Tuesday, 3 March 2015

RENEWABLE ENERGY BOSS GETS INTO FORMULA 1

Just because someone earns a living promoting renewable energy does not mean that they necessarily lead a low energy life-style. Here is a case in point. Business is business and outside work this man obviously does not practice a planet-saving way of life. Good for him, I say. As long as he does not try to preach to the rest of us. I'm sure some of his customers would disagree, the kill-joys.

Monday, 2 March 2015

IPCC IN DRASTIC NEED FOR REFORM

IPCC Needs To Transform To Scientific Organisation – Think TankSputnik International, 26 February 2015

Daria Chernyshova

Global Warming Policy Forum urged drastically reform of UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change following the resignation of the IPCC chairman amid sexual harassment allegations.
 
Sputnik

MOSCOW (Sputnik), Daria Chernyshova — One of the world’s most influential organizations in the sphere of climate change — the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — should be drastically reformed, the Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF) urged Wednesday following the resignation of the IPCC chairman amid sexual harassment allegations.


“[The] IPCC is seen as a green lobby-group rather than a scientific authority. And that is a problem because governments themselves need to trust this organization,” GPWF director Benny Peiser told Sputnik news agency Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Rajendra Pachauri stepped down as the chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning IPCC. He was accused of sexual harassment by a researcher. The IPCC unites presidents and prime ministers attempting to tackle climate change, and the IPCC chairman is seen as one of the most influential people advising governments in the area of energy and climate policy. Pachauri was at the IPCC helm for over 13 years.

In his resignation letter, Pachauri said that “For me the protection of Planet Earth, the survival of all species and sustainability of our ecosystems is more than a mission. It is my religion and my dharma.”

Interpreting the letter, the GPWF director stressed it is very alarming that [the outgoing IPCC chairman sees] “the whole issue of climate change as [a] religion.” He noted that the IPCC has been one-sided and not objective, as it pushed out all those who disagreed with the “group’s religion.”

“The organization is extremely one-sided, it has pushed out anyone who has not accepted the general philosophy, the gist of the organization and instead of issuing balanced and objective reports, it has tended over the years to exaggerate the issue,” Peiser told Sputnik adding that the IPCC should include critical scientists, who are not a part of the organization at the moment.

At the same time, Peiser noted that the organization’s reports were quite good, but the “leadership cherry-picked the negative aspects and ignored the positive aspects that were also covered in the reports.”

“The lack of moderation, lack of balance and the lack of credibility – that is at the core of the problem and all we are asking the governments to do is to make the IPCC a more reliable and less alarmist organization that the governments could trust,” Peiser said.

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

IS THE EU BACKTRACKING ON ITS CLIMATE COMMITMENTS?

“Watering Down” EU Climate Targets Risks Undermining UN Climate DealResponding to Climate Change, 26 February 2015

Ed King

The European Commission’s latest set of proposals for a UN climate deal could “severely undermine” efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, UK climate and energy chief Ed Davey has warned.

He said the UK strongly objected to plans – released on Wednesday – that would see naturally occurring carbon sinks like forests and wetlands used to meet the EU’s emissions reduction target of 40% on 1990 levels by 2030.

In a letter to European climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete, dated February 24 and seen by RTCC, Davey said Brussels’ credibility as a climate leader is under threat.

“Implying that the land-use sector is included has the potential to severely undermine ambitions, as land is a sink and could impact ambition by 1-2%,” he wrote.

“This is not insignificant and the inclusion or not of land within the -40% was very clearly not agreed in the October [2014] Council.”

A perception the EU is trying to wriggle out of its climate commitments could impact alliances with other countries in the run-up to Paris, where a UN deal is set to be agreed in December, he added. [...]

European officials released the ‘Road to Paris’, outlining the bloc’s proposed contributions for the UN pact, on Wednesday.

At the launch Canete called them “ambitious” and said they proved the EU was “leading the way”. Europe would be the first major emitter to deliver its climate pledge to the UN, he said.

But civil society observers who have closely analysed the documents issued by Brussels say they contain loopholes and ignore past decisions made by member states.

In addition to land use and the 40% target, concerns have been raised over the Commission’s claim that domestic EU commitments cannot be increased ahead of Paris.

There is also concern that the Commission has downgraded the Europe’s 2050 emissions reduction goal from 80-95% to 80%.

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

BIG SETBACK FOR EU SHALE GAS

Putin’s Victory As Chevron Gives Up All European Shale-Gas InterestsThe Wall Street Journal, 21 February 2015

Selina Williams

In a setback to Europe’s nascent shale-gas industry,Chevron Corp. said Friday it is relinquishing its interests in shale-gas concessions in Romania, the U.S. oil giant’s last shale-gas project in Europe.

It follows Chevron’s announcement last month that it was quitting shale-exploration activities in Poland. Last year Chevron terminated shale-gas agreements in Lithuania and Ukraine.

“That leaves Romania, where we are in the process of relinquishing our concession interests,” a Chevron spokesman said.

The spokesman didn’t say why Chevron was giving up the Romanian concessions.
As in many cases with energy projects, Chevron negotiated a contract with the government for the concessions, which the company is now relinquishing.

Chevron’s pullback on European shale development will be disappointing to some European governments that have been eager to replicate the U.S. shale-gas boom, hoping to reduce reliance on imported gas supplies, in particular from Russia.

But progress has been slow. Disappointing exploration results in Poland and local opposition to hydraulic fracturing, the technique used to release the gas from the rock, have stymied efforts elsewhere.

Countries with promising geology, such as France and Germany, have imposed a moratorium on fracking.

In the U.K., which lifted a moratorium on fracking at the end of 2012, companies have to apply for as many as seven permits and go through a lengthy planning application process before they can drill and frack. So far in Britain, only a handful of wells have been drilled and just one fracked in 2011.

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Friday, 27 February 2015

ANOTHER CLIMATE GESTURE

This week a new EU Ecodesign Directive brings in mandatory energy efficient standards for domestic ovens, cookers and cooker hoods. The change would (allegedly) save the average consumer €50 a year or €230 over the lifetime of an oven. Obviously this suggests the modern oven or cooker is not expected to last very long! The reason for these changes is to reduce CO2 emissions, and thus save the planet from Armageddon due to global warming. But how effective is this going to be, when considered in the wider context of the whole planet?

 In 20 years, there will be 1.6 billion more people on the planet, according to the latest predictions. That’s more than three times today’s total population of all 28 EU Member States. But the world economy is set to grow faster still, doubling in size, with GDP per capita being 75% higher than today. According to the  BP Energy Outlook 2035 just published this week, primary energy consumption is set to increase by 37%, growing by an average of 1.4% each year. 96% of this growth will be outside the OECD, with energy consumption up 2.2% annually.  Fossil fuels will still account for 81% of our energy needs, a drop of only 5% from 2013.

Of course these new standards are not really going to make any measurable difference to the world's CO2 emissions, or to the temperature of the planet. They are simply a gesture designed to show that something is being done, and to persuade the public that they need to take action.

The above summary is taken from the latest Scientific Alliance newsletter 

Thursday, 26 February 2015

MILIBAND PROMISES TO END FOSSIL FUEL ELECTRICITY BY 2030

Yes you did read that headline correctly, here is the article he wrote for the Guardian. Not content with banning coal-fired power stations, he is now going to ban all the gas-fired ones as well. So there will be no back-up for when the wind doesn't blow - you have been warned! There are still gas-fired power stations being planned to be built. This man is seriously mad and yet he could end up as prime minister in May. Are the voters mad as well? No, they are simply badly informed, so let's hope that the other parties will see to it that this changes in the next few weeks. 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

PACHAURI STEPS DOWN AS CHAIRMAN OF IPCC

Here is the article from the Indian press giving the story. It seems there were ongoing allegations of sexual impropriety. So he was not sacked for the errors in the IPCC reports. However he has been caught up in a number of controversies including claims of making money from the climate fear that he constantly pedalled. Will this change the way the IPCC operates or will it simply find another just like him? We will see, but I suspect it will carry on as before.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

THE CLIMATE PARASITES

Here are the accounts of the Winchester Action on Climate Change charity which show they have received significant public funds to further their cause. I have no objection to people being free to raise money from the public directly for any charitable purpose, but this lot seem to be getting the vast majority of their funds directly from taxpayer funded bodies such as councils and the local university. Of course one cannot blame groups like this for applying for public funds; the blame lies with the tax-funded councils and institutions for giving taxpayers money away. If any publically funded body is still able to give its money away like this then it is being over-funded.

