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House of Commons Cancels Sceptics’ Climate Meeting

November 20, 2014

By Paul Homewood  

 

I mentioned a while back a meeting on climate and energy issues which was scheduled to take place in the House of Commons on 5th Nov. UKIP MEP, Roger Helmer, was one of the speakers invited.

I was therefore astonished to see Roger’s post today on the event.

 

Dear Rt Hon John Bercow MP,

Climate Meeting: House of Commons: Nov 5th

On Wednesday November 5th I travelled from Brussels to London, where I had been invited to speak at a meeting on climate and energy issues which was scheduled to take place in the House of Commons in Meeting Room Nine.  The Room had been booked by Mr. Sammy Wilson MP.  Press releases had been issued, as well as 45 formal invitations, though attendance was expected to be close to double that figure.

On arrival, I was advised that the relevant parliamentary office had peremptorily cancelled the booking the previous day, despite the prior arrangements and advance publicity.  The organisers managed to find a new venue at the John Harvard Library in Southwark, but naturally it was difficult to ensure that all attendees were advised.

To add injury to insult, visitors arriving at the House of Commons and enquiring for the meeting were variously told that “it had been cancelled”, or that staff knew nothing about it.  As a result, the meeting in Southwark was poorly attended.

Attendees included distinguished figures from the climate debate, including Piers Corbyn of Weather Action (the brother of your member Jeremy Corbyn MP), Professor Peter Gill of the Institute of Physics, and blogger Derek Tipp – as well, of course, as myself, the Energy Spokesman for a major political party.

It seems to me that this action by your administration was reprehensible, and reflects very poorly on your House.  I have never before had occasion to compare the House of Commons unfavourably with the European parliament, but I cannot believe that such a peremptory cancellation would have taken place in Brussels.

This was a deliberate attempt to frustrate public debate on a major political issue, and it was a calculated snub to the Party which won the European elections in May this year, and which is now represented in your House.

I should be grateful for your explanation of these circumstances, and I believe that a formal public apology would be in order.

Yours faithfully.

Roger Helmer

http://rogerhelmermep.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/open-letter-to-rt-hon-john-bercow-mp/

 

 

Now maybe, just maybe, there was a justifiable reason for this cancellation. On the face of it, though, the whole affair stinks.

Harrabin’s Black Water Vapour

November 20, 2014

By Paul Homewood      

 

h/t Mick J

 

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https://twitter.com/RHarrabin

 

Now I wonder why Roger Harrabin would have this picture on his Twitter home page?

 

Answers on a postcard to the Global Warming Propaganda Dept at the BBC.

Another Dopey Journalist Can’t Tell Smoke From Steam

November 20, 2014

By Paul Homewood  

 

h/t Joe Public

 

It’s not just the BBC!!

 

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http://www.chron.com/business/energy/article/China-must-change-economy-to-meet-climate-targets-5890149.php#photo-7137492

 

 

 

It appears that Associated Press journalists don’t know the difference between smoke and steam either.

 

To make matters worse, they seem to suggest that China should away from steel production and manufacturing. Back to the Dark Ages then!

Germany’s Energy Dilemma

November 19, 2014
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By Paul Homewood

 

Following news of the political battle going on in Germany over climate targets, it is perhaps time to see what progress they have actually been making in taking fossil fuels out of the mix.

 

The Energy Information Administration (EIA), part of the US Dept of Energy, has data up to 2012 on electricity generation, which I have used for the analysis below.

 

  2009 2010 2011 2012
Nuclear 128 133 102 94
Fossil Fuels 326 346 340 344
Hydro 17 19 16 20
Solar 7 12 19 28
Wind 39 38 46 46
Biomass 36 40 44 44
TOTAL 552 587 567 576

Electricity Generation TWh

http://www.eia.gov/cfapps/ipdbproject/iedindex3.cfm?tid=2&pid=28&aid=12&cid=GM,&syid=2007&eyid=2012&unit=BKWH

 

Since 2009, the contribution from fossil fuels has gone up. As far as renewables are concerned, wind has barely increased at all, with solar catching up. However, neither wind or solar has made much of a dent in the overall figures.

 

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As far as 2013 is concerned, we can glean a few things from provisional analysis.

1) According to EIS, nuclear has remained steady with 92 TWh.

2) Wind is virtually unchanged with 47 TWh. According to Platts McGraw Hill Financial:

Up until November, 2013, wind power output trailed 2012 levels, but a stormy December with more than 7 TWh of wind power output meant new records for both wind and solar power production in Germany, the data shows.

3) Solar increased by 2TWh, to 30 TWh, again according to Platts.

 

Basically, the mix last year won’t look much different to 2012. But what about going forward?

