UPDATE FROM JO NOVA. WE HAVE A THIRD WORLD POWER SYSTEM. AND IT WILL GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER.
Australia’s biggest fruit and vegetable grower, Costa Group, has blasted the “disgraceful” state of the nation’s energy market after fears of summer blackouts forced the company to spend millions of dollars on back-up generators to protect its crops around the country.
Harry Debney, the head of ASX-listed horticulture giant Costa Group, said the company had installed back-up generators to protect crops from a disruption to energy supplies in a number of states.
“It’s a disgraceful situation,” Mr Debney said. “We’re so concerned. There’s a lack of reliability, which is even more important than the cost, because if you’re out of production it just really hurts you very badly.”
His concerns were echoed by ASX-listed Alumina Limited which, along with Alcoa owns the majority of western Victoria’s Portland aluminium smelter, and warned that long-term outages could be damaging. Last week Coca-Cola Amatil boss Alison Watkins likened the situation to one the company would face in developing countries like Papua New Guinea while Bluescope has also raised concerns.
A good old-fashioned Aussie sendup of the angry little girl from Sweden. h/t Frank at the Five Dock Climate Realists.
Alice Springs goes black. A warning for RE enthusiasts. Shit happens!
Cato no longer in the climate science game. The departure of Lindzen and Michaels.
Flashback. The “Right Stuff” team protest the politicization and corruption of science in NASA.
The planet is not in danger of catastrophic man made global warming. Even if we burn all the world’s recoverable fossil fuels it will still only result in a temperature rise of less than 1.2 per cent.
So say The Right Climate Stuff Research Team, a group of retired NASA Apollo scientists and engineers – the men who put Neil Armstrong on the moon – in a new report.
“It’s an wattsupwiththat.comembarrassment to those of us who put NASA’s name on the map to have people like James Hansen popping off about global warming,” says the project’s leader Hal Doiron.
Rethinking nuclear in Germany
The very modest shift to RE up to 2040 With a chart to show the picture. <img src=“http://catallaxyfiles.com/files/2019/10/US-energy-1776-2040-300×147.png” alt=”” width=”300″ height=”147″ class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-92538″ />
The not so bright future for electric cars. Expect to see a lot of fossil-fueled cars for a very long time. In addition to all the other problem, when they achieve any real penetration of the market we will need a lot more electricity! And petrol driven generators will be handy accessories.
Revising down the effect of increasing CO2. More like one degree than three or four, or seven!
Another exciting paper for climate nerds. This is incendiary for people who take the IPCC seriously. A multiple lead author comes clean about the uncertainties! Robert Murphy is a skeptic and also an Austrian economist. He will feature in Vienna next month. He writes
The reader can hopefully appreciate my shock when I read the first two sentences from the Abstract of their paper: “The economic case for limiting warming to 1.5°C is unclear, due to manifold uncertainties. However, it cannot be ruled out that the 1.5°C target passes a cost-benefit test.”
It cannot be ruled out….! What a contrast with the usual strident tone of the IPCC prophecies of doom!
The program for the Austrian economics conference next month. Austrian-economics-2019-program1