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Viv Forbes

Viv has a degree in Applied Science Geology and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy


Smoggy Thinking on Pollution

The war on hydro-carbon fuels is based on two feeble legs – “it causes global warming, and it creates pollution.”

Both legs are unsound, especially the pollution claims.

No sensible person approves of pollution of air, water, land or public places by humans.

Have a look at some real pollution:

But no pollution whatsoever is caused by the main product of the combustion of hydro-carbons - carbon dioxide. This is a colourless, non-toxic gas-of-life on which all plants (and animals) depend.

In these days of carbon-neurosis, coal-power gets blamed for all bad things, even the Asian Smog.

What causes the Asian Brown Smog?

Dust is a significant component. Winds whip up dust from dry land, roads and the huge Gobi and Arabian Deserts, or an up-wind volcano explodes. No dust comes from the emissions of a modern well-designed coal-fired power station.

Smogs may also contain soot and ash. These come from open-air fires all over Asia burning wood, cow dung, paper, cardboard, plastic, rubber tyres and other rubbish; from stoves and heaters using unwashed high sulphur coal or high-ash briquettes; from forest fires and uncontrolled coal-seam fires, cremations in India and yeon-tans in Korea.

Some comes from worn-out internal combustion engines and old dirty coal/oil power stations, boilers and furnaces. Air is even polluted in classy neighbourhoods by pot-belly stoves, diesel SUV’s and coastal shipping. No soot or ash comes from a modern coal-fired power station with full pollution control equipment.

Some smog contains compounds of sulphur, nitrogen or other chemical pollutants. These fumes are produced in open fires and vehicle exhausts, especially from badly-maintained vehicles, boilers and phut-phuts. They are not released by modern coal-power stations whose exhausts contain little other than nitrogen, water vapour and carbon dioxide - the three natural gases-of-life.

See how coal-fired power stations prevent pollution:

Those blaming coal power for smog need to read the history of last century’s deadly smogs in London and Pittsburgh. These were cleared by bans on open-fire heaters and cookers and the provision of “clean-coal-by-wire” – electricity produced in modern power stations with good emission controls and burning washed high-quality coals. Piped coal gas also helped clean the air of London.


Replacing dirty open fires and boilers with clean electricity and cleaning up vehicle exhausts will also clear today’s Asian Smog.


Sydney's sister city of San Fran... or is it brother city?




Viv.O.T. Sadly, NOT reported by our lame stream media in Feb 2015 - UN Official Exposes The Intentional "Transformation Of The World Economy" As The True Purpose Of The Climate Change Lies (their quest for N.W.O) More on this by "The Top UN Climate Change Official - Christiana Figueres 3rd Feb 2015.

Brown coal a cheap power option

Friday, 8 May 2015

AUSTRALIA got an economic wake-up call earlier this week when it was revealed that cheap coal was the winner when it came to power generation. Hogsback is tipping a second wake-up call next week when the government unveils its budget for the year ahead.

The first event was the release of a study into preferred fuel sources with low-cost brown coal revealed as the big winner over the past year.

The next event, the budget, will drive home the point that the era of government subsidies which have propped up alternative energy dreams are coming to an end.

Brown coal’s return was revealed in a report by consulting firm Pitt & Sherry and, while it surprised some people and dismayed the environmental lobby, was actually one of the more predictable outcomes from an energy survey.

What it showed was that brown coal’s share of the national electricity market rose to a three-year high of 24% and that all forms of coal retained a 75% share of the national electricity market.

A variety of reasons were floated as to why brown coal had made a comeback after years of criticism. The end of the ill-conceived carbon tax was one explanation.

But what no-one really seems to recognise is that the most powerful force in the energy industry is the same force that runs through the rest of the economy: price.

Quite simply brown coal is the cheap option when it comes to generating electricity and when people have a choice between cheap and expensive the vast majority will choose cheap.

Distorting the system with government funds to make alternative sources of energy such as wind and solar more competitive is the primary reason why those industries have been able to blossom.

Next week’s budget will be a reality check for anyone reliant on any form of government hand-out – from middle-class pensioners to environmental extremists who believe that government should be allocating additional funds to alternative energy schemes.

The problem confronting the Australian government is no different to that confronting governments around the world – tough times.

In Australia’s case the end of the mining boom means the country has lost one of its few natural advantages over other countries in the Asia Pacific.

Attempts to find a replacement for mining as the industry which pays Australia’s way have, so far, proved to be fruitless and everything that has been suggested is decades away from filling the gap left by the decline in mining revenue.

Boiled down, that means Australia is not growing as fast as before and might even be on the cusp of the first recession in more than 20 years.

Money, once abundant, has become scarce and that means low-cost energy options will easily displace high cost energy options, which is a long-winded way of saying the return of brown coal in the Pitt & Sherry survey is not a flash in the pan.

Coal really is reclaiming its role as the “go to” energy source, but whether that boosts the profits of coal mining companies is another matter as what makes coal the cheap option is its abundance.

Adding to this optimistic view from The Hog that coal will continue to claw back its lost status as a key element in the Australian economy are two other recent developments.

