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Aussie Electricity Company Pays $123 Million Penalty Rather than Buying Renewables

Translation: “Aussie TAXPAYERS Pay $123 Million Penalty Rather than Buying Renewables”

The green energy experiment becomes sicker by the day. Energy poverty the only winner in the mad push for unreliable energy to “Save The Planet”.

Watts Up With That?

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Greens are outraged that ERM Power, an Australian electricity company, has chosen to pay a penalty for not buying green energy certificates, rather than “supporting” green energy companies.

ERM Power criticised for choosing $123m fine over renewable energy certificates

Company says it’s cheaper to pay the penalty, but the move is branded as ‘undermining of the objectives’ of the renewable energy target.

The Clean Energy Regulator has castigated a major electricity company for choosing to pay a $123m penalty rather than build or contract new wind or solar power.

It said the move was “hugely disappointing” and customers would rightly be outraged to know the company wasn’t using money collected for investing in renewables in the proper way.

ERM Power has announced it will pay the regulator rather than buy certificates of green power generation to meet its renewable energy target obligations for 2016, citing tax reasons.

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Arctic Ice Takes Revenge

Arctic sea-ice “death spiral” update …

Science Matters

Vessels Kapitan Dranitsyn and Admiral Makarov ‘marooned’ in east for the rest of winter after getting trapped off Chukotka.

Russian Convoy Takes Advantage of Reduced Arctic Ice Extent

In the first such crossing since Soviet times, the convoy had earlier delivered supplies for the world’s first floating heat and power plant to be assembled in Chukotka, Russia’s most easternmost region, after a successful journey from Arkhangelsk to Pevek lasting from 14 December to 7 January.

The ease of the sailing was seen as a sign that climate warming in the Arctic can open up shipping lanes even in midwinter.  From the Siberian Times, Blow to Northern Sea Route as voyages of two icebreakers are… broken by ice

Reports of Arctic Ice Demise Prove Premature

But, despite significant temperature rises across the northern latitudes in recent years, the vessels became quickly stuck in thick, compressed ice on their return journey.

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Wind Power Setting the World on Fire: Infigen Sparks Devastating NSW Bushfire

“Saving The Planet” Update …

STOP THESE THINGS

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On 17 January 2017, wind farm operator Infigen sparked a blaze that ripped across the southern Tablelands of NSW and destroyed 3,400 hectares (8,400 acres), hundreds of sheep and cattle, sheds and at least one home.

STT’s operatives in NSW have been on the scene, collecting photographs and speaking with local landowners about the cause and consequences of the blaze, which we detail below.

Bushfires in Australia are a feature of our hot, dry summers; an ever present and deadly threat to lives, limb and property. Every summer, nervous farming and rural communities fix their collective gaze on the horizon, looking for tell-tale signs of the smoke that heralds the mortal threat of a bushfire.

Rules are set to avoid bushfires on high fire danger days – when a Total Fire Ban is called prohibitions apply, such as this one that appears on the NSW Rural Fire Service website:

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EPA Nominee Pruitt Attacked Because: “He believes debate should be encouraged about the truth of climate science”

You know “global warming” aka “climate change” has become an ideological and religious con, scam, fraud when you are unable to discuss and debate the “science” behind the theory.

“Science” is scepticism. Shutting down debate merely proves that observed reality does not match the catastrophic hypothesis. And the alarmists are running scared. The use of the term “denier” is the classic example of the con collapsing under its own weak and contradictory science.

Watts Up With That?

Guest post by David Middleton

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Environmentalists have put out a new ad campaign attacking President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for “encouraging debate” among scientists about the “degree and extent” of global warming.

“He believes debate should be encouraged about the truth of climate science,” says a recent ad attacking Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt funded by the political arm of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

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“Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind. That debate should be encouraged — in classrooms, public forums, and the halls of Congress,” Pruitt and Strange wrote.

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Apparently, encouraging scientific debate is not something environmentalists want when it comes to climate science.

EDF, an environmental group, goes on to claim “applying Pruitt’s radical views of federalism to the EPA would gut the agency’s long-standing bipartisan…

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