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+When I was young, I was invincible. 

I could run across a beach and kick a football and stairs.  Who cares! Just pop up them and look like Rocky in the scene that made him famous.

Nowadays, I can barely walk up or downstairs without doing it very, very carefully. Such is life. 

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If you believe in the tooth fairy, or vote Green, you probably believe that hydrogen is the magic rainbow gas that will banish global warming, replace wicked hydro-carbons in electricity generation, fuel tomorrow’s trucks, planes and heavy equipment, and earn unlimited export income.


There is one big problem – unlike coal, oil and gas, there are no hidden pools of hydrogen we can tap. Every bit of hydrogen has to be manufactured from water or hydrocarbons using huge amounts of energy.

The energy content of liquid hydrogen is about 70% of the energy required to produce it.  Burn it in a combined cycle gas turbine (energy efficiency 50%) and see that energy return drop to around 35%. Use it as vehicle fuel and see energy efficiency fall even further.


The density of liquefied hydrogen is much lower than that of natural gas - thus the transportation costs will be higher. And because the tiny hydrogen atom finds any small leak, the safety risks are very high - imagine a road accident involving flammable lithium batteries plus explosive hydrogen gas.

Most hydrogen is made directly from coal, oil or natural gas and the main process produces hydrogen and . . . more of the dreaded CO2.


But hydrogen is loved by Big Greens and little children because it has been named in a rainbow of pretty colours: grey, brown, black, green and blue.


Grey hydrogen comes from natural gas, brown from lignite (brown coal), and black hydrogen is made from black coal (no surprises there).


Green hydrogen is produced by electrolysis of water using intermittent green energy like solar or wind power. It requires heaps of fresh water and electricity neither of which can ever be fully recovered. Every tonne of hydrogen uses nine tonnes of water.

Blue hydrogen is any of the above but the CO2 by-product is stored in carbon cemeteries, making blue hydrogen stupidly expensive.

 

Viv Forbes
Washpool, Qld, Australia

Further Reading:

Hydrogen Hype:
https://saltbushclub.com/2021/07/08/hydrogen-hype-2/

The Spectrum of Hydrogen Colours:
https://ddears.com/2021/06/22/hydrogens-spectrum-of-colors/

Tomorrow’s Fuel?
https://ddears.com/2019/04/09/hydrogen-tomorrows-fuel-of-choice/

Hydrogen or Battery?
https://www.volkswagenag.com/en/news/stories/2019/08/hydrogen-or-battery--that-is-the-question.html#

Responsibility for any electoral comment here is taken by Viv Forbes, Ipswich-Boonah Road, Washpool, Qld, Australia. 

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La Nina Floods have mangled the roads of eastern Australia with pot-holes, gully wash, mud and silt.

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Over the weekend, the New York Times carried a story headlined “How Australia Saved Thousands of Lives While Covid Killed a Million Americans,” written by Damien Cave. Cave claimed that Australia’s comparatively low COVID death count is down, in the main, to “a lifesaving trait that Australians displayed from the top of government to the hospital floor, and that Americans have shown they lack: trust, in science and institutions, but especially in one another.”

As a dual American-Australian citizen and resident of Sydney throughout the COVID policy fiasco, and equally as one of Australia’s most outspoken anti-lockdown economists since March 2020, seeing this coverage made my stomach turn.

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More than a hundred years ago, in the fields of the Somme, a whole generation of young men who came from the other side of the world fought and fell   

Among them, out of a population of five million souls, 416,000 young Australians answered the call of duty under the banner of the Commonwealth and 295,000 served bravely on the Western Front in the mud and poppies of northern France where they paid a heavy price.   

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 I love words and the precision that they have.

They are like snipers. If used in the right hands, our bullets called words can hit their target very accurately. 

That is why the Left want to destroy our language.

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Today is the 79th anniversary of the Dambusters raid. Its leader, Wing Commander Guy Gibson was awarded The Victoria Cross as a result. Gibson became one of the founders of the Pathfinder Force and transferred to Mosquitos. He was lost somewhere over the North Sea returning from a raid. It is thought that his plane ran out of fuel.

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Most blogs are clearly identifiable as political, nostalgic, religious; or theme-based. Fishing, cars, history, military, or whatever. 

We are not. We are like a smorgasbord: you can pick and choose according to your taste. . 

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Russia looms large in every person’s future if one believes in biblical eschatology; however, apart from that, Russia is a major player on the world stage. As I write, Russia’s President Putin is waging a limited war in Ukraine, one of their border nations—with limited success.

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In 2012 Malcolm Turnbull snitched $440 million from taxpayers to “save the Great Barrier Reef”.


In 2022 Scott Morrison promised to pour another billion into the Barrier Reef Black Hole.

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As many know, the US is confronting a shortage in baby formula that has grown quite serious. What started as complaints on Twitter of “out of stock” messages on Amazon purchases has turned into a national panic.

The story got enough traction to finally get the attention of the White House.

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The history of Ukrainian nationalist cruelty is an important factor, barely discussed, or known, in the West

Troops shot in the legs screaming in pain. Others dying from blood loss and shock. With no one around to provide medical assistance. A Russian soldier crucified on an anti-tank barrier, chained to a metal ‘hedgehog’ and then burned alive…

For many, graphic footage of Russian servicemen tortured and killed by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and nationalist battalions, came as a real shock. But this did not surprise those who are familiar with the ‘traditions’ of Ukraine’s ‘fighters for national freedom’, as they have more than a century of history in this sort of thing.

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President Zelensky hopes to “one day” host the song contest in Mariupol, currently controlled by Russia.

Kalush Orchestra music band has won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, after making a plea from stage to help save Ukrainian fighters holed up in Mariupol, and receiving landslide support from European public in phone and online vote.

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Long before the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) was ushered in as a global plandemic, psychological terrorists from the United Kingdom were quietly invading Australia and New Zealand and manipulating their respective governments into setting up “nudge teams” to influence public sentiment about things.

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