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No one’s noticed, but the Tories are quietly killing off the smart meter revolution

May 25, 2017

By Paul Homewood

h/t Philip Bratby

An interesting piece in the Telegraph this week:

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Normally politicians promise much and deliver little.

Last week brought a rare example of the converse: a manifesto burying a huge policy change that will save every household in Britain fifty pounds a year.

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Wind turbines are neither clean nor green and they provide zero global energy–Matt Ridley

May 24, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t HotScot & Coeur de Lion

 

For those who have not seen it, here is Matt Ridley’s piece in the Spectator last week:

 

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The Global Wind Energy Council recently released its latest report, excitedly boasting that ‘the proliferation of wind energy into the global power market continues at a furious pace, after it was revealed that more than 54 gigawatts of clean renewable wind power was installed across the global market last year’.

You may have got the impression from announcements like that, and from the obligatory pictures of wind turbines in any BBC story or airport advert about energy, that wind power is making a big contribution to world energy today. You would be wrong. Its contribution is still, after decades — nay centuries — of development, trivial to the point of irrelevance.

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Burbo Bank–One Of Ed Davey’s Follies

May 23, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/05/21/britains-wind-turbines-catch-breeze-rising-industry/

 

In Jillian Ambrose’s naive little piece yesterday about offshore wind, she stated:

 

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As I pointed out about another similar claim that she made, these contract prices, guaranteed under the CfD mechanism, are at 2012 prices. This is because the system was originally set up during 2013. By sticking to the same base year of 2012, all contracts can be directly compared.

 

 

 

Because all CfD contracts are index linked, Burbo’s price has now increased to £161.71/MWh, almost four times the current wholesale price.

 

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https://lowcarboncontracts.uk/cfds/burbo

 

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Arctic Fake News Update

May 23, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

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Climate fraudsters would not be able to get away with their scam without the active support of the media.

Almost everyday there is some apocalyptic piece about the melting Arctic. If journalists bothered to check the facts, their headlines would be somewhat different.

 

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EU nations set to wipe out forests and not account for emissions

May 23, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

 

From the New Scientist:

 

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By Fred Pearce

It looks like greenwash.  European nations publicly keen to boost their climate credentials by switching to “green” biomass are accused of working behind the scenes to expunge their carbon emissions from burning wood in power stations from national emissions statistics.

“If we don’t measure emissions when trees are cut, we won’t measure them at all,” says Hannah Mowat of FERN, a European NGO working to save the continent’s forests, who has followed the EU negotiations on the issue.

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NASA’s Josh Willis Destroys Whatever Credibility He Had Left

May 22, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

 

Dave Burton has written a very good retort to a rather ridiculous new video by NASA’s Josh Willis:

 

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Notice that “catastrophic” is apparently not scary enough, these days. Global warming is now “the Apocalypse.”

The video starts out with two guys crawling along the parched ground under the blazing desert sun. One of them says to the other, “We’re gonna die out here, man. If only society had done more to fight climate change.” And it goes downhill from there.

There’s really nothing new in his video, nor in this article debunking it. So if you’re a “regular” at WUWT, and you’re hoping to learn something new, you needn’t bother reading the rest.

I counted eight claims in Josh Willis’s video. Let’s look at them, one by one:

Claim #1. “Record high global temperatures may have exacerbated our current situation.”

Wrong. “Global warming” mostly just warms higher latitudes. It makes harsh, cold climates milder. The warming effect at low latitudes is slight, and mostly increases nighttime lows, not daytime highs.

If those fellows are dying in the hot desert, they obviously are not at higher latitudes. Where they are, global warming is slight.
In fact, higher CO2 levels make plants more drought-resistant. So, thanks to anthropogenic CO2, deserts and near-deserts are shrinking and greening, most strikingly in the Sahel & Sahara. Even the severely politicized National Geographic admits that it is happening, though they don’t mention CO2:

 

 

 

The full essay is worth reading here.

But Josh Willis has form, which Greg commented over at WUWT:

 

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What Greg is referring to is the ARGO data.

NASA take up the story:

 

CORRECTING OCEAN COOLING

On a Thursday evening in February 2007, Josh Willis stood in front of his laptop, his wife cajoling him to get ready to go out to dinner. He looked with a sinking feeling at the map he had just made. Willis, a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, specializes in making estimates of how much heat the ocean stores from year to year.

Photograph of Josh Willis

Josh Willis is an oceanographer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who specializes in sea level trends and the response of the oceans to global warming. (Photograph courtesy Josh Willis.)

