Greenland ice loss is a big favourite of left-wing alarmists because almost nobody has the capacity to assess it for themselves.
However, sea levels are something we can all assess for ourselves, which is why alarmists have generally gone quiet on rising seas.
The latest claim is that more than 3 per cent of Greenland’s ice is destined to melt (31/8).
Greenland has about 2.85 million cubic kilometres of ice. Three per cent of that is 85,500 cubic kilometres. The oceans have a surface area of 361 million square kilometres.
If the oceans were contained within a vertical boundary, that much melted ice would raise seas 23.6 cm, not the claimed 27 cm.
However, the oceans aren’t contained within a vertical boundary and there is a heck of a lot of low-lying land for rising seas to spread over, meaning that much melt would yield a lot less than 23.6 cm of rise.
And don’t get me started on the fact that Greenland’s current ice mass is currently above the long-term seasonal average, or the amount of heat it takes to melt 85,500 cubic kilometres of ice.
How many times can climate alarmists cry wolf and expect a response from the villagers?
When the leaders of companies that are meant to compete meet behind closed doors to wring the maximum profit out of consumers that's called a conspiracy and it's rightly illegal. But when the leaders of states that are meant to compete meet behind closed doors to wring the maximum taxes and compliance out of citizens that's called "National Cabinet" (31/8) and it's celebrated. Our doublethink has reached Orwellian standards. Winston Smith, Cairns
We have 500,000 hospitality jobs up for grabs, eh? And we have no Aussies on the dole? Talk about your spectacular failures of nanny-state government welfare policies. Brett, Georgetown
If we want to halt inflation, eliminate government debt, grow wages, curb interest rates, and return to full employment we must call out the commie propaganda called "climate change" and go back to cheap and abundant power from coal and oil. Juss Sayen, Cairns
(GCB) To GN on guns (31/8). Guns don't do any damage on their own - just as trucks don't. It's when a human murderer misuses them that they become dangerous. The murderer in the semi-trailer in Nice, France, in 2016 killed 86 and injured 458 in five minutes - which would be impossible with a gun. But we still get people that freak out when they see a gel blaster but happily dash across a road in front of a truck. Mr Obvious
Brace yourselves, warmunists; Germany, the "leaders" in the ill-considered stampede to try to run their economy on unreliable intermittent electricity from wind and solar are (drumroll please) reopening their coal-fired power stations! Of course, unlike Australia, they weren't so stupid as to blow up their reliable generators like the dimwits in Victoria, NSW, and South Australia did. JS, Edge Hill
RE: "Greenland is melting and we can't stop it". Rubbish. Firstly, Greenland's current ice mass balance is above the thirty-year trend line. Secondly, alarmists have been saying this for 30 years and it still hasn't happened. Thirdly, if anyone in government anywhere believed it they'd be busily building sea walls. Kenny, Cardwell
Sheridan and Kenny Street is a very low-lying area. Obviously the people with big money don't believe in rising seas from global warming from climate change. One Tooth Wally, Cairns North
Albo, don't tell us ordinary Aussies to "chill out" (31/08) over your public relations disaster with the American basketballer. You made yourself look like a pale, stale, male, colour-obsessed midget. Vonnie, Woree
A charity worker came to my door and asked if I'd contribute to the floods in Pakistan. I said I would, except my hose only reaches the end of my driveway. Mark, Redlynch
We often hear the left say that small modular nuclear reactors “won’t work” or that they’re “too expensive”, but they’re time-tested technology now.
Sixty-eight 68 years ago, in 1954, the US Navy launched the submarine “USS Nautilus”. It was the first of many to be powered by small modular reactors.
With UK government support, Rolls Royce (Letters, 01/09) has developed 470 MW SMRs that can each power a city of half a million people regardless of the time of night or the wind speed.
Sixteen SMRs are planned for the UK and they’re now completing their “generic design assessment” - the last step before the build commences.
Nuclear is a technology that has amply proven its ability to produce cheap, plentiful, and reliable electricity. Wind and solar have been proven to be unable to do so.
All attempts to transition to wind and solar overseas have failed. Germany was the EU “renewables leader” but it is reverting to coal in the face of skyrocketing electricity prices and looming blackouts.
Australian politicians who shove this ridiculous wind and solar fantasy onto us are literally planning to destroy our economy and our way of life.
If you voted ALP, LNP, or Green, were you voting for poverty and despair? If not, you might want to contact your MP and set them straight on that point.
Nature has evolved an inherently capitalist system. Continual competition between similar species in a world with the only limitations being those of natural physics hones their abilities to grow, reproduce, find food, and avoid predators.
