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The way ahead by Professor Bob Carter October 22, 2009

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The way ahead

Professor Bob Carter

Professor Bob Carter

by Professor Bob Carter
Quadrant Online, October 19, 2009

Forward Towards a Proper Climate Policy

Norm Kalmanovitch is a geophysicist with over 35 years of experience, and recently retired from Penn West, a Canadian oil and natural gas energy trust based in Calgary, Alberta. Norm is a member of Friends of Science, a Canadian group that plays the important role of conveying to the public the facts (as opposed to the legends) of global warming and climate change.

Australians will appreciate the fact, too, that Norm is visiting us shortly to compete in the cycling in the Word Masters Games that we are hosting, for by his visit he will contribute to the pre-ETS robust health of our economy. Of course, if the Senate passes the carbon dioxide taxation bill on its second submission next month, then the next time that Norm visits Australia he is going to find a far less wealthy and happy country.

Writing in Benny Peiser’s CCNet newsletter last week, Norm raised the important issue of the complicit liaison that exists between the politicians and the media over the issue of global warming and carbon dioxide taxation, which involves a grim determination to continue to treat the public as mushrooms. Norm writes that:

The Calgary Chamber of Commerce …. [recently] hosted a presentation by Lord Christopher Monckton titled “Apocalypse Cancelled; The Overheated Hype behind Global Warming”.

There were four members of the Alberta Provincial Legislature recognized by the host prior to the presentation. During his presentation, Monckton asked by a show of hands for those who did not support the concept of human caused global warming, and there was a unanimous response; when he asked for the supporters not a single hand went up.

The Alberta Government is spending $2 billion in taxpayers’ money for CCS (carbon capture and sequestration). The rational given by the government for this ridiculous wastage is the IPCC, which they use as their sole basis for scientific support to the exclusion of all with contrary evidence. This means that members of the Alberta Legislature believe in human caused global warming, yet none of the four members in attendance raised their hands to show support for the government position.

This presentation puts the Members of the Legislature in the awkward position of being exposed to the hard physical facts that contradict their own government position. The simple question is what will they do when they get back to the Legislature? The government is already so committed to this endeavour with projects that are already underway, that it is a physical impossibility for the government to stop the process through political means without losing power.

Australian politicians are, of course, in exactly the same position, witness the current imbroglio in which the Liberals are embroiled over the forthcoming reconsideration of the carbon dioxide taxation bill in the Senate. As Norm Kalmanovitch continues:

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An ETS is like a GST – with no limit October 21, 2009

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An ETS is like a GST – with no limit

Sen Cory Bernardi

Sen Cory Bernardi

By Cory Bernardi
AC, October 20, 2009

Australia faces one of the most important policy debates in recent memory.

Unfortunately the scrutiny and implications for our nation of Labor’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) have been lost amid Coalition leadership ructions and a lack of critical inquiry by many involved in the political process.

The CPRS is a misnamed Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) that sets a limit on the level of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted in Australia and allows the purchase and sale of the right to make these emissions. Basically, companies and industry will be forced to pay for the carbon dioxide emissions they produce.

At first blush, it sounds reasonable and even logical as a means of reducing the newly defined ‘dangerous gas’ that is necessary for life on this planet.

Labor’s CPRS is a pig of a policy and while the Coalition moving amendments will undoubtedly improve it, no amount of lipstick will disguise the fact that it is still a pig.

However, it is not just Labor’s CPRS that is flawed. The very notion of any form of ETS as a means of addressing the political demands for decreasing CO2 emissions needs to be reviewed.

An ETS is a new form of tax that introduces a cumbersome bureaucracy and a corruptible quasi-market mechanism. It transfers massive amounts of wealth from the productive area of the economy to an already bloated and inefficient government.

This new tax will increase the costs for every small business as the flow on effects are passed through the economy.

These increased business costs will then be passed on to every consumer in Australia through higher prices for power, food and transport. In fact, the price of everything you purchase, use or consume will be affected by the introduction of an ETS.

Simply put, an ETS is like a Goods and Services Tax without any upper limit on the amount that can be levied. Once that is understood, it becomes clear why the Rudd Government prefers their new tax be known by the misleading title of a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

An ETS will be a burden on all Australians but a boon to the very financial market traders that Kevin Rudd has recently blamed for destroying the world economy. They will be able to manipulate a relatively small market, forcing prices ever higher as they seek to profit from your increased tax burden.

