Last Minute Interference by Al Gore and the ABC into the Australian Election

by Viv Forbes, Executive Director, the Saltbush Club, Australia.

The Saltbush Club today called for an enquiry into a last minute intervention by an American politician, Al Gore, into the Australian Election.

The Executive Director of the Saltbush Club, Viv Forbes, said that in such a tight election race, the intervention of someone with the international stature of Al Gore, assisted by the climate activist Australian Broadcasting Commission, could easily change the result of the election.

The Gore intervention was not subtle – he labelled the LNP government climate policy as ‘not credible’ and taking the country ‘in the wrong direction’.

Becoming even more partisan, Gore praised the opposition Labor plan ‘as an extremely significant act of leadership on the part of Australia.’

This carefully timed intervention in a closely fought Australian election by a prominent foreign politician is a blatant attempt to promote a damaging climate agenda already rejected in the USA.

This surely justifies an enquiry into foreign electoral interference and ABC complicity.

https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/al-gore-weighs-in-on-australian-election-urges-australia-to-choose-the-right-path/news-story/c3c1e791154a695c74ced417a56ccd1e

The Mad Mad Maths of Australian Emissions Targets

By Viv Forbes.

Most politicians live in a green fantasy-land where facts and numbers don’t count.

They dream up fanciful figures for proposed cuts to industrial and agricultural emissions without any understanding of the remorseless growth of population.

The Australian government has set a target to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 27% from 2005 levels by 2030, just 11 years away. The ever-greener ALP opposition plans to cut emissions by a staggering 45% by 2030.
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Freezing in Green Heaven

Freezing in Green Heaven

It was a night to celebrate
the Green goals had been won.
The last coal mine was firmly shut
and all adored the sun.

Their panels covered all the flats
and turbines spiked the hills.
The young got stoned on ethanol
and oldies got the bills.

The cows were freed from bails and yards
and drilling was rejected.
The rich folk got electric cars
the poor got disconnected.

But then the weather got quite cold
the sun it hibernated.
The power failed, no coal was mined,
most folk refrigerated.

by Viv Forbes, Australia.

Further Reading: Green energy policies freeze out the poor:
http://newsweekly.com.au/article.php?id=58533

What Replaces Diesel?

by Viv Forbes, Australia.

Most farm tractors run on diesel. And every day hundreds of diesel trucks deliver food from farms and feedlots to processing plants and city cold rooms.

In the brave new world of zero emissions, how do we power these trucks and tractors?

They talk boldly of electric trucks. When an electric road train makes a round trip to collect cattle from a feedlot west of Dalby headed for Brisbane, where do they charge the batteries?

transport cartoon
The Faster She Goes, the More Power She Generates.

Further Reading:
More on Electric Vehicles:
https://www.technocracy.news/shock-electric-vehicles-emit-more-co2-than-diesel-cars/

https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/pickeringpost/10000000_2620908001312566_9040462958240691743_n.mp4

Possum on the Barbie?

by Viv Forbes, Australia.

Greens want to replace ancient grasslands and modern croplands with trees. They worship eucalypt weeds while chipping away at the growing space for priceless plants like Mitchell grass, saltbush, mulga, buffel grass, lucerne, wheat, barley, oats and macadamia.

To meet futile Kyoto and Paris climate targets, we are nibbling away grasslands, pastures, orchards and paddocks which feed cattle, sheep, people and kangaroos. In return we get green-sponsored carbon forests, scrub and woody weeds which harbour wild dogs, wild pigs, wild cats, possums, wait-a-while, rubber vine and lantana.

In this bilious-green world, when steak is a rationed treat, shall we chuck another possum on the barbie?

barbie cartoon

An Invitation From John Shanahan (All About Energy) – Call for Poems

Dear friends and colleagues for sound energy, radiation science, nuclear medicine and climate science policies.

I’ve been working for public education about sound energy and climate science for more than ten years. During that time two people sent me poems. Both poems are amazing, powerful and good for the public.