This group are not far from me and so I have a special interest, but they are just one example of a huge number of parasitic organisations sucking out funds from the public purse. Here is a post from 2008 referring to larger organisations. While these are the worst offenders, those like the Winchester group are more numerous and their cumulative effect will be to take money away from other important areas of work.

Monday, 23 February 2015

GREENPEACE ACTIVISTS BANNED FROM ENTERING INDIA

The New Indian Express, 18 February 2015

NEW DELHI: The Centre has so far banned 13 foreign activists of Greenpeace International from entering India including nine from the UK, three from the USA and an Australian national.

These activists have been blacklisted as their activities were found to be in violation of visa rules and they were found to be training, motivating and organising Greenpeace India’s activists to create field level protests near thermal plant and coal mine locations, apart from other activities that would damage India’s energy security interests, Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) has told the Delhi High Court.

The MHA on the basis of intelligence inputs has suggested that Greenpeace UK office has  keen interest in promoting the growth of Greenpeace India’s ground level protests. Home Ministry has also raised suspicion over the funding pattern of Greenpeace International.

According to the MHA, it had been noted the Netherland-headquartered Greenpeace International was focusing on  India’s energy plants in the next couple of years. This was believed to be at the behest of foreign interests against the overall national interests of India.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

EU ENERGY DOCUMENT LEAKED

 The Energy Collective, 18 February 2015

Roman Kilisek

Last week, the European Commission held its first orientation debate on the Energy Union in the college of the Commission. “It was the first time that all commissioners together had an in-depth discussion on the issue. And I can tell you that there was very broad agreement on the main features of the future Energy Union, an Energy Union that puts citizens at its core,” the Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said in his opening speech at the Energy Union Conference in Riga (Latvia).

Thanks to Alice Stollmeyer – an excellent source for the latest transpiring news on EU energy and climate policy in Brussels – who granted access on her website to an internal Commission discussion paper on the Energy Union (dated January 30) leaked to her, we are in a position to catch a glimpse of the preliminary outline of the future EU Energy Union. According to Ms. Stollmeyer, the EU Commission is expected to adopt this ‘Framework Strategy’ on February 25.

The discussion paper starts out explaining why the EU needs an Energy Union and lists a slew of ‘ills’ as they relate to energy procurement in the EU:

“We import 53% of our energy, which makes us the largest energy importer in the world, at a cost of 400 billion euro a year. Many Member States – especially those dependent on a single supplier or a single supply route – remain too vulnerable to supply shocks. 90% of our housing stock is energy inefficient. 94% percent of transport relies on oil products, of which 90% is imported. Collectively, we spend almost €110 bn per year – directly or indirectly – on energy subsidies, often not justified. Our energy infrastructure is ageing, and often not adjusted to the increased production from renewables. There is a need to attract investments, but the current market design and national policies offer insufficient predictability to potential investors. Our internal energy market is far from complete. Energy islands continue to exist and many markets, for instance in South-East Europe, are not properly connected to their neighbours. From 2012 to 2013 post-tax electricity prices for households increased on average 4.4%, while at the same time wholesale prices fell considerably. (…) For European companies, electricity prices are 40% above the US, and gas prices are even three to four times higher than in the US, which impacts the competitiveness of our industry, in particular our energy-intensive industries.”

This extensive list leads to only one conclusion; namely, that “Europe has no choice: if it continues on the present path, the unavoidable challenge of shifting to a low-carbon economy will be made harder by the economic, social and environmental costs of having fragmented national energy markets.” As a consequence, the “move away from a fragmented system characterized by uncoordinated policies based on narrow national interests, leading to national barriers and energy-isolated areas,” is inevitable.

So, what is “The Way Forward” in the Commission’s view? These are actually the most interesting paragraphs in the leaked discussion paper. The ‘energy security’ dimensions that need to be worked on read more like a ‘memorandum of understanding’ with respect to well-known, persistent but often latent issues, than a real actionable strategy. It begs the question of why something will get done this time, given these issues have persisted for at least a decade.

First, it should not come as a surprise that “energy security depends on solidarity and trust between the Member States.” The paper states that “[j]oint approaches in the field of energy can make all parts of the European Union stronger, for instance in case of supply shortages or disruptions.” In general as well as in theory, that makes perfect sense. However, it is not conducive to solidarity if Germany pays effectively lower prices for Russian natural gas – admittedly because of long-term supply contracts – than Eastern European countries.

Furthermore, the paper recognizes that European gas supply needs to be diversified – perhaps modeled along the lines of Northern Europe’s ‘multiple suppliers structure’: “Work on the Southern Gas Corridor must be intensified to enable Central Asian countries to export their gas to Europe. We will equally explore the full potential of liquefied gas, including as a back-up insurance.”
Leaving the project funding part aside, the fact that the Southeastern flank of Europe is very much in geopolitical flux is often underappreciated. Greece is attempting to – at the very least – emancipate itself from Brussels and the EU’s tentacles with regard to Greek post-financial crisis economic policy, which includes stringent labor-market reforms and austerity. Additionally, Turkey’s EU membership has hung in the balance, with Ankara left to ponder its “candidate country” status for over a decade.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

AUSTRALIAN PRESS SLATES THEIR ACADEMY OF SCIENCE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE PROPAGANDA

Here is a piece on the article in The Australian. There is a definite increase in the amount of press coverage for articles questioning the so-called consensus. Clearly the consensus is starting to crumble. The more the government and their captive institutions make bold claims that the science is rock solid, when the facts show that global warming is still at a stand still, the more sceptical the public will get and the bolder will the press become in pointing out the obvious mis-match between claims and reality.

Friday, 20 February 2015

USA "NEXT GENERATION" SCIENCE STANDARDS FORCE OUT SCEPTIC VIEWS ON GLOBAL WARMING

Here is an account of what is happening. New science teaching standards are being adopted in many states which prevent teachers from allowing any doubt about the hypothesis that man is responsible for potentially serious global warming. Some states are having strong debates over whether to adopt these strict standards as, quite rightly they believe that this is not a truly scientific approach, but is a way of shutting down debate and preventing students from looking at the evidence for themselves. The climate tyrants are tightening their grip.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

NEW WAY TO EXTRACT SHALE GAS USING CO2

I recently came across This article and though it is a few months old, I thought it was of interest. The fact that I have seen no other reference to it might suggest that it is not progressing very quickly. We will just have to wait and see.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

WHICH IS MOST DIFFICULT TO SOLVE - STOMACH ULCERS OR THE CHANGING CLIMATE?

Remember a few years ago when the medical world consensus was that stomach ulcers were caused by stress? Then along came some new research that proved that it was in fact caused by a type of bacteria that could live in the acidic environment of the stomach; something that experts believed to be impossible. This is a good story to bring up when faced with people who believe a "consensus" on the cause of global warming is bound to be right. Here Roy Spencer brings this up as an argument in favour of scepticism when discussing an alarmist article in the New York Times.  

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

NOW ALARMISTS PREDICT DROUGHT FOR USA WEST

Here's another doom-laden computer prediction which seems to fly in the face of the real data. One cannot help thinking that the authors are coming up with findings that fit the scenario that corresponds with global warming alarm. 

Monday, 16 February 2015

UK PARTY LEADERS SIGN CLIMATE CHANGE PLEDGE

Here is the text of the pledge made by the leaders of the Conservatives, Lib Dems, and Labour.

