"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

UK To Be Powered By Sea Breezes and Pixie Dust says Barker!

Greg Barker,the Climate Change Minister of the UK Government has delusions of grandeur planning a future of unlimited green power (music please) with "energy doctors" helping the population to find the correct way in this Energy Utopia. When the public stop dancing over the meadows long enough to find out they cannot afford this intermittent and expensive power they will send this dreamer to the political oblivion where he belongs.

Julia's Honeymoon Shortest on Record- Shock Poll!

The latest phone poll by Morgan-7News has Gillard and Labor in trouble. It seems that the cynical ploy to remove Rudd has back-fired as more people see it for what it is.
Just five days into the job, Julia Gillard's honeymoon appears to be over, with the new Prime Minister scoring her first shock opinion poll.

An exclusive Morgan-7News poll shows Labor has gone backwards since Ms Gillard deposed Kevin Rudd from the leadership last Thursday.
The Coalition has an election-winning lead, climbing 4.5 points to 51.5 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.
Labor has dropped 4.5 points to 48.5 per cent.
The poll, taken over the weekend and yesterday, also puts Opposition Leader Tony Abbott back in front as preferred prime minister on 48 per cent to Julia Gillard's 40 per cent.
The primary vote has the Liberal/Nationals on 45.5 per cent (up 4.5 points), Labor on 38.5 per cent (down 2.5 points) and the Greens on 9 per cent (down 3.5 points).
Today, most punters were betting that Ms Gillard will take the country to an election sooner rather than later, making August 28 the favourite Saturday for a ballot.

Although phone polls are not as reliable as face-to-face polls there is no doubting there has been a big swing to the Coalition .
Morgan Poll Details
On June 25-28 2010, the four days immediately following Julia Gillard’s swearing in as Australia’s new Prime Minister, support for the L-NP is 51.5% (up 4.5% since the Face-to-Face Morgan Poll conducted June 19/20, 2010) ahead of the ALP 48.5%, (down 4.5%) according to this week’s special telephone Morgan Poll.

If a Federal Election were held today the L-NP would have won a close election to defeat the ALP according to the Morgan Poll.
The telephone Morgan Poll showed an L-NP primary vote of 45.5% (up 4.5% since the Face-to-Face Morgan Poll of June 19/20, 2010) well ahead of the ALP 38.5% (down 2.5%) with the Greens down 3.5% to 9%, Family First 1.5% (unchanged) and Independents/ Others up 1.5% to 5.5%.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Gillard's trashing of Kevin07 has only just begun

Annabel Crabb of the ABC's The Drum adds weight to the previous post on the trashing of Kevin Rudd. One of the reasons he was denied a cabinet job is because of the hatchet job on the way .

Labor's Scapegoat Strategy

Dennis Shanahan reports on the delivery of the final blows to the Rudd political corpse when he was shut out of the new cabinet by Julia Gillard clearing the way for him to be made a scapegoat for Labor's disastrous record. However of some comfort to skeptics is that Gillard is showing the same reticence as Rudd to move forward on Climate Change policy.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Moral Decadence in The Suburbs!

Resident Environmental twit at the Telegraph Louisa Gray reports :
English lawns will become a sign of "social and moral decadence" in the next decade as climate change makes it increasingly difficult to maintain traditional gardens, horticulturalists have warned.
In the short term, water shortages in the next 12 years will make it difficult to have a lawn.

Like in Australia during recent droughts, Prof Dixon said watering a lawn will be seen as an extravagance only experienced by the rich.

Green Money-Making Scam With UN Carbon Credits

The Mafia is in a small league compared with the crooks rorting the UN Carbon Credit system. EU Referendum reports that refrigerant gas HCF 23 Carbon credits are worth up to 70 times what it costs to manufacture the gas - a nice little earner for the financial blowflies buzzing around the bloated UN global warming money machine.
How to get rich was our subject for discussion last December as we reported how the CFC scam, mainly in China and India, was making entrepreneurs obscenely rich out of selling carbon credits. Now, six months later, Le Monde has picked up exactly the same story (translation here), complaining that CFCs have become the main source of CDMs.

