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Climate laws add to police workload June 14, 2009

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Climate laws add to police workload

By Ben Packham
Herald Sun, June 12, 2009

FRONTLINE police will be forced to become “carbon cops” under the Government’s blueprint to cut greenhouse emissions.

The Herald Sun can reveal Australian Federal Police agents will have to prosecute a new range of climate offences.

But they are yet to be offered extra resources, stretching the thin blue line to breaking point.

“The Government is effectively saying to us, ‘Ignore other crime types’,” Australian Federal Police Association chief Jim Torr said.

The group had been trying for months, without success, to discuss the issue with Climate Change Minister Penny Wong, he said.

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Will we be getting an Australian version of the below Environmental Police?

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Professor Ian Plimer’s new book Heaven and Earth has gone into its fifth print run! June 13, 2009

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Professor Ian Plimer’s new book Heaven and Earth has gone into its fifth print run!

From Publisher’s Weekly – US
Rowman and Littlefield Acquires Aussie Bestseller
By Rachel Deahl — Publishers Weekly, 6/10/2009 7:37:00 AM

Rowman and Littlefield Publishing has acquired North American rights to In Heaven and Earth: Global Warming: The Missing Science, by leading Australian geologist Ian Plimer. In the book, Plimer makes the scientifically controversial argument that carbon dioxide has an insignificant role in affecting climate. Heaven and Earth was originally released in Australia in May by Connor Court Publishing and has already gone through five printings, after hitting local bestseller lists there. According to R&L, as of May 15, Plimer’s title was #1 on Bookdata, the Australian equivalent of BookScan.

R&L said Plimer refutes much of the science Al Gore presented in his bestselling primer on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth. In a statement from the publisher, Plimer said Gore’s book and documentary are rife with “misrepresentations” and that “trying to deal with these misrepresentations is somewhat like trying to argue with creationists, who misquote, concoct evidence, quote out of context, ignore contrary evidence, and create evidence ex nihilo.”

R&L, through its Taylor Trade imprint, is crashing the book for July 1 and expects the title to stir up debate. Jed Lyons, CEO of R&L, added that the book’s message is particularly urgent. “When our children are being taught that carbon dioxide—food for plants—is a pollutant, and that climate change is somehow unnatural, then clarifying views need to be heard.”

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Coal shortage may lead to Zimbabwe’s worst winter in the history of the country June 13, 2009

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Coal shortage may lead to Zimbabwe’s worst winter in the history of the country

Zimbabwe Telegraph, June 10, 2009

ZIMBABWE-BULAWAYO- Zimbabweans have been advised of intensified load shedding after revelations that four Zesa Units at the Hwange Thermal Station have stopped generating power due to the acute shortage of coal, Zimbabwe Telegraph reports.

With the country at the beginning of the winter season that always experiences an increase in the demand of power due to the cold weather, Zimbabweans are headed for the worst winter in the history of the country.

On Monday, all residential areas in Bulawayo did not have electricity, a development that also affected the city’s hospitals.

Fielding changes Canberra’s climate June 13, 2009

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Fielding changes Canberra’s climate

Miranda Devine, June 13, 2009
The Sydney Morning Herald

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Taking time out from investigating terrorist cells and stopping drug trafficking, the Australian Federal Police reportedly are to be deputised as “carbon cops”, prosecuting new “carbon offences”, under the Government’s proposed climate change legislation. That will really strike a blow for law and order.

It’s just another resource-sapping absurdity brought to you by the Rudd Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

One of the few politicians who is actually trying to understand the facts in the debate on man-made climate change, before voting on the Government’s scheme in two weeks, is Steve Fielding, the Family First senator from Victoria, who also happens to be an engineer.

Last week Fielding paid his own way to travel to Washington to meet climate policy makers for the Obama administration and to attend a conference of eminent scientists sceptical about the threat of man-made climate change.

“I thought it was important I head over to Washington to hear first-hand how the Obama Administration plans to tackle global warming,” he said in an email interview yesterday, “while at the same time also giving me a chance to hear from some of the world’s leading scientists about whether global warming is man-made or not.

“The US is the largest economy in the world and will therefore shape where the world heads in reducing carbon emissions. I was provided with a wealth of information from both sides of the argument, which I plan to take to [the Climate Change Minister] Penny Wong and her advisers on Monday to seek clarification on.”

At the Heartland Institute conference in Washington, Fielding heard from the likes of atmospheric physicists Professor Richard Lindzen of MIT and emeritus professor Fred Singer of the University of Virginia, both warning against climate “alarmism”.

He attended the launch of Singer’s book Climate Change Reconsidered, the report of the so-called Non-Governmental International Panel on Climate Change, an 880-page refutation of the United Nation’s Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change reports, with input from 30 “expert scientists from 16 countries”.

