Mark Lawson

Slippery oil industry

8 December 2018 9:00 am

When oil prices spiked to $US140 ($A193.85) a barrel in 2008, veteran analysts declared that prices would reach $US200 or…

No real pain in Paris

29 September 2018 9:00 am

When the infighting over the Liberal leadership raised the possibility that Australia might join the United States in exiting the…

Renewables becalmed

7 July 2018 9:00 am

As Australia’s electricity grids strain to cope with demand and government efforts to foist yet more renewable energy on them,…

Patchwork power

21 April 2018 9:00 am

The Australian summer has passed with only the occasional blackout, although a possibly grim winter, once unseasonably warm weather in…

Paying for steel jobs

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Indian billionaire Sanjeev Gupta is now in the same category as American entrepreneur Elon Musk in that any absurd idea…

The unacceptable cost of renewables

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Parts of Europe may be tearing themselves apart politically over the vast costs of adopting renewable energy, but Australian voters…

No charge in electric cars

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Imagine ordering a population to evacuate from the path of a hurricane if they only had electric cars to drive.…

Climate excuses

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Tony Abbott may have annoyed the climate change mob with his speech in London (see Diary), but a far more…

In space, no one can hear you screaming for cash

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Such is the mystique of Elon Musk that he is able to make the absurd declarations that he will launch…

Hype is renewable

26 August 2017 9:00 am

The announcement of a $650 million solar power plant near the South Australian town of Port Augusta brought forth the…

Batteries fail to spark

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Elon Musk is such a good salesman that, despite formidable and blindingly obvious problems, he has managed to convince everyone…

Reinventing energy policy

24 June 2017 9:00 am

While the Liberal party tears itself apart over whether a Clean Energy Target as proposed by the Finkel report delivered…

Green power fantasies

27 May 2017 9:00 am

The cool phrases among the proponents of green electricity are ‘distributed networks’ and ‘micro networks’ which, we are told, will…

How to ignite gas

22 April 2017 9:00 am

One of the major surprises of the energy debate in Australia is that both the South Australian Labor Premier, Jay…

Whacky schemes

25 March 2017 9:00 am

When the Rudd government greatly expanded the Renewable Energy Target in 2009, turning an innocuous Howard government initiative into the…