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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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Does Sir David King Still Believe The Drivel He Spouted in 2004?

April 19, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

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Antarctica is likely to be the world’s only habitable continent by the end of this century if global warming remains unchecked, the Government’s chief scientist, Professor Sir David King, said last week.

He said the Earth was entering the "first hot period" for 60 million years, when there was no ice on the planet and "the rest of the globe could not sustain human life".

http://web.archive.org/web/20100817023019/http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/why-antarctica-will-soon-be-the-ionlyi-place-to-live–literally-561947.html

 

Professor David King was Tony Blair’s Chief Scientific Advisor between 2000 and 2007. Despite being only a chemist specialising in surface science, King convinced himself that climate change was a huge threat for the world.

 

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David King

He even claimed in 2004 that “climate change is the most severe problem we are facing today – more serious even than the threat of terrorism".

Shortly afterwards, the unreliable Geoffrey Lean revealed that according to King Antarctica is likely to be the world’s only habitable continent by the end of this century if global warming remains unchecked.

When, in 2007, Channel 5 repeated this comment in the programme The Great Global Warming Swindle, King complained to OFCOM, who upheld his complaint that he had been misrepresented.

The fact that King did not object when Lean wrote his piece, one which of course supported his alarmist agenda, raises serious questions about the Professor’s scientific integrity.

The comments that Lean reported on were originally made at the Parliamentary Select Committee on Environmental Audit, on 30th March 2004.

These were his exact words:

 

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Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth fined for breaking campaigning rules

April 19, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Joe Public

 

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Greenpeace Ltd and Friends of the Earth Limited have been fined by the Electoral Commission for failing to comply with campaigning rules at the 2015 UK Parliamentary General Election.

At the general election, non-party campaigners were required to register with the Electoral Commission if they spent more than either £20,000 campaigning in England or £10,000 campaigning in Wales. Neither organisation registered, although the Commission’s investigations identified over £100,000 in spending on campaigning activity conducted during the regulated period.

Separately, the Electoral Commission has also fined the Democratic Unionist Party £1000 for failing to notify the Commission of a change of registered Leader of the party by the required date.

Greenpeace Ltd and Friends of the Earth Limited investigation

Greenpeace Ltd has been fined a total of £30,000. The Commission concluded that Greenpeace Ltd incurred at least £99,000 of spending in England and £12,000 of spending in Wales on a “Coastal Champions” boat tour and on an anti-fracking poster campaign which was undertaken jointly with Friends of the Earth Ltd. The spending on these campaign activities was incurred during the regulated period for the 2015 UK Parliamentary general election.

The Commission also found that Friends of the Earth Ltd incurred at least £24,000 on spending in England. The spending was incurred on the joint activity with Greenpeace Ltd and separately on a “manifesto scorecard” published on its website. Friends of the Earth Ltd was fined £1000 and has paid the fine.

The Commission concluded that overall, these activities promoted the candidates or parties who demonstrated their support for particular campaign messages and were therefore regulated activities under the legislation.

Bob Posner, Director of Party Finance and Regulation & Legal Counsel for the Electoral Commission said:

“Non-party campaigners are vital to a healthy democracy and we encourage their active participation during campaign periods; however, where a significant amount of money is being spent on campaigning it is right that voters can see who is spending that money and what they are campaigning for. The Commission supports all campaigners by producing a range of materials to help ensure compliance with the law.”

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/journalist/electoral-commission-media-centre/news-releases-donations/greenpeace-and-friends-of-the-earth-fined-for-breaking-campaigning-rules

 

Greenpeace seem to believe that rules don’t apply to them.

The End Of Oil? I Think Not!

April 18, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Patsy Lacey

 

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/04/17/market-fossil-fuels-burnt/ 

 

From the Telegraph:

 

‘I usually put a £5 bet on the oil price – and I’m collecting,” smiles Prof Dieter Helm.

It’s not difficult to imagine his tally of modest wagers adding up. The highly regarded Oxford University economics professor is a long-time industry observer. Today, he is in central London after taking meetings with major oil executives. He is also a familiar face in Whitehall and Brussels, where he advises – both formally and informally – on the trends reshaping the global energy markets.

Still, his stakes will be trillions of dollars lower than the energy leaders he advises

If Helm is to be believed the oil market downturn is only getting started. The latest collapse is the harbinger of a global energy revolution which could spell the end-game for fossil fuels. These theories were laughable less than a decade ago when oil prices grazed highs of more than $140 a barrel. But the burn out of the oil industry is approaching quicker than was first thought, and the most senior leaders within the industry are beginning to take note.

