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Brazil cancels climate conference, sacks militant Greenie, calls environmentalists an “industry”

Brazil, eighth largest economy in the world is unashamedly backing out of green schemes.

In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro is “dismantling” environmental agencies and missions. Brazil pulled out of hosting the 2019 U.N. climate summit, and has now canceled a United Nations climate change event that was to be held in August.

Environment Minister Ricardo Salles … said he was more interested in dealing with the problems that affect Brazilians who aren’t concerned about “climate change in Paris” or “meetings in Stockholm.”

“It’s an industry,” he said of the environmental movement. “It’s an industry of consultants, an industry of lectures, an industry of seminars.”

– Anna Jean Kaiser, Washington Post

A few days ago Bolsonaro also sacked the “militant” activist appointed by his predecessor as head of The Brazil Forum for Climate Change. I can’t think why…

[Former President] Temer appointed Alfredo Sirkis to lead the forum. Sirkis, who describes himself as a “militant environmentalist,” is a co-founder of the country’s Green Party and a former congressman, as well as a former guerilla fighter who fought against Brazil’s military dictatorship.

Sirkis told Reuters he was fired on Friday. He said the firing was probably related to the forum’s initiative to organize 12 Brazilian states to create a council on climate change that would act independently from the federal government.

– Jake Spring, Reuters, May 10

Sirkis was being paid by the government to organize a group to do exactly what the voters didn’t want.

Let’s remember how the climate skeptic won in a landslide election last October: 55 to 45

Jair Bolsonaro, a 63-year-old former paratrooper who built his campaign around pledges to crush corruption, crime and a supposed communist threat, secured 55.1% of the votes after 99.9% were counted and was therefore elected Brazil’s next president, electoral authorities said on Sunday.

“We cannot continue flirting with communism … We are going to change the destiny of Brazil,” he said.

Tom Phillips  and Dom Phillips --The Guardian

 As Australia hurtles headlong into the fastest renewables transition in the world. Bigger fish are moving out.

 

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    RobK

    Eventually Australians will wake up. Perhaps the election after this one.

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      Perhaps in 2050, once we’re assured that the world is not doomed due to climate change. Australian kids will hopefully then once again become acquainted with electricity, clean water, fresh food etc.

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        Rollo

        By 2050 the climate tipping point will be only 10 years away. Most children will be able to see carbon dioxide emissions due to a genetic change induced by climate change.

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        Graham Richards

        Some believe we only have 12 years after having received the fully scientifically backed bad news from a pimply 16 year old Swedish school girl.
        This sound advice then sparked world wide reaction in the form of farm invasions, sit-ins & various other “spontaneous” protests & demonstrations aimed at completely destroying the industrialised economies of the world!

        No doubt we’re supposed to believe that the beleaguered IPCC and the Globalists are not behind the funding & organisation of this “world protest” !!

        Obviously BS believes in BS. (not sure which BS is the politician, but sure go well together).

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        theRealUniverse

        By 2050 well be into the real LIA. THEN they might just get it!

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          Graeme No.3

          Unlike those who bet with Sportsbet, who have paid out bets on a Labor victory. The management there can expect some rather tough times if Labor doesn’t win.

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      RickWill

      Australia needs to wake up sooner rather than later.

      The NET international debt is now over AUD1tr at AUD1,082,875 at the end of 2018. That equates to AUD44k for every man.woman and child in the nation.
      https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/5302.0Main+Features1Dec%202018?OpenDocument

      Despite a trade surplus the current account continues to deteriorate. The gross international debt has doubled to AUD2,084,046m in the last ten years as we have imported nearly all manufactured goods used in the country:
      https://tradingeconomics.com/australia/external-debt
      Most of the debt is denominated in USD so, as the exchange rate slides, this figure spirals up despite a trading surplus in goods (predominantly coal and iron ore) and services (mostly tourism).

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      Geoff

      The issue is not the wke up call it’s just how people could believe it in the first place. If its just about rent seeking it would have died out long ago. Do people just want to believe in something rather than be self reliant. It seems that they know they cannot believe in themselves they need a “uniform” supplied by others.

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        robert rosicka

        Just read it Bill and Plimer was wrong about Malcolm Roberts and One Nation , after all they sold us out on the small engine emissions bill .

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    Jonesy

    Our problem is the supposedly conservative side is infested with believers. The other part pays lipservice to keep unity. Not good for the rest of us. Listening to Senator Molan last night, our military are taught to question veracity of operations (surprising?) Having said that, no doubt ,question the consensus and conformity! In comparison 50% of a single foot’s worth of a vote in a full crowd of the MCG is no mandate to destroy a nation

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      Dennis

      The “believers” continue to be influenced by the now former PM and his Black Hand Faction followers with NSW HQ the centre of globalism. However there is now fightback highlighted for me by the campaign by Jim Molan to gain votes for him to be elected to the Senate below the line after he was given a position on the Liberal-National Senate Group that doomed him to failure. When asked about it he declined from commenting other than to say that it was a factional matter.

      The 2019 Federal Election results will in my opinion bring about a rejection of climate change based economic vandalism and maybe rejecting, to quote former PM Abbott when he was the leader: “I will not stand for socialism masquerading as environmentalism”.

      If Labor Greens form government the worst is yet to come.

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      Martin

      I bet more people believe in Climate Change on the Liberal side than Labor. Labor don’t believe in anything except other people’s money

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    Sean McHugh

    Australia versus Brazil: Brazil has woken up; Australia has a long way to go.

    Australia is clearly retarded.

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      Dennis

      Not really, Australians are being taken for a ride by politicians who no longer believe that they represent we the people and are elected to look after our best interests.

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      el gordo

      The president of Brazil called their biggest trading partner a ‘predator’.

      Students and lecturers are in the streets protesting cuts to the education budget, which is odd when you realise Brazil is one of the world’s largest oil exporters.

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    Travis T. Jones

    Who got ‘the joke’, and who didn’t?

    Did: Bolsonaro, Brazil, Trump, USA.

    Didn’t: Bill Shorten, Richard Di Natale, IPCC, the Australian voter …

    “Senator Di Natale will tell the National Press Club that history has shown the Greens can work constructively with Labor and the next parliament is a “chance to do big things again”. “
    It has to be because that’s what’s required … The IPCC ­(Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) have given us less than 12 years to change course on dangerous climate change that threatens everything about our way of life,” he will say.”

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/greens-stir-gillard-ghosts-in-call-for-coalition/news-story/a9321a60f514aaa94cb018460c355865

    The Joke.

    OCASIO-CORTEZ REBUFFS ‘FACT-CHECKERS,’ SAYS THE WORLD ENDING IN 12 YEARS WAS ‘DRY HUMOR’

    “Like the ‘world ending in 12 years’ thing, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal.”

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/12/ocasio-cortez-climate-world-ending-12-years-dry-humor/

    Sportsbet …

    Labor: $1.16
    Coalition: $5.00

    https://promotions.sportsbet.com.au/nsw-politics-betting/?gclid=CjwKCAjw8e7mBRBsEiwAPVxxiK5ZcqaqahWZRKqUf7XVM64txCx-okneLu1zMUGX1VxbZiZrTzl_fhoCEYEQAvD_BwE

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      OriginalSteve

      As it stands now, the main difference between the globalist controlled Libs and labor , is that under Libs, bad stuff will just happen slower…..

      From what I can see, the number of independents running is a direct correlation to how the average voter thinks that the 2 main “control the punters options” parties have ignored them.

      And to be honest,t hey are probably right. Mind you, there are some real “out there” minor parties.

      having said that, the green parties would have to be some of the most extreme, but seem to have this weird “respectability” because environment….or something…..

      That said, most young things ( 18-30 ) who vote for greenist nonsense haven’t really seen real life, and know little of the deception the eco-loons have been pedalling….its all just greenist pixie dust and group hugs and “real”…..

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    OriginalSteve

    The only way to get rid of ( Socialism masquerading as environmentalism) is to crush it.

    Democracy cannot coexist with Communism.

    Communists are very clear that they want to destroy the middle class and remove all private property rights.

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    Luiz Antonio Valbusa

    proud to be Brazilian in this moment!!!

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    David Maddison

    I think Australians have been too dumbed down and lack the critical thinking skills to recognise that there is no Anthropogenic Global Warming. The primary concern of the voting majority lies with beer and football and not much else.

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      Another Ian

      David

      This might help

      “Current Apocalypse Forecast”

      https://realclimatescience.com/2019/05/current-apocalypse-forecast/

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      GD

      Australians have been too dumbed down and lack the critical thinking skills to recognise that there is no Anthropogenic Global Warming

      I reckon most Australians associate AGW or climate change with smog in cities, plastic in the oceans, and dirty soot.

      Of course, they reckon, we have to fight climate change.

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        Dennis

        A few days ago a young electrician contractor doing some work for me was discussing air conditioning and I commented that heating will in the not too distant future be a more important function than cooling. He responded that he did not agree because there can be no doubt that every year becomes hotter than the previous year.

        Too many people are influenced by the media weather reports and accept without another thought.

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          theRealUniverse

          People just dont have time to stop and think Yes, just accept the media crap dished out everyday. Thats how these (green fascists) get away with it. They know 99% wont take any notice until they have total control.

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          Mark D.

          I’d be concerned that your contractor was not bright enough to be doing his job reliably. In fact that is what I would have questioned immediately upon hearing his comment. To the point of demanding compensation for having to hire a competent contractor to check is work.

          It is time we commence monetizing stupid pro AGW thought.

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    RobK

    Off topic and appologies if previously posted….
    The two part der Spegiel on Germany’s energy issues.
    Well worth a read. Part 1: German Failure on the Road to a Renewable Future 
    Then they pedal hard for the future based on a subsidised past of paying wind power for curtailment.

    Part 2: How Germany’s Energiewende Could Work After All

    Articles are too long and varied to justify a short sample. Well worth the read.

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    Gerry, England

    I think this puts President Bolsonaro ahead of the Great Donald in draining the swamp or cutting out the cancer.

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    John F. Hultquist

    If Brazil gets decent government with a growing population [ about 237 million in 2045, versus 32 M for Australia ] , it will become a major economic power. Some current countries are in decline, both population and stature.
    That’s a big if.

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      Another Ian

      It is about a million square km bigger than Australia IIRC.

      But it has a history of giving socialism another try.

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      David Wojick

      It says above that Brazil is already the eighth largest economy in the world, which is pretty major. They probably dominate South America economically. They certainly do in research.

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        TdeF

        Half the economy of South America, half the population and half the land. As big as the US or Australia in land area and with 183 million people, a huge single country, single language, single currency economy. As they move rapidly away from socialism, it will have huge impact on the rest of South America as an economic model. The collapse of Maduro’s military dictatorship would be a new start for South America. It is odd that military dictatorships are presented as ‘right wing’ when they are usually communist or socialist. Either way the rule by the people with guns takes a generation to change, as in Spain and Portugal for most of the 20th century, dooming the countries to poverty and irrelevance economically and opening them up to exploitation by the EU/UN globalists. Venezuela is just the latest disaster.

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          TdeF

          Possibly Trump is showing the world that democracy works economically even in a Presidential system. As opposed to the German/French models where Merkel and Macron and their minions are trampling democracy and anyone who opposes them is labelled a ‘populist’, popular as against a globalist dictator posing as a representative of the people. No one likes Macron. Merkel is on the nose.

          Not since Hitler have so many governments ignored the will of the people. When they seized power, both Hitler and Lenin had under 28% support at elections. Like Maduro, once you controlled the guns and started eliminating your opposition, it was game over.

          So it is now Trump, Bolsano, Orban, Salvini, Trump and even Farage against Maduro, Castro, Merkel, Macron and May. Putin is watching and playing games, but ultimately will work with anyone to make Russia great again.

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            TdeF

            And May will be remembered as the worst prime minister ever, eclipsing Chamberlain in trying to appease the Germans and French and ignoring the clearly expressed will of the people.

            May will not resign and took the job under false pretences given Cameron resigned on his opposition to Brexit. She is a disgrace and clearly working with openly anti semite communist Corbyn to frustrate the will of the people. Britain’s own Malcolm Turnbull who tried to stitch everyone up with a secret deal with the Greens only to be outwitted, which was not difficult given his ego and total lack of political nous. By destroying his political base on the expectation of a Green preference deal, Malcolm like May had an unnecessary election and destroyed a vast majority to win by one seat, accidentally.

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              MudCrab

              …eclipsing Chamberlain in trying to appease the Germans and French and ignoring the clearly expressed will of the people.

              Fair suck of the sauce bottle to Chamberlain, in 1938 he managed to enact the clearly expressed will of the people and prevent a war. The UK population did not want to get dragged into a war. The Great War was still a vivid memory and no one wanted to go through that again if they could avoid it.

              Chamberlain in 1938 avoided it and was cheered through the streets.

              Also remember that in 1939 Chamberlain took the UK to war with Germany after Germany clearly demonstrated their leadership was expansionist and couldn’t be trusted. Chamberlain, for all his faults, was not someone to be fooled twice.

              May on the other hand? Well don’t see anyone cheering her through the streets in the near future, unless perhaps if she is taking those streets on a one way trip into exile.

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                Tdef

                You have to allow for what the people were told. Malcolm Turnbull’s great uncle was head of the Labour party in 1932 and visited Adolph. He announced that Mr. Hitler was a humble Christian who had no ambitions. Lloyd George was another. Malcolm Turnbull is equally naive and born into Labor royalty but Australian Labor would not touch him. He has the same flawed judgement and beliefs. He is a rich socialist with ignorant Green beliefs.

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                Tdef

                And May is another well meaning and utterly incompetent dill doing real damage. Chamberlain was very sick as well and died a year later leaving Europe in flames and the British army in mortal peril. Hitler could have been stopped much earlier.

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                PeterW

                You are very generous toward Chambalaib, maybe unreasonably so.

                There is a good argument that he told the people what they wanted to hear, rather than the increasingly obvious truth. He did not avoid a war, he merely postponed it.

