"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

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Scientists scare indigenous people with computer generated claptrap!

"Scientists" have managed to combine climate change and indigenous issues in the latest "could,may,might" vision of an alternative universe where evidence is ignored and the dreamtime of the past is fused to a computer-based hallucinatory vision of the future .  Apparently we are to believe that if the temperature in the Lake Eyre basin were to rise 4oC all sorts of bad things would happen but they neglect to tell us that the temperature data shows if anything a negative trend at this time. Fact-free it may be but it is an irresistible combination to extract research funds from our left-wing governments. It would not do to have these funds actually spent on worthwhile research. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Gina is a bloody heroine !

James Delingpole , British journalist and global warming skeptic, is an unashamed Gina Rinehart fan and wholeheartedly supports the mining magnate's campaign for representation on the Fairfax board. He compares her industry to the global warming scam industry and says her foray into the Fairfax media group is just what the doctor ordered. The Fairfax board is displaying all the financial acumen they used in sending the company broke when they turn away a white knight with very deep pockets.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Million dollar fines for political posters! Book-burning next!

Carbon tax flyer
Non-Approved Political Poster

In a jack-booted approach to silencing criticism of the carbon tax Labor has threatened businesses with million dollar fines for saying that the carbon tax will increase prices ,a fact which is obvious to anyone who is not brain-dead . This is political censorship of the worst kind by a government terrified of  the electoral effects of this stupid tax. Threatening small business in this way is a sure way to alienate them and their customers .
LABOR has warned small businesses they risk a $1.1 million fine if they display misleading carbon tax flyers distributed by the Coalition.
Tony Abbott and his small business spokesman Bruce Billson last week sent letters to thousands of business owners across the nation claiming they would “all pay more” because of Labor's carbon tax, to start next week.
Along with the letter sent to butchers, bakers, bottle shops, cafes, dry cleaners and other small businesses was an accompanying flyer which shop owners were encouraged to display in their windows, informing customers price increases would be inevitable as a result of carbon pricing.
“We always strive to keep our prices at reasonable levels but because the carbon tax will make electricity prices more expensive, our prices will increase,” one flyer for a butcher shop read.
The letter from Mr Abbott and Mr Billson read: “If you want to join the campaign against this toxic tax, we urge you to place a copy of the attached flyer on display for your customers.”
“(The carbon tax) is a bad tax and we will fight it every day.”
Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury said Mr Abbott was putting small businesses in the “firing line” for potential fines from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
“If businesses make false carbon price claims they run the risk of breaching the Competition and Consumer Act and could be exposed to a $1.1 million fine for misleading consumers,” Mr Bradbury said.
Government Approved Poster

Banks not funding coal-fired power stations.

Energy from coal-fired power stations primarily powers Australia and is the lifeblood of our industry and communities.
Australian Electricity Generation  2012
The continual assault on the coal generation industry by the Gillard government and their green co-conspirators has led to the situation where these generators are unable easily to get bank finance . 
This rejection of base load coal generation in favor of green toys is attacking Australia's prosperity,largely built on our sustainable competitive advantage of cheap power .

A SECOND major coal-fired electricity generator has been forced to seek a multi-million-dollar bailout from its offshore shareholders, rather than bankers, ahead of the introduction of the carbon tax next week.

Last night, a part-owner of Victorian brown-coal power station Hazelwood announced it had used its internal corporate resources to refinance the debt on the power station rather than obtain the necessary financing from bankers.
The Australian was told last night that Hazelwood's owners were unable to obtain finance on terms acceptable to them.
The move came just days after the owners of Queensland's Millmerran power station were also forced to call on the resources of their foreign owners.
Neither Hazelwood nor Millmerran took up the emergency federal government loans that were designed to stave off financial failure related to the carbon tax. On Friday, the Canadian and Chinese shareholders behind InterGen, which runs Millmerran, were forced to pump in millions of dollars in rescue equity to keep the asset afloat.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Sanity finally prevails as solar rebates slashed.

