Tuesday, 28 May 2013

City’s sea-level plans don’t hold water

Bob Carter has written a piece for the Newcastle Herald. (link)
AROUND Australia, the Lake Macquarie City Council is among the most recalcitrant when it comes to paying attention to the science that underpins the global warming and rising sea-level issue. 
NCTCS blog has previous written of this:

Will the real McCloy please stand up...

Jo Nova blog
The science is out on whether Sea Levels are rising. As this blog has written before, data show that Sea Levels are falling - LINK. Coastal councils have been scared by the hyperbole from the AGW alarmists and have made some irrational decisions.

Bob writes:
The council appears to have learned nothing from the defeat of its former plans (based on utterly unrealistic science) to tamper in the property rights of more than 10,000 coastal properties by imposing section 149 certificates on them. 
Nor has the attitude of councillors been chastened by the O’Farrell state government’s dumping of the former Labor government’s unrealistic coastal planning guidelines.
Instead, the council is now marshalling its powers again to force a Local Area (sea-level) Adaptation Plan on the communities of Marks Point and Belmont South.  
Whilst adopting the trendy label of adaptation (which is most certainly the needed, cost-effective way of managing all Australia’s climate hazards), a reading of the allegedly new plan confirms that it  simply represents  a rebadged version of Lake Macquarie City Council’s previous interfering planning.  
Do councillors really think that the public is so stupid that they cannot see through such an obvious ploy? 

Bob discusses what is actually happening and then applies the killer-blow:
The highest quality, long-record tide gauge on the central NSW coast – that at Port Denison, Sydney Harbour – records an average rate of sea-level rise of between 0.5millimetres and 0.9millimetres a year  over the 20th century (as calculated, respectively, by Boretti and  the National Tidal Centre). Even the larger of these two figures is low, being just half of the acknowledged global rate of rise of 1.8millimetres a year.

Treasurer dodges "the greatest moral and economic challenge of our generation".

Peter Costello loves hitting out at the treasurer who followed him.

Peter Costello, writing in the News Ltd Papers: (Link)
IN the Sherlock Holmes mystery Silver Blaze there is the curious incident of a dog that didn't bark in the night. Sherlock Holmes realises this is the key to the crime and solves the mystery. The guard dog didn't bark because it knew the intruder. 
Sometimes in politics we focus too much on what people say and not enough on what they don't say. In this month's Budget speech there was the curious case of the dog that didn't bark. Wayne Swan had no section on climate change.
Peter talks of past Swan budgets and how they were peppered with climate change payouts. The acid tongue of Costello cuts in again.
The object of the carbon tax is to make high energy users pay more for electricity from coal-fired power stations. Eventually, as the cost rises, they will stop using it. This policy could be on the verge of working. 
The Ford motor car company will be closing in Geelong in 2016 and Alcoa's aluminium smelter (also in Geelong) is reviewing its operations. 
The closure of Ford and Alcoa would make a large reduction in our carbon emissions. The Greens should be happy about that. 
I have looked carefully and been unable to find any statement where they welcome it. They should. It is evidence that their policies are working. 
Perhaps they think it is better to go quiet when people are losing their jobs. But when the future of the planet is at stake what are a few dirty-carbon-pollution-creating jobs to stand in the way?
Peter signs off:
Climate change was the dog that didn't bark in the Budget. If that dog had barked it would have raised uncomfortable questions that our government just doesn't want to answer. 
Perhaps Rob Oakeshott  was the barking dog - see Oakeshott's Question Time Question HERE.

Abbott confirms his action on the Climate Change Hoax

Rob Oakeshott
It was probably a trick by the Labor strategists to harm the opposition but it back-fired on all the major parties.
Independent MP Rob Oakeshott kicked off the issue in the House of Representatives when he asked Julia Gillard and Mr Abbott to confirm “their personal acknowledgement, acceptance and confidence in the facts and evidence of man-made climate change”. (link)
The Prime Minister quickly confirmed that she was still taken in by the climate hoax, by the falsified man-made climate change hypothesis. Then, after Speaker Burke ruled Mr Abbott could not answer the question, Albo successfully raised a motion to allow the Opposition Leader to speak. 

Mr Abbott then answered:
“We accept the science that says that something is happening to our planet. We accept that, we always have, we always will. 
“The question ... is not whether or not our climate is impacted by human activity ... the question is how is it best dealt with.”
Then Mr Abbott confirmed his his party's belief in the climate hoax by addressing their policies that deal with the climate hoax.
“The Coalition believes that it should be dealt with by direct action measures, more trees, better soils, smarter technology. 
“That will actually reduce our emissions ... the government's carbon tax will not.”
Mr Abbott, we don't need to reduce emissions of the vital-to-life carbon dioxide.

So Parliament today confirmed that the policies of both major parties still need  buckets of money to be poured into climate change hoax hole. An alternative is to vote for the NO CARBON TAX Climate Sceptics Senate Candidates in the September 14th election.

Evasive Tim Flannery dodges Senate Estimates.

Tim Flannery is Australia's (or should that be Panasonics') $180,000 pa part-time Climate
Commissioner. Tim has decided to dodge the Senate Estimates Hearing again. Tim has a record of dodging ticklish situations.

Wes Allen wrote The Weather Makers Re-examined, (link) a critical analysis of Flannery's book,
Wes showed that The Weather Makers contains
  • 23 misinterpretations, 
  • 28 contradictory statements,
  • 31 untraceable or suspect sources, 
  • 45 failures to reflect uncertainty, 
  • 66 over-simplifications or factual errors, 
  • 78 exaggerations and over a hundred unsupported dogmatic statements, many of them quite outlandish. 
Even though Wes sent a copy of the book to Tim, there were no responses from Tim; no attempt to counter Wes' arguments.

Let's not forget some of Tim's predictions:  (From Andrew Bolt - Link and link)
  • So even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems, and that’s a real worry for the people in the bush.
  • In Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane, water supplies are so low they need desalinated water urgently, possibly in as little as 18 months. 
  • If we cut emissions today, global temperatures are not likely to drop for about a thousand years.

 Now we find the Tim has decided once again to dodge the Senate Estimates Hearing.  From "Our"ABC: (link)

Senators frustrated as 'personal commitments' keep Tim Flannery from Senate Estimates hearing

Senators have expressed frustration that Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery has not made himself available for a Senate Estimate hearing today. 
Representatives of the Climate Change department and other bodies regulating environmental policy have been called to appearLiberal Senator Ian Macdonald says it is a familiar response that has been used by Professor Flannery to avoid previous hearings as well.
"At least you could have a different excuse every estimates, for the six estimates I think that he's been in charge we've had the same one," he said. 
"He's always had long-standing personal commitments."
Pity he hasn't got the commitment to stand up questioning from Senator Macdonald:
"Can you take on notice then; what Professor Flannery has been paid in the past financial year, what he's actually done, how many of his predictions have turned out to be accurate [and] how many have been wildly over the top," he said.
Come on, Tim! Man up! 

Tim Flannery's bizarre, unscientific & globalist rant