Saturday, November 28, 2015

Success: The Opposite Of What The Greenies Most Desire!

 

Science In 1941: ‘Global Warming Caused Hitler
'Increasing warmer temperatures may produce a trend toward dictatorial governments' - UK Climate Diplomats Face Axe After COP21 Paris Summit - UK Government Cuts Energy and Climate Change Department Budget By 22% - Britain Downgrades Climate Agenda, Cuts More Green Schemes, UK Axes £1bn Carbon Capture and Storage Funding - Stranded Assets, Solar Company Faces Biggest Bankruptcy In Spanish History


Increasing warmer temperatures throughout the world may produce a trend toward dictatorial governments in the opinion of Dr Clarence A Mills, professor of experimental medicine at the University of Cincinnati. In fact, Dr Mills believes that the rise to power of Adolf Hitler in Germany and Benito Mussolini in Italy may be due in part to the gradual warming temperature of the world.- The Mason City Globe-Gazette, 27 March 1941

It was a time of yuppies, flash cars, shoulder pads and big hair, but it appears the 1980s was also a key turning point for the world's climate, research has suggested. Scientists have discovered there was a huge shift in the environment that swept across the globe affecting ecosystems from the depths of the oceans to the upper atmosphere. They said an abrupt spurt of global warming, fuelled by human activity and a volcanic eruption in Mexico, is believed to have triggered these changes between 1984 and 1988. The researchers said the global warming that occurred in the 1980s was the largest shift in the climate to have occurred in around 1,000 years. --Richard Gray, Daily Mail, 24 November 2015

Britain’s green energy barons are getting huge taxpayer subsidies to install diesel generators — exactly the kind of polluting energy source their wind and solar farms are meant to replace. Wind and solar power firms are being encouraged to install the generators, which pour out CO2, a greenhouse gas, and toxic nitrogen dioxide, on their sites in order to provide standby generating capacity and prevent the lights going out during periods of peak demand. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) is offering consumer-funded subsidies to firms that install such “short-term operating reserve” because Britain has invested so little in large new power stations that there is a risk of winter power cuts. --Josh Boswell and Jonathan Leake, The Sunday Times, 22 November 2015

 European Union’s stringent renewable energy requirements are forcing coal-based power plants to use biomass fuel. Swaths of woodlands in Southeastern United States are being cut down to fuel the biomass boom across the Atlantic. A new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council has pointed out that 15 million acres of unprotected forests in the Southeastern United States, home to more than 600 imperiled, threatened or endangered species are at risk due to booming wood exports EU and UK. Debbie Hammel, the director of the Land Markets Initiative at NRDC says that Europe must cut down the subsidies for biomass based power plants to save forests in the United States.--Kesavan Unnikrishnan, Digital Journal, 24 November 2015

Despite a 63% drop in rigs drilling for oil in the three key shale regions since last November, oil production in those regions has barely budged from peak levels in 2015. In fact, new wells in the Bakken are pumping up to 50% more oil than those drilled at the beginning of 2015. Operators are finding ways to do more with less. If you think this kind of resilience is without precedent, just look at natural gas. There are 199 rigs drilling for natural gas today, down from more than 1,600 in 2008. And yet, U.S. shale gas production today is at record levels even as prices test new lows. --Sam Ori, The Wall Street Journal, 20 November 2015

It’s routinely claimed that climate-change-induced drought in Syria was a major factor in triggering the Syrian civil war, the Syrian refugee crisis and the rise of ISIS. But are these claims supported by the data? Average annual rainfall during the 2006-2011 period was only 9% lower than average annual rainfall over the preceding 55 years. The driest year during the period (2011) was only the seventh driest on record and 2006-2011 was only the 13th driest six-year period on record. Clearly the crop failures in the farming villages around Aleppo – which undoubtedly occurred – weren’t caused by a drought of Biblical proportions. In fact there doesn’t seem to have been a drought at Aleppo at all. --Roger Andrews, Energy Matters, 24 November 2015

The UK’s global network of climate diplomats is facing the chop days before negotiations on a new UN deal to tackle global warming open in Paris. More than 100 posts are under threat, with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) set for 25-40% resource budget cuts by 2019-20 under a spending review due out on 25 November. --Ed King, Climate Home, 25 November 2015

The Department for Energy and Climate Change day to day resource budget has been cut by 22%, it has been announced. Chancellor George Osborne launched the Spending Review this afternoon announcing he was “building Britain to become prosperous” by taking the “difficult decisions” to bring debt down. He told the House of Commons: “We are committed to the low carbon sector and we show our commitment to the Paris talks next week. But we believe going green should not cost the earth.” --renews, 25 November 2015

