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He is a qualified engineer and a graduate of the History and Philosophy of Science. He is interested in finding out how the solar system works and how Earth is affected by changes in it. He says: "Some people don’t like the implications of my research or my blogging about them and one night in December 2011 the Climate Cops turned up at my door with a warrant to impound my computers. Prof. Michael Mann and Dr Greg Laden told everyone I am a criminal cyberthief involved in hacking the Climate Research Unit emails."

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Tallbloke's Talkshop: EU court dismisses Austrian challenge to UK Hinkley nuclear subsidies

One less headache for the UK government’s dogma-driven energy policymakers to grapple with, as renewables fanatics get the legal brush-off on this occasion. An Austrian appeal against the UK Government’s funding for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station has been dismissed by the EU court, reports Energy Live News. The European Court of Justice

2018-07-17 18:43   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Arctic Ice Beats Odds July 14

Originally posted on Science Matters: In June 2018, Arctic ice extent held up against previous years despite the Pacific basins of Bering and Okhotsk being ice-free.  The Arctic core is showing little change, perhaps due to increased thickness (volume) as reported by DMI. The image above shows ice extents on day 195 (July 14) for…

2018-07-17 13:31   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Wind energy’s big disposal problem

Optimism – or is it wishful thinking? – may not be unusual among so-called greens, but merely hoping for solutions after creating the problems doesn’t look like much of a strategy. Germany has more than 28,000 wind turbines — but many are old and by 2023 more than a third must be decommissioned. Disposing of

2018-07-16 13:19   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Thermodynamics 101: Compression increases temperature.

Question: If I had a container, full with air, and I suddenly decreased the volume of the container, forcing the air into a smaller volume, will it be considered as compression, will it result in an increase in temperature, and why? Answer on Stack Exchange by Luboš Motl: Yes, it is compression and yes, it

2018-07-16 09:13   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: The Chequers Cabinet conclusions – an assessment by Lawyers for Britain

The fix is in. UK prime minister Theresa May is on her hind legs telling us black is white and expecting us to swallow the lie. Brexit minsters David Davis and Steve Baker have resigned. Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has followed suit. Several parliamentary private secretaries have also resigned in protest at TMay’s non-brexit plan.

2018-07-10 07:15   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Board meeting turns ‘toxic’ as UN climate fund runs low

Ructions as poor financial management and zero dollars from the US drain the UN’s so-called ‘green climate fund’. Even agreeing an agenda was a major struggle. H/T Steve Milloy Rich and poor country representatives clash over policy priorities and replenishment at Green Climate Fund board meeting, reports Climate Change News. Update on Wednesday 4 July:

2018-07-05 07:37   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Chinese self-drive buses enter ‘mass production’

The march of the robots gets wheels. One of China’s biggest technology companies has declared it has begun mass production of a self-driving bus, reports BBC News. Baidu made the announcement after building its 100th Apolong vehicle at its factory in the country’s south-eastern Fujian province. It said the vehicles would initially be put to

2018-07-04 15:22   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Arizona appellate court decides ‘Hockey Stick’ emails must be released 

This is not necessarily the end of the appeals process, but it looks like progress. H/T The GWPF Press Release from FME Law July 3, 2018 One thousand seven hundred and sixty-three days ago, on behalf of its client, the Free Market Environmental Law Clinic, PLLC (FME Law) asked the University of Arizona to hand

2018-07-04 08:13   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Wind power can’t fill Sweden’s nuclear energy gap

Another example of the obvious inadequacy of part-time unpredictable wind power, and its consequencies for countries that insist on pursuing it. Relying on imports to avoid power shortages can’t be ideal for any country. H/T The GWPF/Reuters Sweden will have to import more electricity during winter as the country, a net power exporter to the

2018-07-03 09:36   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Ed Hoskins: GLOBAL MAN-MADE CO2 EMISSIONS 1965 – 2017: BP DATA

The following calculations and graphics are based on information on worldwide CO2 emission levels published by BP in June 2018 for the period from 1965 up until the end of 2017. The data can be summarised as follows: Some initial points arising from the BP data: Having been relatively stable for the…

2018-07-02 06:35   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: The Texas well that started a revolution and changed the world forever

Not a bad idea from someone who admitted “I was just trying to keep my job”. H/T The GWPF Two decades ago, an engineer tried a new way to get gas out of the ground. Energy markets and global politics would never be the same, writes Russell Gold @ The Wall Street Journal. DISH, Texas

2018-06-30 08:17   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Gerald Marsh, A Theory of Ice Ages

Originally posted on Cha-am Jamal, Thailand: Gerald Marsh, retired Argonne National Laboratories Physicist, challenges the usual assumption that ice age cycles are initiated by Milankovich Cycles and driven by the Arrhenius effect of carbon dioxide. He says that the key variable here is “low altitude cloud cover” driven by cosmic rays. A paper worth reading.…

2018-06-30 07:55   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Nature Unbound IX – 21st Century Climate Change

Originally posted on Climate Etc.: by Javier A conservative outlook on 21st century climate change Summary: For the past decade anthropogenic emissions have slowed down, and continuation of current trends suggests a peak in emissions by 2050. Atmospheric CO2levels should reach 500 ppm but might stabilize soon afterwards, as sinks increase their CO2uptake. Solar activity…

2018-06-29 08:06   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Ever wonder where the 275 billion taxpayers money went that got poured down the EU carbon trading system hole?

