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Largely useless eyesores, these towers have a limited lifespan and what happens after they expire? As we have said fo years: “the only wilderness left in Australia is between a greenie’s ears”
What is the carbon footprint of a wind turbine with 45 tons of rebar & 481m3 of concrete?
Its carbon footprint is massive – at 241.85 tons of CO2.
Here’s the breakdown of the CO2 numbers.
To create a 1 tonne (1,000 Kg) of pig iron, you start with 1.8 tonne (800 Kg) of iron ore, 900 Kg of coking coal 450 Kg of limestone. The blast furnace consumes 4,500 Kg of air. The temperature at the core of the blast furnace reaches nearly 1,600 degrees C (about 3,000 degrees F).
The pig iron is then transferred to the basic oxygen furnace to make steel.
1,350 Kg of CO2 is emitted per 1,000 Kg pig iron produced.
70% of steel is made from Coal: A 1 MW of wind turbine capacity requires 220 tonnes of coal.
A further 1,460 Kg CO2 is emitted per 1,000 Kg of Steel produced so all up 2,810 Kg CO2 is emitted.
45 tons of rebar (steel) are required so that equals 126.45 tons of CO2 are emitted.
To create a 1 tonne (1,000 Kg) of Portland cement, calcium carbonate (60%), silicon (20%), aluminium (10%), iron (10%) and very small amounts of other ingredients are heated in a large kiln to over 1,500 degrees C to convert the raw materials into clinker. The clinker is then interground with other ingredients to produce the final cement product. When cement is mixed with water, sand and gravel forms the rock-like mass know as concrete.
An average of 927 Kg of CO2 is emitted per 1 tonne (1,000 Kg of Portland cement. On average, concrete has 10% cement, with the balance being gravel (41%), sand (25%), water (18%) and air (6%). One cubic metre of concrete weighs approx. 2.4 tonne (2,400 Kg) so approx. 240 Kg of CO2 is emitted for every cubic metre.
481m3 of concrete are required so that equals 115.4 tons of CO2 are emitted.
Not included are the emissions of the mining of the raw materials or the transportation of the fabricated materials to the turbine site. So the emission calculation above would be on the low end.
Extra stats about wind turbines you may not know about:
The average towering wind turbine being installed around beautiful Australia right now is over 80 metres in height (nearly the same height as the pylons on the Sydney Harbour Bridge). The rotor assembly for one turbine – that’s the blades and hub – weighs over 22 tonnes and the nacelle, which contains the generator components, weighs over 52 tonnes
This stands on a concrete base constructed from 45 tonnes of reinforcing rebar which also contains over 481 cubic metres of concrete (that’s over 481,000 litres of concrete – about 20% of the volume of an Olympic swimming pool).
Each turbine blade is made of glass fibre reinforced plastics, (GRP), i.e. glass fibre reinforced polyester or epoxy and on average each turbine blade weighs around 7 tonnes Kg each.
Each turbine has three blades so there’s 21 tonnes Kgs of GRP and each blade can be as long as 50 metres.
A typical wind farm of 20 turbines can extend over 101 hectares of land (1.01 Km2).
Each and every wind turbine has a magnet made of a metal called neodymium. There are .5 tonnes of it in each one that have just gone up around Australia.
The mining and refining of neodymium is dirty and toxic – involving repeated boiling in acid, with radioactive thorium as a waste product – that only one country does it – China.
All this for an intermittent highly unreliable energy source of electrickery
Now, considered the manufacture of the thousands of pylons and tens of thousands of kilometres of transmission wire needed to get the power to the grid. And what about the land space needed to house thousands of these bird chomping death machines?
Renewables like wind turbines will incur far more carbon dioxide emissions in their manufacture and installation than what their operational life will ever save.
Doesn’t the false pollution “cure” of using wind turbines sound worse than the problem? A bit like amputating your leg to “cure” your in-growing toe nail?
Germany’s Renewable Energy Fail: German CO2 Emissions 10 Times Higher than Nuclear- France
Germany has added 30,000 wind turbines and millions of solar panels to a coal fired grid and its carbon dioxide gas emissions continue to rise and are magnitudes higher than its nuclear-powered neighbour, France.
