Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Climate News - April 2020

by Dr Alan Moran

A review and commentary on topical matters concerning the science, economics, and governance associated with climate change developments.
Alan Moran
1 April 2020
Coronavirus and climate change policy
To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) required vehicle suppliers to increase their 2026 Corporate Average Fuel Economy to 55 miles per gallon. This is being reduced to 40 miles per gallon, which is however still an increase on current levels.  

The US EPA is dismantling its requirements that new factories and power plant must have a permit to show their emissions will reflect “best available control technology" or the “lowest achievable emission rate”.  Dr. Craig Idso is leading a petition to the EPA to repeal its “Endangerment Finding” for Greenhouse Gases, saying how "the projected risks and adverse consequences of rising greenhouse gases are failing to materialize”. 

Czech Premier says EU should ditch its green energy policy in view of coronavirus.  Other indications of a return to common sense come from Bavaria’s Minister President Soder who calls for the suspension of the electricity tax and EEG levy. The gung-ho climate alarmists in the Dutch Government have already postponed their “Urgenda” plans for additional action.  In North America, Manitoba is to delay implementing its $25 per tonne carbon tax.

One buffoon we finance, the IEA’s Fatih Birol says we should use this as an opportunity to expedite the transition, a view supported by climate zealot and subsidy seeker, Australia’s Ross Garnaut

Left green groups are horror-struck that Japan's “addiction to coal is watering down the efforts being made by the rest of the world”. Japan disappointed the activists because it plans to maintain its 26 per cent 2030 reduction (based on 2013 emissions). Russia plans to reduce 2030 emissions by one third of its Soviet-style bloated1990 levels but its plans are an increase on current levels.

Former President of the Socialist International, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres has faced the reality that climate change action will have to be deferred but, absurdly, sees the Paris Agreement as lighting the recovery road.

The coronavirus is at least killing one wasteful green initiative – the reusable plastic bag that legislation enforced upon us, which is far more germ-prone than the one-trip bag.  

Publicity starved Greta Thunberg recovering from Covid-19, says tackling it proves we can fight climate change.  She is upstaged by Eco-fascists who claim to represent Extinction Rebellion and have posters proclaiming, Corona is the cure. Humans are the disease.”
Does anyone seriously think the Glasgow climate summit will proceed in November?
Does anyone seriously think it will be newsworthy?
Environmental regulatory barriers and their costs

Less than 3 per cent of Australia’s emissions are being offset under the federal government’s emissions reduction fund.  This means there is a yawning gap between the net-zero challenge and the 530 million tonnes a year CO2-equivalent emissions.  Australia’s Commonwealth Government currently spends $4.4 billion a year on abatement measures.

Aside from the $16.5 billion Adani coal mine, which took 9 years to clear regulatory barriers, 6 other Australian projects have been tied up by lawfare, including a port and a salmon farm.  The Institute of Public Affairs finds activist groups have delayed 28 projects between 2000 and 2019, with an estim­ated value of over $65bn.  

California cities — big consumers of fossil fuels themselves — asked a U.S. Court of Appeals to pin the blame for global warming on BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Shell.  The cities hoped to soak the companies for billions of dollars of damages. Their case is being rejected.  

I wrote about a story in the Guardian demonstrating the impotence of government against the Deep State machinery that it nominally controls.  Energy Minister Taylor tried to re-allocate subsidy funding to coal generation, but the committee he established to do this rejected any such proposals. 
Climate predictions gone wrong
In 1998, the 1196 islands of the Maldives were predicted by the Politically Correct UN to be underwater by 2018.  They are still protruding and getting 4 new airports.  Onto the next confected scare.   

CSIRO representatives were humiliated by Senator Canavan, in hearings before the Australian Senate, after they tried to omit previous years’ statements indicating no link between bushfires and climate change.  The senator also showed the supposed experts that warming does not bring a decrease in rainfall. 

Grant seeking scientists claim the Great Barrier Reef suffers yet another “disastrous bleaching”. Peter Ridd, wrongly dismissed from his James Cook University professorial post for “uncollegially” demonstrating such claims to be false, sets them straight.  He shows, “Corals are more able to deal with temperature changes than virtually any other organism.”  

Chief Executive Bernard Looney said BP has agreed to draft a shareholder resolution to be voted on next year that would enshrine its pledge to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. That’s not good enough for British American Tobacco which is to save lives by becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
Warmer oceans are said to bring greater risks of whales colliding with ships. Perhaps it’s provident that ocean warming is negligible and declining trade means be fewer ships .

Chris Kenny reports the 28 of March was “the most successful Earth Hour of all time. The only problem is that it has been going on all week.”

Thursday, 26 March 2020

The Virus Slowdown was Successful – but the Depressed Patient Died in Poverty

Opinion Piece
Climate Sceptics Blog

26 March 2020

The Virus Slowdown was Successful
   but the Depressed Patient Died in Poverty

Opinion by Viv Forbes

In their frantic attempts to delay the spread of the Wuhan virus, governments are sowing the seeds of economic depression and currency destruction, which will blight Australian lives for a generation. They are adding financial stress to the medical stress.

