The next cathartic event coming up for Australia is war with China. We can win that war if we want to. But we have to decide to win that war. China’s GDP is only ten times that of Australia.
Their population is fixty-six times larger than ours. That big population is a weakness, not a strength. It makes them far more unstable than if they had a population one third that size. China can’t feed themselves at the moment through their own efforts. They will have to import far more food as the climate cools.
For many decades tiny Israel was able to fight off Arab forces that were backed with a population one hundred times larger than Israel’s. And the evolution of electronics has favoured the defence, which is what we will be doing.
If the Chicoms spend $200 million on building a ship, we only have to spend $5 million on missiles to sink that ship. After all, nobody on the side of the angels in this battle wants to set foot in China.
To take over the world, the Chicoms have to build a lot of ships. And to stop them, all we have to do is sink those ships. And sinking ships at great distances has become a lot easier over the last couple of decades with the evolution of processing power in electronics.
But it would help if we had the right weapons. The air force is buying F-35s for our air defence. Much has been written about the deficiencies of the F-35. I have contributed a book to the literature about the sheer wretchedness of the F-35.
Suffice it to say that the last US Secretary of Defense, Christopher Miller, said in a press conference in January that the F-35 is “a piece of shit”.
Let that sink in for a moment. The then head of the US military, only last month, said that the F-35 is “a piece of shit”. No doubt Mr Miller has been reading reports that the rest of us don’t get to read. We can take Mr Miller’s opinion as gospel. He will not be getting a seat on the board of Lockheed Martin, as a former commander of the US Marine Corps recently did.
The F-35 is truly a dog of an aircraft. Without proper fighter aircraft, we are effectively defenceless. The solution to that problem, the most cost-effective solution, is to make the Gripen fighter in Australia.
It is a similar story with our submarines. One of the few correct decisions Tony Abbott made as prime minister was to go for the Japanese submarines, the best conventional submarines on the planet. Turnbull, being a narcissist and all-round Australia-hater, felt compelled to destroy Abbott’s legacy and so he cancelled the Japanese submarines and opted for French vapourware at great expense. It is time to ditch the French submarines and revert to getting the Japanese ones.
There are many things we could do, and should do, but in the end China’s war may be “come as you are”. One thing we could do in a hurry would be to build a decent fuel stockpile in this country. A stockpile of at least 200 million barrels of diesel and jet fuel. But our idiotic government is hell bent on wasting money on all sort of idiotic schemes and is spending nothing on the things that matter.
They are wasting some $400 million on the black hole that is the hydrogen economy, for example. It is true that we should prepare for the time when all the coal and gas and oil have run out. But the only technology that can sustain our current standard of living is the right form of nuclear technology.
If we rely upon renewables, it will be a future of horse-drawn carts and civilizational collapse. Because solar panels are made in China using power costing four cents per kilowatt hour. Under ideal conditions in the Australian desert, those solar panels produce power costing twenty cents per kilowatt hour. If you tried to make solar panels with power produced by solar panels, the cost would be infinite.
The fact that we have solar panels littering our suburbs and the countryside is an artefact of cheap Chinese coal-based power. Nothing else. Solar panels are neither renewable nor sustainable. Wind turbines are the same. They are a false path for civilisation. A false path that leads to a dead end, a path chosen by idiots.
When China’s coal runs out, there will be no more solar panels from China. One day China’s coal will run out, our coal will run out some time after that.
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