Australia's manufacturing decline. Source Australian Government.

SMH: Australia is Crucial to Global CO2 Reduction

Essay by Eric Worrall

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia can save the world by manufacturing cheap goods using green hydrogen.

Irrelevant to global decarbonisation? No, Australia’s crucial to it

Peter Hartcher
Political and international editor

The Coalition spent over a decade coaching Australia into a state of learnt helplessness over any action on climate change.

One of its most effective arguments was that Australia emitted only 1 per cent of all global greenhouse gases, so even if it eliminated all of them it wouldn’t make a jot of difference. What was the point of trying?

In truth, Australia has the potential to make a cut to global emissions of 8 per cent, according to new research by the eminent economist Ross Garnaut.

By what magical arithmetic can Australia eliminate 8 per cent of world emissions if it churns out only 1 per cent? By functioning as a major world supplier of zero-carbon goods and services which will allow the rest of the world, and China especially, to cut its emissions.

One of the book’s co-authors, ANU economics professor Ligang Song, says that “using Australian renewable electricity and hydrogen produced from renewables to convert [iron ore] into iron metal and steel would reduce global emissions by around 2 per cent – almost twice as much as Australia eliminating its own emissions”.

Read more: https://amp.smh.com.au/politics/federal/irrelevant-to-global-decarbonisation-no-australia-s-crucial-to-it-20221003-p5bmnv.html

Nobody to my knowledge has found a way to convert hideously expensive green hydrogen into competitively priced green steel and silicon.

Although hydrogen can in theory be used in place of coal to reduce ore into iron and silicon, in practice hydrogen is a bad substitute.

In steel, hydrogen impurities in steel are a disaster, they cause hydrogen embrittlement.

Hydrogen mixed with silicon is possibly even worse than using hydrogen to reduce iron ore. Silicon and hydrogen form toxic silane, which over the years has been responsible for a significant number of fatal industrial accidents.

Why do Australians fall for such absurd green narratives?

The reason appears to be that many Australians yearn for the days when Australia was a booming manufacturing hub, before Australian manufacturing went into decline 60 years ago (see the graph at the top of the page). The green industry narrative plays into this yearning.

The reality is Australia’s manufacturing decline will not be solved by a few solar panels.

As far as I can tell, the decline in Australian manufacturing was caused by a combination of greedy government tax rises, and later, in the 90s, rising energy costs, after the Australian government became obsessed with renewables.

Expensive, government subsidised green energy will not fix these problems.

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Tom Halla
October 4, 2022 6:09 pm

And hydrogen is so low density, even as liquid hydrogen, a cryogenic liquid, that it is mostly useless as transportation fuel. That assumes one has already dealt with leakage and embrittlement.
Honestly, making synthetic hydrocarbons is more practical as fuel.

Steve Case
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 4, 2022 8:12 pm

Honestly, making synthetic hydrocarbons is more practical as fuel.
_____________________________________________________

They’ve been doing that in South Africa for over 40 years:

Secunda CTL Wikipedia

     Secunda CTL is a synthetic fuel plant owned by Sasol at Secunda,
     Mpumalanga in South Africa. It uses coal liquefaction to produce
     petroleum-like synthetic crude oil from coal. The process used by
     Sasol is based on the Fischer–Tropsch process. It is the largest
     coal liquefaction plant and the largest single emitter of greenhouse
     gas in the world.

     Secunda CTL consists of two production units. The Sasol II unit
     was constructed in 1980 and the Sasol III unit in 1984.[1] It has
     total production capacity of 160,000 barrels per day* (25,000 m3/d).

They release the most CO2 on Earth! Keeps the planet green it does!

*Bold added

Andyhce
Reply to  Steve Case
October 4, 2022 11:34 pm

Yes, why what if you start with pixie wings as raw material?

Dave Andrews
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 5, 2022 7:48 am

Network Rail in the UK is responsible for all railtrack and has looked at battery and hydrogen technology for trains using the tracks. Their conclusion –

“Battery and hydrogen technologies are unsuitable for long distance high speed and freight services as these have higher energy needs than battery and hydrogen technologies can provide.” *

“Electrical traction relies on fixed infrastructure to transmit electricity and this has high capital cost. Only electrification is suitable for areas where trains travel at more than 100mph or where there are lots of freight services.”

They acknowledge that because of the high capital cost of electrification battery and hydrogen “may offer better value for money where there are fewer train services.”

