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Christiana’s Howler!

December 30, 2019

By Paul Homewood


h/t Joe Public


Don’t worry about facts, Christiana!




The claim is based on a Silly Jilly article in the Grauniad here. However the Guardian claim is based on electricity only, and not all energy, a distinction that apparently is beyond Christiana.

Furthermore, a third of renewable electricity comes from biomass, which most experts now accept is extremely bad for the environment and will not reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

When we look at total primary energy consumption, we find that Christiana’s much vaunted wind and solar power only contributes a paltry 4% in Q3, even when hydro power is added in. Meanwhile fossil fuels accounted for 77%.





Meanwhile Mark Carney is trying to get pension funds to divest from fossil fuels, because he is convinced the world will stop using them in the near future.

  1. December 30, 2019 8:03 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate-

  2. Joe Public permalink
    December 30, 2019 8:09 pm

    During the 3rd quarter of 2019, wind plus solar generated ~13.6TWh, just 55% of the 24.67TWh generated by natural gas.

  3. Broadlands permalink
    December 30, 2019 8:15 pm

    It should be noted that renewables (except for biofuels) are not yet usable in transportation. And biofuels are 10% biomass but 90% fossil fuel. What’s left if there is no viable way to transport people and the goods and services they need? Silly Jilly indeed.

  4. December 30, 2019 8:24 pm

    Mark Carney! Well we all know how good he is at predictions don’t we? If marking competency then we’d be generous to give him 1 out of 10. The man is a ‘busted flush’ who made a really bad politician for someone ostensibly supposed to be governor of the Old Lady.
    A scandalous charlatan methinks.

    • December 31, 2019 9:17 am

      Latter day snake oil salesman.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      December 31, 2019 12:10 pm

      Carney damaged the UK economy by failing to raise interest rates by constantly shifting the goalposts every time a trigger level was hit. With his talent for goalpost moving he is a good fit in the global warming world. And of course he was appointed by Osborne who made a complete mess of everything he touched when he was chancellor.

  5. deejaym permalink
    December 30, 2019 8:34 pm

    Carney’s wife is a “strident environmental activist,” & Carney himself has walked into a new job at the UN, a “special envoy for climate action”.

    As always, with these globalists, follow the money

    • David Ashton permalink
      December 30, 2019 11:32 pm

      As I’ve said before, you can take the man out of Goldman Sachs, but you can’t take Goldman Sachs out of the man.

    • dennisambler permalink
      December 31, 2019 9:35 am

      He is also on the Board of Trustees at the World Economic Forum, (Davos). Fellow trustees include Al Gore and Christine Lagarde:

  6. December 30, 2019 8:52 pm

    Figueres is as bad as Tony Bliar, who did not know the difference between electricity and energy. Consequently he signed up to the EU Renewable Energy Directive to produce 15% of our energy from renewable sources when he was supposed to sign up to produce 15% of our electricity from renewable sources. The ignorance of the elite is truly staggering.

    • H Davis permalink
      December 30, 2019 9:23 pm

      Along those lines; the Guardian article continues the perpetual confusion of power and energy. No one pays for power (the rate at which you use energy) we pay for energy (the stuff that does useful work). And if that’s not bad enough my local electric utility (in Florida) can’t get it right either.

      • December 31, 2019 6:39 am

        To my knowledge we haven’t had an energy minister in the UK in over 20 years who has known the difference between power and energy. The same goes for decision makers such as planning inspectors and planning officers. Reporters in the media are equally ignorant.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        December 31, 2019 12:13 pm

        Sounds like a good question to include in an examination for being an MP. The pass mark will be 100% and I would expect the current crop of Morons of Parliament to fail 100%.

  7. Thomas Carr permalink
    December 30, 2019 8:59 pm

    So what is the most accessible bar chart incontrovertible source showing the output from energy generators on a periodic basis? Gas, coal, biomass, wind power, solar, hydro etc
    That is what should be passed on weekly and/or monthly to all the ‘expert’ commentators until they get used to having to address the facts today and for as long as it takes.

  8. Bernard Taylor permalink
    December 30, 2019 9:15 pm

    When Mark Carney was governor of the Bank of England his predictions on bank interest rates were always wrong and it was him who set them.

    • Duker permalink
      December 31, 2019 12:43 am

      Economists have a joke that goes ‘ Avoid predicting the future, when predicting the past is so hard to do’

  9. LeedsChris permalink
    December 30, 2019 9:20 pm

    The other key point is that if you look at ‘Gridwatch’ or one of the other web-sites that gives (almost) live information on the make-up of the electricity supply you still get a clear indication that our electricity supply system only operates successfully with imports and gas turbine power. Look at almost every single day – the need for electricity ramps up sharply from the night-time low at about 5am to a high at 8am to meet the need for electricity as we all get up and go to work. Each and every day we would not be able to meet that demand unless there were gas-fired power stations that can be asked to increase their output two or three-fold within an hour or so; the same often with drawing on imports from France and the Netherlands. Sometimes imports are now 10% of the electricity we use in the morning. There is no-way that renewables can meet this demand, unless by some fluke the wind suddenly at 5am starts to pick up and blow hard….

    • H Davis permalink
      December 30, 2019 9:28 pm

      In that “blow hard” phrase might lie salvation. There are obviously many blow hards and other sources of mighty winds available if we could only harness them.

    • Peter Barrett permalink
      December 30, 2019 10:03 pm

      Within the next ten to fifteen years, if Macron’s plans are followed, France will reduce its nuclear capacity by a third. When they are relying on intermittents to make up the shortfall I doubt they will be quite so willing to export. More immediately we have the spectre of French power exports being used along with fishing rights in negotiations with the EU over possible trade agreements.

    • A C Osborn permalink
      December 31, 2019 9:51 am

      Typical cherry picking of data, select the warmest period when both Wind & especially Solar are at their peak and demand is at it’s lowest.
      Taking in to account that Wind & Solar also get 1st call it is obvious how they get that result.
      Just take a look at the rest of the year by comparison, especially the last quarter of 2019.

  10. john cooknell permalink
    December 30, 2019 9:33 pm

    Both people just go to prove that there is always a market for bullsh*t. Mark and Christina will both do OK just by talking b*llocks.

  11. Coeur de Lion permalink
    December 30, 2019 9:56 pm

    I think those that deal with real money and have jobs to lose if it goes wrong will not be too fooled by all this ‘crisis’ stuff. Insurance, investment. They will be aware of the counter arguments and will weigh the facts.

  12. December 30, 2019 10:46 pm

    Hopefully Boris Johnston will kick the Guardian and BBC news to the curb and not renew their licence’s to report fake news . Canada has been following the lead in Europe. Maybe in the new year logic and real science will prevail

  13. MrGrimNasty permalink
    December 30, 2019 10:49 pm

    Talk about mixed signals. I don’t pretend to understand any of this.

    The Saudi Aramco flotation – because they want to diversify out of a fossil fuel based economy – why would anyone buy shares in a business they intend to destroy as per Carney et al’s guidance?

    • December 30, 2019 11:42 pm

      What is Mark Carney’s job title ?
      .. Is it Astrologer of the Bank Of England ?

      .. What’s his prediction reputation ?

      • Gerry, England permalink
        December 31, 2019 12:27 pm

        Zero. As part of the anti-Brexit Project Fear he cut interest rates after we voted to leave but within days it was obvious he got it wrong. The Project Fear lies were that everything would collapse if we voted to leave. After the vote nothing actually changed as we were – and still are – in the EU.

      • MrGrimNasty permalink
        December 31, 2019 2:58 pm

        Over the years Carney’s dire proclamations have repeatedly caused volatility in the pound, and damage to the UK economy, confidence and credibility. He even had the nerve to claim his pointless minuscule rate adjustment was responsible for preventing the post-Brexit vote cliff-edge he so promised (wanted!).

