"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, November 21, 2012

Billions for windmills as chemo drug subsidy slashed

Take Your Pick
Labor shows it's priorities in cutting $40 million from chemo-therapy drug rebates to try to keep a non-existent Government surplus while 8.9 billion is heading overseas to buy wind-turbines to fund a feel-good green energy program which will raise electricity costs. This shows the desperation of Gillard to try and keep some vestige of economic credibility no matter who suffers.

PRIVATE hospitals are warning of nationwide cutbacks to chemotherapy services - and one of the nation's largest regional cancer treatment centres faces closure - over a decision to slash federal government funding for chemotherapy drugs.
The Australian Private Hospitals Association has warned that the cost of providing treatment to thousands of cancer patients could rise by up to $100 for every chemotherapy infusion as part of the decision, which will save the federal budget $40 million a year.
With medical facilities unlikely to be able to pass on the increase in prices charged by pharmacists for the drugs, they fear patients could be forced to seek treatment in an overcrowded public system if services in private centres are scaled back.
St Andrew's Toowoomba Hospital in Queensland has warned its 25-chair unit - one of the nation's largest regional centres funded from the federal government's regional cancer care program - would face increased costs of $800,000 to $1m as a result of the decision and would not be viable when the cut took effect on December 1.
Meanwhile there is plenty of money for the green carpetbaggers:
MORE than $8.9 billion will be spent importing wind turbines because of the blowout in the Gillard government's renewable energy target, providing few if any benefits to local industry, one of the nation's biggest electricity generators warns.
The Australian can also reveal that a new Frontier Economics analysis commissioned by Macquarie Generation has found that the renewable energy target could slash the value of coal-fired power stations by between $11.3bn and $17.3bn - potentially having a greater impact than the carbon tax, which includes industry compensation.
In a new submission to the Climate Change Authority, Macquarie Generation said that 2500 wind turbines - costing $12.7bn - will be needed to comply with a scheme that is set to blow out the amount of renewable energy in the system to about 26 per cent by 2020, from the original 20 per cent.
Of this, more than 70 per cent of the cost would be to purchase overseas-manufactured turbines, the submission says.
Because of the plunge in electricity consumption, the fixed renewable energy target of 45,000 gigawatt hours is expected to represent about 26 per cent of electricity generation from renewables by 2020. When demand was forecast to be higher, this would have represented only 20 per cent of capacity.

Global Warming Myths

From Friends of science we have a summary of some of the myths propagated about global warming in layman's language as much as possible. Chris de Freitas has much more detail in this paper.
MYTH 1:  Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate.
FACT:  The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, warming to 1941, cooling to 1964, warming to 1998 and cooling through 2011. The warming rate from 1964 to 1998 was the same as the previous warming from 1911 to 1941. Satellites, weather balloons and ground stations all show cooling since 2001. The mild warming of 0.6 to 0.8 C over the 20th century is well within the natural variations recorded in the last millennium. The ground station network suffers from an uneven distribution across the globe; the stations are preferentially located in growing urban and industrial areas ("heat islands"), which show substantially higher readings than adjacent rural areas ("land use effects"). Two science teams have shown that correcting the surface temperature record for the effects of urban development would reduce the warming trend over land from 1980 by half.
There has been no catastrophic warming recorded.

MYTH 2:  The "hockey stick" graph proves that the earth has experienced a steady, very gradual temperature decrease for 1000 years, then recently began a sudden increase.
FACT:  Significant changes in climate have continually occurred throughout geologic time. For instance, the Medieval Warm Period, from around 1000 to1200 AD (when the Vikings farmed on Greenland) was followed by a period known as the Little Ice Age. Since the end of the 17th Century the "average global temperature" has been rising at the low steady rate mentioned above; although from 1940 – 1970 temperatures actually dropped, leading to a Global Cooling scare.
The "hockey stick", a poster boy of both the UN's IPCC and Canada's Environment Department, ignores historical recorded climatic swings, and has now also been proven to be flawed and statistically unreliable as well. It is a computer construct and a faulty one at that.

