Can You See It?

17 Jul

No new posts today, dear reader.

Busy with mammoth task of collating all the data from the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) department’s Register, and latest Report, into one comprehensive spreadsheet.

Because the Government’s claims about the “500 biggest polluters”, are misleading and deceptive in the extreme.

Especially so, when the Government is counting (eg) universities, hospitals, area health care services, Snowy Hydro Limited, Arnott’s Biscuits, Bega Cheese, Heinz Watties, McCain Foods, Nippon Meat Packers, the Big Four banks, The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (Q), local councils, government-owned water utilities, public transport corporations, the NSW Forestry Commission, and more unlikely candidates, in order to come up with as big a headline number of so-called “biggest polluters” as possible.

It appears that in the Brown-Gillard weltanschauung, everyone is a “biggest polluter”.

Which is understandable, when you want a big round number to fear-monger about on the telly (“1000 biggest” … oops, make that “500 biggest”).

I’m collating all the NGER data (and, researching all the missing data) in order to confirm – in detail – that the “around” this and “estimated” that plethora of claims made on the Government’s “500 biggest polluting companies” webpage – claims that are allegedly based on the NGER data – are simply more lies.

Until tomorrow, please enjoy this –

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12 Responses to “Can You See It?”

  1. JMD July 17, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Snowy Hydro won’t like that, unless they get lots of free carbon credits. I know the public relations guy from Snowy Hydro, I live not so far from the Mountains. I’ll run it by him & let you know if there are any interesting repercussions.

    • The Blissful Ignoramus July 17, 2011 at 10:09 am #

      Yes, Snowy Hydro really caught my eye, so would be very interesting to know, thanks JMD. I noticed a comment in weekend paper re Hunter steel/aluminium industries, claiming they will receive free carbon permits covering … get this … 94.5% of average costs. So yet another point I’ve been right about all along … “trade exposed” industries getting sh!tloads of “freely allocated” (ie, tradable from Day 1, or resellable to the Gov) carbon permits.

      Total and utter scam.

      • JMD July 17, 2011 at 10:32 am #

        By the way, it’s been f****** cold down here, so far the ski season has been excellent. As long as we don’t get a long warm spell the next dump of snow should be icing on the cake, for all you skiers out there.

  2. Whacked July 17, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    Anyone looked at the fine print, in regard to the tax situation for individuals? …

    Everyone concentrating on the ‘carbon tax’ yet mainstream media seems to have overlooked the implications of the new ceiling and increased tax rates beyond that, for individuals…

    Looks like Company may be reduced to 29% and individuals increased from 30 to 33% (in the main salary region) … sooo in effect a huge money spinner for the Government!

    Also an increase in CGT … did not Bob Brown want it to double??

    Anyone earning fully franked dividends, as the majority of their income (retirees) will be the losers.

    Marxism is rife amongst these socialist leaders …

    • The Blissful Ignoramus July 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

      Only relevant info I have vis-a-vis individuals is as follows, from the most recent NGER Report, “Explanatory Information” footnote:

      The greenhouse gas emissions and energy information reported under the NGER Act only represents part of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions, energy production and energy consumption. The NGER legislation covers corporations in all sectors of Australia’s economy, however it does not cover:
      – corporations that are below certain reporting thresholds;
      entities that are not a constitutional corporation, such as individuals or most government entities;
      – reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, land use change and forestry sources in relation to biological processes (but emissions from all other sources, energy production and consumption are included from these industries); and,
      – reporting of emissions abatement from greenhouse gas projects.

      • JMD July 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

        “or most government entities”

        Does this mean the greenhouse gas emissions of the government e.g. the military or KRudd’s jetsetting or the government vehicle fleet are not reportable?

        • The Blissful Ignoramus July 17, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

          It appears so.

          And yet, in order to have a snowflake’s chance in hell of coming up with a total of “500” polluters – not “biggest” mind, just 500 of any kind – my collating of NGER data so far indicates that they must be including myriad government entities (as well as uni’s and hospitals etc etc) to even come within a bull’s roar of that headline number.

          Despicable dishonesty.

  3. John Comnenus July 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    I have a question I don’t understand the answer to, nor have I heard anyone ever discuss.

    How do we know who pumps out what levels of CO2 at the moment? Surely there must be a baseline of some sort which allows the bureaucrats to decide what carbon credits an existing trade exposed ‘polluting’ company will get.

    Secondly how does the Government record and verify the CO2 emmissions of companies? If the amount isn’t known and without a standard measurement regime couldn’t companies just make up their results?

    We have already seen that there are around 23,500 bureaucrats involved in green schemes already. How many more are needed to administer the CO2 tax? How much will it cost for the companies to record and report their own emmissions?

    • The Blissful Ignoramus July 17, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

      Please read my initial article on this John – “Government Lies Again – Latest NGER Report Lists Only 299 ‘Polluters’ In Total”. I cover your question there.

      In a nutshell .. the GHG emissions reported by the NGER are voluntary reportings from the “polluters” –

      “The information contained in this publication is as reported by a registered corporation, including any resubmissions, as at 24 February 2011.”

      “Footnotes
      1. These corporations have voluntarily provided information to the GEDO concerning GreenPower renewable energy purchases or voluntarily surrendered Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).”

      • John Comnenus July 18, 2011 at 10:26 am #

        But how do they measure the CO2 emmissions? Has everyone been measured? I udnerstand what you are saying about the 299, but what if you don’t report?

        • The Blissful Ignoramus July 18, 2011 at 10:48 am #

          I think the key point to note there John, is that the “polluters” measure themselves. Read the articles I’ve done on this (ie, the NGER) carefully, and note the bolded words when I quote their documents. At least so far, the so-called emissions figures are those “monitored” and “reported” voluntarily by the “polluter”. Reality could be anything – hence all the weasel words and disclaimers re NGER data not being accurate.

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