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Sep 29, 2009

“Ditch the Emissions Trading Scheme”.

Photo; Protest sign from Washington tea Party Rally, from 9-12 Tea Party Rallies: Red Cube Goes to Washington. For those following this link, note the free market/ libertarian/ pro capitalist essence of the signs displayed.

By Viv Forbes

It is time for Australian politicians to ditch the Emissions Trading Scheme and dismantle the expensive Global Warming empire they have created.

The scientific case has collapsed and the political coalition has evaporated, but still the major political parties continue to serve vested interests and fish for Green preferences.

The case for action on global warming is essentially this: “Man’s emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are causing dangerous global warming”. This scare has been disproved in triplicate.

Firstly, both long term and short term temperature records show that CO2 does not control temperature. This destroys the whole basis for the global warming hysteria.

Secondly, recent temperature records show that, despite constantly increasing aerial CO2, world temperature is falling, not rising alarmingly.

Thirdly, it is clear that global cooling is a far bigger threat to all life on earth than global warming – there are many benefits of a warmer world with plenty of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

The global political support is also collapsing, although few politicians will yet admit it.

It has suffered three major political reverses.

Firstly, the US Senate is not going to pass their Ration-N-Tax Scheme this year, probably not next year, maybe never.

Secondly, there is scant political support for capping carbon dioxide in Eurasia or South of the Equator. There are many countries lined up looking for billions of dollars in carbon credit handouts, but none want to cap or tax their own emissions.

For example, China has announced that it doubts the science and the economics of caps (but it is keen to build heaps of windmills and solar panels for anyone silly enough to buy them).

India will burn more coal, and will not accept caps, and Russia is only interested in selling carbon credits.

Finally, even in Europe, the citadel of global warming, public support is evaporating.

The British public is “tired, bored and resentful” of the hysteria and cost of the low carbon vision.

And two thirds of French voters oppose their new carbon tax (even though they have a huge nuclear power industry).

Both Australian political parties cite “pressure for certainty from big business” as the main justification for rushing into the Ration-N-Tax Scheme.

The sad fact is that a majority of big businesses look to benefit from the whole new tax-subsidise-and-trade empire that will be created. Banks, commodity traders, lawyers, accountants, regulators, academics, solar, wind and gas entrepreneurs, and the carbon sequestration lobby are all planning to profit from trading hot air certificates. They also see opportunities to profit from increasing energy prices or they need special subsidies and tax breaks to justify some foolish gambles they have taken in the alternate energy business.

And the hidden agenda of both major political parties is to gain or retain power by courting green preferences.

These are all grubby reasons for saddling ordinary Australians with a scheme that will increase the costs for everything, particularly electricity, food and travel, as well as destroying real jobs and slashing the value of their superannuation funds.

Viv Forbes is Chairman of the Carbon Sense Coalition which opposes waste of resources, opposes pollution, and promotes the rational and sustainable use of carbon energy and carbon food.

Sep 18, 2009

Great Gun commercial.

In line with my usual procedure as I head out to work I am posting something amusing to keep you occupied, while I am gone.

A friend sent me this commercial listed as “Totally Awesome Burglary Commercial”

It is a great argument against gun control. As the sender said, “I love free markets.”

Sep 17, 2009

Anniversary,Mount Mulligan Mine Disaster.

These cable drums were blown 50 feet from their foundations following a coal dust explosion. They each weighed two tons.

Last year I posted on the anniversary of the Mt Mulligan mine disaster of 1921. I will have to do it a couple of days early this year as I am heading back to work tomorrow. An anonymous commenter sent me a Youtube reference to it, which I found enlightening and for those who are interested it is here.

Unfortunately there is not an embed code.

I am not sure why, but I have had quite a few visits to that post from Google etc. searches. When I wrote it, it was mainly as something for my regular readers to share my experience, but the event seems to still draw enquiries.

David Bellamy,” Carbon dioxide: “world’s best friend.”

David Bellamy was a popular figure on television until he upset the powers that be by taking an opposing view on global warming. Here he is:

Carbon dioxide: David Bellamy says “world’s best friend”; Nick Smith says “pollutant.”