                Yes, people feared another Wesen Front, among them was Churchill, called a “warmonger” for arguing that in order to avoid the big war that you fear, it may be necessary fight a smaller war immediately.

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                TdeF

                “Chamberlain in 1938 avoided it and was cheered through the streets.”

                He didn’t avoid it. He made it happen. “Peace in our time” meant he was an idiot or a liar, deceiving both the enemy and his own people. Of course he was cheered. Everyone wanted peace. To do that, you have to be prepared to fight for it. He should have resigned much earlier. May should resign, but there is no way she will.

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              Sceptical Sam

              Malcolm like May had an unnecessary election and destroyed a vast majority to win by one seat, accidentally.

              Not accidentally – but by the good work of the Nationals. The Nationals gained a seat. Turnbull lost 15 of the Liberal’s seats.

              Turnbull was in power courtesy of the Nationals, and hated it.

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        Another Ian

        You need to remember that Brasil pretty well built its communication system since the 1960s. They did it with bitumen roads and diesel trucks. That caught them short in the oil crises as they didn’t have much of their own. Hence their push on fuel alcohol.

        About that time they were selling lpg cylinders and firearms to OZ – buggered if I know what we were selling them. Huge industrial capacity, car plants, aircraft etc.

        Since then they’ve gone deep water oil and hit a motsa – IIRC similar to Venezuela.

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    Mike Reed

    Yes GD I have thought about the issue of what the electorate thinks “pollution “is for some
    time now and I totally agree with your conclusion.What has happened in the course of
    time is that there has been a conflation of real pollution ie particulate matter.nitrous oxide and sulphur dioxide with CO2 because now somehow it is carbon pollution.So ridiculous non scientific
    phrases are now part of the language like” decarbonise the economy “well that’s easily done
    just get everyone to make sure they scrape-the black stuff off their toast every morning.And
    this brain washing is easily carried out by science ignorant journalists of the MSM who like the majority of people have forgotten basic high school science.The problem is compounded by
    “save the planet” politicians (both Labor and Liberal) the vested interests of crony capitalists like
    Uber well off Cannon -Brookes,Alex Turdbull and Simon Homes with Lots of Tennis courts.With
    all this in mind it becomes very easy to to turn innocuous phrases like Paris Agreement and the word Emissions into “really important “ ideas that no one must question at all!! Welll I will -that
    Paris Agreement came out of a Billion dollar plus COP -where private jets and five star hotels and
    restaurants were the order of the day .And Emmissions -emissions of what?? Carbon dioxide
    that absolutely necessary colorless odorless gas by which photosynthesis provides the
    very basis of all life on earth .Yes I find it’s all well organized brain washing with words and
    the psychology of Tribal control of the electorate.
    Cheers Mike Reed

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    Another Ian

    No wonder cagw etc have taken off in Oz.

    I just looked at the sticker on the latest 20 l drum of lighting kerosene. This proclaims that it weighs in the range of

    “16.1 t0 40 kg and is a two person lift

    Incidently it only has a :o ne person handle”

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      Sceptical Sam

      That 20 litre drum of kero only weighs 40 kg when it has to be lifted by a green left socialist snowflake.

      It weigh a mere 16.1 kg when lifted by a farmer’s wife.

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      Andrew McRae

      That doesn’t make sense to me either. 20L of kerosene shouldn’t be much more than 17kg, noticeably less than the 24kg range they quote.
      Does an empty 20L oil drum have 16.1kg of wall material? Surely even thin rolled steel wouldn’t weigh that much?

      Maybe they meant igniting the oil to provide heat and light will lift the spirits of two people? :)

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    OriginalSteve

    It seems the UN is hell bent on ramnimg the Big ( Climate ) Lie down the worlds throat.

    It seems the UN thinks it is the Climatariat “God Father”.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-16/guterres-antonio-un-pacific-meeting-climate-change/11115816

    “It has a unique moral authority to speak out. It’s time for the world to listen.”

    OK – a dangerous point right here – “Moral authority” implies Leadership, but worse than that – a social/religious leadership and being “right”.

    Um…no. Who died and made the UN king? Its the emporer that has no clothes….

    Could it be the UN is dropping all pretenses of being peaceful, and now aggressively pursuing imposition of global socialism under the guise of eco-lunacy….

    Does this means that effectively, UN “peacekeeping troops” are now climate storm troopers….? After all, they mistakenly think they have the moral “right” to do so….right?

    Scary stuff.

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    PeterS

    In actual fact most countries weren’t part of the so called Green agenda in the first place. For starters hundreds are still being built all over the world. For some sick reason Australia is going against the main world-wide trend.

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      OriginalSteve

      The NWO sickos try stuff on a small scale first, then roll it out globally.

      Australia = NWO Crash Test Dummy

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        PeterS

        I very much doubt they are that clever. Australians are just too gullible and fall for the stuff too easily. We ought to be better that that but we aren’t. Let’s see what happens this weekend at election time.

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    pat

    immediately before the federal election, theirABC gives the Greens an hour’s free publicity, which will be repeated at 2pm.

    at Festival of Tibet? first words by Brown in intro: “This is a festival of democracy, and people who want more coal mining, & more gas extraction, & more oil, deepsea oil drilling in the Great Barrier Reef, they know who to vote for. all I am saying, & fellow convoyists are saying, is, for goodness sake, do you really want to do this to your kids?”

    AUDIO: 54min06sec: 15 May: ABC Big Ideas: ‘Green nomad’, Bob Brown, in conversation
    Former Australian Greens leader, now ‘green nomad’, Bob Brown, in conversation with Paul Barclay, about why the state of the environment should be our most pressing concern, the role of big money and the Murdoch press in politics, the prospects of Tibetan independence, and his life after leaving parliament.
    Recorded at the Festival of Tibet at the Brisbane Powerhouse on 26 April 2019…
    https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/bob-brown-in-conversation/11101076

    full of attack on the rich who are funding CAGW scepticism, Murdoch. praise for XR, etc.

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    Yonniestone

    If you ever want to get rid of something in a fast and clean fashion you can’t go past Brazilian.

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    A Crooks

    I think you should have said “… and we are heading for Venezuela”
    It is a comment made by several people arriving at our pre-polling station.

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    theRealUniverse

    Trump may sack Bolton! US MSM news.
    “Donald Trump could be considering ousting National Security Adviser John Bolton over displeasure with him pushing for forceful regime changes in Iran, Venezuela, and North Korea, as well as attempting to draw the US into another war, The National Interest reported, citing two anonymous sources. “

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    toorightmate

    Absolutely and totally off topic, but a great joke from Alan Jones today.

    A play about the weather was being rehearsed.
    Five people were dressed as clouds.
    On opening night six people dressed as clouds appeared.
    It must have been overcast.

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    pat

    15 May: Reuters: PG&E lines blamed for deadliest wildfire in California history
    (Adds details from Cal Fire statement, background)
    By Steve Gorman
    State fire investigators have determined that transmission lines owned by Pacific Gas & Electric Co caused the deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record in California, a blaze that killed 85 people last year, officials said on Wednesday…
    The statement gave no details about findings as to precisely how the power lines sparked the flames, or whether investigators determined that PG&E was at fault for lapses in the maintenance of its equipment or vegetation clearance…
    http://news.trust.org//item/20190515204807-bxgfq/

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    pat

    15 May: Accuweather: Rare May storm drenching California with unusually heavy rainfall
    By Renee Duff
    California and surrounding states will be soaked into Thursday by a major storm more typical of the winter months. Many cities could double or triple their normal precipitation for May in the span of a day or two.
    Everything from rain and thunderstorms to wind and mountain snow will make for slower-than-normal travel, ruined outdoor plans and an increased risk of flooding and damage in some communities.
    Rain, thunderstorms to soak San Francisco to San Diego
    “This storm will bring unusually heavy rainfall and a flooding and mudslide threat to parts of California in what is normally a dry month,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jack Boston…

    These amounts of rainfall are extremely out of the ordinary for this time of year. With the exception of far Northern California, average precipitation for May is generally under 0.75 of an inch across the state…
    The timing of the rain can lead to a nightmare Thursday morning commute in Southern California.
    People living near larger burn scars and low-lying flood prone areas along creeks and streams should closely monitor water levels and follow any evacuation notices that may be issued…

    Enough cold air will plunge in with the storm for heavy snow to pile up across the high-country of the Sierra, including I-80′s Donner Pass.
    Snow levels will lower to 5,000-6,000 feet by Thursday night, according to Boston…
    “The amazing thing is that there still may be more opportunities for rain behind this storm,” Thompson said.
    Yet another storm is expected to move in this weekend, followed by a third early next week…
    https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/california-to-get-hit-with-rare-may-rainstorm-through-thursday/70008278

    wonder how the following is faring:

    1 Jun 2018: LA Times: California will have water consumption limits for the first time after ‘landmark’ legislation passed
    By Alejandra Reyes-Velarde
    For the first time in the state’s history, California is setting permanent water-consumption goals to prepare for future droughts and climate change, with a local elected official involved in the historic move…
    The laws will go into effect in January…
    “A lot of us have taken water for granted, but it’s not something we can take for granted in Southern California,” Friedman said. “Climate change, drought — we need to make sure it doesn’t impact life and safety and the economic future of our state.”

    Together, the two bills establish an indoor, per-person water use goal of 55 gallons per day until 2025. The limit decreases to 52.5 gallons until 2030 and 50 gallons beginning in 2030…
    https://www.latimes.com/socal/glendale-news-press/news/tn-gnp-me-water-efficiency-bill-20180601-story.html

    15 May: American Thinker: California monster El Niño storm to bring up to three feet of snow
    By Chriss Street
    California is being targeted by a monster El Niño storm that will bring seven days of torrential rain and up to three feet of mountain snow and may cause an Oroville Dam overflow…

    The surprise storm train, coming as all four Northern California reservoirs along the Sierras are already filled to 94 percent of capacity, will require opening their spillway gates, potentially flooding valley croplands and large population centers downstream…

    The California Department of Water Resources announced (LINK) that the water level at the 899-foot Oroville Dam is at 890 feet, just nine feet from overflowing. A $1.1-billion rebuild of the main spillway that washed away in an El Niño downpour February 2017 and almost caused the catastrophic collapse of America’s tallest earthen dam is still not completed…
    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/05/california_monster_el_nio_storm_to_bring_up_to_three_feet_of_snow.html

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      Greg in NZ

      One foot, two feet, three feet, four; five feet, six feet, seven feet, more…

      https://www.snow-forecast.com/overviews/picks

      Existing snow base(s) around the planet this week: Fonna Glacier 8 metres (Norway), Gassan Glacier 7 metres (Japan), Engelberg 6 metres (Switzerland), Hintertux 5 metres (Austria), Squaw Valley 4 metres (California), Mammoth Mountain 3 metres (California), Breckenridge 2 metres (Colorado). The Endless Winter redux?

      With freezing snow falling in copious amounts in both hemispheres all at the same time, it’s no wonder Cuckoo Juju Worriers are flailing and squawking and running around in circles like headless chooks. A moral right? Nah, Control+Left.

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        theRealUniverse

        AND
        Over 2 1/2 feet of snow possible for Yosemite – in mid May!
        Winter (as in WINTER) storm warning. Thirty-three inches (84 cm) of snow possible.

        I went there in May 1995, lovely place dint see any snow. There was some late snow up at Whitney portal (12000′), other side of the Sierras from there.

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        Kinky Keith

        One foot, two feet, three feet, four;

        Daylight come and he wan go home!

        Are we starting to see the light.

        KK

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          Greg in NZ

          ‘Are we starting to see the light’? No way, not in this far-flung back-to-front upside-down shaky little colonial outpost where angry children in the pay of [insert favourite dubious character here * ] twist the arms – and ears – of adults, throwing tantrums and shrieking until they get their way:

          https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/389338/canterbury-and-nelson-councils-declare-climate-emergencies

          “This morning’s vote followed lobbying from the environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion [spit!]… Councillor Lan Pham said she hoped it had a snowball effect and inspired other organisations around the country”. Bold mine.

          Guess ‘irony’ would be lost on some of these councillors, and kid-goons, yet on the very same day they put their signatures to an aspirational imaginary we all gonna burn or drown or sumpthink ‘emergency’ non-binding pledge, a southerly roared through, the temperature plunged, and down came the snow –

          https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/112785562/snow-flurries-in-dunedin-as-temperatures-plummet

          Who said the Earth doesn’t have a sense of humour…

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    Greg in NZ

    But but but we’ve only got 12 years left! Watched The Great Global Warming Swindle last night, that wonderful 2007 documentary about scientists who not only do not believe (the hype), they conclusively show the opposite has been happening. But wait a minute… that doco was released in 2007… 12 years ago… :-)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYhCQv5tNsQ

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      theRealUniverse

      So if the temps DROP, in 12 years, by their fake predicted temp rise, then what are THEY going to say. I know what WE will say, I told you so!

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    David Maddison

    I am renovating my house and as far as heating and cooling is concerned I am more focused on heating than cooling given that the world is cooling.

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      RickWill

      The common factor for both heating and cooling is insulation and ability to control it.

      For heating, let the sun in when it is cold and prevent the stored heat from leaking out when it is cold.

      For cooling, let the heat out when it is cooler outside than in and prevent the heat from coming in when it is warm outside.

      A well insulated house with control over light and airflow can eliminate direct heating and cooling costs in some locations in Australia.

