"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Monday, December 17, 2012

Another quarter billion dollars down the gurgler


 The struggling Sydney Morning Herald has, I kid you not , a Carbon Economy Editor which probably goes some way to explain why the paper is going down the tubes. With the staff levels now cut to the bone only those vital to the the paper now remain including the above position.It would obviously  be impossible for a newspaper to operate without a Carbon Economy Editor . This must be a board decision - the same board which wants the richest woman in the world before she invests to sign a declaration that she will not change the editorial policies that have sent the paper broke.
Anyway the Carbon Economy Editor has the story of the "clean coal" project  at the old Callide Power station which has racked up close to a  quarter billion dollars trying to capture CO2 and stuff it into a hole in the ground where it is supposed to stay in this looney-tunes plan.
It seems that the main fuel that the trial plant burns is taxpayer dollars !

If there is a future to clean coal, it may well be found in Banana Shire in central Queensland.
There, amid open-cut coalmines and the odd Queensland bottle tree, federal and state governments and the coal industry over the weekend unveiled the Callide Oxyfuel Demonstration Project.
Dubbed a ''vitally important step towards low-emission coal technology'', the 30-megawatt power plant was handed another $27 million to reach 10,000 hours of operations to prove the processes work.
By November 2014, funding for the formerly mothballed 43-year-old plant will exceed $230 million. Governments, federal and state, will supply almost 40 per cent, with about a third coming from a voluntary levy on the coal industry, and the balance from Japanese companies and Tokyo.
The plant in recent days began trapping about 85 per cent of the carbon dioxide produced from burning coal using a mix of oxygen and flue gases.
Its proponents say that by proving the ''capture'' component of carbon capture and storage (CCS), the Callide plant may serve as a model to retrofit coal and gas-fired power plants around the world.
As typically the ''dirtiest'' fossil fuel source because of the high greenhouse gas it emits when burnt, coal is a key target of environmental groups campaigning to combat climate change.

Meanwhile in the real world even the UK government has scrapped the Longannet CCS plant  and Canada has binned a planned billion dollar CCS plant.
 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

IPCC secret draft not so secret!


Delivery of the IPCC report
Claims and counter claims about the draft IPPC report are detailed in the latest Ben Cubby warmist opus in the Sydney  Morning Herald.  Apparently there was a section in the latest draft allocating a large part of warming to solar influences but according to Cubby and Church of the CSIRO that part has now been deleted after a review of peer-reviewed research. Who do they think they are kidding? Are they saying that the solar influence was just whacked into the draft report without any review? That the whole draft report is just some huge document full of un-reviewed science that needs editing? Where I come from a draft is a final document ready for final editing and it seems in this case that the editing that was done on ideological and political grounds removing the solar reference.

EVIDENCE for climate change has grown stronger and it is now ''virtually certain'' that human greenhouse gas emissions trap energy that warms the planet, according to a leaked draft of the next major Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.
Prepared on behalf of the United Nations every five or six years to summarise climate change research, the panel report draws on hundreds of peer-reviewed papers.
The draft expresses even more confidence than the 2007 report that changes being observed across the planet are historically ''significant, unusual or unprecedented''.
It says that carbon dioxide is the biggest cause of climate change, far outweighing natural causes. The concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide is the highest in 800,000 years.
The draft document - due to be released next year - was leaked by climate sceptic Alec Rawls, who runs a website called ''Stop Green Suicide'' and volunteered as a report reviewer.
Mr Rawls claimed the report contained an ''admission'' that galactic cosmic rays were having a strong influence on the Earth's climate.
But a lead author of the relevant section of the report, Professor Steve Sherwood of the University of NSW, said the theory had been rejected later in the report after a review of peer-reviewed research.
John Church, a lead author of the report and a senior CSIRO scientist, said: ''The report is still a working draft and these people have had access under conditions of not releasing the draft and not passing it on, and they have broken that agreement.''
Dr Church said the weight of evidence linking human activity and climate change had strengthened since the previous report.
The draft builds on the findings of the previous IPCC report that warming of the climate system is ''unequivocal''.


