The Politics of Climate Change: Green New Deal And Other Madness


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Adding to the contradictions happening all over at the moment, the Victorian government is making changes to it's Environmental Protection Act to re-classify manure as industrial waste. That move will seek to cap the amount of manure that can be used to regenerate or improve soils or support organic farming to 20 cubic meters.

"The VFF (Victorian Farmers Federation) has opposed the proposal that animal manure be reclassified as industrial waste and is disappointed that farmer's views have not been listened to," Mr Bullen said.

While acknowledging the EPA was trying to make the process simpler he said it went against a growing awareness of sustainability and valuing by-products of the agricultural process.

"Farmers have been utilising animal manure as a sustainable by-product of agriculture for decades," he said
"To lump them with increased green-tape is baffling."

Manure from chicken and pig farms is a valuable fertiliser, especially in organic cropping systems, while deep-banding animal litter has shown huge promise in the state's south-west in lifting soil organic carbon levels.

Strange thing about that is that increasing carbon banks in the soil is supposed to reduce atmospheric carbon levels and there are sellable carbon credits available if green measures have been used to offset carbon foot print. The linked article coins a term that I haven't heard before - Green tape:

GREEN TAPE: Those using animal manure as a sustainable form of fertiliser will have to complete more paperwork regarding their application techniques under proposed changes to the Victorian environmental protection act.

An article from 2019 points out that farmers can earn an additional income by creating carbon sinks through changing to more green and sustainable farming practices and selling their carbon credits to other industries that have high emissions:

Corryong, Victoria, organic dairy farmer Stephen Whitsed is now preparing to sell soil carbon credits for what he considers simply improving his farm's productivity.

"If you can increase your soil carbon by 1 per cent, you increase its ability to hold water - by 140,000 litres per hectare," he said.

It's like:

PTB: Let's go green and sustainable.
Adaptable Farmer: OK! Reduce reliance on petrochemical fertilisers and use manure! Save money, improve productivity, grow healthier food and create an additional income stream! No brainer!
PTB: Wait a minute buddy. Not that green and sustainable or in that way. We want to make food in laboratories so grow trees instead and wait 20 - 30 years for any serious income because we don't want you in the middle class.
Coming soon off the Oregon coast...

OSU-led wave energy project moves a step closer to construction

This article caught my eye and seemed relevant to the GND, Great Reset and 4IR’s agenda in regards to renewable energy. The goal is to study the potential of harnessing energy from waves off the coast of Oregon. An area prone to earthquakes and tsunamis — so what could go wrong? 🙃

Besides the usual exuberant tone for alternative energy, there’s well, just pure hubris in a statement that claims:

“We like to think of wave as the slow and steady tortoise complement to the full speed and stop character of wind and solar,” said Burke Hales, a professor of oceanography at OSU and chief scientist for PacWave.”

Funny little slip in that they say “stop character of wind” given all the frozen wind farms in Texas — out of sight, out of mind I suppose. But maybe this time by installing (drilling?) a massive piece of infrastructure underwater and near the Cascadian subduction zone we’ll get the breakthrough needed to save us from ourselves.

Not gonna hold my breath 😒 but will be interesting to see how this harnessing of wave energy develops. Thought I’d share for others consideration.

Full article:
The federal government this week approved a lease for a wave energy test site off the Oregon Coast.

An Oregon State University-led project called PacWave has worked for years to build an offshore facility to test wave energy devices. The lease from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management moves the project one step closer to construction, which could begin as early as this summer.

Wave energy is quickly becoming a key piece to the renewable energy puzzle. Waves are relatively more consistent and predictable than other renewable energy sources like wind and solar, which gives them enormous potential.

“We like to think of wave as the slow and steady tortoise complement to the full speed and stop character of wind and solar,” said Burke Hales, a professor of oceanography at OSU and chief scientist for PacWave.

The industry has struggled to get off the ground. One reason is because wave energy devices need to be tested at scale (i.e. in the ocean). Putting these large pieces of infrastructure into the water requires a comprehensive regulatory process and a lot of money.

A first-of-its-kind wave energy project proposed off the coast at Reedsport actually fizzled in 2014 due to high start-up costs.

The PacWave facility would provide a designated spot in the ocean about 7 miles off the coast at Newport to test wave energy technologies, eliminating many of those costs.

“The real world has challenges that are hard to actually mimic with a scaled or laboratory experiment,” Hales said. “We’re building the facility that will let people do that.”

Oregon has a fairly harsh wave climate, which provides the rigor necessary to determine a device’s long-term viability. PacWave aims to test up to four devices at a time.

Hales said the lease is the last piece PacWave needs for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue a license and for other federal agencies to conduct their final reviews of the project.

The facility will cost about $80 million to build.


Pope Francis has warned of an impending second biblical flood except this time, he claims, it won't be caused by god but climate change.
He's right about the next great flood except it won't be the kind that creeps up higher from the ground but one that's 600 metres tall, travels at 500 mph and is caused by a meteor/cometary fragment strike. He should really be paying more attention to the Heavens! :-)


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Renewable Energy - It has been a green theme from windmills to solar on this and other threads, and low and behold Michael Moore comes out with a new film, although it is going against renewables (even The Guardian is apparently getting in line):
As Eric Worrall summarizes:

There is a second article with the actual film, which has yet to be viewed, however there are a few points from Anthony Watts (with a dash of satire):

Forbes Michael Shellenberger's said:

Going back to Worrall:

"Or are they just softening us up, because they are about to spring something even worse on us?"

A new film that is being promoted by the makers of "Planet of the Humans" is called "Bright Green Lies".

About the film -
On the year anniversary of the historic release of "Planet of the Humans" there now comes a critically important new film, "Bright Green Lies" by Julia Barnes an inspiring Canadian filmmaker. Based on the recently released book by Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith, and Max Wilbert, Julia's film covers the disastrous attempt to plaster the planet with "green" technology from a fresh perspective. We thank Julia for having the courage to make this film, and to speak not for the corporate interests that rule what we call an "environmental" movement these days, but for the life of this planet.
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