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The Green Agenda meets The Energy Crisis (just in time for COP 26)

Some great Green plans are starting to come undone and it’s not even winter yet

But it is just in time for a reality check on COP26.

Europe’s energy crunch is continuing, as gas storage volumes have shrunk to 10-year lows. In the UK 12 energy companies have collapsed this year leaving 2.2 million customers stranded without an electricity provider.  Things are so bad the Dutch government is thinking of reopening the Groningen gas field, Europe’s largest onshore gas field. This is a big backward step for the transition to magical energy. “Until recently, the plan was that Groningen would be closed completely by 2023, ending the large-scale gas production and export by the Netherlands with a bang.”

There are even thoughts of switching back to coal. Drax is suddenly talking about keeping some coal plants running a bit longer, something that would have been blasphemy a few months ago.

Across Europe and Asia — the energy crisis runs amok

No one can blame Brexit for food shortages in Brussels:

Empty dairy and fresh meat shelves in Carrefour supermarket,

https://twitter.com/hermannkelly/status/1442901773958582274

But people can blame Green policies for energy pain

Kate Andrews: Britain’s weak energy security puts net zero in doubt
The Daily Telegraph, 29 April 2021

Unlike the unexpected, airborne virus that swept across the world at rapid pace, there is virtually no excuse for the Government not being fully prepared for what we’re experiencing now.

Britons are soon to pay the price. Even in the better-case scenarios, where gas supplies are ramped up and demand from Asian markets (who are paying big bucks to secure first priority) levels out, energy bills are now all but guaranteed to spike in the coming months.

For all the lofty promises made by successive governments to protect consumers from rising costs, it’s now being unveiled – in a financially painful way – just how empty such promises are, in the face of uncontrollable global pressures.

Yes, UK residents will be joining people worldwide paying higher energy prices. But the problem will be especially acute here, where gas reserves are merely several days’ worth, making Britain especially vulnerable in the case of shortages.

The decision not to push on with lower-carbon shale gas alternatives means looming fears of a 1970s-style energy crisis; whereas countries like the US are, for now anyway, fairly confident they can handle the spike.

Perhaps it’s dawning on officials why the Kremlin supported anti-fracking protests in Europe. Undermining the imperfect but far cleaner form of energy through disinformation campaigns wasn’t just about keeping its hold on gas supply (which it’s using to its advantage now, to try to push through Nord Stream 2). It was also a game of stability and security – one which the UK seems to be losing.

Meanwhile the UK Government is thinking of slapping a tax on people using gas to heat their homes in cold weather supposedly to save them from some slightly hotter days in 2095.  As John Constable says at the GWPF, the proposed heating tax to fund Net Zero is a social and political disaster in the making. Let’s take high gas prices and make them even higher?

 

Meanwhile in China two thirds of the nation is rationing power

Right now in China there are reports that in some areas the lifts are not working, heating is off, and traffic lights are out.  Chinese thermal coal futures have more than doubled in price in the past year and there are 242 container ships waiting for a spot to berth in Chinese ports.

China braces for a chilly winter as its home-grown energy crisis intensifies
The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 September 2021

Two-thirds of China’s provinces are now rationing power. Factories have closed or have reduced production. Households are going dark and street lights have been turned off. Demand for candles has soared. The impact on food processors is creating a threat to food security.

Heading into a winter that is typically extremely cold, China is facing threats to its people and its economy …

Nearly 60 per cent of China’s power is generated by coal, with about 90 per cent of that coal sourced domestically.

It was coal that powered China’s remarkable acceleration in economic growth over the past half century, which helped turn it into the world’s manufacturing base and which fuelled the decades-long construction and property booms at the heart of its domestic economy.

There is a supply chain crisis brewing too. Look at all those hockeysticks?

Global supply chains

Global supply chains

To see those graphs up close.

China used to import $14 billion dollars worth of coal from Australia. Then Australia asked for an investigation into the origin of Covid-19 and to show how much it cared about the truth the communist party launched a trade war which left some 70 container ships with 1,400 crew languishing for months off China. There are rumours China may only have a couple of weeks of coal stockpiled. Perhaps the latest Chinese power cuts could force it to import Australian coal again before the winter chill really strikes?

Most importantly, perhaps the energy crisis will outdo all the fake Chinese tales pretending they are cutting emissions suddenly to save the World, while they try to trick the West into sacrificing even more industrial power in Glasgow.

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208 comments to The Green Agenda meets The Energy Crisis (just in time for COP 26)

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    Graham Richards

    Can’t wait to see several Countries come to a grinding halt. Complete with food shortages, chaos in fuel supplies, power outages accompanied by as many violent riots as possible, strikes by essential service’s including police & military!
    Let’s have more than a taste of “zero emissions “ preferably in UK (Scotland in particular), EU ( all 26 states). Shouldn’t take more than a shortage of garlic to set the French off!. This would soon shut the climate morons up & have them running for their lives!

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      ColA

      ALL Australians should only have 1 chant:

      SHOW ME HOW AND HOW MUCH!

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        ColA

        Net zero

        Show me HOW

        Show me HOW MUCH$

        on a tee shirt and bumper stickers?

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        Graham Richards

        No matter how, no matter how much, 80% of the electorate still wouldn’t have a clue or understand
        the enormity of what is being proposed, nor the foresight to see the resulting “train wreck”!

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          Graham Richards

          Next time you’re walking around the capital city in your state look around you at the infrastructure, the transport system the businesses and try to imagine the whole lot being run by wind/solar & batteries. Don’t forget the suburbs & industrial complexes, the mines, the farms, the airports, the ports, the export infrastructure, the military installations. All reliant, dependant on 😂😂😂😂 renewables 😂😂😂😂😂😂

          I’d love to see London’s under ground transport serving millions of people or New York City being run on renewables. All one can do is wonder at the complete insanity of so many world “leaders”. They won’t even consider nuclear energy. I probably won’t be around after 2030!
          Thankfully!! Because life really will not be very pleasant if the loonies get their way!!

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            RexAlan

            I have tried raising your exact same points on many occasions with net zero types but all I get is blank looks and some rubbish about batteries. How on earth can people not see that even with massive amounts of nuclear power net zero is simply not possible

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          TedM

          Correct on all points.

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          ColA

          Agreed Graham,

          We need another reporter like that Sky News bloke who pinned Shortaton when he would not answer how much it would cost. We all have to keep asking how and how much.