The first was a political surprise. The second was a predictable, but nevertheless important, reminder from a man who had forgotten more about coal than most people would ever know.

On the political stage the new Queensland government, despite its left-wing credentials that normally infer a bias towards environmental issues, has won praise from the mining industry, with particular reference to its backing of plans for a series of coal developments in the Galilee Basin.

What seems to have happened is that the Queensland government has made a choice between jobs and dubious environmental campaigns designed to damage the mining industry.

On the international stage it was Ivan Glasenberg, chief executive of Glencore, who delivered his own wake-up call for people campaigning for an end to producing most forms of fossil fuel, especially coal.

Refusing to kowtow to the campaigners, Glasenberg delivered a robust reminder that the world needs all the coal it can get if it is to produce the electricity it needs at an affordable price.

Rather than being left in the ground because it has suddenly become “unburnable”, coal will probably boost its share of total global energy production.

“In fact, we anticipate that we will need to invest more capital in order to maintain our existing production levels and to stay abreast of world demand,” Glasenberg wrote in Glencore’s recently released sustainability report.

This is the reality of the long term affect that coal mining has on agricultural land ......Nil Anglo moos ahead in rehab stakes

Wednesday, 6 May 2015
Blair Price
ANGLO American has launched a three to five-year livestock grazing trial to test 49.6 hectares of rehabilitated land near its 2007-closed Dartbrook underground coal mine in the Hunter Valley.

The mine closure-rehabilitation adjusted the slope of the land plus gave it a mixture of pasture types including rhodes grass, rye grass, green panic, kikuyu and phalaris.

With fencing and gate construction complete, the first herd, of 27 cattle, was introduced to the trial property on April 2.

“The objective of the trial will be to demonstrate that the rehabilitated mining land can be successfully grazed at a reasonable and commercial stocking rate,” rural property manager Ian Curtis said.

“There is now full cover and good bulk in the pasture, and a number of legumes have successfully established including lucerne and white clover, so we are quite positive that the land will be able to sustain cattle grazing.”

The trial will include regular counting and weigh-ins for the cattle along with soil and pasture monitoring regimes which will include looking for evidence of erosion.

“We’re at the forefront of strategies for sustainable final land use and we’re committed to the rehabilitation of mining sites with the long term in mind,” Curtis said.

“This is yet another example of Anglo American’s commitment to the environment and sustainability.”

Australia is estimated to have more than 26 million beef cattle nationwide in 2015.

Common sense prevails aye Billy; Palaszczuk ministers fight for coal battlers

Wednesday, 6 May 2015
Anthony Barich
THE Queensland Resources Council CEO has praised the Palaszczuk government’s various ministers bucking industry naysayers and backing the coal sector at a tough time for the sector.

Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. (Source: Annastacia Palaszczuk)

The QRC’s quarterly State of the Sector report for March issued this week, which included an industry survey of member company CEOS on the government’s performance, investment confidence and business outlook.

While the answer was generally a predictable “too early to tell”, Labor only having taken power in January, QRC CEO Michael Roche said industry was encouraged by the fact that the Palaszczuk government had given the green light to many of the initiatives of the LNP administration that were in train when the election was called.

“We may see some re-branding, but the essence of many important initiatives remains intact,” Roche said.

“This ‘business as usual’ approach is also being encouraged by the appointment of key advisers who worked closely with QRC in the past and are advising their new ministers accordingly.”

One of the first encouraging signals from the new government, Roche said, was that it had resisted the temptation to renovate the machinery of government inherited from its predecessor.

“Over the next few months, a formal merit-based process will confirm the appointment of directors-general, and while some new faces are expected, it is reported that many incumbents are quietly confident they have demonstrated strong claims for their positions,” Roche said.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has defined her government as consultative and jobs-focused – and Roche said industry would hold her to that promise, that those “defining characteristics” would be in evidence in how the government deals with pressures to reinstate a ban on uranium mining and bring sand mining operations on North Stradbroke Island to an “abrupt and premature” halt.

Another challenge for Palaszczuk, he said, was to resist Sydney shock jock’s campaign to “kill off hundreds of local jobs at the New Acland coal mine on the Darling Downs”.

Roche also commended the state government’s early achievements – led by Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles – in finalising the Reef 2050 Plan with the federal government and developing a dredging solution for the Abbott Point coal terminal, along with the introduction of legislation which should ensure that copper mining and smelting in Mount Isa can continue beyond 2016.

“The Palaszczuk government also continues to show its political support for the development of the Galilee Basin and associated supply chain infrastructure,” Roche said.

“We are seeing the Deputy Premier [Jackie Trad] playing a strong and constructive role behind the scenes. While our sector is going through a remorseless process of cost -cutting to reflect market conditions, it is still a mainstay of regional Queensland.

“No one understands this better than Treasurer Curtis Pitt who represents a Cairns region electorate where youth and indigenous unemployment are major challenges.”

The QRC hopes to renew its indigenous jobs memorandum of understanding with Pitt shortly.

Also making good impressions are Minister for State Development, Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham, who Roche said had been “getting around the state’s resources map” and had impressed hosts with his willingness to understand an issue rather than arriving with an opinion.