They put forward a plan to electrify 13,000 kms of track at a cost of £30 billion towards the end of 2021 but it was rejected by the Treasury.

*The energy density of hydrogen is one eighth of that of diesel fuel so the fuel storage tanks on the trains would need to be eight times bigger meaning it is not suitable for freight and for high speed passenger trains which can travel 1000kms a day.

george1st:)
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 5, 2022 8:24 am

The ’eminent economist Ross Garnaut’ is well aware of supply and demand so he will offer up any bs that his paymasters wish for .

Jtom
October 4, 2022 6:25 pm

One other small point: if by some miracle Australia pulled this off, China wouldn’t reduce emissions. They would simply move on to different products to manufacture. They have a lot of people to feed.

PCman999
Reply to  Jtom
October 4, 2022 8:14 pm

China would just go on making the inexpensive stuff they usually do, from cheap energy and forced non-union labour, and expensive, brittle, and self-destructing Australian stuff will rust on the lot or shelf.

Steve G
Reply to  Jtom
October 5, 2022 3:34 am

Its amazing isn’t it. Every “green” solution to a non-existent problem ignores fundamentals. China will effectively allow Australia to slow its economic growth on the basis of China allegedly emitting less co2? Like every other crazy green thought bubble…..its not going to happen…

michael hart
Reply to  Steve G
October 5, 2022 8:45 am

Yes. The “green” solutions are usually advanced by people who know next to nothing about the real world.

If someone thinks they are going to cure cancer I would say to them “How about you go and get trained as an Oncologist. Not watch a few TV programs and decide to tell everybody else how it is their duty to cure cancer by doing what you tell them.”

Zig Zag Wanderer
October 4, 2022 6:25 pm

The reason that we export commodities instead of processing them in Australia is that our domestic wages are some of the highest in the world. No amount of green fantasies will change that, and prevent the huge additional costs of manufacturing anything onshore.

H.R.
Reply to  Eric Worrall
October 4, 2022 7:18 pm

That, and affordable energy.

PCman999
Reply to  Eric Worrall
October 4, 2022 8:15 pm

Is that why the shelves and car lots are filled with Japanese brands made in Korea, Canada, US, China, etc?

Duker
Reply to  PCman999
October 5, 2022 12:07 am

Yes. Japan kept the hi tech components and outsourced the labour intensive parts to China. A lot of so called Japanese cars imported into Australia are made in Thailand with only a fraction of parts made in Japan

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  PCman999
October 5, 2022 5:50 am

That’s also why the Nikkei stock market has been doing so well since 1990. People in the US complain about their retirement savings because of the market going down. In Japan it’s lower than 1990.

michael hart
Reply to  Trying to Play Nice
October 5, 2022 8:49 am

I’m pretty sure that most of that was based on asset price inflation, i.e.property market speculation. No one seems immune to it (do they, China 🙂 ), but the Japanese manufacturers largely seem to have held their own.

Steve G
Reply to  Eric Worrall
October 5, 2022 3:39 am

We need to develop “green robotics” to replace human labour. Save on payroll, compliance and union issues. But only “green lithium battery powered robots” that can create green products, in a green world…

Richard Page
Reply to  Steve G
October 5, 2022 5:07 am

China is way ahead with using ‘green robots’ they’re called Uyghurs…

toorightmate
Reply to  Eric Worrall
October 5, 2022 6:51 am

Errol,
Only the Mining and Rural industries have seen productivity gains in Oz. The ALP, ABC ACTU would know as much about productivity gains as they know about “net zero”. That is, SFA.

Hasbeen
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
October 4, 2022 8:40 pm

The real reason Oz had a successful manufacturing sector had only a little to do with low energy costs. It was very high import duties & import quotas which allowed our expensive manufactured goods to compete with tax loaded imports, & supply expensive goods, when not enough imports to meet demand were allowed in to the country.

Probably not a bad scheme to adopt today.

I have always wondered if the dumbest people studied economics & law, but now I realise the real dumb study journalism.

Phantor48
October 4, 2022 6:26 pm

Australia should start by trying to save themselves (from themselves).

toorightmate
Reply to  Phantor48
October 5, 2022 6:54 am

I don’t know who you are, but you would make an excellent Prime Minister. The true completion for this position has zero capability (not like net zero!!!).

RickWill
October 4, 2022 6:28 pm

Why do Australians fall for such absurd green narratives?

One of the downsides of not making stuff is that you soon lose the ability to make anything.