          Until Climate change crap came along it was impossible to get things thru the parliament without a fairly detailed

          HOW?

          and and equally detailed

          HOW MUCH?

          We have to keep demanding this, because it sure looks like our illustrious leaders have forgotten the basic principles of good planning – in this instance it is actually ‘Each Way Albo’ who should be making the demand because Scomo, like the rest of them has been grossly short on details.

          PS And the Hydrogen fantasy is totally full of tiny, TINY fairy farts (caused by gross conversion inefficiencies)

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      SimonB

      Combined with labour shortages deliberately enacted by mandatory vaccine demands and US stagflation, the chickens are coming home to roost for marxist idealism.
      One thing’s for sure, the people will suffer and bear the brunt as usual, as the heaters and lights stay on in the halls of power!
      Anyone who thinks this will change a politicians mind to do a 180 has only to look at the covid regulations to know the arrogance of politicians won’t allow their egos to change tack. While they’re enabled by an activist media and useful idiots in bureaucracy, they will destroy economies before they admit climate and covid stupidity has landed us here!
      Build back better?

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        Roger+Knights

        But it will allow closet skeptics to emerge–of whom there are many, I suspect. If this crisis lasts all winter, the greens won’t be able to maintain control of the dialog. I suspect that the greens, if pressed hard, will give ground on the nuclear power issue.

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      Strop

      I appreciate the desire to have the “climate morons” shut up. But hoping for food shortages, fuel supply chaos, and as many violent riots as possible suggests you’re as unreasonable as the climate alarmists you detest.

      That sort of chaos doesn’t just affect the “climate morons”. It also affects millions of people who are already against the foolish rush to save the planet. It’s actually very likely the sort of chaos you hope for is what the climate activists hope for too, as part of their ultimate aim to re-shape society and their hope destroy current western culture and capitalism.

      I just hope many people have their eyes opened to the folly of “green” governments.

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      Tilba+Tilba

      [Snip]AD

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      PeterPetrum

      Ah, Scotland Grahame, last time I was back there about three years ago I was shocked at how my homeland had been desecrated by wind turbines. And my younger brother (a medico) tried to tell me it was a good thing.

      I hope he freezes this winter and I will ring him from sunny NSW and gloat. I know that’s miserable of me but ……

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    Craig

    Theta Gruntburg will soon have her wish….

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    David Maddison

    The Greens must resist all attempts to utilise reliable energy producers. It just prolongs the agony of an energy grid in a state of collapse.

    The energy crisis and the inability to run a modern industrial economy on random energy sources and fairies must be highlighted and the pain must be very great for the Sheeple to wake up and demand traditional forms of reliable energy production.

    Of course, the alternative possibility is that European governments will adopt the Australian way and turn the country into a dictatorship if the people demand something not approved by the Elites.

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      Graeme No.3

      The Greens will resist all attempts to utilise reliable energy producers because they don’t think.
      The real question is will the politicians continue doing so, knowing that they will become very unpopular, and in some volatile places very impermanent? A colder than usual winter will strain public patience no end and we could well see an abrupt change of policy in Europe.

      China is struggling because of increased demand for electricity and lower availability of natural gas. Their own coal mines are shipping more and the plants are burning more (if we can rely on the figures) but it isn’t enough to meet a jump in demand. Australian coal wouldn’t make it through the jammed ports anyway (although the higher quality would boost ouput slightly). Their dictatorial regime will survive but will Xi?

      As for Australia I don’t know; we are coming up to elections (SA & Federal) when traditionally governments stop making changes, but this time they may be forced to do so by public opposition. So far heavy censorship has made the public go along, but the real news is getting out. Few people believe that the vaccines are safe, or that a vacination passport is a good idea and as cases drop with the start of warmer weather the demand for freedom will explode. The holdups in deliver of goods will also provoke resentment and resistance. I would like to think that ScoMo would suddenly take action and crush the little would-be Benito Premiers, but that isn’t possible. Certainly his fantasy of renewables stabilised by gas is going to be very difficult to push, but then he has no real opposition.

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    Robdel

    I would like to see the lights go out right in the middle of cop26

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    Steve of Cornubia

    The UK voters will be coached by the media to blame it all on Boris and then elect an ill-unprepared and deranged Labour government.

    Stupid? Yes. Unlikely? No.

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    Raving

    Don’t let the big Chinese condos freeze. The water pipes will burst

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    dinn, rob

    O/T important
    The Trump-Kissinger Clash on China and how Milley fits in
    https://balance10.blogspot.com/2021/09/the-trump-kissinger-clash-on-china-and.html

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    Neville

    GOSH what a big surprise, NOT.
    Who would’ve thought this could be the result when you rush headlong into the TOXIC S&W fantasy?
    The crazy belief in generating your energy from UNRELIABLE weather DEPENDENT TOXIC S & W must be the most delusional example of GROUP-THINK over the last hundred years?
    The CCP deserves everything that they will reap in the coming winter, but I must admit I feel sorry for the innocent kids and ordinary people involved.
    And ditto for the EU countries etc and silly Boris should pull the PLUG on his delusional COP 26 idiocy and start planning for more reliable GAS and COAL power stns ASAP.

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      Graeme No.3

      The Chinese problem isn’t due to them believing in renewables as they never have.
      But the problems caused in Europe and North America ( crazy Canada and demented USA) are effecting them. Part of the problem is the drop in generation from wind turbines (due to the weather!) and an increase in demand for gas, forcing up the price (and oil & petrol).

      Meanwhile Russia isn’t in the news except that they reduced deliveries of gas to Europe a month or two ago. Did they have production problems or were they building up their domestic reserves? But with the price increase they are getting more money for less, but that is also what people in Europe experience with electricity “more money for less”.

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        Graeme No.3

        And as I have commented elsewhere Derek Birkett in his 2010 book WHEN WILL THE LIGHTS GO OUT? predicted just these problems.

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        Roger+Knights

        I’ve read that a large part of China’s shortages is that it has cracked down on emissions in order to lo good at the latest COP, and that although coal prices are rising the CCP has refused to allow electricity providers to raise their rates, resulting in them rationing power.

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      Bring back tulips as the world’s currency!

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      yarpos

      You can bet that many of the poorer suburbs of Glasgow will be blacked out before the COP delegates venue feels a chill.

      Ironic isn’t it that the Scottish Society of Engineers was one of the few professional bodies to speak up and warn of the over commitment to wind, and here we all are in Glasgow.