Campbell Newman ,aka Can-Do Newman, the newly elected Premier of Queensland is slashing feed-in tariffs from 44 cents per Kwhr to 8 cents for new installations . In Queensland one third of houses have solar panels getting free or vastly reduced power parasitically at their neighbor's expense . In a brilliant move Newman is honoring current contracts but making them non-transferable on sale or rental of the home.

The benefit earned by Queenslanders who install solar panels and then provide power back to the grid will be slashed from 44¢ per kilowatt hour, to 8¢.
But the Newman government says anyone already in Queensland's Solar Bonus Scheme as of July 9 will continue to receive the 44¢ per kilowatt hour feed-in tariff.
Energy Minister Mark McArdle this afternoon announced changes to the four-year-old Solar Bonus Scheme, saying the changes were needed to ensure every household did not pay too much to help pay for some homes to have cheaper solar power.
He said modelling of the current solar bonus scheme showed it would cost every household $54 a year by 2014/15, costing Queensland about $1.8 billion by 2028 if the bonus scheme remained unchanged at 44¢ per kilowatt hour.
The changes will kick in from July 10 and a review of the scheme will also be launched.
The Liberal National Party's costings document, released before the March election, said the LNP was "committed to retaining the solar feed-in tariff" but the financial blueprint did not elaborate on what rate it would be set at.

It seems the door may be open to vary the current contract rate of 44 cents but that would have to be done early in the electoral cycle!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

UK MPs as clueless as ours!

Having committed the UK to a destructive green energy path   politicians there were asked how the country was going to achieve the targeted 80% decarbonisation of the economy. Christopher Booker who posed the question received replies from 47 politicians who basically had no idea of the problem. I am sure our intellectually challenged government members would fare no better.

The “epic failure” of Rio, as Friends of the Earth called it, is an apt cue to recall how this leaves Britain as the only country in the world committed by law to cut its emissions of carbon dioxide by 80 per cent in less than 40 years. The Climate Change Act, on the Government’s own figures, faces us with a bill of up to £18 billion every year until 2050, making it by far the most costly law ever passed by Parliament.
More important still, however, this raises the question: how do all those MPs who voted almost unanimously for this target (only three voted against it) think we can meet this obligation without closing down virtually our entire economy?
This is the question which, in April, I invited readers to put to their MPs, and I am very grateful to all those who have now sent me the replies they received, from nearly 50 MPs. These, I fear, are even more depressing than I anticipated.
The question put to the MPs was simple. Since we depend on CO2-emitting fossil fuels for 75 per cent of our electricity and almost all of our transport system, how in practical terms can we reduce those emissions by four-fifths? It is no good pretending that we can rely on “renewables” such as wind and solar to fill the gap, since these are so intermittent that they would require up to 100 per cent backup from fossil fuels to keep our now largely computer-dependent economy functioning.
Not one of the 47 MPs who answered showed the faintest understanding of the question. Many simply relied on a form letter supplied by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, starting with the sentence: “Decarbonisation does not mean de-industrialisation.” The more honest MPs sent on DECC’s letter, others used cut-and-paste to pretend that this reply was all their own work.
Some, such as our climate change minister Greg Barker, chirped about “the Green Deal, Renewables Incentives and Smart Meters”. Fiona Bruce (Con, Congleton) was “assured that onshore wind is by far the cheapest large-scale renewable energy source”. Roberta Blackman-Woods (Lab, Durham) claimed “nearly a million people now work in the low-carbon economy, with the potential to create 400,000 green jobs by 2020”.
The silliest response came from Oliver Letwin, who said that the quoted costs of the Climate Change Act had been greatly exaggerated (not realising that the figures come from DECC’s own website), and predicted that solar, wind and carbon capture (as yet non-existent) will soon be so cheap that, in a few years, they “will be able to operate without subsidies”.
As reader after reader observed, not a single MP addressed the question. Not one had done any serious homework or showed the slightest practical grasp of how electricity is made and how our transport system is powered. They merely regurgitated irrelevant, jargon-ridden propaganda passed on to them by others. As one reader put it: “What is infinitely depressing is that all these idiots believe the nonsense they are fed.”
They live in a bubble of make-believe which doesn’t touch reality at any point. Yet these are the people who passed the most potentially damaging law in our history – in the name of a delusion which, in Rio last week, died the death.
Somewhere along the way, if our country is to survive, that Climate Change Act will have be thrown into the dustbin of history. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Business advice from the financially incompetent!

