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  • Book: Climate Change: A Politicised Storm in a Teacup
    Dr. John Happs has put together a collection of articles that expose the politics and deception behind unsubstantiated claims that the trivial emissions of human-produced carbon dioxide will lead to catastrophic global warming and a host of other imaginary problems. Climate Change: A Politicised Storm in a Teacup traces the deliberate corruption of climate science by vested interest groups that stand to gain politically, ideologically and financially from their pointless attempts to reduce the trivial levels of life-giving atmospheric carbon dioxide. For political/ideological/financial benefit, bodies such as the United Nations, science academies, many governments, Green NGO’s, wind and solar power investors have all contributed to what is now being seen as the biggest deception in the history of science. Australian…
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  • A New Cold Record set at International Falls: Should we be Surprised?
    By David Archibald News has come from the Duluth office of the National Weather Service that both International Falls & Hibbing broke their records for low temperatures on the morning of September 17. The Falls got to 23°, breaking the old record of 24° set in 1959, and Hibbing to 24°. We shouldn’t be surprised because the Canadian prairies have been cooling for decades now. Also, President Trump, while in California on September 14, had predicted cooling, saying “It’ll start getting cooler. You just watch.” Three days later a new cold record is set at the iconic International Falls weather station. Either President Trump actually has some control of the weather or he is getting very good advice. The paper…
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  • ‘Climate arson’ and Other Wildfire Nonsense
    Real goal is to avoid responsibility for policies, and increase control over energy, lives, property By Paul Driessen In what has become an annual summer tragedy, wildfires are again destroying western US forests. Millions of acres and millions of animals have been incinerated, hundreds of homes reduced to ash and rubble, dozens of parents and children killed, and many more people left missing, injured or burned. Air quality across wide regions and entire states is so bad people are told to stay indoors, where many have hibernated for months because of the coronavirus, but indoor air is also contaminated. Acrid smoke and soot have been carried to Chicago and beyond. Firefighters are profiles in courage, as they battle the blazes…
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  • Solar Panels Generate Mountains of Waste
    They also heat the planet, blanket wildlife habitats and cause other ecological damage. By Duggan Flanakin The problem of solar panel waste is now becoming evident. As environmental journalist Emily Folk admits in Renewable Energy Magazine, “when talking about renewable energy, the topic of waste does not often appear.” She attributes this to the supposed “pressures of climate change” and alleged “urgency to find alternative energy sources,” saying people may thus be hesitant to discuss “possible negative impacts of renewable energy.” Ms. Folk admits that sustainability requires proper e-waste management. Yet she laments, “Solar presents a particular problem. There is growing evidence that broken panels release toxic pollutants … [and] increasing concern regarding what happens with these materials when they…
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  • CLINTEL Letter to Mr. Bill Gates
    Mr. Bill Gates, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 500 Fifth Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109 USA September 14, 2020 Dear Mr. Gates, CLINTEL Respectfully Challenges Your Article: 'COVID-19 is awful. Climate change could be worse' The Climate Intelligence Group (CLINTEL) represents 900 scientists, engineers and other professionals from 33 countries in climate and related fields. One of the questions we are working intensively on is climate sensitivity - how much global warming is natural and how much is caused by our enterprises and industries. Contrary to what current theoretical models project, we have concluded that the actual climate sensitivity to doubled CO2 is far from alarming, in fact at less than half of the IPCC value. Our conclusion fits with…
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  • RUNAWAY GREENHOUSE EFFECT ON VENUS? THE EVIDENCE SAYS NO!
    By Dr. John Happs Venus is named after the ancient Roman Goddess of love and beauty, also called Aphrodite by the Ancient Greeks. Presumably, the "love and beauty" term came from the fact that Venus is the brightest of all the planets in the night sky. The Italian Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was the first astronomer to observe Venus through a telescope and he observed that the planet had phases like our Moon. This observation supported the revolutionary (and politically dangerous) idea that Venus and other planets orbited the Sun. [caption id="attachment_1609" align="aligncenter" width="163"] Bing.com: Galileo Galilei[/caption] Venus is similar in structure and size (slightly smaller) when compared to the Earth. It has the longest rotation period (243 days) of any…
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  • Not So Green
    By Viv Forbes Solar energy is very dilute, so solar collectors usually cover huge areas of flat arable land, stealing farmland, starving wild herbs and grasses of sunlight and creating “Solar Deserts”. [caption id="attachment_1601" align="aligncenter" width="859"] A Solar Desert expanding at Gannawarra in Victoria, Australia. Picture Credit ARENA[/caption] Wind turbines steal energy from winds which often bring moisture from the ocean. These walls of turbines then create rain shadows, producing more rain near the turbines and more droughts down-wind. Turbines work best along ridge lines where eagles also seek thermals, so birds and bats get chopped up by these whirling scythes. They also annoy neighbours with noise and increase bushfire risk. They even spread their wall of wind towers offshore,…
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  • Green New Deal Disruption and Destruction
    Not just energy, but every aspect of our lives, living standards, history, culture and freedoms By David Wojick and Paul Driessen Kamala Harris co-sponsored the Senate resolution to support the Green New Deal. Now Joe Biden has endorsed the plan. Naturally, people want to know what the GND will cost – usually meaning in state and federal government spending. But that is the wrong question. The real question is, how much do Green New Dealers expect to get out of it, at what total cost? Mr. Biden says he wants the feds to spend nearly $7 trillion over the next decade on healthcare, energy and housing transformation, climate change and other GND agenda items. But that is only part of…
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  • Australia Following California to a High Cost Unreliable Electricity Supply System
    By Alan Moran Matthew Warren in the AFR (August 16, 2020) was highly critical of the electricity market manager’s proposed spending on new transmission lines. The proposals involve a centrally planned network with over $17 billion of new transmission lines plus a further $10 billion for the Snowy pumped storage scheme. This spending is designed to shore-up the inherently inefficient and high cost wind and solar generators that regulatory subsidies have made possible. There is an irony in Warren’s attack since, in a previous life as head lobbyist for the renewable energy industry, he was instrumental in having the Rudd/Gillard government accept the slogan “20 per cent renewables by 2020” with the fourfold expansion in subsidised renewables this entailed. It…
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  • Green California Has the Nation’s Worst Power Grid
    By Steve Goreham Originally published in Washington Examiner. More than a million Californians suffered power blackouts last Friday evening. When high temperatures caused customer demand to exceed the power available, California electrical utilities used rotating outages to force a reduction in demand. The California grid is the worst in the nation, with green energy policies pursued by the state likely furthering reduced grid reliability. At 6:30 pm on Friday, Pacific Gas and Electric, California’s biggest utility, began shutting off power in rolling outages to force a reduction in demand. Southern California Edison also denied power to homes, beginning just before 7 pm. Shutoffs impacted a rotating group of up to two million customers until 11 pm. The California Independent System…
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  • 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. Firstly they are intermittent, producing zero power when winds drops or sunlight fails. Secondly, green energy is dilute so the collection area must be huge. Both solar panels and wind…
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  • No Fuel = No Fire
    By Viv Forbes A NSW Bushfire Enquiry concluded: “Hazard-reduction burns should be greatly increased”. What a breath of good sense. If there is no fuel, there can be no fire. They also urge a return to indigenous fire management. Aboriginals burnt anything and everything, at any time, for any reason. They had no water-bombers and seldom tried to put fires out, but they did understand back-burning. Their vegetation management created the vast and productive open forests and grasslands that supported large populations of marsupials and birds. But tree huggers would never support this. They prefer scrub, weeds, pests and occasional fierce wildfires.
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  • Pure and Sterile
    By Viv Forbes Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef is once again the excuse for extending Green control of all land and waters. Their current scare concerns the quality of water draining into the Coral Sea. Their hidden agenda is to eliminate coastal agriculture, mining and commercial fishing. They would surrender the land to kangaroos, cassowaries, lantana, cane toads, wild cats and feral pigs and the seas to marauding sharks, cruising whales and aboriginal fishermen. Reef Warriors will never be satisfied until pure water drains from farms, mines, ports and rivers along the Queensland coast. This is an impossible and misguided dream. Pure water is sterile and nothing flourishes in it. Vibrant offshore life needs winds, rivers and creeks to deliver minerals…
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  • Bernie Scolds Elon Musk for Taking Government Subsidies that Sanders Made Possible
    By Steve Goreham Originally published in WND. In a twitter battle last week, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders criticized Elon Musk for accepting billions of dollars in government support. The exchange erupted over Sanders’ new bill to impose a wealth tax on Musk and other billionaires. But most of the payments received by Musk’s companies came from electric vehicle and solar energy programs that Sanders, green advocates, and state governments established to promote green energy. The coronavirus pandemic caused the stock market to plunge in February and March of this year. The subsequent market recovery between March and August increased the wealth of U.S. billionaires by more than $700 billion. Last week, Senators Bernie Sanders, Ed Markey, and Kirsten Gillibrand introduced…
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  • 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…
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  • HOW CLIMATE ALARMISTS USE RCP8.5 TO EXAGGERATE AND DECEIVE
    By Dr. John Happs It is now widely known that there is a complete lack of empirical evidence to show that atmospheric carbon dioxide drives global temperature. Dr. Horst-Joachim Ludecke has demonstrated this fact from readily available data: https://notrickszone.com/2020/07/29/data-from-2-independent-studies-show-no-correlation-between-co2-and-temperature/ Perhaps not as widely known is that, on those rare occasions when atmospheric carbon dioxide and global temperature have tracked closely, it is temperature that drives carbon dioxide levels. https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/10/06/news-from-vostok-ice-cores/ Despite these facts, we are increasingly encountering media reports about how the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that we are heading for climate catastrophe if we fail to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions and continue with so-called "business as usual." The media inevitably emphasise the IPCC's computer model projections,…
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  • The Hydrogen Strategy to NOWHERE
    The European Commission presented its hydrogen strategy in July 2020. It is convinced that it will be possible to make ‘clean’ hydrogen a viable solution for a climate-neutral economy and to build a dynamic value chain for this resource in the EU. It is even convinced to do that over the next five years. The European Commission is convinced that “from 2025 to 2030, hydrogen needs to become an intrinsic part of our integrated energy system, with at least 40 GW of renewable hydrogen electrolysers and the production of up to 10 million tonnes of renewable hydrogen in the EU”. For 2030 hydrogen produced with renewable energy should be deployed across all the EU. In doing so, it follows the example…
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  • 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. [caption id="attachment_1542" align="alignleft" width="840"] We acknowledge an un-named cartoonist who gave us the idea for this cartoon.[/caption] 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…
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  • Cold Comfort
    By Viv Forbes, 30 July 2020 Before sunrise yesterday, the grass temperature in Washpool, “Sunny Queensland” was minus 1.7 deg. There was no wind or sunshine. Wind turbines were becalmed and not even moonbeams energised our solar panels. In that still, frosty darkness, green energy failed again. Not a watt came from becalmed wind “farms” or from subsidized solar panels cluttering many roofs (including ours). But we didn’t need our diesel in the shed - we were saved by trusty Old King Coal, with maybe a dash of gas or hydro. Reliable 24/7 generators provided pre-dawn power-by-wire for lights, heaters and coffee before we checked the frosty flats for new-born lambs. [caption id="attachment_1539" align="alignleft" width="391"] Needs Some Warming here too…
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  • 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. The political war on carbon fuels has damaged the environment with forests of “green” power poles, flats of ground-sterilising solar panels, hills of bird-slicing wind turbines plus spider-webs of new power lines and roads. This mess produces unreliable expensive electricity, sterilizes land, and wastes water to keep solar panels clean. And imagine the debris when a cyclone sails through a “farm” of panels or a “forest” of…
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  • The Singapore Extension Cord
    by Michael Darby Sunday 2 August 2020 Australia has granted major project status to AU$22bn solar, storage and transmission project which intends to sell unreliable energy to Singapore by undersea cable from Darwin. Here is the LINK to that story. Ways to profit from a gigantic scam include milking subsidies & tax benefits and ramping shares. No government should bestow Major Project Status on a doomed “project” where no profit will ever be made from selling a product to a willing buyer. Australians call on the Prime Minister to guarantee that not one cent of public money will be committed to any fraudulent plan aimed at subsidies and lurks. Any government which endorses a scam deserves to be brought down. …
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  • Aquatic Plants also need Carbon Dioxide
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  • The Rising Costs of the Climate War
    By Alan Moran Rio Tinto’s [Paywall] announced closure of its aluminium smelter in New Zealand due to uncompetitive power prices is a reminder of the vulnerability of Australia’s four remaining smelters, all of which face sharply higher prices courtesy of government energy policies. With energy costs comprising about a third of their total costs, smelters are industry’s bellwethers of future energy competitiveness and all four of Australia’s are on national suicide watch. As a result of subsidies to wind and solar, these expensive and unreliable energy sources have caused high customer costs, both directly and indirectly, while also diverting the nation’s investment resources into avenues that actually damage the economy. Commonwealth and state subsidies to wind and solar energy are…
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  • Greens Deliver US Security to China
    By Paul Driessen and Dr. Ned Mamula Excerpt from https://townhall.com/columnists/pauldriessen/2020/07/18/hold-china-accountable--or-give-it-even-more-control-n2572706 The United States is also beholden to China for metals and minerals in energy, aerospace, defense, telecom and other industries. Joe Biden, AOC, Democrats and environmentalist groups would not just shut down fossil fuel production, pipelines and fuels for power generation and manufacturing. They would effectively turn our energy systems, manufacturing, defense, livelihoods and living standards over to China. Chinese computer chips are in countless products – and Trojan horse viruses or backdoors for hackers could enable steady information theft, take over GPS systems or crash electrical grids. Minerals, metals and components essential for aircraft, night vision goggles, computers, wind turbines, solar panels, rechargeable batteries, electric vehicles and other technologies…
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  • All Sheep and Cows are Green
    By Professor David Bellamy From https://www.nzcpr.com/cows-and-sheep-may-safely-graze/ As a youngster in a post war London I was brought up on lamb and anchor butter from New Zealand. My first dabble into TV commercials was with WOOLMARK NZ, in what became a successful attempt to slow down the ingress of synthetic fibre into the carpet market. I still meet sheep farmers around the world who greet me their thanks and a pint of beer. I still delight in your butter and lamb which I can buy in my local supermarket, the latter at half the price of the local product sold in our village butchers shop. What a strange world we live in now bombarded with the rhetoric of food miles let…
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  • Locked Down and Taxed to Death
    Ayn Rand saw it coming when she wrote in “Atlas Shrugged”: ... when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing—when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors—when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you—when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice—you may know that your society is doomed. (Chapter II, "THE ARISTOCRACY OF PULL".)
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  • Environmentalist Apologises for Climate Scare
    Environmentalist Michael Shellenberger was named Time magazine Heroes of the Environment (2008). He wrote an article for Forbes entitled On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare. According to Shellenberger, "Forbes has censored my article." (https://twitter.com/ShellenbergerMD/status/1277611390195216390 30 June 2020) The article has  been reposted here: https://environmentalprogress.org/big-news/2020/6/29/on-behalf-of-environmentalists-i-apologize-for-the-climate-scare Alternate PDF version: https://saltbushclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/shellenberger-apology.pdf [303 kB]
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  • HARNESSING THE UN’S TROJAN HORSE TO THE GREEN ZEALOT’S BANDWAGON
    By Dr. John Happs United Nations officials knew there would be a number of environmental groups waiting in the wings to assist them in promoting climate alarmism and achieving the UN's goals. The UN wanted to provide a platform for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) since they are essentially about radical environmental restrictions. Attending the UN's climate sessions were a number of environmental activists with links to organisations such as Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), Conservation International, Nature Conservancy, Earth First, Sierra Club, Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection, the Environmantal Defence Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, Friends of the Earth, the UN Green Climate Fund and the World Wide Fund for Nature…
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  • WHEN THE MINISTER DOES NOT MINISTER
    By Ron Pike It was the succinct Ronald Reagan who gave us the quote: "A Government Department is the nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on earth." This quote became very relevant to me in recent weeks as I have been discussing the failed Murray-Darling Basin Plan with several members of Parliament and specifically with advisors to Federal Water Minister, Keith Pitt. Here is a map of the massive Murray-Darling Basin: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-05/murray-darling-basin-map/8587898?nw=0 Although there have been over 100 inquiries into this Government initiated disaster, all of them scathing as to what is happening with our water (including its sale to overseas entities) the Minister and the Government are still extolling its virtues, while most of the one…
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  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: The United Nation’s Trojan Horse at Work
    By Dr. John Happs "One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It's simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we've been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back." Carl Sagan : The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. The media and many politicians from around the world actually believed and proclaimed that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an independent scientific body comprising the world's best climate scientists. We were told: "The IPCC is…
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  • 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. Fiat money is not new - Marco Polo described its use in China over 700 years ago. Travellers and traders entering China were forced by Kublai Khan to exchange their real money (gold and silver coins and bars) for his coupons, made from mulberry bark, each numbered and stamped with the Khan's seal.…
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  • Sowing the Seeds of Climate Corruption
    By Dr. John Happs "Searching for truth at the United Nations is like looking for kernels of wheat in a mountain of horse dung." Attributed to: "A playground for the vile and dangerous." By Piers Akerman, Daily Telegraph, September 30, 2009) https://www.icjs-online.org/indarch.php?article=2073 Perhaps Piers Akerman was a little harsh over his criticism of the United Nations (UN) although there is no doubt that current climate hysteria had its origins within that organisation. To its credit, the UN initially focused on nuclear arms control, disarmament, the protection of human rights, securing the independence of colonized countries and the economic development of poor countries. https://treaties.un.org/doc/Publication/CTC/uncharter.pdf Starting its journey for world peace and human rights, the UN has now morphed into a massive…
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  • 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…
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  • No Sign that Extreme Weather Events are Getting Worse
    London, 4 June: A new review of the scientific literature on extreme weather events published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) confirms what IPCC assessment reports have concluded: There is little evidence of any significant changes in most indices. The paper, by physicist Dr Ralph Alexander, looks at trends in hot and cold weather extremes, floods and droughts, hurricanes and wildfires and finds only a minor increase in cold weather extremes. According to Dr Alexander, weather extremes is one area where the IPCC has been reasonably empirical and scientific in recent years. As he explains: “The IPCC stands out, among those who believe that global warming is primarily due to human activity, as a voice of restraint on…
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  • Thought Bubbles from Canberra – more useless energy policies
    By Viv Forbes The Australian Minister for Promoting Useless Energy thinks that hydrogen fuel, carbon capture and storage, soil carbon and biofuels are priorities for energy policy and greenhouse gas reduction. If that’s the best our leaders can come up with, Australia should have voted Green last election to speed the inevitable recession and blackouts that will eventually kill this tsunami of energy nonsense. [caption id="attachment_1458" align="alignnone" width="560"] Pixabay : https://pixabay.com/photos/soap-bubbles-bubbles-fun-colors-83758/[/caption] “Hydrogen” does not supply net energy – burning it can return some of the energy used to produce it from hydrocarbons or electrolysis of water. It is an expensive explosive gas that makes less sense than Snowy 2 - more energy in than out! Moreover, we have no infrastructure…
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  • Sawmills Save the World
    By Allen Horrell The Nationals oppose the idea of planting more trees to reduce our Carbon emissions. Their objection is that subsidised tree planting will consume arable farms and threaten food security for Australia. It's a fair point. So, if we think carbon dioxide is bad and we want to reduce it, we can either reduce our output or lock more carbon away in carbon sinks, where it cannot get back into the atmosphere. If I can describe to you a plan that will lock vast amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere for hundreds of years and will consume no arable land or threaten food production and will create new jobs and exports for Australia, do you think that…
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  • German officials threaten Naomi Seibt with prison for “denialism”
    By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley 18 May 2020 The response to our appeal for Naomi Seibt has been splendid - but more of us need to help her, because the State Media Authority in North Rhine Westphalia, in the hope of interfering with Naomi's right to post YouTube videos critical of the Party Line on climate, have menaced her not only with two enormous fines and two sets of costs but also with prison. Naomi really, really needs our help. If you have already donated, many thanks for your generosity. More than $1000 a month has been pledged in just 24 hours. Keep it coming - she'll need every penny. Just donate to Naomi directly. Do it now, if not…
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  • 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. Australia is a huge dry continent with an empty heart - over 70% is desert, indigenous land or national parks. Outback mines provide some income and employment but a huge area does little to employ, feed or clothe Australians. Too much land is a haven for weeds, pests and bushfires, a no-go zone for water conservation or mineral…
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  • The Green Elephant in the Snowy Mountains
    Canberra breeds many white elephants, but now they are breeding a gigantic new breed of pachyderm in Australia’s Snowy Mountains – a Green Elephant. Grandly named “Snowy 2.0 Hydro-Electric”, it has the compulsory green skin, but it is just another big white elephant under a thick layer of green paint. Snowy 2.0 plans a hugely expensive complex of dams, tunnels, pumps, pipes, generators, roads and powerlines. Water will be pumped up-hill using grid power in times of low demand, and then released when needed to recover some of that energy. To call it “hydro-electric” is a fraud – it will not store one extra litre of water and will be a net consumer of electric power. It is a giant…
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  • Renewables Hit a Record High of Global Energy Production – 3.6%. The World Still Runs on Coal, Oil and Gas
    After 20 years of subsidies, intermittent renewables account for just 3.6% of total energy generation. That’s the tiny purple sliver in the graph. Global power means not just electricity, but also fuel used in transport. And this is where wind and solar power are respectively old and slow, or modern but useless. Read More: http://joannenova.com.au/2018/09/renewables-hit-record-high-of-3-6-of-total-global-energy-production/
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  • The Choke Point in the Wind Supply in South Australia
    The SA story in pictures.  http://catallaxyfiles.com/2020/05/05/the-choke-point-in-the-wind-supply-in-south-australia/ Given the “choke” problem no amount of good days save the grid from dying on a bad day. No feasible storage is in sight to get over the troughs between the peaks of wind and sun. Much talk of our great resources of wind and sun. Great land resources as well, but how much is arable? The BOM records probably indicate limits to farming, were they consulted to check the continuity of wind and solar supply? Australia on the cliff approaching the shuttering of Liddell power station. https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/04/30/australian-energy-security-on-the-brink/ AEMO data demonstrate that wind and solar cannot work without storage and should never have been subsidised to increase the cost of power and destabilize the…
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  • Revisiting Al Gore’s Convenient Untruths
    By Dr. John Happs "I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis." Quote by Al Gore, former U.S. vice president, and promoter of climate alarm: https://grist.org/article/roberts2/ After a period of 14 years, it's worth reflecting on Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth (AIT) to see if Gore's collection of predicted climate catastrophes have borne any fruit. After all, AIT was lauded by the media and politicians around the world and taxpayers have paid a hefty price as I noted in my article posted…
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  • Michael Moore Presents: Planet of the Humans
    Michael Moore Presents: Planet of the Humans - a Documentary directed by Jeff Gibbs. This presentation is a bit long but is one of the few I have found worth every minute. It is a devastating exposé of the Green Energy story. Even if you do not listen yourself please spread this link around. Viv Forbes Here is Rafe Champions review: Planet of the Humans is a hauntingly beautiful production, not being a film buff I can’t grade the camera work but I suspect it is gold standard – see the shots of rusting windmills, the desolate ruins of a gigantic billion dollar solar farm and the wasteland of tree stumps created to provide “sustainable” power from “biomass”. Moore himself…
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  • 2019-2020 South Pacific Blob and Antarctica Warming in February 2020
    By Alvin Wong and Wyss Yim Volcanoes Study Group, Hong Kong Hot blobs beneath the sea surface formed by the release of geothermal heat through submarine volcanic eruptions and/or sub-aerially erupted hot volcanic materials including lava flows into the sea are an underestimated natural cause of ocean heat waves 1. Recent examples include the 2013-2016 North Pacific Blob 2,3and the 2018-2019 Southwest Indian Ocean Blob 4. The present study on the development of a blob in the South Pacific Ocean referred to as the 2019-2020 South Pacific Blob 5 has provided evidence to account for the observed recent warming in Antarctica including a new hottest temperature record on February 6, 2020 6 and heat wave conditions dramatically changing Antarctica in…
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  • Re-build Muscle not Flab
    By Viv Forbes In order to kill Corona-wasps in the ceiling, politicians have knocked our economic house down. Now they dream of rebuilding the house by driving at full speed into the borrow-and-spend swamp. National Cabinet will soon find that Australia-after-Corona can’t afford a bloated public service, an overmanned and overpaid academia, throngs of able-bodied people on long-term welfare, too many tax-exempt foundations, endless donations to worthless UN fiefdoms and talk-fests, and a huge import bill to pay for all the things we once made here. Nor can we afford all the resources being wasted on dysfunctional submarines designed in Canberra, power systems mandated by the UN, Snowy 2 Green elephants, climate alarmism, emissions targets and green energy molly-coddling. We…
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  • Lessons from the West German Economic Miracle
    After WWII Germany was devastated, its factories and infrastructure destroyed. A brilliant leader, Ludwig Erhard, seized an opportunity and literally overnight reformed the tax system to allow individual motivation to work its magic - the West German economic miracle resulted. Read the extract from Understanding Personal and Economic Liberty by Ronald Kitching: https://saltbushclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/west-german-reform.pdf [PDF, 172 KB (the beginning of the first page is deliberately blank)]. Available from https://www.copyright.net.au/1/home/understanding-personal-and-economic-freedom.