Global warming madness has peaked, now lets hope the extinction mob do become extinct, because the sane people of the world haven’t got problem
by Viv Forbes, science writer
For over 15 years the global warmists have become progressively more outspoken with their scare stories, and less careful with facts and science.
But their latest tactics of promoting Extinction Hellions and exploiting a teenage Swedish Doomsayer represent alarmist over-reach.
Ordinary people are becoming suspicious: “If their science is sound, why do they resort to media scare stories, traffic disruption, street rebellions, school truants, religious zealots and academic purging?”
We are close to the peak of this global warming madness. Their models and forecasts have failed and consumers suffer soaring electricity cost and blackouts while tenured academics produce Play-School plans for 100% “Green” power.
Climate sense is finally starting to ooze through the cracks in the stone wall built to keep Skeptics out of the flimsy marquee that shelters the warming nobility.
It is downhill from here for the alarmists and bad news for their academic mercenaries, Hollywood backers, Rebellion puppets, business vested interests and alarmist propaganda machines like Australia’s ABC, UK’s BBC and Guardian, Canada’s CBC and CNN in USA.
They are losing their credibility and their thinking audiences just when they will need them for backpedalling, explanations and apologies
Australia signatory to Agenda 21 since 1992
No power for 2 million California residents
In NSW, 23,500 customers had power cut off last year, unable to pay bills
by Alex Bruce
It’s funny how so many topics once deemed to be “Tinfoil Hat conspiracy theories” keep getting proven to be worthy of serious attention. Agenda 21, the United Nations’ 1992 plan for Sustainable Development is an example.
Rosa Koire has been doing an excellent job of raising awareness about Agenda 21 for many years. She describes how it is being rolled-out – never by name. This is carefully avoided. Hence, we’re propagandized about Climate Change and the Green New Deal. She says Agenda 21 programs can be identified by their so-called “communitarian” ethos that is imposed from without by NGOs, circumventing the will of communities and the individuals within.
Agenda 21 has been getting pushed hard lately in the agitprop of Greta Thunberg and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. Among its unrealistic goals, the Green New Deal aims to restructure the entire global energy economy within 10 years by completely “transitioning” the US out of fossil fuels and nuclear energy and into renewables, like wind and solar power.
What none of its proponents will admit is that this plan requires genocide. As shown by the collapse of Rome and demonstrated repeatedly by successive societies, the halving of energy consumption leads directly to the collapse of human populations.
As a Bay Area forensic commercial real estate appraiser and expert witness, Rosa Koire observed how property owners in Northern California have been barred from using their own properties, thus making these cheap when the Government wants to acquire them for Eminent Domain.
While investigating this, Koire ran into Agenda 21 – or as she calls it, “The biggest public relations scam in the history of the world,” and how this global plan aims to break down economies and to depopulate areas considered to be rural or suburban, concentrating populations into larger cities.
“This is the plan. It’s the loss of our industry, our agriculture, our food independence. Ultimately, it’s the loss of our sovereignty, as a free nation…It’s social engineering…it’s the acceptance of what I call the ‘new poverty’.”
Over two million people in California were left without power this week and several hundred thousand remain without power during a preventive blackout by PG&E lasting several days. The energy company’s promise to make a massive outage like this the new normal will likely drive many people away from the rural areas and thus fulfill the plan of Agenda 21.
by Viv Forbes
Our grandfathers built a low-cost reliable decentralised electricity supply for all states of Australia based mainly on black and brown coal-fields – Blair Athol, Callide, Ipswich, Sydney/Newcastle, Yallourn, Leigh Creek and Collie.
Then our fathers built the mighty Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric scheme which provided water to irrigate the inland while generating electricity to help pay for it.
Then in the years up to 1980, huge new coal-fired power plants were constructed in each State. And we discovered oil and gas in Roma, Bass Strait, Barrow Island, Timor Sea, and in coal and shale in many places.
Coal and hydro gave Australia reliable low-cost electricity that was the envy of the world and supported primary, secondary and tertiary industries.We irrigated crops, electrified cities, powered railways and mines, refined metals and petroleum and processed milk, wool, cotton, grains, meat and fruit. Factories made Victa mowers, Southern Cross windmills and diesel engines.
Holden/Ford/Toyota and Mitsubishi all produced cars in Australia and we made 9 brands of tractors. The Ipswich railway workshops produced locomotives and rolling stock, and Lithgow produced fire arms. We canned Golden Circle pineapples, Ardmona stone fruits, Rosella jams and made Bully Beef, tomato sauce and Vegemite.
Australia once valued decentralisation and it served us well in electricity supply. Electricity generation and distribution was left in the hands of state-based engineers and entrepreneurs, and competitive state governments strove to ensure their states had the most reliable low-cost electricity.
In those days a state “Co-ordinator General” was charged with predicting demand for electricity and then ensuring that power stations were built in the right place at the right time. The distant Federal Government largely confined itself to defence, foreign affairs, immigration and quarantine (with increasing meddling into wage setting, welfare and devaluation of the currency).
All that changed with the UN-initiated climate war on coal and gas which drove a campaign of tax-delay-and-destroy hydro-carbon energy.
Canberra became the epi-centre of the zero-emissions religion, and energy management and policy became centralised. Green energy was mollycoddled with subsidies, mandates and propaganda, and electricity supply was polluted by a rash of intermittent wind and solar plants with no backups.
These caused such variability and unreliability in electricity supply that the successful state-based decentralised electricity networks were replaced by a costly interconnected Eastern States grid. Transmission costs rose sharply because of guaranteed returns on inflated capital for interstate, undersea and the scattered wind-solar connections. Electricity costs soared, reliability suffered and Australian industry closed or moved to Asia.
There is only one way out of this mess – we must retrace the way we got in.
Firstly, any operator wishing to connect to the grid must demonstrate its ability to supply 24/7 power with its own generators, batteries, standby generators or contractual arrangements. Businesses, towns and communities should be free to operate “off-grid” at their own cost and risk.
Secondly, Canberra must withdraw from electricity taxation, subsidies, regulation and control. This means no “Renewable” Energy Targets, no “Clean” Energy
Targets, no Paris Accord, no emissions targets, no carbon taxes, no subsidies or mandates for wind/solar energy or batteries and abolition of all federal prohibitions on nuclear power. States which shut or destroy their coal/gas generators must live with the consequences. The states must take back responsibility for all regulations imposed on electricity supply, with goals to maximise reliability and minimise costs.
They will see the results as residents and businesses migrate to states with low-cost reliable energy.
The interstate electricity grid is of value and should be retained but removed from federal management and control. Its inflated capital should be written down greatly and States and private operators should own and control it with a regulator setting maximum transmission charges. Europe copes with several countries buying and selling electricity across borders – surely Australian states can do the same? (The Australian interstate highway system is largely state-owned but copes with public roads, toll roads, urban roads, local roads and private roads of greatly varying quality and capacity.)
And, if Canberra truly believes the “Zero Emissions” mantra chanted by rowdy school kids let’s use ACT as a pilot plant and insist that all ACT homes and businesses live without subsidies from tax payers or consumers and without generating or importing any energy from coal, diesel, petrol or gas.
Economic oblivion is on the horizon for Queensland with the LNP appearing to have joined Labor in their ideological journey on energy policy, State KAP Leader and Traeger Robbie Katter has warned.
Mr Katter said in an unanticipated, but perhaps unsurprising, development the Queensland LNP had gone all in on the ideological energy debate.
He said it was clear in their submission made to the Federal Senate Enquiry into the “prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia”, that the Queensland LNP party were more interested in ideology than looking at all options, both short and long-term, for delivering the cheapest and most reliable energy for Queensland households and businesses.
The Traeger MP said although the LNP was entitled to whatever opinion it wanted, it appeared the party was now “playing it safe” on energy and was prepared to go all in on renewables.
“I’m disappointed, but not really surprised, that the LNP are taking such a narrow view on energy,” Mr Katter said.
“I think the most important thing for delivering good energy policy is being willing to look at, and accept, any option that delivers the cheapest and most reliable power.
