New South Wales motorists should boycott E10

Bid to drive down ethanol petrol prices dealt a blow – Choosing E10 only makes sense if it is significantly cheaper. It is disturbing to read of this lobbying by Ethanol producer Manildra who is a big spending supporter of both sides of politics. Just Google – E10 engine damage – to see why using E10 carries risks.
Best be safe – not worth trying to save a few cents – CarsGuide tested the cost per km of various grades of petrol and concluded – “Based on our results you’re better off sticking with standard unleaded…”.
Email or phone your NSW politicians and tell them you do not want the Govt promoting E10 and pushing up your fuel prices.

WA Water Corporation can not replace a couple of rain gauges in 2 months

I first saw the notice under the Table at this Water Corporation page on 26 August “rainfall instruments located at Victoria Dam and Mundaring Weir are being serviced and are not currently recording rainfall.” – there was no such notice on 1st August. I emailed the WA Minister for Water on 9 August Subject: “Audit required Perth dams rainfall”.
The Water Corporation notice has not changed in 2 months.
A Water Corporation staffer could have bought a couple of $10 rain gauges at Bunnings – plus a couple of star pickets and in the space of a few hours have functioning rain gauges again at the Mundaring & Victoria dam sites.
It simply beggars belief that in more than 60 days they still say the sites are “…being serviced and are not currently recording rainfall.”

Proof WA Water Corporation does not reliably record rain

After a wet weekend 15th-16th October WA Water Corporation recorded rain at only 2 of their 7 Perth dam rain stations on Monday morning the 17th.
You can check the widespread rain around Perth on 15th and 16th of October just click the Perth region on this AWN map and scroll down noting rain on that weekend.
Now the WA Water Corporation records rain 5 days a week at their dams at this page. I have kept many daily screen shots over several months and often the recording of daily rain by Water Corporation bears little resemblance to rain that we know fell in the district on the preceding day. So clearly the proviso at the bottom of their page about “rangers may not collect rainfall readings daily” is very very true.
In the case we are looking at – the widespread rain on 15th-16th Oct – for 5 of the 7 dam rain stations no rain data was collected up to 6 & 7 days later. Obviously with delays taking rain readings factors like evaporation could make readings less useful with every day that passes – but a week!! If they use electric gauges then they are subject to errors too. I do not know what goes on in Water Corporation but it is imperative that all of their daily rain data be made public so anybody can check how their taxes are being spent.
Table of most weather stations relevant to Perth dams rain – summing up how Water Corporation missed reading most rain on the weekend of 15-16th Oct 2016. Map of BoM rain stations and dam sites.

A week of pages saved from Water Corporation Rainfall at Perth Dams page-
Friday 14th
Monday 17th Rain recorded at Canning & Churchmans but differently – only Water Corp could tally rain in different ways.
Tuesday 18th no change from 17th note the 14.6mm still shows in error at Churchmans
Wednesday 19th – 16.2 recorded at Wungong assumed from weekend
Thursday 20th exactly the same as 19th
Friday 21st 2.4mm added at Wungong
Note my 14 October blog – Obfuscating reply from WA Minister for Water re my call for rainfall audit

Stopping the Australian Coal Export Boom

Jo Nova has a blog – US donors funding activists to shut down Australian mines, ports and rail, approved by Hillary’s right-hand-man? Nobody there yet has referred to this stunning 2011 pdf report by the organizers that sets out their detailed multi-$million plans – Stopping the Australian Coal Export Boom – 17 pages must read only 3.75MB. The Rockefellers and Pew were in the campaign by 2011.
And now we have a useless Lame Duck Govt in Canberra and a Labour Govt in Queensland.
I mentioned this in August 2015
Rising coal prices are slowly defeating the Greens efforts.

Innovative variation on ABC anti-mining campaign

Rehabilitating abandoned mines could create thousands of ‘badly needed’ jobs opines the GreenLeft ABC.
In reply the Qld Mines Minister Anthony Lynham puts a logical view about disused mine sites.
He says – “…many old mines still contain valuable resources waiting to be exploited.”
“There are a lot of resources left in old tailing dams, old tailing deposits. I’d love to see resource companies come to us with innovative ideas of how they can access those deposits,” Dr Lynham said. “Rehabilitation can extinguish a resource.”
Great to hear a politician talking common sense.

5 minute data South Australian electricity blackout

AEMO is fine tuning their story with another edition out.
– at least this edition has a better map. Any idea of the blackout being caused by wind blowing over transmission towers seems to be vanishing. Now the blackout seems due to wind generators cutting out after being subjected to a specified number of faults. Alan Moran says – South Australian blackout: it was, in fact, caused by the windfarms – he also raises issue that consumers who have suffered losses could claim compo.
Followup stories on the ABC –
SA Treasurer vainly beating his drum that wind power is never to blame.
Chris Uhlmann reviews the AEMO update
We now have 5min data which shows that wind on the 28th was lower than the peak on the 26th despite wind being stronger on 28th.

Here is a table over 3 hours – When you compare demand against – import + gas + wind it looks as though they lacked reserve. But there is also rooftop solar to factor in.

Chart history of ACT elections 1989-2016

Just major voting groups percentages – data mostly from ACTEC and the ABC. The hordes of various “independents” in early ACT elections seems remarkable. Greens must be annoyed their big totals in 2008 have melted – the ACT should be GreenLeftie heaven. One seat in doubt as Labor maintains grip – Interesting that the ACT Libs did not offer a policy difference with the ACT Govt renewables energy target of sourcing 100% renewable energy by 2020.