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    John Hultquist

    Got popcorn?

    Seriously, now is the time for individuals and agencies to be making plans to help those in danger from the winter cold.
    When next February shows that need, it will be too late.

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    RickWill

    The madness has created an unprecedented boom in Australian commodity prices.

    Exposure to thermal coal price is good and the price is going vertical:
    https://markets.businessinsider.com/commodities/coal-price?op=1

    I understand that Australian LNG has long-term contracts but there would be price fluctuations at the margin. The price is certainly going the right way for Australian exporters:
    https://ycharts.com/indicators/europe_natural_gas_price
    Not quite vertical yet but getting there – and the northern land masses are only just into their annual cooling phase!

    If UK is still able to host COP26, ScoMo needs to get there and give praise to the climate gods. The religion is underpinning enormous demand for Australian commodities with strong price rises benefitting the entire Australian economy:
    https://tradingeconomics.com/australia/current-account

    I am growing confident that I will live to see the demise of weather dependent large scale grid generators. Not so sure about the abandonment of the climate religion. 2020 was the year of maximum ToA sunlight so far this century and there will not be more sunlight until 2030. Also the normal weather oscillations appear to be aligning to continue the cold.

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    Raving

    Insight into India’s slowing energy usage

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-58654740

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    Lawrie

    I was feeling low this morning until I read this Jo. It has made my day. I think we all knew it would take a disaster to firstly wake up the populace and for them to wake up the politicians. We can expect a plethora of statements from the elite blaming everything, except their policies, for the absolute mess they have created. If Morrison has half a brain, which could be in doubt, he will not be going to Glasgow to freeze in the dark. It would be marvelous karma if the green greats found the shop shelves empty and their sheets cold while whinging about the heating world.

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      Ronin

      While Morrison has said he might not go, that treacherous POS Trumbull says he is going.

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        Rowjay

        I cringe at some of the statements of “support” (/s) by the federal berating/white-anting opposition party for the Oz govt during particularly bad times, but the Trumbull self-aggrandising attempt at justification for a clearly superseded deal and attendant character assassinations was a low point in our political history. He is clearly a sore loser.

        Compare his response to Whitlam’s understated dismissal speech in 1975:

        Ladies and gentleman , well may we say God Save the Queen because nothing will save the Governor-General.

        Who was the true leader between the two?

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        William

        That is a nasty thing to say Ronin, calling our former PM a POS. You malign “S” as it can actually have a useful role as fertiliser.

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    TdeF

    “Meanwhile the UK Government is thinking of slapping a tax on people using gas to heat their homes in cold weather supposedly to save them from some slightly hotter days in 2095.”

    Well said. And that’s even assuming anyone is confident about the temperature in 2095 when not a single prediction has been correct in 33 years.

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    Serge Wright

    Now without power and food, the brainwashed Extinction Rebellion zealots won’t be able to rebel for too much longer without an injection of fossil fuels.

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      Serp

      Isn’t XR a product of late stage Cameron tenure at 10 Downing Street and thought up by the nudge unit types which infested his back office? Certainly whereever they go they enjoy hands off treatment from the local authorities as would a protected species of wildlife. Clearly it is part of the establishment but not yet out of the beta testing phase.

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    TdeF

    COP 26 should be fun. It will hopefully be a repeat of the disastrous Copenhagen COP15 in 2009.

    The expected temperature is 3-6C. Sunset at 4.15PM. Cold and very dark at latitude 56 North! The same latitude as Copenhagen and Moscow which will have a balmy 0C maximum.

    Let’s hope they stand in the streets again singing out how they are going to expire from the heat.

    And I would turn the hotel, airport and taxi temperatures down to save gas. Only Global Warming can save us now. And Russian gas.

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    David Maddison

    It’s good they’re doing COP26 now because by 2030 the venue will be underwater….

    https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/7475616/cop26-venue-underwater-climate-change/

    SUBMERGED Glasgow COP26 venue to be underwater by 2030 as sea levels rise due to climate change

    Justin Bowie

    15:58, 29 Jul 2021Updated: 14:19, 30 Jul 2021

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    GLASGOW’S COP26 host venue could be UNDERWATER by 2030 amid rising sea levels due to climate change.

    SEE LINK FOR REST

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    Neville

    I see the Dessler loony is at it AGAIN and is as clueless and irrational as ever.
    And to believe they can model the climate,or weather or temp by 2500 proves that they’re definitely frolicking with their fairies along the yellow brick road.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/09/30/study-climate-models-can-predict-life-in-the-year-2500/

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      TdeF

      Not an actual scientist among them. A nest of Flanneries, a mathematics incompetent who gave expert opinions on nuclear power and hot rocks. “The technology is straightforward”. A man who lives on the banks of the Hunter river after a third of a century predicting rapid and huge sea level rise.

      And what science attempts to predict 500 years into the future when they cannot explain the past? And especially the last 33 years which was the future and is now the past. Completely and predictably wrong. It’s what happens when you give PhDs in tea leaf reading.

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        David+Wojick

        I like to point out that 300 years ago (the predictions used in th “social cost of carbon” models) George Washington was not born yet. Computers do not make us any better able to predict the future than they could. And if the pace of change is increasing we are even less able.

        We are in somebody’s Middle Ages.

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        Lawrie

        The sad and alarming truth is that a: papers print this crap and b: there are many who accept it as a fact. That is the result of teaching at least two generations of what to think rather than how to think. My children, now in their 40s were taught by my example to be sceptical of everything and to do their own research. The fundamental lesson is to accept that what is on TV and in the press is either disinformation or misinformation. It seems to be working as they check what their children are being “taught”.

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      Neville

      Sorry here’s the Dessler story link. I’m trying to read too much too quickly this morning and linked to the wrong article.
      Will have to do better.

      https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/09/30/andrew-dessler-going-downstream-with-climate-alarmism-economics-public-policy-ahead/

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        TdeF

        ” the alternative is an out-of-control climate.”

        So humans control the climates of the world? Who really believes that? Its a form of megalomania.

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          Fran

          Who says humans cannot control the climate? Its just that the really effective methods, like sacrificing a virgin or your best bull, have been forgotten.

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            TdeF

            And where can you find a virgin these days? Like George Burns in his nineties who joked that he was so old, he could remember the time before Doris Day became a virgin.

