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Another power station closing early

Posted: February 3, 2016 by Andrew in Energy, fuel poverty, Politics
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Britain’s energy situation goes from tight, to critical, with an announcement from SSE.

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UPDATE: The talkshop pledge is now up to £500 + a reserve, see comments.

Brexit: The Movie, is a new project set up by Martin Durkin, of ‘The great Global Warming Swindle’ fame. Martin is a top documentary maker, but none of the big TV channels are going to finance this one. Check out the trailer above and you’ll know why.

Climate sceptics have a lot of reasons to be eurosceptics too, given the nutty energy policy being dictated to the UK from Brussels thanks to their mad climate policies.

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A Senate hearing

A Senate hearing


This Heartlander Magazine report is worth a look just for its tongue-in-cheek graphic called ‘The Scientific Method – Then And Now‘.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, convened a hearing on December 8 titled “Data or Dogma? Promoting Open Inquiry in the Debate over the Magnitude of Human Impact on Earth’s Climate.”

A number of noted scientists gave presentations at the hearing and I thought I’d summarize a few of their remarks [see link below].

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[image credit: securecloudreview.com]

[image credit: securecloudreview.com]


India says $2 billion, the OECD says $57 billion of a promised $100 billion in ‘climate money’ has been put on the table, as catch news reports. Who is right? Accusations of double counting and other trickery are in the air.

In order to help developing countries emit less carbon and deal with climate change, rich countries promised to pay poorer nations $100 billion each year until 2020. This promise was made at the 2010 climate change summit.

But the funding has barely crossed $2 billion, or 0.5% of the promised amount, according to a Finance Ministry study. This is in sharp contrast to a report by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a grouping of rich nations, claiming in October that an average $57 billion flowed in 2013 and 2014.

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Coal-hungry China [image credit: democraticunderground.com]

Coal-hungry China [image credit: democraticunderground.com]


The trick for many countries at COP 21 is to talk a good game without committing to too much financial pain. Also China is building coal-fired power stations at a record rate even while world leaders are indulging in a big moan about CO₂ levels. Your Oil & Gas News questions whether China’s climate claims can be taken seriously.

The United Nations’ 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21), running in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015, will see China come under particular scrutiny, as the country is likely to propose CO₂ emissions reduction targets that others view as unrealistic, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

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Much ado about nothing?

Much ado about nothing?


The Paris climate conference is already looking like an expensive waste of time, judging by this report.

The US Senate sent a powerful and unmistakable message to UN climate delegates this week: Don’t expect any US money for Obama’s climate promises.

52 U.S. Senators voted to block an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule this week that would curb carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. Passing the resolution without a veto-proof vote (the President has already promised not to sign it) makes this act of defiance symbolic only. But with the Paris climate summit just a week and a half away, it’s powerful symbolism indeed.

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Congress asks: warming pause – yes or NOAA? 

Posted: November 17, 2015 by oldbrew in Dataset, pause, Politics
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Seas getting warmer?

Seas getting warmer?


Time for the NOAA to front up and explain to US public representatives how it came up with its own temperature data that ran counter to everyone else’s, as GWPF reports.

Scientists and top officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have agreed to start interviews akin to depositions this week with House investigators, who are demanding to know their internal deliberations on a groundbreaking climate change study.

But the interviews may not be enough to placate the chairman of the House science committee, a global warming skeptic who last week stepped up the pressure on the Commerce Department to comply with his subpoena for e-mails that NOAA has refused to turn over.

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Pembroke CCGT (gas) power station

Pembroke CCGT (gas) power station


UK energy policy has tried and failed to face both ways – i.e. pleasing the EU and serving the public – on electricity supply, as this GWPF report shows. Critics like us have been saying this for a long time but now UK leaders are trying to catch up, in words at least, having spent far too long listening exclusively to the ‘greenblob’.

Britain needs to build the equivalent of more than 25 large power stations to meet its power needs over the next two decades, Amber Rudd, the energy secretary, will warn this week. She will say that the nation’s energy security will be under threat unless it starts replacing its old nuclear and coal power stations.

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How’s Call me Dave’s EU Renegotiation Going?

