Saturday, 29 April 2017

THE SO-CALLED MARCH FOR SCIENCE BY THE LEFT-WING RABBLE

A report from CFact.

There they were in steady rain, tens of thousands of largely left-wing protestors, activists, and yes, probably a few actual scientists mixed in here or there, all gathered for a so-called “March for Science” in the USA capital.

Not surprisingly, the march surely wasn’t about that. If anything, it was a “March for Silence” on real climate facts, and a rain-soaked but well-publicized call to keep the federal dollars rolling, as long as they keep going in the wrong direction.

The event, held not coincidentally on Earth Day 2017, started with a mega-rally at the foot of the Washington Monument. Then, after about four hours of mostly political speeches (and some music), the marchers slogged their way up soggy Constitution Avenue to Capitol Hill where everyone quickly dispersed to find someplace to dry off.

There were signs that actually had something to do with science. Some talked about vaccines and cancer research, a few talked about marine conservation, and others just extolled the general virtues of progress. Hey, who can be against the end of Polio and Small Pox?

But it didn’t take much searching to find the overwhelming message of the marchers: (1) Anti-Trump (2) Anti-budget cutting and (3) Anti-Climate Deniers.

One marcher was holding a sign denouncing fascism but declined to be interviewed on camera because she said she was a government employee.

Another said that even if NASA satellites show no significant warming over the last 20 years, she wouldn’t give up her belief in catastrophic global warming … well, just because.
Indeed, as we anticipated in a pre-march column published in Investor’s Business Daily, this “March for Science” was much more about venting against any potential rollback of Obama-era climate regulations and hysteria, than it was about advocating for genuine scientific inquiry.
To see more of CFACT’s coverage of the march, check out my colleague Marc Morano’s humorous wrap-up over at Climate Depot. He had wall-to-wall coverage of the march.
And to think, hundreds of thousands more are expected this coming Saturday in D.C. for the even more radical People’s Climate March. At least the forecast is drier.

Friday, 28 April 2017

SEA ICE OFF NEWFOUNDLAND THICKEST IN LIVING MEMORY

This article gives the background to the headline. What is self-evident is that the climate is variable and extreme conditions are quite a common occurrence. Climate alarmists try to create a drama out of every extreme that comes along.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

CONSERVATIVES CUT FOREIGN OFFICE "CLIMATE STAFF" NUMBERS BY 50%

Here is the detail of this good news story. Let's hope that if they win the current election they will go even further and end this madness. We simply cannot afford to employ all these people when the country is in so much debt. I bet the majority of voters have no idea that we employ all these "climate staff" in the first place.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

EU POLICY - IF THE SCIENCE GOES AGAINST POLICY, IGNORE THE SCIENCE

That would seem to be the stance according to this article recently published in the Times. Now they have been exposed ignoring scientific research in one area why should we trust them in other areas such as climate change. A good job we are leaving and a pity we can't leave more quickly.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

CANADIAN COURT SAYS CLIMATE SCIENTIST WAS NOT DEFAMED

This article explains the background to the case. It looks like a good day for press freedom and freedom of speech. Sometimes, as in this case, judges can get it wrong. Mark Steyn must be pleased to see this.

Monday, 24 April 2017

WISHFUL THINKING BY LEADING UN CLIMATE ALARMIST

Here is a laughable piece of nonsense about an initiative by Christiana Figueres, a leading figure in the UN. I draw it to your attention to demonstrate the feeble arguments being made to bolster the flagging climate alarmists argument. Here is a short extract:

"During the conference, Figueres reiterated the “clear parallel” between progress on gender equality and on climate change over the last six years. She noted evidence suggests that a greater presence of women in the boardroom and in senior leadership roles can help increase the corporate focus on climate change, and emphasized that the UNFCCC has recognized the important role of women in addressing climate change through its ‘Momentum for Change: Women for Results’ initiative. The ‘Two Degrees of Change’ initiative aims to encourage women to raise climate issues with their company boards and to call on companies and investors to act on climate change".

So what is Figueres saying - that women are more likely to buy into the climate alarmist argument?  She has put forward no evidence for this. She simply trots it out as a fact and then assumes the rest of her ideas as following on from this unproven fact. The women she meets are probably all on her wavelength, or, more likely too polite to argue with her, or too in awe of her status to challenge her. But, out in the real world she would find there are plenty of women who are just as sceptical as a good deal of men.


Sunday, 23 April 2017

AS THE CO2 CUTS START TO BITE WE WILL SOON REGRET THE CLIMATE CHANGE ACT

This piece discusses the proposition that cutting CO2 emissions is a "win-win" for both the climate and the economy. This is often put forward by alarmists who want to win over those who are put off by the argument that  cutting CO2 is costly and will make us less competitive.  Unfortunately for alarmists that argument is right, though of course it is possible to both cut emissions and become more competitive by replacing coal with cheap gas, but that was just a lucky coincidence. Here is one quote from the article:

"The UK (in common with other industrialised countries) has continued to lose manufacturing jobs. Those jobs, as is well known, are now being done in China and other emerging economies, but Brits still consume the products. In other words, no matter how good the country’s performance may look on paper, global carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise."

So we shouldn't kid ourselves that if we continue to make cuts we will continue to grow the economy. Anyone should see that cutting will get ever harder and more costly as more and more industries close due to adverse energy costs. More and more imports will be needed. It is not "win-win", but more like "lose-lose"!

Saturday, 22 April 2017

HERE'S A PEAK AT THE ESTABLISHMENT SUPPORTING CLIMATE ALARMISM

This article looks at the enormous climate alarmist establishment. But we should not be too dismayed by it as it is propping up a house of cards. We are lucky if we live in democracies where there is the freedom to put over alternative views. Despite the way that climate alarmism has become so dominant there is still a great deal of scepticism out there and for good reason. Here in the UK we have Lord Lawson and his Global Warming Policy Foundation which has become increasingly influential. Also Paul Homewood's blog Not a Lot Of People Know That which continually exposes the lies and exaggeration that are being put out. Without the internet things would be a lot worse.

Friday, 21 April 2017

NEW RESEARCH SAYS MEDIEVAL WARM PERIOD WAS AS WARM AS THE PRESENT

This article highlights the new research. What it means is that we still underestimate natural variability and until we understand that we are unable to say whether man's contribution is important or trivial. To say anything different is no more than guesswork.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

YET ANOTHER PREDICTION OF THE "END OF OIL"

This piece looks at the latest attempt to predict the "end of oil". Like all the previous ones it is likely to be premature. It is similar to all those religious fundamentalists who predict the "end of the world".

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

WHITE HOUSE FLOATS EXCUSES TO BREAK TRUMP PROMISE TO CANCEL PARIS CLIMATE TREATY

This article looks at the good reasons why President Trump should keep his election promise to quit the Paris Treaty and explains why some in the White House want him to stay in it. Shame on them!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

EUROPE TO HAVE A LATE COLD SNAP

This piece tells us that central Europe is going to have a late cold spell due to winds coming down from the Arctic. This was the opposite of what was being forecast a few weeks ago.

Monday, 17 April 2017

MATT RIDLEY EXPOSES THE GREEN ACTIVISTS PLANS AND FAILURES

Matt Ridley's article explains how the ban on neonicotinoids has been a failure like so many other attempts by green activists. He looks at the activists play plan to see how they promote their dubious causes, and very clever it is too.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

SCOTT PRUITT CALLS FOR USA TO EXIT PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT

Date: 14/04/17

  • The Washington Post

President Trump’s top environment official called for an “exit” from the historic Paris agreement Thursday, the first time such a high-ranking administration official has so explicitly disavowed the agreement endorsed by nearly 200 countries to fight climate change.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, left, shakes hands with coal miners during a visit to Consol Pennsylvania Coal Company’s Harvey Mine in Sycamore, Pa., on April 13. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

It seems that the doubts expressed a few days ago were wrong. The USA may yet lead the world back to sanity on the great CO2 scam that has enveloped it.