 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Gillard government in trouble

Successive opinion polls this week have indicated the Gillard government would be wiped out as we enter 2013 which is an election year, Newspoll and Essential Research both have Labor trailing the Coalition by 8 points 56 to 44 two party preferred. This reverses earlier Labor gains and puts Gillard's leadership under pressure.It is probably in the oppositions interest to keep a damaged Gillard in the PM's seat as she is probably unelectable.

VOTER support for Labor and Julia Gillard has fallen after the final week of parliament, ending the government's recent momentum and allowing Tony Abbott to edge closer as the nation's preferred prime minister.
After recovering and holding voter support in recent weeks, Labor's primary vote has slipped back to its level at the start of the year, and the Prime Minister's lead over the Opposition Leader is now the narrowest since September.
According to the last Newspoll survey for the year, conducted exclusively for The Australian at the weekend, Labor's primary vote fell four percentage points to a six-month low of 32 per cent. The Coalition's primary vote rose three points to 46 per cent - its highest level since the end of August.
The intensely personal nature of the politics of the last week of parliament appeared to damage both leaders. The Coalition used the final sitting week to accuse Ms Gillard of breaching the law in relation to the advice she gave on the incorporation of an association she later described as a union "slush fund", while the government accused Mr Abbott of being negative, running out of puff and being "gutless".
Meanwhile Larry Pickering has his say on Labor's handbag mafia and the feminist attacks on Tony Abbott.

UK millions for cow fart study

 Cow Fart Cartoon
The UK is doing it tough borrowing 2 billion pounds every week to survive and taxpayers will be happy to know that the borrowed money is being spent wisely. Millions of the borrowed money are being spent to reduce cow flatulence in Colombia instead of wasting it on UK schools, hospitals and roads.
Pensioners will get a warm feeling to know of the government largess going to to Turkey to build windmills which the Turks are not silly enough to fund themselves.

Millions of pounds of British taxpayers’ money has been spent on a scheme aimed at reducing the flatulence of Colombian cattle, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
A £15million grant to ranchers and other organisations in the South American country was part of a £2.9billion package of ‘climate aid’ to developing countries which critics called ‘ludicrous’.
The initiative aimed to improve animal diets by cultivating trees and plants on their grazing lands – in doing so reducing the amount of methane escaping through belching and flatulence.


 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Lewandovski: Banned from the Conversation

 
It seems that the universities are no longer the bastion of free speech they should be if the Conversation is an example. I have been banned from commenting on this article by the esteemed Stephen Lewandowski who we have all come to love and admire for his sterling research. The comment which got me into trouble was this:

It is symbolic that this green gabfest is being held in California the poster-child of green policies in action , policies that are sending the state bankrupt , one city at a time.
http://reason.com/archives/2012/07/20/california-goes-bankrupt
Perhaps the 20,000 visitors will compensate for a short time for the exodus of businesses heading for friendlier states.
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/03/13/exodus-california-tax-revenue-plunges-by-22
I wonder if one of the topics for discussion will be the amount of jet fuel emissions caused by transporting 20,000 passengers to California.


Following being called an "idiot denier" which is obviously OK with the moderator's so-called community standards I attempted to reply to defend myself.


. Idiotic deniers? Reduced to name calling again.I am happy to have some august company in the APS who you can also call idiots if you like.
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/11/02/160-physicists-send-letter-to-senate-regarding-aps-climate-position/

It is good to see Hansen at the gathering  wanting to jail those who disagree with him . Is the rumor true he wants the next rally to be at  Nuremberg where they have a great historical site and delegates could wear armbands to identify themselves. Deniers could have identifying labels sewn on their shirts.
Lord Monckton would be the first in the tumbrils for his heretical statement that there has been no warming for the last 15 years - he should get life.
I am not surprised that Lewandovski would have written such an article, but I am surprised that the Conversation would publish a diatribe lauding Hansen with his views on incarcerating non-believers.
We will see which disappears - this comment or Lewandovski's article

Well not only did the article stay and my comment not be published but it seems that I am now a non-person and any comments are summarily banned. I am waiting for the knock on the door!
I would be pleased for any readers to log on to the Conversation and join in the debate as I am now 
silenced.
UPDATE It seems I have been re-instated and a vigorous debate continues .

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Where did that Greenland ice come from?

