Dam weather

If only Australian politicians had listened to Tim Flannery’s warnings about how global warming would cause permanent drought, they wouldn’t have needed to open the spillways on the Warragamba dam this weekend.

Wait, what?

awkward

Flannery, five years ago:

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 … “.

Pesky Gaia always waits five years before making fools of warmists.

It might fall to non-Australian blogs to cover stories like this in the future, because Julia Gillard wants her opposition to SHUT UP:

Mr. Ray Finkelstein QC, a left-wing former Federal Court Judge with no media experience, at the request of the Gillard Government, issued a 400 page report which calls for a Big Brother Super-Regulator to ‘regulate’ political speech and – among other things – impose new laws with the power to stop climate change realists from speaking up.

Simon of Australian Climate Madness Menzies House has set up a website to protest this move toward censorship. There is a petition, which needs signing. You know what to do.

*Corrected to attribute the protest web site to Menzies House, with apologies to Simon, who was too busy to do it, or something.

Dam weather

If only Australian politicians had listened to Tim Flannery’s warnings about how global warming would cause permanent drought, they wouldn’t have needed to open the spillways on the Warragamba dam this weekend.

Wait, what?

awkward

Flannery, five years ago:

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 … “.

Pesky Gaia always waits five years before making fools of warmists.

It might fall to non-Australian blogs to cover stories like this in the future, because Julia Gillard wants her opposition to SHUT UP:

Mr. Ray Finkelstein QC, a left-wing former Federal Court Judge with no media experience, at the request of the Gillard Government, issued a 400 page report which calls for a Big Brother Super-Regulator to ‘regulate’ political speech and – among other things – impose new laws with the power to stop climate change realists from speaking up.

Simon of Australian Climate Madness Menzies House has set up a website to protest this move toward censorship. There is a petition, which needs signing. You know what to do.

*Corrected to attribute the protest web site to Menzies House, with apologies to Simon, who was too busy to do it, or something.

Sea Shepherds to atone for drone moan

The Sea Shepherds, the activist anti-whalers who like to drive expensive bat-boats into Japanese ships, have been using military-like technology to track their whaling prey – unmanned drones.

But the group named by the FBI as an eco-terrorist group have received an official reprimand from Australia for not providing an environmental impact assessment for the drones:

…Sea Shepherd has received what it describes as a reprimand from the Australian government for its use of aerial drones to track the Japanese whaling fleet. The Australian Antarctic Division told it the drones must undergo an urgent environmental impact assessment (EIA) if they are to be used in waters covered by the Antarctic Treaty.

The federal government requires anyone going to the far south from an Australian port to fill in an EIA and seek approval under the Antarctic Treaty. The group completed EIAs before departing from Hobart and Fremantle last month but an AAD manager, Gillian Slocum, emailed the group after the drones’ existence became public.

”I do not recall drones being included in your EIA,” Ms Slocum said. ”If you do intend to use them in the Antarctic Treaty area then this activity must be subject to the same assessment as the rest of your season activities have been.”

Paul Watson is funded in part by misguided Hollywood stars. No word on whether Sean Penn is impressed with the radical environmentalist’s failure to follow eco-rules for the Antarctic region.

Whaling isn’t pretty, but remember, the blubbery fish marine mammals provide many items essential to mankind. Like corsets:

whalebone, it's strong stuff

Round-up tomorrow.

Oz loses its fizz

Big Soda is facing some real production problems in Australia thanks to a shortage of carbon dioxide:

Schweppes Australia, the nation’s second-largest soft-drink maker, which also has the Australian bottling rights to Pepsi and Sunkist, said production is being hampered by a lack of carbon dioxide because of plant shutdowns by Orica Ltd. (ORI) and Origin Energy Ltd. (ORG)

The shortage of CO2 is not related to Australia’s carbon tax, but more mundane industrial reasons (an accident at one plant, an upgrade at the other). Big Soda’s current problem is that supplies of the dangerous pollutant it pumps into its product are being sent to more important users first:

Air Liquide, the world’s largest industrial gas producer, said in a Dec. 6 statement that the Kooragang shutdown had forced it to reduce inventory levels and shift product from other states to meet demand. Priority will be given to supplying gas to water treatment plants and medical consumers, it said.

Who knew that, apart from dooming the planet to a fiery hell, CO2 was good for fizzy drinks, water treatment plants and as an additive to oxygen for medical use as a respiration stimulant?

The fact that we can still manufacture CO2 amid a climate of fear about the amount of it in the air exposes the intellectual bankruptcy of Julia Gillard, Weepy Bill McKibben and the entire hippie horde who claim man-made emissions of CO2 drive global temperature. If they were serious, their first targets would be frivolous uses of the gas, like putting fizz in drinks, not power stations that help keep us comfortable and safe.

Until Coke, Pepsi and all other carbonated drinks are deemed crimes against Gaia, I think we can all relax about global warming.

Astute readers will note that Weepy Bill McKibben got a mention. Igor, fetch me the Google juice.

*click*

Perennial hottie favorite Nicole Kidman.

You’re welcome.

Australia’s pesky populace

Pity the lot of an Aussie Labor politician.

Julia Gillard promised her people there would be no carbon tax on her watch, and was elected Prime Minister. What the good folk of Oz failed to notice was that Julia had her fingers crossed behind her back when she made that ‘no carbon tax’ promise.

When she was forced into a deal with the greens to grab power, she forgot her ‘promise’ to the people and the carbon tax was born. And then it all went very, very wrong for Julia Gillard. Instead of rolling over and accepting her wisdom that she knew best what was ,err, best for them, the pesky populace held her accountable. Who knew that would happen?

This week, the people’s anger at being a) hoodwinked and b) the devastation a carbon tax will wreak on the Ozconomy came to a head when the Convoy of No Confidence rolled into Canberra. The Convoy of No Confidence is like the Tea Party meets Mad Max at a Skippy convention, or something.

Faced with the public uprising, Labor politico’s reacted with grace and humility. Oh, wait, no they didn’t:

“The Convoy of No Consequence outside. The Convoy of No Consequence, Mr Speaker. The Convoy of No Consequence, where a coupla of hundred people gathered with no support from the mainstream organisations, the people who believe in one world government.”

Simon says Labor is done. Toss another tinnie on the barbie and pass me a Sheila, I think he’s right.

There is historical precedent for the Gillard/Labor attitude toward the masses, which was fortunately caught on film:

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Yeah, it’s exactly like that.

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