Speaking with “Fox Friends,” Pruitt commented, “Paris is something that we need to really look at closely. It’s something we need to exit in my opinion.”
“It’s a bad deal for America,” Pruitt continued. “It was an America second, third, or fourth kind of approach. China and India had no obligations under the agreement until 2030. We front-loaded all of our costs.”
Pruitt had called the Paris accord a “bad deal” in the past but does not appear to have previously gone so far as to call for the United States to withdraw.
The Trump administration has previously said it is currently reviewing its position on climate change and energy policy and remains noncommittal, for now, on whether it will follow through on the president’s campaign pledge to “cancel” the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
“You might’ve read in the media that there was much discussion about U.S. energy policy and the fact that we’re undergoing a review of many of those policies,” Energy Secretary Rick Perry said in Texas on Thursday, according to prepared remarks. “It’s true, we are and it’s the right thing to do.”
Amid this uncertainty, the statement aligns Pruitt with a more hard-line approach held by some in the Trump administration, rather than the more moderate take of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who had said in his confirmation hearing that the U.S. should have a “seat at the table” in the Paris negotiations.
Tillerson’s former company, the oil giant ExxonMobil, has also supported the Paris accord, and in late March wrote a letter to the White House reiterating its view that “the United States is well positioned to compete within the framework of the Paris agreement, with abundant low-carbon resources such as natural gas, and innovative private industries, including the oil, gas, and petrochemical sectors.”

Saturday, 15 April 2017

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE DOES CLIMATE CHANGE SCARE SERIES

The National Geographic Magazine are no doubt hoping that their  series of articles highlighting the supposedly "scary" aspects of climate change will attract extra readers. In fact these scares are false and can easily be debunked as shown in these excellent blogs by Paul Homewood.

Friday, 14 April 2017

PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD TURNS INTO A HOUSE OF CARDS

Paris Climate Accord Is A Dead Deal Walking As $100 Billion Climate Fund DisappearsThe American Interest, 11 April 2017
 Shocking news—the magic $100 billion climate fund appears not to be taking shape! Even optimistic estimates sat the fund is $40 billion short, and developing countries say that understates the problem.

The 
Financial Times:
 
Climate ministers from Europe, India, Brazil and South Africa have gone to Beijing in recent weeks, hoping to sustain momentum from the Paris talks despite the Trump administration’s dismantling of US regulations meant to limit American emissions.
 But discussions have quickly run up against the issue of financing.  “Developed countries have not met their commitments. In their reports a lot of their commitment is in the form of development aid. That doesn’t meet the commitment to contribute to new funds,” China’s top climate change negotiator, Xie Zhenhua, told a briefing on Tuesday. “A lot of countries don’t want to chip in. I said to the European minister: that’s your problem as developed countries. It’s your responsibility to work together and sort it out.”

First world donors have been busily relabeling other foreign aid as contributions to the climate kitty. For developing countries, this is a cheat — they expect $100 billion in new money.

Or, to put it more accurately, they are not nearly stupid and naive enough to believe the lies Western diplomats tell when trying to bamboozle naive green voters at home that they are “Doing Something” about climate change. So they don’t really expect all that money, but hope to use these commitments to pry 
something out of the West. Also, since the West will certainly default on these bogus commitments, developing countries have all the justification they need to blow off their own commitments when the time comes.

This, one notes, is the house of cards that the last Administration claimed was a big piece of its legacy.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

AIR POLLUTION NOT TO BLAME FOR THOUSANDS OF DEATHS

This article exposes the fraudulent claims that air pollution is a major cause of death in modern cities.

Ross McKitrick, a University of Guelph economist, has taken a close look at the usefulness of the computer methods producing these smog death figures. First he took Toronto’s computer model and gave it data from the 1960s, when air pollution was noticeably worse than today. Back-testing is a common way to judge a computer model’s reliability. If it cannot explain what has already happened, then it’s usefulness in explaining the future is highly suspect.
The output was nonsense. In February 1965, for instance, the computer model claimed more people died from air pollution than died in the real world from all causes.
“The results I got suggest the models are implausible,” McKitrick told me. “They’re attributing over 100 percent of all deaths to air pollution. It just doesn’t make sense.”
Given the obvious flaws in existing computer models, McKitrick created his own simulation. With two Scottish academics he gathered 20 years of data from five Canadian cities – a far larger data set than used by the Ontario Medical Association – and performed a more sophisticated computer test. These results show air pollution to be almost entirely irrelevant to hospital admissions or death.

According to McKitrick, even if all forms of air pollution miraculously disappeared from Ontario over night, there would be no noticeable decline in the death rate. Claims of a massive death toll do not stand up to scrutiny.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

SOUTH AUSTRALIA DEMOLISHES ITS LAST COAL FIRED POWER STATION

Obsessed by ideas of cutting CO2 emissions, South Australia's government is the test bed for what happens when you rely too much on renewable energy. This is the answer. 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

US COURT TO DECIDE ON CLIMATE REGULATION ROLL BACK

This piece explains. It seems the president is having to fight in the courts to get most of his policies through. This is the strength of democratic nations which have so many checks and balances. It is also a frustration when voters vote for change and it gets blocked.

Monday, 10 April 2017

DOUBTS OVER SCOTT PRUITT'S WILLINGNESS TO DRAIN THE SWAMP APPEARING

Scott Pruitt is the man the president has put in charge of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and This article looks at the actions of Scott Pruitt and suggests that he has become rather faint-hearted since his appointment and he is not wanting to rock the climate boat and be labelled an "extremist". This is all rather worrying, if true.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

CHRISTOPHER BOOKER LARGE MAIL PIECE ON GREEN DISASTERS

This piece by Booker is a tour-de-force on the government's "green" policies, including the latest about turn on diesel cars. It's a really big piece in the print copy, though not so easy to find on line.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

IS THE UK READY TO RENEGE ON EU CLIMATE TARGETS?

This article suggests that they are. Just one more benefit of brexit, giving the UK the flexibility to gain a competitive edge over our former EU partners. Competition is what drives the world and by competing, the nations become leaner and fitter. The EU has lead to complacent uncompetitive nations. If the UK makes a big success over brexit this will make it hard for the remaining nations to keep the EU going, as others will try to emulate the UK. 

Friday, 7 April 2017

ARCTIC OF THE 1930s AND 1940s JUST AS WARM AS TODAY

This article looks at the natural influences on the Arctic which seem to be able to account for most of the changes that have taken place.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

SMART METERS - ADVERTISING WATCH DOG RULING ANNOUNCED

Regular readers may remember my article on smart meters a few weeks ago. In it I referred to a series of adverts on TV which proclaimed how accurate they were. Other articles such as this one and this one add to the picture. As a result I decided to complain to the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) which is supposed to regulate adverts to ensure they are honest.

The essence of my complaint was that the smart meter ads focused on the accuracy of smart meters; however recent studies and complaints from the public have shown that the meters are unreliable and can give wildly inaccurate readings.

I have just received their response, which reads:

"We have carefully considered the points you raised but have decided that the advertising rules have not been broken on this occasion and we won't be taking further action on your complaint. This is because we consider that the ad is likely to be interpreted as simply highlighting the perceived benefits of the smart meter (in giving up-to-date usage figures via a device that is more accessible and avoid being charged estimated bills and consequently avoid the need to submit estimated readings or wait for remuneration). We acknowledge that smart meters may not be seen as beneficial to all, and that some customers may have not had a good experience with their smart meters so far. However we consider that this is a matter of individual customer experience, and the ad itself is unlikely to exaggerate the benefits of smart meters. We therefore consider that the ad is unlikely to materially mislead customers"

You will note that they have not specifically addressed my complaint that they highlighted the accuracy of the smart meters knowing that there were serious doubts over their accuracy which even their own spokesmen acknowledged.

I have appealed the ruling as follows:

Dear Ms Marchant,
Thank you for your email detailing the outcome of my complaint. I have read it carefully and do not believe it has addressed the actual point of my complaint which was that the advertisers highlighted one particular attribute of their product - that they were very accurate. They did so knowing that their product was in fact unreliable.
Here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/bills/article-4291166/Not-smart-New-energy-meters-won-t-work-1-3-homes.html is an article which gives evidence to support my complaint. Below are relevant excerpts from the article.
"An industry insider admitted to Money Mail that suppliers are struggling to meet the deadline because smart meter technology isn't advanced enough.
The industry is frantically working to improve the technology, but we don't yet have solutions for all the problems. We need more time. By rushing, mistakes will happen."
In your ruling you say how you "consider that the ad is likely to be interpreted", but my complaint is specifically about the claim of accuracy. It is on that point that I believe the ad fails the objective test of not misleading the public.
Please will you address this point specifically in the light of the evidence.
Yours sincerely,
Derek Tipp

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

LISTEN TO THE LATEST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE

This post includes a link to the conference itself for those who wish to listen to the various contributions. In particular the excellent speech by Roger Helmer MEP is set out in full. Well worth a look, it is good to see this conference becoming mainstream. 

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

ROY SPENCER GIVES A BALANCED VIEW ON THE GW DEBATE

Roy Spencer seems to me to be a very sensible and level-headed person who weighs things up in a balanced way. His latest blog piece is very much in that mould. Roy and his colleague John Christy are very much in the front line of climate research and their data from Satellite measurements of temperature have formed their view that man is not likely to be causing serious climate change by emitting CO2. If it were not for people like Roy, the catastrophic view of climate change would be much harder to refute. I salute their courage.

Monday, 3 April 2017

STANDING UP FOR FREE SPEECH IN SCIENCE AND JOURNALISM

Here is a great article that encapsulates the bed-rock of what a democracy should be. If we depart from these principles then we are on the slippery slope to a different form of government; not one that most of us would want to live in. Below is a short extract to give a flavour of the article.

" Science has a particular disdain for authority, as does journalism. It’s a real thing not to be paid lip-service to by a committee as they hand down judgement. We are not talking about journalists questioning if carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, but about views on climate trends, frequency of extreme events, climate sensitivity. Views on these are varied, each justifiable, yet are often subject to complaints to press regulators. The fact that so many complaints fail shows how many do not understand journalism."

Sunday, 2 April 2017

HOW TO DEAL WITH THE "YOU'RE NOT AN EXPERT" RETORT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Those who have swallowed the idea that we are about to experience dangerous climate change often use the retort "you're not an expert" and therefore should not make comments on it.

This article discusses this proposition and concludes that the ramifications of climate change policies are subjects that affect all of us and so we have as much right to make comment on it as we have to question any other aspects of policy. Quite right! 

Saturday, 1 April 2017

CALL IN THE RED TEAMS TO SAVE CLIMATE SCIENCE

This piece explains the issue of how climate science has been hijacked by politicians through grant funding to get the answers that suit their agenda. The Red Teams are groups of sceptical scientists who critically review the work and publish independent reports on it. The only question is - can we be sure no one has bribed the Red Team? 

Friday, 31 March 2017

BBC PUTTING OUT MORE GW PROPAGANDA

This piece gives the details. It's a pity that our BBC has lost its reputation for impartiality so easily over this issue. In the linked article there is strong evidence that the problems of Florida are not a result of any recent change in climate, but instead a long term result of the melting ice sheet that was laid over the north of America. 

Thursday, 30 March 2017

USA FRACKING PRODUCES PROFITABLE OIL AT $20 A BARREL

Shell’s New Permian Shale Play Profitable At $20 A BarrelOil Price, 24 March 2017

Rakesh Upadhyay
 
OPEC’s worries about the booming U.S. oil production have increased significantly with the big three oil companies’ interest in shale. 2017-19 is likely to see the largest increase in mega projects’ production in history.

Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc, and Chevron Corp., are planning $10 billion of investments in shale in 2017, a quantum jump compared to previous years. All the naysayers who doubted the longevity of the shale oil industry may have to modify their forecasts.

OPEC lost when they pumped at will as lower oil prices destroyed their finances, and now they are losing their hard-earned market share as a result of cutting production. Shell’s declaration that they can “make money in the Permian with oil at $40 a barrel, with new wells profitable at about $20 a barrel” is an indication that Shell is here to stay, whatever the price of oil.

The arrival of the big three oil companies with their loaded balance sheets is good news for the longevity of the shale industry.

The oil crash, which started in 2014, pushed more than 100 shale oil companies into bankruptcy, causing default on at least $70 billion of debt, according to The Economist. Even the ones that survived haven’t been very profitable, according to Bloomberg, which said that the top 60 listed E&P firms have “burned up cash for 34 of the last 40 quarters”.

Therefore, during the downturn, the smaller players had to slow down their operations, but this will not be the case with the big three.

“Big Oil is cash-flow positive, so they can take a longer-term view,’’ said Bryan Sheffield, the billionaire third-generation oilman who heads Parsley Energy Inc. “You’re going to see them investing more in shale,” reports Bloomberg.

The majors are attempting to further improve the economics of operation. Shell said that its cost per well has been reduced to $5.5 million, a 60 percent drop from 2013. Instead of drilling a single well per pad, which was the norm, Shell is now drilling five wells per pad, 20 feet apart, which saves money previously spent on moving rigs from site to site.

Shell is not the only one—Chevron expects its shale production to increase 30% every year for the next decade. Similarly, Exxon plans to allocate one-third of its drilling budget this year to shale, and it expects to quadruple its shale output by 2025.


A little known miner has gained access to the world’s most valuable copper land package which could soon turn this company into the next big thing for investors.
“The arrival of Big Oil is very significant for shale,” said Deborah Byers, U.S. energy leader at consultant Ernst & Young in Houston. “It marries a great geological resource with a very strong balance sheet.”  [...]

“2017-19 is likely to see the largest increase in mega projects’ production in history, as the record 2011-13 capex commitment yields fruit,” the U.S. investment bank said in a research note on Tuesday, reports Reuters.


So much for the end of fossil fuels!

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

CHINA TO MOVE SOME MANUFACTURING TO THE USA

Cheap Energy & New Technology: China Sees A Manufacturing Future — In AmericaThe Wall Street Journal, 21 March 2017

Andrew Browne
 
DONGGUAN, China—Glen Lin is struggling to keep his shoe company competitive on the world’s factory floor in southern China. Wages are shooting up 15% each year. Taxes are high. Shipping is exorbitant, and slow. So, as fast as he can he’s automating production, while planning an escape to his largest market—the U.S.

The vice general manager of Dongguan Winwin Industrial, a Taiwan-owned company, is scouting for a location in America to move his newest machinery that turns out high-quality sneakers and casual shoes. Most likely, he’ll end up near one of his main customers: Skechers, based in California, Crocs in Colorado, or Nike in Portland, Ore

In global manufacturing, fortunes are starting to shift in America’s favour.
That’s despite Donald Trump’s angry election rhetoric about China “raping” the U.S., and his threats to forcibly bring home manufacturing jobs by slapping across-the-board tariffs of 45% on Chinese imports.

The trends were clear well before Mr. Trump started rallying his blue-collar base with alarmist messages of protectionism. In fact, China’s trade challenge peaked years ago: Exports to the U.S. surged in the immediate aftermath of the country joining the World Trade Organization in 2001, throwing several million U.S. assembly workers out of a job, but they have since flattened out.

Nowadays, the exit of U.S. factory jobs from the country is roughly matched by posts coming in, according to the nonprofit Reshoring Initiative, which encourages companies to bring production back to the U.S.

