Friday, July 27, 2012

Australia's new ENERGY POLICY requires flushing out of all Eco-religious Green & Labor zealots

Australia is the lucky country since we have enough known coal and gas resources to last hundreds of years at the present rate of consumption. The major problem is that there is a misguided eco-religious faction of the population hell-bent on destroying our economy by forcing everybody to use very costly solar and wind energy, for reason that it fits in with their bizarre anti-carbon belief system.

I am a geochemist by training and I take a dim view of non-chemists including ex-trade union officials, which includes PM Julia and Greg Combet, formulating the stupid destruction of the Australian economy by demonizing the element carbon and so now taxing "the big polluters" for their emissions of carbon dioxide. It is my view that power station emissions of CO2 are quite harmless and actually beneficial, being a free fertilizer, provided the power station has the usual controls over particulates and sulphur emissions.

The Greens and Labor fellow travelers are the cause of the high price of electricity in Australia now due to mandated use and subsidy of solar and wind energy and the differing infrastructure required. Get rid of wind farms, or at least STOP approving them is a start towards getting a sane energy policy and cheaper electricity.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Green buzz words are best avoided for mostly they contain a high concentration of bunkum

Have you ever wondered who invents the catchy Green double words that are designed to surreptitiously promote the Green cause?.. like the following
global warming
climate change
carbon footprint
gay marriage
healthy river
clean coal
carbon pollution
big polluters
clean energy
carbon tax
ocean acidification
The way these double words are used, either very much distorts the genuine meaning of the words, or presents a false meaning with the aim of supporting the cause, which on deeper analysis is shown to be claptrap. A basic objective and theme is to rob tax payers' money to be wasted on some bizarre scheme. For example:

1. A decade ago we were supposed to be scared of global warming ... nothing happened. It is impossible to measure global temperature changes of a fraction of a degree in a year. Dream on. We have had about 12 years with no detectable rise in global temperature. So global warming was changed to "climate change" and anything variable with the weather is blamed on climate change (in the hope that no geologists object, by saying climate is always changing irrespective of CO2 emissions). The Government grant scam is perpetuated by applicants mentioning "climate change" and promoting the eco-religion that we must do something about it.

2. Next "carbon footprint" was invented to scare people .. what a load of bunkum. It is a foolhardy eco-religion that thinks we can have a prosperous society without burning carbon and hydrocarbon fuels. The gas carbon dioxide is NOT a pollutant and its emission is welcomed by the biosphere and farmers as it is a free fertilizer. This is not to be confused with "carbon farming" which also is a nonsense.

3. Gay marriage does not exist. Leave the Marriage Act and the traditional meaning of the word alone. Find another word to describe a gay relationship.

4. "Healthy river" is an inapropriate term to describe Australia's Murray River which is supposed to always flow out to sea at the ocean mouth. This is a nonsense. Over a decade in the Murray-Darling Basin you may on average have about 6 years low flow in drought , 3 years normal flow and 1 year flood. It is ridiculous to expect the river to always flow to sea by stealing more water from the irrigators. It is necessary to maintain water (sea) levels in the Lower Lakes during times of drought.

5. "Clean coal" is a bizarre scheme whereby the CO2 liberated at coal-fired power stations is captured and buried underground in order to stop the "pollution". It is called carbon sequestration (hiding carbon) which is a complete nonsense. CO2 is NOT an atmospheric pollutant.

6. "Carbon pollution" This is a double falsehood. What is meant by carbon is carbon dioxide which is an invisible harmless atmospheric gas vital for the biosphere, and it is implied to be dirty, thus causing pollution. The word pollution is defined in the dictionary as something that is foul or filthy. Using this word to describe the element carbon is a great insult to the most wonderful element in the Periodic Table, that forms more compounds than all the other elements put together, and is an essential component to all life forms.

7. "Big polluters" these are industries that emit large amounts of Greenhouse gases such as CO2, which is considered pollution. None of the major Greenhouse gases are polluting, eg water vapor and CO2. ABC TV continues with TV News images of white steam issuing from the cooling towers at power stations implying that it is "pollution". This is fraudulent media coverage and must be stopped

8. "Clean energy" is supposed to be superior to any other, presumably coal energy, which is the cheapest and we have plenty of it to last hundreds of years. The Greens want us to use solar and wind energy both of which are very costly and have only a limited economic use today, and are not worth doing.

9. Carbon tax: what is being taxed is CO2 emissions, now at $23/tonne, thanks to PM Julia. How crazy can you get? What does an ex-trade union lawyer know about chemistry?

10."Ocean acidification" The oceans are an enormous buffer solution having a stable alkaline pH of ca 8.1

These double buzz words are very deceptive and are largely used to squeeze or demand money from gullible Governments for the development of bizarre Green Projects, with an accompaning threat of the end of the world coming, or its equivalent. Governments should NOT be in the business of picking winners. Leave this to the private sector and R & D financing will automatically follow the most promising lead and at the appropriate speed.

In conclusion, I suggest that these catchy Green Buzz words be forgotten, and/or exposed as inappropriate when used by the Australian Labor Party and the Greens, the US Democrats, and unfortunately in the UK both Labour and the Coalition, God help the UK.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

How to stop the illegal boat "refugees" for little cost

The problem of the illegal boat "refugees" can easily be solved at a fraction of the present cost by issuing appropriate orders to the Australian Navy.

