Posted by: Grant | July 21, 2014

MH17 Crash Shakes The Globe

images[8]The only comment that needs to be made is that QANTAS and several other airlines noticed that a large military aircraft was shot down over the area by a sophisticated high altitude SAM and immediately changed their route.

The many airlines that did not do that were very lucky to not lose an aircraft themselves instead of the hapless and inept Malaysians.

Russia should not have relied on the international intelligence agencies to issue the obvious warnings.

The reason, however, that I mention this on this blog is that the arrogance of Putin will likely finally destroy the reliance of Europe on Russian gas. The Europeans will  probably now ignore greenies, boost fracking, import LNG, and go back to coal and nuclear.

For a government so good on Climate Change, the aussie Liberals are surprisingly incompetent otherwise. The Russians are no more chauvinist on Ukraine than the Americans are on Cuba. Australian intelligence agencies and DFAT should have been aware of and warned Australians of the SAM threat in the Eastern Ukraine. 

Posted by: Grant | July 20, 2014

Good Signs From Korea

South Korea wants to save itself 39 billion unnecessary dollars.

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REUTERS
S.Korean fin min says planned carbon market flawed, wants delay - paper
Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:33am GMT

http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFL6N0PT3CZ20140718

” …Choi’s comments come a day after Australia’s parliament voted to repeal its carbon tax, which would have evolved into an emissions trading market next July… “

Posted by: Grant | July 17, 2014

UK Resuffle – Good Signs

greenies 216The Greenies at the UK Guardian are dismayed by the recent Cabinet reshuffle – GOOD
Always a good sign when Greenies are not happy!

UK GUARDIAN
UK’s new energy and environment ministers opposed green energy
Matthew Hancock called for cuts to wind power subsidies while Liz Truss claimed renewable power was damaging the economy
Damian Carrington and Fiona Harvey  
theguardian.com, Tuesday 15 July 2014 23.38 AEST http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/15/uk-environment-ministers-opposed-green-energy

“The new set of Conservative environment and energy ministers announced on Tuesday bring a track record of opposing renewable energy, having fought against wind and solar farms, enthusiastically backed fracking and argued that green subsidies damage the economy… ” 

Unlike their US, Canadian, Australian and Indian counterparts, the UK Conservatives have been thoroughly conned. They found themselves following a big-government, socialist cause which brought only costly failure.

” …Mr Deputy Speaker there is no doubt that our Earth is warming and our seas are rising…

WRONG – the Earth was warming but then it stopped – over ten years ago now. There has been no significant increase in the rate of melting of the continental ice caps which began at the end of the last ice age and the temperature rise is well within normal, natural, variability.

” …Or that humankind is the cause… “

WRONG – The temperature and sea level rise we have observed is well within the normal natural variability seen since the last global climatic event – the “Little Ice Age”.

” …That is 2 trillion tonnes of a heat trapping Greenhouse Gas released into our atmosphere at a rate many times faster than the previous 800 thousand years… “

WRONG – Carbon dioxide is, in effect,  a trivial heat trapping gas – if we have released 2 trillion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the 3 trillion tonnes that were already there, we would have already seen some dramatic effects.
We haven’t. 
In the 70 years Since WW2, when fossil fuel burning jumped up almost exponentially, the global temperature, according to the NASA GISS greenies has been a pathetic 0.8C - here.
The GHG effect of carbon dioxide is almost saturated. Adding more and more of it has less and less GHG effect. Global warming theory relies on the trivial GHG effect of carbon dioxide being amplified by a positive feedback in the Earth’s true GHG – water vapour.
That positive feedback effect has failed to materialise. Despite the very significant input of anthropogenic CO2 into the atmosphere, global temperature remains normal.

” …Each of the last three decades has been warmer on average than any other in modern times… “

WRONG – correlation is not causation – we do not know whether or not the earth would have warmed all by itself anyway and, again, there has been no unusual or abnormal warming of the earth despite a very significant increase in anthropogenic CO2 emissions.

” …Sea levels have risen by about 20cm on average over the past century and the rate of increase has been much greater in recent decades…. “

WRONG – Global sea level is impossible to measure (in the short term) without the latest satellite technology (coastlines sometimes descend) which only came into existence very recently and it is nowhere near 20cm. Claims by the UNIPCC  of sea level rise are highly disputed. The insertion of “on average” is clearly to mislead us into thinking there is an annual rise of 20cm when in fact it is 1.7mm per year despite claims of 3.3mm per year. Again, for sea level to be rising we would see a significant melting of the Antarctic and Greenland icecaps, the Arctic ice cap, floating ice, does not contribute. Even 33cm (1ft.) in 100 yrs. is trivial. We are adapted to that.

Sorry Bill, but I agree with the Prime Minister – it IS “absolute crap”

See “Greenhouse Bullcrap Fundamentals”http://greenhousebullcrap.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/greenhouse-bullcrap-fundamentals/ – for detailed references in support of my above comments.

Posted by: Grant | July 15, 2014

Rassmussen Poll

 

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” …Voters strongly believe the debate about global warming is not over yet and reject the decision by some news organizations to ban comments from those who deny that global warming is a problem.

Only 20% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the scientific debate about global warming is over, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Sixty-three percent (63%) disagree and say the debate about global warming is not over. Seventeen percent (17%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters think there is still significant disagreement within the scientific community over global warming, while 35% believe scientists generally agree on the subject.

The BBC has announced a new policy banning comments from those who deny global warming, a policy already practiced by the Los Angeles Times and several other media organizations.  But 60% of voters oppose the decision by some news organizations to ban global warming skeptics. Only 19% favor such a ban, while slightly more (21%) are undecided.

