Melbourne water usage during AFL Grand Final

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On going back to live the natural way

How much of global low carbon energy is wind and solar?

@Greenpeace another example of how activism is overrated #HAH2016

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Think Again: The Green Economy @janlogie @GarethMP

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% billionaires who made their money through political connections or resource industries

The 1826 Billionaires in the Forbes 2015 list are classified as rich through political connections if they made their money through past political positions, close relatives or friends in government, or questionable licenses, privatisations or resource extraction industries.

Source: Caroline Freund and Sarah Oliver, The Origins of the Superrich: The Billionaire Characteristics Database (2016).

All privatizations were included in the politically-connected/resource-related category despite my data source acknowledging the possibility that the new owners may have transformed the company. Resource billionaires were all deemed to be lucky or cronies by my data source rather than diligent as some most certainly were. This is something of a slur by my data source given the industriousness of some resource billionaires some of whom were even geologists.

Political cronyism is a path to billionaire wealth mainly in the developing countries. Less than 10% of Chinese billionaires made their money through political connections, which is surprising.

How insightful was The Population Bomb

https://twitter.com/ShellenbergerMD/status/674831519521882112

Niagara Falls in 1969 with no water

#China uses as much coal, steel, and concrete as the rest of the world combined

@GreenpeaceNZ The 25th anniversary of the famous bet between Julian Simon and Paul Ehrlich

The financial performance of Landcorp since 2007

Landcorp is a state-owned enterprise of the New Zealand government. Its core business is pastoral farming including dairy, sheep, beef and deer. In January 2012, Landcorp managed 137 properties carrying 1.5 million stock units on 376,156 hectares of land. Its total return to shareholders, the taxpayers, has been quite up-and-down in recent years.

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Source: The New Zealand Treasury – data released under the Official Information Act.

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Source: The New Zealand Treasury – data released under the Official Information Act.

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Source: The New Zealand Treasury – data released under the Official Information Act.

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Socialism is destroying the Amazon basin

Julian Simon and William Buckley on Cross–Fire

Has the ‘Peak Oil’ drama peaked?

Roger Kerr, New Zealand Business Roundtable Executive Director

Remember Peak Oil?  Just a few years ago Green Party leaders Jeanette Fitzsimons and Russell Norman routinely issued warnings about ‘the world running out of oil’ and told us that we needed to move freight off roads and on to shipping and rail, and commuters out of cars and on to trains, buses and bicycles.

They weren’t alone of course.  An April 2006 article in The Economist reported that:

For years a small group of geologists has been claiming that the world has started to grow short of oil, that alternatives cannot possible replace it and that an imminent peak in production will lead to economic disaster.  In recent months this view has gained wider acceptance on Wall Street and in the media.  Recent books on oil have bewailed the threat.  Every few weeks, its seems, “Out of Gas”, “The Empty Tank” and “The Coming Economic Collapse: How You Can…

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