, on Scott Morrison’s watch, both BP and ExxonMobil announced they would be closing their respective refineries in Kwinana, Western Australia, and Altona, Victoria.
Further, policies such as Net Zero – by shifting our energy supply basis from coal to solar, wind, and batteries – are making us more reliant on foreign powers.
China, for example, controls approximately 80 per cent of the global supply of rare earths and metals which are used to produce solar panels, wind turbines, and batteries. They are also used critical defence manufactures such as weapons and fighter jets.
Our increasing dependency on foreign energy supplies is completely unnecessary and can only be described as an act of self-sabotage. Australia has over 2,000 years’ worth of coal deposits, around one-third of the world’s known uranium deposits, and an abundance of onshore and offshore oil and gas. Yet government intervention, primarily through emissions mandates, red tape, and outright bans, means these vital resources – which are mission-critical to our national security – stay in the ground underneath our feet.
The tension between pursuing Net Zero and securing our national defence is becoming more apparent to policymakers and to the average person.
The same survey undertaken by the IPA found that 61 per cent of Australians agree the federal government should be more focused on national defence rather than meeting Australia’s Net Zero emissions by 2050 target, while only 39 per cent disagree.
As our region becomes more uncertain by the day, it’s well time that Morrison ditched Net Zero so that Australia can avoid becoming the Germany of the Asia-Pacific.
Albanese embarrassing 70 per cent of Aussies who did not vote for the Labor Party
by Jim O’Toole
Australia’s new Labor Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has been in the job for a month and is readily enhancing the country’s international reputation as a socialist green subsidiary of America.
Curly, Larry and Moe the three stooges of the New World Order
His unequivocal support for the mafioso President Joe Biden, the socialist Democrats and his Ukranian crime empire managed by his infamous son Hunter should be scaring NATO leaders to their boot laces.
While brave Russia single-handedly takes on the New World Order in Ukraine, idiotic Albanese jumps into the fire with gay, high-heeled dancer and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who so far allegedly has managed to embezzle an estimated $800 million from his struggling empire.
The incoherent Biden, suffering advanced dementia, has embraced Albanese by remembering his name and job description.
Albanese, who has never held a real job in his life, is strutting the world stage embarrassing Australians by backing developing countries into turning green while back home power blackouts and unprecedented, high fuel prices are bankrupting agriculture, transport and major industries, leaving struggling households to choose between eating or switching off the renewable electricity, when available.
This cuckoo, a relic of the allegedly disbanded International Socialist Organisation while perched on the altar of climate change intends to remove 50 per cent of life-forming carbon dioxide from the air by 2030.
Coupled with a 100 per cent rise in fertiliser prices how the Labor Party and their bed mates the Malthusian Greens expect to eat any Australian farm produce in ten years time has befuddled responsible scientists.
If it is possible to actually remove CO2 from the atmosphere all plant and animal life will die and humans will suffocate from having no air to breathe.
Albanese in a month has forgotten that 70 per cent of Australians did not vote for the Labor Party in the May election and a similar proportion did not vote for the deregulating, free-trading Liberal National Party which has left the country allegedly one trillion dollars in debt and without any locally-produced fuel supply.
China is laughing all the way along Dangerous Dan’s belt and road to Utopia in Victoria.
How then is Albanese Prime Minister?
Diesel additive AdBlue production to be ramped up trying to keep national transport fleet on the road
Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, says the news that Incitec Pivot will ramp up production of Australia’s supply of AdBlue (diesel additive for trucks) is music to his ears but urged the Federal Government to back the Sovereign Fuel Security Bill to ensure all fuel supplies are secure in Australia. Mr Katter said that he had spoken to Chief Executive Officer, Jeanne Johns, today, who confirmed they would be able to meet Australia’s AdBlue requirements for at least the next 12 months. “She confirmed to me that the Government had supplied an amount of money to be able to expand production and expand to meet Australia’s current requirements.
