Locks and Chains, Hobbles and Handcuffs

“This Lockdown Depression is giving us a taste of ‘Zero Emissions’. It is a bitter taste. It leads to unemployment and poverty with no proven benefits for nature or the climate.”
– Viv Forbes

Locks and Chains, Hobbles and Handcuffs

Net Zero – Like Lockdown but Permanent
Viv Forbes

The Lockdown Depression is rushing towards us. Many in politics, media and industry are digging the hole deeper, some through panic and ignorance, others cynically pushing anti-industry agendas or serving vested interests.

We will never rebuild our industries and jobs with locks, chains, hobbles, handcuffs or handouts. We need to recognise the realities of history, geography, geology and economics.

Australia is a huge dry continent with an empty heart – over 70% is desert, indigenous land or national parks. Outback mines provide some income and employment but a huge area does little to employ, feed or clothe Australians. Too much land is a haven for weeds, pests and bushfires, a no-go zone for water conservation or mineral exploration, and a magnet for over-populated neighbours.

The foundations for today’s Australia were built by aboriginals, explorers, miners, farmers and foresters. The first European explorers marvelled at the vast grasslands and open forests which were created and maintained by frequent aboriginal fires. Then prospectors, miners, drovers and settlers blazed the first wagon tracks and droving trails. Foresters followed to harvest timber thus clearing land for small farms in fertile coastal areas. The mighty Cobb and Co had a policy to “Follow the Gold” and their coach tracks became roads, and their supply stations became towns. The overland telegraph crossed the continent and railways and road trains replaced horse-powered coaches, camel trains and bullock wagons.

Mines built towns and roads everywhere – Mt Isa, Cloncurry, Cooktown, Charters Towers, Mungana, Mount Morgan, Collinsville, Newlands, Moranbah, Dysart, Blair Athol, Blackwater, Anakie, Sapphire, Callide, Ipswich, Stanthorpe, Stannum, Broken Hill, Silverton, Cobar, Newcastle, Yallourn, Wonthaggi, Clunes, Ballarat, Bendigo, Renison, Mt Lyell, Roseberry, Whyalla, Port Pirie, Leigh Creek, Lightning Ridge, Moonta, Coober Pedy, Olympic Dam, Kalgoorlie, Coolgardie, Collie, Laverton, Leonora, Marble Bar, Argyle, Dampier, Port Hedland, Halls Creek, Rum Jungle, Pine Creek, Tennant Creek, Groote Eylandt, Weipa and many more. The taxes paid by mines and their employees supported an ever-growing government/welfare sector and their profits funded smelters, refineries and fabricators processing iron and steel, copper, lead, zinc and aluminium.

Our farmers and graziers fed the miners and the rest of the country.

These backbone industries have always carried Australia through wars, droughts, depressions and epidemics. When gold bottomed, wool boomed. Then wheat, beef, mutton, cotton, sugar and rice buffered the cycles in base metal prices; then iron and coal became our backstop industries.

But these work-horses are now heavily handicapped by locked gates and no-go zones, green hobbles, inadequate education in engineering and science, expensive electricity, excessive taxes, and export tariffs, barriers and red tape. Government handouts will create nothing but debt and dependency. Our real industries could pull us out of the looming Lockdown Depression but they must be set free to do it.


The first step is to break the Green manacles on Australia’s backbone industries – exploration, mining and agriculture. Mineral deposits are where you find them – their discovery and development cannot be planned by some bureaucratic model. And it is a scandal that a mining project can take ten years or forever to get through the bloated bureaucracy. Agriculture needs water, so build more dams. And stop prosecuting and fining farmers and graziers for managing their own land and vegetation – this neglect and oppression is sowing the seeds of rural revolt. Kyoto must be unwound.

Secondly, people hesitate to develop businesses or improve assets on insecure title. Governments should quickly offer all leasehold and indigenous land-owners individual freehold title to their lands on attractive terms. Then abolish the capitals gains tax so that aging owners are encouraged to sell to new owners who will immediately start thinking of productive capital improvements.

Thirdly, convert half of the land frozen in National Parks and reserves to freehold forestry, grazing or nature tourism. Locking up so much land for weeds, pests and bushfires is criminal waste.

Fourthly, industry needs low cost reliable power. We must ensure that EVERY electricity generator who connects to the grid can supply reliable 24/7 power using their own backup facilities or via firm contracts.

Finally, abandon the Zero Emissions farce. Bullock-drawn wagons, camel trains and horse teams may achieve the zero emissions dream but they will not keep our cities fed – there are no electric tractors, dozers or road trains.

