Posted by: Grant | February 21, 2017

Australia Faces An Energy Catastrophe

From a main aussie morning breakfast show – https://youtu.be/Nx3wXe0FAa0
This is what happens when you listen to greenies and not engineers.

Posted by: Grant | February 17, 2017

Climate, Disease & Big Green

Climate Change is a very long way in the future and its effects are pure speculation, especially its effects on disease, so it is no surprise then that a 3-day Junket by the CDC (C. for Disease Control) to discuss the need for large amounts of public money to be spent on researching speculative health problems was cancelled by the Trump administration and quickly revived by Al Gore and the multi-billion dollar Sierra Club.

These Al Jazerra English greenies are here having a spectacular hissy fit over the cancellation but only succeed in raising the mortal enemy of Climate Change – doubt – doubt in the mind of the public. https://youtu.be/II8eK8ywkfE  

He notes – The new head of the US EPA has a history of suing the agency over Climate Change and has referred to it as a spiritual belief (may have been reading this blog – perhaps).

Also, a native American Tribe has been given $48 million because their land has been reclaimed by the sea!!!

The Al Jazerra greenie then concludes with…
“…it will be a very hard four years for people who believe in man-made climate change.”so it is a spiritual belief after all then Andy?!

Sorry, I cut out the rant by the Sierra Club greenie. The Sierra Club is as far from science as you can get – google “Sierra Club George Soros” “In 2002, the Sierra Club reported $23,619,830 in revenues, and disclosed $107,733,974 worth of assets to the IRS. Among its financial supporters are the Bauman Family Foundation; the Beldon Fund; the Compton Foundation; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; the Ford Foundation; the Scherman Foundation; the Bullitt Foundation, the Energy Foundation, the Foundation for Deep Ecology, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Blue Moon Fund; the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; the J.M. Kaplan Fund, Pew Charitable Trusts, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Turner Foundation, and, of course, George Soros.”

Posted by: Grant | February 12, 2017

Michael Mann Pops Up In Oz Heatwave.

capture-1Micheal Mann has turned himself into professional victim and gone on the talk circuit.

Now, while his fellow Americans are saying “yeah I got 30 inches of global warming in my yard” he is probably not going to sell many tickets for a doomsday warming, so with exquisite timing he pops up in the middle of an Australian heatwave – ca-ching!

You will listen in vain on the AUS ABC to hear specifically why he was attacked. You can google “hockey stick graph” and find out the whole sordid story.

He published a graph which was featured prominently by the UN IPCC in a Climate Change Report.

He converted tree rings into a graph of global temperature which showed that all other accepted temperature proxies and historical records were wrong, there was no medieval warm period or little ice age, and he then used a very creative flourish to add actual recorded temperature measurements onto the end of his tree ring graph results which then showed a sudden upswing in global temperature (like an ice hockey stick). Some outraged scientists got hold of his paper and found that he had calculated his tree ring temperature results in such a way that it would always produce the same result no matter what data was put in and that’s when the politicians got involved.

Now as far as leftists are concerned all he did was publish a graph which “illustrated” global warming and as such he “illustrated” what “all scientists” agree with. It doesn’t matter if the science he used was valid or not. He was just “illustrating” what was true and as such it was perfectly acceptable.

To claim he is a victim of “deniers” and vile abuse just simply begs the question – why?

I am reminded of the Christian analogy with doubting Thomas the Saint who had the temerity to question the resurrection – “29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:24-29.

Blessed are those who have not seen proof of Climate Change and yet have believed! Of course. Here is me thinking it was all science and could be questioned and debated. Silly me.

We now live in an era of “alternative facts” and faith-based science. 

Posted by: Grant | February 9, 2017

BLACKOUT – again!

See the greenie squirm – squirm greenie squirm
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill blames everybody but himself for not providing adequate baseload power for his State.

Adelaide back in dark ages amid heatwave
The Australian12:00AM February 9, 2017
MEREDITH BOOTH
ReporterAdelaide
@MeredithBooth
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/adelaide-back-in-dark-ages-amid-heatwave/news-story/951aa46023ce82f30582d1f79660af89

South Australia was plunged into a new power crisis last night when more than 40,000 homes across Adelaide had their electricity cut in heatwave conditions as distributor SA Power Networks imposed load-shedding on the city…

Last night’s blackouts were the latest in a series of outages over five months that have cost businesses millions of dollars and infuriated South Australians.

