As parts of Australia’s east coast experience record low temperatures and Perth continues to experience healthy amounts of rainfall, I can’t help but remember the time in 2004 when Tim Flannery said that there was a ‘fair chance’ that Perth would become the 21st century’s first ghost metropolis – based on what appeared to be a two month, self-selected crash course in reading some stuff he found… and the subsequent soiling of his pants:
It’s official: every cyclone or hurricane these days is the worst, strongest, most powerful [insert hyperbolic untruth of your choice] EVER!
Hurricane Irma has been no different.
In The Australian yesterday came this story of Malcolm Turnbull giving Einstein (or whoever really came up with his insanity quote) the middle digit:
The nation’s electricity industry chiefs will be hauled in by Malcolm Turnbull for the second time in three weeks following an audit that rcevealed more than a million households are still paying the highest price rates imposed by energy retailers.
If you’re not a regular visitor to Catallaxy Files (you ought to be), then you may not be familiar with this graph – which clearly shows what happens when governments diddle around in energy markets and increase subsidies to wind and solar energy in the name of ‘climate action’:
If you thought that climate change had realised its full potential – and that TMR’s list from the other day* was exhaustive – you’d be wrong!
We’re dealing with one seriously talented beast here ladies and gentlemen (and others). Here are some more talents to add to TMR’s pile from the other day:
If all you did was read sites like news.com.au, you would really think that the world is about to be overcome with ‘climate refugees’:
You’ve probably read this elsewhere already, but it’s simply too good not to share it here for the benefit of those who may not have seen it.
I’ve decided to re-post the whole lot to do it justice. If you’re time poor and want the summarised version, feel free to zero in on the bolded parts below or head on down to Andrew Bolt’s blog:
Given the rarity of cyclones these days, a Category 4 system was all it took for Climate Church Junior Wizard, Adam Bandt, to come rushing out with this hyperbolic untruth:
“Building a new coal fired power station now is like knowing cigarettes cause cancer but starting your kids on a pack a day, or knowing asbestos kills but building your family home with it anyway,” Mr. Bandt said.
“If Malcolm Turnbull uses scarce public money to build a new coal-fired power station he’ll have blood on his hands. The more coal we burn, the more intense extreme weather events like Cyclone Debbie will be. People will suffer.”
(PPS: Dear SMH, I’ve taken a screen shot of your article with a word search showing zero hits for the word ‘blood’ – so please resist any urge you may have to engage in some funny stuff and say that it was all my imagination).
The stakes continue to get raised in the game to see who can blow the most of our money on energy schemes in the most efficient manner possible.
It all began when South Australian premier Jay Weatherill opened the betting by attempting to generate 40% of his state’s energy needs from wind and solar. Refusing to be intimidated, Tasmania immediately called South Australia’s opening gambit by: