"Carbon (Dioxide) trading is now the fastest growing commodities market on earth.....And here’s the great thing about it. Unlike traditional commodities markets, which will eventually involve delivery to someone in physical form, the carbon (dioxide) market is based on lack of delivery of an invisible substance to no-one. Since the market revolves around creating carbon (dioxide) credits, or finding carbon (dioxide) reduction projects whose benefits can then be sold to those with a surplus of emissions, it is entirely intangible." (Telegraph)

This blog has been tracking the 'Global Warming Scam' for over ten years now. There are a very large number of articles being published in blogs and more in the MSM who are waking up to the fact the public refuse to be conned any more and are objecting to the 'green madness' of governments and the artificially high price of energy. This blog will now be concentrating on the major stories as we move to the pragmatic view of 'not if, but when' and how the situation is managed back to reality. To quote Professor Lindzen, "a lot of people are going to look pretty silly"

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Thursday, 31 March 2011

The Lie of Climate Change Science

Climate Realists
"Never mind that the whole climate change scam is now driven by the top-level financiers newly eyeing a multi-trillion-dollar paper economy of carbon (dioxide) trading and that this is the reason it’s now a dominant mainstream media and corporate messaging presence.1

Never mind that this paper economy of carbon (dioxide) trading will be the largest financial extortion enterprise since the invention of the US-centered military-backed global finance structure of predation itself.

Never mind that establishment scientists are service intellectuals who virtually never diverge from supporting power, who at best look for sanitized and hypothetical “problems” that do not threaten hierarchy and who feed their false self-image of relevance.2,3 Never mind also the pathetic recent historical record of science with regard to identifying or solving public health and environmental problems.4,5,6

Never mind all that. Take the red pill by considering the climate “science” fairy tale itself and examine its story elements.

Here goes, in five story-element steps. ..."

Robust Science! More Than 30 Contradictory Pairs Of Peer-Reviewed Papers (NoTricksZone)

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Twice as many Greens oppose a carbon dioxide tax

Andrew Bolt,Herald Sun (Australia)
"Support for the Government’s carbon pricing scheme has fallen over the last 2 weeks. 34% now support the scheme and 51% are opposed.

Opinion has polarized among voters for the major parties. Support among Labor voters has increased from 55% to 63% while opposition from Coalition voters has increased from 73% to 80%. Support has fallen among Greens voters – 2 weeks ago they split 78% support/11% oppose compared to this week’s 56% support/24% oppose. "

Where’s The Heat?

"Looks like less blue to me. We’ve been cooling off for at least 6 years.

So, pretty simple: We’re supposed to be into this whole “Global Warming” thing by about 100 years now. The whole darned industrial revolution and from the 1970′s to date of exceptional growth and development. Supposedly CO2 is running rampant and cooking the globe with “accumulated heat”. OK, where is it? I don’t see it in the graph."

Contrails And Con-Science – In The Service Of Masterplans

"Sometimes timing is everything. Yesterday we looked at how a climate scientist is busy making “masterplans” for transforming our society instead of studying the climate. ......The worst part is that all these “masterplans” are based on flaky, often times fraudulent and alarmist science – all designed to promote panic rather than reason. This has already led to disastrous results (biofuel induced global hunger or landscape desecration by windmills to name two) and will surely lead to even greater disasters."

Another German “Will Soon Unveil A Master Plan For A Transformation Of Society”

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Osborne tosses £3bn gift to the green elite

The Register
"Last week, Chancellor George Osborne announced a new body that would make loans and issue debt. In a harkback to the 1970s, poorly performing and deeply unprofitable businesses will be the beneficiaries – and investors in them will be rewarded for their poor judgement. So much for moral hazard. ......The body bailing out the basket-cases is a "Green Investment Bank", and the remit was written largely by a group of bankers themselves, called the Green Investment Bank Commission. Led by Bob Wigley, formerly head of Merrill Lynch's European investment side, the Commission included executives of Goldman Sachs, Citibank, and management consultancies Logica and the Oliver Wyman Group. The Commission reported last June, and saw an ambitious role for the new quango:"

George Osborne's New Eco-Bullingdon Club (Telegraph)
"What I seriously doubt though, is whether anyone could think of a worse way of spending £3 billion, than on the grotesque and pointless quango that is the Green Investment Bank headed by Bob Wigley.

The point to note about the Green Investment Bank is that it is based on one massive lie, promulgated by everyone from David Cameron to Chris Huhne to Greg Barker to every other two-bit chancer who wants to get on the Coalition, viz: that green investments and green jobs are the future
. "

Monday, 28 March 2011

The lights were on, but they weren’t home

Climate Change Dispatch
"Lights were going full tilt in the living room and front hall Saturday night at the home of Jed Goldberg, president of Earth Day Canada, during Earth Hour."

Merkel’s Meltdown: Auf Wiedersehen Nuclear Energy – Hysteria Drives German Politics

"In the wake of the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan, a tsunami of hysteria has swept the German Green Party to a stunning victory in elections in the state of Baden-W├╝rttemberg."

The answer Flannery refused to give: just 0.00005 degrees

Andrew Bolt,Herald Sun (Australia)
"Remember how Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery refused to answer my very basic question?

Bolt: On our own, cutting our emissions by 5 per cent by 2020, what will that lower the world’s temperatures by? .......Lord Monckton has been kind enough to give me the straight answer that Flannery et al will not - and his answer explains exactly Flannery’s embarrassed silence:

Q. What is the central estimate of the anthropogenic global warming, in Celsius degrees, that would be forestalled by 2020 if a) Australia alone and b) the whole world cut carbon emissions stepwise until by 2020 they were 5% below today’s emissions? "

Sunday, 27 March 2011

North Korea has “Earth Hour” all night every night — but how many of the WWF’s useful idiots actually care to move there?

Poneke,Wellington New Zealand
"Yes, this annual act of bizarre penance is upon us again again. At 8.30pm today, March 26, we are ordered by WWF – the organisation that fabricated the IPCC’s “peer reviewed” claim that the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035 – to turn off the lights that make our nights so bright and liveable. .....But to show the kind of world the human-haters behind Earth Hour want to create, I publish above the stunning sight of the Korean Peninsula from space at night. All the bright lights to the peninsula’s south are in South Korea, a thriving modern economy. The near-black space between it and rapidly modernising China is North Korea, the last remaining Stalinist “workers’ paradise,” which has Earth Hour all night, every night.