In the human domain, proper capitalism involves continual competition between similar workers, companies, and states, with limited rules (mostly relating to honesty and contractual compliance), which hones their abilities to grow, provide freedom, make money, and avoid bankruptcy.
Natural capitalism is the only system that has ever lifted people out of slavery, poverty, and oppression. Many people consider Western democracies, including ours, to be capitalist - but sadly that is no longer true.
WWII Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini said, “Fascism should rightly be called corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.”
We now live under a fascist/corporatist dictatorial regime, as the covid era made obvious to everyone. Corporations enforced medical diktats that governments could not because of Section 51(xxiiiA) of our Constitution.
Fascism/corporatism is not, as some say, “the dying gasp of capitalism”. It’s what happens when governments and corporations subvert capitalism and force a society onto the road to socialism. From there it’s ultimately on to communism, full central command, and inevitable and unavoidable complete economic collapse.
The LNP, ALP, and Greens all subscribe to fascism/corporatism, as evidenced by their policies and their actions relating to climate and covid.
If they were designing nature there would be no competing species – there’d be only one centrally-designed species each of plant, insect, herbivore, and carnivore. Such a competition-free centrally controlled unnatural environment would collapse the moment the controllers began their inevitable infighting.
Klaus Schwab of the globalist elites’ World Economic Forum has made it abundantly clear that we the people will be the tagged, tracked, and movement-controlled herbivores eating the grass and the bugs while being “managed” by the elite carnivores. They see us as cattle, and they want to thin “their” herd to preserve “their” resources.
While our government and corporate sub-elites think their wilful compliance with the globalists’ agenda is their ticket to wealth and safety, it’s not. In selling out their own countrymen they have demonstrated they cannot be trusted. History shows that new despotic regimes delete such traitors first.
There are about 150 people in the top echelon of the globalist elites. There’s nearly eight billion of us “cattle”. We can stop them taking our freedom, but, as I keep saying, it relies on those of us that know these truths to wake up those that are still oblivious to them – and for us all to unite in voting the ALP, LNP, and Greens out permanently and ensuring control-freak anti-capitalists never again get into office.
Wait, what? After decades of blithering incompetence, the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (1/9) is suddenly trying to be not only efficient but militant? Coming onto private property and taking people's goods? That's going to end in tears. Over-It, Cairns
The phrase "climate change" is masterful propaganda and the ultimate in gaslighting. For decades we were warned of spiking temperatures and endless droughts but when the weather goes back to being cool and wet the alarmists are all “See! It’s climate change! I told ya so!” At this point you need to be seriously low IQ and without a functioning memory to believe that discredited dogma. Diana, Ingham
While "migration to NQ is slowing" (TB, 1/9) it is incumbent on us all to remember that people fled the capital cities because our state and national governments flipped from democracy to totalitarianism on the orders of unelected foreign bodies, specifically the UN's WHO which is controlled by the WEF. Too much government with too much power has been a disastrous and recurring problem throughout human history. Jack, Tully
Has the Council (GCB, 1/9) thought about building dams and levees to control floods instead of banning development on the floodplain? Or putting buildings on tall stumps? Or putting buildings on pontoons fitted with extendable anchor chains? Why is a ban their only solution? Curious
When are we going to admit that the government's radical notion of running remote aboriginal communities as socialist enclaves embedded in a capitalist society so they can't fail naturally has been a complete disaster for their residents? They have become a uniquely cruel punishment for those unlucky enough to be born into them. David C., Clifton Beach
Three serious questions for Glenn White (TB, 1/9). How much electricity does solar produce at night? How much electricity does wind produce when it's calm? Is electricity a product that you buy when it's available or a service that you expect when you need it? JS, Edge Hill
RE: "Qld weather warning" (GCB 1/9), these so-called "authorities" have been so wrong for so long that I automatically disregard everything they say. When they start making accurate long-term forecasts, as they did before they drank the climate alarmist Kool-aid, I might start listening again. JS
People misunderstand the intentions of the ALP in the context of youth crime (CP, 1/9). It's a problem they created. They did so to divide us and make us feel unsafe. That way they can promise to fix it and give themselves more power in the process. It's called "the Hegelian Dialectic" - problem, reaction, solution. Ex-ALP Voter, Cairns
If we really landed on the moon fifty years ago (TB, 01/09), why don't the photos of the lunar lander show any sign of disturbance in the dust below it from the rocket motor that lowered it to the surface? Governments tell more lies than they do truths. VL, 4810
At the outset of the NDIS (GCB, 1/9) I predicted that it would be rorted endlessly, that it would channel taxpayers' money to Labor mates, and that it would yield worse outcomes for the disabled and those who genuinely worked to help them. I was right on all three counts. VL
Those of us that understand the left's "win an inch, take a mile" strategy warned that so-called "same sex marriage" was the top of a slippery slope. Next we started seeing "drag queen story time" at libraries, then the push began to delete the word "paedophiles" and change it to "minor attracted persons", and now we hearing that being sexually attracted to minors is "normal". Well, it's not. Paedophiles are sick criminals and belong in prison. It might be time to unpick the "same sex marriage" knot, too. Vonnie, Woree
Sorry, Stephen Morgan (Letters, 2/9), but semantics won’t win a debate based on empiricism.
