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From AdelaideNow, today Nov 13

FEDERAL Regional Minister Simon Crean has criticised the Murray-Darling Basin Authority for being “one dimensional” with the way it prepared its controversial plan to cut water allocations and save the basin.
The Australian Conservation Foundation has also attacked the MDBA for a lack of adequate modellng in its plan …
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Having developed the infrastructure, the plantings and water distribution system for the Ramco Heights Irrigation area near Waikerie in the 60’s, the River has been a major part of my life.

It was not the “lack of adequate modeling” of the Basin Authority but the lack of proportion. The opposite to cutting 4000 gigs from the flow for any reason was to provide it or more by advocating the construction of the means to do so.

Strange, that a 60’s survey plan submitted to State Government to bring water from Argyle to Burke is ignored or the practical suggestions since then to channel water from Queensland as insurance to waterproof the nations food bowl are not even considered. Yet the reality is “drought and flooding rains”.

The means to offset the droughts have been pushed aside for an idiotic notion that by paying millions to buy water licenses during a drought from irrigators of food and putting them to the wall, the river would suddenly flow?

What a monumental waste of time and money this has been when an engineering survey for supply from the North could have been completed in less time at a fraction of the cost for a project no more difficult than the Snowy.

To view story and comments online go to: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/in-depth/crean-critical-of-basin-rescue-plan/story-e6frebju-1225952874011


It is a fact .Indeed a truism that climate changes. Why then is it suddenly Earth shattering information?
For as long as I can remember and I am over 80, it changes 4 times a year and that change has been going on for eons, since records were first found as carvings by the Neanderthals in their caves.

Nothing new about that. Each of these climate changes, to a greater or a lesser degree, is extremes of temperature, humidity or duration, and have been historically recorded. I suspect the 4000 year records of the Chinese who moved up when the tundra shed its ice along with the Vikings in Greenland and then moved south when it got a bit frozen, are the most reliable.

The climate theorists or the Greens Doomsday Cult are still pushing the convenient lie to support the political agenda for a tax because they do not have the morality to admit a mistake. What difference does the tax make to Australia while the relentless destruction of tropical forest that absorb the carbon continues and the huge industrials of China and India create it?

A Doomsday cultist has a “rising sea level due to climate change” threatening a coastal subdivision at Pt.Augusta. A high tide to threaten the subdivision has nothing whatsoever to do with climate change but to our moon and that has been known by the ancients long before a computer was invented or “computer modeling”,the bastard child that it gave birth to.

To view the subject story and comment online go to: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/good-and-the-bad-of-south-australian-development/story-e6frea83-1225945384614


Imagine Dear Reader, the money spent to rein in the human requirement of water from the Murray Basin to get some enviroflow to the Lower Lakes, a severe trauma for the population dependent on the River as shown by the reception at the meetings to explain. But not any practical action to waterproof the nation, only the political outcome.

After throwing $hundreds of millions buying up water licenses in the brainless notion that by doing so the river would flow with so many talkfests, the Lakes dried up anyway. These are the simple facts on record..

All of the high falutin $ values and notions they support will not be worth one cracker if there is no rain in the catchments and the river flows dry up,(1914-1921.) If the locks that provided the navigation pools had been removed because there is no more need for them, then the irrigation system for food would not exist in its present dimension.The Chaffey Bros would never have started what has become a $12 billion food bowl in the MDB from those pools between the locks.

During the present drought, I suggest that for 6 of the past 10 years the pools were not enough to sustain the irrigators and licenses were both cut and sold off for enviroflows that did not happen These are facts of record too.

Without letting all the water out of the locks the Lower Lakes dried up. So, we now have “the best available science” from modeling, the brainless bastard child that the computer gave birth to.

One would have every right to consider no practical solution arose from the MDB Authority to waterproofing the nation by pipe or canal from the seasonally flooded North, Argyle or Queensland. A project no more difficult than the Snowy. Failure to do so threatens the existence of so many families, and is so irresponsible as to be criminally liable.


The UN has held another Green Summit in Nagoya, Japan to save the wild species—again. The planet’s temperatures have failed to increase for 12 years, and the public is losing interest in man-made global warming. So, back to the cuddly wild animals as the excuse for shutting down the modern world.

