Rafe Champion

Put coal back in the Coalition energy policy

3 May 2024 3:04 am

Most protagonists of nuclear power like to say it is clean, meaning no CO2 is released, as though this is…

A nuanced view of the nuclear option

29 March 2024 6:13 pm

Matthew Warren brings a refreshingly nuanced view to the acrimonious nuclear power debate because he knows enough about electricity generation…

Peak stupid? NSW Liberals back Greens and Labor on Net Zero target

1 December 2023 12:51 am

Two big events occurred in Macquarie Street on Thursday morning. In Parliament, the Liberals joined the Greens in the Lower…

Adriane’s thread: from wind droughts to the heart of darkness

26 November 2023 12:38 pm

According to legend, the Greek hero Theseus went deep into the heart of the labyrinth to kill the dreaded Minotaur,…

Looking for the Net Zero exit sign

8 November 2023 5:00 am

Let’s get serious about planning an orderly exit from Net Zero. We need a plan ready to go before a…

Planning for power failure

14 September 2023 5:00 am

In south-eastern Australia, the capacity of conventional power has run down to the point where there is just enough to…

End the Net Zero nightmare

6 September 2023 1:33 pm

Matthew Warren knows as much about the energy industry as anyone and his book Blackout (2019) is a very good overview of…

Net Zero is a revolutionary idea, but not all revolutions are a good idea

21 August 2023 6:00 am

There is a saying that revolutionary ideas are first heretical, then they become interesting and controversial, until suddenly they are…

Aboriginal cricket tour of 1868 the start of reconciliation

8 July 2023 4:30 am

Tom Will won hearts pioneering indigenous cricket

Change the narrative, change the game

25 May 2023 5:00 am

Michael de Percy challenged Chris Bowen in person at the Sydney Institute regarding whether or not the government had a…

The endless wind drought crippling renewables

23 April 2023 4:00 am

The spectre of power failure is haunting Europe as Britain and Germany demonstrate that modern societies can’t run on wind…

Power policy in parallel universes

18 March 2023 5:00 am

This year Daniel Westerman will become a well-known if not much-loved public figure. In his role as the energy czar…

The iron triangle of energy realism

28 February 2023 5:30 am

Possibly the most powerful argument against the quest for Net Zero can be briefly stated using the Iron Triangle of…

The voice of energy realism

9 November 2022 7:00 am

The transition from coal is limited by the lowest level of renewable energy input to the grid on windless nights……

Energy policy: where parallel universes are set to collide

29 July 2022 10:00 am

There are parallel universes in energy policy and they are about to collide.  In one universe, the governments of Australia…