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Climate Alarmists turn back the Clock
Three centuries ago, the world ran on green power. Wood was used for heating and cooking, charcoal for smelting and smithing, wind or water-power for pumps mills and ships, and whale oil or tallow for lamps. People and soldiers walked or rode horses, and millions of horses and oxen pulled ploughs, wagons, coaches and artillery.
But smoke from open fires choked cities, forests were stripped of trees, most of the crops went to feed draft animals, and streets were littered with horse manure. For many people, life was “nasty, brutish and short”.
Then the steam engine was developed, and later the internal combustion engine, electricity and refrigeration came along. Green power was replaced by coal and oil. Carbon energy powered factories, mills, pumps, ships, trains and smelters; and cars, trucks and tractors replaced the work-horses. The result was a green revolution – forests began to regrow and vast areas of crop-land used for horse feed were released to produce food for humans. Poverty declined and population soared.
But new environmental problems emerged. Smoke pollution from burning cheap dirty coal in millions of open fires, old boilers and smelters produced massive smog problems in cities like London and Pittsburgh.
The solution was improved technology, sensible pollution-control laws and the supply of coal gas and coal-powered electricity to the cities. The air was cleared by “Clean Coal by Wire” at the flick of a switch and “Piped Coal Energy” at the click of a gas-lighter. In some places use of hydro, geothermal and nuclear power also helped.
In recent years, however, affluent urban alarmists have declared war on the carbon dioxide produced by burning coal, oil and gas. They claim it is a pollutant and it causes dangerous global warming.
The pollutant claims are easy to refute.
The worst air pollution in the world today is the Asian smog. Smog is very visible – but carbon dioxide is a transparent gas that is exhaled by all living creatures.
Smog is air polluted with particulates and noxious gases – but there are no particulates or noxious components in carbon dioxide. Therefore carbon dioxide plays no part in creating smog.
Smog consists of ash particles, unburnt fuels and noxious gases produced by the inefficient combustion of anything, usually in open fires or obsolete boilers engines or smelters with no pollution control equipment. Wind-blown dust, bush and forest fires, blue haze from forests and drifting volcanic ash add to the smog. Modern coal-fired power stations with efficient pollution controls do not release detectable particulates or noxious gases. Bans on dirty combustion and more clean electricity will clear the smog of Asian cities.
All gases in the atmosphere have an effect on global climate, usually a moderating one, reducing the intense heat of the midday sun and reducing the rate of cooling at night. But only in theoretical climate models does carbon dioxide drive global warming – real evidence contradicts them.
The unrelenting war on carbon fuels has far greater risks, with some zealots advocating “Zero Emissions”, while also, incredibly, opposing nuclear and hydro-power. They would take us all back to the BC Era (before coal).
Already urban environmentalists are polluting city air by burning wood (“biomass”) and briquetted paper in stoves and home heaters; and trying to prevent millions in Asia and Africa from getting cheap clean electricity. Other misguided nations are clearing forests and transporting low-energy wood chips to burn in distant power stations. And the high costs of green energy are already forcing some poor people to burn old books and strip parks and forests for fire-wood.
In addition, crops that once fed people are now making “green” ethanol to fuel cars, and native forests are being cleared and burnt to make way for more fuel crops. Our modern “Iron Horses” are eating the crops again.
The use of carbon fuels in the production, fertilising, transport and storage of food has been a major factor in allowing the world population to grow by several billions since the start of the industrial revolution. If climate alarmists succeed in turning back the clock, food and energy will again become reserved for the rich and powerful, and billions of poor people will die of starvation or exposure.
For those who would like to read more:
Wood burning stoves are encouraged but they produce soot:
The Fireplace Delusion:
Greeks raiding National Parks for Firewood:
Drax power station converts from burning coal to burning wood:
The New Dark Green Age coming to Britain:
Dust storms envelope Iran:
Most of the trees in England had been cut down to make charcoal for iron making. Britain was the first country to reach crisis point over the shortage of wood and charcoal. The industrial revolution faltered because of the shortage of timber in England. Then a bright spark, Abraham Darby, came up with the idea of making iron with coke. His first pour was on 4/1/1709 in Coalbrookdale (where there was low-Sulphur coal). After that Coalbrookdale became the centre of the British iron industry.
