Mark Lawson is an independent journalist and author who has written about alternative energy and climate for many years. The bulk of his lengthy career in journalism was spent on the Australian Financial Review.
Hammering out an international agreement on limiting carbon emissions is hard enough, as anyone who has attended the succession of conferences on such a treaty since the Copenhagen meeting in 2009 can testify.
One factor driving energy policies across the world is repeated claims by activists that green energy is gaining substantial market share over its despised fossil fuel competitors.
These claims, made for the likes of the Danish, German, Californian and even Chinese grids, are distorting the energy debate, for they do not stand up to close scrutiny.
The Californian grid is supposedly awash with green electricity, with American newspapers reporting that the state's ambitious green energy target of