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  • 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). [caption id="attachment_1402" align="alignnone" width="299"] Image Credit: Pixabay[/caption] 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: https://www.odditycentral.com/news/australian-town-struggles-to-cope-with-bat-invasion-of-biblical-proportions.html https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/11/it-smells-so-bad-you-can-taste-it-bats-plague-australian-tourist-town https://www.northqueenslandregister.com.au/story/6597700/lives-at-risk-in-flying-fox-invasion/ https://9now.nine.com.au/a-current-affair/bats-swarm-queensland-towns-alarming-locals/77ae50aa-828b-446c-9029-ca3211255d16 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-27/inverell-sc-discusses-flying-fox-infestation-with-oeh/5121278…
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  • The Greenland Ice Sheet Might Disappear – Probably When Hell Freezes Over
    By Dr. John Happs The Greenland ice sheet is the second largest body of ice on Earth after the Antarctic ice sheet and to say that Greenland's ice sheet is big would be an understatement. It is about 2,400 km long, 1,100 km wide and covers an area of around 1,710,000 square km. It has a volume of about 2,850,000 cu. km and ice cores have been taken from a depth of around 4 km. The public read and hear only about Greenland's short summer melting events with exaggerated media reports routinely providing alarmist messages. In July 2019,The Guardian newspaper reported that: "More than 250 news outlets worldwide have signed on to Covering Climate Now, a project to improve coverage…
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  • Bushfires in Australia – Royal Commission Submission
    A submission to The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements Presented by Viv Forbes On Behalf of The Saltbush Club PDF version: https://saltbushclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/bushfire-enquiry.pdf The Landscape and wildlife of Australia was shaped and then maintained by frequent mild burning for at least 40,000 years. This reality must be recognised and it dictates that there are only two futures for Australia: A healthy safe landscape that maintains sustainable vegetation, wildlife and people. This requires that we re-establish the successful fire regimes of the past. OR A dangerous and destructive landscape with too many people cowering in suburban and rural enclaves surrounded by a tinderbox of pest-ridden weeds, scrub and litter - a threat to trees, wildlife and property. This is today's…
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  • The Virus Slowdown was Successful – but the Depressed Patient Died in Poverty
    By Viv Forbes In their frantic attempts to delay the spread of the Wuhan virus, governments are sowing the seeds of economic depression and currency destruction, which will blight Australian lives for a generation. They are adding financial stress to the medical stress. The ordinary flu virus kills many people every winter despite vaccines. And both viruses are more lethal for the old and the sick. We do not close the whole country every flu season but this year’s crisis is being exploited by scare mongers, centralists and globalists whose slogan is “never let a decent crisis go to waste”. Whole industries are being destroyed before our eyes - airlines, shipping, the whole tourism and entertainment industry, sport, small business,…
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  • Zero Emissions Almost Here?
    By Viv Forbes Planes parked up, cruise ships anchored, airports deserted, tourists not touring, supermarket shelves bare, Disneyland shut, borders closing, motor races cancelled, no fans in the stands, smelters and factories closing, travel banned, oil and coal prices crashing, stock markets plunging, businesses closing, bankruptcies rising, hotels and motels unoccupied, politicians panicking, barbies cold - - looks like zero emissions is almost here.
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  • Open Letter from CLINTEL to World Leaders: “Fight Virus not Carbon”
    The Hague, March 23, 2020 Professor Guus Berkhout President of CLINTEL guus.berkhout@clintelgroup.org Your Excellencies, LESSON IN HUMILITY ­- UNPREDICTABLE NATURAL FORCES CHANGE THE WORLD The world is in the middle of a serious health crisis. Today, the people of the world face a true emergency - a health crisis in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic. People need an inspiring narrative that promises them a hopeful future. Today, for instance, it is totally inappropriate that the billion-dollar Green New Deal focused on climate is still on the agenda of leaders such as Mr. Antonio Guterres of the UN and Mr. Frans Timmermans of the EU. Your Excellencies, compared to COVID-19 climate change is a non-problem! It is based on computer models…
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  • The Enormous and Continuing Cost of Canada’s Climate Policies
    By Robert Lyman In this PowerPoint presentation, I have tried to answer a question about climate policy that is too rarely asked in Canada. How much does it cost? Only those with a profound ignorance of economics, or a contempt for it, would say that the answer to this question is unimportant. The central economic fact of life is that there are always more things that we want and need than we can afford; when we fail to understand what our choices cost, we indirectly deprive ourselves of things that may be far more important to our overall wellbeing. Read the article at: https://blog.friendsofscience.org/2020/03/20/prosperity-foregone-a-summary/ The article includes the following video and links to the downloadable presentation:
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  • New Investments Outlive Confetti Money
    By Viv Forbes Governments seek to revive “the economy” by scattering gifts of our own money wrapped in red tape. This encourages immediate consumption. But this stimulation stops dead when the money tap is turned off. Three simple measures from the three levels of government will create more long term jobs than discriminatory and complicated political handouts that have no lasting effect. Firstly, abolish the federal Capital Gains Tax. Fear of CGT has constipated private property transfer and investment for decades. Most new investors in houses, businesses or farms soon start making improvements – alterations, extensions, a granny flat or new sheds, yards, dams, fences, factories or workshops. But after a few years, owners become satisfied or inactive and capital…
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  • Are We Really in a New Climate Era?
    By Howard Thomas Brady The Federal Gallery journal has published this article by Dr Brady in its March 2020 edition. Dr Brady says that “politicians on both sides of the climate debate are making statements that are actually false. In good faith they think that certain propositions are correct”, so he needs to show otherwise. Read the full article: https://saltbushclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/climate-era-brady.pdf [PDF, 311 kB] Howard Thomas Brady has written the book Mirrors and Mazes: a guide through the climate debate (2016). He has post-graduate degrees in Philosophy, Theology and Antarctic science. He also has a climate website listing various talks and YouTube presentations: http://www.mirrorsandmazes.com.au.
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  • Delingpole: Wikipedia Airbrushes List of Climate Sceptic Scientists Out of History
    From: https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/03/08/delingpole-wikipedia-airbrushes-list-of-climate-sceptical-scientists-out-of-history/ RIA-NOVOSTI/AFP PHOTO (Photo by - / RIA-NOVOSTI MOSCOW / AFP via Getty Images) Wikipedia has deleted its ‘List of Scientists Who Disagree with the Scientific Consensus on Global Warming’.Stalin — who set the template for airbrushing inconvenient people out of history — would no doubt have heartily approved of this wanton act of censorship. But what would probably have pleased him more is the magnificently twisted justification offered by the editor responsible. “The result was delete. This is because I see a consensus here that there is no value in having a list that combines the qualities of a) being a scientist, in the general sense of that word, and b) disagreeing with the scientific consensus on global…
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  • The Carbon Capture Con
    By Viv Forbes Carbon-capture-and-storage “(CCS)” tops the list of silly schemes “to reduce man-made global warming”. The idea is to capture carbon dioxide from power stations and cement plants, separate it, compress it, pump it long distances and force it underground, hoping it will never escape. Smart engineers with unlimited money could do all this. But only green zealots would support the sacrifice of billions of dollars and scads of energy to bury this harmless, invisible, life-supporting gas in the hope of appeasing the global warming gods. The quantities of gases that CCS would need to handle are enormous and capital and operating costs will be horrendous. For every tonne of coal burnt in a power station, about 11 tonnes…
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  • How Michael Mann Helped the IPCC Erase 1,000 Years of Climate History
    By Dr. John Happs Dr. Michael Mann will be in Australia for 6 months during 2020 as Visiting Professor at the Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) at the University of New South Wales. [caption id="attachment_1336" align="alignnone" width="193"] Bing.com: Dr. Michael Mann[/caption] This is the same university that awarded an honorary doctorate to the late Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, former chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Investigative journalist Donna Laframboise, in her book: Into the Dustbin: Rajendra Pachauri, the Climate Report and the Nobel Peace Prize, described Rajendra Pachauri, the former chairman of the IPCC, as an environmental activist, habitual liar on climate matters and a "non-stop train wreck." https://www.adlibris.com/se/bok/into-the-dustbin-rajendra-pachauri-the-climate-report-the-nobel-peace-prize-9781492292401 Tony Thomas has certainly done his homework on Pachauri…
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  • The “anti-Greta” Thunberg debuts on Fox News with a message of hope for young people
    From Watts Up With That: It is nice to see this. Unlike high-school dropout Greta Thunberg, Naomi Seibt is an accelerated student and has a background in science and psychology. She received a degree in BA (Business Administration). She went to St. Mauritz School and won first place in the youth competition research in physics. She graduated from high school at the age of 16 in 2017. She has now been engaged by The Heartland Institute to reach out to young people around the world. She was a guest Thursday, February 27 on “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino” on the Fox News Channel, the top-rated cable show in its time slot in the United States. She was invited on…
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  • The Parable of Gospers Mountain, or how aboriginal burning changed the face of Australia
    By Vic Jurskis Lieutenant Watkin Tench arrived at Warrane (Sydney Cove) with the First Fleet in 1788. Tench described a diversity of birds and animals, present in small numbers: The country, I am of opinion, would abound with birds, did not the natives, by perpetually setting fire to the grass and bushes, destroy the greater part of the nests; a cause which also contributes to render small quadrupeds scarce. Tench and Judge David Collins observed fire behaviour during drought and extreme weather. Aboriginal fires were, as always, burning in bushland northwest of Parramatta in February 1791. Over three days of extreme temperatures (>430 C) and searing northwesterly gales, flying foxes and lorikeets were dropping dead in what is now Parramatta…
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  • Pests need Predators
    By Viv Forbes Australian camels are well-adapted to thrive in the dry heart of Australia but landowners have been unable to harvest them profitably for meat, leather, racing or genetics. With no real predators, camel numbers ballooned. They did reduce wildfire risk in parks by consuming excess vegetation, but during drought, starving, thirsty camels become pests, invading neighbouring pastures and water supplies and destroying fences. So the federal government pays helicopter sharp-shooters to shoot hundreds of them, leaving carcasses to rot. A similar fate awaits Kosciusko Park brumbies. At the same time, nearer to the coast, hungry kangaroos trash irrigated pastures and help themselves to dwindling water supplies, but landowners are forbidden to cull them and red tape and quotas…
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  • The Looming Collision between Electric Vehicles and Green Energy
    by Viv Forbes Two green-dream fantasies are heading for a massive and costly collision. Firstly they dream of generating all grid power from wind/solar propped up by battery storage (such as lots of giant Tesla batteries and pumped hydro). Secondly they dream of replacing all petrol/diesel/gas cars, trucks and buses with electric vehicles, powered by more batteries. But wind farms do well if they can average about 35% of their rated capacity with low predictability, while solar panels average just 25% of their capacity, produced intermittently. To generate zero emissions energy for Australia, we would need hills covered with turbines, flats covered with solar panels, the countryside spider-webbed with access roads and transmission lines, and much more hydro. To stabilise…
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  • Aerial Dreams
    By Viv Forbes Entrepreneur Barrie Rogers is planning to import and then manufacture electric aircraft in Australia which he says “. . . don’t rely on fossil fuels.” The Australian 21 Feb 2020. Where will he get steel, aluminium, lithium, copper, nickel, graphite, cobalt, rare earths, plastics and lubricants for his motors, batteries, aircraft bodies and recharging stations without the hydro-carbons so necessary to mine, refine and manufacture them?
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  • Net-Zero by 2050? Albanese Goes for Broke
    From: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2020/02/net-zero-by-2050-albanese-goes-for-broke/ There’s no great mystery about what Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese’s net-zero-by-2050 emissions announcement last weekend will cost. The answer: trillions galore. How do I know? Because Dr Brian Fisher, former head of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, who has no political allegiance and no vested interest, last May in the run-up to the federal election costed a much weaker version of Albanese’s plan. These costs were astronomic: a maximum $540 billion by 2030. Then-opposition leader Bill Shorten’s plan was for a 45 per cent cut in CO2 emissions on 2005 levels by 2030. Note, firstly, how much less stringent is this compared with Albanese’s net-zero by 2050, especially as the initial work plucks the low-hanging fruit and thereafter…
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  • CLINTEL Plans a Grand Climate Debate
    By David Wojick |February 23rd, 2020 The fast growing Climate Intelligence Foundation (CLINTEL) is planning a major debate on climate change. The event will coincide with the COP 26 UN climate summit in Glasgow this November. Unlike previous attempts at decisive debates, this one has an excellent chance of really happening. CLINTEL President, Professor Guus Berkhout, explains the plan this way: “We are starting to organize the ‘debate of all debates’ just prior to COP 26 in Glasgow. More specific, CLINTEL will organize a constructive high-level meeting between world-class scientists on both sides of the climate debate. The meeting will give effect to the sound and ancient principle that both sides should be fully and fairly heard. Audiatur et altera…
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  • Hydrogen Hype
    By Viv Forbes Dr Finkel (Australia’s Chief Scientist) is wrong - hydrogen will never be a “hero fuel source”. Australia has no gas wells producing hydrogen – every bit of hydrogen we use must be generated by electrolysis of water or manufactured from natural gas or coal. These processes consume energy some of which could be recovered by using the hydrogen as a fuel to power cars or generate electricity. We could use solar or wind energy to generate hydrogen, but then they cannot generate electricity for consumers, industry and the millions of electric cars our political scientist also supports. Burning hydrogen fuel is not even a zero-sum energy game – it is a negative-sum game, Dr Finkel. We can…
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  • Petitions from Climate Realists
    By Dr. John Happs The term "climate denier" continues to be used by those promoting catastrophic global warming from the trivial emissions of anthropogenic carbon dioxide. It is a derogatory term, first coined by the journalist Ellen Goodman. In 2007 she wrote for the Boston Globe: "I would like to say we're at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let's just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future." https://sites.google.com/site/climategenocide/goodman-ellen-1 Dennis Prager responded to Goodman's vitriol: "The Ellen Goodman quote is only the beginning of what is already becoming one of the largest campaigns of vilification of decent people…
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  • Do ‘Green’ Buses Pass the Performance Test?
    By Duggan Flanakin Should Americans follow China in a massive commitment to supposedly eco-friendly battery-electric buses (BEBs)? California has mandated a "carbon-free" bus system by 2040 and will buy only battery or fuel cell-powered buses after 2029. Other states and cities are following suit. Vehicle decisions are typically based on cost and performance. Cost includes selling price plus maintenance, while performance now includes perceived environmental impacts - which for some is the only issue that matters. But that perception ignores some huge ecological (and human rights) issues. China today has 420,000 BEBs on the road, with plans to reach 600,000 by 2025. The rest of the world has maybe 5,000 of these expensive, short-range buses. However, the Chinese still get…
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  • Professor Ian Plimer book launch – “Not For Greens” (2014)
    The Institute of Public Affairs launch of Ian Plimer's book from Connor Court Publishing, 'Not For Greens', in Melbourne on Tuesday 22 July 2014.
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  • Brave German Teenager Speaks Out on Climate Change
    YouTuber and climate realist, Naomi Seibt says she became “passionate” about the topic of climate change after she “looked into the science of both sides of the spectrum” and realised “what climate skeptics say” made “a lot of sense scientifically." Watch the video from Sky News: https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6130888390001 See also Naomi's presentation to The Heartland Institute in Madrid, Spain, the site of the UN's COP25.
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  • Providing 100 Percent Energy from Renewable Sources Is Impossible
    By David Wojick. First published by https://www.heartland.org/. Lately, many politicians at the federal, state, and local levels have unthinkingly bought into the talking points of radical environmentalists, pushing policies to require 100 percent of the electricity used in the United States to come from politically favored renewable energy sources, primarily wind and solar power. Generating all of America’s electric power through wind and solar industrial facilities is an expensive pipedream. Intermittency Is Renewables’ Hallmark One main reason the 100 percent renewable goal is impossible is the extreme intermittency of wind and solar power. Industrial wind facilities have been pushed the hardest by politicians as a source of “cheap,” renewable power, so it is important to realize they commonly generate little…
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  • Farmers Take Legal Action After Fires
    'We saw this coming for years': Farmers take legal action after fires. Six farmers are preparing to take legal action against the NSW state government, arguing a massive bushfire in northern NSW could have been prevented if more hazard reduction had been allowed. In what could be the first class action after this summer's horror bushfire season, graziers hit by the August blaze in the Guy Fawkes National Park, west of Coffs Harbour, say it was "a disaster waiting to happen". Read More: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/we-saw-this-coming-for-years-farmers-take-legal-action-after-fires-20200206-p53ygl.html
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  • There is NO Climate Emergency – Guus Berkhout, Clintel
    
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  • Prescribed Burning Myths – the Academics vs the Bushies
    By Viv Forbes, Executive Director, The Saltbush Club. Considerable publicity is being given to an article by Byron Lamont and Tianhua He titled “Why prescribed burns don’t stop wildfires” (published in New Matilda, and also WAToday 22 January 2020). https://newmatilda.com/2020/01/17/hazard-reduction-burns-dont-stop-wildfires-says-one-of-the-nations-most-eminent-ecologists/ Lamont and He are academics from Curtin University in WA, the former a botanist and the latter a molecular biologist. They argue against the use of fuel reduction burning in bushfire management because it does not "stop bushfires". The article should be filed among works of fiction. A destructive wildfire needs three things: A heavy fuel load Hot, dry, windy conditions Ignition Of these, the only factor humans can control is the fuel load, which can be reduced by grazing,…
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  • Fire Triangles
    By Roger Underwood Introduction Anyone who has studied elementary physics, or basic fire science, is familiar with the Fire Triangle. For a fire to occur three things must be present: Oxygen, to enable oxidation or combustion (or, in everyday terms "burning"); Fuel, which is the substance that burns; and Heat, or a source of ignition, to ignite the fuel in the presence of the oxygen. If any one of these elements is absent, a fire will not occur. I first remember seeing this demonstrated in a laboratory when I was a high school student. Our physics teacher had a glass container from which all the air had been removed. When a lighted candle was inserted into the vacuum, it immediately…
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  • Stop using Misleading Computer Models
    This essay is by Guus Berkhout, President of CLINTEL. It is based on the text and the explanation of The World Climate Declaration (see: https://saltbushclub.com/2019/11/21/no-climate-emergency/). A global network of more than 800 prominent scientists and experienced professionals has signed the World Climate Declaration. The statements of the Declaration contain a clear message: ‘There is NO Climate Emergency’. The Declaration also states that CO 2 is NOT a pollutant but a blessing for our planet and that current computer models of climate – on which international policy is founded – are unfit for their purpose. Therefore, it is unwise to advocate spending trillions of dollars on the basis of speculative results from such immature models. Current climate policies not only dangerously…
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  • Australian Bushfires Ignite Climate Emergency Propaganda
    A Briton’s perspective on the Australian bushfires. The bearded bushman at the three-minute mark reveals how people living in the countryside really feel (language warning).
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  • Environmentalists Responsible for Most of Australia’s Bush Fire Problem
    By Tom Harris Recent climate change has not caused Australian bushfires. Besides the fact that many of the fires are set by people, either intentionally or by accident, a major cause of Australia’s fire problem has been the high ‘fuel loads,’ underbrush that, left to accumulate over years, acts as a tinder box for bushfires. Craig Kelly, Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives (Hughes, New South Wales), told ITV’s Good Morning Britain on January 6: “Now, we have record fuel loads on the ground, … and every single royal commission we have had from our past bushfires have said that we have to reduce those fuel loads. And that is the main issue. And yet we have failed to do so.” Kelly went on…
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  • “Let the Ski Resorts Burn!”