  14. Sheri permalink
    December 30, 2019 11:22 pm

    Brought to you by the Unicorn Statistics Institute and Leprechaun Press.

  15. It doesn't add up... permalink
    December 31, 2019 1:08 am

    In the third quarter of 2019 dependency on fossil fuels was 76.7 per cent, up 0.2 percentage points from the third quarter of 2018.

    Heading in the wrong direction in fact.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      December 31, 2019 2:13 pm

      The reason of course is climate change. Principally that it was 1.1C colder in July 2019 than a year earlier.

  16. johnbillscott permalink
    December 31, 2019 1:18 am

    Looks like being a raving lunatic is a job requirement for a UN position.

  17. December 31, 2019 1:35 am

    Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

  18. Phoenix44 permalink
    December 31, 2019 9:13 am

    Carney has way overstepped the mark. He is claiming that some stocks are over-valued – which is bad enough – but basing that on his own political beliefs – that we should stop using fossil fuels.

    Worse, I suspect he is using his position to push his own political solutions that force us to stop using fossil fuels – divestment.

    We really should make an official complaint and perhaps even ask the FCA to look into it. Once again we have political views masquerading as science.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      December 31, 2019 1:19 pm

      He is not saying anything different from broker statements where they offer their views on the values of stocks which investors can take or leave. I have seen some spectacularly wrong broker views over the years. Some stocks are hugely overvalued – Tesla for example – but there are plenty who still want to invest in a company that doesn’t make a profit but is spending huge amounts of cash working in a niche market. The pension fund industry is performance driven and there are still billions invested on oil companies as they deliver good dividends, and as projections show, will continue to do so for years to come. The bonus is Carney f*cks off to the UN at the end of March.

  19. Ian Cook permalink
    December 31, 2019 9:30 am

    Carney is a truly dangerous politician, who is not a politician. Like Brown crashing the price of gold by announcing he intends to sell loads of it, Carney is trying to cause the grief he predicts with pensions. Not least because it won’t affect his. He needs to go and go soon.

    • johnbillscott permalink
      December 31, 2019 12:32 pm

      If Carney had not been given the Bank of England job he would have run for political office. He emerged as a champion in the recession under the wing of the PM Steven Harper and the fact that banks in Canada are highly regulated unlike the USA and the UK. So under his skin he is a consummate politician. He certainly overstepped the mark by fearmongering with pensions. However, he must dance to the tune of his new masters – a corrupt UN. With regard to his pension you can bet that he converted his Canadian pension to GBP and will convert to USD when he goes to the UN so he will have a massive USD pension to live out his years.

  20. December 31, 2019 9:31 am

    Jillian Ambrose seems to have stopped writing for the Telegraph, but Ambrose Evans-Pritchard has become much greener. Anyone seen them in the same room together?

  21. December 31, 2019 10:56 am

    When there are Trillions at stake there are no lies they will not tell. This article covers some of it.
    It does not mention the continue need to absorb the trillions in derivatives that is part of the need to keep the plates spinning. If a bigger bubble is needed to absorb the previous bubble and they have trillions in there eyes. Why not go green. Isn’t that the colour of sick?

  22. Steve permalink
    December 31, 2019 11:41 am

    At the moment wind is generating 10.9% of our energy, we are getting almost as much on interconnectors (8.4%) from France and the Netherlands, and yes coal is switched on at the moment. If this was a normal working day winds percentage would be even lower.
    As usual fairy tale figures from Figueres

    • A C Osborn permalink
      December 31, 2019 2:45 pm

      You forgot to mention Solar, which I assume when you posted was very low.

      • Teaef permalink
        December 31, 2019 3:03 pm


  23. RICHARD JARMAN permalink
    December 31, 2019 4:14 pm

    I would like to press No 10 to appoint (Lord) Matt Ridley who is already in the House of Lords, to be energy/climate lead

  24. January 1, 2020 11:42 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

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