The Labor/Green coalition in Australia has declared war on coal, oil and gas. So why is Big Mining not fighting back?

BHP Billiton is a big producer of coal, oil, gas, iron ore, copper, nickel and uranium. Rio Tinto is a big producer of uranium, coal, iron ore, copper and aluminium. Glencore is a big producer of coal, copper, zinc and nickel. And Shell is big in oil, gas and bitumen, manufactures biofuels, and generates peak power with natural gas.

These companies employ competent geologists, physicists and chemists who could tell them that CO2 is not a pollutant and is not the primary driver of climate. They must know there is no scientific justification for the green war on hydro-carbon fuels – but none of these big miners speak out against this baseless war on their products. Some even waste shareholder funds producing glossy brochures promoting the green agenda.

Big Mining is not that dumb. Their climate concern is more motivated by self-interest – they see long-term profits flowing from the silly green agenda. They are also political cowards.

 

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 Wind and solar power are indeed “free”, but to extract electricity from them is not free – it needs turbines and solar panels, generators and transformers, transmission towers and power lines all of which boosts demand for metals like steel, copper, zinc, nickel and rare earths.

Moreover, wind and solar are very diffuse power sources and need large areas of land together with webs of access roads and power lines in order to generate significant power. 

The heavy machinery needed for construction, maintenance and dismantling these green power networks provide more demands for petroleum and mining products. Before one watt of green electricity is generated for consumers, green power has boosted demand for most products of Big Mining.

Green power also needs back-up power ready to swing into action immediately the wind drops or clouds obscure the sun. This is great news for reliable energy suppliers capable of rapid backup, which usually means gas. So Big Gas loves Big Green and is secretly delighted by the war on coal. Lead, nickel, cadmium and lithium miners are also delighted with the soaring demand for energy-storing batteries.

Intermittent energy producers like wind and solar also cause destructive fluctuations in electricity supply and prices – prices can fall to zero on a sunny, windy afternoon, but soar during still, sunless periods. Coal power stations cannot adjust quickly to this destructive variability in electricity prices and will be sent broke, thus providing even more markets for gas.

Big Gas is thus delighted to secretly support the war on coal as it will do wonders for the demand for gas; but they fail to understand that once Greens have destroyed coal power, they will then turn their green guns on to gas.

Uranium producers love the greens. They know that if coal and gas are banned from power generation, and all hydro-power sites are “world-heritage protected”, all that is left to stabilise the electricity grids of modern society is nuclear power. 

Even coal producers see short-term benefits in supporting inane green ideas like carbon capture and burial. This would greatly increase the amount of coal needed to generate the electricity consumed to collect, separate, compress, transport and bury exhaust gases as well as to refine and fabricate all the metals needed for gas collectors, compressors and pipelines. Long term, the main beneficiaries of this industrial silliness will be nuclear power and uranium miners like Rio and BHP.

So Big Mining can extract benefits from green energy while earning political credits. And their PC executives can polish their green credentials in their suburban circles by supporting the silliness. 

On the debit side are the usual victims – taxpayers and consumers of coal, oil, gas, electricity and metals; and employees and shareholders of industries being forced to close or emigrate because of expensive or unreliable electricity supply.

 

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BillBates2
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BillBates2

All these renewable energy deals administered by the greens in the bureaucracy are bleeding the country dry

BillBates2
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BillBates2

Lights we have friends with a 20000 acre property near Condoblin who have worked for ten years without making a profit. They cannot pass it on as it is mortgaged up to the hilt, they cannot sell it to the Chinese and they are approaching mid seveties . Now this year with a good grain crop it costs more to cart it to market than it is worth.I fear that they will finally top themselves .The Banks have a lot to answer for

rosa16
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rosa16

I have counted graziers amongst my circle of friends. I heard a bloody fool female the other day on the ALPBC saying something like, oh the big question we have to ask, is why do they do it? (ie, why do so many on the land take their own lives)…someone needs to take her by the the scruff of her neck and show her what drought looks like in the outback, on the stations. No feed for the stock. Tucking stupid woman. No wonder country people think city people are dumb. Thank goodness some of us know the reality.

1946Hunter
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1946Hunter

BK many of the single vehicle country accidents in WA were in fact farmer suicides. I only hope the banks didn’t take their life insurance payouts like they took their properties.

