UK-based New Plymouth–born scientist Dr Kelly blacked out as New Zealand government consolidates UN climate line
The government’s ban on oil and gas exploration is the major obstacle to its own prime objective of weaning off coal the dairy exporter Fonterra.
The government has been so successful in generating uncertainty about natural gas supplies that the dairy cooperative is prevented from investing in the alternative power generation.
This particularly applies to the South Island where explorers OMV and New Zealand Oil & Gas hold licences to develop offshore gas.
In the middle of this contrived emergency New Zealand’s most eminent climatic authority Cambridge’s Professor Michael Kelly (pictured) has stated that the “lesson of history is regularly ignored as the current level of climate alarm is cranked up,” adding that “all the data shows that extreme events were more extreme and more common in the first half of the 20th century
“But climate change is supposed to have started in 1960”
The physicist noted that modern renewables “remain an insignificant share of the energy supply……the transition away from fossil fuel energies will take 400 years at the current rate of progress.”
The onetime Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Department for Communities and Local Government contends that absence of historical data has allowed climate warming activists to make extravagant suppositions at will. This contempt for data also extends to modern times.
Professor Kelly notes that in the 1990s the global average surface temperature had been rising sharply for 15 years “and many predicted that this rate of warming would continue, when in fact it has halved.”
The New Zealand physicist’s findings have been blacked out in the country of his birth by the tightening institutional ban on anything contradicting the United Nations doctrine on global warming.
Even so, the anxiety of the coalition government to rid the dairy industry of coal is pointed up by the parading of international alternative energy specialists.
One of these was Michael Liebreich who is chairman of the advisory board of Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance describes itself as “producing research on industries in transition, focusing on clean energy.”
Unsurprisingly enough, Mr Liebreich is quoted as saying that Fonterra's use of coal to power boilers that dry milk into milk powder was "insane" and old-school and must stop.
The Green Party wing of the coalition government in its determination to be seen at the leading edge of United Nations doctrines has indicated that it will lure the dairy exporting industry out of coal with dollops of cash from the state’s immense green energy inducement fund
This might work for Fonterra, a farmer cooperative. Politically in this proposed divvy-up there could be reactions if the Chinese and French-owned dairy export processors such as Westland Milk, Parmalat and Danone took advantage of the taxpayer-funded poor box.
While China’s role in New Zealand is well known and correspondingly sensitive, France’s presence is rarely perceived.
France quietly holds dominant positions in many strategic New Zealand industries including hotels, construction, utilities, transport, electrics, finance, wine, and even office equipment
Meanwhile, Green Party officials nowadays refer to the power required by companies such as Fonterra as “process heat.”
This is an engineering term used to describe steam generation and it is used by the Green Party as a circumlocution around the government’s contradictory energy policies such as the no-coal but can’t-guarantee-gas one.
Woodchips another favoured political option means that dairy companies such as Fonterra would have to completely re-equip to accommodate the new thermal divergence in feedstock.
Fonterra, meanwhile has done its best to appease the Greens notably by divesting itself of its so recently highly regarded strategic investment in coal mining.
Professor Kelly has drawn attention to the shaky assumptions of warming activists, those inside parliament and those outside it.