The people smugglers need to be officially told by memo etc that henceforth our Navy will patrol the Indian Ocean solely by submarine and there will be NO surface vessels available for taxis service. At last we have found a use for our operational Collins Class submarine (sorry smugglers, it can't carry passengers). All surface vessels will until further notice be confined to the Pacific and Southern Oceans (they can check out the whales and report any poachers).

Also a warning should be attached to the smuggler memo about the deadly hazards of trying to land on mainland Australia, mention being given of the Great White Pointer shark, deadly sting rays and blue-bottle jelly fish, huge crocodiles, poisoness snakes, scorpions and lack of water along the largely uninhabited coastline. They land at their peril and may encounter stroppy kangaroos. I suggest that genuine refugees come via our front door with our approval, and do not try and sneak in via the back door.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Where to Australia? Hopefully not down the Green fascist gurgler.

Businesses large and small more readily GO OUT OF BUSINESS thru mismanagement than do Governments, where with the latter we get the opportunity to support or vote out of power every 3 years. This seems a long time at present with the fiasco of PM Julia continually promoting "reforms" (spin for stuff-ups) in every aspect of our lives, whether we want it or not.

Now we have Ken Henry, former Treasury secretary and wombat welfare enthusiast, telling us that GST rates will have to be raised above the present 10% and extended to food, health, and education. REALLY? The reason being that there is slower growth in GST raised by the states, and we must make room for personal and company tax cuts. Ho Ho Hum! What dastardly policies these Labor/Green supporters dream up in their spare time!

I remember when the GST was brought in and Costello informed us it would get rid of all the unnecessary little taxes and fees, including "payroll tax" !! Most of the states ignored the Fed and we still have payroll tax, which discourages employment.

I believe it should be made difficult for any Government (especially Labor) to gain more tax revenue because what they do get is immediately wasted on crap programs and policies that only demented Fabian socialists savour. Raising the GST makes it TOO easy for Governments to expand willy-nilly and head down the slippery slope to a Communist dictatorship, and who wants that? (Answer: the Greens).

No, Ken Henry, we do NOT change or raise the GST. The solution is to reduce Government spending by stopping the WASTAGE on hopeless and unneeded things and policies, such as:
Do we need another 12 useless homemade submarines? Better to build 6 Egyptian type pyramids which would at least be a tourist attraction. We don't want ANY of the Climate Change, Carbon Tax, Renewable Energy Target bill, plus the Clean Energy Technology Program and other Green promoting activities ... get rid of them all and save billions.. it is all based on bunkum and lies that even a bright school child could refute.

We need a good clean out of wasteful Federal departments such as the Climate Change dept, including Minister Combet himself. I am pleased to read that Campbell Newman and the LNP in Queensland have started such a clean out of Green Government bunkum in their state. Good on them. They will prosper again! That's all for now. Allano

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Great Barrier Reef is looking good today

The recent international Conference on Coral Reefs in Brisbane seems to me to be less scientific and more politically motivated. The idea promoted that by year 2100 the Great Barrier Reef will be reduced to a pile of rubble due to global warming and ocean acidification is "over the top", or just eco-religous nonsense, I believe.

They say that in the last decade the ocean has become more acidic by 25% thus threatening the reef. In actual fact, the oceans are alkaline, with a very stable pH about 8.1, making up the world's largest buffer solution. It would require a huge inflow of acid (from volcanic eruptions etc) to make a detectable change in pH.

The GBR was a heap of rubble very recently, only 20,000 years ago, just before the end of the last ice age when the sea level was about 130 meters lower. The reef then was part of the mainland. Next the world had a short period of intense global warming (ca 12 degrees over about 4000 years) melting the northern ice sheets and causing the rapid rise in sea level. Human beings were thin on the ground at that time and seem not to be responsible.

Isn't it wonderful how the Great Barrier Reef survived the Ice Age and blossomed again after such a drastic change in climate!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

No Progress with the Murray-Darling Basin Plan

MDBasin plan becomes newsworthy again. Nothing sensible can be done here until we have a Coalition Federal Government, and even then we have to revamp the Water Act which is the cause of all the trouble (just like the RET bill and the need to have a sensible energy policy that will ensure our prosperous future.

The idea of starting with how much water to return for environmental flows (2750 or 3000 or 4000 GL) for so called sustainability, or maintaining a "healthy river" must be rejected as an idealistic, Utopian, eco-religious nonsensical concept that doesnt shape up to reality for the riverland's arid climate. The Labor Government must stop wasting taxpayers money with buying back water from the irrigators.

First priority and objective of any MDBasin plan must be to maximize the prosperity of the Basin residents or farmers of the region, plus associated business people, such as in tourism, fishing etc. Any committee for the plan must be composed of such residents having a first hand knowledge of the region and exclude desk bound Canberra bureaucrats and idealistic academics from distant cities.

What about the poor old river and its sustainability, you may say?? The Murray River has been flowing and flooding very well this past couple of years, thanks to Nature. Well, the economic well-being of the region depends on looking after the river and I believe the farming community and its leaders have a superior understanding of the problems than any self-appointed expert from the Labor Government or academia.

A major road block to a sensible plan is the mismanagement of the Lower Lakes in South Australia by the state Labor Government, preventing a stable lake level in times of drought by opening up the barrages. Premier Weatherall's action of taking the water allocation matter to the High Court is a nonsense derived from the promotion of the "healthy river" model which is just eco-religious claptrap. The farmers of the region were quite right to burn the first MDBasin report and the second deserves the same fate. Allano