“It looks as though the LNP have lost their mettle and caved into the irrational ideological fear that now drives our energy debate.”
Mr Katter said the energy system was complex and having an uncompromising position on particular sources of generation was a waste of time and money.
“The electricity system is incredibly complex and it is stupid to think that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ renewable or coal position will bring down electricity prices,” he said.
“We need to look at all options for dealing with the short and long-term problems in the electricity system and nothing should be off the table.
“In some circumstances thermal generation is going to be the best option and in other circumstances renewables are going to be the best option, and if there is long term opportunity to use nuclear then that shouldn’t be off the table.
“The KAP is only focussed on ensuring prices are as low as possible and we will back any solution that delivers that outcome.
“For the North, that’s building CopperString to unlock the cheap renewable resources around Hughenden and connect the existing gas-fired generation in Mount Isa to the east coast grid.
“In central and south west Queensland the solution may be to commit to extending the life of existing coal-fired power stations, which will send the right market signals and give energy-intensive businesses the confidence to make longterm investments.”
Mr Katter said the KAP’s policy on energy was simply to ensure prices were as low as possible which included the removal of the regulatory asset pricing model approach that artificially inflates customer costs.
This will effectively take power bills back towards cost, removing the large tax that the government takes out of each bill.
If you want to live among the trees then expect more destruction
Thousands of hectares of wallum scrub and once open forest in the Sunshine and Gold Coast hinterlands and seaside suburbs were razed this week in what was a preventable inferno.
Many homes and the historic Binna Burra Lodge in the Gold Coast hinterland were lost to wildfire. Where were the fire breaks? Where was the back burning in the days or weeks before?
The Labor state government’s poor management record of forest and national park reserves across the state will see more of these dangerous conflagrations especially during long periods of dry weather.
The Deputy Premier, comrade Jackie Trad, a Green tragic, was quick to blame ‘climate change’ but she is bereft of any intelligence to know the widespread hot ember storm was caused by her UN-inspired polices of no firebreaks, no heavy machinery, no hazard reduction burning and no cattle grazing on any land.
These fires simply are a repeat of the widespread destructive wildfires which burnt out nearly half a million hectares north of Bundaberg in 2018.
Until this state is rid of urban politicians who have no understanding of the garden bed next door let alone the vast uninhabited areas of Queensland we will continue to witness devastating environmental damage never before seen in the history of the ‘sunshine state.’
In the ample dramatic ‘never let the facts get in the way of a good story’ footage, televisions across the nation flashed bulletins of wildfires and ember storms which caused spot fires some 300 or more metres distant.
Climate change is the culprit, say the hopeless Greens, but the climate changes every day so this stupidity carries no water. The state is in drought, a continuous cycle of weather patterns caused by differing solar activity.
Wet sclerophyll or rainforest encroaches on open forest, and a succession of wet years followed by a drought can allow so-called rain forest to burn if sufficient detritus is on the forest floor.
Witness the wanton waste of taxpayer money near Lockhart River Aboriginal community in the electorate of the state member of parliament Cynthia Lui from Yam Island.
A fire, presumably lit by Aborigines, which got into the Iron Range ‘rain forest’ is being water bombed by aircraft. This area of Cape York Peninsula has an annual rainfall during the wet season of more than a metre and a half.
Meanwhile bushfire-fighting practices in the south east corner under the direction of the urban fire department were doomed to fail before they began.
Where were the experienced incident control officers from northern Rural Fire Services?
Thee urban brigades with well-paid staff won’t allow battle toughened rural firies near the control base. They want unpaid volunteers at the fire front.
More importantly nowhere in urbanised TV bulletins was a bulldozer or grader to be seen or were any worthwhile fire breaks.
In hinterland grazing country, when composted, dry kikuyu pastures and cow pats burn the fire can only be contained by graded firebreaks.
Reports of nearly metre-high piles of dry litter on forest floors interwoven with a lantana jungle are a result of an absence of hazard reduction burning over many years.
Because the national park service and the Labor state government generally won’t allow firebreaks to be constructed in its millions of hectares of wasteful parks estates, then without hazard reduction burns we have just experienced the result.