    By Dr Tim Fatchen It's ironic that a former Olympic alpine skier should be the one offering a private bill on climate change when climate change has long been cited as a reason for removal of alpine skiing, at least in Victoria ("Independent MP Zali Steggall pushes forward with private bill on climate change" The Australian 9/1/20). On Mt Buffalo, the small family-aimed Cresta ski area was burnt in December 2006.  Eminently defensible, the resort was intact when the then Department of Sustainability and Environment (now Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning--DELWP) ordered its crew to abandon it for a crew change an hour or more away in the valley.  On return of the next crew, the buildings were…
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  • Six Shades of Fire-Lighters
    By Viv Forbes 24 January 2020 Australian Fire-lighters come in six colours – yellow, black, white, blood red, dark green, and light green. All are relevant to bushfires and forest management. “Yellow” is the Fire-lighter that has been with us forever. It is the yellow flash of lightning which has always ignited the Australian bush. We’re dreaming to think we can lock yellow fire out of parks, forests and heritage areas. But good forest management can reduce the ferocity and destruction of lightning-strike fires. “Black” Fire-lighters came with the first Australians. Without matches or tinder boxes they probably captured the fire genie from a lightning fire. Or they carried it here on clay hearths on the floor of their canoes.…
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  • Government by Enquiry
    By Viv Forbes 20 January 2020 Politicians hide behind enquiries – their magic answer to all problems, especially bushfires. Announcing enquiries give the impression of decisive action, they generate fees for armies of barristers, lawyers and bureaucrats, and provide momentary excitement for the media. The proposed 2020 Australian Bushfires corrobboree will provide a grandstand for the Climate Rebellion Mob who will get starring roles on ABC/Fairfax. Big business will probably propose a carbon tax to fight bushfires while foresters and land owners will hardly be heard. When the final report is ultimately delivered, the media will be off trumpeting some new climate “emergency” to scare the public. The expensive new report will be quietly filed with all the others. We’ve…
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  • Time for Climate Sense
    By Viv Forbes 23 December 2019 Svante Arrhenius (1859-1927) was a Swedish scientist who first claimed that the burning of hydro-carbons like coal, oil, gas, peat and wood may cause global warming. In 1895 he calculated (incorrectly) that a doubling of the atmospheric CO2 concentration would lead to a 4-5o C rise in global temperature. However, Arrhenius suggested that this increase could be beneficial, making the various climates on Earth “more equable" and stimulating plant growth and food production. Then a showman/politician, Al Gore, gave life to the theory that extra carbon dioxide due to human activities will cause dangerous global warming. But temperatures refused to obey the alarmist computer model forecasts. So they switched to the universal bogey-man -…
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  • National Parks Breed Bushfires
    By Viv Forbes 20 December 2019 Too many recent headlines say: “A fierce new bushfire is burning in the XYZ National Park. Nearby residents should prepare to evacuate.” Neglected, overgrown, weed and log infested, un-grazed, unburnt, government-protected parkland is a danger to all neighbours. All it needs is a fire-bug, a fearful neighbour attempting a too-late back-burn, or a lightning strike, and a wildfire is inevitable, especially when the weather is hot, dry and windy. Wild-fires will not stay in their National Park. Never before in Australia’s long history of black and white occupation have such large areas of bush been quarantined from annual burn-offs, cultivation, slashing or grazing. Four policy changes are needed to fix this problem: Firstly, a…
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  • Brexit Done – Now for Clexit
    By Viv Forbes 16 December 2019 Thanks to Boris Johnson, Brexit will now occur. And thanks to Donald Trump, the US will exit the destructive Paris Climate agreement. And the UN alarmists made little progress at the big climate-fest in Madrid. It’s now time for Clexit (Climate Exit) - the great climate escape from all UN/IPCC alarmism and entanglements. Australia should join this rush for the exits. Australia is a huge island continent whose prosperity was built on mining, farming, grazing, transport, hydro-carbons and cheap reliable electricity. Australians have much to lose from the UN/Paris shackles, carbon taxes and globalist agenda. The war on coal, oil, gas, diesel, cattle, exploration and mining has harmed Australia’s backbone industries resulting in reduced…
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  • Creating Bushfires
    9 December 2019 By Viv Forbes No one should be surprised that our bush is ablaze and our cities are smothered in smoke. For decades now we have been locking up land, banning burn-offs and encouraging eucalypt fire-trees. On a hot day, the blue haze on distant timbered hills is intensified by highly-flammable eucalypt oil vapour, waiting for a spark. The Australian landscape of open forests and treeless grasslands was developed and maintained under an aboriginal regime of continual small fires. This was followed by planned cool-season burn-offs by European graziers. But a few decades ago this safe black and white fire regime was replaced by green-worshippers who continually expanded the area of locked-up protected parks (now over 11% of…
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  • A Message from Madrid – NO CLIMATE EMERGENCY
    Media Release/Opinion Piece 7 December 2019 This week Clintel attended the Heartland COP 25 conference at the Marriott Hotel in Madrid. The hotel was full of champagne-drinking COP delegates who were clearly enjoying themselves (‘climate business model in action’). To be sure they were not disturbed by demonstrators, Clintel had a recording room somewhere at the back and we heard about its coordinates on the same morning. Guus Berkhout was the first speaker at the event that was live-streamed from the Marriot Hotel. It was not an official COP25 event but a Heartland side-event with the aim to sound a different message to the world. Heartland had arranged several excellent speakers, such as Will Happer (who for the past year…
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  • Tempered by Fire
    Tempered by Fire: Stories from the firefighters and Survivors of the 1961 Western Australian Bushfires is a book published by the Bushfire Front, edited by Roger Underwood, 2011. See: https://www.bushfirefront.org.au/resources-2/historical-accounts/1961-2/ These 1961 fires razed four towns and wiped out hundreds of thousands of hectares of forests and farmland. The stories are from people who fought these fires, were forced to flee from them, or who lost everything in their paths. Here is part of the foreword by Bruce Beggs, ISO, Patron The Bushfire Front Inc: A few weeks after the fires, I visited Compartment 10 in Holmes State Forest a few kilometres south of Dwellingup. This forest had special significance to me because my father had worked as a faller…
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  • A Nation Charred
    House of Representatives - Select Committee Report into the 2002-03 Australian bushfires. During the Summer of 2003, a total of almost four million hectares in the Australian Capital Territory and across five Australian states, were severely burned from wildfire. The Committee heard a consistent message right around Australia:- 1) There has been grossly inadequate hazard reduction burning on public lands for far too long; 2) Local knowledge and experience is being ignored by an increasingly top heavy bureaucracy; 3) When accessing the source of fires, volunteers are fed up with having their lives put at risk by fire trails that are blocked and left without maintenance; 4) There is a reluctance by state agencies to aggressively attack bushfires when they…
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  • The NSW Far South Coast Fires in Review
    By Ian Hitchcock, Dalmeny. On New Year’s Eve, I woke early to the sound of television reports on the building fire risk. My wife, was worried about the worsening fire reports and the location of our residence in Eucalyptus Drive Dalmeny, in the middle of a eucalyptus forest. At 9 AM our electricity supply failed. By 1 PM we had no Internet or mobile phone service. By 3PM our land line went down. We then turned to local radio for fire reports from the ever-reliable ABC South East. The station was nowhere to be found. A local commercial radio station did it’s best to disseminate useful information, but referred us to information available on an Internet that had failed hours…
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  • Ex-NSW Fire Chief Joins Climate Crazies
    Greg Mullins’ [former Fire & Rescue NSW Commissioner] came out the closet about a year ago and joined Flannery’s Climate Council. Greg Mullins was reported in the papers on all the things his father had told him about 1939 when “the sky seemed to be on fire every night”. John Mulligan lived through the Black Friday fires that burnt two million hectares of Victoria and killed 71 people. There were hundreds of fires in East Gippsland at that same time, but no major problems because the bush was kept clean by burning and grazing. John’s family weren’t worried, even when his uncle’s car repeatedly stopped because of vapour locks in the fuel lines with the extreme heat. John has formed…
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  • Climate Change Dreams vs Real Action to Reduce Fuel Loads and make Roads Safer
    by Jacob Rebek, January 2020 SBS and ABC news are claiming that bushfires are definite proof that Climate Change is real. This one-sided focus on Climate Change has overlooked the urgent work needed to prepare for the next bushfire season. Bushfire risk can be reduced by Reducing Fuel Loads on Bush Floor and making Roads Safer: in the next 9 months at a fraction of the cost of Action on Climate Change. The main objective for 2020/2021 bushfire season must be to reduce loss of human life to zero. This can be achieved by works implemented on all roads in bushfire areas, removing trees that could block the road in case of bushfire, so that all roads remain open and…
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  • Forests, Fuel, Fires and Fauna – Ignorance Increases Bushfire Risk
    by Dr David Blackall January 2020 Over four years, from 2013 to 2017, before retiring from teaching university-based journalism, I worked in the field with an ecologist and her Masters of Science students. We were using remote cameras and other data collection techniques, at my rain-forest wildlife refuge in Kangaroo Valley (NSW). [caption id="attachment_1205" align="aligncenter" width="480"] An Australian Wallaby. Image Credit: Pixabay.com[/caption] Though I had seen them thirty years ago, we found no apex predator, the native quoll (Eastern Quoll and the Tiger Quoll [extinct]). However - there were foxes, feral cats, European rats, and mice, galore. This was bad, as the apex predator (the native quoll) is crucial to forest management and indicative to ecological health. This data also…
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  • Fuel Loads for Fires are 10 Times Greater than before European Settlement
    By Rado Jacob Rebek - Geologist - 12 Jan 2020 According to an article in The Weekend Australian 11-12.1.2020, page 13, CSIRO bushfire expert David Packman, speaking on Sky News, said that fuel loads for fires are 10 times greater than before European settlement and that there is urgent need to reduce fuel loads on the bush floor through control burns (also called prescribed burning - or backburning when done in an emergency). As a geologist working in the field, I have observed local earthmoving contractors using modern machines to remove vegetation to clear sites for the drill rig and I was impressed by their skill and amazing speed at which they clear large sites. [caption id="attachment_1199" align="aligncenter" width="777"] Photos…
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  • Royal Commission into the Bush Fires of January, 1939
    It has all happened before: In the State of Victoria, the month of January of the year 1939 came towards the end of a long drought which had been aggravated by a severe hot, dry summer season. For more than twenty years the State of Victoria had not seen its countryside and forests in such travail. Creeks and springs ceased to run. Water storages were depleted. Provincial towns were facing the probability of cessation of water supply. In Melbourne, more than a million inhabitants were subjected to restrictions upon the use of water. Throughout the countryside, the farmers were carting water, if such was available, for their stock and themselves. The rich plains, denied their beneficent rains, lay bare and…
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  • Do these Bankers Really Care about the Poor?
    By Dr. John Happs If you want to witness cases of scientific illiteracy, selfishness and hypocrisy, look no further than the attitudes, actions and comments from a number of banking personnel. When it comes to uninformed opinions about climate change and the lack of concern about delivering affordable energy to the poor in developing countries, some of them appear to have no equal. Judge for yourself. Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England in his (29th September, 2015) speech on climate change said: "There is a growing international consensus that climate change is unequivocal." https://www.bis.org/review/r151009a.pdf [caption id="attachment_1178" align="aligncenter" width="265"] Bing.com Mark Carney[/caption] A silly statement about the obvious. He then added: "In the Northern Hemisphere the last 30 years…
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  • Fires Expose Green Folly
    Green Folly locked up 11% of Australia in a tinder-box of bushfire fuel, much of which is now burnt or burning. Green Folly closed forest tracks and gates, expelled foresters and timber-workers and prevented property owners from removing flammable fuel from their own land and adjacent roads, parks and forests. Those responsible for these follies should face Class Action. Green Folly promotes electric vehicles but not one fire truck, dozer, water bomber, helicopter, ambulance or naval vessel ran on batteries. They all used hydro-carbon fuels - diesel, petrol or avgas. And with so many power lines down, electric toys could not have recharged their batteries anyway. Green Folly believed that widely scattered wind turbines, solar panels and their spider-webs of…
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  • Where is George Orwell?
    Where is George Orwell? The notion that the world’s fate hinges on four one hundredths of one per cent of a gas that has never been known to force anything more than a champagne cork was imaginative, but absurd; that this could be parlayed into a realistic attempt by the UN to acquire a Sovereign State – and thereby political relevance – is truly frightening. George Orwell, where are you when we need you? Douglas Panther Lightning Ridge
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  • Professor David Bellamy – a Sad Loss
    A bit of very sad news. Professor David Bellamy OBE died recently at the age of 86 and it's fair to say he goes down in history as one of the first victims sacrificed on the altar of the new religion of climate change. David Bellamy was a prolific broadcaster, respected authority on botany of the natural world. He wrote and appeared in, or presented, hundreds of television programs on botany, ecology, environmentalism and other issues. But was ultimately disowned by the BBC, never to appear again within their hallowed halls once his declared stance against the new religion of CAGW became known. I never met him but we corresponded and both appeared on an Australian TV interview. He was…
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  • The Bush Fire – Henry Lawson, 1905
    The Bush Fire Henry Lawson, 1905 Ah, better the thud of the deadly gun,    and the crash of the bursting shell, Than the terrible silence where drought is fought    out there in the western hell; And better the rattle of rifles near,    or the thunder on deck at sea, Than the sound — most hellish of all to hear —    of a fire where it should not be. On the runs to the west of the Dingo Scrubs    there was drought, and ruin, and death, And the sandstorm came from the dread north-east    with the blast of a furnace-breath; Till at last one day, at the fierce sunrise,    a boundary-rider woke, And saw, in the place of the distant haze,…
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  • Put Foresters Back in the Forests
    by Viv Forbes, Executive Director, The Saltbush Club There was a time when Australian foresters kept Australian forests safe and productive. They maintained access tracks bridges and fire breaks, undertook prescribed burning, cleared flammable litter from the forest floor, cut suckers, manned fire lookouts and maintained their own fire-fighting crews in decentralised districts. University-trained professional foresters were supported by tough experienced rangers who learned their job in the bush. Almost every advance in bushfire management in Australia, from the science of fire behaviour to aerial burning was thanks to our foresters. Into the 1980’s they were regarded as international leaders. To pay for good forest management, sections of the forest were logged, allowing ground space and sunlight for the swift…
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  • Inferno on Black Friday 1939
    Those who don’t know history… On Black Friday 1939, on a day of high wind and savage 45 degree heat (110 Fahrenheit) many separate fires joined forces in Victoria to make mass conflagrations, one of which burned most of the western flanks of the Snowy Mountains all the way to New South Wales. In the end the conflagration burned through two million hectares, 3,700 buildings, 69 mills and killed 71 people. Five towns were completely destroyed –  never to be rebuilt. At the time, the atmospheric content of carbon dioxide was 310ppm and 90% of all human emissions were yet to be made. Climate Change has nothing to do with it. Read more on Jo Nova's blog: http://joannenova.com.au/2020/01/black-friday-1939-victoria-45-degrees-c-71-deaths-leaping-balls-of-fire-and-lit-by-the-hand-of-man/
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  • Australian Bushfire History
    From the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, State Government of Victoria, a document listing historical bushfires, deaths, losses and areas covered. Click the image to read the PDF [141 KB].
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  • Bushfires are Nothing New
    The following is an excerpt from Jennifer Marohasy's blog: https://jennifermarohasy.com/2020/01/it-has-been-hotter-fires-have-burnt-larger-areas/ The historical evidence indicates fires have burnt very large areas before, and it has been hotter. Some of the catastrophe has been compounded by our refusal to prepare appropriately. Expert Dr Christine Finlay explains the importance of properly managing the ever increasing fire loads in an article in The Australian. While there is an increase in the area of national park with Eucalyptus forests, there has been a reduction in the area of hazard reduction burning. The situation is perhaps also made worse by fiddling with the historical temperature record. This will affect the capacity of those modelling bushfire behaviour to obtain an accurate forecast. We have had an horrific start…
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  • Wild Fires were Preventable
    Listen to a man who has been fighting fires for 52 years. Brian Williams, the captain of the Kurrajong Heights brigade, called the 2GB Nights program on Tuesday 31st December, 2019:
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  • Inaction has Consequences
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  • Bushfire Management: Wisdom versus Folly
    Originally published: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2019/02/bushfire-management-wisdom-versus-folly/ By Roger Underwood Many years ago, still a young man, I watched for the first time the grainy, flickering black & white film of the British infantry making their attack on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme. The terrible footage shows the disciplined soldiers climbing from their trenches and, in line abreast, walking slowly across no-man’s land towards the enemy lines. They scarcely travel a few paces before the German machine gunners open up. They are mown down in their thousands. They are chaff before a wind of fire. I can still remember being struck nerveless by these images, & later my anger when I realised what that calamitous carnage represented. It spoke of…
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  • Fighting Fires with Fire
    By Viv Forbes The Power of the Torch “There can be few if any races who for so long were able to practice the delights of incendiarism.” - Geoffrey Blainey “Triumph of the Nomads – A History of Ancient Australia.” Macmillan 1975. The Fire-lighter was the most powerful tool that early humans brought to Australia. Fires lit by aboriginal men and women created the landscape of Australia. They used fire to create and fertilise fresh new grass for the grazing animals that they hunted, to trap and roast grass dwelling reptiles and rodents, to fight enemies, to send smoke signals, to fell dead trees for camp fires, to ward off frosts and biting insects, and for religious and cultural ceremonies.…
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  • Has Australia just had its Hottest Day Evah?
    Maybe, but only if you ignore our history: http://joannenova.com.au/2019/12/hottest-ever-day-in-australia-especially-if-you-ignore-history Read more on the 1896 heatwave: http://mclean.ch/climate/docs/Aus_Heatwave_1896v2014.pdf [PDF, 360 KB] And how to adjust the records: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/science/bureau-of-meteorology-cooling-the-past-to-declare-record-heat/news-story/9f40e780eaf267471b35fd851f24b3fe [Paywall] https://jennifermarohasy.com/2019/12/new-record-temperatures-need-justification/
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  • The Climate Debate Bellingham, Washington USA
    By Karen & Marc Johnson I just came across your web site. Here in the City Bellingham the politicians want to force us to not replace our Gas heat or Gas hot water tanks replacing them with all electric. Furthermore the city wants to force us to either cover 50% of our roof tops with solar PV or pay a higher utility bill to fund an off site location for a large solar PV site. All this in the name of human caused climate change. I am reaching out to you for scientific data debunking this human caused climate change claim as the main cause of climate change. I want to use  information to educate citizens in my community to…
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  • The Counter Summit at the Failed COP25 in Madrid, Dec 2019
    Skeptical Climate ‘Talking Points’ – 36 Page Report Released at UN Climate Summit in Madrid Paper copies of the report were distributed at the UN Climate Summit in Madrid on December 10, 2019. Read More: http://1ggye33lc4653z56mp34pl6t-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Climate-Talking-Points-Report-December-2019-Delivered-to-UN-Climate-Summit-in-Madrid_FINAL.pdf https://www.climatedepot.com/2019/12/10/skeptical-climate-talking-points-36-page-report-released-at-un-climate-summit-in-madrid/?mc_cid=18777e0262&mc_eid=320c2751ab
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  • More Water Bombers? No – Fight Fire with Fire.
    By Viv Forbes (Background: Australian Government promises A$11M for more flashy water bombers.) In a furious firestorm with high winds, extreme temperature and big loads of dry fuel, water bombing is usually just wasting water and avgas. In hot winds, water will evaporate quickly, embers will start glowing and blowing, and soon the fire will be raging again. And with few dams getting built, and much stored water released to irrigate the oceans, where will they get the water? Too often they will steal it from private dams, leaving even prudent landowners with inadequate water in a drought. Water can extinguish house fires, and protect homes and towns, but is useless for raging forest fires. The only solution here is…
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  • Where were the “fire chiefs” when this bushfire epidemic was incubating?
    By Roger Underwood The sudden outcry in the media from "fire chiefs", asserting that the current bushfire crisis is the result of climate change, begs an embarrassing question. Embarrassing for the "fire chiefs" that is. "Where were you when the root cause of this crisis was being laid down in the bush over the last 20 years, while you were in charge?" Although the "fire chiefs" do not seem to be facing up to it, the reality is that, far from being the result of climate change, these fires are result of the deadly combination of drought and heavy fuel loads. This combination is hardly unprecedented. It has been associated with every bushfire disaster over the last 100 years. Anyone…
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  • Pelosi, Casten, and Dems: Wasting Taxpayer Money at the Madrid Climate Conference
    Originally published in Energy Central. By Steve Goreham Fourteen Democrat members of Congress have arrived at the United Nations Climate Conference in Madrid. Speaker Nancy Pelosi leads the US delegation, which includes Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Representative Sean Casten of Illinois. However, there is little evidence that the conference will have any effect on the climate, but Ms. Pelosi's delegation will spend a lot of taxpayer money. Speaker Pelosi describes the delegation and the conference as an effort to "combat the existential threat of our time: the climate crisis." More than 25,000 attendees and 1,500 members of the media have joined the conference. After flying halfway around the world on private or commercial jets, Ms. Pelosi and…
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  • Bushfires in National Parks – the Peregian Fires
    By John Mikkelsen, Noosa The Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington blames "climate change" for the spate of fire emergencies recently facing our area and other parts of Queensland and New South Wales. (Courier Mail, November 18). Cr Wellington makes no mention of the fact a number of the fires have been deliberately lit, or that climate change did not provide fire bugs with matches or cigarette lighters. He says his council "works closely with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service on a comprehensive preparatory burning regime during the cooler months". "That work is useful during 'normal' fire conditions. But no amount of hazard-reduction burning can prevent fires in unprecedented extreme fire conditions. "What’s more, hotter, longer…
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  • Hopefully, Lancet Personnel Know More about Medicine than They Know about Climate Science
    By Dr. John Happs A "Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change" report was published in 2015, with 46 signatories contributing to a document that claimed: "To map out the impacts of climate change, and the necessary policy responses, in order to ensure the highest attainable standards of health for populations worldwide."  The executive summary reported: "The effects of climate change are being felt today, and future projections represent an unacceptably high and potentially catastrophic risk to human health." And: "The direct effects of climate change include increased heat stress, floods, drought, and increased frequency of intense storms, with the indirect threatening population health through adverse changes in air pollution, the spread of disease vectors, food insecurity and under-nutrition, displacement, and…
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  • Greens to Blame
    By Viv Forbes Congratulations to Graham Lloyd (Aus 12 Nov) for pointing out that Greens are responsible for the incendiary state of the Australian countryside. And shame on those same Greens for continually riding their climate alarm hobby-horse. There is nothing new about droughts, heatwaves or fires in Australia. What is unusual is the scale and ferocity of recent bushfires caused by Green worship of trees and locked up land, and their opposition to hazard reduction burn-offs. Some Reading: Journalism's Ashes: https://quadrant.org.au/journalism-amid-the-ashes/ Fire and folly: https://quadrant.org.au/fire-and-folly/ Bushfire policy: http://carbon-sense.com/index.php?s=bushfire&Submit=Go https://saltbushclub.com/category/bushfires/ “We saw either smoke by day or fires by night.” - James Cook as he sailed past eastern Australia in 1770. “In the whole country (Australia) I scarcely saw a…
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  • 1946 Weather Flashback
    Flashback to 1946 when man-made emissions of carbon dioxide were very low and there were no droughts, heatwaves or climate emergencies. [caption id="attachment_1101" align="aligncenter" width="840"] Click the image for much larger image (10 MB)[/caption]
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  • Renaissance in Climate Physics and Political Reform
    By Bob Hoye December 6, 2019 From time to time, physics with a burst of discovery has enjoyed a renaissance. Regrettably, there have been times when it has been repressed by control freaks. One of the most daunting was the Church-mandated doctrine that the Solar System revolved around the Vatican. In the early 1600s, it was risky to your freedom and life to doubt the official word. Which consensus was based upon the authority of scripture--the most convincing peer review of the day. Almost as threatening has been today’s state-sponsored notion that bureaucrats can and must “manage” the temperature of the nearest planet. Indeed, this week a Danish professor suggests that his personal anxieties could be relieved by military hostilities…
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  • “Yes Minister” on Global Warming
    Yes Prime Minister Global Warming etc Part 2 from Aris Motas on Vimeo.