How many members of the fantastically wealthy WWF, their fellow travellers and the “useful idiots” across suburbia who will turn out their lights tonight would happily shift there? For that is the kind of planet they are trying to create. "

What did you do for Earth Hour? The (yawn) reality (WUWT)
"Here’s a collection of thoughts, quotes, and of course the result of our WUWT poll on “what did you do for Earth Hour?

First, my own experience: Being keenly aware of it days ahead, even I forgot about it at the appointed time, having been distracted by normal family happenings, so I didn’t remember to turn on all my outdoor lights until 8:50PM. Given other news reports, it seems the novelty has worn off, and many many simply either forgot about it or don’t care.

Pointless symbolism isn’t what it used to be I suppose.

Carbon tax is fatal political poison

Tim Blair,The Daily Telegraph (Australia)
"Last week Tim Flannery, Australia's Chief Climate Commissioner, told The Daily Telegraph's Andrew Bolt in a radio interview: "If we cut emissions today, global temperatures are not likely to drop for about a thousand years." A thousand years.

And Flannery wasn't just talking about Australia's minuscule proposed emissions cuts. He was referring to cuts made across the globe. If Flannery keeps coming up with lines like this, he's worth every cent of the $720,000 we're paying him over the next four years to tell us why we'll be better off with a carbon tax.

Forget saving your grandchildren, eco-biddies. According to Flannery, the world won't be safer until your grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren are on the scene."

130,000 Australians say No Carbon Tax, Greens flop, Labor issues biblical scare campaign (Jo Nova,Australia)
Message From Australia(Donna Laframboise,Canada)
"Yesterday Jo Nova reprinted on her blog the text of a speech delivered by a gent named David Evans to a protest last week. Evans’ story is a fascinating one. He holds six university degrees and spent the better part of a decade working for the Australian Greenhouse Office modeling carbon emissions. He describes himself this way:

I am a scientist who was on the carbon gravy train, understands the evidence, was once an alarmist, but am now a skeptic."

Saturday, 26 March 2011

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School brainwashing works

Bishop Hill
"The BBC has just published the results of an opinion poll of schoolchildren. Asked to rank the biggest risks facing the world today, children seemed impressed by arguments for catastrophic global warming, placing it second behind terrorism, with 49% suitably scared.

I guess the relentless propaganda pumped out by schools and the BBC has had some effect."
Under the Cloak of ‘Climate Change’: childhoods sacrificed for political gain(Climate Lessons)
'When asked to choose the 3 biggest threats to the world from a list of 9, the most common answer is terrorism, chosen by more than half (59%), followed by climate change (49%).'

Election leads to Labor's bloodbath

Sunday Herald Sun,(Australia)
"LABOR has been dealt a crushing blow with the defeat last night of the scandal-plagued NSW Labor government. .....Melbourne-born Barry O'Farrell became NSW's 43rd premier after his Liberals smashed the Labor government of Kristina Keneally. ....Mr O'Farrell sent an ominous warning in his speech last night. "We will take the fight up to Canberra on the threat posed ... by Labor's carbon tax we'd been told wouldn't happen," Mr O'Farrell said."

Carbon taxing greens routed in NSW Australia elections (WUWT)

Friday, 25 March 2011

Julia Gillard's tax to make no difference to climate

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun (Australia)
"CLIMATE Commissioner Tim Flannery choked when I confronted him with the global warming industry's dirty secret.But he wouldn't - couldn't - deny it.The secret is this: nothing we in Australia do about global warming will actually lower the world's temperature.For all that pain, you'll get no gain.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard's carbon dioxide tax will have you pay more for petrol, electricity and everything made with electricity, but will make zero difference to the climate.Thousands of Australian jobs are about to be thrown away for nothing.I have asked global warming activists like Flannery - now paid by the Government to talk us into accepting its carbon dioxide tax or emissions trading scheme - two critical questions.

These are questions you'd ask any time someone tries to sell you anything from a ShamWow to a new car. How much will it cost? And what will it do? But now watch Flannery fight to avoid confessing to that dirty secret: that Gillard's plans would effectively make no difference to the world's temperature."

MTR today, March 25

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun (Australia)
"Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery joins us - but refuses to say by how much the world’s temperature will fall thanks to Julia Gillard’s global warming policies. Later he concedes that even if the whole world slashes its emissions we won’t know what difference it will make for maybe a thousand years. Doesn’t sound like much of a deal to me.

- Flannery agrees that Julia Gillard was wrong to say that every reputable climate scientist backs her view of man-made warming. "

Andrew Bolt scores the Quote of the Millennium

"This is from MTR 1377 radio today. Our regular feature, “Quote of the Week” just doesn’t work here. Neither does decade or century. No, a whole new category all by itself is reserved for this quote from the newly appointed Climate Commissioner of Australia, Tim Flannery, noted zoologist and author of the book The Weather Makers.

Here it is, brace yourself:

"If we cut emissions today, global temperatures are not likely to drop for about a thousand years. ...Just let me finish and say this. If the world as a whole cut all emissions tomorrow the average temperature of the planet is not going to drop in several hundred years, perhaps as much as a thousand years because the system is overburdened with CO2 that has to be absorbed and that only happens slowly."

Thursday, 24 March 2011

But he's spending billions to shore up his LibDem allies

Daily Mail
"The second Liberal issue to be given a major boost yesterday was the environment.

First, Chris Huhne got his way as the Government pledged to introduce a carbon price floor from 2013. This obscure-sounding change will herald a profound and expensive shift in electricity generation in Britain. It involves taxing conventional – gas and coal – energy producers, pushing up their costs, and forcing them to raise the price they charge for electricity as a result. This then benefits renewable energy producers – and nuclear power – because they can get away with charging more for their more-expensive-to-generate electricity.

The result will be to push up the cost of electricity for all of us, at a time when it’s rising anyway because of world oil prices increases. This will be hard for ordinary households, with average bills up 6 per cent by 2016, and difficult for industry as well.

