Report: Ocean Cycles, Not Humans, May Be Behind Most Observed Climate Change

“The famous “pause” in global warming at the start of the 21st century seems to have been instigated by the North Atlantic Oscillation too.”

Watts Up With That?

An eminent atmospheric scientist says that natural cycles may be largely responsible for climate changes seen in recent decades. 

In a new report published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, Anastasios Tsonis, emeritus distinguished professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, describes new and cutting-edge research into natural climatic cycles, including the well known El Nino cycle and the less familiar North Atlantic Oscillation and Pacific Decadal Oscillation.

He shows how interactions between these ocean cycles have been shown to drive changes in the global climate on timescales of several decades.

Professor Tsonis says:

“We can show that at the start of the 20th century, the North Atlantic Oscillation pushed the global climate into a warming phase, and in 1940 it pushed it back into cooling mode. The famous “pause” in global warming at the start of the 21st century seems to have been instigated by the North Atlantic…

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Australia’s Renewable Energy Target Delivers Highest Power Prices in the World

“What Judith gets right is that it would not matter how many wind turbines are clustered across the Eastern Grid, when the wind stops blowing, the power stops flowing (see above).”

Chris Kenny, from today’s Aussie, lands the killer – RET – blow…

“The largest single factor in the power crisis is the renewable ­energy target demanding 23 per cent of electricity be supplied by renewables, which are subsidised by consumers. When the renew­ables (mainly wind turbines) supply power they can do so at zero cost, thereby undercutting the viability of baseload generators and hastening their demise. The trouble is renewable ­energy can’t supply all our needs at any time and, crucially, is intermittent and unreliable. So we still need all of the baseload and peaking generation.”


STT has been battling this for years. We have attempted to throw every sound and reasoned argument against subsidised wind power, but the single most damaging feature of attempting to rely on the weather for power is the obscene cost. In short, the headline grabber is always, and everywhere, retail power prices.

No amount of political flummery, no amount of wishful thinking about pumped hydro or non-existent mega-batteries can overcome the damage done by a rocketing power bill. Over the next few weeks Australian households and businesses will tear open envelopes to reveal an invoice from AGL, Origin and the like, fully 20% higher than this time last year (the underlying rate of inflation in Australia is around 1.5%). The damage done to the case for subsidised wind and solar is permanent and fatal.

The Australian’s Judith Sloan is absolutely on fire at the moment. Here she is with another…

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Australia’s Massive Power Price Hike Caused by Intermittent Wind & Solar

“To be sure, there has been an acceleration of electricity prices in the past several years but one of the principal reasons for this has been the increasing penetration of intermittent renewable energy in the system coupled with the retirement of synchronous coal-fired power stations.”

Australia “blows” up its last remaining coal-fired power stations in reverence to Gaia and the green gods, whilst it sells its own demomised coal to the rest of the sane world.

Welcome to insanity, Australia.


The Australian Labor Party is funded by the Union Super funds that its faithful band of apparatchiks control. The likes of Bill Shorten, Greg Combet and Garry Weaven are all heavily invested in maintaining Australia’s Renewable Energy Target, because Union Super money, under their control, has been thrown into wind and solar power outfits like Pacific Hydro. Labour Unions provide the financial backing to the ALP and Union Super funds are the cash cows that make their largess possible.

There aren’t many businesses where the management gets to control investment and guarantee the returns, at the same time.

Back in 2010, Greg Combet (as Environment Minister) increased what was a fairly modest 2% RET (or 5,000 GWh by 2010) – introduced by Liberal PM, John Howard in 2001 – to a 45,000 GWh monster by 2020: 41,000 of which was to come from large-scale generators (the LRET) and the balance from small-scale…

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