Category Archives: Greenpeace
Letter to the Editor
It is proposed that from 2050 on, we’ll have alternative energy, solar and wind and, blackouts. We have then saved our planet, so they think. How wonderful! I will not be here then, than thank God and, I don’t have to get a wood fired stove and I don’t have to cut down my trees down in my yard for firewood to cook and for warmth.
However, we will still mine coal and gas and sent it to countries, like China and India, to name a couple who are the biggest polluters. And our myopic Greens and left-wing politicians who are pushing the above, have not been able to work out yet how to stop volcanoes in Indonesia which are producing more pollution when active as China and India combined.
The proponents of this unreliable alternative energy should be role models now, instead hypocrites and, give up driving the car, discard all electrical appliances and use candles for light. And talking of hypocrites, Al Gore comes to my mind who has unsuccessfully run for US president twice, and Prince Charles is another one.
James Cook University in Cairns leads the pack. Their precious academics don’t like peer reviews of their sometimes dodgy work. Never let the facts get in the way when appeasing governments for more and bigger grants.
A dark cloud hangs over the future of academic freedom of speech in Australia following the High Court’s ruling today against Great Barrier Reef expert Dr Peter Ridd, Katter’s Australian Party MPs have said.
The KAP which – alongside a variety of other supporters from across the country – have stood in solidarity with Dr Ridd as he took his former employer James Cook University (JCU) to court after being sacked in 2018, said the professor deserved to be applauded for his tenacity.
Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto said today’s decision by the High Court meant, by law, Dr Ridd was in breach of his of JCU work contract when he publicly raised quality assurance and trust concerns around fellow researchers’ works.
The ruling had nothing to do with Dr Ridd’s expertise on the GBR or the validity of his scientific views, he said.
Mr Dametto currently has a Bill before the Queensland Parliament seeking a full repeal of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s Environmental Protection (Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019.
This Bill, labelled as “farm-destroying” due to the onerous requirements it places on North and Central Queensland cane growers, was predicated on water quality research similar to that which was questioned by Dr Ridd.
Dr Ridd has long called for the establishment of an Office of Science Quality Assurance to question and monitor the validity of scientific research used to underpin government policy.
“We believe that, in the court of public opinion, Dr Ridd has been successful,” Mr Dametto said.
“As a scientist, academic and individual we believe he deserves to be applauded for putting everything on the line to fight for what he, and many others, believe in, which is the fundamental importance of freedom of speech and academic integrity.
“In the name of standing up for what he thought was morally right and just, Dr Ridd has sacrificed his job and potentially his career and reputation, but he has done this because he believed it was right to at least question the science.
“Few people understand the effects of sediment and nutrient run-off to the GBR better than Dr Ridd, and systemic quality assurance problems are still plaguing the way GBR ‘science’ is being used to affect modelling that drives government policy and public opinion.
“The gravest concern attached to today’s ruling is that it has the real potential to scare off anyone else who wants to raise their head out of the trenches to question not only the reef science institutions but also science across the board.”
Mr Dametto said that, without academic freedom, there was a potential to stifle the progression of science and send us back to a time of limited academic thinking not seen since the Dark Ages.
Kennedy MP Bob Katter said that the cases of Ridd and Pavlou made it quite obvious that there was no freedom of speech on Australia’s university campuses.
“Peter Ridd was expressing opinions, and that has been the entire essence of universities since the days of Plato and Socrates,” he said.
“There must a free expression of ideals for universities to operate properly. When I was at university I disagreed with radicals who opposed Vietnam but I defended tenaciously their right to free expression of their point of view.
“The CEO class now run the universities, the corporations and half the trade unions. They are stifling freedoms in this country.”
The Australian military, as a trial, will be patrolling with Queensland Police in Toowoomba until May 16 the day after Australian Freedom Rallies are staged around the nation. What a coincidence and for an alleged Christian PM Scott Morrison your actions have confirmed your intentions. As far as the Marxist Queensland Premier goes most people outside of the precious SE corner know exactly what the Bolshies are up to. How many readers saw the communist Unionists march in Brisbane and Barcaldine on May day? Thankfully some good Samaritan poisoned the Labor ‘Tree of Knowledge’ at Barcaldine years ago. Real Labor died with it. What happened to the good old decent unionists of the post-war era? They have been replaced by left wing, hairy arm-pitted, smelly, tattooed Green eunuchs who don’t even know if they have balls or a vagina. That readers, represents today’s Labor Party, the culmination of a generational war by socialist academia strategically installed in universities, schools and most obviously the media. Children born since 1980 have been the victims. God help Australia.