Half a billion tonnes of CO2 (equivalent) "saved" through the CDM between 2004-2012 have come from the destruction of HCF 23. As we pointed out in our piece, this is the by-product of HCF 22 production but, so lucrative has the CDM business become that the by-product has become the product.
We now have the perverse consequences, says Le Monde, that because the price paid for the destruction of gas is up to 70 times the actual cost of production, it is now being produced in order to generate carbon credits.
Manufacturers have increased their production, thereby artificially and deliberately maintaining high levels of HCF 23 production, which would not exist if there was no financial incentive from carbon credit sales. And it is now estimated that these abuses have allowed the industry to collect one billion dollars annually.
Thus, concludes Le Monde, we see the absurd situation in which one "device" of the UN – the Kyoto Protocol - encourages the production of a gas, while another "device" of the UN - the Montreal Protocol - seeks its eradication.
Only the greenies could invent such a stupid, malign system – and then keep schtum about it as money pours into the coffers of carbon traders and opportunists. 

It is high time to get rid of the incompetent UN  and their highly paid un-elected bumbling bureaucrats!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Hitler on Rudd's Downfall

The well used Downfall video clip makes for a humorous look at this week's political upheaval in Australia.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Night of the Long Knives!

Kevin Rudd is gone! The numbers men in the Labor party have chosen Julia Gillard and a special party meeting this morning will confirm her as the first Australian Prime Minister . This follows the most extraordinary night in Australian politics when the Labor party factions savaged a leader who had declared he would not be the prisoner of factions! This follows polling showing a bloodbath for Labor in the upcoming election.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

'Climate change sceptics have smaller members, uglier wives, dumber kids' says new study made up by warmists

James Delingpole of the Telegraph is not impressed by the latest "research" showing how dumb skeptical scientists are because of the small number of "peer-reviewed" papers published , not mentioning how the editors of these journals shut out sceptics. He reports on another poll by Jon Krosnick supposedly showing huge support for the alarmist cause by asking the wrong questions according to Pew Research , a reputable polling firm! I include James' excellent article in full as he says it much better than I ever could.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Green Crimes - Sea Pollution in the Name of the Environment.

Dumping metallic waste into the sea is the kind of pollution which should cause a huge storm of green protest ,but  is now accepted as part of the latest wacky scheme dreamed up by some uber-green pseudoscientists who have purloined $120 million of taxpayer dollars to dump huge amounts of iron in the sea .

Zero Emissions Plan Equates to Zero Common Sense!

Zero Emissions has released a blueprint for converting Australia to a zero carbon electricity grid by 2020 in a scheme touting the bankrupt Spanish experience as an example and committed alarmists and the left media are salivating at the prospect of pushing Australia down the same path all for the costs of a few cups of coffee ( this sort of KISS analogy appeals to the latte set who are the only ones likely to believe this malarkey).

Unbelievable- Henry's New Tax Idea is Idiotic!

Treasury Secretary Ken Henry , not happy with putting the Rudd Government's poll numbers in the toilet over his resources tax now wants to extend it to all companies. With the Government under siege over the mining tax this idea will be as popular as the plague with Labor and will give the Opposition plenty of ammunition against a big taxing government.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Ocean Doomsters At It Again!

John Bruno and Ove Hoegh-Guldberg have produced a paper calculated to out-doom the gloomiest prognosticators of the latter day warmists. 
The impacts of climate change on the world's oceans include decreased ocean productivity, altered food web dynamics, reduced abundances of habitat-forming species, shifting species distributions, and a greater incidence of disease. Further change will continue to create enormous challenges and costs for societies worldwide, particularly those in developing countries.

More Wind Power Waste!

On top of the huge subsidies paid for wind power which is reflected in rapidly rising power costs it seems that the UK consumer is also paying wind generators for NOT producing energy which the power grid cannot use! With the enormous wind power projects planned for the UK the true costs of this pipe-dream should be examined.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Spain Solar - From Poster Child to Bete Noir!

Spain is now paying the price of an idiotic rush to install billions of dollars worth of subsidised solar power plants without counting the economic cost. With the injection of financial reality caused by Greece's near-death experience Spain is trying to get it's books in order and reverse some of the foolish Green power decisions it has made.
Bloomberg reports Spain’s government will cut the revenue of most existing solar-power plants by 30 percent, a move that may bankrupt hundreds of companies that produce electricity using photovoltaic panels, a local trade group said.

