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The Real Energy Deniers

Viv Forbes

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

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When man first appeared on Earth he had no implements, no clothes, no farms and no mineral fuels – his only tools were his brains, hands and muscles.


Everything that enables mankind to live comfortably in a world where nature is indifferent to our survival has been discovered, invented, mined or created by our inventive ancestors over thousands of years.

The history of civilisation is essentially the story of man’s progressive access to more efficient, more abundant and more reliable energy sources - from ancestral human muscles to modern nuclear power.

There are seven big steps on the human energy ladder – fire, farming, solar power, gunpowder, coal, the steam engine and nuclear power.

Man’s first and greatest energy step was discovering how to harness fire for warmth, cooking, hunting, metal working and warfare.

For centuries the main fire-energy fuels were organic natural resources such as wood, charcoal, peat, grass, animal dung and fats/oils extracted from animals and plants. As human population increased, these energy sources became scarce as the land and seas around towns and villages were stripped of their natural carbon fuels.

The second step on the energy ladder was built when some smart hunter/gatherers discovered how to access more reliable energy from domesticated animals and plants. Sheep, cattle, goats and pigs provided a steady supply of carbon-based food energy, and dogs, horses, donkeys and camels multiplied human energy for transport, hunting and warfare. Farmers also nurtured fruiting trees and grasses such as einkorn, wheat, rice, barley, oats, corn and sugar cane. These provided more dependable and abundant food energy for humans and their animals.

About this time humans ascended the third step on their energy ladder – the ability to harness wind/hydro/solar power for sailing ships, windmills, water-wheels, grain mills and drying food. The low energy density and unpredictability of these weather-dependent energy sources was obvious, even to our ancestors.


The fourth big step was the invention of gunpowder by the Chinese, which gave humans the first glimpse of the enormous power of concentrated chemical energy. This led to the widespread use of explosives for hunting, armaments, mining, civil engineering and entertainment.

The fifth energy step was a bigger one - the discovery of how to obtain and use coal, and centuries later, oil and gas. The energy density and abundance of these hydro-carbon fuels gave an enormous boost to human access to energy, and massively relieved the pressure on forest fuels and animal fats.

The sixth step on the energy ladder was truly gigantic - British inventors and engineers built the first practical steam engine. That invention transformed the world. Suddenly steam engines were moving trains and ships, pumping water, generating electricity and powering factories, traction engines and road vehicles. Most steam engines were driven by coal, but wood, other hydro-carbons, concentrated solar energy or nuclear power could be used.

Steam cars and electric cars got a good work-out over 100 years ago, but neither could compete with a new invention - the oil-powered internal combustion engine. This small but powerful engine resulted in the replacement of steam and electric motors for mobile engines but the mighty steam engine still dominates electricity generation.

These two engines, running on powerful hydrocarbon fuels, feed and mobilise our world. The transformation is remarkable. Just 3-4 generations ago, a team of up to twenty bullocks took days or weeks to haul a wagon-load of wool bales, forest logs or bagged wheat to markets, and the bullocks needed fresh supplies of feed and water every night. In 1896, Henry Lawson described it well in two stanzas from his great Australian poem “The Teams”:


A cloud of dust on the long white road,
And the teams go creeping on
Inch by inch with the weary load;
And by the power of the green-hide goad
The distant goal is won.

But the rains are heavy on roads like these;
And, fronting his lonely home,
For weeks together the settler sees
The teams bogged down to the axle-trees,
Or ploughing the sodden loam.

The Teams
(this photo is owned by Viv Forbes, and was taken by a pioneer in the Boonah area)

Cattle and sheep to feed the cities were moved by drovers who spent weeks or even months on the road. Today one diesel-powered road train or semi-trailer can carry its own fuel and water plus a load of livestock to the distant cities in a day or so. Refrigerated trucks do even better – swiftly carrying dressed sides of meat from the abattoir direct to butcher shops.

The seventh step in the human quest for additional energy was the harnessing of atomic energy for generating electricity, fuelling naval vessels, in medical procedures and creating even more powerful explosive devices.

As mankind was ascending the seven steps of the energy ladder from the stone-age to the nuclear age, governments were also expanding their scope, power and cost.

Mankind has always had tribal leaders, but when farming developed, leaders or powerful land-owners discovered that other farmers and their fixed assets could easily be taxed to pay for their own “protection”. This encouraged the development of central governments with their officials, tax collectors, police and soldiers. To defend their generally increasing appetite for tax revenue, governments needed a continual supply of real or imagined dangers to justify their taxes. 