1946Hunter
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1946Hunter

Secret the media has hounded Cousins mercilessly.

You don’t see them banging on about the chair sniffer and serial drunk ex WA treasurer Troy Buswell who pranged a government car when drunk and then lied about the circumstances.

Just about every headline about Ben Cousin I have read is prefixed with the words, “Disgraced former etc”.

Give the poor bastard a break, he gave so much entertainment as a player he at least deserves to be left alone to deal with his demons.

SecretCombinations
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SecretCombinations

I agree CS but violence isn’t required to take out a VRO on someone, and never heard of Cousin’s assaulting his wife. The other thing is, women sometimes lie to get a VRO….my former wife took out a VRO out on me once. I had it removed because she lied and the court issued aVRO against her because she was the violent one in the family. Cousin’s is sick and you DON’T hound an unwell man or a woman to suicide.

ejada
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ejada

Lights, I agree with much you have expressed here. I am always astounded when people denegrate the writer instead of arguing the point being discussed. It has always been my opinion that when someone resorts to abuse they have already lost the argument. Why don’t they just politely agree to disagree, after all we can’t always agree on all topics. Unfortunately parliamentary debate has also been more abusive and personally derogative ever since Keating started referring to his opponents as “scumbags”, and culminated for me when Gillard made her infamous misogyny speach directed solely at Abbott. It was vendictive, vile… Read more »

rosa16
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rosa16

Lady P. and Drac, my heart sank when I read your news. So very very sorry to hear of these losses. And ‘why’ is the question we all ask. I fear that bullying may be a large part of it – both face to face and ‘cyber’. But it seems like a Catch 22 to me. We’re all well aware that bullying is just as prevalent amongst adults. How do we expect the kids to cope with it, deal with it and remain unscarred, when ‘grown ups’ can’t? It must look like so much bullshite to the young ones. They… Read more »

TruckerDanisback
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TruckerDanisback

I’m so sad to hear of this, Lady Pirate. My sympathy is with you and your friend’s family.

Lever_94
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Lever_94

Do you watch Fox or youtube. Only 2 channels I watch is Sky and Fox.

Lever_94
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Lever_94

I’m sorry for the Ladies loss. A loss that one could never get over.I have learnt through a bit of reading that there is 53K charities in this country. 53000 where you only have to contribute 50% of the money you raise to the cause. This is a RORT and is NOT good enough. There is a bit of blood sucking going on.

Lever_94
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Lever_94

You don’t make poor countries rich by making rich countries poor. But this is what the Greens are intent on. Export is the name of the game. So what is left?, Lima agreement has killed the car industry, white goods manufacture, Sidchrome, RFW trucks,ACCO trucks, Steel, Zinc smelters,TV’s, Radios, man the list goes. Now they want to kill the coal industry, live export. The 60000 WW1 diggers did not die for this.

T_W_O
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T_W_O

He was Mayor of New York City. He reached a peak. Now, time for him to totter off.

Marco-eloco
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Marco-eloco

Is that like when Dullard made the statement .. there will be no carbon tax under a government I lead? Or is Adani rolled gold 100% trustworthy like all the other big multinational mining companies?

Knuckles
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Knuckles

14? One wonders what demons drove this poor boy to commit this disastrous act. No parent should ever have to bury their child, let alone lose one to such a senseless act. My immediate thought runs to bullying and maybe I’m wrong as I really don’t know the Lad or his circumstances, but bullying is becoming a very big problem with our young. It needs to be stamped out and the perpetrators severely punished.

vecchio
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vecchio

I kept saying “fragmenting the market” but more importantly they are “fragmenting” the manufacturing and the market, idiotic!

MaclomTrudbull
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MaclomTrudbull

Skeletons it seems. The last thing Trump needs, regardless of Rudi’s loyalty.

cinerama
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cinerama

my thoughts and sympathy

BillBates2
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BillBates2

Very sad lady p. For what it is worth, school reports were sent out this week and I sometimes wonder what effect these have on young children particularly if the parents have high expectations of their children.

MaclomTrudbull
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MaclomTrudbull

Of course it’s a distraction Chris, what shooter worries about 2 extra cartridges, 5 or 7? Just legalise the bloody 5 shot and stick an extension on and keep quiet. What copper is going to check you out killing ferrals out the back of Lightning Ridge. The wankers in the media think it’s a rifle anyway, they haven’t a clue.

