Saturday, 29 May 2021

The Nun vs the coal mine

 Opinion: Anthony Cox


Sister Brigid Arthur, a nun and bunch of rich kids represented pro bono by a very woke law firm have just taken Whitehaven and the minister for the environment, Sussan Ley to court:


Whitehaven had applied to extend their Vickery mine by 30 Mt. Whitehaven employs 100s of people, indirectly benefits 1000s in the surrounding towns and pays $millions in royalties and taxes. 

However, none of that was relevant. The rich kids were very, very concerned that the burning of the extra coal from the proposed extension would ruin their future causing them to be either burnt alive by rising temperatures or drowned by rising seas, or both.

The rich kids sought two things: firstly, they wanted a declaration from the court that the minister had a duty of care to prevent foreseeable harm from the coal mine extension to happen to them. Secondly, they wanted the minister to order an injunction to stop the extension going ahead.

The rich kids engaged an expert, professor Will Steffen. Amazingly neither the minister nor Whitehaven bothered with experts to counter Steffen’s usual hyperventilating nonsense. Accordingly, Steffen was free to present uncontested evidence of the impending doom to the rich kids if the mine extension went ahead. This evidence was the usual pap from the IPCC that CO2 increase was all from humans, that this increase was causing runaway temperature tipping points, that the connection between the rising CO2, all from humans and runaway temperature was linear and proven; and so on.

In a big, kitchen sink Judgment Bromberg J (of Andrew Bolt fame) accepted the first of the rich kiddies’ demands and rejected the second. The reasoning for this was interesting. Bromberg J did a full historical appraisal of the laws of nuisance and negligence going back to when Oog the caveman spilt his dinner on his neighbour. None of this was pertinent because CO2 is not a pollutant and in reality the stuff of life. Regardless, at the end of this historical appraisal which no doubt will be made into a mini-series, Bromberg J concluded the minister did have a duty of care to the rich kiddies, that harm to the rich kiddies was foreseeable and that harm, based on the uncontested evidence of wonderful Will Steffen, was going to happen if coal was going to be burnt.

Here it gets really interesting; and the relevant sections of the Judgment are 81-82. For the injunction to be granted there had to be not only a foreseeable connection between the mine extension and harm to the rich kiddies but that connection had to be proportionate or as the Judge states coherent. Based on Will’s uncontested evidence the minister was able to calculate the temperature increase from 30 Mt of coal and the resulting 100 Mt of CO2 from the extension proposed by Whitehaven:

81    The Minister responded to that contention by quantifying the increase in global temperature that 100 Mt of CO2 would cause. Assuming a purely linear relationship between increased emissions of CO2 and increased temperature, the calculation was available by reference to Professor Steffen’s evidence that further emissions will increase global average surface temperature at a rate of about 1 for every 1,800 Gt of CO2 emitted. The emission of 100 Mt of CO2 would therefore result in an increase of one eighteen-thousandth of a degree Celsius.

82    The Minister contended that an increase of that magnitude was de minimis, which I take to mean negligible (see Bonnington Castings Ltd v Wardlaw [1956] 1 All ER 615 at 618-619 (Lord Reid)). To make good that contention, the Minister contended by way of example that if it were to be assumed that global average surface temperature would otherwise stabilise at 2, it would logically follow that, with the addition of 100 Mt of CO2, the temperature would instead stabilise at 2.00005. It was then said that there was simply no evidence before the Court about what that magnitude of increase meant in terms of measurable risk. It was suggested that climate change modelling does not operate at a sufficient level of specificity to provide an answer. 

A temperature increase of 0.00005C!

This is the argument used by such commentators as Bolt, Jones etc. That is, Australia’s contribution to any temperature increase is so tiny it is unreasonable to expect Australia to ruin its economy by not using cheap, reliable coal when we export coal to other nations like China which use that economic advantage against us.

I don’t like this argument because it assumes the alarmist position is correct, which it isn’t.

Bromberg J did not completely accept this de minimis concept but still determined it would be incoherent for the minister to use her power of injunction against Whitehaven. So, the rich kiddies and the nun did not get their injunction.

However, the Judgment is still bad news. Firstly, because Will Steffen’s evidence was uncontested and until either a coal company or a conservative minister grows a pair to stand up to the alarmists that uncontested evidence is there as a precedent. Secondly, there remains the option for the nun and the rich kiddies to take an aggregate approach to the court. That is, they could say the 30 Mt of coal from the Whitehaven extension would cause temperature to rise by 0.00005C so the combined coal dug up by all of Australia’s coal mines would cause a much greater increase in temperature therefore all of Australia’s coal mining should be stopped, which is what Will advocated.

Given this it would have been preferable for the minister and Whitehaven to engage some of the many scientists here in Australia and overseas who could repudiate Will’s nonsense: people like Peter Ridd, Ian Plimer, Roy Spencer, Judith Curry etc. It’s not as though repudiating what Will said is difficult. For example, he stated the relationship between CO2 increase and temperature is linear. Sure it is:

Sources: Met Office Hadley Centre HadCRUT4 dataset; Etheridge et al. (1998); Keeling et al. (2001); MacFarling Meure et al. (2006); Merged IceCore Record Data, Scripps Institution of Oceanography



Monday, 24 May 2021

Digital Handcuffs

 Letter to the Editor/Opinion Piece

Viv Forbes

Australian Climate Sceptics Blog

Please Publish and Pass On

23 May 2021

Digital Handcuffs

A passport was once highly valued by travellers, but not compulsory. Signed by the sovereign, it said: “The bearer of this passport has my protection. He is free to travel anywhere. Do not pester him (or her).”


Gradually passports became compulsory bureaucratic tools to control and track international travellers.


Now the IL-LIBERAL government of Australia is proposing digital travel passports within our own country, available only to the guinea-pigs who participate in their Covid vaccine experiments. 


If digital airline passports become mandatory we may just decide to stay at home and fly NOWHERE. Travel bubbles will implode, ALL the flying kangaroos will be grounded, and suddenly we will have achieved “zero emissions” in the aviation industry. All Greens (except climate conventioneers) will surely celebrate.  


Where does this nonsense stop? Flu kills more people than COVID – must we present Ekka-flu passports to policemen at the gates, and pub passports to bouncers in the bar? Do they restore the border gates between states with uniformed officers demanding “passports please”. And why stop at planes – buses and trains may also carry the Un-vaxxed.


(180 words)


(“Ekka” refers to the Brisbane Exhibition, a large annual event displaying livestock, fireworks, product displays and sideshows running for 10 days and attended by thousands of city and country people. Running in late winter it usually spreads the current flu virus which will probably be called “Covid” this year.) 

Viv Forbes

Washpool   Qld         4306         Australia

Phone 0409 2777 94

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Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Media Balance Newsletter

Media Balance Newsletter

May 17, 2021 

by John Droz, Jr.


Welcome to the latest issue of our Media Balance Newsletter, 

which covers a wide range of nation interest topics: from COVID to Climate.


(For all 2020 Newsletters, go here. For all 2021 Newsletters, go here.)


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COVID-19: Therapy 

Ivermectin is effective for COVID-19 when used early: analysis of 55 studies

Attorney Discusses NY Court Rulings Over Ivermectin Use for COVID-19

Medical journal calls for Ivermectin to be ‘globally & systematically deployed’

Study: Exposure to high heat neutralizes SARS-CoV-2 in less than one second

Pfizer introduces oral SARS-CoV-2 inhibitor

Rutin: A Potential Antiviral as a SARS-CoV-2 Inhibitor


COVID-19: Vaccines 

COVID Vaccine Killing Large Numbers, Warns Top COVID Physician

Ask The Experts (COVID-19 Vaccine)

As vaccine demand craters, big biotech use psych tactics to create demand

OSHA: Employers may be Liable for any Adverse Reactions for Mandated Shots

Students offered school credit toward graduation for getting vaccine

COVID Vaccine Trials In Animals Were Stopped Because They Kept Dying 

Fauci Admits Roughly half of NIH employees have chosen not to get vaccine

I Have Changed My Mind And Do Not Want A Divorce From This Amazing Handsome Man,' Says Glossy-Eyed Melinda Gates After Receiving Vaccine


COVID-19: Masks 

Stores, States Drop Mask Mandates in Wake of CDC’s Updated Guidance

There Is No Correlation Between Masks, Lockdowns And COVID-19 Suppression 


COVID-19: Models & Data 

COVID Deaths Plummet as Excess Mortality Falls to Pre-COVID Levels

Study: 81% may have pre-existing COVID-19 immunity 


COVID-19: Misc 

A Primer for the Propagandized: Fear Is the Mind-Killer

Study: The origin of COVID - Did people or nature open Pandora’s box?