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  • Bushfires in Victoria
    Author and Source Unknown Probably if you are from Melbourne you will know this history….. Black Thursday Bushfires - 6th Feb 1851 Australia’s most extensive Bushfires were known as the ‘Black Thursday’ Bushfires, where on the 6th Feb 1851 (CO2 levels 285ppm) when the temperature hit an incredible 117°F (47.2°C) at 11am in Melbourne. A quarter of Victoria, 5 million hectares in total were burnt out (10 times more than from the current Bushfires in NSW). 12 lives were lost and one million sheep and thousands of cattle where lost. Thomas McCombie recorded the scene in Melbourne on that day: "For two months preceding, the country had been under the desiccating winds, which appeared to be highly charged with electricity.…
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  • “The Lancet” on Health and Climate Change: A Tale of Editorial Bias
    By Professor Timothy Florin and Dr Wes Allen The public has every right to expect that scientific medical journals should impartially quest after truth. However, even the respected journal, The Lancet, has difficulty with maintaining impartiality when it comes to the subject of climate change. Who would have expected this? We lay before you a tail of apprehended bias by its Editor-in-Chief, supported by an impotent ombudsman. The story begins with a 35-page document on health and climate change, The Lancet Commissions (2015), which Dr Allen critiqued and sent to the lead author, Nick Watts. The Lancet has since published annually a Countdown Report on health and climate change. In response to the November 2018 Countdown Report, Prof Tim Florin and Dr Allen…
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  • Extremes Go Down as the Deception Goes Up
    By Dr. John Happs Climate alarmists often make the claim that (imaginary) global warming is already resulting in more extreme weather events. They cite escalating insurance claims following fire or flood as evidence. The link between extreme weather and an increasing number of insurance claims can easily be examined to determine if, in this particular case, correlation actually does mean causation. From England, Nick Oldridge writes in his article "Insurance and Climate Change" "With climate change set to be one of the greatest risks of them all, insurers stand to be impacted in significant and far-reaching ways. The Bank of England's Prudential Regulation Authority has identified three key areas of risk for the insurance industry, many of which are already…
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  • No Climate Emergency
    By Viv Forbes Leaders of the Clintel Group of world scientists and professionals will attend the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) which starts in Madrid today (2 December) and runs for twelve long days. (The Climate Summit was shifted suddenly to Spain after Chile cancelled because of violent riots in Santiago.) Clintel will present their “No Climate Emergency” petition at the Climate Reality Forum. This petition has already been presented to the UN Secretary General, the European Commission and the European Parliament. Voting on a motion promoting a climate emergency declaration (in opposition to the Clintel statement), over one third of the members of the EU Parliament voted for “No Climate Emergency”. This shows there is a significant opposition to…
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  • CLINTEL letter to European Parliament to Reject Motion of Climate Emergency
    The CLINTEL group has sent the attached letter in which more than 700 prominent scientists call on the members of the European Parliament to reject a motion to announce a state of climate emergency in the European Union. https://saltbushclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/clintel-letter-to-meps.pdf
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  • Global Warming from the Little Ice to the Modern Warming, mainly Natural
    We live in the coldest period of the last 10,000 years", says glaciologist, Jørgen Peder Steffensen, who takes us back in time to the Greenland ice cores and reveals the secrets from the past. Watch this short interesting video: https://vimeo.com/14366077
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  • Reversibility of Droughts, Fires, & ‘Climate Change’
    An attempt to understand the mind-set of climate alarmists/activists who believe that our politicians can now control climate & droughts & perhaps even prevent bushfires. By Graham Williamson, November 2019 Updated December 2019 No Link Between ‘Climate Change’ & Droughts According to Professor Andy Pitman: …this may not be what you expect to hear. but as far as the climate scientists know there is no link between climate change and drought…….there is no reason a priori why climate change should make the landscape more arid……So the fundamental problem we have is that we don’t understand what causes droughts. Much more interesting, We don’t know what stops a drought. We know it’s rain, but we don’t know what lines up to…
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  • The “New Energy Economy”: An Exercise in Magical Thinking
    This was originally published by “The Manhattan Institute: https://www.manhattan-institute.org/green-energy-revolution-near-impossible A movement has been growing for decades to replace hydrocarbons, which collectively supply 84% of the world’s energy. It began with the fear that we were running out of oil. That fear has since migrated to the belief that, because of climate change and other environmental concerns, society can no longer tolerate burning oil, natural gas, and coal—all of which have turned out to be abundant. So far, wind, solar, and batteries—the favored alternatives to hydrocarbons—provide about 2% of the world’s energy and 3% of America’s. Nonetheless, a bold new claim has gained popularity: that we’re on the cusp of a tech-driven energy revolution that not only can, but inevitably will,…
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  • Highest Temperature on Record in Perth? Don’t Believe a Word of It
    By Dr. John Happs Channel 7 and Channel 9 news were quick to announce that Perth experienced its highest temperature on record on Saturday, 16th November 2019. We were told that the temperature reached 40.8oC and a record temperature was claimed. Of course we were not told exactly where that particular temperature was taken and why that "record temperature" was not recorded in neighbouring suburbs. Interestingly, that"record temperature" of 40.8oC was measured at Perth Airport at 2.00 pm. Also at 2.00 pm, the temperature in Perth City was 38.6oC. Still hot, but 2.2oC lower than Perth Airport. So what about the temperature in suburbs further west of the airport? Hillarys for instance recorded 24.30oC at 2.00pm on the same day…
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  • The Silly Notion of “Speed Limits for Ships”
    By Steve Goreham Originally published in TheTandD. Occasionally a report appears which claims to be wisdom, but after careful analysis, offers solutions that don't make much sense. Such a report was issued earlier this month by United Kingdom consulting firm GL Reynolds, titled "The multi-issue mitigation potential of reducing ship speeds." The report proposes that we can reduce global warming by imposing speed limits on ocean-going ships. The GL Reynolds report concludes that a 10-20 percent reduction in ship speeds would have a "highly positive potential impact" on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and nitrous oxide (NOx) and sulfur oxide (SOx) pollutants. The report also projects that a ship speed reduction may reduce fatal collisions with whales. The report is actually…
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  • The Venice Floods – Blame Climate Change?
    Late on Tuesday, Nov. 12, high tides from the surrounding lagoon surged onto the more than 100 islands that make up Venice, flooding 85% of the city and damaging artwork and many historic sites. The mayor blamed climate change for the flood. Jim Steele wrote an excellent article about the event and climate change. The Great Flood of 1966 was the worst on record. Since then, Venice has been working on the long-delayed MOSE project which was supposed to prevent flooding. High inflows to the Venice Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea are driven by the strength of the Sirocco and Bora winds that cause local sea level to surge. There has been no trend in the winds. Steele wrote “Dwarfing…
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  • World Climate Declaration – There is no Climate Emergency
    From the CLINTEL Foundation (https://clintel.org/): A global network of 700 scientists and professionals has prepared this urgent message. Climate science should be less political, while climate policies should be more scientific. Scientists should openly address uncertainties and exaggerations in their predictions of global warming, while politicians should dispassionately count the real costs as well as the imagined benefits of their policy measures. Read the full report (updated to 1 Feb 2020 version): https://saltbushclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/world-climate-declaration-20200101.pdf
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  • Can the Plan Rally
    A Convoy to Canberra protesting the Disasters caused by the Murray Darling Basin Plan. On Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd December 2019, people from across the Murray Darling Basin will be converging on Canberra to tell Federal politicians face to face that the Basin Plan is an absolute disaster. Both Federal and State Water Ministers know the devastating impacts of the man-made drought, that has been created  by Basin Plan government policies, but will do nothing to halt the destruction immediately. On every level the Basin Plan is failing. Farmers are being denied access to water that is available, but restricted to environmental use only. Consequently, regional communities are seeing high unemployment with the collapse of dairying and cropping industries,…
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  • Green Policies Destroy the Forests
    By Viv Forbes Australia is a land of deserts, droughts, floods, bushfires, flammable forests and fire-prone grasslands – these conditions have developed since the start of the Holocene Warm Era about twelve thousand years ago. All previous Australian bushies, both black and white, have recognised the key principle of fire management in Australia – you can have many small managed “cool” fires in early spring or a few unplanned disastrous “hot” fires consuming a heavy fuel load in hot dry winds in late spring. (Arsonists have other priorities and light their fires at these most dangerous times.) Every generation of Australians sees its fire disasters and the worst ones get names – “Black Thursday” in 1851, “Black Friday” in 1939,…
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  • Killing the Forests with Green Energy
    What follows is an example of how German decision makers go about protecting the environment: chop down hundreds of acres of forests and pour thousands of tons on concrete reinforced with hundreds of tons of steel on huge beds of gravel, all hauled in by hundreds of truck loads. Then install skyscraper tall industrial bird-killing monstrosities. Result: an idyllic forest gets turned into an industrial complex that can be seen and felt from miles away – in order to protect the climate. Full story: https://notrickszone.com/2019/10/30/german-city-of-aachen-cuts-down-over-600-acres-of-natural-forests-to-install-seven-200-meter-tall-wind-turbines/
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  • The Ghosts of Black Thursday 6th February 1851
    By Peter L Ellis. November 2019 My great-grandfather's brother, Nehemiah Bartley born in London in 1830, was a consummate adventurer who arrived in Hobart at age 19. He immediately entered into business arrangements with his Uncle Edwin Tooth the brewer and the dynastic Tasmanian medico and later, Premier of Tasmania, Dr William Lodewyck Crowther. This involved sailing in the Eudora for the frontier gold-rush town of San Francisco to test the market. There the young man helped fight the horrendous San Francisco fire of 1850. Later in life he graphically recorded his adventures in his book "Opals and Agates" (Gordon and Gotch, Brisbane 1872). Back in Tasmania and advised by his relatives to gain "colonial experience" he was given letters…
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  • The Great Barrier Reef is Fine
    The Institute of Public Affairs has released a new short film by Senior Fellow Dr Jennifer Marohasy which contradicts everything you’ve heard about climate change threatening the Great Barrier Reef. In February this year, The Economist reported that “rising temperatures are killing the coral” at the Great Barrier Reef and “if this goes on too long, the reef will die”. Claims of catastrophic coral bleaching have been terrible for local tourism, driving people away. Agriculture is also being blamed, as a result the Queensland government is adding even more red tape for farmers. IPA urges people to watch the short film so you can see for yourself that claims of the Great Barrier Reef in crisis are not true. It…
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  • Are Green Zealots Fuelling Our Bushfires?
    By Dr. John Happs Australia has always experienced droughts, floods and bushfires and it is immoral for those with vested interests, political or otherwise, to blame (imaginary) global warming for bushfires that occur in Australia or other parts of the world. Climate alarmists will point to the need for a tax on carbon dioxide emissions or the closure of coal-mines, the banning of fracking and a shift to unreliable, inefficient alternative energy sources such as solar and wind farms. These measures, they argue, will somehow combat bushfires that have always been part of Australia's history. There is no evidence to show that reducing carbon dioxide emissions will have any impact on global temperature or bushfire frequency. Following the tragic Queensland…
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  • Your SUV Did Not Cause the California Wildfires
    By Steve Goreham Originally published in Washington Examiner. California nears the end of another disastrous wildfire season. Governor Newsom and others blame human-caused climate change for California fire destruction. But causes for the destructiveness of these fires appear to be dominated by other factors, not emissions from power plants or sport utility vehicles. Data from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection shows 2019 to be another year of fire disaster. As of November 3, more than 6,000 California fires burned almost 200,000 acres, destroyed 730 structures and claimed three lives. The Kincade fire in Sonoma County north of San Francisco did the most damage, burning over 77,000 acres to date. As of November 3, this fire was 80…
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  • Time to Sack the “Minister for No Water”
    The Minister for Wasting Water, DAVID LITTLEPROUD, must resign. The Saltbush Club today called for the immediate resignation of Mr. David Littleproud from his position as Minister for Water on the grounds of incompetence in his management of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. The call was made by Mr Ron Pike, the Saltbush Club Water Adviser with a lifetime of experience and information on Murray Darling Basin water supply, storage and use. “Under Mr. Littleproud’s stewardship this Authority has grown to be a law unto itself and is repeatedly lying to both the people and the Government. As an example: ‘we had to drain Menindee Lakes, or the water would have been lost to evaporation.’ “We now have the wicked and…
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  • Topher Field: “The Dreadful Murray Darling Basin Plan”
    “Our farmers are in a drought... again. But this time it's different. Our rivers are full to overflowing as our government spends $13Billion of our dollars, buying up water and flushing it out to sea. Meanwhile, thanks to the price of water skyrocketing, our farmers can't afford to buy any to put on their crops or keep their cattle fed. What we have is a man-made drought, caused by the MDBA and its reckless buying of water for so called 'environmental' purposes.”
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  • “Electrify Everything” Policies Would Eliminate Gas Heating and Cooking
    By Steve Goreham Originally published in TheInvadingSea. Natural gas and propane serve as excellent low-cost fuels for heating and cooking. Last year, natural gas usage grew faster than renewables in the United States. But advocates of green energy policies would eliminate gas for heating and cooking. According to the US Department of Energy, since 2007, US consumption of natural gas increased by 31 percent, rising from 23 to 30 percent of US primary energy consumption. Gas displaced coal as the preferred fuel for electrical power plants. This is the primary reason why US carbon dioxide emissions fell 13 percent, the most of any major nation. Environmental groups call for society to "electrify everything." Their plan would eliminate all forms of…
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  • Another Blatant Lie: In Fact All Science Academies do not Support Global Warming Alarmism
    Dr. John Happs We often read statements such as:"All science academies support the notion of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming." In fact position statements about climate change from science academies and associations are usually made without debate or consultation with the wider membership. Of the international science bodies that have issued statements warning of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming, to my knowledge, not one has provided evidence showing that the majority of their members subscribe to those statements. Alarmist statements about climate change appear to represent the opinions of a mere handful of members. Academy officials are well aware of where their funding originates and the rank and file members could be blissfully unaware of alarmist, unsubstantiated statements released by their governing…
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  • Alarmist Over-reach
    For over 15 years the global warmists have become progressively more outspoken with their scare stories, and less careful with facts and science. But their latest tactics of promoting Extinction Hellions and exploiting a teenage Swedish Doomsayer represent alarmist over-reach. Ordinary people are becoming suspicious: “If their science is sound, why do they resort to media scare stories, traffic disruption, street rebellions, school truants, religious zealots and academic purging?” We are close to the peak of this global warming madness. Their models and forecasts have failed and consumers suffer soaring electricity cost and blackouts while tenured academics produce Play-School plans for 100% “Green” power. Climate sense is finally starting to ooze through the cracks in the stone wall built to…
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  • The Rebellion against Reason
    We don’t need rowdy Extinction Hellions on our streets – we need Education on Extinctions in our science academies, classrooms and media. Extinctions are natural events that close every chapter of Earth’s history - they remove species that can’t cope with competition or change. Better adapted species take their place. The rocks are Earth’s archives, recording past climates, extinctions, ice ages, droughts, planetary impacts and volcanic activities. There is NOTHING unusual about current conditions or trends except for today’s huge human population. (Dinosaurs also were very numerous and successful, but only remnants of their line remain today.) There are at least 17 major extinctions recorded in Earth’s archives. They are revealed by discontinuities in surface outcrops, and in drill logs…
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  • Eco-imperialists Impose a Biomess on Africa
    Instead of cutting forests and burning dung and charcoal, shouldn’t Africa have cheap electricity? By Duggan Flanakin China, India, Vietnam and other nations are using more and more oil, natural gas and coal every year to electrify and modernize their nations, create jobs, and improve their people’s health, living standards and life spans. Why in this day and age are the World Bank and other international institutions demanding widespread use of charcoal for heating and cooking in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)? During the recent 2019 “climate week,” the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change touted increased reliance on biomass – which already comprises 60% of European “renewable” energy – as a tool in fighting climate change and stabilizing Earth’s never-stable…
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  • Greentopia
    They planned the Land of Make Believe. They wanted water without building dams, cheap reliable electricity without using coal or gas or nuclear power, transport without using petrol or diesel, food without farmers or fishermen, employment without factories, metals and motor fuels without refineries and bridges and buildings without cement and steel. Their countryside was uglified by paddocks of magic mirrors, forests of whirling bird-slicers and spider-webs of access tracks and power lines that delivered abundant electricity when it was least needed (and little at peak demand). But the taps went dry, cattle and crops died, batteries went flat, lights went out, seafood and rice came from Vietnam, metals were smelted and refined in China, trains were built in India,…
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  • Houston We Have a Problem: NASA’s Magnificent Record Tainted by its Climate Activists
    By Dr. John Happs The question must be asked: Why does an organisation with huge resources, impressive achievements and some of the best scientists available allow its reputation to be sullied by a handful of activists intent on spreading misinformation about catastrophic anthropogenic global warming? On the 21st July, 1969 an estimated 500 million people from around the world watched Neil Armstrong become the first person to walk on the Moon. Armstrong was followed to the lunar surface by Buzz Aldrin whilst Michael Collins monitored their movements from lunar orbit. [caption id="attachment_957" align="aligncenter" width="300"] NASA: Image in public domain[/caption] There have been many other impressive milestones reached by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) since it was established by…
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  • Fuel Stupidity Australia
    By David Archibald This article was first published on: https://wentworthreport.com/fuel-stupidity-australia/ Australia's fuel security position is parlous to the extent of being an existential threat. We signed up to the International Energy Agency treaty in 1979 but we are the only country that is delinquent with respect to our obligations under that treaty to hold at least 90 days of imports as stocks. In November 2018, Australia had 53 days of stocks. The Federal Liberal government intends to get to its treaty obligation of 90 days in 2026, so it says. The Department of Environment and Energy is conducting a Liquid Fuel Security Review and in April this year issued an interim report. From that report: Australia's oil supply is largely…
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  • The Rebellion against Reason
    We don’t need rowdy Extinction Reb-hellions on our streets – we need education on extinctions in our science academies, classrooms and media. Extinctions are natural events that close every chapter of Earth’s history - they remove species that can’t cope with competition or change. Better adapted species take their place. The rocks are Earth’s archives, recording past climates, extinctions, ice ages, droughts, planetary impacts and volcanic activities. There is NOTHING unusual about current conditions or trends except for today’s huge human population. (Dinosaurs also were very numerous and successful, but only remnants of their line remain today.) There are at least 17 major extinctions recorded in Earth’s archives. They are revealed by discontinuities in surface outcrops, and in drill logs…
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  • Time to Hear from Sensible Adults
    by Viv Forbes, 3 October 2019 Climate alarm has fractured western societies into four main groups – the Silent Majority, the Red Green-ants, the Noisy Street Children, and the Wise Elders. The Silent Majority do the work of the nation. They pay the nation’s bills and taxes and only make their presence felt at election time. They despise most career politicians but many fear reprisals from Big Government or Big Business should they be seen speaking out. But when sufficiently aroused they toss out the chicken-littles and turn to leaders like Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro and Boris Johnson. The Red Green-ants are forever nibbling away at the foundations of free societies. They inflame and exploit naïve crusaders like the Noisy…
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  • Greta the Marionette: A Disturbed Child Cynically Manipulated by Green Zealots
    Dr. John Happs In the year 1212 tens of thousands of children from France and Germany set out to re-take Jerusalem from the Muslim inhabitants. According to a 13th century source, the Chronica regia Coloniensis ('Royal Chronicle of Cologne'): "Many thousands of boys, ranging in age from six years to full maturity, left the plows or carts they were driving, the flocks which they were pasturing, and anything else which they were doing. This they did despite the wishes of their parents, relatives, and friends who sought to make them draw back. Suddenly one ran after another to take the cross. Thus, by groups of twenty, or fifty, or a hundred, they put up banners and began to journey to Jerusalem." Of…
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  • Playstation Computer Modelling Says We Are All Going to Fry
    Dr. John Happs [caption id="attachment_909" align="aligncenter" width="382"] Free-Images.com[/caption] "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." Attributed (with some uncertainty) to: Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. There are now many frightened school children and quite a few worried parents because of what is taught in some classrooms and what they hear about impending climate-induced doom. We also have personal attacks on those scientists who oppose, with facts, the promoters of climate Armageddon. Some scientists have lost their jobs because they dared to speak out in defence of common sense and a lack of empirical evidence to show that our trivial emissions of…
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  • The Climate Change Hoax – Dr. Tim Ball
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  • There is no Climate Emergency, say 500 Experts
    AS THE LATEST U.N. climate summit begins in New York, a new, high-level global network of 500 prominent climate scientists and professionals has submitted a declaration that there is no “climate emergency”. The group has sent a European Climate Declaration with a registered letter to António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. Professor Guus Berkhout of The Netherlands, who organized the Declaration, said: “So popular is the Declaration with scientists and researchers worldwide that signatories are flooding in not only from within Europe but also from other countries such as the United States and Canada, Australia and New Zealand.” The group’s letter warns the U.N. that “the general-circulation models of climate on which international policy is at present founded are…
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  • Electricity in Australia – Switching from Success to Failure
    By Viv Forbes, 23 September 2019 Our grandfathers built a low-cost reliable decentralised electricity supply for all states of Australia based mainly on black and brown coal-fields – Blair Athol, Callide, Ipswich, Sydney/Newcastle, Yallourn, Leigh Creek and Collie. Then our fathers built the mighty Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric scheme which provided water to irrigate the inland while generating electricity to help pay for it. Then in the years up to 1980, huge new coal-fired power plants were constructed in each State. And we discovered oil and gas in Roma, Bass Strait, Barrow Island, Timor Sea, and in coal and shale in many places. Coal and hydro gave Australia reliable low-cost electricity that was the envy of the world and supported primary,…
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  • Bushfire Sense and Nonsense
    Bushfires are normal events in this season in tropical and sub-tropical latitudes of the southern hemisphere – in Australia, Africa and South America. Even Captain Cook noted many fires in Eastern Australia in 1770, long before the era of “global warming” hysteria. What is unusual is the number and ferocity of recent Australian fires. Destructive bushfires need three things – a big load of dry fuel, hot dry winds and a point of ignition. A big load of dry fuel, close to towns and buildings, in this season, is a sign of gross mis-management (seen most commonly in public lands). That fuel should have been raked, dozed or burnt in safer weather conditions. Hot dry winds are not unusual in…
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  • 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions
    The Competitive Enterprise Initiative has compiled a great list of all the failed predictions of Environmental Apocalypses. These aren’t general predictions of things getting worse, but explicit predictions that something will have happened by a particular date. They include: Dire world famine by 1975 Everyone dead by 1989 A new ice age by the 21st century Oceans dead by 1980 US to have water rationing by 1974 US to have food rationing by 1980 Fossil fuel burning to drop temperatures to ice age by 1981 Maldives will be underwater by 2018 Famine by 2012 UK to be Siberian by 2024 Arctic will be ice free by 2013 If one did not have the hysterical predictions (which the authors rarely concede…
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  • A Sensible and Truthful Politician at Last: “Solar energy badly harms the environment. It must be taxed — not subsidized”
    By Sanjeev Sabhlok  Senior leader and overseas coordinator of India’s Swarna Bharat Party The Modi government has been shovelling scarce taxpayer resources into solar energy, with a further $6.5 billion promised till 2022. This is over and above indirect subsidies that people pay through higher electricity bills because of renewable energy certificates. And while Donald Trump did the right thing by walking out of the Paris Agreement, Mr Modi unthinkingly remains committed to it and Niti Ayog has been touting subsidised electric vehicles. Our party disagrees with this approach. First, because we oppose subsidies for any industry. But second, because we believe there is a strong case to impose Pigovian taxes on solar energy given the economic and environmental harm…
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  • Sea Level Alarm – a Nice Little Earner
    Dr. John Happs Despite alarmist claims of "catastrophic global warming", there is no empirical evidence to confirm that or any acceleration in global sea level rise. Notwithstanding this lack of evidence many people, often those with vested interests, still cling to the alarmist beliefs that catastrophic sea level rise is imminent. If you live on an overpopulated island with high unemployment, limited resources and were already dependent on aid from the outside world, there is one sure-fire strategy for bringing in extra money. This involves ignoring the lack of empirical evidence for any acceleration in global sea level rise or increase in extreme weather whilst taking the following steps: * Blame successful, developed nations such as Australia for producing (trivial)…
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  • Buckets of Icy Cold Reality
    Democrat presidential candidates and Green New Dealers need to face some hard energy facts Paul Driessen CNN recently hosted a seven-hour climate bore-athon. That climate cataclysms are real and already devastating our planet was not open to discussion. So host Wolf Blitzer and ten Democrat presidential contenders vied to make the most extravagant claims about how bad things are, and who would spend the most taxpayer money and impose the most Green New Deal rules to restrict our freedoms and transform our energy, economy, agriculture and transportation, in the name of preventing further cataclysms. Cory Booker opened the bidding at $3 trillion. Kamala Harris and Julian Castro raised it to $10 trillion. Bernie Sanders upped it to $16 trillion. Then…
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  • MEASURING SEA LEVEL
    "Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind." (Donovan, 1973) By Dr. John Happs In reality there is no such thing as a universal measure of sea level because there is no fixed datum against which measured levels can be compared. Similarly, the term "Global Average Sea Level" is simply meaningless and claims that sea level is rising at an unprecedented rate worldwide are questionable, if not deliberately alarmist. The average depth of the world's oceans is around 4,000 metres and for anyone to claim they know that global sea level has changed by 2 or 3 cm over the last few years requires pure imagination, especially in light of the many factors that influence relative sea…
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  • Climate Change Stripped Bare
    By Maurice Newman Last July, the Prince of Wales warned global leaders they have ‘18 critical months’ to solve climate change and restore the balance of nature. This is the second such dire warning Prince Charles has given. In 2008 he forewarned, ‘the world faces a series of natural disasters within 18 months, unless urgent action is taken to save the rainforests’. Like his latest omen, the first was wildly exaggerated. No doubt the prince is well-meaning. Perhaps, like millions of others who harbour Malthusian or guilt instincts, Prince Charles is naturally attracted to climate change hysteria. Read more: https://www.spectator.com.au/2019/08/climate-change-stripped-bare/ (Registration/subscription required.)
