Essay by Eric Worrall
h/t Dr. Willie Soon; Following the recent election of a deep green federal government, and offlining of coal stations, Australia is being slammed by a double whammy of skyrocketing green energy bills and extreme cold.
Proof you aren’t going soft: Australian city is now shivering through its coldest start to winter since 1904 – as cold weather records tumble, snow falls on beaches… and it’s not over yet
Antarctic cold snap is sending record tumbling as temperatures plummet
Brisbane braced for its coldest day since 1904 as polar winds blast Australia
Sydney and Melbourne also set for their coldest start to winter in decades
By KEVIN AIRS FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
PUBLISHED: 10:39 AEST, 9 June 2022 | UPDATED: 13:40 AEST, 9 June 2022
Brisbane will shiver through its coldest start to winter in more than 100 years as Australia’s brutal big freeze sends records tumbling.
An icy polar blast will see forecast temperatures plummet int every major city except Perth to lows not seen in decades.
Bob Hawke was in power the last time Sydney got this cold in 1989, and Brisbane is braced for its worst cold snap since 1904.
There’s not even an escape in the tropical Top End with both Darwin and Cairns forecast to be noticeably cooler than normal this week, while some of Tasmania’s beaches could even see blizzards.
In the snowfields, the history books are being rewritten with the best start to the season in years and more snow on the way thanks to a freezing Antarctic ice storm.
Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10898453/Brisbane-endures-coldest-start-winter-1904-records-fall-Sydney-Melbourne.html
Why do I describe price rises as “skyrocketing green energy bills”? That is because Australia’s deep green politicians are directly responsible for the energy prices Aussies are experiencing, as they try to stay warm through this Antarctic blast. Green political hostility towards coal and gas development created Australia’s energy shortage problem, by discouraging investment in affordable energy resources, and choking off the supply of bank finance for building and maintenance of coal plants.
The result of this foolishness a shortage of dispatchable energy, and no systemic resilience to deal with heat waves and cold snaps.
The funniest part is, within days of promising “real action” on climate change, the new deep green left wing Albanese government has started begging coal stations to ramp up electricity production, as the full scale of Australia’s energy disaster has become apparent. But coal plant operators know the climate war will be on again, as soon as the current crisis has passed.
Bring back coal NOW: Labor BEGS the energy industry to turn on MORE fossil fuel-powered plants to help ease the soaring cost of bills – just days after declaring they’d take ‘real action on climate change’
- A quarter of Australia’s electricity power supply is offline as east coast shivers
- Labor has now begged industry bosses to fire up all coal-fuelled power stations
- Dramatic u-turn comes just days after promising ‘real action’ on climate change
- Fuel crisis sparked by Ukraine war has upended international climate policies
By KEVIN AIRS FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA AND AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 11:36 AEST, 7 June 2022 | UPDATED: 12:35 AEST, 7 June 2022
Labor has begged industry bosses to fire up all their coal-fuelled power stations at full capacity to ease the national energy crisis in a dramatic policy u-turn.
Just days after promising ‘real action on climate change‘, Labor today demanded the nation’s coal power stations are all brought back into service as soon as possible.
At least a quarter of Australia’s coal-fired electricity production is currently offline while the east coast shivers through a freezing winter amid soaring price rises.
Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10891127/Anthony-Albanese-calls-coal-power-stations-come-online-climate-change-strategy-shock.html
A part of me feels like laughing and saying “you idiots” to my fellow Australians who supported the political green whackery which led to this disaster, and who are now reaping what they sowed. Even when Albanese was in opposition, the threat of the sanctions everyone thought he would impose when he won power, along with hysterical state government opposition to fracking, wrecked our coal and gas power industries.
But jeering at people doesn’t fix anything. Real people are suffering, struggling to afford their heating bills in the midst of soaring inflation and skyrocketing energy prices. Children in under heated houses don’t deserve to suffer because their parents made a mistake.
The important outcome, the only outcome I want to see, is that the lesson is learned, and that the green political stranglehold on our energy policies is broken. But I fear it will take more than a single severe cold snap to overcome decades of relentless green propaganda, aided and abetted by our state funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“Electricity prices will skyrocket”: President Obama, the last green politician to display some honesty about the true cost of renewable energy.
Eric, same very cold start to the general southern hemisphere winter here in central Argentina. I think part of it is the weak La Niña, which is almost weakening to Neutral. These conditions make for slow/weak latitude winds, and they don’t block Antarctica polar wind outbreaks. The other part is sliding into a solar minimum? Say it ain’t so.
Be interesting to see how it progresses.
More interesting is now that AGL coal generation is due to be out there should be some nice rolling blackouts during the cold snap 🙂
Good only for how it reveals the rank stupidity of embracing wind and solar ‘power’ (using the term loosely).
I feel for the people who are suffering through outages and ridiculous energy prices – except for those who voted for the ‘climate’ snake oil salesmen. If there’s any justice in the world, the idiots demanding “action” on ‘climate change’ will be the ones to freeze to death in the dark.
Nino34 is a good predictor of global average temperature ~4 months in the future.
See Electroverse – Documenting Earth Changes during the next GSM and Pole Shift
Told you so 20 years ago.
Yeah but Albo’s going to save the planet by reducing the average global temperature by 0.013 degrees in the next 30 years and spend a gazillion dollars (correction, make us pay a gazillion dollars) to do it – in theory.
I’m going to sleep better now.
Its fascinating that Leftist ideology won’t let ostensibly rational leaders respond to real numbers related to CO2 levels, their actual theoretical impacts on global temperatures and the costs to achieve any meaningless CO2 reductions (considering China, India & etc.).
The Twitter mob is truly running the Western world, not the voters. All surveys of voters show they won’t support spending even minimal amounts on “fighting” global warming. Its like the push for Prohibition in America: A small fraction of people were so adamant that politicians had to pander to them to gain a plurality in elections. When the true costs to society and its economy were revealed by events it was too late; organized crime had established a foothold in the U.S.
Astute observations, Mr. Fair. 30 years of panic over CO2 has created so many opportunities for rent-seeking, that they probably won’t be dislodged even when the public awakens from its doomsday fever dreams. Just as organized crime in America barely skipped a beat after repeal of Prohibition.
