• Michael Kelly: A Challenge For Renewable Energies

    • Date: 05/07/17
    • Prof Michael J Kelly, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 0FA, UK

    This paper examines whether renewable energy can match the economic productivity of the current, largely fossil energy supply and the consequences if it cannot. Introduction In recent years the energy sector has accounted for about 9 per cent of global GDP,[1] with the implication that the return on energy investment in the world economy is, […]

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  • The Bank of England Is Enslaved By Green Groupthink

    • Date: 29/06/17
    • James Delingpole, The Spectator

    What happens to its projections when the taxpayers of the world tire of being milked to subsidise renewables? I do find it odd that I’m so often having to write about the science of global warming, species extinction and ocean acidification because, though I’ve certainly acquired a pretty useful base knowledge over the years — […]

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  • Vulnerable renewables

    • Date: 26/06/17
    • Andrew Montford

    Decentralising the grid for green power is weakening national security The unintended consequences of climate policy keep coming bubbling to the surface. Over the weekend, the former director of National Grid Steve Holliday has warned that the whole electricity grid is now vulnerable to cyber attacks. There are just so many entry points to the grid now, […]

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  • Christopher Booker: Nice Heatwave, But June 1878 Was Hotter

    • Date: 25/06/17
    • Christopher Booker, The Sunday Telegraph

     Our June weather last week was not even as hot as it was in 1878, a century before the great global warming scare was invented. source: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/data/download.html  Headline writers were itching during last week’s heatwave to proclaim that it was a “record breaking” June, particularly on June 21, when the BBC flashed up that the temperature […]

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  • Battering The Bats

    • Date: 21/06/17
    • Andrew Montford

    The negative impact of windfarms on birds – and particularly raptors – has been fairly well documented over the years. There has also been quite a lot of discussion of the impact on bats, with gory discussions of how the pressure waves from the turbines cause the poor beasties’ lungs to explode. This is apparently […]

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  • Children of the green revolution

    • Date: 20/06/17
    • Andrew Montford

    There has a bit a bit of a rumpus over a paper in PNAS over the last couple of days, which is rather depressing in its way. The paper, by  a large group of scientists, is a rebuttal of an earlier paper by one Mark Jacobson, professor of “environmental engineering” at Stanford (why is it always […]

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  • Matt Ridley: Gove Needs To Watch Out For The Green Lobby

    • Date: 19/06/17
    • Matt Ridley, The Times

    From badgers to clean-air rules, environmentalists will fight him every inch of the way to protect their vested interests Even Michael Gove’s enemies concede he is good at tackling vested interests. Even his friends concede he has a knack for making enemies in the process. In his new job as secretary of state for environment, […]

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  • Precedented floods

    • Date: 17/06/17
    • Andrew Montford

    Well that wasn’t in the script was it? A couple of scientists working at the University of Liverpool have found that recent floods in the UK are not, contrary to received wisdom, anything exceptional at all. …whilst recent floods are notable, several comparable periods of increased flooding are identifiable historically, with periods of greater frequency […]

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