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    pat

    3 Apr: SMH: Hewson, Steggall back launch of new electric vehicle
    By Cole Latimer
    Former Liberal Party leader John Hewson and the Olympian taking on Tony Abbott for his job, Zali Steggall, have teamed together to back Australian-made electric vehicles…
    Mr Hewson and Ms Steggall came together at the Smart Energy Conference in Sydney, on Tuesday, to support the launch of Australian auto manufacturer ACE-Electric Vehicle’s cargo van.

    ACE-EV plans to build and assemble electric vehicles in Australia (LINK). It currently only assembles flat packed EVs in Brisbane, Queensland…
    Mr Hewson and Ms Steggall said they wanted to lift the profile of Australia’s EV sector in the wake of Labor’s policy. Neither has a financial stake in the company.
    “This could be a new era for the automotive industry in Australia, bringing back manufacturing,” Ms Stegall said…
    “There is an inevitability in our transition away from petrol vehicles, and we’re finally seeing it happen,” Mr Hewson said…

    While Mr Hewson did not officially campaign for Ms Steggall at the event, he did support her tilt against the federal member for the NSW seat of Warringah, Tony Abbott.
    “Mr Abbott should lose his seat,” Mr Hewson said
    “His destruction of the Turnbull government and his damage to the government’s re-election chances should define him.”

    ACE-EV managing director Greg McGarvie said Labor’s policy could ignite the EV industry in Australia.
    “It’s an optimistic target but Labor could achieve it,” Mr McGarvie said…
    He added Labor should look to Norway or China to help create sustainable electric vehicle policies…
    “This van is designed for tradies, it’s designed to be a mobile office,” Mr McGarvie said.
    “It’s built the same as a Boeing Dreamliner, from composite plastics.”
    He said the car is capable of driving between 200 kilometre and 250 kilometres on a single charge and retails for less than $50,000.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/hewson-steggall-back-launch-of-new-electric-vehicle-20190402-p519zv.html

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      TdeF

      At what point are formed Liberal Party leaders deregistered from the Liberal party history for attacking the Liberal party from within and using their position to unseat sitting Liberal members? Under Liberal party rules that should disqualify them from membership, but then they were only LINO, Liberals in Name Only. The list is long but Hewson and Turnbull then Julie Bishop, Christopher Pyne and all the Black Hand. Their plain dishonesty makes Teresa May look like a Brexiteer. The Turnbull family campaigned successfully to stop a Liberal candidate securing Malcolm’s old seat. Another former leader Hewson is now campaigning with Getup and Shorten to help remove former Liberal Prime Minister and now backbencher Abbott. Treachery should be punished if a party is to hold together and Teresa May should be removed.

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      Another Ian

      Something that we could achieve – timely though that Jo has just mentioned the Zeta.

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      Bill in Oz

      Hi Pat,from now on if the news items yu present to us seem dopey or fake news, I will be giving them a red thumb. Just to indicate my view of this fakery. It’s not a reflection of your role as ‘news’ poster.

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        robert rosicka

        Sorry Bill phat thumb

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        Peter C

        Lets be a bit broad minded Bill.

        pat does not usually take the No. 1 response. However the unthreaded post should be an exception since there is No topic.

        Now that you have given your reason, feel free to red thumb away. It is an acknowledgement that you have read the comment and do not agree. A green thumb would mean that you read the comment and wish to endorse it.

        pat’s news comments usually feature items that seem ridiculous or unreasoned, or otherwise offend the ideals of this blog reader.

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      yarpos

      Look to Norway for policies? facepalm. yes the countries are so similar in so many ways.

      “It’s built the same as a Boeing Dreamliner” they probably dont even see the irony of that statement for a battery powered vehicle

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        Graeme No.3

        yards:

        Norway doesn’t make electric vehicles, but subsidises them. Perhaps the aim is to collect subsidies?

        P.S. I was sent something about the Jaguar i-Max all electric car. A snip at $150,000. Can you hear ordinary Australians queuing up to buy one?

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          toorightmate

          Graeme No.3,
          Why not.
          We all dutifully line up and pay at least double what we should be paying for power.
          How stupidly weak is society in this country????

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      Kinky Keith

      Pat,

      It’s good to be reminded about our former “leader” John Hewson.

      He’s Heavily invested in the Renewables Industry and it’s important for all Australians to see the connection and either Stupidity or Self Interest that is implied.

      KK

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      James Poulos

      Ah the irony of it all…

      ‘Prime Minister Shorten this week lamented the closure of Australia’s Electric Car Industry due to the closure of Coal Fired Power Stations.’

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    pat

    16 Apr 2018: SMH: The Aussie Tesla: Start-up plans to build electric cars in Australia
    by Cole Latimer
    The company, which started as GetGreen – an energy management company – before evolving into solar farm development and branching out into electric cars, says it wants to bring manufacturing back to Australia, specifically regional Queensland.
    “We are proud to be launching our first range of Australian electric vehicles,” ACE Electric Vehicles managing director Greg McGarvie said…

    There are currently two models, a ute, dubbed the Yewt, and a cargo van. Prices will be ***below $40,000…
    The vehicles have a total range of ***350 kilometres using a 40 kilowatt hour battery – the Tesla Model 3 has a 50 kilowatt hour battery – although 99 per cent of trial trips have been under 110 kilometres.
    While the vehicles’ carbon fibre components are being built in China, they are assembled in Australia.
    “They are shipped to Australia and put together like Ikea,” he said…

    Federal Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said: “By providing discounted finance through the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, it is hoped we can encourage a greater uptake of electric vehicles and reduce emissions.”…
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/the-aussie-tesla-start-up-plans-to-build-electric-cars-in-australia-20180413-p4z9fj.html

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      David Maddison

      Oh, I see, it is not an electric car business.

      Their main business is harvesting government subsidies.

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        Roy Hogue

        Isn’t that always what business is all about in the 21st Century?

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        Yonniestone

        Perhaps a model named the Hoover would be apt?

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        Chad

        We almost had a ten year head start on the EV car industry….
        Does anyone remember the electric commodore that was built by EV Engineering in Melbourne ?
        They converted a fleet of new Commodores to Battery electric power back in 2012..and a very nice car it was too !
        Holden going belly up and total lack of government support, killed that business quick smart.
        Those ACE EV vehicles are not much more than glorified golf carts.!

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      yarpos

      350k would make it a useful city courier vehicle (as long as you could fully charge overnight) although you couldnt take anything to the country if that work came up. I guess they would drop it at a depot and get an oil burner to deliver.

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      Analitik

      Dammit, I thought with Frydenberg being shifted to Treasury, he would no longer be able to damage our energy policies and infrastructure. How wrong I was :(

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    Travis T. Jones

    Putin saved Assad in Syria. Can he save Maduro in Venezuela? It’s starting to look that way.

    “If the war starts, we can’t have you at a hotel, because the hotels will be some of the first targets for the regime and the Russians.
    We will move you into my house and we will have our base there for as long as this takes.
    But please, Annika, understand what I am saying—there will be bodies all over the streets, this war has only two possible endings—a new government or an emboldened old one with no restraints and no consequences.

    Two hours later, the power comes back on and thrilled by the glimpse of normalcy, my Venezuelan friends and I go out to celebrate at a nearby bar.
    An hour into drinks, the entire country goes dark again, and though the smart thing would be to leave we end up staying in the dark together, on the 11th floor of the Palos Grandes Hotel.

    Somewhere out there in the darkness, the tide is turning. And coming back as a wave.”

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/venezuela-simmers-with-violence-as-putin-sends-in-russian-troops-the-wise-are-running-for-their-lives

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    Travis T. Jones

    Al Gore to head Climate Change Week in Queensland in June

    An Inconvenient Truth presenter and former US vice-president Al Gore will run a three-day climate change training session in Brisbane during Queensland’s first Climate Change Week.

    After he left politics, Mr Gore developed an international reputation when his grassroots campaign to educate people about climate change became a 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.

    He was a joint-winner of a Nobel prize the following year.

    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/al-gore-to-head-climate-change-week-in-queensland-in-june-20190401-p519jp.html

    Wait.

    Amazing story of a hero who was looked over for Nobel prize to Al Gore.

    - watch to end, .90 sec long.

    https://twitter.com/RobChristie11/status/1110915388274102279

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      theRealUniverse

      Thats ‘convenient’, we all can go and heckle him. How about a few ‘inconvenient questions’ on why the sea hasnt swallowed us up and why there record cold and why the sky hasnt fallen.

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        Serp

        The miserable sad sack Gore knows that only deniers have the effrontery to question him; you can add him to your refuse bin of public figures whose death would improve everybody else’s well-being.

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        Sambar

        My understanding TheRealUnivers, is that Mr. Gore DOES NOT TAKE QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR.

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      Bill in Oz

      Ahhhhh give us all a bloody break Gorish !