The public is so mesmerized by “renewables” and the lure of electric cars that it’s made Elon Musk the richest man in the world. Never mind that electric cars require non-renewable resources in great abundance (lithium, cobalt, etc.) and have to observe the same Laws of Thermodynamics as diesel trucks and oat-fed mules.
The lure of renewables has also prompted backsliding such as: mandating electric stoves rather than gas stoves, even though gas stoves are more efficient; requiring paper grocery bags instead of plastic, even though plastic bags are lighter, and less resource-intensive; mandating less efficient ways of producing food from “organic” farms to “cage-free” eggs — both meaningless terms. The upshot is that poor people who can least afford it, have to pay more for food.
Vegans, too, are pushing a Neo-Prohibitionist agenda to force consumers to descend backwards on the food chain, even though Homo sapiens evolved as omnivores a million years ago.
And who rules over the twitter mob and the puppet politicians ? Because it doesn’t matter who you vote for they have all the same master behind the curtain. Those who can print all that is needed to buy the system all over the Western world. Follow the yellow brick road to find the wizards.(also responsible for your money losing purchasing power melting your savings as snow in the summer sun in the Sahara.
And if the cold weather continuous beware of big scale coral bleaching. They really don’t like the cold.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Aussies voted these climate change fools into office so they will suffer the consequences. Hard lessons need to be learned in order to stop this foolishness. I hope their coal industries don’t comply with the government without major long term concessions from these crazy climate fraudsters. After all it’s the sun stupid and we can’t do anything about it.
The Prohibition is a very good analogy to present day climate alarmism and its fanatically pointless and self-destructive policies. Plus its nauseating self-righteousness.
Notice that 100 years later there have been no serious calls for a return to prohibition. Folks will learn from their climate mistake in the same way.
>organized crime< Made the Kennedys a political dynasty, at least until they turned on their own and paid the ultimate price for it.
The various climate treatys required western countries to do ‘their share’ no matter how minute.
Its like WW2 or Korea or Vietnam, Australias contribution was negligible but they were required to do their share.
If in doubt, insult everyone?
The US lost 0.32% of their 1939 population in WW2. Australia 0.58% PNG lost 1.16%
Looks like the US put in only about a quarter of their share than the people of New Guinea, except… no they didn’t.
It’s not a scoring system. It’s a tragedy.
What you going to say next? Poland did nothing cause they weren’t active after 1939?
Get over yourself.
Australia’s actual effect on the war effort was next to zero too.,( Like the climate)
Yes the sacrifice was larger? compared to US ( but Australia was at war from Sept 39 , not just dec 41)
We won’t mention the numbers for Korea and Vietnam shall we
Plus I get % for Australia of 0.38% given official dead of 27k and 1940 pop of 7 mill and that includes 7000 or so who died while POW
What was that about getting over your self…btw I don’t support the over blown climate actions either but I’ll stick to facts while you can have the supposedlys
Australian divisions were essential contributors to the North African campaign 1941-42. Australian aircrew contributed about 7% of Bomber Command, hardly “next to zero”. But you can have “your truth”.
Yes. But the total effect over the whole WW2 effort in which millions died was near zero like the climate.
The Australian divisions were pulled out of Africa from 42 and yet that single theatre and British 8th Army ( a bit of a side show for the overall war) still won without them
naturally Australia wanted to protect their own country so their withdrawn army fought strongly in another side show , New Guinea etc in the South Pacific
You should read General Alexander’s comments about Australia’s contribution to the war in Africa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBMaTpef5II or Sir William Sims comments about the Australians at Milne Bay. In both cases the Australians inflicted the first defeat on rampaging German and Japanese armies. Not huge relative to the overall war but gigantic in terms of the the eventual outcome. Why else would Australia’s efforts illicit comments such as:My God, I wish we had [the] 9th Australian Division with us this morning [D-Day].
—Major General Freddie de Guingand, Chief of Staff, Allied Land-force Headquarters Europe, 1944.
Australia forces left North Africa for home at end of 41.
As I said the UK 8th Army managed fine and won victory without them.
Australia even withdrew all its forces ( Aug) from Tobruk before the siege was lifted (dec 41) and replaced by others.
Its clear the domestic consumption plays up the role of a countrys forces, but the reality is very different
Withdrawing from a battle and then the theatre before the victory is surely evidence your contribution didnt matter
Same in Pacific , fighting in New Guinea was important to home morale but irrelevant to US strategy as they often bypassed areas with a laser focus of island hopping to get close to Japan. Capture of Philippines had no Australian army involved , and only small air and naval forces.
It was primarily Australian troops that stopped the Japanese from crossing the Owen Stanley Range to take Port Morsby in New Guinea. You need to learn some real history.
Port Morsby was thus retained, primarily by the sacrifices of the Australian infantry to become the launching point for MacArthur’s SW Pacific campaign. It eventually had 8 airfields from which US, Aussies, and Kiwis flew. The two highest scoring American aces of WW II got their kills flying from one of those fields.
New Guinea was a black hole for Japanese forces and Australian forces were a major contributor to making it so. It forced them to split their military assets in the south pacific between the US campaign threatening Rabaul by coming up the islands from the SE from Guadalcanal and those attacking in New Guinea.
Australia was critical in holding the South Pacific as well until the Us could rebuild their fleet. This dude knows as much about WW2 as my dog
One cruiser , which was sunk at Savo Island along with others from USN.
Australia did nothing and the US won Pacific the war without them.
Oh, and one other thing. The Coast Watchers were primarily Australian. Working in constant threat of capture and execution on Japanese occupied islands, they provided vital intelligence to Allied forces and saved the lives of many a downed Allied pilot and occasionally surviving sailors who’s ships had been sunk.
Require? REQUIRE??? Piss off.
They signed the bloody things . Trump had sense to get out and he did it legally over 18 months or something
Being ignorant about international treaty’s doesn’t help you but puts you in the same class as the misinformed greens
The US was never “bound” because international treaties require the consent of the US Senate which was never even requested because Oblunder knew it would be rejected as vehemently as Kyoto was.