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    pat

    premium article – behind paywall:

    14 May: HeraldScotland: We must face up to the fact that capitalism is killing our planet
    by Neil Mackay, writer at large
    THERE is one thing certain in our age of uncertainty: capitalism in its current form cannot continue. It’s eating the planet. Climate change cannot be solved without tackling the inherent problems in this late-stage malignant form of capitalism that has marked the last 40 years of history.
    This is not a manifesto for Marxism – human beings need to trade, sell their labour, and accumulate wealth and property…
    But the current form of capitalism which holds sway over human affairs has nothing to do with trade or entrepreneurialism, and everything to do with rampant greed and institutionalised inequality. Unbridled mass consumption and the almost suicidal glee with which industries from fashion to farming trash the planet will be our undoing…
    READ COMMENTS
    https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17637567.we-must-face-up-to-the-fact-that-capitalism-is-killing-our-planet/

    7 TIME OF HIS MAIN TWITTER PAGE, WRITER NEIL MACKAY HAS THE ***FOLLOWING HEADLINE FOR THE ABOVE:

    TWEET: Neil Mackay, Journalist, author, filmmaker. Writes stuff, says stuff. Literary agent: Tom Witcomb at Blake Friedmann. Columnist of the Year. Writer at Large @heraldscotland
    One thing’s sure and nothing’s surer, the rich get rich and the poor get poorer
    My column today on why capitalism must be reformed
    LINK HERALD: ***CAPITALISM CAN BE TAMED – AND GREEN ECONOMICS OFFER PROSPERITY FOR ALL
    14 May 2019
    https://twitter.com/NeilMackay

    PERHAPS MACKAY’S HEADLINE COMPETED WITH THIS ONE:

    15 May: HeraldScotland: ScottishPower chief executive: ‘The world is changing and we can share in renewables’
    By David Leask, Chief Reporter
    HE is the boss of a multi-billion-pound multinational and he is praising street protesters.
    Keith Anderson, chief executive of energy giant ScottishPower, cannot speak highly enough of the young people who have taken to the streets to demand urgent action on climate change.
    “It is brilliant to see, so encouraging” he says from his new glass and steel Clydeside HQ. “I think it is phenomenally positive that so many youngsters are standing up and saying ‘you know, this is MY future. And I should have a say’.”

    They are Mr Anderson’s future customers, consumers ready to make big changes in how they live, in how they power their lives. The power executive is underlining a new alliance forming in the face of the climate emergency, between campaigners and capital. There is money to be made in saving the planet, lots of it…
    https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17639576.the-world-is-changing-and-we-can-share-in-renewables/

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      pat

      it’s never enough – just ask XR – Scotsman does – why?

      Updated 15 May: Scotsman: Scottish minister demands ‘national endeavour’ on climate crisis
      By Gina Davidson
      Scots have been urged to tackle climate change as a “shared national endeavour” as the Scottish Government announced a green summit with businesses and a sweeping review of all policies.
      Environment secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, said that responding to the climate emergency “must be hardwired into our national psyche” as the issue was “not just about government action”…

      However, despite her pledge that climate change would “be at the core of our next Programme for Government and Spending Review”, the Scottish Greens said they would refuse to back future government budgets if financial decisions were not focused on the environment.

      Campaign group Extinction Rebellion Scotland, also denounced the statement as “rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic”, and demanded the zero emissions targets to be brought forward to 2025…
      A statement from Extinction Rebellion Scotland dismissed Ms Cunningham as announcing nothing more than “more consultations, summits and goals. An emergency requires an emergency response and this doesn’t even come close.”

      Earlier in the day MSPs on the environment committee had heard from members of the Committee of Climate Change who said the 2045 target for Scotland was the “most ambitious in the world.”…
      https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/scottish-minister-demands-national-endeavour-on-climate-crisis-1-4927068

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        15 May: UK Telegraph: Glasgow and Edinburgh race to become first major UK city to reach ‘net zero’
        By LaToya Harding
        Edinburgh council leader Adam McVey said: “Cities and towns all over the world are recognising the horrifying scale of the climate change challenge facing us all. We have to act and act fast – and that is why this council and indeed the Scottish Government are not shying away from recognising the state of affairs as a climate emergency.”…
        https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2019/05/14/glasgow-become-first-major-uk-city-reach-net-zero/

        15 May: BBC: Glasgow and Edinburgh fight to become the UK’s first ‘net-zero’ city
        Both bids exceed the Scotland-wide 2045 ambition announced by the Scottish government earlier this month.
        Glasgow’s plans include mass charging points for electric vehicles…
        Scottish Power said renewable energy capacity had to quadruple and electricity generation needed to double before Scotland could meet the target.
        https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-48269986

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    Ruairi

    For alarmists, their climate-change dreams,
    In Brazil, come apart at the seams,
    Who no longer can fool,
    The powers that rule,
    To indulge their outlandish schemes.

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    pat

    behind paywall:

    15 May: UK Times: Electricity imports at record high as new link allows cheaper deal
    by Emily Gosden
    Britain is importing a tenth of its electricity needs for the first time on record after the start of a new subsea power link with Belgium.
    The Nemo link, which runs from Richborough in Kent to Zeebrugge and which started operating at the end of January, has increased the capacity of Britain’s electricity connections with mainland Europe by a third.

    Imports hit record highs in February and March as traders used the new interconnector as well as existing links with France and the Netherlands to buy cheap electricity from the Continent, analysis by Imperial College London for ***Drax’s Electric Insights report found…

    The government and Ofgem, the energy regulator, have backed plans by National Grid and others to build a series of new links to other countries to bolster interconnection. A link to Norway and a second link to France are under construction, while National Grid has said that it will press ahead with building a new link to Denmark.
    Such connections are regarded as increasingly important as Britain shifts to more intermittent renewable electricity sources such as wind and solar farms…
    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/02c7fb74-768c-11e9-9a94-9c1516913bdb

    ***Drax Electric Insights
    Take a closer look at the supply, demand, price and environmental impact of Britain’s electricity.
    Thursday May 16 2019 12:30–13:00
    CHECK THE CHART
    LINKS: Explore the data, Read the Report
    https://electricinsights.co.uk/#/homepage?_k=0drh7a

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    15 May: HeraldScotland: Campaign calls for oil workers to switch to green jobs
    By Lizzie Roberts
    Drilling in the North Sea must end and the highly skilled workers in the industry moved into the clean energy sector if the UK is to reach its climate commitments, a new report has warned.
    According to the report, the Government should end licensing for new oil and gas fields as it could quadruple the nation’s carbon emissions

    The ***Friends of the Earth research claims that the UK’s 5.7 billion barrels of hydrocarbons in already operating fields will exceed the nation’s share in relation to the 2015 Paris Climate goals…
    https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17639887.campaign-calls-for-oil-workers-to-switch-to-green-jobs/

    15 May: BBC: Climate Change: Squeezing North Sea dry will harm Paris targets
    By Kevin Keane, BBC Scotland’s environment correspondent
    Extracting all remaining oil and gas reserves would see the UK miss its climate change commitments, Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES) has claimed…
    The environmental campaign group wants governments to stop issuing licences for new oil fields and revoke permits for undeveloped ones.
    In a report, called Sea Change, it also calls for a rapid phase-out of subsidies and tax breaks for exploration, and suggests that jobs created in clean energy industries could be three times the number lost in oil and gas…

    Mary Church, FoES’s head of campaigns, told BBC Scotland: “Climate science is clear that we urgently need to phase out fossil fuels, yet the government and big oil companies are doing everything they can to squeeze every last drop out of the North Sea.
    “To tackle the climate emergency head-on we must ban oil and gas exploration now, and redirect the vast subsidies propping up fossil fuel extraction towards creating decent jobs in a clean energy economy.
    “Real climate leadership means making tough decisions now that put us on a path to a climate safe future. A just transition for workers and communities currently dependent on high carbon industries is an essential part of that.”
    The report was written for FoES by Oil Change International, an organisation which advocates a move away from fossil fuels…

    Industry body Oil and Gas UK estimates that there are 10-20 billion barrels of oil still to be recovered from UK waters, about three quarters of which have not be drilled or even discovered…READ ON
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-48274440

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      pat

      ***spruiking for RE:

      15 May: Infosurhoy: Campaign asks oil workers to move to green jobs
      By Denis Bedoya
      Scotland leads way with green industrial revolution
      But the industry and Government aim to extract a further 20 billion barrels and opening new sites would nearly quadruple the emissions, the report argued…
      The UK Government plans to complete its 31st licensing round and launch the 32nd this year, in what the report authors say is an effort to encourage more exploration…

      ***Clean energy investment in the UK fell from £20bn in 2015 to £7.7bn in 2017 and 2018, the report added, citing Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
      In 2015 the Government took a series of actions which were seen to damage the sector, such as ending the Renewables Obligation to onshore wind one year earlier than was planned, and removing the Climate Change Levy exemption for renewables.
      The report authors argued: “There is no shortage of available capital to invest in expanding renewables; the problem is that it is being invested elsewhere. Policies that make oil and gas investment more attractive conversely make renewable energy investment relatively less attractive.”…

      The human impact from the phase-out of the oil and gas industry in Scotland is also a significant focus of the Sea Change report with particular emphasis on the devastating effects in Aberdeen and the north-east where the jobs market is dominated by the North Sea.
      It is estimated there will be around 100,000 oil and gas jobs in the UK by 2020 and many of these can transfer their skills into the renewable industry.
      It argued: “The cost and uncertainty created by the need for an energy transition should not be borne by the workers in affected industries…
      https://infosurhoy.com/cocoon/saii/xhtml/en_GB/news-summary/campaign-asks-oil-workers-to-move-to-green-jobs/

      15 May: OilChangeInternational: Sea Change: Climate Emergency, Jobs and Managing the Phase-Out of UK Oil and Gas Extraction
      Published by Oil Change International, Platform and Friends of the Earth Scotland.
      Endorsed by Common Weal, Friends of the Earth (England, Wales & Northern Ireland), Global Witness and Greener Jobs Alliance
      (LINK) DOWNLOAD REPORT
      http://priceofoil.org/2019/05/15/sea-change-report/

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      theRealUniverse

      What these morons dont understand is that oil isnt just fuel for SUVs, and AIRCRAFT, its ALL products that are made from byproducts they will not have. Including medicines, plastics, (well they are just BAD useful), cosmetics, hundreds of other things THEY cant do without. SO no oil will mean we have to fly by dirigibles? with sky paddles..

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    Maptram

    Good of the authors to provide us with a means of quantifying the effects of the various activities CO2 emissions, that is how much sea ice will melt.

    For example, take the Tasmanian wind farm that was the subject of an ABC report a few weeks ago, link repeated here

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-04-08/beef-farmers-tasmania-wind-farm-dreams-reality/10976378.

    The wind farm will be comprised of 31 wind turbines. Each wind turbine sits on a 700 cubic metre block of concrete. A tonne of cement emits a tonne of CO2. A cubic metre of concrete weighs 1 tonne, and based on the ratio of 3:2:1, the 1 being cement, there is 117 tonnes tonnes of cement in each wind turbine block and for each tonne of cement produced, 1 tonne of CO2 is emitted, so 117 tonnes of CO2 are emitted for each turbine. So for the 31 turbines, about 3616 tonnes of CO2 are emitted. From the information provided, the Tasmanian wind farm construction will cause 10850 square metres of sea ice to melt.

    I think a few weeks ago someone said that there are about 3000 wind turbines in Australia. If each one sits on a 700 cubic metre block of cement, that’s just over 1 million square metres of sea ice gone.

    This does not take into account any CO2 produced in the production of components, land clearing, installation or shipping and transport, or the CO2 that can no longer be processed by plants removed from the site.

    Some would argue that concrete absorbs CO2 during curing, but that’s over decades, whereas CO2 is produced when the cement is produced.

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      theRealUniverse

      ‘..that is how much sea ice will melt..’ Which if it did occur NO rise can happen. Melting ice cannot raise water level as it is already floating.
      Of course ALL this is based on FAKE science, so its the fakers leading the fakers.
      Anyway, what a total waste of good concrete!

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    Doonhamer

    Not a Brazil but then?

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    mmxx

    Global warmist zealots only surface in summer.

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    eliza

    Happy to live beside Brazil in Paraguay. No one believes in the climate BS here either. LOL

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    rebecca smith

    Where are all your female fans, Joanne? Seem to be very thin on the ground. Looking forward to see what teeth gnashing and bile you come out with come Sunday. Ha!

    [PS: In case you didn't notice, you're repeating yourself.] AZ

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      Great question Rebecca, one I answered ten years ago.

      Why don’t women want to face global bullies? I can’t imagine…

      In a climate of smug aggression, hazing, namecalling, and insults, is it any wonder that thousands of female skeptics keep their opinions to themselves? Of course, I’m sure you are above trashy baiting and smug bullying that keeps women silent …

      You’re just here out of intellectual curiosity right, not petty point scoring?

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      Kinky Keith

      Feel the anger.

      See Becky make another green, emotive, science free attack on a blog which has covered pretty much every aspect of the Global Warming Scam and found the truth.

      Sadly Becky wouldn’t recognise the truth because her vision of the world is filtered by her friends who insist that the Global Warming Scam is real and it’s definitely not about the money.

      You can take that to the bank of Climate Science.

      KK

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      AndyG55

      Dear Rebecca,

      You and your friends are welcome to drop by for some rational scientific discussion.

      Regards,

      lol

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      el gordo

      Not many females attend because its science, do the rounds at wuwt or Climate Etc and you’ll see the same anomaly.

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      Mark D.

      SEXIST!

      SO behind the times!

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      theRealUniverse

      AND you, Rebecca can stick your green – labor Shortenistas where its dark!

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      Kinky Keith

      Becky, this is one woman’s comment long ago:

      MaryFJohnston
      September 11, 2011 at 8:09 am
      On the other thread the comment was made that :

      “”The models are more accurate when accounting for the known radiative force of GHGs.””

      I totally agree with that comment by Blimey.

      This is because any model is going to give better results when more real time factors are included.

      There are many factors in Global Warming Science and each factor has its own range of error which leads to a need for the use of a Modeling Technique known as the black box.

      This involves isolating many smaller or less relevant effects to a black box, which is effectively a collection of effects whose sum will be an unknown but constant value during experimental measurements but which is always acknowledged as a controlled series of variables.

      The effects under investigation are then varied or data collected from nature is examined and useable results can be obtained for very complex systems with this method.

      There are limits to this technique however and Climate Scientists have developed a new technique to replace the black box. The primary problem with this is that the model and reality can give correlations which are extremely high and this is not useful in Climate Science so additional techniques are required in that field.

