This article reveals the reality of so-called green jobs. Yet more disappointment as local businesses are unable to compete with our Chinese counterparts. When will the people wake up and see the reality of the Green Deal. It is just a con!
Sunday, 20 September 2020
This article mentions that the UK has once again had to rely on coal power for its electricity generation.
Terry McCrann, The Herald Sun
Back in June, they separately sprung tweet-style to deliriously hail the ‘end of coal’ in the UK.
[Former Aussie PM, Kevin] Rudd tweeted: “For anyone who thinks it cannot be done: the UK has not produced any electricity from coal for the last two months — the longest period since the Industrial Revolution. Let that sink in,” he concluded with all the deadening portentousness he could muster.
But then it got warm, calm, and everyone wanted to use the air con:
..not only did the Brits go back to coal to keep the lights on – and, as they baked in a mid-20s ‘heatwave’, the aircons as well – they really shovelled some coal.
At its peak this week, the UK was getting nearly 3000MW from coal, well more than three times the 800MW or so coming from all the wind turbines, both those that despoil the British landscape and those parked equally hideously offshore.
Where are the headlines: Victorious coal saves the day?
Saturday, 19 September 2020
This report using official data, gives us the reassuring news that the USA is experiencing a very slight change of climate which is not at all alarming. Of course there have been examples of extreme weather events, but these have always happened and always will no matter how much we reduce our CO2 output. Of course the media is not interested in publishing such a "dull" outcome with no scary headlines.
Friday, 18 September 2020
This article confirms what we suspected, that smart meters are simply a way to control and ration electricity use. Time for the people to wake up and see the future that our leaders are planning for us.
Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Tuesday, 15 September 2020
"For all of WWF's hyperbole about “humanity's destruction of nature,” the decline of wildlife is nowhere near “catastrophic.” Back in 2007, we were told polar bears would be extinct by 2030, and the same groups and media outlets were up in arms about its demise; in fact, their numbers are abundant."
"Finally, it's worth noting just what a small snapshot this report is looking at. The Living Planet Index is “currently based on time-series data for 20,811 populations of 4,392 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish from around the globe.” That is an impressive body of material. But there are around 66,000 different species of vertebrate, so the Index is just a fairly small sample of the wider picture."
Monday, 14 September 2020
Sunday, 13 September 2020
So traditional petrol/diesel drivers will find their costs are driven up and they will find it even more difficult to park.
Saturday, 12 September 2020
Friday, 11 September 2020
As you will see, the lengthy response fails to deal with any of the points raised, though it does raise some very worrying issues. [You can see the question here.]
Conservative, New Forest East
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), what estimate he has made of the cost of phasing out the use of natural gas in domestic dwellings; what the planned timescale is for this; whether such phasing out will be carried out by the UK (a) only on a multilateral basis or (b) irrespective of what the governments of other countries plan to do; and what funding he plans for implementing that policy.
This is the reply from Kwasi Kwarteng, the Minister for BEIS:
Meeting our net zero target by 2050 will require virtually all heat in buildings to be decarbonised and heat in industry to be reduced to close to zero carbon emissions. It will involve large-scale transformation and wide-ranging change to energy systems and markets. The way heating is supplied to over 28 million homes, businesses and industrial users will need to change. Given the diversity of heat demand in the UK, no one solution can provide the best option for everyone. We are currently exploring and testing the different approaches to heat decarbonisation, including heat networks, heat pumps, hydrogen and biogas and improving energy efficiency in new buildings. - a mix of technologies and customer options will need to be available to decarbonise heat at scale.
The Department is developing policies to deliver low carbon heating in the 2020s and meet our climate targets. We are planning to publish a Heat and Building Strategy later this year, which will set out the immediate actions we will take for reducing emissions from buildings. These include the deployment of energy efficiency measures and low carbon heating as part of an ambitious programme of work required to enable key strategic decisions on how we achieve the mass transition to low-carbon heat and set us on a path to decarbonising all homes and buildings.
Alongside the action we are taking at home, the UK remains committed to demonstrating global leadership in tackling climate change. The UK is already demonstrating practical leadership across all aspects of the fight to tackle climate change. We've decarbonised faster than any other G20 nation since 2000, and through our Clean Growth Strategy and annual reports have a comprehensive and publicly available strategy. The UK is among the largest contributors of climate finance, providing at least £5.8 billion between 2016 to 2020 to help developing countries mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, reduce deforestation and support cleaner economic growth. At the UN Climate Action Summit in September 2019, the Prime Minister announced that the UK will double our International Climate Finance to at least £11.6 billion from 2021 to 2025 to drive clean and resilient growth in developing countries.
