The Green Road to Blackouts

by Viv Forbes

California leads the way to electricity blackouts, closely followed by South Australia.

They both created this problem by taxing, banning, delaying or demolishing reliable coal, nuclear, gas or hydro generators while subsidising and promoting unreliable electricity from the sickly green twins – solar and wind. All supposed to solve a global warming crisis that exists only in academic computer models.

Energy policy should be driven by proven reliability, efficiency and cost, not by green politics.

Wind and solar will always be prone to blackouts for three reasons. Continue reading “The Green Road to Blackouts”

Coronavirus Accelerates the Trend of Declining US Transit Ridership

 By Steve Goreham

Originally published in Washington Examiner.

Public transit systems play an important role in transporting people within our major cities. Buses, trains, streetcars, and ferry boats transport more than 27 million people each day in the United States. But U.S. public transit ridership has been declining for the last five years and the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating the decline.

Public transit ridership is measured by “unlinked passenger trips,” with a trip defined as whenever a person boards a transit vehicle, including transfers. Since 1970, the number of unlinked passenger trips grew about 37 percent to almost 10 billion trips in 2019. Transit miles grew more than 15 percent from 2000 to 2018, keeping pace with total U.S. vehicle miles traveled. Continue reading “Coronavirus Accelerates the Trend of Declining US Transit Ridership”

Covid will now Empty the Dams

By Viv Forbes

“Wash your hands as often as possible” says Canberra’s Covid Chief.

This could flush away 25 litres of water per person per day.

Suppose ten million obedient Australians wash hands thoroughly “as often as possible”. The water used would total 250 Mega litres per day – enough to empty Australia’s biggest dam, Lake Eucumbene, in just 20 days.

We acknowledge an un-named cartoonist who gave us the idea for this cartoon.

Now add water used to supply the Covid demand for alcohol-based sanitisers to wipe every knob, rail, handle and bench. Distilleries are already diverting production from grog for drinking to alcohol for sanitisers. How long before kids and alcoholics are tasting hand sanitisers? Will the Covid Chief then insist it be methylated or subject to excise?

Covid emptied our pubs and is now draining our dams.

With Environmental releases and Covid cleaning, someone must slash red and green tape and start building more dams quickly.

Smile Time:
What’s the best way to avoid touching your face?
A glass of wine in each hand.

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UK water demand soars during lockdown:

Three Costly Aussie Wars – Climate, Covid and China

By Viv Forbes

Australian politicians are trying to maintain their never-ending Climate War on carbon fuels while waging a Lockdown War on the elusive Covid virus and also provoking a Trade War with China, our biggest trading partner.

We cannot afford three hopeless and costly wars at once. One would be too many. Continue reading “Three Costly Aussie Wars – Climate, Covid and China”

The Sneaky Covid War on Cash

The modern road to Mulberry Money, Shin Plaster and Cubic Currency.

Today’s world is awash with Fiat Money.

“Fiat” means “let it be so”.

Fiat money is token currency supplied and regulated by governments and central banks. Its value relies on a government decree that it alone must be used as “legal tender” in paying for anything in that country. Its value falls as its supply increases.

Continue reading “The Sneaky Covid War on Cash”

The Green New Deal Dress Rehearsal

The Covid-19 lockdown as a blueprint for a permanent economic  shutdown to ‘save the Earth’

By Paul Driessen

More than 1.4 million cases of Wuhan Coronavirus and 106,000 deaths in the United States alone have accompanied stay-home lockdowns, businesses bankruptcies, over 40 million unemployed workers, plummeting tax revenues and unprecedented debt. Ongoing rioting, vandalism, arson and looting are compounding problems for many cities and minority communities.

But where many see disaster, others see opportunity. Some want to use the crises to enact laws and welfare programs they could never get otherwise. More ambitious activists see the lockdown as a blueprint or dress rehearsal for a total energy, economic and lifestyle transformation to “save the planet.” If three months of Covid lockdowns can reduce fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions, they argue, permanent fossil fuel bans are possible, essential and should be undertaken immediately. Continue reading “The Green New Deal Dress Rehearsal”

Locks and Chains, Hobbles and Handcuffs

By Viv Forbes

The Lockdown Depression is rushing towards us. Many in politics, media and industry are digging the hole deeper, some through panic and ignorance, others cynically pushing anti-industry agendas or serving vested interests.

We will never rebuild our industries and jobs with locks, chains, hobbles, handcuffs or handouts. We need to recognise the realities of history, geography, geology and economics. Continue reading “Locks and Chains, Hobbles and Handcuffs”

Coming soon – the Oz-bat Epidemic

By Viv Forbes

PM Morrison warns of health risks from China’s wet markets.

He should also check Wuhan virus labs. And cull fruit bats in Australia.

Many Australian towns and parks are infected by millions of messy, noisy fruit bats that can carry three viruses dangerous to animals and humans – Hendra-virus (flu etc), Lyssa-virus (like rabies) and Nipah-virus (encephalitis).

Image Credit: Pixabay

These bats wear Green “Protected Species” badges, but unprotected humans are exposed to their noise, smell, droppings, virus dangers and damage to trees and orchards.

Do we want the next world plague to be called “The Oz-Bat Epidemic?

A few of the Australian towns coping with bat invasions:

And here is Ingham, North Queensland: