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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: Turkish power ship proposed for Adelaide 

The dash for renewables in South Australia has gone so badly wrong that crisis measures are now called for, as PEI reports. A large-scale temporary power solution is being considered, as South Australia struggles to ensure its energy security. A 250 MW ship-based power station is under consideration as a solution to the crisis for

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Tallbloke's Talkshop: Grid-Level Electricity Storage – NOAA’s Critique of the WWS Vision

Originally posted on Friends of Science Calgary: Contributed by Robert Lyman © 2017 A new paper prepared by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Earth System Laboratory and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) is drawing attention in policy circles in the U.S. The paper critiques the claims of…

2017-06-25 11:02   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Electric planes have gone from April Fools joke to reality in two years

No details of costs in this IB Times report, but Eviation claims that its electric aircraft is made possible by a new aluminum air battery. As electric cars slowly become commonplace in towns and cities, electric planes are slowly edging their way out of science fiction and into the real world. At the International Paris

2017-06-25 09:26   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop:  Scottish finance backs kite power company

It may be hard to imagine large scale use of kites to generate electricity, but this is the concept being tested in Scotland with some big name backers behind it. Kite Power Systems (KPS) has secured £2 million equity investment from the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB) says Utility Week. The Scottish economy secretary, Keith Brown

2017-06-24 14:59   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Climate Risky Business

Originally posted on Science Matters: A new theme emerging out of the IPCC Fifth Report was the emphasis on selling the risk of man-made climate change. The idea is that scientists should not advocate policy, but do have a responsibility to convince the public of the risks resulting from burning fossil fuels. An article illustrates…

2017-06-24 10:08   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Yes Minister Does Global Warming

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? h/t Jo Nova ? ? If only Yes Minister had done global warming. Well, it has now, in the new stage version. It’s hilarious, absolutely to the point, and a must watch. ? Yes Prime Minister Global Warming etc Part 1…

2017-06-23 15:05   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Subsidizing electric vehicles inefficient way to reduce CO2 emissions: study

Yet another supposedly ‘climate-friendly’ policy gets called into question as reports. ‘Costs a fortune’ and ‘has little effect’ are two of the criticisms. Subsidizing the purchase of electric cars in Canada is an inefficient way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that is not cost effective, according to a Montreal Economic Institute study released Thursday.…

2017-06-23 11:57   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Hinkley Point nuclear deal ‘risky and expensive’ 

For some reason the UK has chosen to pay a lot more for its new nuclear power than anywhere else, using untried and complex technology, and now even the country’s own auditors are complaining about it. The fear seems to be that it could prove to be a vastly expensive pig in a poke. UK

2017-06-23 09:03   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Brexit Costs: EU Commissioner Proposes EU-Wide Climate Tax 

Taxing the weather – EU member states may have to cough up climate dues as part of the cost of supporting the seemingly insatiable Brussels bureaucratic machine. Due to Brexit and other new commitments, the EU will soon be short of € 25 billion, reports The GWPF. EU Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger, therefore, wants to

2017-06-22 23:02   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: MET Office ‘adjusts’ the data to bring us the hottest day since 1976

The BBC breathlessly reports a MET-office reported temperature of 34.5C at Heathrow yesterday, but what does the actual data say? The old mystery of Heathrow strikes again. SYNOP says 33.9C Met Office says 34.5C. The usual 1800 max is missing @RogTallbloke — Wanstead weather (@wanstead_meteo) June 22, 2017 We await enlightenment from the Met

2017-06-22 09:13   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Volcano eruptions triggered mass extinction before the age of dinosaurs 200 million years ago

Is there a contradiction in this IB Times report? First it says volcanism causes cooling, then we’re told the resulting volcanic CO2 could have caused warming. High concentration of mercury identified in ancient sediments suggest that large-scale episodes of volcanism coincided with the end-Triassic mass extinction around 201 million years ago. It is likely that

2017-06-21 19:20   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Astronomy Picture of the Day: The whole of the Moon

Showing all of the Moon including the side we never see from Earth. Composite from images taken by the Lunar Orbiter Nice!

2017-06-19 19:32   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Study: Tesla car battery production releases as much CO2 as 8 years of driving on petrol

  From NyTeknik: Huge hopes tied to electric cars as the solution to automotive climate problem. But the electric car batteries are eco-villains in the production. Several tons of carbon dioxide has been placed, even before the batteries leave the factory. IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute was commissioned by the Swedish Transport Administration and the

2017-06-19 18:48   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Switzerland’s carbon capture plant is a giant waste of money 

If absorbing carbon dioxide is the idea, which is better value for money: big technology, or plain old-fashioned trees? On May 31, 2017, the world’s first commercial atmospheric carbon-capture plant opened for business in Hinwil, Switzerland, reports Climate Change Dispatch. The plant, designed and operated by a Swiss company called Climeworks, is different from existing

2017-06-19 17:12   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Drax mulls coal to gas instead of biomass conversion

Are we nearing the end of the road for further large-scale wood pellet burning at UK power stations? Cheaper gas from either US or UK fracking must now be influencing business plans. PEI reports the UK’s biggest power producer Drax is considering the conversion of its remaining coal-fired power units to gas, instead of biomass

2017-06-17 13:47   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Marko, Soon et al: To Put America First Is to Put Our Planet’s Climate First

The article below was contributed by Istvan Marko, J. Scott Armstrong, William M. Briggs, Kesten Green, Hermann Harde, David R. Legates, Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, and Willie Soon. On June 2, 2017, in a Letter regarding US withdrawal from Paris climate agreement addressed to the MIT community, Professor Rafael Reif, president of MIT, criticized President Trump’s decision

2017-06-17 07:55   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Anthony Hilton: US shale revolution makes fracking a must for UK industry

Excerpt from the Evening standard: Until a few years ago Europe and America paid more or less the same amount for their petrochemical feedstock — the US had a slight advantage but not so great after transport and other costs had been factored in. (Middle East plants, sited right by the oilfields, did have such

2017-06-16 15:52   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Viv Forbes: Signs of Sanity shock the Green World with US #Clexit

Coming soon after the UK Brexit which rejected the EU green octopus, the US Clexit will encourage Clexit efforts in places like central Europe, Canada and even in the decaying green swamp-lands in Germany and France. UK may even get the courage to “cut the green crap”. This US Clexit follows the first step taken

2017-06-16 15:34   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Stephen Wilde: How conduction and convection cause a greenhouse effect arising from atmospheric mass.

This guest post from Stephen Wilde offers a descriptive theoretical and qualitative perspective on the ‘gravito-thermal’ theory. It covers the vertical profile of the atmosphere as well as the surface temperature comprehensively quantified by Nikolov and Zeller’s latest paper. Introduction The current scientific consensus is that Earth’s so called ‘greenhouse effect’ is caused by the…

2017-06-15 10:12   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Understanding multi-decadal global warming rate changes

Maybe a glimmer of recognition for natural warming from the oceans here, while still believing that alleged man-made effects on air temperatures are somehow warming the water in a cyclical fashion. Could there be a hint of strained logic here? reports. Despite persistently increasing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries,

2017-06-14 23:01   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: DELINGPOLE: Global Warming Study Cancelled Because of ‘Unprecedented’ Ice

Ship of Fools III – scientist says in effect: “It’s warming Jim – but not as we know it.” Irony alert… A global warming research study in Canada has been cancelled because of “unprecedented” thick summer ice, reports James Delingpole at Breitbart News. Naturally, the scientist in charge has blamed it on ‘climate change.’ According

2017-06-13 18:25   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Britain faces standstill on energy and climate policy 

Some day UK leaders might work out that the energy policies of recent years have cost far too much for no good reason. But nobody’s holding their breath waiting for that day. Reducing bills while driving up costs does not compute. The U.K.’s search for 100 billion pounds ($127 billion) to maintain electricity supplies is

2017-06-13 13:52   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Major breakthrough in solar-planetary theory: Barycentre research vindicated

As long time regulars at the Talkshop know, our ongoing research into the links between planetary motion and solar variation has occasionally borne fruit in unexpected ways. The ‘shorthand’ for the sum of all planetary vectors is the Sun’s motion with respect to the barycentre of the solar system. This is the path the Sun

2017-06-11 18:03   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Indirect Effects of the Sun on Earth’s Climate

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest essay by Mike Jonas “And what might they be?” – Dr. Leif Svalgaard For a long time, I have been bitterly disappointed at the blinkered lopsided attitude of the IPCC and of many climate scientists, by which they readily accepted spurious indirect effects from CO2-driven global warming…

2017-06-10 21:19   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: The Tories Failed Because They Took Us For Fools

Originally posted on Worth Arguing For .. it really is.: The Tories have tried to take us for fools and failed. The Tories have learned little from the Brexit vote in 2016. They have had a year to make sense of the shock decision and they have not used their time wisely. People are tired with…

2017-06-10 17:58   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Sammy Wilson: Trump’s Climate Change Decision Poses Huge Problem For UK

Sammy Wilson was the Democratic Unionist Party’s environment minister in 2008-9. He campaigned vigorously for the United Kingdom to leave the EU and believes that the country would be better served being in charge of our own finances, trade and immigration laws. He serves on the Brexit Committee at Westminster. No wonder the left wing

2017-06-10 10:06   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Last Chance Hotel: Australia’s Energy Crisis at the Crossroads

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS: No way back from here: Malcolm muddles & Frydenberg fudges. *** Australia’s energy crisis is a self-inflicted calamity with no apparent end in sight. The PM, Malcolm Turnbull seems intent on protecting his son, Alex’s investment in Australia’s most notorious wind power outfit, Infigen (see our post here). While…

2017-06-08 17:17   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Extending a new Lunar thermal model, Part III: Modelling the Moon at various rotation rates

Overview More than a year after “Part II” of a guest post from Talkshop contributor ‘Galloping Camel’ on the Moon’s equatorial temperature here is “Part III”.  Peter actually sent this to Tim Channon last year, but Tim became to ill to deal with it and forgot to throw it my way. In current discussion of

2017-06-06 10:00   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Environment, Energy and Climate policy forum presentation.

On Sunday I gave a 10 minute presentation at a UKIP policy forum on climate and energy policy. This was well received and in the break-out group sessions during the afternoon, I found myself volunteered to chair the discussion and write-up our deliberations. Forgive the wobbly video near the start. My cameraman decided to head

2017-06-05 22:35   Click to comment

Tallbloke's Talkshop: Clive James: Climate alarmists will never admit they’re wrong

Via GWPF, an abstract from a brilliant essay by the evergreen Clive James. When you tell people once too often that the missing extra heat is hiding in the ocean, they will switch over to watch Game of Thrones, where the dialogue is less ridiculous and all the threats come true. The proponents of man-made

2017-06-05 22:02   Click to comment

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