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          Annie

          We puny humans couldn’t do much to control our relatively minor earthquake last week!

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    Raving

    Better to build more renewable energy farms to offset gas and coal usage. Can never have too many solar farms and windmill fields to cancel the evil fossil fuel barons

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    David Maddison

    What are the arrangements for private jet parking at COP26? I am concerned that the Elites might have had to travel only by First Class on commercial jets.

    The COP websites and related airports normally have info about where to park your private jet but I could find none for COP26 hence I didn’t go. I didn’t want my pilot to fly all the way there only to have no place to park the jet.

    Is there space for parking 1500 private jets like at Davos?

    https://nypost.com/2019/01/23/nearly-1500-private-jets-to-land-at-climate-change-focused-davos-summit/

    Nearly 1,500 private jets to land at climate change-focused Davos summit

    By Quentin Fottrell and Jacob Passy, Marketwatch

    January 23, 2019 | 2:22pm

    As the number of extremely wealthy people worldwide has grown, so too has the market for private flights.

    Despite global warming being one of the major issues discussed at Davos every year, some 1,500 private jets are expected this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, according to an estimate from Air Charter Service, up from 1,300 last year. “We have had bookings from as far as our operations in Hong Kong, India and the US,” Andy Christie, private jets director at ACS, said in a statement. “No other event has the same global appeal.”

    “There appears to be a trend towards larger aircraft, with expensive heavy jets the aircraft of choice,” Christie said. “This is at least in part due to some of the long distances traveled, but also possibly due to business rivals not wanting to be seen to be outdone by one another.” Over the past five years, most private jets have come from or are going to Germany, France, the UK, the US, Russia and the United Arab Emirates, he added.

    SEE LINK FOR REST

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      David+Wojick

      Davos is a conference of the rich. COP26 is a conference and trade show of federal employees, mostly from developing countries looking for big bucks, so probably not many private jets. Some for sure, mostly military for heads of state.

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      David Maddison

      Space for private jet parking was also a problem at the UN Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC) December 3-15, 2007.

      https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/noel-sheppard/2007/11/23/not-enough-parking-private-jets-going-un-climate-conference

      Tempo Interaktif reports that Angkasa Pura – the management of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport are concerned that the large number of additional private charter flights expected in Bali during the UN Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC) December 3-15, 2007, will exceed the carrying capacity of apron areas. To meet the added demand for aircraft storage officials are allocating “parking space” at other airports in Indonesia.

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      yarpos

      Glasgow is blessed with two substantial airports , as I discovered on day when I arrived at one and had booked my hire car pick up at the other.

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        Annie

        We had a hire car with Satnav. Tried to set it to GLA International and it point blank refused to; it wanted us to go to Prestwick! EK fly from GLA so we gave up and relied on a good old-fashioned map. Luckily we had an AA one we’d bought on a previous visit and had taken it with us.

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    el+gordo

    The China energy shortage fiasco illustrates clearly that the supreme leader has double faulted. Even with the power of 50 nuclear reactors there is a strong recognition that coal is still king and he has been caught short.

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    Ronin

    The Green chickens are looking for somewhere to roost, preferably near home, this couldn’t come at a better time, fools signing up for 2050 net zero, COP26 in Glasgow of all places, gas shortages, coal shut down, wind not blowing, bring it on baby.
    How will the new German govt handle the crisis, the last lot started shutting down their nuclear power because an earthquake and subsequent tsunami took out the backup power to Japanese reactors, not even slightly relevant to Germany.

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    Geoffrey+Williams

    These events in Europe re energy supply/availabity, in particular the failure of unreliable wind, have come at a crucial time. With the onset of the Northern Winter it is a wake-up call for all sensible people. But we know that leftist green reality deniers will fight tooth and nail in order to close down world-wide fossel based energy. We will all be loosers. And of course poorer people across the globe have most to lose if these ideologists get their way.
    GeoffW

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    PeterS

    The combination of the CAGW scam and the COVID-19 hysteria and associated vaccination scam are doing an excellent job of taking away more and more of our freedoms. People must be loving it since there as yet hasn’t been much voter backlash, not yet anyway. Time will tell if the people have woken up yet, or will soon do so. The only evidence that would indicate that has or is going to happen is if the people stop voting for the mainstream parties en mass. It’s that simple. Otherwise, we haven’t suffered enough yet and so more damage needs to be done by which time it will be most certainly all over – crash and burn. Although I do believe it’s already too little too late too stop the train wreck from happening, at least the people ought to be waking up by now. Then again I do realise much of the population are brain dead, clueless, don’t give a damn or are in fact in favour of our governments becoming more and more tyrannical. I don’t know the break-up of these groups but combined together it must be representing the vast majority of the population. So, as per usual we get the governments we deserve. So, now deal with! All I can say to all those who still vote for LNP (and ALP for that matter) is suck it up!

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      Neville

      So Peter S please explain to me why you would prefer to vote for Albanese’s ALP instead of Scott Morrison?
      And why would you ignore the guarantee that Labor will jump into bed with the Greens at the first available opportunity.
      Like the Gillard, Bob Brown agreement and of course Albanese like Gillard is on the socialist left side of his party.
      Myself I’ll place the ALP, Greens to the bottom rung, every time.

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      M Allinson

      Any population that votes for safety over freedom deserves their coming status as domesticated cattle, to be used at the farmer’s discretion.

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    graham+dunton

    Dirty politics all around, and far grubbier than Australian coal

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    David Maddison

    Civilisations tend not to collapse due to external forces like enemy attack but from internal enemies. In the case of Western Civilisation we have the Left.

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      M Allinson

      The clearest sign of an approaching civilizational collapse is the phenomena known as “oikophpohbia” – when the ruling elite of a culture begin to loathe and despise their fellow countrymen, especially those seen as “lower” on the socio-economic tables.

      It happened in Ancient Athens and later in Rome – it’s a type of cultural auto-immune disease, leading eventually to cultural apoptosis.

      I could see it approaching thirty years back when the literature and history of our culture came under furious attack from Left.

      Literature and the Arts are like the roots of a tree, and once they are cut it’s only a matter of time till the tree dies.

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        David Maddison

        Well said.

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        David Maddison

        It’s not only the Elites who express loathing of the common folk. It’s also their agents such as police, as anyone could see by the extreme unnecessary violence perpetrated by police against peaceful pro-freedom protesters in Sydney and Melbourne.

