Archive: 2017

Climate & Energy – Appeasement Does Not Work

The current chaos around climate and energy policy brings to mind George Santayana’s caution that: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. That is exactly what we are witnessing, albeit with far more profound implications even than the advent of the Second World War. In November 1936, Winston Churchill, concerned at […]

November 28 / 2017
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Australia’s Coal & CSG Delusion

Energy policy is the issue to trump them all.  We have already lost several Prime Ministers in its cause, and more will likely walk the plank before commonsense prevails.  But the last few weeks have set new standards for national stupidity . The political rhetoric grows ever more florid, starting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull […]

September 26 / 2017
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Facing “Disaster Alley”, Australia Shirks Responsibility

  The first responsibility of a government is to safeguard the people and their future wellbeing. The ability to do so is increasingly threatened by human-induced climate change, the accelerating impacts of which are driving political instability and conflict globally. Climate change poses an existential risk to humanity which, unless addressed as an emergency, will […]

June 22 / 2017
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The Leaders We Deserve ?

Rarely have politicians demonstrated their ignorance of the real risks and opportunities confronting Australia than with the recent utterances of Barnaby Joyce, Matt Canavan and other ministers promoting development of Adani and Galilee Basin coal generally, along with their petulant foot-stamping over Westpac’s decision to restrict funding to new coal projects.  Likewise, Bill Shorten sees […]

May 15 / 2017
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Submission to the Review of Climate Change Policies 2017

   Contents: Preamble The Key Issue – Existential Risk  The Rapidly Changing Context of Global Climate Change  Practical Implications  The Australian Context  Existential Risk Management  Reframing Australia’s Climate Change & Energy Policies Author:   Ian Dunlop Ian Dunlop has wide experience in energy resources, infrastructure, and international business, for many years on the international staff of […]

May 04 / 2017
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Submission to the Finkel Review of the National Energy Market

  Contents: Preamble The Key Issue – Existential Risk The Rapidly Changing Context of Global Climate Change  Practical Implications The Australian Context Existential Risk Management Request to Expert Panel  Preamble Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Preliminary Report into the Future Security of the National Energy Market.  I congratulate the Expert Panel […]

March 03 / 2017
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Energy Security from Clean Coal, CCS & CSG – What could possibly go wrong ?

Every few years the fossil fuel industry pressures politicians to force “clean coal”, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and more recently coal seam gas (CSG) on an increasingly sceptical community to justify their continued expansion. This cycle started with promotion of Adani’s massive Carmichael coal mine in Queensland, for coal export to India.  The South […]

February 28 / 2017
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