“rising costs, increased taxes, political instability, energy poverty, decreased longevity and environmental degradation” …

Being environmentally aware was once the thing to be. Then along came the activists, the laypersons for the environment saw global warming as the way for income redistribution.

Then it became climate change when warming slowed to a stop over a decade ago. It still hasn’t warmed for close to 20 years now, and the same activists have got way, way louder.

Professor Plimer descibes the movement better than I can, here: Ian Plimer returns to the fray

He has a new book due out next month called NOT FOR GREENS with the subheading:  “He who sups with the Devil should have a long spoon”. It is a A full frontal attack on Greens, their climate and energy policy etc etc. Quite a bit on US energy policy, fracking and US coal.  Price: $29.95.  The blurb is below

The processes required to make a humble stainless steel teaspoon are remarkably complicated and every stage involves risk, coal, energy, capital, international trade and finance. Stainless steel cutlery has taken thousands of years of experimentation and knowledge to evolve and the end result is that we can eat without killing ourselves with bacteria. We are in the best times to have ever lived on planet Earth and the future will only be better. All this we take for granted.

Greens may have started as genuine environmentalists. Much of the green movement has now morphed into an unelected extremist political pressure group accountable to no one. Greens create problems, many of which are concocted, and provide no solutions because of a lack of basic knowledge. This book examines green policies in the light of established knowledge and shows that they are unrealistic.

Policies by greens adopted by supine governments have resulted in rising costs, increased taxes, political instability, energy poverty, decreased longevity and provide no solutions because of a lack of basic knowledge. This book examines green policies in the light of established knowledge and shows that they are unrealistic.

Policies by greens adopted by supine governments have resulted in rising costs, increased taxes, political instability, energy poverty, decreased longevity and environmental degradation and they don’t achieve their ideological aims. Wind, solar and biomass energy emit more carbon dioxide than they save and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions does nothing to change climate and only empties the pocket. No stainless steel teaspoon could be made using green “alternative energy”.

This book argues that unless the greens live sustainably in caves in the forest and use no trappings of the modern world, then they should be regarded as hypocrites and treated with the disdain they deserve.


Now that’s what I call a ‘slam dunk’. Thanks Professor, I must buy a copy.

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Not for Greens
He who sups with the Devil should have a long spoon
Ian Plimer


With a Foreword by Patrick Moore
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ecofascism, and free speech … and a climate ‘strike’

I just spent half an hour on Facebook, delving into the depths of intolerance, bullying and censorship. Free speech is rarely tolerated, and anti-carbon is their agenda. I should have watched this Judith Curry article first and avoided Facebook, but at least I now know who the intolerant are: In defense of free speech

If free speech is only for polite persons of mild temperament within government-policed parameters, it isn’t free at all. So screw that. – Mark Steyn


Looks like I have to go back and challenge some more. Oh well, here goes …

James Delingpole is reading my mind again, picked up by Steve Kates over at Catallaxy: “A lot of these guys are basically shysters and crooks”

James Delingpole has a new book out The Little Green Book of Eco-Fascism: The Left’s Plan to Frighten Your Kids, Drive Up Energy Costs, and Hike Your Taxes!. He is being interviewed here by Ed Driscoll.

“I’m not a scientist and actually given what I’ve seen of scientists in my experiences following the global warming scam, I’m glad I’m not a scientist because a lot of these guys are basically shysters and crooks. They’re not some kind of white-coated elite with a special hotline to the truth. In fact, they’re just ordinary guys and girls trying to earn a living like the rest of us but slightly more dodgily than the rest of us in the one or two egregious cases.”

Tim Blair “strikes while it’s hot”:

Key word: “usually”. A few weeks ago McKibben made up for decades of humour deficiency by devising a joke so brilliant that it verges on genius.

The Harvard graduate actually proposed … a climate scientist strike.

“At this point it’s absurd to keep asking the scientific community to churn out more reports,” McKibben wrote. “In fact, it might almost be more useful if they went on strike: until you pay attention to what we’ve already told you, we won’t be telling you more.”

For all I know, the climate science community is running with McKibben’s idea. They do seem a little quieter than usual. Picture all the climate scientists dutifully withholding the latest tree ring data or Antarctic ice core measurements. Some of them might even have stopped filing grant applications.


