RE: "Fires show we can't wait any longer to act on climate change" (Eco News, January 11).
Columnist Dr Jim Blackwood's trump card is the Climate Council, which is run by Tim Flannery, the archpriest of Anthropogenic Global Warming.
Jim thinks the Climate Council is a "reliable source of information".
Reliable? Source of information? During an interview on, you guessed it, the ABC, Flannery came in from fairyland for a moment to give us his thoughts on Gaia (you know, the ancient Greeks' earth goddess).
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Here are some of his ipsissima verba (for the benefit of those who didn't go to school before 1970, "his very words"):
"I think that within this century the concept of the strong Gaia will actually become physically manifest."
"We'll never be able to control the earth (that's a relief, coming from one who says we are controlling it to the extent of making it hotter) But we can nudge [it] and we can foresee danger. Once that occurs, then the Gaia of the ancient Greeks really will exist. This planet, this Gaia, will have acquired a brain and nervous system. That will make it act as a living animal ... we'll see it, I think, this century." Phew!
Furthermore, he is a member of the Siemens Sustainability Advisory Board, where he joins such disinterested parties as representatives of Tata Industries, China International Capital Corp. and BHP-Brugger and Partners.
Anyone unversed in the Byzantine manoeuvres of present-day big business might wonder what the hardnosed lot at Siemens Aktiengesellschaft might want from a BA Eng.Lit., PhD paleontology.
But a quick look at Siemens' website will show them playing the environmental card - in spades.
It sold (e)1.9 billion worth of environmental products in 2012 and "... worked hard to continuously improve the footprint of its own operations around the world and thus became a global sustainability leader".
There's gold in them thar windmills! And desalination plants. And solar energy, etc.
Our friend is given high profile status in the sustainability section of Siemens' website, including a headline quote from him and a brief CV which includes the statement that "he was appointed to head the Climate Change Commission established by the Australian Prime Minister".
And if you think that it's only foreign companies that milk taxpayers via government subsidies, you can think again.
National Australia Bank has boasted it has "invested" more than $1.6 billion in "sustainable" energy and AGL has adroitly ensured that it gets it both ways.
First, it gets the obscene government subsidies from the forced sale of wind power into the grid; and when the wind stops blowing it is able to capitalise on the frequently available grossly inflated spot prices necessitated by the crucial need of keeping supply to the grid, by supplying from its open cycle gas turbine alternator sets.
No wonder AGL and the other corporate highwaymen are all in favour of "renewable" energy.
There are many natural constraints and drivers of climate (and, ipso facto, of weather) including the earth's many rotational movements; the effect of the other planets, particularly the gas giants; the increase in the rate of "burning" of the sun; and, probably the most influential of all, the changing of the sun's magnetic field and its consequential effect on the number of sunspots - and their effect on cloud albedo.
In the meantime, my (and your) electricity unit cost has increased by a factor of 2.6 since 2004.
This as a direct result of the enforced use of foreign made windmills and solar panels - which need equal coal fired spinning reserve for when the sun sets and the wind stops blowing.