The Liberal Party fares little better having lost its way decades ago.
Time to take back the reins people(sheeple?).
Think of women and take a “gender perspective’” during bombing operations in war zones, combat pilots in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) have been told.
The “Gender in Air Operations” doctrine informs pilots what they should do before dropping bombs in war zones to ensure women aren’t placed in danger, according to the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
One hypothetical example included in the RAAF guide highlights how destroying a bridge, being used by enemy forces, could force local women to walk further to perform basic domestic chores. The doctrine said:
Although destroying this target may provide a military advantage against the enemy, the second order effect may mean that, due to the gendered social roles, women need to travel further afield, on unfamiliar and less secure, well-known or well-lit routes to gather water and firewood.
The program has been designed to encourage a “new way of thinking” in which vulnerable women aren’t at an increased risk of violence or threat, the Telegraph reports.
Veterans and local news commentators are calling the move an exercise in political correctness that will add another layer of concern for pilots fighting in war zones.
President of Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans Association NSW/ACT Bruce Relph told Radio 2GB making this information public knowledge actually puts more women in danger.
“The enemies that we potentially face will know what our doctrine is… They’re gonna see that we’ve got this doctrine and of course they’re gonna use it.”
Ex-Australian Major General Jim Molan, retired senator, weighed in on the issue, telling 2GB combat pilots already consider civilians when choosing targets.
“This is a well-intentioned but appallingly, clumsily written bit of scenario. I suspect it’s been written by people who haven’t had to do it.”
by an unhappy NSW chicken grower
Rabid and brainwashed animal activists have terrorised another abattoir and its staff chaining themselves to the kill floor. A mob of scruffy malcontents raided and terrorised stock at an abattoir two hours west of Brisbane last week. (see video link)
What a great opportunity the timid meatworkers have missed out on. It would have been easy to start the conveyor and give them a taste of reality while they were chained to it.
A couple of others could have had a meat hook placed through their belts and left hanging on the chains.
Others could have been given a splashing of ammonia then cleaned up with the high pressure water hoses. It would appear few of them bathe so the workers would have done them a favour. They don’t have any scruples about pouring dangerous chemicals through farm or abattoir premises causing the hospitalisation of staff.
It is time terrified farmers took a stance against the city terrorists. Why haven’t the political police charged them with terrorism offences?
Every farm has a shotgun. Rubber pellets or salt petre are most effective in shifting feral animals. These grubs are no better. (https://www.techwalla.com/articles/how-to-make-saltpeter)
These knuckle-draggers are committing criminal trespass and breaking every biosecurity law in the book. Deliberately contaminating farms with chemicals, cutting fences, terrifying farm animals, farmers and their kids is an act of terrorism. A farm could be quarantined for years because of contamination. At common law a farmer has every right to take defensive action when threatened.
Don’t blame primary producer bodies for not taking action. When have these National Party breeders ever done anything for a farmer? Farmers are first responders. Do it yourself.
The ‘climate’ hoax
Environmental terrorist, Greenpeace on its Facebook site warns it will start a renewed environmental terrorism campaign in earnest following a predictable defeat for Bill Shorten and the Labor Party at the May 18 election. Time now to ramp up background information about the environmental octopus gripping the Greens and their roots to Nazi Germany, where pagan environmentalism began.
From the Greenpeace official statement:
“This is not a post we thought we’d have to make.
We’re looking into the eyes of our friends, families and colleagues and seeing them all searching for answers, but only able to ask the same questions:
How? Why? Where do we go from here?
This result flies in the face of all Australians who’ve fought for our climate. For pristine oceans, for clean air, for the thousands of young Australians scared for what their future holds. We demanded they declare an emergency, and they shook a lump of coal in our faces.
So it’s right now, more than ever, that we want to tell you this:
This fight is not over, and none of us are going anywhere.
Tonight we learned something profound, something that changes the ballgame. Something that will require every one of us to stand up and take action in a way we’ve never before.
The system is broken. And as long our politics are shackled to the coal industry and vested interest, we’ll never fix it.
It’s time to change the game. It’s time to be disruptive. It’s time to take the power back.