The Criminalization of Dissent

Lockdowns are No Substitute for Focused Protection

The Science-doubting Liberals Who Can’t Quit Lockdown

Drinking the Kool-Aid

Lawsuits against W.H.O, etc for ‘Crimes against Humanity’ 


Greed Energy Economics —

EPA Rescinds “Unnecessary” Cost-Benefit Rule  

Survey: Voters Don’t Want to Pay for Biden’s Global Warming Agenda

Renewable Fortune Making at the Taxpayer Trough Is Driving Environmentalism


Renewable Energy Health and Ecosystem Consequences —

Mega-projects divide surprise group: environmentalists

Dr. Stephen Cooper: Sleep Disturbance and Industrial Wind

Finally They Admit Renewables Are Terrible For The Environment

EU court's bird protection ruling deals blow to German wind power 


Wind Energy: Offshore —

Offshore wind too ugly for the Hamptons but OK for other beach resorts?

New U.S. Offshore Wind target: from standing start to 30GW by 2030

The offshore wind energy mirage Joe Biden promotes

Biden Plan for Offshore Wind Is Wildly Expensive and Wholly Stupid

Biden administration approves first major US offshore wind project 


Wind Energy: Other —

NYISO says renewables and storage not enough

Locals Worry Wind and Solar Will Gobble Up Forests and Farms

Land grabs, solar deserts, turbines cluttering the coast

Biden offers hot air on wind turbine imports

Biden's Green "No" Deal Exposes Wind Power Virtue-Signaling


Solar Energy —

Researchers have evidence that PFAS could harm an animal’s immune system

Tesla sued after increasing a Solar roof project by more than $30,000

Solar soiling: energy loss from dust on panels can range from 7% to 50%

VA Board #1 denies permit to major Solar facility

VA Board #2 denies permit to major Solar facility

Large-scale CA solar panel project goes dark after commission denial 


Nuclear Energy —

We can't let nuclear die

Nuclear On Verge Of ESG Inclusion

Left-wing activists demand Democrats exclude nuclear, etc. from climate bill 

NIH Study: False Paradigms, Unfounded Assumptions, and Specious Statistics in Radiation Science 


Fossil Fuel Energy —

Ransomware Attack Shuts Down Biggest U.S. Gasoline Pipeline

The Truth About Sea Levels and Fossil Fuels

Report: How Fracking Saved Us from Global Warming 

Colonial Pipeline Incident Illustrates Importance of Pipelines! 


Misc Energy —

The Geek in Pictures: Special Energy Fantasy League

Biden’s Not-So-Clean Energy Transition

Hydrogen instead of electrification? Potentials and risks for climate targets

Study: When Green Hydrogen came to Australia

The U.S. Will Need a Lot of Land for a Zero-Carbon Economy

Biden's conundrum: Expand EVs without harming the Earth

IEA Report: The Role of Critical Minerals in Clean Energy Transitions

GOP united in ire over energy law in VA governor's race

The train travel revolution that isn’t 


Manmade Global Warming: Some Deceptions 

Dr. Curry: Climate is everything

Study: Global climate for last 2,000 years mimic Sun's magnetic activity, not CO2

Relative Percentages of Man-made and Natural CO2 in the Earth’s Troposphere 

Geothermal heat and climate variability

A good example of a bad environmental justice study

Red in Robe, Green in Thought

New fraud allegations deepen global science scandal

Sea of doubts

The truth about Biden’s climate summit: Unrealistic pledges reveal grandstanding

“Green Fraud” Book Review


Manmade Global Warming: Misc —

Short video: Senator Kennedy Questions EPA Administrator Regan

Carbongate: The real science of climate change by a layman

China’s Emissions Exceed those of the Developed World

Supreme Court case about Social Cost of Carbon

Climate Emergency in New York? What Climate Emergency?