“Within days of the distinguished British environmentalist, Dr David Bellamy reminding New Zealanders that carbon dioxide is the world’s best friend, a desperate local politician has described it as a pollutant and proposes to cripple our economy with charges for its emissions.” …

“In their zeal to confuse the public, politicians like Minister Smith use the term ‘carbon’ when they are referring to the odourless, colourless gas, carbon dioxide (CO2) that comprises just 3.62% of so-called ‘greenhouse’ gases in the atmosphere, of which just 3.4% is human caused, meaning that the human contribution of CO2 to the greenhouse effect is a miniscule 0.123%, the equivalent of 12 cents in $100.

The full article is worth the read.

ACORN Prostitution racket ends funding at last.

The Senate voted on Monday to prevent Acorn, the group whose employees were caught on a hidden camera recently giving tax advice to people who said they wanted to run a brothel involving underage prostitutes from El Salvador, from receiving federal housing grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Obama has had a long association with this group.

Video Here:

More videos and information can be found at

The vote passed by 83 – 7 with the only opponents being, Roland W. Burris D IL, Bob Casey D PA, Richard J. Durbin D IL, Kirsten Gillibrand D NY, Sheldon Whitehouse D RI, Patrick J. Leahy D VT, Bernard Sanders I VT.

Up to this point, nearly 70 ACORN employees have been convicted in 12 states for voter registration fraud, and Pennsylvania judge Richard Zoller--after holding a low-level ACORN employee liable for election law violations noted that "somebody has to go after ACORN.''

ACORN has evaded taxes, obstructed justice, and aided and abetted a cover-up of embezzlement by Dale Rathke, the brother of ACORN founder Wade Rathke. By refusing to report Dale Rathke's embezzlement of $948,607.50 as an excess benefit transaction, ACORN appears to have violated the Internal Revenue Code. ACORN's cover-up of the embezzlement for more than eight years would also constitute obstruction of justice.

Last week, Miami-Dade prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 11 ACORN employees who are to be charged with falsifying voter registration cards. Up to this time however the flow of government funds seemed likely to continue, even though most of their criminal activities were known to the government. An 88-page incriminating report published in July by the minority staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform was entitled “Is ACORN Intentionally Structured as a Criminal Enterprise?”

It has taken proof that they were willing to go completely beyond all decent behavior in assisting to set up a teenage prostitution racket to get something done about it.

The Census Bureau notified ACORN on Friday that it is severing all ties with the group for all work having to do with the 2010 census. Notwithstanding the fact that is long overdue, I applaud them for that action. They stated, “it is clear that ACORN's affiliation with the 2010 Census promotion has caused sufficient concern in the general public, has indeed become a distraction from our mission, and may even become a discouragement to public cooperation, negatively impacting 2010 Census efforts. Unfortunately, we no longer have confidence that our national partnership agreement is being effectively managed through your many local offices. For the reasons stated, we therefore have decided to terminate the partnership.”

Acorn has over the years received around $ 53 Million in federal funds, and has been likely to receive $8.5 billion in stimulus funds. Last week the Census Bureau told Acorn that it no longer wanted the group’s assistance for the 2010 census. Hopefully that situation will end with this.

Sep 15, 2009

Indian view on energy rationing.

Cartoon: By Ramirez.

While Australia, the US, and much of Europe push to legislate feel good legislation that is supposed to stop climate change in its tracks after forcing the rest of the world to accept the idea of energy rationing there seems to be little support for it in many countries. In some such as India there is downright hostility towards the west on the issue. Without nations such as India and China on board, Rudds Ration and Tax (RAT) scheme, is even more futile than the idea that any reductions of Australia’s miniscule proportion of world emissions will change anything anyway.

It has long been apparent that developing countries were going to generally ignore the efforts of the west to impose limits and keep on developing power stations anyway. I was not aware of the hostility being generated in those countries until I read an article by Deepak Lal in the Business Standard, “Spiking the road to Copenhagen” outlining the feelings involved from an Indian standpoint:

Three cheers for Jairam Ramesh! India at last has an environment minister who is willing and able to denounce the hypocrisy and immorality of the West in twisting the arms of India and China to curb their carbon emissions. He is right to make it clear that India has no intention of signing the new ‘climate change’ treaty in Copenhagen in December, which would put curbs on the carbon emissions of the Third World. If they do not comply they are being threatened by the draft bill going through the US Congress to levy carbon tariffs on their exports.

