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Climate-FundingOh dear, it seems the US house Science, Space, and Technology Committee takes a dim view of partisan scientists publicly funded with $63million since 2001 trying to get climate sceptics imprisoned under the RICO act…

Space Ref, 1 October 2015
Washington, D.C. – Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today sent a letter to Dr. Jagadish Shukla, a professor of climate dynamics at George Mason University who founded the Institute of Global Environment and Society (IGES).

IGES is a non-profit organization that has received millions of dollars in federal grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA.


UKIP Barred from the Skainos centre

Posted: October 2, 2015 by tallbloke in Big Brother, Politics
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Skainos is partly funded by the EU. Denies access to UKIP. Shameful

Originally posted on UKIP in Northern Ireland:

Today at 11am, The day of the Event, UKIP were informed that they have been barred from the Skainos Centre.

UKIP are in the process of relocating this evening’s Steven Woolfe MEP event on Brexit and Migration and will issue a statement during the afternoon on the new venue.

“This is a blatant attempt to stifle democratic expression of a legitimate national political party representing 4 million people across this country.”

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India submits climate plan ahead of Paris COP

Posted: October 2, 2015 by tallbloke in Politics
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From the Times of India

BERLIN: India on Thursday submitted its ‘climate action plan’ to a UN body at Bonn in Germany, telling the world that the country would fight the climate change by taking energy efficiency route and reducing its ’emission intensity’ (carbon emission per unit of GDP) substantially as well as increasing the share of clean energy by huge 40% in its total energy mix by the year 2030.

The country, however, clarified that “India’s INDC do not bind it to any sector specific mitigation obligation or action, including in agriculture sector” and said its successful implementation would depend on cooperation from the developed countries.



Nandy was born in Manchester to Luise Nandy (née Byers) and her then husband Dipak Nandy.[5][6][7] Luise Byers’ father, Lord Byers, was a Liberal Party MP and held many offices in the party.[8] Nandy grew up both in Manchester and in Bury, Greater Manchester, where her family later moved to. She graduated from Newcastle University, Tyne and Wear, in 2001 with a degree in politics and obtained a master’s degree in public policy from Birkbeck, University of London. She has worked in the voluntary sector, as a researcher at the homelessness charity Centrepoint from 2003 to 2005, and then as senior policy adviser at The Children’s Society from 2005,[5][9] where she specialised in issues facing young refugees, also acting as adviser to the Children’s Commissioner for England and to the Independent Asylum Commission.[10]

She knows little about climate change or energy and is mostly a mouthpiece for

Her shadow DECC team which includes:


Image problem for VW

Image problem for VW

Clive Crook at Bloomberg says there are several scandals linked to the VW diesel debacle. Here we’ll focus on one of them, related to so-called climate policies. Was the ‘dash for diesel’ ever a rational policy?

A third scandal, even more costly than the first two, also needs to be noticed and examined. It concerns the economic and environmental policies that first set European car manufacturers and consumers on course to this pile-up.

Remember that “clean diesel” was a government-led initiative, brought to you courtesy of Europe’s taxpayers. And, by the way, the policy had proved a massively expensive failure on its own terms even before the VW scandal broke.

It’s this scandal that teaches the most important lessons.




The UK government’s outbreak of limited common sense on some aspects of energy policy has apparently baffled professional climate propagandist Al Gore, reports the edie newsroom.

Former US Vice President Al Gore has launched a scathing attack on Britain’s floundering energy and climate policy, demanding “actions rather than words” from Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of the crucial climate change conference in Paris this December. Speaking at an event held by the Green Alliance in London earlier today (22 September), Gore wielded Barack Obama’s infamous “Yes We Can” slogan to hail the green energy revolution, but criticised Cameron’s regime for slowing the pace of change by scrapping an array of environmental policies.

“As a friend of the United Kingdom I must tell you, I am puzzled,” Gore said.


Does the UK need Norwegian hydropower? 

Posted: September 18, 2015 by oldbrew in Energy, Politics
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Loch Doon Hydro  - Water intake for Drumjohn hydro power station  [image credit: Mark Klimek]

Loch Doon Hydro –
Water intake for Drumjohn hydro power station
[image credit: Mark Klimek]

That’s the question posed by E & T Magazine. With generating plants closing regularly, some might say ‘yes’.