With the undignified picture of the worst Australian prime minister in living memory lecturing the financial minds in Europe on how to run their economies fresh in our minds ,we now have Communications Minister Conroy advising Gina Rinehart, arguably one of the most successful businesswomen in the world , how to run the Fairfax empire.  Conroy's advice is  for Rinehart to keep editorial independence and continue on with the policies which have almost destroyed Fairfax. He wants Gina to buy the business with no power to change the basic product which is not selling very well. It was Conroy's financial genius which has committed Australia to a 50 billion dollar broadband network without even a business plan . He has been  also been a part of a government which in four years has turned a 20 billion surplus into a 250 billion dollar debt for all future Australians. This debt, amazingly, has been achieved in the midst of an unprecedented mining boom bringing large amounts of money to the national coffers which is probably why Gillard was told where she could put her unsolicited European advice and Conroy should do the same with his.
THE Gillard government has demanded mining magnate Gina Rinehart sign up to Fairfax's charter of editorial independence, declaring she was not entitled to "trash" the nation's oldest newspaper company.
As Ms Rinehart pushes for greater influence over Fairfax after its dramatic restructuring announcement yesterday, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy warned the mining magnate she risked destroying the company.
Ms Rinehart yesterday demanded three board seats and a say over editorial direction after Fairfax announced 1900 jobs would be slashed, the erection of paywalls on its websites and the transformation of its newspapers to tabloids.
Senator Conroy said Ms Rinehart wanted to turn the company into the "mining gazette".
"She is entitled to representation but what she is not entitled to do is trash the brand for all the other shareholders," he told ABC radio.

Speaking of incompetents .... Wayne Swan has also just joined the fray in criticizing Rinehart.

Acting Prime Minster Wayne Swan has escalated the government's attack on Ms Rinehart today amid a push by the Greens for legislation to force media owners to guarantee editorial independence.
Mr Swan said he would not speculate on any action the government might take, but warned journalists must not be subjected to editorial direction to report in their employers' commercial interests.
Watch this space for Julia!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Green RET scheme a secret tax.

The carbon tax is a major driver of electricity price rises but the "green" Renewable Energy Target" of RET scheme is a close second. In Queensland one in three houses are now getting free or very low cost power at the expense of their neighbors in this idiotic scheme. Solar power fed to the grid from these backyard generators is bought at 44c per Kwhr by the utilities compared to the wholesale price of about 5c per Kwhr.
Unfortunately because of the green stranglehold on public opinion in this area, paying stupid prices for unwanted electricity is bi-partisan policy with the Coalition unwilling to oppose it.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Labor to pay farmers to destroy cow manure!

The program is called the Carbon Farming Initiative but it would lend itself to other more descriptive titles. The taxpayer is actually paying farmers to destroy cow manure in another one of the  bizarre schemes that have become commonplace in the Warmist alternative universe .  From the ABC:
 Dairy cows in an enclosure

It is a far cry from traditional farming techniques, but dairy farmers are being encouraged to earn carbon credits from the Federal Government by destroying cow manure.
Under the Carbon Farming Initiative, the Government says dairy producers will be able to earn carbon credits if they capture and destroy methane and other greenhouse gasses emitted by manure.
Farmers who participate in the program will cover manure ponds, then have the choice of burning and destroying the captured gas, or using it to fuel internal combustion engines to produce electricity.
Either way, they will earn carbon credits for preventing the gas from entering the atmosphere.
Pig farmers will also be able to earn credits by reducing emissions from manure.

Australia's finances not so rosy on eve of carbon tax!

