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OPPORTUNITY: Australia’s 1,000-year plus of coal reserves could form the basis of a coal-to-liquid fuel sector.

West misreads Middle East … again

I'm sure many outside the Islamic world share my inability to fully comprehend the 1,400-year Sunni-Shi'ite split and the dogmas each side so passionately embraces.Be that as it may, the reality is the seventh century Sunni-Shi'ite split remains as divisive as ever, and is currently at the centre of internecine bloodletting across much of the Middle East, particularly Syria and Iraq at this stage.

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Woodbridge
Joseph; I think you are whistling in the wind. Coal to liquid fuel is still a fossil fuel, and the way forward must be sustainable; ie using renewables, if we are to survive on this planet. Australia is rich in coal, yes, but far, far richer in sunshine. The only good thing to do with coal and oil is to leave in the ground, where it is useful. You might understand economics, but Entropy is a much more powerful and physical reality.

Joseph Poprzeczny.
Patrick, You are whistling into the sunshine (when it's there). Liquid fuels are required for an enormous range of purposes for which the sunshine is not a substitute. Think heavy haulage, mining, agricultural (i.e. grains which sustain billions of people) production. Surely you don't wish to see them and their offspring perish over coming months and into the distant future. Having 1000-plus years of coal reserves is about as "sustainable" a situation as I can imagine. The planet is under no threat. Only the baseless catastrophists complex that has afflicted so many of late sustains the contrary belief. Patrick - why are you afflicted by catastrophism? What is the origin and evidence for your affliction? Please advise. Unfortunately also, underlying all the opinions carried in your paragraph are in support of outright appeasement. Do you not value and, dare I also ask, love Australia? If not why not? Please advise why you have opted for such a suicidal path. Thanks. Joseph Poprzeczny.

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