Fossil Fuel Dragged Us Out of Poverty & Delivers Prosperity For Everyone, Every Day

Fossil fuel is the catalyst for modernity: coal, then oil and gas, have driven the mechanization and industrialisation responsible for lifting billions out of agrarian poverty, and all in the space of little more than a century. A reliable supply of electricity allows the impoverished to escape the daily drudgery and misery of a life […]

Crunch Time: Demand For Power On Demand Means Wind & Solar Craze All But Over

Power-starved Brits and Germans will soon tell you how important having power on demand truly is. And they’ll also tell you what it’s like to receive a power bill that you’ve absolutely no hope of paying. After years of telling us how cheap and easy our inevitable transition to an all-wind and sun-powered future would […]

Markets Reject ‘Coal is Dead’ Mantra: Global Thermal Coal Prices Surge to All New Record

Mark Twain noted reports of his death had been greatly exaggerated. So too, the ‘death’ of coal-fired power. For years, the wind and sun cult have been bleating triumphantly that ‘coal is dead’. Energy markets, however, don’t share their peculiar worldview. Thermal coal prices are off the charts, with record demand driving record prices: Australian thermal […]

Renewables Regret: Power-Starved Europeans Rue Their Governments’ Wind & Solar Obsession

Eating cold baked beans in the dark might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but power-starved Europeans are getting used to that kind of indignity. German households and businesses are already suffering Europe’s highest power prices; since Putin’s Ukrainian adventure began, German power prices have rocketed, further still, recently hitting a record 40 US cents per […]

Transition to Poverty: Britain Being Crushed By Staggering Cost of Wind & Solar Obsession

What does the ‘inevitable’ wind and solar transition look like? Try power-starved Britain, where power prices are out of control, with much, much worse to come. Last October, the average annual energy bill was £1,400 ($2,400). Energy industry analyst Cornwall Insight forecasts that the British price cap will skyrocket and the average annual bill will […]

Demand Control: Wind & Solar ‘Transition’ Means Routine State-Controlled Power Rationing

Delusional reliance on unreliable wind and solar is a reason that governments are interfering in consumers’ power usage. Pitched under the euphemism “demand management”, state-controlled power rationing is the natural consequence of attempting to run on sunshine and breezes. When the sun sets and calm weather sets in, wind and solar power can’t be bought […]

No Contest: Coal-Fired Power Outright Winner In Reliable & Affordable Energy Wars

China, India and Indonesia are building hundreds of coal-fired power plants because they deliver electricity all day, every day at prices that everyone can afford. The reason for backing coal-fired power is that simple. And yet thanks to a mixture of mercenary self-interest on the part of renewable energy rent seekers and the wilful ignorance […]

Cheap Energy Surge: Asia’s Economic Miracle Driven By Reliable & Affordable Coal-Fired Power

Between them, China and India have already dragged hundreds of millions out of abject poverty, thanks to cheap and reliable coal-fired power. There’s no mystery to it; having electricity as and when households and businesses need it is central to an ordered, prosperous and civil society. Cheap power is at the heart of manufacturing and […]

China’s Transition From Agrarian Poverty Fuelled By Mountains of Coal

China’s rise is built on the same black stuff that dragged Europe out of the dark ages: mountains of coal. While the ever inscrutable regime in China outwardly pays lip service to climate warriors railing against carbon dioxide gas, with a wink and a nod to its own wind and solar schemes, China is building […]

Blackout Blame Shifting: Wind & Solar Collapses Responsible For Unplanned Power Outages

Wind and solar generators happily take credit when the sun’s up and the wind’s blowing, but dodge all criticism when blackouts follow sunset and/or calm weather. The standard trick is to point in every direction – except the obvious – when power rationing (euphemistically called “demand management”) or unplanned power rationing (aka widespread blackouts) follows […]