      Climate Scientists have made use of a small lidded cardboard box whose dimensions are approx 450mm by 350mm by 400 mm which has the colour of a standard manilla folder, a dull yellow/brown.

      During all Climate Science work all small or even inconvenient effects, such as water vapour being the primary “GHG”, which would normally go to the black box, are placed in this receptacle.

      For security reasons mainly to do with funding,it is cleared daily; the contents reduced by vacuum packing and posted to the IPCC head office at the UN Building in New York.

      Here they are carefully locked in a safe where neither real scientist or the public can get at them.

      The resulting Climate Modeling done for the CAGW proponents can then be used for the true purpose for which it was intended; to deceive the public and give politicians something else to whip us with.

      I hope this clears up some of the Scientific issues surrounding Climate Science, which is not really a science but a politically useful amalgam of law, politics and philosophy.

      http://joannenova.com.au/2011/09/is-another-big-la-nina-on-the-way/#comment-498542

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      Roy Hogue

      Rebecca,

      You imply that the number of women commenting should roughly equal the number of men. Why is that important? You must have some reason and I’d like to find out what it is. And I’d certainly rather have your opinion to read than your snide put-down.

      Since I don’t live in Australia I can only go by what I read and hear from fiends in Oz about what the election will mean. And I don’t think it’s going t be a matter for you to gloat over when the votes are all counted. People are likely to be hurt rather badly. Is that a good thing to you? Are you really that shallow a person? So far it looks like you are.

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      Greebo

      It’s Sunday, Bec. Tee hee.

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    pat

    wrong again, so we’ll add a new dimension:

    16 May: ClimateChangeNews: Lake Chad not shrinking, but climate is fuelling terror groups: report
    Satellite analysis shows ‘vanishing’ lake has grown since 1990s, but climate instability is driving communities into the arms of Boko Haram and Islamic State
    By Natalie Sauer
    Climate change is aggravating conflict around Lake Chad, but not in the way experts once thought, according to new research (LINK).

    Berlin-based think tank adelphi debunked the widely held idea that the lake is currently shrinking. While severe droughts in the 1970s and 80s shrunk the lake from a high-point of 25,000 sq km to 2,000 sq km in the 1990s, it has since grown to 14,000 sq km and remained relatively stable in the past two decades.
    The findings draw on new analysis of 20 years of satellite imagery and long-term hydrological data from the Lake Chad basin, including ground measurements.
    Previous satellite images underestimated the amount of water in the lake, in part because of the growth of plants that stood in the water, lead author Janani Vivekananda told Climate Home News…

    The conflict and humanitarian crisis driven by the “shrinking” lake is often cited as a textbook example of climate change affecting security…READ ON
    https://www.climatechangenews.com/2019/05/16/lake-chad-not-shrinking-climate-fuelling-terror-groups-report/

    15 May: AP: UN leader travels to Pacific to see climate change firsthand
    Guterres said. “Here in the Pacific, sea-level rise in some countries is four times greater than the global average and is an existential threat to some island states.”…
    https://www.apnews.com/ad6eb81656564d92add64474e6a44072

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      pat

      totally deceptive coverage – no mention about the Lake Chad story having been wrong:

      16 May: ThomsonReutersFoundation: Climate change pushes farmers to ‘tipping point’ in Lake Chad crisis
      by Nellie Peyton
      Climate change must be addressed to tackle conflict around Lake Chad, researchers said on Wednesday, as increasingly extreme weather has pushed poor farmers and fishermen to take up arms…
      Irregular rains and rising temperatures have spurred on the conflict by causing food shortages and frustration, while fighting has made it harder for people to cope with these natural changes, said a report by German think-tank adelphi.
      “People tend to think that you deal with the immediate humanitarian issues, then think about climate after,” lead author Janani Vivekananda told the Thomson Reuters Foundation…
      The lake shrunk by about 90 percent due to severe droughts from the 1960s to the 1980s, causing competition over resources that is another factor in the conflict today, she said…

      But others warned against emphasizing climate change over politics.
      “Focusing on natural factors is very convenient,” said Vincent Foucher, an expert on Boko Haram at the French National Centre for Scientific Research.
      “I’m a bit worried that it takes people’s eyes away from the responsibility of the army and the state,” he said.
      http://news.trust.org/item/20190515174236-28kl1

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    pat

    no hint in The Guardian as to what this would cost taxpayers – sounds familiar!

    16 May: Guardian: Labour reveals plans to fit solar panels to 1.75m homes
    Jeremy Corbyn to make pledge as part of party’s ‘green industrial revolution’
    by Peter Walker
    Labour have announced plans to fit solar panels to 1.75m homes lived in by socially housed or low-income households as part of its promised “green industrial revolution” to try to combat climate change and boost jobs.
    The programme is due to be announced by Jeremy Corbyn and the shadow business secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey, at an event in Yorkshire on Thursday.
    It would involve solar panels being fitted to a million social homes as part of scheduled updates to social housing…

    The party estimated the policy would create 16,900 jobs and save 7.1m tonnes of CO2 a year, equivalent to taking 4m cars off the roads…
    He claimed Labour’s green industrial revolution “will benefit working-class people with cheaper energy bills, more rewarding well-paid jobs and new industries to revive the parts of our country that have been held back for far too long”.

    Corbyn added: “By focusing on low-income households we will reduce fuel poverty and increase support for renewable energy. Social justice and climate justice as one.”…
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/15/labour-reveals-plans-to-fit-solar-panels-to-175m-homes

    behind paywall – so there is a cost, even tho Times says “Labor to GIVE”:

    16 May: UK Times: Labour to give 1m homes solar panels
    by Emily Gosden
    Labour has pledged to install solar panels on the rooftops of a million social and low-income homes in a £2 billion programme to tackle climate change and fuel poverty.
    A government led by Jeremy Corbyn would also offer a £350 million package of loans and grants to help a further 750,000 households to install solar panels, under plans for a “green industrial revolution” unveiled today.
    The plans came as Labour faced continued criticism from business groups over its plans to renationalise the £64 billion power and gas transmission and distribution networks.

    The CBI, the employers organisation, said the plans were already “hitting the pockets of nearly six million ***pensioners” with shares in the networks and could herald a return to “frequent power cuts that were a feature of nationalised industries of yesteryear”…
    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/labour-to-give-1m-homes-solar-power-v3lhjcvgj

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    15 May: BBC: Climate change: Bafta calls for more environment plot lines on TV
    By Laura Foster and Yaroslav Lukov
    Television shows should have more plot lines and references to climate change to help tackle the issue, according to Bafta.
    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts says TV can help change people’s attitudes towards the planet.
    It cites successes from previous initiatives based around health and social issues.

