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Climate change is all about robbing the planet by transferring your tax dollars to kleptocrats abroad
by Jim Rickards
Showing that the Green New Deal is actually the Green New Scam has always been easy.
All you have to do is refer to scientific facts rather than pseudo-science and phony models. Then you’re on the right track.
For example, did you know that polar bear populations have tripled in recent years and some countries are considering allowing a polar bear hunt?
That’s quite a contrast to the last lonely polar bear swimming for a melting piece of drift ice in Al Gore’s 2006 book and movie An Inconvenient Truth.
Did you know that the climate models used by the UN can’t even backtest correctly with actual data let alone forecast with speculative data?
Did you know that CO2 is not a pollutant? It’s actually plant food and we could use more of it if we really want a green planet.
Did you know that hurricanes, tornados and blizzards are neither more frequent nor more severe than in past decades?
Did you know that forest fires in California are caused by gross mismanagement of forests rather than climate?
This list goes on, but you get the point.
Most of the data thrown around by climate alarmists are either false or not nearly as troubling as it sounds when put in an empirical context.
To the extent the climate does change over time, it has nothing to do with CO2 and methane and much more to do with sunspots, ocean currents, volcanoes, the jet stream and other natural forces we cannot control.
That much is easy.
The difficult part in my mind has always been, why?
Why do so many elites and other supposedly smart people repeat scientific garbage ad nauseum to hypnotize large populations who lack the data or skills needed to tear the alarmist claims apart?
At the recent climate summit conference held in the luxury resort of Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt called COP27, the parties agreed to transfer over $230 billion to poorer countries as “climate reparations” for damage supposedly done by wealthy nations.
Never mind that the delegates mostly arrived by private jets that spew more CO2 in a few hours than an automobile does in years.
Never mind that the largest polluter in the world, China, will not be contributing to the fund.
Never mind that the entire basis for claims of damage from CO2 emissions is bogus.
None of this can be allowed to stand in the way of the agenda.
The entire green new scam is just a device to transfer wealth from rich western nations to poor nations all over the world.
It’s a financial hijacking conducted by people who hate America and love wealth transfers to socialist and corrupt nations around the world.
That’s the dirty little secret behind the climate alarmist agenda.
It’s not about saving the planet. It’s about robbing the planet by transferring your tax dollars to kleptocrats abroad.
Forget about global warming. Just get your checkbook out and hand over the money.
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United Australia Party chairman Clive Palmer, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, firebrand independent federal MP Bob Katter and Liberal Democrats senate candidate Campbell Newman have partaken in Paul Murray’s Live Pub Test.
They passed with flying colours.
These figureheads are four of Australia’s most colourful figures and have gone head-to-head in Paul Murray Live’s The Pub Test which put them in front of a live audience in an unscripted and televised Q&A format.
United Australia Party chairman Clive Palmer, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, firebrand independent federal MP Bob Katter and Liberal Democrats senate candidate Campbell Newman answered questions from voters in the forum hosted by Sky News Australia’s Paul Murray.
Following the debate and Q&A, Murray was joined for analysis by Sky News Queensland Editor Peter Gleeson, Courier Mail editor Chris Jones and Senator Amanda Stoker.
“I’m thrilled to be announcing our ‘Paul Murray Live Pub Test: The Mavericks’ episode,” Murray said.#
Cairns News strongly supports these independent party leaders being the best of a bad bunch. We would also add Riccardo Bosi to this group and urge readers to get this video to everybody they know. Under no circumstances vote for LNP, Labor or Greens.
Be careful of ‘independents’ read story in Cairns News about Climate 200 supported candidates.
Watch out for GetUp and voter fraud. There is a story coming.
Alinta says court wind farm ruling will have ‘dramatic’ and chilling effect on renewable energy investment
One of Australia’s biggest renewable energy investors says a court’s decision to uphold complaints against a Victorian wind farm could have “dramatic” and chilling effects on the country’s transition away from fossil fuels.
