Tim Flannery – apocalyptic nonsense

The “global warming” enviro-head, author of The Weather Makers, and (shamefully) Australian of the Year in 2007, is making nonsensical apocalyptic predictions about how climate change is heading for a global catastrophe in as little as 10 years.

Dr Flannery told an international carbon market conference on the Gold Coast yesterday that emissions trading schemes alone could not save the planet in time.

Telling a carbon market conference that an ETS can’t save the planet? So the message would be something like: the world’s going to hell in a handbasket, an ETS won’t help, but hey, you carbon traders can still cash in on Armageddon (before we all get sautéed, that is) … sweet.

Dr Flannery said the catastrophe could be a large-scale methane release which would cook the planet or [cause] major ice sheet destabilisation.

All qualified by the words “could be“, of course. I suppose he’s talking about a methane release caused by the out-of-control global warming that’s happened since 2001? No, wait, hang on…

Read it here.

Daily Bayonet – GW Hoax Weekly Round-up

As always, a great read.

Wong calls Opposition "deniers"

Denier Alert: In this post, where I commented on the Nationals dumping their ETS policy, I wondered aloud how long it would take for Rudd, Wong or one of their cronies to squeal “deniers” or “sceptics”. My bet was less than 24 hours – it’s actually taken six days, but it was as inevitable as the sun coming up in the morning. The Canberra Times reports that “Climate Penny” can’t control herself any longer, and goes on the offensive (in more ways than one):

Senator Wong told reporters in Sydney today the calls for delay on emissions trading from the opposition were “the next chapter from the climate change deniers who don’t want us to take action on climate change”.

“These are the same people who prevented Australia from ratifying the Kyoto protocol, these are the same people who preferred not to act on the long-term challenge of climate change,” she said.

“They are now asking for further delay because they are simply climate change deniers.”

Notice that she doesn’t address the arguments about why the Opposition, in particular the Nationals, oppose the ETS, such as the fact it will have no effect on climate change, and that despite what the Treasury modelling says, it will substantially damage our economy, she wheels out the offensive term “denier” – subtly linking those who deny climate change to those who “deny” the Holocaust – as if that’s all she has to do to win the argument. Sorry, Penny, that’s just not good enough. If you have sensible arguments against the Nationals’ position, let’s hear them – otherwise, just keep the offensive remarks to yourself.

The opposition “prevented” Australia ratifying Kyoto because it was a pointless political gesture. The government’s proposed ETS is nothing more, and advances an anti-capitalist political agenda.

Malcolm Turnbull has to simply let these personal attacks wash over, and stick to the facts about the ETS: even if Australia reduces emissions to zero overnight, it will make no difference to global climate, until or unless the other major emitters, the US, China and India, join in, which at this point they show little interest in doing. And, all this presupposes that CO2 drives temperature, which despite what the alarmists say, is by no means certain.

Read it here.

We can't think of any other cause, it must be us

This is the depth to which scientific research into climate change has sunk, like a kind of prehistoric civilisation that blames thunderstorms, earthquakes and volcanoes on humanity somehow having “upset the gods”. A Canadian study has concluded that we must be causing climate change because nothing else can explain it.

Under the triumphant headline “Study confirms human impact on climate change”, The Age reports all this without any discrimination:

“We found that we could only explain the warming that’s been observed if we included human-climate influences, particularly greenhouse gases,” the study’s author, Nathan Gillett, told ABC Radio.

“And we couldn’t explain those changes [if there] were just natural influences on climate like volcanoes and changes in the brightness of the sun.”

Maybe your models aren’t all they’re cracked up to be? Did you get them cheap off the IPCC? And to finish off, ACM Idiotic Comment of the Day gong awarded for dumbest alarmist remark:

“In the Arctic, we have the Greenland ice sheet, in the Antarctic, the Antarctic ice sheet.

If those all melted, that would contribute 70 metres to sea level.”


Read it here.

"Stock and Land" – Nationals' Warren Truss ridicules ETS modelling

“Stock and Land?”, I hear you ask. Well yes, as it appears to be one of the few media outlets that have the sense to print the views of the Nationals on the ETS modelling (as neither The Age, Sydney Morning Herald nor The Australian appear to have given Warren Truss a single column-inch of space amongst all the leftie propaganda):

The Leader of The Nationals, Warren Truss said Treasury clearly stated this fact: “Stabilisation [of greenhouse gas emissions] is only possible with action by all major emitters”.

“The Treasury modelling confirms that the Rudd Government’s proposal to introduce an ETS in 2010 – ahead of most of the rest of the world and our major trading partners – is folly,” Mr Truss said.

“There seems to be an assumption that big emitters will simply fall into line once Australia and a few other countries act. This is unlikely and we certainly won’t know until well after Labor’s scheme is scheduled to begin.”

Hello, testing, testing… Are you receiving this, Malcolm Turnbull? This should be Coalition policy, not just Nationals policy.

“The Rudd Government seems prepared to rush into this most momentous of decisions based purely upon ideology and a desire to reap new tax revenue,” Mr Truss said.

Give this man a Nobel Prize (and an Oscar for luck).

Read it here.

P.S. Kevin Rudd can’t even make a joke when it’s staring him right in the face, such is the dullness of his intellect. Speaking on ABC’s 7.30 Report, he said:

“My Cabinet colleagues and I have a lot of midnight oil to burn on this and other challenges in the weeks ahead.”

I mean, if he’d said that Peter Garrett (who is after all the Environment Minister, God help us) has a lot of Midnight Oil to burn, see, that’s funny…

A Tale of Two Headlines

From The Australian:

ETS will slow economic growth and push up inflation, models show

And from The Sydney Morning Herald:

Emissions cuts: ‘little economic impact

You pays your money, you takes your choice…

Read them here and here.

OT – Krudd's a jerk

We all had our suspicions in November 2007 about whether Kevin Rudd was simply an incompetent buffoon in a suit, but we never believed in all our wildest dreams that he would reveal himself to be a bigger idiot than anyone could have suspected. But that is exactly what he has done by leaking a story to The Australian about a conversation he had with George Bush. Andrew Bolt makes hay while the sun shines:

He betrayed Bush by retelling their conversation in ways to make the President seem a donkey, and Rudd the genius who trained him to behave. And Bush has noticed.

Still not satisfied, Rudd then apparently made things up – to take public credit for a decision Bush had already made.

I can’t recall a greater breach of confidence, a more studied insult to an ally or a more craven attempt at big-noting from an Australian Prime Minister.

Rudd made Bush seem a “donkey” by briefing that Bush queried to Rudd “What’s the G20?” (as if the President of the United States, no matter how you choose to view Bush, wouldn’t know that).

In fact, Channel 9’s Laurie Oakes last night reported that White House staff deny Bush ever asked Rudd: “What’s the G20?” They’re on to Rudd.

They sure are. It’s tawdry and embarrassing for Australia, and this is the guy we trust to tell us the truth on the economic crisis and the ETS. Let’s just hope Rudd’s a one-termer.

Read it all here.

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