    The call to action comes after Bafta analysed a year’s worth of subtitles from 40 TV channels.
    It found that references to climate change lagged far behind such terms as “beer” or “sex”…

    In its “Subtitles to Save the World” report (LINK), the academy analysed 128,719 non-news programmes from across the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky between September 2017 and September 2018…READ ON
    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48269930

    16 May: Daily Mail: ‘Give us climate change on TV’: BAFTA bosses call for green issues to be mentioned more during TV shows as it emerges words like ‘rhubarb’ appear more in onscreen speech
    •Analysis found ‘dogs’, ‘sex’ and ‘Brexit’ were used far more than ‘climate’ on TV
    •Charity said it shows green issues are not ‘integrated into programming’ enough
    •’Climate change’ was mentioned just 3,125 times, equal to ‘zombie’ and ‘goldfish’
    by Susie Coen
    PIC: While ‘drugs’ (48,999), ‘football’ (63,359), ‘Queen’ (45,501) and ***Trump (38,825), pictured above, attracted plenty of mentions, ‘solar power’ was used just 193 times, ‘wind power’ 180 times and ‘clean energy’ just 136 times…
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7034703/Give-climate-change-TV-BAFTA-bosses-call-green-issues-mentioned-TV-shows.html

    ***WHAT’S FRIGHTENING IS MOST OF THE TRUMP MENTIONS WERE CONSPIRACY THEORIES ABOUT RUSSIAN COLLUSION!

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    PeterS

    Does Australia deserve to be saved?
    I believe it does but I wonder if most Australians believe it as well.

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    pat

    lol:

    16 May: Reuters: Presidential hopeful Warren unveils bill to protect U.S. military from climate change
    by Timothy Gardner
    Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren said on Wednesday she is introducing a bill to toughen the U.S. military against future climate change damage and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions at certain bases in a little over 10 years…
    Warren’s proposed legislation, called the Defense Climate Resiliency and Readiness Act, pushes the Pentagon, the world’s largest institutional consumer of energy, to achieve net zero carbon emissions for all its non-combat bases and infrastructure by 2030. The goal could be met by cutting greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide 100% or by offsetting them with investments in projects such as clean energy…

    While the U.S. military has warned that climate change is a threat multiplier that can damage bases and increase global competition for natural resources, the Trump administration has considered forming a panel to question the science used in those assessments…
    (The bill) would funnel billions of dollars into a Defense Department 10-year research and development program on microgrids and advanced energy storage…
    The bill would ask contractors that have not achieved net zero carbon emissions to pay 1% of the value of contracts to fund investments in military infrastructure to make it more resilient against climate change, Warren said…
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climate-warren/presidential-hopeful-warren-unveils-bill-to-protect-u-s-military-from-climate-change-idUSKCN1SL2CR

    will leave out the obligatory follow-up about believing the climate changes (no manmade mention):

    16 May: Reuters: Trump Interior chief not losing sleep over record CO2 levels
    by Nichola Groom
    U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told a panel of U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday that he has not lost sleep over record amounts of carbon dioxide recorded in the Earth’s atmosphere, which scientists warn are altering the global climate.
    “I haven’t lost any sleep over it,” he told the House Committee on Natural Resources, after Democratic Representative Matt Cartwright asked him to rate his level of concern regarding CO2 levels…
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange-bernhardt/trump-interior-chief-not-losing-sleep-over-record-co2-levels-idUSKCN1SL2MU

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    pat

    lengthy, read all:

    16 May: Daily Mail: No thanks, sunshine! Deep in the heart of Thomas Hardy country, this beauty spot is the latest that is set to be carpeted in solar panels earning thousands for the landowner – but this time, the locals are fighting back
    By Guy Walters
    Here, there is the same network of hedgerows and that rich mass of grass and trees described in Tess. But, tragically, much of this view of Hardy Country could soon be lost for decades.
    For, if a London-based energy corporation has its way, a swathe of the vale will soon be desecrated by nearly 40,000 solar panels, covering a total of 44 acres — the equivalent of 22 football pitches.
    To the consternation of many locals, the panels will not be the only blots on the landscape. The proposed solar farm, which could power more than 4,000 homes, will include 11 buildings, as well as a two metre-high deer fence with CCTV cameras.
    In fact, calling this a solar ‘farm’ seems disingenuous. Such artificial developments should be deemed exactly what they are: solar power stations, or solar factories.

    Though, just because they often look like factories doesn’t make them profitable. Embarrassing figures released this week revealed Britain’s biggest solar farms get more money in taxpayer subsidies than they make from selling the electricity they produce…READ ALL
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7034701/Locals-fight-row-future-Thomas-Hardy-country.html

    madness:

    15 May: Vice: These Climate Change Arguments Need to Die
    Recent climate protests have been met with a wave of dangerous cynicism that needs to be defeated.
    Joe Sandler Clarke, reporter for (Greenpeace) Unearthed
    ***The majority of Brits now believe that climate change could end the human race, according to a poll published (LINK) this month by ComRes…

    But in the British media and our politics, some of the more tedious forms of climate denialism and climate what-aboutery continue to thrive. Here, in no particular order, are the environment arguments we need to get rid of…READ ON
    https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/zmp3me/these-climate-change-arguments-need-to-die

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    pat

    writer’s bio at end of article shows he ha worked with mostly prog left publications such as Slate, In These Times, Chicago’s South Side Weekly. now he’s churning out garbage for FakeNewsNewYorker:

    13 May: New Yorker: A New Generation of Activists Confronts the Extinction Crisis
    By Osita Nwanevu
    It is hard to pinpoint exactly when we all started hearing about the polar bears. There is an important moment in “An Inconvenient Truth,” from 2006, when Al Gore recounts a trip he took to the North Pole with scientists measuring sea ice. “It has diminished by forty per cent in forty years,” he explains. “And there are now two major studies showing that, within the next fifty to seventy years, in summertime it will be completely gone.” A C.G.I.-animated bear appears onscreen, panting and wading through water before reaching a piece of ice that breaks under its paws. “A new scientific study shows that, for the first time, they’re finding polar bears that have actually drowned swimming long distances,” Gore says. “Up to sixty miles to find the ice.”…
    https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/a-new-generation-of-activists-confronts-the-extinction-crisis

    14 May: New Yorker: A Decisive Year for the Sunrise Movement and the Green New Deal
    By Osita Nwanevu
    Over the past month, the Sunrise Movement has held two hundred town-hall meetings, across the country, to promote the Green New Deal, a tour that ended on Monday night, in a packed auditorium at Howard University, in Washington, D.C. About fifteen hundred mostly young students and activists turned up to hear from the Sunrise Movement’s leaders and allies, including Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders, in an event that approached, at times, the fervor of an evangelical revival…
    https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/a-decisive-year-for-the-sunrise-movement-and-the-green-new-deal

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    graham dunton

    could it be said, the UN is getting a dose of the Brazilian wax beetle ?

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    paulo silva

    Look! Despite that the Act of leaving the Paris agreement is scientifically right, Mr. Bolsonaro is nothing but a fake, manipulated ideologically by another Faker, former astrologer, who claims to be a philosopher, and that crap their opinions through the internet. This Brazilian President, delivered the country which governs â people connected directly to banks and destroying everything that is an obstacle to the profit of big business and by extension, to the international financial system. If you really get out of the Paris agreement is because it is submissive to any opinion expressed by the President of the United States, even if it’s a fart noise and nothing else.

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