This Lockdown Depression is giving us a taste of “Zero Emissions”. It is a bitter taste. It leads to unemployment and poverty with no proven benefits for nature or the climate.

“Net Zero – Like Lockdown but Permanent”
Viv Forbes
19 May 2020
Viv Forbes is a geologist, financial analyst and weather watcher with long experience in Australian rural and mining industries.

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6 thoughts on “Locks and Chains, Hobbles and Handcuffs”

  1. The road to Zion the traitorous politicians and Billionaires have us on is the same road the Marxist Cabal had the people in the USSR – the Communist Utopia that promised fairness and freedom but after upending the existing order quickly ended in slave labour camps and mass starvation and torture.
    History is repeating – only on a global scale.
    You can insult a mans god, homosexual drag queens can read stories to children, black migrants can openly say they will rape white women without rebuke but there is one thing that can never be done and that is to criticise the Jew.
    A lie is a lie and truth fears no examination.

  2. If I were a dictator, there would be a law against economic sabotage by environmental activists and trade unions.

  3. well said Viv!
    yup and Andrews in Vic just announced another wastage f 15.6mil toward solar scams at the same time AEMCO is planning to be able to turn OFFF all rooftop soal to save the grid from bounce n crashes!
    you couldnt make this crap up!
    but then hes also busy finalising his sellout to china on OBOR deals he did without ANY notice to the Vic public at all
    and you can bet the pv and the free water heaters theyre handing out will ALL be chinese made as well
    yeah free HWS but then the install costs?500$ plus 100 for lukewarm heat controller so theyre not so free anymore and the installers are ripping everyone off 7 ways to sunday!
    a normal OLD style hws without heat exchanger 250ltr costs me 4$ a week tops to run off peak
    the new ones peoplehad installed by this same con last yr have broken down already and are only 125 or so litres
    Im far west Vic so things here are close to normal anyway, good rains so far and crops in animals getting fat on new feed;-) sheep rustling happening too.
    lets halt all visa n backpackers and get the kids in useless tourism fluff back to a REAL job for life.

  4. Thanks for the interesting article!

    I’ve never been to Australia… but I HAVE spent a number of years living in extreme poverty (to the point of having serious hunger problems for a few weeks at a time; both when I was pregnant and when my son was little). That was followed by several years of severe food insecurity (i.e., literally not knowing if I would be able to feed myself and my son the next week).

    I’ve also been “homeless” with a baby in tow (OK, ended up living in a 5′ x 5′ tent, but I considered that “home” and was grateful I had a friend who let me pitch the tent out in their woods)… so, an economic collapse is my worst fear.

    I lived for years in places where I had to use public transportation because I could not afford a car…. didn’t enjoy that at all (I am NOT a “city person”) … and I’ve also lived without a car in the country where I had to walk or ride my bike or hitchhike as the only way to get around. OK, but impossible for me now with mobility disability… and I consider my vehicle my main “mobility device”.

    I’ve also lived in a cold climate with a storm taking out power for weeks at a time… not fun, but survivable for a limited time if you know how and are prepared. I also lived in a hot humid place and was in a hurricane that took the power out for a few weeks, that was actually quite peaceful after the storm (but then, I picked a place further away from the coast so it wasn’t like Katrina!).

    Now I’m retired and moved to a hot but dry climate (I had problems with humidity overall). I personally have a lot easier time going without AC even during an extended heat spell… than without heat during winter storms.

    Good luck to you all (and to my country as well) figuring out how to survive the aftermath of this lock down.

    • The aftermath of this lockdown will continue to be this new normal for many, many decades to come during:
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      We did get to live in a more than semi-sweet-spot of geographic, geological/astrophysical, high comfort and wealth history – maybe the actual Darwin Award winners of this interglacial period. The proles being born today and in future will think the new vegan high-tech, high surveillance, rapid depopulation, incoming Ice Age-nda 21/2030, Things to Come, BNW/1984/Blade Runner, Soylent Green, They Live world as their sweet spot in history. The history that there were ever people who lived like we did at the end of the 20th century will be erased from the proles allowed information. We got to live in interesting times and at least “got” to see the start of: The Age of Transitions – the tears in the rain are for the 7 billion being eugenically culled in real time, right here, right now. Dead Poets are always whispering, “Seize the day, seize the day Jeanie”. The New Atlantis will be something to behold someday if you’re lucky enough to be an Alpha. I’m glad we were warm to the bone and made of “real” meat. Cheers.

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