Yes, it raises money for the Treasury – £1.4billion a year by 2015 – but however green the Tories are these days, it’s unlikely they would have embraced it so enthusiastically outside the Coalition.

Nor is that the end of the cash for greenery. Another pet Liberal Democrat project, the Green Investment Bank, which is supposed to put funds into green projects, has already been given £1billion of Government cash, and is now to be handed another £2billion of our money to invest. We can be fairly certain that much of the money will be thrown away as civil servants hand out cash to dubious green causes without proper financial checks. After all, if these green investments are so brilliant, why aren’t they getting cash from conventional banks?"

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Ten problems with those warming predictions

Andrew Bolt,Herald Sun (Australia)
"Joseph D’Aleo, co-founder of The Weather Channel.and former chairman of the American Meteorological Society’s Committee on Weather Analysis and Forecasting, notes 10 signs that the warmist predictions aren’t actually panning out."

Saying no to the carbon dioxide tax

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

California, Springtime, L.A. Snow?

"So, this is the first day of Spring in Southern California?

I mean, “snowed in” down to 4000 feet?

This is not the “Global Warming” I was promised…

In a truly warming world, I’d be planting tomatoes right now, not worried about “late frost” and cold “winter rain advisories”.

So when the inevitable happens, and NASA GISS declare this “The Warmest Ever!!!”, just remember that means snow. In Southern California. At 4000 feet. In springtime."

Six million Jews didn’t die so Combet could smear a sceptic

Andrew Bolt,Herald Sun (Australia)
"It is deliberate and it is grossly offensive - a foul smear acceptable only to the shameless:

THE Liberal Party has accused Julia Gillard of drawing parallels between climate change and the Holocaust after she branded Tony Abbott a “climate change denier”.

The manager of opposition business Christopher Pyne said that after 11 years as chair of the Parliamentary Friendship Group on Israel, he was offended by the form of words - which he likened to the term “Holocaust denier”.

Amid uproar in the House of Representatives, Mr Pyne asked the Prime Minister to withdraw the comment…

“We know that she is trying to allude to the Holocaust. It is offensive and it must stop”.

Speaker Harry Jenkins refused to accept the basis of the complaint.

Then Jenkins is woefully ill-informed into how low his colleagues will stoop. Here former Greens candidate Professor Clive Hamilton, a warming extremist, makes that foul link explicit: ..."

Monday, 21 March 2011

Japan: whatever happened to the nuclear meltdown?

"Amazing, isn’t it, what a little light military intervention can do to a nuclear crisis?

One minute, the world is facing nuclear meltdown armageddon to rank with – ooh, Three Mile Island at the very least, and quite possibly Chernobyl. A few (shockingly expensive) missile strikes over Benghazi and Tripoli later, though, and the Japanese nuclear crisis has all but vanished from the face of the earth.......One of those ridiculous people is – inevitably – the noisome Energy Secretary Chris Huhne. In true Rahm Emanuel style he is using the perceived crisis as an excuse to push forward his anti-nuclear, eco-loon agenda. He claims:

“We can do the 80 per cent reduction in emissions by 2050 without new nuclear, but it will require a big effort on carbon capture and storage and renewables.”

If implemented this will most assuredly cause brown-outs and tremendous economic damage by the time the energy gap begins to widen in 2020. But since Huhne will no longer be in office then and since he is wealthy enough not to have to face the consequences of his political stupidity this is unlikely to bother him."

So much spin

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun (Australia)
"Two excellent questions from the Nationals leader, Warren Truss, in Question Time today.

First, he asked, had Julia Gillard in fact conceded on Q&A that even had she won government in her own right she would have broken this election promise?:

And so today I announce that if we are re-elected, I will develop a dedicated process – a Citizens’ Assembly – to examine over 12 months the evidence on climate change, the case for action and the possible consequences of introducing a market-based approach to limiting and reducing carbon emissions… This means I will act when the Australian economy is ready and when the Australian people are ready.

You see, on Q&A last week, she said this:

if I’d been elected into a majority government what I would have done is legislated an emissions trading scheme...

From Gillard, no direct answer - because none was possible. "

Carbon wars

ABC (Australia)
"CHRIS UHLMANN: The line the Opposition really wanted to push today was that used money raised from a carbon tax to recast the tax and welfare system is building a money-go-round that won't save the planet.

ERIC ABETZ, LIBERAL SENATOR: You're robbing Peter to pay Peter, robbing Paul to pay Paul, and that in anybody's mind doesn't make sense.

BARNABY JOYCE, NATIONALS SENATOR: The Labor Party are telling you, they're trying to spin you this yarn again that somehow ripping money out of you, marching it round a bureaucracy and then handing you back some of your money is a good thing. Well, it's not.

TONY ABBOTT, OPPOSITION LEADER: A tax cut to compensate for a tax increase is not a cut, it's a con."

Kilimanjaro regaining its snow cap

"“Global warming” has nothing to do with this, it’s all about rainfall, deforestation, and evapotranspiration. I’m not ashamed to say: “We told you so”, several times: "

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Bob Ward boobs again over rainfall records

The attack dog for the warmists, Bob Ward, came back for another bite, and missed again, says Christopher Booker. (Telegraph)
"...he yet again took me to task for suggesting that autumn 2000 was not the wettest in south-west England since records began. But to make his point, he had to misquote what I said. What I referred to were the figures for maximum one-day rainfall. According to Met Office records, in November 1931 this was slightly higher, at 50.5mm, than the figure for October 2000, which was 49mm.

Mr Ward may be tireless in the ingenuity with which he tries to make his points, but it is uncanny how often he falls flat on his face. "

Don't vote Greens, say Catholic bishops

The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
"CATHOLIC bishops have warned the faithful against voting for the Greens in the state election, saying some of their policies were of ''grave concern''. ....A two-page document entitled The Green Agenda is being circulated by Catholic agencies and through schools. It states the party's human rights and social policy areas are in direct conflict ''with the beliefs and values of virtually all religious people, and the beliefs of many other people as well''.

Why we should be afraid -- very afraid -- of Julia Gillard's fantasies

Terry McCrann From: The Australian
"If she actually believes the nonsense she spouted, spontaneously first and then with consideration aforethought, we have a leader with all the save-the-world enthusiasm and profound ignorance of a junior high school student. ....On Q&A she asserted that it was simply not true that we were the only ones moving to attack carbon pollution (sic). China was closing down a dirty coal-fired power-generation facility at the rate of every one to two weeks, she asserted. And it was putting up a wind turbine at the rate of one every hour, she added.

The picture she set out to paint was of China replacing dirty coal with clean wind. The truth is, as we've noted through the week, that China is not simply replacing coal with coal but dramatically increasing coal-fired generation.

Yes, it is closing really dirty coal-fired stations: the ones that pump out those little bits of grit that used to blanket our cities and which Gillard & Co are deliberately seeking to inject into the community's consciousness with their references to carbon pollution.

Real pollution has long since been banished from our coal-fired power stations and our cities. Smog no longer kills thousands of Londoners every year. But it is still killing thousands in Chinese cities.

And not just in China. A World Health Organisation report in 2005 noted that more than half the world's population relied on dung, wood, crop waste or coal to meet their most basic energy needs.

Cooking and heating with such solid fuels on open fires or stoves without chimneys led to indoor air pollution, including small soot or dust particles that were able to penetrate deep into the lungs.

Every year, this sort of real carbon pollution was responsible for the death of 1.6 million people, WHO wrote in 2005. If anything it would be worse today.

That is the real carbon pollution. Not the carbon dioxide that is the target (the only target) of her tax; the real pollution that is precisely avoided by our centralised existing clean, yes clean, coal-fired power stations."

Friday, 18 March 2011

New IPCC lead author, one word: strange

"And you thought railroad engineer Pachauri was odd…

Donna Laframboise of “No Frakking Consensus” does some digging, and what she turns up about the new IPCC lead author is to say the least, strange. Some excerpts:

In 1994, Kovats was one of only 21 people in the entire world selected to work on the first IPCC chapter that examined how climate change might affect human health. She was 25 years old. Her first academic paper wouldn’t be published for another three years. It would be six years before she’d even begin her doctoral studies and 16 years before she’d graduate.

This question Laframboise asks really, really, needs an answer:

How does one land that sort of position (and, presumably, that sort of salary) prior to finishing their PhD?"

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EDITORIAL: Ending the global-warming argument. Leftist resort to the courts is sign of desperation

The Washington Times
"Ever since the Climategate e-mail scandal exposed how Mr. Mann’s graph used “a trick” to “hide the decline” in global temperatures, public support also has declined for the fable that cosmic irritation at mankind’s exhalations has made things hotter by an imperceptible one-third of one degree over the course of a decade. In 2000, media-driven climate hysteria peaked with 72 percent of those surveyed by Gallup indicating they were worried about global warming. That number fell to 51 percent in a Gallup poll released Monday, with four in 10 Americans saying the seriousness of global warming was being exaggerated.

Lawmakers sense this skepticism in their constituents and can no longer get away with pursuing policies that sacrifice jobs and economic prosperity on the pagan altar of warmism. The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted 34-19 on Tuesday to adopt the “Energy Tax Prevention Act” which denies the EPA any authority to regulate water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane and other naturally occurring gases as if they were actual pollutants. On Tuesday, Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, promised a vote on the Senate version of the bill introduced by Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, and his 43 co-sponsors, only to retreat the next day when it became apparent Mr. Inhofe had more support than expected.

It’s time for the Supreme Court to put the states’ bogus argument on ice."

H/T Climate Realists

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Gillard’s global warming speech: count the deceits

Andrew Bolt,Herald Sun (Australia)
"Julia Gillard yesterday gave it her best shot - trying to sell her tax on carbon dioxide. Let’s count the untruths, deceptions and admissions. The results reveal just how hollow, dishonest and dangerous is Gillard’s case.

First though, let’s note the critical omissions. Nowhere has Gillard answered the two most basic questions: how much will all this cost and by how much will it cut the world’s temperatures? "

Greenpeace: Germany could use wind power which is "usually switched off" to replace nuclear

The Hockey Schtick
"No explanation is provided in the article below why Germany has "a lot of surplus wind power we could add which are usually switched off," but it probably relates to the fact that wind power is highly intermittent and unreliable, unlike the nuclear and coal plants "run flat out most of the time."

Angela Merkel Reveals Climate Hoax, Putting Her Political Survival Ahead Of “The Survival Of The Human Race”

"If saving the human race from the imminent climate disaster is so imperative, then why did Chancellor Angela Merkel request the immediate shut-down of CO2-saving, technically sound nuclear power plants in an area free of earthquakes or tsunamis?"

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

The Strange Case of Sari Kovats

Donna Laframboise, (Toronto, Canada)
"Two weeks ago I blogged about how difficult it was to confirm the date in which Sari Kovats, a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), had received her PhD. In the interim, there have been a number of developments. ...I am pleased, therefore, to report that Kovats did, indeed, receive her PhD in June 2010. ....According to the document the school produced, Kovats was born in 1969 and became a part-time doctoral student in 2001. In an e-mail to her I mentioned that the public record indicates her first paper was published in 1997. She did not dispute this.

In 1994, Kovats was one of only 21 people in the entire world selected to work on the first IPCC chapter that examined how climate change might affect human health. She was 25 years old. Her first academic paper wouldn’t be published for another three years. It would be six years before she’d even begin her doctoral studies and 16 years before she’d graduate."

IPCC boss says warming causes earthquakes: report

Andrew Bolt,Herald Sun (Australia)
"If Pachauri really said this, he must be dismissed as a fool and rank alarmist who utterly discredits the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change he leads: ..."

Selling climate doom

Quadrant Online
"The problem with climate science is that, as with any religion, there are diametrically opposed beliefs, each of which has its followers, and each of which vociferously claims to represent the truth. Research is moving away from active questioning of the science toward manipulation of public opinion. Playing the game of politics is much more fun than continuing with what is turning out to be fairly mundane research. Running ever-bigger computer models of an inherently uncertain climate system is not as intellectually rewarding as it was. "

Wind farms kill whales: blubber on the green movement's hands

"According to researchers at the University of St Andrews, the sound of offshore wind farms is likely to mess with the whales’ sensitive sonar systems and drive them ashore, where they get stuck on beaches and die. .....And I wonder what Greenpeace co-founder Dr Patrick Moore – who in the mid-70s risked his life on many whale-saving expeditions – makes of it."

