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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: UK electricity prices could double due to EU court ruling 

H/T The GWPF The sooner Britain gets the interfering EU off its regulatory back the better. With already questionable policies on power generation due to climate obsessions, this aggravation is the last thing needed. Electricity prices could double after the government suspended the UK’s system for ensuring there is a back-up power supply, experts have […]

Today: 16:24   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Scientific error upends major ocean warming study

Apparently you’re a ‘climate contrarian’ if you dare to check the claimed results of climate-related studies. The researchers ‘calculated heat based on the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide rising off the ocean, filling round glass flasks with air collected at research stations around the globe’. But now they admit this ‘novel method’ didn’t work […]

Today: 10:04   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: The toxic business of ‘recycling’ China’s electric car batteries 

China already has 250 million electric scooters and around 3 million electric cars, most of which face battery replacements in the next decade or so. But high costs have opened the door to ‘cowboy’ operators. Researchers estimate it will cost nearly US$3 million to reverse the damage caused by just one illegal plant, says the […]

2018-11-17 20:01   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: EU steps in to halt UK energy security measures

The Daily Telegraph reports A European Court ruling has thrown the UK’s energy security into disarray by ordering the immediate halt to a £1bn scheme designed to keep Britain’s lights on. The cornerstone energy security scheme has come to an abrupt standstill after the European Union’s Court of Justice ruled that the UK should not […]

2018-11-17 17:35   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Volkswagen to make Zwickau vehicle plant Europe’s top-performing electric car factory

VW claims ‘the First complete transformation of a major car factory from internal combustion engines to e-mobility in the world’. All they have to do then is sell the products to a so-far unenthusiastic public, at a rate of about 900 a day. Before you ask: ‘Power supplies at the Zwickau plant were already changed […]

2018-11-17 15:09   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Anti-Carbon-Tax revolt threatens to paralyse France 

Leaders preening themselves on their supposedly green virtue signalling policies are running into some unpleasant realities. France is bracing for a nationwide revolt over the weekend as angry drivers plan to block roads nationwide in protest against the government’s carbon tax and rising fuel prices, says The GWPF. The French government approved a measure in […]

2018-11-16 21:29   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Electric cars can lead to local gas-burning power generation

Renewables advocates keep pushing the idea that there may be ‘gaps’ in power supply due to intermittency. But most sensible people realise it’s the other way round – renewables provide a small percentage of the total power and everything else has to work around that. Here’s an example of the propaganda. The Ashford Peaking Power […]

2018-11-16 14:29   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Why Phi? – a lunar evection model

Lunar evection has been described as the solar perturbation of the lunar orbit. One lunar evection is the beat period of the synodic month and the full moon cycle. The result is that it should average about 31.811938 days (45809.19 minutes). Comparing synodic months (SM), anomalistic months (AM), and lunar evections (LE) with the full […]

2018-11-16 11:52   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Greenland ice sheet hides huge ‘impact crater’

Something creating a 19-mile wide dent in the Earth’s surface would clearly have been a major strike. If confirmed it would be the most northerly impact crater on Earth. What looks to be a large impact crater has been identified beneath the Greenland ice sheet, reports BBC News. The 31km-wide depression came to light when […]

2018-11-15 17:14   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Climate change: UK report suggests drastic reduction of sheep and cattle numbers

Sadly no, we’re not making this up. This is what a dumbed-down pseudo-religious belief in failing climate models and theories can lead to. The number of sheep and cattle in the UK should be reduced by between a fifth and a half to help combat climate change, a report says. The shift is needed, the […]

2018-11-15 08:50   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Global warming has never stopped in the past hundred years

Researchers believe the so-called global warming hiatus ended in 2014 ‘as a new El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event was developing’. Whether there’s a struggle between natural cooling and non-natural warming is an open question. So-called internal variability can surely vary either up or down, i.e. warmer or cooler, in any time frame. Global warming […]

2018-11-14 15:22   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Cobalt – a potential bottleneck in the transition to electric mobility

We keep hearing this, but the suspicion is that only a fraction of vehicle users are at all bothered, as most don’t want an expensive range-limited electric car with uncertain charging options anyway. Notions of slaying phantom emissions dragons won’t be enough to make them popular, as sales to date show. The coming electric vehicle […]

2018-11-13 15:30   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Wildfire? Homes Burned, People Killed? Must be Global Warming.

Originally posted on American Elephants: California Governor Jerry Brown has said that “hundreds of billions” of dollars could be needed to adapt to man-made global warming in “the span of a few years” The Democrat added that “And it’s not millions, it’s billions and tens and probably hundreds of billions even in the span of…

2018-11-13 15:00   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Climate change protesters blockade government energy department

Does the UK public have much appetite for this manufactured ‘crisis’ and its over-excitable advocates? The idea that the Earth’s climate can somehow be controlled with technology is a damaging delusion. Demonstrators have blockaded the UK energy department in London over what they call the climate change crisis, reports BBC News. They blocked entry to […]

2018-11-12 14:27   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Objection to Drax gas plant on climate grounds 

It looks increasingly like the ‘new normal’ to try and get the courts to decide what national electricity generation policy should – or should not – be, by promoting ill-founded paranoia that blames humans for climate variability. Security of supply versus shaky ideology. ClientEarth objects to Drax Power’s new gas power project, on the grounds […]

2018-11-12 11:16   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: 100 years of Remembrance

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.

2018-11-11 10:14   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Life as a skeptic is summed up in this parody documentary

Join the fake David Attenborough for a brief sardonic tour of the little-known but fascinating – maybe – world of the skeptic (US)/sceptic (UK). This parody documentary skewers both the skeptic and the superstitious, and accurately shows what issues skeptics face, says The BigThink. == A video from QED 2018 has made the rounds on […]

2018-11-11 09:36   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Subsidised plug-in cars driven on fuel

Company car drivers don’t have time to wait for recharges when working, even if they could find an available charging point, and usually they aren’t personally paying for the fuel anyway. Farcical waste of subsidies, but at least the batteries won’t be worn out when these vehicles hit the second-hand market. Plug-in hybrids bought for […]

2018-11-10 09:26   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Why Phi: is the Moon a phi balloon? – part 2

Picking up from where we left off here… Three well-known aspects of lunar motion are: Lunar declination – minimum and maximum degrees Orbital parameters – perigee and apogee distances (from Earth) Anomalistic month – minimum and maximum days Standstill limits due to the lunar nodal cycle ‘The major standstill limit of the moon can be […]

2018-11-09 15:43   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Big new offshore gas find is not so big in the big picture

Some perspective is required here. Energy company Total has announced a major gas discovery off Shetland. Initial tests at a site on the Glendronach prospect indicated there could be about one trillion cubic feet of gas which could be extracted. Deirdre Michie, industry body Oil and Gas UK’s chief executive, said: “This is a major […]

2018-11-09 11:05   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: US court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline

It’s a temporary ban that can be appealed. The circus continues. A federal judge on Thursday halted construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, arguing that President Donald Trump’s administration had failed to adequately explain why it had lifted a ban on the project, reports Phys.org. The ruling by Judge Brian Morris of the US […]

2018-11-09 09:42   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Further conversation with Gavin Cawley about climate models

Rog Tallbloke‏@RogTallbloke23h23 hours ago Even if Ned and Karl just presented the data points on their Ts/Tna vs Pressure graph without any mathematically defined curve, it’d be obvious to most sensible people that there’s a smooth continuum there which strongly resembles other well known pressure temperature relations. Gavin Cawley‏@Gavin_Cawley23h23 hours ago Yes, but they didn’t […]

2018-11-08 09:44   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Japanese firm pulls plug on £15bn nuclear project in Cumbria 

This puts a large dent in UK electricity generation policy, which expects nuclear energy to supply a significant percentage of its ’emissions-free’ power alongside that from unpredictable part-time renewables like wind and solar. The announcement is a major blow for the region, says TheBusinessDesk.com. Japanese firm Toshiba has announced it is to pull the plug […]

2018-11-08 09:27   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: News Media gave blanket coverage to flawed climate paper 

The media’s climate change coverage is even worse than we thought. If told aliens were running round the Arctic zapping icebergs with lasers, many of them would be keen to believe it – or at least that’s the impression often given. A week ago, we were told that climate change was worse than we thought. […]

2018-11-07 15:32   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Discovery of massive volcanic CO2 emissions puts damper on global warming theory

Precision measurements show that sub-glacial volcanoes have been greatly underestimated as an ongoing source of carbon dioxide emissions. When will they re-do the calculations? H/T Warwick Hughes Recent research suggests the volume of volcanic CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere is far greater than previously thought, challenging man-made warming, says ClimateChangeDispatch. The cornerstone…

2018-11-07 09:25   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Drilling to begin at UK’s first geothermal power plant

It seems unlikely that hordes of angry protesters would rush to this project to complain about any alleged dangers of deep drilling – but you never know. Drilling will start this week at what could become the UK’s first deep geothermal electricity plant in Cornwall, reports ITV News. Two wells will be drilled through granite […]

2018-11-06 15:05   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: A Conversation with Brandon R Gates about climate models

Brandon R. Gates‏ @brandonrgates 3h3 hours ago It bears repeating that the RCP8.5 scenario is clearly indicated on the plot, and that any honest truth-seeker with a pulse and half a brain could figure out on their own where to find the forward projection. But since Rog can’t even do a better hindcast, he picks bogeys and […]

2018-11-06 11:35   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: How life could help atmospheric tides slow a planet’s rotation

Some fairly advanced theorising here, but the possibilities look interesting. For example, could ‘resonant trapping’ exist? Resonating oscillations of a planet’s atmosphere caused by gravitational tides and heating from its star could prevent a planet’s rotation from steadily slowing over time, according to new research by Caleb Scharf, who is the Director of Astrobiology at […]

2018-11-06 10:54   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Gravesend-Broadness weather station closes

No-one is quite sure why this weather station – which the late Tim Channon featured several times here at the Talkshop – so often came top of UK temperature lists, apart from being close to London. But KentLive News offered this believe-it-or-not clue: ‘The soil at Broadness is also said to heat up rather quickly […]

2018-11-06 09:23   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Ian Wilson: A Severe Case of Cognitive Dissonance

[For details on the graph see below] Cognitive Dissonance: When a person or a group of people have attitudes, beliefs or behaviors that are in conflict with each other. Generally, this produces a feeling of mental discomfort that leads to an alteration in their attitudes, beliefs or behaviors that moderates their mental discomfort and restores […]

2018-11-05 16:18   Click to comment


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