Did UK Government Climate Mania Contribute to the Grenfell Tower Disaster?

‪ANOTHER example of how “global warming” scaremongering and subsequent ‘environmental’ policies are far more dangerous than the scare itself…

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Grenfell Tower Grenfell Tower. By Natalie Oxford – https://twitter.com/Natalie_Oxford/status/874835244989513729/photo/1, CC BY 4.0, Link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The flammable building cladding which helped turn Grenfell Tower into a blazing torch which killed at least 58 people on the 14th June this year may have been chosen in part due to its climate credentials.

Grenfell Tower cladding that may have led to fire was chosen to improve appearance of Kensington block of flats

Material would help make the flats look better from outside, planners noted

Andrew Griffin@_andrew_griffin Thursday 15 June 2017 08:59 BST

The cladding that might have led to the horrifying blaze at Grenfell Tower was added partly to improve its appearance.

During a refurbishment aimed at regeneration last year, cladding was added to the sides of the building to update its look. The cladding then seems to have helped the fire spread around the building, allowing it…

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Daily Telegraph: There is No Such Thing as Affordable Renewable Energy

“The biggest deniers in the whole climate change debate are those who think we can have affordable power, lower emissions and a reliable network.”

Peta Credlin for PM! Spot-on, again.

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EAPI represents the average commodity price of retail electricity paid by Australian businesses based on a Standard Retail Contract (commences in 6-months and operates for 2½ years). EAPI represents the average commodity price of retail electricity paid by Australian businesses based on a Standard Retail Contract (commences in 6-months and operates for 2½ years). Source Energy Action

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Awareness is slowly permeating through the media that renewables inevitably lead to higher electricity prices – and that the Australian energy grid is in deep trouble. But this awareness is too little, too late, to save what is left of what was once one of the cheapest electricity grids in the world.

Climate change zealots need to get real

Peta CredlinJune 18, 2017 12:00am

WELL, now we know.

The biggest deniers in the whole climate change debate are those who think we can have affordable power, lower emissions and a reliable network.

We can’t.

And after they almost sleepwalked their way to defeat at the last election, it would appear Coalition MPs have found their…

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Power Prices Skyrocket

Turnbull (Australian “conservative” PM) green policies make energy unaffordable…

Australian Climate Madness

Turnbull policies make energy unaffordable

Who cares that fewer and fewer people in Australia can afford this most basic necessity? At least we’re saving the planet, right?

Actually no, since nothing Australia does makes any difference to the global climate. It just appeases the idiotic Green/Left activists, while India and China burn cheap coal to their hearts’ content.

The Australianhighlights ($) the continuing price rises for electricity and gas:

About three-quarters of households and businesses on the east coast and South Australia face substantial increases in power bills from next month, after Origin Energy announced price rises for electricity and gas.

Origin, the biggest of the three major generators and retailers, confirmed the pressure on wholesale prices from a historic lack of investment in new baseload generation capacity. AGL Energy and EnergyAustralia also announced price rises in recent days.

NSW, which came close to blackouts amid soaring temperatures in…

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Industrial-Scale Battery Storage of Wind & Solar Power Does Not Exist & May Never Exist

“The New York Times has admitted green energy batteries and storage technology aren’t up to the technical challenge of supporting wind and solar panels on a large scale.

“The research highlights the fact that it is currently impossible to economically store power for times when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing. Purchasing enough batteries to provide just three days of storage for an average American household costs about $15,000, and those batteries only lasts for about five years and are very difficult to recycle.”

Shock news ⚡️

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With the world now alive to the fact that entirely weather dependent wind and solar power will never stand on their own 2 feet; and that intermittency really does matter, renewables rent-seekers have been banging on about mega-batteries saving the day.

Australia’s ‘wind power capital’, South Australia – having destroyed its once reliable and affordable power supply by attempting to run on sunshine and breezes – has developed a cunning plan to spend $150 million on an Elon Musk mega-battery that, at 100MWh, would supply SA’s minimum power needs for all of four minutes (see our post here).

A week or so back, Alan Finkel produced a report purporting to resolve Australia’s power market chaos, caused by the erratic and chaotic supply generated (occasionally) by wind and solar power generators.

Finkel’s fantasy includes backing up wind and solar with mega-batteries, spread from coast-to-coast across this wide-brown land.

As STT…

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Renewables Disaster Sees Australian Power Prices Jump Another 20% – With Worse to Come

“In the ACT, ActewAGL customers face rises of 18.95 per cent, translating to $333 for the “typical household’’.

South Australian customers face rises of 18 per cent, about $350 a year, under new tariffs announced by AGL, which controls about 60 per cent of that market…”

‘The proof is in the pudding’ as AGL et al gleefully chuckle to themselves.

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Life coaches and self-help manuals talk about dreaming the life and living the dream.

In Australia, as elsewhere, wind and solar power were touted as promising not only an end to the pesky habit of the Earth’s climate to change (a selfish obsession that our planet has been hard at for 4.5 billion years), but constantly falling power prices, that would become so cheap we would never need to open our wallets again.

However, instead of living that dream, for Australian households and businesses, life has become little short of a nightmare.

The winning combination of skyrocketing prices, load shedding and blackouts is part and parcel of attempting to run modern economies on sunshine and breezes.

One of those responsible for Australia’s power market fiasco is AGL, which built a large chunk of South Australia’s wind farms, starting back in 2009, as well as Australia’s greatest wind power disaster…

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Heavy ice off East Coast 2017 caused by winds, cold temperatures, and icebergs

“Bottom line: I can only conclude that climate change researcher David Barber was grandstanding today when he told the media that global warming is to blame for Newfoundland’s record thick sea ice conditions this year. I suspect that because Barber’s expensive research expedition was scuttled, he simply had to find a way to garner media attention for his project — and the media obliged. Read to the end and decide for yourself…”

“Global Warming” to blame for multi-year think ice blocking his “Arctic Deat Spiral esq” taxpayer funded study ! LoL

Excellent post. Thanks, Susan!

polarbearscience

Heavy sea ice off Newfoundland and southern Labrador has been an issue for months: it brought record-breaking numbers of polar bear visitors onshore in early March and April and since then has hampered the efforts of fisherman to get out to sea.

Newfoundland fishing boats stuck in ice_DFO_May 26 2017 CBC

Let’s look back in time at how the ice built up, from early January to today, using ice maps and charts I’ve downloaded from the Canadian Ice Service and news reports published over the last few months.

The tour is illuminating because it shows the development of the thick ice over time and shows how strong winds from a May storm combined with an extensive iceberg field contributed to the current situation.

Bottom line: I can only conclude that climate change researcher David Barber was grandstanding today when he told the media that global warming is to blame for Newfoundland’s record thick sea ice conditions this year. …

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Snow in the Rockies, Cascades, and Sierra Nevada – in June!

“Hottest Year Evah” Update…

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Via weather.com and NOAA:

Several inches of snow are possible in parts of the Cascades and northern Rockies starting this weekend. Snow levels could fall to as low as 5,000 feet by Sunday. Campers in this region should prepare for cold temperatures. Snow is in the forecast starting this second weekend of June in the higher elevations of the mountain West, as an unseasonably cold air mass infiltrates the northwestern United States. The cold air will build in beneath a strong southward dip in the jet stream, or upper-level trough, that will develop this weekend as a result of a weather pattern flip.

National Weather Service Sacramento CA
1039 PM PDT Sat Jun 10 2017

…Late Season Snow Over Northern Sierra and Lassen Park This Weekend…

.A cool weather system will bring late season snow to the mountains of northern California this weekend. Snow levels are expected to drop to near 5000 feet…

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