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  • HUMAN-INDUCED CLIMATE CHANGE – A Geoscientist’s View
    Consultant geologist Dr Geoff Derrick was invited to present this talk to a conference held in Brisbane at the Pullman Hotel, 22-23 July 2019. The conference was organised and hosted by DANA, a New Zealand-based group of Forest Industry Advisors. The conference was titled “Innovations in the Australian Forest Industry Sector”, and featured 2 days of lectures and workshop discussion, followed by a half-day field trip to Woodchip export facilities at the Port of Brisbane. Here is a screen cap of the PowerPoint presentation, which has about 100 slides and was scheduled for about a half-hour from 5 to 5.30pm. Neither Geoff nor DANA quite knew what to expect, both of the subject matter of the talk, and the disposition…
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  • Woodside Greenballs Jo Nova
    Banned by Big Oil — Jo Nova’s Christmas speech for geologists cancelled by Woodside By Jo Nova: So much for being “funded by fossil fuels” — they not only don’t fund me, Big Oil won’t even let me speak In March I was invited to present the FESAus Christmas function in December this year. They’re the Formation Evaluation Society of Australia, a non-for-profit volunteer organisation for Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts. A niche technical club of experts. It was unpaid, but I was happy to help make it a fun and push some buttons. “Hot” graphs, cartoons and all. But in June, suddenly it became controversial to make jokes about climate change. Committee members started resigning, and dummy-spit declarations were made that…
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  • Use Canberra Water for Environmental Flow?
    By Ron Pike A notice to THE PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA and THE PEOPLE OF CANBERRA. A delegation of people from waterless western NSW is planning to come to Canberra to demonstrate to the people of the ACT how they are destroying lives and businesses across the Murray-Darling Basin. “We intend to drain Lake Burley Griffin as an environmental flow down the Murrumbidgee River. Just as the MDB Authority did with the Menindee Lakes. “Then to add more volume to this environmental flow we will also drain the Cotter dam. Just as the MDB Authority did with Keepit and Burrendong Dams. “Then when the people of the ACT have no water for basic needs we will try to get you…
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  • G20 Lemmings Trumped
    What happened at G20 in Osaka? Nineteen energy lemmings leapt over the Paris Climate Precipice but they were Trumped when one canny American owl declined to commit carbon suicide.
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  • The Failure of all their Dam Plans
    By Viv Forbes Malcolm Turnbull’s Murray Darling Basin plan has failed and must be abolished. We need to change the way we manage what is our most abundant renewable resource, and the only obstacle to this is politics. The immediate action must be to stop wasting water on “environmental flows” that are doing more harm than good. Then we need to build more dams and weirs; and restore natural flushing to the mouth of the Murray. If we do these things, there will be plenty of water for all MD basin needs and the environment will benefit hugely (in stark contrast to the scorched earth policy currently in play). Federal government meddling in state matters has made a huge mess…
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  • Trees, Fires, Climate and Carbon Dioxide
    By Jim Steele. Published in Pacifica. Tribune August 20, 2019 There are too many fear mongering politicians pushing an “existential climate crisis”. I find the climate history told by the trees far more trustworthy, and the trees are whispering there is no crisis. This summer I taught a class on the Natural History of the Sierra Nevada for San Francisco State University’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus. The first day we taught students how to identify the trees. Once students know their trees, they can easily see how tree species vary with elevation, temperature, moisture, and snow pack. They can see which species colonize open sunny areas and which trees need shade before they can invade. Old time naturalists used trees…
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  • Wasting Australia’s Resources
    By Viv Forbes Foolish politicians driven by extreme green ideology are wasting Australia’s resources. Australia’s nuclear resources are largely wasted. We have abundant geological potential for uranium and other nuclear fuels, we know how to explore and extract them, but with bans and restrictions that change every election, and approval processes that take either some years or forever, only three mines are operating. And Australia is the only G20 country to ban clean silent low-emission nuclear power. Australia’s waste and sterilisation of coal and oil shale resources is also an international disgrace. Solid hydro-carbon resources are very concentrated stores of value, but cannot be used without temporarily disturbing other resources such as soils, vegetation and stored water. Freehold land rights…
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  • U.N. Predicts Disaster if Global Warming Not Checked (Another failed disaster forecast)
    PETER JAMES SPIELMANN June 30, 1989 UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000. Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of ″eco- refugees,′ ′ threatening political chaos, said Noel Brown, director of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program, or UNEP. He said governments have a 10-year window of opportunity to solve the greenhouse effect before it goes beyond human control. Read more: https://www.apnews.com/bd45c372caf118ec99964ea547880cd0
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  • Biofuels Baloney
    Burning forests to generate electricity is probably the worst green energy stupidity. It destroys forests, creates its own pollutants, is less efficient than coal to harvest, handle and burn and has a low heat value. If all factors are counted, it will take decades of forest regrowth to match the CO2 emissions of burning high-energy coal. Most coal-fired power stations are built on a coal field with reserves to last the life of the power station. The coal is mined efficiently, the fuel is of known quality and sizing and efficient repetitive methods are used to extract and prepare the coal and convey it continuously into the power station. The most infamous wood-burning power station in the world is DRAX…
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  • Now They’re coming after the Roast Beef of Old England
    by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley At Harvard, there was once a University. Now that once noble campus has become a luxury asylum for the terminally feeble-minded. Walter Willett, one of the inmates (in his sadly incurable delusion he calls himself “Professor of Nutrition”), has gibbered to a well-meaning visitor from Business Insider that “eating a diet that’s especially high in red meat will be undermining the sustainability of the climate.” Farewell, then, to the Roast Beef of Old England. So keen are we in the Old Country on our Sunday roast (cooked rare and sliced thickish) that the French call us les rosbifs. But the “Professor” (for we must humor him by letting him think he is qualified to talk…
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  • An Indian View of Climate Change Hysteria
    Looking behind the scenes of the well-orchestrated climate hysteria By Sanjeev Sabhlok Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/toi-edit-page/looking-behind-the-scenes-of-the-well-orchestrated-climate-hysteria/ We know there is simply no basis for climate alarm. All “scientific” predictions have failed, life has survived happily with much higher CO2 in the past, the medieval warming period a thousand years ago was much warmer than today, the small temperature variations of the 20th century are easily explained by natural causes, and the IPCC reports confirm that there is no increase in extreme weather events and no economic harm from CO2. And yet the hysteria is increasing by the day. The “remedies” being suggested are becoming more extreme: it is no longer just about making energy so expensive that the poor can’t afford it,…
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  • The Green New Deal – Mark Morano
    Mark Morano talks about the brave new green world that is on its way.
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  • Tackling Climate Change
    By Dr D Weston Allen (MBBS, FRACGP) Aug 2019 Earth's complex climate is always changing, sometimes rapidly. Greenland's temperature rose ten degrees Celsius (10⁰C) in a single decade 11,500 years ago. Earth has been warmer than now and the atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) level much higher than now for most of its 4.5 billion years. Natural sequestration over 200 million years reduced it ten-fold from 2,000 parts per million (ppm) to just 200ppm 2.58 million years ago when Earth entered the cold Quaternary ice-age. Milankovitch orbital cycles trigger interglacial warm periods such as our present Holocene. The Eemian interglacial was several degrees warmer than now. Warming oceans release CO2, helping plants thrive in a warmer and wetter world. Antarctic's Vostok…
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  • The Black List of Climate Sceptics
    by Craig Rucker People with the temerity to correct the record on climate change must be silenced. That's the outrageous point of a new study published in the journal Nature Communication. "The time has arrived for professional journalists and editors to ameliorate the disproportionate attention given to (climate change contrarians) by focusing instead on career experts and relevant calls to action,” the authors said. While the study’s goal is severely off base, it nonetheless produced two mathematical rankings CFACT is more than a little tickled by. According to a ranking of how often "contrarians," as the study labels us, are cited in the media, CFACT's Marc Morano is far and away the world's most effective climate communicator. Marc is number…
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  • Modern Transportation – A Miracle under Attack
    By Steve Goreham Originally published by WND. Modern transportation is amazing. Each day, millions of people fly, drive, or are transported across our world for business, pleasure or to see distant family members. These trips, which are powered by petroleum-based fuels, were all but impossible a century ago. But today, many of our leaders call for elimination of hydrocarbon-fueled transportation. Between 1840 and 1860, more than 250,000 people traveled by wagon train from Independence, Missouri to the west coast on the Oregon Trail. Horses and oxen carried the settlers on this 2,000-mile, six-month journey. Disease, attacks by Native Americans, and run-overs by wagons claimed the lives of more than 15,000 travelers. Today, a family can make this same journey in…
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  • Plant More Trees and Fly More Often – The Earth Needs More Carbon Dioxide
    By Dr. John Happs The 1997 climate treaty known as the Kyoto Protocol allows wealthy countries to count carbon storage in forests towards their targets for limiting greenhouse-gas emissions. https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/the-paris-agreement We often hear about various environmental groups that are intent on planting as many trees as possible, supposedly to offset anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions. The Australian Government has described carbon offsetting as: "An activity, process, organisation, event, building or precinct is carbon neutral when its net greenhouse gas emissions (emissions) are equal to zero. To become carbon neutral, entities must calculate their emissions, reduce these emissions as much as possible, and then purchase and cancel carbon offsets or carbon credits equivalent to the remaining emissions. This process results in emissions…
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  • Ocean Thermal Expansion: In Theory and by a Simple Experiment
    Abstract: Temperature changes in the ocean water masses affect the vertical height of the water column by expansion at heating and contraction at cooling. The surface change is a function of the amount of heating and the depth of heating (or cooling). A heating of 0.55 °C as observed for the upper 100 m of the ocean surface would correspond to a sea level expansion of 9 mm. A heating of 2.0 °C would rise a 300 m water column by +10 cm, a 100 m water column by +3.5 cm and a 10 m water column by +3.5 mm. At the shore there will be no rise at all, as there is no water to expand, and the offshore…
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  • Alan Jones and Ron Pike on Why the Murray-Darling Basin Plan Must be Abolished
    Alan Jones and Ron Pike on why the Murray-Darling basin Plan must be abolished:
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  • Snowy Mk 2 – a Symptom of a National Subversive Malady
    By Bob Brock The lack of critical comment on the recently announced Snowy Mk 2 in the mainstream media is seriously disappointing, but perhaps understandable since it is not generally understood. The attraction of Snowy Mk 2 rides on the back of the iconic name of the truly heroic 1940s to 1970s Snowy Mountains Scheme that, with the St Lawrence Seaway in North America, was one of the world's great civil engineering projects of the 20th century. Snowy Mk 2 is an opportunistic plan to use that iconic name to gain public support for an expensive project to make the Government's flawed renewable energy policies workable. It has none of the nation-building qualities of its original namesake. The Snowy Mountains…
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  • “The Extinction Rebellion” in Australia
    March 2019 saw the first public actions from Extinction Rebellion in Australia. Declaration Day: XR Australia’s Demands that, “The Australian government and the media tell the truth about the climate emergency and honestly inform the public that we are facing a threat to human civilisation that imperils the life of most people on Earth.” (12) Associated groups in Australia include: Australian Greens, Victorian Socialists, Rail, Tram and Bus Union, Unionists for Refugees, Climate Justice, Uni Students for Climate Justice, School Strike 4 Climate, Greenpeace Australia, Counter-Act, Climate Justice, Stop Adani, Frontline Action on Coal, Greenpeace, Guardian Newspaper, Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network, Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), Refugee Action collective, Socialist alternative, Greens members; Senator Adam Brandt, Senator Sarah Hanson Young,…
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  • Washington D.C. Conference Exposes ‘Climate Delusion’
    By Tom Harris & Dr. Jay Lehr pjmedia.com 03 Aug 2019 The new president of The Heartland Institute, Frank Lasee, was not exaggerating when he described the 13th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC13) as “the most important climate change and energy event of the year.” Speaking about the July 25 conference held at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., Lasee explained, “ICCC13 demonstrated that the Climate Delusion is not based on sound science or economics. It is wasting trillions of dollars and threatening our way of life, while propping up the drive for world socialism.” This was a common theme throughout ICCC13. The Climate Delusion, relying on bad science and misguided economics, is damaging America and threatening the world. The conference sold out with…
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  • The Climate Delusion
    By Jay Lehr, Ph.D. My life's work has always centered around science education, regardless of the subject at hand. In past times my work involved educating the public about the need for environ-mental protection, and I helped establish the Environmental Protection Agency in the Nixon years. We had dirty air and water and needed to clean it up. A few years ago the public was in panic about a possible nuclear disaster caused by a tsunami off the coast of Japan. Preventing overreaction by politicians wanting to shut down nuclear power based on misinformation was a challenge for me. But today, the most important issue for all of us here now is what we should call the Climate Delusion, a…
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  • Zero Emissions Australia?
    By Viv Forbes It may be possible for a perpetual committee of green bureaucrats to electrify Australia with a vast but flimsy spider-web of power lines connecting consumers to wind turbines, solar panels, lithium batteries and pumped-hydro batteries. In this wonder-world, electric scooters and mini-cars will be mandated and demand rationing will be imposed. But this costly, ramshackle UN dream-come-true will never be competitive with nearby industries in China, India and Japan using a powerful backbone of reliable low-cost nuclear, coal, gas and diesel power, decorated with bits of green tinsel to placate the energy commissars of the UN. These Asian tigers will get their coal from Mongolia, Indonesia and South Africa, their oil and gas from the Middle East…
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  • WHAT HAS COAL EVER DONE FOR US?
    By Dr. John Happs If you haven't already seen it, let me recommend the 1979 Monty Python comedy film "Life of Brian" where John Cleese plays Reg, spokesman for the People's Front of Judea. In trying to justify his opposition to Roman occupation, Reg desperately asks his colleagues: "Alright, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, fresh water systems and health, what have the Romans ever done for us?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7tvauOJMHo It seems there are still quite a few Reggie-types around judging by the ongoing breast-beating about the Adani coal mine and the endless efforts from Green Reggies to ignore the benefits of coal whilst calling for the end of coal-mining worldwide. There is a…
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  • Never Have US Health Professionals Been So Foolish
    By Steve Goreham. Originally published in NewsBlaze. Last month, 74 US medical and public health groups released a "U.S. Call to Action," declaring climate change a "true public health emergency" that can be solved by "urgent action." The statement calls for a transition away from hydrocarbon energy and a move to a low-carbon economy. But actual weather and health trends don't support either the alarm or the demanded actions. The statement was endorsed by the American Medical Association, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Physicians. These and other organizations pronounced climate change the "greatest public health challenge of the 21st century." The statement proclaims that "extreme heat, powerful storms and floods, year-round wildfires, droughts, and other climate-related…
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  • Educating Kids to Debate Alarming Climate Claims
    Important new project provides videos and short non-technical issue briefs for students By Paul Driessen It’s time to challenge the steady diet of bias, false information and alarmism on climate change that students are fed in and outside of their classrooms. Science and public policy analyst Dr. David Wojick has launched an important new project to do exactly that. From kindergarten onward, our young people are repeatedly told that they, our wildlife and our planet face unprecedented cataclysms from manmade climate change, resulting from our fossil fuel use. The science is settled, they are constantly hoodwinked, and little or no discussion is allowed in classrooms. They thus hear virtually nothing about the growing gap between computer model predictions and satellite…
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  • Climatic Impacts of the Southwest Indian Ocean Blob
    By Wyss Yim The University of Hong Kong Patches of abnormally hot seawater beneath the ocean surface referred to as Blobs are naturally generated by submarine volcanic eruptions. A recent example is the North Pacific Blob1 which caused weird weather conditions accompanied by major ecological changes in the Pacific northeast including two years without winters in 2013 and 20142. This was featured as a 'heat wave' in the September 2016 issue of National Geographic and was used to support the anthropogenic global warming alarm. However, based on the study of available information including satellite and ARGO data buoy records, the release of geothermal heat from the Nishinoshima volcanic eruption 940 km south of Tokyo3 from March 2013 to August 2015…
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  • Brisbane too Hot to Handle?
    By Viv Forbes The warmist ABC recently trumpeted a forecast (from an unproven academic model) that global warming and urban heat will make Brisbane too hot for many residents within 30 years. But what about people in Darwin and Cooktown right now - should they migrate to Brisbane? Some reading: Global Warming will make Brisbane unliveable: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-22/temperature-increases-from-climate-change-brisbane-unliveable/11227404 Snow Blankets Southern Queensland: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-17/thick-snow-blankets-southern-queensland/6626630 How to Turn Cooling into Warming: https://saltbushclub.com/2019/03/13/turning-cooling-into-warming/#more-463
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  • Rising Sea Levels – The Climate Debate
    By Daniel Fitzhenry March 2019 The seas and oceans to the east of Australia forms the largest body of water on Earth. This broadly connected vast body of water presents a genuine sea level. The Sydney Fort Denison Recording Station provides stable, accurate and genuine mean sea level data. The following table shows mean sea levels at 10 year intervals and these levels are related to Chart Datum which is at the lowest spring tide level. 100 YEARS OF MEAN SEA LEVELS AT FORT DENISON, SYDNEY: 1914 – 1.11 metres 1924 – 0.98 metres 1934 – 0.98 metres 1944 – 0.97 metres 1954 – 1.00 metres 1964 – 1.09 metres 1974 – 1.09 metres 1984 – 1.02 metres 1994 –…
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  • GREEN ZEALOTS, GOLDEN RICE AND THE PREVENTABLE DEATHS OF BABIES AND CHILDREN
    Beneath the thin veneer of concern about all life on Earth, it would appear that many of those who claim to care for the environment actually do more harm than good. Many of the Green Zealots also have little regard for humans. Millions of lives could be saved if activist groups, such as Greenpeace and GE-Free New Zealand, did not oppose the genetically modified strain of rice known as “Golden Rice.” Scientists have produced “Golden Rice” to address Vitamin A deficiency and related deaths so common amongst the poor in developing countries. These are people who cannot afford to eat a varied and balanced diet that would give them the essential nutrients they need. The distribution and consumption of “Golden…
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  • Battery Storage – An Infinitesimal Part of Electrical Power
    Battery Storage-An Infinitesimal Part of Electrical Power By Steve Goreham Originally published in Energy Central. Large-scale storage of electricity is the latest proposed solution to boost the deployment of renewables. Renewable energy advocates, businesses, and state governments plan to use batteries to store electricity to solve the problem of intermittent wind and solar output. But large-scale storage is only an insignificant part of the electrical power industry and doomed to remain so for decades to come. Last month, Senator Susan Collins of Maine introduced a bi-partisan bill named "The Better Energy Storage Technology Act," proposing to spend $300 million to promote the development of battery solutions for electrical power. Collins stated, "Next-generation energy storage devices will help enhance the efficiency…
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  • Books that Tell a Different Story
    A compilation of books by Peter F Gill. “Searching for the Catastrophe Signal: The origins of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change” Bernie Lewin, GWPF 2017 ISBN 978-0-9931189-9-9 “Climate Change the Facts 2017” Multiple authors edited by Jennifer Marohasy, Institute of Public Affairs, Connor Court Publishing Pty Ltd., 2017 ISBN 978-0-909536-03-9 “Climate Change Delusion and the Great Electricity Rip-Off” Ian Plimer, Connor Court Publishing, 2017 ISBN 9781925501629 “Green Tyranny Exposing the Totalitarian Roots of the Climate Industrial Complex” Rupert Darwall, Encounter Books, 2017 ISBN 9781594039355 “Human Caused Global Warming- The Biggest Deception in History” Tim Ball, Tellwell Talent, 2016 ISBN 978-1-77302-130-0 “What Really Causes Global Warming? Greenhouse Gases or Ozone Depletion?” Peter Langdon Ward, Morgan James Publishing, 2016 ISBN 978-1-63047-798-1…
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  • How to Create a Country with no Heart? – Stack and Pack the Coast
    by Viv Forbes What has happened to Australia’s once-bipartisan policies favouring decentralisation? Why is every proposal to develop an outback mine, dam, irrigation scheme or a real power station now labelled “controversial” by the ABC and opposed by the ALP/Greens? This coastal-city focus and the hostility to new outback industry (except for wind/solar toys) has surely reached its zenith with the recent state budget for Queensland. The population of coastal and metropolitan Queensland is surging with baby-boom retirees, welfare recipients, grey nomads, tourists, overseas students, migrants and winter refugees. But the outback is dying with lagging industry and many aging farmers retiring to the coast. We are creating a country with no heart. This growing urban and seaside population needs…
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  • Australia’s Growing Dam Crisis
    “The food we eat the water we drink and the power we use for most of our endeavours, are available only because previous generations invested their know-how and money for the future. It is time this generation did the same.” - Ron Pike. Australia is a dry continent – that is a fact of geography and global climate. However, per head of population, we have abundant fresh water resources in rivers, lakes, dams, soils and underground. But we do not conserve enough of it, and much of what is conserved is wasted by foolish policies. Politicians welcome (and sometimes subsidise) population growth, migrants, refugees and tourists but they neglect or prevent water conservation. And green schemers and globalist politicians are…
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  • GREEN ZEALOTS AND INSECT-BORNE DEATHS
    By Dr. John Happs Dichloro-diphenyl-trichloro-ethane (DDT) is an organo-chlorine insecticide first synthesised in 1874 by the Austrian chemist Othmar Zeidler. Its insect-killing capacity was later realised by the Swiss chemist Paul Muller in 1939. Although it is readily absorbed through the exo-skeletons of insects, it is poorly absorbed through the skin of mammals. It kills insects by disrupting the transmission of electrical impulses between their nerve cells, causing them to fire spontaneously. Fortunately, DDT does not have the same impact on higher-order animals. DDT was widely used by the military during World War 11 to control malaria, typhus and body lice and in 1944 Winston Churchill acknowledged the huge benefits that DDT offered to so many countries, saying: "We have…
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  • Why Resources Aren’t ‘Natural’ and Will Never Run Out
    Why Resources Aren't 'Natural' and Will Never Run Out By Steve Goreham Republished with permission of The Washington Times. Last week, the World Wildlife Fund proclaimed May 10 to be Europe's "Overshoot Day," the day that Europe consumed its portion of Earth's resources for the year. The WWF, the United Nations, and universities continue to warn that modern society is rapidly depleting our natural resources. But instead, trends show that for all practical purposes, Earth's resources will never run out. The World Wildlife Fund proclaims August 1 this year as Earth Overshoot Day, where society will have used "more natural resources than the planet is able to produce in a 12-month period." They estimate that Overshoot Day for the United…
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  • The Great Aussie Election Failure
    More Green Regalia   It’s election time now in Australia, But their promises point to great failure. We need fair dinkum power and whopping big dams, But they offer us more green regalia. by Viv Forbes 15 May 2019.
