Stepping back from politics for a moment – the situation that Matthew Arnold sketched almost 200 years ago in his poem Dover Beach – “And we are here, as on a darkling plain, swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, where ignorant armies clash by night.”
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UPDATE. Wind was providing 16% of peak demand last night and 10% at the peak this morning.
Jo Nova on the successful Russian intervention to undermine fracking in the West.
Russia makes about $300 billion in gas and oil exports each year. For a tiny tenth of a billion dollars it fed western activists and successfully stopped fracking development in the UK (and some parts of Australia apparently). It’s what you call a stupendous investment.
Matt Ridley lays out just how game changing the discovery of shale fracking could have been for the UK, and how easily the politicians and system was exploited and fell over:
Jo Nova Bonus Pack. Posts on politics.
Models vs reality. Another quality find from Don Aitkin.
Visual display of sources of Aust electricity and trends in recent years. A very handy presentation, you will see more from this source. Has to be enlarged for good viewing. The renewable numbers are inflated by hydro!