      Bugger off to the melted Arctic you promised us all years ago/

      And freeze your balls off !

      Cause it’s still frozen !

      A very inconvenient truth !

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      Bobl

      I’ve been calling for his arrest on sedition charges for interference with Clive Palmer in 2010 federal election. Here he comes again at election time.

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    el gordo

    ‘Heavy fog is reducing visibility to 100 metres in parts of Sydney, while rail travellers on the Blue Mountains line face further disruption after [snip] sub: ‘very old’ artwork was found at the site where a large boulder is hanging over the line.’

    SMH

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      el gordo

      Thanx mod, I’ll avoid that word in the future.

      [Welcome. The "A" word is worse. 18c has us all jumpy] ED

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        Sceptical Sam

        You can read the whole article (with that word included in the headline) at the Sydney Morning Herald here:

        https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-03/sydney-news-morning-briefing-wednesday-april-3rd/10964172

        [And that is a perfect way to get it published here. Our crack legal team is a bit more fussy. 18c. Go vote it away please!]ED

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          Annie

          Where’s the artwork? I can see only broken rock?

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          Sceptical Sam

          And rightly so.

          Thanks Mod.

          That clears that up.

          You’ve got my vote.

          :-)

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          Greebo

          [And that is a perfect way to get it published here. Our crack legal team is a bit more fussy. 18c. Go vote it away please!]ED

          Really? Has it really become that bad?? Serious question, BTW. No slight meant against the mods.

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            el gordo

            “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
            ― George Orwell, 1984

            As you know 18C is still in force, but if I had put in the whole SMH article it would not have been snared by the automatic mod.

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          Sambar

          Read the article SS ( Oh Dear, thats probably an in appropriate abbreviation ) sorry mods, I meant regular contributor Sceptical Sam.
          So, we have a rock with painting on it that is culturally significant. No one new it was there. Thats significant..” If a tree falls in the forest and noboby hears it etc.etc.

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        toorightmate

        We may have to turn to hieroglyphics???

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    pat

    SBS’s idea of investigative reporting?

    Updated 2 days ago: SBS: What is GetUp and will it sway Australia’s federal election?
    by Nick Baker
    VIDEO: (DOESN’T WORK?)
    The left-leaning advocacy group wants to take down the federal government’s most prominent conservatives.
    Earlier this week, a group of people gathered outside former prime minister Tony Abbott’s Warringah office in Sydney and put on party hats.
    An organiser explained to attending media this was an “early retirement party” for Mr Abbott, as a caricature version of the MP arrived and cut a cake with ’25 years of wrecking’ written on it.
    “Eventually everything must come to an end,” the organiser said among chants of “Bye bye Tony, bye bye”.
    PIC: The GetUp protest at Tony Abbott’s Warringah office. Source: Twitter…

    GetUp is mobilising a base of more than one million people and could spend more than some political parties on events and advertising…
    But what is GetUp and how did it begin?
    Building a ‘progressive Australia’
    Calling itself a movement to “build a progressive Australia”, GetUp is a lobby group which campaigns for public policy change in fields such as the environment, the economy and human rights.
    The organisation was started in 2005 by Australian Harvard alumni Jeremy Heimans and David Madden…
    PIC: (Anti-Abbott) GetUp billboard in 2010. Source: AAP

    The original board included Labor leader Bill Shorten, who was then national secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union, and former Liberal leader ***John Hewson.
    “The concept originally was to focus on key policy issues and elevate them in the public debate,” Mr Hewson told SBS News…
    “More recently they have transitioned into being quite activist, targeting particular seats [at elections],” Mr Hewson said…

    And it knows how to make money, taking in more than $11 million dollars via donations in the last year…
    Linked to Labor?
    With its support of progressive policies and targeting of Coalition MPs, GetUp’s critics accuse it of being a being a front for Labor and the Greens.
    It’s a point that the group’s national director Paul Oosting pushes back against.
    “GetUp is a proudly progressive and independent organisation,” he told SBS News…
    And Mr Oosting cited three decisions by the Australian Election Commission as “proof” of its independence…

    Mr Hewson agreed.
    “They have run more on Labor and Greens issues [but] they are not a front for anybody,” he said.
    “A conservative government will always argue that progressive issues are being promoted at their expense.”…
    PIC: Then-Greens leader Bob Brown addresses a GetUp climate change rally. Source: AAP

    But the group’s figures, which are now made public, show that in the 2017-18 financial year “more than 97 per cent of GetUp’s donations were under $100 and small donations made up more than 83 per cent of GetUp’s revenue”…
    In December, The Australian reported it received a $495,000 donation from an Australian-based charity “with foreign funding links”.
    GetUp confirmed receiving $495,000 from the Sunrise Project but said “all funds” received came from Australian sources.
    It also accepted $92,000 from the European Climate Foundation (ECF) just before changes to the foreign donations bill came into play on 1 January…

    And Mr Oosting defended the group’s history of taking foreign donations, as “a standard part of the Australian political landscape”…
    “We don’t exist just to advocate on the issues, our members are passionate about actually bringing about change on issues like the climate and a multicultural Australia.”…

    TWEET: GetUp:
    Locals in Bangalow are firing up tonight to #DitchDutton! Northern Rivers won’t stand for your unfair, toxic politics Mr Dutton
    4 Feb 2019

    (THE PHONY ANTI-LABOR GET-UP STUNT)
    TWEET: GetUp: A REAL climate plan means no more coal!
    If Labor claims to care about the environment, they’ll have to #stopadani…

    Mr Hewson told SBS News, “I think [GetUp] will have a big impact in Abbott’s seat” and generally will have a “big influence” on other seats.
    “You hear the government complaining about them, so they’re obviously quite effective,” Mr Hewson said…
    “[Conservatives] are not as good as organising these things,” Mr Hewson said…
    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/what-is-getup-and-will-it-sway-australia-s-federal-election

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      pat

      Nick Baker, who wrote the SBS Get-up piece, has a company called Seek And Hide Productions with Tristan Klein:

      SeekAndHide Productions: Founded by Nick Baker and Tristan Klein in 2013, Seek and Hide is a Sydney-based independent production company specialising in the animated form.
      Nick writes. A journalist turned screenwriter, he has worked on film projects across Australia and the U.S.
      Tristan animates…

      Trump Proposed a Wall. They Imagined How It Would Work.
      New York Times-23 Apr 2017
      … the Australian directors Nick Baker and Tristan Klein created this haunting fable about a grandmother and grandson “in a far, foreign place”…

      10 Feb 2017: SMH: Donald Trump’s wall has reached Tropfest … and won an early prize
      Even before Tropfest on Saturday night, a pointed animated film about a huge wall blocking refugees has won a prize.

      Australian journalist Nick Baker, ***who worked on Barack Obama’s 2012 election campaign, has written and co-directed The Wall…
      Baker, who co-directed the short film with animator Tristan Klein, says it was sparked by Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall on the Mexican border…
      “Timing wise, it’s crazy,” Baker says. “Our film isn’t hyper political. It’s quite an abstract animation about these people who arrive at a giant wall but the political point is there.”…

      Having worked in the communications team for Obama’s re-election campaign in Colorado, Baker has a thoughtful attitude to the new US president’s plan for a wall to keep our Mexican immigrants.
      “My grandparents were immigrants,” he says. “We’re a nation of immigrants. ***So something as big and simple as a giant wall is more I guess culture wars than coherent policy. It’s more like divisive politics than a policy that will bring about tangible immigration results.”…
      https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/donald-trumps-wall-has-reached-tropfest–and-won-an-early-prize-20170210-gu9ozv.html

      2 Nov 2018: AP: Obama’s 2005 remarks reflect strong stance on controlling immigration
      CLAIM: Barack Obama said, “We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked, and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently, and lawfully to become immigrants in this country.”
      AP’S ASSESSMENT: True. The quote comes from a 2005 news conference where Obama, then a U.S. Senator from Illinois, spoke about immigration and those who employ immigrants.
      THE FACTS: C-SPAN covered Obama’s December 15, 2005, remarks about stronger borders. The quote, circulating on social media along with a picture of the former president, is part of that speech…

      23 Apr 2017: Politifact: Fact-check: Did top Democrats vote for a border wall in 2006?
      By Allison Graves
      Our ruling
      Mulvaney said that Obama, Schumer and Clinton voted for a border wall in 2006.
      They did vote for the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which authorized building a fence along about 700 miles of the border between the United States and Mexico.
      Still, the fence they voted for is not as substantial as the wall Trump is proposing…
      Mulvaney’s statement is partially accurate, but ignores important context. We rate it Half True.

