It is a sorry comment on the state of our education system that the public believes this nonsense.
Whatever you think of climate change, this is simply untrue, yet it is a lie that public broadcasters, educators, bureaucrats, politicians, academics and virtue-signallers like to spread.
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With reference to multistorey car parking for EV's: there could be a big problem. If the car park is old, the structure might not be good enough to hold up the weight. Here in the UK a lot of multistorey car parks have banned EV's from going any higher than ground floor because the structure could collapse because of the enormous weight of the batteries.
30 Nov 23
“The price paid to generate electricity by offshore wind farms has been raised by 66 per cent as the government tries to entice energy firms to invest..... It comes after an auction for offshore wind projects failed to attract any bids, with firms arguing that the price set for electricity generated was too low. The government has lifted the price it pays from £44 per MWh to £73."
"It is hoped that more offshore wind capacity will lead to cheaper energy bills.”
This doesn't seem to make much sense. How will an increased electricity price lead to smaller bills?
21 Nov 23
The claim was false; rainfall totals were much lower. In upholding the complaint, the BBC’s Executive Complaints Unit apologised for the lapse in editorial standards.
Climate researcher Paul Homewood, who filed the complaint, said “Sadly this cavalier attitude to factual reporting is all too common in the BBC’s coverage of weather and climate matters.”
The BBC has repeatedly been accused of institutional alarmism and has been forced to correct over a dozen false claims in climate and weather in recent years in response to complaints from the public.
15 Nov 23
Antonio Costa, the Portuguese PM has resigned after an investigation into government corruption in lithium mining and a green hydrogen project.
The company 'South Pole', which sells virtue-signalling tokens paid for by high-end restaurants and others (known as carbon offset credits) is involved in a controversy about making exaggerated claims for its products.
Trevor Milton, the founder of an electric truck making company has been jailed over misleading investors about the carbon-reduction credentials of his products.
These are not isolated incidents.
Meanwhile Shell is suing Greenpeace for £1.7M for disruption, a sign that companies are starting to defend their right to go about their business without interference from eco-enthusiasts.
12 Nov 23
It's worth having a look at the video footage of the Luton Airport fire. The official line is that it was started by a diesel, but I'm not convinced. The burning 'diesel' vehicle, flames coming from under the passenger seat, actually dropped through the floor, so it melted the concrete. But the melting point of concrete is about 1200C, and limited-oxygen hydrocarbon fires don't get any hotter than about 900C and produce lots of black smoke; conspicuously absent from the blaze. Lithium batteries on the other hand burn much hotter.... see what you think.
Once the fire had started to spread it will have encountered some EVs .... this will have speeded up the spreading and caused the reported multiple explosions and structural collapse. We need some safety rules about car parking and EVs, obviously, and some effective strategies for tackling and preventing battery fires. Leaving them to burn is hardly a strategy.
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He said that it made no sense to add Net Zero to the Bank's list of responsibilities. "The Bank can do nothing about climate change. It's not even obvious that the biggest and most immediate risks to the economy are coming from climate change, as opposed to pandemics or cyber security or excess lending to commercial property."
Apparently the bank, alongside its annual report, published an 85-page report describing how it would get to Net Zero by 2050 by installing heat pumps.
So we have, in effect, a bank entering the political debate about something highly controversial in a hotly-debated subject where it has no expertise, when its remit is to look after the country's financial interests.
Mervyn King continued.... "Whatever Britain does in terms of emissions is going to have a negligible effect on world emissions .... it doesn't make sense for government to have arbitrary dates at which you ban gas boilers or petrol cars."
He also said that it's a mistake to ask each individual business or organization to have a net zero.
9 Sep 23
Incidentally I have a Ford Fiesta. 2015 reg, which is so low in emissions that I don't need to pay any car tax - it's a Euro 5 diesel. This car, exceptionally clean for the environment, does not qualify for any exemption.
If I was to drive to any London borough I would be liable for Khan's £12-50 charge.
28 Aug 23
Democracy in Britain is broken and there will be serious consequences for the future of our society if we allow our rights and freedoms to be removed for some vague greater good.
23 Aug 23
The Labour Party still plans to instigate widespread 'decarbonization' in its latest manifesto, more or less copying the ideas in Joe Biden's failing multi-green-subsidy plan.
Mr Smith said that politicians had been dishonest about the costs of Net Zero and hitting 'climate' targets. "...if they get the discussion wrong on oil and gas and how we heat our homes and how we power industry, it becomes ULEZ on steroids", he said.
He hoped that Labour's position on this issue was changing as they faced up to the complexities and challenges of Net Zero. Allowing gas and oil to wither would be a disaster for national security.
21 Aug 23
Keir Starmer, who could neither defend nor denounce ULEZ before the Uxbridge by-election is now finding ways to distance himself from it.