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  • A View on Global Warming (video) – Dr Patrick Moore
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  • Costly wind power menaces man and nature
    By Dr. Jay Lehr and Tom Harris Wind energy can never replace fossil fuels, despite claims of environmentalists and advocates of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal (GND). It’s not environment-friendly either. Indeed, wind power is hampered by many limitations, including: * its intermittent and inefficient nature * insufficient sites with adequate, reliable wind * acreage required to erect turbines and harness wind * excessive expenses, many of them rarely mentioned * dangers to bird and bat populations * dangers to human health from light flicker and low frequency throbbing noise (infrasound). * costs, limitations, and health and environmental impacts of batteries and other back-up systems Read More: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/05/22/costly-wind-power-menaces-man-and-nature/
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  • Nutting-out Nuclear: Why Cost & Reliability Mean Wind & Solar are No Match for Nuclear Power
    From "Stop These Things": If carbon dioxide gas is your poison, nuclear power is your antidote. STT promotes nuclear power, because it works. For those characters getting jumpy about our so-called climate ‘emergency’, nuclear power has the added benefit of being the only stand-alone power generation source that doesn’t emit CO2 during the process. Quite apart from its safety and reliability, there’s another very solid reason to promote nuclear power: and that’s cost. Of course, comparing never-reliable wind and solar with ever-reliable nuclear power, is no comparison, at all. But those that pump the purported benefits of wind and solar will continue to compare ripe, rosy apples with rotting oranges. Read the original: https://stopthesethings.com/2019/05/29/nutting-out-nuclear-why-cost-reliability-mean-wind-solar-are-no-match-for-nuclear-power/
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  • Long Way to Run: Warren Buffet Rejects All-Renewable Future With $10 Billion Bet on Oil & Gas
    From "Stop These Things": Australian voters just shredded the notion that the proletariat is wedded to heavily subsidised and chaotically intermittent wind and solar. Labor’s Bill Shorten sought to ram a 50% Renewable Energy Target down voter’s throats; a concept which the vast majority of them duly rejected. Sure, there were plenty of other issues that sank the Green/Labor Alliance. However, it should be remembered that 2019 was billed as the ‘Climate Change Election’, with wind and solar pitched up as the only panacea to what has now become a ‘climate emergency’. Read the original: https://stopthesethings.com/2019/05/31/long-way-to-run-warren-buffet-rejects-all-renewable-future-with-10-billion-bet-on-oil-gas/
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  • The Day the Earth Moved
    By Viv Forbes 24 May 2019 The proposed Adani mine has been wading through a green swamp of political obstacles for nine long years. Other coal optimists have struggled to develop coal in the Galilee Basin for over 40 years. Federal Labor, State Labor and the Greens have taken turns to man the anti-coal barricades. In these bad new days, before anyone can open a mine they need multiple approvals, each one providing opportunities for do-nothing activists to raise new hurdles at every hearing. The whole process of judicial judgements and reviews, enquiries, objections, hearings and re-hearings has been a gold mine for lawyers and barristers and a bottomless pit into which mine optimists throw money. Nine years ago, Labor…
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  • Carbon Burial Lunacy
    By Viv Forbes Over the eons, nature has extracted billions of tonnes of carbon compounds from the surface and buried them in extensive beds of limestone, dolomite, magnesite, dead corals, sea shells, animal skeletons, methane hydrate and hydro-carbons. This process has been so efficient that plants today are semi-starved of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Luckily, burning coal, oil, gas, peat and wood and making cement and fertiliser is restoring some of this valuable plant food to the surface and atmosphere where plants can again extract it and thrive. This is called the Carbon Cycle. Wasting heaps of money and scads of energy trying to separate, compress and rebury this benign valuable plant food in pressurized carbon sequestration cemeteries is green lunacy.…
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  • 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. Climate is always changing. Global cooling always follows global warming. Government policies that assume continuous global warming expose our society and economy to huge risks for no measurable benefits when that forecast proves disastrously wrong. Despite the election win, there…
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  • We Need a Power-Water Czar
    by Viv Forbes The Saltbush Club today claimed that the new Australian federal ministry resembled a giant bureaucracy with 52 ministerial positions selected mainly to look politically correct on sexual ratios, state representations and party factions but with no one charged with solving Eastern Australia’s critical water and electricity needs. The Executive Director of the Saltbush Club, Mr Viv Forbes, said PM Morrison needs to create a powerful new position with Ministerial power called “The Power and Water Czar”. “This Czar’s job would be to identify, define and remove all obstacles to quickly building one or more new dams to provide hydro power and water into the Darling River basin and to urgently facilitate more reliable coal-fired power in Eastern…
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  • A Basin Plan That Works For All
    By Ron Pike Background: The incursion of the Federal Government into the State’s constitutional right to the management of rivers and their water; was the result of sensationalist and mostly false claims made during the millennium drought. Emotional sophistry replaced truth and reason as it was claimed that our rivers were dying as the result of extraction by irrigators and lack of flow in the Murray was the cause of hyper salinity in the Coorong. Claims of dying river red gums, drying wetlands and species loss were repeated with graphic but mostly misleading detail. The Result: Is a Plan that that is costing Governments both revenue and credibility as regional communities across the whole MDB are regressing. The businesses that…
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  • Margaret Thatcher on Climate Change – The Lady Was for Turning
    By Dr. John Happs How many times have we heard or read that: 1. Margaret Thatcher had scientific training; 2. Margaret Thatcher was the food chemist who invented soft-serve ice cream; 3. Margaret Thatcher was always an ardent believer in catastrophic anthropogenic global warming. The first claim is factual in that Thatcher (1925-2013) studied chemistry at the women's Somerville College, Oxford. She specialised in X-ray crystallography and was later employed as a research chemist with BX Plastics in Essex. The second claim has no substance. Thatcher did not invent soft-serve ice cream and this fake news came from her parliamentary opponents who invented that particular political metaphor by claiming she discovered soft-serve ice cream "by adding air, lowering quality and…
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  • The Lemon Party
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  • Last Minute Interference by Al Gore and the ABC into the Australian Election
    by Viv Forbes, Executive Director, the Saltbush Club, Australia. The Saltbush Club today called for an enquiry into a last minute intervention by an American politician, Al Gore, into the Australian Election. The Executive Director of the Saltbush Club, Viv Forbes, said that in such a tight election race, the intervention of someone with the international stature of Al Gore, assisted by the climate activist Australian Broadcasting Commission, could easily change the result of the election. The Gore intervention was not subtle - he labelled the LNP government climate policy as ‘not credible’ and taking the country ‘in the wrong direction’. Becoming even more partisan, Gore praised the opposition Labor plan ‘as an extremely significant act of leadership on the…
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  • The Mad Mad Maths of Australian Emissions Targets
    By Viv Forbes. Most politicians live in a green fantasy-land where facts and numbers don’t count. They dream up fanciful figures for proposed cuts to industrial and agricultural emissions without any understanding of the remorseless growth of population. The Australian government has set a target to reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by 27% from 2005 levels by 2030, just 11 years away. The ever-greener ALP opposition plans to cut emissions by a staggering 45% by 2030. Australia’s population is growing at 1.7% per year (higher than most other developed countries). At this growth rate, population will increase by about 50% from 2005 levels by 2030. If we did NOTHING about cutting emissions, and the economy stood still, the continuing rise…
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  • Freezing in Green Heaven
    Freezing in Green Heaven It was a night to celebrate the Green goals had been won. The last coal mine was firmly shut and all adored the sun. Their panels covered all the flats and turbines spiked the hills. The young got stoned on ethanol and oldies got the bills. The cows were freed from bails and yards and drilling was rejected. The rich folk got electric cars the poor got disconnected. But then the weather got quite cold the sun it hibernated. The power failed, no coal was mined, most folk refrigerated. by Viv Forbes, Australia. Further Reading: Green energy policies freeze out the poor: http://newsweekly.com.au/article.php?id=58533
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  • What Replaces Diesel?
    by Viv Forbes, Australia. Most farm tractors run on diesel. And every day hundreds of diesel trucks deliver food from farms and feedlots to processing plants and city cold rooms. In the brave new world of zero emissions, how do we power these trucks and tractors? They talk boldly of electric trucks. When an electric road train makes a round trip to collect cattle from a feedlot west of Dalby headed for Brisbane, where do they charge the batteries? [caption id="attachment_636" align="aligncenter" width="528"] The Faster She Goes, the More Power She Generates.[/caption] Further Reading: More on Electric Vehicles: https://www.technocracy.news/shock-electric-vehicles-emit-more-co2-than-diesel-cars/ https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/pickeringpost/10000000_2620908001312566_9040462958240691743_n.mp4
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  • Possum on the Barbie?
    by Viv Forbes, Australia. Greens want to replace ancient grasslands and modern croplands with trees. They worship eucalypt weeds while chipping away at the growing space for priceless plants like Mitchell grass, saltbush, mulga, buffel grass, lucerne, wheat, barley, oats and macadamia. To meet futile Kyoto and Paris climate targets, we are nibbling away grasslands, pastures, orchards and paddocks which feed cattle, sheep, people and kangaroos. In return we get green-sponsored carbon forests, scrub and woody weeds which harbour wild dogs, wild pigs, wild cats, possums, wait-a-while, rubber vine and lantana. In this bilious-green world, when steak is a rationed treat, shall we chuck another possum on the barbie?
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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…
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  • Forget Mad Max – What About Mad Drax?
    Dr. John Happs The 1979 Australian action movie Mad Max was set in asociety teetering on the brink of collapse. The screenwriter James McCausland, reflecting on the 1973 oil crisis, speculated about the prospect of Peak Oil and the violence that might accompany the end of oil: "The ferocity with which Australians would defend their right to fill a tank. Long queues formed at the stations with petrol-and anyone who tried to sneak ahead in the queue met raw violence. ... George and I wrote the [Mad Max] script based on the thesis that people would do almost anything to keep vehicles moving ..." https://www.couriermail.com.au/business/scientists-warnings-unheeded/news-story/f4ca1ac96028f9c15d5d565efcff281e?sv=801cf324c28674e14cc330adb3266daandnk=fdb8dd65f8a4d5c184efd913f938acb1-1550985738 The notion of Peak Oil has been vigorously promoted by green groups and those vested…
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  • Politicians Lack Of Understanding About Electric Cars And Electricity Grids Is Shocking
    Dr. John Happs The latest announcements from political fairyland came from Bill Shorten with his vision that 50% of all new cars will be "electric" by 2030 and that each one would only take 10 minutes to recharge. To borrow a phrase from The Castle, somebody should: "Tell him he's dreaming." Better still, tell Bill to do a little homework on so-called electric cars and he will find that they are not electric cars at all. Well-intentioned environmentalists and a number of politicians such as Bill fail to understand that batteries don't continually create electricity. Rather they store electricity that has to be generated elsewhere by more often than not abundant, inexpensive, high energy-density, reliable hydrocarbon fuels. Bill also believes…
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  • Back to the Medieval Green World
    Greens dream of a zero-emissions world without coal, oil and natural gas. They need to think what they wish for. First there would be no mass production of steel without coke from coking coal to remove oxygen from iron ore. People could cut trees in forests for charcoal to produce pig iron and crude steels, but forests would soon be exhausted. Coal saved the forests from this fate. We could produce gold and silver without using mineral hydro-carbons and with ingenuity we could probably produce unrefined copper, lead and tin and alloys like brass and bronze. But making large quantities of nuclear fuels, cement, aluminium, refined metals, plastics, nylons, synthetics, petro-chemicals and poly pipes would be impossible. Making wind turbines…
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  • Flood Plains are for Floods
    Flood plains are created by floods. People should be free to build houses beside picturesque rivers but they must put up with the occasional flood. Community groups will always help those stricken by floods but taxpayers and other insurers should not be forced to subsidise the insurance and flood damage costs for those who choose to live on flood plains. Sensible people build on the hills and leave the flood plains for floods, farms, trees, market gardens and grass. Rational town planning would require sellers and developers to provide accurate flood maps to buyers and councils should paint flood levels on power poles. Essential infrastructure should not be built on flood plains. And rather than wasting billions on trying to…
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  • Flat Batteries
    Batteries sound great. But they have to be re-charged and replaced. That needs plastics, metals and electricity. After two still nights and three cloudy days how does green South Australia power their cities and industries AND re-charge/replace their batteries on intermittent wind/solar power without coal, oil, gas, diesel, petrol or nuclear? And after a week of cold cloudy weather? Giant flat batteries trying to re-charge small flat batteries? Only politicians could be so stupid. By Viv Forbes
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  • The Big Picture: 65 Million Years of Temperature Swings
    If you wonder where today’s temperature fits in with the grand scheme of time on Earth since the dinosaurs were wiped out, here’s the history. We start with the whole 65 million years, then zoom in, and zoom in again to the last 12,000 from both ends of the world. What’s obvious is that in terms of homo sapiens history, things are warm now (because we’re not in an ice age). But, in terms of homo sapiens civilization, things are cooler than usual, and appear to be cooling. Read More: http://joannenova.com.au/2010/02/the-big-picture-65-million-years-of-temperature-swings/
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  • Warming Came Before Coal
    If human use of coal and oil is causing the Modern Warming, what caused the Minoan Warming, the Roman Warming and the Medieval Warming, all of which were warmer than today? Every warm era was followed by a mini-ice age – a time of blizzards, iced rivers, starving stock, failed crops and hungry humans. Only fools would try to kill the warmth by reducing aerial CO2 plant food. And only idiots would destroy their reliable electricity supply in this futile crusade. By Viv Forbes
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  • Following Foolish Forecasts
    Well-trained meteorologists with mountains of real data and massive computers cannot forecast the weather more than a few days ahead. But make-believe academic “climatologists” using doctored data have created over 100 complicated computer models pretending to forecast global climate decades ahead. NOT ONE model has produced a correct forecast for 25 years. Yet we are prepared to trash our economy, inflate electricity costs and destroy heavy industry on the basis of these massaged models. Only politicians and green dreamers could believe such nonsense. By Viv Forbes
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  • Hydro-carbons Beat Biofuels on all counts
    Coal and oil are made from plants and animals that died millions of years ago when the atmosphere contained abundant carbon dioxide plant food. They are now very concentrated forms of energy which can be extracted from very small areas of land. Burning these natural hydro-carbons returns CO2 and fresh water to the atmosphere thus greatly assisting global plant growth. If we are lucky these extra gases in the atmosphere may also slightly delay the start of Earth’s next cooling cycle, but this looks unlikely. Ethanol and biodiesel are made from plants growing now - sugar cane, beets, palm oil and grains. Growing these crops requires large areas of land and valuable fresh water for irrigation. Growing bio-fuel crops extracts…
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  • Adani Double Standards
    Greens claim that the Adani coal mine in Queensland may force some desert finches to move a bit further out. What is the Green Solution to this possible minor environmental disturbance? – ban the mine. But every wind turbine continually chops up threatened birds and bats. A survey at one wind “farm” in Victoria found that 1,500 birds were killed in one year - wedge-tail eagles, falcons, kites, hawks and other birds as well as un-counted bats. There are 94 wind farms in Australia, each with its own avian graveyard. The Green Solution to this real environmental abomination? – pretend it is not happening. By Viv Forbes
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  • Sea Levels Scares in the Maldives
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  • A Diesel in the Shed
    A Diesel in the Shed. You can have your solar panels and your turbines on the hills; You can use the warmth of sunshine to reduce your heating bills. You can dream you’re self-sufficient as you weed your vegie bed; As long as you make sure to keep A diesel in the shed. By Viv Forbes
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  • Ocean Acidification
    OCEAN ACIDIFICATION IS A MYTH Cliff Ollier Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Western Australia Email: cliff.ollier@uwa.edu.au INTRODUCTION Climate alarmists believe the world is warming, and that this is caused exclusively by man-made carbon dioxide. 'Global Warming'' is now stretched to Climate Change'', but it must be stressed that carbon dioxide can only produce warming: the deceptive change of name does not change the alleged process. To demonise carbon dioxide further it is supposed to cause 'acidification' of the oceans. They claim that anthropogenic carbon dioxide causes the ocean to become more 'acid', which dissolves carbonate. This despite the fact that the oceans are alkaline, and have never been acid throughout their existence on Earth. We are implored to reduce…
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  • Ian Plimer GWPF Interview: The Climate Change Delusion and the Great Electricity Ripoff
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  • Racing to the Power Point in Birdsville
    When 2,000 electric cars towing caravans descend on the Birdsville races, where do they charge their batteries overnight? “Please take a ticket and join the queue?” By Viv Forbes
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  • Why Big Miners turned Green
    Big miners like Rio and BHP employ many geologists, chemists and physicists who can show that natural climate cycles have been occurring for millions of years. Why then are their boards pushing the man-made climate fable? It’s all about money. Wind turbines, solar farms and electric cars need humungous amounts of copper, steel, rare earths, lithium, silicon and aluminium for towers, transmission lines, charging stations, generators, motors, panels and batteries. This means higher metal prices and bigger profits, dividends and bonuses. All pretty simple. Viv Forbes
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  • Australian Federal election – How to Vote
    A personal opinion from Viv Forbes who takes responsibility for any electoral comment. 23 April 2019. This is not meant to be a statement of Saltbush Club policy - our members have enough sense and experience to make up their own minds. But I believe these guidelines will help to achieve Saltbush policies. It also explains the background for my how-to-vote opinions. A Quick Summary: Hold your nose as you enter the polling booth. Then - Make sure to cast a valid vote. Number all squares. Put the Greens last, everywhere, and the ALP just above them. In the Senate, vote below the line, number at least 12 squares and give preference to minor party or independent candidates of your…
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  • Electric Vehicles Emit More CO2 than Diesel Ones, German Study Shows
    When CO2 emissions linked to the production of batteries and the German energy mix - in which coal still plays an important role - are taken into consideration, electric vehicles emit 11% to 28% more than their diesel counterparts, according to the study, presented on Wednesday at the Ifo Institute in Munich. Mining and processing the lithium, cobalt and manganese used for batteries consume a great deal of energy. A Tesla Model 3 battery, for example, represents between 11 and 15 tonnes of CO2. Given a lifetime of 10 years and an annual travel distance of 15,000 kilometres, this translates into 73 to 98 grams of CO2 per kilometre, scientists Christoph Buchal, Hans-Dieter Karl and Hans-Werner Sinn noted in their…
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  • Magical Mystery Tour or Highway to Hell for Labor’s Big Red Bus?
    John Mikkelsen Pollsters stay at home on long weekends, but anyone watching Bill Shorten’s magical mystery tour on the big red diesel bus could be forgiven for thinking he took a turn down the Highway to Hell with his fumbling pit stop interviews during the opening week of the campaign. Prime Minister Scott Morrison focused attention on the costs of Labor’s tax, energy and climate change policies, and Shorten opened the door wide to accusations he lied about new taxes on superannuation. He repeatedly denied, then finally gave a firm undertaking to a Sky News journalist there would be no new taxes.  The next day he claimed he had “misunderstood the question,” admitted he ‘stuffed up’ and he should have…
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  • Tackling Climate Change with Renewables and EVs
    Dr D Weston Allen, MBBS, FRACGP, Grad Dip Phys Med Man-made climate change is real, but natural climate change can be worse and faster. Atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) gradually fell from about 3,000 parts per million (ppm) 200 million years ago to only 180ppm a million years ago, as carbon was naturally sequestered, and Earth became very cold, dry and dusty. Recurring orbital cycles trigger interglacial warm periods such as our present Holocene which began nearly twelve thousand years ago. Warming oceans release CO2, pushing atmospheric levels up over 280ppm, which helps plants thrive in a warmer wetter world. The previous interglacial about 120,000 years ago was much warmer than now. As temperatures fell over ten degrees Celsius (10⁰C) during…
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  • What is Agenda 21?
    UN AGENDA 21 (AG21) IN BRIEF (video 1, video 2) Graham Williamson – February 2013 AG21 is a foreign United Nations (UN) program aimed at controlling all aspects of people’s lives. It reduces or eliminates individual human rights such as private property rights (1, 2, 3, 4). AG21 is a UN program adopted by the Keating government in 1992, later ratified by the Howard government, & implemented by successive federal, state & local governments of all political persuasions ever since. In 20 years of implementation, neither of the two major political parties has declared AG 21 as official policy, nor given voters a democratic choice. Read the full document: https://saltbushclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/agenda21-in-brief.pdf [PDF, 435 KB]
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  • The Rising Sea Level Scare
    by Mike Bailey I am a retired Surveyor who spent his whole career (1965 to 2010) measuring and recording: Water depths, to enable safe navigation of ships and boats into harbours. Coastal features, such as shorelines and beaches, to monitor changes in depth that occur over time. Near shore constructions, such as sea walls, groynes wharves, piers and jetties and boat ramps to monitor their effect on the surrounding areas. In order for these depth measurements to have any coherence they have to be related to a common reference level. In Australia this common reference level or Datum is the Australian Height Datum (AHD). AHD is a mean sea level datum and was established by analysis of data from recording…
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  • US Hurricane Frequency vs. CO2 Concentration
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  • Historical Ice Sheet Thickness
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  • Climate Models vs. Observations
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  • How Weather and Climate Work
    By Viv Forbes Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/04/how_weather_and_climate_work.html There are three big drivers of weather for any place on Earth: the latitude, the local environment, and solar system cycles. The biggest weather factor is latitude – are you in the torrid, temperate, or frigid zone? These climatic zones are defined by the intensity of heat delivered to Earth's surface by the sun. In the Torrid Zone, the sun is always high in the sky. It is generally hot, often moist, with low atmospheric pressure, muggy conditions, and abundant rain and storms, some severe. Places close to the Equator get two summers per year (just one long summer) and very little winter. Farther from the equator, there are two seasons: "The Wet" and "The…
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  • Climate Warming Reviewed
    “The Climate Study Group” intends to publish this advertorial in “The Herald Sun”, May 14th, 2019: [Select the image to view the PDF document.]
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  • Life Without Petroleum
    What is petroleum used for other than fuel for cars?
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  • It’s Time for us all to Recognize the 97% Con Game
    By Dr. Jay Lehr Source: https://www.cfact.org/2019/04/10/its-time-for-us-all-to-recognize-the-97-con-game/ We are confident that all of our readers have read or heard for a number of years that 97% of all scientists believe that mankind has played a role in changing the earth’s climate. While it should have been recognized long ago as an urban myth, one of those stories that hang around regardless of a lack of any supporting facts. Rarely a day goes that a global warming alarmists do not use it to promote their cause of enlarging government and reducing personal freedom through the promotion of fear about our future. Many articles have been written to refute this claim but they all dig into the statistical weeds. Common sense alone should…
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  • Commonwealth Budget For 2019/20 Won’t Save The Bacon
    By Des Moore In interpreting the budget it is important to realise the Coalition will face the election in May with electoral polling which indicates it is almost certain to lose. As such, apart from possibly indicating the Coalition’s budget as no more than a manifesto with which to start the election debate, the same applies to the manifesto which Shorten has announced. He is now further developing that by announcing yesterday the 50% compulsory electric cars by 2050, which has (rightly) been widely characterised as absurd. Shorten has also failed to indicate the costs of his environmental policies. This situation further widens the gap between the two parties on the issue of dangerous global warming which appears likely to…
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  • Earth Fools’ Day
    While Western civilisation has enjoyed the benefits of cheap, coal-fired electric power for barely more than a century, much of the Third World still struggles to cope with the capriciousness of an ever-challenging climate. So what do fools do to celebrate? They turn off the lights. May I suggest Earth Hour be more appropriately held on the first day of April. John McRobert, Brisbane
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  • Alarmists Destroy Their Credibility By Degrees
    Dr. John Happs It was in Lima, Peru that the United Nations (UN) travelling climate circus met in 2014 for COP 29 in its futile attempt to limit global carbon dioxide emissions which they blamed for (imaginary) global warming. Incredibly, national leaders were told that, by pledging to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions, global temperature could be limited to 2oC above the pre-industrial level. The Lima conference was attended by more than 10,000 delegates, flying in their ministerial jets with another 1,000 observers joining them. Collectively, they created a "carbon footprint" larger than any of the many previous climate jamborees. It was reported that: "Organisers rejected powering the village with solar panels on the grounds they were too unreliable, while…
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  • The Environmental Cost of “Renewable Energy”
    Monumental, Unsustainable Environmental Impacts of Green Energy Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy would inflict major land, wildlife, resource damage By Paul Driessen Extract from: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/07/05/monumental-unsustainable-environmental-impacts/ Solar panels on Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base generate 15 megawatts of electricity perhaps 30% of the year from 140 acres. Arizona’s Palo Verde nuclear power plant generates 900 times more electricity, from less land, some 95% of the year. Generating Palo Verde’s output via Nellis technology would require land area ten times larger than Washington, DC – and would still provide electricity unpredictably only 30% of the time. Now run those solar numbers for the 3.5 billion megawatt-hours generated nationwide in 2016. Modern coal or gas-fired power plants use less than 300 acres…
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  • What Happened to Global Warming?