      12 Jul 2018: HuffPo: If You Like Trump’s ‘Wall,’ Thank Obama And Bush. It’s Basically Just Their Fence.
      There were 654 miles of physical barrier on the day Trump was inaugurated president, and there are 654 miles today…

      5 Feb: Lawfare: How Congress and President Obama Made Trump’s Wall Possible

      2 Jan: The Federalist: Clinton, Schumer, Obama Supported Bigger Border Wall In 2006, But Not Any More
      Given Sen. Chuck Schumer’s previous comments about the need for a wall and his support of the Secure Fence Act, President Trump may very well have a point.
      By Elad Hakim
      As Ryan Saavedra noted on Twitter recently, Schumer said then that illegal immigration is wrong and that constructing a border wall would provide a “significant barrier to illegal immigration.”…
      “[t]he American people need to know that, because of our efforts in Congress, our border is far more secure today than it was when we began debating comprehensive immigration reform in 2005. This progress includes … construction of 630 miles of border fence that create a significant barrier to illegal immigration on our southern land border.”…

      TWEET: Ryan Saavedra:
      Chuck Schumer in 2009:
      -Americans don’t like illegal immigration
      -”Illegal immigration is wrong”
      -People illegally in the U.S. are “illegal aliens,” not “undocumented”
      -Border fence made the southern border “far more secure…created a significant barrier to illegal immigration”…

      Equally surprising about Schumer’s opposition to the wall is the fact that he, then-Senator Hillary Clinton and then-Senator Barack Obama all voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act in 2006, which authorized approximately 700 miles of fencing between the border of the United States and Mexico…
      https://thefederalist.com/2019/01/02/clinton-schumer-obama-supported-bigger-border-wall-2006-not/

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        toorightmate

        Reagan said there should be a wall.
        Bush (Sr) said there should be a wall.
        Clinton said there should be a wall.
        Bush (Jr) said there should be a wall.
        Oh Bummer said there should be a wall.

        Trump said, “I will build a wall”.
        and all hell broke loose.

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    Robber

    Based on Tony’s great daily collection of electricity generation statistics, I have been keeping a daily and weekly spreadsheet so I can see the daily and quarterly variations. Here are the averages for each quarter:
    Averages May-Aug 2018, Oct-Dec 2018, Jan-Mar 2019
    (GW)
    Coal 17.2 16.1 17.2 (Coal consistently provides about 70% of total demand)
    Gas 1.8 1.5 2.4
    Small fossil – 0.4 0.5
    Hydro 2.5 1.6 1.2
    Wind 1.8 1.6 1.6
    Solar Large 0.1 0.4 0.5
    Solar Roof 0.9 1.2 1.2 (Wind and solar providing 11-14% on average, sometimes 20-40%, but on occasion only 1%).
    Total 24.4 22.7 24.7

    And here are the daily variations (GW)
    Total Demand
    Min 17.1-22.5 Max 22.8-34.0 Avge 19.7-29.5 (As Tony always points out, note the significant minimum base load).
    Coal
    Min 12.6-17.1 Max 17.1-20.6
    Gas
    Min 0.5-2.7 Max 1.4-7.2 (Significant variations to cover morning and evening peak demands)
    Hydro
    Min 0.4-1.2 Max 1.1-5.1 (Significant variations to cover morning and evening peak demands)
    Wind
    Min 0.2-2.2 Max 1.1-4.0 (Significant variations unrelated to demand)
    Large Solar
    Min 0.0 Max 1.0-1.5 (Significant variations unrelated to demand)
    Rooftop Solar
    Min 0.0 Max 2.6-4.8 (Significant variations unrelated to demand)

    Now consider the impact that doubling max wind and solar will have (as proposed under the “Shorten Plan” for 50% renewables). For example, if wind max increases to 8 GW and solar max to 10 GW, that total of 18 GW is about 80% of average demand, with catastrophic impact on grid stability. But when wind/solar are at minimum of just 2 GW, coal/gas/hydro must still be ready to deliver up to 32 GW to meet peak demand.

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      theRealUniverse

      Good work there, Robber, interesting.

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      While I’m just doing the data collection, collation, and recording, it’s nice to see someone else picking up on it and doing something I haven’t got enough time to do, so thanks for this Robber.

      I want you to have a look at something here, at the image linked to here.

      Wind and Solar Plant power versus the Total power generation

      Now, okay, I’ve cherry picked this one day, just yesterday mind you, 1st April 2019, but there is a reason I’ve done this.

      The black line at the top shows the total power generation from every source.

      At the bottom, you’ll see those two colours. The green is for wind power and the red is for solar plant power.

      Wind power had a shocker of a day, down to an average for the day of just 700MW, at a Capacity Factor of 11.45%.

      The two of these (wind and solar) added together (and averaged across the WHOLE 24 hour day) delivered just 5.2% of the required power to keep the Country running, and the average here for these two for the last 26 weeks is only 9% mind you.

      Okay then, if wind and solar are to be increased to (and it will never be achieved) even just the 50% Labor plans, think of how far they have to go to achieve that if right now they are only managing 9%.

      However, when you then have days like this, what is the Country supposed to do for electrical power.

      The total Nameplate for both wind and soar plant power is 8668MW, and stated as a number like that, it’s significant.

      However, it’s only delivering (the average for those last 26 weeks) an equivalent of 2025MW, so combined, it’s Capacity Factor is only 23.35%.

      The headline thing I’m asking is just what do you do when there are days like this?

      Tony.

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        Lionell Griffith

        The policy is not supposed to work. Its purpose is to destroy the economy. Without a stable and adequate provision of power, that purpose is guaranteed to be met. The economy will be unable to function.

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        theRealUniverse

        The headline thing I’m asking is just what do you do when there are days like this?…more like what do the greenists do on days like this..cry.
        Oh baby my solar dont work no more..oh dea!

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          You see, there’s the point, on days like this when the grid just ….. stops, then there’s no rooftop solar either, as these systems are isolated from the grid whenever there is no power, so electricians working on the system don’t get electrocuted.

          That is specifically why it will never come to this, the grid going down I mean. That would be something so politically $uicid@l, that it will NEVER be allowed to happen.

          When Labor and the Greens and their followers find out that little truth, I can see heads just expl0ding. and the loud ‘Dorrie Evans’ chorus will be impossible to miss, and the fury and backlash palpable.

          Just wait and see what happens when a politician actually finds out the truth, and then they have to tell the public why they can’t do it. The very first thing they’ll check after finding out and before telling the public is to find out how much is in their Super.

          Tony.

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        yarpos

        “The headline thing I’m asking is just what do you do when there are days like this?”

        Reminds me of the Powderfinger classic : This day turned out nothing like I had planned.

        They have a bad plan. Unfortunately it affects us all

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        theRealUniverse

        Tony, that graph must be an April fool as the green and red are FAR too low! Of course that will be to green wishfull thinking.
        Great to see graphs that prove wind(less)mills and solar(non daytime production) dont cut it.

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          Bill in Oz

          Tony has been doing these graphs for months.Unfortunately he cannot get any pollies to actually look at them for 10 minutes.

          As for Greenists, these factual charts are totally ideologically suspect…

          for them, the ‘facts’ are not ‘facts’ unless allowed by their ideological beliefs as well.

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      David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

      Are we producing any aluminium in Australai this year?
      Cheers,
      Dave B

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      Bill in Oz

      Robber, I know that this infor is correct, but the way it is presented makes it a difficult to follow.

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    pat

    heard ABC promo-ing a NEW season of Matt Bevan’s “Russia, If You’re Listening”, with some character saying something like “if Trump is innocent, why does he keep telling lies?”.

    1st episode: begins with false narrative suggesting it’s Trump’s fault Mueller report was a Frdiay Dump. Rachel Maddow/MSNBC early on. it’s all become very messy…the Trump admin has a reputation for lying and distorting facts, as the President has done since the release of the AG summary:

    AUDIO: 17min 42sec: 25 Mar: ABC: Russia, If You’re Listening: Matt Bevan: S02 #1 Trump’s best day ever
    After 22 months Mueller’s report has dropped. But it hasn’t been made public – yet.
    US Attorney General Bill Barr has the report in his hot hands – and according to him – Mueller found no evidence of collusion.
    But who is Bill Barr?
    And can we trust his summary of Mueller’s findings?
    https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/russia-if-youre-listening/trumps-best-day-ever/10937338

    2nd program already posted, link from above. it ends with Patricia Karvelas from the ABC’s “The Party Room”, promo-ing their latest podcast on why the Liberal Party has been so divided over One Nation preferences, why the PM has changed his mind, etc. (from Party Room website: One Nation on the sauce, PM off the fence: AM’s Sabra Lane co-hosts the podcast this week with Patricia Karvelas. They’re joined by Guardian Australia’s Gabrielle Chan)

    AUDIO: 18min52sec: 28 Mar: ABC: Russia, If You’re Listening: Matt Bevan: S02 #2 Maria Butina – Russian in the NRA
    An undercover Australian journalist from Al Jazeera spent three years inside the National Rifle Association of America.
    He wasn’t the only one trying figure it out. Simultaneously, a Russian secret agent was trying to infiltrate the NRA.
    She is now the only Russian secret agent behind bars for Russia’s meddling in the election, and could hold the key to understanding Putin’s plans.

    needless to say, there is not a hint in any of the above about anything to do with Spygate/Dossiergate/RussiaGate, etc.

    below: Diana West, author of “The Red Thread”, with Stefan Molyneux. don’t know if it’s mentioned in the book, but do wish it was mentioned in the interview that, if it weren’t for the FakeClintonRussiaDossier and the FakeMuellerInvestigation and the FakeNewsMSM, the Republicans would probably still control both Houses of Congress:

    Youtube: 58min01sec: Who Runs the Anti Trump Conspiracies? | Diana West And Stefan Molyneux
    The first investigation into why a ring of senior Washington officials went rogue to derail the election and the presidency of Donald Trump.
    There was nothing normal about the 2016 presidential election, not when senior U.S. officials were turning the surveillance powers of the federal government — designed to stop terrorist attacks — against the Republican presidential team. These were the ruthless tactics of a Soviet-style police state, not a democratic republic.

