You couldn’t make it up!

Clear a fire break and go to gaol.

Here in Western Australia farmer Szulc cleared a 20 wide break through scrubby regrowth on his own land, and they sent him to jail for 15 months. No heritage trees were destroyed, no rare orchids went extinct. It had all been cleared back in 1983 and regrown. His property was next to state land and he wanted to reduce the fire risk. He’d been ordered in court to fill in forms and ask permission. But it was his land, he felt that was wrong, so he cleared it. His action was both as a farmer and as a protest — an act of civil disobedience. For that, he earned a short mention on an ABC page once, was not nominated for a Nobel or an Oscar, and the UN didn’t ask him to dinner.  

WINDPOWER FANTASIES

Recall the jubilation among the wind warriors when wind matched brown coal in the September quarter. Check  today, barely a GW from wind all day, that is under 20% plated capacity and about 4% of the total demand for power!

UPDATE. An interview with Judith Curry on the state of play in climate science and why she left academia to be free to speak independently.

Curry is a scholar, not a pundit. Unlike many political and journalistic oracles, she never opines without proof. And she has data at her command. She tells me, for example, that between 1910 and 1940, the planet warmed during a climatic episode that resembles our own, down to the degree. The warming can’t be blamed on industry, she argues, because back then, most of the carbon-dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels were small. In fact, Curry says, “almost half of the warming observed in the twentieth century came about in the first half of the century, before carbon-dioxide emissions became large.” Natural factors thus had to be the cause. None of the climate models used by scientists now working for the United Nations can explain this older trend.

Bonus. Travel pics from Vienna.  

Living high among the Austrian economists at the Austrian National Bank.  Stuffed egg with salmon and trout caviar.

Afternoon tea at Cafe Sacher Wein (a chocolate shop).

Chatting with the doorman at Cafe Central. The doorman is a statue of Peter Altenberg, a modernist writer and poet who drank at the cafe with the likes of Freud and Trotsky and everyone else who was anyone in arts and letters before they had blogs to exchange ideas.

Hong Kong.  Looking south towards the airport.

Cattle in the vicinity of the Great Buddha at the end of the cable car ride.

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27 Responses to You couldn’t make it up!

  1. stackja

    Weeds must be protected?

  2. Tintarella di Luna

    So he was basically a prisoner of political bureaucracy.

  3. C.L.

    Now I’m REALLY hungry. I could demolish at least, say, 10, of those stuffed egg things.
    Thanks Rafe!

  4. GoWest

    Nominate him for Australian of the year.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    Man clears fire break around house.
    Gets fined $50,000 with legal costs of another $50,000.
    His house is the only one to survive the Black Saturday fires for a kilometre in every direction.

    ‘Illegally’ clearing his property cost him $100k in fines. But when the Black Saturday fires killed 173, his family and home survived while his neighbours died – so LIAM SHEAHAN asks, why can’t we control our own homes? (15 Nov)

  6. Infidel Tiger

    Property rights are a joke in this country.

  7. RobK

    Property rights are a joke in this country.
    Yes they are and environmental regulation is out of control.

  8. C.L.

    If only we had, like, a liberal party and a maybe a party for farmers – perhaps even working in concert – we could get rid of these laws.

  9. Roger

    And a big thank you to John Howard & David Kemp!

  10. Tintarella di Luna

    Love the photos Rafe – happy trails.

  11. AussieUte

    More wind power fantasy
    Switch ALL the non “reliables” and let that reality sink in
    https://opennem.org.au/energy/nem

  12. Bar Beach Swimmer

    No heritage trees were destroyed, no rare orchids went extinct.

    You didn’t say whether “sacred trees” were present.

  13. Tel

    Nominate him for Australian of the year.

    Skip the nomination process and just start calling him that.

  14. stackja

    Does the celebrated Wollemi Pine still exist?

  15. mem

    Rafe are you aware of this paper.
    Possibly the best analysis of the energy debate yet. Written by an engineer. A must read. If possible could this be given its own heading?
    https://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2019/11/KellyWeb.pdf

  16. Rafe Champion

    Thanks mem, I have posted it two or three times but it is easy to miss when I put up a bundle of stuff in Roundups. It is fundamentally important and should be raised in every discussion of unreliable energy.

  17. Iampeter

    If only we had, like, a liberal party and a maybe a party for farmers – perhaps even working in concert – we could get rid of these laws.