As this column has argued many times, this is a blatant attempt to prevent these countries from industrialising and achieving the standards of living of the West. For, until technological advances can allow alternative ‘green’ energy sources to compete with the fossil fuels, whose use is gradually eliminating poverty in the Third World as in the West’s own ascent from poverty, a call to put any curbs on carbon emissions is in fact to condemn their billions to continuing poverty. ….

Whilst the salving of their consciences by buying carbon offsets (as Al Gore claims to do every time he jets around the world) is akin to the Papal indulgences sold by the Catholic Church, which allowed its richer adherents to assuage their guilt and ‘fornicate on clean sheets’. For Gore to have the lights on his mansion blazing throughout the night, and seek to restrict the emissions from Indian power stations, when most Indians don’t even have an electric light bulb, is deeply wicked. …

Those development economists and sundry celebrities, who on the one hand, want to see the end of world poverty and on the other, to curb Third World carbon emissions, should be ashamed of themselves for advocating the latter path which will make the former goal impossible to achieve.

This is particularly heinous as the claim by the IPCC that, it is scientifically proven, CO2 emissions are the cause of global warming, is increasingly being questioned by climatologists. Particularly, as since 1997, both the terrestrial and more accurate satellite temperature readings (which are not contaminated by the ‘heat island’ urbanisation effect) show global cooling, even though there has been a large increase in CO2 emissions. This is also the period in which the sunspot activity in the Sun has ceased. …..

The full article can be found here.

Sep 14, 2009

“ETS will kill Tourism, Transport and Trade”.

Cartoon, by Nicholson.

By, Viv Forbes, Chairman of the Carbon Sense Coalition

Emissions trading schemes proposed for the western world will guarantee another global financial crisis for tourism, transport and world trade.

All carbon control schemes have at their core two essential features aimed at reducing man’s production of the harmless gas, carbon dioxide. Firstly, increasingly severe rationing of carbon dioxide (CO2) releases. And secondly, taxes on all permitted emissions and punitive taxes on any excess. They are all Ration-and-Tax Schemes and they will all enforce arbitrary reductions by 2020.

But not one car, truck, bus, train, plane or ship can move without producing CO2. There is no possibility that this will change significantly before the doomsday year of 2020, just a decade away. Therefore neither Australia nor New Zealand can cut CO2 emissions by 2020 without slowly strangling all those industries that rely on moving people or goods.

Our politicians should be asked, individually, what food, mineral products and travel they propose doing without in order to meet the 2020 cuts specified in their Ration-and-Tax Schemes.

Australia and New Zealand comprise four lonely islands in the vast southern oceans which stretch from Africa to South America

However, world population, political power and finance are concentrated far away in the Northern Hemisphere.

Apart from a few stock horses used by drovers, the occasional sailing yacht, some suburban bicycles and some hydro power that moves trains, our transport fleets rely totally on petrol, diesel, gas and coal. There are no solar powered aeroplanes or sail powered ocean liners - all produce CO2.

Neither country can import tourists, get mineral and food products to their cities or export goods to world markets without producing CO2.

Already France has introduced travel rationing using a carbon tax and the UK Institute for Public Policy says that “the government may need to introduce carbon rationing to cut pollution from everyday activities such as filling up the car, using electricity and flying abroad for holidays”. A UK government committee even proposes that airline taxes should be raised progressively to “a level that would put people off flying”.

Our politicians should be asked what effect these measures and our local Ration-N-Tax Schemes will have on the South Pacific tourist industries.

And why are Australian politicians rushing to construct transport infrastructure for trucks, trains, planes and ships if all of these industries are going to be subject to mandatory rationing and taxes – no additional infrastructure or jobs are needed for a world in which tourism, transport and trade are doomed to contract.

It is a sad indictment of business, media, opposition parties and union leaders in Australia and New Zealand that so few are asking these vital questions.

The Ration-N-Tax Schemes will have zero beneficial effects but, they will cause crippling contraction and job losses in our backbone industries.

This is the real global warming crisis.

PS By coincidence, the following note came in from a correspondent in UK yesterday:

“You will know that the UK government is committed to an 80 % reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. Well, this week they have now recognised that greater growth in air travel than anticipated is likely to occur and so they have proclaimed that emissions from other sectors will have to be cut by 90% by 2050. One hopes that their projections for air travel are not on the low side or else we could find ourselves in the UK having to cut carbon emissions by 110%. ….
WF, Scotland

See also why another lady will no longer be having holidays in Britain:

Viv Forbes is Chairman of the Carbon Sense Coalition, which opposes waste of resources, opposes pollution, and promotes the rational and sustainable use of carbon energy and carbon food.

Traveston Swamp gets the Go ahead.

It is a popular delusion that the government wastes vast amounts of money through inefficiency and sloth. Enormous effort
and elaborate planning are required to
waste this much money.
– P.J. O'Rourke

It has been reported that construction of the proposed Traveston Crossing dam will commence sometine after Christmas. This project has not been approved environmentally by the federal government at this time and it is interesting to note that the Queensland government regards its approval as a done deal. I guess with the proposal being put up by a Labor government, the minister Peter Garrett will do what he is told on this issue.

The dam is a prime example of the old adage that nobody's life liberty or property is safe while parliament is sitting. While property rights are generally secure from private encroachment, they have no security when the government decides it has a project that is "in the common good." Straight seizure, or resumption, or forced purchase is not the only manner in which property rights are violated. There is a growing tendency to limit the rights of property owners to carry out their own activities on their own land, by federal, state and local governments alike.

The entire project was hatched at blinding pace cloaked in secrecy in order to make it appear to Brisbane householders that the government was going to do something to alleviate the water supply restrictions there. Essentially the whole concept was based on knee-jerk reactions to the unpopularity in major population centers of having to cut back on water usage like the rest of us have to do in droughts. The result is probably one of the worst thought out proposals in recent times which will result in thousands of acres of land being covered in shallow water, which will result in a massive algal swamp.

I note that landholders are being vilified in government statements in relation to overgrazing, erosion and bad farming practices. It is also noticeable that there is a judgementalism in the comments section as to what the land is used for, for example, lifestyle blocks. In a free society a landholder is not required to prove himself worthy in the eyes of the elitists to have the right to enjoy the fruits of his labour.

It seems that now the dam is achieving the almost religious status of a state spending project. Since the beginning of the economic downturn governments have experienced some sort of epiphany whereby instead of the old ideas of fiscal responsibility where balancing the budget was a virtue, the responsible course is for the state to spend like drunken sailors to make up for all of those irresponsible private citizens who tighten their belts in order to get through. They seem to think that the way to deal with the result of excessive borrowing and spending is to borrow and spend a hell of a lot more.

While to some it may appear that this is the answer, it is only a temporary fix and in the longer term we are going to have to go through the pain of not only having to repay the massive debt that is currently being run up, but we face the possibly disastrous results of an economy skewed towards reliance on government spending. As Milton Friedman stated, "There is nothing as permanent as a temporary government program.

I am sceptical of the benefit to the state of a program based on saddling the private sector with a massive increase in public sector employees to support while skewing the economy towards dependence on government spending.

Sep 13, 2009

Barnaby is now the real leader of the Opposition.

Picture: The Peoples Cube.

By Viv Forbes, Chairman,

Penny Wong and Kevin Rudd are determined to have some Emissions Trading Legislation on the law books before the next Copenhagen Climate Change Convocation in December. What we do in Australia will also affect what happens to similar legislation in the US Senate. And if Australia and the US provide some lead, we may stem the tide.

Too many key Liberals are so scared (or enamoured) of the Greens that they are in danger of caving to some deal with Rudd. The Liberals are also being pushed by Big Business for “certainty” – I prefer uncertainty forever rather than the certainty of execution in the morning.

A majority of the biggest businesses see nothing but profit potential for themselves in trading carbon permits and credits. Others have foolishly and prematurely committed to imprudent “green” investments whose value will evaporate unless the Emissions Trading legislation gets up. These big vested interests are opposed to the interests of ordinary Australian workers, shareholders, taxpayers and consumers. They are pushing our weakest politicians to pass this bill before too many Australians wake up to what is in store for them.

But we can beat them, and our weapon is to mobilize public opinion against the RATS Bill and against those thinking of supporting it. Already the big ocean of public opinion is stirring – we need to add our paddles to the pool.

