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Whyalla Steel is not Alone

Viv Forbes

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


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.

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, bark 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.


Thanks Viv, always common sense. I see over 100 countries have signed an agreement to turn down the temperature of the earth by 2 degrees. The mind boggles at the arrogance and gullibility of these people, that they believe they can do that. There was a schoolgirl addressing this mob, fair dinkum!!!!!

Don't exhale - that releases that demonised gas, carbon dioxide!

I think that the demise metals industry is more subject to economics - that basic wage thingy and unions. I see South Korean steel manufacturers correctly saw the 'drop' in steel prices for what they were - implemented change and are selling their products above market prices. It is that ability to see what is coming and then rejig - fill the niche. Regret Australia and Australians are dumbed down on a lot of practices. Is that the green way? Don't expend energy in thinking about the problem?

CLEAN electricity from coal can result from a new fuel cell design from Veridyne Power Corporation.

Utilizing breakthrough developments in ceramic injection moulding and ceramic-metal coatings, Veridyne’s new tubular-design Solid Oxide Fuel Cell produces electricity through an electro-chemical process using syn-gas from coal, rather than a combustion process.

These facilities will now be able to produce the same power generation but now using 50% less fuel and zero Nitrous Oxide and Sulfur Dioxide emissions.

In addition they will now meet or exceed CO2 reduction requirements defined in the Clean Air Act with cost of conversion being paid for out fuel savings.

“Rather than shuttering hundreds of existing coal-fired generating stations slated for closure, resulting in potential rolling brown-outs to grid customers, Veridyne’s new Solid Oxide Fuel Cells will allow these plants to keep supplying the grid with clean electricity,” Veridyne CEO Peter Hogendoorn said. “And, many will be able to do so for the same cost, or less, than decommissioning.”

“We have developed a critical new technology that exceeds today’s high environmental standards, while continuing to leverage existing coal infrastructure,” Hogendoorn said.
“Our fuel cells can also run on natural gas, syn-gas from mixed waste, methane or propane, giving electricity producers great flexibility. And, with a capital costs comparable to existing coal-fired technology, our fuel cells are clearly an economic choice for the hundreds of <300MW thermal plants in North America and Europe currently slated for closure.”

Momentum Energy pays $54k fine for false renewable energy advertising

Friday, 22 April 2016
Lou Caruana
MOMENTUM Energy has paid penalties totalling $54,000 following the issue of five infringement notices by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Momentum is a retailer of gas and electricity in Victoria, NSW, South Australia, Queensland and the ACT.

The ACCC was concerned that an advertising campaign by Momentum, which included television, print, radio, social media and its website, represented that Momentum generated and supplied renewable electricity, when this is not the case.

From around September to December 2015, Momentum represented that it generated and supplied renewable electricity through phrases including “We generate energy out of thin air.

And fresh water.” and “Powered by Hydro Tasmania, all our electricity is 100% Renewable”. Its television advertising also featured footage of a hydroelectricity dam.

Momentum is owned by Hydro Tasmania, a generator of hydroelectricity in Tasmania. However, like other energy retailers, Momentum supplies its customers in Victoria, NSW, South Australia, Queensland and the ACT with electricity from the National Electricity Market (NEM), sometimes referred to as the electricity grid.

The NEM is a pool of electricity from a range of sources including coal-fired generation. For this reason, it is not possible for any retailer who supplies from the NEM to accurately claim that their electricity comes from one particular source.

Momentum also stated on its website that “for every bit of power you use, the equivalent amount of renewable energy is fed directly into the National Electricity Market by our parent company, Hydro Tasmania”. However, purchasing electricity from Momentum had no direct effect upon the amount of renewable electricity which Hydro Tasmania supplied in the NEM.

“Although Momentum is owned by Hydro Tasmania, the electricity it supplies comes from the National Energy Market, not from hydroelectricity generated in Tasmania. By its advertising campaign, Momentum gave consumers the misleading impression that Momentum offered a renewable energy product, when this was not the case,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims said.

“These sorts of claims may mislead consumers to buy a product thinking it is a “greener” option than it really is. Such conduct not only harms consumers but also disadvantages competitors who may, for example offer accredited GreenPower plans which provide a financial incentive for new renewable electricity generation,” Sims said.

The ACCC issued the infringement notices because it had reasonable grounds to believe that Momentum had contravened the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) by engaging in conduct liable to mislead the public as to the nature, manufacturing process and/or characteristics of its electricity products, in a television, print and radio advertising campaign, as well as through social media and on its website.

The payment of a penalty specified in an infringement notice is not an admission of a contravention of the ACL.

The revolution ends aged 55.

Queensland's Labor government has blindsided the opposition in a move that will likely allow it to sneak through compulsory preferential voting in the state.

The Liberal National Party (LNP) opposition were on Thursday able to secure the support of Labor defector Rob Pyne for a bill to increase the number of MPs in the state from 89 to 93.

But it now appears the laws will be passed with an unexpected change to the way Queenslanders will vote after Y'vette D'Ath moved the government's amendments with the support of the state's four crossbench MPs.

Ms D'Ath insisted the amendments, to remove the operational preferential voting in the state, would make it easier for voters to have their say.

"These amendments are about reducing the number of informal votes that we see at state and federal elections," she said.

