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Australia: “Let’s Get Rid of all the Useless Wind Farms”

Terry McCrann — Herald Sun (AU) — October 2013

I STILL have a dream. Of that one day when we start pulling down all the utterly useless, landscape-blighting, bird-killing, people-punishing, so-called wind farms.

We’ll leave a few, some stripped of their turbines, some left with a blade to turn lazily and even more uselessly in the occasional breeze; all, like fragments of the Berlin Wall, as testimony to the time when insanity engulfed our supposed intellectual and policymaking elites.

Why, we could even keep one as a particular memorial to a certain former prime minister and his “greatest moral challenge of our time”. This one, shorn of its blades, to mark his squibbing of that challenge.

The Climate Change Authority’s 177 pages of sheer drivel, released today, as disconnected from reality as an abandoned wind farm is from the grid, comes close to ranking as the high-water mark of this insanity.

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Although it came after a pretty competitive week, after the hysterical fires fanned by the ABC and Fairfax media, and in particular down at Climate Frenzy Central, the Age broadloid newspaper.

For the Big C, as the CCA styles itself, was not content with just doubling down on the climate stupidity, it tripled down in its draft report.

Indeed, it was even gathering its collective loins, to quintuple down in its final, and hopefully FINAL, as in ever, report early next year.

Thanks to Julia Gillard and Bob Brown – endorsed so memorably by that in-chamber kiss from the squibber, Kevin Rudd – Australia is legally committed to cutting its emissions of carbon dioxide by 5 per cent by 2020.

Thankfully, the way the legislation was constructed, the 23 million individual Australians are excused from having to reduce their bodily CO2 emissions by that 5 per cent; or required as an alternative to buy the appropriate permit to emit.

Well, the CCA says that’s “inadequate”. It said, we’ve got to shoot for at least 15 per cent; and it left little doubt that it really thought 25 per cent was where we should be aiming.

That’s hardly surprising given the troika of professorial climate hysterics, Hamilton (Clive), Karoly (David) and Quiggin (John) that are the CCA’s core. It’s only surprising they didn’t persuade their fellow members to shoot for something more tangible – like closing down all our real power stations by 2020.

The central argument from the CCA for bigger CO2 emission cuts, was that “evidence is also mounting” that several other comparable countries were “gearing up” to reduce their emissions even more aggressively by 2020.

This was followed by the usual ‘what will they think of us’ bleat from the policy activist, that a 5 per cent target would leave Australia lagging behind others, including the US.

Well, Greg Sheridan at our sister paper The Australian, utterly shredded that claim two weeks ago, so far as action through an emissions trading scheme is concerned.

Of the 195 members in the UN Framework Convention on Climate, only 34 had anything resembling an ETS and 27 of those were in the European Union – where the way it rigged the measurement of CO2 cuts around the closing down of inefficient former eastern European industry, has run out of steam anyway.

Japan had effectively abandoned plans for an ETS, Sheridan wrote. South Korea had one but was going to issue all permits for free. Some of the biggest emitters, like Indonesia and India, actually subsidised carbon-based fuels.

Yes, the US has an impressive target. It also stumbled on shale oil and gas – like winning the CO2-cut lottery. But it does not have either a carbon tax or an ETS and never will.

But it all really comes back to the carbon elephant in the room: China. Which of course buys a lot of coal and iron ore from us and turns that into steel, a little bit of power and a lot of CO2.

It is this context that the CCA lives up to its claim of independence. It just failed to add, that was, independence from reason. The world it projects of robust action on cutting CO2 emissions is like an alternative universe – a universe that exists only in the delusions of especially Hamilton and Quiggin. But now it would appear also, of their fellow CCA members.

The report claimed that China was stepping up its efforts to “reduce emissions.” And that it was “investing heavily in renewable energy projects, closing inefficient coal power plants”.

The first is simply and completely untrue. As the fine print of the CCA report itself noted, China is only aiming to cut CO2 emission intensity not emissions per se. By cutting emissions per unit of GDP by 40-45 per cent by 2020.

That might sound impressive, but given China’s phenomenal pace of growth, its actual total emissions in 2020 will be significantly higher than they are today.   Continue reading here……

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2 Comments on “Australia: “Let’s Get Rid of all the Useless Wind Farms””

  1. 1957chev November 12, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Not only do I share your dream…..I wish to volunteer for the job of ridding the lands of the useless machines!!!

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