Resurgence of coal fired electricity generation now catches on in Queensland – Australia

In January we reported BBC – Climate change and EU energy challenges – fails to mention “elephant in room” increase in German coal use
The Australian was also on this – Green dream on ice as ‘coal frenzy’ grips Europe and renewables lose their attraction -
Now the ABC is reporting that – Stanwell, one of Queensland’s government-owned electricity companies, will bring a coal-fired generator at its Tarong power station back into service this month, after taking it offline in 2012.
It will bring another back online next year, returning the Tarong complex, near Nanango, to its former position as the state’s largest power station.

I suppose Govts have worked out that voters hate electricity price rises and also hate blackouts-brownouts etc. I wonder what moves are afoot in NSW to cope with the predicted increase in gas prices which is not helped by opposition to gas exploration drilling.

Sunspot numbers slide again in June

RI numbers only so far – past posts

Our ABC working hard to harm the Abbott Government that we voted for

I noted this headline – Asylum seeker boat reportedly in trouble off Christmas Island – visions of cliffs, reefs, crashing waves – then reading on in the article last night find that the craft is 300km from CI. If anybody has a link showing track of this craft ?
Now it is 250km. Every day Your ABC works hard to reinstate the GreenLabor Govt.

Is Al Gore looking for a high political role post Obama in 2016?

Watching TV news last night at the Shut-Down-Railway Closed-Wheat-Silo Empty-Shops-Town Motel in mid New South Wales it was fascinating to see the confusion in the knee-jerk GreenLeft main-stream-media in Australia as ex USA Vice President Al Gore stood alongside our MP Clive Palmer who was proposing to axe the Carbon Tax. ABC News carries the story – Clive Palmer will help axe carbon tax but courts Al Gore in push for ETS – pointing out the contradiction with Al Gore on an “axe the Carbon Tax” platform. Although Clive Palmer did say he wanted to prevent the Abbott Government from abolishing the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the Renewable Energy Target and the Climate Change Authority.
I just hope that PM Tony Abbott is not swayed by any of this hoopla – the Govt should stick to their policies of abolishing the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the Renewable Energy Target and the Climate Change Authority and should be ready to bring on a double dissolution election in order to bring into law all their policies. If Australian voters choose to vote GreenLabor back in to power and keep the Carbon Tax and all the associated “renewables” expensive electricity boondoggles – so be it.

Great to see Andrew Bolt exposing that more and more researchers are speaking out how temperature data is being altered to cool the past

Andrew asks – How much global warming is just fiddled data? – good question!!

China energy mix history – China coal consumption now half global total

The BP Statistical Review of World Energy is out earlier this year – Wattsupwiththat have an article – Despite the hype, ‘carbon-free’ energy sources aren’t gaining traction globally. Using the BP numbers this is the history of the Chinese energy mix 1965-2013.

Below is an update of the global carbon dioxide emissions numbers to 2013 – showing a lessening of China growth. My post Oct 2013 after BP data came out.

FOI reveals a gem of pomposity from the BCITF 1993 Annual Report re the Dawesville Cut project haunted by the now famous Australian Workers Union Workplace Reform Association (AWUWRA)

Cleaning out the office I found an envelope fallen down the back of somewhere.

In 2012 I had put in an FOI request to the WA Govt Construction Training Fund which evolved out of the Building and Construction Industry Training Fund from the days of Premier Carmen Lawrence and the earlier WA Inc. Readers may have noticed items on the media lately re the activities of the Australian Workers Union Workplace Reform Association – see hearings at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption. Also see many posts at Michael Smith News.com – check out links on right hand side – more information at the Andrew Bolt blog which has reported on the AWU scandal since August 2011.

From page 25 of the BCITF Annual Report 1993 – sometimes the public service get something so exactly right that it brings tears to my eyes.

Nothing here is suggesting that the BCITF did anything wrong.

For those afficionados who may want to read further:

Section 3.6 Dawesville Cut Project at bottom of page 16 and top p17 is worth catching.

Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has a long history of ignoring faults in HadCRU global temperature series – temperature data that birthed “global warming”

In 1986 the Jones et al team published papers for both hemispheres compiling temperature data from weather stations into long term trends.
Northern Hemisphere Surface Air Temperature Variations: 1851-1984
P.D. Jones, S.C.B. Raper, P.M. Kelly, and T.M.L. Wigley, R.S. Bradley and H.F. Diaz; Journal of Applied Meteorology: Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 161-179.
and
Southern Hemisphere Surface Air Temperature Variations: 1851-1984
P.D. Jones, S.C.B. Raper, and T.M.L. Wigley;
Journal of Applied Meteorology: Vol. 25, No. 9, pp. 1213-1230.
The journal papers are about what Jones et al want readers to see. The Northern Hemisphere TR022 and Southern Hemisphere TR027 books published by the US Dept of Energy (long term funders of Professor Jones) tell you more about what was done.
Links to free downloads of above journal papers and DoE books below.
Jones PD , Raper SCB, Cherry BSG, Goodess CM, Wigley TML, Santer B, Kelly PM, Bradley RS, Diaz HF, (1985) TR022 A Grid Point Surface Air Temperature Data Set for the Northern Hemisphere. Office of Energy Research , Carbon Dioxide Research Division, US Department of Energy. Under Contract No. DE-ACO2-79EV10098 – available as pdf files
and – Jones PD , Raper SCB, Cherry BSG, Goodess CM, Wigley TML, (1986c) TR027 A Grid Point Surface Air Temperature Data Set for the Southern Hemisphere. Office of Energy Research , Carbon Dioxide Research Division, US Department of Energy. Under Contract No. DE-ACO2-79EV10098 – available as html version.