1) USA – High school student Mary Clair Birdsong about nuclear energy pioneer, Ted Rockwell.

2) Australia – Viv Forbes, Executive Director of the Saltbush Club – “Freezing in Green Heaven” – about wind, solar and coal energy

This is an invitation to you to write a short poem about the problems we face regarding sound energy, radiation science, nuclear medicine and climate science. You can see what Mary Claire Birdsong and Viv Forbes have done. What can you or one of your colleagues do? We will post these poems on the website  allaboutenergy.net.

We will have a special edition of our newsletter dedicated to poems. Continue reading “An Invitation From John Shanahan (All About Energy) – Call for Poems”

Forget Mad Max – What About Mad Drax?

Dr. John Happs

The 1979 Australian action movie Mad Max was set in asociety teetering on the brink of collapse. The screenwriter James McCausland, reflecting on the 1973 oil crisis, speculated about the prospect of Peak Oil and the violence that might accompany the end of oil:

The ferocity with which Australians would defend their right to fill a tank. Long queues formed at the stations with petrol-and anyone who tried to sneak ahead in the queue met raw violence. … George and I wrote the [Mad Max] script based on the thesis that people would do almost anything to keep vehicles moving …”

https://www.couriermail.com.au/business/scientists-warnings-unheeded/news-story/f4ca1ac96028f9c15d5d565efcff281e?sv=801cf324c28674e14cc330adb3266daandnk=fdb8dd65f8a4d5c184efd913f938acb1-1550985738

The notion of Peak Oil has been vigorously promoted by green groups and those vested interests wanting to promote biofuels and inefficient, unreliable wind and solar sources of energy. For instance, Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University of Technology and many others have frequently paraded the Peak Oil chimera.

https://islandpress.org/blog/peter-newmans-resilient-cities-sustainable-transport-city-0

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Politicians Lack Of Understanding About Electric Cars And Electricity Grids Is Shocking

Dr. John Happs

The latest announcements from political fairyland came from Bill Shorten with his vision that 50% of all new cars will be “electric” by 2030 and that each one would only take 10 minutes to recharge.

To borrow a phrase from The Castle, somebody should: “Tell him he’s dreaming.”

Better still, tell Bill to do a little homework on so-called electric cars and he will find that they are not electric cars at all.

Well-intentioned environmentalists and a number of politicians such as Bill fail to understand that batteries don’t continually create electricity. Rather they store electricity that has to be generated elsewhere by more often than not abundant, inexpensive, high energy-density, reliable hydrocarbon fuels.

Bill also believes that so-called electric cars don’t emit any carbon dioxide. The vehicles might not emit any when running on battery alone but since that electricity has come from a hydrocarbon-fuelled power plant, the elimination of car tail-pipe emissions is entirely countered by the equivalent carbon dioxide emissions at the power station.

powered by coal
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Back to the Medieval Green World

Greens dream of a zero-emissions world without coal, oil and natural gas. They need to think what they wish for.

First there would be no mass production of steel without coke from coking coal to remove oxygen from iron ore. People could cut trees in forests for charcoal to produce pig iron and crude steels, but forests would soon be exhausted. Coal saved the forests from this fate. Continue reading “Back to the Medieval Green World”

Flood Plains are for Floods

Flood plains are created by floods.

People should be free to build houses beside picturesque rivers but they must put up with the occasional flood.

flood-cartoon

Community groups will always help those stricken by floods but taxpayers and other insurers should not be forced to subsidise the insurance and flood damage costs for those who choose to live on flood plains.

Sensible people build on the hills and leave the flood plains for floods, farms, trees, market gardens and grass. Rational town planning would require sellers and developers to provide accurate flood maps to buyers and councils should paint flood levels on power poles.

Essential infrastructure should not be built on flood plains.

And rather than wasting billions on trying to change the global climate, governments should spend those billions on weather-proofing railways, bridges, roads and electricity supply.

By Viv Forbes