Reality Checkpoint 2015
News from previous year

Until relatively recently, rivers in the UK were dredged regularly. The dredgings were put on the riverbank.

Then the UK signed up to the EU Waterway Framework Directive.

The dredgings are now classified as 'hazardous waste'. Therefore they cannot be dumped on the riverbank. They have to be undergo chemical analysis, and if any of the substances in them exceed arbitrary EU limits, the dredgings have to be carted away and disposed of at a licensed site.

This is why a lot of dredging has ceased. Imagine the expense of going through this rigmarole in disposing of a substance which is essentially harmless.

My friend in Yorkshire adds ......

We have know-it-all idiots in charge of our rivers and drainage, plus Cameron's crew cutting the finance. On top of that, new build is putting down hard landscape where once there would be natural seepage. DEFRA and the Environment Agency have been messing around with computer models when they should have been out in the fields clearing ditches, dykes and dredging river beds. All common sense stuff which local folk have been telling the 'idiots' for years.

    ....and finally a letter from the DT, edited slightly for clarity:

    The floods in York remind us that flood defences do not remove water; they merely push it somewhere else.

    The rivers Ure and Swale, which join to form the Ouse, are embankened across theVale of York, preventing flood water from spreading out over agricultural land. Ditches and streams are cleared by the Environment Agency, bringing land-water quickly into these rivers, but the huge volume of water reaching York is impeded in its progress by lack of dredging.

    This is because the EU Water Framework Directive stops the Environment Agency from dredging the rivers.

    HG, North Yorkshire
31 Dec 2015

We are frequently told by the BBC and others that man-made carbon dioxide is causing increased amounts of property damage by affecting the climate and causing extreme weather events.

What is not reported is the damage resulting from building houses on flood plains. Take a look at this excellent picture by Warren Smith of the Daily Mail .... I've linked the thumbnail below to the article in which it appears:

building on floodplains causes more flood damage to houses

    Amid all the devastation and recrimination over the floods in Cumbria hardly anybody mentions is the almost complete cessation of dredging of our rivers since we were required to accept the European Water Framework Directive (EWF) into UK law in 2000.

    Yet until then, for all of recorded history, it almost went without saying that a watercourse needed to be big enough to take any water that flowed into it, otherwise it would overflow and inundate the surrounding land and houses. Every civilisation has known that. City authorities and, before them, manors and towns and villages, organised themselves to make sure their watercourses were cleansed, deepened and sometimes embanked to hold whatever water they had to carry away.

    So next time you see politicians around Cumbria in wellingtons, high-viz jackets and hard hats, wringing their hands and promising to do whatever it takes to protect us from flooding, ask them how exactly they intend to get round the European Water Framework Directive.

    (excerpt from not a lot of people know that .. - Ed)

27 Dec 2015

There have been a number of demands during the year by extreme members of some political parties and organizations that scientists sceptical of man-made global warming claims should be silenced. Indeed, the BBC, supposedly an impartial source, had a seminar in 2006 in which a decision was made to censor and silence dissenting voices in its broadcasts.

In the light of this, I thought a short piece on the current row about Universities would be in order.

A generation of students is being denied the intellectual challenge of debating conflicting views because self-censorship is turning campuses into over-sanitised 'safe spaces'.

The worrying development is that a small and vocal minority is actively attempting to ban anything which which it disagrees; anything from 'The Sun' newspaper to the historian David Starkey, scientist Richard Dawkins, or a statue of Cecil Rhodes.

Unfortunately very few academics challenge censorship emanating from students. It is easier not to rock the boat and to go along with it. However, appeasement is never a good long-term policy.

An open and democratic society requires people to have the courage to argue against ideas with which they disagree or find offensive. At the present time, there is a real risk that students are not given opportunities to engage in such debate.

Those who run our universities need to take a much tougher line against the 'little emperors' who attempt to impose censorship or prevent discussion.

20 Dec 2015

Summarised from an article by Stephen Lacey, Aug 2015. Original article at http://reneweconomy.com.au/2015/owner-of-first-clean-coal-plant-in-us-faces-bankruptcy-over-soaring-ccs-costs-87137

A carbon-capture project in Kemper County, Mississippi, is having problems with costs.

State regulators have approved an increase in electricity prices of 18% for Mississippi Power in order to keep the company afloat, as it completes the increasingly-expensive carbon-capture plant.

The plant is 582MW; relatively small. In 2008 $270 million in government grants was received and eventually it received planning approval.It is a combined-cycle power plant to create and burn synthesis gas made from lignite. It also pumps CO2 into the ground to help oil extraction.

The plant is two years behind schedule. The original price was set at $1.8 billion. It has now tripled.

A spokesman for Southern Company said that the original cost estimates for the plant did not take into account the CO2 pipeline and 65 percent carbon capture. These features were, unfortunately, added on later.

18 Dec 2015

Many scientists who have worked for the IPCC have made sceptical comments about IPCC press releases:

1. Dr Robert Balling: “The IPCC notes that “No significant acceleration in the rate of sea level rise during the 20th century has been detected.” (This did not appear in the IPCC Summary for Policymakers).

2. Dr. Lucka Bogataj: “Rising levels of airborne carbon dioxide don’t cause global temperatures to rise…. temperature changed first and some 700 years later a change in aerial content of carbon dioxide followed.”

3. Dr John Christy: “Little known to the public is the fact that most of the scientists involved with the IPCC do not agree that global warming is occurring. Its findings have been consistently misrepresented and/or politicized with each succeeding report.”

4. Dr Rosa Compagnucci: “Humans have only contributed a few tenths of a degree to warming on Earth. Solar activity is a key driver of climate.”

5. Dr Richard Courtney: “The empirical evidence strongly indicates that the anthropogenic global warming hypothesis is wrong.”

Sceptical quotes from 45 more ex-IPCC scientists are shown on the roaldjlarsen website

17 Dec 2015

A new renewables scheme in Foula, installed in 2011, was designed to make the island self-sufficient in electricity.

It was made up of wind turbines, a hydro scheme and solar panels. The only part of it still working is the solar. The wind turbine towers are still standing, but the mechanisms have been taken away for re-engineering, and Westwind, the installing company, whose turbines have failed all over Scotland, is subject to a Scottish government investigation.

The hydro scheme, computer controlled, has had software problems and is not working.

The solar panels give trouble-free electricity and supply a bank of batteries. Using solar in this way makes sense.

12 Dec 2015

To coincide with the climate activist conference in Paris, Marc Morano has just released his new documentary "Climate Hustle": the antidote to the Al Gore propaganda film. Keep an eye open for it.

