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Green Energy Steals from the Biosphere

...and from the poor

Viv Forbes

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


Earth has only three significant sources of energy. First is geothermal energy from Earth’s molten core and decaying radioactive minerals in Earth’s crust. This energy moves continents, powers volcanoes and its heat migrates towards the crust, warming the lithosphere and the deep oceans. 

It can be harvested successfully in favourable locations, and radioactive minerals can be extracted to provide large amounts of reliable heat for power generation.

Second is energy stored in combustible hydrocarbon minerals such as coal, oil, gas, tar sands and oil shale. These all store solar and geothermal energy collected eons ago and they are the primary energy sources supporting modern industrial societies and the vast populations dependent on them.

Third are radiation and gravitational energies from the Sun and Moon which are captured by the biosphere as heat, winds, tides, rain, rivers and in biomass such as forests, crops and animals. These are the natural “Green” energies that support all processes of life and still support a peasant existence for some peoples.

Green zealots believe that we can and should run modern societies exclusively on “Green” energies, and they have embarked on a war on hydrocarbons. They need to be told that their green energy favourites are just stealing from the biosphere – they are not as green as they claim.

The most obvious example is the ethanol industry which takes food crops like corn, sugar and palm oil and uses heaps of water and a lot of hydrocarbon energy to convert them to ethanol alcohol which will burn in internal combustion engines, but has less energy density than petrol.

This process is replacing natural grasslands and forests with artificial monocultures. 

The latest stupid ethanol suggestion is to power the “wanna-be-green” US Pacific Fleet using Queensland food crops. Feeding ethanol to the engines of the US Navy would consume far more food than was used feeding hay and grain to the thousands of horses used to move our artillery and Light Horse Brigades in the Great War. Sailors in the British Navy got much of their energy from Jamaican Rum, but the American navy will not run on Queensland ethanol.

Biomass is a fancy name for plant material and vegetable trash which, if maintained in/on the soil, will provide the fertility for the next crop. Burning it reduces the humus that maintains fertile soil. The ultimate biomass stupidity is to harvest American forests, pelletise them, dry them and ship them across the Atlantic (all using hydrocarbon fuels) to burn in a UK power station. Burning biomass produces the same emission gases as coal.

Most plants will not grow without energy from the sun. Solar arrays steal energy directly from the biosphere. Some incoming solar energy is reflected to space by the panels, some is converted to waste heat on the panels, and some is converted to electricity - much of which ends up as waste heat. Solar radiation that could have given energy to growing plants is largely returned to the atmosphere as waste heat and much is then lost to space.

Some solar farms are built over land that is already desert - the rest create their own deserts in their shadow. Because solar energy is very dilute, very large areas of land must be shaded and sterilised by the panels in order to collect significant energy.

Solar radiation also evaporates water from the oceans and provides the energy for rain, winds and storms. Much of this moisture falls as useful rain when the winds penetrate land masses. Wind turbines create artificial obstacles to the wind, reducing its velocity and thus tending to create more rain near the coast and rain shadows behind the turbine walls. And they chop up many birds and bats. Again, green energy harms the biosphere.

Hydro power is one of the few green energy sources that is “grid ready” and can supply economical reliable energy. So, naturally, many greens are opposed to it. However, in most places there is competition for fresh water for domestic uses, irrigation, industry and environmental flow. Hydro power is just one more competitor for this valuable green resource.

So Green energy is not so green after all. It reduces the supply of food, water and energy available to all life on earth, and it often consumes large amounts of hydrocarbon energy for its manufacture, construction, maintenance and backup. 

Green advocates are enemies of the poor. They want to burn their food, waste their water and deny them access to cheap reliable energy.

Hydrocarbon fuels are the true green energy sources. They disturb less land per unit of energy produced, do not murder wildlife and their combustion produces new supplies of water and carbon dioxide for the atmosphere. More carbon dioxide and water in the atmosphere enables plants to grow faster, bigger and more able to cope with heat or drought. 

It was coal, and later oil, which created and still largely supports the populations, prosperity and industry of developed nations. With a backdrop of freedom under the law, they can do the same for the whole world.