By 2021, a subsea cable built across the North Sea from Norway will provide enough power for 750,000 British homes, but with untouched hydro capacity in the UK, is this necessary?

The news that a £1.5bn, 450-mile subsea cable will be built across the North Sea to enable hydropower from Norway to light up the UK has come as something of a shock to the entire UK hydropower sector when over 26,000 sites have been identified as suitable for generating hydropower in England alone.


An ought to read

“Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise has been watching the climate world since 2009. What she sees isn’t pretty.” — strap line from her blog. Donna has now put up a transcript with slides of a talk she gave to World Federation of Scientists in Erice, Italy, during August 2015




Decision time [image credit: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez]

Decision time [image credit: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez]

After all the political argy-bargy, the final decision on the controversial oil pipeline plan is due as The New Republic explains. But the oil producers are already moving their product in other ways. Whether it’s still worth it with oil down near $40 a barrel is another matter.

Environmentalists have been waiting since 2008 for President Barack Obama’s decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. That decision may come any day now. But Canada’s tar sands industry hasn’t been waiting around.


An Amber light on chicanery: avoiding EU

Posted: August 20, 2015 by tchannon in Energy, government, Legal, Politics

Centralism is also lunacy when one set of rules are applied to different, a northern Atlantic island is the same as Austria or Italy, bull. nevertheless which fools signed up to broken?

OTOH does this mean paying Germany? If not who?

Here is a report of unknown provenance given Reuters track record

UK may use EU small print to swerve impact of green cuts
LONDON | By Susanna Twidale

Britain is thinking of using an EU loophole to dodge the impact of its own subsidy cuts on renewable energy and escape fines for missing 2020 European renewable targets.

Under EU rules Britain could use the loophole, termed statistical transfer, which would see it pay other, greener, EU countries overshooting their targets, to make up the difference.

“We need to stay open to the fullest possible range of options for meeting the 2020 target, including the use of statistical transfer,” a spokeswoman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change said.

Britain’s new Energy and Climate Change secretary Amber Rudd has announced changes to subsides for biomas [sic], solar and onshore wind projects to trim spiraling [sic] costs, which she said in June were likely to result in around 250 projects not being built.


[credit: New York Daily News]

[credit: New York Daily News]

Christopher Booker highlights the obvious key issue facing those who promote renewable energy – intermittency.

Last week in the White House, to a roomful of 150 cheering environmental activists, President Obama unveiled his answer to what he called “the greatest threat facing the world”. Variously billed as a bid “to cement his legacy as a world leader” and an attempt to salvage brownie points from December’s talks on a global climate treaty (which he knows will fail, because India, China and the Republican majority in Congress won’t buy it), Obama’s “Clean Energy Plan” for the US is twofold.

On one hand, to bypass those Republicans in Congress, he wants to use federal regulations to impose crippling new CO2 emissions cuts on the fossil-fuel power plants that still currently supply the US with about 70 per cent of its electricity. This even poses a serious threat to the shale gas industry, which has more than halved US energy costs and played a key part in its economic recovery.


Wyoming coal trains [image credit:

Wyoming coal trains [image credit:]

The ‘fight against global warming’, as reported by AFP/Fox News below, is more like shadow boxing but the impact on the real US economy from the enforced shutting down of coal-fired power stations could be significant.

President Barack Obama will impose steeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants across the country than previously expected, senior administration officials said Sunday, in what the president called the most significant step the U.S. has ever taken to fight global warming.


Green Deal to be No Deal, says DECC

Posted: July 23, 2015 by oldbrew in government, Politics

Green dud [credit: Green Deal guide]

Green dud [credit: Green Deal guide]

The ill-fated scheme to lend money to UK homeowners for ‘green’ upgrades at interest rates higher than banks offer, has somehow not worked out, as the BBC reports:

The UK government has announced it is to cease funding for the Green Deal, spelling the end for its flagship energy household efficiency programme. The scheme offers cashbacks and incentives on such things as double-glazing, insulation and boilers.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change said it took the decision to protect taxpayers, citing low take-up and concerns about industry standards. Labour said ministers’ approach to energy efficiency had been a “failure”.