An anxious world awaits news of the strike’s end. Meanwhile, non-scientist members of the climate panic movement – McKibben himself is a mere arts graduate – aren’t maintaining solidarity with their lab-coat comrades. Lately they’ve become louder and crazier than ever, presumably out of panic as the whole global warming issue continues to cool.

Clive James once wrote that hyper-excited Formula One commentator Murray Walker “sounds like a blindfolded man riding a unicycle on the rim of the pit of doom.” But dear old Murray has nothing on Greens senator Scott Ludlam, who last week announced: “This country is going to cook and people are going to die.” [...]

Read them all …

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animals on Cable Beach …

No, not *those ones, the hidden and obscure ones, click to enlarge: ??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????*those ones, usually after midnight, leaving “The Roey’s” Animal Bar.

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Seaview, bayside part of Broome …

…This series of images shows the mangrove laden shores of Roebuck Bay, where Dampier Creek winds it’s way around Chinatown, the tourist mecca for Broome Pearls. Click to enlarge …???????????????????????????????

the early bird catches the ... on the incoming tide

the early bird catches the … on the incoming tide

Two resorts lie on the hill next to the mangroves. ???????????????????????????????


Town Beach at low tide with Boab Tree


a boatramp waiting for the tide …


More weather refugees arrive, over the top of the two resorts, Moonlight Bay Resort, and The Mangrove Hotel …


Osprey waiting for lunch on a Catalina’s Villa roof

Boab tree alongside Catalina's Villas

Boab tree alongside Catalina’s Villas

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cherry-picked people …

” [...] working in the area of climate change and global warming sent me an astonishing email that said “We have to get rid of the Medieval Warm Period.”

The global weird-ing pushers have plunged a lot of time and effort into their …..est ever, fudging data, altering statistics, making up stories, upside down graphs, cherry-picking dates, all in an effort to dumb down the science to achieve their agenda. It’s apparent you can lie for the ‘common good’ even, so long as you’re a warming believer.

Cherry-picking even goes on before the late flowering is over. People and Data Cherry-Picked For the IPCC Political Agenda

cherrypickingGuest essay by Dr. Tim Ball

Cherry-picking data in climate science gained notoriety during the joint Committee Hearing chaired by Representative Barton on the “hockey stick.” Steve McIntyre reported,DArrigo put up a slide about “cherry picking” and then she explained to the panel that thats what you have to do if you want to make cherry pie. There’s another form of cherry-picking central in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) science that involves finding people to produce the science you want. They bring the cherry-picked data with them.  [...] read it all

Examples are everywhere:

5.8 Degrees Of Data Tampering In Oregon

A Hockey Stick Of Data Tampering In Illinois

Even Giles minimums adjusted in BoM ACORN “Roll Royce adjusted to warm more” temperature dataset

Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) blatantly inserts warming into their ACORN version of long term rural station Rutherglen 82039 from northern Victoria

Finding people to produce the science is not just restricted to climate science, but mining companies do ask scientists on occasion to produce the data/report they want or find another job as well.

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wanted, mangroves …

I would not like to be here in the event of a severe cyclone at high tide. These villas pictured here have a fantastic outlook, as long as the sometimes very strong winter Easterly doesn’t get too carried away either.

Catalina villas with the tide out

Catalina villas with the tide out

Everything in Broome is tidal dependent, sometimes protection from the elements is needed, so mangroves are very helpful. A ten metre tidal movement in 6 hours is something to see.

In the years when hundreds of Pearling Luggers worked from Broome, they lay side by side on the beach/mud/sand when the tides were out. All the mangroves had been removed.

This is the last area not protected by mangroves. I once lived in a shed about the middle of the second row of villas, the sea spray often reached the sliding front doors at high tide. This developer never worried about rising sea levels! He made a squillion dollars, so buyers were happy too I guess.???????????????????????????????

Now the view from Roebuck Bay at high tide:???????????????????????????????Here, from the shore

High tide 28 April 2013, 20 cm less than 2011

High tide 28 April 2013, 20 cm less than 2011

… Now, the Chinatown Shopping precinct at high tide, protected from the worst Easterlies by thick Mangroves:???????????????????????????????Now mangroves are almost totally back to normal along the edge of the town.

