Christopher Essex comes out swinging in the Financial Post:
“Small minds do not understand the importance of unorthodox thinking to science”
Beheading, war crimes, prison, death threats. Perhaps you think I’m talking about IS. No, it’s just the routine hyperbolic language of media climate activism, and the minds of our cultural overlords. Next December policymakers will try again to save the world from what they don’t understand by proposing policy on something else, which won’t work anyway.
Every debate has boundaries; beyond them lies other subjects. Climate debates are unique: Their boundaries exclude their own subject. Few of the elites, journalists, or academics come close to actually discussing climate. Nearly all of them try to address physics, chemistry, computer science, and mathematics by talking anthropology instead. Try discussing anything useful with such rules.
With the OPEC prices of oil dropping through the bottom of the barrel, driven by the desire to send cheap oil from fracking into “bankruptcy”, fuel prices for motorists are dropping around the world.
That doesn’t just save people money when the refuel, that cash can be used to further improve their prosperity. They can choose to spend it on something else or to spend more on fuel drive further for pleasure or to pursue bargains further afield than previously. It means that more suppliers are a viable option for more people so pricing will be tend to be increasingly competitive.
Quality of life can improve as people rediscover the long-lost pleasure of a weekend drive in their own car; exploring the world beyond the horizons of their daily humdrum.
And, although interest rates are still low, some may wisely pay off their debts a little bit sooner, using some of the money saved at the bowser.
Despite the freshly branded name, Kwinana remains at heart, a town in Western Australia, still hosting some of its surviving heavy industries as well as still-verdant residential area, home to the employed, formerly employed and “aspirants”. Many of the employed however use the town mainly as a dormitory, many heavy industry jobs having fallen during various economic turmoils.
Kwinana is significant in being the heavy industry hub of the metropolitan area of the state capital, Perth. Amongst other industry, there are still an oil refinery and an alumina refinery and focus of this post; the Kwinana Power Station. Continue reading
First picture as delegates bustle to collect their luggage after arriving at the airport.
Picture found at Johns Hopkins University’s News-Letter site.
The presstitutes at the Sydney Boring Herald babble on about Dismantling ski lifts in Europe as world warms up whereas rigorous measurements indicate that European Winters Show Clear Cooling Trend since Hansen’s 1988 Testimony.
Claims of rising temperatures appear to arise from Shifting Heat Island Trends. (I’ll work out an abbreviation later.)
There are attempts to pull the wool over the public’s eyes regarding the “success” of Germany’s Energiewende. Some loudly proclaiming nonsense that leads others to believe that “Germany gets most of its electricity from wind and solar power”.
Here is a graph (from Agora Energiewende) of the actual figures showing how much of Germany’s electrical power consumption (the squiggly line in red) was provided by Wind and Solar PV over the past month.
The big, white gap between the red squiggle and the blue and yellow peaks is what has to be filled largely by conventional means; substantially coal, nuclear and gas, some hydroelectric and a little pumped storage and biomass. Visit the Agora Energiewende site for a interactive charts to see where Germany actually gets its electrical power.