With unprecedented ice melt in Greenland according to  "climate scientists" WW2 planes have been found under a staggering 260 ft or 80 metres of ice. Where did this ice come from and why hasn't it melted?
It is this sort of inconvenient physical evidence which causes scepticism in what we are told is being measured by satellites flying overhead. The ice loss figures quoted for Greenland would seem to be at variance with this buildup of ice.

Six American fighter planes and two bombers that crash-landed in Greenland in World War II have been found 46 years later buried under 260 feet of ice, searchers said today.
A group from Atlanta said it found what became known as the ''lost squad-ron'' last month and plans to tunnel into the ice and lside the eight air-planes to the surface.
Richard Taylor, one of the leaders of the successful expedition, said today that he and another leader, Pat Epps, were ''going to fly two of them off the ice.''
The other planes will be dismantled and returned to the United States for restoration, he said. Some will be sold to pay for the expedition.
''We have a meeting tomorrow with a contractor from Seattle who is accustomed to doing Arctic work,'' Mr. Taylor said.
The saga of the flights began July 15, 1942, as the two B-17 bombers escorted six P-38 fighters from greenland to Reykjavik, Iceland. They ran into bad weather. A German submarine jammed their communications with Reykjavik, and the planes low on fuel and unable to find their destination, returned to Greenland, where they belly-landed on the ice about 10 miles inland.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Billions for windmills as chemo drug subsidy slashed

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

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

Global Warming Myths


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Windmill angst tops CSG concerns.


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


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

Monday, November 19, 2012

Millions spent on dead trees

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

Thursday, November 15, 2012

China's Energy Policy - Scary


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

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rats Deserting the Desertec ship

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

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Heaven and Earth


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

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

Photography Prints
Photography Prints

Art Prints

Friday, November 9, 2012

Solar policies slug the poorest in the community

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

Monday, November 5, 2012

Global warming religion falters.

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

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Move over Alan Jones

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

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

Friday, November 2, 2012

Benghazi Situation Room pictures


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

Situation Room during Benghazi attack!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Obama throws Hillary under the bus!

 Barack Obama
President Truman said that "the buck stops here" and was prepared to take responsibility for his actions.
The present Coward-in-Chief doesn't agree with that philosophy and Hillary Clinton ,courageously , is taking the fall for him over the Benghazi debacle. When the Supreme Commander is hiding behind a woman the US public must wonder about his ability to lead. Hillary's selfless action shows that the Democratic Party made a big mistake in choosing Obama for the presidency.  Obama had two choices over Benghazi - admitting to incompetence or lying. He found another way in blaming someone else for the disaster. The reality probably is that the security briefings on the previous two bombings clashed with his golf days.

Great News - Scientists are not alarmists

Australia's chief Antarctic scientists says scientists are not making alarmist claims. I am in complete agreement with him as all the real scientists studying real world climate data using the scientific method such as DR Roy Spencer ,Professor Lindzen of MIT and thousands more are not alarmist. Pseudo-scientists who call scientists who disagree with the global warming religion "deniers", haven't heard of the word falsification which is a fundamental tenet of the Scientific Method. These are the people who deny scientific data such as global warming being non-existent for 16 years and Antarctic sea ice at an all-time record to promote a scare that keeps them all in jobs .These are the people who believe that their garbage-in garbage out computer models are more accurate than real observations. These are the people who believe scientific method is altering data to agree with a favorite theory and not vice versa .

AUSTRALIA'S chief Antarctic scientist says claims by climate experts about environmental changes in the southern continent are not alarmist.
The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) told a Senate estimates hearing on Tuesday "rapid changes" taking place across the icy land mass would have significant impact on global climate.
Changes in ocean flows and shifts in Antarctic ice cap levels were occurring at rates faster than at any other time in history, chief scientist Nick Gales said.
For more information on the disappearing ice this graph from Real Science explains.
Of course pseudo-scientists have problems realizing that average summer temperatures of minus 35 degrees Centigrade will not promote melting . Maybe they are not taught that zero Deg C is the melting point of ice. Of course they do all their research on the relatively small Antarctic peninsula which is like extrapolating the climate of the US from Florida.

Song for Obama

Time to say goodbye!


The magnificent duet with Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Obama borrowing 3 billion a day!


