The Brick Generator

By Viv Forbes

The Australian Snowy 2 hydro scheme plans to use electricity to pump water up hill to get some of that energy back by running the water downhill again.

Some Australian mining companies are planning a dry version of Snowy 2 – a huge brick-powered battery using the force of gravity to drive a generator when solar and wind energy are on strike.


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Carbon Dioxide and the Oceans – temperature controls carbon dioxide, not the reverse.

71% of the earth’s surface is covered by water and large areas of the land are covered by frozen water. Water and water vapour are also significant components of the atmosphere.

The atmosphere and its trace component of carbon dioxide is a very thin skin in close contact with the surface of all of this water. Carbon dioxide is very soluble in water and Henry’s Law says that as the temperature of water changes the quantity of carbon dioxide dissolved in that water will change.

Thus if the sea surface temperature increases, carbon dioxide will be expelled to the atmosphere just like carbon dioxide bubbles are expelled from a warming beer. And as sea surface temperature falls, carbon dioxide will dissolve in the cooling water and this reduces the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Continue reading “Carbon Dioxide and the Oceans – temperature controls carbon dioxide, not the reverse.”

GREENS LAUNCH ATTACK ON… Trucks?

Electric vehicles might be okay for suburb hopping in big cities, but I doubt there is a farm in Australia that would be able to run without any petrol or diesel. The Greens’ calls to ‘rapidly transition to electric vehicles‘ for their net zero economy by 2035 shows they have no clue of the energy requirements in transport, industry and agriculture.

Following is Malcolm Robert’s speech to the Australian Senate:

FORGET CARBON DIOXIDE: THE REAL THREATS COME FROM ABOVE AND BELOW

By Dr John Happs

“The history of any one part of the Earth, like the life of a soldier, consists of long periods of boredom and short periods of terror.”

 Dr Derek Victor Ager, British paleontologist (1923-1993) in his book:  “The Nature of the Stratigraphical Record” (1973)

There are more species around today than at any other time in Earth’s history yet it is widely accepted that, of all biological species that have lived on Earth, more than 90% became extinct long before humans came along. Today, there is an acknowledged rate of ongoing extinctions called the background rate whereby species naturally disappear over time.

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/background-extinction

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When Bushfire Destroyed the Town of Dwellingup

Here is a dramatization of the events surrounding the destruction of the town of Dwellingup in Western Australia in January 1961. It was written and narrated by Roger Underwood. Other voices are provided by professional actors. The stories are by real people, and are taken from Roger Underwood’s book Tempered by Fire.

It was broadcast as three episodes by Perth community radio station Capital Radio FM.

This is a unique production, with real people recalling real events in the real bushfire world. It also has some underlying messages. One of these is that the so-called “unprecedented weather” on the eastern seaboard last summer was nothing new in Australian history at all. Another is the futility of trying to control bushfires burning in heavy fuels under strong winds.

https://www.capitalcommunityradio.com/podcasts.html

In case the links move too far down the list over time, here are the direct links to the audio files (approx. 15~20 min. each):

Episode 1:
https://staging.capitalcommunityradio.com/interviews/Tempered%20by%20Fire%20Episode%201.mp3

Episode 2:
https://staging.capitalcommunityradio.com/interviews/Tempered%20by%20Fire%20Episode%202.mp3

Episode 3:
https://staging.capitalcommunityradio.com/interviews/Tempered%20by%20Fire%20Episode%203.mp3

Waiting for Wind

By Viv Forbes

Australia’s elected appeasers
Push mad energy plans, just as teasers.
But while coal powers Asians
And nukes help Caucasians
Dumb Aussies sit praying for breezes!

Read More?
China Loves Coal more than Wind:
https://saltbushclub.com/2021/01/12/china-loves-coal-more-than-wind/

Electricity generation in China:
https://www.iea.org/data-and-statistics?country=CHINA&fuel=Energy%20supply&indicator=ElecGenByFuel

China’s Coal output Surges:
https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/chinas-2020-coal-output-rises-to-highest-since-2015-undermining-climate-pledges-2021-01-17

U.S. electricity generation by energy source:
https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.php?id=427&t=3

The Green Road to Blackouts:
https://saltbushclub.com/2020/09/01/green-road-to-blackouts/

After Wind Speeds Dropped, UK Electricity Prices Rose 10,000%:
https://climatechangedispatch.com/wind-speeds-dropped-uk-electricity-prices-rose/

Zero Emissions

By Viv Forbes

“Zero emissions” requires no diesel, petrol or gas-fuelled cars, trucks, tractors or dozers and no burning of coal or gas for electricity generation. But without nuclear power or a massive increase in hydro-electricity, green energy will not support metal refining or manufacturing, and domestic electricity usage will be rationed. “Zero emissions” will also force closure of most cement plants, mechanised farms and feed lots and will demand nuclear or wind-powered submarines, destroyers and bulk carriers. Continue reading “Zero Emissions”

Solar Panels and Snow Don’t Mix


Solar panels have compounds that are semiconductors, the physics that governs these components do not “like” extremes in temperature.

And the solar energy has to get to the semi-conductors. Who is going to clean off the snow?

The Institute for Energy research (IER) reports:
“Record cold temperatures have hit parts of Europe and Asia causing electricity prices to spike as the normal generating supplies of electricity could not keep prices in check. Spain registered its coldest temperature on record, at -35.6 degrees Celsius, and several areas of the country, including Madrid, are under 18 inches or more of snow and may get record-breaking snowfalls. The electricity price in Spain soared to nearly €95 ($116) per megawatt hour—up 123 percent from prices the previous week and nearly three times higher than the 2020 average.”

From: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/renewable/extreme-cold-and-lower-renewable-energy-output-spike-electricity-prices-in-europe-and-asia/

Coal Powers China (while the west waits for winds to blow)

By Viv Forbes

While the West wages war on coal, hydro-carbons power China’s industrial and military might.

China uses massive amounts of coal to generate electricity, smelt metals and manufacture cement – they generate almost twice as much electricity as the USA, and two thirds of that is coal-powered.

In China, wind power is a token 5% (probably earning carbon offsets from western shysters). But the stop-start power from wind/solar is not allowed to interrupt reliable base-load generators like coal. Continue reading “Coal Powers China (while the west waits for winds to blow)”

Renewable Struggles and Deceptions in California:

By David Wojick

The renewables scam is breathtaking, and not just in California. Nationwide we are spending untold billions of dollars on huge batteries, trying to keep the erratic nature of renewables from crashing the electric power system. But these stabilization efforts are routinely portrayed as storage for when renewables do not run. Stabilization is the opposite of storage. We are being lied to about renewables.

Read the full article:
https://www.cfact.org/2021/01/16/california-secretly-struggles-with-renewables/