Having said that, the next sane occupant of the White House (God willing) should ‘officially’ reject any ‘climate deal’ poste haste.
It wasnt called a Treaty for that very reason, but still legally enforceable under a Presidents executive powers.
Trump was told the same , that it was legal and the only way out was via the ‘accords’ own withdrawal mechanism, which took 18 months. The last laugh was that US reduced its CO2 below its legal requirements anyway
Counting CO2 has become the modern version of counting angels on the head of a pin ( like angels CO2 does good things)
Kyoto was never presented to the Senate for a vote.
The Republicans put up a “sense of the Senate” vote regarding the treaty, and the vote against was 99 – 0.
It was still a legal obligation for US , which is why Trump had to use legal means to withdraw rather that just a executive order cancelling it.
‘After a three-year delay, the US has become the first nation in the world to formally withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
President Trump announced the move in June 2017, but UN regulations meant that his decision only takes effect today, the day after the US election.
The US could re-join it in future, should a president choose to do so.”
The Senate Treaty thing isnt the road block you think it as they just dont call these binding agreements ‘treatys’ anymore
Other countries have easier ratification, sometimes their parliament doesnt even get a vote.
The EU and its twisty ways is a classic there
It’s a voluntary thing so the other option is just ignore it or lie … plenty of countries doing both
International obligations are never voluntary, only enforcement and as Australia is a trading nation it can get push back, the extreme version is what Russia is facing sanctions
Name one major western country that is ignoring /lying ( outside China and India)
He is planning for 82 per cent of electricity to be supplied by “renewables” by 2030.
Not sure if the term “planning” is accurate. Let’s say it is a highly hopeful target. Or more accurately, political BS.
Good point , but but….. they have plenty of sun and there’s batteries…an even worse outcome
Did he also add, quietly, ‘weather permitting’.
He left out the part where a meteor, about a cubic mile in size and made up of lithium, copper, cobalt and a host of rare earth metals, slams into central Australia to provide the materials needed to accomplish 85% by 2030.
He also left out, or said under his breath, “and then a miracle happens”.
I am not surprised Albo won the recent federal election. Watch for more wallet pain to come.
Wouldn’t surprise me if most of the people who voted for him, thought someone else’s taxes were going to be raised.
Oh? But global warming causes cold weather! As we had the claim here in Texas in 2021. And green power has yet to fail like wind did in Texas in Australia.
It used to be that cold was weather and hot was global warming. Now, cold, wet, hot, dry are all climate change.
you forgot the SA wind debacle?
Well that was quick, Oz elected a green government/teal team and before you know they’ve fixed the planet and we have to burn coal again just to keep warm. Bring on the global warming. I wonder if that will mean electing the reds instead of the greens?
Global warming is so 2021.
Should have read your comment before posting mine.
The previous Australian Federal Government announced an end to donations from foreign aid budget to UN “green funds” during 2019, today this was announced by the new PM;
Australia to submit an ‘updated nationally determined contribution’ to the UNFCCC
34 minutes ago
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has confirmed Australia will “soon” submit an updated nationally determined contribution to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Mr Albanese spoke alongside his New Zealand counterpart, Jacinda Ardern, in a joint media conference on Friday following bilateral talks in Sydney.
Not my PM!
Seriously, Oz? This dork is the face (forehead?) you want to present to the world?
It’s the Al Gore effect in play
An informed, rational person would note this situation and ask / research –
when did these conditions occur in past times?
The answers they would get would be –
“lots of times”
Which SHOULD lead then to conclude that there is nothing unusual going on with climate(s) behaviors.
But alas . . .
Calls to restart coal fired power plants need to be ignored at the least. Maybe more, such calls should be mocked and laughed at.
Why the harsh stand? Look at this:
“Children in under heated houses don’t deserve to suffer because their parents made a mistake.”
Tough cookies. To the parents – bundle up your kids, you caused this, it is your fault. Eat it and learn.
Otherwise you get this.
“the new deep green left wing Albanese government has started begging coal stations to ramp up electricity production, as the full scale of Australia’s energy disaster has become apparent. But coal plant operators know the climate war will be on again, as soon as the current crisis has passed.”
This is abused wife syndrome. The man abuses his wif and makes her suffer, for no good reason. The wife takes the abuse, desperately trying to be the better wife so as to stop the abuse. The man perceives weakness and abuses her harder.
This is exactly what is going on with the coal fired power plants, if they restart now. We all know they will be abused again after the current need.
But this is not just “abuse” of a “power plant”. It is absolute government abuse of the investors who paid to build these plant who are basically getting ripped off.
The problem is that the coal power stations cannot be turned on nor ramped up because the maintenance required hasn’t been done due to politically programmed redundancy.
Yes, but electricity supply is the primary responsibility of the State governments, they sold or leased power stations and grid transmission lines owned and operated by them, privatisation based on the Federal Labor Renewable Energy Target and subsidies for profit to operators of wind and solar installations, but those installations needed State planning approval processing.
Good enough. Critical shortages are due to government management. Who would have guessed? They bought it, they paid for it, they own it. Along with every voter who cast a ballot for this clown show.
Not to mention the electric customers being ripped off by electric rates artificially inflated to fill the pockets of rent seekers pedaling wind mills and solar panels.
I guess you could rig up a pedal to turn a windmill, but what’s the use of a pedal on a solar panel? Is there a generator and a spotlight involved?
That once worked in Spain.
They promised action on climate change, and delivered staight away. Complete stop on Global Warming for the Australian bit of the globe.
That’s the smack of firm government.
But in a pickle as the gas prices have climbed massively, and if its ‘end of coal’ the greens want ‘end of gas’ too.
So its ‘end usage of fossil fuels , but not too much’
At least give the poor man a week to sort each major problem.
Touch base with Pacific allies – done.
Global Warming (in Australia) – sorted.
Sinking Pacific Islands – sorted; shiploads of money on its way (please forget China)
Energy poverty – next week.
They dont talk about sinking pacific islands as the research has found they mostly are growing in size ( it varies) so instead its ‘save the barrier reef’ which conveniently is already under water
“Give me chastity and temperance—but not yet!”