Liberal frontbencher Simon Birmingham, a South Australia senator, said it was further proof that the Weatherill Labor government “can’t keep the lights on” since last September’s statewide blackout.

“It’s a chronic failing that can only hurt investment confidence in the state,” Senator Birmingham told Adelaide’s The Advertiser last night.

“It’s a demonstration that ad-hoc state-based renewable energy targets have gone too far — when reliability can’t be maintained on a day the likes of which South Australia faces ­numerous times every single ­summer.”

Greenies should be smiled at indulgently, patted on the head, but NEVER be taken seriously.

Posted by: Grant | February 1, 2017

Electricity Bill Shorten Backpedals

– a little – Seems it’s not selling so well anymore Bill? – Don’t tell me.

Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten at the National Press Club in Canberra today.
The Australian 3:57PM January 31, 2017
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/bill-shorten-press-club-address-labor-leader-outlines-jobs-plan/news-story/21f1c5a884abc9375245e96555271278

electricity-bill-shorten‘Jobs in renewables’

Mr Shorten believes there are many blue collar jobs in wind and solar but he may be backing away from his strong renewable energy target. The Labor leader says a “proper renewable energy policy” will create jobs for Australians.

“There are real jobs, not just jobs for the scientists, but jobs for blue collar workers, jobs for engineers, jobs for designers.”

But although he was specifically questioned on the cost of Labor’s target to have half Australia’s energy generated from renewables by 2030 — more than double the government’s 2020 target — he would not say the 50 per cent figure.

“Let’s have a look at the opportunity cost of not acting on climate change: more drought, more … negative impact on our tourism industries, more extreme weather events,” he said.

“If we don’t take action on renewable energy, the costs will increase anyway, so let’s … not compare one proposition with a vacuum, because it’s not going to be a vacuum if we do nothing.”

Droughts are normal Bill, waiting, waiting, waiting.
The negative effect on tourism is climate alarmism, Bill.
Punters are ready take a chance on the weather Bill – their power bills have doubled!

Posted by: Grant | January 28, 2017

Alternative Facts – Electricity

FACT – A modern coal fired power station is a masterpiece of 100 years of mechanical engineering. It is the most thermally efficient fuel burning machine on the planet.
Located well outside the city it serves, it sends cheap power down a single corridor and captures tonnes of sulphuric acid, fly ash and all other pollutants from its furnaces and emits only harmless carbon dioxide, water vapour and warm water into the environment.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – Coal fired power stations are outdated, dirty and polluting.

powerFACT – Our power bills started to “necessarily skyrocket” when the leftist/liberals adopted Climate Change as a cause célèbre and started to mandate “renewable power”. Our power bills more than doubled to try to make “renewables” more viable.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – The RET (Renewable Energy Target) and the Carbon Tax are only a small portion of our power bills, high power bills are caused by network costs – “gold plated poles and wires”.

FACT – “Renewable” power generators cannot provide baseload power because there is no practical energy storage system for them.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – “Renewable” power generators just need development of technology to become a real alternative for the gigawatts of power we consume daily. We can invent anything we need.

FACT – Mandating preference for “Renewable” power generation forces existing power stations to idle on standby and destroys their efficacy and efficiency and thus hugely increases the cost of their power.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – “Renewable” power generation is now cheaper than coal and it can freely compete with coal.

FACT – Nuclear Power is the only demonstrated viable alternative to fossil fuel generators. Four major accidents in 60 years, including a worst case scenario at Chernobyl, have proven it safe and effective. France has run on Nuclear Power for 50 years with no problems.
The explosion of tonnes of high level radiation into the environment at Chernobyl has had no discernible, measurable, negative effects. People have also lived on happily unaffected in the Fukushima zone.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – Nuclear Power is dangerous and the storage of high level waste is a big problem.

FACT – Hydro electricity is very useful for supplementing base load power and it provides cheap clean renewable energy for many decades. It submerges a very small area of land but it is limited in scale by the number suitable dam sites in most countries.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – Hydro is evil because it blocks rivers, inundates land, stops greenies in kayaks and affects some wild life.

FACT – Over 1 million houses have solar panels. These produce power in the middle of the day when it is not needed and all the people who live in apartments have to pay for the power the panels put back into the grid when it is not needed. Most of the houses only have a few panels which go nowhere near their power needs. In total, despite a huge cost, these millions of panels now contribute less than 1% of the volume of electricity that we need in our homes.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – Over 1 million homes have solar panels which now contribute 9% of our generating capacity.