… Streeters jetty, on the other side of the mangroves

Streeter's Jetty 28 April 2013

Streeter’s Jetty 28 April 2013

This is where the tide reached in 2011 and 2012, compare the red bin…

The view from in front of Catalina villas, where mangroves are slowly increasing:

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carbon dioxide helps prevent erosion, dust storms …

The wonder of CO2 in enhancing plant growth, greening the deserts and feeding the world with record crops, is lost on the left side. Isaac Orr writes at the Argus Leader on the failure to understand the weather disasters of the 1930′s. Perhaps they failed History as well as Physics: The eroding case against carbon dioxide

When I hear concerns about soil erosion, I always think about my grandma. She was an amazing woman. She grew up in Huron in the heart of the Great Depression, which just happened to coincide with the Dust Bowl. Growing up, my sister and I listened to her stories of dealing with the dust storms, stuffing rags in the window sills and the cracks around the doors in an attempt to keep the dust out of the house. Despite her best efforts, a fine film of dust would still cover the interior of the house.

The dust from the Dust Bowl claimed crops, cattle, and the lives of two children in Huron. To this day, when contractors cut into houses that survived the Dust Bowl, they find sand in between the interior and exterior walls. The Dust Bowl eroded more than the soil; it eroded a way of life.

Erosion is a problem that persists to this day, and it’s responsible for dust storms, mudslides and sinkholes. Fortunately, plants in forests, grasslands, and everywhere else set roots in the soil and help the soil stay put, and plants around the globe are getting a boost from increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Although many people, spurred by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, think “going green” means using less carbon dioxide, plants prefer just the opposite.

We all know plants need carbon dioxide to breathe, but many don’t know plants turn that carbon dioxide into carbon in the form of the roots, stems, trunks, branches, leaves, and fruit with which we are more familiar. And according to a new study by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, the more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the greener the planet gets.

The report, Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts, published by The Heartland Institute (where I am a research fellow), cites thousands of peer-reviewed studies rising atmospheric CO2 levels are helping almost all plants grow bigger, become more efficient in using water, and better withstand the stress of high air temperature.

In a way, this CO2 enrichment of the atmosphere is to plants like an oxygen mask is to a winded football player — helping to prepare him for the next play.

More CO2 in the atmosphere also means plants start to grow in places they couldn’t before, reducing the amount of erosion and, consequently, dust in the air in places around the globe, while increasing the potential for agriculture and wildlife habitat as the range of certain plant species expands.

Increased levels of CO2 also have been found to increase the fine-root density in some plants by up to 184 percent, and a 55 percent increase in above ground biomass despite water and nutrition limitations — meaning plants become better at anchoring the soil in place and allowing water to permeate the surface, which is especially important during droughts.

This would have been great news for my grandma and everyone else who survived the Dust Bowl. Improved farming techniques have played an important part in reducing the amount of erosion around the world, and these efforts certainly will be helped by having more CO2 in the atmosphere. Instead of being a detriment to plant growth, more CO2 acts as a fertilizer, making plants grow bigger, faster, more resilient, and more abundant, greening the world we live in.


CO2 pouring into the atmosphere in this gas fired power station. What's not to like?

CO2 pouring into the atmosphere in this gas fired power station. What’s not to like?

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delete … a “bunch of too-green-climate-change-saluting-doomsters”

The coalition budget, due out in May will be a cost cutting extravaganza, to make up for 6 years of excesses. Thousands of bureaucrats were added under Labor to push the left’s anti-business, anti-farming agenda. Many of their friends were inserted into new quasi-government organizations, to provide propaganda favoring their environmental agenda.

With some cuts already under their belt since the election last year, it is time to get serious: Sometimes you see a good news story – Australian National Water Commission might be axed

Phew – our politicians are quietly working. Australian Commonwealth National Water Commission under threat from Federal Government budget cuts – did they ever produce a litre of water? Just a bunch of too-green-climate-change-saluting-doomsters – Wentworth Group followers – pushers for more expensive water – pushers for high environmental flows – did they ever speak out against anti-damism? – shut them down. We need public servants working to bring water to the people, agriculture and industry at the best cost. How radical is that?

Still not enough!