Job-creating investment from China is booming in particular. Last year, it tripled to $45.6 billion from a year earlier, according to the Rhodium Group.

Chinese social-media sites were abuzz last year when the auto-glass tycoon Cao Dewang announced he was moving part of his production empire to Ohio. Some commentators denounced him for “running away.” He insisted he could make more money producing for the U.S. market from Ohio than China.

Although U.S. wages are still higher than those in China, the gap is rapidly narrowing. Andy Gu, vice president of international business for Midea, a massive home-appliance maker also based in southern China, says a competent engineer now demands up to $50,000 a year. Ordinary workers get about $600 a month, with food and lodging on top.

Moreover, industrial land in the U.S. is often cheaper than in Chinese coastal cities. The shale-gas revolution has dramatically lowered U.S. energy costs.
But the real key is technology: Advanced manufacturing is leveling the playing field.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

UK'S LARGEST UNDEVELOPED OIL FIELD DISCOVERED OFF THE SCOTTISH COAST

Hurricane Energy has made a further oil discovery west of the Shetland Islands days after Royal Dutch Shell and BP won exploration licences in an area the UK is counting on to breathe new life into its struggling oil and gas industry. The latest find adds to a series of successful wells drilled by Hurricane in a geological formation that analysts say looks likely to be the biggest new oil discovery beneath UK waters this century. Hurricane is expected to announce that initial data from its Halifax well indicates the presence of a 1km-deep oil column and that, crucially, it appears to be part of “a single large hydrocarbon accumulation” connected to the company’s adjacent Lancaster field. This would increase confidence behind the London-listed explorer’s claim to be sitting on the largest undeveloped discovery on the UK continental shelf and aid efforts to attract investment in the field from international oil majors.

Monday, 27 March 2017

FALSE CLAIMS ON LOW CARBON ENERGY ARE DAMAGING THE UK

This article explains how the so-called independent Climate Change Committee is making false claims about renewable energy. A public body, funded by the taxpayer to the tune of £3.8m a year, discharging such a crucial role requires competence, honesty and objectivity.


The committee’s recent report on energy prices is deficient in all three, instead displaying similar ethical standards to Greenpeace or Friends of the Earth. Yes, low carbon electricity is more expensive than burning fossil fuels, the report conceded, but overall, low carbon policies were making people better off because energy efficiency policies meant that people were consuming less electricity.

This would only be true if everyone upgraded all their electrical equipment cost, which of course they don't do. But if they did they would still not see any real savings as they would have spent a lot of capital in the upgrading. For example the old candescent light bulbs cost around 20 or 30 pence, whereas the new lower energy ones cost around 200 pence.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

EU COUNTRIES ABUSING CLIMATE LOOPHOLE

This report explains what has been going on. It is not surprising that they are finding ways around these costly rules, but what it also shows is the impossibility of nations working together to prevent a world disaster - should one ever materialise.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

DID YOU MISS EARTH HOUR? - SO DID I.

Apparently it was earlier this evening. Oh well perhaps next year!

WILL TRUMP REMAIN IN THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL AFTER ALL?

This piece suggests that President Trump may fall short of taking the USA out of the Paris climate deal. Instead it suggests that he might remain in it subject to certain conditions. This would be a pity.

Friday, 24 March 2017

UK STARTS DRILLING FIRST FRACKING WELLS

This article gives some details of the latest situation. We are still at least 5 years away from commercial extraction but it is at least a move in the right direction. The new age of cheap gas is dawning. 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

UK ENERGY POLICY TO BE ABOUT CUTTING COSTS, NOT EMISSIONS, SAYS gOVERNMENT CHIEF

This article explains the long overdue re-think. A spokesman said  the previous energy policies, which focused on balancing a trilemma of reducing energy emissions, cutting costs and delivering energy security, ‘had been the result of tensions’ between two Government departments. The current view now is that decarbonisation has a cost to domestic users and businesses and the focus now is on ‘how much can industry bear before it is too much, and decides to go elsewhere?’ So it seems that the penny has at last begun to drop and not before time!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

THE USA BIO FUEL NIGHTMARE

This article looks at the effect of the bio fuel mandate requiring bio ethanol to be added to gasoline for motor cars. This causes increased prices for both gasoline as well as crops. A lose-lose scenario. 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

USA CLIMATE FUNDING GOES UNDERGOUND TO ESCAPE TRUMP'S AXE

This article gives the details of how the Obama administration tried to hide away the billions of dollars earmarked to "fight climate change" so that Trump's people would find it very hard to get it back or even stop the flow of future funds.

Monday, 20 March 2017

THE COST OF GOING GREEN HIDDEN IN THE BUDGET

This piece shines a light on the hidden cost of the UK government complying with the Climate Change Act. This is a timely reminder of what the true cost is of following this path. I am sure other nations will be wary of doing so.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

IS TRUMP GOING SOFT ON OPPOSITION TO THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT?

This article looks at the possibility of the USA staying in the Paris Climate Accord in return for some concessions regarding fossil fuel use. There must be an awful lot of pressure on the President to stay in the climate deal, so I would not be surprised if there was a fudge.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

USA PRESIDENT DRASTICALLY CUTS CLIMATE FUNDING IN BUDGET

This article gives the details. It will be interesting to see whether Congress changes these provisions. If not then it looks as though we may have finally started to turn the corner on the most costly policy in man's history.

Friday, 17 March 2017

COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE PULLING THE WOOL OVER OUR EYES ON COST OF POLICY

GWPF Condemns Misleading Committee on Climate Change Report on Policy Costs

Calls on Government to radically reform unreliable Committee on Climate Change

 

Today’s statement on Energy Prices and Bills by Lord Deben’s Committee on Climate Change confirms growing suspicions that it is neither objective nor reliable as an advisor to the public about the true cost of climate policies.

The CCC’s attempt to reassure the public about the cost impact of climate policies is a misleading whitewash. Contrary to the spin of the CCC, their own figures show that almost all the projected increase in domestic electricity prices between 2016 and 2030 is the result of energy and climate policies.
According to the CCC’s own work (see chart 1.7) energy and climate policies have increased prices to domestic consumers by 33% in 2016. In other words they are 33% higher at present than they would be in the absence of policies. This figure will rise to 40% in 2020 and to over 50% in 2030.
The CCC covers up this large and damaging price increase by claiming that efficiency measures reduce consumption, meaning that the price increases are not converted into rising energy bills. More objectively one might say that government subsidy spending on renewables, and other climate policies, is preventing consumers from reaping the benefits of efficiency measures leading to lower energy bills.
Dr John Constable, energy editor of the Global Warming Policy Forum, said:
“The CCC’s study has the clear hallmarks of deliberate and shameless obfuscation. With smoke and mirrors they attempt to turn additional climate policy taxes and stealth taxes, which the Office for Budget Responsibility estimates at about £7 billion a year at present and £12 billion a year in 2020, into net benefits for energy consumers. This is nothing short of a disgrace to the current committee members responsible.”
The Global Warming Policy Forum is calling on the government to radically reform the selection and workings of the Committee on Climate Change which is misleading the public on the real cost impacts of climate policy.

Contact:

Dr John Constable
john.constable@thegwpf.com 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

MORE ARCTIC ICE NOW THAN FOR THE PAST TEN THOUSAND YEARS

That is what This paper  is saying. It is not something you will have heard in main stream discussions on the trends in Arctic ice. Most people would say that Arctic ice is on the decline, but that trend is a very recent one that is starting from a high level of ice. This point needs making to counter the mis-information being put out by climate alarmists.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

SCANDAL OF TAXPAYERS MONEY WASTED ON OVERSEAS CLIMATE CHANGE PROJECTS

The UK government has once again been caught out wasting money on pointless overseas aid projects. This article gives the details. At a time when so many vital services are being cut to the bone it is simply astonishing to see such waste.  