Fielding says he wanted to “hear from both sides of the debate”.

“I would be derelict in my duties and I think I’d be letting down the Australian people if I didn’t properly research the issues and relied on one side of the debate,” he said last week.

“I’m not a climate change sceptic, I’m not a climate change extremist; what I am is very open-minded.” How many other Australian politicians have bothered to similarly furnish their minds on a crucial issue which threatens to destroy thousands of Australian jobs, including, Fielding estimates, 23,000 in the mining industry, and will inflate the price of everything from electricity to food?

Fielding, who has an MBA from Monash University as well as an engineering degree from RMIT, is confident enough in his analytical ability not to be intimidated by overbearing experts into outsourcing policy to them.

Swamped with emails from the public encouraging him in his quest for answers, he says he is motivated by “trying to do what’s right by Australian workers and families, [which] is enough inspiration to get this decision right”.

Of course, he has been pilloried for being diligent enough to do the job he was elected to do.

He has been derided by people without any training in mathematics or scientific disciplines, who regard science, probably, as they do their computers – as a little black box to be understood only by an elite council of infallible gurus who are incapable of impure motives. Who is the gullible one?

The online newsletter Crikey described Fielding’s trip to the US as “a futile mission based on a misguided assumption”, a sick “stunt” akin to the Chaser terminal child illness skit. “The world is way beyond debating the science of climate change”, it said. Oh, yeah?

Fielding has been smeared as a religious nutter, even though the real religious nutters are the green zealots who are hell-bent on destroying farming and mining for the sake of, at best, a minuscule environmental benefit.

The puerile and often bigoted online publication New Matilda described Fielding thus: “As one of 15 children, he comes from a long line of people with no sense of human decency, and so his affiliation with the Pentecostal movement was a natural progression.”

Growing up as one of 16 (not 15) children, Fielding is immune to such bullying, and is also unlikely to buckle to any emotional pressure in his meeting at 4pm on Monday with Wong, who will be pushing for his support for her scheme.

Fielding potentially holds the key Senate vote along with fellow independent senator Nick Xenophon, who already has tipped the legislation is “dead in the water”.

Despite the fact that Fielding embodies the classic story of David versus Goliath, in the tradition of Mr Smith Goes To Washington, the media has done little but give him a hard time. Climate change has become a special topic, somehow elevated above the critical questioning of everyday journalism, as media organisations form alliances with green groups and move dangerously close to activism.

All power to Steve Fielding for arming himself with as many first-hand facts as possible. It shows he takes his job seriously.

Could Cap and Trade Cause Another Market Meltdown? June 12, 2009

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Could Cap and Trade Cause Another Market Meltdown?

Mother Jones, June 8, 2009
By Rachel Morris

The same Wall Street players that upended the economy are clamoring to open up a massive market to swap, chop, and bundle carbon derivatives. Sound familiar?

You’ve heard of credit default swaps and subprime mortgages. Are carbon default swaps and subprime offsets next? If the Waxman-Markey climate bill is signed into law, it will generate, almost as an afterthought, a new market for carbon derivatives. That market will be vast, complicated, and dauntingly difficult to monitor. And if Washington doesn’t get the rules right, it will be vulnerable to speculation and manipulation by the very same players who brought us the financial meltdown.

Cap and trade would create what Commodity Futures Trading commissioner Bart Chilton anticipates as a $2 trillion market, “the biggest of any [commodities] derivatives product in the next five years.” That derivatives market will be based on two main instruments. First, there are the carbon allowance permits that form the nuts and bolts of any cap-and-trade scheme. Under cap and trade, the government would issue permits that allow companies to emit a certain amount of greenhouse gases. Companies that emit too much can buy allowances from companies that produce less than their limit. Then there are carbon offsets, which allow companies to emit greenhouse gases in excess of a federally mandated cap if they invest in a project that cuts emissions somewhere else—usually in developing countries. Polluters can pay Brazilian villagers to not cut down trees, for instance, or Filipino farmers to trap methane in pig manure.

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On the smearing of Steve Fielding June 11, 2009

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On the smearing of Steve Fielding

By Andrew Bolt
Herald Sun, June 11, 2009

How the Sydney Morning Herald reports – fairly and with balance – Senator Steve Fielding’s desire to know why the world isn’t warming, even though our emissions are increasing:

THE Family First senator Steve Fielding has challenged the work of thousands of the world’s top scientists, saying he is not convinced by the work done by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change…. Senator Fielding’s newfound scepticism is a result of his trip to the US to listen to the Heartland Institute of Chicago, an organisation that is funded by the fossil-fuel industry. The organisation also believes public health campaigns against smoking are based on “junk science”.

All smear, no science. And note the casual insertion by reporter Stephanie Peatling of falsehoods – such as the claim that the IPCC reports are the work of “thousands” of like-minded scientists, and her implication that there aren’t also ”thousands” of scientists who’d actually support Fielding, too.

Note also the sneaky insinuation that Fielding’s opinion is based not on scientific facts, whose meaning must be debated, but on lies peddled by a bribe-taking organisation that denies even that smoking kills.

Peatling here is either repeating a smear she hasn’t even bothered to check out, or deliberately deceiving her readers with a particularly rotten red herring. The Heartland Institute is not denying at all that smoking kills, but is challenging claims that smokers, despite indeed dying much earlier, don’t already pay for the extra health costs they incur through existing high cigarette taxes. It’s also not convinced by some of the extreme claims about the health risks of second-hand smoke.

This, too, is a debate that should be settled by a discussion of evidence, not buckets of slime – and is, in any event, utterly irrelevant to Fielding’s point about the climate, which Peatling could have learned is well-based had she bothered only to consult any measure of the world’s temperature, such as this:

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It hardly needs pointing out that Peatling also misleads readers by implying that all the Heartland Institute’s funding comes from the “fossil-fuel industry” (and that the Institute is so corrupt that it will therefore say what is not true, as if it were Greenpeace). The fact is that prime villain ExxonMobil has not funded it for three years, and 95 per cent of the Institute’s funding comes from sources other than oil and coal interests. None of those interests funded the conference Fielding attended, using his own cash. But, once again, this is a red herring: what’s at issue is the science, not the funding, or else Peatling should never again believe a word said by Al Gore, who has become a multi-millionaire through peddling “green” investments, or by Tim Flannery, who charges as much as $50,000 a speech to beat the doomsday drum, or by Ove Hoegh-Gulberg, whose reef-is-doomed research has attracted millions of dollars of funding.

Conclusion: it seems to me that Peatling and her kind are more interesting in preaching than in reporting. And thus are their readers misled. But as long as Fielding’s question – why is the world not warming, when our gases are increasing? – is met by smears, not science, we must conclude that such warming alarmists actually have no answer to give.

Warmists to get another clobbering June 10, 2009

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Warmists to get another clobbering

By Andrew Bolt, HeraldSun
June 10, 2009

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Scepticism is on the rise, and coming to a book shop near you. First we had the huge success of Professor Ian Plimer’s Heaven and Earth, and now comes Professor Garth Paltridge’s The Climate Caper:

So you think the theory of disastrous climate change has been proved! You believe that scientists are united in their efforts to force the nations of the world to reduce their carbon emissions! You imagine perhaps that scientists are far too professional to overstate their case!

Maybe we should all think again. In his book The Climate Caper, with a light touch and nicely readable manner, Professor Paltridge shows that the case for action against climate change is not nearly so certain as is presented to politicians and the public. He leads us through the massive uncertainties which are inherently part of the ‘climate modelling process’; he examines the even greater uncertainties associated with economic forecasts of climatic doom; and he discusses in detail the conscious and sub-conscious forces operating to ensure that scepticism within the scientific community is kept from the public eye.

It seems that governments are indeed becoming captive to a scientific and technological elite – an elite which is achieving its ends by manipulating fear of climate change into the world’s greatest example of a religion for the politically correct.

The book’s cover illustration is perfect, and the author is perfectly credentialled:

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Emeritus Professor Garth Paltridge is an atmospheric physicist and was a Chief Research Scientist with the CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research before taking up positions in Tasmania as Director of the Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies and CEO of the Antarctic Cooperative Research Centre. He retired in 2002 and continues to live in Hobart. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University.

That makes Paltridge rather better qualified to opine than climate catastrophists such as Tim Flannery, Al Gore, David Suzuki and just about any other author of a global warming scare-book you could think of. The book is out in July, but you can order yours now at the second link above.

UPDATE

Meanwhile New Zealand has its own sceptics’ manual – Air Con, by Ian Wishart. Also doing well, I believe.

Met Office Summer Forecast Drowning Again? June 10, 2009

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Met Office Summer Forecast Drowning Again?

Watts Up With That, June 8, 2009
By Steven Goddard

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For the third straight summer, the UK Met Office has forecast hot weather using their state of the art computer models.  Summer 2007 and 2008 were complete washouts, ranking as two of the most miserable, rainy summers on record.

31 August 2007
Summer 2007 – a wet season
This summer looks set to have been the wettest since UK rainfall records began in 1914, Met Office figures revealed today This summer looks set to have been the wettest since UK rainfall records began in 1914, Met Office figures revealed today . .

Wet summer could end with a bang
29 August 2008
Forecasters at the Met Office are predicting that that final day of the summer could end with heavy rain and thunderstorms affecting some parts of the country this weekend … … Within the UK some local rainfall records have been broken, especially across parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland where flooding severely affected road and rail transport. Provisional rainfall figures show that Northern Ireland had its wettest August since 1914
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The current summer isn’t looking much better. Here is the forecast from UK Weather Online.

Do you want summer?
Issued: 0900hrs Friday 5th June 2009
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling & Captain Bob
If you’re requiring rain you’ll be in luck, if you’re wishing for summer, then perhaps don’t hold your breath!

It has now been 1,047 days since London made it to 30C.
I admire the persistence of The Met Office in getting their global warming message across to the public.  Perhaps their new £30 million computers will do better with their actual predictions?

How the ABC’s priests damn Fielding June 9, 2009

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How the ABC’s priests damn Fielding

Andrew Bolt
Herald Sun, June 09, 2009

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The ABC’s Jon Faine this morning gave Senator Steve Fielding a taste of the treatment he must expect from the ABC’s global warming faithful. None of Fielding’s questions on weaknesses in the man-warming warming theory were addressed – not one.

Instead, Faine asked whether we could take seriously a man who allegedly believed in “creation science” (which is not a question he puts to the many clerics who support warming theory).

He asked whether Fielding’s “religious approach” was interfering with his thinking.

He asked whether Field was “simply positioning” himself for more political clout.

He demanded to know why Fielding did not agree with Rupert Murdoch and give the planet “the benefit of the doubt”. (Mudoch, incidentally, is the one authority Faine cited.)

He insisted that “tens of thousands” of scientists backed man-made global warming theory, and that just a “handful” did not.

And the tone throughout was angry, hostile and even panicky. Faine then followed up with a much, much softer interview of a green alarmist from Environment Victoria prattling about “climate change”. First question:

Tell us about green jobs.

The alarmist was then invited to kick Fielding, which he did by sliming him, linking scepticism with denying that smoking kills. Again, the evidence was not addressed at all.

Yes, there were some hard questions of that alarmist, too. But they were of the “that’s not really green enough” kind.

Debate? We’re yet to be allowed a fair one.

UPDATE

Fran Kelly on ABC Radio National gives an equally soft interview to Chief Scientist Penny Sackett, not even asking her about Fielding’s main question – why the world hasn’t warned for at least seven years, even though CO2 emissions are rising. Nor is Sackett asked to respond to the criticism Dennis Jensen made in parliament of her critical misunderstanding of the response of temperature to carbon dioxide concentrations. She is not even picked up for her use of the loaded and misleading propaganda term: “carbon emissions.”

UPDATE 2

Jon Faine, in taking calls from listeners hoping to slime Fielding, let one caller accuse Professor Bob Carter, another sceptic, of having taking money to defend tobacco companies. So, suggested Faine, he’s just a “gun for hire”?

This libel – that Carter is so corrupt and unscientific that he would say something false for cash – is fiercely disputed by Carter, who adds that he has NEVER taken money from tobacco companies, and hasn’t accepted it from coal or petroleum ones, either. Faine’s caller claimed that this smear had been substantiated by Four Corners. I’ve checked the only two programs it’s made to specifically smear climate sceptics, and neither mentions Carter.

If the case for catastrophic man-made warming is so strong, why such vile smears of the sceptics? Surely a Faine need only point to, say, a chart measuring global temperature, as I’ve done. It’s the abuse and the refusal to argue in good faith that damns the believers most.

Gore’s profits of doom June 8, 2009

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Gore’s profits of doom

Show me the money!!!

Andrew Bolt
Herald Sun, June 08, 2009

So what selfless, non-partisan souls would have arranged for this noble man to come visit us on his gas-free plane:

NOBEL prize-winner and former US vice president Al Gore will be the keynote speaker at a climate policy event in Melbourne next month.

Mr Gore will address a breakfast being held by Safe Climate Australia where key stakeholders will be briefed on the development of a transition plan for Australia to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Safe Climate Australia is a non-profit, non-partisan organisation dedicated to planning the transition to a net-zero carbon economy.

Non-profit and non-partisan? Yet when I check who actually runs Safe Climate Australia (click on “About” and then “Foundation Group”) I find instead a very partisan group of urgers, most of whom indeed profit from warming alarmism.

I think we can now drop this pretence that warming alarmists are just simple, pure individuals who save the planet out of nothing but a sense of duty. For a start, may we ask how much green-tycoon Gore is being paid in cash or inducements, and how he squares his travel with his message to emit less?