“Give me only windmills and solar panels—but not yet!”
—St. Albo the Unready
Amazing how people can say the stupidest things while giving the impression of sober thought and intelligence.
It has been cold here for months, that is eastern Australia. In fact all last spring and all summer was cold.
Are you claiming it was ScoMo and not Albo who fixed Global Warming? Australia may have elected the wrong party.
“But coal plant operators know the climate war will be on again, as soon as the current crisis has passed.“. The coal plant operators need to get written guarantees from the government – and make them public – before they risk any of their own money on actions that could be undermined when the crisis passes.
Not worth the paper they are written on.
The agreement may well not be worth the paper it is written on, if you only look at the two parties to the paper (coal plant operators and government), but that’s why I say “and make them public”. Mind you, if the agreement is made legally binding then the coal plant operators might be able to make headway in the legal courts as well as in the court of public opinion. After all the cr*p the coal plant operators have had thrown at them over the years, this appears to be an opportunity that they cannot afford to waste.
Don’t fix anything on a broken down power plant until they so sign a 20 year public contract .I am quite sure a lot more power plants will break down very soon
As summer and air con drives the peak demand to that season, the autumn and spring are the maintenance seasons. No one noticed the shutdowns before as there was a reserve buffer of other coal stations. Gone are their reserves and they have to run the gas turbines instead which is fine except that costs as its spot prices for gas.
They will waste it.
“ Green political hostility towards coal and gas development created Australia’s energy shortage problem”
Australia does not have an energy shortage. We export huge amounts of coal, and are the world’s largest exporter of LNG. What we do have, as a consequence, is exposure to global energy prices.
We have a coal plant shortage and domestic gas shortage. Exports are already locked in with long term contracts. Not enough gas is being produced near where domestic users need it.
“domestic gas shortage. Exports are already locked in”
That’s our choice of what we do with our energy. But there is plenty of it. If we extracted more, we’d just export more. Our resources go to the highest bidder.
Nick, you really are stretching things. Victoria and SA have anti-gas policies, NSW similarly. There is a dire shortage of gas available for because the bright sparks (1) cut coal generation, and (2) exported our gas because we have nothing else to trade with. There is a shortage of gas to burn because the bright sparks failed to plan for base load generation. Don’t blame the rest of the world for what we produce here at home !!!
Victoria extracts plenty of gas. It has been self-sufficient for over 50 years. Now Victorian gas is being pumped via Sydney, Moomba and Qld for export. It is not Greenies who are doing this.
SA has long supplied Sydney via a long pipeline from Moomba. That flow is now reversing at times, as Victorian gas flows through to export.
There is no shortage of gas generation capacity, nor gas to fuel it. The only problem is that we have to pay the export price to persuade people not to export it. Those people are not the Greens.
So, hopeful you’d support the Greens bringing in price controls to stop gas exports and make gas cheaper for Aussie residents. Eh, Nick?
I don’t have a strong view on the need for action. But grumbling about the Greens is completely off the mark. Price control is clumsy; a cap on exports is more appropriate. Or possible a tax on exports.
Some planning would be useful. Victoria’s Bass Strait fields have been supplying the State for over fifty years. They are gradually being depleted but could still do that for decades. But now that they are being plundered for export, I doubt if they will last one decade. There is already talk of import terminals.
More tax will fix it, right?
OK, it would be a tariff.
Were I a gas producer and the political parties (all of them, especially the Greens) are telling me that they are anti-fossil fuels and will make my business in the country unprofitable, then I would look to export in order to stay in business.
What ‘planning’ did the political parties make in order to counter the current polar weather or a war in another continent?
Blaming the miners/drillers for lack of supply is ignoring the results of their own ideological thinking and we all have to suffer for it.
You keep painting that lipstick on the pig! You can paint the whole pig, but guess what? It is still a pig. The fact that you admit that gas is being exported is telling. Why don’t you admit that there are not enough gas powered power plants too! If the government is on their knees asking for coal plants to be activated, the problem is not gas supplies.
The problem is wind and solar not generating enough energy to meet the needs dictated by CLIMATE!
That is the hilarious end result of not allowing the market to work properly. What does it take for people to learn that central government planning NEVER, EVER results in the best solutions. It seems that history is relegated to the dust bin everywhere. Funny thing is, that the dust bin overflows periodically and teaches people with lessons of hard knocks.
Green, labor, what’s the difference; Marxist all of them.
Meanwhile at Narrabri NSW Santos have been held up for years by slow NSW Government processing, red, green and black tape bureaucracy, trying to open a huge new gas field there which is for domestic gas supply purposes.
The CEO explained recently on Sky News.
You are being very kind to the NSW Gov there Dennis. I would say Narrabri gas and associated Western Slopes pipeline is held up by NSW Gov funded greenlawfare – incl Environmental Defenders Office / Lock the Gaters etc. NSW Gov election next March – can not wait.
The problem for Santos has been opposition from local farmers, who late last year lost their challenge in court. The proposal is CSG, which requires a huge number of wells, and endangers groundwater.
So what’s your solution?
Either we pay the world price or we put a cap on exports. WA has a cap, and consumers in that state are in a much better position. It is being talked about, but there will be huge squeals about the injustice done to the enterprising citizens who set up and profit from the present arrangement. The approach of the previous government was to beg Santos etc to keep more gas for the domestic market. They said, well, we can give you a little.
So you’ve tacitly admitted that those with fossil fuels available for them to burn are better off. The thermageddonists will hate you for admitting that!
not without pipelines
Playing with words.
Did you ditch your extra blanket because of all this global warming 😉
Oh, come on Nick. That’s equivalent to the UK exporting all its cheese and when UK residents are stood in the supermarket staring at an empty cheese counter they get told, “There’s no cheese shortage. Look at all the cows in the fields!”
Australians have an energy shortage: consumers are not getting the energy they need.
There is no unavailability of gas or coal. Just complaints about the price.
The fact that gas and coal have been diverted to export is a choice that was made. And not by the Greens.
Not by the greens 😉
Before the war in Ukraine in 2020 the ranking in exports of Natural Gas ; #1 Russia, #2 US, #3 Qatar, #4 Norway, #5 Australia.