Alinta boss Jeff Dimery, whose company is one of Australia’s biggest private energy providers, said the ruling by Victoria’s Supreme Court would be a “shock” to companies planning to invest billions of dollars in new wind farms.
In its decision, the court backed claims brought against the 106MW Bald Hills wind farm in the south east of the state by neighbours who argued they were unable to sleep because of noise from the project.
Justice Melinda Richards ordered the project’s operators to switch off parts of the wind farm at night until the noise levels could be reduced to an acceptable level.
She also told the operators to pay aggrieved neighbours more than a quarter of a million dollars in costs and damages.
Mr Dimery said the decision would send “ripples” of doubt through the renewable energy industry across the country given the potential precedent it sets for other wind farms.
He said the longer-term implications were potentially significant, noting the ruling could scare away developers by making wind farms harder to build and less financially attractive.
“It’s a disaster,” Mr Dimery said.
“This is a pretty dramatic outcome, I have to say.
“This court decision certainly changes the risk appetite for investors.
“I think there’ll be some fairly serious ramifications off the back of this.”
Net-zero goals ‘just got harder’
According to Mr Dimery, Australia was already facing a difficult tasking in building the amount of renewable energy needed to meet the country’s plans to become carbon neutral by 2050.
He said the Bald Hills decision was likely to make the job even harder and highlighted the need for governments and energy providers to ensure they get affected communities onside.
“You can set targets and say they’re achievable from an academic or technical point of view,” he said.
“But then we all live in the real world.
“In the real world for instance, a couple of weeks back there were a whole lot of tractors parked up in Spring Street in Melbourne in front of Parliament House, with farmers protesting about transmission lines being built in the west of Victoria to facilitate renewable energy zones.
“We ourselves had a couple onshore wind projects on the east coast of Australia that were commercially feasible but unfortunately didn’t have community support to advance.
“And so we spent millions of dollars developing those projects and we had to walk away from them.
“What this Bald Hills decision highlights to me is the difficulty of the actual transition that we’re undertaking to reduce carbon emission from the stationary energy sector in Australia.”
Costs, bills inevitably to rise
For Mr Dimery, the ruling also underscored the cost pressures that would emerge as Australia accelerated its push away from coal- and gas-fired power plants towards renewable energy.
He said although wind and solar farms provided cheap electricity while they were producing, they were available less often than conventional plants.
On top of this, he said major and expensive upgrades to the national grid would be required to handle the extra renewable energy needed to meet Australia’s emissions targets.
Noting “there are not enough sites on land on the east coast to replace coal-fired generation” with wind farms, Mr Dimery said offshore wind projects were one of the only viable replacement options.
However, he said offshore wind farms were typically three times more expensive than onshore projects and this would eventually filter through to energy bills.
“I think the magnitude of what needs to be achieved has absolutely been underestimated,” he said.
“The narrative around what can be done and how it can be done, in my opinion, is being oversimplified to the community.
“There’s a misconception that bringing more and more renewable energy into the market will reduce power prices over time.”
Infrastructure Capital Group, which owns Bald Hills, said it was “absorbing the judgement and its implications”.
Nicholas Aberle from the Clean Energy Council said the industry took turbine noise “very seriously”.
Dr Aberle also noted that a new set of laws and guidelines had been developed to regulate wind farm noise following consultation with the Victorian government.
“This case shows the importance of wind farms being proactive in dealing with noise complaints,” Dr Aberle said.
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Editor: This is great news for Australians who will soon be suffering alternative power blackouts and for industry which needs a reliable coal fired power source. And a bonus of exposing the carbon dixoide scam.
The facts behind Aboriginal recognition and Clinton’s insidious influence over indigenous land owners claiming 60 per cent of Australian land area
Previously published in March, 2019
from Gil May
Why have Australian governments tipped money into Hillary Clinton’s Clinton Foundation helping to kill our coal industry? That it gave Julia Gillard a job and effectively a platform to continually spruik Hillary Clinton for president shows just how this very dodgy Foundation works.
