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Face it, Melbourne, you need another dam


Brisbane’s beautiful Wivenhoe Dam

Was taking a look at Andrew Bolt’s latest round-up of Australia’s part-time, 180K/year climate commissar, paleontologist Tim Flannery.

You know, how his fear-mongering predictions about permanent drought and rains that would never fill our dams and rivers were so utterly wrong.

Anyway, what really cought my eye was the table Bolta put up a little ways down in that post.

I’m from Brisbane originally, and he’s from Melbourne, so I took a quick look at the two.

Brisbane has water storage capacity of about 2.2 million megalitres.

Melbourne has a capacity of only about 1.8 million megalitres.

Brisbane’s dams are about 90% full.

Melbourne’s dams are only at around 80% (and that’s being generous).

And yet, flick over to Wikipedia, and Melborne has a population of about 4.2 million.

Brisbane? Only 2.2 million.

Start doing some back of the envelope math, and it’s beyond obvious that Melbourne has far less water per person than Brisbane.

With dams at 100% capacity, Brisbane has enough for about 1 megalitre per person.

Melbourne at full capacity can can barely manage about 40% per person compared to what Brisbane gets.

Look at actual current capacity, and the numbers get even worse.

Currently, Brisbane can manage about 900 kilolitres per person.

Melbourne? A mere 330 kilolitres per person – barely over a third.

Now back when it was a bit dry, even Brisbane had to do it tough. Sure, no ridiculous buckets in the shower, but the only way Mum could keep her modest garden well watered, was thanks to Dad installing two water tanks in the back yard. Otherwise, Mum might as well have gotten some sand and desert rocks.

And folks in Bris Vegas still can’t use water like it’s endless. But, crikey, you guys in Melbourne currently have only around a third of the water per person as they do in Brisbane.

That’s nuts.

Long story short, it’s time to put the propaganda aside, and build another bloody dam, Melbourne.

It won’t be the end of nature. Heck, the habitat around Brisbane’s Wivenhoe dam is gorgeous. Nature is resilient. Nature adapts. Nature tends to like water.

How high can one hope, though? The Victorian premier seems about as non envirotard liberal as Mitt Romney smoking a joint at a John Lennon tribute concert.

Related: Yes, whole swathes of people CAN be convinced with dud “science”.

So where are these climate scientists, gurus, our government is so sure of?


A planet in peril, or a society?

On ABC’s QandA political affairs program last Monday, aside from GetUp!’s Simon Sheikh’s collapse, we were privilege to the dulcet tones of Climate Change minister, Greg Combet.

A major part of his reassuring argument is that the government simply cannot ignore the warnings of all the world’s top scientists.

Noted empirical evidence – namely that we haven’t seen any warming in at least ten years – was dismissed as a rubbish argument.

No, Combet smoothly argued the scientists had to be trusted.

So? Who?

The IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change?

Even they’ve admitted they are just another UN body, and certainly not the “gold standard”.

They admitted they don’t necessarily promote views of the world’s “top scientists”, but rather, make sure every geographic region is represented as equally as possible.

Sorry, but that’s not the world’s top scientists.

No Frakking Consensus:

Leading scientists. Top climate scientists. The best scientific minds. That was the fiction. Now, at long last, the IPCC is admitting that its authors don’t, in fact, all belong to the highest echelons of the scientific community. Instead we’re advised that the IPCC has “always sought” to “achieve geographic representation.”

The end of Chapter 5 in my book reads:

Journalists say we should trust the IPCC’s conclusions because its reports have been written by the world’s finest scientific minds. But in order for that to be the case the IPCC would need to apply very different criteria when selecting its authors.

It would need an explicit policy that says something along the lines of: Even though we are a UN body, we are not influenced by UN diversity concerns. We select the world’s best experts and only the world’s best experts – regardless of where they come from or what gender they happen to be.

In fact, readers may recall that the crux of the IPCC argument, the one governments such as our own are rolling with (OK, well basically just ours), was written by a teenage boy.

The blurb:

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) performs one of the most important jobs in the world. It surveys climate science research and writes a report about what it all means. This report is informally known as the Climate Bible.

Cited by governments around the world, the Climate Bible is the reason carbon taxes are being introduced, heating bills are rising, and costly new regulations are being enacted. It is why everyone thinks carbon dioxide emissions are dangerous. Put simply: the entire planet is in a tizzy because of a United Nations report.

What most of us don’t know is that, rather than being written by a meticulous, upstanding professional in business attire, the Climate Bible is produced by a slapdash, slovenly teenager who has trouble distinguishing right from wrong.

This expose, by an investigative journalist, is the product of two years of research. Its conclusion: almost nothing we’ve been told about the IPCC is true.

So?

Who?

What top climate scientists? Could Combet quote one? A credible one?

The “father” of global warming Gaia theory, perhaps?

No. Remember, James Lovelock came out recently and admitted much of the doom and gloom he’d forecast simply isn’t and hasn’t turned out to be the case.

Unfortunately, not so many other climate scientists are as free to revise their views as Lovelock is. You see, he doesn’t require government funding to keep him afloat.

That is a significant catch 22 that simply cannot be dismissed.

So?

Who?

Australia’s very own Climate Commissioner, Tim Flannery, who the government pays $180,000 per year for three days work per week?

Well, this is a bloke who predicted permanent drought for Australia’s three major eastern coastal cities.

Now the dams are as good as full, and the desal plants have been mothballed – at a cost of considerable billions.

So? Who?

That other government-paid climate expert, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, who predicted our thriving reefs would be wiped out by now?

Who, Combet? Who, Gillard?

Who are they, are they on your payroll, and have any of their predictions come true?

Of course, their argument is bunkum, like as if a trace gas, of which humans produce only a fraction of, somehow drives global climate.

Hence, you’ll see more arguments like GetUp!’s Simon Sheikh’s; that being, “to rise above the politics”, like he said on QandA last Monday.

You see, to them, it was never about the science, even though that’s of course what they claimed and possibly what they also believed to a point.

And when the science started riding home, the hard empirical data that refuted the models, they argued it was time to “move on from that”.

OK. So we’re back to the political argument many claimed it always was?

Oh no, now it’s “let’s rise above the politics”.

Utterly vacuous words and sentiments. Deceitful, too – and perhaps to themselves the most.

People like Sheikh I do believe mean well. But he’s trying to change the way the world works because essentially, he doesn’t understand how the world works (and he must have been asleep in history class).

I would argue, however, that he does see genuine problems such as real pollution but has unfortunately, like many of our politicians and scientists, been caught up in CO2=pollution nonsense hypothesis.

He’s stuck.

He, like the other 50,000 delegates at the Rio+20 convention, have made and staked their careers on this.

Families to feed.

For example, what would he and his wife, Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) chairperson, Anna Rose, do if this all came unravelled?

What would Combet do?

What would Flannery do?

What would Gillard do?

Looking at the big picture, that is hardly important. It’s what they’ve done, what they’re doing, and what they will do before time is up that actually matters in the broader sense.

Larry Pickering:

Now we know what Emerson’s “Whyalla” rendition was all about. It was a “get that up ya” celebration which wasn’t directed at us at all. He had already lost us.

Gillard’s old bed mate, Emerson, was serenading Abbott alone in a taunting display of ridicule.


*You know, if they’d actually just made it a big money-go-round – not a take from the rich, give to the poor – but an actual money-go-round, and admitted it as simply as that, something that might have stimulated the economy, I’d probably be half for it…*

Also, if this carbon tax did ANYTHING to lower global temperatures, then they might have a sliver of an argument. That said, the whole world could adopt it and not even Tim Flannery claims it would make an iota of difference.

Their argument of, “So what? We do nothing?” is fallacious. By wasting so much time, money, and endeavour on the carbon caper, there is in fact a lot we are not doing that we should be doing again.

Our great taxpayer-funded seer, Tim Flannery


Now perfessor Flannery reckons violence in Western Sydney will increase because of – you guessed it – global warming.

Tim has quite the reputation for getting scary predictions wrong. Take the one where he reckoned our dams would be empty by now.

But let’s not be too harsh on poor Flannels.

Actually, as a species, we love imagining the future.

But we don’t always get it right… not that that’s stopping the carbon tax that isn’t actually a carbon tax.

Must be that global warming…


Of course it’s just weather, however.

While winter is a distant memory for most Americans, it continues unabated in Anchorage, Alaska — where a new bout of precipitation this weekend helped the city break its record for seasonal snowfall, at more than 133 inches (3.38 meters).

In fact, if there actually were some global warming (we haven’t seen any in 15 years), you might see some happier natives.

“Okay…now the records broken [it stood for 57 years - bing], could you please make the snow go away??!!”

Can’t blame whoever said that. Usually Alaska sees an average of around 60 inches or a full one and a half metres less snow over the long winter season.

And no wonder with news like that, we’re seeing the following.

Green campaigners and climate scientists are losing the public debate over global warming, one of the movement’s leading proponents has admitted.

Dr James Hansen, director of the Nasa Goddard Institute for Space Studies, who first made warnings about climate change in the 1980s, said that public scepticism about the threat of man-made climate change has increased despite the growing scientific consensus.

Consensus, eh? Well, James. Perhaps people’s growing scepticism maybe, just maybe has something to do with that consensus and your their years of grossly exaggerated computer model BS fear-mongering that time has allowed us to check out.

And boy oh boy have there been some whoppers, such as these by Australia’s own government-funded $180,000 per year part time Climate Commissioner, Tim Flannery.

Keeping it on the home front, it could be that folks became a little more cynical when the weather was used by a government that can’t balance the books as an excuse to impose a giant new tax on everyone.

Tuesday 6/3/12 open/twitter thread


To think; five years ago we were told by the likes of the government’s $1200-odd per day chief Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery that man-made global warming would leave us in permanent drought thus necessitating, among other things, expensive desalination plants. Today we see near full dams and threats of flooding. Yep, Australia’s climate carrying on as it always has – “a land of drought and flooding rains”.

BER fallout continues: $16 billion “worth” of buildings (if, for example, you can count open-air sheds as buildings) that schools never wanted nor needed now suffer even more cost overruns – the schools can’t afford to maintain them. There goes another $40 million.

Professor Bunyip whose been covering the government’s news media inquiry with quite some zest links to the UK’s James Delingpole (yes, this disturbing inquiry is unsurprisingly receiving international attention) who rightly notes the Ministry of Truth would be a more accurate name for the proposed government-run News Media Council. Government controlling what should be a free press, a pillar of Democracy; what could go wrong? And remember, a good 86% of the “public” submissions to the inquiry were from apparatchik groups closely linked to the current government. Descriptors such as “brazen”, “obscene” and “farcical” barely do this so-called inquiry justice.

Ho hum. What else is happening?

Arctic sea ice at 7-year high


Wait. Wasn’t global warming meant to be melting it all?

Good news from the Arctic. Sea ice extent (area covered by ice greater than 15%*) is at a seven-year high (See NORSEX SSM/I ). It’s nearly back to within one standard deviation of the 30 year normal at 14.5 million square kilometers.

This year’s ice extent is the highest since 2006 at this point in the year.

No worries. Temperature data for February released today show readings at a 32-year low.

Meanwhile, our government continues to spend about $5 million on the Flannery Centre, named after the bloke who predicted our dams would never be full again, the same bloke PM Gillard is paying $180,000 for three days “work” a week to peddle what the evidence has clearly proved to be nonsense.

 

 

Climate change: follow the money


The big story this weekend is what Jo Nova has dubbed FakeGate. On Thursday we saw the DeSmogBlog getting very excited that *shock horror* the anti global-warming-and-we’re-all-doomed mob The Heartland Institute received an evil $6.5 mil in funding. Never mind the likes of Greenpeace receiving $310 mil, no, the scandal of the day was directed at man-made global warming sceptics.

Also, to a lesser extent, we read the diabolical news that sceptic Professor Bob Carter is on the take to the tune of $1500-odd per month from private donors (but never mind the $1200 per day PM Gillard’s Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery receives courtesy of the Australian taxpayer).

Well, it turns out the leaked Heartland memos that DeSmog got all uppity about may well have been faked. Law enforcement officials have been contacted.

Nice try, well-funded doomists.

In other climate news over in the States, we read about researchers – this time courtesy of the American taxpayer – receiving “$850,000 to study the effects of climate change on prairie dogs in an area where the climate hasn’t changed in 50 years“. Good work if you can stoop low enough to get it, I suppose.

Still in the US, there is some good news however. Finally a step, albeit a small one, towards common sense; that is, not throwing good money at wasteful gimmicks.

The wind power industry is predicting massive layoffs and stalled or abandoned projects after a deal to renew a tax credit failed Thursday in Washington.

The move is expected to have major ramifications in states such as Illinois, where 13,892 megawatts of wind projects — enough to power 3.3 million homes per year — wait to be connected to the electric grid. Many of those projects will be abandoned or significantly delayed without federal subsidies.

Ahh, subsidies. Because in what should be a thriving free market economy, governments picking winners and losers – kind of like in the old USSR – is surely the way to go (/sarc).

R&D, R&D folks. Ideas like wind and solar power aren’t bad per se. But what I don’t understand is why more people can’t see that these two potentially excellent technologies need considerably more development before we can begin to even think about them as viable options for replacing base-load power.

For example, a far better investment for the UK (Conservative???) government would surely be to throw £35 bil at research and development of wind power technology rather than agreeing to new subsidies worth the same amount for yet another wind project that, sorry, will make a negligible yet intensely costly contribution to the island’s energy resources.

Ho hum. At least they’re not being completely mad (although I think I’m being very generous here).

Half of the UK’s houses may not be able to claim the full subsidy for fitting solar panels from April, under new government plans.

Again, who wouldn’t love it if they could buy a cheap solar panel and have their electricity bill slashed… without having to rip off their fellow taxpayer?

R&D, R&D.

Finally, back on home soil, I wonder how much flak this bloke is going to cop.

WakeUp2TheLies reports that ‘Former Bureau of Meteorology chief to hold forum arguing that “global warming is natural”‘.

Nasty, NASTY!

Cartoon by John Spooner at – wait for it – the Age.

Brisbane floods: mistakes finally admitted


In short: they stuffed it up. Then they tried to cover it up.

Well done Hedley Thomas et. al. at the Australian for persuing this, especially after initial inquiries found nothing wrong.

TWO of the most senior water executives in Queensland have broken ranks by telling the floods commission of inquiry that at all times during the devastating floods in January last year, they were of the view that Wivenhoe Dam was run in a strategy subsequently shown to be wrong.

Authorities apparently changed mitigation strategies about two days too late. They were on W1 (regular/drought-mode), but should have moved to W3 (hardcore-mode) two days earlier than they did. Reports that strategy W2 (getting serious) was used have been disputed, finally, by the two “whistleblowers”.

Cover-ups abound.

It’s really worth reading the full article (and related articles) on this one.

PS One can’t help thinking that Wivenhoe dam was in “drought-mode” for too long because of shrill predictions by the likes of the Climate Commission’s Tim Flannery and the Greens’ leader Bob Brown that Australia would never see proper rains again.

Even had the Brisbane floods not occurred, those two posers have a lot to answer for.

Tim Flannery’s dud alarmist predictions


He gets paid $180,000 for just three days of work per week as Australia’s Climate Commissioner. Despite repeated warnings of catastrophic sea-level rises, he lives by the water. And he’s almost always wrong.

Andrew Bolt:

Small problem, though: after so many years of hearing Flannery’s predictions, we’re now able to see if some of the scariest have actually panned out.

And we’re also able to see if people who bet real money on his advice have cleaned up or been cleaned out.

So before we buy a great green tax from Flannery, whose real expertise is actually in mammology, it may pay to check his record. Ready?

Read on.

Via s_dog

No water for our dams eh, Flannery?


That’s what Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery predicted for Brisbane back in 2007.

Global warming, you see, that would even make the soil too hot (half the world’s comedians can’t do half as good a job as this bloke) to soak up the rain.

And what have we seen since?

We had the floods that occur from time to time a few months back that could have been better mitigated IMO if the government had kept our dams’ water level a little lower (but it was higher than usual because global warming was supposed to scorch the earth).

And now?

Brisbane is swapping silly season for a soggy one, with rain forecast to fall on the city almost every day in the next 28 days.

Weatherzone meteorologist Robert Wood said Brisbane was in for a soaking, with between 150mm and 200mm expected to fall between now and New Year’s Eve.

The wet weather would remain until at least January 3, according to its 28-day forecast.

Not that rain in Brisbane in summer is really news but it is when you juxtapose that to the good professor Tim Flannery.

Busted Tim Flannery!


Yesterday, the paleontologist the Gillard government pays $180K per year for three days a week work as Climate Commissar Commissioner, Tim Flannery, accused “shock jock” Ray Hadley of concocting a story about Flannery’s waterside home.

From the Crikey article summarising the Quarterly Essay:

The environmental activist reveals for the first time how he was set up by radio shock jock Ray Hadley, who fuelled a fierce campaign from News Limited papers against the Australian of the Year.

In July, Hadley took a call on his 2GB program from “David” proclaiming to be a neighbour of Flannery’s. Flannery owned a waterfront home, the caller said, detailing its precise location and highlighting his apparent hypocrisy on sea level rises.

Far from being the confident bloke “David” was on the radio, a bloke who had never worked for Hadley, instead Flannery claimed the following.

“His stammering voice was so unlike the smart-alec tone I’d heard on the radio that at first I thought I had the wrong person. But he soon admitted that he knew Ray Hadley. In fact, he worked for him.

“David then stated emphatically that he had not called Ray Hadley at all. Instead Hadley had asked him to appear on the show, and had called him. David said that Hadley had sought him out after learning that I lived nearby. The story, and all of the supposed ‘facts’ that David was to raise during the interview, had, according to David, been assembled beforehand by Hadley and his team … David stated: ‘You’re on the other side of the fence [regarding climate change] … they hate you … they’re out to get you.’”

Heavy stuff. And in a 20 minute tirade, Hadley sets the record straight detailing exactly when calls were made, and by whom. The evidence is there, in hard copy, clearly showing that indeed Flannery’s neighbor had called the program just as Hadley had said and in direct contradiction to Flannery’s claim.

The killer? Continue reading

Spinning out of control


When faced with fierce opposition, what do our economic climate wreckers do? Spin, spin, and spin some more.

SLASHING Australian greenhouse gas emissions will not, on its own, save the Great Barrier Reef, and its future will depend on an international agreement among the world’s biggest emitters.

Julia Gillard’s key climate-change adviser, Will Steffen, has warned that nothing short of securing an effective global agreement to tackle climate change can save the reef, while one of the world’s leading reef scientists, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, has said Australia will be left with “the great weedy reef” unless the world cuts emissions.

The warnings follow the release of a Climate Commission report that found that unless global emissions began falling within a few years, the world would face a near-impossible task to limit global warming to 2C by 2050 – the target scientists say will limit damage to the reef and avert dangerous climate change.

What a load of BS. The Great Barrier Reef has been around for thousands of years, and the scare campaign against it has been proven a pack of lies again and again and again. As a paleontologist, you’d think Tim Flannery of all people would know climate has always changed – naturally – and often quite dramatically, and the Reef has endured.

Meanwhile, even some in the renewables sector aren’t happy about Julia’s Let’s-help-China tax.

FOR more than three decades, Simon Boadle has built solar swimming pool heaters at his Sunbather Pool Technologies plant at Hastings on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

But for someone in the renewable energy business, Mr Boadle has concerns about the potential effects of the proposed carbon tax. He wrote to Julia Gillard to express his fears that about half of his company’s 60 employees’ jobs would be lost because of cheaper production from China.

No need to thank us, China. :roll:

Reason vs the superorganism


Well said.

Climate issues and carbon controls are non-issues because the science is a shambles and voters do not see global warming as an imminent threat to their welfare or even the welfare of next generations.

Health care, coalitions, corporate taxes. Where’s the looming climate disaster, the threat of the centuries, the end of life as we know it, the meltdown of all meltdowns? It is nowhere in this Canadian election, a non-issue — and for good reason.

Do read on.

Wait! The fking what?!? Yes. The superorganism.

Tim Flannery…


…by his own admission does and does not advocate Panasonic in all his public work.

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