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Lawrence Solomon: Australia becoming a Denier Nation April 25, 2009

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Lawrence Solomon: Australia becoming a Denier Nation

Financial Post, April 25, 2009

A break from faith in Australia! The continent down under, which until recently adhered to a strict form of global warming dogma, is experiencing an enlightenment.

“Beware the climate of conformity,” warns the headline for a column on global warming in the Sydney Morning Herald.
“What I am about to write questions much of what I have written in this space, in numerous columns, over the past five years,” starts the column by Paul Sheehan, one of Australia’s top authors. “Perhaps what I have written can withstand this questioning. Perhaps not. The greater question is, am I — and you — capable of questioning our own orthodoxies and intellectual habits?”
Sheehan closes by answering in the affirmative, with “a reminder to respect informed dissent and beware of ideology subverting evidence.”

“Wong is wrong on ETS,” runs an editorial in The Australian, criticizing Climate Change Minister Penny Wong for her proposal to introduce an Emissions Trading Scheme in the midst of a recession. Instead, the newspaper asks the government to listen to the Australian Coal Association and the Australian Industry Group and postpone any decision for at least a year, if not forever. Jobs and the economy should not be threatened, the paper declares, particularly when climate change is an unproven theory.

“Garnaut turns on Government’s greenhouse scheme,” reports the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, advising its audience that “The future of the Government’s greenhouse gas trading regime is under question again, this time from the man who helped to design it.
“Ross Garnaut — who headed the Government’s review of climate change policy — has told a Senate Committee that it might be better if the scheme in its current form is not passed into law.
“That adds to the growing uncertainty about emissions trading, which is due to be up and running by next year.”

Still more: “Climate change science isn’t settled,” announces an opinion piece in The Australian by Canadian geologist Jan Veizer of the University of Ottawa. Veizer mocks the notion that “the tiny — biologically controlled — carbon cycle drives the climate.”

And more: “Planet doomsayers need a cold shower,” writes Miranda Devine in the Sydney Morning Herald, in an extensive article that damns “the global warming scare campaign.” She cites at length a hugely influential new book by University of Adelaide geologist, Ian Pilmer, Heaven And Earth (subtitled “Global Warming: The Missing Science”). It is “a comprehensive scientific refutation of the beliefs underpinning the idea of human-caused climate change,” she explains, pointedly noting that Pilmer’s book was written “for those out there with an open mind wanting to know more about how the planet works. The mind is like a parachute. It only works when it is open.”

Pilmer’s book could not have landed at a more opportune time. With Australia’s resource-based economy rocked by recession, large swathes of the public are for the first time asking themselves if the job losses and economic dislocations that would come of reducing carbon dioxide emissions are really necessary. At the same time, the Australian Senate Select Committee on Climate Policy is hearing testimony on the wisdom of an Emissions Trading Scheme. Not only have the politicians running the proceedings decided to allow climate sceptics to express themselves, much of the press has decided to report their views fairly.

Into this global warming glasnost that Australia is experiencing steps Pilmer, with perspectives that would once have been derided and dismissed.

To those who claim it is economically prudent to curb greenhouse gases based on the information known to date, Pilmer responds that the business world would never “make trillion-dollar decisions without a comprehensive and expensive due diligence.” To those who claim that an overwhelming consensus of scientists associated with the United Nations climate change report have concluded that man is responsible for bringing us to global warming catastrophe, Pilmer points to the report’s chapter dealing with man’s role, which is “based on the opinions of just five independent scientists.”

Thanks to Pilmer, the press and politicians, Australia is likely to become the developed world’s third Denier Nation, after the Czech Republic, where only 11% of the public blame humans for global warming, and the United States, where only 34% blame humans.

Greens add fuel to the fires. Literally February 23, 2009

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Greens add fuel to the fires. Literally

By Andrew Bolt, HeraldSun, February 23, 2009

Greens didn’t just stop the fuel reduction that would have made the Black Saturday bushfires less intense.

Greens literally added fuel to the fires by planting “carbon offset’’ forests – which have now burned, adding the carbon dioxide emissions they were meant to remove:

Greenfleet will assess the impact of these fires on our forests over the coming weeks, with a view to replant if necessary or monitor recovery in areas where the impact was less severe.

Greenfleet plants the trees that allegedly offset the emissions from the Victorian Labor Government’s car fleet.

Now Treesmart’s Thornton forest may also be in danger, to judge from the CFA’s latest alert. And only a miracle has saved Climate Positive’s plantation:

The Balook planting was under imminent threat throughout Saturday 7 February. The fire started in Churchill, just 30kms to the north. Strong northerly winds pushed it right up to the site and 20kms beyond it until the winds shifted. Miraculously, the planting site was unaffected, as was the entirety of the Trust for Nature property.

But Climate Positive’s other big planting isn’t doing much for offsetting:

The Bush Family Reserve, located on the Perry River, while heavily affected by continuing severe drought, is safe from fire.