The first step is to realize that the Global Warming Hysteria was promoted by people with a deep commitment to philosophies totally opposed to our western heritage of individual freedoms and free enterprise.

For some insights into the parallels between today’s philosophies of the Deep Greens and the total government philosophies of the 1920’s see “The Battle of our Times.”

Politics is a numbers game. We thus need to motivate and encourage ordinary people to put pressure on every politician, every media outlet, and every participant in this big debate.

Many individuals become discouraged at the enormity of the job, and say “But What Can I do”. To help them we have produced a guidebook of advice on what every one of us can and should do, starting tomorrow. It is all detailed in “Time to Turn up the Heat.”

“Carbon Sense” is not a party political body. Our aim is to promote rational energy, climate and environmental policies and to oppose this baseless campaign to demonise, ration and tax the use of carbon energy and food. Therefore any politician or party who opposes the RATS Bill has our support.

Barnaby Joyce and the Nationals have been refreshingly unequivocal about the RATS Bill – they will vote against anything that Wong-Turnbull put up. Hence we support them in the Media Release below. We also support Steve Fielding and the Family First Party and those individual Liberals and Labor politicians who see through this scam.

So we now ask for your help. Please distribute our messages, read the reports above, spread them around, and do SOMETHING - whatever best suits your ability and inclination.

In the Roman Senate during the wars with Carthage, Senators ended every speech with the words: “And Carthage must be destroyed”.

So remember and repeat endlessly: “The RATS Bill must be destroyed.”

Barnaby is now the real leader of the Opposition.

The Chairman of the Carbon Sense Coalition, Mr Viv Forbes, today called for Liberals who oppose the ALP Ration-N-Tax Scheme Bill (the RATS Bill) to leave the Liberals and join the Nationals.

“Barnaby Joyce has become the real leader of the Opposition and deserves to be supported. Malcolm Turnbull no longer serves liberal values and actually promotes the interests of big business mates who aim to do very well out of trading carbon credits.

“The Liberal leadership has lost all idea of their philosophical base and are now the paralysed party of the extreme centre. They should have learnt from the history of Don Chipp’s Democrats and The Australia Party that parties of the extreme centre end up standing for nothing and are abandoned by their supporters.

“The Liberal Party is now on that dead-end road.

“Mr Turnbull should also ponder the philosophical goals of the deep green zealots who promote the Green Religion. He will find them consistent with the philosophies of Mao and Stalin, and totally opposed to the beliefs of freedom supporters such as Menzies, Thatcher and Regan.

“Once our Parliaments held people like Bert Kelly and John Hyde of the Liberals and Peter Walsh and Michael Costa of the ALP who supported the freedom philosophy for both business and workers. Today, liberty finds few friends in Parliament.

“Mr Turnbull determines his policies by “Business Feedback”. He should talk to more than organisations such as the Business Council of Australia, where 60% of the membership has no direct carbon tax liability and many of them expect to benefit greatly by participating in the new Bubble Business to be created from trading hot air certificates.

“Big banks, national law firms, transnational accounting firms, Wall Street traders and the merchant bank millionaires are not the real industry of Australia – they are the froth and bubble floating on the real rivers of productive industry.

“Since the days of the Wool Boom and the Gold Rush, Australian prosperity has always rested on the primary wealth created by its outback industries. Mr Turnbull needs to pull on his RM Williams boots, don a hard hat and venture out of the air conditioning to find the opinion of the real businesses of Australia. He should talk to farmers and graziers, fishermen and foresters, miners and explorers, those who process our minerals and food into things of real value, and those who run the trucks, trains and planes that keep the swarming cities functioning.

“Far from the genteel cocktail circuit of the Sydney-Melbourne Clubs, the Nationals have sensed the growing grassroots revolt against the Rudd road to carbon penury. They have done what every good politician does – find out where the people are heading and jump in front calling “Follow Me”. Many others will now join that revolt.

“Barnaby Joyce is right. The RATS Bill cannot be made acceptable - it must be destroyed in the Senate.”

Sep 12, 2009

“Cheneyed” by Obama; - Air America.