It defies imagination that a president borrowing a trillion dollars a year can even be considered for re-election. Selling your country to overseas interests  ( mostly China) is not a good thing to have on your election resume It is only the liberal media bias that has kept Obama afloat for so long. The fact that Romney won the first debate is not as important as that it was the first occasion for many US voters to have a good look at him and they liked what they saw. Romney now leads by 2 points in both the Gallup and Rasmussen polls and the election will go to the wire.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Antarctica Sea Ice theory triggers BS detectors!

The continued growth of sea ice in Antarctica has been in direct conflict with the "settled science" climate models for years and has culminated in a record ice area this year. Without a shred of embarrassment and ignoring their previous prognostications the climate Illuminati now say global warming causes more Antarctic ice using amazing mental gymnastics to prove their point. These are the same people who came up with a theory to prove that "snowmageddon" in the US was also caused by global warming so they have form in the silly theory area. These people have been, are and will be an incredible stain on the name of science for generations to come and the only consolation is that when the climate house of cards collapses and it will, most of these charlatans will be out of a job. Seth Borenstein gives his "cockeyed" explanation of the cockeyed science theory .

Monday, October 8, 2012

Solar homes should pay distribution costs



Energy distributors say that non-solar homes are paying the bulk of the poles-and-wires distribution cost causing their power costs to soar. This is the obvious result of the rip-off-your-neighbour solar rebate scheme put in place by our mentally-challenged pollies as a sop to the greenies. It is now proposed that solar homes pay a levy or connection cost for distribution which makes a lot of  sense. An argument is made for time-of-use tariffs to reduce peak demand which can reduce requirement for peaking plant but at the end of the day power generators have to survive and if peak rates are reduced non-peak rates will increase.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Industries want solar subsidies dumped.

Australian industry warns of an explosion in costs associated with the Renewable Energy Target using  intermittent solar and wind generation, an explosion which was always going to happen with the silly schemes implemented by successive governments.  Greg Combet's office said that major electricity users are partly shielded from RET costs without stating the corollary that the poorest consumers are hit with the total cost. It is an encouraging sign that more and more critical articles on the "clean energy" fiasco are being published in the MSM.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

No emission savings from solar.

The Queensland government has called on the independent Productivity Commission to investigate renewable power subsidies after claims from the biggest power generator that solar does not reduce emissions at all . You would guess that the Stanwell power station people would know what emissions they are generating but apparently Greg Combet and his Climate Change Charlatans know better and would never let their bodgie calculations be independently verified. Apparently Renewable Energy Certificates "were not calculated wrt carbon dioxide emissions" says a spokesman for the Minister which is quite incredible as I thought that was the purpose of the whole multi-billion dollar waste of tax-payer funds.

THE Productivity Commission should examine the cost and environmental benefits of the Renewable Energy Target and the amount of carbon emissions actually saved, the Queensland government has said.

It was critical renewable energy projects delivered emissions savings to justify their cost, Queensland Energy Minister Mark McArdle said in a letter to Climate Change Minister Greg Combet.

Stanwell Corporation, the state's biggest power utility, has said the boom in rooftop solar installations has not resulted in any carbon emissions savings.

"There is some evidence to suggest the unreliable nature of renewable energy has resulted in coal-fired electricity generation to be maintained at pre-RET levels and claims carbon abatement inflated by the federal government to justify its commitment to renewable energy," Mr McArdle said.

But a spokesman for Mr Combet said last night: "Renewable Energy Certificates were not calculated with respect to carbon dioxide emissions."

Emissions reduction estimates were derived by either "modelling, by external consultants or in-house calculations by the Department, or a combination of these approaches".



RECs are issued for each megawatt hour of electricity generated. Small-scale installations, such as rooftop solar, are supported by the Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme.

Mr Combet ruled out a PC probe and said the government had legislated a thorough review of the operation of the RET by the Climate Change Authority.

"The government rejects views put forward by climate sceptics designed to undermine our transformation to clean energy sources," a spokesman said.

He said the government was "committed to ensuring renewable energy plays a big part in our clean energy future through the carbon price, Renewable Energy Target, Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Australian Renewable Energy Agency".

The spokesman said the government was confident in the accounting that underpinned both the carbon tax and the RET.

Carbon emissions savings would be achieved through a combination of the RET and the carbon price, he said.