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

GREAT LECTURE ON GW BY DON EASTERBROOK

This video was one I was recommended to view and I pass it on to readers as a good overall view of the GW scare  which Don Easterbrook is able to overcome in a very understandable way.

Monday, 13 March 2017

GW NOT PRIMARILY CAUSED BY CO2 SAYS USA ENVIRONMENT CHIEF

At last there are senior figures prepared to speak out. How refreshing to see it. This article gives the details. Maybe now that it has started it will lead to other leading figures to follow them.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

UK INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY NOT JOINED UP

The House of Commons committee responsible for scrutinising theDepartment of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), has just published its first review of the government’s flagship Industrial Strategy. Below is a flavour of the report:

There is a fundamental conflict between security of supply, decarbonisation and affordability  requiring that one or other of these objectives is substantially sacrificed in order to meet the other. Indeed, the Committee must have some inkling of this because elsewhere it expresses the fear that government will, after all, put a “higher priority” on affordability than on “progress against carbon budgets. I

In fact this concern is probably groundless, at least for the time being, since there is every sign that government, or at least Mr Clark, Secretary of State for BEIS, is clinging to the idea that it is possible “to keep costs down for businesses” while decarbonising, and that there are “economic benefits”, rather than net costs, to “the transition to a low-carbon economy” (Industrial Strategy, p. 11). With subsidies to renewable electricity currently running at about £5 billion a year in the UK, and stretching out at this rate for decades, such a view is nothing short of bizarre. Indeed, the committed extra cost will be a grave obstacle to economic stability let alone growth even if the claimed and somewhat implausible capital cost reductions in offshore wind, for example, are supported by dramatic and at present unlikely reductions in the system costs need to address intermittency

Saturday, 11 March 2017

DAILY MAIL HAS A THIRD GO AT SMART METERS

This piece is yet again on the issue of so-called smart electricity and gas meters. After this, surely no one will want to risk having one fitted. Even the "industry insider" said "The industry is frantically working to improve the technology, but we don't yet have solutions for all the problems. We need more time. By rushing, mistakes will happen."

If they don't have solutions why on earth are they rushing ahead. This is madness!

It is most ironic that this very week someone (presumably a government agency) has put out TV adverts extolling the accuracy of these meters.

Here is one.

Here is another in the same vein.

Friday, 10 March 2017

94 YEAR OLD SCIENTIST LEADS ON NEW BATTERY TECHNOLOGY

This story stood out for me by the remarkable age of the leading scientist who appears to have made a breakthrough in battery technology. Perhaps his long active use of his brain has helped him to keep going. I only hope that if I get to 94 I will still be able to have an active brain. His example is an inspiration.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

BREXIT PUTS EU CLIMATE FUNDING IN PERIL

Here's news of a double whammy. Apparently as a result of the UK leaving the EU, the EU will find it very difficult to fund its climate change schemes. What a bonus! We might even have cheaper energy and a more competitive industry too.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

SERIOUS TROUBLE WITH SO-CALLED SMART METERS

This piece in the Mail looks at a study by specialists into the accuracy of the Smart Meters and its findings are very worrying. These meters are so hopeless that they can't cope with such everyday items as low energy light bulbs. Despite this a government spokesman said he has full confidence in them. Says it all, doesn't it? I wonder what the public will say?

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

SHALE REVOLUTION DRIVES USA ENERGY COSTS TO RECORD LOW

Record-low natural gas prices enabled consumers to devote “less than 4% of their total annual household spending to energy in 2016,the smallest share ever recorded by the US government. The Business Council for Sustainable Energy, in partnership with Bloomberg New Energy, just released Sustainable Energy in America Factbook The report covers the across-the-board benefits for the rise in natural gas use across the United States, with most notable being the fact that American consumers are now spending less of their incomes on energy than ever before in the modern era Exceedingly low natural gas and electricity prices have helped to reduce costs for industrial players, particularly those in energy-intensive sectors. Despite a surge in the value of the dollar over 2015-16, the United States remains among the lowest cost markets for electricity in the world for industrial customers beating out other large countries such as China, India, Mexico and Japan. The report also highlights the fact that low natural gas prices have allowed the U.S. economy to grow at the same time as reducing greenhouse gas emissions — a previously unheard of decoupling trend. One reason, the report notes, is because of increased natural gas use for electricity generation. In fact, natural gas is now the top fuel source for electrical generation, which has driven U.S. CO2 emissions to their lowest levels since 1991

Monday, 6 March 2017

NOT SO SMART METERS SCARE USERS WITH HUGE BILLS

This piece highlights the latest errors causing concern among some smart meter users. If this gets rolled out across the country there will be real anger among the public who are being conned into accepting them.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

GERMANY WANTS 100% ELECTRIC VEHICLES BY 2030 BUT THE NUMBERS DON'T STACK UP

This piece explains why Germany's plans for 100% electric vehicles by 2030 will actually increase overall emissions of CO2 in the country. Germany has ambitious plans for both electric cars and renewable energy. But it can’t deliver both. As things stand, Germany’s well-meaning but contradictory ambitions would actually boost emissions by an amount comparable with the present-day emissions of the entire country of Uruguay or the state of Montana.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

CLIMATE CHANGE MEASURES INTRODUCED BY STEALTH

This piece looks at the way climate alarmist measures are being introduced under the guise of other headings in order to make them sound more sensible.

Friday, 3 March 2017

TECHNOCRACY RISING

This video shows us what is coming in the next decade or two. As the person being interviewed says, global warming is just to soften us up so we are more likely to accept the rise of automation and the restriction on our freedom. This is a very professionally made short video that has a very powerful message. 

Thursday, 2 March 2017

BOOKER ON ARCTIC SEA ICE

this piece explains what is really going on in the Arctic - not something you will hear on the TV news! Why aren't there more journalists like Christopher Booker and David Rose?

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

SOLAR HOMES USE MORE ELECTRICITY THAN NON-SOLAR ONES

This piece explains the findings. It is simply that the profits they make on selling the solar electricity back to the grid means their bills overall are reduced, allowing them to use more. Simple really. 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

WHITE HOUSE TARGETS EPA CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRAMS

This piece explains the latest announcement from the Trump administration. It is good to see the president make good on his campaign promises. Is it too much to hope that Theresa May follows his example here in the UK? 

HYDRO-ELECTRIC POWER EMITS GREENHOUSE GASES TOO

This article looks at the emission of methane and nitrous oxide from hydro-electric schemes and finds that it is a significant amount. This begs the question of why these emissions are not counted by the IPCC?

Monday, 27 February 2017

RICHARD LINDZEN PETITION TO PRESIDENT TRUMP - PULL USA OUT OF CLIMATE CHANGE TREATY

This article gives the details of the letter and the petition that has been sent to the President urging him to follow through on his pledge to with draw the USA from the UN's climate change agenda. It has been signed by over 300 highly qualified scientists, which in itself shows that there is certainly no consensus over this highly contentious issue. I hope the President summons up the courage to face the backlash he will undoubtedly get from the climate alarmist fraternity.

GREEN LEVIES TO MAKE A QUARTER OF ELECTRIC BILLS BY 2020

Ministers were last night urged to come clean about the explosion in green levies by publishing the cost in household power bills. Furious peers said green subsidies will make up around a QUARTER of the typical electricity bill by 2020 – but the public had no idea they were picking up the tab. It came as a cross-party Lords Committee blamed the levies and other disastrous Government interventions for pushing electricity prices sky-high. They warned the 58 per cent surge in prices over the past decade was forcing manufacturers to move overseas. They called for an end to most subsidies and the creation of a new Energy Commission to monitor affordability. --Steve Hawkes, The Sun, 24 February 2017

Sunday, 26 February 2017

TRUMP REPEALS ANTI-COAL RULE

This article explains how the new president has repealed a rule introduced by Obama just before he left office that would have severe restrictions on coal mining. Again Donald Trump has shown that he intends to keep his election pledges to help ordinary working people.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

MUCH MORE CARBON IN EARTH THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT

This article looks at the latest discovery. New research published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters describes how scientists have used the world’s largest array of seismic sensors to map a deep-Earth area of melting carbonate covering 1.8 million square kilometres. Situated under the Western US, 350km beneath Earth’s surface, the discovered melting region challenges accepted understanding of how much carbon Earth contains — much more than previously understood.

