Off The Buses

I have often wondered about the economic and environmental value of public transport buses lumbering through city traffic. I have lived in rural areas most of my life, and it has always annoyed me that I have to pay for those busses through my taxes when I never use them, and when I pay more for …

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Tornadoes Caused by Global Warming

Well, no, actually. But, hey Bill McKibben et al, don’t let mere facts stop you. Bill McKibben was one of the first (they are pretty quick, but he was the quickest) of the global warming alarmists to claim the Joplin disaster was OUR FAULT. Because of CO2 and stuff. In reality that is a complete crock of doodoom, …

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Blanchett to Australia – ‘Listen Up, Peasants’

The Australian Greens have accused polluters of an “ugly attack” on Hollywood star Cate Blanchett, who has come out in a new television advertising campaign in support of a carbon tax. Yes, but if CO2 is a pollutant, then everyone still breathing is a polluter, right? A tax on CO2 will have a serious effect on …

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Rapture, Global Warming, and Other Delusions

Harold Camping was wrong. 200 million Christian believers were not ‘raptured’ up to heaven on Saturday. If Christian fundamentalists keep this up, it will only be another 100 or so wrong predictions and they will have as much of a credibility problem as the global warming alarmists. Seriously. How is it that someone like Camping gets two predictions …

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Predictable Predictions

‘Will your home be underwater?’ asks the Adelaide Advertiser, which seems to be taking on a new role as the Adelaide (Labor Party) Advertiser. Under political pressure over its unspecified carbon tax, the Federal Government will release its latest topographical information about rising sea levels which shows up to 43,000 residential properties along the Adelaide …

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Insults Are Not Evidence

In the early eighties I went through a stage of uncertainty about the ordination of women to the priesthood. I was living in Adelaide at the time, studying at Flinders/The Adelaide College of Divinity for priestly ministry in the Anglican Church. I had listened to debates about this in New Zealand. The bishops all seemed …

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Greenpeace Not A Charity

As a contrast to the appallingly dumb judicial decision in the previous post, I offer this as a counter-example: Greenpeace has lost a High Court battle to restore its status as a charity. The environmental lobby group was deregistered as a charity last year after the Charities Commission decided it had an overtly political role, …

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Renewable Wonder Fuel Not So Wonderful

The World Bank’s annual index shows global food prices have soared 36 per cent in 12 months, adding a further 44 million people to the 1.2 billion who live in extreme poverty. The greater proportion of your income you need to spend on food, the greater the impact of higher food prices. If you spend …

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This Is Good News …

After many years of informal experimentation, I am happy to report my findings about the benefits of beer as re-hydrative beverage of choice have been confirmed in a more objectively scientific study. After exercise, water is good, beer is better.

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Why I Am Not Keeping Earth Hour

Based on an article by Dr Ross McKitrick in the Vancouver Sun. Abundant, cheap electricity has been the greatest source of human liberation in the 20th century. Every social, technological and medical advance in the 20th century has depended on inexpensive and reliable electricity. Giving women the freedom to work outside the home was partly …

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Water, Water, Everywhere

On the ABC’s Landline in 2007: SALLY SARA: What will it mean for Australian farmers if the predictions of climate change are correct and little is done to stop it? What will that mean for a farmer? PROFESSOR TIM FLANNERY: We’re already seeing the initial impacts and they include a decline in the winter rainfall …

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Axe the Tax

The Prime Minister is scheduled to speak at Adelaide University tomorrow on ‘Governing for Reform: Values in Practice.’ Short talk, then. Late notice, but a good opportunity. Copied from menzieshouse.com.au: We have just received word that Julia Gillard will be speaking at Adelaide University tomorrow evening! We are sorry for the late notice, but this …

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Sideshow Bob

Tim Wilson has a delightful piece at The Punch, cross-posted at the IPA, which explores a day in the life of Carbon Bob. Bob’s a model citizen and busy man trying to save the world from the hundreds of big bad carbon polluters required by law to report their environmental vandalism to the government. Tim’s …

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Scary – For Gillard

Oooh…! That big scary Mr Garnaut has a big scary splash in the Daily Telegraph claiming that rising seas and increasing incidence of extreme weather events mean that Sydney will be swamped by the sea every year instead of every 100 years. What is really scary (for Garnaut and Gillard) is that of 38 comments on that …

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