    By David Archibald The global warming hysteria was reaching a crescendo in the lead up to the climate confab in Copenhagen in 2009 when a civic-minded person released the Climategate emails, deflating the whole thing. Those emails, concocted from the fevered imaginations of the scientists involved. Nigh on 10 years have passed since then and we are currently experiencing another peak in the hysteria that seems to be coordinated worldwide. But why? Why now? The global warming scientists have plenty of time on their hands and plenty of money. Idle curiosity would have got some to have a stab at figuring out what is going to happen to climate. Do they see an imminent cooling and they have to get…
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  • The Great Generation
    by Viv Forbes My grandparents were part of the Great Generation. Toughened by wars and depression they were patriotic nation builders. Their monuments are long-term productive assets like the Mount Isa and Broken Hill mines, smelters and refineries, the Wollongong Steelworks, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the transcontinental railway, the overland telegraph line, the Yallourn coal mines and Power stations, the Renison and Mt Lyell mines and railways, the Kalgoorlie Goldfields, the Weipa and Gladstone bauxite industries, Pilbara Iron, the Perth-Kalgoorlie pipeline, the Kidman Cattle Empire, the world's biggest merino flock, QANTAS, the Holden car, Southern Cross windmills, the Sunshine Harvester and a network of roads, railways, towns, power lines, ports and airports. The pioneers survived floods, droughts, bushfires and plagues…
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  • Meat or Lettuce? – the Diet Dictators
    Progressives Say No to Meat, But the World Thinks Otherwise By Steve Goreham Originally published in WorldNetDaily. Once again, meat consumption is under attack by progressive leaders. Politicians and the United Nations call on all of us to eat more plant-based foods and less meat and dairy products in the name of saving the planet. But it’s clear that most people across the world disagree. US Senator Cory Booker recently shared his “journey” to a vegetarian diet. Booker warns, “The tragic reality is this planet simply can’t sustain billions of people consuming industrially produced animal agriculture because of environmental impact.” The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) calls for a “great food transformation.” The UN states, “There are more of us,…
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  • Sustainable Development Goals Deception
      Government Releases Sustainable Development Goals Report Volume 2     Government Lying to the People About So Called ‘Non-binding’ International Agreements   By Graham Williamson March 2019 Background ‘Non-Binding’ Agenda 21 For a quarter of a century the Australian government, State governments, and local Councils, have been implementing the United Nations Agenda 21 program in Australia. Agenda 21 has been implemented on a bipartisan basis without the democratic approval of the people. But it is the persistent and pervasive government campaign to falsely convince the people Agenda 21 is ‘non-binding’ (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) and therefore innocuous, which is most alarming. Clearly, any deliberate attempt to force Australians to comply with laws which have…
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  • Priorities for Australia
    Poor policies are taking Australia into tough times. There are four priorities for the coming election. Firstly: Decimate the Foreign Green Snakes in the Grass. The climate/emissions obsession started with unelected foreigners in the UN and the IPCC who drafted deep green agendas to be imposed via elected Federal, State and Local governments. Australia must immediately withdraw from the Lima/Paris/Kyoto agreements, reject the 2030 Agenda, and repeal all the green tape they spawned. This costly mess creates no measurable climate or environmental benefits. Secondly: Build more Reliable Base-Load Power Stations. Green extremists want to destroy the carbon energy that powers our industries, supports our life style, funds our welfare and provides our jobs. They want to take us back to…
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  • The Year of the Pig
    This is the Chinese Year of the pig – appropriately it is the year we must remove the snouts of many pigs from the troughs kept full by tax payers and electricity users. An election year is the best time to put maximum pressure on all politicians. Soon we will have gone so far backwards in management of electricity, essential infrastructure, water, vegetation, bushfires, education and the climate war on hydro-carbons that recovery will be very difficult. Things are bad now but if the Limp-LNP’s or the ALP/Greens again get control of energy policy, what is now bad will get much worse. We are faced with either a confused calamity or a dreadful disaster. The Saltbush Club and its members…
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  • Energy Transition In France: Useless, Costly, Unfair
    A letter from Pierre Bouteille Dear friends from the English-speaking world, Just to keep you abreast of what is going on in France... You may have heard of the Yellow Vests, who triggered our president Macron into embarking on a "Grand Debate", mainly on the internet. It is mostly a closed questionnaire with circular arguments on the most surreptitious ways to shoehorn the energy transition, without offering to question its legitimacy in the first place. However, looking closely at the fine print, contributors like associations can still express an open opinion. On our side Rémy Prud'homme is an emeritus professor of economics, former consultant to the OECD, occasionally to the World Bank, and visiting professor at the MIT. As such…
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  • The Barrier Reef is Healthy
    The Barrier Reef is Healthy, but Some Academic Institutions are Rotten to the Core FORMER James Cook University Professor Peter Ridd will be in the Brisbane Federal Court next week attempting to get his job back. The case may be fought on legal interpretations of his obligation as a university employee to be collegial and discrete versus his right to academic freedom. This avoids the need to consider the two truths at the heart of this matter: 1. The Great Barrier Reef may be in good health, while 2. Our academic institutions may be rotten to the core. Read More: https://jennifermarohasy.com/2019/03/two-truths-at-the-heart-of-peter-ridds-sacking/ And listen to Peter Ridd’s story here: https://ipa.org.au/peterridd
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  • How to Turn Cooling into Warming
    by Dr. Jennifer Marohasy THIS last summer has been hot in Australia. But was it the hottest ever? Summer 80 years ago was arguably as hot, if not hotter. Back then more ferocious bushfires burnt larger areas. Yet Australia’s Environment Minister, Melissa Price, recently claimed this summer’s bushfires as a consequence of climate change. I grew up with stories from my late father of terrible bushfires – infernos – back in 1939. The Black Friday bushfires destroyed four times the area of farmland and forest as the devastating February 2009 fires – and twenty times as much as burnt this last summer. Ash from that bushfire fell as far away as New Zealand. My father described hot and hungry years…
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  • UN Indoctrination
    Indoctrinating Schoolchildren to Support the United Nations Global Agenda. Children Become 'Activists' in Support of UN Climate/Sustainability Agenda. Graham Williamson January 2019 (Summary version) Note: This analysis is in two documents: the summary below (and its PDF version here: un-education-summary [38 KB] and the full document here: un-education [PDF, 213 KB]. Australian Educational Standards Declining as the Curriculum Becomes Increasingly Politicised According to reports, Australia is now at the bottom of the list of wealthy countries when it comes to global educational standards. Evidence of political indoctrination of school students, or exploitation of children for political purposes, is extensive in Australia. With an emphasis on climate/sustainability activism, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity, in current ALP policies, Australia is…
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  • The Imaginary Climate Crisis
    Tony Heller looks at past failed climate predictions.
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  • The Global Warming Movement and the Green New Deal
    by John Droz It is not about Climate, it is not about science – it is a political movement to totally transform our way of life. See here for the Background [PDF, 80 KB] of the US Climate Change 30± year history (and how the Presidential Committee on Climate Science fits in).
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  • Snow Job
    THE CLIMATE ALARMIST’S SNOW JOB Dr. John Happs Many readers will remember the famous predictions about snowfalls from Dr David Viner when he was a senior research scientist at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia. (Yes – that’s the same CRU where Dr Phil Jones withheld climate data requested under Freedom of Information laws.) In March, 2000, Dr Viner confidently predicted that within a few years: “Winter snowfall will become a very rare and exciting event.” He added: “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.” http://www.climatedepot.com/2018/01/04/flashback-2000-snowfalls-are-now-just-a-thing-of-the-past-children-just-arent-going-to-know-what-snow-is-uk-independent/ Read the full document: https://saltbushclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/snow-job.pdf [PDF: 663 KB]
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  • Constitutional Enquiry
    "The International Agreements Enquiry." An Enquiry into the Public Scrutiny and Democratic Foundations of Importing Laws via International Agreements Drafted by Graham Williamson and proposed by the Saltbush Club The Background Christiana Figueres is a world authority on global climate change and was the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC from 2010-2016. Ms. Figueres is currently Vice-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. As former UNFCCC chief Christiana Figueres pointed out in regard to the UN's global agenda, the aim of the UN is to bring about a "centralized transformation" ... "one that is going to make the life of everyone on the planet very different." Figueres continues: "global society, is moving to the point where we…
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  • The Naked Truth of Agenda 21
    In their own words: UN https://archive.org/stream/EarthSummitAgenda21/Earth%20Summit%20Agenda%2021_djvu.txt “Agenda 21 stands as a comprehensive blueprint for action to be taken globally — from now into the twenty-first century — by Governments, United Nations organizations, development agencies, non-governmental organizations and independent-sector groups, in every area in which human activity impacts on the environment.” Ros Kelly, introducing AG21 to Australia, Australian Parliament, Wednesday, 26 May 1993, Hansard Page: 951 “Agenda 21 is a truly massive document—40 chapters covering matters as diverse as poverty, population, technology transfer, consumption patterns, forests, freshwater, pollution avoidance, transboundary air pollution, and radioactive waste. It is a blueprint or set of guidelines, not just for individual countries but, importantly, for the entire United Nations system as well as for individuals and…
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  • Land and Sea Go Up and Down
    By Pamela Matlack-Klein For decades now the IPCC and other alarmists have been threatening us with the ugly spectre of hugely accelerated sea level rise (SLR). Fortunately, none of their dire predictions have come to pass yet this has not caused them take a look at just how ludicrous their predictions really are. During this time, sea level has continued to putter along just as it has for the past 150 years, at a minuscule rate of about 1-1.5mm/year. This is a very tiny amount of SLR, not even noticeable by the average human. In fact, a person living on the coast of almost any country for 80 years would not notice any change in sea level, from childhood through…
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  • Alan Jones on The Paris Agreement, Energy Policy, Clexit and the Saltbush Club
    Interview with Viv Forbes, Executive Director of the Saltbush Club, Nov 29, 2018.
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  • The Battle for our Grasslands and Livestock
    By Viv Forbes, Albrecht Glatzle and others Grasslands and arable land cover just 10% of Earth’s surface but (with the oceans) they produce all of our food and fibre. But the productivity and health of our grasslands, farms and livestock are under threat from global warming alarmists and green preservationists. We are afflicted by climate crazies and methane madness. It is poor public policy that condones restrictions on grazing operations, or taxes on grazing animals, based on disputed theories that claim that bodily emissions from farm animals will cause dangerous global warming. New Zealand was the first cattle country to propose a “livestock fart tax”. Four hundred farmers then drove 20 tractors to the Parliament in Wellington waving placards and…
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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. “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. “Much of my working life was in the steel industry in the 1970s and 1980s. It operated 24x7, with large numbers of electric motors requiring a continuous supply of low-cost electrical power. Un-planned interruptions…
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  • Green Pests
    by Viv Forbes The Green pests are having a dream run in Australia. First Green Climatists destroyed reliable coal-fired power stations, trying to replace them with intermittent wind-solar toys and a giant $90M battery. Then a Green PM donated $444M of taxpayer money to discourage industry near the Great Barrier Reef. Then droughts helped Green water-wasters to kill rural industries from Townsville to Broken Hill. Then floods in the wild rivers of the north devastated much of what was left. Decades of Green opposition to new dams made both drought and flood disasters worse. Then Green mismanagement of parks, forests and grasslands helped fuel even more destructive bush fires. And recently a Judge used global warming propaganda to kill a…
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  • The Cubbie Scapegoat
    By Viv Forbes Cubbie Station cops the blame for all of the problems of the Darling River, particularly by green journalists, politicians, and residents of Menindee and Broken Hill. It is blamed for fish kills, lack of water for Broken Hill, irrigators’ problems etc – it is a wonder it is not blamed for the drought. So I decided to look into the matter, reading media and company reports, studying the geography and topography and having discussions with three people who have on-the-ground and inside experience (but no vested interest) in Cubbie. I have had no contacts whatsoever with the current owners or managers of Cubbie, did not visit the operation and have no shares in their operation. Cubbie Station,…
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  • The Rising Tide of Climate Lunacy
    By Viv Forbes A NSW judge has stopped development of the small Rocky Hill coking coal mine because the Commonwealth Government has signed the Paris Climate agreement which requires “rapid and deep reduction in GHG emissions”. Three things are of concern: Firstly, this decision has massive ramifications and must be appealed and overturned. Secondly, Australia must immediately withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Thirdly the Judge was so conflicted he should not have heard the case. He was previously Principal Solicitor at the NSW Environmental Defender's Office and has received an award for his environmental activism. If a project can be stopped because it adds to carbon dioxide emissions every development of coal, oil or gas in Australia can be…
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  • The Roar of Waste
    By Ron Pike Watching the Burdekin Falls Dam with around six metres of water going over the spillway following flood rains in the catchment, we must remember that this is not a rare occurrence. As far back as 1875 there are records of the Burdekin River rising over 18 metres in just a few hours and repeated reports of 1 to 6 metres of water above the bridge deck at Inkerman. Records of high river flows lasting weeks and months are not uncommon. Following a cyclone in December 1974 the river remained at flood height until April 1975. These flood flows can exceed 5 mega-litres per second (almost half a million ML every day). This is sufficient to fill our…
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  • Former BHP chairman launches fightback against renewable energy ‘madness’
    From https://www.2gb.com/former-bhp-chairman-launches-fightback-against-renewable-energy-madness/ 23/11/2018 Former BHP chairman Jerry Ellis has formed a new lobby group to highlight the huge costs and “unproven benefits” of renewable energy policies. The Saltbush Club has been launched with 200 founding members, including scientists, mayors, company directors, public servants and even former Queensland Premier Campbell Newman. Mr Ellis tells Alan Jones it’s a “public relations exercise” that is aiming to “change the public point of view on this”. He says it’s not Labor policies that are the issue, it’s all politicians. “The sad thing is it’s the result of a total lack of balance in the debate on this subject. “The blind following of so-called environmental objectives with an absence of any consideration for its economic…
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  • Another Endangered Species?
    By Viv Forbes Earth is a dangerous place. Of all the species that have ever lived, over 95% have already been extinguished by natural disasters. [caption id="attachment_389" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Just 15,000 years ago[/caption] Ice, not global warming, is the big killer and this recurring calamity often strikes quickly. Thousands of mammoths and other animals were killed by ice storms and their snap-frozen bodies are still entombed in ice around the Arctic. Just 15,000 years ago great ice sheets smothered the northern hemisphere as far south as Chicago, Moscow and London and all life had migrated towards the equator. This deadly ice had gripped Earth for about 50,000 years. Ice ages are also times of dry winds and drought as cold…
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  • Climate Cycles – Peter Temple Video
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  • Sea levels in and around Sydney Harbour 1886 to 2018
    By Dr G M Derrick Executive Summary There has been NO significant sea level rise in the harbour for the past 120 years, and what little there has been is about the height of a matchbox over a century. Along the northern beaches of Sydney, at Collaroy there has been no suggestion of any sea level rise there for the past 140 years. Casual observations from Bondi Beach 1875 to the present also suggest the same benign situation. A rush to judgement by local councils and State Governments by legislating harsh laws and building covenants along our coastlines now seems misplaced. The falsehoods and mendacity of the IPCC and climate alarmists should be rejected out of hand, and efforts be…
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  • The War on Beef – Are cows the culprits?
    by David Mason-Jones There is an old fake-science idea doing the rounds again at the moment. This is that cows are culprits in the global warming narrative. The problem, however, is that the scary image of cows destroying the planet with their carbon emissions doesn't fit with how the planet actually works. No cow alive today, nor any cow that has ever existed, nor any cow that will ever exist, can add single atom of carbon to the atmosphere that wasn't already there in the first place. At one point of the carbon cycle, it is true that cows emit carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) to the atmosphere, each of which contains one atom of carbon. This is a…
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  • Floodplains are Plains that Flood
    FLOODPLAINS ARE PLAINS THAT FLOOD - SURELY THAT ISN'T TOO DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND. Dr. John Happs The recent flooding in Queensland has led to the not unexpected hand-wringing and wailing from the usual doomsayers including those green zealots who spread alarm about climate change, extreme weather and how any flooding in Queensland is the direct result of our trivial emissions of carbon dioxide. Back in 2011 flooding in Queensland was declared the worst in 40 years with more than 26,000 homes impacted and, tragically, 16 people drowned. Green Party leader Bob Brown claimed that the coal mining industry was responsible and should pay for the Queensland flood damage. Seemingly unaware that major floods have always visited Queensland, Brown claimed that:…
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  • Darling River Fish Kill
    by Chris McCormack News Weekly, February 9, 2019 Was the recent mass fish-kill in the Menindee Lakes along the Darling River the result of drought or poor water policy in the Murray-Darling Basin? The mainstream media would have us believe that every drought is now the result of man’s burning of fossil fuels causing “dangerous climate change”. Meanwhile, the Greens are blaming a lack of “environmental flows” for the fish-kill. Read more.
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  • Curse Less and Dam More
    by Viv Forbes Water conservation peaked in Australia in 1972 – our last big dam was Burdekin Falls Dam in Queensland built 32 years ago. Elsewhere in Australia, water conservation virtually stopped when Don Dunstan halted the building of Chowilla Dam on the Murray in 1970 and Bob Brown’s Greens halted the Franklin Dam in 1983 (and almost every other dam proposal since then). The Darling River water management disaster shows that we now risk desperate water shortages because our population and water needs have more than doubled, and much of our stored water has been sold off or released to “the environment”. However, we regularly see floods of water being shed by the Great Dividing Range, most of it…
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  • Climate Change: What Do Scientists Say? Richard Lindzen Video
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  • Human Sacrifice to the Climate Gods
    97% of Aztec priests thought human sacrifice was necessary to end bad weather. Things are much the same today. Climate skeptic Tony Heller of Real Climate Science has pointed out parallels between Aztec sacrifices to stop bad weather and the modern global warming movement’s efforts to appease the CO​ 2​ gods. In 1450, Aztec priests encouraged people to sacrifice blood to the gods to end severe drought that was decimating corn crops. They ended up sacrificing thousands of people in a few weeks. Heller quipped, “Like the Aztecs, many scientists believe that sacrificial offerings are necessary to stabilize climate. But there are some key differences. 1. Aztecs correctly believed that the climate was controlled by the moods of the Sun.…
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  • Fish kill shows Murray-Darling Basin Authority failure
    by the Citizens Electoral Council Numerous dead fish now floating down the Darling River and in the Menindee Lakes is more evidence that the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has mismanaged the basin, as the CEC has long documented. So-called “environmental flows” since the MDBA’s notorious “Basin Plan” commenced in 2012 have flushed precious water into swamps and out to sea, and in the process caused riverbank erosion previously never seen. Now there’s no water left when it’s needed most! And the failure to build the Clarence River Scheme—which has been on the books in some form since at least the early 1920s—means that water from the flash flooding that hit the Clarence Valley in October 2018 did not get to…
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  • 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…
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  • More Wind Power, Higher Prices, More Blackouts
    The narrator is Rafe Champion. He has an honours degree in Agricultural Science, a MA in Sociology and a MSc in the History and Philosophy of Science. For some years he was a consultant with the Clean Waterways Programme in the Sydney Water Board. He is working with the Five Dock Climate Realists to produce a series of videos on the impending power crisis.