With the nation weeks away from the carbon tax assault and the damage it will cause to the Australian economy the question of the Government's mismanagement of the economy once again is in the headlines.
We have had weeks of Wayne Swan prattling about his achievements because of a quarterly economic growth which was mostly brought about by the big miners who are the victims of Labor's class war. Thanks to people like Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer GDP growth last month showed a healthy increase. However Swan, who has run up a billion dollars a week on the Aussie credit card over the last four years, has no claim to economic competence at all and favorably comparing Australia to  Euro basket-cases does not let him off the hook. Starting from a debt-free position Australia now owes 200 billion dollars thanks to Labor incompetence and the debt clock is ticking. Swan's inept performance reminds  of the Aussie joke at the expense of our trans-Tasman friends which says:
 "Q: How do you get a Kiwi to run a small business ?......... A: Start him off with a large one!"

It is interesting to see where our government has landed one of the richest countries in the world in a global context. At 188 out of 198 countries this is a sobering look at Australia's performance.
 If a tiny country like Singapore can achieve a Current Account Balance of 50 billion with virtually no natural resources and a population of only 5 million our comparative economic performance is woeful.

1 China $280,600,000,000 2011 est.
2 Saudi Arabia $151,400,000,000 2011 est.
3 Germany $149,300,000,000 2011 est.
4 Japan $122,800,000,000 2011 est.
5 Russia $90,510,000,000 2011 est.
6 Switzerland $76,700,000,000 2011 est.
7 Qatar $76,370,000,000 2011 est.
8 Netherlands $64,100,000,000 2011 est.
9 Norway $63,500,000,000 2011 est.
10 Kuwait $61,720,000,000 2011 est.
11 Singapore $56,980,000,000 2011 est.
12 Iran $42,000,000,000 2011 est.
13 Sweden $41,600,000,000 2011 est.
14 Taiwan $40,910,000,000 2011 est.
15 United Arab Emirates $38,450,000,000 2011 est.
16 Malaysia $32,990,000,000 2011 est.
17 Korea, South $29,790,000,000 2011 est.
18 Venezuela $27,200,000,000 2011 est.
19 Denmark $22,100,000,000 2011 est.
20 Algeria $18,120,000,000 2011 est.
21 Iraq $17,370,000,000 2011 est.
22 Hong Kong $16,150,000,000 2011 est.
23 Kazakhstan $13,600,000,000 2011 est.
24 Nigeria $12,010,000,000 2011 est.
25 Austria $12,000,000,000 2011 est.
26 Thailand $11,900,000,000 2011 est.
27 Luxembourg $11,600,000,000 2011 est.
28 Azerbaijan $11,120,000,000 2011 est.
29 Angola $7,755,000,000 2011 est.
30 Uzbekistan $7,223,000,000 2011 est.
31 Philippines $7,044,000,000 2011 est.
32 Macau $6,238,000,000 2009 est.
33 Oman $6,233,000,000 2011 est.
34 Trinidad and Tobago $5,803,000,000 2011 est.
35 Indonesia $5,704,000,000 2011 est.
36 Belgium $4,700,000,000 2011 est.
37 Brunei $3,977,000,000 2009 est.
38 Congo, Republic of the $3,885,000,000 2011 est.
39 Puerto Rico $3,512,000,000 2010 est.
40 Gabon $3,428,000,000 2011 est.
41 Timor-Leste $2,375,000,000 2011 est.