Germany was so certain its “transition” to renewables would work that they closed their coal power stations. But they didn’t work, so now they’re reopening the coal plants.
In 2018 President Trump warned Germany not to depend so heavily on Russian gas. The Germans laughed in his face. But they’re not laughing now, are they Stephen?
California is, like Germany, a “renewables leader”. They closed reliable baseload coal and nuclear generators, and they’re even imposing a petrol and diesel vehicle ban. But their governor recently asked EV owners not to charge them due to a shortage of electricity.
Both California and Germany can run an extension lead to their neighbours’ coal and nuclear plants to keep their lights on. But we can’t.
Nonetheless, our smooth-brained politicians are going to rush lemming-like off the same renewables cliff that claimed high-tech giants Germany and California – and we can’t run an extension lead to the neighbours.
If carbon really caused global warming the first thing banned would've been private jets, and the price of beachfront mansions would have plummeted. Juss Sayen, Cairns
Australia is not a technology leader. Nor are we a manufacturing nation. No overseas state or country has made renewables work. In fact, California wants to end petrol and diesel vehicles but has asked existing electric car owners not to charge their batteries due to a lack of electricity in their renewables-heavy grid. So why does Albo think he can do what more advanced nations could not? Curious, Cairns
"State set to relax vax laws" (CP, 2/9). About time. Next stage will be compensation to those of us that suffered from these unconstitutional "laws". Then investigations into AHPRA, TGA, RACGP, AMA, etc for their complicity with anti-scientific globalists. Then prosecutions for all who pushed these shots. Chloe, Kuranda
(TB) The CDC has finally admitted what we "conspiracy theorists" have known for two years. Ivermectin is an effective treatment for covid. Thor 4810
(GCB) "Rain here to stay until February" (GCB, 2/9). No UN agency can be trusted. The WMO are climate alarmists. This La Nina has been augmented by the recent Tonga volcanic eruption. It was an underwater eruption which instantly converted many cubic kilometres of seawater into electrically charged vapour and sent it up through the troposphere and stratosphere and into the mesosphere. As these charged vapour particles circle the earth and drift back down they seed clouds and trigger rain events. Weather Watcher
The most appropriate "big thing" (large statue) for Cairns would be a representation of ALP neglect of its responsibility for law and order. I suggest a giant pile of intoxicated itinerants passed out in a giant shop doorway. Artiste, Cairns
(TB) It seems Dr Clements (2/9) is unaware of Section 51(xxiiiA) of the Australia Constitution, which makes forced vaccinations unlawful. The RACGP, along with the AHPRA, TGA, AMA and state and federal health departments all need to face a Royal Commission. The Australian Bureau of Statistics is clearly recording the excess deaths since the forced vaccination of the population began. Go to www.abs.gov.au/statistics/health/causes-death/provisional-mortality-statistics/latest-release and scroll down to the first chart to see for yourself. Sarge, Pimlico
(GCB) "Heart issues" are not merely "growing" (2/9), they are spiking upwards exponentially in a statistically improbable manner. Record numbers of otherwise fit and healthy young people are dropping dead unexpectedly. See for yourself at the ABS - www.abs.gov.au/statistics/health/causes-death/provisional-mortality-statistics/latest-release. Scroll down to the first chart. But nothing to do with a forced, sorry, coerced, sorry, 'mandated' bioweapon, sorry, medical experiment, sorry, 'procedure', right? Sceptical Sue
What's this "free education" guff from Albo? It's not "free" - taxpayers pay for it. The only "free" education is homeschooling, where the parents of a child meet all the costs for their own children's education, which is as it should be. And homeschooling is the only way to keep children free of government brainwashing. Ex-ALP Voter, Cairns
What an excellent op-ed by Clarissa Bye! (TB, 02/09) Further to Clarissa's incredibly accurate piece, insect exoskeletons are composed of chitins (pronounced "kite-ens"), a structural polymer made of modified glucose monosaccharides. No vertebrate animals (which includes humans) can digest chitin on their own. Animals that do eat a diet of insects often have symbiotic bacteria and protozoa which can break down the fibrous chitin into the glucose molecules that compose it. We don't. Eating chitins will result in a huge increase in autoimmune diseases. Nutritionist, 4812