Christmas blessings for everyone

Christmas tree

An enduring symbol of joyful abundance.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone. May this season bring vitality and refreshment to you for whatever lies ahead.

Thank you for your support over the last 12-month; you have driven the traffic figures for the CCG site, depending on the measure, from 400% to 600% higher than a year ago.

That’s astonishing growth, and tells me we’re doing something right.

I look forward to continuing the battle after the holidays.

So keep your eyes open; look out for those around you; persevere.

For those unfortunates in deep and unexpected winter conditions on the top half of the world, our sympathies; however, entering our summer holidays as we are, we see no reason not to make fun of it:

At WUWT, on December 20, Robert M commented:

Look people, you have to understand that the temps outside your front doors are simply raw data, and will not be accurate until adjusted and homogenised. Next summer, after everyone forgets how cold it is, the Met will discover some heat that ya’ll are missing now and it will turn out that this winter is not nearly as cold as you are experiencing…

So there is hope!

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22 Thoughts on “Christmas blessings for everyone

  1. Richard C (NZ) on 24/12/2010 at 12:34 pm said:

    “it will turn out that this winter is not nearly as cold as you are experiencing…”

    And the summer snow in Australia will just be “a thing of the past” (there’s still time for a bit of that in NZ too).

    Compliments of the season to everyone and thanks Richard T for a great forum.

  2. Andy on 24/12/2010 at 1:42 pm said:

    I’d like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas, especially Richard T who has managed to maintain a very polite and intelligent forum for us to share our views.

    Best wishes to you all,
    Andy S

  3. val majkus on 24/12/2010 at 4:22 pm said:

    Happy Christmas to all from sunny (not so much today) Toowoomba

    and just in case you missed it here’s George Monbiot (one of UK’s great alarmists) looking for that missing hot spot

    • Richard C (NZ) on 24/12/2010 at 5:08 pm said:

      The first comment I see

      Today 12:35 AM
      Clearly we are in a period of low solar activity, which causing the colder and colder winters we have started to experience.

      I propose that future climate historians refer to this solar minimum as the “Monbiot Minimum”. It has a certainn poetic justice to it.

      This is too much fun.

      Thanks mate, take it easy (care commitments permitting) and don’t break a leg skiing at Perisher.

    • Richard C (NZ) on 24/12/2010 at 5:21 pm said:

      I just looked up Toowoomba and Surat basin in Wikipedia.

      You’re in fossil fuel country.

      Economic geology
      Dichrodium fern fossils in silt parting from Triassic coal measures within the Surat Basin

      More than 100 hydrocarbon accumulations have been found in the basin however only half are producing.[3] The Surat Basin is not very important a target for oil as the source rocks have not generally been subjected to suitable conditions to evolve oil. There is some slight natural gas potential. Jurassic coal seams have been worked and explored in the Queensland portions of the basin.

      The basin has a number of mines such as Wilkie Creek Mine where Peabody Pacific mines and then exports coal [4].

      Coal seam methane
      The basin has a number of coal seam methane fields – also known as coalbed methane – developing in the region. These fields presently supply the domestic market, including a number of power stations and the Roma to Brisbane Pipeline. A number of gas companies have recently announced plans to develop liquified natural gas plants in or around Gladstone to export Surat Basin gas to international markets. The Port of Gladstone is undergoing a AU$3.5 billion expansion to accommodate expected demands.[1] In 2010, two energy companies confirmed their mines have the potential to affect groundwater levels.[5]

  4. Is it simply an accident that young nicky smith chose the eve of the xmas hols to announce Caygill’s appointment as chair of the ETS review committee ? Doubt it.
    Has anyone seen the terms of reference and full committee membership? Seems to be a matter for OIA req

  5. Is it simply an accident that young nicky smith chose the eve of the xmas hols to announce Caygill’s appointment as chair of the ETS review committee ? Doubt it.
    Has anyone seen the terms of reference and full committee membership? Seems to be a matter for several OIA requests in an attempt to keep the review above boards.

