Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Access to Energy.

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3 November 2015

Acknowledgement for Title: I must acknowledge my late friend Dr Petr Beckmann from Colorado, who for many year distributed a great energy newsletter called “Access to Energy”.
This newsletter is now owned and distributed by Art Robinson:

We Must Defend Our Access to Energy
 - it is threatened in Paris

Every living thing needs access to energy – food, light and warmth.

But the UN is plotting to limit our access to energy.

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A study of human history shows what a grave threat this poses to all of us.

Our distant ancestors were hunter-gatherers. They killed and ate wild animals, which provided much of their energy needs. Solar energy warmed their days, and gave life to the herbs, roots and fruits they gathered and to the grasses and shrubs that sustained their prey. Sunlight reflected from the moon allowed them to hunt and fish during moon-lit nights. The sun and moon dominated their world, so naturally many of them worshipped these heavenly bodies.

The invention of stone and wooden weapons and tools increased their access to energy – hunting and gathering was more efficient with tools.

The discovery of how to control fire multiplied man’s access to energy. Fire provided heat and light and could be used to clear vegetation, fight enemies and trap wild animals.

Hunter-gatherers need access to land, preferably free from competitors. This led to the development of territory with defined and defended property boundaries. Property rights are thus an essential ingredient to provide guaranteed access to food and energy.

Some hunters discovered they could harvest more food by maintaining their own tended plots of crops and vegetables and protecting domesticated goats, pigs, cattle and sheep from wild animals and poachers. Farms with fences allowed humans greatly increased access to the solar energy collected by plants and processed into human food by domesticated animals.

The long experiment with collective and tribal farming showed that individual farmers with secure property rights produce more food and are better at protecting the long term value of their land. Tribalism and open range grazing are key factors in the recurring famines in Africa.

Farmers soon realised that land with good soils, reliable water supplies and warm moist climate produces more food. A warrior class emerged to acquire and defend the tribe’s exclusive long-term access to these fertile fields.

Some tribes discovered they could trade their surplus food, tools or weapons for other goods in scarce supply. This free trade increased their access to food and energy.

Trade requires transport, and the use of oxen, horses, donkeys, mules and camels for transport was a great boost to trade. With a bridle and saddle, the horse allowed humans to hunt, patrol and defend a far larger territory.

The discovery of how to smelt metals from ores using charcoal provided another great leap in human access to energy. Metals made better ploughs, spears, swords, shields and digging forks.

But the giant leap for mankind was the progressive discovery of how to use that black shiny rock called “coal”; first in camp fires, then to smelt ores and, in a great energy leap, to power steam engines. Soon thousands of water pumps, factories, locomotives, traction engines, ships and electric generators were being driven by coal. Mankind gained access to an almost unlimited supply of energy via heat, light and motive power wherever it was needed.

The discovery of that other marvellous hydrocarbon, petroleum, gave humans access to a powerful source of portable energy. Tractors, trucks and buses replaced wagons, coaches, horses and bullocks, releasing more energy for humans.

This access to cheap reliable energy created widespread prosperity, families became smaller and people took more interest in conserving their heritage and environment.

Try to picture our world before we gained access to hydrocarbon energy – there was limited energy from wood, sun, wind and water but there were no trains, electricity, motor vehicles, appliances, hi-rise buildings, hi-tech hospitals or the millions of products produced by reliable electric-powered mining machinery, smelters, refineries, fabricators and factories. Famine and poverty were common occurrences and there was little concern for welfare, culture or the environment.

Cities which were choking in smog from open fires and boilers were also rescued by electricity – “the clean-coal-by-wire”. And in another bit of environmental serendipity, burning of these buried hydrocarbons is returning carbon dioxide to Earth’s carbon-deficient atmosphere to support more plant growth all over the globe.

We and the entire biosphere should celebrate having more CO2 in the atmosphere:

The harnessing of nuclear power then gave mankind the key to almost unlimited power for as long as people have enough sense to use it safely.

Earth’s growing human and animal population depend, more than ever, on maintaining this hard-won heritage of resources, rights, inventions and infrastructure. It is what ensures future access to reliable affordable food and energy.

Today the biggest threat to human well-being is the global war on carbon being run by climate-scare/sustainability zealots. They are trying to undermine and reverse centuries of discoveries and legal heritage.

But they know there is no practical possibility that we can reliably energise our world with the green energy of our ancestors, even if we smothered the surface with windmills and solar shades. Their secret dream is to destroy urbanised and industrialised humanity, ban private property and free trade, close the mines, factories, farms and fisheries, tear down the fences and dams and return the decimated human race to rationed, taxed and globally-controlled dormitories and urban play-grounds.