"To seek a fair, strong, legally binding, global climate deal which limits temperature rises to below 2C.
To work together, across party lines, to agree carbon budgets in accordance with the Climate Change Act.
To accelerate the transition to a competitive, energy efficient low carbon economy and to end the use of unabated coal for power generation."

How on earth they can possibly know that temperatures will keep below 2C is anyone's guess. As for a competitive low carbon economy, that is an oxymoron.

 So as far as spending 18 billion per years for the next 35 years is concerned there is no difference between these three parties. Needless to say the Greens and the Nationalists also agree. UKIP is the only party offering a sensible energy policy, though they are highly unlikely to be able to put it into practice. 

Sunday, 15 February 2015

GERMANY APPROVES FRACKING

This piece explains the softening of the German government on this issue. They are finally realising that cheaper energy is a must if industry is to be maintained. As in the UK they will have to overcome the rent-a-mob mentality of the green extremists.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

ARE THE OCEANS REALLY WARMING?

That is an important question, as it is possibly the last refuge for the "missing heat" that global warming alarmists keep looking for. When you read this article by David Whitehouse you will see that the temperature changes being measured are so small that they are probably less than the margin of error in measuring them. I say probably because the alarmists seem very reluctant to state what they are. I wonder why.

Friday, 13 February 2015

DATA WARS - HOW WARMISTS ARE COOLING THE PAST

There has been a great deal in the past fortnight about the adjustments made to historical temperature records. Here is one of many posts by the excellent Paul Homewood, who has made a significant contribution to uncover this. It appears that the climate scientists responsible for this alteration are just going to keep quiet and wait for the fuss to die down. There seems to be no attempt to rebut the allegations of fiddling. Perhaps there is no good argument to put. What about our politicians? Will they be asking awkward questions? I fear that most are out of their depth as they have little scientific training.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

BRAZIL STEEL INDUSTRY DOUBLES ITS CO2 EMISSIONS BY FOLLOWING "GREEN POLICY"

Here is the article covering this. The moral of the story is that some policies that are claimed to save CO2 emissions are just wrong. We cannot trust these people. I believe we will find that wind energy is another idea that will not save anything like as much CO2 emissions as is claimed by the government.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

COUNTRY FILE ON WIND ENERGY

The BBC nature programme, Country File, had a ten minute segment on wind energy. You can view the programme here . The section on wind is from 10  minutes in to around 20 minutes in. Some objectors to on-shore wind farms were given a few seconds to give their view, but on the whole it was slanted in favour of wind with the cost of constraint payments (paying the wind farm owners when they are asked to switch off, as the electricity is not needed) being dismissed as too small to worry about. What did not get mentioned at all was the point about back up being required at short notice for when the wind was not blowing. Interestingly the programme also featured in another segment the fact that bird populations were declining, and yet no mention was made of the fact that wind turbines are also "bird choppers". Funny that in a nature programme.   

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

ANOTHER CLIMATE CHANGE MYTH DEBUNKED

Here is the article which links to new research that debunks the myth that hurricanes are getting more frequent. I would also add that nothing can be attributed to global warming, as there has only been 0.81 degrees Celsius in the last 134 years (since 1880) and none in the last 17 years. Even the 0.81 figure is very uncertain due to lack of thorough coverage of the Earth's surface.

Monday, 9 February 2015

UK PSYCHO-HISTORY PROFESSOR CLAIMS HE CAN MAKE US BELIEVE IN DANGEROUS CLIMATE CHANGE THEORY

Here is a link to the report. Luckily I doubt that the professor has the power, but it is a scary thought that he thinks he can. The government would love to have such powers at their disposal, particularly in the run up to the election.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

BOOKER ON THE ARCTIC DATA FIDDDLING

Here is Christopher Booker's latest article in the Sunday Telegraph. He is getting the truth out there in the major media. Eventually the public will see that the climate alarm scare is based on exaggeration and deceit. 

Saturday, 7 February 2015

MORE DATA FIDDLING - THIS TIME IN THE ARCTIC

Here is the evidence from Paul Homewood which shows how the sparse Arctic data has been adjusted to give an enhanced warming. f course there is no doubt that in the recent past there has been some warming in this region, but this has happened in the 1920s and 1930s so it is not remarkable, and that is the point, it has only become remarkable due to these adjustments.

Friday, 6 February 2015

UNDERSEA VOLCANOES MAY BE AFFECTING THE CLIMATE

Here is a new paper which reveals new studies into the effect of the huge number of undersea volcanoes on the planet. Until now little was known about them and they were assumed to have a small effect. Now we are beginning to learn that they have a much bigger role. Yet another aspect of climate that we have little understanding of.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

SOMETHING TO AVOID FOR YOUR DIARY

Continuing the theme of propaganda material Here is another example. This time it's the RSA (Royal Society for the Arts) that is putting on a series of climate change "events", including a very one-sided question time. Quite how this fits in with their promotion of art in all its forms I cannot understand. Although I am not a patron, I bet that some of my taxes will end up in their hands, and I object to charities who branch out into unrelated areas. Surely there are enough art-related projects that need their funding. If you click on the link you can go on and look at their general activities and you will find that they have a much wider remit than the arts, they are involved in numerous social projects as well as education, including running some schools.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

HOW THE MEDIA DISTORT THE FACTS TO MAKE THE CLIMATE SOUND SCARY

Here is a good example of what is going on all over the world in the media. Here is another by the BBC (if you view the programme, the reference to climate is around 28 minutes in). What is happening is that journalists and broadcasters look for scary stories. They therefore happily report all the worst case scenarios put forward by those scientists and activists who are trying to promote the idea of scary climate change. Mild, largely beneficial climate change is not a story worth reporting. It is the drip, drip of references to catastrophic events which are entering the subconscious of the public, and unless they actively seek out the truth the catastrophic picture becomes the dominant story fixed in their mind. It is a kind of brain-washing, very similar to that of religions in a bygone era. (Or of Muslims today.)

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

PRINCE CHARLES - THE CLIMATE ACTIVIST MONARCH

Prince Charles Launches Blistering Attack On Businesses That Ignore His Climate WarningsThe Guardian 28 January 2015

Jo Confino

Prince Charles has launched a blistering attack on companies that are actively seeking to delay progress on preventing runaway climate change. Highlighting the need for a radical shift in the way the economy is run, he said that over the past decade he has been met by either indifference from mainstream business leaders and economists, or outright opposition.

Pointing out that science had proved beyond doubt the terrifying impacts of inaction, he called on executives to collapse the chasm between how they acted at home and what they were prepared to do in the office.

“We need to start integrating the business public self with the private family self,” he told a meeting of the Corporate Leaders Group. “So that when you go home in the evenings, perhaps you think a little bit about what you are doing and whether it is the right way to go.”

  A decade ago, the prince said few businesses were contemplating the transformative changes required to achieve sustainability, with the majority “actively delaying progress by equating environmental action with damage to their balance sheets.”

In the more than 100 meetings and seminars he has attended since then, the prince said he had “experienced every sort of reaction to the suggestions from myself and many others that time is running out. The negative reactions have ranged from polite indifference to the pronouncement by an economist – who else - that I was ‘the enemy of the enlightenment’.”

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4) The Man Who Sees Himself The Saviour King
The Independent on Sunday, 1 February 2015

John Rentoul & James Hanning

The Prince of Wales sees himself as a saviour, others think he’ll be a meddling monarch

 
Constitutional experts fear Prince Charles could provoke a political crisis. 
 
The Prince of Wales' preparations for an activist monarchy have prompted a backlash, as a new book revealed a dysfunctional and divided court around him.

Someone who has worked closely with him said: "He is dying to have his go with the train set. He does cause concern with his outbursts. He'll struggle to restrain himself."

The book, Charles, The Heart of a King, by Catherine Mayer, claims he is a tortured individual who endures moments of "extreme despondency" and feels guilty about his privileged upbringing.