But not LNG. Except Qatar, but we overtook them. The rest are pipeline exports.
There is an energy supply shortage if a quarter of coal plant capacity is mothballed, and new gas exploration and new coal mines are blocked. If you’re green just suck it up, it’s your bloody fault.
Nick’s still cold
“Exposure to global energy prices”
Supply and demand rule no matter what games you play. Government attempts to manipulate this invariably only create market distortion, rationing and higher prices. Hence our world today.
Been a really cool May and June in Western Washington as well. Some were saying it was a very cool April, but it seemed pretty normal to me. But May, which should have been getting close to 70 F most days, was in the high 50s low to mid 60s all through the month. And June is more of the same, and very wet.
Typically the rains stop sometime in May, and by June the grass is brown. But the grass is still green as can be, and growing like crazy.
Can’t speak for Western Washington, but May 2022 was the 5th warmest May on record across the cont. US, according to UAH (+0.59C warmer than the 1991-2020 mean).
Averaging isn’t helpful. Doesn’t really tell you what’s happening.
Does that include averaging of Western Washington? Should we just look at single temperature station data and conclude that it represents temperatures across an entire region; or the world, even? That would be a minority view, I suspect.
The thermageddonists are always taking one single temp station’s data and smearing it across massive regions. You should know all about that scam.
You pretty much nailed it! Between averaging and homogenization using stations far enough apart to not be correlated (about 20 miles) all kinds of urban heat gets smeared all over everything.
So you agree? We just take one surface temperature measurement from a single location and use that as the monthly value for the entire world? Cut out all this ‘unhelpful’ averaging.
It makes just as much sense as averaging summer and winter temps together (NH vs NH), smearing winters across two different years, then trying to make sense of anomalies for the entire globe.
If the whole “world” is warming, you only need one thermometer to show it. If you think that is silly, then you must believe the “world” is not doing the same thing everywhere.
Well, Jeff seems to be endorsing it.
Where did you get that idea?
Really? I don’t see the endorsement
We certainly shouldn’t be averaging temp stations with other stations. That’s just a Bozo no-no. Intensive properties and all that.
My point was that not everywhere was warmer. Is that hard to figure out?
Why exactly are you concerned about more pleasant mild weather, Rusty?
Is it the record harvests causing obesity?
April was the 4th coldest evah in MN Are you saying without global warming it would be #1?
Take your clown show elsewhere.
No, what I’m saying is that taking one location in isolation from an entire region and concluding that it is somehow representative is silly.
The whole idea of a global avg temperature is silly indeed.
And lots of scientists disagree with you. Including Roy Spencer, apparently. What is it that you believe entitles you to contradict them?
Consensus is not science. Bumblebees can’t fly.
That’s exactly what the thermageddonists do. Be careful – the warmerati will cancel you!
Seems it’s not just one location…
Fifth warmest. So, not the warmest. I thought temps were supposed to be sky rocketing out of control?
It’s almost as if Mike Mann’s hockey-cockey stick is complete rubbish, isn’t it?
No, not the warmest. But far from the coldest, and evidence, once again, that taking locations in isolation as representative of wider regions is nonsensical.
So those areas with no warming are not correct?
That doesn’t follow from what I said, Jim. Over any given month there will always be colder and warmer places. Hence the need for averages.
If the averages show that, overall, global temperatures were warmer than average, then localised cold spots don’t cancel that out.
When you say “global temperatures were warmer” you are causing people to believe what you intimated. Basically, ALL temps around the globe are warming.
If you don’t like that, then start saying SOME temperatures are warming. Even better, some “percent” of areas are warming.
The fact it’s not the warmest blows Mikey Mann’s exponential hokey pokey stick out of the water.
Hardly. No one, including (I presume) Mann, is expecting that every month will be warmer than its equivilent previous. That’s mis-stating the scientists’ position. Everyone accepts that natural variability, such as ENSO, will create colder and warmer periods.
So, essentially you thermageddonists are admitting natural forcings swamp any miniscule forcing anthro CO2 may have. Welcome to the sceptical world!
The hockey stick says that every month will be warmer. There was no equivocation there.
Is it still 5th warmest if you subtract NYC, Chicago, Denver and Detroit?
Absolute rubbish – I’ve warned you about this approach before. Calling it ‘5th warmest on record’ by taking the highest daily mean in warm areas then comparing that to a global average for past years is completely fraudulent.
I predict a 1C – 2C drop in global average temperature, 100%, & the possibility that the new ice age has begun.
Cooler than average temperatures across parts of Australia for a spell and it’s a new ice age. And they say the Greenies are ‘alarmist’, lol!
Well you certainly are an alarmist.
Can you point to anywhere I’ve raised alarm? For the most part all I do is identify nonsense posted on the site, which isn’t difficult.
Exactly when IPCC has published nonsense you have been right there 😉
Point the IPCC nonsense out. If it’s nonsense, I’ll agree with you.
Well, you were the one talkong about a warm May in one part of the world and then bleating about gorebull warming. You can’t have it both ways matey.
That’s right, actually. The part of the world I was referring to was the lower 48 states of the USA; my idea being to contrast that large, regional value against that of one part of one particular state within it.
You forgot to mention southern europe, India and Pakistan who also, like southern USA, experienced slightly above average temperature spikes for a few days during May. However, taking these daily highs as indicative of all of the month, or worse, taking them as indicative of the global average temperature is fraudulent.
Take a look at the UAH global data for May average temperatures, Richard. Big warming across the month for all these regions. Are Spencer and Christy being ‘fraudulent’?
Except that it wasn’t warmer in all the lower 48. My experience that that of others in other states shows that. Regional value is just as bad a global value. Nonsensical.
Temps go up and temps go down. The earth has an ultimate negative feedback. If it didn’t, the earth would have frozen or burned upillions of years ago!
You’re trying to deflect. The warmist position is and always has been runaway increase in temperature due to positive feedback from CO2 and Methane. Hence the hockey stick. It ain’t happenin.