Of course he doesn't answer because (a) he has no idea of the actual figure, and (b) if he did he still would not answer because it would be the last thing he would tell us and he would lose the next election if it got out.
That last part of his answer, highlighted in blue is unbelievable! While we are crippling the economy with debt to deal with the coronavirus emergency, he says we will double the money we will give away to deal with global warming. We truly are in a mess when a Conservative government is so free with taxpayers money. Prudence has simply disappeared.
Thursday, 10 September 2020
Current unilateral efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are failing to stop global emissions from rising, despite the increasingly extreme rhetoric coming from influential environmental groups. While politicians continue to argue that the developed world has an obligation to lead the way in decarbonisation and that the rest of the world will inevitably follow, there is no realistic chance of this happening within the increasingly tight timescale being proposed. The primary reason is that economic solutions to achieve the targets are not even in sight. In the medium to long term, the chances of success would be immeasurably greater if current efforts were to be focussed on R&D to provide the new technologies that would make decarbonisation feasible. If the industrialised world led with this, China, India and the rest of the world would follow because it made economic sense.
Wednesday, 9 September 2020
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Wednesday, 2 September 2020
Our democracy has never been under greater threat in recent times than it is now from protest groups who act by disrupting our lives with violent, aggressive behaviour. It is time our police showed some mettle and disrupted them.
Tuesday, 1 September 2020
In case you don't have time to read it, here is an extract referring to a recently published book:
"The book then takes us back to ‘the Golden Age’, which as the name suggests, was a time in history that was characterised by sufficiency, not scarcity; generosity, not greed; and faith, not fear. Every household was prosperous, as people were able to raise enough money to serve their needs, without having to raise taxes, redistribute wealth or rely on government support!"
The article does not say when this golden age was, or where it was. These idealists are the same people who have dreamt up the Green New Deal and encourage Extinction Rebellion or Black Lives Matter. Dreaming of Utopia is easy, but coming up with alternatives that work is much harder.
In actual fact the time in history when most ordinary people were well off is now. Of course no one is saying that everyone is well off. There are still many people living in poverty, but that percentage is going down. What the idealists don't seem to grasp is that human nature is basically selfish, which is why we have never had a golden age. Even small sects usually end up arguing and splitting up because people want to lead their own lives. All these systems require leadership and the majority have to be forced to obey the rules. Of course a free market democracy is not perfect, which is why governments are constantly changing the law to try and improve it, but it is the best system as it has the consent of the people and encourages those with talent to use it in order to gain reward for themselves. While there are a few altruistic people, most are not.
Sunday, 30 August 2020
Saturday, 29 August 2020
"That's bias, not uncertainty, and until the modelling community finds a way to fix it, the economics and policy making communities are justified in assuming future warming projections are overstated, potentially by a great deal depending on the model."
Friday, 28 August 2020
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Wednesday, 26 August 2020
Tuesday, 25 August 2020
Already some councils have been forced to backtrack according to this report. It seems they have so little foresight that they are unable to see such obvious problems with their schemes.
Monday, 24 August 2020
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Tuesday, 11 August 2020
According to this reigning view, China adopts a position of neutrality toward political and military conflicts, because taking sides would make enemies who might then restrict China’s access to markets.
This oft-repeated shibboleth ignores clear signs that China is very actively engaged in a hard-power contest with the United States—a contest that the Chinese occasionally acknowledge and are capable of winning. In 2016, Xi Jinping toured the Middle East for the first time in his capacity as president of the People’s Republic of China, visiting Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iran. Chinese propaganda hailed the trip as a milestone. The Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a white paper on its Arab policy, the first of its kind. “We will deepen China-Arab military cooperation and exchange,” the paper read. “We will … deepen cooperation on weapons, equipment and various specialized technologies, and carry out joint military exercises.”
The following year, in 2017, the Chinese navy opened a naval base in Djibouti, the first overseas base it has ever established—a tacit renunciation of the traditional Chinese credo of noninterventionism. Djibouti sits on the southern end of the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, which guards the passage to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal from the Gulf of Aden. On the northern end, only 18 miles away, lies Yemen.
