>You would have to be Blind Freddie to not know (geesh – a double negative!) that I have been very skeptical of all the hype over climate change. No one has been able to convince me that by turning off my lights, converting to living as a vegan, eating bugs and grubs, or paying a carbon tax to Ms. Gillard’s Government, was going to save humanity.
I have been verbally attacked for this non belief of mine; I have had people turn away from wanting an open discussion about the hype. However today I received a rather startling barrage of information which certainly added to my ‘bank’ of disbelief and skepticism. It comes via the blog of Andrew Bolt who writes for the Herald Sun newspaper.
I have only watched Tim Flannery a couple of times on the TV, spouting his belief in (AGW) Manmade Climate Change, and how we need to save the Planet by paying a Carbon Tax. Each time I saw him he was using the ‘softly, softly’ approach, but would not be swayed from his goal – of Front Man for the Gillard/Green alliance on Carbon Taxation.
Well of course he would not be swayed, after all according to Andrew Bolt (AB) Mr. Flannery is being paid they tidy sum of about $3,600 per week – you read that right folks – PER WEEK – $180,000 annually – of your hard earned tax dollars to stand up front and convince you to contribute willingly to the Carbon Taxation (fund) being put into place currently.
So what are his credentials? What can he show to us by way of accurate information that will sway us to willingly put the Carbon Taxation plan into action?
Bolt tells us: He’s had years of practice trying to terrify us into thinking our exhausts are turning the world into a fireball that will wipe out civilisation, melt polar ice caps and drown entire cities under hot seas.
Small problem, though: after so many years of hearing Flannery’s predictions, we’re now able to see if some of the scariest have actually panned out. And we’re also able to see if people who bet real money on his advice have cleaned up or been cleaned out. So before we buy a great green tax from Flannery, whose real expertise is actually in mammology, it may pay to check his record. Ready?
In 2005, Flannery predicted Sydney’s dams could be dry in as little as two years because global warming was drying up the rains, leaving the city “facing extreme difficulties with water”. (Tell that to Sydneysiders right now who are still wearing flippers). Check Sydney’s dam levels today: 73 per cent. Hmm. Not a good start.
In 2008, Flannery said: “The water problem is so severe for Adelaide that it may run out of water by early 2009.” Check Adelaide’s water storage levels today: 77 per cent.
In 2007, Flannery predicted cities such as Brisbane would never again have dam-filling rains, as global warming had caused “a 20 per cent decrease in rainfall in some areas” and made the soil too hot, “so even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and river systems … “. (I have a friend in the Brisbane area who bought herself a snorkel!) Check the Murray-Darling system today: in flood. Check Brisbane’s dam levels: 100 per cent full.
All this may seem funny, but some politicians, voters and investors have taken this kind of warming alarmism very seriously and made expensive decisions in the belief it was sound. So let’s check on them, too.
In 2007, Flannery predicted global warming would so dry our continent that desalination plants were needed to save three of our biggest cities from disaster.
As he put it: “Over the past 50 years, southern Australia has lost about 20 per cent of its rainfall, and one cause is almost certainly global warming … “In Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane, water supplies are so low they need desalinated water urgently, possibly in as little as 18 months.”
One premier, Queensland’s Peter Beattie, took such predictions – made by other warming alarmists, too – so seriously that he spent more than $1 billion of taxpayers’ money on a desalination plant, saying “it is only prudent to assume at this stage that lower-than-usual rainfalls could eventuate”.
But check that desalination plant today: mothballed indefinitely, now that the rains have returned. (Can anyone see a future EBay listing for this item? One in ‘as new’ condition desalination plant – offers please)
(Incidentally, notice how many of Flannery’s big predictions date from 2007? That was the year warming alarmism reached its most hysterical pitch and Flannery was named Australian of the Year.)
Back to another tip Flannery gave in that year of warming terror. In 2007, he warned that “the social licence of coal to operate is rapidly being withdrawn globally” by governments worried by the warming allegedly caused by burning the stuff.
We should switch to “green” power instead, said Flannery, who recommended geothermal – pumping water on to hot rocks deep underground to create steam.
“There are hot rocks in South Australia that potentially have enough embedded energy in them to run Australia’s economy for the best part of a century,” he said. “The technology to extract that energy and turn it into electricity is relatively straightforward.”
Flannery repeatedly promoted this “straightforward” technology, and in 2009, the Rudd government awarded $90 million to Geodynamics to build a geothermal power plant in the Cooper Basin, the very area Flannery recommended. Coincidentally, Flannery has for years been a Geodynamics shareholder, a vested interest he sometimes declares.
Time to check on how that business tip went. Answer: erk.
The technology Flannery said was “relatively straightforward” wasn’t. One of Geodynamics’ five wells at Innamincka collapsed in an explosion that damaged two others. All had to be plugged with cement.
The project has now been hit by the kind of floods Flannery didn’t predict in a warming world; with Geodynamics announcing work had been further “delayed following extensive local rainfall in the Cooper Basin region”.
The technological and financing difficulties mean there is no certainty now that a commercial-scale plant will ever get built, let alone prove viable, so it’s no surprise the company’s share price has almost halved in four months.
Never mind, here comes Flannery with his latest scares and you-beaut fix.
His job as Climate Commission chief, says Climate Change Minister Greg Combet, is to “provide an authoritative, independent source of information on climate change to the Australian community” and “build the consensus about reducing Australia’s carbon pollution”. (hummm perhaps minister for dis-information?)
That, translated, means selling us whatever scheme the Government cooks up to tax carbon dioxide, doing to the economy what the floods have done to Flannery’s hot-rocks investment.
Bolt ended his blog that day with: See why I say Flannery is the right man for this job? Who better to teach us how little we really know about global warming and how much it may cost to panic?
A final musing from JustMEinT…. could Tim and Al Gore be first cousins? Makes one wonder – or maybe even Tim is Al Gore in Disguise!