The Australian taxpayer shovelled at least $88 million into the Clinton Foundation and associated entities from 2006 to 2014, reaching a peak of $10.3 million in 2012-13, Gillard’s last year in office.
On the Clinton Foundation website, AusAID and the Commonwealth of Australia score separate entries in the $10 million-plus group of donors, one rung up from American teacher unions.
In 2009-10 Kevin Rudd handed over another $10 million to the foundation for climate research, part of $300 million he squandered on a Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute.
Gillard also donated $300 million of our money to the Clinton-affiliated Global Partnership for Education.
Lo and behold, she became chairman in 2014 and has been actively promoting Clinton as president ever since — in a campaign video last December slamming Trump, in opeds trumpeting the next woman president and in appearances with Clinton spruiking girls’ education.
The Abbott government topped up the left-wing organisation’s coffers with another $140 million in 2014, bringing total Australian largesse to $460 million, according to a press release from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
And yet, apart from the beautiful friendship with Gillard, what did Australia get from the Clintons for all that cash?
A whole lot of trouble is what.
Wikileaks emails released at the time shows that Australian green groups have been secretly funded to destroy our coal industry by environmental activists connected to the Clinton campaign.
The email account of Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta reveals extraordinary details of the sabotage of the $16 billion Adani coalmine in Queensland, which has damaged Australia’s national interest and denied cheap electricity to millions of poor Indians.
Last August John Hepburn, former Greenpeace activist and founder of Australian anti-coal group the Sunrise Project, sent a crowing email to his American paymasters, the Sandler Foundation, which is also a major donor to the Clinton Foundation. (Founder Herb Sandler and mate George Soros funded another Clinton-aligned progressive group, the Centre for American Progress, previously chaired by Podesta.)
“The Adani Carmichael mine and the whole Galilee Basin fossil fuel industrial complex is in its death throes,” Hepburn wrote in the email forwarded to Podesta.
“I am going to buy a few bottles of bubbly for a celebration with the (Environmental Defenders Office) legal team, our colleagues at GetUp, Greenpeace, 350.org, ECF, Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Mackay Conservation Group, Market Forces and the brilliant and tireless Sunrise team.”
In another email forwarded to Podesta, Hepburn panics about a then Abbott government inquiry into environmental charities and discusses hiding Sunrise’s sources of funding to safeguard its charitable tax status.
Hepburn boasts about the latest legal blow to Adani, when the Federal Court overturned its approval and the Commonwealth Bank quit the project.
In it he now wants to “escalate the campaign towards the other 3 big Australian banks”.
And he mocks miners who “try to claim that there is some kind of foreign-funded and tightly orchestrated conspiracy to systematically destroy the Australian coal industry. (I seriously don’t know where they get these wacky ideas from!)”
The Break-up of Australia: The Real Agenda behind Aboriginal Recognition.
As if it’s not bad enough that foreign-funded activists are meddling with our largest export earner, Podesta’s emails also detail their insidious influence on indigenous land owners who blocked the Adani mine using powerful native title rights.
This alliance of green groups with native title owners is a frightening development detailed in a new book by historian Keith Windschuttle, The Break-up of Australia: The Real Agenda behind Aboriginal Recognition.
He reveals the imminent expansion of native title claims, either approved or quietly being processed, stretch across a whopping 60 per cent of the Australian continent, an area twice the size of Western Europe.
Already 6000sq km of the Kidman cattle empire in the Kimberley has been given, via native title, to green activists to be converted from productive cattle country to a wildlife conservation area.
“In return, the Yulumbu people get a paltry $50,000 a year royalty,” Windschuttle writes.
“As a flora and fauna sanctuary it is economically defunct for the foreseeable future.”
At worst, writes Windschuttle, the mooted referendum for indigenous constitutional recognition, proposed by Gillard in 2012, could pave the way for a separate Aboriginal state on native title land, funded by taxation, royalties and lease payments — passive welfare in another guise.