The industry ministry, after negotiating with trade groups for weeks, plans to reduce the number of hours a day during which they may earn subsidized prices for clean energy, said Tomas Diaz, director of external relations at the Photovoltaic Industry Association in Madrid.
“It’s incomprehensible that the government is doing this,” Diaz said in a telephone interview after solar industry representatives met today with Deputy Industry Minister Pedro Marin. “We feel cheated.”
Solar executives, whose companies have invested more than 18 billion euros ($22 billion) in the last three years in Spain, have pressed the government for weeks to maintain prices guaranteed for 25 years under a 2007 law. The decision, which hasn’t been approved by the cabinet, would mean bankruptcy for most of Spain’s 600 photovoltaic operators, Diaz said.
A spokesman for the industry ministry who asked not to be identified by name declined to comment. The ministry has yet to make public its proposed reductions.
“The companies will challenge this in the courts,” Diaz said.
New Plants Targeted
Spain also plans reductions for solar-energy facilities yet to be built. Subsidized rates earned by new, ground-based photovoltaic generators will be reduced by 45 percent, Diaz said. Panels mounted on large roofs will see a 25 percent reduction, while those on small roofs will be cut by 5 percent, he said. Diaz did not comment on rates for solar-thermal plants, a rival technology for producing power from the sun.
“This is ridiculous,” said Pedro Michelena, a partner at Qualitas Equity Partners, which owns a third of Fotowatio Renewable Futures alongside GE Capital. “I can’t believe that this is the final proposal.”
“We have to hope that common sense wins out in the end,” said Michelena. “I feel it’s still up in the air.”

The failure of the Spanish solar experiment is an object lesson to misguided politicians seeking to gain green credentials by subsidising un-economic green power , with such subsidies to be paid by taxpayers long into the future . In the end the piper must be paid and these lawmakers will be seen for the fools they are.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Obama's Numbers in the Toilet- Global Warming Bill should Join Them!

Global Warming skeptics around the world will be heartened by the latest Rasmussen Report which has President Obama with a Presidential Approval Index of -20%. This coupled with a generic congressional poll result showing the GOP on 46% compared with the Democrat's 36% , will severely limit his options in forcing through a global warming bill.
Republican candidates now hold a 10-point lead over Democrats on the Generic Congressional Ballot for the week ending Sunday, June 13. That ties the GOP's largest ever lead, first reached in April, since it first edged ahead of the Democrats a year ago.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for their district's Republican congressional candidate, while 36% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent. A week ago, Republicans led 44% to 36%.
The rest of the world will not do much until the US commits itself which may be a long way off.. Obama may well find himself with a hostile legislature at the end of the year and will need to use his VETO stamp to prevent the Republicans cleaning up the mess he has made of health and the US deficit blowout.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Scientists to tackle scepticism- Better they tackle real science!

Aussie scientists are having a talk-fest about how to combat global warming scepticism . Maybe coming up with believable science and using proper scientific method could be the answer. Propaganda works only so far, and the Aussie population is showing it is a bit too fly to be taken in by it.

Oil Spill a Bonanza for Alarmist Propaganda

The Huffington Post bleats that the Gulf oil spill is a "wake-up" call to do something about the "rampant" global warming as if somehow they are connected.
Every day a huge amount of oil is spewing into the Gulf of Mexico in the US. This is symbolic of the energy choices that we have made to date. And it shows the dramatic implications of that energy choice. But those energy choices are also having devastating impacts which are less visual but more damaging. Rampant global warming is impacting countries around the world as a result of our energy and development choices. The oil catastrophe is a wake-up call for the United States and should be a wake-up call for the world.

We have a choice between a clean energy future or a dirty energy past. As countries end the most recent round of negotiations on an international effort to address global warming, they face the same choice. Do they choose to agree to implement a clean energy future or do they choose to have the same old stale debates hold us back. I hope that they choose the clean energy choice.

Get the message - oil spill and dirty energy? Expect to hear much more along these lines as the AGW industry tries to boost faltering support. They don't have much time because another harsh Northern winter this year is on the cards!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Rudd Supporters Rally in The Party- The Final Curtain.

 Rudd is in deep trouble and affirmations of loyalty in the Australian political landscape usually occur when the phones are running hot counting numbers. Rudd can be grateful that deposing political leaders is much more civilised now than in the Roman times when Julius Caesar lost his job as Plutarch reports:

Activists With Vested Interests.

This is a guest post by Teejay , a regular on this site and committed climate realist who was angry reading about Australian alarmist Tim Flannery's financial interest in Companies on the receiving end of government grants associated with the Global Warming scare campaign.