Readers may wish to take a look at the famous 2007 Channel 4 programme, entitled "The Great Global Warming Swindle". Happy viewing!

10 Dec 2015

Denmark’s new government is reduce the amount of money it spends on renewables by 67%, to save money and lower the price of electricity.

Denmark’s government will have a higher than expected budget deficit in 2015, which is the reason for the cuts. Green energy spending will reduce from $55 million to $18 million.

Denmark has a very high electricity price: 41 cents per kWh. This is about four times the price in the USA.

8 Dec 2015

Amber Rudd observed in a recent speech that we now have an electricity system where no form of power generation, not even gas-fired power stations, can be built without government intervention. This is the first time the problem has been acknowledged by government.

On the one hand, Ms. Rudd wants renewables to bear the intermittency costs they create for the rest of the system and she wants to be tough on subsidies. But she wants more offshore windfarms.

The policy is contradictory. Offshore wind is not competitive, so why subsidise it? Nevertheless her speech sends a warning to promoters of renewables because now the cost of intermittency is on the table and is unlikely to disappear.

Gas-fired power stations are dependable and are by far the lowest cost route to cutting carbon dioxide emissions, if that is your priority. They are also relatively quick to build.

Some of you may not be aware that thirty years ago, British Gas considered natural gas to be too precious to be used in power stations. Until 1990, the European Commission forbade the use of gas in generating electricity.

8 Dec 2015

The UK government has promised £5.8 billion to the International Climate Fund over the next five years, compared to £2.3 billion on flooding in the UK. It should not be too controversial to suggest, after the recent floods in the Lake District, that these priorities be reversed.

7 Dec 2015

The Danish company Dong Energy has said publicily that it will no longer build new onshore turbines now that subsidies have ended and that customers are protesting at high energy prices.

Denmark has the highest electricity prices in Europe; it also has the highest proportion of wind energy.

6 Dec 2015

Vattenfall in Sweden has started dismantling one of its worn-out wind farms: the 10MW Yttre Stengrund offshore wind farm. This was Sweden’s first offshore wind farm. The dismantling is expected to be completed by 1 January 2016.

When it was built in 2001, it was advertised as having a life of 25 years.

In 2014, nine of the ten turbines were no longer working, so it is being dismantled.

A scientist in the industry with whom I am in touch tells me that the economic life of wind turbines is generally between 10 and 15 years, not the 20 to 25 years projected by the wind industry itself and by governments.

7 Dec 2015

In Scunthorpe and in other towns and cities across Britain depedning on energy-intensive industries, electricity prices paid by British industrial users are double those in Germany, and 30 per cent higher than in the rest of Europe.

One-third of industrial electricity bills now pays for green levies and subsidies for renewable energy. Steel, an industry critical to manufacturing, is being crippled to pay for wind farms and solar panels.

Thousands more steel jobs – (Tata and others) - are at risk in Sheffield, the North East, Scotland and South Wales because of taxes designed to reduce carbon dioxide. Unfortunately tere is no evidence that man-made CO2 affects climate; it is too low in concentration to have anything more than a marginal effect. Scientists and engineers know this, but apparently the government does not.

6 Dec 2015

At a news conference recently in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.'s Framework Convention on Climate Change, said that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

She said "this is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution".

Figueres also said that the partisan divide in the U.S. Congress is detrimental to passing any sort of legislation to fight global warming, whereas the Chinese Communist Party can push through policies and reforms easily; the country’s national legislature usually enforces the decisions made by the party’s Central Committee.

5 Dec 2015

The first day of the UN climate activist conference in Paris saw a change from the usual format. World leaders turned up to give speeches and motivate the crowd. Usually they only turn up on the last day.

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that it would be morally wrong for developed countries to expect carbon dioxide reductions to apply to his country.

Chinese President Xi Jinping asked for more fairness and justice. Decoded, this means that China, and developing countries, need money from the West - $100 billion in climate finance to developing nations by 2020 was the sum mentioned, to be used in developing cleaner energy technologies. (see remarks above by Christina Figueres - Ed.)

David Cameron said that 97% of scientists believe man-made climate change will have catastrophic impacts if certain things are not done. (see below for remarks on the '97%' - Ed.)

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, asked for a legally binding commitment to tackling man-made climate change. However the US Senate is likely to stop such a commitment from becoming law in America, even if agreement is reached in Paris, largely because the costs outweight the benefits..

Britain has some of the strongest commitments to eradicating coal and some of the most expensive energy prices in Europe but apparently its abandonment of Carbon Capture research, a technology which doesn't work, has damaged its reputation in Climate Change activist circles.

Something which has become noticeable recently is that public opinion is turning against climate change activism, now the foolish policies it promotes are starting to affect people's pockets.

This particular gravy train seems to be heading for the buffers. It will be derailed when the public realises that global warming is nothing to do with carbon dioxide.

3 Dec 2015

The Government has finally scrapped a £1bn project to store carbon dioxide underground. This is a wise decision; the technology doesn't work. Attempting to capture the carbon dioxide emissions from gas and coal plants and pipe them underground was never more than pie-in-the-sky.

There are now no carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects anywhere in the UK.

28 Nov 2015

The existence of the greenhouse effect is almost impossible to prove. the knowledge is therefore only fully understood by the elite few who can do the calculation, if indeed they have done it correctly.

To show that there is a greenhouse effect it you have to calculate the temp which the earth would have if there was no greenhouse effect, then compare it with observation.

Unfortunately the calculation cannot be done without making some fairly big assumptions, which leads to the errors in the calculation being of a similar size to the claimed effect.

    Looking at available modern data, from 1850 (end of the “little ice age”) on to current times, the average earth surface temperature correlates very well with variations in sunspot activity, and not at all well with CO2 levels. This seems to be a scam to move money from the developed nations to the less developed parts of the world. (Summary of remarks by MCM, retired engineer)

28 Nov 2015

A recent study in America by the Institute for Energy Research (IER) was published in October, comparing the costs of the main types of electricity production, using data from the Energy Information Administration and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

IER found the following prices, $ per MWh:
29.6 Existing nuclear stations
38.4 Existing coal-fired stations
48.9 Existing natural gas stations
97.7 New coal-fired power stations
73.4 New gas-fired power stations
92.7 New nuclear
112.8 New wind farms

The IER economist Travis Fisher said that the notion that wind and solar power are becoming cheaper than sources like coal and nuclear is false.

He added that the narrative tends to compare highly subsidized wind and solar to coal plants paralysed by costly and unprecedented regulations. The implication was that there was no longer a cost premium in replacing existing coal plants with wind and solar.