The AGW believers at Cities of Theory predicted this danger two years ago:

It can be expected that over the next ten to thirty years, many of the areas where trees for carbon sequestration will be planted will be in increasingly hotter and drier areas, subject to more intense and frequent bushfires. Are the resulting risks to the safety of rural communities acceptable?


ETS a big pain for little gain December 24, 2008

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ETS a big pain for little gain

Professor Bob Carter

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By Professor Bob Carter, December 19, 2008

THE Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change model of dangerous, human-caused climate change has failed. Independent science relevant to supposed human-caused global warming is clear, and can be summarised in four briefpoints.

First, global temperature warmed slightly in the late 20th century and has been cooling since 2002. Neither the warming nor the cooling were of unusual rate ormagnitude.

Second, humans have an effect on local climate but, despite the expenditure of more than $US50 billion ($70 billion) looking for it since 1990, no globally summed human effect has ever been measured. Therefore, any human signal must lie buried in the variability of the natural climate system.

Third, we live on a dynamic planet; change occurs in Earth’s geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and oceans all the time and all over the world. No substantive evidence exists that modern rates of global environmental change (ice volume; sea level) lie outside historic natural bounds.

Last, cutting carbon dioxide emissions, be it in Australia or worldwide, will likely result in no measurable change in future climate, because extra increments of atmospheric CO2 cause diminishing warming for each unit of increase; at most, a few tenths of a degree of extra warming would result from a completion of doubling of CO2 since pre-industrial times.

These facts notwithstanding, the Rudd Government is poised to introduce a CO2 taxation bill on doubly spurious grounds. It presumes, first, that dangerous warming caused by human emissions is occurring, or will shortly occur. And, second, that cuts to emissions will prevent significant amounts of future warming.

There is, therefore, now a dramatic disjunction between scientific reality and the stranglehold that global warming alarmism has on planned Australian climate policy.

Today’s public views about climate change are based upon 20 years of promulgation of dangerous global warming by what has become a hugely powerful coalition of self-interested groups and agencies.

Beneficiaries of warming alarmism include individual scientists, managers of research centres, morally pretentious environmental non-government organisations, prestigious science academies and societies, bureaucrats from government greenhouse and climate agencies, big businesses poised for carbon trading (think Enron and Lehman Brothers), alternative energy providers, those in the media who remorselessly promulgate environmental alarm stories, and, last but not least, those uninformed politicians who seek political advantage from cynical exploitation of the public’s fear of global warming.

The Australian Government does not possess a national climate policy; instead, it has an imaginary global warming policy, based on sub-prime science, sub-prime economics and sub-prime politics.

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Don’t for a minute think that Global Warming has stopped! December 15, 2008

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Don’t for a minute think that Global Warming has stopped!

By the blogowner, honestclimate, December 15, 2008

Glenn Cook from the Western Australian Bureau of Meteorology quoted as saying the below in response to Perth’s cold weather of late:

“Global warming is a slow long term trend and people’s senses can’t detect that necessarily,” senior meteorologist at the WA Bureau of Meteorology Glenn Cook said.

What the?! “A slow long term trend?” So no catastrophic global warming then? That’s not what Al Gore tells us!

“People’s senses can’t detect that necessarily..”
Is this guy for real? People’s “senses” have been frozen by the record cold!

“So people see these cool conditions and ask what are we talking about with global warming but global warming is still there.

“Global warming is a background trend that has been clearly identified and these cool events will continue and continue for many years to come, they will just become less frequent as time goes on,” he said.

Have you got that?

Global Warming will ensure that record cold events in Perth, like the ones in 2008, become less frequent?!

Global Warming is hiding somewhere in the background and expect the below events to become less frequent, ok?

-Perth is off to a cool wet summer
-Coldest November for Perth in 37 years
-Perth shivers through coldest September morning ever recorded
-One of Perth’s coldest July morning since 1998

Another Tax and More Politics: The ETS Proposed for Australia December 12, 2008

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Another Tax and More Politics: The ETS Proposed for Australia

By Jennifer Marohasy, December 11, 2008

I am the Chair of The Australian Environment Foundation and we are planning an Internet campaign to oppose the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) proposed for Australia on the basis:

1.  An ETS will not change the global temperature;

2.  Will force many clean and green Australian industries overseas; and

3.  Will make Australians poorer; while it is generally richer, not poorer nations that are better able to protect their natural environment.

We have a fundraising target of A$30,000 and already we have already raised just over $11,000 from donations.  So we need another A$19,000.

The campaign website will be designed to help build a large online community; providing a place for action as well as information.  Those who log on will be able to source information quickly as well as find their local MP so they can send him/her a message.

The website will be designed so that more than one campaign can be running at a time – and old campaigns can be archived.  The campaign opposing the ETS will be just the first.  The Australian Environment Foundation wants to be able to take a stand, and importantly help its members and supporters be heard, when decisions are being made against the weight of evidence.

So far donations have ranged from $25 to $2,000.   Please make a contribution.

If you can make a financial contribution, please go to our website and donate through the PayPal facility using your credit card. http://www.aefweb.info/ .

If you prefer to use Internet banking: Australian Environment Foundation, BSB No:  013 308 Account No: 4978 00416.