Meanwhile Dr Jennifer Marohasy, a Water Commission critic and Murray River supporter, finds the media’s religious environmental agenda needs mocking: More Relevance in Indigenous Culture, Than ABC Culture

EASTER is about religion, which is about culture, which is about myth. I was raised on the myths of the Australian Outback, on the poems of Banjo Paterson where the heroes could be “hard and tough and wiry – just the sought that won’t say die”. The landscape was also tough, harsh, and certainly ready to break the individual who was not resilient and innovative. Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 10.09.06 PM

Modern Australia still likes a hero, but our relationship with the landscape has changed. The idea now is that we have broken the landscape, that collectively we have changed the environment and not for the better.

It’s generally acknowledged that all religions attempt two things: to explain existence and to regulate behavior. More than ever, Australians congregate in cities, carry on about greed destroying the environment, and campaign for more wildlife, wilderness and against climate change. Rural Australia receives much of this new culture through the Australian Broadcasting Corporation – through television and radio.

It’s interesting to reflect that in aboriginal culture, wilderness was not a cause for fond nostalgia, but rather a landscape without a custodian. Indeed for the first Australians the health of a landscape was measured less by how much water was in a river, and more by how many kangaroos it could support.

The new culture, however, is generally against the active management of “nature” – mankind’s role, and especially that of industry, is always portrayed in the negative. There is now a regime of legislation and regulation in place, supposedly promoting sustainability, but in reality it hampers good land management and would make no sense to either Clancy of the Overflow or the Dreamtime hunter, Ngurunderi.

Perhaps its time those with a real connection to the Australian landscape, with a real love of country, got together to talk about a new vision for the Outback. If you don’t have your own plan, chances are you will be implementing someone else’s.

Indeed it is possible that in embracing some of the Dreamtime myths rather than those of the environmentalists who feature so prominently as heroes on the ABC, we could all come to a more balanced understanding of the Australian landscape and its needs. Consider, for example, that in one Dreamtime story when Ngurunderi visited the River Murray’s mouth it was not brimming with freshwater as environmentalists insist was the case before irrigation, but had actually closed over. So Ngurunderi was able to walked across the Murray’s mouth from Tapawal into Ramindjeri country. That’s right, back in the Dreamtime, before irrigated agriculture, the Murray’s mouth had closed over.

The above article was first published as a column by Jennifer Marohasy in The Land newspaper. The Land is available in good news agencies across Australia.

The dreamtime story of Ngurunderi walking across the Murray’ mouth as told by Albert Karloan, one of the last three youths to undergo full initiation rites in the Lower Murray region is explained at the ‘Myth and the Murray’ website, http://www.mythandthemurray.org/when-ngurunderi-walked-across-the-murrays-mouth/ .

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“what some people apparently do not want you to read” …

A lot of discussion around the internetty today is about ideology, religion, media and climate change. The ‘shut up’ brigade is on the hustings, and you must agree with them, or else! Dr Craig Idso suffered a censorship spasm by some Stazi Pravda topix.com outlet: Dueling climate reports – this one is worth sharing on your own blog

NOTE: This op-ed is apparently too hot for some editors to handle. Late last week it was accepted and posted on politix.topix.com only to be abruptly removed some two hours later. After several hours of attempting to determine why it was removed, I was informed the topix.com editor had permanently taken it down because of a strong negative reaction to it and because of “conflicting views from the scientific community” over factual assertions in the piece.

Fortunately, some media outlets recognize a vigorous scientific debate persists over humanity’s influence on climate and those outlets refuse outside efforts to silence viewpoints that run counter to prevailing climate alarmism. My original piece follows below.- Craig Idso

Guest essay by Dr. Craig D. Idso

The release of a United Nations (UN) climate change report last week energized various politicians and environmental activists, who issued a new round of calls to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some of the most fiery language in this regard came from Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), who called upon Congress to “wake up and do everything in its power to reduce dangerous carbon pollution,” while Secretary of State John Kerry expressed similar sentiments in a State Department release, claiming that “unless we act dramatically and quickly, science tells us our climate and our way of life are literally in jeopardy.” 

Really? Is Earth’s climate so fragile that both it and our way of life are in jeopardy because of rising carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions?