“Nothing was happening, no one had contacted her until we got onto the Prime Minister. “It just shows you what ordinary people can do. Clynton Hawks, our Candidate for Herbert, raised the red flag months ago and the Government sat on it. “But we wouldn’t have had to comment at all if the Government would have acted. Assurances that the Minister was setting up a taskforce I found to be anything but reassuring. “The problem was obvious, and we brought the solutions. We demanded government action and laid down the pathway. Full credit for this win must go to Clynton.”
Mr Katter warned that this demonstrated how vulnerable Australia was to foreign influence on our fuel supplies and it was essential both sides of Government got behind the Sovereign Fuel Security Bill. “If there was ever a flashing warning light, this is it. China successfully cut off an essential fuel. “Our crossbench legislation on sovereign fuel security will deliver up to 90 per cent of Australia’s fuel requirements. It will deliver security of supply of diesel, petrol, and aviation fuel to the Australian public.
“It provides a pathway for ensuring that the refining and manufacture of fuel is to be owned by Australians – not like the port of Darwin or the Port of Newcastle, half of the electricity industry and a monopoly of solar panels – all Chinese owned. “This legislation provides a pathway for turning our metropolitan waste – tyres, plastics, and other waste – into fuels like diesel and it fosters Australia’s automotive manufacturing sector by ensuring all government contract electric vehicles, and their component parts, are built in Australian owned factories by Australians.
“So, whether this event with AdBlue is a world shortage of Urea or just another hit upon Australia by a threatening middle kingdom (China), it is a glaring neon light and proves Australia’s needs fuel sovereignty and fuel security.”
Clynton Hawks – KAP Candidate for Herbert who is a trucking operator, said he welcomed the news but agreed that the Federal Government’s measures didn’t go far enough. “The announcement is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t go far enough in the here and now,” he said.
“We’re still going to have a shortage because of how long it’s going to take for them to ramp up production.“I applaud the Government for finally waking up to the severity of the issue, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Federal Government needs to see this as a wake-up call because I’ve never in my lifetime seen trucks being parked up and AdBlue bowsers shut off. “The AdBlue crisis is Australia’s canary in the coal mine moment.“Incite Pivot do 10 per cent of Australia’s AdBlue, but we’ve got 90 to go. The question everyone wants to know is how we get to that 100 per cent.
“We shouldn’t need a crisis for the Australian Government to act on fuel security. “The fuel sovereign fuel security bill puts the pieces in place for Australia to become 100 per cent self-sufficient in meeting our country’s fuel needs,” he said.
Greens determined to have us riding pushbikes and using paraffin lamps
Back to Bolted-Down Industries
by Viv Forbes, Science Writer
Once upon a time Australia was attractive to processing, refining and manufacturing industries using our abundant mineral and food resources, our reliable low-cost coal-fired electricity and a workforce trained in technical skills.
Our last oil refinery has closed, leaving just 3 weeks supply of refined motor fuel in the country and for the first time in at least 60 years Australia no longer produces motor vehicles. China and India have about 430 coal power plants under construction but Australia has not built a single coal-fired power station for seven years – some politicians even rejoice when they manage to close and demolish one. Brisbane’s new trains are being made in India, Victa mowers are made in China and most coastal shipping died decades ago. Steel works and refineries producing aluminium, copper and zinc are under stress. All these industries are being pushed overseas by costly unreliable electricity and other government barriers and burdens.
Red-green policies being pushed by all major parties are making Australia more dependent on bolted-down industries such as mining and farming that can’t be sent overseas because their basic resources are here. And green opposition to nuclear power increases Aussie reliance on coal.
A century ago Australians relied on wool, wheat, gold, silver, copper, lead-zinc, butter, beef and timber – all products of bolted-down industries.
Red-green policies are pushing us back to those days. Politicians need to remember Newton’s Law of Bureaucracy – whenever the government tries to use the force of law to achieve economic goals the long term results will be equal and opposite to those intended.
So in the long run, red-green energy and environmental policies will make us more dependent on the industries they now attack – mining, farming, forestry and fishing.
Construction of new coal-fired power plants is increasing in at least 35 countries:
Asia is returning to Coal:
Greens Disappointed by Economic Growth: