“Killing the Earth to Save it” UPDATE…
By Paul Homewood
In the light of the new study today from Chatham House, which shows that burning biomass is simply leading to increased emissions of CO2, it is worth recalling similar findings in a study by Birdlife three months ago.
From the Guardian:
Protected forests are being indiscriminately felled across Europe to meet the EU’s renewable energy targets, according to an investigation by the conservation group Birdlife.
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“So when you hear, “Save the polar bears, their future is grim” next week, remember that polar bears are thriving right now because those future predictions were flawed…”
But, Al Gore? Surely he knows what goes, as an expert and all?!
The results of three recently-released studies that were not included in the last IUCN Red List assessment add more than 2,050 bears (on average)1 to the official 2015 global polar bear estimate, a point you won’t likely hear next Monday (27 February) from most polar bear specialists, conservation organizations, their cheerleaders and corporate sponsors on International Polar Bear Day.
This means the adjusted 2015 global estimate for polar bears should be about 28,500 (average), a significant increase over the official estimate of 26,500 (average) for 2015 — and an even larger increase over the 2005 estimate of about 22,500 (average)2, despite the dramatic loss of summer sea ice since 2007 that we hear about endlessly.
It is increasingly obvious that polar bears are thriving despite having lived through summer sea ice levels not predicted to occur until 2050 – levels of sea ice…
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Yet more MILLIONS of *other-people’s-money* wasted in the feel-good search for unreliable energy alternatives, driven by “save the planet” hysteria, and…government subsidies. Of course.
And again, the worst punishment these taxpayer subsidy sucking asses will ever be accused of is an excess of virtue.
The question now becomes. Who really is wrecking the planet and people’s lives?
Wood pellet production [image credit: bmfp.com]
The biomass problem, or fallacy, is well-known and media like The Times are finally catching up.
Britain is wasting hundreds of millions of pounds subsidising power stations to burn American wood pellets that do more harm to the climate than the coal they replaced, a study has found.
Chopping down trees and transporting wood across the Atlantic Ocean to feed power stations produces more greenhouse gases than much cheaper coal, according to the report.
It blames the rush to meet EU renewable energy targets, which resulted in ministers making the false assumption that burning trees was carbon-neutral.
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You know “unreliable” energy is a con when Ideologically aggressive “green” GERMANY has spent €1 Trillion Euros, of other people’s money, on useless Wind and Solar power through the failed Energiewende program, only to undergo her biggest coal-fired power expansion in history.
Germany has finally realised their feel-good energy failure, but sadly the people will still freeze and maybe even die until the coal-fired power stations are back, providing life-saving, cheap, reliable 24/7/365 energy for the forgotten people.
A couple of weeks back 90,000 South Australian families found themselves powerless and boiling in a heat wave when its 1,567 MW of wind power capacity started the day producing more than 1,000 MW, but which later collapsed suddenly to a trifling 70 MW, sending the grid into meltdown.
Meanwhile in Germany, it was a threat of freezing to death that sharpened the focus of German generators, as wind power output plummeted there, too.
However, unlike South Australians, fortunately Germans were able to tap into adequate coal-fired base-load generation to keep their lights on and their homes warm, albeit at a staggering cost.
German coal, gas plant output at 5-year high in January
Andreas Franke & Alisdair Bowles
3 February 2017
* January average coal output at 17.3 GW, highest since Feb 2012
* Coal, gas ramped up to offset nuclear outages, low wind, demand gains
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The paradoxical irony of the “green fund” now funding “dirty coal” would be laughable if not for how catastrophically people’s lives have been effected (jobs, money, blackouts, energy poverty) by virtue-signalling climate do-gooders who now know they have really screwed up and got it alll wrong. Sack them all. Disgusting.
The political climate surrounding energy policy in Australia is febrile. However, nervous and feverish excitement is hardly conducive to sensible solutions.
Bill Shorten’s Labor opposition is turning itself inside out as it struggles to come to grips with the political punishment that will be meted out by voters who have already worked out that its 50% RET is guaranteed to destroy jobs with the same impunity it has destroyed South Australia’s electricity grid.
Meanwhile, Malcolm Turnbull is pushing the construction of high-efficiency, low-emissions (HELE) coal-fired power plant using, in the mother of all ironies, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to fund that move.
Turnbull’s rush to embrace coal-fired power has two solid rationales: to prevent another South Australia from occurring somewhere else in the Commonwealth; and to help stave off One Nation’s looming attack on the Liberal National Party…
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Virtue-signaling climate RET insanity comes unstuck. LOL
Former union bully boy and billionaire wannabe, Labor opposition leader, Bill Shorten is all over the shop on energy policy.
Terrified witless of the lunatic left and the Greens who, like the tail that wags the dog, have driven the Australian Labor Party into a suicidal push for a 50% RET, Shorten has taken a flogging from an energised Malcolm Turnbull and in his flummoxed response exposed the ALP’s greatest weakness: a power policy that is guaranteed to destroy Australia’s once reliable, secure and affordable electricity supply, much as South Australia’s wind power obsession has turned it into an international laughing stock.
Over the week just gone, it was hard to tell where Shorten and the ALP stood on their ‘aspirational’ 50% RET; and even harder to work out just how much these intellectual pygmies think ‘achieving’ it…
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“After all, there’s no ‘C’ in NASA.” (Tallbloke, 2016)
It looks more like ‘winding down’ at this stage, but ‘scrapping’ eventually. Not unexpected, if it goes ahead as suggested.
H/T Europe Breaking News
Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on “politicized science”, his senior adviser on issues relating to the space agency has said.
Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space, with the president-elect having set a goal during the campaign to explore the entire solar system by the end of the century. This would mean the elimination of Nasa’s world-renowned research into temperature, ice, clouds and other climate phenomena.
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