The BoM did not comment to the journal despite Jones et al use of all Australian urban heat island affected State Capitals. In fact there were no comments on either journal paper published in the Journal of Applied Meteorology – an amazing fact considering this huge research project touched on all the worlds met services. Maybe comments were sent in to the editor but never made it to print – somebody might know.
Then in 1988 a critique of the papers by Dr Fred B Wood appeared in an Elsevier journal. Wood, F.B. 1988, “Comment: On the need for Validation of the Jones et al. Temperature Trends with respect to Urban Warming”, Climatic Change 12, 297-312.
There was a reply. Wigley, T.M.L. and Jones, P.D. 1988; “Do large-area-average temperature series have an urban warming bias ?”, Climatic Change 12, 314-318.
Dr Fred B Wood was from the Office of Technology Assessment, United States Congress and no previous publication of his was referenced in his Comment – although he did gratefully acknowledge “…useful suggestions and/or critiques of earlier drafts…” from 16 named people and several anonymous reviewers. So it makes for a fascinating story that nobody with a meteorology or climate background commented on the Jones et al papers which touched on data from every “weather service” on planet earth and nobody stood up as a co-author with Dr Fred Wood.
In 1990 the BoM produced a draft paper which was circulated to the IPCC – M.J. Coughlan, R. Tapp and W.R. Kininmonth; 1990, “Trends in Australian Temperature Records” (scroll down). Coughlan, et al 1990 studied urban/rural pairs at Capital cities and concluded re urbanization affected temperature trends – “These estimates are greater than those of the trends this century, reported by Jones et al. (1989), in annual mean Southern Hemisphere air temperature…”
I assume the BoM draft sunk without trace at the IPCC.
In 1991 I examined the Australian segment of the Jones et al compilation resulting in a draft paper – The Australian Record on “Global Warming” (TARGW) – Tasman Institute 1991 review of the Australian component of temperature records used in the 1986 Jones et al Southern Hemisphere paper, Executive Summary online scroll down page.
TARGW was circulated to the BoM who were generally critical but agreed –
[1] that capital cities data should be viewed “with suspicion” – and
[2] also that “long term stations (were) overlooked in the global dataset”.
More of TARGW is also online in a 2009 blog post – Jones et al 1986 methodical insertion of warming bias.
As an example of BoM criticism that I find inconsistent they said “Cunnamulla should not be considered a neighbouring station of Charleville”. OK I can see they are 180km apart but over flat terrain – it is the network we have, there is no other, the smaller centre shows less warming and of course Cunnamulla was rejected by Jones et al and Charleville trucated at 1951.
Where the BoM is inconsistent is I have never seen that they have criticised Jones et al who often compare Australian stations in excess of 1000km apart – see examples in table.

Australian Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt rolled by cabinet over $500Million rooftop solar scheme

Signs of a surprising conflict within cabinet that took a while to surface – Greg Hunt kept Prime Minister in dark on solar policy – I expected cabinet members to be better tuned in to Govt plans than this. The adults in charge could be looking at the ever growing cost of the renewable energy target (RET) scheme – Subsidies for clean energy to hit $21bn – 22 May 2014 I expected cabinet members to be better tuned in to Govt plans than this.

Remembering the Jones et al 1986 temperature station comparisons were often over huge distances – ridiculous distances sometimes over 1,000km

I have just been pulled up by George Bailley for comparing Ceduna temperatures to Fowlers Bay (western South Australia) which he said were 118km apart.
This comment from GB was at my earlier post – The BoM ACORN SAT dataset disaster rolls on – fatal minimum>maximum errors can not be repaired until “second half of 2014″
Yet when Professor PD Jones and his team birthed “global warming” with their two hemispheric papers in 1986 they often compared stations over 1000km apart – see table below with Australian examples. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology made no comment about the Jones et al 1986 paper quoting these ridiculous station comparisons.

Data in the table above is from this book – html version – Jones PD , Raper SCB, Cherry BSG, Goodess CM, Wigley TML, (1986c) TR027 A Grid Point Surface Air Temperature Data Set for the Southern Hemisphere. Office of Energy Research , Carbon Dioxide Research Division, US Department of Energy. Under Contract No. DE-ACO2-79EV10098 –
When GB has written to Professor Jones pointing out the huge distances between his station comparisons – and tried to convince Professor Jones that his comparisons should not exceed 100km – then I might take more note of comments by GB.
In 1988 Dr Fred B Wood published a useful critique of Jones et al 1986 and he addressed this distance issue – which Wigley & Jones termed a “red herring”.