Ligang Song is an economist – he has NEVER made anything. Before banging on about the virtues of green hydrogen, he should have a go at making it and selling it.

I worked with a fellow deeply involved in BHP’s attempt to make steel in Port Hedland. A friend regularly visited Rio Tinto’s research steel making project in Perth. Both these projects absorbed enormous resources and produced nothing. The same will happen with green steel – absorb enormous resources and produce nothing. The only difference is that the risk will shift to the public purse rather than individual companies. Only subsidies make the experiment viable – the same as so-called “renewable” energy.

Streetcred
Reply to  RickWill
October 4, 2022 6:35 pm

The warmunista in Australia are pretty well organized. They run ‘climate change’ community meetings in the suburbs and fill the great cranial vacuums with their BS. So, when the ‘industrialists’ and misanthropists make announcement about the climate emergency and the terrible existential threat (that they cash in on), the brainwashed masses lap it up as truth.

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Ilma
Reply to  RickWill
October 5, 2022 3:03 am

You only need to understand that the EROI of hydrogen is a measly ~30%, that you need a completely new, high-grade so expensive distribution infrastructure, and you understand that ‘green hydrogen’ is not economical, and only a fool would pursue it.

Steve G
Reply to  Ilma
October 5, 2022 3:45 am

Humans have been trying to get hydrogen “right” since the 1970’s haven’t we??

toorightmate
Reply to  Steve G
October 5, 2022 6:56 am

Andrew Forrest will fix this. Just like he “””fixed””” Anaconda Nickel.
He should still be in gaol for the persistent lies he handed out to shareholders for YEARS over that fiasco.

Farmerphil
October 4, 2022 6:31 pm

Professor Ross Garnaut has financial interests in Green Energy companies. He should add a disclaimer before he issues these statements.

Streetcred
October 4, 2022 6:33 pm

LOL, we don’t manufacture anything of strategic importance, we only dig it up!

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Eric Worrall
October 4, 2022 7:22 pm

Exactly what manufacturing did Trump bring back to the US? Over the 4 years of his presidency the number of manufacturing jobs in the USA decreased. See
https://www.americanmanufacturing.org/blog/what-did-donald-trump-accomplish-for-american-manufacturing/

Editor
Reply to  Izaak Walton
October 5, 2022 1:36 am

Rubbish Izaac:

If you read that article, manufacturing jobs grew steadily until the pandemic hit:

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/CES3000000001?amp%253bdata_tool=XGtable&output_view=data&include_graphs=true

But during 2020, 543000 jobs disappeared during pandemic lockdowns, which had nothing to do with Trump. Indeed it was Democrat states which wanted proplonged lockdowns

toorightmate
Reply to  Paul Homewood
October 5, 2022 6:57 am

100% agree Paul. Izaac lacks research skills.

paul
Reply to  toorightmate
October 5, 2022 10:43 am

I personally think he is trying to be a bullshit artist & he’s doing a real lousy job of it.

LdB
Reply to  Eric Worrall
October 5, 2022 9:05 pm

Australia could never become a major manufacturing company our wages are simply too high 🙂

ATheoK
October 4, 2022 7:07 pm

By what magical arithmetic can Australia eliminate 8 per cent of world emissions if it churns out only 1 per cent? By functioning as a major world supplier of zero-carbon goods and services which will allow the rest of the world, and China especially, to cut its emissions.”

“functioning as a major world supplier of zero-carbon goods and services”!?
Surely, they jest?

Did ‘Peter Hartcher‘ happen to read that other countries are all ready to chase the same scam?
Sort of similar to previously trading CO₂ credits or carbon neutral bonds… or perhaps trading alleged CO₂ offset methods, pelletized wood, plant hectares of oil palm, farm crickets instead of practice husbandry?

Consider a little deeper into the words used, “major world supplier of zero-carbon goods”?
With China the current world’s major manufacturer and supplier of “goods”;

  • Hartcher wants Australia to enter into a direct competition commercial war with China?
  • Where is it likely Australia purchase most of the equipment?
  • Does Hartcher have a conflict of interest involved?
les online
October 4, 2022 7:14 pm

Fantasyland – but watch the clueless politicians grab the idea and run with it…
While de-industrialisation was proceeding during the 1980’s politicians promoted “the German Model”, “the Japanese Model”, “Import Replacement” models, all to hide their lack of real ideas about a replacement for what was being shipped to low wage Asian countries…
The idea that got the most push was “The Multi-Function Polis”…It was going to be Australia’s Silicon Valley, bringing together local geniuses and digital technology…
I didnt hold my breath then, i’m not going to this time either…

H.R.
October 4, 2022 7:17 pm

Good grief!