Alternatively, send a cheque to the Australian Environment Foundation, PO Box 274, Deakin West, ACT 2600.

There is nothing honest or clever about the proposed Emissions Trading Scheme.  It is just another tax and more politics.


Australia has never had Global Warming on Christmas day December 11, 2008

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Australia has never had Global Warming on Christmas day

By the blogowner, honestclimate, December 11, 2008

Hottest Christmas Days in Australian capital cities:

Sydney’s hottest Christmas Day on record was in 1868 when the city sweltered to 39 degrees celsius.

Adelaide’s hottest Christmas Day on record was way back in 1888 when the city hit 42 degrees celsius.

Melbourne’s hottest Christmas Day on record was in 1907 when the city sweltered to 41 degrees celsius.

Canberra’s hottest Christmas Day on record was in 1957 when the mercury reached 37 degrees celsius.

Perth’s hottest Christmas Day on record was in 1968 when the mercury hit 42 degrees celsius.

Brisbane’s hottest Christmas Day on record was in 1972 when the mercury hit 39 degrees celsius.

Source: Weatherzone News

Sydney’s hottest Christmas Day on record was in the year 1868 December 11, 2008

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Sydney’s hottest Christmas Day on record was in the year 1868

By the blogowner, honestclimate, December 11, 2008

May I interest you in a Prius, sir?

May I interest you in a Toyota Prius, sir?

In the spirit of Christmas, I thought I’d bring you this bit of Australian temperature history:  Sydney’s hottest Christmas Day on record was in 1868 when the city sweltered to 39 degrees celsius.

I do wonder what caused global warming back then?


Perth, Australia, has coldest November in 37 years November 28, 2008

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Perth, Australia, has coldest November in 37 years

From Global Freeze, November 28, 2008

Finally some warmth for Perth, Australia

Brett Dutschke, Friday November 28, 2008 – 16:53 EDT

Perth residents have had to cope with their coldest November in 37 years but it is slowly warming up, possibly reaching 30 degrees early next week, for the first time in more than a month.

When both daytime and overnight temperatures were combined, Perth’s average temperature came in at just over 18 degrees, colder than any November since 1971 and more than a degree colder than the long-term norm.

This is also the first November in 44 years in which the temperature has failed to reach 30 degrees. Daytime temperatures have only averaged a little over 23.5, the lowest in 17 years. Nighttime temperatures have averaged about 12.5, possibly the lowest in more than 50 years.

Over the next week winds will turn from cool southerly to northeasterly and drag some warm air to the southwest of Western Australia. However the warmer weather will not last, a cooler change will arrive on Wednesday before warming up again by the end of the week.

It may be a while before a heatwave arrives. There is little chance of it getting to the mid-30s during the first half of December.


Snow hits Australia one week away from Summer November 27, 2008

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Snow hits Australia one week away from Summer

Gale force winds and snow hit New South Wales central-west

From the Daily Telegraph, November 23, 2008

GALE force winds and snow in the NSW central-west are keeping State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers busy, just a week from the start of summer.

Since Friday, SES crews have responded to 18 requests for assistance in the Blayney, Bathurst, Lithgow and Orange areas.

Most of the damage has been caused by falling trees, but local roads are also being monitored after snow falls on Saturday night.

The road between Bathurst and Oberon is currently closed but all other roads are open.

SES Central West Region Controller, Craig Ronan, said the weather conditions are particularly unseasonable.

“It’s very unusual the week before summer to have such weather conditions,” Mr Ronan said.
“I believe it’s supposed to ease this afternoon.

“Let’s hope it does ease but obviously our volunteers are ready to help and they’re willing to help.”

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for NSW, with a deep low pressure system off the south coast expected to bring gale-force winds to most of the state before it moves east late on Sunday.

Winds are expected to average 65 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h.

Blizzard conditions are also anticipated in alpine areas of the Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes and the ACT.

“As winds continue, I’d say we’ll get a few more calls today,” Mr Ronan said.


$600 million Kyoto slug – thanks, Kevin November 17, 2008

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$600 million Kyoto slug – thanks, Kevin

From the Australian Conservative, November 17, 2008

Australian Conservative has been warning that, based on the New Zealand experience, Australia was being set up for a massive bill because PM Kevin Rudd signed the Kyoto Protocol.

Mark Henderson looked at the potential cost to Australia for signing something that won’t achieve anything.

Today comes this news from Bloomberg:

Twenty nations including Japan, Italy and Australia may be releasing more greenhouse-gas pollution than they agreed to under the Kyoto treaty to curb global warming.

Australia, which only ratified Kyoto in 2007, will need credits to cover 20.6 million tons a year, at an estimated annual cost of 325 million euros, based on the CER price. Japan, which New Carbon Finance predicts will need 587 million credits, says new energy-efficiency policies will help the nation meet its target.

That’s a price of more than $600 million.

Yet another example of the hard-earned government surplus built up by messers Howard and Costello being frittered away by the Australian Labor Party as they spend like drunken sailors.

Look where 13 years of ALP rule in New South Wales has left the once-premier state. The basket case of Australia.