Even George Soros, the billionaire leftist and global financier of environmental causes, thinks an ETS is a bad policy response to climate change.

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None Dare Call It Fraud October 20, 2009

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None Dare Call It Fraud

by Paul Driessen
GlobalWarming.org, October 19, 2009

What if we applied corporate standards to the “science” that is driving global warming policy?

Imagine the reaction if investment companies provided only rosy stock and economic data to prospective investors; manufacturers withheld chemical spill statistics from government regulators; or medical device and pharmaceutical companies doctored data on patients injured by their products.

Media frenzies, congressional hearings, regulatory investigations, fines and jail sentences would come faster than you can say Henry Waxman. If those same standards were applied to global warming alarmists, many of them would be fined, dismissed and imprisoned, sanity might prevail, and the House-Senate cap-and-tax freight train would come to a screeching halt.

Fortunately for alarmists, corporate standards do not apply – even though sloppiness, ineptitude, cherry-picking, exaggeration, deception, falsification, concealed or lost data, flawed studies and virtual fraud have become systemic and epidemic. Instead of being investigated and incarcerated, the perpetrators are revered and rewarded, receiving billions in research grants, mandates, subsidies and other profit-making opportunities.

On this bogus foundation Congress, EPA and the White House propose to legislate and regulate our nation’s energy and economic future. Understanding the scams is essential. Here are just a few of them.

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Get ready for the deluge October 19, 2009

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Get ready for the deluge

By Henry Lamb
CFP, October 18, 2009

Copenhagen is about to become the successor to Kyoto as the synonym for the U.N.’s plan to control climate change. The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change will meet in Copenhagen December 7-18. Until this meeting ends, expect to hear a growing number of climate-related horror stories, presented by a wide array of so-called environmentalists, at a rising decibel level that’s sure to drive the sane quite mad.

The UNFCCC was a voluntary treaty through which the United States agreed to voluntarily reduce carbon emissions in 1992. At the very first meeting of the COP in 1995, the delegates decided to add a “Protocol” to the treaty that would make specific emissions reduction targets set by the U.N. body legally binding on 34 developed nations. The U.S. Senate adopted a resolution instructing the Clinton administration to not participate in the Protocol unless it included all nations, or if it would have a negative impact on the U.S. economy.

At the third meeting of the COP in 1997 in Kyoto, Japan, the U.S. delegation followed the Senate’s instruction and refused to agree to the terms set for the United States by the U.N. body, because the developing nations refused to accept any reduction in their carbon emissions. The impasse lasted well into the second week of the meeting.

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At least 80 people have been arrested and police and campaigners injured during protests at a Nottinghamshire power station October 18, 2009

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Arrests in power station protest

Via the BBC, 17 October 2009

At least 80 people have been arrested and police and campaigners injured during protests at a Nottinghamshire power station.

A police officer and another man were taken to hospital after clashes at Ratcliffe-on-Soar. The officer, who had head injuries, was later released.

Protesters had pledged to break through the fence and halt power production.

About 1,000 protesters have been at the site and have threatened to continue their action over the weekend.

Ten people were arrested early on Saturday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass.

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A policeman was injured in this protest, how long before someone gets killed at these sorts of protests?

Also, I wonder if Dr James Hansen will make a carbon emitting trip to the UK to defend these vandals?

Russian Climate Change? October 17, 2009

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Moscow’s mayor vows to battle blizzards in the frigid Russian capital this winter

Via Fox5
October 16, 2009

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow’s mercurial mayor, famous for seeding clouds to prevent rain during parades, is escalating his war on weather with plans to slash this year’s snowfall by one-fifth in the Russian capital.

Mayor Yuri Luzhkov’s office will marshal the Russian air force and air defense systems to intercept advancing storm fronts and hit them with dry ice and silver iodine particles, city officials reportedly said this week.

The idea is to reduce the amount of snow that clogs Moscow’s frigid streets and costs the city millions to manage.

Instead, the snow would be dumped on poor villages and satellite towns far from Moscow city limits — which Luzhkov reportedly suggested would help crops in surrounding regions.

