The aircraft could be used for navigation training or Govt freighters when not fire fighting. Aim for 24 hour fire fighting capability. They could operate in other countries when called on.
The mission should be No 1 to put fires out where lives are at risk – spraying retardant on bush could come after suppressing fires. The aircraft should always be under RAAF control who would liaise with on-ground fire fighters where the RAAF could have ground observing & communications staff. As 747’s are being phased out of Airlines there should be paddocks full of surplus multi-engined aircraft and spares in abundance. Current expert pilots and crew could be offered commissions – I am sure there is a way.
Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance say – We are petitioning the government to remove restrictions on energy production. Such as renewable mandates. AND we want the government to get out of the Paris Climate Accord. Sign the ATA petition it only takes a minute or so.
As our useless MP’s decamp from Canberra for their long and very well payed holidays I wonder if anybody is riding shotgun on electricity prices. I am thinking AEMO wholesale price which 12 months ago jumped ~50-100% over Christmas-New Year. Here are the colossal and sneaky price increases by State over a 20 day period 22 Dec 16 to 10 Jan 17.
Our retail power bills are already exploding. Our PM had a good result talking down gas prices which has helped moderate pressure on electricity prices. I hope the PM makes some calls to electricity generators. Checkout the new improved NemWatch
Added data for the SA battery – added in WA – and “Demand the AEMO can’t see” is that spinning reserve?
Summer rain Outlook 16 Nov foretold near average for SE Aust. Summer rain Outlook 30 Nov better but already wrong if the ‘Lives at risk’ scare is half correct. OK so anybody can make mistakes – lets check what they forecast for November rain on Oct 12th and then on Oct 26th. Here is map of November rain percentages so the later Outlook on 26th Oct was worse than the one on the 12th. Taxpayers could save $millions slashing BoM budget – we could get forecasting from www. Let BoM do core job of running our weather observations network properly.
BoM/ABC team hyperventilates Heatwave health alert issued for southern Tasmania as 130yo record set to fall while ignoring Hobart Botanical Gardens 94030 had a monthly mean 22.7 in 1843 compared to 22.4 for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 94029 Nov 2017. I wonder how many people were harmed by those warm days this month?
I see another edition in scaremongering articles about the UHI “Deadly mix of heatwaves and humidity could make some Australian cities virtually ‘uninhabitable’” cry me a river – Nobody asks “where has global warming/climate change been mostly measured these last 150 years?”
In September I blogged More sloppy BoM errors as the rain-guage Alanadale in Gippsland went troppo.
Those errors still stand in the daily data and today there is another 153mm error to add. I know school children who could write code to rapidly check data for outlier errors.
Chart by St Vincent de Paul from ALVISS Consulting – The ABC reports – St Vincent De Paul wants to make your power bills less confusing with energy market shakeup
Almost a year ago I blogged – Australian Government financial disasters – time for an update next month – send in any new ideas.
SonovaMin often has great cartoons at the one and only Whaleoil. Just nails it. We need something to smile at.