Posted: November 10, 2015 by tallbloke in Politics
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Pipeline cancelled [image credit: americaherald.com]

Pipeline cancelled [image credit: americaherald.com]


The political ducking and weaving is over. After years of indecision, there will be no new oil pipeline from Canada to the US, as BBC News reports.

US President Barack Obama has announced he is rejecting an application to build the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. Speaking from the White House, he said it would not have served the “national interests” of the US.

Its construction has been hotly disputed for seven years, with environmentalists saying it would do irreparable damage. But the president said the pipeline had taken on an “overinflated role” in the climate change debate.

The proposed pipeline would have run 1,179-miles (1,897km) taking 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta, Canada, to Steele City, Nebraska. But Mr Obama said it would not have: lowered petrol prices, created long-term jobs, or affected energy dependence. “The pipeline would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to our economy,” he said.

Republican presidential candidates condemned the news, with Jeb Bush calling it an attack on the US economy.

Full report: US rejects Keystone XL pipeline from Canada – BBC News

They will just have to keep sending the oil by rail.

Context here https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/philippe-verdier-sacked/

Tim writes: I have no idea of the contractural terms under which Verdier was employed nor any detail of what has happened. Unfair contracts if that is what is was are not enforceable but this may require full legal redress. This rarely happens, individuals move, power gets away with it.

However, when the matter came to light a little while ago the name Cunci was involved so I had a quick look, was not happy over what I found but wrote nothing. Perhaps she was honest, wait and see.

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Active now “Assemblée Générale statuant sur les comptes de l’exercice clos le 31 décembre 2015.”

http://www.suez-environnement.fr/groupe/gouvernement-entreprise/conseil-administration/delphine-ernotte-cunci/

She drops her married name, Cunci, in most publicity.

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http://www.suez-environnement.fr/

Incidentally, Suez have been airbrushing since I last looked. :-)

“Philippe Verdier sacked”

Is that a conflict? How was Cunci involved?

This is an international organisation is almost certainly where you live.

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Crazy world of climate finance [image credit: renewableenergyfocus.com]

Crazy world of climate finance [image credit: renewableenergyfocus.com]


Welcome to the world of funny money as ‘climate pledges’ are converted into imaginary dollars. PEI reports on the latest fantasy numbers as the Paris climate conference aka COP21 approaches.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has today released a special briefing document that outlines the energy sector implications of national decarbonisation pledges submitted for the upcoming December climate summit in Paris, known as COP21.

The briefing finds that if all countries meet the goals outlined in their submitted pledges, growth in energy-related emissions – which account for two-thirds of total greenhouse gas emissions – will “slow to a relative crawl by 2030”.   

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No reporting bias please, we're British [image credit: BBC]

No reporting bias please, we’re British [image credit: BBC]


BBC journalists are to be sent on a compulsory training course about the European Union (EU) in an attempt to ensure impartiality ahead of Britain’s referendum, reports Breitbart London.

BBC News director James Harding told parliament’s European scrutiny committee that all BBC reporters, including newsreaders, will be sent on the mandatory retraining course, and admitted the state broadcaster’s impartiality would be “tested” by the referendum.

The BBC has frequently faced accusations of pro-EU bias. Just last month, Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin used BBC Radio 4’s Today programme to accuse the corporation of “cultural bias” in favour of the European Union, something strongly denied by presenter James Naughtie who called Jenkin’s complaint “tedious”.

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Warming up for climate negotiations ? [image credit: businessnewsdaily.com]

Warming up for climate negotiations ?
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That’s the headline of this Yahoo News report. Looks like another marathon arm-wrestle when the Paris climate crowd jet in for their annual jamboree in a few weeks’ time.

Frustration ran high Wednesday at the snail’s pace of talks for a climate rescue pact, with three days left for diplomats to craft a blueprint for a year-end UN summit. With an eye firmly on the clock, diplomats in Bonn despaired at the mountain of work they face after an acrimonious start on Monday cost them more than a day of negotiating time.

“I am, to be honest, very concerned,” said climate envoy Laurence Tubiana of France, which will host a November 30-December 11 UN summit tasked with inking a 195-nation pact to rein in global warming. “I don’t think this way of working is going to bring us where we need to be by the end of the week and to stand a chance of success in Paris.”

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Smoke from a California wildfire [image credit: BBC]

Smoke from a California wildfire [image credit: BBC]


Recent California governors like Schwarzenegger have portrayed themselves as leading the ‘green charge’ – whatever that is at the time – but this one seems to have lost the plot a bit. Details from the LA Times.

The ash of the Rocky fire was still hot when Gov. Jerry Brown strode to a bank of television cameras beside a blackened ridge and, flanked by firefighters, delivered a battle cry against climate change.

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Congressional hearing [image credit: Wikipedia]

Congressional hearing [image credit: Wikipedia]


NASA, NOAA and NSF have all been told by the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology to release relevant documents, as Fox News reports. Getting tough can be a two-way thing it seems.

Jagadish Shukla may be regretting he ever signed a controversial letter to President Obama. The climate scientist at George Mason University made headlines when he was the lead signatory on a letter to Obama, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy “strongly” supporting using federal racketeering laws to investigate those in the private or public sector who work with the fossil fuel industry to “undermine climate science.” 

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Amazon near Manaus [credit: Wikipedia]

Amazon near Manaus [credit: Wikipedia]

Read the full article by Conserve if possible – this is just the introduction.

What do you think of when you hear the words “Amazon rainforest”?

Do you think about parrots and poison dart frogs, about marmosets and massive trees, and how tropical rainforests are home to roughly 50% of the species on Earth? Do you think about the vast scale of the Amazon, an immense ecosystem that covers 40% of South America and produces 20% of the world’s oxygen?

Or do you think of deforestation, clear cutting, and environmental disaster?

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Tesla model X [image credit: IB Times]

Tesla model X [image credit: IB Times]


Denmark, like Britain, has discovered that fanatical pursuit of so-called ‘green’ policies to ‘save the climate’ or whatever, is not financially sustainable, as Breitbart reports.

Denmark is slowly retreating from some of its most ambitious, self-regarding climate initiatives. In an unforeseen attack of common sense, the government is readying to end its generous tax breaks for citizens who buy low-carbon vehicles because of the expense imposed on the public purse. This will triple the retail price of electric cars like the popular Tesla (Model X, pictured) and remove their competitive price advantage against standard fossil fuel-powered models.

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I’ve been invited to speak at the 2015 ICG starting in Prague tomorrow. This promises to be really interesting judging by the abstracts. Apparently, some organisations which usually attend have boycotted the event because our group has been invited to speak about the unethical behaviour of the IPCC and Copernicus-the innovative science unpublishers. Here’s the announcement.

THE INTERNATIONAL
CONFERENCE
ON GEOETHICS

October 9 (Friday) to 19 (Monday) 2015 in 3 segments:
a) October 9 – 11 in Prague (Krystal, Prague 6–Veleslavín, José Martího 2)
b) October 12 – 16 at Příbram (DIAMO, street 28. října 184)
c) October 16 – 19 in Prague (Krystal, Prague 6–Veleslavín, José Martího 2)
the centre and hotel Krystal is in the walking distance of a new subway station Nádraží
Veleslavín (green line A)

FINAL PROGRAM
The Conference will be arranged on behalf of the Working Group for Geoethics of the Association of Geoscientists for International Development (AGID) as the only International Conference to the subject of Geoethics in the world in this year. The participation at the Conference is open to any person really interested in the topic.

The financial policy of the Conference is based on principles of alternative solidary economics. The exceptionally low IRREVERSIBLE paid fees have made it possible to assure relatively good access to anybody included retired people or students. In cases of special interest an individual arrangement was realized.

LIST OF CONTRIBUTIONS (situation of OCTOBER 8):
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DECC on the ropes? [image credit: BBC]

DECC on the ropes? [image credit: BBC]


The UK government’s energy department (DECC) seems to be on the ropes – or is it the deck? – thanks to the creation of a new body called the NIC, as PEI reports.

There is some confusion as to the role of the Department of Energy and Climate Change following a reorganisation announced by the UK’s chancellor for the exchequer George Osborne this week. The entire energy policy brief has been ceded by DECC to the new National Infrastructure Commission (NIC).

With the energy portfolio has gone all the big issues on its agenda. These include the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, indeed the entire future of the UK nuclear power programme. It is not entirely clear what DECC, headed by secretary of state Amber Rudd, will now hold responsibility for, following the announcement.

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