Australia has a population of around 27 million. By comparison, Southern California has a population of about 24 million.

Everyone in Australia could disappear tomorrow and it would mean bupkiss to global CO2 levels. And by all reports, Australia is a net sink for CO, so global CO2 might actually go up.

Why everyone in Australia isn’t just going about their lives without giving the first thought about CO2 is a complete mystery to me.

Duker
Reply to  H.R.
October 5, 2022 12:11 am

I think you mean 47 mill in California.

Well Australia supplies a lot of coal , which the world would miss. But way way behind the world’s biggest coal exporter Indonesia

H.R.
Reply to  Duker
October 5, 2022 5:54 am

Duker – No, I wrote what I meant. I meant just the 10 counties of Southern California also referred to as SoCal. That’s the Los Angeles basin and extended surrounds.

Last I read, the population of California (2021) had declined slightly to around 40 million with more people leaving CA than entering from the South or anywhere else.


To your point about coal, yes, absolutely.

If Australia emptied out, the Australian coal output would be made up from somewhere else. There is a lot of coal still in the ground and someone will mine their country’s supply to meet demand.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  H.R.
October 5, 2022 8:02 am

According to the IEA in 2021 Indonesia’s exports of thermal coal amounted to 434 Million tonnes (Mt) more than twice as much as Australia’s 199 Mt.

Meanwhile worldwide coal consuption increased by almost 6% to 7947 Mt

H.R.
Reply to  Dave Andrews
October 5, 2022 9:25 am

I didn’t know that Dave, but yup, if Australia went POOF! tomorrow, it wouldn’t make a hangnail’s difference to Global ‘Caahbon’.

Alan M
Reply to  Dave Andrews
October 5, 2022 5:23 pm

But you forgot the coking coal exports, a similar tonnage

Herbert
October 4, 2022 7:41 pm

Unfortunately quite intelligent people fall for the green hydrogen pitch.
Professor Ross Garnaut in his Garnaut Review (2011) maintained –
(1) That the science enunciated by the IPCC was now settled on the criminal standard ( beyond a reasonable doubt) up from the civil standard (the balance of probabilities) enunciated in his Garnaut Report (2008).
(2) Geopolitically, that ‘against all the odds’ the world was on its way to an enforceable world carbon treaty to reduce anthropogenic emissions.
This was four years before Paris.
On green hydrogen, not only Garnaut but the former Chief Scientist of Australia Dr. Alan Finkel are all in on green hydrogen, writing in “The Quarterly” in April last year that Australia has ample solar and wind and water (including sea water) for hydrolysis of the water to produce green hydrogen.
Dr.John Constable at the GWPF has a paper in rebuttal,” Hydrogen: Fuel of the Future?”
To date there is no production and export of green hydrogen at scale because by law Australia has banned nuclear and wind and solar will not do the job.
Our Climate Minister and a legion of business people are spreading the propaganda around the world that Australia will become the “Saudi Arabia” of Green Hydrogen.
Most countries can produce “brown” or “blue” hydrogen domestically and don’t need
to import Green Hydrogen at extra cost from Australia.

John Shotsky
October 4, 2022 7:50 pm

And.if Australia was to instantly vaporize (no greenhouse gases emitted, but the continent gone), the climate would not notice. There are many reasons for this, but the key one is that CO2 does not drive climate – climate drives Co2, which has been shown, over and over for decades.

Andyhce
Reply to  John Shotsky
October 4, 2022 11:43 pm

geography does play a part. Replacing Australia with ocean would mean missing a goodly influence of some aort

michael hart
Reply to  Andyhce
October 5, 2022 9:01 am

my aorta fibrillate at the prospect of never losing another Ashes series.

Mike
October 4, 2022 8:33 pm

By what magical arithmetic can Australia eliminate 8 per cent of world emissions if it churns out only 1 per cent? By functioning as a major world supplier of zero-carbon goods and services which will allow the rest of the world, and China especially, to cut its emissions.”

Oh great all powerful god in the ever-lovin sky, save us from these half-witted imbeciles before it’s too late!

Andyhce
Reply to  Mike
October 4, 2022 11:44 pm

Appearances are that ship already sailed. Its is time to launch the life boats, if they can still float.

HotScot
Reply to  Andyhce
October 5, 2022 2:26 am

They’ll sink. Weighed down by far too much CO2.