MYTH 3:  Human produced carbon dioxide has increased over the last 100 years, adding to the Greenhouse effect, thus warming the earth.
FACT:  Carbon dioxide levels have indeed changed for various reasons, human and otherwise, just as they have throughout geologic time. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, the CO2 content of the atmosphere has increased. The RATE of growth during this period has also increased from about 0.2% per year to the present rate of about 0.4% per year,which growth rate has now been constant for the past 25 years. However, there is no proof that CO2 is the main driver of global warming. As measured in ice cores dated over many thousands of years, CO2 levels move up and down AFTER the temperature has done so, and thus are the RESULT OF, NOT THE CAUSE of warming. Geological field work in recent sediments confirms this causal relationship. There is solid evidence that, as temperatures move up and down naturally and cyclically through solar radiation, orbital and galactic influences, the warming surface layers of the earth's oceans expel more CO2 as a result.

MYTH 4:  CO2 is the most common greenhouse gas.
FACT:  Greenhouse gases form about 3% of the atmosphere by volume. They consist of varying amounts, (about 97%) of water vapour and clouds, with the remainder being gases like CO2, CH4, Ozone and N2O, of which carbon dioxide is the largest amount. Hence, CO2 constitutes about 0.039% of the atmosphere. While the minor gases are more effective as "greenhouse agents" than water vapour and clouds, the latter are overwhelming the effect by their sheer volume and – in the end – are thought to be responsible for 75% of the "Greenhouse effect". (See here) At current concentrations, a 3% change of water vapour in the atmosphere would have the same effect as a 100% change in CO2.
Those attributing climate change to CO2 rarely mention these important facts.

MYTH 5:  Computer models verify that CO2 increases will cause significant global warming.
FACT:  The computer models assume that CO2 is the primary climate driver, and that the Sun has an insignificant effect on climate. You cannot use the output of a model to verify or prove its initial assumption - that is circular reasoning and is illogical. Computer models can be made to roughly match the 20th century temperature rise by adjusting many input parameters and using strong positive feedbacks. They do not "prove" anything. Also, computer models predicting global warming are incapable of properly including the effects of the sun, cosmic rays and the clouds. The sun is a major cause of temperature variation on the earth surface as its received radiation changes all the time, This happens largely in cyclical fashion. The number and the lengths in time of sunspots can be correlated very closely with average temperatures on earth, e.g. the Little Ice Age and the Medieval Warm Period. Varying intensity of solar heat radiation affects the surface temperature of the oceans and the currents. Warmer ocean water expels gases, some of which are CO2. Solar radiation interferes with the cosmic ray flux, thus influencing the amount ionized nuclei which control cloud cover.

MYTH 6:  The UN proved that man–made CO2 causes global warming.
FACT:  In a 1996 report by the UN on global warming, two statements were deleted from the final draft. Here they are: 
1)     “None of the studies cited above has shown clear evidence that we can attribute  the observed climate changes to increases in greenhouse gases.”
2)     “No study to date has positively attributed all or part of the climate change to man–made causes”
To the present day there is still no scientific proof that man-made CO2 causes significant global warming. 
MYTH 7:  CO2 is a pollutant.
FACT:  This is absolutely not true. Nitrogen forms 80% of our atmosphere. We could not live in 100% nitrogen either. Carbon dioxide is no more a pollutant than nitrogen is.  CO2 is essential to life on earth. It is necessary for plant growth since increased CO2 intake as a result of increased atmospheric concentration causes many trees and other plants to grow more vigorously. Unfortunately, the Canadian Government has included  CO2 with a number of truly toxic and noxious substances listed by the Environmental Protection Act, only as their means to politically control it.

MYTH 8: Global warming will cause more storms and other weather extremes.
FACT:   There is no scientific or statistical evidence whatsoever that supports such claims on a global scale.  Regional variations may occur. Growing insurance and infrastructure repair costs, particularly in coastal areas, are sometimes claimed to be the result of increasing frequency and severity of storms, whereas in reality they are a function of increasing population density, escalating development value, and ever more media reporting.