Source: Robert Raymond, “Out of the fiery furnace”, MacMillan, Australia, 1984. ISBN 0 333 38024 X.
Politicians Promote Futuristic Schemes to Gullible People:
Some thoughts on coal power and The Asian smog:
Rising Seas are Nothing New.
The most careful analysis of world sea levels suggests they are rising at between zero and 2mm per year. Measurements to this accuracy are questionable as they are complicated by changes in ocean currents and wind direction, and shorelines that may rise and sink.
Sea levels are never still, but with global temperatures flat and snow cover and polar ice steady, sea levels are probably as stable today as they ever get.
However, we still have creative climatists concocting complex computer models that predict dangerously rising seas to justify their goal to ban coastal development and to revive their failing war on carbon.
Alarmists should study earth history.
At the depth of our recent ice age, just 16,000 years ago, a thick sheet of ice covered much of North America and Northern Europe.
Source: created by Randall Munroe from Dyke et al 2002
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So much water was locked up in ice that humans could walk on dry land from London to Paris, from Siberia to Alaska and from New Guinea to Australia. The River Rhine flowed across a broad coastal plain (which is now the North Sea) and met the Atlantic Ocean up between Scotland and Norway.
There was no Great Barrier Reef as Queensland’s continental shelf was part of the coastal plain, and rivers like the Burdekin met the ocean about 160 km east of its current mouth. Most of its ancestral river channel can still be recognised beneath the Coral Sea.
Then, about 13,000 years ago, with no help from man-made engines burning hydrocarbons, the Earth began warming. This was probably caused by natural cycles affecting our sun and the solar system, aided by volcanic heat along Earth’s Rings of Fire under the oceans.
The great ice sheets melted, sea levels rapidly rose some 130m and coastal settlements and ancient port cities were drowned and are being rediscovered, even today.
As the oceans warmed, they expelled much of their dissolved load of carbon dioxide. The warm temperatures and extra carbon dioxide plant food caused vigorous plant growth. Permafrost melted, forests colonised the treeless tundra and grasses and herbs covered the Great Plains. Iceball Earth became the Blue/green planet, supporting a huge increase in plant and animal life.
Without any zoning laws to guide them, our smart ancestors moved ahead of the rising waters and adapted happily to the warmer climate with less snow, more rain, more carbon dioxide plant food and more ice-free land.
This warming phase peaked in the Medieval Warm Era about 1,000 years ago, when sea levels also peaked. They fell during the Little Ice Age, rose slightly during the Modern Warm Era, and are relatively stable now.
Rising seas are never a lethal threat to life on Earth. The danger sign is falling sea levels caused by a return of the great ice sheets. This would quickly put high-latitude farming into the deep freezer, thus creating widespread starvation. Trying to grow crops on emerging salty mudflats in a stormy, icy climate will give some future farmers a real climate concern.
And despite World Heritage listing, when the next ice age comes the skeletons of the stranded Great Barrier Reef will become bleached limestone deposits on the coastal plain. The indestructible coral populations will abandon their marooned homes and build new reefs further out under the retreating seas.
For those who would like to read more:
Ice Age Europe
Nothing New about Rising sea levels:
Sea levels were probably been higher than this during the Medieval Warming, and fell in the Little Ice Age:
The Buried Burdekin River Channel:
Sea level in the southwest pacific is stable:
Is Diesel the New Green Fuel?
Are Climatists giving a green tick to diesel power?
Ten thousand professional climate crusaders recently attended yet another Climate Carnival in Lima, Peru. Did they use green power to minimise their carbon footprint? No way; massive diesel generators were trucked in on diesel-powered lorries because the local hydro/solar power could not cope. The delegates were also moved between hotels and the venue in more than 300 diesel buses – few bothered to walk or ride the bicycles provided.