“His portfolio responsibilities are broad and pivotal to the success of the government’s jobs ambitions,” Roche said.

Last Friday Miss Piggy's govt approved 63 wind turbines on Mt Emerald on the Atherton tablelands in spite of strong objections from the locals. Oh I for got they don't count

The UK Government has ceased all subsidies to wind generation farms and has commenced construction on three new nuclear powered power plants. This will ensure that in the future the UK will have plentiful supply of electricity for industry and households, and at a much cheaper price than electricity produced by conventional coal fired power plants. But no politician in Australia has the balls to even mention nuclear power. Yet we have the world's largest deposits of uranium which we gladly sell to all and sundry to do with exactly as they like.

The Dragon Woman has resigned from Parliament, now there's a breath of fresh air to help clear the smog.

Solar/ Battery works well, and is powering everything from Shopping Malls and Sports Stadia in the USA to Sydney Nth Beaches biggest car dealership. And advances are being made at increasing rate.

Bird killing windmills, get a grip man
Man-made structure/technology

Associated bird deaths per year (U.S.)

Feral and domestic cats

Hundreds of millions [source: AWEA]

Power lines

130 million -- 174 million [source: AWEA]

Windows (residential and commercial)

100 million -- 1 billion [source: TreeHugger]


70 million [source: AWEA]


60 million -- 80 million [source: AWEA]

Lighted communication towers

40 million -- 50 million [source: AWEA]

Wind turbines

10,000 -- 40,000

How efficient are solar panels at night? How efficient are bird killing windmills without wind? Oh and could you list for me the succesful sea wave generators that are actually contributing power to a grid?

New paper on Antarctic sea ice melt misses the mark
According to a new paper in the journal 'Science Magazine,' the Antarctic Ice Sheet is melting at an accelerated rate, which the authors attribute to a warming climate. There's only one problem: According to the National Space Science & Technology Center at the University of Alabama, Huntsville (UAH), atmospheric temperatures across Antarctica haven't moved up or down since 1979 (See graph 1).
Paul Homewood, of the popular site Not A Lot Of People Know That, writes that "the [temperature] trend is a statistically insignificant 0.02°C/decade." He also notes that "sea surface temperatures have been plunging in the last decade," and not rising. According to this paper, the sea ice that is supposedly melting sits on this ocean water, ruling that out as a factor. (See graph 2)
"Even if we only look at summer temperatures, when logically most of the ice melt would occur, there is very little trend. Six of the last summers have actually been below average," Homewood writes. "The only notable summer was 2012/13, when December and January were 1.29 and 1.27C warmer than average. Although unusually warm, such weather was not unprecedented in summer, as December 1989 was 1.36C warmer than average." (See graph 3)
Since 1980, sea ice concentration has also increased considerably around Antarctica according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The report also focuses on the Amundsen and Bellingshausen sea regions (See map), which are part of West Antarctica, saying they have lost up to 18% of their thickness in less than two decades. Homewood doesn't believe we have "the accuracy of measurements, particularly back in the 1990s, to come to any statistically significant conclusions about sea ice volumes over such a short period of time."

you sure are

Noticed one or two comments from desperate luddite Greens gg. :)

The mad masturbator is here as well thus all is well, we are still disrupting our enemies.

This Australian report by scientists has a different view Hidden Costs Electricity 2009.pdf

...and this is where the EPA in this country has failed allowing charlatans like Tim Foolery to suck on the public teat.


Meet the woman leading the charge on solving climate change
(Women and Climate Change …. pure socialism)

Decorated diplomat, speaker, climate change expert and executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres will speak about the problems the global community faces in relation to climate change and the role women can play in the solution.

Figueres, as the UN’s climate chief, has been given the task of creating a new agreement on how the international community can combat the onset of global warming, and she will direct the construction of a new global treaty ahead of the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Paris in December.



" They are not released by modern coal-power stations whose exhausts contain little other than nitrogen, water vapour and carbon dioxide - the three natural gases-of-life."
Question Viv What Oz Power Stations would you include as modern and meeting those specifications, are there any?

The left want to give the impression to the populous that co2 is a pollutant, as in the mind of most of the people they think of pollution as black diesel fumes coming out of the back of trucks, and if the left can bundle the two together they will have an opinion forming co2 is like smoke, diesel, fumes etc. They do the same by using the word carbon as people relate carbon ( charcoal.) to fire, and smoke. Carbon is not a polluting gas it is a solid, and comes in many forms, yet they use it to get a picture into peoples minds that they are taxing something dirty and poisonous, whereas charcoal is used in gas masks to remove poisonous gases, and in water filters to get rid of pollutants. It is all smoke and mirrors when it comes to the left side of politics. Most of them anyway would not be educated enough to work out what i have just written.

Some of the comments on this site really do suggest that some posters have not ventured far enough from their urban burrows to actually experienced the expanse of this nation. Coal mining when viewed from the visitors gallery appears to be a mammoth space consuming undertaking involving vast acreage. But when the totality of the country is taken into account it is infantismal. Me thinks wasteful consumption of arable land in this context as a criticism of the coal mining industry is invalid and just another Communist Green attack on progress in this country.