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It’s never been about global warming October 16, 2009

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It’s never been about global warming

By Klaus Rohrich
Canada Free Press, October 15, 2009


Anyone who believes that the Kyoto Accord and all the subsequent meetings spearheaded by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is actually about global warming or climate change, would be well advised to submit a wish list to Santa Claus in care of the North Pole.  Chances of having jolly St. Nick deliver what’s on that list are better than the chances of stopping global warming.  That’s because global warming has already stopped with no help from Al Gore and his friends.

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Not Evil Just Wrong reviewed by Professor Bob Carter October 14, 2009

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Not Evil Just Wrong reviewed

by Bob Carter
Quadrant Online
October 12, 2009

“Watch this film, and use the knowledge that you will gain to lobby your Senator to vote against the Australian emissions trading bill.”

Bob Carter

This documentary film is an examination of the human effects of environmental alarmism, with especial reference to the still hypothetical “problem” of human-caused global warming. The film is not so much about the science of climate change as it is about explaining the sociology and politics of what is now perhaps the world’s greatest-ever scare campaign.

Not Evil, Just Wrong examines the issue by interweaving three story lines throughout: first, that of an Ugandan woman who loses her son to malaria; second, the story of workers in a small American town whose employment and wealth is largely generated from the location there of a coal-fired power station, with mines nearby, both of which potentially face closure; and third, the story of the post-Vice Presidential career of Mr Al Gore, and his failure to answer the heartfelt concerns of a young US woman regarding the damage that his policies, if implemented, will wreak on ordinary Americans.

One of the greatest strengths of the film is the archival film footage that the producers have unearthed of some of the key players in the drama. For instance, it is fascinating to see Paul Erlich in grainy black and white asserting back in the 1970s that the world had “no chance of reaching the year 2000”. And Mr Gore lambasting his audience with such gems as “We live in an age of fear” because “global warming caused by burning fossil fuels is going to destroy us and our planet”.

Sensibly, at this point the narrator injects a note of reality with the remark “But is this threat real, and how costly to humanity are the proposed solutions?” The rest of the film addresses these questions.

New interview footage also plays an important part in the film. Besides being interested in hearing what they had to say, the voyeur in me was fascinated to see the background work or home setting of such legendary figures as NASA’s James Hansen (an orderly but paper-stuffed-full office), former U.K. Chancellor Sir Nigel Lawson (immaculate home study surroundings), and doyen of US atmospheric physicists Richard Lindzen (filmed amidst a chaos of books and papers like a squirrel amongst leaf litter).

In what has proved to be a sensational publicity coup for the film, footage of Stanford University’s Stephen Schneider, filmed with his agreement, was withdrawn after legal threats from the University. So, though we see archival footage of Professor Schneider, for his present views – and an explanation as to why why he shifted from being an “ice-age-cometh” alarmist in the 1970s to an “earth-will-be-burned-to-a-cinder” alarmist in the 1990s and beyond – we have to listen to an actor read his words against a blackened screen. Even those most trusting of academic authority must at this point surely be inclined to ask “just what has Professor Schneider got to hide?

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Aussies cooling on global warming October 12, 2009

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Aussies cooling on global warming

The Daily Telegraph
October 13, 2009

AUSTRALIANS are becoming less concerned about the threat of global warming, pushing environmental issues down the list of threats.

Climate change is no longer rated the top foreign policy issue for the Federal Government, a Lowy Institute poll will reveal today.

It was top of the list in 2007 but now is ranked seventh out of 10 policy priorities. Out of 12 possible threats, Australians rated global warming the fourth most critical, the survey found.

However a significant majority of Australians, 76 per cent, still saw climate change as a problem.

The poll follows comments from Professor Ross Garnaut, author of the federal Government’s climate change review, who claims the rancorous debate on an emissions trading scheme (ETS) is one of Australia’s worst cases of policy making on a major issue.

“I think this whole process of policy making over the ETS has been one of the worst examples of policy making we have seen on major issues in Australia,” he told ABC television.

“It is a very difficult issue so I suppose it was never going to be easy. But the way it has broken down is extraordinary.”

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Daring to Question Al Gore October 11, 2009

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Daring to Question Al Gore

See also www.noteviljustwrong.com