Jim Clarkson, president of Resource Supply Management, said that coal capacity was being shut down before the end of its economic and depreciable life. The so-called replacement was wind and solar which had to be backed up by gas-fired power, which carried another set of costs.

It is clear that any policy which shuts down coal capacity before it has reached the end of its life, and builds wind and solar instead, will inevitably increase the cost of electricity.

26 Nov 2015

Two recent studies have shown that “97 per cent of all climate scientists” still believe in man-made global warming. How can this evidence be denied?

No statistic has been quoted more often by supporters of the "consensus" than this, including President Obama. But analysis of how the two studies were conducted shows them to be unsound.

The first was based on a survey by a student for a Master’s degree. Of her original sample of 10,257 scientists, she identified only 77 as genuine climate scientists, 75 of whom had endorsed the “consensus” view on man-made climate change. This is where the 97% comes from. Unfortunately it represented only 0.007% of her original sample.

The academic John Cook did a count based on a sample of 4,011 academic papers. He said that 97% of them endorsed the view that humans are the primary cause of recent global warming, but only 65 of the 4,011 papers argued that man-made CO2 was responsible for a majority of warming, so Cook’s true percentage was actually 0.016%.

    The belief that the "overwhelming majority" or 97 per cent of climate scientists "agree that climate change has a human cause and is serious" has little real evidence to support it. The 97 per cent figure came from a piece of rather unscientific research which has been much criticised for both its methodology and its conclusions. I doubt anyone knows what the majority of climate scientists think; and, in any case, something is not established as true by counting how many people believe it - HC.

26 Nov 2015

Jeremy Corbyn opened up PMQs on 25 Nov with Climate Change issues, in the light of recent subsidy cuts.

The Prime Minister made the point that it is right to reduce subsidies on solar power, given that the price of solar panels has plummeted.

The EU has placed a trade tariff on the cheap China imports. Perhaps it does not want citizens to be able to install solar panels as cheaply as possible.

People are beginning to realize that in the UK, photovoltaic solar is not very efficient, given the high latitude of the UK, the low and weak solar irradiance from November to February, the cloudy nature of our climate and the fact that peak demand coincides with cold dark periods, when solar energy isn't available.

Solar power is also rather unfair on the less-well-off. It allows wealthy home owners to install solar panels at roughtly £1k per panel, greatly reducing their energy bills, at the expense of poorer families who do not own their own housing.

It is curious that the Labour Party rarely comments on the economic implications of spiralling energy costs, especially renewables, on heavy industry.

25 Nov 2015

Tim Yeo's libel action against the Sunday Times has failed. This was over the newspaper's sting operation, in which he was caught on camera offering to be a paid advocate for what he thought was a group of green lobbyists. According to the Sunday Times the judge said that some of Yeo's evidence was implausible and was, in his opinion, untrue.

The 'green' aspect of the case was not mentioned in the subsequent BBC news reports.

25 Nov 2015

DECC's day to day resource budget has been cut by 22%. The Chancellor launched the Spending Review on 25 Nov, saying that he was building Britain to become prosperous by taking difficult decisions to reduce debt. He said that the government was committed to the low carbon sector but that going green should not cost the earth.

25 Nov 2015

Denmark has around 6,000 wind turbines, but none of its conventional power plants has been shut down. Because of the intermittency and variability of the wind, conventional power plants have to be kept running at full capacity to meet the demand for electricity. Most of them cannot be turned on and off as the windspeed changes; any quick ramping up and down of those that can behave more flexibly actually increases the output of carbon dioxide. When the wind is blowing at the necessary speed for the turbines to work, the power they generate is often surplus to requirements so it is sold to other countries at a discounted price.

24 Nov 2015

The UK was short of electricity on Wed Nov 5. The National Grid had been worried by a possible power shortage when people arrived home from work so appealed to industry to reduce power consumption. I cannot recall this happening before. Nevertheless, perfectly sound coal-fired power stations are still being closed down because of EU rules, before any replacements are built.

Does this strike you as a sensible way to run an energy policy?

My own view is that the sooner the power cuts begin, the better. If the public believes there is not a problem, there is no incentive for the government to do anything about it.

9 Nov 2015

Mr. Putin has recently said that man-made climate change is a farce; a globalist tool being used against industrial development, and more specifically against oil, coal, and natural gas.

Andrey Illarionov, former economic advisor to Putin and now CATO Institute Senior Fellow says that whilst climate change exists, it is cyclical, and that the anthropogenic role is very limited. The climate is a complicated system and so far, the evidence presented for the need to combat global warming is unfounded.

8 Nov 2015

On November 4, the Indian government cancelled Greenpeace India Society’s registration. According to the notice issued by the Tamil Nadu Registrar of Societies, Greenpeace India’s registration was cancelled for conducting business in a fraudulent manner by falsifying balance sheets and for carrying out other violations of the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act of 1975. (reported by Shreya Dasgupta, Mongabay, 6 Nov 15).

The Reuters new agency reported in June that India’s domestic spy service has accused Greenpeace and other lobby groups of damaging economic progress by campaigning against power projects, mining and genetically modified food. The Intelligence Bureau says that a number of Indian NGOs funded by donors based in the US, UK, Germany and the Netherlands have been using people-centric issues to create an environment in which industrial developments are likely to stall. Projects affected include coal-fired power projects, genetically modified organisms, the South Korean firm POSCO’s steel plant and Vedanta’s bauxite project (both in Odisha) and hyro-power projects in Arunachal Pradesh. It is not surprising, therefore, that the government has taken action against Greenpeace.

7 Nov 2015

We hear that the Government will cut energy costs for British industry when the EU gives permission.

This is why we need to leave the EU.

(from a letter in the Daily Telegraph by DMS, Northumberland)

30 Oct 2015

A French weatherman, Philippe Verdier, has been taken off air after criticising political leaders and publicly-funded climate experts over 'man-made climate change'. He says 'We are hostage to a planetary scandal over climate change - a war machine whose aim is to keep us in fear'. He specifically challenges the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, pointing out that they erased data which went against their conclusions or cast doubt on the accuracy of their climate models.

Update, 7 Nov 15:
A friend in France reports (5 Nov 15) that this has received little or no coverage on national French television. It seems that the Establishment wishes to keep the lid on what could be an embarrassing controversy. However Philip Verdier can be found on Youtube talking about the action taken against him. Things have moved on: predictably, it seems that he has been dismissed from his job.

15 Oct 2015

Next month there will be an EU debate on renewable fuel targets for the next decade. The 28 member states agreed climate and energy goals last October, but to make it easier to get a deal, the decision went only as far as a framework. So far, the 2030 renewable goal is binding only at EU-wide level and the challenge is to ensure it is met as the bloc as a whole cannot be fined for infringement. Germany, which is shifting from nuclear to green energy, wants binding laws. Britain, however, has aligned itself with the Czech Republic, urging a light-touch and non-legislative approach.

22 Aug 15

Britain still remains committed to unilateral carbon dioxide reduction targets, which were decided without any thought of the cost to the economy. The cuts achieve nothing but the shift of emissions from British industries to those based abroad. Faced with the prospect of losing much of our manufacturing industry to Asia, where energy taxes are lower, George Osborne has allowed some compensation to energy-intensive industry. However, the central problem is the Climate Change Act. It is right that the government should promote clean energy, but this is no good if it isn’t affordable.

22 Aug 15

A $1.2bn (Australian dollars) open cast coal mining operation has been given the go-ahead by theAustralian Environment Minister, Greg Hunt. The mine is in the state of New South Wales and is the third approved by Mr Abbott during the last year.

He said last November that for the foreseeable future, coal is the foundation of prosperity. Coal is the foundation of the way we live because a modern lifestyle is impossible without energy.

“If we are serious about raising people’s living standards in less developed countries, if we are serious about maintaining and improving living standards in countries like Australia, we have to be serious about making the best use of coal.”

In May this year his chief business adviser Maurice Newman accused the United Nations of using debunked climate change science to lead a new world order. Christiana Figueres, head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, had just completed a journey around Australia spreading anti-coal propaganda.

Mr Newman told her that the UN was using false models showing sustained temperature increases to end democracy and impose authoritarian rule.

“The real agenda is concentrated political authority,” Newman wrote in an opinion piece published in The Australian. “Global warming is the hook. It’s about a new world order under the control of the UN. It is opposed to capitalism and freedom and has made environmental catastrophism a household topic to achieve its objective.”

In 2013, Australia was the fifth largest coal producer in the world. Approximately three quarters of its coal production each year is exported.

19 Ju1 15

Last winter the safety margin (peak demand minus generating capacity) fell to 4.1%. However, because of continued power station closures, principally coal, the margin has fallen further and next winter will be at about 1.2%.

This does not look good. The options are: 1) Pay factories to switch off at peak times (this is happening already in some areas but not being publicised), 2) Use mothballed power plants to plug the gap. However most of the recently-closed big plants have been demolished.

18 Ju1 15

The Policy Exchange has published a report which says ministers have been reckless and wasteful in spending consumers' money on green energy subsidies. The Exchange says that payments to households which install rooftop solar PV panels should be cut significantly.

The report also said that household energy bills have risen an extra £120 because of climate change policies which have not been thought through properly, and through the extra costs of running energy networks which use PV and wind energy.

16 Ju1 15

Bill Gates has stated publicly that renewables cannot provide the energy which we need, and that the money spent on subsidising renewables should be spent on researching and developing more reliable energy technologies.

28 Jun 15

The UK Government has decided to stop subsidies for new onshore wind farms from April next year, 12 months earlier than expected.

The move is expected to stop the construction of many developments not yet given planning permission.

Nicola Sturgeon described the decision as wrong-headed and perverse, which seems surprising since it is the spread of windfarms which is destroying Sctoland's tourist industry.

The John Muir Trust, the environmental protection group, said it was the right time to work out an energy mix which is affordable without damaging wild and natural landscapes.

The funding for the subsidy comes from the Renewable Obligation, which is funded by levies added to household bills. The Department of Energy and Climate Change said there will be grace period for projects already with planning permission.

Although energy policy is reserved to Westminster, the SNP government in Edinburgh has used its control over the planning system in Scotland to encourage the construction of thousands of turbines across the countryside, and many owners of hotels and B&B establishments have seen sharp declines in their numbers of visitors.

Lyndsey Ward said she hoped the decision would stop the construction of 25 turbines near her home just outside of Beauly, in the Scottish Highlands. She was disgusted with the Scottish Government, especially Fergus Ewing, the SNP Energy Minister, for repeating wind industry propaganda.

24 Jun 15

As readers of this site will be aware, the Methodist Conference supports the notion that man-made carbon dioxide is warming the planet dangerously.

However there are many Methodists who do not agree with the alarmist position. The Rev Howard Curnow is one; here's another .... from the Methodist Recorder, 19 Jun 15, published by permission.

From Tim Wells, Chickerell, Dorset.

I strongly agree with Howard Curnow (Recorder, 29 May) when he argues that life as we know it would be impossible without fossil fuels as a source of electricity. Anyone who really does believe that wind and sun power can meet all of our needs is truly living in cloud cuckoo land.

I trust that the 17 Anglican bishops he mentions, plus all those in Methodism who are advocating disinvestment in oil and coal-supplying companies, have stopped using all oil-powered transport such as cars, buses and aurcraft, because continuing to do so would be completely hypocritical. And that would include trains as well; those which are diesel-powered and those using electricity. And I also trust that these advocates of disinvestment will never again use their central heating.

Somehow I feel that hypocrisy probably rules.

21 Jun 15

Table taken from www.world-nuclear.org

16 Jun 15

Summary of part of article by Oliver Lane, 16 Jun 2015, Breitbart; full article here.

At a speech in the House of Lords, David Davies MP spoke about his experience meeting two men from the Royal Society. They had been sent to persuade him and fellow climate realists Peter Lilley and John Redwood to agree with the idea of man-made climate change. He said that representatives from the Society told him that they would not change their mind for at least fifty years, regardless of the evidence. ( They are, therefore, behaving as a political lobby group - Ed).

16 Jun 15

The wind farm boom should soon be over. The spread of wind farms across Scotland will be brought to an end this week as the UK Government announces a withdrawal of subsidies. Energy Secretary Amber Rudd is to reveal plans to end the levy on consumers’ fuel bills to fund subsidies for onshore wind turbine developments.This will cut bills and render the rapid expansion of wind farms in Scotland financially unfeasible.

14 Jun 15

Unit 2 of China General Nuclear's Yangjiang nuclear power plant in Guangdong province has entered commercial operation. Details China seems to be on schedule to meet the prediction of 8 new nuclear reactors in 2015.

10 Jun 15

IPCC official, Ottmar Edenhofer, speaking in November 2010, said the following:

“But one must say clearly that we redistribute, de facto, the world's wealth by climate policy. … one has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. Instead, climate change policy is about how we redistribute, de facto, the world’s wealth… This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy, anymore.”

Green fundamentalism has nothing to do with the environment or saving the planet, its purpose is to transfer wealth and especially industry from Europe and North America to China and India.

It is unlikely that those organising the wealth transfer are doing it for nothing.