In a submission to a senate inquiry into electricity prices, the Newman government has highlighted the hidden network costs of rooftop solar.

Stanwell has now openly questioned the environmental benefits of the rooftop solar rollout.

This was because generation of solar electricity did not automatically reduce carbon emissions at base load power stations.

Coal-fired power stations are designed to run most efficiently at full capacity, a Stanwell spokesman said. "Reducing the amount of coal burnt made them more inefficient and increased the carbon intensity of the electricity produced," the spokesman said.

This cancelled out any benefit of Queensland's 400 megawatts of rooftop solar, which did not produce electricity at times of peak demand.

Financially, the situation was made worse for power utilities because annual fuel costs were fixed.

The fixed cost of producing less electricity from coal was passed on to consumers who were then forced to subsidise rooftop solar panels for the theoretical carbon savings that were not actually being made.

Mr Merritt said rooftop solar was a curse for big power utilities because "your two cheapest forms of generation are being displaced by the most expensive".

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

CSIRO with whacko predictions for OZ



In a routine rally-the-grant-money doom-and-gloom statement the CSIRO says that by 2030 climate change will start transforming our landscapes and by 2070 profound changes will occur and our "grandchildren" could live in a different country. With a liberal use of the weasel words "could,may and might" and "is likely" the release is careful to set climate armageddon far enough away not to cause the embarrassment of time catching up with the BS as it did with the 10 year death of snow prediction. Of course it is all true because the computer models say it is - the same computer models predicting rampant warming with the epic fail results shown below.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Groundhog Day USA

When you wake up 4 years later you may be forgiven in thinking you have been living in a time warp. The only thing that should change is that Americans may wake up to the con and boot him out.
 Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
  

A tale of two cities


Canberrra: The carbon tax police prepare to move into their plush new offices and are looking for "23 fridges, 14 dishwashers, 26 microwaves, two ovens, two cooktops, two wall-mounted rangehoods and a 40-bottle wine cabinet with a glass and stainless-steel front .
But the government insists the energy efficiency of the building will save taxpayers money in the long ru
n." Yeah right!
Climate Scam Minister Combet says they may reconsider the wine cooler - I guess 40 bottles may be on the light side !

Adelaide: In contrast to the Canberra snouters more than 10000 have had power disconnected as they are unable to pay escalating energy costs .No plush offices or wine coolers for these people - no power either!
Soaring power prices are being blamed for this 38 per cent spike in disconnections, with welfare groups reporting those on fixed incomes suffering the most - including one man who had to resort to cooking his meals over a wood fire in his back-yard for six months after being disconnected.

Welfare agency Anglicare said it had reports of disconnected households commonly using candles for lighting, heating rooms with barbecues - and keeping perishables such as milk and butter in Eskies.
 
South Australian Labor continually bleats about how much cheap wind-power they are generating but in the end it is the consumer who pays as part of the global warmist plan that says "electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket " to use the words of the Warmist-in-Chief Obama .

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Power from the wind god

Maoris in New Zealand are claiming rights over the wind which is a Maori deity and say that it should not be used without Maori consent. Of course this is completely silly as everyone knows Gaia is in charge of the wind and this claim could give rise to a major demarcation dispute between deities with the Sun God already upset over  scientist's denial of his effect on the world's climate.The Global Warming Church has made a statement on the crisis saying "it is much worse than we thought" .

A Maori claim for the use of wind will stretch non-Maori good will to breaking point, ACT leader John Banks says.
Ngapuhi elder David Rankin represents a group of hapu which plans to take a claim to the Waitangi Tribunal.
It wants a pan-tribal body to manage shares in commercial wind-generated electricity, and to hold a casting vote on where wind turbines can be located.
"Ngapuhi's claim defies common sense and will greatly damage relations between Maori and non-Maori New Zealanders," Mr Banks said.
"Its attempt to claim rights over the wind will push many New Zealanders' good will to breaking point."
Mr Rankin says traditionally the wind was regarded as a deity in Maori society, and Maori do not consider the Crown has the right to use it without Maori consent.
Prime Minister John Key has dismissed his comments and says he doesn't believe there's any basis for the claim.
"My view is pretty clear: no one owns water, no one owns wind, no one owns sunlight, no one owns the sea. I could give you quite a long list if you like," he told media.
Mr Rankin says the Maori Council's claim over water rights sets a precedent.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The clash of ideology and reality continues in Oz

While Julia Gillard is spending money like a drunken sailor on unfunded policies , a downturn in revenue has prompted Martin Ferguson , the Energy Minister and one of the few adults in the government, to shelve plans to close brown coal power stations saving billions in compensation. This latest backflip shows a government that does not know what it is doing and the uncertainty is causing sovereign risk which will deter investment in this country. Dennis Shanahan has the story:

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Where have we heard that before?