The UN’s problem is that we aren’t currently losing species, or very few. The current wildlife extinction rate is the lowest in 500 years—according to the UN Environmental Program’s own World Atlas of Biodiversity.

The old wooden-ship explorers have already spread Norway rats, cats, and weed seeds all over the world. The extinctions on the little islands have mostly happened already. The last flightless Dodo bird was roasted in 1681. Ancient primitive hunters have already wiped out the wooly mammoths and the cave bears.

Modern Global Warmers predicted “million lost species” haven’t been lost, or even endangered. Numerous studies have shown that, far from the birds and butterflies going extinct, they are expanding their ranges and adopting new food habits during the modest warming of the past century.

We’ve lost the Golden Toad of Costa Rica, which is sad. But the peer-reviewed studies don’t blame global warming. R.O. Lawton of the University of Alabama-Huntsville found that the clearing of the forests below the Golden Toad’s cloud-forest home had changed the hydrology of the forest.

A more recent study used stable isotopes from the cloud forest’s own trees to reconstruct a century of its dry-season moisture history. The greatest bio-stress comes during the El Nines. Anchukaitas and Evans found the extinction of the golden toad “coincided with an exceptionally dry interval caused by the 1986–87 El Nino event.” They specifically state: “There is no evidence of a trend associated with global warming.”

Worried about the polar bears? Recent studies show that the polar bear population has increased from around 5,000 to 25,000 since 1970. Basically, it’s the result of more responsible hunting. A new paper used paleoclimate records to model the Arctic’s ice history over the past 10,000 years. The authors conclude that during the much-warmer centuries of the early Holocene (6000–8000 years ago) the Arctic probably was completely ice-free in some periods. The polar bear, as a species, goes back about 200,000 years. How did it weather the Holocene Warming?

What about the cute little pika, the smallest member of the rabbit family, which likes high-altitude rock-piles and harvests grass for winter fodder? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently told us—to howls of rage from eco-activists—that “the best available scientific information indicates that pikas will be able to survive despite higher temperatures. Pikas will have enough suitable high-elevation habitat to prevent them from becoming threatened or endangered.”

Remember, too, one of the pikas’ favorite territories is the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. John Christy recently found “there has been no change in summer nighttime temperatures in the adjacent Sierra Nevada Mountains. Summer daytime temperatures in the six-county area have actually cooled slightly since 1910.”

Sources:

R.O. Lawton et. al., 2001, “Climatic Impact of Tropical Lowland Deforestation on Nearby Mountain Cloud Forests.” Science 294: 584-87.

Anchukaitis and Evans, “Tropical cloud forest climate variability and the demise of the Monteverde golden toad,” in press for Quaternary Science Reviews.

Jakobsson et al., “New insights on Arctic Quaternary climate variability from palaeo-records and numerical modeling,” in press for Quaternary Science Reviews.

Peter Dykstra, “Magic Number: A Sketchy ‘Fact’ About Polar Bears Keeps Going—and Going—and Going,” The Society of Environmental Journalists, Aug. 8, 2008.

“Fish and Wildlife Service Denies American Pikas Threatened Species Protection,” Earthjustice.com, Feb. 4, 2010.

John Christy, “Irrigation most likely to blame for Central California warming,” University of Alabama-Huntsville, http://www,uah.edu.


Greens MP Mark Parnell says there is no safe way to mine uranium with the insitu acid leach process and this method should be stopped.

Well, there is no safe way to process gold either with the cyanide heap leach process on the surface but typical of the Greens, Mark Parnell has no idea. Would he or the Greens advocate to ban gold mining because of the risk of cyanide residues?. Hardly, It is both
fatuous and without evidence and plainly not true that “most developed countries don’t allow it”

Any mining has an impact on the environment, whether it is
acceptable or not is generally conditional on the rules and to suggest that uranium mining be phased out as soon as possible lacks any understanding of World energy demands for the future in which Australia plays a major part.

Mr. Parnell might earn credit for a vision if he and the Greens were an
advocate for uranium processing to the fuel stage in Austrailia- it makes more sense than shipping the ore to be processed in Canada now that Russia is to build 12 new nuclear power plants in India.