It says the Prince's court at Clarence House is riven by Wolf Hall-style intrigue and divisions. Wolf Hall is a book and TV series set in the court of Henry VIII. Mayer writes that Charles often creates unnecessary turf wars between courtiers by failing to set clear boundaries.

The Prince has stepped up the number of meetings with ministers and civil servants recently, partly in recognition of the Queen's advancing age.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule this month on whether his "black spider" letters to ministers should be published. But some observers are concerned he is pushing for a more active role in national life even before he succeeds to the throne. Someone with close links to the Palace said: "It is no accident that he writes all those letters to ministers. He does see himself as a kind of saviour of the nation, someone who can mend the broken country. Some might see that as presumptuously messianic."

Another said: "He tends to dash off his letters without a great deal of consideration. He is far too energetic for his own good."

Constitutional experts are concerned that he could provoke a political crisis, especially if he were to become involved in discussions in a hung Parliament after an election. Civil servants have had discussions about the transition to a new monarch, and are believed to have touched on the sensitive question of what should happen if the Queen's health fails.

The Fixed-Term Parliament Act has removed virtually all the remaining elements of royal prerogative in the event of a hung Parliament but there is some anxiety that the Prince is less likely than his mother to be a largely passive onlooker.

A senior official said: "He does seem more difficult to deal with the older he gets. The age of smooth relations between the Palace and politicians, when they were all of roughly the same milieu, is not as it was."

The Prince has let it be known that he hopes other religions will be included when he accedes the throne, and over the weekend stories have emerged suggesting he wants to modernise the honours system. Jonathan Dimbleby, the Prince's biographer, commented a year ago: "A quiet constitutional revolution is afoot ... I predict he will go well beyond what any previous constitutional monarch has ever essayed."

Monday, 2 February 2015

FUNDING OF CLIMATE SCIENCE IS KEY TO DISTORTION OF THE TRUTH

This piece by William Briggs looks at the claims and counter claims over the funding of climate research and the influence of the source of that funding. We all know the expression "he who pays the piper call the tune", and it is very true. That is why it becomes so important who is paying for climate change research. William Briggs has touched a raw nerve when he rightly asserts that it is government that is paying the climate scientists to research into global warming, and it is the government that is intent on bringing in all the taxes and subsidies designed to promote renewable energy and phase out fossil fuels. It is the government that has a huge amount to lose if global warming turns out not to be a problem.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

CLIMATE DATA FIDDLING ON AN EPIC SCALE

Here is a round-up of the evidence, which has been building over a number of years over a wide range of countries. To accuse the controllers of the major data providers of colluding in a giant conspiracy seems like madness. If they had really intended to do that, then surely they should have destroyed the original data that has been used to uncover the issue?  No, it is much more sophisticated than that. By inventing some obscure reasons for "adjustments" and "homogenisation" of the data these climate scientists are hoping to brazen out any criticism. What they didn't reckon on was the sheer tenacity of a few intelligent bloggers. Now the extent of the fiddling is finally coming together. The story is beginning to trickle out into the mainstream media. For how much longer can it be ignored by the likes of the major TV channels?

Saturday, 31 January 2015

WHY DO HYPOCRITES LOVE GLOBAL WARMING?

Here is a prime example of the type. It is unbelievable that a man who lives such an excessive life-style should seek to lecture others to get them to live simple lives. Al Gore was always the prime example, but there are many others. What these wealthy, pampered individuals just do not understand is that the measures that governments are putting forward to control the mythical future warming are going to ensure that millions of those currently in abject poverty will remain there. 

Friday, 30 January 2015

ONLY 18% OF BRITS CONCERNED ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING

This report looks at a recent survey and finds that although the majority accept that the climate is changing they do not accept the apocalyptic scenario put out by the IPCC.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

THE REAL HISTORY OF GLOBAL WARMING

This graph puts the current slight warming in perspective. It illustrates just the opposite of Mann's discredited hockey stick graph as it shows just how much variation there has been in the global temperature. The graph is part of this article which includes all the data behind the graph.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

THE RAW POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE USA

There is an interesting discussion of this here  on the Judith Curry blog where Obama's speech is analysed and compared with a reply given by Senator Inhofe,  Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Unlike in the UK where the two major political parties have reached a consensus (though individual MP's do not all share it) in the USA there is a major division along party lines with Republicans generally opposed to the climate change policies of the president.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

FLAWED DATA CONCEALS THE TRUTH ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING

Here's the evidence that data is being altered. Once again Christopher Booker is exposing something that regular climate blog readers already know. It is only through the work of Booker and a few others that this is ever exposed to the general public. Note that he has picked up on the great work of Paul Homewood on his excellent blog Not A Lot Of People Know That.

Monday, 26 January 2015

2014 AMONG THE 3% COLDEST YEARS IN THE LAST 10,000

This article puts the present temperatures in context. Dr Tim Ball uses a variety of evidence to back his case and produces a compelling argument that world temperatures are nothing to worry about. So relax and chill out as you go through the article.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

GREEN PARTY POLICIES COMPLETELY MAD

Read them for yourself here. To think that this load of nonsense is supported by almost 10% of the voters, according to some polls, is enough to make me question the concept of democracy. I suppose that I can console myself with the fact that, as long as they don't exceed 10% they have no chance of forming a government, but if the result is that no one has an overall majority even if they only have two or three MPs they could have much more influence than that set of nutty proposals would deserve.
Just in case readers should think this is the nuttiest party ever here's one from the 1990's that is arguably even more so. I remember they fielded enough candidates to have broadcasts on national television. Of course they did not have much support. Voters had more sense back then! 

Saturday, 24 January 2015

US SENATE VOTES THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL

Yes, they actually voted by 98 votes to 1 that "climate change is real". As if any sane person would argue that our climate is somehow fixed ( well, there was one vote for that!). I notice that in the report it goes on to say that they then tried to pass a motion to say that man is largely responsible for climate change which did not pass. At least the USA has some level-headed thinking politicians.

Friday, 23 January 2015

WIND TURBINES AT THEIR LEAST PRODUCTIVE AS COLD WEATHER BITES

Yet another example of the uselessness of wind energy showed as our coldest weather arrived. This report gives the details. No doubt the government will not be changing their policy in view of this problem, but as more and more turbines come on line more and more back up in the form of gas turbines will be needed for the occasions when the wind is not blowing.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

EU ENERGY POLICY "BARKING MAD" SAYS MEP

This article gives the details. Here is a short extract: "Aluminium has lost 42,000 jobs since 2007 (while imports rise).  Steel 80,000.  Petroleum refining 10,000 direct jobs, and an estimated 40,000 indirect.  Chemicals, glass and cement can tell similar stories.  This is what former Industry Commissioner Antonio Tajani called “an industrial massacre in Europe”. This is an excellent article that succinctly sums up the position the EU is in. Barking mad is about right.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

DR ROY SPENCER'S VIEW OF THE CLAIM OF 2014 BEING THE "HOTTEST YEAR"

Here is Roy Spencer's view on this spurious claim. Roy talks, and writes, a lot of sense. He is one of the leading scientists who feels able to speak out without (so far) having to fear losing his job. Without people like Roy the climate sceptics would be greatly weakened. With advocates of his stature it is hard to ignore his words. We owe him a lot of thanks. 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

THE LIFE OF A "LUKE WARMER"

Here is the latest article from Matt Ridley published in today's Times (paywalled). It describes the prejudice he faces as a climate "luke warmer". It gives a very interesting insight into what he has to go through and explains why others may opt for a quiet life rather than put their head above the parapet.

Monday, 19 January 2015

NEW SIMPLE CLIMATE MODEL PASSES STRINGENT PEER REVIEW AND FOUND TO BE MOST ACCURATE

Here is the article giving the details of this. The scientific paper was published in a prestigious Chinese science journal and passed a rigorous peer review process. The relatively simple model which can be used on a home computer or calculator gave much better predictions than all the models run by the large climate research organisations on their massive computers. It's all down to the information within the programme. 