But then 42% believe the media already makes global warming appear to be worse than it really is. Twenty percent (20%) say the media makes global warming appear better than it really is, while 22% say they present an accurate picture. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure… “

 

Posted by: Grant | July 12, 2014

Heartland Conference

imagesThe rightist Heartland Institute puts on an annual conference and presents a huge volume of science every year.

As if it matters.

“Climate Change” is a purely political artifact.
It cannot be science by definition.
Science can be questioned, argued and debated – Climate Change will brook no denial.
Science can be overturned by a single individual with well documented, reproducible evidence, consensus does not determine science - Climate Change relies on consensus.

The Heartland Conference will not be covered by the mainstream media. The science it raises will not be mentioned let alone discussed and the public are bored with it all now anyway.

If you want to find a huge volume of the counter arguments to the “settled science” – here is the linkhttp://heartland.org/ (lots of video)

Posted by: Grant | July 3, 2014

Aussie PM Attacks RET

The Carbon Tax will now be dispatched. The expensive mandatory RET (Renewable Energy Target) is next in the sights of the not-quite-so-new Aussie Government.

The best thing they are doing is cutting off the money flow. Only vested interests and the inner city trendies are driving the issue at present – the public don’t care. They don’t care to pay that much to be green.

The “powers-that-be” feel  betrayed by promises of “alternatives” which were not ready, simply did not produce base-load power, and only succeeded in disrupting and destroying the efficiency and efficacy of the existing cheap mass energy generation and distribution systems. 

AbbotSBS
Source  AAP 
1 Jul 2014 – 9:20am
RET a serious threat to industry: Abbott
The government is reviewing the renewable energy target, a scheme Mr Abbott has blamed for rising power prices and harming Australian industries. http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/07/01/ret-serious-threat-industry-abbott

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Tony Abbott’s carbon war shifts to renewables   MacroBusiness http://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2014/07/tony-abbotts-carbon-war-shifts-to-renewables/

Like I said, the RET can be rendered harmless by simply not mandating it anymore. It then becomes just an aspirational target like the rest of “Climate Change” - and world peace.

 

Posted by: Grant | June 28, 2014

Lame Duck Issue

pewhttp://www.people-press.org/2014/06/26/section-7-global-warming-environment-and-energy/

This Poll may be interpreted in various ways, BUT it does prove that the American public now do not see it as science nor as the environment but as a purely political issue.

Posted by: Grant | June 26, 2014

Al Gore Pops Up In OZ

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The balance of power in the new Aussie Senate is largely held by a populist group called the Palmer United Party which is owned by a billionaire who was jilted by the present Coalition Government.

Al was on his way down under anyway and was sucked into a sensational news conference which could have been labelled RABID GREENIE MEETS COAL BILLIONAIRE.

Al Gore joins Clive Palmer to back emissions trading scheme for Australia – 25-06-2014 http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2014/s4033228.htm

” …AL GORE, FORMER US VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Clive. I want to thank Clive Palmer for the statements he’s just made, for his kind words; personally, want to acknowledge Senator-elect Glenn Lazarus, and I’d like to make just a few comments about what you’ve just heard and about this extraordinary moment in which Australia, the US and the rest of the world is finally beginning to confront the climate crisis in a meaningful way. … All of these developments add up to the world moving to solve the climate crisis. And that is why it is so significant that Clive Palmer has announced that his party will support the continuation of the Renewable Energy Target and the continuation of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the continuation of the Climate Change Authority and that he has announced as well that he and his party will fight to re-implement an ETS under the conditions that he has described to you…. “

Al looks a little bit wary.

He should have been!

Clive was using him and he fell for it. Clive has not changed his posture that it is a global problem that needs a global solution. He is now just mimicking the Government tactics of reassuring greenies but doing very little, except defunding it all.

Clive was committed to repeal the Carbon Tax. Clive has a $4.7 million p.a. carbon tax bill - now – gets worse. Gets worse for everyone!

As for Al thinking Clive will….

“…support the continuation of the Renewable Energy Target”
This is a negoitating position. The RET is not up for debate yet. When power prices do not drop significantly, attention will be inevitably focused on the RET problem. The RET can be neutered by simply making it voluntary, not mandatory.

“…and the continuation of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Whether this body exists or not, the process of dismantling and emasculating it is well under way.

“…and the continuation of the Climate Change Authority
Whether this body exists or not, the process of dismantling and emasculating it is well under way.

” …and that he has announced as well that he and his party will fight to re-implement an ETS under the conditions that he has described to you.
This is not conditional on repeal of the Carbon Tax, but it IS conditional on the “magor trading partners” joining in, which is of course NOT going to happen.
Nobody would be happier than Tony Abbott to see his “Direct Action Plan” rejected and replaced by an ETS which is conditional on the rest of the world joining in.

Posted by: Grant | June 25, 2014

Go Home Greenies. Not Welcome In India

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10917731/India-targets-Prince-Charles-aide-in-war-on-Greenpeace.html

indiaFinger …The Indian government last week banned direct foreign funding of local campaign groups, after a report by its Intelligence Bureau warned that organisations funded by Greenpeace and other international institutions were growing throughout the country and “spawning” mass movements which now pose a “significant threat to national economic security.”

The decision was revealed after the Indian government indicated it was ready to further exploit its large coal reserves and asserted its right to increase carbon emissions for economic development. Prakash Javadekar, the environment minister, said India had a “right to grow” and that it could not address climate change until it had eradicated poverty…. “

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