At the very least, the alliance between foreign-funded green groups and indigenous owners gives environmentalists the opportunity to take whole swathes of Australia out of the productive economy and shut down industries they don’t like, from coal mines in Queensland to cattle farms in Western Australia.
Thanks for nothing, Hillary and Julia.
As the Clinton Fund is now under investigation in the US, what has the Australian government done to recover our money?
Many people worked hard to pay in taxes, that would have gone a long way to building new dams for our drought stricken farmers or new hospitals.
Used solar panels a looming environmental disaster
Member for Kennedy Bob Katter, MHR has dismissed the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday that argued Australia’s success of net zero emissions will be won in remote, regional, rural and industrial Australia; in factories, mines, science labs and manufacturing plants.
Mr Katter said that at worst it sounded like the words of a sycophant pandering to President Biden in the days before the virtual greenhouse gas summit.
Mr Katter said, “This is just a big sensation over Biden who has been the weakest President since Woodrow Wilson.
“It’s disappointing because I don’t know how many jobs are at risk and it’s about time the Electrical Trade Union (ETU) and certain elements of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) started standing up for coal.
“Apart from a few show ponies in the dying National Party, there doesn’t seem to be anyone else standing up for them.
“And this simple truth must be known by the Australian people.
“This country only has two sources of income; iron ore and coal, and every time you put that glass on your roof, you’ve sacked a hard-working, Australian coal miner. You’ve sacked a power station worker and you’ve exported their jobs to some solar panel factory in China.
“In 15 years, you’re going to have to find a home for 20 square kilometres of glass because they only last so long on your roof and they aren’t recyclable. Then it is going to be real hard to keep pushing for this silly “save the planet” rubbish when you’re looking at landfill after landfill of old solar panels.
“And the CEO class that runs the big corporations, their forte is public relations, running with the latest ideological fashion. Not the slightest scintilla of care-decency or respect for their fellow workers,” Mr Katter said.
What is NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian thinking?
It has been revealed that her energy minister Matt Kean, fresh from legislating his green new deal to close all coal-fired power in NSW, is giving $10 million of taxpayer money to a Chinese Communist Party-controlled company to build windmills.
That’s right. As the CCP shores-up its strength by building 100 new coal-fired power stations, Kean is paying the CCP to weaken Australia with expensive and unreliable wind power.
Kean and Berejiklian want to close down the remaining coal-fired power stations in the Hunter Valley and replace them with CCP-made wind turbines which only serve to hike the price of electricity and make it unreliable.
Goldwind Australia, a subsidiary of a CCP-controlled company is getting the cash, straight from the taxpayer’s pocket.
The NSW Hunter Valley coalfields are adjacent to the world’s biggest coal export port at Newcastle.
The comrades in Beijing must think we are fools for tearing down coal and erecting their windmills. They would not be wrong.
Belling the cat on all this has been NSW One Nation Leader Mark Latham. He’s been supported by Nationals Matt Canavan and Barnaby Joyce and courageous federal Liberal Craig Kelly.
It’s been crickets from virtually everyone else.
That’s why Advance keeps banging on. As more and more mainstream Australians wake-up to the CCP sell-outs in our parliaments and their globalist bedfellows at the World Economic Forum, there will be a reckoning.
Thanks for your part in powering the awakening.
Weipa miner Metro Mining today made a shock announcement it was shutting down its flagship Cape York Bauxite Hill operation which came hard on the heels of the Liberal National Party joining with Labor to shut down cheap coal fired power for Queensland.
Metro said it would shelve its Skardon River project 100 klm north of Weipa until April next year due to its inability to renew contracts with China amid a slumped world alumina market.
The closure will see 50 Cape York Aborigines and Islanders lose their plant operation jobs which will significantly impact local communities. The mine employs another 160 fly-in employees,
Yesterday saw the LNP vote with Labor and Greens to curb Queensland coal mining and to drop support for coal-fired power.
Katters Australian Party leader Robbie Katter put forward a motion to provide Queenslanders with the cheapest electricity possible by ceasing costly renewable power mandates, subsidies and investment programs available to inefficient wind and solar generation to ensure coal and renewables competed on a level playing field.