In a word, no! The human impact on global climate is small; and any warming that may occur as a result of anthropogenic CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions is likely to have little effect on either Earth’s climate or biosphere, according to the recently-released contrasting report Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts, which was produced by the independent Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC).

This alternative assessment reviews literally thousands of peer-reviewed scientific journal articles that do not support and often contradict the findings of the UN report. Whether the subject is the effects of warming and rising CO2 on plants, animals, or humans, the UN report invariably highlights the studies and models that paint global warming in the darkest possible hue, ignoring or downplaying those that don’t.

To borrow a telling phrase from their report, the UN sees nothing but “death, injury, and disrupted livelihoods” everywhere it looks—as do Senator Boxer, Secretary Kerry, and others. Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts demonstrates that life on Earth is not suffering from rising temperatures and atmospheric CO2 levels. Citing reams of real-world data, it offers solid scientific evidence that most plants actually flourish when exposed to both higher temperatures and greater CO2 concentrations. In fact, it demonstrates that the planet’s terrestrial biosphere is undergoing a great greening, which is causing deserts to shrink and forests to expand, thereby enlarging and enhancing habitat for wildlife. And much the same story can be told of global warming and atmospheric CO2 enrichment’s impacts on terrestrial animals, aquatic life, and human health.

Why are these research findings and this positive perspective missing from the UN climate reports? Although the UN claims to be unbiased and to have based its assessments on the best available science, such is obviously not the case. And it is most fortunate, therefore, that the NIPCC report provides tangible evidence that the CO2-induced global warming and ocean acidification debate remains unsettled on multiple levels; for there are literally thousands of peer-reviewed scientific journal articles that do not support a catastrophic, or even problematic, view of atmospheric CO2 enrichment.

Unfortunately, climate alarmism has become the modus operandi of the UN assessment reports. This fact is sad, indeed, because in compiling these reports, the UN either was purposely blind to views that ran counter to the materials they utilized, or its authors did not invest the amount of time, energy, and resources needed to fully investigate an issue that has profound significance for all life on Earth. And as a result, the UN has seriously exaggerated many dire conclusions, distorted relevant facts, and omitted or ignored key scientific findings. Yet in spite of these failings, various politicians, governments, and institutions continue to rally around the UN climate reports and to utilize their contentions as justification to legislate reductions in CO2 emissions, such as epitomized by the remarks of Senator Boxer and Secretary Kerry.

Citing only studies that promote climate catastrophism as a basis for such regulation, while ignoring studies that suggest just the opposite, is simply wrong. Citizens of every nation deserve much better scientific scrutiny of this issue by their governments; and they should demand greater accountability from their elected officials as they attempt to provide it.

There it is, that’s my op-ed. It’s what some people apparently do not want you to read. While the over 3,000 peer-reviewed scientific references cited in Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts are likely more than sufficient to establish scientific fact in a court of law, they are not sufficient to engage the real climate deniers in any debate. The rise in atmospheric CO2 is not having, nor will it have, a dangerous influence on the climate and biosphere. But don’t take my word for it, download and read the report for yourself (available at http://www.nipccreport.org). Compare it with the UN report. You be the judge!

Dr. Craig D. Idso is the lead editor and scientist for the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC).



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the age of Green entitlement …


“That office fitout has cost the taxpayer, and wait for this ….. $414,000.”

According to my calculator, that’s 13,800 bottles of Penfolds Grange Hermitage !

These were comments at Jonova, which shattered suitably shocked me …

So then, how cool is this, eh? (umm, that’s me being sarcastic)

Larissa Waters was a lawyer in a former life.

She is now a Senator for the State of Queensland, representing The Greens Party. Her responsibilities (the Portfolios she covers) are Environment, Biodiversity and Natural Heritage; Population; Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea; Cape York; World Heritage; Tourism; Mining.

You got that. Makes Russ Hinze look like a community organiser.

She was first elected in 2010.

She has just had her office in trendy Given Terrace in the suburb of Paddington fitted out, as befitting her new job as a Federal Senator.

That office fitout has cost the taxpayer, and wait for this ….. $414,000.

Most people have mortgages for houses costing that much.

This is for the fitout of an office.

A Greens Senator.

Great when it’s other people’s money isn’t it.

Greens. You know, grassroots people.




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