China is advancing on the Middle East with ruthless determination, because the region is of more vital interest to China than any other, aside from the Western Pacific. Indeed, China is actively working to oust the United States from the Middle East—a reality that the American strategic community would overwhelmingly prefer not to recognize, but one that is nonetheless becoming glaringly obvious.
Don’t believe us? Ask the Uighurs, the brutalized people of Xinjiang province, which the Chinese government is actively colonizing by moving in millions of ethnic Han Chinese. The lucky among the Uighurs, who number some 11 million in total, are trapped in an inescapable web of surveillance and oppression. The unlucky ones, numbering perhaps 1 million, are interned in ideological indoctrination camps where they are exploited as slave labor, tortured, and, according to recent reports, subjected to forced sterilizations.
Monday, 10 August 2020
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Tuesday, 4 August 2020
This article looks at the way safety in dealing with nuclear radiation has been assessed in the past and why it is wrong and must change. In the past it was decided that no level of radiation was safe, with the consequence that the cost of nuclear power plants has been driven up to ridiculously high levels and so uncompetitive that they were not built. For decades we have denied ourselves safe, affordable energy.
Monday, 3 August 2020
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Saturday, 1 August 2020
Indeed, decadal average temperatures have actually dropped slightly since 2000-2009:
This is an important fact, and I am perplexed why the Met Office did not think to mention it. [I think we can all think of a reason - Ed]
Friday, 31 July 2020
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Monday, 29 June 2020
Energy Justice is centred around a new website, that will highlight our research into some of these areas through reports and videos. To kick off the project, GWPF has designated this "Energy for Africa" week.
Sunday, 28 June 2020
Daily Mail, 25 June 2020
Extinction Rebellion’s spokeswoman has quit the protest group to become a nuclear power campaigner.
Zion Lights, 36, has left the climate change cause, which brought London to a standstill last year, to join pro-nuke outfit Environmental Progress.
The former XR communications head said she had felt ‘duped’ after being surrounded by anti-nuclear campaigners until she read more into the radioactive fuel.
Zion Lights, pictured in mask and speaking at an event, has quit Extinction Rebellion after deciding nuclear power is the future
Mother-of-two Zion said: ‘The facts didn’t really change, but once I understood them I did change my mind.’
Zion, who was born in the West Midlands and given her unusual name as a baby, said: ‘I have a long history of campaigning on environmental issues, most recently as a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion UK.
‘Now, I have quit the organisation to take up a position as a campaigner for nuclear power.’
Saturday, 27 June 2020
https://www.iema.net/about-us/ They write to me regularly via email. Here is an extract from their latest email:
"As the UK experiences another heatwave, we are increasingly aware of climate change and the future challenges it will bring to our infrastructure and society."
This is the kind of subliminal message that we have become used to - suggesting that any spell of hot weather, which we would expect to have in any decent summer, must be seen as an artefact of climate change.
Friday, 26 June 2020
The term RCP8.5 refers to a greenhouse gas emissions scenario often used by scientists for climate model projections. You might never have heard of RCP8.5 but you have definitely heard of forecasts based on it. Listening to the politicians who make the strongest pleas for radical climate action, it is clear that their fears for the future are driven by RCP8.5 scenarios, yet it is also clear that they have no idea what it is or what is wrong with it.
RCP stands for “Representative Concentration Pathways,” or projections of how much carbon dioxide (CO2) will accumulate in the atmosphere due to fossil fuel use over the coming century. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) generated a set of four RCP scenarios a decade ago, attaching to each a number indicating how much “radiative forcing” (a measure of global warming potential) each one generates. RCP2.6 refers to a benign, low-end emission scenario with correspondingly minimal radiative forcing. In the middle are RCP4.5 and RCP6.0, and at the top end is RCP8.5, a scorcher that predicts historically unprecedented increases in global CO2 emissions.
To appreciate how implausible RCP8.5 is, consider its coal use trajectory. From the 1920s to the year 2000, global coal consumption stayed between 15 and 20 gigajoules per capita, peaking at 20 in 1960, falling back to 15 by 2000, then rising to about 23 earlier this decade with the sudden industrialization of China and India. Groups like the International Energy Agency expect it will gradually return to the 15-20 gigajoule per capita range by 2040.
The RCP8.5 scenario offers a different outcome. Instead of a return to normal, it projects coal use will rise to about 30 gigajoules by 2040, 45 gigajoules by 2060 and 70 gigajoules by 2100. No one seriously believes this is even possible, including people who use RCP8.5 in their climate simulations.