8 Jun 15

The British government is attempting to rush through a plan for a £1 billion tidal lagoon project in Swansea.

The reason for the rush is probably because the last thing the government wants is for it to be subjected to serious scrutiny.

Tidal schemes suffer from one serious disadvantage. They generate lot of their power at times when it is not needed by the Grid.

According to the developer, the 16 tidal-powered giant turbines, built into a six-mile long breakwater around Swansea Bay, will intermittently generate electricity at £168 per megawatt hour, with an average output of 57 megawatts. They will require back-up from fossil-fuel power stations for the whole of the time when they are producing little or no power.

Drax is another disaster story which is starting to receive adverse publicity, though not from the BBC. It was formerly Britain’s largest coal-fired power station. Now, part of it burns taxpayer-subsidised wood pellets imported from US forests. This is also horrendously expensive; around £80 per MW/hr.

This is two-and-a-half times more expensive than coal – a cost passed on to customers. Last year these subsidies to Drax came to £340 million. Without them its biomass operation would not be financially viable.

6 Jun 15

The Tory manifesto states that the party will stop new onshore wind turbine subsidies. However, because of the Climate Change Act 2008, the renewable energy subsidy is £3 billion a year and will increase to £9 billion by 2020, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility. It is difficult to reconcile these two statements.

Consider also this statement from Julian Flood, councillor from Haverhill:

“A wind turbine produces expensive subsidised energy, and the power companies are forced to take it. The cost is passed directly to consumers'.

I wonder what fraction of the public is aware of this.

31 May 15

Energy company SSE has confirmed it will close down one of its two remaining coal-fired plants, saying it is no longer economical.

Phil Whitehurst of the General, Municipal, and Boilermakers' Union pointed out that the power station has not worn out. It has years of life left in it, and it supplies electricity at a fraction of the price of other forms of energy. As things stand the only things consumers will get from this course of action are higher bills. However the energy market has been grossly distorted by renewables subsidies; energy providers now have to use their quotas of renewable energy whether they want to or not, regardless of cost. (See also entry on CCGT below by George Wood, 21 May)

Meanwhile ... we've raised the number of CO2 molecules in the atmosphere from 3 per 10,000 to 4 per 10,000.

You couldn't make it up.

26 May 15

Our new Energy and Climate Change Secretary is Amber Rudd. She is on record as saying that she believes that “decarbonising” our economy will avert harmful global warming. She has also said that she will sign the proposed global climate treaty in Paris next December.

Our readers are aware that much of this is a game; politics is like that. Whether or not Amber is aware that 'man-made climate change' is a scam, and that climate is driven by solar activity, not carbon dioxide, I do not know. However her actions will speak louder than her words. We await developments.

It has also been announced, as mentioned further down the page, that Ferrybridge power station, which runs on coal, is to close, because of the way George Osborne’s carbon tax is making coal, the cheapest source of electricity, uncompetitive. This follows the recently announced closure of the 2.4GW coal-fired power station at Longannet. (Total UK demand is about 40 GW)

Power cuts are getting closer. Perhaps public anger when they occur will be the only way of focusing minds on reversing our lunatic energy policy.

25 May 15

The German Steel Federation has said that the planned price increase for European carbon credits (effectively the price of releasing carbon dioxide to the atmosphere) would result in prohibitive costs for the steel industry.

Hans Jürgen Kerkhoff, President of the Federation, said that German steel companies would face additional costs of one billion euros annually until the end of the next decade if the costs were implemented.

Thyssen Krupp Steel board member Herbert Eichelkraut said that the implementation of the EU plan would lead to an increase in the price of the steel of around 20%.

Their competitors are China and India, which are not subject to CO2 restrictions.

This is not good news for the the 26,000 people employed by ThyssenKrupp Steel (and many more in other steel companies).

The head of the African Development Bank is continuing to finance coal-generated electricity, despite pressure from the UN and others for Africa to move towards renewables.

Donald Kaberuka, bank president, said the region did not have the luxury of abandoning fossil fuels in favour of renewables.

He said that it was hypocritical for for western governments who have funded industrialisation using fossil fuels to seek to prevent African countries from doing the same.

We moved a step nearer to prolonged power blackouts a few days ago when the imminent closure of Ferrybridge Power Station was announced.

Our dysfunctional energy policy staggers on, and will continue to do so until public anger at power cuts (which have not yet begun) forces the government to take action.

Britain imports 50 million tonnes of coal a year, having abandoned around 500 years of indigenous coal reserves.

Ferrybridge burns British and Russian coal, producing energy at a fraction of the cost of renewables. It will be shut by next March with the loss of 370 jobs.

    George Wood, a former Grid Controller, comments:

    The real issue for coal-fired power stations is that CCGT (gas-fired) power stations are cheaper to build, cheaper to run, are almost twice as efficient as coal-fired, and are far more flexible to operate. They are also cleaner.

    Nuclear power stations will be receiving financial support similar to wind-turbines but they are far more effective at supplying stable power than either wind-turbines or solar panels.

    Nuclear power can be designed to be far more flexible than our previous era of nuclear power, as operated in France. They are also far more efficient than a coal-fired power station with attached carbon capture and storage.

    I am for stopping any further subsidies to unreliable wind-turbines and solar power installations as sources of power because their full carbon emissions impact, efficiencies and impacts overall are not being fully and accurately analysed over their lifetimes.

    We need some honest scientists in DECC and OFGEM.

21 May 15

wind turbines and their  effect on tourism
This picture is from California, and it illustrates what is now happening in Scotland under the cloak of 'environmentalism'. I leave it to you to work out the effect this will have on local tourism.

We have a new government. It is now up to you to write to your elected member pointing out that wind turbines are not fit for purpose. They do not reduce carbon dioxide emissions because they are intermittent and inefficient; they produce energy which is vastly overpriced (about three times the cost of nuclear) and they desecrate the landscape, as you can see.

19 May 15

    Note added 22 May .... during an online discussion I heard from a person ("LSM") who recognised the picture and sent some background information about it:

    ....This is where I grew up. It is Rutan Rd, Mojave, Ca. At the very end of the street is my parents' house, but no-one takes pictures from their perspective. They are the closest to these machines in the whole neighborhood. The rats and mice were driven into the houses and town by the construction, the constant red lights at night, the low hum. There's no property value at all. This vantage point is at the end of the street. near the old Golf Course. If you went on a map, you would see my parents' house, and literally choke. They are seven houses down from the vantage point on the other side of the street... It was so pretty growing up. The endless view, the birds, bats, coyotes, the sunsets and sunrises only rivalled the Caribbean. I used to run free in that desert after school and on weekends. It used to be filled with Joshua Trees. The developers ripped them out and left them in piles to rot. Protected trees.