Talkshop readers may remember a damning report by UBS about the billions of public money lost in the ETS carbon trading system. It calculated that if the money had been invested in modernising the European power generation fleet, CO2 could have been cut by 40% (and generate a huge number of high quality jobs). EU

2018-06-28 11:47   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Why is London’s Central line so hot? Science has the answer

This has little or nothing to do with the weather. Ingenious engineers needed to find ways to take some of the heat off London’s perspiring Central Line travellers. The London Underground is hot. But nowhere is hotter than the Central line, which is routinely so hot that it exceeds the EU limit at which it

2018-06-28 08:26   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: CFACT billboard — Russia funneled cash to Greens to cripple energy

June 21, 2018 by CFACT CFACT’s kicked off a new billboard on busy I-10 in Louisiana which reads, “Russia funneled Green groups millions of dollars to oppose fracking & cripple American energy,” and asks, “How’s that for COLLUSION?” The billboard campaign was spearheaded by CFACT’s Graham Beduze and Adam Houser. Russia wants to reduce and eliminate

2018-06-27 19:24   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: The coldest place on Earth is nearing the ultimate limits of our planet

A spot of light reading during the current UK heatwave…how does minus 98 degrees Celsius at Earth’s surface sound? This study of Antarctic data finds that ‘the air needs to be extremely dry to get temperatures this far below zero. Any water vapour in the air tends to heat it up, albeit slightly.’ So cold

2018-06-27 06:55   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: UK beer sales restricted amid CO2 shortage

Bad news for beer-loving football fans in the UK as the World Cup progresses. This is the same gas that climate-obsessed governments want to spend a fortune of our taxes – some from beer – on capturing and burying. You couldn’t make it up. Food wholesaler Booker is rationing beer and cider because of a

2018-06-26 21:05   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Swansea Bay tidal lagoon rejection decision criticised

In the end this project was just too expensive and too risky it seems. Even wind power offered better value, and without the 90-year subsidy commitment. A decision by the UK government not to back the world’s first tidal power lagoon could have been made 18 months ago, according to the man who led an

2018-06-26 09:12   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Heathrow airport: MPs vote in favour of expansion

Climate miserablists wail, but public demand and commercial reality have taken priority. The skies over west London are set to become even busier. Air travel is expanding worldwide and protesters can’t change that, but the location is still controversial for some. MPs have backed controversial plans to build a third runway at London’s Heathrow airport,

2018-06-26 08:38   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Judge throws out climate change lawsuit against ‘Big Oil’

An ambitious attempt to extort vast sums of money from the oil industry, by using the US legal system to bypass normal democratic political process on the pretext of supposed climate problems, has drawn an expensive blank in court. H/T The GWPF. San Francisco (AP) — A U.S. judge who held a hearing about climate

2018-06-26 07:36   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: New York announces ‘Energy Storage Roadmap’ to hit low carbon goals 

New York expects to change its future weather by installing lots of expensive mega-batteries, according to the Governor. But is fear of a harmless trace gas essential to life more like superstition than science? The state has set a target to install 1.5GW of batteries by 2025, reports Energy Live News. New York Governor Andrew

2018-06-24 08:43   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: How Long Do We Have To Wait For Global Warming to be Proved? Is Thirty Years Enough?

Originally posted on American Elephants: Fool Me Once Shame on You, Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me. It was just 30 years ago this week that James Hansen, the former NASA scientist who testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee during a prolonged heat wave, which” he described as a climate event of…

2018-06-23 18:06   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Paris slams brakes on electric car-sharing scheme

Another ‘green’ fantasy bites the dust in the face of old-fashioned economic realities. Once again, without massive subsidies of public money the numbers just didn’t add up. Calling a taxi seems to have won the day. Now it’s see-you-in-court time as recriminations kick off. The city of Paris is pulling the plug on an electric

2018-06-22 18:06   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Forecast predicts below-average hurricane activity

US researchers who accurately forecast last year’s busy Atlantic hurricane season are not expecting a similar level of activity this year, partly due to lower sea surface temperatures as El Niño effects fade away. Hurricane season didn’t officially start until June 1, but Subtropical Storm Alberto made an appearance early, causing more than $50 million

2018-06-22 09:11   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Ted Cruz demands investigation into taxpayer-funded global warming ‘advocacy’

Borrowing Hollywood titles like ‘a clear and present danger’ isn’t going to overcome the fact that colourful predictions made about the climate by modellers and climate alarmists in general have failed to materialise. BBC – take note. ‘It is propagandizing’ – Daily Caller reporting. Republican senators asked federal investigators to look into whether or not

2018-06-21 20:38   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Norway tests tiny electric plane, sees passenger flights by 2025

It’s tiny, hard to get into and battery weight is still a major problem, but the latest ‘green’ toy has got off the ground. However, Norway is also one of the world’s leading oil and gas exporters. Crude oil and natural gas accounted for 40% of the country’s total export value in 2015. OSLO (Reuters)

2018-06-21 08:31   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Wear white on the solstice to celebrate polar bear success in a warming world

Originally posted on polarbearscience: Wednesday 21 June is the longest day of the year: wear something white tomorrow to acknowledge and celebrate the success of polar bears despite such low summer sea ice since 2007 that 2/3 of them were predicted to disappear. White tie, white shirt, white socks work too. Keep cool and signal…

2018-06-20 21:05   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: The alarmists are getting restless, funding cuts are leading to ever wilder predictions.

James Anderson, of ozone hole fame says: The chance that there will be any permanent ice left in the Arctic after 2022 is essentially zero. But that’s not all. Not only is the Arctic ice going to disappear, but WE are too. According to Gritpost: “A top climate scientist is warning that climate change will wipe

2018-06-20 10:17   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Australian cold snap produces heavy snow, challenges some records

Originally posted on NZRT NETWORK: A pulse of wintry weather has sent shivers across southeastern Australia during the last few days. So, just how cold did it get and how does this event?… #weather…

2018-06-18 14:49   Click to comment

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