“The oceans are absorbing more than 80 percent of the heat from global warming,” he says. “If you aren’t measuring heat content in the upper ocean, you aren’t measuring global warming.”

In 2004, Willis published a time series of ocean heat content showing that the temperature of the upper layers of ocean increased between 1993-2003. In 2006, he co-piloted a follow-up study led by John Lyman at Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle that updated the time series for 2003-2005. Surprisingly, the ocean seemed to have cooled.

Not surprisingly, says Willis wryly, that paper got a lot of attention, not all of it the kind a scientist would appreciate. In speaking to reporters and the public, Willis described the results as a “speed bump” on the way to global warming, evidence that even as the climate warmed due to greenhouse gases, it would still have variation. The message didn’t get through to everyone, though. On blogs and radio talk shows, global warming deniers cited the results as proof that global warming wasn’t real and that climate scientists didn’t know what they were doing.

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/OceanCooling/

 

What follows is a quite shameless account of how the ARGO data was tampered with.

Greg is spot on with his criticism.

China Claims Methane Hydrates Breakthrough May Lead To Global Energy Revolution

May 22, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

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China is talking up its achievement of mining flammable ice for the first time from underneath the South China Sea.

The fuel-hungry country has been pursuing the energy source, located at the bottom of oceans and in polar regions, for nearly two decades. China’s minister of land and resources, Jiang Daming, said Thursday that the successful collection of the frozen fuel was "a major breakthrough that may lead to a global energy revolution," according to state media.

Experts agree that flammable ice could be a game changer for the energy industry, similar to the U.S. shale boom. But they caution that big barriers — both technological and environmental — need to be cleared to build an industry around the frozen fuel, which is also known as gas hydrate.

 

China, the world’s largest energy consumer, isn’t the first country to make headway with flammable ice. Japan drilled into it in the Pacific and extracted gas in 2013 — and then did so again earlier this month. The U.S. government has its own long-running research program into the fuel.

The world’s resources of flammable ice — in which gas is stored in cages of water molecules — are vast. Gas hydrates are estimated to hold more carbon than all the world’s other fossil fuels combined, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/19/news/china-flammable-ice-sea/

 

The South China Sea has been the subject of a territorial dispute between China and its neighbours for the last few years. In particular, China has been building air strips and reclaiming land on the Spratly Islands, which are strategically located there.

With a wealth of hydrocarbon reserves there, it is little wonder that China are so keen to lay claim.

It should now be abundantly clear that China has no intention whatsoever to move away from fossil fuels, despite what deluded Westerners may think.

Another Telegraph Advert For Offshore Wind

May 22, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

 

Jillian Ambrose writes up another glowing advertising piece for the offshore wind industry:

 

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The sound made by 100 tonnes of steel and carbon fibre rotating 400 feet overhead is surprisingly understated. Each whoosh of the 260 foot blades spans an area the size of the London Eye and generates enough electricity to power the average British home for 24 hours.    

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Guardian’s Seed Nonsense

May 21, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

Latest doommongering from the Guardian:

 

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It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel.

The vault is on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen and contains almost a million packets of seeds, each a variety of an important food crop. When it was opened in 2008, the deep permafrost through which the vault was sunk was expected to provide “failsafe” protection against “the challenge of natural or man-made disasters”.

But soaring temperatures in the Arctic at the end of the world’s hottest ever recorded year led to melting and heavy rain, when light snow should have been falling. “It was not in our plans to think that the permafrost would not be there and that it would experience extreme weather like that,” said Hege Njaa Aschim, from the Norwegian government, which owns the vault.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/19/arctic-stronghold-of-worlds-seeds-flooded-after-permafrost-melts

 

The temperature record at Svalbard Airport only goes back to 1977, but the nearest long running station is at Tromo on the north coast of Norway.

Annual temperatures there were just as high in the 1930s.

 

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https://data.giss.nasa.gov/tmp/gistemp/STATIONS/tmp_634010250000_7_0_1/station.png

 

In particular, winter temperatures have been as high, and even higher, many times since 1921.

 

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https://data.giss.nasa.gov/tmp/gistemp/STATIONS/tmp_634010250000_1_0/station.txt

 

At Svalbard itself, the winter of 1985 was actually milder than this year’s.

But facts never bother the Guardian or its readers.

Why Solar Power Is So Cheap!

May 20, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Joe Public

 

We keep hearing how cheap solar power is becoming. I’ve found out why!

 

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https://www.energyjobline.com/job/218755/solar-engineer/

 

They must have got Diane Abbott to work out the costings.