From this point on, government power has increased with each real or invented community crisis – from village control, to district, state, federal and continental governments. The latest such “crisis” concerns “global warming” or “the climate crisis”, which is being milked to promote global carbon taxes and global government.

Nothing stands still on planet Earth. Since the dawn of time, Earth has seen continual geological and climatic change – shifting continents, rising and falling sea levels, volcanos and tsunamis, droughts and floods, migrations and extinctions, hurricanes and heat waves, ice ages and warm eras.

Humans flourished in the warm eras and suffered in the cold dry eras. Access to abundant, reliable energy enables man to survive these and the future climate challenges which are sure to come.

Today’s massive global human population owes its existence, prosperity and comfort to our economical and reliable energy supplies, particularly the hydrocarbon fuels – oil, coal, and gas. The world supports more people with fewer famines; and those with access to abundant reliable energy supplies have stabilised their populations and contribute most to caring for nature, culture and the poor. And the carbon dioxide recycled by the usage of hydrocarbon fuels is greening the world and adding to food supplies as native and farmed plants flourish in the warm, moist, carbon-rich atmosphere.

This long history of energy progress is now under threat from strong forces using any environmental alarm to deny human access to efficient energy. Using every sensational scare that can be whipped up, they tax, oppose, hamper or restrict farming, forestry, fishing, grazing, mining, exploration, hydro-carbon fuels, steam engines, combustion engines and nuclear power. The “zero-emissions” zealots want us to step backwards down the energy ladder to the days of human, animal and solar power. They have yet to explain how our massive fleet of planes, trains, tractors, harvesters, trucks, road trains, container-ships and submarines will run on windmills, treadmills, windlasses, solar energy, and water wheels.

But their energy-destroying policies will reduce global prosperity and population back towards levels prevailing in those times. Some see that as a desirable goal.

These green zealots are the real deniers – the energy deniers.

(cartoons by Steve Hunter)



Comments

Greenies don't like trees cut down, but I have never met one with no wood of any sort in their home. Greenies don't like coal but I've never met one without electricity connected to their home. Greenies don't like petrol and diesel (oil) products, or the mining of steel and other metals. But I've never seen one that has no steel in his/her home. Never met one that doesn't own a car, or at least a pushbike. Never met a Greenie that doesn't have at least something on them or in their home that is made from plastic. Until I meet one with none of the above,,, they are hypocrites.

there is some hope on the horizon with the huge nuclear fusion project underway in France. The ITER project is still many years away from results but many countries have contributed and if all goes according to plan the arabs and their oil will be further relegated away.

What you haven't taken into account Viv is the NWO psychopaths who are destroying our planet in the mistaken belief they can control the weather. Please look at http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/ and prove it's a lie.

Parliament secretly passed Emissions Trading Scheme, takes effect July 1. The Coalition Government, with the aid of Greens and Labor secretly passed the Emissions Trading Scheme legislation in the senate on December 3, the last day of sitting in 2015.
This was the day before the Paris Climate Conference , called COP 21, got underway at which an agreement to keep the global temperature increase to 2 degrees was signed by 189 countries, including Australia courtesy of our very own socialist stick insect (the Bish). It is no secret however that Malcolm Turnbull for years, has been waiting anxiously for the scheme to become law so his private emissions trading company with offices in Sydney can grab a part of the action.
https://cairnsnews.org/2016/05/24/parliament-secretly-passed-emissions-trading-scheme-takes-effect-july-1/

