Items of interest Jan 2

Dan Mitchell from the centre of the universe Washington DC aka Trumpville. The best and the worst news of 2016. For the year ahead, hopes and fears.

Steyn on line for the week leading into the new year. The Australian Spectator. Spiked Review.

Stunning talk by John Christy Alabama climate realist, see how California depends on energy from other states (like South Australia), go to 10 mins for the failure of models from 1988 predictions and persist for more on model failure. Then at 40mins see how the cost of power hits the poor (hello ALP and Greens) and persist to find that 3 million children die each year in the poor nations due to toxic biomas used for household cooking.

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10 Responses to Items of interest Jan 2

  1. Roger

    Then at 40mins see how the cost of power hits the poor (hello ALP and Greens)

    Finkel just reported to the government that the power grid will be unsustainable once viable off-grid storage solutions are available. The poor, being largely renters unable to take advantage of off-grid storage, will not be able to afford electricity. The system will have to be very heavily subsidised.

  2. pbw

    See also from 39:21 the scatterplot of installed renewables vs cost. Denmark & Germany at the top end of both, but look at Australia’s energy costs, even before the renewable costs really start to bite.

  3. King Koala

    Finkel just reported to the government that the power grid will be unsustainable once viable off-grid storage solutions are available.

    I saw this coming years ago which is why I believe Baird’s move to sell off the poles and wires to Saudi Arabia was unintentionally genius. Get them to pay billions of their oil money to us and then leave them with a soon to be worthless item.

  4. Roger

    Get them to pay billions of their oil money to us and then leave them with a soon to be worthless item.

    I suggest that the tax payer will end up subsidising their profits.

    Either that or the average Punjabi villager will have a cheaper and more reliable electricity supply than an Australian pensioner (courtesy Adani and Queensland coal).

  5. Geoff Derrick

    John Christie is one of the better communicators exposing the deceit that exists in climate science and policy derived therefrom. Other eminent scientists like Richard Lindzen are a turgid in their public performances, and so much of their skeptical science is not easily translated into wider public acceptance. Christie and others like him such as Professor Judith Currie have successfully and impressively appeared before Congress more than once, and he noted in Question Time that the Congressional votes are dominated by skeptical congressman simply because they have been exposed to evidence of model exaggerations clearly shown by Christie in this talk.
    The take-out quote is that as far as energy systems in Africa are concerned, “the energy system in Kenya is the backs of women. .”
    Christie is a hero, and the sooner the IPA for example can get him to Australia to inform our political class the better. Meanwhile I will dream a splendid dream tonight of the Leftards choking on their muesli should this presentation go a little more mainstream.

  6. Leo G

    Finkel just reported to the government that the power grid will be unsustainable once viable off-grid storage solutions are available.

    Did Australia’s chief green lifestyle advocate Alan Finkel explain how windfarms work without a power grid? What about rooftop photovoltaics and power walls for cities of high-rise apartments?

  7. egg_

    Finkel just reported to the government that the power grid will be unsustainable once viable off-grid storage solutions are available.

    Good – chop off SA and Tassie.

  8. Leo G

    A viable off-grid storage solution might would be a system that can sustain an average household for 3 days of minimal pv generation. A 300 kW solar pv system would need up to 1,500 square metre of solar collector and 30 Tesla Powerwall equivalents and cost in the vicinity of AUD$1 million.

  9. cohenite

    Nowhere in the Western world is there any storage capacity sufficient to maintain grid baseload power; it is another lie from these bastards peddling alarmism and renewables.

  10. In an article in fairfax’s Brisbane Times today Dr Anna Bruce, from UNSW’s School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering is quoted and seems to concede that Renewable energy is the cause of South Australia’s blackouts:

    Meanwhile, Dr Bruce said it was solar PV cells were not badly damaged by hail because it was one of the tests they went by all manufacturers.

    “When you look at media reports into where there have been large hail-storms there is virtually no reported of PV cells with damage being done to them.”

    Dr Bruce said Queensland had a “much more diverse mix of energy generators” than South Australia.

    Dr Bruce seems to say that one of the reasons such large scale solar systems in Queensland would not place the state at risk of a blackout due to a storm is that Queensland has better back up options

    “much more diverse mix of energy generators” than South Australia.

    Later in the article Dr Bruce seems to realise she is veering away from the party line and goes to great lengths to deny that renewables caused the SA blackouts.

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