Tag Archives: AGW

Kyoto Is Dead, But Our Lunatics Press On Regardless

4 Jun

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey questions The Goose on the G8 meeting, where Russia, Canada, and Japan all refused to resign Kyoto CO2 emissions reductions targets, and the world’s biggest economy, the USA, refused (again) to sign up at all.

Nothing but obfuscations, dancing around the issue, and rank “denialism” from the Goose, natch. But then, we’ve all come to expect that. He’s a lunatic who appears to be genetically incapable of honesty:

Germany Dumps Nuclear For Coal

1 Jun

Here’s a fascinating mix of headlines for you:

Germany ‘Sliding Head Over Heels Into Eco-Dictatorship

Germany to be the first major industrialised power to shut down all its nuclear power plants

and

Despite Climate Concerns, Germany Plans Coal Power Plants

Coal?

Say what?!

Here in Australia we have our own Greens party advocating (as quietly as possible) a total phasing out of all our coal-fired power generation, and all our coal exports.

At the very same time in Germany, by contrast, we have a move to phase out CO2 emissions-free nuclear power … and replace it with 20+ new coal-fired power stations.

Even though Germany’s Scientific Advisory Council on Global Environmental Change (WBGU) have said that both nuclear and coal must be phased out:

In April 2011, the WBGU presented a report entitled “World in Transition – Social Contract for a Great Transformation”. The main theses of the WBGU are as follows: The current economic model (“fossil industrial metabolism”) is normatively untenable…

The reorganization of the world economy has to happen quickly; nuclear energy and coal have to be given up at the same time and very soon.

Confused?

Take heart, my friend.

What you see is merely typical of the individual and collective irrationality, illogic, and cognitive dissonance, that are all too frequently on open display by members of the “climate change” cargo cult.

Consider just one example.  Our local High Priest and false prophet/profit of climate change alarmism, Tim Flannery.

He is a known Gaia-worshipper, who has never been able to answer the simple question, “What’s So Gay About Gaia?”

The real danger, of course, is not global warming.

It is the same danger that mankind has always faced when confronted with highly motivated, rhetorically-skilled preachers of irrationality, illogic, and cognitive dissonance.

That danger is this.  History clearly shows us that these traits are typical of all wanna-be Totalitarians:

Germany’s green government advisors admit frankly that decarbonization can only be achieved by the limitation of democracy – both nationally and internationally…

To carry out this utopian new vision, democratic institutions, the freedom of lifestyles and the right to material well-being is to be sacrificed.

The Germans should know better than most what it really means for a nation or society to “sacrifice” itself to a utopian vision preached ever so loudly by irrational, illogical fanatics.

Enough Said

31 May

Australian households will ultimately bear the full cost of a carbon price,” Professor Garnaut writes.

UPDATE:

Not quite enough said.

Gillard has lied.  Again:

The best way to cut carbon pollution is to make up to 1000 of our biggest polluters pay for every tonne of carbon pollution they generate. Not households. Not small businesses. Just the top 1000 polluters. We know some industries will pass some of these costs onto consumers, which is why we will give more than half of the money raised back to families who need the most help with their cost of living.

Gillard’s Carbon Bank For Carbon Banksters

26 May

From the Australian:

The Gillard government is examining the creation of a multi-billion-dollar carbon bank to drive renewable energy technologies as the Greens demand “complementary measures” to cut emissions in return for accepting a lower starting price for the carbon tax.

If you needed a little more evidence that “carbon pricing” was all about banksters like Goldman Sachs making profits, then the Labor/Green “live” consideration of economist and “investor” Ross Garnaut’s proposal (backed by leading green lobby groups) for a “carbon bank” is it.

For more, see Our ‘Squeeze Pop’ Carbon Bank.

For the connection between rising cost-of-living due to carbon (dioxide) derivatives trading, and the banksters’ latest profit-making invention, ‘Death Derivatives’, see Doing God’s Work – Turnbull An Angel Of Death Derivatives.

“Especially You With Your Beanie On”

25 May

Barnaby comments on the “Independent” Climate Commissions’ latest apocalyptic “Rapture” report.