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Gillard’s latest global warming deceit

Andrew Bolt,Herald Sun (Australia)
"Julia Gillard deliberately deceived voters on global warming on Q&A last night, by suggesting China was replacing its coal-fired power stations with wind farms:

The rest of the world is moving… China, closing down a dirty coal-fired power generation facility at the rate of one every one to two weeks, putting up a wind turbine at the rate of one every hour...

And this, she said, was why Australia had to cut its own emissions, too.

But this woman seems incapable of honest discussion. In fact, China is fast expanding its number of coal-fired stations, as the 20 October 2010 edition of its official English language newspaper, the China Daily, explained: ..."

Peer into the Heart of the IPCC, Find Greenpeace

Donna Laframboise, (Toronto, Canada)
"But activists have not kept their distance from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) even though this body claims to be a scientific organization. Nor has the IPCC taken steps to safeguard its reputation by keeping a strict separation between itself and green groups."

Hiding the Decline

Judith Curry

ED:Worth another look
"The second thing was this youtube clip of physicist Richard Muller (Director of the Berkeley Earth Project), where he discusses “hide the decline” and vehemently refers to this as “dishonest,” and says “you are not allowed to do this,” and further states that he intends not to read further papers by these authors (note “hide the decline” appears around minute 31 into the clip). While most of his research is in physics, Muller has also published important papers on paleoclimate, including a controversial paper that supported McIntyre and McKitrick’s analysis."

H/T Climate Common Sense

Yes, nuclear power plants are dangerous. But for Britain, the alternative is to start hoarding candles

Daily Mail

"Chris Huhne, the British Government’s Lib Dem Energy Secretary and a crusader for renewables, is a dogged opponent of nuclear power.Only yesterday he called for more ambitious carbon emission targets to cut Western energy use, even though many economists believe such policies will grievously erode our industrial competitiveness.Huhne is likely to be prominent among ministers who argue that the Japanese disaster reinforces the arguments against new atomic power stations. Yet some of us believe that if his brand of woolly sentiment prevails, it will deal a body blow to Britain’s future. .....Accidents in the oil and coal industries have killed and continue to kill far more people than nuclear power ever has.

Almost every course of action that societies adopt demands a balancing of choices, acceptance of some risk.

Many sensible economists and industrialists think we should be much more frightened than we are about the prospect that amid worsening energy shortages and rising oil prices, by the end of the decade this country will face a crunch that the Government is doing nothing to avert.I believe that Chris Huhne’s commitment to Lib Dem green nonsense makes him a menace as the Government’s minister responsible for energy.He pretends that renewables (wind generation foremost among them) can solve most of our problems, which is a huge untruth.In the winter of 2009, Britain’s 2,800 hugely subsidised and vastly expensive turbines provided just 0.7  per cent of our energy needs.

The truth is that however many more windmills we put up, nothing alters the simple fact that the wind, especially in southern Britain, blows too little and too erratically to make turbine generation a credible mainstay of our power requirements."

Monday, 14 March 2011

The warmists’ 10 biggest fibs

Andrew Bolt,Herald Sun (Australia)
"Professor Bob Carter identifies 10 dishonest slogans in the global warming debate:

1. We must address carbon (sic) pollution (sic) by introducing a carbon (sic) tax.

2. We need to link much more closely with the climate emergency.

3. Putting a price on carbon (sic) will punish the big polluters (sic).

4. Putting a price on carbon (sic) is the right thing to do; it’s in our nation’s interest.

5. Putting a price on carbon (sic) will result in lower carbon dioxide emissions.

6. We must catch up with the rest of the world, who are already taxing carbon dioxide emissions.

7. Australia should show leadership, by setting an example that other countries will follow.

8. We must act, and the earlier we act on climate change the less painful it will be.

9. The cost of action on carbon (sic) pollution (sic) is less than the cost of inaction.

10. There is no do-nothing option in tackling climate change.

Now read on as Professor Carter treats each of these slogans with a strong dose of truth. "

Japan earthquake: Many are the terrors of the earth, but they're not our fault

Boris Johnson, Telegraph
"The Japan earthquake wasn't caused by our lust for oil, or the Western banking system, or failure to invest in early warning systems. It wasn't caused by our slowness to meet the Kyoto CO2 targets or poor old Prince Andrew's negotiations with Middle Eastern despots (all of which, by the way, were done entirely at the behest of the blooming Foreign Office), or by any other aspect of human immorality.

The most important lesson from the Japan earthquake is that there are no lessons for human behaviour; and over the next few days it is vital that we watch out for the preachers and the moralisers who will try to use it to further their campaigns."

Did 'climate change' cause the Japanese earthquake?


But that hasn’t stopped one or two unscrupulous environmentalists trying to make the spurious connection. Top prize for shamelessness goes to one Staffan Nilsson, president of an EU offshoot called the European Economic and Social Committee."

"‘Global warming destroying archaeological treasures’ frozen for thousands of years

Daily Mail
No,You could not make it up..From the comments....
".... More "Global Warming" rubbish to keep the SCAM alive and the MONEY flowing in grants and "green" taxes.

- Darlington, ENGLAND, 12/3/2011 1:21

Yet more news from this international "global warming" scam...

- Mark, Kent, 11/3/2011 16:52

Doesn't the simple fact that these "archaeological treasures" are there mean that it was warmer in the past and then froze - now it's getting warmer again. In other words while they prove "Global Warming" is happening they also prove Man Made Global Warming is a fallacy, or that centuries ago humans managed to reverse the warming of their time by banning and taxing CO2.

- Stephen, Esh Winning England, 11/3/2011 14:45

funny that... obviously it wasn't frozen back then when the tombs etc. were made... so we're returning to a previous state ie. out of an ice age proper... IT HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH MAN BURNING FOSSIL FUELS....

