The Australian Climate Alarm Election

by Viv Forbes & Dr Geoff Derrick
22 May 2019

The ALP-Greens-ABC-GetUp-Turnbull-CFMEU-Fairfax alliance ran hard in Australia’s recent climate alarm election – they lost.

So let us see no more anti-coal motorcades, hear no more climate propaganda and replace Pied Piper Street Processions with hard science education. The new government must also stop blatant promotion of green energy with targets, subsidies and carbon taxes, and focus on infrastructure catch-up.

Forecasts of doom are frequent, and they fail just as frequently.

end of the world cartoon

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An Invitation From John Shanahan (All About Energy) – Call for Poems

Dear friends and colleagues for sound energy, radiation science, nuclear medicine and climate science policies.

I’ve been working for public education about sound energy and climate science for more than ten years. During that time two people sent me poems. Both poems are amazing, powerful and good for the public.

1) USA – High school student Mary Clair Birdsong about nuclear energy pioneer, Ted Rockwell.

2) Australia – Viv Forbes, Executive Director of the Saltbush Club – “Freezing in Green Heaven” – about wind, solar and coal energy

This is an invitation to you to write a short poem about the problems we face regarding sound energy, radiation science, nuclear medicine and climate science. You can see what Mary Claire Birdsong and Viv Forbes have done. What can you or one of your colleagues do? We will post these poems on the website  allaboutenergy.net.

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A Wall of Blackouts

by Jerry Ellis and Sir Rod Carnegie 20 February 2019

The Chairman of the Saltbush Club, Mr Jerry Ellis, today warned that Australia needs more reliable baseload power.

“With the population and the economy growing, but with electricity availability and reliability in decline, we are racing headlong into a brick wall of blackouts.

wall of blackouts

“Recession and disruption will probably follow, bringing to mind those memorable 1990 words of Paul Keating: ‘This is the recession we had to have’. Except in this case the recession will be self-inflicted. Continue reading “A Wall of Blackouts”

Unreliable Energy

By Brendan Godwin

The inclusion of unreliable energy sources such as wind and solar (“The Unreliables”) in our supply grids is causing massive fluctuations in electricity dispatch costs from $50-$100/MWh to $14,000/MWh and up to $60,000/MWh in South Australia in the Jan 2019 heat wave (Judith Sloan The Australian Jan 29, 2019) and see the graph below. This ultimately falls on consumer bills. Additionally, the locations for all of these unreliable generation sites are far from current transmission networks and new transmission lines have to be built and footprint cost and capacity factors have to be taken into account. People pushing for “The Unreliables” don’t factor these costs into their costings and neither do government pricing models. Nor do they include all of the subsidies paid to “The Unreliables” plus the state royalties on coal that forced Hazelwood’s closure.


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Time to Drain the Energy Swamp

The Australian electricity market has become a stinking swamp covered with a tangled net of treaties, laws, rules, obligations, prohibitions, targets, taxes and subsidies. The swamp conceals the rubble of demolished coal generators; another plant destined for destruction (Liddell) is gradually sinking into the green ooze.

The swamp is slowly claiming paddocks of subsidised solar panels that, at best, only work for six hours per sunny day. The scene is uglified by spec-built regiments of ailing wind turbines that are often idle, but sometimes whirling madly. To distract the gullible media from this mess, big diesel generators charge a gigantic battery which pumps water uphill and then lets it run down again. A garbage dump of dead lithium batteries fills a nearby gully and the swamp is fenced by locked green gates.

The stagnant water is stirred on sunny days by luxury launches carrying academics-with-models, green media evangelists, climate alarmists, emissions inspectors and power regulators. Speculative sharks constantly patrol the swamp snapping up every smelly subsidy morsel scattered by politicians in posh yachts fishing for votes.


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Time to Crush the Green Ants

Beware the Yellow Vests, Green Shirts and Steel-Capped Boots

By Viv Forbes

20/01/19

For decades now we have watched Green-ants destroy Australia’s backbone industries.

Image credit: Ching-Chieh Chuang at Shutterstock

Their incessant attacks on hydro-carbon energy have vandalised our electricity grid, destroyed heavy industry, inflated power costs and made blackouts inevitable.
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Forget Paris: 1,600 New Coal-fired Power Plants are Planned or Under Construction in 62 Countries

Here’s a small sample of how many coal plants there are in the world today.

    • The EU has 468 plants building 27 more for a total of 495
    • Turkey has 56 plants building 93 more total 149
    • South Africa has 79 building 24 more total 103
    • India has 589 building 446 more total 1036
    • Philippines has 19 building 60 more total 79
    • South Korea has 58 building 26 more total 84
    • Japan has 90 building 45 more total 135
    • AND CHINA has 2363 building 1171 total 3534

Here come our AUSTRALIAN politicians that are going to shut down our 6 remaining plants and save the planet!!

Source and read more: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/07/03/forget-paris-1600-new-coal-power-plants-built-around-the-world/

Keeping Heat Waves in Perspective

The Great Heatwave of 1896 by Dr John McLean.

This heat wave has the dubious honour of being the hottest EVAH.

From the document:

South-eastern Australia’s 2014 heat wave in perspective

“Anything under 110 [43.3C] is now beginning to be looked at as contemptibly cool.” – 1896

In January 2014 parts of south-eastern Australia experienced a sever heat wave. For several locations the heat wave started around January 11 and lasted about a week then with just a few days pause returned and extended into the first week of February. Temperatures in Melbourne exceeded 40C (104F) on four successive days during the first period and temperatures were lower during the second period. In contrast Bourke, in northern New South Wales, experienced 21 successive days above 35C (96F) and seven successive days above 40C (104F) in the second period.

As hot as these conditions were they were still lower than during January 1896 when a hot spell gripped New South Wales.

Read the whole document:

http://mclean.ch/climate/docs/Aus_Heatwave_1896v2014.pdf [PDF, 370 KB]