Ben Beattie

CSIRO: tipping the scales on cost?

9 January 2024 1:00 am

To better understand how the internet came into our lives, I recommend reading Michael Hiltzik’s Dealers of Lightning and Weaving the Web by…

The politics of good vs evil

24 November 2023 2:13 am

What’s better than an unaccountable cabal of elitists deciding the fate of Western Civilisation by influencing policy and culture across…

Exposing egos: unravelling ISP and GenCost

23 August 2023 6:00 am

Occasionally in our ordinary lives we come across a genuine David and Goliath narrative. Picture a staunch consumer successfully defending…

GenCost and the renewables info wars

9 August 2023 4:30 am

Energy policy is one of the great dilemmas facing Australian politics, and the cold war between renewables and voters is…

Dear George Orwell, I’m seeking advice on Net Zero

3 August 2023 5:30 am

Dear George, I enjoyed your light-hearted novel, it brought back memories of the good times we used to enjoy. If…

Chris Bowen on the brink: energy cost blowouts and improbable Net Zero targets

28 July 2023 4:00 am

Chris Bowen is a man on the brink. He is under extreme pressure to meet improbable targets for renewable expansion…

Why do young Liberals appease the green blob?

10 July 2023 5:30 am

Net Zero emission policies guarantee net zero Liberal governments

The splintered soul of the LNP

4 May 2023 6:00 am

In his quest for immortality, Voldemort – Harry Potter’s evil nemesis – split his soul into small pieces and hid…

The world’s flattest batteries

5 April 2023 4:00 am

Kites are thought to have originated in China over two thousand years ago. Since the original incarnations, kites have evolved…

Muddle Land: creating an unsolvable mess

21 March 2023 4:00 am

Drawn in Magic Marker and selling over 100 million copies since the 1970s, Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men characters overcome their…

No, renewables are not cheaper

14 February 2023 6:00 am

‘Renewables are the cheapest form of new energy.’ – Chris Bowen A return to typical Queensland summer conditions this month…

The minister for net zero and dystopian hellscapes

20 January 2023 4:00 am

‘Australians, you shall decarbonise. Electricity bills shall go up, energy security shall go down, and damage to the environment shall…

Gas reserve: woeful short-term thinking

10 November 2022 7:17 am

Energy scarcity equates to higher costs of living and lower quality of life. This fundamental equation is being proven in…

The cult of absolutism

18 October 2022 4:00 am

It does not matter if our energy system fails, so long as it’s green

Palaszczuk’s renewable clown world

4 October 2022 11:00 am

We all know politicians love to hobnob with wealthy elites. Is it so far-fetched to imagine a cabal of premiers…

Too many climate change think tanks

6 September 2022 10:00 am

In public discourse, there are those promoting the truth, and those looking to further their agenda. This is most obvious…

Carbon squeeze: Australia’s dark future

15 August 2022 4:00 am

Australian energy policy is rapidly evolving from expensive virtue signalling to actual disaster. After narrowly scraping through the federal election…

Energy crisis: a call to professionals

17 June 2022 4:00 am

Energy systems underpin modern life, but Australia’s systems are becoming increasingly fragile. A colleague recently asked me why more engineers…

Net Zero: the puritan Trojan horse

3 May 2022 4:00 am

Recall in the movie Back to the Future when Doc warned Marty McFly not to allow his future self to…

Climate cowards and apocalypse peddlers

18 April 2022 2:00 pm

Have you ever questioned the links between bushfires and atmospheric CO2? Discussions about the changing climate and the level of…

Renewables: the pandemic of wishful thinking

4 April 2022 12:00 pm

There is a transition underway in our electricity sector. Fundamentally, the people financing, regulating, designing, and operating these systems, are…

'Green' hydrogen or environmental destruction?

30 December 2021 4:00 am

What is the link between large-scale environmental destruction and a relatively insignificant gas? The answer lies at the intersection of…

Hydrogen: hype or net-zero hero?

22 October 2021 4:00 am

In the climate wars, hyperbole is weaponised and groupthink rewarded. We are standing witness as hydrogen becomes the latest trend…