FACT – Lithium batteries such as the Tesla are not needed to store solar power for homes. Lead acid deep cycle batteries are better developed and cheaper – but still ridiculously expense.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – Lithium batteries will solve the energy storage problem for rooftop P.V. when the price comes down. We can just invent anything we need to these days.

FACT – Turning around the world’s fossil-fuel-based energy system is a truly gargantuan task. That system now has an annual throughput of more than 7 billion metric tons of hard coal and lignite and more than 3 trillion cubic meters of natural gas. This adds up to more than 14 trillion watts of power. And its infrastructure – coal mines, oil and gas fields, refineries, pipelines, trains, ships, power plants, transformers, transmission and distribution lines, constitutes the costliest and most extensive set of installations, networks, and machines that the world has ever built, one that has taken generations and tens of trillions of dollars to put in place. It is the work of generations of engineers.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – It is possible to displace this supersystem in a decade or two. Replacing it with a more complex system by inventing solutions to the as yet unsolved issues of the new technology.

FACT – Solar and wind power is very diffuse and dispersed. The shear weight and volume of the generators becomes a severe environmental problem as they are scaled up to provide our large scale power needs. The amount of metal, plastics and oil and energy they consume is astronomical and they need constant care and maintenance.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – Once they are erected “renewables” generate free power.

FACT – Sadly, Solar and Wind is now big business. It employs thousands of people and is worth may billions per year. Never has so much been spent on so many for so little result. This huge industry was created by leftists to protect their save-da-planet ideology. No matter how useless and disappointing, it is difficult for such a large industry to be dismantled, they all vote.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – Solar and Wind are a big success, producing valuable infrastructure, and will employ more and more people.

Posted by: Grant | January 24, 2017

Alternative Facts From The Left/Liberals

For the sake of balance here are some pre-existing “Alternative Facts” from the leftist/liberals side of politics:-

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FACT – Climate Change is a spiritual belief – a prophesy of doom with devoted acolytes.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – Climate Change is science and science can be decided by consensus and popular vote.

FACT – Climate Change proponents are generally leftist/liberals and opponents are generally rightist/conservatives.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – Climate Change is put forward by concerned scientists with no political or economic agenda.

FACT – all green plants on earth and ocean are hungry for the gas carbon dioxide and absorb it greedily along with more sunlight and water in photosynthesis. The biosphere has always prospered with previous high carbon levels.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – the biosphere is unable to absorb, harmlessly or even beneficially, the output from burning fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are not natural, therefore bad.

FACT – water vapour is the Earth’s GHG. It is thousands of times more powerful than carbon dioxide.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – That carbon dioxide is the main global greenhouse gas.

FACT – even doubled, Carbon dioxide is a trivial GHG.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – That a human-caused perturbation in global temperature is different to all other perturbations in global temperature in that it alone will somehow cause global humidity to rise dangerously with a “greenhouse” effect.

FACT – The global temperature is not static – it constantly varies all by itself.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – That the global temperature is otherwise stable, therefore if it does warm it must be human-caused. The Earth is perfect and static and anything bad must be human-caused and anything human caused must be bad.

FACT – heat from the Sun and the Earth’s interior is buffered by the oceans and radiated back to space at the poles via gigantic, hugely complex, self-regulating, convective systems on a very long time scale. Heating the Earth with more CO2 is like trying to heat your bathwater with a fan heater.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – That our global temperature is a real-time function of atmospheric “greenhouse” radiation effects.

FACT – global warming would have good effects and bad effects and the good effects could greatly compensate for the bad effects. We do not know.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – That a slight warming will be all disastrous. The Earth is perfect and stable and humans must always be causing a problem.

FACT – how and when an increase in global temperature would affect a particular climate is just not predictable and not necessarily bad.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – that warming will change all climate badly.

FACT – we haven’t been accurately recording global temperature or global meteorology long enough to establish a connection between warming and extreme weather.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – the Causing-all-the-bad-weather theory – Climate Change is here and now.

FACT – There is no causal connection between storms and Global Warming – they just made that up as they went along and got away with it because it sounds plausible. Agitating the atmosphere and causing severe drought at the same time is still a work in progress.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – The Causes-all-the-bad-weather-storms theory – that global warming will agitate the atmosphere and cause disastrous storms.

