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Friday, 22nd February 2019

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Viv Forbes

Viv has a degree in Applied Science Geology and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy


Japan has 45 new high-energy, low-emission (HELE) coal-fired power plants on the drawing boards. These will probably burn high quality Australian coal. And despite the tsunami that hit Japan, nuclear power still generates about 20% of Japan’s electricity.

Chinese companies have plans to build 700 new coal power plants all over the world, mostly in China.  In addition China will bring five new nuclear power reactors online in 2018 and has plans for a further six to eight units.

India generates more than 65% of its electricity from thermal power plants, and about 85% of these plants are coal-fired.

India’s state-run power utility plans to invest $10 billion in new coal-fired power stations over the next five years and its thermal coal imports rose by more than 15% in the first three months of 2018. India also has 22 nuclear reactors in operation at seven sites, and 11 more reactors are under construction.

Taiwan is home to Taichung Power Plant, the world's largest coal-fired power plant with an installed capacity of 5,500 MW.

World-wide about 1,600 new coal-fired power plants are planned or under construction in 62 countries. Many of these power plants will utilise HELE technology.

Power plants burning low-energy lignite are being closed in Australia but still being built elsewhere. There are 19 such facilities in various stages of approval, planning or construction in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Germany, Poland, Romania and Slovenia.

Australia is the odd man of Asia. We march to the green drum.

Despite having huge resources of coal and uranium, Australia has no nuclear powered electricity and has not built a significant coal-fired power station since Kogan Creek was opened eleven years ago. 

Over the last eight years Australia has closed nine coal power stations (in acts of political vandalism, some were quickly demolished to prevent them being upgraded and reopened). 

AGL, a green energy company, bought the huge Liddell Coal Power station from the state government for nothing in 2014 and seems determined to close it, despite an offer of $250M to buy and operate it (closure of Liddell will increase profits for AGL’s green energy business).

The close-the-gate-crowd opposes every proposal to frack for oil or gas, and elections are swung by fevered rhetoric opposing new coal mines. The PM of Australia thinks we can generate extra power by using electricity to pump water up hill and get some of that electricity back later by letting it run back down. Not surprisingly, Australia’s national energy market is run, not by an engineer, but by a lawyer/climate change activist.

The green state of Tasmania relies on hydro-power and diesel generators when its plug-in mainland power cable fails and the green state of South Australian has closed and joyfully demolished both of its coal-fired power stations. 

After recent blackouts it spent at least $100M on a huge battery that produces zero new electricity (it has to be charged when the wind blows and the sun shines, and it hopefully fills the supply gaps when they don’t).

Adelaide by night

Adelaide by Night

But Australia is building lots of mills and mirrors collecting low-density energy from intermittent, un-predictable and un-reliable sources such as wind and solar. While Greens on the ground do everything to stop Queensland’s huge Carmichael coal mine from ever opening, their mates in the Queensland government gleefully reported 23 large-scale renewable generation projects in the pipeline, including 13 in Queensland.

Australian heavy industries like refining, processing and manufacturing cannot rely on intermittent, unreliable, unpredictable, expensive green power so they will keep migrating in search of cheap reliable power. The associated skilled jobs will keep disappearing with them. Australia will revert to its colonial economy which relied on exports of raw materials from its mines, farms and forests. But this “New Economy” will have the extra burden of a vast bureaucracy, a large and growing welfare state and an aging population.

Tomorrow’s Aussie kids will see their future is Asia – the old people left behind will get work as bureaucrats and nurses, or as child minders, tour guides and educators for rich Asian tourists and immigrants.

However, as Australian Aborigines discovered over 200 years ago, the world will not allow us to monopolise forever a continent rich in valuable undeveloped resources in land, water, minerals, hydrocarbons, radioactives, timber and sea food. Hard heads and sharp eyes are looking us over.

Wake up Australia. Burning coal does not control climate and carbon dioxide is the gas of life, NOT a pollutant. It’s time to turn the lights back on.


Governments respond to pressure. We are not putting enough on them.

Australia is definitely not the 'Odd man of Asia'. We're not part of Asia at all, but part of Oceania. Were we part of Asia our Rugby League teams would be made up of Chinese and Filipinos instead of Fijians and Samoans.