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        Hanrahan

        The US is actually reaping what they sowed decades ago. The “elite” there is the ivy league colleges the graduates of which control everything and the hiring of their replacements. They marry their own too.

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    exsteelworker

    Sucked in EU, England, China. Hopefully the nth winter is the coldest on record. That’s the only way to wake up the sheep. Who in Europe thought that handing Vladimir Putin, Dictator for life, the keys to the EUs energy,heating supplies would be a good idea? The EU deserve everything they get, still want to threaten Australia with coal tariffs EU? And as for China, Xi Jinping has to lose face, BIG NO NO in Asian culture, to accept Australian coal again, so it wont happen. But the poor Chinese citizens that haven’t a clue what’s happening in the real world are the ones that are going to freeze to death, Xi Jinping and his cronies wont go without, just like the old USSR goons, plebs lined up 3 hours for a loaf of bread. And to top it off, Germany just voted in a far left government.

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    Ross

    As per RickWill comment at #10, maybe its time for Australia to reap the potential benefits via our coal and gas exports. China appear to do a splendid job of restricting our Barley etc exports to that country when they feel like it. Maybe its time to re-negotiate all those gas supply contracts that were set back under the Howard government? We were effectively almost giving away the stuff anyway. But don’t be too public about it, do it sneakily like the Chinese do. Anyway, my next job for the day – buy more coal shares.

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      Ronin

      We’ve got plenty of of good quality wool as well, time to knit a few jumpers you poms and euroclowns.

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      Ronin

      Scuttle those LNG contracts, just like we did with the subs.

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        Hanrahan

        What would you do with the gas then? There are no pipelines to Syd/Mlb.

        Those buying the gas wrote watertight purchase guarantees which enabled Santos et al to raise the $Bs to build the liquefaction trains and terminals. The contracts our gas cos signed would be equally watertight.

        If you believe your state has a right to the gas elect MPs who will tender for it and commit to it the way others do. Don’t insist on a free ride AFTER others have taken all the risks.

        It is the MPs I’m spraying, not Ronin.

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      yarpos

      I would couch it in terms of a concerned review of arrangements to ensure we arent dumping too much gas at too low a price into the Chinese market. Acknowledging Chinese concerns in this area and ensuring that they pay a very transparent global benchmark price.

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    M Allinson

    These Greens are stupid, irresponsible, ignorant, foolish, unscientific – nup, they are COMMUNISTS, and the goal of Communism is the destruction of the present state of things.

    Only by pulling civilization down can it begin to Build Back Better in a one world Communist system.

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      el+gordo

      The Greens aren’t communists and in a political sense they are no more than a powerful rump, but everything else you say about them is true.

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    Nezysquared

    “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way” – Franklin D Roosevelt. With the northern hemisphere winter on the way there remains only the question of how to explain the excess deaths due to hypothermia. Perhaps the latest covid variant whose symptoms include a reduction in body temperature??

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    Matt M

    The possibility of a very cold winter and accompanying energy crisis is why we have those on the left pushing for net zero agreements now. They are frightened that mother nature will expose their globalist plans and destroy their ability to implement totalitarian controls in the rest of us. Their dream of a controlled population utopia is in mortal danger. The megalomaniacs are in their death throes. Morrison and our premiers should not be signing up to any net zero targets. On the 75th anniversary of the Liberal Party Morrison referred to Menzies Forgotten people speech, Howards Battlers and the quiet Australians. If he goes for net zero targets and destroys our energy security, Morrison will be picking a battle with the quiet Australians that he has forgotten.

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    R.B.

    I’m amazed at how well some people live, literally jet setting, as a reward for convincing the bulk of the population that a hot shower is hedonistic.

    I know that the fossil fuels used by them is dwarfed by 6 billion people having a hot shower every day, but since when didn’t per capita became important?

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    Neville

    Lomborg further explains why their so called EXISTENTIAL THREAT isn’t a problem.
    And AGAIN he also uses UN projections to support his arguments.
    But the LW extremists plus the conservative nit pickers STILL manage to find fault with his logic and reason.
    Yet I’m still far more optimistic than Lomborg and I’m sure we’ll be much healthier and wealthier by 2050 or 2100.
    Even with the Green energy disaster, but new tech + a lesson from some cold winters should make future govts wake up quickly and revert to small modular Nukes for more reliable energy. Who knows?

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/06/16/climate-change-panic-causes-public-distrust-bad-decisions-lomborg-on-air-videos-fox-business/

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      Graeme No.3

      They might even do things in the meantime like keeping reliable powerstations operating and making sure there are adequate stocks of fuels;
      rather than keeping unreliable powerstations operating and making sure there are an overstock of fools.

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        Neville

        G 3 in the interim I fully agree and I’d build new RELIABLE, BASELOAD coal and gas plants as well.
        Then if assembly line SM Nukes are available at reasonable cost they could also be used.
        Anything BUT the TOXIC, DILUTE S & W idiocy.

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      el+gordo

      Lomborg is an economist and unfortunately he doesn’t have any real interest in climate science.

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    Ronin

    Wouldn’t it be sad if someone brought Covid to COP26 and baited them all.

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    Before you can Build Back Better you have to destroy what exists.

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    clarence.t

    This is what happens when the place becomes a “land of make believe”. !

    Those of us who said that it was only a matter of time, have been truly vindicated.

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    beowulf

    This won’t help the power supply in Germany. OOPS.

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2021/09/30/germany-brand-new-wind-turbine-collapses-house-before-launch/

    Officials in Germany are investigating why a huge wind turbine collapsed just hours before it was due to be officially inaugurated.
    The turbine, whose rotor blades reach a height of 239 meters (784 feet), toppled over late Wednesday in a forest near the western town of Haltern.
    German news agency dpa reported Thursday that police were not currently suspecting sabotage.
    The wind turbine was scheduled to be officially launched Thursday, though it was connected to the power grid six months ago.

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      Hanrahan

      When things go outside the range of that which is familiar to us we lose the perception of scale.

      This tower was 239 m tall. Those who have been to Townsville know Castle Hill which dominates its skyline, it is 286 m.

      https://www.rowesbayholidaypark.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/castlehill.jpg

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      RickWill

      There have been similar failures of new wind turbines during the commissioning phase. They usually occur due to a fault in the pitch control system or brake.

      Apparently Berlin had storms on Thursday so the unit may have been struck with high winds before brakes and feathering were properly commissioned.