    If only we had people who understood politics and could make counter arguments to those of leftists – we could get rid of these laws.

    Instead we have boomer conservative talking points that often miss that conservatives are just as left wing as the people they claim to be opposing.

    Also, speaking of you-couldn’t-make-it-up.

    I’m sure Rafe or CL will have a post addressing this lunacy. Otherwise how could anyone take them seriously addressing green lunacy?

    Let’s see if there’s any honesty, principles and consistency…

  18. Alan

    Well spotted, Bruce. Thanks for the excellent link!
    I’ve also been following other commentators on Extremist environmentalism (Caldron Pool).
    Qld case Appeal: Baker v Smith [2019] QDC 76

  19. Tim Neilson

    I’m sure Rafe or CL will have a post addressing this lunacy. Otherwise how could anyone take them seriously addressing green lunacy?

    Maybe because Folau has zero influence on Australia’s national policies while green lunacy is destroying our economy and exacerbating bushfires?

  20. notafan

    Maybe because Folau has zero influence on Australia’s national policies while green lunacy is destroying our economy and exacerbating bushfires?

    exactly

  21. struth

    Should we have borders Iampoyda?

  22. stackja

    Homosexuality is acceptable?
    Abortion is acceptable?
    Arson is acceptable?
    Locking up parks is acceptable?

  23. Iampeter

    Maybe because Folau has zero influence on Australia’s national policies while green lunacy is destroying our economy and exacerbating bushfires?

    Folau’s actions and conservative collectivists support of him are about to see that Australia has a new round of HRC-style employment laws introduced. It’s going to absolutely devastate our economy.

    But that wasn’t the point anyway. You can’t criticize Greens as religious loons, or some such (which they totally are), when you’re not prepared to criticize ALL religious loons. I can’t believe this needs any clarification.

    This inconsistency, lack of principles and dishonesty, is how conservatives ended up implementing the environmentalist policies in the first place, that are now destroying our economy, and you’re all suddenly opposing for some reason.

    You don’t need a Farmers Party (seriously LOL!) you need to go to start a political movement pretty much from the very beginning and this try to have coherent ideas that are different to that of leftists.

  24. Tim Neilson

    But that wasn’t the point anyway. You can’t criticize Greens as religious loons, or some such (which they totally are), when you’re not prepared to criticize ALL religious loons. I can’t believe this needs any clarification.

    No-one involved on this blog is obliged to go into print every time someone says something stupid.

    Their choices as to what to blog about will presumably reflect in large part their own judgments about what’s important and what’s not. As to what’s important…

    Folau’s actions and conservative collectivists support of him are about to see that Australia has a new round of HRC-style employment laws introduced. It’s going to absolutely devastate our economy.

    Oh FFS. Perhaps some posters here aren’t as hysterical as you.

    In any case, the actual content of Folau’s views have nothing to do with the questions about contracts etc. at issue in his case. Those issues would be the same even if the case were about some dogmatic atheist being sacked from a fixed term contract for prancing around braying “existence exists”.

    So Folau escalating his views simply isn’t an issue. Greens reiterating their nation-destroying views is, because their lobbying has a real effect.

  25. Iampeter

    No-one involved on this blog is obliged to go into print every time someone says something stupid.

    No one’s suggested such a thing. What I was suggesting was demonstrating some semblance of ideological consistency, which anyone engaged in serious discourse about things like politics, is absolutely obliged to do.

    Oh FFS. Perhaps some posters here aren’t as hysterical as you.

    Yea and greenies will say the exact same thing re Rafe’s post. See my point?

    You are exactly the same as any leftist. You’re disagreements are not on anything fundamental. It’s just technicalities.

  26. Tim Neilson

    Yea and greenies will say the exact same thing re Rafe’s post. See my point?

    Sigh.

    You don’t disprove my point by saying that someone else may falsely make the same assertion about a totally different situation.

    But utter irrationality is all you’ve ever had.

  27. Gavin R Putland

    Well, if Mr Szulc is a farmer he’s probably bought a few new vehicles on which he has paid that unconstitutional stamp duty (excise). He could sue in the Magistrates Court (or whatever they call it over there) for a refund and cease-and-desist on the stamp duty, and let it be known that because of his criminal record he has nothing to lose by holding out for vindication…

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