Environmental matters in Australia and worldwide unfortunately have become hijacked by the little known Agenda 21 (Sustainable Development) which was first introduced by the Keating Government 24 years ago. Agenda 21 is a Trojan Horse intended to subvert our national sovereignty in favour of a One World Government and no Australian government has ever sought the approval of Parliament or the people for its introduction.
The latest version was signed in Paris by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in December 2015 and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change was signed by Environment Minister Greg Hunt at the UN headquarters in New York in April this year – all with great fanfare. Greg Hunt, an ardent supporter of Agenda 21, has said, “We will now move immediately to the ratification process to bring this treaty into effect and to bind Australia.” This will not be put before parliament and debated, neither is there reference to it in the current Budget. It will be introduced by subterfuge.
There is not only the threat to Australia’s sovereignty in introducing Agenda 21 measures, there are also long-term costs. For instance there will be “huge” increases in electricity prices to South Australia with the irrational closing of the Port Augusta Power Station last week because of the competitive pricing of inefficient “renewable” energy that relies on heavy subsidies by the Green-leaning SA government. And that’s in the state that already has the highest power costs in Australia.
The Climate Change movement is not based on logic. It's based on a very deliberate hoax. At the 1992 Earth Summit we were told what Agenda 21 was designed to do. In an official statement by the then Chairman of the Earth Summit, Maurice Strong, he said: “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized nations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” Maurice Strong was instigator of UN Agenda 21 and fabricator of the UN’s fraudulent climate claims.
Ottman Edenhofer, Co-chair of the IPCC's Working Group III, and a lead author of the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report released in 2007, said in 2010, “But one must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world's wealth by climate policy. Obviously, the owners of coal and oil will not be enthusiastic about this. One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole.”

I don't even know what he meant to say. Is he objecting to generic 'man'?

The Greens movement is much like that '70's era of Peace, Free Love and The Great Unwashed, well that proved to be Cannibis Hazed Fairytale; fast forward to 2016 and the Greens grip on reality is more twisted and out of touch than before. Everything humans touch today is influenced by hydro-carbons, the roads we drive on, the trams we catch, the multi storied office blocks powered 24/7, computers, cars, restaurants, you name it. Sadly the Greens are just irrational, brain dead, drug phucked idiots supported by methamphetamine induced grunge whose vision is limited to what's being snorted. Evolution beings when one deals with reality and Green policy is still breaking rocks.

REMEMBER ... the successful Labor "It's Time" ?

Well .. perhaps the Coalition marketers could consider ...

"It's too soon" ! .............

Advert on TV ... perhaps a rural setting with two stockmen sitting by their campfire

Bluey says ... "Labor again ?"
Ringer replies ... Not now Bluey ... It's too soon !

LABOR AGAIN ... NOT NOW .... IT'S TOO SOON !

O/T....A husband and wife are on the 9th green when suddenly she collapses from a
heart attack!
"Help me dear," she groans to her husband.
The husband calls 999 on his mobile, talks for a few minutes, picks up his
putter, and lines up his putt.
His wife raises her head off the green and stares at him.
"I'm dying here, and you're putting?"
"Don't worry dear," says the husband calmly, "they found a doctor on the
second hole, and he's coming to help you.
"Well, how long will it take for him to get here?" she asks feebly.
"No time at all," says her husband. "Everybody's already agreed to let him
play through."

Pauline Hanson will run those Green knts out of town and that day can't come soon enough.

Did anyone watch Pine V Albo last night ?

OT: THE GREENS ARE MAD! "The Greens have promised to remove religious exemptions to federal anti-discrimination law and increase funding to the Safe Schools anti-bullying program." Greens are pushing "sexual fluidity" teaching in schools and Christian Schools are their target. Muslim schools? No. This whole thing about teaching young children gender identification and sexual preferences is rediculous. What child really knows their sexual preferences well before puberty ? The gay lobby groups would have us believe they pop out of their mother's womb knowing they are gay. We are letting less than 2% of the population dictate to the rest. Their sexuality is their business not ours and quite frankly it's of no interest to other 98% of us.

Pork Barrel Beattie running away as usual. Must not upset Miss Piggy's CMFEU MASTERS. "Bugger Queensland" is Pork Barrels mantra.

Kym Dumarse strikes again

Anyone else not have the pictures in the story?

Loved your article, Viv. Anything that segues to that wonderful photo and words from Henry Lawson gets to go into the poolroom (facebook page & Pinterest). I don't think the elite are too worried about running their private planes etc on windmills as they will keep using the oil....they just don't want us to.

Whatsamater Stringy?
Can't sleep?
Hit the bottle and save us all from your insights...please.

Retired Air Force General: Obama ‘Unilaterally Disarmed America’ [VIDEO]

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/05/21/retired-air-force-general-obama-unilaterally-disarmed-america-video/#ixzz49WBZRVGG

CIA secret assessment: Bob Hawke brash, Gareth Evans brilliant....Cameron Stewart (Aust)

We all know by now it's islamaphobia that causes global warming!

Islamic Extremism in France Part III: Stemming the Tide
The enemy is global political Islam and not just a few thousand deviants that need to be neutralized or rehabilitated.
https://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/islamic-extremism-france-part-iii-stemming-tide#