Friday, 24 February 2017

SCOTT PRUITT TO HEAD THE EPA IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

This piece explains the policy to be followed by the newly appointed head of the American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He is going to take the EPA back to its core responsibility and away from its recent course of climate change activism. 

Thursday, 23 February 2017

EXCELLENT LECTURE BY PROF.JOHN CHRISTY

Here is a very important lecture by one of the most credible scientists you can hear, Professor John Christy. He has a way of putting the science across that makes it easily understandable to all. He makes many excellent points but one that stands out for me is the immeasurable difference that would be made by massive unilateral cuts in CO2 emissions by the USA. This can be accessed from about 24 minutes into the video. This video has had 11,800 viewings to date but it needs to be seen by a much larger audience so please view it and, if you agree then pass it on to others.  

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

SAME SEX MARRIAGE THE MODEL FOR CLIMATE ACTION

This piece looks at a climate alarmists plan to convince us to give up fossil fuels by  learning lessons from the same sex marriage movement. This is a desperate ploy from people who are running out of ideas. He claims that gay marriage was adopted by popular demand, although it was in fact imposed by government. Perhaps he hopes that renewables will replace fossil fuels in the same way. What he overlooks is that without fossil fuels we would have expensive unreliable electricity and that would not be popular and could not be imposed in a democracy. 

Monday, 20 February 2017

CALIFORNIA'S DAM LEAK CAUSES ENERGY CRISIS

This article looks at the ramifications of the damaged dam in California. After years of low rainfall they are now experiencing how the weather can change, just as happened in Brisbane, Australia. What this shows us is not that humans are damaging the climate - it is simply that weather changes and we humans had better be prepared for it, because we cannot predict it. 

Sunday, 19 February 2017

SURVEY GETS THE "RIGHT ANSWERS" ON GW

This Survey shows that if you ask the "right" questions you can get the answers you want. What this survey does not show (as the questions were not asked) is:

What percentage of people were prepared to pay considerably more for their energy in order to reduce the world's CO2 emissions by a very small and insignificant amount?

What percentage of people were aware that the statistics used to provide evidence to support climate alarm were being manipulated by some leading climate scientists?

What percentage of people were aware that global warming has been much lower in the past twenty years than in the previous twenty, even though emissions of CO2 have continued to increase significantly?

Of course no climate alarmist organisation is going to ask these type of questions because they don't even want to admit these things are true.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

BEWARE THE TROJAN HORSE OF SUSTAINABILITY

This article looks at the UN "sustainability agenda" and explains how an innocuous sounding agenda in fact hides a wealth of freedom and job destroying regulations. A kind of Trojan horse for the modern age.
"Who today can foresee what technologies future generations will have 25, 50,or 200 years from now? What raw materials they will need? How are we supposed to ensure that those families meet their needs"?
"Why then would we even think of empowering government to regulate today’s activities today based on the wholly unpredictable technologies, lifestyles, needs, and resource demands of distant generations? Why would we ignore or compromise the needs of current generations, to meet those totally unpredictable future needs – including the needs of today’s most impoverished, energy-deprived, malnourished people, who desperately want to improve their lives"?

Friday, 17 February 2017

THIS IS WHY TRUMP QUIT THE TPP

Many people must be wondering why USA President, Donald Trump issued an Executive Order to leave the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). On the surface the TPP seems like a beneficial free trade agreement, but dig deeper and you find that it is like another version of the EU, packed with regulations and environmental dictats including those on climate change. Read this article for more details. It would have tied the USA into carrying out things that were against the benefit of its own citizens. Thank goodness they elected Donald just in time. 

Thursday, 16 February 2017

ANOTHER RESPECTED SCIENTIST COMES OUT AGAINST CO2 GW HYPOTHESIS

This article is by a respected scientist and meteorologist and life-long Democrat who has studied the global warming hypothesis and came to the conclusion that it wasn't correct. He is one of a growing number of eminent scientists to speak out against the increasingly dodgy-looking CO2 warming hypothesis.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

WHY SHOULD WE TRUST CLIMATE SCIENTISTS? ASKS DAVID ROSE

David Rose's latest article in the Mail on Sunday looks at the response to his three page article of the week before on the way global warming data was misused to exaggerate the warming trend and create alarm where none was justified.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

CARLISLE FLOODING DOWN TO LACK OF MAINTENANCE (NOT CLIMATE CHANGE)

This report gives a full account of the flooding in Carlisle of a year ago, which some climate alarmists attributed to "global warming". The following paragraph is very telling.

"Contrary to Government reporting on "Desmond" (the named storm that caused the flooding) the flooding of Carlisle was not principally caused by "climate change" but as a direct result of long term lack of river maintenance and poor management causing the build up of accumulated gravels and thereby forcing rivers to run higher in their channels than they used to".

Guaranteed that this report will not figure in any mainstream news bulletin.

Monday, 13 February 2017

"SHOW THE LOVE" AND SUPPORT THE AFFORDABLE FUEL COALITION

As climate alarmists desperately try to shore up their core support (as more and more of the general public begin to desert them) an organisation called the Climate Coalition has written a report with a press release entitled "Show The Love"claiming a whole raft of weather damage is actually caused by something called "climate change".

Who are the Climate Coalition? Here is the answer. While many are small local groups of environment worriers, others are huge wealthy multi-national charities. When looking through them all it seems at first sight that they must represent a huge number of people. However even though they collectively comprise a large membership, many of their members may not share the beliefs of their leadership and in reality that is probably the case. It is a pity that there is not an opposing coalition. It could be called the Affordable Fuel Coalition, but even though a lot of individuals might join, I doubt there would be many organisations prepared to publicly sign up. Such is the power of propaganda!

I doubt if any of the leaders of these organisations has ever looked at the evidence to see if the claims they make are in fact supported by the scientific data. Luckily for us someone has done it for us. The result is, as expected, the claims are unsubstantiated and can safely be explained as due to changes in the weather - something that we humans can have no power over, other than to prepare and adapt to it.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

ROLLING BLACKOUTS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA - IS THIS OUR FUTURE?

This piece gives a warning that a grid relying on increasing amounts of wind energy is very vulnerable to periods of calm conditions. This is likely to lead to the situation described in the link. Could the UK come to this?

More on this here. Further updates here.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

UK ENERGY BILLS HIGHER THAN GOVERNMENT FORECAST

This report explains that the government is to breach its own limit on the amount of subsidies being paid to renewable energy schemes. The costs of green energy schemes are capped as part of a framework, and are funded through levies on energy companies and inevitably paid for by consumers in their energy bills. But the Public Accounts Committee said the Government’s management of the framework lacks “transparency, rigour and accountability”.

Friday, 10 February 2017

COMPUTER MODEL SURFACE TEMPERATURE ADJUSTMENTS NOT RELIABLE

This article shows just how unreliable the adjustments made to surface temperatures are. Remember the whole of the warming since 1880 is only about 1 degree C and so even a small error of 0.1 C is 10% of it. Hence these errors mean the whole record is no longer trustworthy. Alas the public are not being informed about this, unless they read the climate blogs or the Mail on Sunday. When will the TV news people escape from their current global warming obsession and start to update the public?

