Michael Mann fraudulently erasing the medieval Warm Period!
A review and commentary on topical matters concerning the science, economics, and governance associated with climate change developments.
In late breaking news Michael Mann has been found guilty of contempt of court for refusing to hand over documents he claims to have in his libel action against Tim Ball.
Sensationally, a paper by the doyen of the warmistas with Ben Santar as the lead author and the litigious Mann as a co-author finally admits that the climate models they concocted are not tracking reality.
They ”conclude that model overestimation of tropospheric warming in the early twenty-first century is partly due to systematic deficiencies in some of the post-2000 external forcings used in the model simulations”.Just within the last 5 months, 58 more papers and 80 new graphs have been published that continue to undermine the popularized conception of a dramatic hockey-stick-shaped uptick, or an especially unusual global-scale warming during modern times.
This one for the western Mediterranean
And this for northern Spain
But more wild weather allegedly caused by CO2 emissions will drive up airfares according to an Ontario climate professor. Actually emission suppression would make air travel exorbitantly costly! In any case there is no increase in severe weather as the global tropical cyclone frequency data shows.
Xie et all argue “The fact that a warming hiatus does exist does not bode well for the Climate Industrial Complex” when they show an actual downturn in China’s temperatures.
Who would have thought that animals are resilient enough to change their feeding habits once climate changes the available flora? Even a warmer Arctic would simply mean a change of diet on the part of the creatures at the bottom of the food-chain and not a vicious cycle of starvation.
Australia’s Finkel Report into electricity security
Environmental matters in Australia were dominated by the travesty that is the report of the committee headed by green entrepreneur and activist Dr Alan Finkel. Together with the modelling it commissioned the report assumes wind is or will soon be cheaper than coal for electricity generation but still see the need for subsidies. The report recognises that electricity prices have doubled and supply has been made less reliable since the forced introduction of wind and solar but sees the solution as an intensification of these harmful policies.
Within days of its release in June 2017, like a cold snap following an Al Gore global warming speech, the report’s shortcomings were obvious; the Finkel forecast of a 3 per cent increase in 2017 electricity prices were overshadowed by retailers' announced price increases of 15-20 per cent as a result of the forced closure of coal power stations. The report welcomes such outcomes but seeks to have them better managed. I undertook a comprehensive analysis for One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts. In that work I demonstrated that the cost of new coal fuelled plant would be $45-47 per MWh and not the $80 plus that the Finkel report estimated. A report issued by the Minerals Council of Australia estimated that costs might be even lower.
According to the Climate Institute most Australians want most of their electricity to come from renewables but did the survey tell them the costs of this would be an extra $1,000 a year in electricity bills plus a de-industrialised economy?
South Australia is considering a lease of a ship, normally used for electricity generation in war zones, to supply the state while it installs the reliability proofing batteries that were supposed to be in place by year end. The State Opposition Leader said, for “A$8m a year in keeping the Northern Power Station open South Australians would have been shielded from these shocking electricity price rises.” The plan of subsidy harvester, Elon Musk, to insulate South Australia from the renewable energy fomented unreliability is a distant memory that got mugged by reality.
There seems to be bipartisan support in the US Congress for extending subsidies to carbon capture and storage (CCS) – such a waste of money! But the carbon-capture-and -storage plant of the Southern Company in Kemper County, Mississippi once again shows the wasteful dead end of this technology. Already requiring twice the price of conventional plant for its output, the costs look set to double again and Southern has abandoned the folly.
Australia, in addition to funding a globe trotting CCS agency, has spent around one billion dollars on sequestering carbon dioxide, at a cost of $4200 per tonne (by comparison, the wasteful renewable energy regulations cost about $70 per tonne). And Jo Nova has totted up $70 billion in wasteful spending around the world.
China which had planned to have a carbon trading scheme in the first half of this year now estimates that it will be November at the earliest.
India goes pragmatic: halves the tax on coal and introduces an 18 per cent tax on solar panels.
Angela Merkel’spro Paris/anti Trump alliance crumbles as Japan, Canada and now U.K. show reduced resolve to act on climate change.
As President of the G20, Germany has also been forced to dilute the intended communique for the upcoming meeting. Removed are: calls for “the alignment of public expenditure and infrastructure planning with the goals of the Paris Agreement”, a call for carbon pricing and a pledge to develop a “profound” climate plan for multilateral development banks plus numerous mentions of nationally-determined contributions and the 2050 mid-century pathway for net zero emissions.
Meanwhile Trump himself has further moved to dismantle the Obama green legacy by seeking to encourage nuclear and coal – including allowing US bankers to finance overseas coal generators.
Teslas’ Solar City installations fell 40 per cent in the first quarter of 2017, understandably Elon Musk is seeking new markets with the hapless South Australians. The subsidy dependent business is also sliding on stock exchanges.
According to Le Monde, Trump’s decision to exit the Paris Agreement will cause an increased security threat – all those excitable folk in the Middle East will turn from peaceful farming to war! But according to head climate alarmist, Christiana Figueres, it’s all too late since the world will only survive the next three years, (so it won’t outlive the Trump Presidency!)
The fad for recladding tower blocks in London and the rest of the country looks increasingly like a hysterical response to combat climate change. Fire-friendly cladding on tower blocks like London’s Grenfell was introduced to fight climate change with disastrous consequences.