- paul cooke, gloucester england, 11/3/2011 8:18

You might be interested in knowing that the planet has been warmer than this about 600 years ago and it survived. This was before factories and cars were made! Earth is now cooling down, NOT warming up as we are being told time and again. We are being lied to when 'scientists' say that there is global warming. Up to now, 6,000 real scientists have said that the figures were massaged previously, in order to get the global warming scandal underway. Time to wake up folks, global warming and climate change are a myth perpetuated by those scaremongers who just want to literally tax the air you breathe. Do your own research and don't be led by what you read in the media.

- Sally, Manchester UK, 11/3/2011 7:21

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Quote of the Week – Note to NOAA

"Steve McIntyre at ClimateAudit has written another essay on the poor way that CRU/UEA and NOAA have dealt with FOIA requests. To say “poor”, that means in some cases “not at all”. ....

Quote of the day

Bishop Hill
"This was apparently posted to the comments on Christopher Booker's article today:

'I have worked in government for 28 years as an economist, and for the last 20 years I have worked on environmental programs. In that time I have not seen a shred of evidence to justify global warming, let alone man made global warming and I have not seen a shred of evidence that there is going to be a green economic boom. The only evidence I have seen is that there is a green economic bust, that money invested in green technologies is usually wasted and simply consumes investment that could be better used elsewhere. .....

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Alfred S: Australian schoolboy; climate hero

James Delingpole,Telegraph
"I’ve had some good news on the climate war front which I’m looking forward to telling you about next week. Till then, I invite you to join me in a toast to an Australian schoolboy named Alfred S who stood up to the vilification of his teachers and class mates by refusing to bow down and worship ManBearPig. .....Alfred S, mate, we salute you!"

For every new 'green' job, nearly four are lost

Christopher Booker,Telegraph
"...Last week, after making only 400 vehicles in four years, the firm, Modec, sacked half its workforce and went into administration with debts of £40 million.

Meanwhile, in Australia, ridicule greeted a radio interview with Jill Duggan, a senior British official with the European Commission, who is playing a key role in the EU’s bid to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 per cent by 2020. Taken aback at being faced by two well-informed sceptics, she admitted she had no idea how many hundreds of billions of euros this would cost, or how much it could hope to achieve by way of reducing global temperatures. Nevertheless she claimed that “tackling climate change” has created “over a million new jobs” in Europe, including “many hundreds of thousands in the UK”.

Citing a new study which estimates that diverting £330 million into renewable energy destroyed 3.7 British jobs last year for every one created, the interviewers suggested that, with an unemployment rate of 10 per cent, there didn’t seem to be much Europe could teach Australia".

Friday, 11 March 2011

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The Drumming of an Army

Clive James (Standpoint)
"There was nothing wrong with the weather, only with their expectations. As any Aboriginal might have told them had they known how to ask, the Australian climate is simply like that. For Queensland, this has been one of several floods in a hundred years, and not even the worst. Though the fashionable propaganda about the unprecedented nature of the inhospitable weather has been largely the product of inner-city intellectuals who rarely see the inland except when they fly over it on their way to another city, the truth is that even a city-dweller will catch on to the facts if he or she lives long enough..."

Crushing of dissent

Bishop Hill
"A high school student in Australia is struggling to keep quiet during climate change lessons..."

Learning the Impact of Climate Change (Alfreds Review)
"The second lesson brought with it the first of many loads of compete bullshit into the class-room in the form of a PowerPoint presentation stating: that the vast majority of scientists agree that global warming is real, that it is not a natural occurrence but man-made, and that the evidence therefor is undeniable;.... "

ED: Children throughout the world are being indoctrinated to accept a TAX.

And just in case you forget here are some good quotes to remember...

US physics professor: 'Global warming is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life' (Harold Lewis is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.)

Richard Lindzen: A Case Against Precipitous Climate Action (Richard Lindzen is the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"..The interests of the environmental movement in acquiring more power, influence, and donations are reasonably clear. So too are the interests of bureaucrats for whom control of CO2 is a dream-come-true. After all, CO2 is a product of breathing itself."

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Don’t know the cost, don’t know if it works

Andrew Bolt,Herald Sun (Australia)
"The two basic questions with any purchase. How much does it cost? Will it do the job?

Jill Duggan is from the European Commission’s Directorate General of Climate Action. She is the EC’s National Expert on Carbon Markets and Climate Change. She was head of Britain’s International Emissions Trading. She is in Australia to tell us how good Europe’s emission trading system is and why we should do something similar.

No one, therefore, should better know the answers to the two most basic questions about this huge scheme. The cost? The effect?.

So on MTR yesterday, I asked them. Duggan’s utter inability to answer is a scandal - an indictment of global warming politics today.= (listen here): ..."

ED: It's about halfway into the show.

Aussie sceptics destroy EU carbon commissioner

"Is this the best five minutes of radio in the history of broadcasting? I think it might be. Have a listen and judge for yourself.

It’s an Australian interview with Jill Duggan, a British woman who you almost certainly won’t have heard of, but who yet holds the economic future of an entire continent in her grasp. As an expert on carbon markets for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action, Duggan will help mastermind the EU’s bold – and massively expensive – plans to reduce Europe’s carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2020. In the process she will of course destroy every last vestige of 550 million people’s economic future: but until now – as is evident from her stumbling and surprise – no one has really called her on it."

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Germany Dumps Global Warming - Climate Disruption is Last Green Gasp

Climate Realists
"The FMER, however, was not quite letting go of the global warming narrative as it reared its ugly head more than once in the press announcement. But in a bait and switch move that U.S. President, Barack Obama would have been proud of the Germans obfuscated their outmoded global warming hype amongst the increasing and contradictory body of evidence showing cooling. Taking lessons from the Whitehouse the German version of the global warming spin machine has now switched over to a ‘climate disruption’ narrative instead. "

Greece snow: Bad weather brings chaos to Athens roads

BBC News
"Snowstorms have caused transport chaos around the Greek capital Athens, with one overnight traffic jam stretching for up to 15km (9 miles). "
Heavy snow sweeps across the US
Four killed in road accidents in Quebec snow storm
"A winter storm that has pummelled southern Quebec has been blamed for at least four deaths in road accidents.The storm, expected to dump as much as 50cm (19.7 inches) of snow, blocked roads and led to school closures."
Spring snow fall covers Highlands and Islands
"Heavy snow has hit many parts of the Highlands and has led to disruption at Inverness Airport.The airport's runway was closed for a time to allow snow to be cleared and although passengers have been asked to check in there will be flight delays.Northern Constabulary said that despite the weather all main roads were open.Snow has also fallen in Midlothian and parts of the Borders and there are strong wind warnings for both the Skye and Kessock Bridges."