This is what these enemies of humanity really think:

"Giving society cheap, abundant energy would be the
equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun."
-Prof Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University

"Isn't the only hope for the planet that the
industrialized civilizations collapse?
Isn't it our responsibility to bring that about?"
-Maurice Strong,
founder of the UN Environment Programme

We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place
for capitalists and their projects. We must reclaim the roads and
ploughed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams,
free shackled rivers and return to wilderness
millions of acres of presently settled land."

"My three main goals would be to reduce human population to
about 100 million worldwide, destroy the industrial infrastructure
and see wilderness, with its full complement of species,
returning throughout the world."
-Dave Foreman,
co-founder of Earth First!

"My vision is for a country, a society, a world where we don't use any coal, oil, or natural gas because we have zero-emissions electricity in huge abundance,"
-Dr Alan Finkel
Australia’s new green government-appointed “Chief Scientist”.

And see here to learn what they think is “Unsustainable”:

These foes of freedom and their clandestine controllers are planning to forge the green chains of a global government for humanity in Paris next month.

They must not succeed.

We must defend our right to develop and use our own land, resources and property to produce abundant, reliable and affordable energy and food.

Tell our politicians: “Sign NOTHING that we can’t get out of, in Paris in December.”

More Background Reading:

More Quotes from the Enemies of Humanity:

Where have all the Eagles Gone?

Opinions vs Facts

Climate is always changing, but luckily we live in an era with a stable, benign, warm climate and a healthy, abundant bio-sphere.

Alarmists who claim that today’s climate changes are unprecedented have not checked the climate history written in the rocks, the ice cores, the satellite registers and the tide gauges.

Ice core records show that current temperatures and sea levels are not extreme - they are more stable than they were as the last ice age ended just 12,000 years ago. At that time, global temperature increased quickly, the great ice sheets melted, sea levels rose rapidly (130 metres), and the warming seas expelled much of their dissolved carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. As a result of this natural global warming and the additional moisture and carbon dioxide plant food in the atmosphere, plant life recovered and the great forests and grasslands were re-established.

Not one coal-fired power station, diesel truck or feedlot of belching bovines contributed to those massive climate changes; and ancient witch-doctors were unable to prevent flooding of coastal settlements by sacrificing humans to the Climate God. Then, as now, nature controls the climate.

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More recent evidence from ice cores, sediment layers and even historical records show that for the last 7,000 years Earth’s climate has been relatively stable. Even more recently, satellite records show that global temperatures have not risen significantly for 18 years.

The tide gauges surrounding the Pacific show that sea levels are barely rising and satellites show that there is little change in the average area of polar ice.

Our climate is NOT changing rapidly, no matter how often alarmists and their media mates repeat this lie.

Today, witch-doctors wearing UN/IPCC head-dress are again demanding that humans sacrifice their industry and jobs on the carbon altar in the hope of changing the climate. This sacrifice will enrich green vested interests but will fail to change the climate.

Alarmists should check the facts. Just one stubborn fact or careful observation will beat 97 pal-reviewed opinions.

Alarmists should heed Senator Moynihan’s advice: 
“You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.”

Finally, Remember the Last Word:

All the warmists in the world are preparing to gather in Paris. Imitating Rudd, Turnbull is even planning to attend this gala green gabfest, supported by Bishop, and maybe Hunt. The cheer leader will be the clueless Obama, the cynical urgers will be Russia and China, and the only ones with open good sense will probably be Poland and India. Of course all the climate beggars of Africa and the Pacific will be there hoping that more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will produce more manna from the UN gods.

Make sure that all politicians get this message, often, strongly, and from everyone:

         “Sign No binding Agreement in Paris 
and put a ‘Get Out’ clause on anything proposed”.


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3 Nov 2015

Disclosure: Viv Forbes has science qualifications and has long studied climate, weather and carbon. He has spent many years working in the mining, exploration, coal, oil, gas, cattle and sheep industries of Australia as well as in government service. He is a non-executive director and minor shareholder of a small Australian coal exploration company (which was founded after the Carbon Sense Coalition was founded), but he and his wife spend most of their time and energy raising meat sheep and beef cattle on natural grasslands. He was the founder of the Carbon Sense Coalition, which receives no encouragement or direction from Big Government, Big Coal, Big Oil, Big Green or Big Unions.