42 Turkmenistan $1,544,000,000 2011 est.
43 Hungary $1,504,000,000 2011 est.
44 Ireland $1,400,000,000 2011 est.
45 Bolivia $1,293,000,000 2011 est.
46 Burma $997,300,000 2011 est.
47 Israel $866,700,000 2011 est.
48 Bermuda $730,000,000 2011 est.
49 Bahrain $617,400,000 2011 est.
50 Cote d'Ivoire $543,700,000 2011 est.
51 Estonia $390,100,000 2011 est.
52 Suriname $389,500,000 2011 est.
53 British Virgin Islands $362,600,000 2010 est.
54 Bulgaria $283,300,000 2011 est.
55 Pakistan $268,000,000 2011 est.
56 Namibia $108,700,000 2011 est.
57 Aruba $67,100,000 2011 est.
58 Cook Islands $26,670,000 2005
59 Palau $15,090,000 FY03/04
60 Tuvalu ($11,680,000) 2003
61 Montserrat ($16,700,000) 2011 est.
62 Kiribati ($21,000,000) 2007 est.
63 Tonga ($23,000,000) 2007 est.
64 Belize ($25,300,000) 2011 est.
65 Micronesia, Federated States of ($34,300,000) FY05 est.
66 Comoros ($37,600,000) 2011 est.
67 Zambia ($42,700,000) 2011 est.
68 Samoa ($58,900,000) 2010 est.
69 Vanuatu ($60,000,000) 2007 est.
70 Laos ($76,700,000) 2011 est.
71 Eritrea ($77,500,000) 2011 est.
72 Sao Tome and Principe ($90,000,000) 2011 est.
73 Djibouti ($90,600,000) 2011 est.
74 Guinea-Bissau ($100,000,000) 2011 est.
75 Anguilla ($102,400,000) 2011 est.
76 Dominica ($120,100,000) 2011 est.
77 Gambia, The ($143,600,000) 2011 est.
78 Saint Kitts and Nevis ($154,400,000) 2011 est.
79 Grenada ($174,800,000) 2009 est.
80 Bhutan ($175,000,000) 2011 est.
81 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ($207,700,000) 2011 est.
82 Solomon Islands ($207,900,000) 2009 est.
83 Burundi ($214,000,000) 2011 est.
84 Central African Republic ($233,200,000) 2011 est.
85 Latvia ($244,400,000) 2011 est.
86 Saint Lucia ($255,800,000) 2011 est.
87 Argentina ($264,100,000) 2011 est.
88 Cape Verde ($264,400,000) 2011 est.
89 Guinea ($271,600,000) 2011 est.
90 Cuba ($275,100,000) 2011 est.
91 Mauritania ($296,600,000) 2011 est.
92 Guyana ($297,200,000) 2011 est.
93 Macedonia ($300,000,000) 2011 est.
94 Kyrgyzstan ($318,500,000) 2011 est.
95 Seychelles ($322,000,000) 2011 est.
96 Togo ($328,000,000) 2011 est.
97 Antigua and Barbuda ($330,600,000) 2011 est.
98 Malta ($352,000,000) 2011 est.
99 Bangladesh ($372,000,000) 2011 est.
100 Cayman Islands ($384,500,000) 2010 est.
101 Curacao ($400,000,000) 2011 est.
102 Lesotho ($415,700,000) 2011 est.
103 Barbados ($417,800,000) 2011 est.
104 Congo, Democratic Republic of the ($419,000,000) 2011 est.
105 Nepal ($437,900,000) 2010 est.
106 Swaziland ($461,800,000) 2011 est.
107 Maldives ($463,000,000) 2010 est.
108 Botswana ($467,900,000) 2011 est.
109 Fiji ($507,000,000) 2007 est.
110 Liberia ($511,200,000) 2011 est.
111 Benin ($559,500,000) 2011 est.
112 Sierra Leone ($603,600,000) 2011 est.
113 Tajikistan ($660,800,000) 2011 est.
114 Zimbabwe ($675,600,000) 2011 est.
115 Malawi ($714,200,000) 2011 est.
116 Slovenia ($764,900,000) 2011 est.
117 Mali ($798,600,000) 2011 est.
118 Moldova ($829,000,000) 2011 est.
119 Rwanda ($847,500,000) 2011 est.
120 Iceland ($900,000,000) 2011 est.
121 Mongolia ($931,500,000) 2010 est.