One of the problems with being a PR guy for an environmentally minded billionaire is that you sometimes find yourself having to utter complete drivel in public fora. There has been a lovely example of this in recent weeks, when, in a letter to the FT, Lord Stern claimed that 7 million deaths each year were caused by pollution derived from fossil fuels. This was disputed by Matt Ridley, who pointed out in another letter that most of these deaths were actually caused by burning wood and dung. The mess into which Stern has got himself has now been firmly laid bare by Bjorn Lomborg, whose letter to the FT today sets out the figures in gory detail. --Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, 25 November 2015

Former Tory MP Tim Yeo has lost his libel action over a“cash-for-advocacy” claim which he said trashed his reputation. Yeo had asked for substantial compensation over three reports in the Sunday Times, in June 2013, which followed a lunch the previous month with two undercover journalists from the Insight team posing as representatives for a solar energy concern in the Far East. They alleged that he was prepared to, and had offered to, act in a way that was in breach of the Commons code of conduct by acting as a paid parliamentary advocate who would push for new laws to benefit the business of a client for a daily fee of £7,000 and approach ministers, civil servants and other MPs to promote a client’s private agenda in return for cash. --Press Association, 25 November 2015

A new Fox News poll finds that in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, the issue of terrorism has become the top concern of American voters. The new poll also found that Americans are largely unconcerned with climate change, which the Obama administration has repeatedly pointed to as the nation's top security threat. Only 3 percent of respondents said that global warming was the most important issue facing the country today, down from 5 percent in a Fox poll released last August. --Dan Joseph, MRC TV News, 24 November 2015

There will be further cuts to government schemes designed to encourage low-carbon energy and greater efficiency, the chancellor said on Wednesday. George Osborne announced that the charge suppliers must levy on customers to help pay for efficiency measures, such as insulation, will be reduced. He said the move would lower customer bills, saving an average of £30 a year for 24m households. But it is also the latest sign that he is prioritising affordability over attempts to cut emissions. --Kiran Stacey and Michael Pooler, Financial Times, 25 November 2015

The Government has been fiercely criticised after it quietly scrapped a £1bn project to cut carbon emissions and removed more “green crap” from household energy bills. In a move the Treasury omitted to mention in its Autumn Statement announcements, a pilot project to develop a new technology that can capture the emissions from gas and coal plants and pipe them underground has been scrapped. Experts said ending the project would make it much harder for the UK to meet its ambitious climate change targets, given the central role that gas is set to play in the country’s energy sector. --Tom Bawden, The Independent, 25 November 2015

Britain has scrapped plans to spend up to 1 billion pounds ($1.5 billion) to help commercialize the technology for capturing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and storing them underground, the government said on Wednesday, putting two major projects at risk of being canceled. The announcement comes just days before negotiators from more than 190 countries are due to meet in Paris to thrash out a global deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions blamed for rising temperatures. Britain had previously viewed CCS as a vital tool to help it meet its legally binding target to cut emissions by 80 percent on 1990 levels by 2050. -- Susanna Twidale, Reu Reuters, 25 November 2015

Spanish renewable energy company Abengoa is on its way to becoming the biggest bankruptcy case in Spanish business history. – El Pais, 26 November 2015

Abengoa is a Spanish company that was another of President Obama’s personally picked green energy projects, and it’s now on the verge of bankruptcy, potentially saddling taxpayers with a multibillion-dollar tab and fueling the notion that the administration repeatedly gambles on losers in the energy sector. The renewable energy firm said Wednesday it will begin insolvency proceedings, a technical first step toward a possible bankruptcy. International banks’ total exposure to a full Abengoa bankruptcy stands at about $21.4 billion, according to Reuters news agency, meaning the company’s downfall would end up being the largest bankruptcy in Spanish history. --Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times, 25 November 2015

Public support for a strong global deal on climate change has declined, according to a poll carried out in 20 countries. Only four now have majorities in favour of their governments setting ambitious targets at a global conference in Paris. In a similar poll before the Copenhagen meeting in 2009, eight countries had majorities favouring tough action. Just under half of all those surveyed viewed climate change as a “very serious” problem this year, compared with 63% in 2009. The findings will make sober reading for global political leaders, who will gather in Paris next week for the start of the United Nations climate conference, known as COP21. --Matt McGrath, BBC News, 27 November 2015

 

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