Thursday, 25 June 2020
The cables across the English Channel can only use direct current (DC), and the grids on both sides of the water use alternating current (AC). So the 600-odd megawatts of electricity coming from France and the Netherlands had to be converted from AC to DC and then back again.
A somewhat larger supply of power was, at the same time, sent to the Belgian interconnector, where it was converted to DC for its journey back across the water. At the other side it was converted back to AC for injection into the Belgian grid.
But each step along the way involves energy losses.
For electricity that does the full trip, from the Netherlands to the UK to Belgium, the conversion process is only 90% efficient. So 60 MW of electricity is simply being converted to heat and lost; at the windspeeds prevailing that weekend, this is the equivalent of the output of 150 onshore wind turbines.
And who pays for those losses? Why of course we, the electricity consumers, do.
Written by Mike Travers CEng, MIMechE, FIET who is a retired electrical engineer, having worked in the Royal Engineers, the hydroelectric sector, and in manufacturing industry.
Wednesday, 24 June 2020
Bloomberg, 16 June 2020
China’s embrace of coal could tighten even further if tensions with the U.S. escalate, with policymakers prioritising energy security over climate change.
China will likely ease the pressure on local governments to shut older, inefficient coal mines as it seeks to meet rising demand of the most-polluting fuel to spur its economic recovery.
Government officials are in the midst of preparing the country’s all-important five-year-plan, the guiding document for policy and industrial development from 2021 to 2025. Unlike the previous edition, when China made a major push to cut overcapacity to support prices and help miners struggling with mounting debt, the government isn’t likely to set any targets for mine closures, analysts forecast.
But the lack of a hard target now would underscore the continuing dependence on coal in China, which mines and burns half the world’s supply.
Tuesday, 23 June 2020
A new report, The Great British Rain Paradox, has just been published, warning of potential water shortages in the UK in years to come.
It claims that the major factor for this is climate change. The foreword, written by the CEO of the Environment Agency Sir James Bevan, states:
"Climate change is causing long spells of dry weather that are putting our water resources under increased pressure. May 2020 has been the driest on record and exceptionally dry weather across the south east between 2017 and 2019 led to some of the lowest groundwater levels we have ever seen.”These claims have no basis in fact. Official Met Office data shows that the UK has actually been getting wetter in recent decades.
May 2020 certainly was not the driest on record either – in the UK as a whole, it was only the ninth driest since records started in 1862. The driest May was in 1896.
Analysis of regional rainfall data also fails to support Sir James’ claims.
Neither does the claim of exceptionally dry weather in the South East of England stand up to scrutiny. Met Office data proves that rainfall there between 2017 and 2019 was in fact close to average.
There are undoubtedly good reasons why water shortages may occur in future, such as population growth and increased demands. Spurious claims about climate change will simply serve to draw attention away from these very real issues and the failure to expand storage and deal with water leaks.
GWPF director Dr Benny Peiser said
This is not the first time Sir James has been caught playing fast and loose with the facts to support a political agenda (3). He should apologise and issue a correction.”Notes for editors
1) The Great British Rain Paradox is available here: https://www.savewatercleanclever.co.uk/content/dam/rbfinishposeidon/uk/report/The%20Report.pdf
2) Met Office rainfall data can be accessed here: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/climate/maps-and-data/uk-and-regional-series
3) James Bevan’s speech not supported by scientific evidence – Environment Agency: https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2019/11/10/james-bevans-speech-not-supported-by-scientific-evidence-environment-agency
Monday, 22 June 2020
Ross Clark, Daily Mail, 17 June 2020
Boris Johnson’s historic decision to abolish the standalone Department for International Development (Dfid) and roll its functions into the Foreign Office is long overdue.
Ever since David Cameron expanded Britain’s aid budget to 0.7 per cent of GDP, scandal after scandal has emerged about millions of pounds of hard-pressed UK taxpayers’ money being shovelled into dubious projects to meet this arbitrary target.
The budget for this bloated department has reached an astonishing £14.6billion this year. Incredibly, Dfid now has 3,700 employees, and cost £326m to operate last year alone.
For that, you’d expect money to be spent on vital projects truly improving the lives of desperate people in the world’s poorest countries. Sadly not.
Here are a few examples of how taxpayers’ money was frittered away by this unlamented department: