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The more I look at climate issues, the more I realise that we cannot always rely on what the climate establishment tell us.

I hope that, in my own small way, I can help to put that right.

“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert”.

- J Robert Oppenheimer.

Recent Articles

Paul Homewood: Why Large Scale Solar Power Remains A Pipe Dream In India

By Paul Homewood As I reported yesterday, India is pushing ahead with building an extra 94 GW of new coal power capacity, equivalent to half its current capacity. So why can’t they simply build more solar farms instead? After all, as their new National Electricity Plan declares, India is ideally positioned to benefit from the […]

Today: 14:22   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: India’s Emissions Set To Double, As Coal Continues To Dominate

By Paul Homewood https://www.climate-transparency.org/online-launch-of-brown-to-green-report-2018 It’s worth taking a closer look at the claim made last week that India is leading the world in tackling climate change. The claim was based on India’s latest National Electricity Plan (NEP), which was published in April 2018. Below is the current situation for installed capacity, according to […]

2018-11-17 18:35   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: The Dodgy Characters Behind Tempus Energy

By Paul Homewood https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2018/11/15/ecj-quashes-uks-capacity-market-auctions/ I reported yesterday about the ECJ judgment that the UK’s capacity market scheme was illegal. The scheme is designed to ensure that there is sufficient power capacity in future years, to act as standby for intermittent renewable capacity. The case was originally begun by an…

2018-11-16 17:42   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: ECJ Quashes UK’s Capacity Market Auctions

By Paul Homewood h/t MrGrimNasty. I had to check my calendar, to make sure it was not April 1st! From the Grauniad: The UK’s scheme for ensuring power supplies during the winter months has been suspended after a ruling by the European court of […]

2018-11-15 20:51   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: G20 Nations Still In Thrall To Big Oil!

By Paul Homewood h/t Robin Guenier Another highly misleading article from the Guardian: Climate action is way off course in all but one of the world’s 20 biggest economies, according to a report that shows politicians are paying more heed to the fossil fuel industry than to advice from scientists. Among the […]

2018-11-15 19:15   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Delingpole: Liberal California Blames Wildfires on Trump

By Paul Homewood Right on cue, Governor Moonbeam blames the latest California fire on global warming and Trump: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/11/california-disaster-declaration-fires-trump-983168 Perhaps though he would like to explain why Oregon’s fire history shows no evidence of this whatsoever:…

2018-11-13 19:14   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Nunavut Draft Plan Says There Are Actually Too Many Polar Bears In Territory

By Paul Homewood h/t Joe Public From Huff Post: There are too many polar bears in parts of Nunavut and climate change hasn’t yet affected any of them, says a draft management plan from the territorial government that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking. The proposed plan — which is to […]

2018-11-12 19:19   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Droughts, Famines and Floods In The 1870s

By Paul Homewood I am always puzzled by those who decry the world’s slightly warmer climate since pre-industrial times. They seem to think the climate was perfect then. Perhaps they should study a bit of history, such as this snippet from HH Lamb’s Climate, History and the Modern World: And it was […]

2018-11-12 17:47   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Shipping To Exploit Sulphur Rules Loophole

By Paul Homewood The Mail exposes the latest climate scam: Shipping firms are preparing to invest billions of pounds into controversial machines that critics say will pump our oceans with polluted water. US investment bank Goldman Sachs estimates that up to 5,000 vessels will be fitted with so-called scrubbers in the coming […]

2018-11-12 10:33   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: ‘Green’ drive leaves thousands of families stranded in homes riddled with damp and mould

By Paul Homewood h/t Patsy Lacey Families are stranded in damp and mouldy properties because of a state-backed green energy scheme. Thousands of low-income households were offered free insulation, double glazing and a boiler in a drive to cut greenhouse gases. But contractors bodged the work so badly that sodden walls are sprouting […]

2018-11-11 18:35   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Britain’s Looming Energy Crunch–Geoff Ho

By Paul Homewood h/t Dave Ward This appears in the Sunday Express today: Geoff Ho is the City Editor. Normally items like this are limited to Booker and the like. It is unusual to see something like this from a respected financial guy. Advertisements

2018-11-11 15:45   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Endangered Shorebirds? Blame Climate Change!

By Paul Homewood h/t Dave Ward From the “Blame it on global warming” Dept! The Arctic is no longer the safe haven it once was for nesting birds, a new scientific report warns. Having nests raided by predators is a bigger threat for birds flocking to breed than in the past, it […]

2018-11-10 18:46   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Government-subsidised plug-in cars may never have been charged

By Paul Homewood h/t Dave Ward/Philip Bratby/Ian Magness Well, I did tell you so! Tens of thousands of plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) bought with generous government grants may be burning as much fuel as combustion-engine cars. ​Data compiled for the BBC suggests that such vehicles in corporate fleets averaged just 40 miles per […]

2018-11-10 11:34   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: The Great Lakes Hurricane

By Paul Homewood On this day in 1913, the “Great Lakes Hurricane” hit Cleveland: The immense storm that ravaged the Great Lakes in early November 1913 has been called the “Great Lakes Hurricane, “ the “Ultimate Storm, “ and the “Big Blow.” It was unmatched for early winter severity and […]

2018-11-09 17:35   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: The Thames Barrier

By Paul Homewood The Thames Barrier We looked at the recent CCC report on coastal flooding last week. The Thames Barrier is I guess a useful bellwether for flood trends. According to the Environmental Agency, there is little discernible trend in the number of closures due to tidal causes, as opposed to […]

2018-11-09 14:06   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Environmental Impacts Of Drilling For Geothermal Energy

By Paul Homewood h/t Joe Public We were discussing the geothermal project in Cornwall the other day, and questioned the similarities between geothermal (good), and fracking (bad). Cornwall County Council have actually published a fact sheet for geothermal, which outlines potential environmental issues: What are the environmental impacts? Generally the environmental […]

2018-11-09 11:36   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Toshiba’s UK withdrawal puts Cumbria nuclear plant in doubt

By Paul Homewood The UK’s nuclear strategy takes another blow: Toshiba plans to wind up its UK nuclear business after failing to find a buyer, dealing a potentially fatal blow to plans for a new nuclear power station in Cumbria. Its NuGen division was behind the development of the Moorside project. Toshiba’s decision […]

2018-11-08 19:31   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Extreme Weather 1971-Style!

By Paul Homewood Extreme weather is the most likely and severe threat facing humanity! For many years now, the public have refused to be scared by slightly higher temperatures, so the threat of what used to be called “bad weather” has been wheeled out to alarm everyone. Floods, droughts, cold, […]

2018-11-08 12:16   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Pop Up Ads

By Paul Homewood Somebody commented the other day about pop ups appearing on this site. It appears that WUWT and probably other WordPress sites are also affected. I have copied Anthony’s comments, and ask that readers do the same: I’m sorry I have to write this, but I need your help, especially if […]

2018-11-08 11:19   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Drill, Baby, Drill!

By Paul Homewood h/t Dave Ward Drilling miles underground? Pumping water in under pressure? Now I wonder where I heard that before? Drilling work is beginning at what may become the first deep geothermal power plant in the UK. Two wells will be drilled 2.8 miles (4.5km) and 1.5 miles (2.5km) into granite […]

2018-11-06 22:05   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Large hydropower dams ‘not sustainable’ in the developing world

By Paul Homewood Words of wisdom from Matt McGrath, who presumably did not get the memo! A new study says that many large-scale hydropower projects in Europe and the US have been disastrous for the environment. Dozens of these dams are being removed every year, with many considered dangerous and uneconomic. But […]

2018-11-06 21:53   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Why China Indirectly Controls EV Markets

By Paul Homewood From the OILPRICE.COM website: While Europe has long been at the forefront of the automotive industry, it will most likely be overtaken in the very near future by another economic superpower–China. The world’s second-biggest economy is already well-established as the global leader for the batteries that power electric vehicles, which are […]

2018-11-05 17:47   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Wind farms are the ‘new apex predators’: Blades kill off 75% of buzzards, hawks and kites that live nearby, study shows

By Paul Homewood From the Mail: Wind turbines are the world’s new ‘apex predators’, wiping out buzzards, hawks and other carnivorous birds at the top of the food chain, say scientists. A study of wind farms in India found that predatory bird numbers drop by three quarters in areas around the turbines. […]

2018-11-05 17:32   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: UK Aid Money Going To Green Blob

By Paul Homewood h/t Ian Magness The Telegraph is up in arms about the latest fat cat to benefit from taxpayer largesse: The head of a taxpayer-funded environmental charity has become one of the highest paid bosses in the voluntary sector after his pay package rose by 50 per cent to […]

2018-11-04 11:17   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: 520,000 Properties At Risk From Coastal Flooding?

By Paul Homewood The CCC were very specific about the risks from coastal flooding, in their report last week: Today, 520,000 properties in England, including 370,000 homes, are located in areas at risk of damage from coastal flooding…

2018-11-02 22:12   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Met Office’s Latest Extreme Weather Report

By Paul Homewood The UK Met Office has just published a new report on “Climate Extremes” in the UK: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/2018/climate-extremes-report-supplement It has already generated spurious headlines, such as this one from the BBC: A new Met Office report says the UK has experienced more weather extremes over the last […]

2018-11-02 17:19   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: OBR Forecast Fuel Duties To Continue To Rise–So Where Are All These EVs?

By Paul Homewood The Chancellor does not seem to have got the memo about the switch to electric cars! 2.8 Current receipts (on a cash basis) £ billion Outturn Forecast 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 HM Revenue and Customs Income tax (gross of tax credits)1 180.0 189.5 193.3 202.3 210.1 […]

2018-11-02 14:49   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: UK Emission Cuts “mostly a result of the decline of its manufacturing industries.”

By Paul Homewood Silly Jilly’s been in trouble with the climate mafia recently! She uncritically repeated claims by Claire Perry that Britain’s reducing carbon footprint was all to do with the war on coal and all of those wonderful renewables, courtesy of her climate policies: The UK’s pursuit of cleaner power means […]

2018-11-02 12:46   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Coastal Flooding? Blame It On Climate Change!

By Paul Homewood What is it about climate change that makes otherwise perfectly sane, logical people lose their critical faculties? Reader Paul Matthews has been having a twitter debate with this guy: People have been living close to the sea since time immemorial, and if you live there you will inevitably run […]

2018-11-01 14:18   Click to comment

Paul Homewood: Cost Of Green Subsidies Rises To £66bn In Next 5 Years

By Paul Homewood 2.7 Environmental levies £ billion Outturn Forecast 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 CRC Energy Efficiency scheme 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Warm home discount1 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 Feed-in tariffs1 0.0 1.5 1.5 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.7 Renewables obligation 5.4 6.1 6.1 […]

2018-11-01 12:08   Click to comment


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