Walter Sobchak
October 4, 2022 9:08 pm

“Nobody to my knowledge has found a way to convert hideously expensive green hydrogen into competitively priced green steel and silicon.”

There are existing commercial plants that use hydrogen (albeit derived from natural gas) to produce iron from ore. The iron so produced is the major input into steel. Elemental carbon (boo hiss) and other elements such as nickel, molybdenum, manganese, titanium, boron, cobalt, nitrogen, and vanadium, are added to the iron in its liquid phase to produce the various types and grades of steel.

One such plant is in Toledo, Ohio and is owned and run by Cleveland Cliffs Corporation. More information is available at this link.

I believe there is a similar plant in Scandinavia.

I don’t know anything about silicon production.

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
October 4, 2022 10:02 pm

Yeah, can’t believe that there would be residual hydrogen at those temperatures.

Gunga Din
October 4, 2022 9:12 pm

Burn hydrogen and it emits a Green House Gas called “water vapor”. Much more Green House “Gasy” than CO2.
Remind me again what the excuse to go “Carbon Free” was all about?

Philip CM
October 4, 2022 9:17 pm

“saving the world” certainly has become a grifter’s edenic trough of all publicly funded troughs.

Chris Hanley
October 4, 2022 9:42 pm

As far as I can tell, the decline in Australian manufacturing was caused by a combination of greedy government tax rises, and later, in the 90s, rising energy costs, after the Australian government became obsessed with renewables.

I’m not sure about ‘greedy tax rises’, I know manufacturing in the ’50s and ’60s was protected by high tariff barriers and it was only around 2008 with the push to wind and solar that manufacturing stared to decline as a share of GDP.

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dk_
October 4, 2022 9:47 pm

Production from burning hydrogen and/or “renewable” sources can only refer to the heat input. If made without carbon, it isn’t steel but a poor grade of cast iron. SSAB reportedly used carbon reduced from limestone – I think calcium carbonate – to make sheet steel, but then called that product “fossil free” ignoring that the source was from once living material. In steelmaking, the traditional best sources for carbon are coked coal or petroleum. Electrical furnaces use carbon rod electrodes, often made from one or the other same two materials. Other sources for coke and electrodes are possible, but like the SSAB sheet steel, production of coke releases other carbon compounds. A heavy carbon support industry is necessary for the carbon ingredient and smelting infrastructure, regardless of where the heat comes from.

I haven’t found a reliable reference for the true carbon cost-per-unit mass of the SSAB product, or how sheet product was apparently turned into casting, tires, wiring and other non-sheet-steel components by Volvo for their entirely “fossil free” mining vehicle.

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Smart Rock
October 4, 2022 10:05 pm

See those failed launches of Artemis because of fuel leaks? The fuel is liquid hydrogen, and with all the resources available, they can’t stop it leaking when transferring from one tank to another. That’s liquid hydrogen for you – green, blue or rainbow coloured. And the gaseous version isn’t much better.

Steve G
Reply to  Smart Rock
October 5, 2022 4:30 am

I read somewhere that H is the lightest element in the universe? Its mass is nothing, well not quite nothing…Very hard to stop leaks… I also see its colourless, odourless, tasteless and highly combusible….So very little density, need a lot of it to power anything, such as an electric motor..

Dave Andrews
Reply to  Steve G
October 5, 2022 8:13 am

Yep it has one eighth the energy density of diesel so to replace a diesel train you would need a train with an eight times bigger fuel tank which is why Network Rail in the UK have said that hydrogen powered trains are unsuitable for freight trains and also for high speed passenger trains which can travel 1000kms or more a day

Joel O'Bryan
October 4, 2022 10:08 pm

At WEF with UN climate tool “We own the science.”
Partnered with Alphabet to alter search results in both Google and Youtube.
https://youtu.be/cKoAoPi8sc0

Redge
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
October 4, 2022 10:33 pm

Old news, Joel, but thanks for the reminder

Crisp
October 4, 2022 11:25 pm

I would not worry too much about this article. Not many read the SMH these days, and those who do are already dedicated disciples of this new religion. Ross Garnaut has burned through whatever credibility he had with left-wing prognostications over the years, all of them proving to be wrong.

Andyhce
October 4, 2022 11:33 pm

many Australians yearn for the days when Australia was a booming manufacturing hub

manufacturing cheap goods in quantity worked to pull Japan out of its economic crisis after the war. Maybe it could also give Australia a good shot at becoming a first world nation.

allow the rest of the world, and China especially, to cut its emissions.

