September 28th, 2010 by Warwick Hughes
We know the Greens oppose any mining and particularly any uranium mining and nuclear industry. Since the formation of the GreenLabor Gillard Govt in Canberra there has been a significant stepping up of the Greens anti-uranium campaigns both in the Northern Territory and in Western Australia.
In the case of the Northern Territory – amazingly the Labor Govt there has caved to Green and NIMBY pressures to come out in opposition to the Angela Pamela project. I do not think it is coincidence that both campaigns target one of the leading global uranium producers – the Canadian company CAMECO.
These matters are posted here because if society wants reliable base load electricity that is pretty much carbon free – there is no current solution except nuclear powered electricity generation.
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September 25th, 2010 by Warwick Hughes
Every month the Australian BoM published a three month “Outlook” (prediction based on models) for rainfall and temperatures.
The Outlook press releases are often picked up by the media who quote them with reverence as though “written on tablets of stone”. I am only aware of one journalist who has had the temerity to draw attention to Outlook shortcomings – that is Andrew Bolt.
I have been critical of the hopeless inaccuracy of their results for years when compared to real world anomalies. I tend to comment more on failed rainfall Outlooks but this winter the temperature Outlooks were pathetic.
For a start – the entire Outlook map areas are predicted to be far too hot. This has been a common fault in BoM temperature Oulooks for a long time – look for yourself. What are these people smoking ?
- Maxtemp panels: The Outlook is for daytime temperatures to be higher than average across all Australia and yet the actual weather turned out to be cooler than average over much of the continent.
- Mintemp panels: Not quite as bad as maxtemp – but still overall far too warm – did not predict any green areas. They could not even get the overall shape right – the Outlook has east and west hot areas separated by a N/S axis. The weather was actually warmer in north – cooler in south – separate by an E/W axis.
My main gripes about the mostly failing BoM Outlooks are;
- the BoM is advising Govt that future temperatures multi decades ahead will be warmer in line with the IPCC predictions, which Govt takes on board to justify their “great big new tax” carbon reduction policy – yet the BoM fails to have any predictive skill 90 DAYS ahead !!!
- the Dept churning out these defective Outlooks is simply a waste of our taxes, so I say fire the lot of them.
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September 14th, 2010 by Warwick Hughes
The GreenLabor ACT government in Canberra (population ~300,000) has announced plans to increase the generation of electricity by various solar methods.
Of course this has the solar “industry” wetting itself at the thought of more govt subsidies. In all this flurry of feel good self congratulation – there is not one mention that the only reason GreenLabor can afford to do this in the ACT is that we import our serious 24/7 electricity from the national grid – which mostly means – NSW coal fired generators.
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