Saturday, 19 October 2013

Bandt is still a bastard.

by Anthony Cox

I have already written about Bandt’s vulture like opportunism in using the bush-fires to promote the ideology of man-made global warming [AGW]. Bandt, like a host of other ego driven AGW believers was prepared to use the natural event of Spring bushfires to promote the Green apocalypse of AGW while egregiously ignoring the fact that Green policies against back-burning actually made the damage from bushfires worse.

In effect Bandt was capitalising on the exacerbation of bushfire damage caused by his policies to claim that damage proved AGW.

Now Bandt has been given space in the rag, The Guardian, to further promote this vile hypocrisy.

AGW is a failed theory. The evidence against it could only be ignored by fanatical believers or opportunists. The evidence in support of it is ludicrous.

None of this matters to people like Bandt. His position is ideological and as I have argued misanthropic.

It is still necessary to repudiate the garbage coming from pro-AGW alarmists like Bandt however. The general issue which has stimulated the alarmists to fever pitch is a hot spring following a mild, dry winter and consequent bush-fires. Bandt obviously has no sense of history; here is a list of previous hot springs with bushfires:

This persistent and deliberate misrepresentation of history and fact by Bandt now places him firmly beside such cranks as Flannery with his grotesque gaia beliefs and dud predictions and Dr Karl and his 0.3C temperature increase.

How can a ‘theory’ like AGW with the calibre of these people advocating it still survive? It is one of the great mysteries of human nature. 

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The Rural Fire Service have 

Brief History of Bush Fires in NSW

Bushfires have a wide variety of causes. There are natural causes, such as lightning strikes; and accidental causes, such as sparks from farm machinery, incinerators, power lines, vehicle crashes, escapes from burning off and camp fires. 
Most bushfires occur during the Bushfire Danger Period, from October 1 to March 31 each year. As the dates below indicate, some bushfire seasons are worse than others. (bold added)
The list includes
1991/92: On October 16, two lives were lost at Kenthurst in the Shire of Baulkham Hills. Emergency declarations were made for the councils of Baulkham Hills, Gosford City, Wyong Shire and Lake Macquarie. Nearly 2,500 bushfirefighters battled more than 30 blazes around the State. 14 homes were destroyed.

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ABC News Watch also record a history of October Fires:

Gale and fire, red steer loose

Fires mentioned are

Rise in CO 2 content is a tremendous benefit to global crop production .

A new paper prepared by CO2 Science's Craig Idso examines
Advancements in technology and scientific expertise that accompanied the Industrial Revolution initiated a great transformation within the global enterprise of agriculture. 
More efficient machinery and improved plant cultivars, for example, paved the way toward higher crop yields and increased global food production. And with the ever-burgeoning population of the planet, the increase in food production was a welcomed societal benefit. But what remained largely unknown to society at that time, was the birth of an ancillary aid to agriculture that would confer great benefits upon future inhabitants of the globe in the decades and centuries to come. The source of that aid: atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2).   
The present study addresses this deficiency by providing a quantitative estimate of the direct monetary benefits conferred by atmospheric CO2 enrichment on both historic and future global crop production. The results indicate that the annual total monetary value of this benefit grew from about $20 billion in 1961 to over $160 billion by 2011, amounting to a total sum of $3.5 trillion over the 50-year period 1961-2011. Projecting the monetary value of this positive externality forward in time reveals it will likely bestow an additional $11.6 trillion on crop production between now and 2050.  

A great analysis worth reading here (pdf)