    The Red Thread asks the simple question: Why? What is it that motivated these anti-Trump conspirators from inside and around the Obama administration and Clinton networks to depart so drastically from “politics as usual” to participate in a seditious effort to overturn an election?

    Finding clues in an array of sources, Diana West uses her trademark investigative skills, honed in her dazzling work, American Betrayal, to construct a fascinating series of ideological profiles of well-known but little understood anti-Trump actors, from James Comey to Christopher Steele to Nellie Ohr, and the rest of the Fusion GPS team; from John Brennan to the numerous Clintonistas still patrolling the Washington Swamp after all these years, and more.

    Once, we knew these officials by august titles and reputation; after The Red Thread, readers will recognize their multi-generational and inter-connecting communist and socialist pedigrees, and see them for what they really are: foot-soldiers of the Left, deployed to take down America’s first “America First” and most anti-Communist president.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnqOIUunQJY&feature=youtu.be

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      31 Mar: American Greatness: The Tables Turn in Russian Collusion Hunt
      by Victor Davis Hanson
      Brennan in 2016 also reached out to foreign intelligence services, primary British and Australian, to surveille and entrap Trump aides, as a way of circumventing rules preventing CIA monitoring of American citizens…
      Take Foreign Collusion
      Christopher Steele is a foreign national. So are many of the Russian sources that he claims he had contacted to solicit dirt on Donald Trump and his campaign aides. In fact, John Brennan’s CIA, soon in consultation with the FBI, was used in circuitous fashion to facilitate surveillance of Donald Trump’s campaign through the use of foreign nationals during the 2016 campaign.

      Foreigners such as Maltese professor Josef Mifsud, and former Australian minister for foreign affairs Alexander Downer and an array of intelligence contractors from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) mysteriously met with minor Trump aide George Papadopoulos and others. It is likely that to disguise American intelligence agencies’ efforts to besmirch, surveille, and leak to the press damaging unfounded rumors about the Trump campaign that John Brennan enlisted an entire cadre of foreign nationals. And it is likely to be the most egregious example of using non-U.S. citizens to affect the outcome of an election in our history. If there is a crime of foreign collusion — a conspiracy of U.S. officials to use foreigners to interfere with an American election—then Brennan’s efforts are the textbook example…
      https://amgreatness.com/2019/03/31/the-tables-turn-in-russian-collusion-hunt/

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        Sceptical Sam

        Foreigners such as ………. former Australian minister for foreign affairs Alexander Downer and an array of intelligence contractors from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) mysteriously met with minor Trump aide George Papadopoulos and others.

        Downer’s involvement needs to be investigated. Should he have a case to answer (likely) he should be charged, tried and, if found guilty, gaoled.

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      Ross

      “US Attorney General Bill Barr has the report in his hot hands – and according to him – Mueller found no evidence of collusion.
      But who is Bill Barr? “And can we trust his summary of Mueller’s findings?”

      Like all the leftie journalists they conveniently forget that Rosenstein was also involved in writing the letter. He is hardly a Trump supporter.
      I think the therapists will be doing a roaring trade over the next few months.

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    BoyfromTottenham

    Robber, good work. Now, what would happen to the grid when (if ever) the ALP starts hugely subsidising EVs to reach its (aspirational) 50% EVs by 2030? By my rough calculations, to reach their target, EV sales will need to be about 90% of all car sales from now on – say 400,000 a year, and recharging one EV overnight, every night, could nearly double the owner’s domestic electricity consumption. Multiply that by 400,000 means big jumps in demand. Being at night, this isn’t going to be generated by PVs, maybe a little by wind, so base load generation has to do the heavy lifting (again). I wonder if the ALP/Greens have thought this through? (Rhetorical question – it doesn’t matter, its never going to happen.)

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      Sceptical Sam

      And, if they’re charging at night when demand and prices are low, what financial impact will that have on the arbitrage profits flowing from Snowy 2.0 and South Australia’s big money making battery?

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      yarpos

      Ah but they will paper over that argument, and in reality they will be partly right because its never as black and white as that. Many of the cars will not need charging every night, some will charge at work or in the carpark, some will only partly charge.

      Whichever way you cut it though energy demand must go up and it is being completley glossed over in a market where we struggle if the weather isnt benign. I think I like how this may develop because the density of EVs will be mainly the inner city ring, say to 15-20ks out where the wealthier virtue signallers live. They may bring their own domain down like a pack of cards if they really leap on the bandwagon. Hasnt been the case yet though, it will be interesting to see if Electricity Bill can encourage or mandate rapid adoption. Or if an EV becomes a must have fashion accessory, look out!

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        Bobl

        More to the point is what happens after 2 or 3 lithium fires in Sydney CBD or the first person is burnt to a crisp by the napalm bomb under their AR$e.

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        Graeme#4

        Should have addressed my comment about the falsity of using charging averages here.

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      Graeme#4

      For a good set of calculations on the additional energy required to support EVs, see James’ calculations, 29 March 2018. James came up with a figure of 132% to support 100% EVs, so if we say 70% additional energy for 50% EVs, that sounds about right. I think James’ calculation method is better than David Middleton, who calculated a far lower figure in WUWT 17 April 2018, because David worked on averages, whereas James took the total petrol and diesel consumed in a year against the number of vehicles. The main quibble I have with James’ figures is that it looks like he included large transport vehicles, whereas I would prefer figures up to light delivery trucks only.

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      An additional comment is that the EV supporters try to quote average charging rates. I believe that’s wrong, because although my premises average around 1000 Watts/hour, it’s obvious that I want my energy supplier to be able to give me far more than that when I want it.
      So if somebody returns from a long EV trip with the battery near flat, let’s say around 6pm, they would want the 100kWh battery fully charged in around 13 hours. That’s a LOT of amps for a long time! I’m not sure that our current suburb distribution network would be able to handle many of these. Even putting 50% of our vehicles on a slower charge overnight would surely overload our distribution systems.

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    pat

    lengthy, but well worth a read:

    2 Apr: ConservativeTreehouse: Carter Page Had a More Important Use Beyond a FISA Warrant….
    by sundance
    It has never made sense that U.S. Person Carter Page was an FBI witness from 2013 through to March/May 2016 and yet in October 2016, to achieve a FISA warrant, the FBI called him an agent of a foreign government. [FISA APPLICATION] (LINK)…
    It just never made any sense; perhaps, until today.
    Put yourself in the mindset within the highly political small group at the DOJ and FBI who have a plan to help Hillary Clinton win the presidency…

    Through the use of Five-Eyes allies in Australia and the U.K, by July 31st the Brennan op had successfully created suspicious appearances for Paul Manafort, George Papadopolous, Michael Flynn and Carter Page; Brennan turns the “EC” (electronic communication) over to James Comey and Andrew McCabe. Crossfire Hurricane, led by FBI Agent Peter Strzok is off and running. Things are going according to plan…

    On August 5th, former interim CIA Director Mike Morell publishes an Op-ed in the New York Times saying: “In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.”
    [Not coincidentally Mr. Morell was Hillary’s CIA safety net following Benghazi when CIA Director General David Petraeus had to be removed by DNI James Clapper. {Go Deep}]

    On the same day as the Morell Op-Ed… Hillary Clinton releases the following video. Knowing what you know now about the CIA/DOJ/FBI Trump-operation, watching this in hindsight might just blow your mind. WATCH…READ ON
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/04/02/carter-page-had-a-more-important-use-beyond-a-fisa-warrant/

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    Tdef

    Why doesn’t anyone say that Climate Change is nuts, Global Warming hasn’t happened, battery only cars are near useless in Australia? Plus the Federal Government should stop robbing our electricity bills to pay for windmills and solar so they can create a surplus on coal exports.

    Honesty has vanished. From both sides of politics.