Thursday, 9 February 2017

POLAND TO TAKE EU TO COURT OVER GLOBAL WARMING RULES

This piece explains what is happening as nations realise the huge economic cost of following the EU climate change policies. The EU is facing a lot of problems including brexit, but the energy policy has not received much coverage in the mainstream media, yet. 

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

MATT RIDLEY - POLITICS AND SCIENCE ARE A TOXIC COMBINATION

This article explains the significance of the latest fakery coming from  the alarmist climate science camp. Funny, but I haven't heard anything about this on the news.

This piece by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology members responded to reports about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) 2015 climate change study (“the Karl study”). It looks like trouble ahead for Dr Karl and his careless associates.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

JAPAN TO BUILD 45 NEW HELE COAL PLANTS

45 High Energy Low Emission (HELE) coal plants are to be built in Japan according to this piece. It is becoming clearer by the day that developed nations are not following the UK's Climate Change Act, and it's about time that here in the UK we had a re-think too.

Monday, 6 February 2017

THE FINAL COUP DE GRACE (FOR EU INDUSTRY)

If only all our politicians were as sound as Roger Helmer MEP. His blog is always worth reading and this piece sums up the situation of EU industry's competitiveness as a result of the carbon taxes imposed by the EU Emission Trading System (ETS). All the EU politicians must know he is speaking the truth and yet most of them will not admit it. They cannot impose extra taxes without making them uncompetitive. It's that simple.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

MAIL ON SUNDAY EXPOSES CLIMATE CHANGE FRAUD

Wow!! A three page expose in today's Mail on Sunday shows how vital data was manipulated at the highest level in order to influence the Paris climate summit. This could be as big as the email exposure of climate scientists back in 2008. I wonder if the big TV channels will put it on their news bulletins?

Saturday, 4 February 2017

IS USA EPA DOOMED?

This article explains the likely scenario for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the new government in the USA. The linked article gives a very positive outcome (for a sceptic).

Friday, 3 February 2017

BOOKER HIGHLIGHTS RENEWABLE MADNESS IN UK. WILL TRUMP SHOW US THE WAY?

This piece by Christopher Booker in the Sunday Telegraph highlights the huge costs of renewable energy schemes in the UK. We urgently need to end this madness. Perhaps if President Trump can show the way forward Theresa May will follow his lead. We can only wait and hope.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

THE GW FALL BACK PLAN FOR $9 BILLION IF REQUIRED

This article looks at a simple way to lower the earth's temperature that could be deployed at a fraction of the cost of the current efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. We could just leave it in abeyance until (or if!) the need for it arises. Problem solved!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

SUPPORT TRUMP'S VISIT TO THE UK - SIGN THE NEW PETITION

The link to the petition is in this short article. Those of us who want to see common sense on climate know that Trump is our best chance and so it is important to support him when we can. 

WILLIAM HAPPER Q & A - A REAL TOUR DE FORCE

Here is an in-depth dialogue with Dr William Happer that is well worth reading, even though it is quite lengthy. If you can stand it, there is also a similar one with arch alarmist, Dr David Karoly. Each of them was then supposed to write a rebuttal, though for some reason Karoly seems to have backed out. They are now looking for an alarmist scientist to replace him.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

SOLAR POWER IN THE UK - AN IMPOSSIBLE DREAM

This study first contributes to the debate by estimating the output of a model UK fleet of solar farms rated at 8.4GW, by using ten years of half-hourly aviation weather reports as a data source.  The key findings for such a solar fleet are that: - It has a capacity factor of just 9% when the panels are new, and so generates less than a tenth of its nominal output over the course of a year. - It produces hardly any power in winter when demand is highest. - Power output is severely intermittent, lying below 10% of installed capacity for 5,790 hours a year and exceeding 60% for only 7. The whole report is quite long and detailed but should not be ignored.

Monday, 30 January 2017

TRUMP STEPS UP A GEAR

This piece describes the massive change that has come over the USA government since the new president took over. It all seems unbelievable to me after what we have been used to. I hope he gets the support he needs to follow through.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

UK GOVERNMENT PAYS MILLIONAIRES TO HEAT SWIMMING POOLS

This story in the Mail draws attention to yet more madness in a pathetic attempt to reach renewable targets. You really could not make this up.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

LIES AND PROPAGANDA

This piece looks at some recent examples which show all too clearly what is going on. When will the media wake up to the lies and start to print some more truthful material?

Friday, 27 January 2017

WHAT ABOUT THE TEMPERATURE TREND?

The mainstream media makes much mention of 2016 being the hottest year ever, but they are very quiet about the temperature trend. This article looks at that point for us. You can guess that the actual rate of increase in world average surface temperature over the past 20 years has been much less than predicted. In fact a paltry 0.06 C per decade, which translates to 0.6 C per century, which is even less than the last century. Why won't the BBC mention it?

Thursday, 26 January 2017

ARCTIC ICE AT SAME LEVEL AS 2007

This article gives the details. It goes on to say that ice levels are considerably up on those of the 1970's. I wonder why we never hear that?

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CLAMPS DOWN ON GRATUITOUS PROPAGANDA BY PUBLIC SERVANTS

At last we have someone in power who can call a halt to the never ending flow of climate alarmist propaganda being pushed out by government employees. Here is an example of the new stricter control being put in place and long overdue it is. We may yet see some of the hidden evidence that shows how much uncertainty there is about all this - so much that it would be foolish to spend billion of dollars to reduce CO2 (as the previous president was doing).

TRUMP'S NEW ENERGY POLICY ON PRESIDENT'S WEBSITE

Here is the President's new energy policy which makes sensible reading. It includes "eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan" and  "take advantage of the estimated $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves", "reviving America’s coal industry" and "refocus the EPA on its essential mission of protecting our air and water".  How refreshing to see such a common sense policy.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

UK GOVERNMENT BLOWS £160 MILLION ON CANCELLED CO2 CAPTURE PROJECT

This post looks at the phenomenal waste of money by the UK in trying to get a "carbon" capture power plant going. In the end you cannot buck the market (unless the government is prepared to spend huge amounts of taxpayers money).  We have to spend around 60% more to build every new power station and then throw away 40% the electricity it makes in order to capture the CO2.

Monday, 23 January 2017

TEMPERATURE DATA - SURFACE v SATELLITE, WHICH IS BEST?

There is a lot of argument over this issue. This article looks at the question and declares why the satellite is far superior. And yet some climate scientists try to make out the reverse is true. There is a lot of faith put into the surface data by alarmists which might be because the surface data show a larger warming effect. 

Sunday, 22 January 2017

OBAMA SENDS FINAL CHEQUE TO HIS FAVOURITE CHARITY

USA taxpayers waved goodbye to another $500 Million, sent by the outgoing president to the UN's Green Climate Fund. This piece gives the details. It will be interesting to see how Trump deals with similar requests in the future.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

PROF TIM BALL MEETS TEAM TRUMP

This piece comes from an interesting website called "The Rebel Media" and there looks to be some interesting stuff on it. Meanwhile climate alarmists are hopeful that Trump can be persuaded to change his views according to the BBC. 

Friday, 20 January 2017

STEPS TRUMP SHOULD TAKE TO END INTERNATIONAL ENERGY POVERTY

Trump And International Energy Poverty: Five Steps
Watts Up With That, 17 January 2017
 By Caleb Stewart Rossiter, School of International Service and Department of Mathematics and Statistics, American University.

 
Primum non nocere — above all, do no harm, says the medical maxim. In public policy, where every action has different effects on different people, the maxim becomes “above all, do no net harm.” That means that the benefits of a policy should outweigh its costs. For example, it’s all well and good for the government to start a jobs program, but we also have to estimate how many other jobs would never exist because raising taxes to pay for the program reduces private investment and consumption. What, we properly ask, will be the net effect of the program on employment?

