Filed under: Australia, Europe, Global Warming, Junk Science, Science/Technology, United Kingdom | Tags: Global Warming Skepticism, Obama Wants More Money, Public Skepticism
The European Union’s climate policy is in freefall. Carbon prices (they do cap-and-trade) have lost nearly 14% of their value (April 2). The already depressed carbon price dropped from €7 to a record low of €6.14 by early afternoon.
The Germans are dumping their subsidies for solar energy. The British government has rejected the bogus economics of climate change, though they are not quite ready to announce it formally.
Europe is coming to the realization that on top of all their other economic problems, they don’t need to be subsidizing expensive solar energy that hikes the power bills for the public while producing little energy.
In Canada, Lawrence Solomon writes in The Financial Post that the world is awash in oil, and in the future, the MIddle East will go back to being an obscure backwater because the world will no longer be dependent on its oil.
The Aussies are not happy with Prime Minister Julia Gaillard’s climate efforts and taxes, and are showing their displeasure at the polls, tossing out their Labour government.
And at the University of East Anglia, a new postgraduate course hopes to bring together researchers in the environmental sciences, philosophy, history and literature to develop “new ways of thinking about environmental change and social transitions.” If you have experience in writing “eco-poetry” the UEA wants to hear from you. UAE is noted as the birthphlace of ClimateGate.
Everywhere, a sensible public is becoming more skeptical of outrageous climate claims, and the climate alarmists come up with new stories of impending doom. Dr. Tim Ball, Canadian climate scientist says that “when asked what’s wrong with global warming —most can only say sea level rise.”
And here at home, in alignment with the rest of the world, the Obama administration has requested $770 million in federal funds to combat the effects of global warming in developing countries, according to a congressional report. This continues administration policy of using foreign aid to combat the effects of global warming in the developing world —despite another year of $1 trillion deficits.
According to the Congressional Research Service the administration has spent a total of $2.5 billion on the Global Climate Change Initiative on anti-global warming efforts in Latin America, Asia and Africa. If approved by Congress the latest request would boost foreign climate change spending to $3.3 billion. The money supposedly goes for adaption, clean energy, and sustainable landscapes.
CRS noted that —like most foreign aid programs — there was a high probability that foreign countries would misuse or wast GCCI funds. They also mentioned that “Congress may want to consider the fact that there is a lack of consensus on whether global warming will happen at all.”
Filed under: Australia, Entertainment, Music, YouTube | Tags: CAAS 2009, Guitar Master, Tommy Emmanuel
Tommy Emmanuel is an Australian, and known as one of the world”s great guitarists. There are lots of his videos on You Tube. For sheer beauty look for “The Mountains of Illinois,” a Chet Atkins song. One of my many favorites is “Lewis and Clark,” and to accompany that, his new American Indian song, “Trails.” Or try “The Band” where he introduces you to his three piece band, all played on his guitar. He is an enormous talent. Enjoy.
Filed under: Australia, Entertainment, Music | Tags: "Halfway Home", Australian Institute of Music, Tommy Emmanuel
Tommy Emmanuel performs “Halfway Home”, live at the Australian Institute of Music as part of his amazing master class in December of 2010.
Filed under: Africa, Australia, China, Developing Nations, Europe, Middle East, United Kingdom
11. New York, New York
Here is a collection of pictures taken out of airline windows. Sounds like looking at a bunch of clouds, but they are quite amazing, as you tour the world. Enjoy.
Filed under: Australia, Economy, Energy, Environment | Tags: Australia's Economy, Don't Scare the Kids!, Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Our friends down under elected a Labour candidate as their new Prime Minister, the first woman to hold the office in Australia. Now they’re stuck with Cap-and-Trade, which will cost their economy dearly, and accomplish nothing at all. Even if you double the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, it would mean only a possible one degree warmer, something that we can adapt to rather easily.
But on the eve of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s carbon tax announcement, we learn that Australia’s primary schoolchildren are being terrified by lessons claiming that climate change will bring “death, injury and destruction” to the world unless they take action. The Centre for Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University’s director Dr.Sue Stocklmayer said that climate change has been portrayed as Doomsday scenarios with no way out.
Sounds like those videos of exploding children. Green activists are so convinced of their own righteousness that they feel fine about trying to indoctrinate children by scaring them. Federal Schools Minister Peter Garrett said the government would not stop the teaching of climate science, despite moves in Britain for the subject to be withdrawn. The school activities are championed by the Federal Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. (Sounds like it compares to our very own EPA.)
It sounds like a revolt is brewing. One very well-informed Aussie woman took on Prime Minister Gillard, and won handily, and the video has gone viral in Australia.
Governments accept the IPCC reports as if they were gospel, question nothing, and have little understanding of the extent to which ordinary people are taking the trouble to learn about climate. Perhaps it is catching— a worm in the brain that they pick up from other bureaucrats at important meetings. The infection spreads and suddenly they are all preaching that they must DO something. That train has already left the station. The world is not running out of energy, the earth has been cooling for nearly 15 years, and foolish green ideas will play havoc with Australia’s carbon intensive economy. People particularly don’t like it when you scare their kids.