Watching a Test match is a great teacher of the virtues that make for success in life: determination, strategy and simply keeping your eye on the ball.
Anyone watching India knows that they are beating Australia hands down at all three. India is set to win while the complacent, lucky country seems sure to waste its natural advantages.
Obviously, after the events at the MCG yesterday, I am talking not of cricket, but of energy security.
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In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama outlined his vision for an America powered by clean energy, traveling by High Speed Rail, and competing in global clean technology markets. Obama set out a clear principle: “[I]nstead of subsidising yesterday’s energy,” he implored, “let’s invest in tomorrow’s.”
Excellent idea Mr. President.
By choosing the future, not the past, President Obama has opened a fierce technology competition with China and Germany, to bring the cost of renewable energy down below gas, coal and nuclear.
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While the national focus has been on a carbon tax, piecemeal Federal and State Government policies encouraging households to take up renewable energy have been overcooking parts of a cake that had only started to bake.
Two very different segments of the solar energy sector are now experiencing extreme turbulence because of well-meaning but flawed efforts by policymakers to push households into a greener future.
The household renewable energy industry is in flux. Over-generous State feed-in tariffs, an unstable rebate platform and the Federal Government’s “one size fits all” renewable energy certificate trading scheme are culprits.
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Australian women hate nuclear power. Men quite like it, but women would rather go back to candles.
This is the startling finding of Auspoll’s latest research, a poll of 1,500 Australians’ attitudes to the sticky problem of how we should generate the energy to run our homes, industries and, well, everything.
Not so long ago we never thought much about energy - flick a switch and there it is. We hardly knew nor cared how it was generated, how it got to our kitchens or what fuel ran the generator. It was enough that the lights came on.
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