MYTH 9:  Receding glaciers and the calving of ice shelves are proof of global warming.
FACT:  Glaciers have been  receding and growing cyclically for hundreds of years. Recent glacier melting is a consequence of coming out of the very cool period of the Little Ice Age. Ice shelves have been breaking off for centuries. Scientists know of at least 33 periods of glaciers growing and then retreating. It’s normal. Besides, glacier's health is dependent as much on precipitation as on temperature.

 MYTH 10:  The earth’s poles are warming; polar ice caps are breaking up and melting and the sea level rising.
FACT:  The earth is variable. The western Arctic may be getting somewhat warmer, due to cyclic events in the Pacific Ocean, but the Eastern Arctic and Greenland are getting colder. The small Palmer Peninsula of Antarctica is getting warmer, while the main Antarctic continent is actually cooling. Ice thicknesses are increasing both on Greenland and in Antarctica. 
Sea level monitoring in the Pacific (Tuvalu) and Indian Oceans (Maldives) has shown no sign of any sea level rise

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Windmill angst tops CSG concerns.

Green energy enthusiasts find it  hard to understand the opposition to the construction of huge,ugly, noisy bird-killing behemoths across the beautiful Australian landscape given the obvious advantages of "free" power which has to be paid for at a multiple of the normal wholesale cost. Origin Energy says a "consumer backlash" is impeding the rapid roll-out of wind-farms to meet the Government's RET target with opposition greater than that caused by CSG installations.

WIND power has passed coal-seam gas as a source of angst in the community amid warnings the building of wind farms will have to increase more than threefold to meet the government's renewable energy target.
One of the nation's biggest energy companies, EnergyAustralia, has told the Climate Change Authority that the average of 300 megawatts of wind farms installed each year is "already testing the limits of community acceptance", but the new construction rate for large-scale renewable projects would have to increase to about 930MW a year to meet the mandatory 2020 target.
The company warns there is a "high" risk with such a rapid roll-out that if projects are not installed quickly enough, a penalty will be triggered and consumers would be forced to pay for it.
EnergyAustralia chief executive Richard McIndoe said "the social licence" wasn't there to ramp up construction of wind farms so rapidly.
The warning comes as Origin Energy - which is spending billions of dollars on coal-seam gas projects - reveals the community backlash over wind farms is surpassing opposition to coal-seam gas mining.
Origin's executive general manager of corporate affairs, Phil Craig, said yesterday: "We get more letters of complaint today from local communities and interest groups about wind farm development than we do about coal-seam gas. "You've got on the one side, people saying, 'do this, do it bigger, build wind'. Then you've got a whole lot of people complaining about wind . . . There are a whole lot of questions around, can you even do this?"
Origin has told the Climate Change Authority in a new submission that it will be "very difficult" to approve and construct the new renewable generation required under the scheme by 2020.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Millions spent on dead trees

191112 murray coorong
Another Labor green financial waste with millions of dollars spent planting trees along the Murray down the gurgler as the trees are now dead. The long-suffering taxpayer will pay ,as it has for all other Labor green disasters.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

China's Energy Policy - Scary

China's energy policy is a stark reminder that the days of Western pre-eminence are over as the economic Oriental juggernaut concentrates on supplying cheap power to it's burgeoning economy. Contrast that to the efforts of western politicians to shut down their economies by not building new power stations and penalising those that exist.The Manchurian candidate Obama in the US , Gillard and her Keystone cop government in Australia and the socialist Eurobloc  all are whiteanting their economies aiding China in it's path to world economic leadership. The US energy policy in contrast seems to be to shut down coal and nuclear stations , build a few bird-mincers here and there and put some solar panels in the desert provided of course they do not disturb the few rodents living there. It is interesting that  wind and solar in China only provides a miniscule 1% of total energy and are only used to  window dress the huge coal generation expansion to fool gullible Western politicians.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rats Deserting the Desertec ship

