Natural Gas: The world’s new favourite fuel

The world’s new favourite fuel, natural gas, is sustaining our ever-growing demand for energy and manufacturing. The International Energy Agency said gas demand grew 4.6 percent last year, calling 2018 a “golden year” for natural gas. Driven by booming US production, largely from fracking, and insatiable growth in China, natural gas accounted for 45 percent of the total increase in …

I Fact Checked an Astonishing Claim About Wealth Inequality. It Was True!

Numbed as many are to the endless statistics about wealth inequality which circulate on progressive social media, the claim in the tweet pictured above still shocked me. I decided to check if it was true before sharing. It was. US$5000 a day times the 192481 days is $962,405,000 ($962M) which is $37,595,000 ($37M) short of a full billion. According to …

How Reliable Is the Ad Fontes Media Bias Chart?

News consumers have likely come across the “Media Bias Chart”, a visual representation of where selected United States-based news organisations are plotted according to their editorial lines and the veracity of their reporting. The chart’s various iterations are the product of Ad Fontes Media, the brainchild of one Vanessa Ortero, an attorney based in Denver, Colorado. Ortero gives extended explanations …

Adani’s Carmichael mine won’t alleviate fuel poverty – it guarantees it

The Carmichael coal mine in Queensland, Australia, had fuelled more than a decade of political debate before it was finally given the go ahead last month.  Adani, an Indian-owned energy company, says the new mine will provide cheap, reliable electricity for millions of people in its home state of Gujarat, and has consistently downplayed concerns raised by environmentalists.  The project, …

Fact Check – Foreign Journalists Restricted to Hotels in Sudan

RESULT: INCONCLUSIVE As the conflict between democracy protesters and the military led government in Sudan escalates, reports have emerged of a crackdown on press freedoms and foreign journalists being prevented from leaving their hotels or even venturing out on to balconies. At the same time, a demonstration of local journalists outside the offices of Al Jazeera was reportedly broken up …

Climate Change Denial Is Hardwired into the System

Ever since there has been climate change science, there has been climate change denial. As far back as 1982, an internal scientific assessment from US energy giant ExxonMobil warned of the “greenhouse effect” produced by burning fossil fuels. Exxon’s scientists predicted global temperature rises and ever-increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels — this month CO2 levels hit 415 parts per million …

Australia’s Rental Crisis Worsens

An annual report from an Australian Charity focussed on housing affordability is making alarming claims about housing insecurty in Australia, especially for those dependent on welfare. The Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot is taken annually, using real estate listings from a single weekend to give a picture of what the housing market looks like to the most vulnerable in society, including …

Reviewing the ‘Mueller Report’

The Best Disinfectant is conducting a topical review of “Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election”, more commonly referred to as the “Mueller Report”. The report, which was released on April 19, 2019, summarizes findings by the Office of the Special Counsel, which was appointed to investigate allegations that Russian nationals and agents of the …