Francis Rice of the National Black Republicans, (NBRA) has a great article in Canada Free press pointing to the disparity in the liberal response to two incidents where Obama was called a liar. In the first they are in hysterics about the truthful statement by Joe Wilson of South Carolina at the Obamacare speech. In the second they are rather mute on the statement on Air America, which far more damagingly referred to him as a “charming liar.”

The Air America one is on a left wing site, and accuses him of conning them. Coming from some of his most loyal supporters, it doesn’t come more damaging than that. But it does.

At the end of the video below the question is asked, "What if the people out there screaming and breaking up the town hall meetings are correct?" Then it goes on to suggest that it could be "the absolute fascist nightmare." These are his supporters talking!!!

Here is the video. (From Red State.)

In what is probably one of the most effective and blistering attacks on him that I have seen Rice makes the points:

From the moment he stepped onto the national stage to campaign for the presidency, Obama has consistently lied to the American people in order to convince us to trust him with our economic and national security. Since becoming our president, he has betrayed that trust.

During his first eight months in office, Obama has exhibited his admiration for dictators and disdain for our allies. He offended the Queen of England and bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia. He praised the Marxist Daniel Ortega, kissed Socialist Hugo Chavez on the cheek and endorsed the Socialist Evo Morales of Bolivia. He sided with Hugo Chavez and Communist Fidel Castro against Honduras, a country that followed its constitution and stopped its president from illegally turning himself into that country’s dictator. Obama announced that he would meet with Iranians with no pre-conditions, while they’re building their nuclear weapons.

Obama displayed a blatant lack of concern for what is in the best interest of America when he circled the globe and publicly apologized for America’s world leadership. He told the Mexican president that Americans are responsible for the violence in Mexico. He announced a cut in funding for our new missile defense system the day after an ICBM was launched by North Korea. He released information on U.S. intelligence gathering despite contrary urgings of his own CIA director and the four prior CIA directors. He ordered that the word “terrorism” be stricken from our discourse and replaced with the innocuous words “man made disasters.” He appointed a Homeland Security Chief who identified military veterans and abortion opponents as “dangers to the nation.” ………….

It is well worth a read of the full article.

Sep 11, 2009

To my mates on 9/11

National Guard fighter over the Pentagon, 9/11.
Photo: Gil Cohen.

Just letting you know I am thinking of you today.

Obama-care and dead Kennedies.

Picture; Mary Jo Kopechne.

As I tend to place value on decorum, and respect the right of families of the deceased to grieve their loss without suffering adverse comments, and as I couldn’t think of a single good thing to say about Ted Kennedy, I avoided comment on his death.

The image of the now sanctified corpse of one of the most degenerate men in US politics with the possible exception of Jack Murtha being verbally dragged across the floor of the house by Obama in what the ABC referred to as a poignant moment, as an excuse to prompt Congress to pass obamacare, is just too much hypocrisy to ask us to tolerate.

Kennedy was the regrettable product of a family who always acted as they did because they were able to get away with it and knew it. Lawyers and spin-doctors surrounded them to the point where despite making the Borgias look respectable, they were able defuse most issues that threatened to disgrace them.

Ted was a lecherous old roué who despite being the underachiever of the family still nonetheless inherited the born to rule attitude common to the Kennedy’s. Probably the worst display of his elitist attitude came at Chappaquiddick where he drove a car shitfaced drunk off a bridge into water and drowned his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne. It is difficult to imagine a man to be so obsessed with himself, so narcissistic, so up himself, as to balance his reputation with voters against the life of what he saw as his bit on the side and decided to let her drown while he contacted the family PR machine and slept off a skin-full of booze.

If Obama wishes to get his legislation passed he really needs to come up with a better reason than the fact that that some bastard who deserves to be dead would have liked it. Kennedy is referred to as the lion of the senate and the greatest liberal, sadly by todays standards he probably is.

Probably the most tragic aspect of the Kennedy assassinations was that they didn’t go far enough.

Sep 10, 2009

A ripper from Newsbusted.

Newsbusted always has parts that strike a chord with me but this one was great all the way through.

Sep 9, 2009

“The Un-Natural disaster, made in Parliament”.

Cartoon by Ramirez.

