Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Fix the Budget by Cutting Climate Waste

14th May 2013

Fix the Budget by Cutting Climate Waste

Media Statement by Viv Forbes
Chairman, The Carbon Sense Coalition.

Any quotes taken directly from this statement may be attributed to Mr Forbes

The Carbon Sense Coalition today called on the federal government to reduce the burden of the Climate Industry on all taxpayers and consumers.

The Chairman of Carbon Sense, Mr Viv Forbes, said that the biggest national scandal today was how the whole government apparatus, including the nationalised research and media industries and parts of the opposition, was totally captive to a religious belief that a destructive war on carbon energy will somehow provide benefits to some future generation of Australians by cooling the climate and preventing extreme weather events.

“This is a delusion.”


It was the great Milton Friedman who said “There is only one tax on the people and that is government spending”.

Cutting expenditure, not re-arranging expenditure, must be the total focus of this budget.

And the first candidate for spending cuts must be the totally useless Climate Change Industry.

Every department, program, research grant, travel grant or salary with climate, warming, carbon, sustainability, renewable, sequestration, clean coal, ethanol or IPCC in its title or mission statement should be abolished forthwith together with its staffing. This list must include but not be restricted to:

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) and its dependants, saving about $3.2 billion.

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation, saving about $10 billion.

The Emerging Renewables Program, saving about $126 million.

The Clean Technology Innovation Program, saving about $200 million.

Subsidies to Coal-fired electricity generators, saving about $5.5 billion. (This has to be the ultimate madness - the government levies a crippling carbon tax on coal-fired electricity generation to force them to close and then pays huge subsidies to the same generators to delay their closure).

All Climate Change “Research” focussed on carbon dioxide, saving about $300 million.

“Contracts for Closure” - payments to ensure closure of some electricity generators (unbelievable - surely the carbon tax will do this).

The Coal Sector Jobs Package - payments to coal mines to offset the cost of the carbon tax- just abolish the tax.

Coal Sector Assistance Package - Subsidies to some Coal Mines (another stupidity - repaying some of the carbon tax they took in the first place).

Everything funded under the Clean Energy Future Plan.

All renewable energy subsidies.

The Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund.

The Ethanol Production Grants Program – a subsidy per litre of ethanol produced.

All climate change officials, lawyers, inspectors and auditors everywhere, maybe 13,000 of them saving, say, $2 billion per year.

The offices of the Climate Commissioner and the Clean Energy Regulator – whatever they cost is wasted money.

The whole Carbon Capture and Storage empire – The National Low Emissions Coal Initiative, the CCS Flagships Program, the National Carbon Dioxide Infrastructure Plan, and the Carbon Capture and Storage Institute.

Support for all the International Climate Forums and Conferences via APEC, CEM, G20, IEA, IEF, IPEEC, IRENA, IPCC and all the travel costs associated with attendance.

All handouts under the Green Precincts Fund - $15M spent to date.

All government advertising, market research, media monitoring, media advisers and logo designers promoting the carbon tax, the Department of Climate Change, smart meters or other climate and green energy initiatives.

Donations to Green Friends such as the Climate Institute, the Australian Conservation Council, Climate Works Australia, Green Cross Australia, and the ACTU - $3 million spent already.

To “balance” all of these reduced expenditures the government must also abolish the carbon tax and all fuel taxes not related directly to public road usage and applied to road construction and maintenance.

Note: The above list probably includes errors, double counting and omissions, but such is the confusion and proliferation of the alphabet soup of what poses as “Climate Policy” that it is doubtful if anyone could prepare an accurate and comprehensive list. The only feasible solution is to start cutting, biggest first. None of them will be missed, except with relief by taxpayers and consumers.

Viv Forbes,
Chairman, The Carbon Sense Coalition

Unsettled Science! We need more Grants.

If I had made as many mistakes as the Alarmists, I would shamefully withdraw from public life. Instead
Image: Jo Nova.
these people stick out their hands for more  graft...er sorry more grants. They said that there is a "consensus" and "the science is settled" and then stuck their hands out for more grants.

They said "we have to get rid of the medieval warm period" (link) and subsequently produced the fraudulent "hockey stick" graph and then stuck their hands out for more grants.

They said our children won't know what snow is but in Europe and North America record snows and a longer season eventuated. Then they stuck their hands out for more grants.

They said that Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past (link) and since then we have had record snowfalls across the globe (link)

They said that Killimanjaro would be snow free by 2035 but now Killimanjaro is regaining its snow cap. (link)

Australia picked mammalogist Tim Flannery, who built his reputation on a flawed tome (back up link), to be their part-time Climate Change Commissioner. Surely, after his lamentable history of failed predictions, predictions that have cost Australians millions, he would hand back his $180,000 PA salary, hand in his notice and hand back his Australian of the Year Award. (Failed Predictions link)

The Alarmists said that CO2 emissions were causing the warming yet "the consensus of science" is that warming precedes the rise in atmospheric CO2. (See Jo Nova - Ice Cores) In the current century CO2 has flat-lined whilst CO2 continues to climb.

Even with the weight of scientific data against the falsified "CO2 causes dangerous global warming" hypothesis, didn't the Alarmists gloat when the atmospheric CO2 passed the  400 ppm mark. 

Climate Tipping Point? Concentration of Carbon Dioxide Tops 400 ppm for First Time in Human History

However, even that was wrong!

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revised its May 9 reading at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii, saying it remained fractions of a point below the level of 400 ppm, at 399.89'   (Link Climate Depot)

Oh well, we'll need even more $$$s; even more research grant money because the science is settled.