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      TdeF

      I am really puzzled as to what deserved a red thumb from anyone. A debate on any of the 5 propositions would be more appropriate, so I will list them.

      1. Why doesn’t anyone say that Climate Change is nuts,

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      TdeF;

      I think that someone didn’t like the time you posted. 11.28 is a big number and as usual the Trolls are scared of them. “Numerophobia is the exaggerated, constant and often irrational fear of numbers.”

      You can see it in claims that “renewables are cheap” where they are scared to face a higher number. Equally when someone costs out one of their more ridiculous proposals you never hear a peep (just a reflex twitch of the red thumb).

      There is no point asking which statement upsets them, they can’t handle numbers as big as 5 so they express their frustration for the lot.

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    pat

    lengthy, a must-read:

    2 Apr: WUWT: The New Green Threat: Extinction Rebellion
    posted by charles the moderator
    Translated from The Ilmastotiede blog (LINK)…
    If you’ve seen news reports of this winter’s climate campaigns, you may have spotted logos and banners of Extinction Rebellion. Is it just another new climate movement? It didn’t really show up on my radar until after I started wondering why climate activism suddenly seems to be following very similar trajectories in many countries.

    How did the Finnish school strikes start? What about the support campaign collecting signatories among the scientific community? Similar campaigns seem to have appeared almost simultaneously in other countries too. Is it only imitation, or is there some international coordination in play?…READ ALL
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/04/02/the-new-green-threat-extinction-rebellion/

    complete drivel from UK Sun, not even worthy of a link:

    2 Apr: UK Sun: BOTTOM LINE Who are Extinction Rebellion and why did members protest naked in the House of Commons during a Brexit debate?
    Activists stunned MPs with their ‘cheeky intervention’ during a vote on Brexit alternatives
    By Debbie White

    2 Apr: TalkRadio: Extinction Rebellion activists freed on bail
    By Cormac Connelly-Smith
    The climate change activists who flashed MPs to protest environmental destruction have been bailed…
    Protesters from campaign group Extinction Rebellion staged a semi-naked protest in the public gallery overlooking the Brexit debate on Monday night.
    Some had messages warning of environmental destruction painted on their bodies, others attempted to glue themselves to protective glass.

    Scotland Yard said a total of thirteen people were arrested over the incident, with six men and six women detained on suspicion of outraging public decency and criminal damage.
    Another woman was arrested accused of outraging public decency and of using threatening words or behaviour.
    During the protest, MPs commented on the chaos above and Speaker John Bercow said the debate on the second stage of the Brexit alternatives would continue regardless…
    Extinction Rebellion teased a larger protest to take place on April 15.
    https://talkradio.co.uk/news/extinction-rebellion-activists-freed-bail-19040230534

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      …”here you have the codes of social change”. On hearing him repeat the exact words from the Ayahuasca ceremony, Bradbrook knew her prayers had been answered.

      The Kool-aid has been superceded.

      Behold! The new Jim Jones.

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    2 Apr: Breitbart: Exclusive: Tom Cotton Pushes IRS to Investigate Southern Poverty Law Center’s Tax-Exempt Status
    by Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is pressing the IRS to investigate the tax-exempt status of leftist group Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization that has been mired in scandal.
    Cotton argues that a series of recent reports regarding the leftist group’s patently political activities are troubling, and in a letter to the head of the IRS provided to Breitbart News exclusively ahead of its public release questions whether these actions warrant removal of the group’s status as a nonprofit organization…
    LETTER

    Cotton noted in the letter to the IRS commissioner, citing SPLC financial documents, that the leftist organization has made lots of money by targeting conservative groups with allegations that they are hate groups–regardless of the veracity of such allegations.
    “This business model has paid well. The SPLC has accrued more than $500 million in assets,” Cotton wrote. “According to the group’s most recent financial statement, it holds $121 million offshore in non-U.S. equity funds. The SPLC uses these assets to pay its executives lavish salaries far higher than the comparable household average.”…READ ON
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/02/exclusive-tom-cotton-pushes-irs-to-investigate-southern-poverty-law-centers-tax-exempt-status/

    21 Mar: Breitbart: CNN Contributor Rebukes Network for Charlottesville Hoax
    by Joel B. Pollak
    CNN political commentator Steve Cortes has taken his own network to task for perpetuating the lie that President Donald Trump referred to neo-Nazis in the Charlottesville, Virginia, riot as “very fine people.”
    As Breitbart News has noted repeatedly, CNN’s own contemporaneous reporting showed that Trump was referring to peaceful protesters over the issue of the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, and specifically excluding neo-Nazis, whom he said should be “condemned totally.”

    Yet the network’s anchors, reporters, and contributors have claimed, over and over again, that Trump referred to the neo-Nazis as “very fine people” — even editing video deceptively to convince viewers of a fact that never happened…
    Cortes himself tried to correct CNN’s mistake on air, and was rebuked by CNN host Erin Burnett. As he writes at RealClearPolitics (LINK) Thursday (original links)…READ ON
    https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2019/03/21/cnn-contributor-rebukes-network-for-charlottesville-hoax/

    unbelievable – check the pics of the woman and the elderly man:

    2 Apr: GatewayPundit: Crazed Bernie Supporter With Mohawk Attacks Elderly Man Wearing MAGA Hat – Chases Him Out of Starbucks Screaming ‘Get the F*ck Out’
    Cristina Laila
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/04/crazed-leftist-with-mohawk-attacks-elderly-man-wearing-maga-hat-chases-him-out-of-starbucks-screaming-get-the-fck-out/?utm_source=TGPemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=subscriber_id:553019618&utm_campaign=Auto%20Se

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    https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/lately/audio/2018689271/thames-coromandel-votes-against-climate-change-declaration

    “In a decision that has left environmental advocates outraged, the Thames-Coromandel District Council has voted against signing the Local Government Leader’s Climate Change Declaration [A2030] much to the dismay of school children and locals who were at the meeting to lobby the council to take action and sign up.” Bold mine.

    With the West Coast, and now the Thames-Coromandel, council opting out of this gugu-gaga nonsense, there’s at least two (2) sane mayors in NZ looking after their constituents’ wallets and self-determination. If I know my history, most children’s crusades never ended well…

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      Greg in NZ

      “Illuminance or brightness is measured in a unit called lux, the lux in a typical office is between 100 and 300, lux [in] most homes at night is between 60 to 80 lux. Outdoors, even on an overcast day, it is around 3000 lux, more than ten times brighter outside, even on the most overcast, miserable winter’s day. And on a summers day? In summer, with no clouds in the sky, it’s more like 100,000 lux.”

      Could this be why office-bound computer climate modellers invent / imagine / project claustrophobic catatonic cata-something make-believe heat? Methinks they need to step outside more often…

      https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2018689029/the-science-of-sunlight

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        theRealUniverse

        Greg, probably, Lux has no heat component its just intensity at visible wavelengths. Not that they want you to know that either.

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      OriginalSteve

      I guess the Socialists will be angry……standing up to them…taking away thier favourite toy…

      Note the rage…..

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      theRealUniverse

      Great to see some sense over there, The Coromandel was the hippy capital of alternative lifestylers once, what going on?

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    Travis T. Jones

    BoM Climate and Water Outlook, April–June 2019

    Published on Mar 27, 2019

    @0.59: “Rabbit Flat,, NW of Alice Springs, reached 39 degrees C (102.2F) every day for 115 days in a row, starting in December and ending in March, a new Australian record.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4urB12Sem8Q&t=7s

    Wait.

    Marble Bar has a hot desert climate (Köppen BWh) with sweltering summers and warm winters.

    The town set a world record of most consecutive days of 100 °F (37.8 °C) or above, during a period of 160 days from 31 October 1923 to 7 April 1924.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marble_Bar,_Western_Australia

    Jan 14, 2019: Life in Marble Bar, the hottest town in Australia where 40C is a mild day

    “That’s pretty normal for Marble Bar. I think we had 160 days a few year ago now. Marble Bar has had the reputation for the hottest town in Australia for a long time.”
    It was more than a few years ago, it was way back in the 1920s. But, says the BOM’s Neil Bennett, the toasty town’s recent run of hot weather has been something else.”

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/wtf/life-in-marble-bar-the-hottest-town-in-australia-where-40c-is-a-mild-day/news-story/3b68b8cfd612148b7169f19c7d84a8d2

    Or, Marble Bar did … there was no warming on any long term records until CSIRO started adjusting historical data (2004)** – before they adjusted the temperatures with acorn 1 and now acorn 2 …

    Jonova, Feb 16, 2019: History keeps getting colder — ACORN2 raises Australia’s warming rate by over 20%

    ** 2004: Updating Australia’s high-quality annual temperature datbase

    http://www.cmar.csiro.au/e-print/internal/braganza_x2004a.pdf

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      Greg in NZ

      Ooh ooh me me me! “tofu… beans… lentils… nuts”.