How to revive a flagging car industry? Encourage millions of people to buy diesel cars .... then several years later, begin an anti-diesel propaganda campaign in the newspapers, television and radio. Offer scrappage payments for secondhand diesels; net result - everyone has to buy a new petrol car. Job done.

As part of the propaganda campaign, the Supreme Court has ruled that the government must take urgent steps to tackle air pollution. This time the pollutiion specified is nitrogen dioxide.

It is convenient that there are so many air pollutants. A different one can be targeted for each new scam, or 'air pollution initiative'.

Freight drivers have predicted that diesel drivers would be offered incentives to scrap their vehicles. As with previous scams, the cost would be funded by taxpayers.

Edmund King of the AA said that 11 million motorists had been misled by Gordon Brown's dash for diesel, which was intended to reduce carbon dioxide emissions (......CO2 emissions don't do any harm anyway - Ed) . After a substantial proportion of the population have bought lower-CO2 emitters, they now discover that they are being hit by another scam.

What the propaganda fails to mention is that petrol engine emissions are as harmful as those from diesels.

The gases given off are a different mixture but the end result is similar. Diesels give off more particulates and nitrogen dioxide, but unleaded petrol emissions are far higher in cancer-producing aromatics. No doubt the next scam will be anti-petrol.... unless they think of something more lucrative first.

A tax on water, perhaps?

29 Apr 15

The Tory manifesto says that the party will stop new onshore wind turbine subsidies. But because of the Climate Change Act 2008, the renewable energy subsidy is £3 billion annually and according to the Office for Budget Responsibility it will increase to £9 billion by 2020.

It is amazing that (according to the BBC) only Owen Paterson and UKIP are calling for the repeal of Ed Miliband's Climate Change Act - the most expensive Act ever to be passed by Parliament.

A new poll carried out by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland has found considerable hardening in attitudes towards wind farms. It is becoming clear that tourism, a major source of income for Scotland, is under threat. Property prices are also being adversely affected, and some are now unsaleable.

67% of people questioned say that parts of Scotland are now less appealing to visitors because of the proliferation of wind farms.

80% say that there should be protection for National Parks against these machines.

67% said that there should be buffer zones around specified areas.

18 Apr 15

India has frozen the national bank accounts of Greenpeace. It accuses the organization of breaking India's tax laws and seeking to prevent the development of its industry.

It has been disrupting industrial projects by organizing protests.

The Indian government has also accused Greenpeace of concealing the amount of foreign money it brings into the country.

It has suspended Greenpeace bank accounts for six months and has threatened to cancel the registration which allows it to operate in India.

17 Apr 15

Data shown for three recent financial years. The wind subsidies, as can be seen in the table, are enormous.

2 Apr 15

The Guardian has run a piece attacking ExxonMobil for its refusal to stop being an oil business.

Here’s how the oil giant responded when asked for a quote:

“ExxonMobil will not respond to Guardian inquiries because of its lack of objectivity on climate change reporting, demonstrated by its campaign against companies that provide the energy necessary for modern life, including newspapers.” (...Crisply put ..... Ed. )

2 Apr 15

At 09:47 on 7 Mar 2015, the Communications Director for Smart Energy GB — the government body tasked with explaining smart meters to the public, appeared on the BBC One Breakfast show. Viewers were told that every home in the UK would need to have a smart meter fitted by 2020.

This is untrue. Smart meters are NOT compulsory, as confirmed by the Government and the consumer group 'Which?'

Energy companies are also making people believe that smart meters are obligatory.

It appears that they are getting their misleading information from 'Smart Energy GB', which is supposed to be giving out accurate information.

The Institute of Directors recently described smart meters as "unwanted by consumers, devoid of credibility and mind-blowingly expensive".

The cost of the programme is £12 billion. The price per household, if we assume 30 million housholds, is about £400.

2 Apr 15

The Glyndebourne wind turbine appears to be one of the least productive wind turbines in the country. Glyndebourne's website gives a different impression, but the output it has delivered since it was installed is about 18%.

Approval for its construction within a National Park was granted on the basis of a claimed output of 28.1%. This figure still appears on the website.

18% is extremely low; similar to that of the much-lampooned 'Green Park' turbine next to the M4 near Slough.

John Constable of the Renewable Energy Foundation comments: “The Glyndebourne wind turbine appears to be one of the least productive wind turbines in the country, with a rolling load factor since commissioning in 2011 of about 18%. We have data to calculate load factors for over 500 of the larger installations (500 kW and above). The Glyndebourne turbine performance puts it in the bottom ten per cent of this population. Indeed, it is the worst performing 900 kW turbine of the 12 for which we have data."

He added that the Glyndebourne load factor is not surprising in such a location. It's not windy enough, and 28% was never realistic.

2 Apr 15


27 Mar 15

Here's a relevant quote:

27 Mar 15

Jeremy Clarkson is no longer the presenter of Top Gear . The loss of perhaps the BBC's last right-wing personality reinforces the image of a corporation dominated by the metropolitan Left.

With embarrassing timing, Parliament's European Scrutiny Committee has released a report saying that the BBC's coverage of European issues is shallow and biased.

Given the possibility that Britain will hold a referendum on its EU membership at some point in the next two years, the implication that the BBC is failing to provide balance is very troubling.

Given that the BBC is constitutionally obliged to represent everyone across the political spectrum, it needs to get its house in order.

26 Mar 15

A well-known figure in Bournemouth’s tourism industry, Des Simmons, has demanded £15million a year in compensation should be donated by the developers of the proposed Navitus Bay wind farm. He chairs Bournemouth Tourist Management Board and runs property agency Bournecoast. He says the money would fund a marketing campaign to win back tourists put off by the presence of the wind farm.

17 Mar 15

Professor Michael Kelly, FRS, an engineer, was one of 43 Fellows of the Royal Society who wrote to the president a while back about its approach to climate change; to say that it was in danger of violating its principle 'Nullius in verba' - don't take another's word for it.

The reason for the warning was a Society document which said:

‘If you don’t believe in climate change you are using one of the following [eight] misleading arguments...... (which it then proceeded to list)’

The implication was clear: the Society seemed to be saying there was no longer room for meaningful debate about the claim that the world is warming dangerously because of human activity, because the science behind this was settled.

We hoped we would persuade the Society to rethink this position. But since then the Society has become more dogmatic – despite the fact that since we sent that letter, it has become evident that there is more uncertainty than previously thought. Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have continued to rise, but since 1998 there has been no statistically significant rise in global temperatures.

