energy propaganda loses …

A completely false, one sided-column from Australia’s socialist Capital’s propaganda outlet, The Canberra Times:

“For 30 years there has been a renewable energy funding agency in one form or another in Australia. “This has led to phenomenal success in generation of technology and education. “The worldwide silicon solar cell industry owes its existence in large measure to Australians who were supported by grants from government renewable energy agencies.  “Billions of dollars of benefits have accrued to Australia.”

The reality is, billions of dollars of taxpayer funds have been paid out for their dubious efforts at controlling a non-existent ‘global warming’ by stopping the production of cheap electricity.

Get rid of that funding now! There has not been one iota of benefit to Australia due to the money spent wasted on renewable energy.

Their “Mad, Bad, Green Disease” is killing us all:

AUSTRALIA has developed a death wish. Why this green mania to make us poor?

On Wednesday, Victorian Premier Daniel ­Andrews announced he would permanently ban fracking for coal-seam gas.

Even conventional gas drilling — done safely here for half a century — would be banned to at least 2020.

Andrews could point to not a scrap of credible science to back these bans.

He cited only the fear spread by green alarmists: “This is the first ban of its kind anywhere in our nation and it just speaks volumes to the dangers, the uncertainty and the anxiety within the Victorian community about fracking.”

This is not the first time a state has banned a safe technology at a big cost to jobs and wealth.

(Read full article here.)

Then there’s the one and only Tim Flannery, a climate quack, costing Australia billions of dollars on useless desalination plants. Then another 90 million dollars of taxpayer dollars on his own failed investment.

Column – Flannery cooked on hot rocks

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ANOTHER green dream has turned into a nightmare — at least for investors still dumb enough to believe Tim Flannery.

Energy company Geodynamics has now closed its geothermal power project in South Australia’s far north. This green technology involved drilling several kilometres down to hot rocks, which would then superheat water and drive generators.

“The technology worked,” insisted Geodynamics boss Chris Murray. But the huge cost of the technology and of bringing the power to distant cities “was just greater than the revenue stream”.

No kidding.

Yet who spruiked this project — while almost never revealing he was a shareholder? Yes, indeed, Tim Flannery, the mammal expert who became a professional warming alarmist and, thanks to the Gillard government, our chief Climate Commissioner.

(Read full article here.)

Perth is still not dead, Tim. Not a top scientist at all!

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blotting out global warming fantasies …

Paper after paper, reports, articles, posts, tweets and more scientific papers all point to the global warming agenda as nothing but activist fallacies and failed agendas. For a start, today’s first few items on Climate Depot demolish a number of Green fantasies:

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the wind turbine war on wildlife …

Putting wind turbines on or near farmland is now creating another new problem. Bats are being killed in millions by giant turbine blades, meaning crop insect pests are found in bigger numbers, causing extra pesticide use or smaller yields.

Bats Save Billions In Pest Control

And wind turbines kill them by the millions

A secret war is waged above farmland every night.

Just after dusk, high-stakes aerial combat is fought in the darkness atop the crop canopy. Nature’s air force arrives in waves over crop fields, sometimes flying in from 30 miles away. Bat colonies blanket the air with echo location clicks and dive toward insect prey at up to 60 mph. In games of hide-and-seek between bats and crop pests, the bats always win, and the victories are worth billions of dollars to U.S. agriculture.

Bats are a precious, but unheralded friend of farmers, providing consistent crop protection. Take away the colonies of pest killers and insect control costs would explode across farmland. And just how much do bats save agriculture in pesticide use? Globally, the tally may reach a numbing $53 billion per year, according to estimates from the University of Pretoria, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), University of Tennessee, and Boston University.

A 2006 study proposed bats saved cotton growers $74 per acre in pesticide treatments across eight Texas counties. In 2013-2014, graduate student Josiah Maines and his advisor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Justin Boyles, went beyond penciled estimates and ran a concrete field trial to show the relation between bats and corn protection. Funded by Bat Conservation International, Maines’ unique test targeted density of corn earworm in southern Illinois bottomland in Alexander County.

Maines built a canopy system to prevent bats from accessing particular sections of corn at night. The controlled enclosure (65’ by 65’, and 23’ high) was braced by steel structural poles interconnected with steel cables draped by netting. Maines operated the netting like a gigantic shower curtain every day of crop season: Open in daylight and close at night. He kept the vigil over two years, sliding the big curtain at the given dusk hour from May to late September to cut off bat access to earworm moths. The results? Maines was astonished.

He found a 50% reduction in earworm presence in control areas and a similar reduction in damage to corn ears. Not only did bats suppress earworm larvae and direct damage to corn, they also hindered the presence of fungal species and toxic compounds. “Globally, we estimate bats save corn farmers over $1 billion annually in earworm control,” Maines says. “It’s an incredible amount when we’re only considering one pest and one crop. Bats are truly a vital economic species.”

Would producers see greater crop protection with more bat habitat? In general, researchers don’t know how many bats fly over a single acre of farmland at night. Bats are extremely difficult to count during the day. They hide incredibly well in trees, caves, holes in the ground, and buildings. “Future research should look at the tradeoff of forested bat habitat and crop protection. Safe to say, more bats could mean even greater consumption of crop pests,” Maines says.