In sunny Spain, the government solar subsidies were so generous that some entrepreneurs managed to produce solar energy for 24 hours per day. However, inspectors discovered that diesel generators were being operated at night, thus producing great profits in selling “solar” energy to the grid.
Then in “go-green, vote-blue” Britain, wind power is proving so erratic that thousands of reliable diesel generators are being installed by utilities and businesses to maintain power when the grid becomes unstable.
Finally we have people who disconnect from the grid, aiming to become independent by generating their own power from small solar and wind installations. After the first long spell of cloudy windless weather, most turn to a reliable on-demand diesel backup generator to keep the fridge running and the lights on.
It seems that diesel is the new “green” fuel. In some bitter winter, when real blackouts hit UK or Europe, maybe clean “green” coal will be re-discovered and cranked up again.
For those who would like to read more:
Diesel powers Lima Climate Festivities:
Lima Climate Confab generates record carbon footprint:
Nothing Useful Achieved at Lima Climate Gabfest:
Climate Conference generates vast Carbon Footprint:
Diesel generates solar power in Spain:
The Spanish Solar Inquisition:
Diesel Generators step in when the volatile grid power fails in Britain:
Is Coal Dirty?
Coal, Combustion, and the Grand Carbon Cycle:
Save the Snipe AND the Swamps
The surest way to find an “endangered” species is to declare a major development site, and something “threatened” will soon turn up.
So it is no surprise that the proposed expansion of Abbot Point, which has been continuously shipping coal from Queensland for thirty years, has discovered the rare Australian painted snipe in a possible silt dumping site in adjacent swamps.
But we can save the snipe AND the Abbot Point wetlands by shifting the natural silt from port development further out to sea. That’s where rivers, creeks and ocean currents are taking it anyway.
And everyone knows we should not try to thwart nature – natural processes will dump it there eventually.
The Overflow Column
The ‘ocean acidification’ scare may be as fraudulent as ‘global warming’
Mike Wallace, a PhD candidate at the University of New Mexico, discovered that Richard Feely, the scientist who was richly rewarded for claiming that rising levels of CO2 is causing ocean acidification and, thereby, threatening sea life, committed fraud in constructing his theory. Freely omitted data prior to 1988 going back a hundred years. When all the data is included, there is no evidence of increasing ocean acidification. Wallace is incensed that it is acceptable among global-warmists to omit data and then hide the omission. So are we.
American Thinker. 25 December 2014
Remembering “The Little Ice Age”.
Global Warming is not the big danger– It is Ice that Kills. The Little Ice age was a time of storms, extreme weather, natural climate disruption, famine, death, disease, revolution and war. Climate is always changing, and we do not know the future. But climate history can give us a clue.:
Another Cold Winter in The Northern hemisphere:
And the Arctic is NOT Warming:
Don’t Forget: “The Great Global Warming Swindle”
Civilisation is Doomed – More Planned Propaganda on the road to Paris:
2015 is shaping up as the Climate Alarm Waterloo, but the climax will be seen in Paris, not Waterloo. The world climate alarmists will make one last attempt to stitch up yet another agreement that transfers power and cash to the UN and various unelected international pressure groups. We can expect a flood of climate alarm propaganda – lies, outlandish claims, abuse of sceptics and doomsday forecasts. For example, Lonnie Thompson who received the U.S. National Medal of Science in 2010, said recently that virtually all climatologists “are now convinced that global warming poses a clear and present danger to civilization.”
Pulitzer Prize-winner, Ross Gelbspan says that the climate crisis “threatens the survival of our civilization”.
Mark Hertsgaard agrees, saying that the continuation of global warming “would create planetary conditions all but certain to end civilization as we know it.”
Finally, a chance to listen to Professor Carter and Professor Franks in Perth, Sydney or Brisbane: