Oh, look what Energy Australia is doing…


Finkel’s new portrait

Would never have seen this coming, since Finkel is the magic pudding that cuts emissions and prices!

A MAJOR electricity retailer has announced a $130-a-year price hike and blamed closing coal-fire power plants, among other factors, as some government MPs dig in their heels on the Finkel report.

There is a growing push within the Coalition to ensure coal plays a key role in the government’s energy policy coming out of the Finkel report’s recommendations.

Queensland LNP MPs have been among the most vocal in the push to keep coal in the energy mix, since a three-hour Coalition party room meeting in which more than 20 backbenchers raised concerns with the proposed clean energy target.

Energy Australia, which has 120,000 customers in Queensland, announced yesterday it was putting up prices 7.3 per cent. (source)

Madness on stilts.

Adani vs Finkel


Just ship it to India…

Compare and contrast the following two current news stories:

  1. Australia will ‘Finkel around the edges’ of a tiny emissions footprint in order to make Malcolm look like he’s a really sensitive, new Age, trendy-lefty guy who cares about the environment (but clearly not the pensioners who can’t heat their homes in winter, or cool them in summer);
  2. Adani will dig millions of tonnes of coal out of Queensland, ship it to India and burn it to provide cheap energy to Indians, and obliterating any possible difference Finkel will make to the climate hundreds (thousands?) of times over.

Here’s an idea – I know it sounds really, really, reeeeaaaally stupid – but why don’t we [whispers] burn the coal here and give Australians dirt cheap electricity?

Freaking MADNESS.

It’s 2009 all over again


Déjà vu all over again

Australian Climate Madness is back – at least for now – as the Coalition seeks to tear itself apart once again on the issue of emissions reductions.

The Finkel report is trying to sneak through a low emissions target under the guise of energy security and lower prices – yes, you read that right: lower prices. They genuinely believe that imposing targets on low-emissions generation will actually reduce energy costs. Not sure what planet they are on, but it isn’t this one.

A three-hour party room meeting last night reopened all the old wounds in the Coalition with PM Turnbull on one side and ex-PM Abbott on the other.  Australians are already struggling to pay ever increasing electricity and gas bills, thanks to the insane policies of the Turnbull government, so why the government is allowing itself to be seen as going within a mile of emissions reductions ahead of affordability is a complete mystery. No wonder voters are deserting the Coalition in droves.

It’s all drearily familiar to anyone who has followed Australian politics for any length of time. Labor and Liberal wets on one side, and Conservatives on the other.

For those in a nostalgic mood, here are a few posts from late 2009 on the stoush between the Coalition factions on the doomed Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), or as it was wildly incorrectly known, the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme:

Maybe the result of all this will be the same…

Ex-IPCC head Pachauri charged with sex assaults


Danger… to women, that is

Danger… to women, that is

Here at ACM we always thought Rajendra Pachauri was a wrong-un, especially with his bizarre and creepy penchant for writing steamy novels.

Looks like he moved from writing about it to doing it, whether the lady in question wanted it or not.

Indian police said Tuesday they had charged the former head of the UN climate change panel Rajendra Pachauri with sexual harassment, following a complaint by an ex-colleague at an environmental think-tank.

Police brought the charges against Pachauri in a Delhi trial court, more than a year after a female employee in her late twenties filed a complaint accusing him of sending inappropriate texts and emails.

“We have filed the charge sheet today and the court will decide when to begin the hearing,” investigating officer Virender Dalal told AFP.

Police have charged Pachauri, 75, with four counts including sexual assault, harassment and criminal intimidation, according to the complainant’s lawyer.

“Police have filed the nearly 1,400-page charge sheet in the trial court,” lawyer Prashant Mendiratta told AFP.

“We will need time to examine the entire document but it states that they have found prima facie evidence,” he added.

Not surprised, given it runs to a staggering 1,400 pages. That’s IPCC AR5 territory, but no doubt this particular read would be vastly more entertaining!

He’ll have plenty of time to write more steamy sex scenes in prison.

Kevin and Leo: two climate clowns


Climate clown

Climate clown

Sad Aussie has-been Kevin Rudd must be angling for an invitation to hang with DiCaprio at his mansion, sycophantically praising Leo’s idiotic and juvenile climate rant at the Oscars ceremony.

Latika at the Sydney Morning Herald can’t get enough of it, natch.

Kevin Rudd has described Leonardo DiCaprio as the “real deal on climate change” and praised the actor for using his first Oscar acceptance speech to urge global action on climate change.

The former prime minister washed-up old has-been sent his congratulations to DiCaprio, who finally won his first Academy Award more than 20 years after first being nominated, early on Tuesday morning Australian time, and told Fairfax Media the actor was genuine on the issue.

“Congrats Leo DiCaprio on Oscars win. About time,” the former Labor leader said. “Inspiring speech calling for global co-operation on climate change,” he said.

I will leave it to the eloquent Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter to provide the appropriate comment to Rudd:

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Oscars: Leo gives the speech from two decades ago


Lecturing the little people

Lecturing the little people

It’s taken so long for Leo to win an Oscar, he turned up with a speech about climate change that was twenty years out of date.

When he finally got the nod from the Academy, he trotted out the predictably tedious climate alarmism that might have been stirring or relevant a decade or so ago, but which is almost quaint by today’s standards, when even Michael Mann’s flaccid stick acknowledges the existence of The Pause.

‘Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world…climate change is real,’ said DiCaprio. ‘It is happening right now.

It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.’

‘Let us not take our planet for granted,’ he concluded. ‘I do not take tonight for granted.’ (source)

Yawn. The irony is that for almost all the period he has been twiddling his thumbs waiting for his little statuette, there has been essentially no global warming.

Leo then went off in his petrol-fuelled motorcade to fly home in his kerosine-powered private jet.

Shock! Mann’s stick droops…


Alarmists' droop?

Alarmists’ droop?

Mann’s membrum virile is a little more flaccid than it was a decade ago – well, it happens to the best of us.

This detumescence has occurred following the publication of a paper which acknowledges the existence of ‘The Pause’ and essentially confirms what the realists have been saying for some time:

It has been claimed that the early-2000s global warming slowdown or hiatus, characterized by a reduced rate of global surface warming, has been overstated, lacks sound scientific basis, or is unsupported by observations. The evidence presented here contradicts these claims.

No doubt the paper will go on to say that the sneaky old heat is hiding in the deep oceans where nobody can find it, and that when it decides it has had enough and breaks cover, it will be Far Worse Than We Thought™.

In the mean time, the stick is looking decidedly limp.

The list of authors reads like a litany of alarmism: Matthew England, Ben Santer, Michael E Mann…

I don’t for a moment believe that this is any genuine change of position – probably just setting us all up for the final coup de grace where, as a dramatic last exhortation to save the planet, Mann self-conflagrates himself whilst standing on an iceberg, and slowly melts himself into a hole.

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