Social Licence

Jeffrey Simpson, one of our favourite columnists, criticized aboriginals and environmentalists for tying up approvals for major pipeline projects.  He rejects their use of “social licence” objections as irrelevant to the process for the approval of these projects. He suggests that social licence encourages critics to believe that they decide what project “should proceed, when …

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An era is ending?

We want to share with our supporters some hopeful news, and some not quite so hopeful.   The hopeful news suggests the era when we depend on fossil fuels for energy is coming to an end. First to Norway.  Statoil’s Chief Executive, Eldar Saetre, told a meeting of senior industry executives that the industry cannot ignore …

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The race to burn!

How many research papers are necessary to prove the obvious?  Based on three decades of experience with climate change denial, an infinite amount of research is needed to conclude a spurious debate. In a recent research paper Dr Christophe McGlade, Research Associate at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, identified the head-on inconsistency between government …

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Fossil fuels reserves remain in the ground? No way says Australia!

Just a week ago, Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, emphatically stated that most fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground if the rise in the world’s average temperature is to be kept within 2 Degrees Celsius. Carney’s words don’t have much weight in Australia. Prime Minister, Tony Abbott declared at a …

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