Even Tony Blair has entered the fray stating the obvious that until China reduces its emissions, the UK will be self-sabotaging by meeting these arbitrary deadlines.
Germany woke up first, seeing the devastation it would cause to their motor industry. They are now trying to make their politicians see sense and cancel the EU ban on conventional cars.
Bella Sankey, the new Labour council leader for Brighton, estimates that parking fees imposed by the Green council, which has just been voted out, cost the council about £1million in day-tripper revenue over three years, leading to a £3million black hole in the city’s finances.
The loss in parking revenue makes up the largest part.
The Greens' plan to introduce Brighton’s first LTN (low traffic neighbourhood) is probably what gave Labour its first council majority in 20 years.
The new Labour council has said it will re-allocate the £1million set aside for LTN to refurbishing the city’s public conveniences, literally flushing the LTN fantasy down the toilet.
5 Aug 23
For the last year there has been growing public dissatisfaction with the UK’s emissions reduction policies and overly-ambitious Net Zero targets.
British electricity is expensive due to an obsession with wind and solar, which remain extremely costly in spite of twenty years of heavy subsidy, now about £8 billion a year.
The invasion of Ukraine has exposed renewables as being incapable of giving the UK energy security.
The proposed banning of new petrol and diesel cars is also premature, and replacing them with EVs has not been thought through. EVs may have a limited role in the short term for some users in urban areas, but they are not affordable for the majority of drivers.
The Prime Minister has begun to reform these failing policies. I note also that new licences have now been issued for oil and gas exploration in the North Sea.
1 Aug 23
This has long been the problem. Politicians say that they are following the science and then come out with something contrary to what the IPCC has actually said.
31 Jul 23
It seems there is oncern about the ban on petrol and diesel cars by 2030, phasing out gas boilers by 2035, unrealistic energy efficiency targets for landlords and low-traffic measures.
Sunak seems to be committed to renewables and decarbonising the energy sector, but seems to be sceptical of the car and boiler targets bans, which were brought forward by 5 years without thought for the consequences.
There may be a serious problem facing the planet, but to what extent would the proposed solutions address the problem? Is it actually man-made? What are the trade offs involved? How does decarbonisation measure up against other obligations, like alleviating cost-of-living pressures and protecting the elderly from the cold?
Deadlines that once seemed far away, like the 2030 ban on new petrol cars, are now getting rather close and focusing minds. The public certainly are concerned about the environment, as evidenced by consumer choices and behaviours, but they are unwilling to be taken for fools.
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This is not surprising. In the UK, by mandating Net Zero by an arbitrary date, bringing in over-generous subsidies, they are causing economic and societal destruction on an extraordinary scale.
We have seen opposition to ULEZ in the recent by-election in Uxbridge. Local politicians who have supported anti-car schemes are facing a voter backlash. As Mr. Gove says, we need thoughtful environmentalism, not a religious crusade.
The next scandal is probably heat pumps; an expensive technology totally inappropriate for many British homes. The 2030 deadline for banning diesel and petrol cars is approaching, with little effort being put into building the electricity production capacity to run them. Dissent has for too long been treated with condescension, or as a sin against the planet, by decision makers and by all the major news outlets.
It is hardly democratic if all three major political parties in the UK only offer varying shades of eco-extremism. They have avoided thoughtful debate so far, but if the technologies are not ready, avoiding proper discussion will no longer be possible. If we really want Net Zero by 2050, the way in which it is to be achieved needs to be examined, alternative courses of action proposed, and the advantages and disadvantages of the various options scrutinised.
Where is the cost-benefit analysis of Net Zero by 2050?
23 Jul 23
Nuclear works around-the-clock; no need for batteries; no need for back up. The observant have seen that wild claims about the purported benefits of wind and solar never survive the first contact with reality.
The greens are becoming divided on nuclear power. Initially they were all against it but in recent years many leading greens, notably George Monbiot of the Guardian, have swung in favour of it. Their main reason for doing so is misplaced. They favour nuclear because it will reduce CO2 emissions and so help to prevent the “climate crisis”. But there is no climate crisis. The climate over the last hundred years has been healthy and benign, a bit too cold perhaps compared with most of the pre-industrial age, but much better than the unusual cold of the 14th to 19th centuries.
A better reason for favouring nuclear power is that it is the safest, cleanest, most reliable power that we know and it is affordable. Around the world, solar and wind have been an expensive failure, while many countries have shown that nuclear can be extremely successful.
10 Jul 23
The executive chairman of Ithaca Energy, which has the bulk of its operations in the North Sea, has warned that a ban on fresh oil and gas licenses is deterring investors and threatens our energy security.
I had just decided that voting for the Tories is impossible because of their insane energy policy. Now it appears that the Labour Party's policy is worse.
