Greens Still Living in a Clean Energy Fantasy World

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Brad Emery takes aim at the hypocrites of the Greens movement against  the mining industry.

A young woman rides her bicycle into an inner city polling booth to vote in the 2013 Federal Election.  She tosses her mane of matted dreadlocks over her shoulder as she dismounts and fetches a bottle of organic prune juice from the basket hanging from the handle bars.

She makes a beeline for the Greens volunteer and smiles as she takes the Greens candidate’s how to vote pamphlet.  She makes a deliberate show of rejecting the Liberal Party candidate’s propaganda.  She’s not planning on voting Conservative.

The insanity of renewable energy

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How ironic that the renewable
energy sector is going to be the next boom for mining companies…

Via Climate
Central

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Three French CRNS scientists – Olivier Vidal and Nicholas Arndt of the
University of Grenoble and Bruno Goffé of Aix-Marseille University – issue this
warning in Nature
Geoscience
.

They say that to match the power generated by fossil fuels or nuclear power
stations, the construction of solar
energy farms
and wind turbines will gobble up 15 times more concrete, 90
times more aluminum
and 50
times more iron, copper and glass
. Right now wind and solar energy meet
only about 1 percent of global demand; hydroelectricity meets about 7 percent.

The trio argue that if the contribution from wind turbines and solar energy
to global energy production is to rise from the current 400 terawatt hours to
12,000 terawatt hours in 2035, and 25,000 terawatt hours in 2050, that
will require 3,200 million tons of
steel
, 310 million tons of
aluminum
and 40 million tons
of copper to construct state-of-the-art generating systems
.

This in turn would mean an annual increase in global production of these
metals of from 5 percent to 18 percent for the next 40 years, and that would be
in addition to the already accelerating demand for metals of all kinds in both
the developed and the developing world.

In addition, each and every wind
turbine has a magnet made of a metal called neodymium. There are 2,500 Kg of it
in each of the bird chomping behemoths.

The mining and refining of neodymium is so dirty and toxic - involving
repeated boiling in acid, with radioactive thorium as a waste product – that
only one country does it – China.  Two years ago China flexed its trade
muscles and briefly stopped exporting neodymium from its inner Mongolian mines.
Forget Middle East oil, how’s that for dangerous reliance on a volatile foreign
supply.

So the Ecotard
Greens push for 90% renewables by 2030
is actually a boom for BHP, RIO
and FMG.

The bottome line is this: The mining of required commodities and the heavy industrial manufacture of
wind turbines and solar panels will emit far more Carbon Dioxide emissions than what they will
ever save when they finally become operational. When wind and solar energy
plants are thwarted by the weather, the void will be filled by gas
fired power plants
.

It makes no sense whatsoever to use
wind and solar. If we’re going to spend the money, then build new hydro dams
(the only real renewable power source) and bite the bullet and install carbon
dioxide emission free
 nuclear
power
.

 

 

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The Global Warming Gas Fails to keep us Warm

Forbes

The climate alarmists claim that the tiny quantity of invisible carbon dioxide gas in the atmosphere is causing dangerous global warming.

Two recent nights at our farm at Rosevale make me wonder.

The first night had perfectly clear skies, allowing carbon dioxide full scope to absorb the radiant energy leaving the surface and radiate half of it back, supposedly keeping us warm.

I was working outside as the sun went down after a warm sunny day. Immediately the sun dipped below the horizon, temperature dropped dramatically, and coats shed during the day were quickly put back on. Temperature fell steadily all night reaching 2 ℃ by sunrise the next day.

On the next day, clouds came in and by afternoon it was completely clouded. The temperature at sundown was lower than on the sunny day, but the night stayed much warmer. It was still 9 ℃ under the clouds at sunrise, a full 7 ℃ of warming compared to the clear night.

This small real-time experiment can be repeated often. It shows that clouds and water vapour in the atmosphere are far more effective in retaining surface warmth than the demonised carbon dioxide.

Maybe they will levy tax on water vapour from steaming kettles and hot showers to combat their contributions to global warming?

