Alan Moran

Dark money

11 January 2023 4:00 am

Recent years have seen a strengthening dominance of politics over individual and commercial decision-making. This is readily evident in the…

Batteries not included

29 December 2022 5:11 pm

Renewable energy battery farms threaten to cripple the economy with cyclic costs

Chris Bowen’s rendezvous with bad ideas

22 December 2022 9:00 am

Back in July 2022, Chris Bowen the Minister for Climate Change and Energy, launched the latest CSIRO electricity costs report which…

Energy collapse: it all begins with a market cap

14 December 2022 8:00 am

Thousands of years of experience – from the ancient Babylonians and Roman Emperor Diocletian, through to modern times – have…

ESG: climate virtue bleeding super dry

7 December 2022 7:00 am

Business, where the profit motive is explicitly dominant and where the hundreds of millions of direct and indirect owners want…

Dan enters the pantheon of ‘great’ leaders

28 November 2022 12:00 pm

Now the hurley burley’s done, and Dan Andrews is in the pantheon of the state’s great leaders, it’s time to…

Victoria’s looming energy disaster

24 November 2022 11:42 am

A centrepiece of Victorian Premier Dan Andrews’ campaign is to renationalise Victoria’s privately owned electricity businesses. He claims that the…

Our retreat from rational economics

16 November 2022 11:51 am

In today’s world, government spending accounts for up to and (in the EU) over 50 per cent of GDP –…

Greta and her green-communism

8 November 2022 8:00 am

Many breathed a sigh of relief when Greta Thunberg announced she was not going to attend COP 27 Climate Change…

Andrews’ Leninist approach to power

24 October 2022 7:00 am

Last week, Victorian Premier Dan Andrews paraded his inner Lenin. He attacked Victoria’s privately owned coal generation businesses, claiming that…

Dirty dependency: superannuation and ESG

21 October 2022 8:00 am

There is nothing green about the big end of town pursuing ESGs instead of energy solutions

Dead-weight drowning productivity

14 October 2022 4:00 am

The green investments that threaten our future with their failures

The price of environmental activism

7 October 2022 4:00 am

The myth of cheap renewables is starting to add up

Argentina’s socialist demons are coming for the West

26 September 2022 10:00 am

How did we arrive at the position where, throughout the Western world, political decisions to undermine the cheapest and most…

The sharp decline since Paris

14 September 2022 4:00 am

Returning from the 2015 Paris Agreement, former Clinton Energy chief Joe Romm, proclaimed: ‘You know, change happens slowly, until it happens…

Dangerous energy politics

2 September 2022 8:00 am

Electricity has properties that require supply and demand to always balance every few seconds. This means, firstly, that there has…

Transition teething problem or permanent disaster?

27 August 2022 1:09 pm

Politicians, regulators, and subsidy-seekers portray the present difficulties in the energy market as being part of the transition from fossil…

A mild case of split portfolio disorder

18 August 2022 12:31 pm

As a one-time senior public servant, I find the debate over Scott Morrison’s supposed power seizure of separate ministries to…

Labor’s Climate Bill is an economic precipice

8 August 2022 4:00 am

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Politicians destroy nuclear when the world needs it most

25 July 2022 4:00 am

Human advancement has rested on harnessing increasingly dense sources of energy from non-human origins. Animal power, burning wood, wind technology,…

Europeans punished by expensive renewables backed by Russian gas

14 July 2022 1:03 pm

Europeans are now paying heavily for their shift in abandoning coal and nuclear and adopting renewable energy supported by Russian…

The (expensive) brave new world of ‘clean energy’

9 July 2022 4:00 am

The market was working pretty well 20 years ago and is not expected to be much larger by 2030. It…

Climate Justice? Victoria’s fresh assault on businesses

1 July 2022 12:57 pm

Last week’s restoration of the electricity market, following the regulator assuming full control on June 15, means the energy crisis…

Climate Change's 'Pigouvian' tax

27 June 2022 7:00 am

Rod Sims, formerly head of the ACCC, advocates a carbon tax as a ‘Pigouvian’ solution to the global damage which he…

Standard of living to fall sharply

24 June 2022 7:30 am

In the pre-Covid days, strike activity was fast disappearing. In Europe, the average days lost from strikes more than halved.…