27 Jun 23
Lord Frost has called for an end to Net Zero. He says the 2050 target enshrined in law is unachievable. He has also asked for the phasing-out of gas boilers and petrol cars to be cancelled. The majority of the public would agree with him. How are they going to travel and keep their houses warm otherwise?
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A new electric car every 3/5 years uses a lot more resources than maintaining and operating a diesel or petrol car for 10 or 15 years. We already have the cars. Why not use them to best effect?
16 Jun 23
The Greens have announced plans to ban new gas boilers starting next year and replace them with six million heat pumps by the end of the decade.
Short of nuts for your fruitcake? Look no further.
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Many diesel-powered trains have been run on biofuels recently. Biodiesel is a renewable, biodegradable fuel manufactured from vegetable oils. But these engines seem to have been blocked by algae or bacteria, which grows in biofuel, especially if it's not treated with enough chemical additives.
About 30 of SWR’s 1,700 carriages are believed to be affected. They have been removed from service for inspection and maintenance, which means there are not enough to run the normal timetable. Luckily the majority of SWR's trains are electric. Engineers are washing out the dirty tanks to fill them with normal diesel.
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25 Jan 23
The RAC reported recently that the recent rise in electricity prices means that rapid-charge points used on long journeys, if you can find one, are now about £10 more expensive than filling up a car with petrol. Similar research from the RAC shows that the cost per mile using a slow public charger is often more expensive, per mile, than using petrol.
It's been obvious for a while that car manufacturers are not happy about abandoning petrol and diesel vehicles and replacing them with cars that most people cannot afford. The commercial prospects are dire. I can see car companies going bust if they don't change direction.
23 Jan 23
"We are looking to replace a street sweeper and we considered electric". The quotes:
Electric was £249,132; Diesel was £99,579.
The electric vehicle can be run for about 2 hours and then needs 8 hours charging. It weighs 4.8 tonnes. The diesel weighs 2.8 tonnes.
The weight difference has licence requirement implications and there is also the cost of installing the charging infrastructure.
This was a no-brainer.
20 Jan 23
If they receive no letters of protest about Net Zero they will assume you're willing to go along with it. Think about it - banning petrol cars, banning diesel cars, banning gas boilers, banning oil boilers, banning coal; making you buy heat pumps at £20k a throw to heat your home and electric cars at £30k. Ordinary people cannot afford this; it is madness...
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Now we learn that there was no viable business plan and that the company is in administration.
17 Jan 23
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The SVP argues that imposing further reductions would be counterproductive during the current energy crisis, made worse by tthe cuts in Russian gas availabiliity.
Proposed referendums require the support of 50,000 signatures to be activated. The SVP energy spokesperson Monika Rueegger has said that this threshold has been reached.
The Swiss People's Party is the biggest group in Switzerland's federal parliament.
13 Jan 23
13 Jan 23
This website's view is that introducing EVs produces more problems than it solves. The ban on petrol and diesel vehicles should itself be abandoned.
13 Jan 23
Mervyn King, ex-governor of the Bank of England, supported Mr Powell. Speaking at the same conference, he said that central bank independence came with great responsibility. It should not be misused by getting involved in areas which have not been explicitly delegated by the appropriate political process.
Mr. Powell singled out climate change as an inappropriate topic for unelected central bankers to address. "We should stick to our knitting..... we are not and we will not be a climate policymaker".
11 Jan 23
It's not going very well. The council spent £6.5 million on the new vehicles and £1.5 million on charging stations. Councillor Mark Warters criticised the project; delays with the chargers mean that some of the lorries can't be used.
He said that 25 vehicles have been hidden away in a storage yard because they're an embarrassment; there's nowhere to charge them.
When you manage a fleet, a lot of council workers start really early; around 5am. It's accepted practice that these people take their vehicles home, where they cannot be charged. Mr. Warters explained that they are being charged either at the depot or at hyperhubs and public charging points.
A spokesman for York council said that 13 of its EVs are being used and 30 are not. Here are some of the stationary ones:
11 Jan 23
By this I mean that wind energy:
1) is not a technically legitimate solution for our grid, or to meaningfully reduce CO2, and
2) is not a commercially viable source of energy on its own; and
3) is not environmentally responsible.
Those basic criteria haven’t been selected to make wind power look bad, but are what should be used to evaluate the legitimacy of any proposed alternative source of energy. I am not against economic incentives to help deal with climate change or to support renewable energy. I am only against proposals which don’t make scientific sense.
10 Jan 23
The quickest and possibly the best solution would be to buy about ten of Hitachi's BWRX-300 small modular reactors; the build time is only 24-36 months. We could have affordable electricity again in a little over three years if the government had the will to do it.
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