Those professing concern for the poor need to realise that Green Energy steals from the biosphere and that hydrocarbons are the real friends of the poor.

Finally, those who have swallowed the carbon dioxide scare should be told that nuclear energy is the most reliable and least damaging “low carbon” option.


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Qld Bowen Basin mining companies are proactively working toward improving water quality in the Fitzroy Basin even though their impact and requirements for water are only a fraction of what agriculture uses. What are farmers doing to improve water quality? .......................................................................................... Resources companies’ partnership improves North Qld eco-health rating

Monday, 29 June 2015
Lou Caruana
QUEENSLAND’s Fitzroy Partnership for River Health report has been awarded a B grade for ecosystem health in 2013-14 – an improvement on last year’s “fair” result, according to Queensland Resources Council CEO Michael Roche.

Queensland Resources Council CEO Michael Roche.

“The report card rated the system as ‘good’,” he said.

“While the agricultural industry is the largest land use in the Fitzroy Basin, and also a major consumer of the basin’s water assets, the resources sector also has a role to play in ensuring it meets or exceeds its environmental obligations.

“The resources sector continues to demonstrate its commitment to the partnership’s vision of delivering a more complete picture on river health in the Fitzroy Basin.

“This commitment is demonstrated through active membership of the partnership by the Queensland Resources Council along with 15 resources sector companies.”

The major partners in the partnership are Fitzroy Basin Association (host organisation), the Queensland government, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, Peabody Energy, Anglo American, Rio Tinto, Santos and Glencore.

“The resources sector directly contributes more than half of the annual operating budget for the partnership along with significant in-kind in the form of water quality data and participation on committees,” Roche said.

Fitzroy Partnership for River Health executive officer Nathan Johnston says the agricultural industry should be satisfied that catchments were generally found to be excellent or good for agricultural use.

The fuel company Kabals are a law onto themselves. Always have been. Probably more economical to buy standard unleaded and slip in a bottle of separately bought additive.

No doubt diesel should be half the price as it requires less refining, in fact, some of the stuff coming from western Queensland requires no refining at all. At least that's what the blokes carrying it told me and they were running their trucks on it. What annoys me though, not driving a diesel is that premium grade fuel, 95 or more sells for 18 to 20 cents more. How does that work?

Portable generators that can work without combustible fuels, fuel/s source easily accessed, fuel NOT costly, give off no deadly gases, create NO noise pollution, are compact, easy to maintain, generate enough power heaters and lights and cooking, can be easily moved around, do not have any dangerous to human life electrical currents !? Now there is a good idea!! I have such generator plans!! want one ?

Neville222, Voltaires quote is apt and relevant for the centuries! The leftard svum of today who claim to be informed and educated would change it and abide by the following. " I do not agree with what you are saying and I will fight you to the death to stop you from saying it!" You only need look at their performances in parliament, their biased shows on the ABC and see their ranting screaming riots in the streets to see it is so!

Ceiling insulation, rings a bell.

Great quote ......... It looks like quite a few scientists are waking up to the possibility that the natural cycles that drove temperatures on Earth for 4.5 billion years might still be in the drivers seat.

As well as icing up there will be less wind T as cold air is stable air. Without the warmth of the sun producing high pressure cells it will be like being caught in the doldrums. What a disaster we are facing of all our eggs are put into the one basket. We can only hope and prey that the stupidity is outed before more damage is done.

A pre-election promise and I quote These additional savings consist of:

·Discontinuing the instant asset write-off ($2.9 billion);
So as a deficit reduction LNP were going to abolish the write off, now as an electoral bribe they increase it ........Tman must be proud

Our GREEN Government
Consider a small business person who owns a laundromat. The biggest fixed expense for that business would come from the energy needed to heat water for washing and operate the clothes dryers. How about a forest of shiny new solar heating panels - say, $20,000 worth - to provide most of that hot water? After a capital outlay - immediately written off tax - operating costs for that business are permanently lower.

