Category: Natural Environment

Is this paradise?

Posted by – 30 May, 2012

Hunting in National Parks and an electricity sell off.

National parks in NSW will be opened up to recreational hunters as part of a deal between the Shooters and Fishers Party and the government to ensure passage of its electricity privatisation bill.

Hopefully surrounded by coal seam gas.

UPDATE

Additional environmental management, sport and health measures have been introduced:

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has done a “dirty deal” with the Shooters Party to overturn a ban on duck hunting, the NSW opposition says.

Done dirt cheap – well the cost of a few shells. Also timely given the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

'Red head at 12 o'clock. 500 metres. Fire!'

 UPDATE II

More good news, the Feds can’t touch the changes. Environmental issues should primarily be the responsibility of the states anyway – damn external relations powers which allows the Feds to meddle.

Fracking not to blame

Posted by – 27 March, 2012

For some reality, via WSJ:

Some energy companies, state regulators, academics and environmentalists are reaching consensus that natural-gas drilling has led to several incidents of water pollution—but not because of fracking.

The energy officials and some environmentalists agree that poorly built wells are to blame for some cases of water contamination. In those cases, they say, wells weren’t properly sealed with subterranean cement, which allowed contaminants to travel up the well bore from deep underground into shallow aquifers that provide drinking water.

In the rare cases where contamination may have occurred, the well simply needed another casing of cement. Problem solved.

As not covered by ‘your’ ABC

Posted by – 27 March, 2012

Uh oh:

A team of scientists led by geochemist Zunli Lu from Syracuse University in New York state, has found that contrary to the ‘consensus’, the ‘Medieval Warm Period’ approximately 500 to 1,000 years ago wasn’t just confined to Europe.

In fact, it extended all the way down to Antarctica – which means that the Earth has already experience global warming without the aid of human CO2 emissions.

1.2 million fracked wells over 50 years…..

Posted by – 24 March, 2012

…and where are all the environmental problems? From the WSJ:

Are you listening Alan Jones? The main issues I see are three-fold: respect for private property rights, payment for water usage and bringing state regulations up to speed with those in the USA. Other than that I have no problem with fracking for coal seam gas. We need energy independence as much as food independence. The two are not mutually exclusive.

Another eco-green meltdown

Posted by – 3 March, 2012

Bio-mass power generator Tilbury power plan in the UK burnt out of control for 4 days this month. Apparently it is still burning:

As many as 120 firefighters were sent to the site after the incident at 7:45 a.m. London time, Kelly Brown, a company spokeswoman in Worcester, said today in an e-mailed statement. Battling the blaze is to be “a protracted incident” as the local fire brigade covers the burning wood with high-expansion foam, it said in an update on its website at 2:48 p.m.

The power station has three wood-pellet burning units and can produce as much as 750 megawatts of electricity. The U.K. is encouraging utilities to burn biomass as a way of curbing carbon-dioxide emissions and reducing reliance on fossil fuels. The fire follows a blaze at a 100,000 cubic-meter wood-pellet storage facility at the Port of Tyne in the north of England in October.

The emissions don’t look too good. Tilbury used to be a ‘dirty’ coal fired power station.

Another green scare

Posted by – 7 February, 2012

Why has Alan Jones bought into this Green scare?


Here is the other video:

The greatest hoax of our time

Posted by – 29 January, 2012

Article can be found here. The economic highlight:

A recent study of a wide variety of policy options by Yale economist William Nordhaus showed that nearly the highest benefit-to-cost ratio is achieved for a policy that allows 50 more years of economic growth unimpeded by greenhouse gas controls. This would be especially beneficial to the less-developed parts of the world that would like to share some of the same advantages of material well-being, health and life expectancy that the fully developed parts of the world enjoy now. Many other policy responses would have a negative return on investment. And it is likely that more CO2 and the modest warming that may come with it will be an overall benefit to the planet.

More ‘no’ we can believe in

Posted by – 23 December, 2011

The ABC laments:

There are concerns new planning guidelines for wind farms in New South Wales will kill off the industry.

Using the word ‘industry’ very loosely. It gets better:

…draft planning guidelines which give landowners the right to veto wind farms proposed within two kilometres of their homes… noise levels from new wind farms will be more strict, with a limit of 35 decibels…

How sweet it is.

The Government is currently considering 17 wind farm applications. Mr Hazzard believes 13 that have not yet gone to public exhibition will be covered by the guidelines once they are finalised.

Similar laws have been introduced into Victoria. The Greens of course are angry that their Big Green industry pals won’t be able to cash-in on higher energy prices and violating other people’s private property rights. The Greens really are a collection of totalitarian fascists.

SMH and Big Green

Posted by – 20 December, 2011

Fairfax Press, the media outlet that hacked into an ALP database, becomes desperate in trying to explain the opposition to wind farms:

THE anti-wind farm movement that is gaining influence in the NSW Parliament is being ”aided and abetted” by climate sceptic groups and some mining figures.

So apparently it is okay for Big Green Spanish and Indian multi-national corporations to capture public policy making, but anyone else is in league with mining and therefore bad. The anti-wind farm movement is gaining traction because they are being aided and abetted by the reality of high wind farm prices and unreliability of service. There is also the considerable impact on the landscape.

The Premier, Barry O’Farrell, said in August it was his opinion that no new wind farms should be built in NSW, but it is understood there are divisions in cabinet about the issue.

The Nationals MP and Roads Minister, Duncan Gay, said yesterday his anti-wind farm views were well known and he hoped yesterday’s cabinet meeting ”addresses the sins of the past”.

Follow Abbott’s lead – just say no.

Renewable Energy Meltdown

Posted by – 9 December, 2011

From Scotland this week. Apparently wind turbines can’t cope with high winds.