When it comes to the twin issues of Climate Change and Global Warming, I call on all those in positions of power and influence to declare their vested interests whenever they attempt to sway public opinion via public commentary and/or governmental action.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Chavez - Showing His True Colours!

Hugo Chavez was the darling of the green left at Copenhagen where  he said" the process in Copenhagen was “not democratic, it is not inclusive, but isn’t that the reality of our world, the world is really an imperial dictatorship…down with imperial dictatorships” he got a rousing round of applause.

Now showing no distaste for dictatorships Chavez is busy jailing those who disagree with him and pressuring the press to fall in line especially Mr Zuloaga, owner of a TV network critical of Chavez.
In March, Mr Zuloaga was arrested for statements he made in the Dutch island of Aruba, and charged with the crime of offending Mr Chavez and spreading false information. A Caracas court also ordered him not to leave the country.

Venezuela on Thursday announced a new government agency with the power to suppress or curtail "any information" deemed of national interest.
International organisations and rights groups, as well as several governments, including the US, have expressed concern over free speech in Venezuela as Mr Chavez expands his socialist agenda.

It underlines the mentality of those who cheered this buffoon in Copenhagen and who want the world remade to a  socialist plan , with dictators welcome as long as they profess to a suitable leftist agenda.

Rudd - Dead Man Walking!

The latest poll in West Australia shows support for the Rudd Government has collapsed to a primary vote of 26%.
A new opinion poll shows support for the Federal Government in Western Australia has collapsed, despite Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's recent visit.

The Westpoll published in the West Australian newspaper shows Labor's primary vote has fallen to just 26 per cent compared with the Coalition's 52 per cent.
After preferences, the Coalition leads 62 per cent to Labor's 38 per cent.
The survey was taken during Mr Rudd's recent visit to Perth where he continued negotiations with mining companies over the new resources tax.
But the resources sector says the Government's negotiations are not genuine and it will soon lose patience.
Mr Rudd is warning it could take months to conclude the talks.
Rudd's personal popularity wane will force the Labor party to replace him soon and this will not be particularly good news for the opposition as Julia Gillard is a much more formidable opponent.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ocean Acidification ? - The Sea is Alkaline You Dumbos!

"Ocean acidification" is the new poster child of the Global Warming alarmists and an array of researchers have collected their non-BigOil millions from the taxpayer and gone forth to do research to find some sort of data to justify their pre-determined result!

The Hoax uncovering Hansen's Hoax!

There has been a fascinating hoax  discovered recently when a Fourth Grader in Beeville USA won national publicity for winning a national honor for her project on debunking Global Warming. It turns out that the honor , received in the mail was a hoax by unknown persons. However the publicity has piqued the curiosity of some researchers who have looked in detail at the Beeville temperature profile for the last hundred years or so. The blue graph is the unadjusted temperatures showing no warming and the red graph is the adjusted graph and voila we have warming.

The grubby fingers of Hansen and his cronies can be seen all over this and we owe thanks to Julisa Castillo for unwittingly bringing this to our attention.Maybe this was the hoaxer's intention in the first place?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Kevin Rudd in Crossfire as Polls Nosedive!

The Australian reports on Rudd's  dilemma when he is losing the Left of his party because of the carbon tax backflip and now the right is deserting over a poorly thought out Super Mining tax. There is a palpable anger in the land against this tax attack on the industry which saved the country during the GFC.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Another AGW Scare Bites the Dust!

Following alarmist news report readers would be excused for thinking whole  Pacific Island populations were standing in ankle deep water waiting for the high tide to finish them off. New NZ research gives the lie to another scare campaign showing that the islands were not disappearing but many were in fact growing!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Met Office VS NASA for the Dunce's Cap!

The Met Office has put out an alarmist message of possible fatalities in the future because the city temperatures can be up to 10 degrees C warmer than the surrounding countryside because of Urban Heat Islanding . Of course ,with the Met Office prediction record I don't think anyone should worry too much!

Russian Nyet to Antarctica Warming

The Head of  Russia's 54th Antarctic Expedition Viktor Venderovich , says stories of Antarctic warming are untrue.
ST PETERSBURG: Allegations about global warming processes in the Antarctic have nothing to do with real facts, a Russian polar explorer has said.

"They are of opportunistic and time-serving character, and have nothing to do with the real weather and climate on the southern continent," Head of Russia's 54th Antarctic expedition Viktor Venderovich told Itar-Tass.