Or consider another small business person who owns a fleet of vehicles to service a growing set of customers. They might look into the nifty little gadget from Sydney start-up GoFar, which promises to cut petrol use by up to 20 per cent per car, per year. Invest $150 per vehicle, save $600 a year, forever. Those lower costs can be passed along to customers, used to defend the market against competitors, or just banked for a rainy day.

In many cases, small businesses can save money by investing in energy efficiency. With a Government at best half-heartedly committed to lowering the nation's carbon footprint, this could be a great way for ecologically conscious businesses to save money and do their bit - in spite of the Government - to save the planet.

If every small business entitled to the accelerated depreciation of capital purchases (preach it, brother!) put that money to work in energy efficiencies, they'd cut both their operating costs and their carbon footprint.

It's a no-brainer.

And while this may not be what our windmill-hating Treasurer had in mind, even he couldn't fault the multiplier effect of all of this energy-saving kit increasing the efficiency, productivity and profitability of Australia's small businesses.

But why stop there? I can think of at least one other area where government policy could be - ahem - routed around.

It's 2015 and for most Australians the National Broadband Network remains a promise unfulfilled. Whenever Australian homes finally get their we-hope-it's-50-megabits-unless-it's-just-rained copper-to-the-node connections to the nation's fibre backhaul, most businesses will be needing more. Lots more. But the connection costs for fibre-to-the-business are astronomical. In the order of $10,000 or more.

Ten thousand dollars, you say? To connect a business at gigabit speeds? What a fortunate coincidence.

The Minister for Communications may not want to fork out the billions to connect every Australian home to fibre, but the Treasurer has just provided the means to connect every small Australian business to fibre, at essentially no cost to the business. Every GP office, every creative agency, every recording studio and software designer and online retailer of any size can now have the fibre connection they need to compete in the 21st century world.

Our GREEN Government
The tax will jump in February and August annually, in line with inflation.
How much will the fuel tax hike cost?

The Government says the fuel tax hike will cost the average family 40 cents per week. How much will it really cost you?

"While the impact on individual households is modest, this measure will provide a predictable and growing source of revenue, which will help the Government boost its investment in job creating and productivity enhancing road infrastructure," the Government said in a statement.

"This is a significant structural reform."

The Government said the deal is expected to raise $3.6 billion over five years to the end of 2018-19, AND $23 BILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE.

That is actually very bad news Tman, after a period of say thirty years where the effects of warming are moderated, if true then when the sun goes back we will have all the warming hit at once with little time to change crops etc.
Quote "..The Met Office have been at pains to add this return of a solar minimum is not going to halt global warming, although it would slow it a little. The study, published in Nature Communications, found overall cooling of the Earth of 0.1C, but the Northern Hemisphere could expect much harsher winters.

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Renewables are growing but only by screwing energy users through much higher electricity prices then what should have been had we not gone down the renewable fools path. The rise in electricity cost is destroying our industries and so now we are meeting our targets by default at the expense of prosperity and jobs. The crazies are up in arms because we are now lowering targets to fit the new paradigm of destroyed industry and reduced consumption. It is a very slippery path that Socialists and Greens have put us on.

...yes...your spot on Viv...but what can anyone say when your dealing with the types of Labor/Greens...more so Greens...the average Labor voter is as dumb as dog shit...wouldn't know shit from if the Labor/union thug tells them that Global Warming is a "go"...they believe on earth an average Labor voter know anything about science unless they work for the CSIRO for instance...they have to go along with it because their careers depend on "towing the company line"...i.e "Political Correctness" or you are on the outer...but you've got feral rabid lunatics...they have no skin in any game...they are anarchists hell bent on bringing the system down at any cost...they treat environmentalism as a religion based on pure faith...its all pure lunacy...

Home made stuff gives me a headache. Maybe I should drink more so I get used to it.

Perhaps it is time to introduce laws into our nation to make those who inspire these totally lunatic schemes accountable?

I have an old recipe for cooking fruit bat, but you've got to be careful of the time of year it is "harvested".

Slimes, they are normally green to keep their heritage intact.