Jo Nova on our precarious electricity system

The problems with power generation in the Snowy Mountains and the imperative to keep all of our coal-fired power capacity. Must read! Circulate to all of your agents of influence!

Bonus. A chart to show that there is no need to be alarmed about the warming since 1880.

A reference to Aynsley’s pre-coffee comment.

ANOTHER BONUS FOR LITERARY TYPES AND CULTURAL NERDS. The Year in Review from The New Criterion.

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12 Responses to Jo Nova on our precarious electricity system

  1. Aynsley Kellow

    The graph might have come out of the classic work on how to lie with statistics! It’s even more stark in Kelvin!
    It would be interesting if the error term were specified. In my physics classes, we were always taught that if the results didn’t exceed the error term, you have no result. It’s never given!

  2. 132andBush

    The open letter will be read by closed minds.

  3. Climate change is real. For the last two days it’s been wet and fairly cold down in South Gippsland. But the warnings keep rolling in and it’s going to be hot, never you worry about that!

  4. woolfe

    They are using the warmies trick with the Y axis scale on the graph.

  5. Aynsley Kellow

    Sorry – my pre-coffee brain was talking about the usual graphs, with temperature anomalies, a huge scale and/or a base designed to magnify a small effect – all with no error terms stated,
    Coffee (and pain au chocolat now flowing and normal mental function restored.

  6. Rafe Champion

    No conversation before coffee!
    The modern counterpart of the old army rule no talking before breakfast. Possibly informal but designed to minimise trouble from aggressive men who are easily aggravated when they are hungry and roused from slumber.

  7. Tony Tea

    Engineer Waters must be telling lies. Daniel Andrews has assured us that “The problem with coal-fired power is when you need it most it is the least reliable.” He’s right, of course. We need it most today but Viktoria’s coal-fired power stations are incapable of sending power along the broken transmission lines to NSW.

  8. Kneel

    “… but Viktoria’s coal-fired power stations are incapable of sending power along the broken transmission lines to NSW”

    Well, THERE’S your problem – wrong type of electrons! Get some renew-a-bubble electrons in there, they can jump the gap!

  9. Morrison needs to grow a pair quickly & out the regressives in the CAGW Green Left & the ‘moderate liberals” as present-day followers of medieval Astrology. The commonality they both share is a religious “belief” in their so-called “settled” science, which they have never actually been able to prove, & an irrational idea that they can somehow look into & predict future events. Their useful idiot followers in the Media, Schools & Academia are allowed to indoctrinate the young on What to Think instead of How to Think! The World really has gone stark bonkers MAD.

  10. Tony Tea

    Well, THERE’S your problem – wrong type of electrons! Get some renew-a-bubble electrons in there, they can jump the gap!

    As I tell my students, a large enough voltage will turn any insulator into a conductor. All they have to do is pump up the network voltage to lightning levels and zap! sorted.

  11. Whalehunt Fun

    Instead of plotting it in Fahreheit, plot it in Degrees Rankine, where zero is absolute zero and the 59 degrees Fahrenheit shown is 519 degrees Rankine. The shift from 518 to 519 looks pretty small.

  12. Squirrel

    No reports, so far, of solar panel farms being hit by the fires – perhaps because they’ve been lucky, or because a LOT of land is often cleared around them.

    Maybe promises to install solar farms here and there – i.e. where the need for fuel load clearance is greatest – would be a neat way of silencing the nutjobs who would otherwise chain themselves to the machinery needed to do the clearing……

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