A review and commentary on topical matters concerning the science, economics, and governance associated with climate change developments.
1 April 2019
Peter Riddremainsnewswith hislegal actionagainst his university which disgracefully sacked him for contesting the global warming fantasies of some of his colleagues who, in pursuit of government grants,concocted “evidence”of deteriorating health in the Great Barrier Reef. Jennifer Marohasysays that during the case, “Not once … was there any defense by the James Cook University Team of “the science” that Peter Ridd has been so critical of. The university is simply arguing that he doesn’t have a right to speak-out”.
The Trump administration’s consideration of an independent panel under prominent scientist Will Happer has met expected opposition fromMichael Mann, who cooked up the now discredited “hockey stick”, whereby data was manipulated to give the appearance that global temperatures have seen a recent unprecedented increase due to CO2 emissions.
Pierre Gosselinreports that, while Tokyo has warmed in the past 90 years this has not been true of Hachijojima, an island unaffected by local heat island effects.
The permanentCaliforniandrought that human induced climate change was said by former Governor Brown to bring, like that once projected for Australia by “Climate Commissioner” ProfessorTim Flannery, has miraculously ended.
A new book bySusan Crockfordexamines polar bears, and finding their population far from endangered has, in defiance of climate alarmist notions, risen from around 10,000 to over 40,000 since the 1960s. The author attributes endangerment fears to green beat-ups and scientific fraud.
Thechildren’s crusadeof school strikes hit 100 countries. Typical of the brainwashed advice was that of William aged 11 “It’s very worrying because we need this planet to survive, because we don’t have another planet. I’m very worried the planet will change. If it changes, it will become uninhabitable and everyone will die.”
TheNew York Timeswas not alone among the left wing media in saying adults should listen. And Minnesota Rep.Ilhan Omarwas not the only politician tweeting, “We need to listen to the wisdom of our kids!”
Sinn Feinreject climate tax: only in Ireland could a terrorist organisation have a sensible policy on climate change, but thegovernmentis still seeking to introduce a fourfold increase to €80 per tonne (five times the 2013 revoked Australian carbon tax).
Ireland’s fruitloop former President,Mary Robinson, has declared climate change denial evil and a group of British women have acceptedsterilisationto avoid the greenhouse effects of more children. Ocasio-Cortez, in promoting her radical New Green Deal, (defeated 52-0 in theSenatewith 43 Democrats abstaining) opines thatpeople are dying. And perhaps some of those who switched off their lights for“Earth Day”on 30 March agree, but virtue signalling notwithstanding, Democratic Presidential hopefuls declined their support. Minnesota GovernorTim Walz pursues the virtuous vote with a 2050 date (when he’ll be 95) for 100 per cent green energy with no interim benchmarks.
In the EU, the eastern group of nations is now joined byGermanyin rejecting calls to decarbonise by 2050. Thehead of a major chemical firmsaid,“The electricity costs borne by energy-intensive industries in this country must not climb any further. Otherwise it will be impossible to produce anything in Germany at an internationally-competitive level”. Other EU members were forced toconcur. And the outstanding performance of theDutch climate skepticsparty derails that country’s proposed drastic emission restraint program.
In the NSW state election the voters turned to the right, re-electing the coalition government and replacing tepid rightists within the rural seats with“politically incorrect” MPswho reject climate agitprop and anti-irrigator policies. I covered the resulthere. But, as I coveredhere, the populist lure of demonised fossil fuels and subsidised renewables remains potent, if ultimately disastrous.
New wind and solar were said to be cheaper than fossil fuels for electricity generation in studies in theUSas in a much toutedAustralian report. Commentators are incurious about why therefore all nations have huge subsidies for these renewable energy sources.
In Australia, as a result of the unreliability created by subsidised renewables, the government isexamining supportfor 12 “new on-demand capacity with wholesale costs of below $60/ MWh”. Oddly enough, only one (minor) coal project is listed; two gas projects are being examined for Victoria where state anti-gas policies have created ashortage. But the government abandoned returning to a subsidy free electricity market to bring down prices and instead has opted for an additionalconsumer subsidy. TheGreenspolicy would eliminate thermal coal, which provides three quarters of electricity supply (coal represents a quarter of exports), and ban new petrol or diesel cars by 2030.
A study by Brian Fisher, one of Australia’s most respected economists, intoAustralian policy optionsto reduce emissions, found the Coalition policy of cutting emissions by 27 per cent involves a tax of $263 per tonne and that of Labor for a 45 per cent reduction would mean a tax of over $900 per tonne (the abolished 2013 carbon tax was $24 per tonne). Costs of Labor’s policy would be $1.2 trillion (two thirds of annual GDP).
As a result of subsidised renewables pushing out lower cost electricity generation, the UK is having to move to a “capacity market” whereby reliable power gets a guaranteed price. But aGreenpeace financedpush is seeking to prevent this form of subsidy without, of course, seeking to prevent the renewable subsidies.
Global CO2 emissionsrose by 1.7 per cent last year, the biggest increase since 2013. Was not the Paris Agreement supposed to stop this? US emissions increased, but remain below the Paris base 1990 level (due to gas replacing coal in power generation). European emissions fell, while those of China, India and other fast-growing developing countries increased by 5 per cent. China, having previously retarded its new coal generation developments has this year vastly expanded them.
The Deputy head of theReserve Bank of Australiaagrees with the Bank of England that climate change has a systemic effect on the economy. This, he said, is due to the increasing role of renewable energy, together with him having joined the populist chicanery in seeing increased extreme climate events and threats to the Great Barrier Reef. The RBA position was cleared by board members with energy interests.
Last year, scientists blamed global warming for decreasing snowfall in theHimalayas. This year, record-breaking snowfall has been blamed on, wait for it, global warming.
White folk’seating habitsare to blame: they average of 680 kilograms carbon dioxide each year, while Latins produce 640 kilograms and blacks produce 600 kilograms.