Blogging has taken a back-seat since the Federal election (congratulations, Sandra Bayley, on a great showing for the Greens). Hard on its heels was the Walter Taylor by-election for the BCC ward vacated by Jane Prentice, the LNP victor in Ryan. A further strong swing in the Greens direction with a reduced LNP margin and Labor distinctly the third party across all the booths.
The same old issues I’ve been commenting on in the last few years continue to bubble away. Depending on your preferred data source, 2010 will end up as somewhere between the 3rd hottest and overall hottest year for global temperature. Interesting that The Australian felt compelled to publish an entire page this weekend (no link – it’s behind their paywall … but it’s a Feature article in the December 4th/5th edition), trying to distinguish between their editorials acknowledging that we have a problem, and the balance of their opinion pieces and letters which tilt strongly in the direction of scepticism, denial and a rejection of any solution other than nuclear.
We have an increasing probability that oil will become expensive soon. Perhaps a lot sooner than we are ready for. Even the International Energy Agency now concedes crude oil production peaked back in 2006 in their latest World Energy Outlook, and the business sector is starting to be concerned about prices.
Another topic that has occupied me previously, Zimbabwe’s political nightmare, is far from over and looks set for a new chapter with the possibility of another election in 2011. I recently read Peter Godwin’s outstanding Mukiwa and When a Crocodile Eats the Sun. Now starting his latest… The Fear. A wonderful writer, with important tales to tell. This one recounts his experience of the events of 2008 when Zimbabweans defeated Mugabe at the polls only to see him cling to power through torture and intimidation.