In 2000 a UK climate scientist Dr David Viner said that "children are not going to know what snow is" and that within a few years snow would be "a rare and exciting event". This was 12 years ago and this winter in Europe we had headlines like this:

Heaviest snowfall in decades wreaks havoc across Europe

Hundreds of people die in Arctic conditions across continent, with more than 120 reported dead in Ukraine alone
However climate scientists are not renowned for looking at real world data and prefer their graphs and models. In Australia we have a Professor from the School of Environment at Griffith University breaking Climate Prediction Rule No 1 which is not to make predictions verifiable in the near future. Professor Pickering has bravely predicted the imminent demise of Australian snow-fields by 2020 ignoring the fact that global warming has stopped and a healthy snowfall this winter has delighted skiers.

ENVIRONMENTAL researchers say the end of Australia's ski culture is in sight, despite Victoria and NSW experiencing one of their best snow seasons in almost a decade.

People were still shredding up powder last weekend at some of Australia's top ski resorts, but Griffith associate professor Catherine Pickering says snow is rapidly disappearing because of global warming and by 2020 Australia may not have any left.

"We've predicted by 2020 to lose something like 60 per cent of the snow cover of the Australian Alps," Professor Pickering, from the Griffith School of Environment, said.

"Unfortunately because our current emissions and our current rises in temperatures are at the high end of the predictions, it's definitely coming to us sooner and faster." 

This is the satellite temperature data with the green line showing the rise in temperature referred to by the researcher and you would have to be a climate scientist to be qualified to see the rampant warming invisible to my untrained professional engineer's eye.

 
RSS Global Temperatures

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Green Party support plummets

The latest Newpoll has Labor dropping 2 points to 33% but the big news is the erosion  of the Green's vote ,down 3 points to 8% showing the new leader Christine Milne has failed to inspire. Over the past year Green support has hovered around 12% so this fall is significant.The Coalition still holds a commanding 55/45 lead two-party preferred which would translate to a Labor massacre in an election.
The Coalition retains a clear, election-winning lead in the polls; Ms Gillard and Mr Abbott remain personally unpopular and locked together in a debilitating contest to be the preferred prime minister.

The only significant change is in support for the Greens, which under the new leadership of Christine Milne has fallen to a 3 1/2-year low. For the first time since early 2010, the Greens' primary vote is in single digits and at 8 per cent is at the lowest Greens' level in a Newspoll survey since March 2009. Voters nominating "others" they would vote for first jumped four percentage points to 13 per cent.
According to the latest Newspoll survey, conducted exclusively for The Australian last weekend, Labor's primary vote, after a seven-point rise during July and last month, has dropped to 33 per cent from 35 per cent two weeks ago and the Coalition's primary vote is up one point to 46 per cent.
Based on preference flows at the 2010 election, the Coalition holds a 10-point, election-winning lead of 55 per cent to 45 per cent on a two-party-preferred basis compared with 53 per cent to 47 per cent two weeks ago.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Orwellian Antics at NASA

"And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed-if all records told the same tale-then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'"
Orwell's 1984 tells the story of Ministry of Truth worker Winston Smith who alters the past records of everything that would conflict with the current policies so there is never a historical contradiction.
Sound familiar? Of course Winston did not have the internet to contend with and if he had he would have done exactly what NASA is doing and prevent records being stored on the net. This will prevent the embarrassment of present fudged data being compared with the past as the US record clearly shows. 