 

Read more…

Strongest Typhoon Claims Refuted By Philippines Weather Agency After Typhoon Yolanda

November 18, 2014
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By Paul Homewood 

 

Thanks to M Kelly for reminding me what the Philippines National Weather Agency  had to say in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda. From the New York Times:

 

Before the typhoon made landfall, some international forecasters were estimating wind speeds at 195 m.p.h., which would have meant the storm would hit with winds among the strongest recorded. But local forecasters later disputed those estimates. “Some of the reports of wind speeds were exaggerated,” Mr. Paciente said [a forecaster with the Philippine government’s national weather agency].

The Philippine weather agency measured winds on the eastern edge of the country at about 150 m.p.h., he said, with some tracking stations recording speeds as low as 100 m.p.h.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/09/world/asia/powerful-typhoon-causes-mass-disruption-in-philippines.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1&

Typhoon Yolanda One Year On

November 18, 2014

By Paul Homewood

 

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Philip Eden has a largely sensible piece on Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda as the Philippines named it, just over a year after it hit.

 

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Germany To Drop 2020 Climate Targets

November 17, 2014
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By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/11/17/Germanys-Social-Democrats-Descend-in-Uproar

 

Since the Federal elections in Germany, earlier this year, there has been a running battle between Sigmar Gabriel, minister for economic affairs and energy, and Barbara Hendricks, the environmental minister.

Gabriel has been keen to drop CO2 targets, because of the damage they have been doing to the economy, while his colleague takes the opposite view. According to Der Spiegel, it is Gabriel who has won the battle.

 

Breitbart report:

 

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Who Is Guy Smith?

November 17, 2014

By Paul Homewood

 

St Osyth Farmer Guy Smith has been elected NFU vice president

 

I reported yesterday on how the NFU (National Farmers Union) Vice President, Guy Smith, had been making nonsensical claims about the weather becoming more volatile at a Parliamentary event last week.

 

So who is Guy Smith? And, more to the point, does he reflect the concerns of ordinary farmers?

 

Smith was elected to his new post in February this year, but according to the East Anglian Daily Times:

 

He has represented Essex on the NFU’s Council for eight years and is a former regional chairman of NFU East Anglia. He also chairs the NFU’s communications committee and wrote the book marking the NFU’s centenary in 2008.

 

The structure of the NFU has been criticised in the past as being “elitist, undemocratic and deeply embedded with multinational businesses”.

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NFU Vice President Forgets His History

November 16, 2014

By Paul Homewood  

 

 

h/t Joe Public

 

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http://www.nfuonline.com/news/latest-news/climate-change-risks-and-opportunities-for-uk/?

 

The NFU report on a Parliamentary event about climate change:

 

Climate change will increasingly pose serious challenges to Britain, but addressing climate change will bring significant opportunities for British business.

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That was the conclusion of a parliamentary event attended by NFU Vice President Guy Smith this week in response to the IPPC report, on weather and climate change.

Mr Smith, who farms near Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, spoke about the need for farmers to recognise that the weather is getting more volatile, as are the markets while the need to invest in farms to make them weatherproof is essential.

“In 2013 on my farm we had the wettest winter in living memory, the strongest winds since 1987, the highest tides since 1953. When you see all that come together in a short window you realise that maybe something is going on.”

Faced with volatility, he said that the art of farming becomes more speculative. “This leads to a lack of confidence in agriculture as to what the future might hold, and my worry is that that may lead to a lack of investment in our farms just when we should be investing more in terms of weather proofing them.”

 

 

What on earth has he been smoking? Surely a farmer, of all people, would have understood that weather has always been volatile.

 

Let’s take his claims one by one.

 

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The Summer of 1912

November 16, 2014

By Paul Homewood 

 

Just one more thing about the wet weather in August 1912.

 

 

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http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/media/pdf/m/9/Aug1912.pdf

 

As well as East Anglia being badly affected, the South West also suffered, as it does more often than not in these situations.

The Met Office report for August 1912 gave rainfall for the month of 12.1 inches (307mm) at Ilfracombe, a coastal town in North Devon.

The nearest location to Ilfracombe, which the Met Office give historical data for, is the RAF station at Chivenor, only about 10 miles or so away, and also near the coast. Their data only goes back to 1951, so we cannot check numbers in 1912.

However, during last winter, when the South West was as badly affected by the weather as anywhere, the wettest month was January, with 153mm. Indeed, the whole winter only totalled 440mm.

 

The British Rainfall publication for 1912 gives the monthly rainfall figures for Barnstaple, which is just a couple of miles from Chivenor.

 

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Summer rainfall totalled 21.03 inches, or 534mm. For summer, this is a phenomenal amount, with the climatological average being just 200mm. Remember as well that summers are usually much drier than winters.

So, for summer rainfall in 1912 to be 94mm more than last winter’s total shows just how remarkable the weather was that year. Over England & Wales as a whole, the summer of 1912 remains the wettest on record, since 1766, with 1879 and 1829 ranked second and third.

 

 

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http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/climate/gcj49s6yc