Nevertheless the Society continues to produce a stream of reports which reveal little sign of this, e.g. the pre-Christmas booklet A Short Guide To Climate Science. The Society has lent its name to claims that more frequent and more extreme weather events are occurring, which is untrue.

The Climate Change Act requires the UK to cut its CO2 emissions by 80 per cent from 1990 levels by 2050 – at mind-boggling cost. Generating electricity from windmills has contributed to electricity prices increasing by twice the level of inflation over the last decade, with further huge rises to fund renewable energy to come. Aluminium production is highly sensitive to energy prices, and most of the UK smelters have closed down – helping us reduce UK emissions, but also exporting jobs.

No one describes the consequence: we now import that aluminium from China, leading to CO2 emissions from shipping it here. Worse, most electricity in China is produced by coal, not gas, as in the UK. We are exacerbating the original global problem of global CO2 emissions, yet also pointing fingers at the Chinese. We really are leading the world in climate change hypocrisy.

The project to ‘solve the climate change problem’ is a modern version of the biblical Tower of Babel. We do not know how much the project will cost, when it will have been completed, nor what success will look like.

During my time as a government departmental Chief Scientific Adviser, I was always aware that politicians made the final decision on any issue on the balance of all the evidence. For this reason, civil servants are trained to draw their attention to all the upsides and downsides of taking a particular course of action.

Those who fail to provide balance are not giving advice, but lobbying. It is with the deepest regret that I must now state that this is the role which has been adopted by the Royal Society.

(...summarised from a much longer article appearing in the Daily Mail)

17 Mar 15

Dr. Christopher Essex, professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Western Ontario, has criticised political activists who attack scientists for not agreeing with their views on man-made climate change.

Appearing on Breitbart News, he said that scientific arguments have deteriorated; individuals have moved away from civilized dialogues where people work together to search for the truth. He described the activist philosophy as catering to popular opinion rather than being concerned with the truth.

He said that the rough and tumble of scientific debate and dialogue should not be suppressed by some official position on the part of scientific organizations.

17 Mar 15

A brilliant resource on how to fight the wind power fraud. In case it ever goes offline I am posting a backup copy here . If you are fighting a wind turbine development, it is essential reading.

16 Mar 15

Tony Abbott, Australiam PM, has decided not to renew the current CSIRO board previously appointed by Labor. Under Labor the organisation had moved from being a scientific body to an pressure group pushing climate change propaganda.

CSIRO became a warmist operation, as shown by the vilification of Australian scientist Bob Carter, who drew attention in the press to the flattening world temperature trend in 2007. Andrew Ash, acting director of the CSIRO’s "Climate Adaptation Flagship", wrote at the time: “Professor Carter has presented an unethical misrepresentation of the facts." (...there is nothing unethical about questioning the statements of known dissemblers - Ed.)

Behind the warmist facade there are some good scientists at the CSIRO, but most stood by and watched as the standards collapsed because they were bullied by management into keeping silent.

Clive Spash, ex-CSIRO science leader, said that the scientists, if they were allowed to speak freely, would be able to inform the Australian public fully. The scientists were basically trustworthy. There is contested evidence, so you need open discussion and debate. CSIRO was pretending that management's position was the truth, and was suppressing other views.

The gagging of CSIRO scientists has been widespread. A website has been set up called Victims Of CSIRO, which provides a point of contact and information for current and former employees who have experienced bullying, harassment and victimisation for standing up for their views. (...summarised from www.casualinfamy.com)

16 Mar 15

People in the Black Isle have voted against a controversial community wind farm plan. This was a postal ballot about developing the three turbines at Millbuie Forest near Culbokie. The turnout was 56.7 per cent.

David Fraser said: " It would have been wrong to have spent an additional £150,000 of scarce public money on a windfarm development which we believe made little financial or environmental sense."

There are no plans to revisit the idea.

45.6% For the development (2,225 votes)
54.4 % Against the development (2,655 votes)
4 invalid votes.

16 Mar 15

An application to replace one of Britain’s oldest wind farms with new turbines three times as tall will, if it goes through, affect Lake District tourism. The 12 turbines of the existing Kirkby Moor wind farm, built in 1993, are 139 feet tall and stand just outside the southern boundary of the National Park.

Energy company RWE Innogy is seeking planning permission to replace them with six new turbines, three times as high.

An internet poll rejected the application in a ratio of about 2:1.

9 Mar 15

On Mar 8, Swiss voters rejected the idea of replacing their VAT system with a carbon tax.

The results were as follows:

Against a carbon tax: 92%
In favour of a carbon tax: 8%

The idea was suggested by the Green Liberal Party of Switzerland. It was intended to lower carbon dioxide emissions and reduce global warming. Readers of this site will be aware that it would have done neither. (...summarised from WSJ article by Neil Maclucas, 8 Mar)

8 Mar 15

Poll from the Ross Gazette, Ross-on-Wye.

7 Mar 15

A poll done by Quinnipac University, Conneticut, recently asked which TV news network was most trustworthy. The results obtained, from about 1200 respondants:

29% Fox News
22% CNN
10% CBS News
10% NBC News
8% ABC News
Others/Undecided made up the rest.

5 Mar 15

Edited summary of article by Chris Booker, DT

The BBC has reported that Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has given the go-ahead to the largest offshore wind farm in the world. 400 enormous turbines covering 436 square miles of the North Sea.

What the BBC didn’t mention was that this £8 billion project, producing on average 840 megawatts of electricity (on the days when the wind is blowing at the necessary speed - Ed), will earn for its mainly Norwegian and German owners £900 million a year in subsidies, supplied by us through our electricity bills.

Nor did the BBC mention that, in Manchester, an 880MW gas-fired power station is being built for one-eighth of the cost. It will produce a similar amount of electricity 24/7 without any subsidy.

A further point not mentioned by the BBC was that the chairman of Forewind, the consortium behind the North Sea project, was Lord Deben (John Gummer), until it was thought appropriate that he should resign when he became chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, set up to give the Government “independent” advice on its energy policy.

He was replaced as Forewind’s chairman by Charles Hendry, who had just stepped down from being Ed Davey’s colleague as Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

2 Mar 15

    The financial details, according to John Constable, director of wind industry analysts the Renewable Energy Foundation, are the project’s most troubling aspect.

    “Not since British Leyland has the government awarded this much public subsidy to a single industry – and look how badly that ended...........it represents an experiment on such a scale that it could seriously disrupt the UK economy.”

    To appreciate his concerns, you need to understand the main problem with wind energy: being intermittent and unreliable (obviously, because it’s only available when the wind is blowing), it is a poor substitute for other forms of energy (derived from fossil fuel or nuclear), which can be generated on demand according to consumer need.

