Climate Change Australia – The Global Warming Scare: The Costs And The New Deniers

Posted on Sat 10/18/2014 by

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Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~

Global warming alarmists panicked gullible Australian State Governments led by The Australian Labor Party into building desalination plants with scares like Tim Flannery’s:

Professor Tim Flannery (Former Australian Climate Change Commissioner)

Professor Tim Flannery (Former Australian Climate Change Commissioner)

So even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems, and that’s a real worry for the people in the bush…

I think there is a fair chance Perth will be the 21st century’s first ghost metropolis…

Perth is facing the possibility of a catastrophic failure of the city’s water supply…

I’m personally more worried about Sydney than Perth… Where does Sydney go for more water?

No one in the ABC or Fairfax newspapers questioned Flannery’s alarmism, and no political leader dared to:

In 2008, Flannery said: “The water problem is so severe for Adelaide that it may run out of water by early 2009.” …

In 2007, Flannery predicted … “In Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane, water supplies are so low they need desalinated water urgently, possibly in as little as 18 months.”

One premier, Queensland’s Peter Beattie, took such predictions – made by other warming alarmists, too – so seriously that he spent more than $1 billion of taxpayers’ money on a desalination plant, saying “it is only prudent to assume at this stage that lower-than-usual rainfalls could eventuate”. That desalination plant opened in 2009, operated at reduced capacity for a few Months, and was placed into mothballs in 2010, having supplied what was only a tiny amount of water for South East Queensland.

But today we must pay the price for losing our heads:

New figures obtained by The Weekend Australian show the Victorian desalination plant, southeast of Melbourne, will have cost water users $1.2bn by the November 29 state election, rising to $2bn by the end of the next financial year.

The cost has soared, despite no water having been drawn from the facility since its opening in 2012 and dams being more than 80 per cent full…

The Victorian experience has been replicated across Australia’s east and south. Plants in Victoria, NSW, Adelaide and on the Gold Coast cost more than $10bn to build but their operations have been effectively mothballed.

Sydney’s plant is dismissed as a white elephant, with no water produced since 2012, despite costing consumers almost $200 million a year, or about $100 a year for every water user.

In Queensland, the Gold Coast desalination plant built by the previous Labor government at Tugun cost $1.2bn but has been effectively mothballed for the past few years.

In Adelaide, the 100-gigalitre-capacity desalination plant cost $2.2bn to build and was finished in December 2012 but the plant, publicly owned but operated by private contractors AdelaideAqua, will be mothballed from January 15 next year after a two-year “proving period”.

Serious questions are being asked about why state governments past and present have invested billions of dollars in desalination plants when high dam levels — such as 88 per cent in Sydney — make the infrastructure surplus to requirement.

Those serious questions aren’t really being asked, actually, because the politicians, academics and journalists who fell for the global warming scare are not interested in holding the gullible – including themselves – to account.

UPDATE

The new consensus is that there is an unexpected pause in the warming of the atmosphere:

Michael Asten, from the school of earth atmosphere and environment at Monash University, says there have been 15 articles commenting on and analysing the pause, or hiatus, published by the top journal group Nature in the past two years.

“While opinions on causes differ, existence of the pause is settled; only activists dare claim the pause in global temperature does not exist,” Asten says.

So who are the new “deniers” now?

Responses from Australia’s key science organisations show they remain in lock-step with the IPCC and their advice is accepted by Environment Minister, Greg Hunt.

Helen Cleugh, science director at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship, says …  while the rate of increase is lower, the temperatures are not lower, she says.

Measurements across the oceans and Earth system as a whole show that warming has continued unabated. “A reduction in the rate of warming (not a pause) is a result of short-term natural variability, ocean absorption of heat from the atmosphere, volcanic eruptions, a downward phase of the 11-year solar cycle, and other impacts over a short time period,” Cleugh says.

After taking advice from the Bureau of Meteorology, Hunt tells Inquirer the warming of the climate system is “unequivocal”…

Greens leader Christine Milne says she does not accept the pause…

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology says the rate of warming in global surface temperature during the past century has not been uniform… “The pattern that results is one of steady warming of the oceans, accompanied by alternating periods of fast and slow rises in air temperature.”

UPDATE 2

Tolstoy would surely have warmists in mind today:

I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book  Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.

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