ARCHIVES 1997-2007  --- ARCHIVES 2007 +



I am somewhat puzzled that nobody seems to have suggested incomplete burning as an alternative to sequestration of CO2.

Consider the problem of sequestration. - first the CO2 must be separated out from the exhaust.  Then is must be compressed, then it must be stored.

Incomplete combustion would generate somewhat less heat per Kg (at a guess, about 10%-20%).  However the carbon would be found in the exhaust as particulate carbon, (like the black smoke that comes out of a cold diesel engine starting up) which could be separated with existing precipitator technology, and easily formed into bricks which could be sold for industrial purposes (that did not involve oxidation).


Tony Abbott is being crucified because he doesn't have a Carbon Policy and because he has allegedly changed his mind.

Give the man a fair go.  He has only just taken leadership, and I too am certain that the cap and trade system is hugely inefficient.  We have to wean ourselves off brown coal, (unless the carbon capture system mentioned above is applied - it should work fairly well for brown coal.)  Otherwise, we could just switch to black coal (of which we have plenty) and ship that to the power stations in Yallourn and Port Augusta.  In which case those miners in Yallourn and Leigh Creek might have to move to Newcastle or Gladstone. (Nicer climate too).

About changing his mind.  I change my opinion about what should be done frequently.  Since we can only change our politicians every three years, I would like to elect the politician who is most responsive to the broad thrust of electoral opinion.  I never intend to give such a broad mandate to anybody that they could march merrily along their way, saying "we got a mandate" even though the sweep of public opinion has changed.

Actually, Tony has got an apparent lack of deviousness which I like.  And (unless Oxford actually accepts idiots) I suspect that Tony could fight his way out of a wet paper bag (to mix a few metaphors).

Julian MOTI (revisited).

In December 2007 I wrote about Julian Moti.  With reference to my analysis at the time, it is very nice to see that our own justice system is showing political independence and insight by throwing out that case.  Perhaps there is still hope for liberty in the commonwealth.


Our Federal legislators (Conroy gets most credit) have enacted censorship laws that, in the opinion of the New York Times are only matched by similar laws in China and Iran.  The laws will allow internet censorship by issue of an "RC" (refusal to classify) certificate.  This does seem to be a broad classification.  Does it mean that unless a site has been sighted and approved it will be censored?

Rupert Murdoch's "Australian" appears to approve the legislation in an editorial "Turning the muck filter on" December 17th.

Obviously it is in Murdoch's interest that no source of public information should be less censored than his own newspapers. 

MAIL comments