      Also the base shown does not look like the actual tower but some erection structure.

      It is interesting that these massive structures rely on active systems for structural integrity. They fail to destruction not fail-safe.

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        And think of this.

        When that Unit blew up at Callide, they replaced the Generator and the turbine, and it will still manage a 50 year life span.

        When ALL of those older wind plants run out of life after fifteen to twenty years, it’s not like they just put a new generator on top of ‘the pole’. They are all old tech, with poles the height determined by the blade length to drive the generator that was designed at the time, all of them under 2MW.

        You CANNOT put a new larger turbine on top of the pole because the new ones require commensurately longer blades to drive the larger turbines, and towers now double the height of those earlier smaller ones, so the existing structure is now rendered totally useless.

        So, it’s now a case of constructing a whole NEW plant to replace the old one, and completely removing the older one. You cannot even use the humungous concrete base metres and metres into the ground, because that is designed for the tower size of those older structures.

        There’s no such thing as a ‘brown field’ wind power plant.

        I wonder if the cost of removal of the old plant was factored in at the front end.

        Tony.

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          Mikehig

          I’ve read that germany is starting to experience these issues.

          A lot of older turbines have come to the end of their 20-year subsidies and are no longer economic to run.

          “Re-powering” is difficult and expensive, for the reasons you have elaborated (to which I would add the need to uprate the cabling and connection). Also people have become much less accepting of the intrusive nature of these things and planning requirements have become tighter.

          So there is a growing business in demolishing and scrapping these ageing turbines – where there is funding as some may not have any money accrued for the purpose.
          Disposal/re-use of the concrete and metal is routine but the blades pose a problem. One solution – the height of irony – is to grind them to powder and use it to fuel cement plants!

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    This may seem complex, but it is correct, and here, I’m just detailing the situation here for Australia.

    People lose sight of overall total power consumption on the ‘whole of Country’ situation. (and here this is just the AEMO, everywhere but WA which has its own grid) That ‘whole of Country’ here in Australia consumes 204,800GWH of power a year.

    They look at the percentage for renewables in Australia and see that right now, renewables deliver 30% of all power.

    However, the two smallest jurisdictions in that ‘whole of Country’ are Tasmania (6%) and South Australia. (7.2%) Tasmania is 99% renewable, nearly all of it Hydro. SouthAus is 62% renewable, all of it wind and solar.

    Okay, then take the whole of Tasmania and SthAus consumption from the total consumption, and then remove Tasmania and SthAus renewables from the overall renewables total, and we have the three Eastern States, Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

    That is 86.8% of all power consumption, 177,100GWH a year.

    Of that total, 78% is provided from fossil fuelled sources. (64% coal fired power) So distilled down to an hourly basis fossil fuels deliver 15,800MW of a total requirement of 20,220MW per hour for those three Eastern States, and that’s just the average, as the peak in those three States can rise to 28,000MW PLUS.

    Take that fossil fuel power away (net zero or whatever they want to weasel word it as) and there’s ….. NOTHING, because the remaining renewables cannot support the whole grid, so they are also now off line.

    No power, anywhere, for anything.

    If you have a rooftop solar system in your home, and then let’s even pretend you have a home battery system so you are off grid, you are okay at home ….. but are you?

    No water supply, because that’s operated by electricity. The roads will be chaos with no traffic control. No fuel because servos are electrically operated. No work to go to, so no income, no TV to watch. No internet, No mobile phones, because all those towers are electrically controlled also. No supermarkets because they will have run out of fuel for their backup power, and no supplies anyway due to the roads and fuel situation. No hospitals, also long run out of backup fuel. The list goes on.

    Take away that fossil fuel, and ….. there’s NOTHING.

    Nett zero and renewable power taking over – a nothing burger topped with weasel word special sauce.

    Not just here in Oz, but everywhere. We may have all come ‘out of Africa’, but without fossil fuels, we all go straight back there.

    Tony.

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    Kneel

    “Perhaps the latest Chinese power cuts could force it to import Australian coal again before the winter chill really strikes?”

    Screw ’em to the wall on pricing. Make sure it covers the losses from them cancelling previous orders and then add a premium. When they complain, say “Well, we can’t be sure you wont cancel on a whim, so you must pay premium pricing – take it or leave it. Have a nice day. Bye.”

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      Hanrahan

      Punishing Australia would earn few brownie points with the Chinese public but rolling blackouts will cost Jinping big time.

      Chinese politics would be the same as that the world over: Like a duck on the water, no matter how controlled it may seem on the surface, under the surface it is constantly on the move. Be afraid Mr Xi, be very afraid.

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    Hanrahan

    Dr Chris Martenson puts some thought into the coming energy crisis,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03bCDEwLCTk

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      David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

      Thanks H,
      Disturbing content, but well presented and compelling.
      Well worth the 34 minutes.
      Cheers
      Dave B

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    Dennis

    On CH10 evening television news last night the presenter talked about SA now being self-sufficient with renewables and battery, and then talked about a new interconnector with NSW giving the impression that SA could export electricity.

    No mention of the VIC to SA interconnector.

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      David Maddison

      Ah! So that’s the spin! They need the interconnector to export their huge surplus of random energy, not import reliable coal power.

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        Hanrahan

        Maybe they want to import freq. stabilised power from Vic and export to NSW.

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        Graeme#4

        That’s not what SA’s energy minister said when announcing the EnergyConnect interconnector. He claimed that it would provide reliability for SA’s power.

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      Graeme No.3

      Dennis:
      You’ve got the reason why I never watch Channel 10 news (except the Weather).

      The truly gullible believe that SA is showing the world what renewables can do. There was waffle recently about a few hours on a sunny Sunday afternoon when the State reached 83% supply from solar, and a few weeks ago about how the State went NEARLY A WHOLE HOUR on solar.
      The figures are not measured but based on the reduction in demand or demand*100 divided by (A minus B), except they never know what A was, so B is a guess anyway. The problem also is that gas-fired plant is ALWAYS running (by direction of the AEMO) so if renewables go up, more is exported to Victoria. (They have a magical device which separates renewable electrons (GOOD) from those (EVIL) carbon ones).

      The other problem is that when the wind blows there is lots of electricity trying to be used (which means they collect the subsidy) so the price drops. That new interconnector lets lots of cheap electricity flow into NSW and when the wind stops lots of higher priced coal-fired power flow back. Fortunately MAD MATT the NSW Energy Minister is organising a huge renewables project near Dubbo, so when the wind blows there will be excess most of the time, dropping the price to rock bottom or when it doesn’t pay even with the subsidy. And when the wind doesn’t blow then the cost of power will go up and up.