      I have a special file I save these articles in labelled ‘Catastrophic Climate Change rap’ or CCCrap for short. Won’t somebody think of the [hungry starving fffffft!] children?

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      AndyG55

      Firstly, Just like a tree, a cow cannot belch or fart any more “carbon” than it takes in, (significantly less actually, because a lot of that “carbon” is turned into “cow”

      That means, that if a tree is considered to be “carbon neutral” when sent to Drax for burning, then a cow must also be considered “carbon neutral”.

      Secondly, there is no empirical evidence that farts and belches from cattle have changed the global climate in any way whatsoever.

      The whole issue is a LIE, based on anti-science.

      Now consider how much corn and other plant material goes towards ethanol production, a WASTE of possible global food resources if ever there was.

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        Actually, more comes out of the cow’s mouth than its other end.

        I learned that salutary lesson back in 2008.

        I wrote an article at my home site mentioning exactly this.

        Not long after the article was published, I was contacted and informed that what I had written was ‘generally’ wrong in parts, and that part concerned the cow itself.

        Rather than rehash it here, here’s the link to the article, and you can read it for yourself, especially the bit at the bottom of the article highlighted in blue.

        That Thing Cows Do

        Tony.

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        Maptram

        When yeast is used to ferment fruit, grains and plant material, ethanol and CO2 are produced, so not only does the production of ethanol waste food, it also produces CO2. When ethanol is used as a fuel, CO2 and water are produced.

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        Ross

        Not sure if this has been on here before but it looks like cattle/methane argument has taken a major hit

        https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/03/30/methane-warming-exaggerated-by-400/

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        Greebo

        because a lot of that “carbon” is turned into “cow”

        Some of which is released in BBQ form…

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      joseph

      I’m not feeling guilty enough. I gave up eating, and drinking, (and breathing) a long time ago.

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        Yonniestone

        You might want to take up breathing again Joseph, 9 out of 10 IPCC scientists say breathing is essential to living.

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        Globulists, haters of humanity,
        haters of naychur’s cornucopia,
        haters of evolutionary messiness,
        antipathists of human liberty,
        (eventually wishing to control birds’
        readiness-to-fly, by regulation) and
        wish,by way of Agenda Twenty-one,to
        control all creatures of air, sea, or land,
        especially two- legged ones, control the
        land they walk upon, or air and sea wherein
        they fly or swim. – Say, they are, or wish to be,
        monarchs, or philosopher kings, of all they survey,
        that’s ‘ALL’ they survey, yr David Rockefellers’,
        George Soross’, Al Gores’, Malcolm Turnbulls’,
        and yr Dr Edward Bernays’ …

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      Yonniestone

      From a lifelong carnivore a fact for all the vegetarians out there, farm animals eat your food…….you’re welcome.

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    AndyG55

    Just managed to catch a pic of this rather nice long-legged bird strutting across my driveway. :-)

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    theRealUniverse

    More blogosphere articles on icecap
    Indignant climate campaigners terrified of proposed scientific debate

    Climate Change scientists who faked data are now desperately archiving it to cover their tracks
    “The latest fake news on climate change suggests that scientists are copying as much US climate data as possible, because they fear the data might be wiped out under the Trump administration. The misleading article doesn’t account for the past three decades of corrupt climate data from politicized activist scientists, ”
    “A Trump advisor has called for NASA to return to its roots, and focus solely on space exploration, not climate research. NASA’s focus on climate research was a bureaucratic overreach for the aeronautic space administration.” Good, About time…

    Looks like they are running for cover to avoid lawsuits when the fan get brown stuff thrown it at it.

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    can hardly believe my ears. ABC’s token “conservative”, Tom Switzer, calls out ABC’s Trump/Russia coverage, program by program…and has the sanest, most honest conversation on the topic ever broadcast by the ABC. and he doesn’t even have a conservative guest!

    a must-listen:

    AUDIO: 17min19sec: 28 Mar: ABC Between The Lines: Holding the Trump doubters to account
    Presented by Tom Switzer Thursday at 1.30pm; Repeated: Saturday at 5pm, Wednesday 12am
    Trump is not guilty of collusion with Russia. Was there ever any proof that he was?
    The media told us time and again that the Republican candidate for the 2016 US election was vulnerable to Kremlin blackmail. How did they get it so wrong?
    Guests:
    Mary Dejevsky, writer for The Guardian and The Independent in London
    Stephen Cohen, author of War with Russia? From Putin and Ukraine to Trump and Russiagate
    https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/betweenthelines/holding-the-trump-doubters-to-account/10948526

    Cohen is brilliant as always; Mary Dejevsky may have been an outlier at Guardian & Independent, but that doesn’t excuse the lies and misinfo/disinfo those two papers published over the past 2 years.

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    pat

    Fox – the only channel which investigated and reported on Russiagate – is in the crosshairs of the Dems and their enablers, the FakeNewsMSM! incredible:

    2 Apr: Breitbart: House Democrats Want ‘Oversight’ over Fox News’ Editorial Decisions
    by Joel B. Pollak
    Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are demanding to know why Fox News did not publish a story prior to the 2016 election about an alleged affair years before between porn star Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump.
    House Committee on Oversight and Reform chair Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) wrote to former Fox News reporter Diana Falzone last month demanding that she turn over any documents relating to Trump’s alleged extramarital affairs.

    An article in the ***New Yorker last month alleged that Fox News executive Ken LaCorte spiked the story to protect Trump — a claim LaCorte has vehemently denied, saying the story lacked corroborating evidence and that the network was merely practicing responsible journalism, as were other outlets who declined the story.

    That article seems to have motivated Cummings’s letter — a letter that not only seeks personal dirt on the president, but seeks information that might be used to review Fox News’ editorial decisions…READ ON
    https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2019/04/02/house-democrats-want-oversight-over-fox-news-editorial-decisions/

    VIDEO: 1min33sec: 31 Mar: Townhall: Wow: CNN’s Brian Stelter, SE Cupp Bash Fox News’ Cover Of The Mueller Investigation Because…
    BY Beth Baumann
    Despite knowing what they do now, Stelter and Cupp continue to defend CNN and other mainstream media outlet’s coverage of the investigation. But they slammed Fox News for not instantly running with the “Trump is guilty” narrative that lefties continued spewing.

    “So Fox News personalities, not surprisingly, that they are the paragons of journalism in that they, you know, journalism virtue in that they didn’t obsess over Mueller the way others did,” Cupp said. “But, in my opinion, Fox is not the (antidote) to this problem. It is the sedative. It is like the roofie (?) of this problem. I mean, you know, Fox isn’t suspicious at all. If you can accuse some of being too suspicious, Fox has suspended suspicion. So, you know, I think Fox is trying to get away with, you know, whistling past a graveyard.”

    Stelter laughed in agreement…
    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2019/03/31/cnn-hosts-deflect-from-their-networks-horrible-russia-reporting-by-bashing-foxs-n2544044

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    pat

    what Govt has the guts to tell these tax-exempt NGOs they are not elected to represent anyone but their small group of CAGW zealots?

    2 Apr: HeraldScotland: Labour accused of hypocrisy over big oil ahead of climate vote
    Exclusive by Tom Gordon
    SCOTTISH Labour has been accused of hypocrisy for promoting the giant firms making millions from fossil fuel at Holyrood while demanding tougher action on climate change…
    Labour last night said it wanted to “embolden” the legislation, by setting a target of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, instead of the 90 per cent cut proposed by the SNP.
    However, it also emerged yesterday that a Labour MSP will be promoting the North Sea oil industry in an exhibition next to the Parliament’s debating chamber this week…

    Lewis Macdonald, a list MSP for North East Scotland, has sponsored a large display and information stall for Oil & Gas UK, the trade body representing the offshore industry.
    MSPs will walk past it on their way to vote for climate change targets.
    The Scottish Greens said Labour was two-faced and could not be trusted on the issue.
    Friends of the Earth Scotland said it was “sadly symptomatic” of MSPs talking tough on climate change while backing the fuels that cause it.
    The environmental campaign also said it was disappointing that it couldn’t organise a lobbying event inside Holyrood about the Bill, but the industry was allowed in.
    “This risks reinforcing the misconceptions of some MSPs that oil and gas is somehow nothing to do with climate change,” it said…

    Dr Richard Dixon, FoE Scotland Director, said: “This is sadly symptomatic of the many MSPs who apparently see no contradiction between supporting the expansion of oil and gas extraction and action on climate change. The extraction and burning of fossil fuels is the key driver of climate change.
    “SNP, Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrats all refused to condemn the industry-led policy of ‘Maximising Economic Recovery’ of North Sea oil and gas in last week’s Climate Emergency debate, which means maximising the damage to our climate.
    “We must cut our use of oil and gas – we need to stop going after new sources and plan an orderly but rapid transition to a green economy.”
    A recent YouGov poll blah blah…

    Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, which is due to stage a rally outside Holyrood today, said greater urgency was needed in the next decade.
    Chair Tom Ballantine said: “Climate change is the most urgent and pressing crisis facing the world, and Scotland’s targets for cutting emissions must reflect our commitment to meeting that challenge…READ ON
    https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17543102.labour-accused-of-hypocrisy-over-big-oil-ahead-of-climate-vote/

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    pat

    Reuters reports, but no MSM are carrying it! wonder why?

