"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Bird Mincers Finally Fined

The Greenie lobby has always been strangely silent on the damage to our feathered friends caused by wind turbines . If eagles were being chewed up by any other industrial machine the noise from the cappucine crusaders would be deafening. In the US a power company has finally been fined for the death of eagles and other birds caused by these ugly monstrosities.
A MAJOR US power company has pleaded guilty to killing eagles and other birds at two wind farms and agreed to pay $1 million as part of the first enforcement of laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities.
Until the settlement announced on Friday with Duke Energy and its renewable energy arm, no wind energy company had been prosecuted for a death of an eagle or other protected bird.
The company pleaded guilty to killing 14 eagles and 149 other birds at its Top of the World and Campbell Hill wind farms outside Casper, Wyoming.
The deaths, which included golden eagles, hawks, blackbirds, wrens and sparrows, occurred from 2009 to 2013.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Australia and UK say no !

The UK has joined Australia in resisting calls for so-called "climate compensation" involving the transfer of billions of dollars from wealthier nations for "loss and damage". Also it seems that the 100 billion a year wanted for "climate change adaption" will not receive an Australian contribution at this time. There will be less and less support for the global climate agenda as more nations side with the Australian defection in the future.
Acting on Tony Abbott's edict to avoid any new financial commitments, Australian negotiators have held out against calls to support the "loss and damage" payments sought by poorer countries.
Britain added weight to the Australian position yesterday when Energy Secretary Ed Davey rebuffed demands for payments.
"We don't accept the argument on compensation," Mr Davey said.
"We never have, and we are not intending to start now."
 Mr Abbott's repeal of the carbon tax, begun in parliament this week, has fuelled criticism of Australia at the UN summit along with Japan, Canada and Norway. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Out of Puff

UK wind energy for the last 24 hours has been just over 2% of the total generation and about 12% of nameplate capacity. Only idiots could believe that wind can supply reliable energy to an electricity grid. This meager generation total is despite the billions spent and huge subsidies to the green carpetbaggers.

Gordon Hughes of the Edinburgh School of economics delivers a sober message on what renewable energy is doing to energy prices. Of course it will be the poor to suffer as the wealthy can easily absorb the increase in costs.
Stripping away the complexity, the net effect of subsidies for renewables and taxes on CO2 emissions is to offer an average price for electricity generated from the main sources of renewable energy - wind and wood chips - that is at least double the equivalent pool price of electricity which is determined by the cost of running gas-fired generating plants. The incentive is somewhat lower for new plants but the margin is sufficient to sustain long term costs of wind and wood generation that are 60-80% higher than for the most efficient gas plants. The cost differentials are much greater for offshore wind (at least 150%) and solar photovoltaic panels.
To meet 2020 targets for renewable energy, the share of renewables in total electricity production will increase to three times its level in 2012-13 and the share of renewables in electricity, heat and transport will increase to nearly four times its level in 2012-13. Since this growth can only be achieved by relying upon increasingly expensive sources, the targets mean energy costs will increase by at least 3% per year on top of inflation. In practice, the effective increase may be significantly higher than this estimate.
Of course major damage to the economy in doubling energy costs is seen in a loss of competitiveness and migration of energy-intensive industries to countries with low cost energy. The sun has set on the British empire and it will surely set on the Mother country itself unless current energy policies change.

Climate Fund blocked by Abbott

Tony Abbott is signalling clearly that the adults are back in charge with his blocking , with the aid of Canada, of a proposed "climate change" fund . With the repeal of the carbon tax under way and the scrapping of the Climate Change Commission it is clear that a new and very different sheriff is in town. The example set by Australia, Canada Japan is the beginning of the end of the climate change scam as other nations will follow.
TONY Abbott has opposed plans by Commonwealth leaders to set up a climate change fund for impoverished member states to help them tackle the effects of global warming.
The final communique of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, released in Colombo last night, revealed that both Australia and Canada objected to the decision to establish a Capital Green Fund for smaller states and struggling African nations
A Commonwealth expert group also called for new ways to access existing international funds to address climate change.
But the final agreement noted that "Australia and Canada ... indicated that they could not support a green capital fund at this time".
Small state leaders had pleaded with their colleagues to urgently address global warming, and spoke passionately during public forums about the need for help from larger, wealthier nations to tackle the issue.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said Tony Abbott and the Canadian delegate had said they "can't agree to fund their contribution".