The ordinary flu virus kills many people every winter despite vaccines. And both viruses are more lethal for the old and the sick.

We do not close the whole country every flu season but this year’s crisis is being exploited by scaremongers, centralists and globalists whose slogan is “never let a decent crisis go to waste”.

Whole industries are being destroyed before our eyes - airlines, shipping, the whole tourism and entertainment industry, sport, small business, pubs and clubs and most investment and retirement funds. All sacrificed because governments fear that a sharp spike in illnesses will expose inadequacies in the government-managed hospital/health/welfare bureaucracy. Next, they will exploit this economic crisis to promote digital currency, kill cash and get their sticky fingers on our superannuation assets.

Already the green globalists are celebrating as industry emissions fall and political power moves towards central governments and global organisations. They will now abuse this economic crisis by pushing their climate agenda with stimulus packages that favour green energy.

As this government-created economic cyclone destroys industry and jobs, politicians are panicking and scattering cash like confetti at a wedding. This encourages immediate consumption, but this “stimulation” stops dead when the money tap is turned off. The debts will remain, somewhere.

We don’t want more sit-down-money from big government while we hide forlornly at home ordering take-aways – we want conditions which encourage investment and productive employment.

We need measures to encourage the creation of new businesses, industries and jobs. For starters, immediate repeal of payroll taxes, stamp duty, capital gains tax, wage controls, a rates holiday and reduced income tax. And immediate and permanent repeal of all green barriers to new business and jobs. 

We need Australians building new dams, railways, roads, real power stations, factories, farms, forests and mines, not sitting sadly at home fearing ration coupons and being drip-fed on some piddling new allowance.

(352 words)

Viv Forbes

Viv Forbes BScApp, FAusImm, FSIA 
Viv Forbes has studied financial analysis, business economics and politics, and he is one of the oldies more vulnerable to Wuhan.

Further Reading:
Climate Activists Celebrate Coronavirus Impact on Economy, Emissions:

Confetti Money or Real Jobs?

Stimulus packages mark a critical moment for governments to “shape policies” in line with climate action:

Climate change activists calls for economic shutdown to decarbonize:

The Costs Are Mounting in this Government-Imposed Economic Collapse:

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Energy & Environmental Newsletter: March 23, 2020


March 23, 2020

The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving national, state, and local energy, environmental and education policies. Our premise is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science (please consult WiseEnergy.org for more information).
A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards that end, every two± weeks we put together a newsletter to balance what is found in the mainstream media about energy and the environment. We appreciate MasterResource for their assistance in publishing this information.
COVID-19:Latest version: A Summary of Suggestions and Commentary for COVID-19
(Includes a one page doc: COVID-19: Prevention & Treatment Suggestions)
Miscellaneous Energy News:Renewable Energy Industry Seeks to Scam Public During Health Crisis
The Great Wind Delusion
“Clean, renewable” energy is neither
BP Caves to Green Pressure
Response to 2019 Energy Action Report to Reduce CO2 in Vermont
Short video: Wind turbine interference of TV signals
Short Video: EV Dream
Short video: Energy 101: Mining and Rare Earths
Why green hydrogen is key to the global energy transition
Water splitting advance holds promise for affordable renewable energy
Trump’s punt on offshore wind sparks lobbying blitz
Kitty Hawk (NC) offshore wind project moving forward
Virginia approves 100% clean energy legislation
US military squeezes wind energy development off California Coast
Green New Deal Fanatics Have No Concept of What They Propose

Manmade Global Warming — Some Deceptions:The Carbon Capture Con
McKibben Goes Over the Edge for His Rockefeller Benefactors
No, Michael Mann, You Aren’t Going to ‘Ruin’ this ‘Filthy Organization’
Short video: No Data Required
Is Manhattan About To Get Drowned By The Sea?
Trump wants prime-time climate science challenge — Happer
The Eco-Assault on Our Liberty
Scientist: There actually ARE ways to reduce global temperature
Wikipedia Airbrushes List of Climate Sceptic Scientists Out of History
The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices should “fact check”
Greta preaches many of the first Earth Day’s failed predictions
Why the DNC Doesn’t Want a Climate Debate
Manmade Global Warming — Miscellaneous:Eliminate fossil fuels now — U.S. “MAGICC” model says why bother?
Petition filed to Appeal the EPA’s Endangerment Finding
Short Video: How Bad is CO2?
SLR: Looking For Acceleration In All The Wrong Places
Can History Cast Doubt on the Evidence of Global Warming?
Even coronavirus couldn’t stop the climate madness
Democrats want climate action included in coronavirus aid
Zero carbon is a crime against humanity
Freeman Dyson, RIP
Archive: Dyson — Heretical Thoughts about Science and Society
Legal Gaps And US Elections May Turn COP26 Into Damp Squib
Archive: The Disgraceful Episode Of Lysenkoism Brings Us Global Warming Theory
New (short) Book: All What Matters: The Facts about Global Climate Genesis
Archive video: Debunking the “Simple Physics” Slogan About Climate Change
Study: How Much Human-Caused Global Warming Should We Expect with Business-As-Usual Climate Policies?
The Physician and ‘Climate Change’
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