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      Graeme#4

      Would be interested to know whether, over a 12-month period, SA exports more energy than it imports.

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    Raving

    Only a 12% increase in electric and gas prices this year.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/business-58746953

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    David Maddison

    How long before Europeans resort to burning books to keep warm?

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    Ronin

    Looks like Gladys is standing down.

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      Hanrahan

      The headline:

      The heir apparent: Frontrunner to replace Gladys Berejiklian as NSW Premier is a 39-year-old father of SIX who is a devout Catholic

      Why is his religion in the headline?

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        David Maddison

        Why is his religion in the headline?

        Because the Leftist media had to make the point that he is heterosexual, believes in traditional family values and follows a Judeo-Christian religion. All attributes hated by the Left.

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        Mark+Allinson

        ” … a devout Catholic…”

        That depends on whether he is a devout old style Catholic with strong Christian principles, or a post-modern Catholic like the Socialist Pope.

        He will probably be of the latter stamp if he is to continue with the destruction of the people under the guise of Covid.

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          if you are lucky no one will be expecting an old style catholic.

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            Graeme No.3

            A bit slow there Gee Aye….I would have thought your post could have been along the lines of “No-one was expecting a Catholic Imposition”.

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              I was keeping it subtle but I like your version. The obvious connotation of both is that old style Catholicism is clearly a stupid thing to hanker for.

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          el+gordo

          At least he isn’t a religious zealot.

          ‘NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has refused to back away from comments that climate change measures have been a “gratuitous waste” of taxpayer money.

          ‘A video emerged on Wednesday of Mr Perrottet addressing conservative think tank the Centre for Independent Studies in 2015 where he attacks federal Labor’s spending on climate change and renewable energy while in government.’ (SMH 2019)

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          el+gordo

          Its a disaster.

          ‘Mr Perrottet, the Member for Epping, is expected to run for the leadership on a ticket with Minister for Energy and Environment and Member for Hornsby Matt Kean.’ (Sky)

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            David Maddison

            Kean is an extreme Green even though mistakenly in the Liberal Party.

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              Dennis

              The NSW Liberals are split between the real Menzies style Australian Liberal, Tony Abbott an example, and the new Liberal In Name Only leftist globalists who often look like Greens, Malcolm Turnbull an example.

              However the centre-right real Liberals have been fighting back and regaining ground but not quickly enough for my liking.

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                Dennis

                On the Labor side “Albo” is on the left and various MPs like Joel Fitzgibbon are on the right, meaning centre-left.

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          yarpos

          They say Joe Biden is a devout Catholic. I suspect the expression has lost its meaning.

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          Tilba+Tilba

          I don’t want a devout papist to be a political leader – they presumably serve their god rather than the people who elect them.

          Religion should play no part in politics, if we’re in a genuine democracy. Adherence to higher authority is anathema to genuine democracy. Thank god for atheists, I say!

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      Dennis

      Does the ICAC have the power to prosecute people?

      No. The ICAC can obtain the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) with respect to the prosecution of persons for specified criminal offences.

      The ICAC has power to commence proceedings for a criminal offence, but only on advice from the DPP. In practice, court attendance notices are taken out in the name of the Solicitor for Public Prosecutions.

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      John Connor II

      Yes, but the devil is, as always, in the detail.
      Maybe her replacement will see Covid as a sign from his God.
      I see Covid on a sign pointing at Wuhan.

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    RickWill

    Boris addressing the PreCOP26 digging a very deep hole that he will find it hard to climb out of:
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/politics/16293495/boris-johnson-greta-thuberg/

    The leaders of the developed world have the religion. It is great for Australia’s economy.

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      Graeme No.3

      The green thumb is for your comment, not his. Indeed if he doesn’t start back in the real world and stop worying about that stupid conference, he may not be PM very shortly.

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    Neville

    Can’t stupid Boris add up simple sums and doesn’t he bother to check the DATA before he goes on another rave?
    Just 50 years ago our poorest continent Africa had a life expectancy of 46, but today their life exp is 63.
    And their population in 1970 was just 363 million and today is 1370 million.
    Anyone not see a problem for this stupid fool?
    And the world population then was 3.7 billion and today is 7.8 billion or an increase of 4.1 billion in just 50 years.
    Global life expectancy then was 56 and today is about 73.
    Of course we don’t have the terrible famines around the world today even with these record increases and further wealth and health.
    And the urban living percentage of our global population is increasing all the time.
    Obviously our climate around the world is okay or we wouldn’t have produced these records?
    IOW the DATA /EVIDENCE proves they are wrong AGAIN. Look it up for yourselves.

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      Dennis

      06:43 PM ET 02/10/2015

      Economic Systems: The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man’s stewardship of the environment. But we know that’s not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this.

      At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

      “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said.

      Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

      The only economic model in the last 150 years that has ever worked at all is capitalism. The evidence is prima facie: From a feudal order that lasted a thousand years, produced zero growth and kept workdays long and lifespans short, the countries that have embraced free-market capitalism have enjoyed a system in which output has increased 70-fold, work days have been halved and lifespans doubled.

      Figueres is perhaps the perfect person for the job of transforming “the economic development model” because she’s really never seen it work. “If you look at Ms. Figueres’ Wikipedia page,” notes Cato economist Dan Mitchell: Making the world look at their right hand while they choke developed economies with their left.

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        Dennis

        “Capitalism” should in my opinion be replaced with Free Enterprise system and free market place.

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          Tilba+Tilba

          “Capitalism” should in my opinion be replaced with Free Enterprise system and free market place.

          Yeah but – I’m sure you’d be the first punter to scream blue murder about “globalism” and the evil WEF types and other elites at Davos. Make up your mind – do you want capitalism or not?

          The hollowing out of the vast middle class and working class, in America and elsewhere, has been caused by “capitalism” – perhaps you don’t have a problem with that.

          All those jobs in Ohio or Sheffield have gone to Vietnam and Bangladesh … have you noticed that?

          You’re not playing with a full deck if you do not accept that just about all the very serious problems in the world are caused by capitalist globalism. Money, buildings, and labour move to where the highest profit is.

          I can give you a class in Capitalism 101 if you think you need it. Just ask.