Sunday, 18 January 2015

WHAT ARE THE REAL CHANCES OF 2014 BEING THE HOTTEST YEAR?

Here is one answer from a scientific organisation. And then there's these guys? There is a good discussion of this here at Bishop Hill. No wonder they say "lies, damned lies, and statistics!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

THE SUN CONTINUES TO GO QUIET

This article reminds us of the changes that continue to go on in the sun, largely un-noticed by the main media. If correctly interpreted, the changes in the sun's magnetic field will lead us to a period of cooling. 

Friday, 16 January 2015

GLOBAL WARMING SOLVED

That is the title of a blog I have recently come across. Here is a link. I found it a fascinating read and have put a permanent link in the list on the right hand side of the blog. It struck me as an ambitious title, but on reading it I found it was very thoroughly researched and also presented in a very readable format.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

IS THIS THE MOST INCOMPETENT PAPER EVER WRITTEN?

This piece has the details of a science psychology paper written by a notorious person called Stephan Lewandowski. Apparently he has interviewed someone over 30,000 years old as well as others who are under-age. When these errors were pointed out to him he made no attempt to correct it or explain it.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

AUSSIE MET OFFICE IN FALSE INFORMATION CHARGE

This piece gives the details. The Australian version of the UK Met Office, The Bureau of Meteorology, stands accused of putting out incorrect information concerning rainfall in Queensland. Yet again this is an example of a government organisation putting out allegedly false information which bolsters the message that the world is getting warmer. What are we to conclude?

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

WAS 2014 THE "HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD"?

This piece discusses the claim and, more importantly, the reasons behind it. The conclusions show what is at stake and the lengths that those pushing the case for alarm over climate will go to. The propaganda war is hotting up, unlike the real climate!  

Monday, 12 January 2015

CLIMATE ALARMISTS APPEAR TO BE ADMITTING DEFEAT

This article written from a climate alarmist point of view, appears to concede that attempts to control emissions of CO2 are doomed. So despite the efforts of the UK government, the EU and parts of the USA, resulting in massive costs to their people, the aim is set to fail.  

Sunday, 11 January 2015

CLIMATE CHANGE LESSONS FROM THE PAST

This article points out some useful things we can learn from the Roman Warm Period and the Little Ice Age, both periods within the last 2000 years. What this article really emphasises is that there is much we don't know about the causes of these previous climate changes, though we can be certain that they were caused by natural factors. Until we fully understand them we cannot make accurate predictions about the future.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

OCEAN ACIDIFICATION COULD BE THE BIGGEST CON SINCE THE HOCKEY STICK

Here is the article giving the details of this shocking revelation that scientists were concealing real measurements of historic pH measurements, preferring instead to rely on computer-generated values instead. The virtual world is preferred to the real one. 

Friday, 9 January 2015

UK WIND FARMS PAID £53 MILLION NOT TO PRODUCE ELECTRICITY LAST YEAR

Here's more reason not to keep building more wind farms. Payments not to produce electricity seem to be going up rapidly. The grid cannot cope with more and more intermittent types of energy and yet the government keep on encouraging more and more with these lavish subsidies which in turn drives up our energy bills. What a vicious circle!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

THE NEW PURITANS

We have had the Dark Age and The Age of Enlightenment - I think we are now entering a new age which I am calling The New Puritan Age. This report gives a flavour of what is happening. It is a gradual tightening of control on what we are allowed to do. First they banned incandescent light bulbs, then it was high-powered vacuum cleaners, now it is going to be types of coffee percolators. What next? I was thinking that logically they should ban Christmas lights, specially the new increasingly popular outside lights, but I would be very surprised if they did, as that would definitely hand them the title of Puritans.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

CLIMATE PROPAGANDA IN THE GOEBBELS MOULD

I would not let your children view this video as it might distress them, but view it as an example of the lengths that alarmists will go to. Such exaggeration should have no place in serious scientific discussion. In fact this sort of thing only damages their already very weak case, and only makes them into a laughing stock. So, have a chuckle as you view it. 

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

SEA LEVEL RISE GOES INTO RETREAT

This report  looks at the great changes in sea level rise that have taken place in recent years. If anyone mentions that sea level rise is increasing it is worth pointing out that not only does sea level rise change from place to place all over the oceans, but it also changes from year to year, depending on a whole range of variables.  

Monday, 5 January 2015

PUBLIC WILLING TO PAY EXTRA TO HELP CLIMATE, BUT NOT A LOT!

This article looks at the results of a number of surveys across developed countries to ask if they were willing to pay more for energy to cut emissions of CO2 to avoid a climate catastrophe. The answer was yes, but no more than about 5%. That is the answer given by those who believed there was likely to be a catastrophe. I find it hard to believe that they can really believe it and yet be so reluctant to pay to avoid it. Maybe they told the interviewer that they believed it. That would accord with experiences I have had, in which people are reluctant to admit that they don't believe it, as they think it is somehow wrong to do so. My feeling is that most people do not really believe in the catastrophe, but go along with it to be 'polite', or in other words to avoid controversy. Once people realise that others around them are sceptics then they feel able to 'come out' themselves. However even closet sceptics draw the line at paying substantially more for their energy.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

HOW WOULD WE COPE IF THE POWER WENT OUT FOR TWO WEEKS?

That was the question posed in a recent government exercise reported here. The findings were not very encouraging as you can read. I only hope the government improves its planning for such emergencies. After all it is not rocket science, just simple common sense. 

Saturday, 3 January 2015

GLACIER RETREAT DUE TO NATURAL CYCLES, SAYS EXPERT

One of the most common changes cited as evidence of alarming climate change is the retreat of glaciers. Yet here is an expert in the subject giving a most instructive talk in which he provides evidence that these glaciers have retreated much further in the past few thousand years due to natural causes. This is no cause for alarm and in the next 20 years we can expect many of these glaciers to grow again due to a decline in solar power output.

Friday, 2 January 2015

FORENSIC DEBUNKING OF CLIMATE SCARE VIDEO

A recent short video by a frequent science video blogger, Veritasium, has been comprehensively debunked here by our friend, Lord Christopher Monckton. His Lordship has done more than anyone I know to counter the pernicious nonsense that is under-pinning the current obsession of world leaders of vilifying fossil fuels. This is a must read piece where he counter acts all the main arguments put forward by the alarmists with straight-forward facts. Excellent stuff.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

POLAR ICE MORE STABLE THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT - NEW RESEARCH FINDS

This article in the Express looks at the new research into the thickness of both Arctic and Antarctic ice and finding it is not disappearing at the rate previously thought. At the very least this finding shows that our knowledge of these areas is far from complete and the evidence that there is dramatic climate change is not proven so far. This is a very good note with which to start 2015.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

ROGER HELMER TELLS THE INDEPENDENT THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS GROSSLY EXAGGERATED

Here is the article in the Independent where the UKIP Energy spokesman pledged that a UKIP government would scrap the Climate Change Act. He also said that green subsidies were a waste of money. At last a politician who is prepared to speak the truth. However it is very unlikely that we will have a UKIP government, more likely we may end up with Labour, if current polls are to be believed.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

UK GOVERNMENT CLAIMS ENERGY POLICY WILL BRING SAVINGS - BUT THE FACTS SAY THE OPPOSITE

This article gives a lot of facts left out by the government in its vain attempt to prove that putting on  a whole load of extra costs on energy will lead to savings. The Climate Change Minister, Ed Davey, is either deluded or a liar or both. 