From ABC’s Lateline:

TOM IGGULDEN: But others in the Coalition were less forgiving on a cold and rainy Canberra morning.

BARNABY JOYCE, NATIONALS SENATOR: Today we’re going to hear from a person, and good luck to him, who’s being paid $180,000 a year to tell us that a.) the world’s getting warmer and b.) it’s getting drier, and the evidence is there for all of us to see, especially you with your beanie on.

Compassion For Malcolm: He Just Wants His Balls Back

19 May

Malcolm Turnbull has again managed to anger his colleagues, thanks to his comments on the Coalition’s Direct Action climate policy on Lateline this week.

I for one think that we could all show a little more compassion for Malcolm’s eunuchly uncomfortable position.

You see, there is plenty of evidence to strongly suggest the – somewhat embarrassing – true reason why Malcolm Turnbull so fervently believes that an emissions trading scheme is the best way to address global warming.

Simply take the time to review the history of the HIH collapse in March 2001.

Consider the highly questionable role that Goldman Sachs Australia – of whom Malcolm Turnbull was chairman at the time – had to play in this, the biggest corporate failure in Australian history:

SMH, Oct 18 2007

Turnbull Accused Of Deceiving Directors

Consider the subsequent $450+ million lawsuit brought against the key players in the HIH collapse… including named defendant, Malcolm Turnbull:

Wall Street Journal (via The Australian), Sep 17, 2008

One time banker done with HIH, but scandal isn’t done with him

The Australian, Sep 19 2008

Malcolm Turnbull has one less immediate distraction, after a Supreme Court judge yesterday acknowledged that a big civil court case in which the new federal Liberal leader is an individually named defendant could be settled by early December.

Consider only a few years after the collapse of HIH, even as those legal proceedings were being prepared, Malcolm Turnbull’s (again, questionable) takeover from Peter King as the Liberal candidate for the seat of Wentworth gave him a ready-made entrance into Parliament in 2004.

Consider his rapid elevation to the key role of … Environment Minister. Followed by the big push for the Howard Government to adopt an ETS.

Consider the revelation only a short time later that then Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull was to be spared from appearing in court as a defendant in that $450+ million lawsuit.  Why?

Because his former employer Goldman Sachs had made a “confidential” settlement on his behalf:

The Australian, March 13 2009

HIH score settled for Malcolm

Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull looks set to emerge from his long court case over HIH Insurance with his former employer, the Goldman Sachs merchant bank, making a confidential settlement on his behalf.

Most importantly, consider which massive international banking power has been behind all the great market bubbles in modern history – and is again behind the global drive for a new derivatives-based trading bubble, the likes of which the world has never seen:

Business Pundit, June 25 2009

Matt Taibbi’s latest Rolling Stone article, “The Great American Bubble Machine,” undresses Goldman Sachs – and finds a “giant vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity.” Not only do former Goldmanites essentially run the world, they help manufacture and burst economic bubbles, harvesting mean profits the entire time. Taibbi details how the bank manipulated investors, starting during the Great Depression.

Rolling Stone, July 9 2009 print edition

The Great American Bubble Machine

From tech stocks to high gas prices, Goldman Sachs has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression — and they’re about to do it again.

The Telegraph UK, Feb 19 2010

Here comes the next bubble – carbon trading

Forget CDOs and other inventions of the great credit bubble. That’s all old hat. Investment bankers are moving on to an area of securities trading that is potentially even more lucrative, and what’s more, even has a social value – saving the planet. Or supposedly so, anyway.

Finally, consider that less than a month (less than 9 days*, in fact) after announcing his intention to retire from politics …

SMH April 16 2010

Turnbull quits politics

…  Malcolm suddenly changed his mind:

SMH, May 1, 2010

Former Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull has made a dramatic return to politics, sparking a rethink on leadership and climate change within his party.

Or should that be, had it changed for him?

Herald Sun, April 25* 2010

Former Liberals leader Malcolm Turnbull is seriously reconsidering his decision to quit politics.