Viv Forbes is Chairman of the Carbon Sense Coalition, an Australian organisation which opposes waste of resources, opposes pollution, and promotes the rational and sustainable use of carbon energy and carbon food. The following article is written at an interesting time for realists as for the whole of this year in the US, there has been a rising trend for an increasing proportion of people to accept that GW is the result of long term planetary trends, not human activity, as the latest Rasmussen poll indicates.

Forty-seven percent (47%) of U.S. voters say global warming is caused by long-term planetary trends rather than human activity.

However, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% still blame human activity more for climate change, while five percent (5%) say there is some other reason.

Except for June when the two points of view were virtually tied, voters have been trending away from blaming human activity since January.

Interestingly there is a significant divide along partisan lines, with Sixty-two percent (62%) of Democrats fault humans, while 65% of Republicans and a plurality (49%) of voters not affiliated with either party say planetary trends are the culprit. The probable reason for this is that the administration is determined to pass taxes on energy use and therefore blames humans and their supporters need to march in lockstep with them on this or they would find it rather difficult to justify the party line.

The Australian government is still quite strident in its efforts to increase revenue by pursuing this policy. Labors position is that if the public is irresponsible enough to reduce expenditure in order to balance their budgets in order to make ends meet, it is up to the government to tax them more in order to spend enough to meet the shortfall.

“The Un-Natural disaster, made in Parliament”.

By Viv Forbes.

The current Lab-Lib policy on energy and food is creating a man-made disaster and destroying Australia’s ability to cope with real natural disasters.

We are being forced to waste our savings and investment capital on futile political gestures such as the Ration-and-Tax Scheme Bill (the RATS Bill), on horrendously expensive and wasteful ideas like carbon capture and burial, and on costly and totally inadequate and unreliable energy sources such as solar and wind. And our policies on woody weeds, water conservation, carbon forests and bio-fuels are deviously destroying our ability to produce food.

An invading enemy could hardly do more damage to our ability to cope with future natural disasters than we are inflicting on ourselves.

All of this stupidity is based on two fallacies. Firstly, the RATS Bill relies on some totally unproven theory that man can control the climate. Secondly, the urgency is justified by doomsday global warming forecasts from computer models that have never produced a correct forecast for even two years ahead, let alone for the 50-100 years they are projecting.

Despite the expenditure of billions of dollars on computer models, international junkets and climate “research”, not one of the computer models or greenhouse theories predicted the last 10 years of global cooling in the face of rising carbon dioxide levels.

The world has always suffered from recurring natural disasters such as droughts, floods, bush fires, water shortages and crop failures. But never before have we faced a man-made energy and food disaster with the destructive potential of the current policies.

Only rich societies with plenty of tools, machinery, food stocks and savings can cope with natural disasters. When disaster strikes it is not Cuba, Zimbabwe, Somalia or Bangladesh who send ships, helicopters, trucks, generators, refrigerators, medical supplies, tents, manpower and food to the stricken area – what the refugees see arriving are US naval helicopters, Canadian fire fighters, Australian aid workers or bags of rice from Japan.

In the past, government policies have always encouraged Australians to save their money and invest it in efficient machinery, tools, food capability and energy sources. Such a policy best equips us to be able to cope with whatever disaster the future may hold.

A study of climate history shows clearly that we are at least as likely to face global cooling with destructive frosts, snow, drought and crop failures, as the opposite and more benign scenario of global warming, with more precipitation and better plant growth.

If the current cooling trend continues or accelerates, the world will need every bit of food and energy we can produce. Money wasted on futile attempts to predict and control future climate would be better spent on improving our mines, factories and farms and building machinery, tools, roads, dams, railways, airstrips, helicopters and efficient modern power stations.

Our ancestors coped with mammoth ice ages, droughts which depopulated whole countries, spreading deserts of Saharan magnitude and floods of biblical proportions. Those who sat and sacrificed their substance on fantasies such as “Global Warming” perished and left no descendants. Those with the sense to adapt to the changed climates by migration, new food sources, better technology and more productive lifestyles survived.

None of our ancestors were led to survival by high priests in green robes with computer models chanting anti-energy and anti-food slogans.

Never before have we seen a whole generation of western leaders in politics, media, education, academia and big business so cushioned by prosperity, and so mesmerised by pagan nature-worship that they have lost sight of what created and maintains human existence.