Wed, May 1st 2013.Some recent thoughts from Alan
Venue; Gordon Institute.
Lt Malop Street, Geelong.
Room: Auditorium, G Block, 3rd Floor.
All noise and wind, signifying not a lotAustralian Financial Review 17/4/13 (Link)
Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has lauded the opening of a $1 billion wind turbine farm near Macarthur in Victoria’s south-west.My question to the Premier is: why are you wasting taxpayers’ money on wind farms? No doubt he wants to be trendy and placate the carping hordes of environmentalists ensconced in Spring Street.Dr Napthine, these are the facts. Wind turbines will generate on average 30 per cent of their rated capacity over any given year.In England, research on wind farms has found that for a 26-month period between November 2008 and December 2010, there were 124 separate occasions when total generation from wind farms metered by the English national grid was less than 20MW.This is staggering when one considers the average capacity over the above period was in excess of 1600MW.For the same money, Hazelwood could have been made almost pollution free with modern technology. The urban myth that carbon emissions pose a threat to the environment needs to be tested.A royal commission into climate change must be quickly established to test the veracity that CO2 is a pollutant. Squandering billions on so-called renewable energy projects will not achieve any long-term benefit for this state.Needy need Priority
Newcastle Herald 30/12/12 (Link)
AS 2013 looms, a person cannot but wonder about the priorities of affluent humanity.
It is disturbing that the world, in 2011, spent $1.63 trillion on the military. This was an increase of 50 per cent on the spending in 2001.There are 905 million undernourished people in the world today. The amount of money needed to feed them is $14 billion. Yet in America alone the amount spent on weight-loss programs is $74 billion. Just $2.1 billion is spent on food aid.As is usual, when it comes to a debate the Alarmists go missing.
Now nations are spending billions trying to second-guess nature on climate change. The world spent $302 billion on fossil fuels to produce 97 per cent of the world’s energy needs. However, it spent a staggering $257 billion on ‘‘green energy’’ which supplied a paltry 3 per cent of energy supplied.
It’s not a question of money. It comes down to priorities. In 2013 humanity should concentrate its attention on the real problems facing real people right now and shift the focus from self-interest to the needy of the world.
Alan Barron reported:
Sorry to report that Dr Black has decided not to proceed with the debate tomorrow night (Wed).