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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 …

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


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. .

Consider whether the continuous and relentless increase of population will be a problem for everything else. but it is worth contemplating the impact of more than 2 billion extra souls over the next 40 years. The F.A.O says 2.3 and the U.N. 2.9 billion, an increase of about one third.

It may not be significant in the Western World but it certainly is a difference in the Third World. Population to our North in Greater S.E.Asia is increasing at the rate of 20 million every 3 months, (F.A.O. figures a year ago) Not only will they breathe oxygen provided by the existing vegetation but they will require some form of shelter that consumes part of the vegetation, plus clean water.food and above all…energy.

As lifestyle of the wealthy nations is beamed to a TV in the open window hutch of the grass hut to the dozens seated on the ground , the wealth displayed by the media is envied to the extent that hitherto a life of stoop labour in the paddy is now not acceptable – the viewer is conditioned for the better life of “Big Max,TV’s, cars and electric toothbrushes”.

Therein will lie the problem of consumption of the Earth’s resources already drained in ever larger amounts from above and below ground. The search continues to supply the raw materials for “things”. So far there are untouched territories, forests and marginal tundra still apparently available but for how much longer if the World population will increase by one third? Is this what the boat refugees from Sri Lanka and the Middle East see in Australia while they escape from unstable regimes?

We broadcast our image to the World. Many have risked,(and lost), their life for the dream of peace and plenty while there are others, currently on trial, hell bent to destroy it. The U.N. has warned of food riots and a modern day exodus from troubled nations of the Middle East and Africa.

Will the pressure of another 2 billion souls in such a short period of time allow the natural world to provide and then sustain? or will it be the scientists and farmers finding ways and means to do so ?

The Water Commissioner, Ms McLeod is to be commended for her condemnation of the political decision to allow longer times for city folks to water gardens, if only because the lady talks sense.. Politicians are on 3 months holiday on full pay so why would they care for the reality of Riverland families walk off? The city is a constant liability to the rest of the State.

Instead of harvesting storm water, subsidising domestic rain water tanks, and forcing them on new subdivisions and directing the rain from the big roof areas into the aquifer,the politicians go for the big show, the grandiosity of the half billion$ project that will take another 5 years to deliver. The performance of being seen in a hard hat sipping on a glass of desal is typical of the self serving theatrics of this Government. The show must go on. Now the need to increase capacity to 100 glt to water gardens when families in the irrigated food line, unable to carry the debt of the long drought any longer to sustain a living, walk off and abandoned properties become a dust bowl.

Be very watchful. Looming on the horizon is the SA Water 20% increase charges to “maintain the margin of profit”, a measure that should be watched very closely by the South East and Murraylands towns who have no connection with this city problem.

Story at http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,26526943-5006301,00.html#submit-feedback

“Senator Wong said the big problems in the talks were the targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions, how to verify that countries made good on their climate promises, and how to finance poorer countries to tackle global warming. (Well, we all knew that Penny Wong.) Ms Hand though, Australia’s Official Person, in her speech, also drew attention to the problem in deciding what legal form a new climate deal should take – a hot topic which relates to the future of the Kyoto protocol.”

Well, nice try…to get Nations together again after Geneva and the war to end all wars in 1918, then the U.N.after another war to end all wars in 1945 but history has clearly shown that there is no such thing as obtuse Nations doing anything together for the common good least of all in good faith. More so when rising populations with rising affluence become consumers of manufactured goods from polluting processes. The U.N. says another 2.9 billion by 2040, an increase of one third, Penny Wong, one third. Therein lies the problem of trying to create a new World Order.

If the causes of climate change, are indeed man made, then the answer is unclear and requires the sacrifice of vested interests. Legislating an Emissions Trading Scheme is Australia’s example, but if it is the forever changing elliptical orbit of the Earth around the Sun then the answer is clear..adapt to it as all other life on Earth has adapted to climate change. But the melting of the Ice Caps raising the sea levels before they begin to freeze again create a problem for some of the Pacific Nations…this is the area to prepare for a different future on higher ground….. in rented space?. In the meantime it appears that Copenhagen is all about money.

“Copenhagen will not save the Planet” at http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,26479373-5005962,00.html

The following from the Hudson Institute on global food issues that require a deep knowledge of the environment, is repeated here with permission.

NOVEMBER 22, 2009
CHURCHVILLE, VA—Copenhagen has predictably brought out a new round of claims that humanity is frying the planet. Mother Nature, however, has told us to expect only about 0.5 degree of further warming over the next several centuries. Which is right, Mother Nature or the computerized global climate models championed by Al Gore?

Apparently, we got a revealing glimpse of truth when a hacker last week published files taken from Britain’s Hadley Climate Research Unit—ground zero for the warming alarmists. The hacker, who published on an anonymous Russian site, said: “We feel that climate science is, in the current situation, too important to be kept under wraps.” Hadley has confirmed the hack-in.

One of the alleged emails has Dr.Kevin Trenberth of the U.S. National Center on Climate Research, saying to his fellow believers in man-made warming:
“…where the heck is global warming? We are asking that here in Boulder [on October 12, 2009] where we have broken records the past two days for the coldest day on record. We have 4 inches of snow. The high the past two days was below 30F and the normal is 69F, and it smashed the previous records for these days by 10F. The low was about 18F and also a record low, well below the previous record.

“The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming, and it is a travesty that we can’t. The [government satellite radiation data] shows there should be even more warming: but the data are surely wrong. . .

Trenberth is saying the data he’s getting can’t be right because they don’t confirm his theory that the Modern Warming is mostly man-made. But there’s an old saying in science: “If your data don’t confirm your theory, get a new theory.”

We’ve never observed the “runaway warming” predicted by the computerized climate models. The warming from 1976–1998 was not significantly stronger or longer than the warming from 1915–1940—which was too early to be caused by human-emitted CO2. Both were followed by coolings, not CO2 runaways.

My book, Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Years, offers quite a different theory on our global warming—and cites hundreds of peer-reviewed studies documenting a long, moderate, solar-driven climate cycle that goes back a million years. The evidence: oxygen isotopes in ice cores; microfossils in seabed sediments; fossil pollen; and even the summer skies in old museum paintings, which shifted from sunny in the Medieval Warming to cloudy during the Little Ice Age and then back again after 1850. That longer cycle gave us the Medieval and Roman warmings and the recent Little Ice Age.

We see the current global cooling as triggered by our largest heat sink, the Pacific Ocean, which has a 60-year cycle superimposed on the longer 1,500-year cycle. The Pacific cooling will frost Dr. Trenberth’s tootsies until about 2038.

The 1500-year Dansgaard-Oeschger cycles deliver about half their total warming in their first few decades, which seems to have been the 0.5 warming from 1850-1940. Then it will get a bit warmer, erratically, probably totaling half a degree Celsius over the next several centuries—until the next “little ice age” or Big One.

Despite the UN’s claims, we’ve never found a “human fingerprint” on the Modern Warming. The computer models all predict man-made warming will produce a strong warming 5 kilometers over the equator—but we’ve had a slight cooling there instead. Another reason for a re-think, Dr. Trenberth?

Since the warming is unstoppable, we must anyway leave Al Gore with his unsold carbon offsets and adapt to Mother Nature.

DENNIS T. AVERY is an environmental economist, and a senior fellow for the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC.


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