FACT – Sea level rise. For various reasons it would take a very long time for a small rise in the Earth’s GHG effect to melt that much ice – a very, very, long time. Far exceeding the useful lifetime of any affected coastal infrastructure.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – Large puddles will form on kilometre thick ice sheets and seep down to break them up and cause them to “slide off” to accelerate the melting and rapidly drown coastal cities.

FACT – coral atolls rise and fall with the sea level because coral must be submerged at a shallow depth and can grow faster than the icecaps can melt and the waves can wash the coral away.
ALTERNATIVE FACT – Pacific islands are not only threatened by melting icecaps they are already going under!

FACT – there are tens and tens of thousands of large glaciers on Earth. Nobody has ever made a representative study of them and such a study would have to balance temperature effects with precipitation in the catchment and would rapidly get very complicated!
ALTERNATIVE FACT – Glaciers are melting due to climate change – no other reason.

Posted by: Grant | January 21, 2017

The Climate Changes

The Obama Climate Change page disappeared almost immediately upon Trump’s inauguration.

white-househttp://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/20/the-white-house-websites-page-on-climate-change-just-disappeared.html

~meLet us just hope. Let us just hope that, at last, we will see some objective reporting of the issue in the media instead dismissing the opposing science out of hand because “all scientists agree”. Anyone who can google it quickly realises that all scientists DO NOT agree!
Let us hope that when some greenie pops up in the middle of summer claiming the Globe is warming or that Climate Change is happening now because of what could be a normal natural variation, we will give the opposition some right of reply.

Posted by: Grant | December 27, 2016

The Road Toll – NOT

grantapril2013bThe Australian Road Toll is the hundreds of ordinary people who have lost their jobs, lost their homes, had a family break-up struggled to pay huge fines and finished up in our overcrowded jails.
Then there is the thousands of law enforcement officers denied a proper Xmas holiday so they can be out on the roads harassing us with ever more draconian laws in a futile attempt to reduce the “road toll” to zero.

Our Road Toll was never to high.
Millions of people get into millions of cars and drive around and around on Xmas – it is minor miracle that so few are killed or injured.
Our road toll is 5.4 deaths per hundred thousand people. The global average is 17.4 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_traffic-related_death_rate
N.Z. is 7 per hundred thousand people
USA is 10.6 per hundred thousand people
Europe is 9.3 per hundred thousand people
Canada is 6 per hundred thousand people

It has become very difficult for young people to get a license – more and more are excluded by disadvantage and disability. It is even harder for them to keep it. Many just give up.
It is time for us to question the cost to our society of parliamentary road safety committees and their ever more draconian measures.
We need to set a more realistic goal for the road toll and to wind back the cost to ordinary people of law enforcement and punitive measures.

Posted by: Grant | December 23, 2016

Aussie Conservatives Insult Our Intelligence

Having learned nothing from Brexit and the election of Donald Trump and Pauline Hansen, the Liberal Party Government of Australia have decided to force the battling aussie motorist into burning a perfectly good food crop in their cars as fuel.
The National (Country) Party have done a deal to have E10 or alcohol blend fuel forced onto the public.
The public have ignored them.
So the Government have cynically claimed that regular unleaded petrol is “dirty” because has a high sulphur content and so it must be banned.

The fact that E10 and unleaded premium, which is not banned, is all made from the same so-called high sulphur oil, and we import most of our oil, is conveniently ignored.
The public have noticed they are being manipulated – they are not stupid.

The outrageous hypocrisy of claiming that the socialists are forcing artificial solutions on the electricity market to save-da-planet while they do exactly the same thing to the petrol market is exactly why the voter is deserting them and desperately searching for alternatives at the ballot box.

Given an artificial, mandated, market on a platter, the northern cane farmers, like the southern power generators will be given a license to print money at our expense.

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DECEMBER 21 2016
Australia’s most popular type of petrol – unleaded – could be phased out within two years
Matthew Knott Bevan Shields
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/australias-most-popular-type-of-petrol–unleaded–could-be-phased-out-within-two-years-20161221-gtft1v.html

BTW – an interesting side issue is that the blatantly leftist ABC News department simply ignored this silly season propaganda putsch. No free kicks for the conservatives saving-da-planet!

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