Windwatch. Wind delivering 4% of demand at the evening peak Sat 23. This morning at the peak, 3 to 4% of demand. At midday it was down to 2% and by the evening peak it is up to 4.5%.
Ian Plimer. Let’s-not-pollute-minds-with-carbon-fears
In the past decade China has increased its carbon dioxide emissions by 53 per cent, 12 times Australia’s total carbon dioxide output of 1.3 per cent of the global total. The grasslands, forests, farms and continental shelves of Australia absorb far more carbon dioxide than we emit. The attack on emissions of the gas of life is an irrational attack on industry, our modern way of life, freedoms and prosperity. It has nothing to do with the environment.
Jo Nova on the European Climate and Energy Institute conference in Munich.
The mob tried to shut down these dangerous speakers… but they didn’t win.. though they had to find another venue with only days to go.
Friday James Taylor then Benny Pieser, the Dr Helmut Alt,
After lunch, Peter Ridd, Dr. Michael Schnell, Dr Nicola Scaffetta, Dr Susan Crockford, Myron Ebell.
An amusing side note, one of the speakers could not get there because an “electricity failure” in Germany stranded his train. WTF? You won’t hear about that on the ABC!
US Electricity prices. The US generally comes up looking good in comparison with the the rest of the world but still the price of electricity increased by 50% in the decade from 2001 to 2010. Some interesting state-by-state analysis, especially Figure 3 that shows how coal and hydro make for cheap power while the unreliables put up the price. No surprise there. Figure 4 is interesting to see the political dimension measured by the amount of support for Obama.
China going nuclear. Looking for nuclear power to provide 10% of the load in a decade. Places where the masses are revolting at high fuel prices driven by climate alarmism: France – the Yellow Jackets, Holland – farmers with tractors, Iran and Chile.
Don Aitkin on utopian dreams and engineering reality. Commentary on Michael Kelly’s very important paper explaining how basic science and engineering principles rule out the possibility for a comprehensive green power transition in the forseeable future.
If we did magically convert all fossil-fuel powered transport to electricity, Kelly argues, the capacity of the grid would have to treble. [If all city vehicles in Sydney were converted in the same way, virtually all buildings would have to be retro-fitted, at great expense to somebody, and grid capacity would have to be increased dramatically, again at great expense. What great good would come from this sweeping change?]
He doubts that there can be a marked improvement in battery technology: Modern lithium-ion batteries are better[than the lead-acid type], but not much: all the R&D over the last 40 years has given a 50-fold increase in energy density, but we are now approaching the limits allowed by the materials as we know them. In other words, there is not another 1000-fold improvement to be had that might allow batteries to compete with petrol. The reason is clear: all the chemical energy in all the relevant chemical bonds in petrol is available when the fuel is burned. In a battery, most of the weight is not converted to usable energy.
The World Climate Declaration, signed by 700 climate realists, was launched in Brussels two days ago. The Declaration states that There is No Climate Emergency. This is the Executive-summary-of-World-Climate-Declaration and this is the World-Climate-Declaration-in-full with the names of the 700 signatories including numerous Australians headed by Viv Forbes and Ian Plimer who are leading members of the movement.
A disturbing development. The march of climate alarmism through the board rooms of the nation.
The nation will be buffeted by rising sea levels and an increase in the intensity and frequency of bushfire and cyclone risks as a result of higher temperatures, according to a report by Australia’s largest general insurer IAG.
The report, a collaboration between IAG and the US Center for Atmospheric Research, includes the latest data on the state of the climate and predictions on extreme weather events based on a range of warming scenarios of up to 3 degrees from pre-industrial times.
IAG chief executive Peter Harmer said there was an urgent need for Australia to prepare for climate change and adapt to it.
More research is required but it looks as though the origin of the insurance fraud might be traced to the IPCC as described in chapter 28 of Donna Laframboise’s expose of that unworthy organization. That chapter follows the story about pseudo-scientific data on hurricanes that became part of the IPCC Assessment Report.
So a dubious finding that originated in a paper written by an insurance company was included in the Climate Bible in 2001. It then made its way into the peer-reviewed scientific literature in 2005. By 2009 it was being regarded as gospel by the US Government.
One of the expert reviewers asked a searching question about some papers that were accepted despite contradicting the views of a leading expert in the field. The question wss “What did the expert think about these papers?” He was not asked. One of the graphs in a key paper was criticized by another expert reviewer, and a different graph appeared in the final report, making the same (alarming) point.
Finally, in February 2010, a contributing author of the chapter admitted he had drawn up the new graph “informally”. [run that past me again!]. In the words of the (excluded) expert “The IPCC created a graph that did not exist in the peer reviewed literature or in the grey literature to suggest a relationship between increasing temperatures and rising disaster costs“.
The Portal to a collection of fellow-travellers
In no particular order. Australian Institute for Progress, The Institute of Public Affairs IPA, the Centre for Independent Studies CIS, The Sydney Institute, Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, Quadrant On Line, The Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Tim Blair, Andrew Norton, the classical liberal in Carlton, Rite-ON admirable Queensland activists!, The Menzies Research Centre, Jim Rose Utopia You Are Standing in It. LibertyWorks. On Line Opinion.
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