Friday, 2 March 2012

Climate Commissioner or Flim-Flam Man?

Paleontologist Tim Flannery is Australia's Chief Climate Commissioner. His major Tome, the book that assisted him in being named Australian of the Year was the Weather Makers. It has been comprehensively destroyed by an analysis made by David Weston Allen in his book The Weather Makers Re-examined. As part-time Chief Climate Commisioner he is paid  $180,000.

In 2005, Flannery predicted Sydney's dams could be dry in as little as two years because global warming was drying up the rains, leaving the city "facing extreme difficulties with water".

Check Sydney's dam levels today: 98 per cent. As the Daily Telegraph reported:  
WARRAGAMBA Dam could spill over within days - for the first time in 14 years - as a massive rain band drenches NSW, sending drinking water worth millions of dollars down the dam wall and out to sea.
And what of the desalination plant?
Professor Stuart White from The University of Technology's Institute for Sustainable Futures, one the authors of the state government's Metropolitan Water Plan, yesterday said it was ridiculous Sydney households were paying an estimated $96 extra in water bills because of the desalination plant when "free water" was set to pour over Warragamba's walls.

He said the desalination plant "should be put in moth balls until the next severe drought".

It is costing Sydney a lot of money and its not needed right now.

"Every megalitre of water from the desal plant costs between $700 and $800. A megalitre from Warragamba would be between $100 and $200. Last week NSW dams increased their levels by between 50,000 and 60,000 megalitres - that's something like $50 million of water in a week."
Professor Flannery also predicted similar scenarios for  Adelaide (fail), Brisbane (Devastating floods) and Perth.

Due to predictions like his, governments around the country invested in hugely expensive desalination plants. (e.g. NSW link; Vic link.)

Surely it is time for the Government to say that we no longer need a Climate Commissioner.

If any honourable person had been as wrong as Tim Flannery, had cost governments as much in worthless investments as Tim Flannery, they would have apologised, resigned and paid back the salary received under a bundle of lies.

Is Corruption Noble if it is for a Noble Cause

Noble Cause Corruption: Global Warming?

Comment by Anthony Cox
In a recent article Stephan Lewandowsky has attempted to justify the fraudulent procurement of confidential material from the Heartland Institute by Peter Gleick.
Gleick is described as:
a hydroclimatologist by training, with a B.S. from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley from the Energy and Resources Group. His research and writing address the critical connections between water and human health, the hydrological impacts of climate change, sustainable water use, privatization and globalization, and international conflicts over water resources.

Dr. Gleick is an internationally recognized water expert and was named a MacArthur Fellow in October 2003 for his work. In 2001, Gleick was dubbed a “visionary on the environment” by the British Broadcasting Corporation. In 2006 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. 

That’s as good as it gets in respect of climate credentials. Gleick is at the top of the global warming [AGW] pile. Yet what Gleick did is lie, deceive, procure and publically disseminate private information; along with a fake document which he either produced or willingly used.
Lewandowsky, a psychologist and avid disciple of the AGW ‘church’, would have us believe that Gleick’s actions put him in the same class as strategy to defeat the Nazis or Ellsberg’s release of the Pentagon papers. This is a weird comparison. How can a strategy to put an enemy like the Nazi’s off-guard or the release of documents which contain important, relevant information for citizens in a democratic society be compared with fraudulently obtaining irrelevant information about a private entity in a democracy?
Lewandowsky claims that since Heartland is at the forefront of denialism [sic] and opposing measures to ‘save’ the planet from AGW that infringement of its rights is in order.
We should not be surprised about this line of ‘reasoning’ from Lewandowsky. The pro-AGW side has repeatedly indicated it is prepared to exaggerate, lie [see comment 246], break the law, oppose the democratic structure itself to ‘save the planet’ and be misanthropic. Lewandowsky and other pro-AGW advocates have indicated a willingness to censor and suppress ‘denier’ viewpoints; they have been prepared to hide their doubt about the ‘science’ supporting AGW in private while promoting the false idea that this ‘science’ is settled. The Climate-gate emails clearly show this.
So, we should not be surprised at any tactic used or capacity of the pro-AGW supporters.
But is their cause a noble one? Lewandowsky is in no doubt:
“Revealing to the public the active, vicious, and well-funded campaign of denial that seeks to delay action against climate change likely constitutes a classic public good.”
Some facts about this noble cause of “action against climate change”:
  1.  AGW ‘science’ and predictions unquestionably contributed to and acerbated the consequences of the 2 worse natural disasters in Australia in recent times. They were the 2010 QLD floods and the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
  2. The funds directed to ‘solving’ AGW in Australia runs into 10’s of $billions. Between now and 2015 the Gillard government will ‘give’ $13 billion to sustainable energy schemes. That is money down the drain since the primary recipients of this money, wind and solar, do not work in any meaningful way and never will. But it is worse than just $13 billion. All the ‘real’ energy producers will be obligated to source 20% of their power from renewables by 2020. The $13 billion will allow start-up schemes to be created on paper with the ‘potential’ power able to be on-sold to the hapless ‘real’ power producers. That will at least double the initial $13 billion and will be passed straight on to the consumer, assuming the ‘real’ power producers don’t close, who will pay for nothing in return.
  3. There is no doubt the $23 per tonne carbon tax will send many companies to the wall; there is no doubt it will bankrupt Australia and in all likelihood cause power shortages. People will suffer and possibly die to lack of heating or air-conditioning.
  4. There is not a scintilla of evidence to support AGW; if the effect of AGW does exist it is entirely dominated by natural processes and variation. All the predictions of AGW have either not eventuated or are false correlations and a product of natural variation.
So, we have a theory, AGW, with no evidence, which has already greatly harmed people and will economically decimate the nation being used by people like Lewandowsky as an excuse for illegal and otherwise unethical behaviour.
There is no noble cause. So this is not noble cause corruption. It is just corruption.