The name game of climate change

"According to a University of Michigan study published in the forthcoming issue of Public Opinion Quarterly, more people believe in “climate change” than in “global warming.”

“Wording matters,” said Jonathon Schuldt, the lead author of the article about the study and a doctoral candidate in the U-M Department of Psychology. "

As if things weren't bad enough

Bishop Hill
"The EU continues its efforts to deindustrialise the entire continent: ......I think this is going to turn out very badly."

According to the 2050 roadmap, Europe will reduce its emissions by about 25% by 2020 if it implements the policies on energy efficiency that member states have already agreed. The roadmap found that setting a reductions target of at least 25% by 2020 would also be the most cost-effective way of cutting emissions by 80% by 2050, in line with the EU's international commitments. (

EU Low Carbon Roadmap Is “Non-Binding” – Frustrates Wannabe Eco-Dictators
"The proposed 270 billion per year plan (€10.8 trillion total by 2050) for Europe to reach its target of becoming a low-carbon economy and society presented by Climate Commissar Connie Hedegaard yesterday has received a cool reception."

Wahl Transcript Excerpt

Climate Audit
"From Capitol Hill come excerpted notes from the interview transcript between the NOAA Inspector General and Eugene Wahl. I am advised that it’s not a continuous chain, with some back and forth between the paragraphs excluded. I am advised that the excluded sections, often lengthy, do not place the excerpts in any different light than reading them as presented below. Neither the Muir Russell nor Oxburgh “inquiries” took transcripts despite requests from the UK Parliamentary COmmittee to do so. "
Climategate - Whitewash is Peeling! (Climate Common Sense) "An interview with Eugene Wahl , one of the Team. and the NOAA Inspector general confirms he did receive instructions from Michael Mann to delete emails and he did do so."

To Serve Mann (WUWT)
"Sources confirm that a federal inspector has questioned Eugene Wahl and Wahl has confirmed that Mann asked him to delete emails. Wahl has also informed the inspector that he did delete emails as the result of this request."

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

The great “carbon pollution” lie

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun (Australia)
"For if carbon dioxide can be called “carbon pollution”, in this or any other universe, in this or any other reality, well then rain has to be called “hydrogen pollution”. The reason the term is used by Gillard is an exercise of quite deliberate despicable dishonesty."

Carbon not the same thing as CO2
"The second great lie is that so-called "de-carbonising our economy" as a consequence of "putting a price on carbon" is the 21st century equivalent of the tariff reforms of the 1980s.In fact it is the exact opposite: it is the equivalent of imposing tariffs on the Australian economy. This is true whether or not the rest of the world follows. It's just that much worse if we do it solo.This lie has been peddled not just by the government but also by Treasury. Be afraid, be really afraid that we have a Treasury which is that incompetent.Cutting tariffs and other forms of protection removed artificial costs that were imposed on both producers and consumers. It enabled them to buy especially goods but also services at the lowest competitive price.

The carbon tax or an ETS (emissions trading scheme) does the exact opposite. It imposes a totally artificial additional cost, in its case, on everything consumers and business buy.It forces us to pay -- totally artificially -- higher prices for energy than we could otherwise, like right now, pay for it."

Green Math: Let’s Spend a Billion to Save $8 Million

Donna Laframboise (Canada)
"A few months ago I blogged about a Los Angeles Times story on climate change, drought, and Australia. It was a classic example of how media outlets who are unlikely to take seriously other ‘end of the world’ predictions nevertheless treat climate change speculation as though it were gospel."

The EU’s Serial Economy Killers: 0.002°C For €2.9 Trillion

"It would be much cheaper if the EU just bought everyone an air conditioner. That 0.002°C can neither be measured by a standard home thermometer nor perceived by human senses. All because of two fairy tales: 1) CO2 is leading to climate catastrophe, and 2) Europe can save the planet.

Is there any politican left out there who’s got the spine to stand up to this madness?"

Monday, 7 March 2011

The WWF Vice President & the New IPCC Report

Donna Laframboise (Canada)
"Now comes the million dollar question: What is a VP of the WWF doing serving as a Review Editor for Working Group 2, Chapter 15 of the latest edition of the climate bible – the one that is being written as we speak? "

German Ex-Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Blasts Politicized IPCC Science – “Some Scientists Have Proven To Be Frauds”

NoTricksZone (Germany)
"I wonder if the scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) are listening. Here Schmidt is clearly calling for a real, COMPETENT investigation by an independent expert body, and not a small group of corrupt hacks."

Helmut Schmidt calls for IPCC inquiry (Quadrant Online)
Helmut Schmidt calls for IPCC inquiry (WUWT)

How the carbon dioxide tax will become a central planner’s dream

Andrew Bolt,Herald Sun (Australia)
"Oh, dear. You can see already how this carbon dioxide tax - and the billions it will raise for government handouts - will lead to a massive new reregulation of the economy. A joy for the central planners who thought 1989 was the end of their time: ......This is going to be a disaster, and the greatest scrabble for handouts ever seen in this country. "

ED: Just look at Europe to see whats coming your way.And it's the poor that will pay.


Richard Lindzen: A Case Against Precipitous Climate Action(GWPF)
"However, for more serious leaders, the need to courageously resist hysteria is clear. Wasting resources on symbolically fighting ever present climate change is no substitute for prudence. Nor is the assumption that the earth’s climate reached a point of perfection in the middle of the twentieth century a sign of intelligence."

"We know it will end up costing taxpayers an arm and a leg, but has anyone a clue how this wretched carbon tax is supposed to work?"