Spot-on Dusty. What these natives need is a taste of discipline, of course administered by decent, god-fearing persons like yourself.

I don't know pattaya, I got half a stiffy reading the old salt's diatribe. But then again I don't give a fuck about much anymore.

Yo ho ho & a bottle of rum!

Sixteen maggots on a dead man's bum

Missed the first instalment, but tuning in tonight to "Versace".
Apparently a dago poofter frock-designer is murdered by a bum-boy.
So what? Happens all the time.
Do you think Dusty will be glued to the screen for this one?

Just on AustraliaPlus news, the gender equalisation in Australian rowing, where, wait for it, woman can cox the men's teams and men can cox the women's teams, with all the softcocks extolling just how wonderful it is for gender equality. Wow, a woman can cox the men's teams. How about some real gender equality and not having men's and women's teams and let them compete against each other. What's that? That's not gender equality. The blokes would flog us. Well shut the fuck up then about gender equality you whiny bitches. Fuck me, these people are retardedly moronic and virtue signally. Oh, and they are retarded.

With the ISIS flag on streets of London, muslims calling for jihad against America, Jews and "crusaders".

jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sailor, chopper and pelican. What a triumvirate of retards they are. Combined IQ of 6, with chopper being the smartest at 4. Here's the conversation. Uh duh derr uh urg oo oo derr x100. And just like monkeys, or maggotpie supporters, they fling their shit at each other.

Lavrov: Deliberate accusation that Russia downed MH17 made ahead of 'important intl events'
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow is being deliberately accused of involvement in the downing of flight MH17 in Ukraine "in light of upcoming important international events."

According to the minister, the baseless accusations made by the Netherlands and Australia, who hold Moscow liable for the downing, were voiced "to make public accusations in light of the upcoming important international events." He was most likely making reference to the FIFA World Cup to be hosted in Russia from mid-June to mid-July.

Lavrov also noted that after the interim findings were released on May 24, Moscow received demands from Australia and the Netherlands, to compensate the families of the crash victims.

The foreign minister implied that such ultimatums were unacceptable, as there was no confirmation of Russia's involvement. "How can they expect us to deal with them normally when they show such an approach? I have already said that many have lost the culture of diplomacy," he noted.

Lavrov had repeatedly rebuffed the baseless accusations involving flight MH17 and had insisted that Moscow was open to closer cooperation on the probe, if Russia's findings were considered as well. He highlighted, however, that Moscow's "offers of assistance are being rejected."

The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) published a preliminary report on its findings on May 24, claiming that the BUK missile system from the Russian 53rd brigade was transported to eastern Ukraine and used to down the passenger plane with more than 300 people onboard.

Despite the JIT claims that they were conducting an independent investigation to that of the British investigative group Bellingcat, Moscow is doubtful their report added anything further or was fully accurate.

Lavrov noted that the JIT "want us only to admit that it indeed was our military unit and our Buk missile system - that's all."
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Yeah...but they tempt you don't they? Go on be honest.

Please do not belittle and denigrate the mighty Mossad with your ludicrous claims that sailor the retard works for them, albeit jokingly. And that Chopper fool, who obviously has not done what I suggested, do what is on its avatar and blow his retarded head off.

Ha ha, good onya Pete, I'm taking myself out to the wood shed for a good seeing to.

Being the most beautiful women in the world the Tel Aviv hookers could ask for anything, unlike the pigs on the other side of the fence.

At least he's working for it in his own way. If people want to fund him more fool them, but at least it doesn't seem that he is a parasitical leech like 90% of blackfellas in Australia, or the vast majority of the ragheads who have made it to our shores and were allowed to stay. If it works, good on him for being a good salesman.

It's privately owned so they can do whatever the fuck they want, you fucking retard. And if you are the best of the best, fuck me, the standards have been set way beneath whatever has been set before.

No, turdburgling scumbags never taste sweet, at least that is what I have been told. Maybe your boyfriend roger the cabin boy can tell us.

I can just imagine the pitiful amount of putrid semen dribbling out of your pathetically small cock as you rub a few out turning yourself on so much by your amazing knowledge of profanities. I just wish I was an excellent wordsmith like yourself. Maybe you should do a course in wordsmithery, teach all us plebs how to talk and write proper.