Posted by: Grant | November 17, 2010

Julia Speaks!

Smiles indulgently, and pats the little Greenies on the head.

Julia has, of course, imprisoned “Climate” in The Tower, where it is slowly being poisoned to death.

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Carbon price now or we’ll pay later Julia Gillard
November 17, 2010
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/carbon-price-now-or-well-pay-later-20101116-17vti.html

I have spoken a lot about reform lately – because I believe that’s the job of governments. As it is a word that gets a good workout in politics, it is worth stopping occasionally to think about what it means.

Reform means literally that – a reshaping. A reforming government starts with the proposition that it is possible to reshape the landscape, to look afresh at the way things are done and find a better way. (whether we actually want it or need it)

It is possible to do something for so long that you forget there are other ways to do it. Electricity generation in Australia is a bit like that. Historically, Australia has relied almost entirely on our extensive coal reserves to fulfil our electricity needs.

That has served us for a long time, and it has served us well. (yes our modern properous society is entirely dependant on cheap abundant fossil fuels) Many Australians work in the coal industry, and it is an industry that is not about to vanish. But, just because the dominance of coal has been the status quo, it does not mean it should remain the status quo. (yes it does – there are NO demonstrated viable alternatives – except nuclear)

In fact, the exact opposite is the case: as the climate changes, (there is NO climate change occuring not entirely consistant with well precedented natural variability) it is up to this generation of people and the generations coming up fast behind it to take the action necessary  to tackle climate change (again – there are NO demonstrated viable alternatives – except nuclear) and its potentially (perhaps we should just wait and see first) devastating impacts on the Australian economy.

Australians want action on climate change (no they don’t – look at the polls – half of us don’t even believe it), and that means cutting carbon pollution. And that, inevitably, will involve a gradual shift away from carbon-intensive power generation (all we have to do is invent a viable alternative – start inventing!).

The question is how we do this in the most effective way to ensure costs are minimised. Our electricity sector contributes more than one-third of our national carbon pollution (carbon is not pollution it is essential for all life on the planet). In terms of the electricity Australians use, about 82 per cent of power in the national electricity market is generated from coal. Only 10 per cent comes from natural gas and 8 per cent from renewable sources (wrong you’re talking capacity, not load factor there).

Conventional brown-coal power stations are between three and four times more carbon intensive than the most-efficient natural-gas power stations. Black coal sits in between these two – which is why we have one of the most carbon-intensive electricity sectors in the world (carbon is carbon what difference does it matter what fossil fuel we burn, it all produces carbon dioxide, and coal power stations are already mandated to scrub all the pollutants from their smoke stacks).

If we can change the way the electricity sector operates, we can bring down our levels of carbon pollution, and continue the crucial task of tackling climate change (if we can invent a viable alternative). Putting a price on carbon would do this (what? make power twice as expensive in the vain hope that someone will come up with a viable alternative – yeah right1).

By introducing a price, fuels that produce less carbon pollution become more price competitive. Energy sources such as natural gas, wind and solar become more able to compete with coal. And as the price of producing more carbon pollution goes up, coal-fired power stations will have an incentive to invest in new technologies such as carbon capture and storage (when and if they too are invented – waiting    waiting      waiting).

Right now, Australia’s energy sector is suffering from a lack of certainty (which we have so brilliantly generated ourselves) created by the fact that the Parliament has repeatedly blocked the government’s attempts to introduce a carbon price.

Because it is generally accepted that there will be a carbon price at some point but there is no time frame in place, the energy sector is caught between investing in old technologies it knows are going out of date, and investing in new technologies it does not yet have an incentive to invest in. That dilemma, and the lack of infrastructure investment that accompanies it, is playing a role in pushing up electricity prices.(don’t you think that this is just a little circular. julia – you create the uncertainty and then use it to justify the removing of it?!)

As Rod Sims, chairman of New South Wales’s electricity price regulator, said last week, one of the key drivers of current electricity price rises is ”continuing carbon price uncertainty”.

A carbon price will give industry the certainty it needs to plan ahead. It will allow it to start making investment decisions now so that we can make the transition to a low-carbon economy (when it’s been invented) smoothly, efficiently and in the cheapest possible way.

Continued lack of certainty will see vital investment decisions delayed and money ploughed into costly and wasteful stop-gap options.

As former prime minister John Howard and his then environment minister Malcolm Turnbull know (Johnny was dragged kicking and screaming by Malcolm who later lost the leadership over it), a carbon price is the only prudent answer because it unlocks one of the most powerful forces on earth – the genius of the free market (no it doesn’t, because “Carbon” is not a useful commodity – it is a waste product).

By resetting price signals, we will open the door to a new era of investment and innovation, creating thousands of jobs for Australians in the industries of tomorrow (when scientists actually invent a viable alternative to fossil fuels).

The alternative is very stark. If we continue to do nothing, we will pay a heavy cost – electricity prices will spiral (because of the uncertainty we ourselves created), big investment decisions will remain on hold (because of the uncertainty we created), our power supplies will begin to run short (because of the uncertainty we created), and clean energy jobs (which will be created when and if a demonstrated viable alternative is actually invented) will be lost offshore.

This is a domestic economic reform that is needed to reshape the way the Australian economy works. (just not happy unless you’re reshaping everything, are you comrade?) 

Like the controversial cuts to tariffs and the decision to float the dollar 25 years ago, a carbon price will shift the way things are done (we will double your power bill so scientists will, possibly, be able to invent a demostrated, viable, if not very expensive, alternative, which will be then be adopted by 3 billion poverty stricken people in the rapidly advancing third world instead of their present cheap abundant fossil fuels. Cuckoo,   cuckoo).

Julia Gillard is Prime Minister.

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German Report

NOTRICKSZONE
German Scientist: CO2 Not The Cause of Climate Change – Cold Period Is Anticipated
By P Gosselin on 16. November 2010
http://notrickszone.com/2010/11/16/german-scientist-co2-not-the-cause-of-climate-change-cold-period-is-anticipated/

“The European Institute For Climate and Energy (EIKE) released a paper today written by German physicist Dr. Horst Bochert. The paper reveals a clear relation between solar activity and ocean cycles, and thus act as the main climate drivers. Measured data shows no CO2 impact on climate.

Paper as pdf here… “ (German)

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Yes – Had To Happened – Global Warming Causes Cold Winters

THIS is a true master piece of Spin.

This is the art of Spin Doctoring taken to a new height.

Dr Goebells would be so proud of them!

Read it if you like – you won’t get it.
I’ll explain.
Everything bad is caused by human sinners and everything good is caused by Gaia. Simple.

Colder winters possible due to climate change-study
16 Nov 2010 14:52:16 GMT
Source: Reuters
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LDE6AF1I1.htm

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