Archive for December, 2010

It’s a new Ice Age !!

December 28, 2010

A very confusing theory

Thank God it has all been explained.

It must be very confusing and increasingly difficult for the warmist faithful to explain away the extraordinary cold we are witnessing everywhere at the moment. We are having yet another surprise cold winter in Europe and the USA, and this one appears to be the coldest in one hundred years. Not that we sceptics have ever thought that one, two three or four swallows make a summer. But we do notice the inane comments from British authorities earlier in the year that children in Britain will grow up never having seen snow.

However, the New York Times is here to reassure the faithful.

It’s all a snow job by nature. The reality is, we’re freezing not in spite of climate change but because of it.

When you think of it, Gaia has done this deliberately, to test the warmists faith.

Most forecasts have failed to predict these colder winters, however, because the primary drivers in their models are the oceans, which have been warming even as winters have grown chillier.

Now that this glitch has been worked out, we can look forward to better, updated computer models giving us more accurate weather forecasts. And I predict, if Dr Rajendra Pachauri remains chairman of the UN body, that post hoc rationalisations like this one are bound to end up as a part of the next rigorous, anecdote free peer reviewed IPCC report.

[Thanks to reader Andrew R]

UPDATE

An excellent summary of recent cold weather in the northern hemisphere has been posted by Andrew Bolt. He also has a link to a claim that Britain’s winter is the coldest since 1683 and close to being the chilliest in nearly 1,000 years. Work that out. It must be that pesky global warming, and to think that the cold kills ten times more people than the heat that the warmists constantly fear.

Christmas book reading

December 15, 2010

Some reading suggestions for the holidays

The Nature of Things, by the first century BC philosopher, Lucretius is a delightful, poetic and contemplative book, ideal for restoring the spirit over Christmas. It is a wonder to behold. Set out in rhyming couplets that capture the spirit of the original, Lucretius was able to effectively flag, one thousand years before the Enlightenment, the importance of disinterested observation in discovering the laws of nature and the nature of Man.

You can get check out some of my other suggestions here, and more ideas for books from from Quadrant Online contributors here.

Green power generates red ink

December 11, 2010

Where are the policy wonks and hard heads?

New efficient wind turbines planned for the Victorian coastline


More on the waste of solar and wind power from the excellent Australian Conservative website.
It is extraordinary that rational politicians and economists cannot see the madness of it all.

More Green waste

December 11, 2010

What freezing weather?


More in the litany of waste, expense, taxes and ineffectual action on climate change from Christopher Booker of the UK Telegraph. We can only pray that Australian doesn’t go further down this destructive road.

Back in Britain we had the latest report of the Climate Change Committee, set up under the Climate Change Act, chaired by Lord (Adair) Turner. This bunch of academics now proposes that Britain should lead the world by cutting its carbon emissions by 60 per cent in the next 20 years. One of the chief ways to do this, says Lord Turner, will be to ensure that there are 11 million electric cars on Britain’s roads by 2030. Quite how 11 million motorists will be persuaded to pay more than £20,000 a time for these vehicles when, for little more than half that, they could buy a Ford Focus, Lord Turner does not say.

The warminists never cease to impress on us how hot the last decade has been, how this summer will be another killer, or how dry winter was going to be. So it is fair to remind them, as Booker does,  that in England, the “last week of November and the first of December was the coldest ever recorded since the measurements began in 1659”. Or that in Scotland, the army was called out because the “country ground to a halt in up to three feet of snow.” Or that at Cancun, where the experts were saving the Earth, “six days running, local temperatures also fell to their lowest, for the date, since records began 100 years ago”.

Doesn’t matter. They don’t take any notice. Lord Stern wants to “raise an extra £15 billion a year in ‘green taxes’” to give to the third world for them to build wind turbines. Read all about this destructive folly.

UPDATE.

Too late it seems.

Gillard is frittering another $599 million to seem green.

Faine and economic ignorance of the Left

December 9, 2010

Water tanks would cost nearly 200 times more…

Jon Faine, spruiking Green policies on the ABC yet again this week, promotes the mandating of rain tanks for Melburnians. This desire of his underlines the economic and mathematical illiteracy of the Left. They can’t do sums, and have no idea of real costs to real people, most of whom can simply not afford the luxuries they indulge in themselves.

From my reckoning [figures from official government websites]:

The average total cost of a 5,000 litre tank is around $3,137.

For a Melbourne population of 4,644,950, there are 1,667,687 households. Therefore, the total price for mandating rain tanks would be approximately $5 billion and they would store a potential 8,330 ML of water.

The dam that Labor has refused to build, the Mitchell Dam, would have had a capacity of 500,000 ML. That is, one dam, costing around $1.5 billion — that is a third of the cost of rain tanks and equivalent to just three years of operation of the $5 billion desal plant — would have stored 62 times more water. This is, dollar for dollar, nearly 200 times more water for the money spent. Or to put it another way, Faine’s planned mandated water tanks, if they were to do what this one dam could do for $1.5 billion, would cost individuals the equivalent of $180 billion.

