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Solar ovens and sustained poverty for Africa

April 23, 2017

Solar ovens and sustained poverty for Africa

President Obama in Kenya checking out a solar panel.

President Obama in Kenya checking out a solar panel.

Solar technology in Africa, including my country of Uganda, would bring good news to millions of people who today must use firewood, charcoal and dung for cooking. Millions of Africans die from lung infections caused by breathing fumes from these fires, millions more from eating spoiled food, drinking contaminated water and having spoiled medicines, because we don’t have electricity, sanitation or refrigeration. What we do have in abundance is extensive, sustained poverty.

 

 

 

 

 

A view from Africa about how they view Western obsession with climate change:

http://climatechangedispatch.com/solar-ovens-and-sustained-poverty-for-africa/

 

 

 

Glacial Advance During The Little Ice Age

April 23, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

 

 

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From HH Lamb’s “Climate, History and the Modern World”

We know that sea levels have risen since the late 19thC, and that much of this is due to melting of glaciers and ice sheets. However, we also know that the same glaciers were growing rapidly during the Little Ice Age, so can we say that 20thC sea level rise is anything other than a natural process?

Let’s remind ourselves of just how great and widespread this glacial advance was.

The history of glacial advance in the European Alps is well documented. Historian, Brian Fagan, offers us this horrifying account:

 

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Holidays!

April 22, 2017

 

We’re off for a week.

 

There are a few scheduled posts, but as usual things will be slow

System Balancing & Flexibility

April 22, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

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https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/the-govts-fake-claims-about-smart-energy-savings/#more-27461

 

There is one particular section of the Imperial College report on smart power that I wanted to highlight:

 

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In other words, they are saying that they cannot get anywhere their decarbonisation targets, regardless of how much low carbon capacity they build, without adding “flexibility” to the system.

Their solution appears to rely on:

1) Importing energy

2) Battery storage

3) Reducing demand

 

 

Heaven help us all!

The Govt’s Fake Claims About Smart Energy Savings

April 21, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

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https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/revolution-heralds-change-in-balance-of-power-lz8xxz7rs

 

The article in The Times, Revolution heralds change in balance of power, that I mentioned today, contains this statement:

 

Last year the National Infrastructure Commission identified flexible demand as one of three innovations, alongside interconnectors and batteries, that could help to reduce the costs of Britain’s drive for green energy by up to £8 billion a year by 2030.

 

This claim has been quoted on many occasions in the last year, and dates back to this government press release from the National Infrastructure Commission on Smart Power:

 

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UK Set For Another Day Of Misleading BBC Propaganda

April 21, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39668889

 

I cannot understand why the BBC should think this is news. We regularly have many days when wind power is effectively zero.

 

But before anybody runs away with the wrong idea, which is clearly the BBC’s intention, we need to be aware that the conventional technologies of gas and nuclear have been reliably supplying up to 25GW of demand, a good deal more than two thirds.

The BBC’s favoured wind power has meanwhile zigzagged between 2GW and 4GW. But naturally they won’t tell you this!

 

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https://www.bmreports.com/bmrs/?q=eds/main

Emissions Reduction “Without Compromising” Economic Growth?

April 21, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.thegwpf.com/emissions-reduction-without-compromising-economic-growth/

 

Ex BBC global warming propagandist Richard Black’s ECIU has long been at the forefront of misleading the public about the costs of the UK’s climate policies.

Dr John Constable has now caught them out, with their latest dodgy piece of disinformation:

 

By mistakenly using inappropriate data from the OECD, The Energy and Climate Information Unit (ECIU) misled The Times into claiming that per capita GDP in the UK grew by 130% in the period 1992 to 2014, when the correct figure, from the UK’s Office of National Statistics is 44%. This error led both the ECIU and The Times into thinking that the UK had cracked the ‘clean’ growth conundrum by decoupling emissions and economic growth. The truth is more complicated and much less clear.

 

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Emily’s Not So Smart Energy

April 21, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

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https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/revolution-heralds-change-in-balance-of-power-lz8xxz7rs

 

Emily Gosden writes in The Times about the wonderful new world of smart meters:

 

Irene Farrell gestures towards the electric fire on the wall of her living room. “I never put that on now.” The 86-year-old used to rely on the fire and a plug-in halogen heater to keep warm, because the old electric storage heaters that were supposed to heat her tenth-floor flat in Newcastle were so useless. “It was dreadful. Freezing cold all the time. My husband was an invalid and the cold affected him terribly.”

Last winter, for the first time in her 13 years here, things were different. Smart control boxes wired into the storage heaters have transformed the way they work, keeping the flat warm throughout the day and putting the octogenarian in the unlikely vanguard of a transformation in the way that Britain uses electricity.

The nation’s energy system has been built around the principle that power stations will supply enough electricity to meet demand. Now, with the expansion of intermittent wind and solar farms, the industry is looking at ways of reversing that relationship, adjusting demand to match available supply.

Last year the National Infrastructure Commission identified flexible demand as one of three innovations, alongside interconnectors and batteries, that could help to reduce the costs of Britain’s drive for green energy by up to £8 billion a year by 2030.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/revolution-heralds-change-in-balance-of-power-lz8xxz7rs 

The rest is the usual hogswash, that we have seen many times in the past.

But what is really interesting are the comments, all of which are highly critical:

 

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Macquarie to Boost U.K. Green Bank After $3 Billion Purchase

April 20, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-20/u-k-sells-green-investment-bank-to-macquarie-for-3-billion

 

Keen to invest in Swansea Tidal Lagoon, eh?

I wonder if there have been any nods or winks.

 

Meanwhile, Macquarie stands to benefit from the obscene subsidies we are paying out to renewable energy projects.

WaPo Issues Wildly Misleading ‘Fact Check’ On EPA Head

April 20, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/04/14/epa-administrator-scott-pruitts-claim-that-china-and-india-have-no-obligations-until-2030-under-the-paris-accord/?utm_term=.aea8598b59a7 

 

During an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” on 13th April, the EPA administrator , Scott Pruitt, denounced the Paris Accord, the global agreement on curbing climate change, as a “bad deal for America” that “we need to exit in my opinion.” Asked his biggest objection to the accord, he claimed that China and India had no obligations until 2030, even though “they are polluting far more than we are.”

 

Although Pruitt did not spell it out, it is abundantly clear that the obligations he was referring to were to cut emissions. Indeed, the EPA actually responded to the Washington Post:

“Administrator Pruitt was referring to no emission reduction obligations “

 

 

The Washington Post took exception to Pruitt’s statement, and published a Fact Checker which concluded that the claim was totally false, awardingPruitt with a maximum of four Pinocchios.

 

 

In fact, the supposed “Fact Checker” was itself wildly misleading.

 

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