Her comments prompted shouts of anger from the opposition benches and began a line-up of LNP MPs wanting to speak out against the amendments, labelling them "appalling", "payback politics" and "sneaky".

"Today we have seen democracy die," LNP MP Trevor Watts said.

Compulsory preferential voting, which forces the voter to number every box on the ballot instead of having the choice of just marking one box, will favour the Labor party.

Victoria Wood the English comedian dies t 62. What a clever clogs was Victoria as she kept us amused at lifes minutia for years.

Heard on the news that the WA coppers have arrested that paedo prick who sexually assaulted those two young kids in Perth.

According to the Bible, Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Palestine.

A country where people are named Mohammed, Abdul, Mounir, Aziz, Ahmed, Farid, Omar, Youssouf, Mouloud, etc.

And yet He managed to find 12 friends called John, Peter, Paul, Phillip, Mark, Thomas, Luke, Matthew, Andrew and Simon . . . who all drank wine!

Now that's what I call a bloody miracle!

Saudi Arabia beheads gays and bloggers, puts terrorists in luxury prison resorts
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:53 UTC
Looking at the luxurious settings in Saudi prisons for inmates with terrorism-related charges, it seems that Riyadh isn't too willing to punish people who were caught fighting on the side of terrorist organizations in Syria, RT reported.
US President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia to discuss how Washington and Riyadh will work to defeat terrorism. But it turns out the two countries have nothing in common when it comes to the treatment of inmates convicted of terrorism charges.
The high-security Al-Hair prison is the largest of five prisons established to lock up people for terrorism-related charges. First, it was full with al-Qaeda members, but more recently Daesh militants have been thrown to Al-Hair to serve their sentences.
"They also get water aerobics classes and even conjugal visits. And these prisoners are also said to have an Olympic-size swimming pool and art-therapy classes," RT's Nikki Aaron reported.
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The Conspiracy DEEPENS
It's now almost 100%

Big Oil Finally Admits Climate Risks — To Its Business AND The Planet
For decades, oil companies have tried to ignore the truth about climate change.

Breaking: Congressman Offers Resolution To Investigate Obama Treason (VIDEO)
Author: Guest Post
In the first video below, I review what might be the American peoples' last chance at seeing Obama finish out his twilight years in a Leavenworth prison cell, or perhaps if we’re really lucky, just until his date with the gallows arrives. House Representative Ted Yoho (FL) is the lead sponsor on a very carefully crafted measure introduced this week …
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WTF is going on here ?
Anyone for a polio shot?
In an unprecedented move, governments worldwide will destroy all polio vaccines in the next 2 weeks, incinerating or burying all supplies as they release a new polio vaccine.
They now admit that Polio vaccines were mutating and causing Polio. Was the problem bigger than they admit? What are they covering up, literally?

Beijing has successfully tested a new long-range ballistic missile capable of engaging any potential target worldwide. The rocket takes just 30 minutes to cover its maximum 12,000km range and can deliver multiple strikes on any nuclear-capable state.
The launch of China’s Dongfeng-41 (East Wind, DF-41) missile was registered by the US satellite tracking system in real time, the Washington Free Beacon reports, although the location of the launch was not immediately revealed. The launch was made from a new road-mobile platform, and is reportedly the seventh test-firing of the DF-41.
American experts estimate the DF-41 to be an 80-ton, three-stage solid-fuel missile capable of carrying between six and 10 nuclear warheads.

The industrialised nations have used their competitive advantage to sink our uncompetitive secondary manufactures, surely it's time we put a price/conditions on our competitive primary manufacture, so that we retain those? Instead, we are letting them use the profits from that exercise to take those too! What a stupid lot of c--ts we have "running" this country! No commercial nouse in our government.

Harry Houdini, they should do one of the for State Politicians and Local Councils. No wonder we have 120 taxes. Just never enough. When have you ever experienced your Council Rates to go down They just employ more and more people, improve their perks and hand the excess money of which there is an abundance out in Grants for everything you can think of. Now it's Multicultural issues, gender equity, learning name it.

How stupid is Scott Morrison How can you sell 1 percent of Australia with the Kidman station sale .Your a dickhead and sort sighted.Once it's sold off it will become a multinational.Our tax burden is already uncompetitive and you make it easier for overseas investors to avoid tax .For a few hundred million your action will leave you short of tax revenue and no doubt you keep slugging your fellow Australians with more tax .Alarm bells should be ringing .Multnational tax avoidance already exceeds a trillion dollars .We don't want you to sell is our country .If you remove the ridiculous double taxation act and get rid of our current unfair taxation system you would have enough money .A financial instituition duty of just 2 percent would make Australia rich and debt free within 2 years .Idiot

Tim Blair
Thursday, April 21, 2016 (3:55am)
Tony Abbott – Australia’s last elected Prime Minister – warns against a return to Labor: 
By losing control of our borders, building overpriced school halls andINSTALLING home insulation batts that caught fire, the Rudd-Gillard government became notorious for its inherent incompetence and waste.
By introducing a carbon tax and a mining tax, it demonstrated its addiction to big government.
Just how much lasting damage was done by the worst government in our history is only nowSTARTING to become apparent.
But Labor hasn’t learned and would do it all again – and more. 
Abbott’s party loyalty is admirable, but Malcolm Turnbull is OFFERING much of the same big-government ruin. I’m still inclined to opt for three years of Labor pain over the destruction of conservatism within the Liberal party.