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.
Vic Forbes asks, which is worse - gradual man-made global warming or sudden electricity blackout?
Alarmists try to scare us by claiming that man’s activities are causing global warming. Whether and when we may see new man-made warming is disputed and uncertain. If it does appear, the world will be slightly warmer, with more evaporation and rainfall; plants will grow better and colonise some areas currently too cold or too dry; fewer old people will die in winter and sea levels may continue the gradual rise we have seen since the end of the last ice age.
Viv takes aim at "an Australian guru" for his failed predictions about rain in Queensland in particular. But, does the great guru feel like a complete fool when he watches Brisbane drown for a second time in two years? GC.Ed.
It has been discovered that Australian coal has a magical property – it is one of a small group of coals which produces an invisible gas with super-natural properties.
This magic gas, carbon dioxide, first became famous for its claimed ability to warm the whole world, thus removing the threat of a new ice age. The British academic who reported this magic power claimed that winter snow would become “a very rare and exciting event”.
Then an Australian guru predicted that just a tiny addition of magic-gas to the atmosphere would abolish floods, and billions of dollars were spent constructing water desalination plants to combat his forecast of never-ending droughts.
Then after massive snows in Britain and huge floods in Australia, it was widely reported that magic-gas could produce both heatwaves and snowstorms, floods and droughts and even bushfires, cyclones and tornadoes, depending on the way the political winds were blowing in that country.
Strangely, only a few countries are able to produce “magic-gas”. A special exclusive club called the Kyoto Club was formed for these lucky countries. Membership fees are stratospheric, but members are rewarded with invitations to lavish UN conventions at top tourist destinations. However, many founding members have allowed their membership to lapse, leaving only EU, Australia and New Zealand as fully paid up members.
As Viv writes: practical logic is not common to all people. GC.Ed.
In the fuzzy “science” of economics, one law stands out like a light-house in the fog – the law of supply and demand.
That law tells us that when the demand for any commodity is increased by subsidies or tax breaks, or by mandating its use, its price will settle higher than it would otherwise have been.
When ethanol is subsidised or mandated, its production will become more profitable, more ethanol will be produced, and demand for the ingredients of its manufacture will increase. Thus more cereals, sugar, molasses, soy-beans and palm-oil will be diverted from producing food to producing ethanol. Consequently, their prices will also rise and less of them will be left for stock feed and human consumption. As a result of these higher prices for ethanol ingredients, more marginal land will be assigned to ethanol crops, and the cost of producing them will be higher.