If our government won’t declare a climate emergency, we’ll declare an uprising.
Last week Laura, one of the brave climbers who scaled the Sydney Harbour Bridge, said that that we can’t afford to rest on our laurels amidst this climate emergency. She put her body on the line and promised us that she’d never give up. And we shouldn’t either.
Now is not the time to leave. Now is the time to hold each other close, to pick each other up, and to stand up and fight.
If the climate-wreckers in the Coalition think we’re going to go away quietly, they’ve got another thing coming.
If Scott Morrison thinks he’s won the war on coal, he’s got another thing coming.
If anyone thinks the fight for our planet is over, they’ve got another thing coming.
We’ll be fighting back. Harder than we ever have before.
Now a new fight begins.”
From the School Strike4Climate website’:
1. Stop the Adani coal mine
2. No new coal, oil and gas projects
3. 100% renewable energy by 2030
Greenpeace linked to the ‘School Strike4Climate’ movement
According to the “School Strike 4 Climate Australia” website, their network is student-led, decentralised and grassroots. But it doesn’t take a researcher long to discover this network is controlled top down, and funded, by the City of London-centred financial oligarchy. Two mobile numbers are listed as contacts for media inquiries. Are they for school students—Year 12 student leaders perhaps? No! A quick internet search shows that they link to Charlie Wood and Alex Fuller.
Wood is Australian Campaigns Director of 350.org, an environmentalist activist organisation with a presence in 188 countries. It had a US$16.8 million total revenue in 2017, and public records show wealthy foundations such as the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the George Soros-funded Tides Foundation have collectively funnelled in tens of millions of dollars to 350.org since its founding in 2007.
The CEO of 350.org in Australia, Blair Palese, was a board member of Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Greenpeace has collectively received billions of dollars from establishment-run foundations such as the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Tides Foundation, and the Schmidt Family Foundation established by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. The late Lord Peter Melchett, heir to the Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) fortune, was executive director of Greenpeace UK.
Fuller is Communications Manager of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), which had a total income of more than $2.8 million in 2017 alone. Curiously, the AYCC Facebook page links to the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and GetUp. Both have been establishment fronts from their inception.
The ACF was established by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1964; its patron was the Governor-General, and its Chairman of the Benefactors and National Sponsors Committee—i.e. chief fundraiser– Sir Maurice Mawby, managing director of Conzinc Riotinto Australia (CRA, later Rio Tinto). The two co-founders of GetUp, Harvard graduates Jeremy Heimans and David Madden, both worked for the Soros-funded MoveOn.org in the USA. Among GetUp’s founding board members were John Hewson, former Macquarie Bank executive director and Liberal Party leader; and Don Mercer, former ANZ Bank CEO.– from CEC
Racing to the Power Point in Birdsville
When 2,000 electric cars towing caravans descend on the Birdsville races, where do they charge their batteries overnight?
Take a ticket and join the queue?
by Jim O’Toole in our Canberra bureau
This ignorant little 17 year old wanker, Will Connolly from Victoria should have had his face rubbed in the mess for breaking an egg on the head of 68 year old Senator Fraser Anning.
Anning instinctively struck this Greens moron and Islamic sycophant in the mouth twice as a reaction to the egg assault.
Any other red-blooded Australian male would have done the same but some would have knocked this retard to the ground.
The pansies of the Greens and ALP would have asked for more eggs to be slammed onto their empty heads.
We applaud Fraser’s reaction but wish it would have been much harder.
Unfortunately the first wack was with an open hand, but the second was a good hit. Well done Fraser just shows older Queensland bush boys can still mix it with the Victoria riff raff.
This dumbed down scumbag obviously is a cowardly king hitter and would never have tried this stunt if Fraser had seen him first. Connolly arranged for the Channel 9 camera to be on him before he struck.
Would Connolly go a couple of rounds in the ring with Anning? Never!
His obviously neglected upbringing would see him run in the opposite direction.
The myopic Victoria Police say they are investigating Anning for hitting this idiot. Anning has nothing to worry about.
Victoria Police can’t even find the dozen black African gangs wandering Melbourne streets assaulting and robbing Australians.
Hang in there Fraser!