“Proof you aren’t going soft: Australian city is now shivering through its coldest start to winter since 1904”
So what do these tough Aussie shiverers endure? A cool early morning at 5 °C in Brissie. 6°C in Sydney was mentioned.
But it hasn’t even happened yet. The Daily Mail is hyping forecasts.
Not very warm though Nick. And in the context of skyrocketing green energy bills, very stressful for some people.
I’m lucky I can afford to burn electricity to stay warm, even at elevated prices, but I remember what it was like before I was successful.
I can afford electricity and wood to keep my home warm, but I worry about the elderly people who cannot afford to warm their home or are age pensioners on a very tight budget coping with the rising cost of living underway and a very cold start to winter.
It is more than elderly pensioners who cannot afford to warm their home. New home owners with young children, possibly on single income, have been hit with soaring fuel prices, rising food prices, soaring electricity and gas bills and now rising interest rates. It is as close to a perfect storm as I have seen.
Inflation is forcing people back into Covid like malaise – not spending because everything costs too much.
Nick doesn’t care about poor people. Let them eat cake.
I wish I could give this 100 pluses!
You’re a tool, Nick. I’m in Melbourne atm and it’s single digits C. Local papers in Brisbane were reporting “feels like” -6.5C … so it is very real and the only problem is between your ears.
I’m in Melbourne too, where at 3.30pm it is 12.5 °C. Max so far 13.9 °C, min 10.1 °C. All perfectly normal.
“All perfectly normal.”
Ah , so no global warming.. no Melbourne warming
No warming anywhere.
Poor Nick, no wonder you are sounding so desperate.
So, nothing to worry about. Hence the Greens need to put down their “End of the world is nigh” placards and go home.
and there you have it…co2 is now causing normal.
Well Nick, to use WikiPee as a source (cause if it is on WikiP it must be true… 😀 ) the Average Low for Brisbane in June is 11.9 C.
(record low is 5 C, and may be the same discussed in the Daily Mail.)
So 11.9 minus 5 is 6.9 C
What is the scary delta that is going to wipe out all life on the planet according to Greta and Friends? 1.5C?
So a theoretical delta of 1.5C is the end of the world, but an actually measured delta over over 4 times that in the other direction is toughen up princess?
Also, to state the obvious, it is not the outside temp that is the real problem, it is the inside. Most people are blessed enough that when the going gets to extremes in the temp they don’t HAVE to be outside. This is one of the reasons why we built homes in the first place.
The comfortable temp for humans is relatively stable across the globe. This is different what you can endure outdoors (which is one of the reasons clothing was invented) and our homes, no matter where, are designed to provide the ‘comfort’ temp based on the normal outside temp.
This is why people from traditional ‘cold’ countries often come to Australia and complain how cold the find our winters. Not because it is cold outside, but because our ‘summer’ homes that are designed to keep heat and sun out are often very poor at keeping heat in during the winter. We want heat to escape, so in the winter we make up for the lost heat by running heaters.
Flip side works too. I was in Ireland a few years back during their relatively wimpy summer. Problem was I couldn’t work out how to cool my hotel room, only how to stop heating it, and found the room uncomfortable.
Zero degrees yesterday at Richmond and Penrith, and six degrees at Granville.
I’m continually amazed at the growing number of dumazzed Australian voters. The MSM media here is in lockstep with the propaganda onslaught by socialist green politics.
The Australian newspaper reported today that beneath the State of Victoria there is an enormous reserve of low cost, non-fracked onshore gas that, uniquely in the world, can be carbon neutral.
It us true that about A$40 million is required to complete the amazing mapping of the field undertaken by Exxon in Houston that showed the gas reserves approximately equal the size of the original Bass Strait field discovered by BHP in the 1960s.
Almost five years ago the writer wrote “The world’s largest oil company Exxon was so excited by this amazing field that they agreed to spend A$100 million of the areas held by Ignite Energy Resources (via its subsidiary Gippsland Gas). Some time later a top Exxon executive took me aside at a social function, narrowed his eyes and alleged I made a mistake in that statement. He then smiled and said: “We were planning to spend A$200 million”.
The article is headed: “Blame Victorian politicians for the nation’s gas shortages”.
However, I add, there is a similar reluctance to approve gas exploration and extraction by New South Wales politicians. And in South Australia not far from the Moomba Gas Fields around Coober Pedy District there is another enormous reserve of gas, but after the announcement of discovery and estimates of value the project was shelved several years ago.
There are also substantial shale oil reserves, New South Wales and Queensland are the largest I understand.
Australians are handicapped by mediocre politicians caught up in the climate and warming hoax international politics.
Tell that to Nick Stokes – he’s under the impression that Aus politico’s are perfectly fine with extracting gas and have not impeded that in the slightest.
It only took Albo a week to fix Global Warming – at least for Australia.
In reality, Putin should be given the credit. His war has forced up global prices for gas, oil and coal and that means Australian producers are taking advantage of export markets rather than selling the stuff at reasonable price to Australians. Australians are now using blankets to keep warm rather than heating their homes with gas or electricity. This has caused a dramatic reduction in energy input to cities and the temperature data now reflect the reduction in UHI.
Fortunately for all the politicians and bureaucrats living in Canberra, they use 100% “renewable” electricity and are insulated from high fuel prices. In fact, they have just welcomed a 1.25% reduction in electricity price:
So Labor, the Greens and Teals in Canberra can stick this news in Dutton’s face to prove they were right all along. That is their depth of understanding.
I enjoy the benefits of this Ponzi scheme that has rolled on now for more than a decade but at least I realise it is a Ponzi scheme.
Yeah, I was going to say. After all, Albo has only been in office ten minutes…
The so-called ‘energy crisis’ in Australia has created a deliciously ironic problem for the new left-wing Labor Government caught between its industrial union supporters demanding action to increase the supply of natural gas and the climate crazies on the far left demanding shutting down gas exploration and extraction altogether.
“I think the answer is more renewable energy” – most Australian media outlets.
And Canberra provides the perfect backdrop because it has 100% “renewable” electricity and ACT electricity is the only retailer in Australia that has lowered prices this year.
The 100% renewable policy in Canberra is now getting high praise and viewed as the template for the rest of Australia – what could possibly go wrong!