    This is why wind energy has to be so heavily subsidised. In a free market, no business would want to invest in a wind farm because no customer wants to buy intermittent electricity. So to make wind (and other renewables, like solar) more attractive to big business, the Government has rigged the market. with a number of incentives. Renewables companies are paid triple the going rate for what little energy they produce when the wind is blowing, and we have to pay this money through our electricity bills.

    Hence the involvement of Forewind, an international consortium of energy companies SSE, RWE, Statkraft and Statoil. For every megawatt hour of electricity their turbines produce, they will be paid £155.

    This is a shameful waste of our money. Fossil fuel generators get £50 per MWh.

The co-founder of Greenpeace, Patrick Moore, made a statement before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight, on February 25, 2014:

Here's part of the statement:

"In 1971, as a PhD student in Ecology I joined an activist group in a church basement in Vancouver Canada and sailed on a small boat across the Pacific to protest US Hydrogen bomb testing in Alaska. We became Greenpeace.

After 15 years in the top committee I had to leave as Greenpeace took a sharp turn to the political left, and began to adopt policies that I could not accept from my scientific perspective. Climate change was not an issue when I abandoned Greenpeace, but it certainly is now.

There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years. If there were such a proof it would be written down for all to see. No actual proof, as it is understood in science, exists.

27 Feb 15

The New York Times recently ran a hit piece on astrophysicist Willie Soon. It pressured his superiors, Charles Alcock and John Kress to punish him for the publication of a paper debunking climate models. ("man-made carbon dioxide leads to catastrophic global warming", etc.)

Two of Willie's peers, Bob Carter and Lord Christopher Monckton, responded by writing letters to Dr. Alcock and other of his colleagues, defending his professional integrity.

These letters are available online.

It is normal when losing the argument to attack the player rather than the ball - Ed.

26 Feb 15

Press Release from the Global Warming Policy Foundation

"The GWPF has, for a long time, warned policymakers and the public that the leadership of the IPCC has been losing its scientific objectivity and has been adopting environmentalism as a missionary cause. The astonishing letter of resignation released yesterday by its outgoing chairman, RK Pachauri, drops all pretence to the contrary and proves that our concerns were valid. In it he states:

"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."

The author of that statement has, for the past 13 years, been one of the world's most influential government advisers in the area of energy and climate policy, and one of the most visible spokespersons for climate science.

During this time we have witnessed a near-complete shutting down of open scientific debate, militant hostility to any questioning of the claims or assertions of the IPCC, and the zealous promulgation of costly and irrational energy policies with inadequate regard for the balancing of human costs and benefits.

It is clear that a missionary environmentalist mindset has been embedded at the highest levels of the IPCC, and we reiterate our concerns that it has been spreading throughout the organisation, with the full support of the leadership.

We call upon policymakers to begin asking some overdue questions about this organisation upon which they rely so heavily. In particular, we are left to wonder how Dr Pachauri's extreme biases have affected the work of the IPCC in recent years and the advice it gives to governments."

25 Feb 15

Thirteen anti-industry Greenpeace activists have been banned from entering India: nine from the UK, three from the USA and one from Australia.

They were blacklisted because their activities violated visa rules. They were found to be organizing protests near fossil fuel power stations and coal mines. They were also involved in other activities damaging to India's energy security. This is what the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs told the Delhi High Court.

There were also suspicions as to who was funding Greenpeace International. It was noted that the Netherlands headquarters was attempting to disrupt India's energy supply, perhaps at the behest of foreign interests opposed to India's industrial development.

23 Feb 15

Mr. Obama flew to India in late January, to persuade 1.2 billion consumers to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. He said to an audience in New Delhi that not climbing aboard the climate change bandwagon would have consequences...the climate would change.

He also offered $1 billion in assistance for renewable energy products.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn’t bite.

In Britain, subsidies for solar and wind energy projects have doubled fuel bills in eight years.

16 Feb 15

29 Jan: Two medium-sized two-bladed turbines at Desford, Leics: only one working.
30 Jan: Four turbines outside Gilmorton, Leics: only two working.

31 Jan 15

A comment received recently: "We close down other conventional power stations producing power reliably and replace them with wind turbines which are expensive and unreliable and require massive subsidies. Now we are paying companies not to use energy. It is complete and total madness. The lunatics are loose and running our so-called energy policy."

30 Jan 15

Summarised from DT, 21 Jan 2015; article by Emily Gosden.

The demand for electricity was the highest so far this winter on 19 Jan. The coincided with wind turbines generating virtually no electricity.

The cold snap caused a UK electricity demand of 52.54 GW between 5pm and 5.30pm. At this point, wind turbines were producing 0.57 GW; approximately 1% of demand. Earlier in the day the wind contribution had been 0.35 GW; the lowest performance by wind this winter.

This illustrates that Britain's wind farms cannot keep the lights on, despite the many billions of pounds they have received in subsidies.

The "installed capacity" of wind power in the UK is about 12GW. The maximum it can actually produce is 4GW, but only on the days when the wind is blowing at the necessary speed.

21 Jan 15


19 Jan 15

I often get emails telling me that fossil fuels in the UK are subsidised.

This is incorrect. Fossil fuels are not subsidised; they receive certain tax breaks.

- A subsidy means money goes from the government to the company.
- A tax break means that money still goes from the company to the government.

The money flows in different directions.

    GL, scientist, adds (May 2015):
    Stuart Young Consulting, in 2012, successfully challenged a Guardian article which essentially was saying that since our energy VAT level is only 5% (rather than the standard 20%), fossil fuels are thus subsidised to the tune of 15%. They obviously "forgot" that renewable electricity is also 5% VAT rated.

6 Jan 15


About 4,000 respondants. Wind farms rejected in approximate 2:1 ratio.

20 Dec 14

I notice that anti-diesel propaganda is starting to spread, no doubt encouraged by car manufacturers. One way of increasing the sales of cars enormously is to find a reason for outlawing those which are already on the road. To be effective, a propaganda campaign has to target a minority ... so it seems that diesel drivers have been chosen, along with the drivers of older vehicles.

So: expect cherry-picked medical 'reports', articles about diesel pollution in cities, particulates, diesel surcharges, etc; coming soon to the BBC and to newspapers. The progaganda will be spread by journalists parroting press releases and by politicians with no knowledge of science.

What won't get mentioned is the toxic nature of petrol engine emissions. Unleaded petrol contains a significant amount of aromatics; compounds based on benzene. They are carcinogenic, and are released unburnt, through the exhaust, when a petrol engine is cold or works inefficiently.

10 Dec 14

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