Monday, 29 December 2014

THE ROCKY ROAD FROM LIMA TO PARIS AND BEYOND

This piece from the Times is reported in the GWPF. It is by Irwin Stelzer, who is a very shrewd and experienced diplomat. He assesses the likely outcomes of the protracted UN climate change negotiations. His predictions seem pretty sound. In a nutshell he is saying it will end in a fudge.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

EVIDENCE THAT INCREASED SUNSHINE IS THE CAUSE OF A RISE IN SUMMER TEMPS IN THE UK

Here is the evidence taken directly from Met Office records, and yet the Met Office scientists seem strangely reluctant to follow this up.  It may be due to the Clean Air Act, as suggested, though it might be due to a reduction of cloud cover. Our atmosphere changes throughout the day and it is virtually impossible to know every change and so computer programmes can never be accurate.  

Saturday, 27 December 2014

WHY THE USA SHALE BOOM IS A WORLD-WIDE REVOLUTION

This article considers the effect on world oil prices of the boom in shale oil production in the USA. What it concludes is that it has broken the stranglehold of OPEC and prevented price-fixing by the former Middle East oil giants. We now have a real free market with all the volatility that brings. The article looks at the possible winners and losers of this.

Friday, 26 December 2014

OZ REJECTED A CARBON TAX - WILL THE U.S.A. DO THE SAME?

This article considers the reasons why Tony Abbot, the Australian PM, decided to ditch the Carbon Tax, adopted by the previous Labour Government, and ponders on the possibility that the USA might consider putting their own Carbon Tax in place and the consequences for their economy of doing so. 

Thursday, 25 December 2014

THE UTTER FUTILITY OF WESTERN CO2 REDUCTIONS

As you tuck into your Christmas pudding, consider this article which looks at the calculated temperature reductions for the proposed reductions made by various countries. If only these figures were widely available to the public.

A merry Christmas to all readers.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

WHAT THE CLIMATE CHANGE ACT REALLY MEANS FOR THE UK

This piece from Christopher Booker spells out the reality of the cuts still to come over the next 10 to 20 years, unless the government is forced to change course. No cooking or heating with gas, all of us forced to drive electric vehicles. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I would be surprised if there is not a little bit of resistance from the inhabitants.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

THE DIMINISHING INFLUENCE OF CO2 ON TEMPERATURE

This piece looks at the logarithmic relationship between the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere and temperature. This is something that is often (deliberately) overlooked by organisations like the IPCC and governments.

Monday, 22 December 2014

THE LATEST CLIMATE CONFERENCE IN PERSPECTIVE

This article by Prof Tim Ball summarises the outcome from Lima and looks at the whole series of climate conferences and how they have changed over the years.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

THE CLIMATE FUND MAFIA THAT ARE ABOVE THE LAW

This article looks at the shady world of the UN and its huge funds, the operators of which are putting deals in place to put them beyond the reach of national laws. Even their salaries will be paid tax-free. This is a clandestine world the likes of which you and I know very little, and they want to keep it that way. A kind of climate mafia.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

UK BACK UP POWER TO COST USERS £1 BILLION

This report gives details of the auction for back up power for the intermittent renewables. Some were predicting an even higher cost, and other nations were looking at the idea of an auction to cover their own back up. This seems to be the future - very costly electricity.

Friday, 19 December 2014

AUSTERITY - "WHAT AUSTERITY?", SAYS UK CLIMATE CHANGE DEPARTMENT

This piece looks at the 35% increase in staff levels at the Department of energy and Climate Change. What are all these extra people needed for? Could it be for a propaganda offensive? 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

WILL OBAMA PROMISE OF CLIMATE BILLIONS BE OVER-RULED?

This article looks at the problems the Obama administration faces in being able to honour his pledge to give $3 billion to the UN climate fund.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

USA THE 21st CENTURY ENERGY POWERHOUSE

This article looks at the remarkable transformation of the USA as a result of fracking of oil and gas. It is about to become a leading exporter which will help to keep world prices low and undermine the motive for going to renewables. Far from running out of fossil fuels it seem we are awash with them despite the increasing demand from developing nations. 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

THE TOOTHLESS CLIMATE DEAL REACHED IN LIMA

Here is the detail of what happened at the recent climate change meeting in Lima, Peru. As you will read it was not greatly significant, other than that it was very weak. Is it the beginning of the end for a deal to cut CO2 emissions? We will just have to wait and see. 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

MORE BAD NEWS FOR ALARMISTS

This piece in the Financial Post encapsulates all the problems for the climate alarmists, even their forecast of 2014 being the hottest year (by one hundredth of a degree C) may have been premature. The recent cold weather may just push it down. The article by Lawrence Solomen makes happy reading for us climate realists - soon we may all have to join the realist camp. Who will be the deniers then?

Saturday, 13 December 2014

"NOT A SINGLE PARAGRAPH" AGREED AT LIMA CLIMATE CONFERENCE

That is the happy state of play at the current climate change conference according to the Irish Times:

Second week COP ritual: Hopes for Lima climate conference unravel. As thousands of people took part in a colourful march through the centre of Lima demanding action to “save Mother Earth”, ministers and delegates from more than 190 countries were struggling to salvage the UN climate conference here. Earlier optimism about a successful conclusion this weekend is unravelling as the text being negotiated has “ballooned” out of control, with more and more amendments tabled by countries and blocs seeking to have their points of view reinforced. Miguel Arias Canete, the new European climate action and energy commissioner, conceded that “not a single paragraph has been agreed” in a text that had grown to 100 pages or more, making it “very difficult for ministers to reach agreement”. –Frank McDonald, The Irish Times, 11 December 2014

Thursday, 11 December 2014

NEW REPORT FORECASTS EMISSIONS FROM DEVELOPING WORLD TO RISE 50%

Here is an article referring to the new report in which CO2 emissions from the developing world are forecast to increase by 50% by 2050, while the developed world is being urged to reduce theirs by around 80%. This would result in the world total emissions continuing to rise, which according to alarmists would mean a climate catastrophe for all.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

UK PARLIAMENT TO RULE ON STREAMLINING FRACKING PERMITS

Here is the article giving details of the upcoming debate. It appears that the Labour opposition is likely to oppose the new legislation making it a close thing. If streamlining is not brought in it could make the whole industry a non-starter, losing the UK many billions of pounds in revenue as well as giving a much-needed boost to industry. In other words an insane decision.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

FRACKING BANS STARTING TO COME IN THE USA

Here is a report which sets out the details. At the moment it is only a few isolated areas where green supporters are getting their way, but we will have to watch closely to see if this catches on. It will not help the cause of fracking here in the UK, where there is much less space and no widespread history of drilling as in the USA.

LATEST CLIMATE TALKS MAKING HOT AIR IN LIMA CONFERENCE CENTRE

Here is a report into the latest talks in which 190 countries are supposed to reach an agreement, which seems to be an impossible task when all the conflicting items are viewed. How would Western leaders be able to sell the idea of handing over huge sums of taxpayers' money to prevent global warming that has stopped 18 years ago. No doubt we will soon find out.

Monday, 8 December 2014

LEFT WING REPORTERS JOIN THE "GAMECHANGER SALON"

 Have you ever wondered why so many news outlets push out the same line on issues such as climate change. If so read on and you may have one answer.
A prominent CNN commentator, the top two political reporters for The Huffington Post, a Reuters reporter, the editor of The Nation magazine, a producer for Al Jazeera America television, a U.S. News & World Report columnist, and approximately two dozen Huffington Post contributors are among the more than 1,000 members of "Gamechanger Salon".
Founded by leftwing activist Billy Wimsatt, the group is a secretive digital gathering of writers, opinion leaders, activists and political hands who share information, ideas and strategy via a closed Google group.
The group’s existence was discovered by Media Trackers through an open records request filed with a University of Wisconsin professor who happened to be a member of the network http://eagnews.org/1000-member-secretive-progressive-journalist-group-uncovered/
This is another link with more .” In addition to working at the left-leaning American Sustainable Business Council, David Brodwin writes an online column for U.S. News & World Report. Brodwin is a member of Gamechanger Salon, and on July 14 he published a column arguing that small business owners support a minimum wage increase. Fascinatingly, the Obama Administration’s U.S. Department of Labor relies on Brodwin’s American Sustainable Business Council to argue that very point in a recent “fact-sheet” advocating for a minimum wage hike.
Dozens of members of the leftwing network have contributed columns to The Huffington Post, and others have written opinion pieces for several other publications. The full extent of the network’s activity and effectiveness at amplifying and coordinating left-leaning messaging campaigns has yet to be fully explored. http://mediatrackers.org/national/2014/08/05/cnn-huffpo-reuters-contributors-reporters-part-leftwing-network

Sunday, 7 December 2014

INDIA EXPECTS "COMPENSATION" FROM WEST FOR PAST EMISSIONS "DAMAGE"

What damage? Are the developing nations attributing every hurricane, flood, drought to CO2 emissions? If so where is the evidence for it? Even the IPCC report states that such attribution is not proved by the science. Read the article here

Saturday, 6 December 2014

BIAS IN SCIENCE

This article looks at examples of the way that science has been subjected to undue influence by wrong-headed, though well-intentioned people. It reminds us of the frailty of us all, and how we can so easily dupe ourselves. 