The Desertec project envisions a significant portion of Europe's energy coming from solar thermal plants like this one.
Desertec must be the silliest scheme ever hatched by European bureaucrats. The scheme was to supply a large part of Europe's power from solar farms across deserts in Africa, Morocco in particular . Only in the twisted hive mentality of green Eurocrats would North Africa seem a suitable place to site vital power generation facilities. Maybe the solar panels were going to be bomb-hardened  and cables put underground.
Anyway Siemens and Bosch have seen the writing on the wall and are pulling the plug and I guess others will follow.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Heaven and Earth

Many a night from yonder ivied casement, ere I went to rest,
Did I look on great Orion sloping slowly to the West.
Many a night I saw the Pleiads, rising thro' the mellow shade,
Glitter like a swarm of fire-flies tangled in a silver braid.

Tennyson's words have come to life in the fiery colors of a marvelous series of paintings by Australian artist Marie Greene in an exhibition at the Percolator Gallery in Brisbane. Those who can should visit the exhibition or alternatively view the collection on-line at Marie's site.
Heaven & Earth

Photography Prints
Photography Prints

Art Prints

Friday, November 9, 2012

Solar policies slug the poorest in the community

Queensland homes and units without solar power will pay  $240 per year to those who have installed solar panels .
This means that renters and many of our poorest will be called upon to fund this stupid inequitable scheme.
There has been some talk of charging a fixed network charge on a bill to recover some of the costs which may assist as the 44cent per Kwhr rebate will be difficult to change.
HOUSEHOLDS will soon be slugged $240 annually to pay for the power produced by rooftop solar systems.
New modelling has revealed that by 2015-16, almost 15 per cent of the total household power price will fund the solar feed-in tariff.
The Newman Government has already cut the tariff for home-produced power to 8 per kilowatt hour for all solar systems bought after July 9.
However, the new figures exposing the huge burden being carried by all consumers to pay those who produce solar power may prompt the Government to also reduce the 44/kWh tariff paid to those who previously installed photovoltaic systems.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Global warming religion falters.

Maurice Newman must have had an unenviable job as a conservative chairman of the ABC which was once a proud Australian broadcasting icon and which has since degenerated into a rats-nest of left wing commentators and fellow travelers. Maurice had complained at the time about the bias of the organisation but was unable to comment further in his position. Now he writes of the rise and impending demise of the global warming religion.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Move over Alan Jones

Alan Jones has been sent back to school by the  broadcasting authorities for allegedly saying incorrect things about Climate Change. He should be joined by Professor England who has been rapped over the knuckles by NOAA in the US for incorrectly attributing hurricane Sandy to global warming. It is a classic case of never letting a chance go by to blame global warming for a disaster.

AUSTRALIA'S Climate Commission has misrepresented data from the leading US meteorological bureau to highlight a link between climate change and the severity of Superstorm Sandy which this week crippled New York.
In a statement on the disaster that hit North America on Monday, the federal government-sponsored Climate Commission said "all the evidence suggests that climate change exacerbated the severity of Hurricane Sandy".
Matthew England, chairman of the commission's Science Advisory Panel, said it was important to get the message out that storms today were "operating in a different environment than they were 100 years ago".
Professor England said increased humidity, higher sea levels and warmer sea surface temperatures were all contributing to the severity of storms.
The commission quoted data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that "the temperature of the surface waters from which Sandy drew energy were three to five degrees warmer than average".
However, senior NOAA climate scientist Martin Hoerling said the higher sea-surface temperatures quoted by the Climate Commission were not significant in relation to Sandy.
Dr Hoerling told US public radio in the aftermath of Sandy that ocean temperatures adjacent to the US eastern seaboard had been running several degrees higher than normal.
But he said the unusually warm waters were in areas where the background temperature was relatively cool. "So adding a few degrees Fahrenheit at that cool water temperature doesn't matter too much for the intensity of a hurricane," Dr Hoerling said.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Benghazi Situation Room pictures


Obama in the situation room during the Osama raid as we have been reminded ad nauseum with the
Osama dead,GM alive theme.
The Benghazi attack lasted 8 hours and while the ambassador and four others
were being executed we were interested in who was in the situation room with the President as the tragedy unfolded.

Situation Room during Benghazi attack!