Archive for June, 2009

Green jobs =less jobs

Terry McCrann has been looking at a Spanish study into alternative energy and has confirmed what critics have been saying – expensive green energy means less jobs not more.

The analysis has two major conclusions.

That for every ‘green job’ the state manages to finance, at least 2.2 jobs are lost elsewhere in the economy. And that does not count the extra jobs that could have been created if the money poured into wind and solar had been spent elsewhere.

That’s the second point the huge waste of money. For the study calculates that since 2000, Spain has spent 571,000 ($A1 million) to create each ‘green job’ including subsidies of more than 1 million per wind industry job.

Indeed, it goes on to discover that the whole process has created a surprisingly low number of jobs two-thirds of which came in construction, fabrication and installation.

One-quarter were in administrative positions just one in 10 jobs had been created at the permanent level of actual operation and maintenance of the renewable sources of energy.

As i have always said if the government was serious about lowering carbon emissions they would allow nuclear power to be a serious option. Windmills and sunbeams just can’t do the job.

Bogans for ever!

David Bolger the member for Granville believes the humble westie bogan is facing extinction.:

IT’S the end of the bogan.

Million-dollar properties, six-figure jobs and an influx of university-educated residents have changed the face of Australia’ s bogan capital – Sydney’s western suburbs.

The demographics have shifted so much in recent months, the Minister for Western Sydney, David Borger, has declared that the bogan is dead and buried.

He says the days of flannelette shirts and busted up utes blaring AC/DC are over and the image of a westie guzzling beer in their mate’s Monaro was just plain wrong.

Clearly Mr Bolger needs to leave his Macquarrie Street office more often and come out to the area he is supposed to serve. He can be assured us bogans are alive and well.

Long live the bogan!

Ron Paul the enemy of freedom

I made my views on Ron Paul before. He is a dangerous isolationist that no Australian freedom lover should have anything to do with. He showed his true colors the other day by voting against a perfectly reasonable resolution to support the Iranian people.

Here is the resolution:

Expressing support for all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and rule of law, and for other purposes.

Resolved, That the House of Representatives–

(1) expresses its support for all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and rule of law;

(2) condemns the ongoing violence against demonstrators by the Government of Iran and pro-government militias, as well as the ongoing government suppression of independent electronic communication through interference with the Internet and cellphones; and

(3) affirms the universality of individual rights and the importance of democratic and fair elections.
His statement is here. Sorry mate, expressing your nations support for freedom is not interfering in another country Its believing all men and woman deserve to be free. and that the values of your nation are worth sharing. If you think Saudi Arabia should also be condemned , fine do so, but don’t your countries inaction their prevent you from supporting the Iranians.

Fielding the non-believer

Senator Fielding started of as a man made global warming believer but has now changed his mind:

After talks with the government and top scientists, Senator Fielding, whose vote could be crucial in passing the Federal Government’s plan to put a price on carbon emissions, has released a document setting out his position.

“Global temperature isn’t rising,” it says.

Senator Fielding says he would not risk job losses on “unconvincing green science” to set up a carbon emissions trading scheme (ETS)….

Fielding questions to the government were:

The questions posed were: Is it the case that CO, increased by 5 per cent since 1998 while global temperature cooled during the same period? If so, why did the temperature not increase, and how can human emissions be to blame for dangerous levels of warming?

Is it the case that the rate and magnitude of warming between 1979 and 1998 (the late 20th-century phase of global warming) were not unusual as compared with warmings that have occurred earlier in the Earth’s history? If the warming was not unusual, why is it perceived to have been caused by human CO, emissions and, in any event, why is warming a problem if the Earth has experienced similar warmings in the past?

Is it the case that all computer models projected a steady increase in temperature for the period 1990 to 2008, whereas in fact there were only eight years of warming followed by 10 years of stasis and cooling? If so, why is it assumed that long-term climate projections by the same models are suitable as a basis for public policy-making?

Penny Wong’s advisers were unable to provide good answers.

I’ll ask my question- how many degrees cooler will we be after the introduction of ETS?

Chinese liberal blasts Kevin Rudd

KEVIN Rudd has been accused by a leading Chinese economist of being “either short of economic knowledge or misleading his readers” in his famous essay attacking neoliberalism.

In a scathing assessment, Xu Xaonian, economics professor at China Europe International Business School in Shanghai, lambasts the essay, now translated and published in China, as “shallow and crude”.

Dr Xu says “Lu Kewen” – Mr Rudd’s Chinese name – made a “big, big mistake” in forming his “confident opinions” based on “the observation that the crisis came as a result of neoliberalism and the absence of supervision”.

Dr Xu, one of China’s leading liberal economists, has savaged the Rudd essay in the weekly Chinese newspaper The Economic Observer after the Prime Minister’s work was translated and reprinted in China’s leading business magazine, Caijing.

Dr Xu, who has a doctorate from the University of California and was formerly managing director of the country’s biggest investment bank, says it is not time to resurrect Keynesianism, as Mr Rudd proposes.

“Instead, it’s time to announce Keynesianism’s failure, time to announce the emperor Lord Keynes has no clothes.”

He says the Prime Minister “has used electioneering-style tactics to brand neoliberalism as dogmatic, to paint a clownish portrait of it, seeking to pioneer popular antipathy to this artificial enemy, casting a moral verdict without seeming to care about truth or logic”.

It would be interesting to know what the professor thinks of President Obama policies.

The rise of European fascism

I have been lax in keeping up with Mark Steyn’s writing but his recent article in Macleans is very much worth reading. Key line: In bad times, if the political culture forbids respectable politicians from raising certain issues, voters will turn to unrespectable ones.

To promote a greater sense of Euro-harmony, the European Parliament—actually, make that the European “Parliament”—is organized into ideological blocs, ensuring that French liberals sit with Slovene liberals, and Belgian greens sit with Latvian greens, rather than hunkering down in their ethnic ghettoes. The largest bloc is the “centre-right,” the second-largest are the socialists, and the third is now the “non-inscrits,” the bloc for people who don’t want to belong to blocs. As a result of this month’s election, this Groucho Marxist grouping of “Others” tripled in size to just under a hundred seats. So, if they’re not liberals, socialists, greens, “European democrats” or the “Nordic Green Left,” what the hell are they?

Okay, here goes. The members of the non-bloc bloc include: one member of the “True Finns” party; one member of the Slovak National Party; two members of the British National Party; two members of the Austrian Freedom Party; two members of the Vlaams Belang, the “Flemish Interest” party; two members of the Civic Union, which sounds like a gay marriage in Vermont but is in fact an offshoot of the Latvian nationalist For Fatherland And Freedom Party; three members of France’s National Front; three members of Jobbik, the Hungarian nationalist party; three members of the Greater Romania Party . . .

NSW Labor – only interested in one job

Good to see someone is finally using Youtube to respond to Rees boy.