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  • Climate Science and the Myths of Renewable Energy – Steve Goreham Video
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  • Brown Coal Electricity
    by Pat Lane, 2019 I have worked on the IT side of coal generation and mining in Victoria's Latrobe Valley for many years. [caption id="attachment_319" align="aligncenter" width="840"] Marcus Wong Wongm CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons. Yallourn Brown Coal Power Station Cooling towers on the left, emitting mainly steam, a natural gas and air. Exhaust towers on the right emitting mainly nitrogen, carbon dioxide and wisps of water vapour, all natural gases. See: http://carbon-sense.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/coal-burning.pdf[/caption] The first time I visited a black-coal-fired power station, I looked around and asked "Where is everything?" Brown coal stations are huge compared to their black coal cousins. There are two main reasons: Brown coal has very low energy content. Latrobe Valley brown coal has…
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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…
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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. [caption id="attachment_304" align="aligncenter" width="213"] Image credit: Ching-Chieh Chuang at Shutterstock[/caption] Their incessant attacks on hydro-carbon energy have vandalised our electricity grid, destroyed heavy industry, inflated power costs and made blackouts inevitable. The last coal-fired power station built in Eastern Australia, the small Kogan Creek generator in Queensland, is now 12 years old. It is urgent that we build new coal-fired power on established coalfields with nearby transmission lines. However, Green dreamers posing as power engineers, their media lapdogs and spineless MP’s support scarring the hills with wind towers, plastering the flatlands with solar panels, and wasting…
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  • Practical Management of The Darling River: Ten Steps
    Practical Management of The Darling River: Ten Steps by Ron Pike Jan 2019. The management of the Darling River and its vast catchment must be vested with ONE authority; not six or seven as is the present case. We can for now call it "The Darling River Authority" (DRA). The Darling River and its catchment must be removed from the MDB (Murray-Darling Basin) Plan. There never was any need for water from the Darling to be tagged for use in SA. Management of flows in the lower Murray can come from much larger and more reliable sources. The DRA must be legally bound to manage the water in the Darling system on the following basis. First priority for available water…
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  • Stop The Climate Stupidity
    This is a presentation by David Archibald. Here are some of his conclusions: Yes the world has warmed and this was mostly due to the highest level of solar activity for 10,000 years. Most likely outcome is that we return to the climate of the 19 th century. Carbon dioxide is tuckered out as a greenhouse gas and its effect from here is minuscule. The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere got dangerously low during the last ice age and the higher we can take it, the safer the world will be. There is no scientific reason to switch away from coal and other fossil fuels. Just one of the many charts in the presentation: Read the full document:…
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  • Global Warming is Nothing New
    by Roger Dewhurst There was the First Atlantic Warm Period about 7750 BC Second Atlantic Warm Period about 7000 BC First Saharan Warm period about 5800 BC Second Saharan Warm Period about 5000 BC Egyptian Warm period about 3200 BC Sumerian Warm Period about 2200 BC Minoan Warm Period about 1200 BC Roman Warm Period about 0 BC Mediaeval Warm Period about 1000 AD Modern Warm Period about 2000 AD All the warm periods prior to the current one have been warmer (in most cases substantially warmer) than the modern warming that we are having hysterics about. There have been five significant Little Ice Ages scattered between these warm periods. If you can explain how man-made carbon dioxide was the…
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  • The Darling River Fish Kills
    Who is KILLING THE DARLING RIVER? Or Why has the MDB Plan Failed? by Ron Pike As we watch the disturbing daily images of a dry Darling River, parched Menindee Lakes, millions of dead fish, and outback towns without drinkable water, both bush and city are screaming - Why? Who is responsible they ask? Name the scapegoats and brand them criminals is demanded. Any lesser response would be shameful, but some reactions, while understandable, are not rational. Before we look more closely at why and how these unacceptable events have occurred, we need to put to rest some misconceptions about this river and recent claims made by some aboriginal people that the Darling was previously a "Mighty River" that always…
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  • UN Global Pacts
    The Global Pact for the Environment Yet another 'non-binding' UN global pact upon which to base UN controlled global laws begins its journey through the UN system, supported by the Australian government. Graham Williamson January 2019 From January 14th-18th UN member countries met in Nairobi to begin negotiating the details of the Global Pact for the Environment. Initially agreed to by the Turnbull government, now being supported by the Morrison government, environmental activists, legal experts, and globalists, are hoping the Pact will address 'gaps' in global law, and eventually result in binding global laws which will enforce the provisions of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Change Agreement. There is even a suggestion that these laws be made 'non-regressive'…
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  • Big Oil Fuels the Climate Campaign
    William Walter Kay BA LL B "Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket." E. Hoffer (1967) Big Oil is a driver and beneficiary of the Climate Change campaign. ("Big Oil" herein refers to eight Western-headquartered multinational oil and gas companies: ExxonMobil, BP, Shell, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Equinor, Eni and Total.) Big Oil is conflicted about the Climate campaign which, after all, began as a petroleum phase-out initiative. This petroleum phase-out, however, ambles along while the campaign's coal phase-out sprints forth. The main consequence of the coal phase-out, i.e. the switch from coal-fired to gas-fired electricity generation, has already blessed Big Oil with a trillion dollar windfall; and is only half completed. Big…
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  • Man-Made Wildfires
    by Viv Forbes Carbon dioxide must be an almighty gas – it gets blamed for almost every human disaster. Now we have the alarmist Climate Council blaming bushfires on carbon dioxide and global warming. Focussing on the wrong problem is doing more harm than good. It is disappointing to see respected firefighters like Greg Mullins now blaming “climate change” for more and worse bushfires, and now even promoting the misguided Climate Council. We have heat waves, dry spells and bushfires in Australia every year - bushfires were burning all up the coast when Captain Cook sailed by in 1770.  But today we know what causes dangerous fires. It needs deliberate political mismanagement to create disastrous wild-fires which destroy everything -…
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  • The Green Gardens of Eden Totally Destroyed by BAD BUSHFIRE POLICY
    By Anonymous If a tree burns in a forest does anyone care? 1,000,000 hectares of land was burnt in the Central Queensland bushfires in November and December 2018. To put that in the Qld Labor Party’s preferred unit of measurement - that’s 2 million Suncorp stadiums. The majority of the area burnt was national park or in what is classified as “remnant” vegetation. “Remnant” vegetation is basically State-sanctioned national park on privately held land. 105 individual fires burnt from Mackay in the north through to Bundaberg in the south. That’s 600km of bush fires. One fire burnt so intensely that it destroyed the Eungella National Park - a wet tropical rainforest. Scientists say it will take hundreds of years to…
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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/
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  • 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,…
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  • Global Warming Catastrophe (Song)
    by Travis T. & the Missing Heat This is a song adapting a poem from Clive James. The song is sung monotone, because failed doomsday global warming is just plain boring, and a boring subject for a song. The brass section is supposed to sound like someone laughing. And lastly, my name is derived from a famous quote of the climategate emails. Global Warming Catastrophe by Travis T. & the Missing Heat Source, lyrics and acknowledgement: https://travistjones.bandcamp.com/track/global-warming-catastrophe
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  • Heatwaves are Nothing New
    Jo Nova reports on previous heatwaves in Australia: http://joannenova.com.au/2018/01/sydney-before-climate-change-over-50c-122f-recorded-at-windsor-observatory-1939/
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  • Ten Reasons for Australia to Exit Paris Now
    by Viv Forbes It is urgent that all Australian politicians understand the dangers in the Paris Climate Agreement. Here are TEN REASONS to EXIT PARIS NOW: The science is NOT settled - hundreds of scientists in Australia and thousands more throughout the world reject the theory that human production of carbon dioxide is driving dangerous global warming. And the 102 computerised climate models have always predicted more warming than has occurred. (They got it right once, 39 years ago.) [caption id="attachment_222" align="alignleft" width="471"] Source: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/06/28/173948/[/caption] There is no unusual global warming. Since the last ice age ended there have been warm eras hotter than today’s modern warming – the warm peaks are getting lower, not higher. Climate has always changed…
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  • The Truth about Global Warming and Climate Models
    Dr. Patrick Michaels, director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute, provides insight into the debate over climate change and the political games played to create policy. A revealing explanation of the climate models. Watch the latest video at foxnews.com Source: https://video.foxnews.com/v/5851667173001/?playlist_id=5736530682001#sp=show-clips
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  • Comparison of the First Fleet Sydney Temperature Records with Modern Data, 1788 to 2018
    By Dr G M Derrick Executive Summary 1. Notwithstanding a data gap from 1791 to 1859, there appears to have been little or no change in the trends of monthly maximum and minimum temperatures for a period of 230 years, from 1788 to 2018, based on comparisons of two data sets—one recorded by First Fleet officer William Dawes, and one from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). 2. Gergis et al 2009, authors of a major study and compilation of the data, conclude that “Remarkably, the records appear comparable with modern day measurements taken from Sydney Observatory Hill, displaying similar daily variability, a distinct seasonal cycle and considerable inter-annual variability.” This runs counter to the climate alarmism normally published by these…
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  • Why we Need Saltbush
    By Maximilian Silverton (nom de plume) Experience over many years working as a consultant with large funds management and global financial services firms have given me a useful education in gravy trains. The world now resounds with dire warnings about what might happen if the ‘independent expert’ advice on Climate Change, from the UN especially, is not followed. We hear that the very survival of the planet is at stake. Well, maybe it is, or maybe not – but it does no harm to remember that we’ve heard this mournful song before. Forty years ago, it was called the ‘Energy Crisis.’ More recently there was something called Peak Oil. Now the world is awash in hydrocarbons. No matter, the message…
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  • Bushfires and Climate Change
    by Roger Underwood AM, Chairman of the Bushfire Front1 In a recent article in The West Australian newspaper, Murdoch University academic Dr Jatin Kala made the unequivocal statement that: “global warming caused by CO2 will cause extreme ... bushfires.” A similar assertion was made by Queensland Premier Palaszczhuk in the wake of recent destructive fires in Queensland. However, temperature is only one of the factors that influences bushfire behaviour, and its influence is negligible compared to that of wind strength and fuel dryness and quantity. No firefighter fears a bushfire on a hot day. Even on a day of 40 degrees, a bushfire burning under light winds in light fuels (for example, bushland subject to fuel reduction burning less than…
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  • Global Climate Reality
    "The Climate Study Group" published this advertorial in "The Australian", December 3rd, 2018: [caption id="attachment_192" align="alignleft" width="663"] [Select the image to view the PDF document.][/caption]
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  • Song: A Tax On The Air That We Breathe
    By Dennis Boothby Dennis is a retired cattle veterinarian, and beef cattle producer, and a Member of the Saltbush Club. Audio: https://saltbushclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/a-tax-on-the-air-that-we-breathe.mp3 [2:47] Lyrics: A Tax On The Air That We Breathe By Dennis Boothby When you wake every morning and you take your first breath Just two things are certain that’s taxes and death They want us to pay for those tree-hugging greens That’s why they want tax on the air that we breathe. They got tax on my cornflakes and tax on my juice They threaten more tax on the trucks carting food They’ve just upped the tax on my favourite beer And now they want tax on the air that we breathe. Get your hand off my…
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  • Ice Isn’t Melting in the Arctic and Antarctic, Yet Big Insurance Rate Hikes on Coastal Properties Loom for Purported Sea Level Rise
    By Thomas Lifson Global warming has a big problem: its predictions of doom have consistently failed to generate any serious pain. Yes, they blame hot weather in the summer in global warming, and if there are hurricanes, they must be caused by “climate change,” though when we have a year with few hurricanes, or, as in 2018 no tornadoes at all, nobody sings the praises of the benefits of “climate change.” But they’ve hit a gold mine with their predictions of island nations being sunk beneath the waves, and coastal communities (especially in rich countries) forced to be abandoned. Their institutional clout is considerable, as they have Big Science, Big Education, Big Government, and Big Business all on board with…
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  • 2GB Chris Smith Interview with Hugh Morgan 28 Nov 2018
    2GB Chris Smith Interview with Hugh Morgan 28 Nov 2018: https://saltbushclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/smith-morgan-20181128.mp3 [9:33] [Depending on your Web browser, this file may prompt to download, or play in your browser.]
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  • Predictions from 16 Years ago Prove Correct
    By Allan MacRae The Global Warming Crisis? The War on Fossil Fuels? Predictions from 16 Years ago prove correct. It is seldom that the climate alarmists will agree to debate, and when they do they usually lose. Allan MacRae has submitted some 2002 conclusions from one rare debate. In 2002, Astrophysicist Dr. Sallie Baliunas (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), Paleoclimatologist Dr. Tim Patterson (Carleton University) and I co-authored a debate*1 with the Pembina Institute, sponsored by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). Our assessment was subsequently excerpted in several professional journals, as well as The Globe and Mail and La Presse national newspapers. In our rebuttal, we made eight statements, all of which are supported to date…
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  • The Murray-Darling Basin Scam
    When John Howard announced in January 2007 that he was going to take over control of the Murray-Darling Basin and provide $10 Billion to do so, he had no idea of how this would happen, what needed to be done or how the money would be spent. He was responding to a series of wildly inaccurate claims made by a sensationalist driven media unconcerned with truth or reason. This incursion of the Federal Government into the State’s constitutional right to the management of rivers and their water was driven only by politics in a run up to a Federal election. Sensationalist and mostly false claims were accepted and the fact that we were in a very long drought was no…
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  • Jo Nova – How to Destroy a Perfectly Good Electricity Grid in Three Easy Steps
    Jo Nova, a Director of the Saltbush Club, explains to a London audience at the Global Warning Policy Foundation: "How to Destroy a Perfectly Good Electricity Grid in Three Easy Steps"
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  • Climate Change Alarmism Is the World’s Leading Cause of Hot Gas
    Source: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/12/08/climate-change-alarmism-is-the-worlds-leading-cause-of-hot-gas/ Even as anti-gas tax riots raged in France this week, naturalist David Attenborough warned a crowd at a United Nations climate change summit in Poland that “the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.” U.N. General Assembly President Maria Espinosa told the media that “mankind” is “in danger of disappearing” if climate change is allowed to progress at its current rate. Speakers, who flew in to swap doomsday stories, advocated radical changes to avoid this imminent environmental apocalypse. These days, “the point of no return” is almost always in view, yet always just out of reach. Sorry, but by now, this rhetoric is familiar. You can go back…
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  • Defrock the Wind Industry
    Source: https://defrock.org/2018/12/13/email-to-the-nwfc-re-medical-research/ DeFrock will be publishing correspondence, discussions and notes of direct experiences country Australians have had in dealing with the wind farm Commissioner. A wide systemic show of public neglect and ruthless dismissal of many wind farm complaints has led Andrew Chapman to write an email which supports people he knows in his community that are being negatively impacted by wind turbines. This email sent to the Commissioner, expresses much needed compassion and support towards the neighbours of wind energy projects being left in a state of abandonment. Those who remain unprotected from the nuisance noise and vibrations causing them direct physical harm. Commissioner accomplish these acts and show duty of care towards the suffering people in the rural…
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  • Why do Big Oil and Big Gas Support the War on Carbon Dioxide?
    By Philip Mulholland Put simply, because it both improves profits and also damages their main fossil fuel competitor, the coal mining industry. Coal is a solid fuel that can be dug out of the ground, loaded on to trucks, and transported to a power station for electricity generation. It is cheap to extract and easy to handle. Gas however is a difficult material to handle, it must at all times be kept contained and transported using specially designed pipelines. For overseas export of natural gas, tankers with cryogenic liquid containers are required. If you have a lot of gas to sell, then climate change is good for your company's bottom line in the following ways: You can correctly claim that…
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  • Murray-Darling Management Delivers the Worst of Both Worlds
    by Chris McCormack News Weekly, December 15, 2018 The current approach to managing the water resources of the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) seems to be a classic case of “straining out gnats while swallowing camels”. The Federal Government plans to return an additional 450 gigalitres of water “to the environment” as part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (MDBP) via $1.4 billion of taxpayers’ money to buy farmers’ water allocations and increase water efficiency. Already, 2100 GL of water has been diverted away from agri­cultural production to “environmental flows” as part of the MDBP. A further 605 GL is being directed to the environment via water “savings measures”. Up to 70 per cent of water in reservoirs feeding the MDB is earmarked…
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  • Climate Summit Language Reveals Real but Hidden Agenda
    The goal isn’t saving Earth from climate disaster – it’s changing the world order. By David Wojick, PhD People complain all the time about UN jargon. But the technical language of the Katowice, Poland climate summit is actually very revealing. It is all about changing the world order. Words exist because there is something important to talk about. Words also embody basic beliefs. In this context, it is very useful that the ever-green Climate Change News has published a Glossary of the 32 technical terms they think are most important in Katowice. Analyzing this list tells us a great deal about what is really going on there this week. To begin with, not one word on the list addresses climate or…
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  • CO2 Emissions from Submarine Volcanic Activity and ‘Capture and Storage’ of CO2 in Carbonate Bearing Sediments
    By Jacob Rebek 7 December 2018 CO2 emissions from volcanic activity are orders of magnitude greater than those caused by humans burning fossil fuels. Submarine volcanic activity is orders of magnitude greater than subaerial volcanic activity but it was 'out of sight and out of mind' until results of studies of sea/ocean floor commenced in 1950's. Geologists are aware of importance of submarine volcanic activity in global CO2 'supply and demand' balance. However, climate scientists contributing to IPCC reports are still ignoring the importance of CO2 emissions from submarine volcanic activity. [caption id="attachment_142" align="alignleft" width="840"] Marie Tharp and Bruce Heezen created the first accurate map of the sea/ocean floor, a project they started in the 1950's. This map was published in…
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  • Saltbush Solar Activity Watch Established
    The Saltbush Club today announced the formation of the “Saltbush Solar Activity Watch” led by Mr David Archibald. The Executive Director of Saltbush, Mr Viv Forbes, said it was obvious to everyone except school teachers, the ABC, the Greens and the leaders of CSIRO that the sun is the main driver of weather and climate on Earth. “This giant ball of nuclear power in the sky beams solar radiation and exerts gravitational force on everything on earth. “These two solar forces, radiant heat and gravity, control our world. “Radiant heat on an inclined rotating Earth drives the winds and the ocean currents, produces rain and snow, powers cyclones and storms, and affects the cloud-forming cosmic radiation that hits the earth.…
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  • Tsunami of Evidence
    Another full moon, another associated high tide, another solar cycle of gravitational stresses on the Earth's crust, another major sub-sea earthquake in Indonesia, another volcanic eruption as Krakatoa poured another toxic mix of stuff into the sky - and another tsunami. And for every surface volcano, there are dozens of sub-sea eruptions pouring heat and chemicals into the sea. There is a strong correlation in this sequence of natural events. But man-made carbon dioxide has no effect whatever on the powerful internal forces which constantly change surface conditions on this restless planet. Politicians may huff and puff, but they cannot control the climate - all they can do is blow down our power stations. Are they stupid, or are we…
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  • The War on Carbon Fuels
    What fuels power the planet? Watts Up With That has produced a useful readable summary of energy consumption trends 1965 - 2017. This is the period covering the noisy war on carbon fuels and the massive subsidies and hype about wind and solar energy. Here are the trends in the country that uses the most energy in the world – CHINA: Another very revealing graph shows that the greater the proportion of renewable energy per capita, the higher the electricity cost. Compiled from the graphs in the article, here is a snapshot of what energy powered our world in 2017: COUNTRY CHIEF ENERGY SOURCES % Carbon Fuel vs % Renewables China coal, oil, hydro, gas 86-3 US oil, gas, coal, nuclear 83-6…
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  • What Supports Green Energy?
    by Dr Matthew Fagan Windmills are not in the State budget. They are not in the Federal budget. No foreign superpower is paying for them, no cartel of benign foreign investors is graciously fixing our previously adequate system. No. We are paying for these windmills, without our knowledge. Billions a year. Even if they make no sense at all, no one cares - these uneconomic monsters are being subsidized to operate. Look at the accounts of Hepburn Wind. Massively profitable and paid the world’s highest rates for electricity no one needs or wants. Still a single free windmill cannot be run at a profit so the owners are then then given another $800,000 cash a year just to exist. The…
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  • Stop Wasting our Dam Water
    The Saltbush Club has accused state and federal governments of wasting water often desperately needed everywhere west of Australia’s Great Dividing Range. The “Saltbush Water Watch” has been established to monitor government action and inaction and report on priorities. The Executive Director of the growing Saltbush Club, Mr Viv Forbes, said “From Adelaide to Longreach we have allowed green subversives to prevent new dam construction and to dictate the waste of water caught in existing dams.” “Without water conservation the Murray-Darling would turn back into a string of disconnected waterholes every big drought. More reliable fresh water has benefited humans and nature all along the river. “Luckily, Tim Flannery’s climate alarm forecast of endless drought has proved wrong, or this…
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  • Electricity in Australia – Expensive, Unreliable and Getting Worse
    How do electricity prices in Australia compare with USA? “In a study by Alex Robson, released last week by the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre, comparisons are presented between energy costs in Australia and the US. “The bottom line is that Australian households and businesses routinely pay two to three times as much as their US counterparts. Energy in the US also is more reliable and the pricing arrangements are more transparent. “In the past decade, average power prices in Australia increased in real terms by about 70 per cent for households and businesses. In the US, real electricity prices for households stay­ed essentially flat; those for indus­trial users dropped by 10 per cent. When it comes to…
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  • Water Wasters
    The Lifeblood of our Nation is Being Sucked Dry by Green Vampires. By Ron Pike December 2018 To View PDF version: http://carbon-sense.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/green-vampires.pdf Not content with emptying most of the dams in the north of New South Wales under the pretext of maintaining "environmental flows", and failing to store available water under the guise of "translucent flows," the Green bureaucrats managing our lifeblood are now in the process of emptying our major dams in the south. Hume Dam, the only dam on the Murray River and the major source of water for the whole Murray Valley, is now down to 40% of capacity (13th Dec 2018) and dropping rapidly. [caption id="attachment_100" align="alignleft" width="680"] Hume Dam[/caption] This vital storage provides the critical…
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  • Trump was right about “raking” Finnish forests
    Heavy machinery “rakes” Finland’s forest floors after tree cutting, greatly reducing fire risks By Mikko Paunio President Donald Trump was recently ridiculed for telling California Governor Jerry Brown that the Golden State should do as my country does. Trump critics laughed at what some called his “bizarre” claim that foresters in Finland “rake” areas that have been thinned or clear-cut, to remove leaves and other debris that could otherwise start conflagrations like the recent tragic fires in California. The Washington Post spread similar misinformation. The Los Angeles Times carried an article by Finnish “green” journalist Anu Partanen. “Finland to President Trump: We don’t rake the forest floor, but we do other things you should emulate,” the headline read. Late night…
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  • The Hoax of ‘Climate Change’
    By Allison Nichols Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/12/the_hoax_of_climate_change.html Obama knows. John Kerry knows. And Al Gore, the man who has made an enormous amount of money perpetuating the biggest hoax foisted on the human race, knows. Human-inspired "climate change" is a ruse. It is all a control-grabbing, land-grabbing, money-grabbing hoax. For instance, Al Gore, the king of carbon credits, whose home has a giant carbon footprint, and who flies all over the world in private jets, has raked in millions from his green investments and "sustainability research." This, after preaching (An Inconvenient Truth) that fossil fuel is the culprit in "global warming." The real inconvenient truth is that the earth's climate has been warming, cooling and dramatically changing since the beginning of time.…
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  • Come Clean on the UN COP24 Meeting in Poland
    Come Clean on the UN COP24 Meeting in Poland. By Viv Forbes The Saltbush Club today called on the Morrison Government to come clean on what additional burdens for Australians are being discussed at COP24, the UN climate jamboree now taking place in Poland. The Secretary of The Saltbush Club, Mr Viv Forbes of Australia, said that Australia will suffer badly from the destructive energy policies being promoted by the UN’s war on cheap, reliable hydro-carbon fuels. “Like the Trump supporters in USA, Brexit in Britain, Solidarity in Poland, the Yellow Vests in France and the new Brazilian government we do not support the UN energy plans and we fear their hidden agenda. “Australia’s backbone industries were built on cheap…
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  • Who Pays for all those Bird-Chopping Windmills?
    By Dr Matthew Fagan Windmills are not in the State budget. They are not in the Federal budget. No foreign superpower is paying for them, no cartel of foreign benign investors graciously fixing our previously adequate system. No. We are paying for these windmills, without our knowledge or agreement or legally. Billions a year. Even if they make no sense at all and no one cares. As for economic sense, they cost nothing to the ‘investors’ and then to make matters worse, these uneconomic monsters are being subsidized to operate. Look at the accounts of Hepburn Wind. Massively profitable and totally paid by us but owned by a Green group who are paid the world’s highest rates for electricity no…
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  • Students Strike for Climate-Change
    Last Friday (30 Nov 2018), 98.5% of NSW school students attended their respective schools, as normal. The other 1.5%, pre-arranged via digital-media to rally at Sydney's Martin Place... to protest Prime Minister Morrison's 'Inaction on Climate Change'. The two 14 yr-old girls who claimed to have organised the show, were 'foaming at the mouth' in disgust, that our PM was not doing enough to save them from a future of planet earth's doom and gloom and destruction... from the dreaded carbon-dioxide-molecule! What utter balderdash! As we know, CO2 is essential to plant growth... and the fellow-demonised carbon, is an an essential building block for all life-forms. We agree, land, sea and air pollution must be cleaned up. Witness the horrendous…
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  • The School Kids’ Strike
    Children used as Pawns by Global Warming Activists by Andrew Chapman Many people are genuinely interested in the natural environment. Unfortunately the nature conservation movement has been invaded by people wanting to capture this interest to push an agenda that has nothing to do with the appreciation of natural history or conservation of wildlife. The following letter from the Nature Conservation Council of NSW is a perfect example showing the lengths these people have gone to. In this instance it was met with a response by experienced amateur natural historian Andrew Chapman. Hi…………, I’ve just witnessed something truly incredible. More than 5,000 kids from across NSW converged on Martin Place as part of a national school strike for climate action.…
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  • Land, Animals and all that Gas
    By Rupert Gregg A recent study by Stephen Poore at Oxford making claims about land use and all that goes with it has had some publicity. Even an Oxford man can overdo things sometimes and here it is. Gosh those animals only provide 18 percent of calories and 37 percent of protein while taking up 83 percent of farmland and 60 percent agriculture’s greenhouse emissions. Something must be done, or not? Look around as you drive around through the vast tracts of land in the pastoral zones of Australia. Is it really a surprise that hundreds of thousands of hectares have grazing animals in numbers without a crop in sight? There are millions of hectares on the planet unsuitable for…
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  • The Green Energy Trap – Lessons from Germany
    Germany’s green transition in a blind alley By Oddvar Lundseng, Hans Konrad Johnsen and Stein Storlie Bergsmark Source: http://diekaltesonne.de/germanys-green-transition-in-a-blind-alley/ More and more people are about to realize, that supplying the world with stable energy from sun and wind only, will be impossible. Germany took on the challenge to show the world how to build a society based on green energy. They have now hit the wall. Germany has not reduced CO2 emissions over the last 10 years despite huge investments in green energy production capacity. Germany has installed solar and wind power to such an extent that they should be able to satisfy the power requirement on any day with sufficient sunshine and wind. However, since sun and wind are…
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  • No More UN Surrender to UN in Poland Next Month
    The UN Climate Alarmists plan to meet in Poland in December 2018. COP24 - the 24th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. URGENT: Please contact your local federal politicians to insist that: Australia must not agree to any new proposals for: world carbon taxes, carbon targets, more wars on coal or more UN interference in Australia’s business. Here is a well-produced video clip, made for Canada, but totally relevant for Australia: COP24 - Global Carbon Tax Law? Consequences for Canada and Democracy 
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  • Deluded and Dangerous
    By Michael Darby Greens want to make burning coal a crime. More than any other single factor, coal is directly responsible for the happiness, health and longevity of the residents of modern communities. Sadly, there are millions around the world who have been denied access to the benefits of coal. Our hearts go out to those folk who lack any or all of electricity, refrigeration, modern medicine, mechanized agriculture, mobility, illumination, education, communications, safe housing, secure employment and personal liberty. A noble aim of modern civilisations is to extend to the world’s less fortunate all the benefits of coal, supplemented where appropriate by other reliable sources of energy. 240 million residents of India have no electricity (Bloomberg 25 Jan 2018).…
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  • Hundreds of Consumers, Business people and Scientists say: “Get out of the Paris Agreement.”
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