Sunday, 6 March 2011

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The Age and Herald confess - we’re hyping global warming

Andrew Bolt,Herald Sun (Australia)
"The truth is that Earth Hour is not just stupid but a proven dud, with only these Pravdas of the green movement having the hide to declare that Kerr has suddenly made it and the green hype behind it “so hot”.

The Age and SMH would rather print this advertising copy than a sober, clearly written exposition of global warming theory and the serious problems emerging with it - as Quadrant has so responsibly done in its current edition.

Now that’s journalism, and not surprisingly, alas, it took three non-journalists - Geoffrey Lehmann, Peter Farrell and Dick Warburton - to do it. "

There is nothing 'smart' about rationing electricity

"Though I say it myself it couldn’t be coming out at a more desperate time. To show how desperate, let us consider the words of Steve Holliday, chief executive of the National Grid, interviewed last week on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“The grid is going to be a very different system in 2020, 2030. We keep thinking that we want it to be there and provide power when we need it. It is going to be much smarter than that. We are going to change our own behaviour and consume it when it is available and available cheaply.”

I have one simple question here: what on earth is this imbecile still doing in his job?"

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond reveals his ignorance of wind power

Christopher Booker, Telegraph
"When it was reported recently that a Dutch company, Eneco, is to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm, covering 76 square miles off the Dorset coast, the media mindlessly parroted a claim that its 240 turbines will be able to generate 1200MW, “enough to power 820,000 homes”. In fact, thanks to the intermittency of the wind, their actual output would average little more than 300MW, equivalent to the needs of only 125,000 homes. Yet for this we will be paying three times the market rate, including a subsidy of £250 million a year. "

Friday, 4 March 2011

£100m: the staggering cost of Britain's worst winter

Farmers Weekly
"Rural insurer NFU Mutual said arctic weather in December had led to almost 6000 claims expected to cost more than £34m. Damage to homes, farms and businesses included a trail of collapsed buildings.

"Coupled with the very cold spell in January 2010, December's icy blast has made 2010 the worst year in our 100-year history for cold weather claims," said John Kenny, the company's chief claims manager. "

H/T Tom Nelson

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Banking On Climate Crisis – The Merchants Of Doom

"This is a story on how some good ol boys are pushing extreme scenarios to make big money. Fiduciary duty is getting thrown overboard by banks, insurance companies and investment houses as they race madly to capitalize on carbon schemes and the “green economy” - all under the guise of “saving the planet”.

Scientists Speak Out

Donna Laframboise
"A week ago Jonathan Jones, a physics professor at Oxford University, submitted a remarkable comment over at the Bishop Hill blog. He’s hero #1 of this post, and I’ve taken the liberty of reprinting the bulk of his remarks further down." .....
"....However, "hide the decline" is an entirely different matter. This is not a complicated technical matter on which reasonable people can disagree: it is a straightforward and blatant breach of the fundamental principles of honesty and self-criticism that lie at the heart of all true science. The significance of the divergence problem is immediately obvious, and seeking to hide it is quite simply wrong. The recent public statements by supposed leaders of UK science, declaring that hiding the decline is standard scientific practice are on a par with declarations that black is white and up is down. I don't know who they think they are speaking for, but they certainly aren't speaking for me. ...."

Warmists thwarted: reef recovers yet again

Andrew Bolt,Herald Sun (Australia)
"Last March, the ABC yet again warned of a bleaching disaster for a key part of the Great Barrier Reef: .......Warmist scientists seem to have yet again oversold the scare and underestimated the ability of coral to adapt today as it has for thousands of years. I’d have hoped that they - and the ABC - would have learned from the chastening example of Ove Hoegh-Guldberg. "
Still cooler than usual

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Shut down Australia and save 0.01 degrees

Jo Nova
"The key question — with all the billions spent on cutting Australia’s carbon production: the trade and income lost; the jobs cut; the pain of living near wind farms; the foreign holidays avoided and then paying more for petrol and electricity than we have too — how many degrees will our actions cool the world by?

Assuming the IPCC are right about the effects of CO2, and that Australia stopped producing CO2 entirely (if we all left the country) by 2100 the world would be 0.0123 degrees cooler, and sea levels would be 2mm lower. These are so small they are unmeasureable."

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

The Economic Impact of Renewable Energy Policy in Scotland and the UK

Download here (Verso Economics,March 2011 )
"The report’s key finding is that for every job created in the UK in renewable energy, 3.7 jobs are lost. In Scotland there is no net benefit from government support for the sector, and probably a small net loss of jobs."
"IV. The main policy tool used to promote renewable energy generation is the Renewables Obligation, which effectively raises the market price paid for electricity from renewable sources. This scheme cost electricity consumers £1.1bn in the UK and around £100m in Scotland in 2009/10. The UK government plans similar schemes to promote renewable heat and renewable fuels.
V. In addition, both the UK and Scottish Governments have introduced a wide range of grants and subsidies for the renewables industry. These are estimated at £188m UK wide and an additional £22m in Scotland in 2009/10. Further, an exemption from the Climate Change Levy for renewable generation costs HMRC £77m UK wide and £25m in Scotland in lost tax revenue. " (H/T Andrew Bolt,Herald Sun, Australia)

Groceries to carry the cost of carbon tax, warn supermarkets (Australia)
"FOOD prices are set to rise under the Federal Government's carbon tax, with some of the nation's largest food retailers expected to be hit with potential carbon bills of millions of dollars a year.A national survey of 500 food and grocery retailers also revealed 83 per cent intend to pass on the cost of a carbon price in higher prices, reports the Daily Telegraph."

ED: Carbon Tax = Window Tax, it's a tax for raising revenue.


Can your boss afford to pay another $100 million a year to Gillard?

Oh, and a tax on cows, sheep and chickens, too
(Andrew Bolt,Herald Sun, Australia)

Coldest Back-to-Back U.S. Winters in a Quarter Century

World Climate Report
"As the curtain falls on the climatological winter (December-February) of 2010-11 in the U.S., we are left shivering.

For the second year in a row, the winter temperature when averaged across the contiguous United States came in below the average temperature for the 20th century. This marks the first time since the winters of 1992-93 and 1993-94 that two winters in a row have been below the long-term normal, and it makes for the coldest back-to-back winter combination for at least the past 25 years. "