Friday, 5 December 2014

UK SMART METER ROLL OUT DELAYED AGAIN FOR 12 MONTHS

If, like me you were wondering what happened to the UK's smart meter programme, then here is the answer. In a nutshell it is delay on delay as they discover the problems due to data protection issues etc. In tandem with this there are cost escalations. In fact it seems to be the classic massive government hot potato, rather like the NHS computer system. No wonder the national debt is growing by the day!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

USA VOTERS TO DECIDE THE FATE OF THE CLIMATE TREATY

That is the message of this article. It appears that Obama wants to sign up to a kind of voluntary deal with nations free to decide how they reach their targets. It sounds like a fudge in which no one will get what they want. Here are some interesting extracts from the piece:

"For the developing world, however, the climate negotiations have always been about how much money they get. From the outset, the talks were predicated on massive aid transfers from north to south."

"Obama-style deep decarbonization of the global economy would require that developed countries pay twice over—once to decarbonize their own economies and a second time for developing ones."

It's well worth reading, and heartening in a way, as it points out that it won't work.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

WHO IS GUILTY OF GROSS EXAGGERATION TO PROP UP CLIMATE ALARMISM

The WHO is not a question, but the World Health Organisation, another arm of the UN, which is caught out making outlandish claims as reported here. Yet another example of the desperate attempts of the warmist brigade to convince us all that there is a problem when there isn't. Don't they understand that all this does is undermine their own weak arguments even more? It's like "the boy who cried wolf" on steroids.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

LAST CHANCE TO SAVE THE PLANET (AGAIN, YAWN)

Here we are again as Donna Laframboise reminds us with just a few months left to save the planet by agreeing to spend eye-watering sums to reduce our CO2 emissions, except that some of the biggest emitters are being exempt, like China and India. Of course it's perfectly understandable that developing countries would want to continue to develop, but. if there really was a planetary emergency surely that would take precedence over everything else?

UPDATE: Paul Homewood has similar coverage.

Monday, 1 December 2014

CLIMATE GATE EMAILS, FIVE YEARS ON THEY ARE MORE RELEVANT THAN EVER

Here is a good round up of the main issues raised by the leak of the climate scientists emails. Despite a number of attempts by the Establishment to white-wash the issues, the deceit and exaggeration has stuck in the minds of the public. Indeed it has been re-enforced by the continued attempts of some cheer-leaders for climate alarm to exaggerate to try to create alarm, but the public on the whole do not buy it. Facts defeat hype.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

HAS THE ROYAL SOCIETY GIVEN UP ON SCIENCE?

This report looks at the recent RS report into extreme weather and concludes that it has much more in common with propaganda than science. It is an extraordinary situation for a scientific institution of such historical importance to be reduced to this advocacy role. My hunch is that they have been " bought" by vested interests, in particular the government who supply the bulk of its funding.

UPDATE: More here.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

WIND FARM AD USES SPIN AND DECEIT TO CLAIM 25% OF OUR ELECTRICITY COMES FROM RENEWABLES

This article by Christopher Booker looks at the facts behind a recent claim made by a wind farm operator in a huge advertisement in the Guardian newspaper. What he discovered was that though the claim could be technically shown to be true, in fact for all practical purposes it was nonsense.

Friday, 28 November 2014

2014 - "THE WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD" - DON'T BELIEVE THE SPIN

Here are the facts and they say that it may come out on top on some land based data sets, but only by an amount smaller than the margin of error. In other data sets including the satellite data sets it will not be so. Any attempt to use this as evidence of continuing global warming will be premature and unscientific. 

Thursday, 27 November 2014

MP EXPOSES FLAWED IPCC SUMMARY IN UK PARLIAMENT DEBATE

Here is a link to the debate in which Peter Lilley exposed a number of serious weaknesses in the IPCC summary for policy makers. Here are a few extracts:

 "There has been a hiatus in warming, yet during that period since 1997, one third of all the carbon dioxide ever emitted by mankind has been pumped into the atmosphere. We have had 17 years to test the effect of a third of all the CO2 we have ever emitted, and there has been no increase in temperature"
"That does not seem to be evidence for being more certain; it seems to be evidence for being a little more qualified in stating that CO2 may be the dominant factor. It clearly was not dominant during that period. By definition, a period with record emissions but no warming cannot provide further evidence that emissions are the dominant cause of warming"
"For the first time, the authors of the IPCC report are unable to agree on a best estimate of how sensitive the climate is to increases in CO2. In previous reports, they have always been able to agree a best estimate, but this time, there has been so much disagreement among them that they have been unable to reach one".
"Nor does the summary mention that in the body of the report, the IPCC’s medium-term forecast for temperature increases to 2035 is below that given by the climate models. In other words, the experts used their judgment to say that in their opinion, the climate models are wrong. They came up with a forecast below the models, and they explain that the reason is that the models have been overheating"
"None of the models take into account the latest information on aerosols. Had they done so, they would have produced an even higher forecast for future warming, because the future warming forecast involves the warming created by CO2 less the cooling created by aerosols."

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

BIOMASS LIKELY TO INCREASE CO2 EMISSIONS

Here is the article that contains the details of a paper on this topic. It goes against the conventional wisdom which makes it all the more important. It seems that a lot of government efforts at reducing emissions may be counter-productive.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

RENEWABLE ENERGY NOT THE ANSWER SAY TOP ENGINEERS

This article explains the findings of the experts, who even surprised themselves. It is yet more confirmation of how out of touch with reality our political leaders have become.

Monday, 24 November 2014

OBAMA INSULTS AUSSIE PM ON CLIMATE


2) Obama's Climate Fiasco Drives Aussies Closer To India & China
The Australian, 22 November 2014 (
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/weird-speech-makes-obama-odd-man-out/story-e6frg76f-1227130149413)

Greg Sheridan

The United States embassy in Canberra advised President Barack Obama not to make the provocative, anti-Abbott speech on climate change which he made at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. That the President acted against the advice of his own embassy reveals a deeply divided and in part dysfunctional Obama administration, unable to reconcile its foreign policy objectives and its domestic imperatives.


The speech was not only damaging for Tony Abbott, as it will be used by all his opponents on climate change up until the next election, it was a disaster for US foreign policy, because the gratuitous climate change remarks completely overshadowed all the regional and security content which Obama's foreign policy team wanted to be the main point of his major address on his Asian tour.

Obama's self-indulgent folly was in striking contrast to the masterful performances of China's President Xi Jinping and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Xi and Modi have both achieved almost everything they wanted from Asia's season of summits. Obama has achieved almost nothing.

The other big winner from this summit season was Abbott. Despite the damage Obama inflicted on him, Abbott emerged from APEC, the East Asia Summit, the G20 summit which he hosted, and the separate bilateral visits of so many world leaders, with huge structural wins.

The free trade agreement with China has the potential to be transformative for Australia. It locks the two nations much more closely together. It contains a host of immensely important specifics, and was accompanied by numerous side agreements.

But the transformative potential lies in the door it opens for Australian business into China's future. Don't think for a moment that resources will cease to be at the centre of Australia/China trade. The anti-coal propaganda is fanciful nonsense, believed only by Green dreamers.

Coal will be at the heart of China's energy generation for decades ahead.

Nonetheless, China is transforming. Coal and iron ore are about building cities. China has now built its cities on a vast scale. Cities are occupied by middle class people. They need high-quality food and high-quality services. The China FTA opens up the services sector in an unprecedented way. That is the future.
The Indian visit also offers to be transformative. Modi likes Abbott. But of course such likes and dislikes are never the real engine of history.

Modi wants India to develop. Modi's closest friend and partner internationally is Japan's Shinzo Abe. Abe is Abbott's closest collaborator in Asia. It was Abe who advised Modi that Australia was a country to take seriously and that Abbott was a PM who could deliver.

Modi believes Australia can be a big part of India's development.

I attended a small business gathering with Modi in Melbourne. He made a few comments about the need for greener energy, but he also said: "India will have massive requirements for coal and iron ore." Just in case his interlocutors missed the point, he repeated it: "Whatever we do, we will still need massive amounts of coal and iron ore."

But Modi understands that India also needs foreign investment and expertise. Since the turn of the century, India has been the second fastest growing economy in the world. Tens, hundreds, of millions of Indians will enter the middle class over the next decade. They offer the same opportunities as the Chinese middle class. Trade Minister Andrew Robb describes the India relationship as being where the Chinese relationship was 15 years ago. Robb is right. The potential, like China 15 years ago, is enormous.

The ambition to complete a free trade agreement between India and Australia by the end of next year is heroic. But it is not impossible. Indeed, one FTA helps produce another. Australia's success in securing an FTA with South Korea helped motivate Japan. Canberra's success with Tokyo helped motivate Beijing. Part of India's motivation is not to be left out of the east Asian economic success story. So the string of north Asian FTAs Robb has concluded helps us with New Delhi.

Here we need a note of caution. Each one of these relationships - the US, China and India - is intensely complex, influenced by many factors beyond Australia's reach and there are many ways these ambitious plans could fall short, if not fall apart.

Take each in turn.

Obama's speech was deliberately designed to hurt Abbott. This may not have been its primary purpose, but it certainly was a significant effect. Historians of the relationship cannot cite a single similar example of a visiting president going out of his way to wound an Australian prime minister.

The speech was bizarre in many ways and deserves proper analysis as a pointer to the divisions and dysfunction within the Obama administration, features which will only get worse as power, and a sense of responsibility, ebb away from Obama in the less than two years he still has in office.

There was also an element of cowardice in the speech. Obama would never have given that speech at home before the congressional mid-term elections. There would have been some courage in such a speech delivered, say, in West Virginia, or Ohio, a week before the mid-terms.

What was Obama's purpose? Can one more celebrity orgasm really be more important to the President than maintaining his relationship with his closest ally in Asia? Was Obama preparing for his post-presidential life, as a new and improved Al Gore? [...]

Finally, other senior Americans put it to me that many high-level figures in the administration, in so far as they think about Asia at all, think only of China. They fail to understand that a successful China policy has to be embedded in a successful Asia policy. This contributes to their taking close allies for granted.

Virtually all senior Asia hands in Washington outside the administration agree that Obama has never really paid attention to managing alliances.

This was evident in the fact that the Obama team decided to do the speech at the last minute, insisted it be to a university audience, never gave their Australian hosts any hint of what the President was planning to say, and refused to offer the Australians either a text or a summary of the speech before it was delivered. All of that is truly a bizarre way to treat an ally.

Nonetheless, Obama's selfindulgence will not cause the Abbott government to back away from co-operation with the US. The alliance is much bigger than Obama and Australia participates in the alliance because it is in our interests and reflects our values.

The vacuum created by Obama in Asia is partly filled by Xi, although other formidable Asian leaders such as Abe and Modi also occupy important strategic space.

Xi, like most Chinese leaders, is a super hard head with little sentimentality. He is the most powerful leader in modern China since at least Deng Xiaoping. He offered an ambition to make China more democratic in his beautifully crafted speech to parliament, but in truth he has suppressed what little liberal space formerly existed in China.

Nonetheless, Xi is genuinely an economic reformer, which is one reason he undertook the FTA with Australia. Xi's climate deal with Obama is another masterstroke. It commits him to nothing of substance, nothing he was not doing anyway, but, with Obama's benediction, will help insulate Beijing from the type of criticism it suffered after Copenhagen.

Xi spent a lot of time in Australia and devoted a lot of attention to us. This speaks well of him, and of Abbott. But again, we have to be a bit careful of assessing Chinese policy, even Chinese policy towards us, in a narrow Australian framework.
This past few months, Xi has been on a charm offensive with everyone. He even kissed and made up with Abe. As well as his climate faux agreement with Obama, Xi agreed to various confidence-building and military consultation measures with the Americans, which Washington has wanted for years.

Nor is it quite true to say that Australia is the first advanced economy with which Beijing has done an FTA. Xi finalised an FTA with South Korea just before the one with Australia.

All of this is in stark contrast to the aggressiveness Beijing has displayed over the past few years in the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Intelligence agencies in the US and Australia are flat out trying to work out whether this friendliness is the new paradigm for China, or, as one senior American put it to me, "a judo move", that is, moving back for a second in order to trip the opponent up.
China's b_ehaviour in the disputed maritime territories over the next few months will be critical in determining the answer to this question.

Abbott convened a trilateral leaders' dialogue with Obama and Abe. The official communique was full of concern over Russia, Islamic State etc. It didn't mention the main actual topic of conversation - China, or another topic of conversation, Canberra's ambition to buy Japanese submarines and install US weapon systems on them.

And finally Modi's India. Modi offers India its best hope in decades for breaking free from poverty and achieving sustained, socially transformative economic growth. But just as analysts are pondering Xi's true intentions so they are asking one central question about Modi - can he tame the Indian bureaucracy and produce results? This astonishing two weeks of summits has given Australia a great deal of benefit, but left huge and intriguing questions for the future.

Full analysis (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/weird-speech-makes-obama-odd-man-out/story-e6frg76f-1227130149413)

Sunday, 23 November 2014

THE US-CHINA CLIMATE PACT SWINDLE

Here is a very good article that explains the complete one-sidedness of the recent "deal" between Obama and the Chinese Leader. Why on earth would the US President want to sign such a deal?  

Saturday, 22 November 2014

UK PAYS TWICE ITS FAIR SHARE TO GREEN CLIMATE FUND, SAYS OXFAM

Yes, Oxfam (not known for admitting such things) has calculated that the UK has paid twice the amount that is expected. See here for the details. If only the government would  put a stop to this largesse by our Leader. It is so easy to be generous with other people's money.

Friday, 21 November 2014

AUSTRALIAN PM STANDS FIRM IN NOT SHELLING OUT MORE CLIMATE MONEY

Here are the details. He seems to have a good deal of courage to keep out of this and I admire him for it. It is only too easy to get out the nations cheque book and spend other peoples money to make him look good.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

OBAMA STUMPS UP $3 BILLION TOWARDS CLIMATE FUND

Here is the details of President Obama's offer. It is by far the largest contribution so far, though it falls far short of the promised $100 billion per year that was apparently promised by the developed world from 2020. I cannot somehow see that sum, or anything like it, being achieved. It's time for world leaders to get real and stop making rash promises, and put all this nonsense behind them and tackle the real problems facing the world.  

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

GERMANY SET TO ABANDON 2020 CO2 EMISSION TARGET

Here is the detail taken from a German newspaper article. This has to be very significant as the Green Party is part of the coalition government in Germany and if the Germans have to abandon their target then this must set a precedent for all other EU nations. It means that there is no prospect of any world agreement next December in Paris. If this target date is missed then according to some scientists we could be in a cooling world. If that happens then it is hard to see any agreement possible.