The green schism threatening Biden’s climate plan

Russian climate envoy calls race to tighten emissions targets 'unreasonable'

Judge rules that Mark Jacobson must pay attorney fees for his dubious lawsuit

Archaeologists Find Evidence of a Prehistoric Cattle Cult

Video: Climate Policy: When Emotion Meets Reality


US Elections:

Archive: Stealing Votes from the Very Vulnerable – Nursing Home Voter Fraud

Clergy vote 'no confidence' in election vendor Dominion

Dominion Voting System Corruption Uncovered

Team Biden Flogs Russian 'Interference', No Matter Intel Agencies Say

Trump attorney, other allies launch voter fraud organization

Rasmussen Poll: 62% Do Not Think Voter ID Laws Discriminate


US Elections, Arizona Issues:

Good short video about the latest in the Maricopa audit 

Letter from AZ Senate to Maricopa County

Deleted Election Files, etc Prompt Senate to Beckon County Officials to Capitol

Maricopa bombshell! Election database erased just before audit began

Maricopa County Caught Red Handed

“Biden” DoJ Officials Try to STOP Arizona Election Fraud Audit

Maricopa County Refuses to Provide Routers to Election Auditors

AZ Audit Director: Dominion Refuses to Comply with Subpoena

Dominion Will Not Release Passwords to Maricopa Voting Machines

Arizona audit of Maricopa County's election ballot will stop for a week

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Arizona Election Fraud Challenge 


US Elections, Other State Issues:

Direct Evidence of Intentional Dominion Fraud Submitted to Court 

Emails Prove Existence of Massive Ballot Harvesting Operatione

Lenberg Michigan Voting Machine Report

A River of Doubt Runs Through Mail Voting in Montana

An Election Partnership between Wisconsin’s Largest Cities and Zuckerberg funded CTCL


US Elections, Our Recommendations Report:

Video: Chinese TV interview about our Recommendations Report (in Chinese)

Restoring US election integrity is essential to our future as a democracy

Election Integrity Recommendations Report — Official Release

Sidney Powell Shares US Election Integrity Report!

U.S. Elections Integrity: Recommendations Report

New Election Integrity Report Offers US Voting System Recommendations

US Election Integrity: What Needs to be Fixed  


US Politics and Socialism —

Open Letter from 120+ Retired Generals and Admirals

Capitalism, Socialism and ESG

Tuning Out Wokeism

Officer Relieved After Denouncing Marxism, Critical Race Theory in Military 

Facebook Admits Trump Permanent Ban Lacked Any Objective Standard

Barrasso: China's goal is domination and is playing America for fools

The greenies' circular firing squad is expanding

Short video: Who Has Privilege?

The High-Pressure Business of Selling Woke Corporate Armor 


Other US Politics and Related —

Activists bailed 70 people out last year; 25 have been rearrested

Critical Race Theory: It’s a Cancer Not a Cure

The Fed Board Agrees Never to Disagree

The leader of the western world's cognitive capacity is in advanced state of decline 


Religion Related —

Karl Marx and Charles Spurgeon’s Epic Struggle for Souls

Vatican warns U.S. bishops about rebuking Biden, other Catholic pols

Are They Catholics, or Are They Heretics?


Education Related —

An Appeal to Cornyn and Cole against “Civics Secures Democracy” Act

Biden's Government Pre-K Not Okay with Parents

The Origins of the Cruel Ritual of Diversity Training

School of Journalism—or Ministry of Propaganda?

Archive: The Politicization of University Schools of Education

Are Your Kids Being Taught to Support Socialism?

7 Dangerous Books That Could Radicalize Your Child

Publish Or Perish Can Become Publish AND Perish


Science and Misc Matters —

Japanese man arrested after dating 35 women at the same time

Science needs more whistleblowers and more questioning 


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John Droz, jr.

physicist & citizen’s rights advocate



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