Alan Moran’s Climate News and Paddy McGuinness remembered

Alan Moran’s May edition of  Climate News. An alarming survey of human folly around the world,

Polls show US voters overwhelmingly favour the proposed deeper reductions in emissions.

The US is starting to ban fracking, which has proved to be environmentally safe and has also been responsible for lowering US greenhouse gases.  95 per cent of US oil and gas is produced by the technology, which has transformed the US into a net energy exporter. 

The Biden administration plans to switch subsidies provided to fossil fuels (mainly comprising rapid write-off of drilling costs) to support for renewables.  A new subsidy for blending biofuels with fossil fuels is also planned. 

US Dept. of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland who identifies as native American has established a Climate Task Force to accelerate renewable energy development and to seek input through tribal consultation.

 13 Noble laureates, headed by the Australian National University’s Vice Chancellor Brian Schmidt, issued an “urgent call for climate action”.

AND A CHANGE OF PACE  A dive into the Bob Gould archive.

His thoughts on the passing of Paddy McGuinness. My enemy is dead and I mourn him.

Something that made me crack up in one of the obituaries, while it may be true, is that Paddy said while he was declining that he didn’t want any bloody priests. That may be so, because in the past few years he knocked around a bit with bishops and cardinals. There’s a picture of his eminence, Cardinal George Pell, locked in serious discussion with John Howard at a Quadrant dinner.

In the past couple of years McGuinness, due to the confluence of their social views on some questions, became Pell’s favourite atheist, and I’ve heard His Eminence speak approvingly of McGuinness on a couple of occasions. 

That extraordinary master of personal abuse and vitriol, Paul Keating, has just published in the Australian Financial Review a vintage attack on McGuinness. While he quite properly has a go at McGuinness for his support for the former Howard government’s anti-union laws, the main thrust of Keating’s diatribe is McGuinness’s alleged failure to acknowledge Keating’s personal role in the massive deregulation of the Australian economy.

It requires all of Keating’s spectacular hubris to launch a boisterous attack on a bloke who has just died, essentially from McGuinness’s right. Attacking McGuinness from the right takes a lot of doing. Keating is a bit like Jack Lang was in later life, a larger than life hater, and he requires all his hubris to carry it off.

Vale Paddy.

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14 Responses to Alan Moran’s Climate News and Paddy McGuinness remembered

  1. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    An alarming survey of human folly around the world

    Charles McKay, who I don’t know anything about, but whose words I remember:

    “Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.”

    Sums up the current day pretty well, with the stampeding herd on the Left and the congregation of individuals on the Right. Short of a serious global meltdown I don’t know what is going to crack the herds in the West out of their madness.

  2. egg_ says:

    The Biden administration plans…

    Dementia Joe’s use by date must be just about up?

    /Gott im Himmel

  3. Maniac says:

    And on top of Abidin’s blunders, they’re predicting gas shortages this summer because the 19 forced the few tanker drivers we have into working for companies like Amazon instead.

    It’s gonna be a long summer.

  4. Dianeh says:

    I don’t believe that poll.

    50% of voters voted for Trump who pulled out of the Paris accord and provided energy independence. To now overwhelmingly support Biden’s emissions cuts, they must have been voting against their own preferences during the election. Which of course they did not.

  5. Mark M says:

    Hot air balloon company set to take weather bureau to court over wind forecast

    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/hot-air-balloon-company-poised-to-take-weather-bureau-to-court-over-forecast-20210215-p572jv.html

    … at least they can predict global warming in 101 years and are unaccountable for that.

  6. Mother Lode says:

    Polls are overwhelmingly in favour of ‘deeper reductions in emissions’?

    Pols, I think. Not polls.

  7. Kneel says:

    “Polls are overwhelmingly in favour of ‘deeper reductions in emissions’”

    Sure.
    But ask them how much they will personally be willing to spend on it.
    Answer: not much. A majority would not be prepared to spend $10/month on it. So the response needs to be at a cost of less than $36B p.a. all up.
    I suspect they are already spending more than that…

  8. Leo G says:

    “Polls are overwhelmingly in favour of ‘deeper reductions in emissions’”

    What do the polls mean by “deep” reductions?
    “Deep” seems to mean more esoteric emission reductions- emission reductions that are to be understood by only the select few who have special interest.

  9. Rafe Champion says:

    Kneel, do you have sources at your fingertips, there has been local research to indicate how much people are prepared to pay, as you say hardly any nominate more than 10 0r 20 a month but I want to write something based on solid figures (at least published figures, whether or not they are solid is another matter).
    Yes there will be shock and awe if we ever manage to tell people how much they are paying already (for more expensive and less reliable power.)

  10. Nob says:

    Meanwhile diesel generator market has been steadily expanding.
    https://www.power-technology.com/comment/global-diesel-generators-market-reach-value-115-11bn-coming-years/

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/940964/diesel-generator-global-market-size-breakdown-by-region/

    https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/diesel-gensets-industry

    World Bank on the Warpath against Diesel Gennies! (pdf file)
    Read it.
    Shocking stuff.
    They want to force Africans and Asians to use unreliable solar power instead.

    Energy demand in developing countries is growing in line with their infrastructural growth and economic development, whereas in developed countries it is increasing, although slowly, as a result of further improvement in people’s lifestyle. Utilities are not always in a place to accommodate this increasing power demand by investing in large power projects, as these projects require long construction times and huge capital investment.

    As if you needed telling.

  11. Kneel says:

    “Kneel, do you have sources at your fingertips,”

    I do not, however a quick search brings up this from TheirALPBC:
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-17/what-youd-spend-to-halt-climate-change-and-what-you-could-get/11784704

    “On average, we’re willing to chip in at least $200 each year”
    Bump that to $240 and it’s $20/month.

    Leave it at $200 p.a. and they say:
    “It may not sound like much, but even if we take the bare minimum Australians told us they’d be willing to spend, it’d add up to just over $4 billion a year.”

    While this:
    https://stopthesethings.com/2019/02/24/australias-renewable-energy-debacle-government-mandates-economic-suicide/

    says:
    “Outraged, the wind and solar lobbies – backed by Labor – convinced then Environment and Energy Minister, young Gregory Hunt to settle on 33,000 GWh [of LRET]. The cost of the subsidies under that scheme will exceed $60,000,000,000.”

    Try searching with an alternative to google – duckduckgo or others give very different results, and duckduckgo appears to ignore ideological filtering and just returns better matches without the censorship of “bad” ideas that google has. Duckduckgo also links direct to the cited page rather than an indirect link that tracks your interests and usage.

  12. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    My first baby’s bassinet, somewhere near forty eight years ago, went to the McGuiness babe. We all knew each other around Syd Uni environs in those days. Far off now.

    Vale, Paddy. New times are upon us now.

  13. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    As if you needed telling.

    Indeed Nob. Trust you and yours are well.

    As for that piece of garbage signed by so many Nobel Laureates. I wonder how many of these were in science: a few probably, but others are Peace prizes or similar ilk, and all of them have been infected with the leftist virus, the taint of which is set now to ruin the planet, especially for poorer people and nations, far more than a slight rise in temperature, if it is rising at all, would ever do.

    I may not live to see the turn-around, but a turn-around must come. That much is simply a lesson of history. Foolishness doesn’t last forever.

  14. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    Another one I recall from those halcyon (sort of) days partying at SU: Patrick Cook, as I remember him in his yoof, and more lately, receiving his award in the Media Hall of Fame. Grown older.

    Not me though. I have simply matured. 😀

    Good to see Patrick in his age is still grounded in reality and reveres Bill Leak.

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