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My book is at the publisher’s and I am able to relax after a career dealing with energy technologies as a chemical engineer and science teacher.

I feel duty bound to tell the theories of my alternative paradigm before public policy disasters occur. I do not accept that it is too late or disloyal to criticize authorities who are responsible.

Animal Farm 2 has three major themes: animal liberation, totalitarianism and climate change. Meat eating is pilloried as speciesism and hypocrisy. The book is more concerned with animal welfare than achieving the sanctity of vegan diets.

The focus on totalitarianism takes the baton from George Orwell’s, relating World events since Stalin’s death as continuation of dictatorships, tyranny, oppression and fear. These have continued on a fictitious island called Caruba and elsewhere, into modern times.

My story satirizes climate science. It morphs into the emissions control space a new radical climate science paradigm, killing several sacred cows. It refocusses concern for global warming on to heat emissions and consumption of all energy.

The concern of the book is to draw attention to ideas in the climate science space that are satirized by portraying farm animals considering them, seriously with good humour.

I am speaking out because there are climate delusions and conspiracies that don’t make good sense to be exposed. I haven’t speculated on existence of evil puppeteers pulling the strings to keep the Middle East in turmoil, nor on cabals of scientists trying to destroy the coal, oil and tar sands industries. My concern is arbitrary relation of false climate theories to energy technologies, as climate alarmism and restriction of emissions.

The book isn’t intended to be the last word on anything, with the new climate science paradigm as a philosophically sound scientific rework of climate control arts.

I expect the book to be published by June 2021. Pre-orders can be made online at through my website or on Amazon and other bookstores. Pre-releases will be available. 

Short of Love

Short of Love is a satirical fiction novel telling of Tom’s loves and career from school, university, oilfield engineering to Chief Executive Officer of an international oil company. He falls for Vicki in an agonising love story when he is studying hard and tries to put her off until later, like in a commodity short. They are brought together in an African country and oppose famine and exploitation. It is a fast-moving page-turning love story from the Beatles era to recent times.


Dairy farmers get a price for milk that is held down by oligopsony, agreement between a small number of buyers for their product. For stability of supply, the price has to recompense investment.  Oil exporting countries get a price for oil that is held down by oligopsony, agreement between major oil importing companies. For stability of supply, the price has to recompense investment and also anticipate the depletion of petroleum resources with oil supply running out. For example, a higher price could be demanded to fund diversification into agriculture. Oil has varied per barrel between $20 in 1997, $160 in 2008, and $60 today.

Is the ethical position of companies buying oil different from supermarkets buying milk? Who will provide for oil exporters to transition away from oil when it runs out?

Novel ‘$hort of Love’ is about love set in the international oil industry, with some relationship and oil supply dilemmas considered in a satirical commodity framework.


Let’s have petrol of our own.

African children queue for food
Exploration drilling for oil offshore in the Great Australian Bight has been opposed by activists. Australia imports 80% of its crude oil from SE Asia (49%), Africa (24%), Middle East (17%) and others (10%). Import of oil from developing countries depletes their resources and can destabilise government and development. The fiction novel $hort of Love by Martin Knox illustrates horrific ethical dilemmas of importing oil from a developing country suffering famine. After you read this story, you are likely to reduce your petrol consumption or alternatively want drilling in The Bight.
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