In addition, the proposed mandated rain water tanks would, in a drought, last an average household — at 155 litres per person — only two or three weeks.   The one extra dam would supply water to Melbourne, at the same rate — for around two years.

Maybe households in Fitzroy can afford this nonsense but it would either hurt the poor, or if subsidized, overwhelm the taxpayer. Either way, it is crazy economics and utterly stupid as a way of waterproofing a city like Melbourne. But do the fanatical greens care at all ?

From Nopenhagen to Yes We Cancun

December 6, 2010

The IPCC and Perma-socialism


A very amusing communication from Christopher Monkton has appeared on What’s Up with That, documenting the stupidity and waste that is the UN Climate Change Conference.

Instead, the Martini Marxists dancing the night away doing the Cancun Can-Can with the 25 pneumatic bunny girls in the newly-opened Playboy Casino on the ocean-front strip in Cancun have decided to copy the bureaucrats of the European Union, whose crafty, crabwise coup d’etat over the last three or four decades has transferred all real political power, little by little, treaty by treaty, to the dismal dictatorship of Brussels.

Read on about how the “enviro zombs’” plan to destroy democracy world wide. If these buggers get purchase, it will be quite depressing, really.

I Love A Sunburnt Country

December 2, 2010

A gentle reminder from Dorothea Mackellar

A big thanks to Dorothea Mackellar for this rigorous historical documentation of climate change, written before any real increases in industrial atmospheric carbon di-oxide, and before our modern, scientific understanding of the Indian Ocean Dipole or the El Nino Southern Oscillation.

It is time that our Prime Minister, the Chief Scientist, ABC presenters — including Tony Jones, Robyn “100 metres” Williams and Jon Faine — and all those other soppy green environmentalists with weak or wishful memories, reread this wonderful poem. I should remind them that the poem was written in 1906, just in case they think it was written about our recent, inexplicable ‘extreme’ weather events caused, according to these fools, by global warming.

The love of field and coppice,
Of green and shaded Lanes,
Of ordered woods and gardens,
Is running in your veins;
Strong love of grey-blue distance,
Brown streams and soft, dim skies -
I know but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of drought and flooding rains,
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel sea,
Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me.

The tragic ring-barked forests
Stark white beneath the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon.
Green tangle of the brushes
Where lithe lianas coil,
An orchids deck the tree-tops
And ferns the crimson soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When sick at heart around us
We see the cattle die -
But then the grey clouds gather
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady, soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the Rainbow Gold,
For flood and fire and famine,
She pays us back threefold;
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze.

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land -
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand -
Though Earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown Country
My homing thoughts will fly.

Chief Scientist Sackett obfuscates

December 1, 2010

A true bureaucratic

It is difficult to imagine how Penny Sackett earned her title as Chief Scientist for Australia. Last night she was interviewed on Lateline where Tony Jones predictably failed to get any interesting information out of her. Jones gave a half hearted attempt to question what I call the “Dorethea Mackellar” factor, whether or not the drought and now the flooding rains is not a natural cycle rather than a consequence of global warming.

TONY JONES: Do you believe then there is a connection between the extremes or the extreme events in the Southern Oscillation Index and overarching global warming, is there any proof of that?

PENNY SACKETT: The – what we do know is that we can expect an increase in the severity and the frequency of extreme events. What we cannot say is that any particular single event is related to global warming. It’s rather statistically the number and the severity of them.

Jones tried again:

TONY JONES: But do you have a report or scientific advice for those farmers in the Murray-Darling who are essentially being told they may have to pack up their farms and stop being farmers because of climate change and restrictions to water in the future, even though they’re looking at large volumes of water now?

PENNY SACKETT: I think that holistically Australia will have to ask questions about what sort of food it can grow, where it can grow and how it can increase productivity.

He asked and repeated the question in various forms at least five times.

On nuclear energy, Ms Sackett was just as unforthcoming. This was the fourth question Jones asked her on that topic. Her fourth answer of course was basically the same as the previous three.

TONY JONES: But if the Government asked for your advice as a chief scientist on whether nuclear power’s a viable option for Australia and whether it would be beneficial, what would you say?

PENNY SACKETT: I’d say that we would need to study it. We would need to get a series of experts in who would not only look at nuclear energy, but a whole suite of energy options and provide a report back. But I certainly wouldn’t be answering the question without looking carefully at the evidence.

On emission reductions, Ms Sackett was decisive.

TONY JONES: The Australian Government is currently promising a five per cent emissions reduction target. Do you regard that as a serious target that will achieve anything?

PENNY SACKETT: I regard any action that begins to reduce our emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as serious – any reduction.

And so the dreary interview finally came to its end. This woman presumably gets paid a lot of money. Tax payers may ask what for?

And what about Tony Jones? With his token “hard” questions, he displayed absolutely no impatience, or insistence, that Sackett answer his questions. He, after all, is also on the global warming gravy trail.


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