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The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season

December 11, 2019

By Paul Homewood

The Atlantic hurricane season has now officially ended, so let’s check the numbers.

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https://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/E11.html

http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/products/tc_realtime/season.asp?storm_season=2019

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Climate Hypocrite of the Year Awards

December 11, 2019

By Paul Homewood

 

The GWPF have just launched their new Climate Hypocrites of the Year awards:

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There’s no hypocrite quite like a green hypocrite is there? Whenever you get some eco-zealot is lecturing you about impending climate doom and the need for “us” to go vegan, you can be pretty sure that you are dealing with someone whose carbon emissions would put some developing nations to shame and whose diet would make a vegetarian shudder.
Over the last year, the ability of our climate-aware friends to hop from the ski-slopes to the protest march, from the business-class lounge to the barricades, has been an endless source of entertainment. Remember Zoe Jones from Extinction Rebellion? She
returned from holidays in Uganda, New Zealand and the Alps to blockade a major thoroughfare in Bristol, infamously preventing people from getting to hospital. “We’re doing the right thing” she opined.
One of our favourites was another Extinction Rebellion supporter, 
Professor Jem Bendell of the University of Cumbria, who enjoys regular trips to Bali, and is also a visiting professor at institutions in Australia, Spain, Kenya and Switzerland.
Indeed, the hypocrisy of the environmental movement is now so all-encompassing that it is starting to move from the domain of amusing anecdote to that of serious
scientific consensus.
Here at the Global Warming Policy Forum, we don’t like to let this achievement on this scale go unrecognised, and with that in mind we are launching an annual award to find the person who has most brazenly failed to practise what they preach, the person whose brass neck truly makes them stand out from the green crowd.
Our paper launching the awards can be read
here, and in it you’ll find details of how you can nominate your favourite eco-hypocrite and some of the possible frontrunners.
But hurry, nominations close on 13 December!

http://www.thegwpf.com/content/uploads/2019/12/worlds-greatest-hypocrite.pdf

Nottingham Council Owned Energy Firm Hits The Skids

December 10, 2019

By Paul Homewood

 

A foretaste of what will happen if Corbyn gets to nationalise all the energy companies!

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Jeremy Corbyn’s electricity supplier has sparked financial deadlock for the council behind it, amid mounting industry anger over state involvement in the energy market.

Robin Hood Energy, Britain’s first council-owned energy supplier, which counts the Labour leader as its most famous customer, has caused a delay of three months to the publication of Nottingham City Council’s accounts.

Officials have been unable to sign off on the books because they are waiting for information about Robin Hood, which has hit financial trouble. The company’s accountant, BDO, is yet to finish its audit.

The delay is ongoing despite the council’s own auditor, John Gregory from Grant Thornton, telling a committee in September that it was “delaying a key part of the overall public accountability process”.

Andrew Rule, who leads the opposition Conservatives on the council, said there was a “veil of secrecy” surrounding Robin Hood, and urged councillors to be more transparent.

The company was set up by the Labour-run council in 2015 as a not-for-profit company to challenge the so-called Big Six suppliers. Robin Hood has grown to nearly 170,000 customers nationwide, with turnover of more than £44m. It made a profit last year of £202,000, compared to a £7.2m loss in 2017 and a £2.5m loss in 2016.

However, its finances have been under scrutiny since the council was forced to lend it an extra £9.5m earlier this year so it could pay a bill due to the industry regulator to boost green energy schemes, having missed a deadline. The council’s overall “exposure” to the company, in loans and guarantees, has been put at over £40m.

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Obama Buys $11m Beachside Property–Sea Level Rise? You Didn’t Believe That Bull Did You?

December 9, 2019
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By Paul Homewood

 

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Obama Martha's Vineyard House

 

Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have purchased a nearly 7,000-square-foot home on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts for $11.75 million, according to a report.

The purchase price was recorded Wednesday with the local Registry of Deeds, the Vineyard Gazette reported.

 

The Obamas paid about half the original asking price for the property when it first became available in 2015, the report said.

The sellers were listed as Wycliffe Grousebeck, owner of the Boston Celtics basketball team, and his wife Corinne Basler Grousbeck.

The house is located in the Edgartown section on the eastern end of the island and sits on a property of more than 29 acres, the Gazette reported.

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https://www.foxnews.com/politics/obamas-pay-11-75m-for-marthas-vineyard-home-report

 

Of course, the thing about Martha’s Vineyard is that it is a low lying island. And the thing about Obama’s mansion is that it is on the beach front.

WhatsMyElevation lists the elevation of their home as being 3 feet above sea level. Others place it at 10 feet.

Either way, either the Obamas made a very stupid investment, or they don’t believe in the nonsense that they tried to bankrupt their country for.

Of course, Obama did promise us in 2008 that we will be able to look back and tell our children this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow.

Maybe he really was the Messiah after all!