122 Equatorial Guinea ($941,000,000) 2011 est.
123 Paraguay ($943,800,000) 2011 est.
124 Uruguay ($1,076,000,000) 2011 est.
125 Mauritius ($1,077,000,000) 2011 est.
126 Cameroon ($1,097,000,000) 2011 est.
127 Chile ($1,099,000,000) 2011 est.
128 Burkina Faso ($1,106,000,000) 2011 est.
129 Bosnia and Herzegovina ($1,135,000,000) 2011 est.
130 Ecuador ($1,135,000,000) 2011 est.
131 Cambodia ($1,143,000,000) 2011 est.
132 Bahamas, The ($1,146,000,000) 2011 est.
133 Haiti ($1,206,000,000) 2011 est.
134 Lithuania ($1,225,000,000) 2011 est.
135 Honduras ($1,248,000,000) 2011 est.
136 Armenia ($1,265,000,000) 2011 est.
137 El Salvador ($1,288,000,000) 2011 est.
138 Niger ($1,294,000,000) 2011 est.
139 Jordan ($1,316,000,000) 2011 est.
140 Albania ($1,380,000,000) 2011 est.
141 Mozambique ($1,385,000,000) 2011 est.
142 Finland ($1,394,000,000) 2011
143 Senegal ($1,425,000,000) 2011 est.
144 Ghana ($1,438,000,000) 2011 est.
145 Uganda ($1,456,000,000) 2011 est.
146 Ethiopia ($1,656,000,000) 2011 est.
147 Libya ($1,839,000,000) 2011 est.
148 Georgia ($1,845,000,000) 2011 est.
149 Montenegro ($1,927,000,000) 2011 est.
150 Costa Rica ($1,969,000,000) 2011 est.
151 Tanzania ($2,071,000,000) 2011 est.
152 Madagascar ($2,242,000,000) 2011 est.
153 Peru ($2,267,000,000) 2011 est.
154 Jamaica ($2,367,000,000) 2011 est.
155 Croatia ($2,400,000,000) 2011 est.
156 Papua New Guinea ($2,420,000,000) 2011 est.
157 Nicaragua ($2,449,000,000) 2011 est.
158 Syria ($2,452,000,000) 2011 est.
159 Afghanistan ($2,475,000,000) 2009 est.
160 Kenya ($2,636,000,000) 2011 est.
161 Guatemala ($2,712,000,000) 2011 est.
162 Cyprus ($2,858,000,000) 2011 est.
163 Kosovo ($2,880,000,000) 2011 est.
164 Slovakia ($2,899,000,000) 2011 est.
165 Chad ($2,986,000,000) 2011 est.
166 Yemen ($3,120,000,000) 2011 est.
167 Serbia ($3,230,000,000) 2011 est.
168 Panama ($3,874,000,000) 2011 est.
169 Sri Lanka ($4,000,000,000) 2011 est.
170 Tunisia ($4,576,000,000) 2011 est.
171 Vietnam ($4,740,000,000) 2011 est.
172 Belarus ($5,000,000,000) 2011 est.
173 Sudan ($5,003,000,000) 2011 est.
174 New Zealand ($5,097,000,000) 2011 est.
175 Ukraine ($5,695,000,000) 2011 est.
176 Dominican Republic ($6,005,000,000) 2011 est.
177 Czech Republic ($6,290,000,000) 2011 est.
178 Romania ($6,350,000,000) 2011 est.
179 Colombia ($7,328,000,000) 2011 est.
180 Morocco ($8,041,000,000) 2011 est.
181 Egypt ($8,609,000,000) 2011 est.
182 Mexico ($11,270,000,000) 2011 est.
183 Lebanon ($11,780,000,000) 2011 est.
184 South Africa ($16,670,000,000) 2011 est.
185 Portugal ($20,400,000,000) 2011 est.
186 Greece ($28,400,000,000) 2011 est.
187 Poland ($29,960,000,000) 2011 est.
188 Australia ($30,700,000,000) 2011 est.
189 European Union ($32,720,000,000) 2011 est.
190 Canada ($52,600,000,000) 2011 est.
191 Spain ($60,900,000,000) 2011 est.
192 India ($62,960,000,000) 2011 est.
193 Brazil ($63,470,000,000) 2011 est.
194 United Kingdom ($66,600,000,000) 2011 est.
195 Turkey ($71,940,000,000) 2011 est.
196 France ($74,300,000,000) 2011 est.
197 Italy ($77,800,000,000) 2011 est.
198 United States ($599,900,000,000) 2011 est.