BS! Why is ACT electricity connected to the NSW grid? Electons cannot be tagged.
I can tell you the price reduction has occurred and it is getting high praise. It is not BS. This Guardian article is typical:
Psst – needs a sarc tag.
I am solidly committed to NET CARBON ZERO.
Early guesstimates of 2015’s, (La Nina) inspired Australian carbon emissions’ was about + 100 megatons.
However, it turned out to be off the mark by some 400 megatons.
Meaning that Australia absorbed 300 megatons more than Australians actually emitted.
Until Australians come together and increase our individual carbon footprint (by 2/3rds) – Australia will never achieve it’s laudable goal of Net Carbon Zero.
But….. record cold weather is proof of Climate Change©. Well, that is what all the models© say. So it must be true. ;-p
Eventually, you get the government you vote for.
The answer’s in the question, Eric. Australia (or parts of Australia, Western areas are warmer than average) is not “global”.
Temperatures globally are slightly warmer than average for the date.
Hmmm.. the legend clearly states Antarctic -0.2ºC, but they show it as an angry red regardless. Got any more scary pictures?
And it also clearly shows purple and blue regions, so….
You are a 💩
Oh, you got me, Derg. Genius.
At least you agree.
LOL.. you are having a bad day, little child-mind !
Nick has also said.. all “perfectly normal”
Fact is, there is absolutely nothing untoward happening with the climate, anywhere.
Its all just NORMAL CLIMATE
I really have to wonder how you cope with everyday life, if you think a +0.3C global temperature is in any way a problem.
Do you live in a hermetically sealed padded room with +/-0.1C temp allowance?
The padded room part is something you seem to need, desperately..
I think we have the board’s only surviving brain donor.
So it’s warmer than average. Prove the warming is not perfectly natural. Oh yeah, you can’t.
I’m not trying to. I’m just pointing out that Eric asking ‘what global warming?’, just because there are a few cooler than average days across parts of Australia isn’t really a very sensible question.
The thermageddonists told us everywhere was going to burn to a crisp. That hasn’t happened so that is why we think thermageddonists such as yourself are rather daft.
Who told you that, Andrew? A genuine scientist or some snotty rich kid who hates his/her dadddy?
I have never seen a serious comment about the world burning to a crisp from any qualified climate scientist.
I am not a ‘thermageddonist’, by the way. I don’t even know what that means. I don’t know why people here keep assuming I’m some lefty, green, tofu-eating catastrophist*, just because I point out the obvious flaws in certain ‘skeptic’ arguments.
*My kids might describe me as quite the opposite.
I’ve no idea what your kids would describe you as, but if they said, “pompous and wrong” that wouldn’t be far from the target.
The whole last two years were cooler than average.
Yes, because of La Nina conditions. Once these change back to El Nino, we will begin seeing record global temperatures again. This happened last time there was a prolonged period of La Nina, and it will haoppen this time too.
Or I will publicly eat my own socks.WUWT can tape it.
Ah but it isn’t is it? Temperatures on the north-west coast are around average but they drop off rapidly as you go south east through Australia, ending in low single digits near Tasmania. If you take an average of all the temperatures in Australia, rather than just cherry-picking one region, they are well below average – and this is only the very start of the winter season.
The industry bosses should take the long view and do NOT do anything.
Why is there a picture of An Al? Everyone knows Penny runs the Labor party.
There you are, Albo is already reversing Global Warming! The man is obviously a genius – Nobel time surely!?
Many people fail to understand the difference between weather and climate. Early in the global climate panic, 30+ years ago, even climate activists took pains to say that short-term weather events — storms, floods, etc. — should NOT be interpreted as climate indicators, because climate is measured in centuries, not days, weeks, or years. That has all fallen by the wayside over the last 20 years for three reasons.
1. Few journalists are climatologists or scientists of any kind. Journalism’s job is to grab eyeballs. The best way to do that is to come up with doomsday scenarios. Facts and complexities be damned. Cherry-picking anecdotes to serve an agenda attracts more attention than tedious explanations, or any admission of uncertainty.
2. Few readers are climatologists or scientists, either. They prefer to chant nonsense like “Believe the science!” or exchange scary tales on the intellectual level of 12 year-olds telling ghost stories at a slumber party.
3. Climate alarmism presents irresistible opportunities for charlatans eager for publicity, and rent-seekers eager to exploit subsidies. AOC, Greta Thunberg, Albert Gore, and Bill McKibben would NEVER be taken seriously, or richly rewarded by a truly educated, dispassionate public.
Poorly educated people whipsawed by passions, and exploited by yellow journalism, have trouble distinguishing between cause & effect, or mere sequence of events. Cold spells in Australia right after a “green” election result, might well be applauded as, “See? Our cool-the-earth policy is working!”
Greens on the Renew Economy website yesterday claimed Rio Tinto believe they can use 100% renewable power to supply aluminium smelters in Australia.
Rio actually said
MELBOURNE, Australia–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Rio Tinto has called for proposals to develop large-scale wind and solar power in Central and Southern Queensland to power its aluminium assets, help meet its climate change ambitions and further encourage renewable development and industry in the region.
Renew Economy changed their Farcebook post now to moderate their ridiculous claim and now pile on to anyone who rubbished their false headline statement.
This is where the debate sits in Australia; absolute ignorant false statements followed by abuse to anyone who corrects their lies.
Not much hope for anything to change under our new left / green federal government.
Tongan Volcano will usher in a very cold winter for southern hamisphere
In Chilling Documentary “Don’t Look Down, ” World Ignores Abundant Fossil, Nuclear Fuels Under Their Feet As Everyone Slowly Freezes To Death
It will likely take some mass casualty event caused by replacing reliable energy with unreliables to finally wake up enough people to turn things around. If the pain and suffering could be inflicted only on those pushing this nonsense, I would be all for it. Problem is, a lot of innocents and others who actively fight against the lunacy will be harmed as well. Here in the US, it appears that CA and NY are looking to see who can do the most damage to their state the quickest, and MI seems to be joining the race now also.
