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Go Back To Work–The Planet Needs You!

By Paul Homewood

h/t stewgreen

There’s no satisfying these lunatics, is there?

For years they have been ordering us to work from home to save the planet. Now the bright sparks have cottoned on that it has made bugger all difference!

They won’t be happy till we are back in the dark ages, with no technology and no life.


November 16, 2020 at 02:06PM

Road Charging Moves Closer

By Paul Homewood

It was of course always inevitable:

As I have been saying for years, the government would have little choice but to go for road charges to replace the lost fuel tax once EVs took over.

It was always inconceivable that electricity could be taxed in the same way, as it would generate massive energy poverty and would obviously discriminate against poorer non-car households.

Equally to raise £40bn from other taxes would be political suicide.

In my view, road charging could become the equivalent of the next government’s poll tax. In theory of course, it only swaps one tax for another, but so did the poll tax.

One particular consequence is that all cars would pay the same rate, disadvantaging drivers of smaller, more economic cars which would use less fuel.

In any event, it is inevitable that the revenue from road charging would quickly outstrip current revenue from fuel duty. Quite apart from the administrative costs which would need to be recovered, it would be far too tempting to start ratcheting up rates on the flimsiest excuse, such as road congestion.

It is after all the stated aim of climate zealots in Parliament and elsewhere to cut the amount of travel we do in our cars. What better way to do it than make it unaffordable for the average driver to use his car on a regular basis?

Ironically, drivers of electric cars may be put out more than most. Currently freed from paying fuel duty and vehicle excise duty, they will find themselves much worse off, once the cash cow provided by other motorists disappears.

And it’s not even as if their cars are much cheaper to run anyway. According to WhichCar, the cost of recharging a Tesla in the States may be greater than refuelling a petrol car, if done on the Tesla supercharger network.


November 16, 2020 at 01:54PM

“Never seen so much snow this early in the season”

More than 2 feet of additional snow at Bogus Basin, Idaho.

After more than 2 feet of snow and more expected to come in the mountains, Bogus Basin announced Friday its hike park will be open again this weekend.

Over the past five days, the park has seen an additional two feet of snow. With the natural snow and snow making efforts, Bogus Basin is ready for the season to open Nov. 27, according to a news release.

“In my 32 years at Bogus Basin, I’ve never seen so much snow this early in the season,” said Nate Shake, director of Mountain Operations, in a news release.

Thanks to Laurel for this link

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is a ski area located sixteen road miles north-northeast of the city of Boise.

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November 16, 2020 at 01:39PM

Why Worry about Warming? Cold is the Killer

“We live now in the latter days of the Holocene Warm Period. There may be short bursts of warming, but the big trend is down. Temperature has been trending down for over 3,000 years. A frigid period lies ahead.”
– Viv Forbes

Why Worry about Warming? Cold is the Killer

by Viv Forbes
14 Nov 2020

Green alarmists are fanning a firestorm of fear about man-made global warming.

The Little Ice Age saw crop failures, famine, migrations, invasions, disease and death

Earth always cycles between warmth and cold. Every recent warm period (Medieval Warming, Roman Warming etc) was a time of plenty for all life on Earth, whilst cold periods like the Little Ice Age saw crop failures, famine, migrations, invasions, disease and death.

Sea levels rise as ice sheets melt, and fall as they rebuild. Coastal dwellers and offshore coral reefs must always migrate landward or seaward, or north/south, following the climatic environment they prefer.

Warming/cooling phases triggered by solar cycles

Warming/cooling phases are triggered by solar system cycles which are often accompanied by volcanism. These drivers are far more powerful than any human influences.

Oceans cover over 70% of Earth’s surface and dominate our weather and climate. When the sun or the volcanic trenches and rings-of-fire warm the oceans, two things happen. Firstly, water evaporates to form more clouds which shade, cool and rain on the Earth. Secondly, CO2 plant food is expelled into the atmosphere, like CO2 bubbles leaving a warming beer. This makes the oceans more alkaline.

Plants benefit from additional CO2

With the additional moisture and CO2 plant food in the atmosphere, all plants benefit – forests expand, deserts shrink and grasslands, crops and marine plants flourish. All animals that live on plants or on grazing animals are also well fed. Soon farmers, graziers, foresters, fishermen, city dwellers and tax collectors welcome better times.

Long brutal Frigid Periods

But climate is never still – changing climate and variable weather are normal conditions on Earth. For the last million years, Earth has basked in recurring short Warm Periods (about 12,000 years) followed by long brutal Frigid Periods (about 80,000 years).

A frigid period lies ahead

Evidence from the Greenland Ice Cores shows that Earth’s 1000-year average temperature peaked about 7,500 years ago and has been trending down for over 3,000 years. There are always short term fluctuations but we are past the warming peak. We live now in the latter days of the Holocene Warm Period. There may be short bursts of warming, but the big trend is down. A frigid period lies ahead.

Reconstruction of Earth’s temperature for the last 10,000 years from the Greenland Ice Cores. Plus the trend of solar heat received by the big northern landmasses (65N insolation). From “The Inconvenient Skeptic” 2011, by John Kehr, p115.

As cyclic solar heating declines, land cools quicker than the deep oceans. Moisture will still evaporate from the warm oceans and fall on the cooling land as rain and snow. Snow and ice will again advance over the northern grain belts. Continued evaporation triggers cooling of the oceans which then re-absorb atmospheric moisture and CO2.

Animals and humans face hunger and famine

Plants always suffer greatly in the developing cold, dry, CO2-starved atmosphere. And when plants suffer, animals and humans face hunger and famine. Industries and cities powered by coal, oil, gas and nuclear power are largely immune to changing climate. However we are making a huge climate gamble by demonising reliable hydro-carbons and nuclear power and rushing into intermittent, climate-dependent energy such as wind and solar propped up by “humungous batteries”.

The Holocene Warming is almost over.

After today’s bountiful warmth comes the cold, dry, hungry phase of Earth’s climate.

Fruitful warmth is no threat. Bitter cold is the real menace.

Viv Forbes
Washpool Qld, Australia.

Further Reading

“The Inconvenient Skeptic” 2011 by John Kehr:

“Global Warming – a boon to Humans and Other Animals”
And “Climate of Fear” by Thomas Gale Moore
Hoover Institution.

Cold Kills, and Green Energy Does More Harm than Good:

Climate Change and Health:

Humungous batteries will be mainstream feature of renewable grids, says Tesla:

Deserts Greening from rising CO2:

Gone with the wind: why electricity shortages are becoming the norm:

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