Paul Cryan, a USGS research biologist at the Fort Collins Science Center, says of up to 45 bat species in the U.S., 41 to 42 eat nothing but insects. “Our U.S. bats are small — 10 to 20 grams. They have voracious appetites and eat half or all their body weight each night. Pest control value to agriculture is certainly in the billions of dollars per year.”

However, pressing issues surround the future of U.S. bat populations. White nose syndrome (WNS) is a major threat to U.S. bat numbers. The fungal disease affects hibernating bats and has spread halfway across the U.S. since first appearing in New York in 2006. “WNS has killed up to 6 million bats and continues moving,” Cryan says. “I believe farmers would see an immediate impact in insect suppression if overall bat populations were seriously reduced.”

Cryan coauthored a seminal 2011 paper, Economic Importance of Bats in Agriculture, suggesting the loss of bats would cost U.S. agriculture at least $3.7 billion per year. “We’re typically scared of the dark, but bats shouldn’t be a part of that association. They’re such a beneficial and important part of the environment and farmland protection.”

Hat tip to the misunderstood bats of agriculture: phenomenal creatures patrolling farmland skies every night in the greatest show never seen. (h/t Greenie Watch)

The millions of bird deaths have been discussed on many occasions previously.

Hehe, update, pay back’s a bitch:

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grain of salt, and that ethanol biofuel …

Biofuel has become a Green’s owned dilemma, destroying rain forest for Palm Oil, destroying motor car engines, yet the original idea was to save carbon emissions, or at least be carbon neutral. Well, they sure got that agenda wrong too according to a new study:

From the “road to hell is paved with good intentions” department:

Biofuels not as ‘green’ as many think

Go back to basics when calculating the greenhouse impact and carbon neutrality of biofuels, researchers urge

Statements about biofuels being carbon neutral should be taken with a grain of salt. This is according to researchers at the University of Michigan Energy Institute after completing a retrospective, national-scale evaluation of the environmental effect of substituting petroleum fuels with biofuels in the US. America’s biofuel use to date has in fact led to a net increase in carbon dioxide emissions, says lead author John DeCicco in Springer’s journal Climatic Change.

The use of liquid biofuels in the transport sector has expanded over the past decade in response to policies such as the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and California’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). These policies are based on the belief that biofuels are inherently carbon neutral, meaning that only production-related greenhouse gas emissions need to be tallied when comparing them to fossil fuels.

A lot more at the link (WUWT). The comments too, make interesting reading.

A snippet from the author, DeCicco: […] Continue reading

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good for the environment …

The Green Blob will be miffed, fracking is good for the environment. Good for the environment. Go on, say it again slowly so they can understand, Fracking is good for the environment. Count the ways.

The oil and gas boom is reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday.

“The increased production of oil and natural gas in the United States has, obviously, been a major story in terms of our economy, and also our environment,” Moniz said at a field hearing in Seattle convened by Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

“The natural gas boom, in particular, has led to the displacement of high-carbon coal with low-carbon natural gas producing fewer [carbon dioxide] emissions,” Moniz said.

Moniz’s comments follow those by the head of the Energy Information Administration, the Energy Department’s analysis arm, earlier this month, indicating that carbon emissions are lower than they have been since 1992 because of increased reliance on natural gas from hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking.

Yes, fracking is good for the environment, the footprint is small, produces some CO2 suitable for agriculture, and provides feedstock for fertilizers and the manufacture of plastics.

Fracking in WA for gas

Fracking in WA for gas

sticking to gas power.

sticking to gas power.

However, the ignorance continues:

 

 

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Greens lose … says Greens

Good news on the Environmental front. The Greens lost, according to this email request for more money. No, I wont be donating $10 or even $1, but I am thankful the loony Queensland Government lost this vote! Resign now, is all I can say.

You see, I like the extra CO2 emissions, they are a massive benefit to our economy, not your negative, failed scaremongering of farming communities. It’s no wonder you lost, people are waking to the scam.

Dear Tom,

WE WON’T LOSE ANOTHER ROUND

This week, we lost. Independent MPs sided with the opposition in Queensland’s parliament, cutting down a bill to restore sensible tree clearing laws in the state.

Since the Campbell Newman Government demolished the laws back in 2013, 1,000,000 hectares of trees have been cleared.

If you saw our report on tree clearing, you’ll know how that affects Australia’s CO2 emissions. Not to mention the copious native animal habitat destroyed. Or the extra sediment that now runs freely onto our irreplaceable Great Barrier Reef.

We know we can win this, because we’ve succeeded many times before. And, as always, the science lies firmly on our side.

WILL YOU DONATE $10 TO HELP US BUILD A FIGHTING FUND?

Our organising teams are ready to activate the Queensland community:

  • We’re already pursuing a range of legal options
  • We’re working closely with federal parliament, urging it to step in
  • We’re uniting the international community to protect both our climate and Reef.

All we need is your help.