Although Mr Turnbull is overseas

Goldman Sachs is based in New York, with “tentacles” all over the world.

It hardly takes a rocket scientist to put two + two together.

Malcolm Turnbull, the former Goldman Sachs Australia chairman, named co-defendant in a $450+ million lawsuit, and beneficiary of a “confidential” settlement made on his behalf by his former employer, believes so strongly in Australia having an emissions trading scheme for a very good reason indeed.

But I personally harbour the gravest of doubts that “saving the planet” has anything whatsoever to do with it…

The Testicle Cookbook - By Goldman Sachs



*This is an updated reprise of my April 28, 2010 article (“Rudd Destroys His Ministers Beliefs“)

UPDATE:

22 May 2011:

From SmartCompany.com.au –

Turnbull also has a good track record as an investor in early stage companies.

In 1999 he made just under $60 million from the sale of pioneering internet service provider OzEmail, two years after selling his boutique investment bank Turnbull and Partners to Goldman Sachs.

What’s So Gay About Gaia?

13 May

I’m just a simple country bloke. So I’ll admit to finding this whole Gaia thing a bit confusing.

It seems to me that all these folk who are so concerned about Gaia, are a bit confused too.

After all, what’s so gay about Gaia?

The confusion begins with the pronunciation. Some say “GAY-a”. Some say “GUY-a”. Now, this is Mother Earth we’re talking about, right?

By all reports, Gaia is not gay at all. In any sense of the word.

On the contrary, we’re told that Gaia is most definitely a “she”. And that she is not happy, either.

We are told that Gaia has been getting hot and bothered. All steamed up, in fact. And that’s the real problem, apparently. They claim she can’t release it. So they say she’s getting hotter. And crankier.

With us.

In this age when someone else is always to blame for everything, unsurprisingly, “man” is responsible.

The confusion of mixed messages keeps coming. We’re always hearing how all these Gaia-loving folk want to “save the planet”. It seems that not getting some is now a life-threatening condition. Who knew.

If these folk were serious about helping Gaia get her rocks off, then they’ve been going about it all wrong. Frankly, I wonder whether they might not be a little confused about how to get one off themselves.

Could it be that they are suffering from the very condition that they so loudly ascribe to Gaia? It would explain a lot.

Think about it.

If nothing else, it certainly appears that Gaia-savers don’t quite understand the basic laws of physical attraction.

Every creature does things to enhance its pulling power. So you’d think that these lovers of Mother Nature might heed a few examples from … ummm … nature. And perhaps try to help Gaia to follow the example of her most advanced carbon life-forms.

Now I know there’s been a lot of complaining about cutting down rainforests. But we shouldn’t be hypocritical, or selfish. Gaia might just up her chances if word got around the Milky Way that she has a well trimmed Brazilian.

Come at that, why not get her some plastic surgery? I hear it’s all the rage these days. Especially with our most advanced carbon species – the educated, caffeinated, inner city folk. Which does beg the question though, why are they against more plastic for Gaia?

Perhaps they feel that they are already doing their bit, by quietly investing in all those wonderful mining companies. After all, “mining” is just the polite term for “planetary liposuction” in educated circles.

I hear tell that in the original story, Gaia was a “broad-breasted” woman who gave birth to Uranus. Which makes all the more confusing her latter-day devotees’ strange lack of support for sand mining. After all, silica is the essential ingredient in silicone. And how often do we hear ladies complain that gravity is a bitch.

At 4.5 billion years of age, Mother Nature is no spring chicken. So for all the confusion about Gaia in this New Age, one thing is crystal clear.

We all must pull together if we’re going to transform her into a MILF.

Julia, Things Have Changed

27 Apr

UPDATE:

Essential Research’s latest polling confirms it.  We used to care.  But things have changed.

Via Crikey’s Poll Bludger

Seventy two per cent of voters believe “will promise to do anything to win votes” applies to Labor, up nine points since March last year, while 66% believe “divided” applies — a massive 30-point increase since last year. “Out of touch” has increased 13 points to 61%, and “moderate” has dropped 12 points to 51%. Even otherwise uncharacteristic descriptions such as “extreme” now garner significant support, up 12 points to 38%. And whereas even last year 52% of voters thought Labor had a good team of leaders, only 34% now feel that way.