In the past, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has faced down criticism that its global energy market forecasts have overestimated the role of oil and underplayed the boom in renewable energy sources. But last month the tone changed. The agency warned oil and gas companies that failing to adapt to the climate policy shift away from fossil fuels and towards cleaner energy would leave a total of $1 trillion in oil assets and $300bn in natural gas assets stranded.

For oil companies who heed Helm’s advice, the route ahead is a ruthless harvest-and-exit strategy. This would mean an aggressive slashing of capital expenditure, pumping of remaining oil reserves while keeping costs to the floor and paying out very high dividends.

“They’d never do it because no company board would contemplate running a smaller company tomorrow than today. It’s not in the zeitgeist of the corporate world we’re in, but that’s what they should do,” Helm says.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/04/17/market-fossil-fuels-burnt/

 

I sometimes wonder where supposedly intelligent “experts” park their brains where climate change is concerned.

This is of course the same load of drivel that we have had on many occasions from Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Mark Carney and co. And as usual, it contains the same fallacies:

 

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China Gas Output Rises to Record as Coal Production Rebounds

April 18, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-17/china-coal-production-rises-as-government-avoids-output-limits

 

From Bloomberg:

 

China’s natural gas production surged to a record last month and coal output rebounded as economic growth accelerated power use in the world’s largest energy user.

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Bluebell Fraud

April 16, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

h/t QV

 

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http://metro.co.uk/2017/02/10/bluebell-woods-in-danger-of-being-wiped-out-by-climate-change-6439114/

 

The Woodland Trust are apparently spreading this fraudulent fake news:

 

Carpets of bluebells in woodlands are a much-loved sign of spring, but the flowers could struggle as the climate changes, a study suggests.

Researchers analysed hundreds of thousands of ‘citizen science’ records of the changing seasons to help predict the impacts of warming temperatures on 22 species of plants and trees found in the UK countryside.

Spring plants have an optimum time for coming into leaf and flower which gives them the best chance to grow and reproduce, but with rising temperatures caused by global warming that time is likely to shift.

Some plants such as bluebells may not be flexible enough to keep up with the shift in spring, and may suffer as a result, the research suggests.

http://metro.co.uk/2017/02/10/bluebell-woods-in-danger-of-being-wiped-out-by-climate-change-6439114/

 

Bluebells are, according to Wikipedia, a very climate tolerant plant, flourishing all the way up from Spain:

 

Hyacinthoides non-scripta (formerly Endymion non-scriptus or Scilla non-scripta) is a bulbous perennial plant, found in Atlantic areas from north-western Spain to the British Isles, and also frequently used as a garden plant.

The idea that it is going to die out because of a barely noticeable increase in temperature is the sort of fraudulent junk science commonly propagated by eco -nuts.

 

 

One of the claims is that bluebells cannot keep up with the rate of climate change. Yet a quick look at the Met Office’s data for Spring temperatures shows us that there is no such thing as “normal”. Temperatures have fluctuated wildly from year to year since records began. And as anyone who has a garden will know, plants react just as they no doubt have for millennia.

 

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http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/actualmonthly

 

BBC watchers will not be surprised to learn that, according to QV, BBC Breakfast have latched onto this latest news as evidence that we are all going to die!

Micky Mann’s Meandering Jetstream

April 16, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

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One of the “scientists” who demonstrated conclusively that global warming was an unnatural event with the famous “hockey stick” graph is now warning that giant jetstreams which circle the planet are being altered by climate change.

Professor Michael Mann said extreme weather events – such as the “unprecedented” drought in California last year, the flooding in Pakistan in 2010 and the heatwave in Europe in 2003 – were happening more often than they should do, even taking the warming climate into account.

This, he said, meant there had to be an additional factor.

​Jetstreams are influenced by the difference in temperatures between the Arctic and the equator.

But the Arctic has been warming much faster than tropical climates – the island of Svalbard, for example was 6.5 degrees celsius warmer last year compared to the average between 1961 and 1990. The land has also been warming faster than the sea.

Both of those factors were changing the flow of these major air currents to create “extreme meanders” which were helping to cause “extreme weather events”, Professor Mann said.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-global-air-currents-drought-heatwaves-floods-global-warming-michael-mann-arctic-a7651581.html

 

Junk scientist Micky Mann has now come with a new wheeze. Unfortunately his new study is as bent as his hockey stick.

 

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Response To Nat Geo’s “Seven Things To Know About Climate Change”

April 16, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/04/seven-things-to-know-about-climate-change/

 

Following requests to put links all of my seven posts together, I have now added these to my first post on the topic, which is here:

 

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/seven-things-to-know-about-climate-change-national-geographic/

The Seventh Thing To Know About Climate Change–Nat Geographic

April 16, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/04/seven-things-to-know-about-climate-change/

 

It is hard to know where to start with this load of garbage!

 

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