As the Pacific Islands Forum kicks off in Palau I hope our Pacific neighbours understand that Warren Truss and Brett Mason do not speak for all Australians when they outline our government's response to climate change.
Doomsday predictions of civilization having to survive without electricity, or planes being grounded, are one thing, but petroleum is a heavy component of many more industries than that.
All consumers should be free to use solar energy in their own way at their own cost.
The evidence continues to mount that carbon dioxide is not, after all, the control knob of the planet's temperature.
This technology has changed the way we think about the Permian Basin, once the darling of American oil production and then lost in the shadow of Eagle Ford and Bakken.
The decision to reject this delisting proposal has itself set an unfortunate precedent for Australia that it is now OK for politics, personal agendas, and nepotism to override science and due process.
In the USA, similar protest tactics have led to charges of copyright infringement, trademark infringement, trademark dilution, unfair competition, false advertising and cyber-squatting.
Climate scientists can't do it all. Their principal responsibility is to point out what is happening in the climate system. Only secondarily do they tend to involve themselves in prescriptions.
Given that they have had virtually a monopoly of the mass media, the government and the scientific academies, doesn't that point to a fundamental problem with the 'climate change' message?
The coal industry has achieved stunning growth in the last decade, largely due to increased demand in China. But big changes in China's economy and its policies are expected to put an end to coal's big boom.
Within a fairly short space of time, solar generated electricity will be fully cost competitive with coal-powered electricity.
In the name of cutting 'green tape', the states let departments of mines handle the approvals. Green tape is replaced with a rubber stamp.