The LNP is supporting Labor to achieve its renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2030, a move Mr Katter says will kill power dependent industries in the state.
Mr Katter said the LNP Opposition’s stance on coal was akin to former Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten.
“They tell us in North Queensland they support coal, but when it came time to nail their colours to the mast in Parliament, they squibbed it,” he said.
“They are giving preferences to the Greens in Brisbane-based seats at the upcoming election so it hardly surprises me that they have voted this way. But they can be sure the people of regional and North Queensland will remember that the LNP betrayed them when they walk into the polling booth on October 31.”
Mr Katter said coal played an important part in the economy and now and into the future, providing $3.8 billion in wages, $4.4 billion in royalties last year, accounting for 0.1 per cent of Queensland’s land mass, $52.5 billion gross regional product in 2918-19, 15 per cent of the total GDP over the whole of Queensland, and 11 per cent of employment.
“Regional Queenslanders feel like the Government has been their enemy for so many years. Go out there and try and start a coal mine or water project from scratch—it is not very easy.”
Member for Hill Shane Knuth said electricity prices continued to go up because there were zero coal-fired power plants in North Queensland.
“Collinsville was the last coal-fired power station in North Queensland, and it had five coal-powered steam turbines with a combined generation capacity of 190 megawatts of electricity,” he said.
“However, a solar power farm which was built on adjacent land in 2018 now generates only 42 megawatts of electricity. The Collinsville power station had families who lived, worked and sent their kids to school in Collinsville and the generator saved hundreds of millions of dollars in lost transmission and kept electricity prices down.”
Member for Hinchinbrook Nick Dametto said the KAP wasn’t against renewables, but wanted the State Government to put a stop to solar and wind subsidies that made regional power prices soar.
“Wind, solar and hydro projects are getting all the benefit from the subsidies for renewable energies, yet we have a project sitting in the middle of the Hinchinbrook electorate ready to go—the NQBE (the North Queensland Bio-Energy Corporation)—which has no government backing,” he said.
“They have been offered a little bit of money to go towards the development of the project—about $1 million was ear-tagged—but there is not a cent to go towards making sure that this project has longevity and the legs to get up.
“NQBE offers dispatchable power and supports the sugar cane industry but can’t get a cent. That’s because the Government’s renewable subsidies are driven by ideology and not economics.”
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CO2 More Important Than Ever
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Burning forests to generate electricity is probably the worst green energy stupidity. It destroys forests, creates its own pollutants, is less efficient than coal to harvest, handle and burn and has a low heat value. If all factors are counted, it will take decades of forest regrowth to match the CO2 emissions of burning high-energy coal.
Most coal-fired power stations are built on a coal field with reserves to last the life of the power station. The coal is mined efficiently, the fuel is of known quality and sizing and efficient repetitive methods are used to extract and prepare the coal and convey it continuously into the power station.
The most infamous wood-burning power station in the world is DRAX in Britain. It burns more wood than UK produces and more than any other station in the world. It gets huge subsidies for felling forests as far away as America, then chipping and drying the wood and transporting pellets across the Atlantic. Every step on the way causes large emissions of CO2, but these are conveniently ignored in the mindless war on coal.
Australia’s greenie godfather, Bob Brown, became famous for stopping construction of green-energy dams in Tasmania. Then he helped the LNP win the recent federal election by opposing coal mining in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. And recently he revealed himself as just another NIMBY (not in my backyard) in opposing a proposed wind power project in his homeland, Tasmania. Why not oppose them everywhere, Bob?
Bob should also look into another green energy abomination – bio-fuels. Surely he does not support burning forest to generate electricity or growing huge cultivated tracts of corn, palm oil or sugar beet and calling them biofuel for motor cars?
If Greens want to reduce life-supporting CO2 (a foolish goal), they should be building houses out of old growth forest, not burning it. Then replant the mature milled trees with young trees that will grow much faster than old trees and burn the sawdust in power plants or use it to make compost.