JofG
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JofG

Had the same happen in our family lady p, it just tears everyone apart – no symptoms, privileged lifestyle etc. and the people left behind have to pick up the pieces, wondering what they could have, should have done – why did they not see what was coming etc. but you do not and cannot see it. All I can say is that with the passing of time the pain eases but do you ever get over it – no! Somehow a feeling of guilt always remains even though irrational – your daughter’s friend is lucky to be surrounded by… Read more »

GeoffRosan
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GeoffRosan

At Bolt’s “The 3rd reason why Photios should quit Libs: His wife” imo, the wife is his 3rd wife and apparently a 30 year old gold digger. He dumped his 1st wife shortly before the birth of his 2nd child – look up “Photios unpaid school fees” to see the variety of AH he is. The 2nd wife has a child. The 3rd wife, half his age, has 2 children. The 3rd wife has a beef about Lib’s action on climate change … Hmmm? The Photios’s probably have a vested interest imo. Why else the banshee behaviour? See Bolt’s and… Read more »

MichelLasouris
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MichelLasouris

I rather think that they dare not try. Even the Left isn’t THAT stupid………..are they?

Pepperpete
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Pepperpete

Just don’t understand it.

ejada
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ejada

Heartbreakingly sad. What ever his reasons, unfortunately his parents they will forever blame themselves.

Sweetpea
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Sweetpea

So we take a Brownlow medal from Watson, questionable at best, and we offer money and forgiveness to Cousins.

craigh
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craigh

All of the above. So sad for you all. There is no answer.

1946Hunter
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1946Hunter

lady sadly not the first and certainly not the last. We had a high school mate do the same thing and life was a lot simpler then without the pressures the kids of today are exposed to.

GeorgeofMagpie
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GeorgeofMagpie

So sad lady p.. 🙁

mugwamp
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mugwamp

So right folks, age should be a time of wisdom but for many old biddies around my age it just bought dottiness. I wonder if they will present clothing packs to Australian kids whose parents cannot afford heating next winter.

Sweetpea
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Sweetpea

Chewie would not be happy !!

OldCodger
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OldCodger

The pitchforks are coming!

mots
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mots

That’s all we need mozzies and cops against whitie

Bridget
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Bridget

Honestly, while the Swedes sit back and allow these maggots to taunt them in a Church, in the streets and in their homes, they will up the ante and it will get worse. If you don’t make a stand, it always escalates.

Pepperpete
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Pepperpete

My first view of the green horse pic. Could do with a few more in the saddle like Big Government, Big Media, Big Union, Big Business in it all together like old style Fabians ridding toward world socialism. Whoever drew that pic can see the future for us all. We’re fucked BIG TIME !

Pablo
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Pablo

Nearly Every Rural Community I have had dealings with in the last few years has stories of Islamic individuals buying large ‘Hobby farms”, nearly every account I have heard reports of Semi-Auto Gunfire and questionable reasons for them being there….This is the Enemy in Training….

Ducktracy
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Ducktracy

While our govt argues about two extra shots in a shotgun, we are being set up for a fall

bobbyfoo
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bobbyfoo

By June 2017 the Green Communists and the Marxist media will be an unlamented memory in the USA.

Pablo
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Pablo

Has Turnbull done ANYTHING to benefit Australia since Stabbing the last Elected Prime Minister in the back in order to Steal his Job??????? This man has the Stable Leadership skills one could expect to see from A Rat in a Burning Meth Lab….He is single handedly destroyed the Liberal Party and it’s Conservative voter base…Australia is Hemorrhaging whilst the party he Imposed himself upon sits back and watches…We need Change and We need it Soon…REAL Conservative Representation is what Australia is Screaming for and NO One is Delivering.

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

SOVEREIGNTY BEFORE SOCIALISM

When will you make your move Cory ?

waxfire
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waxfire

I don’t think Frydenberg made an error, I think he knew exactly what he was doing in making that comment re the carbon tax bullshit.

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Where are the local lads with baseball bats .. smash a few heads open .. spill their brains on the street

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

I bet those bloody Christians prayed for these filth mongrels … and the Devil has answered their prayers !

Just socialist fuckwits … they deserve everything they are getting … every rape, every child kidnapping, every shit in the church …

The filth hate Christians …

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