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            Kneel

            “You’re not playing with a full deck if you do not accept that just about all the very serious problems in the world are caused by capitalist globalism.”

            The issue is crony capitalism, not capitalism.
            Capitalism and free markets is the “default” position for all peoples – “I have lots of meat, you have lots of vegetables, let’s make a deal”.

            Crony capitalism happens when regulation is a large burden – small companies can’t compete with the “big boys”. And small businesses are not only the largest part of the jobs market, but also the largest part of the innovation space.

            Like it or not, Trump got the USA “booming” by reducing taxes and regulation – lower taxes tempted big business back to the US, and less regulation freed small business to compete on their strengths without being strangled by regulation. Biden has or is undoing that, to the benefit of his corporate sponsors and the detriment of small business.

            You might be the smartest person in the world, maybe even 10 times smarter than anyone else, but you can’t be smarter than millions of others all acting at once. That’s a free market. Nothing known is better for the vast majority of people the world over. Nothing else produces the great material wealth and health that capitalism does. In fact, it may have been too successful – when being good a sport or a “social media influencer” is more lucrative than creating goods or services people want, that’s a problem. A uniquely “first world” problem, and it generates such things as renew-a-bubbles, “carbon pollution”, BLM protests et al, all of which push for more regulation and thereby the death of the very innovation and competition that created them in the first place.

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      Steve of Cornubia

      Africa, including Ethiopia, has see stupendous population growth over the past few decades, yet our evening TVs are still carpet bombed with charity appeals to save poor starving children in Africa and/or provide them with water, clothes, etc.

      Money corrupts of course, but the stupendous amount of money that swills around in these charities and overseas aid programs corrupts absolutely.

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    Neville

    I think the Boris donkey should read Willis’ summary just a few months ago.
    He at least quotes all the scientific DATA and proves that Boris’ rant was just more BS and fra-d.
    And Dr John Christy covered it all in his talk to the GWPF in London and came to the same obvious conclusion as Willis.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/04/25/wheres-the-emergency/

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      TdeF

      Good stuff.

      I have been asking the same questions for years. Where is this warming? Where is the Climate Change? Where are the rapid sea rises and the drowning cities. This has been going on for 33 years!

      The Little Ice Age ended in 1870, so 150 years. And what exactly is the problem, let alone an ’emergency’. You cannot have an emergency spanning the Boer War, the First World war, the Second world war, the war in Malaysia, the Korean war, the Vietnam war and so many more in the Middle East.

      Where is this ‘Climate Emergency’? Or do we have to redefine the word emergency? Something which never happens but would be really bad if it did?

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    Neville

    More idiocy from the Guardian and some how all of their so called global warming has produced more severe frost for Brazilian coffee plantations.
    Yet people still read this L W garbage and actually accept this pseudo science junk.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/09/30/guardian-frost-damaged-brazilian-coffee-is-evidence-of-climate-change/

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      TdeF

      Ha! So Global Warming causes this new phenomenon ‘Climate Chaos’ which causes severe cold. Look a flying elephant!

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      Ronin

      Also in OZ, West Australian wheatbelt, millions of acres damaged by severe frost, oh where is the AGW

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      el+gordo

      Its a cyclic phenomenon.

      ‘In recent weeks, Brazil saw some of its coldest weather in more than 25 years. On Tuesday, 20 July, temperatures fell below 0°C (32°F) for hours, causing frost damage.

      ‘Sam MacCuaig is a trader at Keynote Coffee in Bristol, UK. “Frost has been happening for many years,” he says. “The last significant one was in 1994, after one in the 1970s. It’s not that they are necessarily getting more regular or worse; they are known to occur.’ (Perfect Daily Grind)

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    Mikehig

    Those pictures of empty shelves in Brussels……

    The notice explains that the shortage of stock is due to the closure of a distribution centre – so a one-off event unrelated to the ongoing problems, Brexit, etc.

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    John R Walker

    If we’re really lucky it may snow in Glasgow for COP26 just like it did in Copenhagen for COP15. Some of them thought the end of snow was true and there they were standing in it wearing their fancy summer shoes.

    We’ve had some snow flurries over the Scottish mountains before the end of September this year. It’s here in the Scottish Sun:

    https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/7771237/scotland-weather-forecast-winter-snow/

    Global warming allegedly causes more snow and ice now – nothing is real any more. Having some snow around may cause a few spokespersons to tie themselves in knots trying to explain how global warming causes snow and ice…

    Good job the CO2 isn’t solid yet!

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    Tim+Spence

    Jim Steele on the Emperor Penguin scam

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

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    tolip

    shipping backlog/slowdown in the ports

    It’s a good thing nobody hired foreign companies to operate the critical infrastructure, for example the ports.

    Oh wait 🙁

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    PeterS

    2010: Europe & Putin laugh about getting heat from firewood | 2021:…

    In 2010, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a joke about Germany’s apparent disdain for the nuclear power and gas industries, proposing that the only alternative they’d have left for heating their homes is firewood.

    Fast forward to 2021, and the joke may have turned into an unfortunate prophecy.

    Germany’s Civil Protection Office has unveiled a training video to show citizens on what they can do in the event of heat and light outages in their homes. The video goes on to show a step-by-step guide to the assembly of a homemade stove, and also recommends sealing the windows with foil to better contain the heat.

    The video’s release coincides with an unprecedented European gas crisis. Skyrocketing prices for natural gas have reached a level of $1,200 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas, which is higher than the peak price during the 2008 financial crisis.

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    Philip

    I suspect prices are pushing up fertilizer prices here.

    Urea, the driver of the the dairy and beef industries, has gone from $800 – $1100 (roughly) in recent months. The farmer I work for spreads 20 tonne of that per month.

    He is also complacent about climate change as an issue. Probably agrees with it but pays no attention. I have been telling him for 4 years now they’re soon coming for you and your farting cows and nitrogen use. But never get any reaction or comment. But he is complaining a lot this season, a lot. Doesn’t put two and two together however.

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    Roger+Knights

    Matt Ridley on “The Root of the Energy Crisis”
    https://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/the-root-of-the-energy-crisis/

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    COP 26 = Snouts in trough festival. I wonder how much of a carbon footprint this festival will produce, and how many $millions this thing will waste. I have to give these climate bureaucrats some credit…they know that ” WHEN YOU’RE ON A GOOD THING, STICK TO IT”.

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