    • Richard C (NZ) on 24/12/2010 at 5:47 pm said:

      Terms of reference must be in Acts prior to the 2009 Amendment.

      All ETS legislation here

      I searched – [“review panel” terms reference] in the 2009 Amendment and got 2 pages so I’m on the right track.

    • Richard C (NZ) on 24/12/2010 at 5:51 pm said:

      161 Appointment and conduct of review panel

      Climate Change Response Act 2002 No 40 (as at 08 December 2009), Public Act

      (2) The Minister must, by written notice to the panel, specify the terms of reference for the review to be conducted by the panel.

    • Richard C (NZ) on 24/12/2010 at 5:55 pm said:
    • Richard C (NZ) on 24/12/2010 at 6:18 pm said:

      The 2011 review seems to be an “allocation review” 160 (3) (a) (i) and 5 (j)

      5 (j)
      whether changes to the provision of any allocation to industry or agriculture under subpart 2 are necessary or desirable, having regard to—
      (i) whether New Zealand has undertaken, or is expected to undertake, any international obligations with respect to its emissions and removals that are different from, or additional to, any international obligations that New Zealand had undertaken when this section came into force, or since the last review under this section; and
      (ii) the stringency of any of the international obligations specified in subparagraph (i); and
      (iii) any change proposed to the activities listed in Schedule 3 or 4 following consideration of the matters specified in paragraph (i); and
      (iv) the relative climate change obligations and emissions policies of New Zealand’s trade competitors and trading partners; and
      (v) any significant changes in emissions mitigation technology; and
      (vi) the cost to the taxpayer and the economy of providing free allocation under subpart 2; and

    • Richard C (NZ) on 24/12/2010 at 6:28 pm said:

      ALL of section 160 (5) as per the pdf that Richard T has provided.

  6. I’ve posted the ETS Review Terms of Reference in the Files area (pdf, 58.5kb).

    I don’t know where it came from but I’ll ask Barry Brill; I doubt we’ll get an answer soon.

    The Panel, chaired by David Caygill, includes Julia Hoare (PWC carbon trader), Geoff Thompson (forestry), C Karamea Insley (Maori & forestry), John Wood (Universities), Tom Lambie (farming) and David Russell (consumers).

    UPDATE 26 Dec: Barry gave a prompt answer the following day; the review was announced on 23 December and the Terms of Reference are available at the Government’s Beehive web site.

  7. I must be far too liberal. How can you men turn a brief Christmas message into a discussion of the ETS review? Is Christmas too emotional for you? Can’t take it, huh?

    Next year we’ll see changes, believe you me — there’ll be many more Christmas messages, and we’ll see how you deal with those ones!


    Happy New Year, too.

  8. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Richard …
    congratulations on your recent BIG WIN over NIWA and their recreating of their graph/stats showing that:

    “NIWA makes the huge admission that New Zealand has experienced hardly any warming during the last half-century. For all their talk about warming, for all their rushed invention of the “Eleven-Station Series” to prove warming, this new series shows that no warming has occurred here since about 1960. Almost all the warming took place from 1940-60, when the IPCC says that the effect of CO2 concentrations was trivial. Indeed, global temperatures were falling during that period.”

    (you of course know its from:

    AWESOME AND GREAT WORK getting the truth out there. The NZ public needs to know!

    cheers from Lisa G 🙂

  9. neil on 27/12/2010 at 12:51 am said:

    Completely OT
    Hello from Christchurch and happy seasonals
    I know it is interesting to follow the various AGW blog sites such as this one
    Just now it is rather hard to concentrate an many of the issues when we are gettig wacked with a decent earthquake every hour or two
    Last one was 4.4 right under us and very shallow.
    I can tell you that this got me out of my computer chair very quickly at 0010 hrs
    regards Neil

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