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An empty threat

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By Alan Saldanha

Australians have been directed to stagger the domestic consumption of electricity for two hours at night to make up for the drop in coal-fired generating plants that the country is heavily dependent on. Australia's winter is milder than winters in Europe and North America. Even so, turning down the heating is soliciting self-restraint for a society that is not used to making sacrifices. Minor contingencies like these are a result of unrealistic projections in lowering carbon emissions. Such projections are more applicable to countries like China and India that indulge in padding figures for carbon ceilings for three to five decades hence. That in itself is an exercise in futility.

Elsewhere in North America the Biden administration is making conciliatory gestures to Saudi Arabia to increase crude oil output. That may well be an easy task for a country that is........

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