MPs warn over easing purdah rules for EU referendum

Posted: July 22, 2015 by oldbrew in Politics

Level playing field needed  [image credit: Martin Rose/Getty Images]

Level playing field needed
[image credit: Martin Rose/Getty Images]

Any chance of pre-vote fair play in the run-up to the UK’s referendum on EU membership? Not much it seems, unless the rules change.

Plans to loosen rules restricting Government activity in the run up to the EU referendum have been condemned by MPs, who warned that it would “cast a shadow of doubt” over the poll. [Guernsey Press reports]

An in/out vote on the UK’s membership of the EU has been promised by the end of 2017.


Nigel Lawson’s three wishes

Posted: July 20, 2015 by tchannon in Politics

Nigel Lawson the former Chancellor has been interviewed with the broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 20th July 2015 at 21:30 BST

Interviewer was according to a web page someone named Peter Hennessy.

At the end Lawson gave three wishes (I’m going from memory)

  1. Sort out the bankers, particularly the separation of merchant banking from high street banking
  2. Repeal the Climate Change Act
  3. Get out of the EU.

The broadcast might be available for some. Best I can do after 30 minutes of searching the BBC web site is a web page with a hash code so it might break


Climate talks 'flagging' ?[image credit: The Clinic]

Climate talks ‘flagging’ ?[image credit: The Clinic]

Usual story – rich and poor countries fighting about money. Things are so bad, they need a pre-conference conference to try and figure out what they’re going to say and do at the real conference, apart from wave ‘projections’ and ‘scenarios’ at each other. Or – anyone fancy a trip to Paris in July?

Foreign and environment ministers and other high-level officials from 45 countries are set to gather in Paris Monday seeking to re-energise climate talks mired in technical details and political squabbling, reports Yahoo News.


Hmm… times of Chinese curses

The Global Warming Policy Foundation is pleased to announce that Graham Stringer and the Rt Hon Peter Lilley have joined the GWPF’s Board of Trustees.

Graham Stringer is a Labour MP. He was the leader of Manchester City Council and the Parliamentary Secretary in the Cabinet Office under Tony Blair.

Peter Lilley is a Conservative MP. He was Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Secretary of State for Social Security in the Cabinets of Margaret Thatcher and John Mayor. He was appointed by David Cameron to the Number 10 Policy Board with responsibility for Foreign Affairs, Europe, Defence and International Development.

A few day ago

Peter Lilley & Graham Stringer Vote Against Climate Committee’s IPCC Report

Date: 28/07/14
Peter Lilley MP and Graham Stringer MP

Peter Lilley and Graham Stringer voted against the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee’s report on the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Report because “we believe the role of the Select Committee is to hold public institutions critically to account not to act as their cheer leaders”.
– See more at:


[credit: green lantern electric]

[credit: green lantern electric]

StollmeyerEU reports on a sighting of the EU’s energy ‘master plan’, due to be unveiled next week (July 15th):

The new framework is to deliver 3 market arrangements:

‘To move towards an interconnected EU-wide electricity market providing clear price signals for new investments and facilitating the further development of renewables;
To promote regional cooperation and coordination on energy policies, new generation, support schemes to renewables and interconnections;
To provide a truly European dimension to security of supply.’



The US President seems to be doing a Lord Nelson, turning a blind eye

Originally posted on Real Science:

President Obama says that global warming is the biggest problem Earth has ever faced, based on the opinion of about three or four flaming morons he considers to be the world’s top scientists. He also says he doesn’t have time to debate the “Flat Earth Society” – which by his definition would include this guy.

In 2008, Dr. Ivar Giaever joined over 70 Nobel Science Laureates in endorsing Barack Obama for president, but seven years later the Nobel Prize winner now stands against the president on global warming.

“I would say that basically global warming is a non-problem,” Giaever, who won the Nobel for physics in 1973, told an audience at the Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting earlier this month.

Giaever ridiculed Obama for stating that “no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” The physicist called it a “ridiculous statement” and that Obama “gets…

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Greek voters reject terms

Posted: July 5, 2015 by tchannon in Politics

The game play continues

Greek voters overwhelmingly reject bailout terms

With 70 percent of votes counted, results show Greeks rejecting terms of international bailout by 61 to 39 percent.

Assuming this is correct some realities come closer.

Greece is in a mess, has been in a mess for many years. Small country, lots of regional problems. In my view the lenders who are complaining were grown up, knew the real situation and ignored it.