For the Liberals, however, it’s all positive: a drop in the number of voters who think they’ll promise to do anything to win votes — down from 72% to 65%; a rise in “moderate” perceptions by five points to 55%; “out of touch” down to 54%, “divided” down from 66% to 49%. There was also a big improvement on “good team of leaders”, but off rather a low base, up nine points to 40%. The Liberals lead Labor on nearly every positive indicator and trail on nearly every negative indicator. Labor still has a one-point lead on “looks after the interests of working people.”

Full report here.

Now Or Never To Stop The Carbon Tax?

26 Apr

A great bloke over at Business Spectator, Rob Burgess, has crunched the Senate electoral numbers with a view to the likelihood of Tony Abbott actually being able to repeal the Labor/Green/Oakeshott carbon dioxide tax at any time soon.  It makes for troubling reading (free subscription access) –

Labor is revealing its carbon pricing policy with all the coy teasing of a professional stripper – a glimpse here, a peek there. All Greg Combet showed us yesterday was that 50 per cent of carbon tax revenue would be handed back to households. The rest of his National Press Club speech was old hat.

And all the while Tony Abbott hopes he can get them off stage and close the club before we see ‘everything’.

In an important sense, that’s Abbott’s only hope of triumphing in the highly polarised debate over the carbon tax. The anti-carbon-tax rallies and marches of the past few weeks have elicited rash promises from the Coalition figures who have attended, that they will repeal any carbon tax and get on with reducing emissions their own way. As Abbott put it in February, “we will oppose it in opposition, we will rescind it in government”.

I doubt the thousands of concerned Australians turning up to the rallies know that the Coalition can’t deliver on this promise.

While it’s certainly true an Abbott-lead government would wish to repeal the tax, there is an infinitesimally small chance it would have the Senate numbers to do so in its first term. And it’s pretty clear there would be no help from Labor or the Greens to overturn legislation for which they have so bitterly fought.

The Senate is a tricky beast. Indeed, it’s designed to be that way – the manner in which the house of review is elected virtually ensures a broader range of parties will be represented than in the lower house. Moreover, because only half the 76 seat chamber is elected at each general election, it takes a bit of scribbling on the back of an envelope to work out what’s going to happen (okay, I do it in Excel).

And here’s the results.

The probability of Tony Abbott winning government, whether from the floor of the house, or through an early election, or through a normal general election in 2013, and having enough votes in the Senate to repeal the carbon tax … practically nil.

The odds of Abbott winning government, serving something close to a full term and winning the next election (in 2016, say) with a Senate majority … slim, but not impossible.

To win 22 seats at the next election, the Coalition needs to retain the one seat it holds in each of the territories, and win 20 seats in the states. With Tassie likely to repeat its familiar pattern, that means winning:

— four out of six seats in three of the non-Tassie states

— three out of six in the two remaining states

— one seat each in ACT and NT.

That would give the Coalition the 22 votes required to repeal the carbon tax. That would also give bookmakers across the land heart attacks, because the odds of such an electoral coup are so extraordinarily long.

That fact remains, therefore, that if Tony Abbott’s team does not find a way to bring down the government before the carbon tax is legislated – most likely in November of this year – the Coalition will be powerless to repeal it until two Senate elections have taken place. That most likely means a carbon tax for four years, and by that time who knows where global carbon politics will have taken us.

Our only other hope would be a double dissolution election – where both houses of parliament are dissolved, and full elections for both houses held:

Rudd Destroys His Minister’s Beliefs

28 Apr

* This April 28, 2010 post has since been revised, updated, and expanded with new developments in the ongoing Turnbull saga, in the following articles –

Compassion For Malcolm – He Just Wants His Balls Back
Malcolm’s Motive: His ETS Lie Unravelled
Doing God’s Work – Turnbull An Angel Of Death Derivatives
“Turnbull Once Said To Me, ‘You Capitalise On Chaos'”
“Spread The Word – ‘Untouchable’ Turnbull Is A Goldman-plated Turd”
“Malcolm Turnbull – The Goldman-churian Candidate?”