Anthony Watts of WUWT writes 

I wanted to look in the Wayback machine to see what the Figure D graph said earlier this year, like maybe up to June, but to my surprise, GISS apparently prevents that public page from being indexed by the Wayback machine. In fact, they seem to have prevented a lot of content from being indexed and stored since 2005, see the dates:
In fact if you look at this graph of plots
…and then try to go to the GISTEMPS graphs page, you get a lot of this:
I find it troubling that the publicly funded NASA agency GISS would block archiving of such an important global resource. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Australia gets gold medal for solar stupidity !

Australia has the dubious honor of installing the most solar panels in the world last year because of government policies making the poor pay the electricity bills of the better-off. Those with solar panels are paid over ten times the wholesale electricity price and this is recouped from renters and pensioners among others. The figures in future will not be as rosy as both Queensland and NSW have cut rebates savagely and the last year's installation numbers reflect the last minute rush to beat the deadlines.


AUSTRALIANS put more household solar panel systems on their roofs than anyone else in the world last year, new data from the Clean Energy Regulator and the International Energy Agency show.
The statistic astonished many in the solar industry, given Australia's small population compared with renewable energy market leaders such as European Union countries, China, Japan and the United States. About 392,500 new household solar systems were switched on last year.
Australia still generates far less solar electricity than those countries, but the nation's preference for small, individual panels mounted on detached, owner-occupied suburban homes means a greater number of systems were actually installed.

 

Color it red

No amount of fudging has prevented Hansen's GISS global temperature anomaly from dropping in July to .457 Degrees Centigrade which is what is being portrayed as rampant global warming causing everything from increases in allergies to zoonic diseases whatever they are! Steve Goddard has the latest on Hansen's cheating on Arctic temperatures and you can see from the global map how big an effect the Arctic fiddle with temperatures is having. A significant part of the globe, the Arctic, is shown in red -  a spurious 2 to 4 Deg C anomaly where the Danish Meteorological Institute shows July Arctic temperatures at or below normal for the month.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Green "Investment" Board Appointed

Money_down_the_drain : Golden dollar symbols going down a sink drain
The new board of the 10 billion dollar Clean Energy Finance Corporation has been appointed and has a target of making 4% on green carpet-baggers projects most banks would not touch with a barge pole. The interesting thing is that no renewable energy project could exist without taxpayer handouts and subsidies which are drying up as adults are now in control of most state governments and next year the federal government will fall also. It is hard to see how anyone can make forward projections in this climate.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Low income earners pay 1.8 billion for "free " solar power for wealthy.

1914 Cartoon -Some things never change

The great solar rip-off in Queensland will continue for 16 years as the poorest people in the community will pay extra so their wealthier neighbours can get free energy. Renters,pensioners and those living in low cost units are the worst hit in this failure of public policy where the government has pandered to the environmental lobby and the green carpet-baggers who are pushing these schemes. Although the new Coalition government has capped the rebate to 8 cents from 44 cents the existing contracts run for 16 years.

RENTERS, pensioners and other low-income earners are paying for their wealthier neighbours to enjoy cheaper power under the state's skyrocketing solar subsidy system.
The Queensland Consumers Association says costs to subsidise solar are forecast to triple, as the state's bill to fund the scheme continues to grow.
More than 100,000 applications were received last month from homeowners wanting to profit from the state's generous 44c per kilowatt hour tariff - twice the retail power rate - which will continue for 16 years.
By installing solar systems up to 5kW, the mostly well-heeled applicants stand to earn $200-$300 a quarter from a subsidy that is costing their non-solar neighbours more each year.
Energy Minister Mark McArdle has estimated the tariff would cost $1.8 billion by 2028 if the scheme remained unchanged. The July 9 deadline limiting future payments at an 8c cent rate.
The Government projects that the annual cost of the subsidy will rise from $50 to $100 for each household from the surge in applications, and another $50 for upgrades to the power grid.
Whether the increases will become a reality depends on whether the Government is successful in cutting expenses elsewhere in the budgets of power suppliers, including "community services".
Queensland Consumers Association vice-president Ian Jarratt said the threat of a $100 annual hike should be a concern for many people trying to stretch their income.
"A dollar is always more for a pensioner," he said.
The association said it voiced concerns about the scheme's cost several years ago to state officials. "Things had been done far too quickly and not thought through enough, especially about the cost to consumers who could not afford to install solar systems," Mr Jarratt said