Australia has enough coal and gas to last hundreds of years and 1/3 the worlds uranium but the Labor/Greens want to close it all down to save the world from global warming .
Aust. must have the most stupid voters in the world .
Must be the radiation from all that uranium in the cranium.
I used to think Aussies were sort of Texans with a British twist; you know, practical no-nonsense people. But with how they handled (and people there just placidly accepted) the complete suspension of civil liberties for Covid knocked that out of me. Now the Australian people elect a green govt that promises to freeze them to death in the dark. Why? What is going on down there?
This could be labeled immediate results from the election and great leadership of a new administration-except results are really not part of the political plan. It’s style and positioning that counts-not science or reality.
Well, they could import coal.
Poland’s PM pushes for more coal to lower heating costs – ABC News (go.com)
You don’t talk about vulgarities like storage but a capacity mechanism that needs supercharging-
Energy ministers want “supercharged” Integrated System Plan and capacity mechanism | RenewEconomy
as well as hanging their hat on ever more spaghetti and meatballs grid design after trashing the traditional hub and spoke inheritance. You can have ever more spaghetti connecting up all those multiplying meatballs but it doesn’t help if the meatballs aren’t dispatchable. That’s the capacity bit they don’t get or they’re wilfully hiding because it’s the astronomical cost part.
Essentially these renewables freaks are either technically illiterate morons or deliberately lying shucksters or some combination of the three. It doesn’t really matter what combo as their impending train wreck is their unifying signature.
Stupid decisions need to be severely punished, otherwise lessons will not be learned. This is actually the best thing that could happen to Australia.
re: “Cold weather in Australia”
A typical and disingenuous cherry pick. Focus on little short term blips, ignore the obvious long term warming trend. So shamefully biased.
Just taking our cue from the weather catastrophists and don’t forget landowners want their cut to save the planet from the dooming connecting up all the unreliables-
Farmers, renewable energy advocates call for more compensation for hosting transmission lines (msn.com)
Don’t worry about struggletown and if they can weather their power bills as you have to break a few eggs to make an omelette or scrambled eggs or whatever. Those North Shore Sydney Teals know what’s best remember 😉
I don’t have the data at my fingertips but record cold has been reported in Australia repeatedly during their winter seasons …especially during neutral ENSO and La Nina conditions. Why is this news!
Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t last winter also cold in the Southern Hemisphere?
I do remember stories about cold reaching the Amazon, snow in places that hadn’t seen snow in decades, etc.
Just wait until the AMO enters its 30-year cool cycle from around 2025…
The PDO has already entered its 30-year cool cycle, which explains why there hasn’t been a global war’ it trend in almost 8 years…
CAGW is so screwed…
That explains the urgency more than anything and agenda science knows that.
The southern hemisphere’s 2022 ski season – the first that looks like it might be close to normal since 2019 – has got underway with some huge snowfalls.
Excitement levels are particularly high in Australia where most ski areas opened a week earlier the planned, last weekend after a big pre-season snowfall last week. The snow has now started falling again and several areas have now had more than a metre of snowfall in the past week, making it now one of the snowiest weeks of all time in the country.
Huzzah! Proof that their efforts to fight global warming are effective.
Speaking of cold take note of the current temps in the Arctic. They are the coldest in the entire record for DMI. … http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/plots/meanTarchive/meanT_2022.png
Here is the current DMI look at Arctic temps. … http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/plots/meanTarchive/meanT_2022.png
Flip Flop Albo declares climate capital of the world, then seeks gas reservation policy and then the new ALP energy minister wants to turn coal power stations back on for base load power. You can’t make this stuff up. Step 1 climate capital, Step 2 dude where’s my gas, Step 3 dude where’s my coal.
Don’t you just HATE it? You have an artfully crafted fantasy agenda complete with rainbows, unicorns, and pixie dust, then G@d comes along and punishes the pathetic schmucks who voted for you. Oh well, it’s supposed to hurt when you are stupid, that’s how you learn. Same in our Republic, inflation springs to mind.
Nobody seems to have noticed the “since 1904”. BoM official records start in 1910.
just received letter telling me my new prices.
Current Charge New Charges Difference
controlled load 2 13.713 p kwh 16.181 p kwh 2.468
general usage 18.364 p kwh 21.670 p kwh 3.306
feed in Cr -5.50 p kwh -5.50 p kwh no change
Daily Supply controlled 2.096 per day 2.469 per day 0.373
daily supply solar 6.700 per day 8.526 per day 1.826
daily supply 91.453 per day 107.910 per day 16.457
Even though we have solar panels, we are being charged for suppling power to the grid and being paid a pittance for that supply. We are pensioners so this increase for us is going to be a problem.
I very much would welcome some warming here in Sydney. I am wearing two jumpers, a scarf, I have two heaters on and wrap myself up in a blanket. Now, I am from the UK originally and used to cold winters but I guess I am too used to warmer weather in Australia now.
During the 1990s I took four teenagers skiing every school holidays in July at Thredbo NSW, at that time of the year the resorts were reliant on overnight machinery manufactured snow however around school holiday times in July natural snow did start to fall.
This year there is over one metre of natural snow already fallen and much more forecast.
I am looking forward to my builder son delivering a trailer load of hardwood from city projects, house renovations and extensions this weekend.
It won’t be breezy for Albanese and gang-
‘Climate change cult’ has created ‘so many victims’ (msn.com)
The demonised and condemned coal fired power stations running on sticky tape and string to eke the last revenue out of them will face even more stress in summer heat waves when we experience the highest peak aircon demand on the NEM grid.
>>Children in under heated houses don’t deserve to suffer because their parents made a mistake.<< Yes, they do. And the parents need to feel the desperation of seeing their children suffer. That is called “a wake up call”. That’s how we learn the error of our ways.
God has a unique sense of humor. The US’ northwest is also experiencing a colder than normal spring/summer.
This is known as “Having your cake and eating it”
If I was running these coal stations I’d ask for guarantees of future production, payment and public analysis of comparative costs for all methods of energy production. I know the powers that be would never agree because they know how damming the results would be but…..
Coldest spring in N.A. since 1905 or something as well I believe. I wonder what it cost to heat your house back then. 100 years of political action!