********************

The following media release by Barnaby just goes to show that he isn’t always right.  There is plenty of evidence to strongly suggest the true reason why Malcolm Turnbull really “believed” in an emissions trading scheme.

Simply take the time to review the history of the HIH collapse.  Consider the highly questionable role that Goldman Sachs Australia – of whom Malcolm Turnbull was chairman at the time – had to play in this, the biggest corporate failure in Australian history.

Consider the subsequent $500 million lawsuit brought against the key players in the HIH collapse… including named defendant Malcolm Turnbull.

Consider that only a few years after the collapse of HIH, even as those legal proceedings were being prepared, Malcolm Turnbull’s (again, questionable) takeover from Peter King as the Liberal candidate for the seat of Wentworth gave him a ready made entrance into Parliament in 2004.  Consider his rapid elevation to the key role of … Environment Minister. Followed by the first suggestion that the Howard Government should adopt an ETS.

Consider the revelation only a short time later that then Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull was to be spared from appearing in court as a defendant in that $500 million lawsuit.  Why?

Because his former employer Goldman Sachs had made a “confidential” settlement on his behalf.

Finally, consider which massive international banking power has been behind all the great bubbles in modern history – and is again behind the global drive for a new derivatives-based trading bubble, the likes of which the world has never seen.

It hardly takes a rocket scientist to put two + two together.

Malcolm Turnbull, the former Goldman Sachs chairman, named co-defendant, and beneficiary of a “confidential” settlement by his former employer, “believed” so strongly in Australia having an emissions trading scheme for a very good reason indeed.

But I personally harbour the gravest of doubts that “saving the planet” had anything whatsoever to do with it…

Media Release – Senator Barnaby Joyce, 28 April 2010:

“My heart actually felt for Minister Wong being dragged through the public teeth pulling exercise on radio this morning explaining that the Labor Party no longer has a carbon reduction scheme of any sort,” said Senator Barnaby Joyce. “In fact, it is now apparent that the only scheme likely to get up at the next election is the Coalitions as the Labor Party does not have a CPRS policy. Mr Rudd has yet again destroyed another one of his colleagues by revealing his lack of a political soul and his mercenary ambivalence that puts polls over statesmanship.”

“How can he possibly hold any credibility when he publicly denies the fundamental tenant of his political faith so illustriously espoused at the previous election? Mr Rudd has jettisoned the ETS as one would put aside a paper plate at a picnic.”

“One can now see that at least Malcolm Turnbull, although he had a view I fervently disagreed with on the ETS, was willing to put his job on the line because he believed it was right*. Likewise, Brendan Nelson. I don’t believe Tony Abbott is going to change his view to be in favour of an ETS because the polls say so, or Ron Boswell for that matter.”

“Mr Rudd is a philosophical soldier of fortune who chameleon like uses faux earnestness as a key tool of deception. He has made Peter Garrett completely recant all his former beliefs, he has handed Combet his ceiling insulation problems in a modern version of the ‘loaded dog’, and now he is piece by piece dissembling the belief structure of Penny Wong. Why? Because the poll monster told him to do so. Mr Rudd is a political bric-a-brac shop of kitsch philosophies – overpriced, under planned and dispensed at will.”

More Information- Jenny Swan 0746 251500

UPDATE:

Post reorganised to lead with Turnbull/Goldman connection, followed by Barnaby’s media release.

UPDATE 2:

Interesting. Less than a month after announcing his intention to retire from politics, Turnbull changes his mind.

Or should that be, has it changed for him.

(There are numerous anecdotal reports that Turnbull’s “overseas” trip was for a meeting with Goldman Sachs in NY)

UPDATE 3 – 19 May 2011:

h/t Twitterer wakeup2thelies

@BarnabyisRight Thats a fantastic write up Head of CSIRO also Fmr director of Aus arm of of Rothschild 2001-03 resume http://bit.ly/mqpJx9
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