Mr Rudd is on record that,” there would be cash assistance for 3.6 million middle income households, half of which would be fully compensated for extra expenses”.( incurred as a result of the ETS being passed on to consumers) ‘

“Single pensioners would get an extra $455 a year as compensation and couples $686 and the hundreds of millions,”would come from forcing industries to buy permits for the tonnage of carbon pollution they produce” A Greens Senator has written to a friend of mine imploring her to to write to her MP “to get the ETS passed”

Dennis Avery of the Hudson Institute, a U.S. Think Tank sent this to me a day ago.

The giant state of California has created only 48,000 “green jobs” over the 13 years from 1995 to 2008. Green jobs still make up only 1 percent of California’s economy. Worse, says State Senator Bob Dutton, the high energy taxes needed to create those few green jobs are at the same time killing millions of jobs in all sorts of industries across the state. California’s unemployment has soared from less than 5 percent to more than 12 percent since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the California Global Warming Solutions Act three years ago.

The governor promised that the global warming tax would “create a whole new industry to pump up our economy, a clean-tech industry that creates jobs, sparks new cutting-edge technology and will be a model for the rest of the nation and the rest of the world.” Instead, the global warming taxes will drive up the prices of all non-renewable energy—as they were intended to do. ( Did Penny Wong copy this legislation? RS)

California taxpayers will now pay for wind turbines and solar panels made in China, while California has lost more than 600,000 manufacturing jobs. Business relocation specialist Joseph Vranich says he’s working full time to help companies flee California’s rising costs and restrictions. He warns that no one is calling about moving into the Golden State.

Senator Dutton points to CalPortland Cement, which has cancelled its California expansion plans and is considering a Nevada location instead. It recently closed a cement operation in Colton, laying off 100 workers.

That’s a preview of the “green jobs” impact. The manufacturing—and farming ( In the US)—will be done in places that don’t impose energy taxes. If the Congress imposes import tariffs, that still won’t provide cost-effective energy for American farming, manufacturing, or transport. With far less energy available, our standards of living must drop dramatically. ( Australia imported $100 million food products from China in 2009. Is that just a beginning? RS)

The Wall Street Journal reports the Southern California Public Power Authority is warning of a 30 percent hike in electric rates. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has told business to expect a 21 percent hike this year. LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says the city must raise rates because “the State is breathing down our necks . . . where we could be looking at fines of $300 million [in 2012] and $600 million on top of that.” ( SA has been warned of a 30% power price hike. RS)

All of this in spite of the low correlation between CO2 and our thermometer records—22 percent. The correlation with sunspots is 79 percent. Does Washington care? Or does President Obama want $6 gasoline, tripled electric bills—and $800 billion per year in energy taxes to “spread the wealth” among his allies? (End) ( Is Rudd “spreading the wealth” by giving me $455 a year” to cover increased costs when a loaf of bread – the wheat costs 20 cents – has already reached $5.20? RS)

The U.S. Is fortunate that there are States that have not created an ETS, offering an alternative to such high costs that cause loss of jobs, albeit a quiet exodus, but Australia is not insulated ( sorry !) because the ETS plan is Federal. Shall we see a new exodus to stay in business? Bonds taking their undies off to China would pale in comparison and today Senator Nick X has waded into the Food from China.


Time that the MD system and its tributaries were removed from the control of the States. The region provides about $40 billion annual food production with $12 billion of that below Mildura. Yet , a large panel of scientists advocating a steep reduction in water use for purely environmental reasons fails to balance such a policy with the obvious. An increase of another 2 billion souls in the world with 20 million every 3 months to our North whose changing lifestyle and prosperity will not accept a life of stoop labour in the paddy.

Pure science has consequences since the invention of gunpowder,penicillin,and fission to produce heat. The consequences of such a reduction in food production of the MD ultimately needs more than just saving the Lower Lakes which the sea should reclaim in any event.

Not only are scientists together with farmers the key to environmental care of the Nation, they are also the key to food production on land that is already being farmed and the two have been fused together for the advances of the past and will be so into the future. .



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  • Linda: It is not limited to the Liberals. The current State Government has a lot to answer for concerning me and my family.
  • Ahmad Hewes: I loved your blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on...
  • pointofviewsa: Sorry Mr. Mc. Been out of action with an aneurysm repair - not recommended for anyone who likes to be busy and my post op advice is to not consider ri