Listen, you can already hear the sighs of relief from the Red Army.

observa
October 5, 2022 12:38 am

Well all Peter Hartcher and the Silly Morning Herald and perfessor Ross Garnaut at the ANU have to do is lead the way with net zero and demonstrate it with their respective institutions. We’ll need their fossil fuel legacy buildings furniture and equipment so they can start with a clean slate and get on with it. Show us how it all works experts.

garboard
October 5, 2022 12:39 am

anything is possible if you don’t know what you’re talking about

climanrecon
October 5, 2022 1:07 am

I have great cutlery from Australian firm Maxwell & Williams, … made in China.

https://www.zanui.com.au/blog/maxwell-william-australian-icon/

Campsie Fellow
October 5, 2022 1:30 am

Professors of Economics should stick to economics and leave science to the scientists. In my school, I taught Economics and the Science teachers taught science. That seemed a very reasonable division of labour.

Serge Wright
October 5, 2022 1:33 am

Australia has one of the highest labor rates in the world and couldn’t compete in the manufacturing sector with global competition using its cheap home grown FF energy, let alone using the most expensive form of energy possible, which is hydrogen generated from expensive and fully imported RE infrastructure. Of course the author of this article would understand this very obvious fact, including why all of their RE infrastructure is imported, despite the raw materials being mined in Australia and sent to China for processing.

Ooodathunkit
October 5, 2022 3:13 am

Even if Hartchers pigs begin to fly…give China a couple of years to steal the technology and start production themselves and the Australian hydrogen industry will disappear faster than a Spanish solar panel!

AGW is Not Science
October 5, 2022 4:04 am

There is no “green energy.” Wind mills and solar panels are 100% dependent on fossil fuels for their existence.

And hydrogen is NOT, and will never be, an energy “source.”

ozspeaksup
October 5, 2022 4:07 am

read Ross garnaut
immediately stopped and know its utter crap

Rod Evans
October 5, 2022 4:40 am

All of these discussions about a country’s relevance to Climate Change/Global Warming are all complete nonsense. The only people that even consider such notions that any country has the capacity to impact Climate Change are those who continue to project CO2 is the climate control know, despite no supportive evidence. The situation is even more bizarre when you remember study after study of historic evidence shows CO2 having no correlation to the initiation of climate change but does show a strong correlation to be affected by climate change.
The impact sea temperatures have on what the climate does and hence what CO2 does seems pretty obvious to those with an open mind.
With all that, can I say Australia is one of the most blessed countries in the World. It has a population under 30 million on a land area equal in size to the contiguous states of the USA. Australia is self sufficient in energy, self sufficient in food production, self sufficient in all mineral resources, and self sufficient in forestry and fishing.
How did they ever get into a situation where a bunch of so called Green politicians ended up convincing Australians, they must atone for their immense good fortune and start wearing sack cloths and turn their industries into ashes?

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Hivemind
October 5, 2022 4:41 am

More causes of the destruction of Australian manufacturing are the high cost of labour in Australia, high energy prices as the RET starts to bite and the removal of import duties to protect Australian manufacturers. Most of these are the result of government policies.

toorightmate
October 5, 2022 6:48 am

Ross Garnaut would not know if the bull was up him – on any subject you wish to nominate.
He has been a favorite of the far left Luvvies for decades.
Because Australia has such an enormous effect on the Pamet’s CO2 emissions (<1.3$) and therefore the apocalyptic climate change we are experiencing every single day, I have started to shallow my breathing and have decreased the number of breaths per minute appreciably.
Do you want my address for the Nobel Prize or the Congressional Medal?

toorightmate
October 5, 2022 7:00 am

I am surprised SMH is still published. Still Oz does have a 10% Green vote.

Climate Heretic
October 5, 2022 1:28 pm

More food for my spinach, which will make make me stronger, so I always eat my ‘Greens’.

Regards
Climate Heretic
PS Apologies to Popeye

Andy Pattullo
October 5, 2022 1:44 pm

Another round of wishful thinking and deliberate misdirection but the acolytes. Problem is, in a democracy you eventually get fired for ruining peoples lives.

October 5, 2022 3:35 pm

Expensive, government-subsidised ‘Green’ energy will only make all problems much worse. All governments have a solid track record of creating disasters instead of solving them.

Mick
October 5, 2022 5:09 pm

The SMH article is so fanciful. Who make this stuff up?

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