Aussie MP Calls Out UN Chief’s Lies

December 9, 2019
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By Paul Homewood

 

h/t WUWT

 

 

Once again Sky News Australia shows up the uselessness of our media. Congrats as well to MP, Craig Kelly:

 

 

 

 

Locals Accuse Environment Agency Of Criminal Neglect For Linc Floods–Say Extreme Rain Used To Be Worse

December 8, 2019

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Philip Bratby

 

Philip sent me this newsletter from Vine House farm, near Spalding in Lincolnshire, centre of the very wet weather seen this autumn:

 

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The wet weather continues. For us, here in South Lincolnshire, it has been the wettest Summer and Autumn since 1880. We had a year’s rainfall (533mm/21ins) in five months, between June 7th and November 7th, and a further 76mm/3ins since then. 2019 is already the wettest year that I have recorded, with 725mm/28.5ins.  
In those five months in 1880, 660mm/26ins of rain fell. The River Glen burst its banks into Bourne South Fen and the River Welland breached near Crowland. A total of 939mm/37ins of rain fell that year. 
Our local drainage board started keeping rainfall records in 1829. During the first 60 recorded years, there were 15 years with over 762mm/30ins of rain. During the last 100 years, only two years were recorded with similar measurements of rain, so clearly we are getting less extreme events. The cause is that there is now more arable land, so more soil is getting washed into our rivers. This means rivers are getting shallower, their flow is reduced and, as we have more roads and houses, the quantity of water reaching the rivers is causing them to flood. The experts call it global warming and anticipate we will get more of these extreme events but here in South Lincolnshire we are getting fewer extreme events than we used to. 
Who are these experts and what do they know about drainage? During the last week in November I went North from here in Lincolnshire to the River Witham, a river controlled by the Environment Agency. I was appalled at its condition – it is very shallow as it has not been cleared out for 30 years. Many trees were growing along its edge, their branches in the water slowing the flow.  The Environment Agency expect it will burst its banks at some time but they do nothing while the trees get bigger and the river gets shallower. I call it criminal neglect. On Friday 29th November the Martin Delph, a tributary of the River Witham, burst its banks overflowing into Martin Fen.  

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Roger Harrabin breaks BBC impartiality rules

December 8, 2019

By Paul Homewood

 

 

Harrabin is called out for breaking BBC impartiality rules:

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On Friday night Nick Robinson hosted the Johnson v Corbyn debate with scrupulous impartiality, ensuring that each candidate had the same amount of time to speak, in accordance with BBC guidelines.

But notorious BBC climate propagandist Roger Harrabin seems to think the rules don’t apply to him. In this incoherent tweet (despite apparently having a degree in English, Harrabin has remarkably poor communication skills) he promotes a “FoE green scorechart”. It’s not clear what this scorechart is, nor is it clear who “you” refers to. But please do take him up on his offer of getting in touch via twitter or email roger.harrabin@bbc.co.uk

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Full story here.

A Wet Autumn For South Yorkshire

December 6, 2019

By Paul Homewood

 

The Met Office have now published their data for last month, and it confirms what I was saying weeks ago about the South Yorkshire floods:

 

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https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/climate/maps-and-data/uk-actual-and-anomaly-maps

 

While most of the country has only had a moderately wet autumn (and Scotland has been drier than usual), a relatively small area encompassing South Yorkshire and the East Midlands has seen close to double the normal rainfall.

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Chaos In California, As Teslas Queue Up To Recharge on Black Friday

December 6, 2019

By Paul Homewood

h/t AC Osborn

 

It did not really take a genius to work out that something like this would happen:

 

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Dozens of Tesla drivers in California were forced to wait in an extensive line after what should’ve been a quick stop at a Supercharger station turned into an hours-long ordeal.

Shanon Stellini was travelling through Kettleman City on November 30 when she stumbled across a backlog of around 50 of the electric cars waiting to recharge in a half-mile line outside of at a station near Interstate 5.

‘Bet they wish they had gas’, quipped Stellini’s partner in a video she captured of the chaos – but for the drivers stranded in the stagnant line the issue was certainly no laughing matter.

The Kettleman City Supercharger station – located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco – is already immensely popular, but even with 40 charging stalls on-site the facility was still overrun by the overwhelming demand that one of the year’s busiest travel times brings.

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Will Greta Go By Donkey?

December 5, 2019
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By Paul Homewood

h/t Joe Public

Eeyore!!

 

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Carta enviada por la Asociación Fray Hernando de Talavera greta Thunberg.

https://www.20minutos.es/noticia/4077623/0/ofrecen-burro-greta-thunberg-llegar-madrid-cop-25/

 

Which roughly translated from the Spanish means:

 They offer a donkey to Greta Thunberg to get to Madrid: "The expenses would be on our side"

The generous offer comes from the Association of Neighbours in Toledo.

No doubt, little Greta will be delighted to accept this offer, and travel in true zero carbon fashion.

As the Association point out:

"Our ancestors have used it and it has been the most environmentally friendly in human displacement."