    1 Apr: ChannelNewsAsia: China to build six to eight nuclear reactors a year to meet 2030 development goals
    Source: Reuters/na
    BEIJING: China will be able to build six to eight nuclear reactors a year if project approval processes return to normal as expected in the near future, the chairman of the state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said on Monday (Apr 1).
    “That should be enough to meet our country’s 2030 development plans,” Yu Jianfeng said, speaking on the sidelines of an industry conference…

    China is promoting new advanced reactor technologies, and is the first country to complete the construction of third-generation models like Westinghouse’s AP1000 and the French EPR design…
    Last year, Yu said China’s total nuclear capacity should reach 120-150 gigawatts (GW) in total by 2030, triple the current level but still lower than previous forecasts.
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/china-to-build-six-to-eight-nuclear-reactors-a-year-to-meet-2030-11399382

    Bloomberg finds an anti-US angle; no MSM picking this up either. wonder why?

    Updated 2 Apr: Bloomberg: Made-in-China Reactor Gains Favor at Home, U.S. Tech Falters
    Bloomberg News; With assistance by Feifei Shen, Aibing Guo, Jing Yang, and Will Wade
    China’s homegrown nuclear technology is gaining favor in the battle for the nation’s next generation of reactors, according to a state-owned developer, as it seeks to move on after delays and cost blowouts from imported designs…
    “We prefer the Hualong One,” Chen said in an interview Monday on the sidelines of a nuclear conference in Beijing…

    The global nuclear industry has been awaiting a revival in China after cost overruns and stricter regulation after the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan stalled approvals and construction of new units. The country’s expanding energy demand growth and drive for cleaner energy have been a magnet for Western reactor makers, including Westinghouse Electric Co. from the U.S. and France’s Electricite de France SA…
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-01/made-in-china-reactor-gains-favor-at-home-as-u-s-tech-trips-up

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    pat

    a day old…such vital information…yet I can’t find a single MSM outlet carrying this story from Reuters, to which they subscribe!

    1 Apr: Reuters: German power lobby sees shortfalls due to coal, nuclear phase-out
    by Vera Eckert
    FRANKFURT – German power companies warned on Monday of a potential gap between conventional electricity capacity and demand by 2023 due to a phasing out of nuclear energy and highly polluting coal, and urged policymakers to help investors by rewarding new capacity.

    Germany, Europe’s largest economy, may retire ***26,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity capacity by 2023 – the equivalent of 26 nuclear power stations – while probably adding only ***4,650 MW according to current plans and building activity, the German energy industry association BDEW said.

    “New capacity joining the market is not sufficient to compensate for what is disappearing in the successive exits from coal and nuclear,” said Stefan Kapferer, BDEW’s managing director, in remarks prepared for delivery at a news conference.
    “The bottom line is that we must build, build, build,” he added in the draft statement on the first day of the Hanover industrial trade fair.
    BDEW, which represents 1,800 operators of power, gas and water supply and distribution, forecast that installed conventional fossil fuels capacity could fall to 67,300 MW by 2023, from 88,600 MW now…

    GREEN POWER UNRELIABLE
    In theory, Germany’s renewable power capacity from wind and sunshine has separately reached a level of around 118,000 MW, which alone could meet 100 percent of expected demand, but this is highly dependent on weather conditions. If the conditions are unfavorable, green power could completely evaporate.
    That is why the energy regulator has declared 6,900 MW of old plants that operators had earmarked for closure as “system relevant” and has banned their shutdown, BDEW data showed…READ ON
    https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-germany-energy-powerstations/german-power-lobby-sees-shortfalls-due-to-coal-nuclear-phase-out-idUSKCN1RD1OV?rpc=401&

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    pat

    behind paywall – some excerpts found. all’s not well in the “pumped hydro” sphere:

    2 Apr: Financial Times: Hydro power operators press for UK rules rethink
    Developers of “pumped storage” hydro power plants in Scotland have called on the UK government to rethink energy market rules for such projects in order to release potentially billions of pounds in investment and greater use of renewable power.
    Planners are currently considering ILI Group’s £500m pumped storage scheme at Loch Ness, but Mark Wilson, the company’s chief executive, said it would it would be “very difficult” to seal financing for it without a market “level playing field” for such projects.

    Analysts say such plants are expensive to build but are highly efficient and can improve grid reliability and balance out fluctuations in output from wind farms and solar power schemes. Greater electricity storage capacity is widely seen as vital to promote maximum use of renewable energy, but supporters of pumped storage say it is being held back by government failure to enable long-term power contracts that would, for example, lock in prices.

    Mr Wilson said ILI had a pipeline of pumped storage projects with total generating capacity of 2GW and was convinced they were the “logical” solution to ease strain on the UK grid caused by the closure of coal plants and increased use of wind and solar.
    But the current UK market system did not give pumped storage investors the kind of long-term security used to encourage funding of interconnectors, which link the British grid to overseas networks, or of nuclear power plants, Mr Wilson said.
    ScottishPower and SSE have in the past called for changes to the pricing regime for pumped storage plants, suggesting one option would be a “cap and floor” system that would guarantee utilities a minimum price for output but also set a maximum to limit potential cost to consumers…
    https://www.ft.com/content/fed7a1bc-5477-11e9-91f9-b6515a54c5b1

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    pat

    behind paywall:
    2 Apr: UK Times: Saudi Aramco on top of the world with $111bn profit
    by Emily Gosden
    Saudi Arabia’s huge state oil business has established itself as the most profitable company in the world by reporting net income of $111 billion for 2018.

    Saudi Aramco revealed its finances for the first time yesterday, with annual profits almost double those of Apple, the world’s most profitable listed company at $60 billion. Saudia Aramco made almost five times as much profit last year as Royal Dutch Shell, ranked as the most profitable listed oil company at $24 billion.

    Details released by Aramco show how its bumper profits are driven by its ability to produce oil in its home country at rock-bottom costs of only $2.80 a barrel, barely a quarter of the costs reported by international oil majors…
    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/b359bf02-54bf-11e9-a8f5-a9ee11ff7e6d

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    Greebo

    Oh boy…

    This is what to expect….. amongst other things of course.

    This is a country which calls itself ‘leader of the Free World’ and has huge global influence in terms of foreign policy and economics. Now that Trump won’t acknowledge basic things like climate change, it’s time other countries had a say

    I wonder if she felt the same way when Obummer was POTUS?:

    http://ow.ly/n7RJ101xvLX

    If you like, watch this:

    https://youtu.be/aOqHSxZuF34

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      TdeF

      No, forcing everyone, even the poorest in the community to hand over their hard earned income to pay for your windmills is robbery. Your solar panels. Theft. Then you want to be paid for ‘pay-in’ electricity which is useless and more robbery.

      Why should Hepburn Wind get $800,000 cash a year for just owning two windmill. That’s not for electricity.
      Why should they be able to get this tax free by depreciating the windmills bought with our money?

      What small business in Australia gets $13,000 a week tax free for just existing? People work hard for that money.

      Why should the city of Canberra receive $37 million from the poorest people in Australia because the City owns windmills?

      It is all robbery. And you think it is a about something called renewables. No it is about theft. This is quite apart from the fact that $6Billion a year of everyone’s money has built the most useless grid since Venezuela. And you think that is good.

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        TdeF

        And we the people own nothing. That’s real socialism.

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        Peter Fitzroy

        Are you saying that the farmers who host wind turbines, should not get paid? Very strange logic.
        Still you miss the point, capitalism is allowing much larger ripoffs than the renewable industry can even dream of.
        With your grid costings, I’m assuming they are made up, as there is no linkable facts.

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          TdeF

          No, you miss every point, as usual. They get paid, for electricity at the highest rates in the world with windmills for which everyone paid. Plus as much again for nothing. That’s not socialism. That’s not capitalism. That’s legislated robbery.
          Coal, gas and diesel producers get nothing. It makes them economically unviable, as expected. We are forced to buy every last kjoule of wind electricity and they get paid anyway, even if no one uses it.

          As for linkable facts, just read the Renewable Energy(Electricity) 2000 Act. See if you can understand it. The world’s biggest carbon tax, although the word carbon is not used and it is not a tax, so it is illegal enrichment of third parties.

