Coal Power Station “Pollution”

Here is an animated video produced by FirstEnergy available from Mining Connection ( It shows how we make electricity from coal. It also shows that the cooling towers so loved by TV to illustrate power plant pollution in fact emit only warm air and moisture – not even the demonised but harmless carbon dioxide. The invisible carbon dioxide exits via the less photogenic chimneys. So what TV usually shows to illustrate “carbon pollution” is no more polluting than what comes out of the spout of your kettle. So much for truth on TV.

Thriving with Nature and Humanity

The genuine environment and conservation movement is one of the most important social movements on Earth. Yet, its credibility is endangered by confused and fearful politicians, alarmist activists, sensationalist media and prominent extremists with financial conflicts of interest.

Today we hear constant messages about the changing climate and the dire consequences that may have for our beautiful planet. Hearing loud, contradictory accusations and predictions of planetary doom you may feel confused about what and who to believe. Supposed experts disagree on both what is happening to our planet and the causes of what is happening. Yet we’re told there is universal agreement global warming was caused by humans…

It’s clear our climate, including temperatures, continually varies. Examination of this ongoing variation becomes alarm when doom is predicted from the presence of humans on Earth. Many people feel powerless and immobilised which only deepens their mix of confusion, desperation, apathy and panic…

You may think global warming needs to be treated as seriously as pollution yet they’re actually different issues and we should be even more concerned about the core issue – climate alarm. That’s because throughout human history actions driven by fear produced solutions far worse than the initial perceived problem.

Excerpts from “Thriving with Nature and Humanity”, by Malcolm Roberts.

Read the complete document here: [PDF, 1.7 MB, 57 pages]

Why I am not a Greenie

By Viv Forbes

Like most other people, I like to see clean air, clean waters, no erosion, no salinity, no weeds and happy contented animals in their natural surroundings. But, like many other people, I am not a card carrying Greenie. I despise the dishonesty of their leadership, I fear the likely results of their policies, and I detest the underlying values and philosophies of their prophets.

It seems like a paradox – a greenie who won’t associate with the greenies. Why do I detest them? There are six main reasons for my concern with the green leadership, philosophy and tactics.

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Australia’s EPA was Negligent

Australia’s EPA (Environmental Protection Authority) has been negligent in listing carbon dioxide (CO2) as a pollutant without conducting an independent public review of the scientific evidence to support that decision.

The Garnaut Doomsday report, the CSIRO Scare forecasts, and the Cap-N-Tax Scheme of Senator Wong are all based on faulty foundations. Like trusting children following the Pied Piper, Senator Wong follows the EPA, which follows CSIRO and Garnaut, who follow the US EPA, which follows the IPCC, which follows the Pied Piper of Gore, whose movie has been found to contain many untruths. Only a few key people in this Conga Line of gullibles know where they are going and why. Even fewer have checked the scientific basis of the Global Warming Theory.

Pied Piper

They are all following the completely outdated IPCC AR4 report. This report was published in 2007 but relies on scientific papers at least 3 years out of date, and some such as the NAS 1979 study are 30 years old.

Now a critical draft report has emerged from inside the US EPA. It was written by very competent EPA staff, warning that organisation that their classification of CO2 as a pollutant was too heavily based on the latest IPCC report “which is at best three years out of date in a rapidly changing field.” This EPA report has been suppressed for months.

The comprehensive 98 page report details six areas where important new findings demand re-assessment of the EPA ruling. These include the end of the warming trend that is now obvious, the gross failure of IPCC forecasts of temperature and CO2 emissions, the lack of correlation between CO2 and temperature, and the “strong association between solar/sunspots/irradiance and global temperature fluctuations.”

The report also finds that the assumption of positive feedback from water vapour that underlies all global warming models is “not supported by empirical evidence and the feedback is actually negative.”

Finally, in a statement that demolishes the key argument for the Cap-N-Tax Scheme, this suppressed EPA report notes: “Changes in greenhouse gas concentrations appear to have so little effect that it is difficult to find any effect in the satellite temperature record, which started in 1978”.

The emergence of this critical report from within the EPA citadel, indicates the urgency for Australia to follow New Zealand, put the Cap-N-Tax Scheme on indefinite hold, and conduct a thorough independent enquiry into the basis for the Australian EPA actions which attempt to demonise CO2.
The best evidence before us now, supported completely by this in-house thinking in the US EPA, is that Australia’s EPA was hasty and negligent in classing CO2, the valuable and harmless Gas of Life, as a pollutant.

This decision should be reversed until an independent enquiry is held.

Viv Forbes
Chairman, The Carbon Sense Coalition

Carlin, Alan & Davidson, John, March 2009 “Proposed NCEE Comments on Draft Technical Support Document for Endangerment Analysis for Greenhouse Gas Emissions under the Clean Air Act”, National Centre for Environmental Economics, US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington DC, USA (Draft report).
This report was suppressed, and the author was muzzled by the EPA.

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The Importance of Carbon Dioxide to your Health

We have recently been led to believe that carbon dioxide is a “pollutant” and its atmospheric levels should be reduced at almost any cost. This article by Robert Chouinard, although not entirely related to “global warming”, raises some interesting points about carbon dioxide and its role in human health. Read on:

The One Legged Stool

The Carbon Sense Coalition submission in response to the Government Green Paper on The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme is here in full [PDF, 70 KB].

The recommendations are:

  1. Abandon attempts to get global or national support for an Emissions Trading Scheme or any other carbon emissions reduction strategy.
  2. Do not introduce ETS by stealth, by legislating for the whole reporting and compliance structure but with so many tax exemptions and compensations that most people do not notice the change. Once it is in place, and no matter what is promised, the Emissions Tax burden will rise, no matter what the Climate
  3. Accept “adapting to climate change” as the sole leg of Australia’s Climate Policy.
  4. Support policies that allow markets to ration scarce resources.
  5. Apply policies that impose costs and deterrents on real polluters.

How many errors can there be in 23 seconds of an advertisement?

What follows is an expanded version of a complaint sent to the ACCC. (The ACCC complaint form limits the amount of text than can be entered.)

I wish to complain about the Australian Government “Climate Change” advertisement currently showing on Australian TV (August, 2008). The text of the advertisement is as follows:

Clearing the Smog of Beijing with “Coal by Wire.”

A statement by Viv Forbes, Chairman of the Carbon Sense Coalition.
[PDF version of this document is here; 32KB]

As the TV turns nightly to Beijing, we can expect chilling pictures and doomsday comments about the “Asian Pollution” and the “Beijing Smog”. This will induce media and political scaremongers to use these images to sell dud products like the “Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme”.

It is not carbon dioxide from burning coal that pollutes the skies of Asia and Africa. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a naturally occurring, clean, invisible, beneficial gas. CO2 is an essential part of the natural world but a very minor trace constituent of our atmosphere.

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