Viv Forbes,

Rosewood    Qld   Australia
forbes@carbon-sense.com

Kevin Rudd Wins the Golden Fleece Award

The Carbon Sense Coalition has awarded its Inaugural Golden Fleece Award to Kevin Rudd and coal industry leaders for “flagrant fleecing of community savings" writes Viv Forbes

Its appropriate that the Golden Fleece award would recognise futile ‘research’ on Carbon Capture & Sequestration. A costly and complex process designed to capture and bury carbon dioxide gas produced by burning carbon fuels such as 'coal, oil and gas'.

It is obviously possible, in an engineering sense, to collect, separate, compress, pump and pipe gases, so new “research” is largely a waste of money. Engineers know how to do these things, and their likely costs. But only foolish green zealots would think of spending billions to bury a harmless, invisible, life-supporting gas in hopes of cooling the climate some time in the century ahead.

About 2.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide are produced for every tonne of coal burnt in a power station. To capture, compress and bury it could take at least 30% of the electricity produced, greatly increasing the cost of the limited amount of electricity left for sale – more coal used, increased electricity costs, for ZERO measurable benefits.

We have come to expect stupidity from politicians, but coal industry leaders who agreed to waste money on this should be sued by shareholders for negligence. Maybe they were just drooling at all the extra coal they would sell in order to produce the same electricity?

Kevin Rudd wins this award for “a Flagrant Fleece of $400 million taken from tax payers to fund the fatuous Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute.” There is little to show for the millions already spent except a lot of receipts for high class salaries, consultants, travel, entertainment and “operational expenses”.

Pumping gases underground is sensible if it brings real benefits such as using waste gases to drive oil recovery from declining oil fields.

Normally, however, CCS will just produce more expensive electricity.

This result is not needed as politicians have already invented dozens of ways of doing just that.

More, as well as:

  • The Warming of the last Century is too Small to Notice
  • Clean Coal by Wire
  • The New Cold War
  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • A revival of the Medieval Practice of Book Burning
  • The Beginning of the End

Read the full report: http://carbon-sense.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/golden-fleece-award.pdf [PDF, 133 KB]

This article was reposted via Viv Forbes who writes from the Carbon Sense Coalition which can be reached at http://carbon-sense.com/

The Year of the Living Dead.

Jim

Jim's sci-fi look at Labor politics is clearly understood by most Australians. The only faction in disagreement is Labor. GC.Ed.-at-Large

Undead, unalive, the zombie slouches across Australia. Never sleeping, but never fully awake, it moves sluggishly with glazed eyes towards a goal it cannot understand. Its body is corrupt, its soul pieced, divided and parts sold off. The scraps of soul left only contain half remembered slogans; it gets its energy from the remnants of its last remaining instinct – the instinct to survive…

Its principal quality is a remorseless mindless persistence. It ignores signs in the heavens, signs on the earth, pain. Dogs may bark warnings, men may shout peril. It ignores them even when its fellow zombies, ABC and SMH, growl uncertainly behind its drooping haunches.

It is the walking corpse of the Labor Party.

No other explanation can account for its devotion to its self-destructive ‘Carbon’ Tax.

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The United States is littered with billion dollar wind farms spinning eerily and moaning in solitude. Europe has abandoned the last trickles of hope of getting energy from sunlight. The Kyoto Agreement will not be renewed. Emerging industrial nations, competitors, quietly laugh at Australia’s carbon tax and keep building coal fired generators. Every ‘climate conference’ ends with holy sounding platitudes and ‘agreements’ with no conditions and no numbers. Scandals have enmeshed and forever tarnished the reputations of scientists prostituted to government grants, of crony capitalism.

But the zombie only remembers to carry on with ancient instructions. It builds billion dollar plants to extract fresh water from the sea and pays billions annually to let them lie idle. It continues with wild schemes to induce the population to buy solar panels producing dribbles of electrical energy at five times the cost of coal fired power when they have been abandoned everywhere else.

And now with its closed face it stonily intones, “Must have Carbon Tax, save the World, Must Have Carbon Tax, Save the World,"  unknowing or careless of the misery, the hardship, the unemployment, it is inflicting on all Australians as everything in the country goes up in price, as value falls, and as energy prices soar, as China and India prosper with Australia's coal.

Greens, like hyenas, slip along beside and behind the zombie, snapping up and feeding on bits of its corpse as they fall off, growing and growing and growing and every once in a while its lead hyena gives a howl of sheer pleasure.

The Party will revive,  it will still draw votes, but it will never be trusted.

That is the price it pays for following, encouraging and practicing, fads. For selling its soul to fad politics.

For lying.

Jim McCrudden is a retired lawyer, an avid admirer of Dickens, Shakespeare and many others. He lives on the NSW South Coast, has a keen interest in politics and sits on local government.

Death again, by a thousand fools!

Jim

Jim reminds us yet again about political ineptitude via knee-jeck reaction. This one by Malcolm Turnbull may be forgotten by many, but not those who curse and cuss when they have to buy a light bulb at triple cost, half the light and shorter life span. Another Turnbull flub! GC.Ed.

Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs – twirly bulbs – can provide the same amount of light as incandescent light bulbs, using one quarter of the energy. A belief, as strong as any religious one, is that they will make a difference to dreaded carbon emissions, and perhaps to the household budget.

Under the grip of worldwide mania, a wild-eyed messianic Malcolm Turnbull persuaded his brain challenged mates in the Liberal Party to make their use compulsory.

There was not the slightest evidence that their use would have an effect on Global Warming, or Son of Global Warming, or Climate Change but there was just a chance that it might – and that was what did it.

The Precautionary Principle.

The Precautionary Principle?

Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.

 Put it another way – it means ‘just in case’.

The principle is applied everywhere now, but it started as a Green mantra to chant in debate as a substitute for thinking.

Greens knew there was insufficient evidence to do many things – like building desalination plants – but by elevating the common sense ‘just in case’ to an ersatz philosophical position it gave them persuasiveness when dealing with soft headed politicians and journalists.

But, even applying the very same principle to CFL bulbs should there not have been tests to see whether or not they were dangerous to humans? True there might be a billion to one chance that they would save the world from becoming a smoking cinder; but what if they gave cancer?

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Dum, DE DUM Dum!

Well, time has passed and just now this little bit of research has been carried out: – The Effects of UV Emission from Compact Fluorescent Light Exposure on Human Dermal Fibroblasts and Keratinocytes In Vitro. Or to put it another way What Happens When Human Skin Cells Are Exposed To Twirly Bulbs?

The research was done, according to Scientific American, after reading an article in an Israeli newspaper that reported a spike in skin cancer on a communal farm when residents switched to fluorescent bulbs.

What the abstract says – and it can be read in full here is that, while exposure to twirly bulbs was known to exacerbate existing skin conditions; the effects of CFL exposure on healthy skin tissue have not been thoroughly investigated. So this was done.

And the finding? Ultra violet (UV) radiation was seeping through the cracks in the phosphor coating and causing damage to skin cells.

This UV radiation is what causes skin cancers and melanomas.

Many medical practitioners would advise that this research should be taken cum grano salis – with a grain of salt. Particularly if it is hyped in the media – as it is.

But before ending incandescent lights, which incidentally got a clean bill of health in the same study, and forcing the Australian population to buy the twirlies, shouldn’t this very study have been conducted?

On the wonderful precautionary principle?

And now that the research is in, applying that same principle, shouldn’t they be banned?

If there is a statistical growth in skin cancers in areas like Victoria and Tasmania, what will happen?

Of course, there will be talk of further studies, and close watch being kept, and all the usual flannel.

Then the lawyers will strike. And so they should. Whether or not there are any cases of cancer from the use of twirly bulbs – the fact is they should have been tested – on the very same principle that saw them shoved down Australian throats. No choice – just buy them.

And they were not tested – at all.

Jim McCrudden is a retired lawyer, a scholar of Dickens, Shakespeare and many others. He lives on the NSW South Coast and has keen interest in politics.