Consider the Obama administration’s efforts to avoid fossil-fueled climate catastrophes. While well-intentioned, these efforts to reduce industrial emissions of carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse” gasses did a lot of net harm to the people of the formerly colonized countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Indeed, Obama’s policies were reminiscent of colonialism’s attempt to make these regions producers of raw materials rather than industrial competitors. Obama’s climate alarmists discouraged poor countries from building power plants and modern transmission grids, and instead offered foreign aid to help them stay “off the grid” with small-scale wind and solar projects. The administration also drove up the price of food in poor countries by diverting crops to meet “green” fuels quotas, and stood by while the European Union punished these countries for exporting “carbon-intensive” products. The moral issue here is that the costs of the predicted climate catastrophes are hypothetical, meager, and in the distant future, while the health and economic benefits of fossil-fueled growth for poor countries are real, massive, and available right now.

In terms of health, people need reliable power in their homes, factories, and offices. If they cannot get it from electricity they will get it by burning wood, dung, and charcoal and firing up their personal diesel generators. In Africa, where only 25 percent of homes have reliable electricity and most factories and office suffer from frequent black-outs, the particulate matter emitted by these inefficient energy sources pose a constant crisis in respiratory disease. In terms of economic growth and the increase in life expectancy that it creates, we can simply note that since embracing fossil-fueled capitalism with a vengeance China has nearly eliminated its 20-year gap with the 80-year life expectancy of developed countries, while Africa lags at 59 years.

Here are five steps President Trump can take to stop us from doing harm, and maybe even start us doing some good, in the developing world’s quest for the better and longer life that reliable electric power can bring.

Generate Power: Instruct U.S. representatives at the World Bank and the regional development banks, as well as officials of the Agency for International Development (the State Department’s foreign aid office) to support rather than oppose, as we currently do, loans and grants for power plants that rely on coal, gas, or oil. By helping countries build modern, efficient plants outfitted with “scrubbers” we can dramatically cut emissions of sulfur dioxide and other particulates. Unlike carbon dioxide, which is a beneficial trace gas that increases crop yields as a fertilizer, these are real pollutants, and need to be controlled.

Support the Grid: The Obama administration’s Power Africa campaign is biased in favor of “off-grid” solutions such as small-scale, local wind and solar farms. This is colonialist to the core in a continent that is still “under-developing” by exporting raw materials to its former masters in return for imports of finished goods. Africa needs to have consistent power for factories and offices, or it will never be able to compete in the global economy. The only way to have consistent power is with a modern grid. Period. The grid can develop slowly, so that it can be maintained, but in the long run, as the success of China shows, you can’t get there without it.

Aid only sustainable infrastructure projects: Developing countries, and African ones in particular, are littered with abandoned “White Elephants” – high-technology factories, dams, processing plants, wells, and tractors provided by well-meaning foreign aid donors. They fell into disuse because recipient governments lacked the political will and the economic environment needed to sustain them.

Bringing technology in from a different country that is at a different stage of economic development is tricky in the best of circumstances. It is a waste of money and time if the recipient government is undemocratic, corrupt, or repressive. American diplomats and foreign aid officials need to be rewarded rather than punished, as they inevitably are in the foreign aid game, for properly assessing the likelihood of sustainability and cancelling projects. Most economic development comes when the local conditions permit it. Foreign aid can do little when dictatorship and corruption prevail, as they do in most African countries.

End biofuel requirements: “Biofuel starvation” is what Africans call it when companies from developed countries take over villages’ crop lands so they can make a profit meeting “green” fuel requirements. The Trump administration should drop our own ethanol minimums, and make it a principal point of trade and diplomacy talks with European countries to get them to drop theirs.

Oppose “carbon-content” rules: In their never-ending quest to find phony “carbon off-sets” that allow them to claim reductions in carbon dioxide without closing their own power plants, European countries have made a mess out of the simple act of importing goods from developing countries. Flowers from Kenya, for example, pay a carbon tax because they are transported on airplanes, which use more fossil-fuel per flower than a slower ship. As part of an international consortium on air travel, the United States can object to and reverse such rules, leading to more trade, and jobs, in developing countries. Congress enacted legislation in 2011 that blocked the consortium’s scheme to place a carbon tax on all air travel. As we protect our travel rights we should also look out for those of exporters in developing countries.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

CLIMATE EXTREMISTS GOING FOR BROKE

These are the aims of an organisation called Avaaz according to an email sent out to their supporters:

In the next 2 years, our community has voted to drive forward 3 more game changers -- things we don't need Trump* for:
  • Push 10 major countries and corporations to switch to 100% clean energy.
  • Pass laws in the 5 major car-manufacturing countries requiring all new vehicles to be electric.
  • Eliminate $1 trillion in taxpayer subsidies for big oil and coal, and invest it clean energy.
*Obama couldn't achieve this either.
    I would suggest this is a tiny bit ambitious, going much further than even the UK Climate Change Act. I hear there is a new film out called "La La Land". Maybe this is the sequel!

    Wednesday, 18 January 2017

    THE LAST ICE AGE ARRIVED IN SIX MONTHS ACCORDING TO NEW RESEARCH

    Well actually it's seven years old research, but I only just caught up with it!

    Here is the detail from the Daily Mail article back in November 2009. I thought it was interesting and still relevant. What it implies is that an ice age is still something to be concerned about, despite all the hype and exaggeration about warming. It's the unexpected that is likely to cause us the worst problems despite all the best endeavours of scientists.

    Tuesday, 17 January 2017

    UK FUTURE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY LOOKS INSECURE AND COSTLY

    The two papers below are from the Scientific Alliance. They make worrying reading for citizens, businesses and government. The authors are people with impressive credentials in the field.

    National Grid, in its 2016 study Future Energy Scenarios, considered four alternative views of UK energy supply and demand up to 2040. While these may be useful as a framework within which to plan, they say nothing about one essential factor, security of supply. For each of the scenarios, we estimate the possibility of meeting an established risk baseline: a grid supply failure occurring in no more than four winters every hundred years (as used prior to privatization).
    The security of supply under future energy scenarios

    Despite having installed more than 38GW of renewable energy generating capacity in the last decade, The UK has reached a capacity crisis. There is no hard evidence that this push for renewables has been an effective way to reduce CO2 emissions, and the cost has certainly been very large. The analysis presented in these two papers makes a strong case for a radical review of energy policy from an engineering perspective, placing equal weight on cost, security and environmental impacts. 
    The cost of supply under future energy scenarios

    Monday, 16 January 2017

    WHY TIDAL POWER IS NOT FOR THE UK

    Here is a good and balanced piece on the tidal power debate which is currently going on here fuelled by a new report in favour by an ex MP Charles Hendry.  The final analysis leads to the conclusion that it is too expensive.

    Sunday, 15 January 2017

    CENSORSHIP GROWS IN THE CLIMATE DEBATE

    This piece illustrates what is going on. In the end such action is counter-productive to those who do it as it re-enforces in the public mind that they have things to hide - as they have.

    Saturday, 14 January 2017

    GERMANY'S SELF-INFLICTED DECLINE

    Here is a most interesting article by Fritz Vahrenholt who was one of the founders of the environmental movement in Germany. He holds a PhD in chemistry and is Honorary Professor at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Hamburg. Since 1969 he has been a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). From 1976 until 1997 he served in several public positions with environmental agencies such as the Federal Environment Agency, the Hessian Ministry of Environment and as Deputy Environment Minister and Senator of the City of Hamburg. In 2001, he founded the wind energy company REpower and was director of RWE’s renewable energy division Innogy, one of Europe’s largest renewable energy companies. His 2012 book The Neglected Sun sparked a broad public discussion in Germany about the dogmatism in climate science. He is the chairman of the German Wildlife Foundation and a member of the GWPF’s Academic Advisory Council. As you can see he is a man of considerable achievement. When he says Germany is in trouble it is clearly something to take note of.