MAKE YOUR $10 DONATION NOW

Thanks for your support. As the fight for sustainable tree clearing laws in Queensland continues, we’ll keep you up to date with all the important developments.
Yours for nature,


Lyndon Schneiders
National Director

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faces of Cable Beach, Broome …

Cable Beach has a number of different faces, as different as if they were from different beaches. Low tide and high tide are so different, in landscape and ecology and in recreation. These images are from a few days including this weekend, click to enlarge:

Underside of a beached jellyfish

Underside of a beached jellyfish

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Rare swell brings some surf

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DSC02837 DSC02872High tide of 9.8Metres and a low of 0.9Metres

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the miracle molecule of life …

Sensational, good news about CO2, again:

Elevated CO2 Increases Soil Phosphorus Availability in a Phosphorus-Limited Australian Woodland (18 August 2016)
A new FACE study reveals another significant benefit of increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations for plants growing in phosphorus-limiting soils…

What isn’t it good for? Greenies! There’s always a catastrophe around every corner:

The fossil fuel industry is killing the world’s coral reefs!

 I guess I will just have to stick my head in the oven. Oh no, I can’t, it’s gas, and releases CO2 when burnt.  It sucks to be a Green, (casually ‘unfriending’ Ecowatch). On second thoughts, it’s comic relief. Oh, and mostly bull:

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Now Phosphorus is a very important molecule too for flowering plants, but many Australian species, such as Grevilleas, have adapted to a very low phosphorus soil type. Got to love that extra CO2.

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bulldust busted … coral reefs are healthy

All those stories of coral bleaching causing the death of the Great Barrier Reef are false. The scaremongering from all the usual media culprits were just nonsense, as I said they would be at the time. Heads should roll, beginning with Hoegh-Guldberg, but they wont of course, just go onto the next little thing that frightens them!

Guest essay by Jim Steele

Director emeritus Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University and author of Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism

In my essay, The Coral Bleaching Debate: Is Bleaching the Legacy of a Marvelous Adaptation Mechanism or A Prelude to Extirpation? I presented evidence from a synthesis of the most recent peer reviewed science that demonstrated coral reefs can be very resilient and the gloom and doom claim of climate alarmist Hoegh-Guldberg that “as much as 95% [of the world’s coral] may be in danger of being lost by mid-century.” is most likely biased fear mongering. […]

The above post was added at WUWT after Anthony Watts original post here:

[…] Then in 2015, a team of marine biologists was stunned and overjoyed to find the giant coral reef once again teeming with life. But the rebound came with a big question: Could the enormous and presumably still fragile coral survive what would be the hottest year on record? This month, the Massachusetts-based research team finished a new exploration of the reefs in the secluded Phoenix Islands, a tiny Pacific archipelago, and were thrilled by what they saw. When they splashed out of an inflatable dinghy to examine Coral Castles closely, they were greeted with a vista of bright greens and purples — unmistakable signs of life. –Karen Weintraub, The New York Times, 15 August 2016

[…]

 

The scare campaigns from the Green Blob about the death of the Barrier reef were somewhat biased and political, with little resemblance of science. Read both posts.

Update, the usual culprits continue on their astrolo-science way:

The Great Barrier Reef urgently needs your help! The coal industry is accelerating global warming by mining and burning coal, and is putting the future of the Reef at risk! Join the movement to ‪#‎SaveTheReef‬ today

 

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carbon fertilizer wins …

Carbon dioxide has now been found to fertilize plants above ground and below, in the soils. That’s what a new paper has discovered, and a precis is here, at co2science.

In an enlightening new paper, Vejpustkova et al. (2016) report how they measured the inter-annual ring-width variations and cumulative growth of ten aspen (Populus tremula L.) trees growing on spots of different soil CO2 concentration within their rooting zones at a natural mofette site (an opening in a region of nearly extinct volcanic activity, through which carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and other gases pass), which they conducted in the flood plain of a stream near Hartousoz in Western Bohemia.

These trees, which were growing in a pure aspen stand, were selected on the basis of the CO2-gas regimes within their rooting zones. More specifically, five of them had mean root-zone soil CO2 concentrations of 10-25% while five others had mean concentrations of 3% or less. And what did Vejpustkova et al. learn by so doing?

The five researchers — hailing from Germany and the Czech Republic — report that at the age of 25 years, the basal area of the high CO2 trees exceeded that of the low CO2 trees by 39%. And in light of these significant findings, they conclude that “trees can be fertilized not only by elevated atmospheric CO2 but also when fed with CO2 via the roots.” And so we see that whether above or below ground, CO2 enrichment of those environments can prove a blessing to Earth’s aspen trees.


Mean cumulative stem basal area of aspen high CO2 (HC) and low CO2 (LC) trees from the Hartousov mofette location. Vertical bars indicate +/–SE. Adapted from Vejpustkova et al 2016.

Now I am off to burn more CO2 to improve my trees.

Paper Reviewed
Vejpustkova, M., Thomalla, A., Cihak, T., Lomsky, B. and Pfanz, H. 2016. Growth of Populus tremula on CO2-enriched soil at a natural mofette site. Dendrobiology 75: 3-12.

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