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            Peter Fitzroy

            you need to move beyond WUWT TdeF
            https://www.marketforces.org.au/campaigns/ffs/

            as to your link – Registered‎: ‎10 Jun 2016 End Date‎: ‎18 Jun 2018 Start Date‎: ‎10 Mar 2016 (that’s from the web page) living in the past are we?

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              AndyG55

              Again a far-left front shows they do not comprehend the tax based returns to primary producers.

              The left use this LIE as a crutch, because its all they have.

              Green LIES, is all you have , little POC.

              “We are an affiliate project of Friends of the Earth, so we are part of FoE.”

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              Tdef

              You need to learn to read.

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                AndyG55

                I think he reads the words, but his comprehension of what is being said is DELIBERATELY ABYSMAL.

                No-one can be as THICK as he appears to be, so it has to be all JUST AN ACT.. of mindless trolling.

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          AndyG55

          In ANY other farming practice the farmer gets paid ONLY for what he produces .

          These guys are SUBSIDY farming.

          The issues really are just TOO COMPLEX for your, aren’t they pfutz. !

          Now, do you have any empirical evidence for warming by increased atmospheric CO2 or not.

          Because without that evidence, wind and solar are JUST A SCAM and a BOONDOGGLE.

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            Peter Fitzroy

            HE is paid rent on the land taken out of production for the wind turbines. ID-Ten-T

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              AndyG55

              Always avoiding the question, little COWARD

              Now, do you have any empirical evidence for warming by increased atmospheric CO2 or not.

              “HE is paid rent on the land taken out of production for the wind turbines”

              So rather than produce food, he scams the taxpayer subsidies.

              Thanks for confirming what I said.

              wind and solar are JUST A SCAM and a BOONDOGGLE.

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      Bill in Oz

      Western Australia is not part of the AEMO grid Fitz
      So yes, Synergy in WA ripped of it’s customers there.
      It’s separate.

      But in the AEMO grid windmills & solar are ripping us off.

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      AndyG55

      “Capitalism is a bigger cause”

      Otherwise we would be like Venezuela.. right Pfutz. ;-)

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      Sceptical Sam

      Fitz,

      You need to read your attachment before you make silly accusations.

      Did you not read what the Labor Government’s Energy Minister said? This bit:

      But Energy Minister Bill Johnston dismissed the ERA’s conclusions, saying they were recommendations based on what he thought was a flawed interpretation of the rules.

      “What the ERA is saying is that you should use the spot price of gas when what Synergy is doing is using the actual cost of gas,” he said. “The idea that you should sell electricity based on an artificial interpretation is wrong.”

      Mr Johnston said the final say would go to the Electricity Review Board, which last time had only given Synergy a “slap on the wrist” when the ERA called out the utility’s pricing.

      It is yet to be reviewed.

      Using the actual cost of gas to determine the cost of production of electricity makes sense – unless you’re a green activist who would prefer to pursue an anti-Capitalist meme.

      I suggest you come back when the decision has been made as to whether Synergy has been guilty of “gouging”.

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    toorightmate

    Pet food plant in Vic closing (high power costs.
    Huggies plant in Sydney closing (Aus is uncompetitive).
    These two cases have hit the press today.
    And we have the two major parties thinking they a really smart by fiddling with energy policies which will make us even more uncompetitive.
    Their idiocy is right up there with that of Peter Fitzroy.

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      Kinky Keith

      Part of the Buggies nappy production is being sent to Asia where HELE rulz.

      Electrical reality.

      That’s more unemployment, less taxes collected by government, less spending power and a contracting economy.

      But politicians salaries and perks stay the same.

      KK

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      Sceptical Sam

      Pet food plant in Vic closing (high power costs.
      Huggies plant in Sydney closing (Aus is uncompetitive).

      The green/left anti-Capitalists love it.

      Fewer ‘roos in tin cans. More to become road-kill.

      Fewer poo-filled nappies to go to land-fill. The cotton nappy replacement will now be hosed-down on the Hills-Hoist – just like in the olden days.

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        Bill in Oz

        Sorry Sam, there will still be Huggies in Oz.. Just not made here any more.

        Ummmm ?

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          Sceptical Sam

          And they’ll be cheaper.

          The consumer benefits. And has spare cash as a result to pend elsewhere in the economy.

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    Another Ian

    “Rex Murphy: Anti-Trump press has less credibility than Jussie Smollett right now

    https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-anti-trump-press-has-less-credibility-than-jussie-smollett-right-now

    “So, Trump has won twice. The press have failed twice.”

    Vi SDA

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    Travis T. Jones

    Gee, I might even consider voting for them yet, though it is a long way from where they need to be for me…

    Australia will no longer contribute to major UN climate change fund – 02 April 2019

    https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/436986-australia-will-no-longer-contribute-to-major-un-climate-change-fund

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    Another Ian

    “Y2Kyoto: Self-Cleaning Oven Hour”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/index.php/2019/04/03/y2kyoto-self-cleaning-oven-hour/

    “BC Hydro says there was a 0.2 per cent increase in energy consumption during Earth Hour last year.

    So BC Hydro spokesperson Tanya Fish said there was no point in tracking electricity use during Earth Hour this year.

    “The change in energy consumption during Earth Hour over recent years had been so minimal, so we found it difficult to attribute it to the event,” she said after Saturday’s Earth Hour came and went. “

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      toorightmate

      This just cant be true.
      All Green schemes run so successfully – don’t they?

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        RicDre

        “BC Hydro says there was a 0.2 per cent increase in energy consumption during Earth Hour last year.”

        I don’t know what the Greens think, but I consider that a successful Earth Hour.

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    Greg in NZ

    https://www.nsstc.uah.edu/climate/

    Posted this last night but it must’ve vanished into the carbonic æther. Earth’s temp dropped by 0.03˚C last month with March’s anomaly now at 0.34˚C (February was 0.37˚). No doubt warmongers will provide excuses reasons for this non-settled-séance cooling of the atmosphere.

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    Hanrahan

    Things aren’t getting any better for Boeing, Seems the Ethiopian crew knew about the MCAS system but it still put them into a situation they couldn’t recover from.

    The MCAS will need a major rework, not a simple software fix.

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      theRealUniverse

      Boeing may go down, literally, at least the civil aircraft sector. A very experienced pilot wrote how the top management override the engineers on most decisions and the designs are flawed, from the wings to the landing gear all due to cutting costs and increasing profits.

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        Hanrahan

        Two Comets crashed and that was the end of de Havilland, but Boeing is stronger than that. I am surprised that their share price is almost back where it was so the punters think everything is OK. They will take a hit for sure.

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      Chad

      The MCAS will need a major rework, not a simple software fix.

      I thought the MCAS itself was aa fix for another problem….?….the inherent flight instability resulting from stretching an old airframe design to carry more passengers and use bigger engines that needed repositioning. ?
      Also i believe Boeng “self Certify” certain aspects of their modifications ?

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    Hanrahan

    The US President seems to be taking the threat of EMP attack seriously. So a Q for engineers: Are transformers vulnerable? I’ve never considered them fragile and they do have circuit breakers.

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    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/03/south-pole-tree-fossils-indicate-impact-of-climate-change

    Trees at the South Pole. Animals all over Greenland.

    “Ice melting, he said, took even longer and the huge sea level rises indicated by the Pliocene evidence would probably take a few millennia to come about.”

    “One climate peril these emissions ruled out, said Siegert, was a return to an ice age, which had happened several times in the last million years; CO2 was now at too high a level for there to be any chance of a big freeze, said Siegert. “We’ve killed it.””

    So… what is the fucking problem?

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    Ian Wilson

    Here is evidence that confirms that there is a weakening (or slow down) of the Walker Circulation at times near solar maximum.

    https://astroclimateconnection.blogspot.com/2019/04/evidence-that-11-year-solar-cycle.html

    My evidence is in agreement with a recently published paper:

    Slow Down of the Walker circulation at solar cycle maximum
    Stergios Misios, Lesley J. Gray, Mads F. Knudsen, Christoffer Karoff, Hauke Schmidt, & J. D. Haigh
    PNAS published ahead of print March 29, 2019 https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1815060116

    The authors of this paper provide robust evidence that the solar (sunspot) cycle affects decadal
    variability in the tropical Pacific. Using the analysis of independent observations, they
    demonstrate a slowdown of the Pacific Walker Circulation (PWC) at solar cycle maximum.

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    el gordo

    Bill doesn’t have a clue.

    ‘ … the Coalition wants to put money into fast regional rail links with trains running at about 160 kilometres per hour, including a tunnel through the Blue Mountains from Sydney to Parkes, and create a National Faster Rail Agency.

    ‘Labor disagrees with the fast rail plan (which does not yet have cost estimates), and instead wants to set up a High Speed Rail Authority to build even faster trains that would run at speeds of up to 350 kilometres per hour from Brisbane to Melbourne via Sydney and Canberra at an estimated cost of $114 billion.’

    Fin Review

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