LNP in love with Greens. Queensland as we know it will disappear
The LNP’s gifting of preferences to the Greens ahead of Labor should come as no surprise but is nonetheless the final death knell on the former National party’s allegiance to rural and regional Queensland, Katter’s Australian Party Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter has said.
“The Liberals have well and truly won over the old Nats; and these are Liberals who appear hell-bent on selling their souls,” Mr Katter said.
Speaking on the confirmation by Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington that the LNP would preference the Greens above Labor in all 93 Queensland seats at the upcoming State Election, Mr Katter said there had been no real Nationals in Queensland politics for a long time.
“In the interest of playing politics and boosting their chances of taking office in the tower of power on George Street, the LNP has betrayed everyone outside south-east Queensland,” he said.
“The LNP’s former leader Tim Nichols best stated why the LNP should put Greens last and the KAP agree with his reasons completely.
“According to Tim, and the reasoning for which he provides very publicly on social media and the internet, the Greens are: anti-jobs, anti-farmers, anti-small business, anti-property rights, anti-school choice, anti-health choice, pro-death duties, pro-carbon tax, pro-higher electricity prices and pro-more government intervention.”
“Can the Opposition Leader tell us why she thinks that Tim Nichols is wrong, and why her path is right?
“Why does she disagree that the Greens are anti-jobs?
“Why does she think that the Greens are not anti-farmers and small business?
“Why does she give support to a party that is pro-carbon tax, pro-higher electricity price and anti-coal?”
Mr Katter said while he understood the age-old rivalry between the major parties, the LNP’s decision to effectively back the Greens during what has been heralded the most important State Election in decades was narcissistic and reckless.
He said it was likely both Labor or the LNP would need to seek support from the cross-bench to form government after October 31, and that handing extra seats to the Greens could be the end of Queensland as we know it in a balance of power situation.
“The fact is that the LNP is a Brisbane party and it is not surprising that it has all come to this,” he said.
“We already know that the LNP will not support financially coal-fired power stations and that the LNP voted against a motion that the KAP pushed for, which called on governments to treat coal the same as renewables,” Mr Katter said.
“The LNP Member for Callide Colin Boyce put the interests of his electorate first and shocked us all last month when he voted with the KAP, One Nation and Jason Costigan against the mining commissioner/reef approvals legislation, which is even more lead in the saddle for miners and farmers.
“However it was the LNP who ignored the interests of regional Queensland and pandered up to the inner suburbs of Brisbane once again.
“This will be the last straw for many long-suffering LNP supporters who have put up with the LNP’s drift away from its values and its supporters to the point that it is now unrecognisable.
“What we need to know is what else the LNP will give away.
“We know that Labor is ready to pander to the extreme Left if needed; but now it would appear we have much of the same from the Opposition too.
“The LNP are ‘cityslicker wolves in sheep’s clothing’, and they should be ashamed to show their faces north of the Sunshine Coast.”
Mr Katter said the KAP had always put the Greens last on its how-to-vote cards and would do the same in the 2020 Queensland Election.
“If people want to be certain that they are putting Greens last and voting for a party which will not deal with the Greens, they should look to the KAP,” he said.
by Terry Schulze
I was fascinated by Patrick Moore’s comment about CO2 at 150 ppm and how the plants would die. I went and did some research and sure enough he’s right. Here’s a bit from my research –
Atmospheric CO2 is not alarmingly high, it is too low for optimal plant growth and alarmingly low for the survival of carbon-based terrestrial life. The real danger is not too much CO2 – it is CO2 starvation. Over geologic time, CO2 is ~permanently sequestered in carbonate rocks.
Plants evolved at atmospheric CO2 concentrations of 2000 ppm and greater, and many grow best at about 1200 ppm CO2 – about 3 times current levels. That is why greenhouse operators maintain 1000-1200 ppm CO2 in their greenhouses.
Major food crops (except corn) use the C3 photosynthetic pathway, and die at about 150 ppm from CO2 starvation – that is just 30 ppm below the minimum levels during the last Ice Age, which ended just 10,000 years ago – “the blink of an eye” in geologic time. Earth came that close to a major extinction event.
During one of the next Ice Ages, unless there is massive human intervention, atmospheric CO2 will decline to below 150 ppm and that will be the next major extinction event – not just for a few species but for ~all complex terrestrial carbon-based life forms.