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Looking at the Gridwatch charts it seems that British peak electricity demand this winter was in the weekdays 19-23 January.

Unfortunately, it also seems that wind generation was unusually low throughout that week and (less importantly) that biofuel generation did not reach normal levels until the later part of the week. The gap seems to have been largely filled by higher than normal CCGT (gas turbines) and a day with exceptional pumped storage use.

Feb 2, 2015 at 12:21 AM | Unregistered CommenterHenry

Greg Laden was the first to block me from a site, when I questioned the integrity of a self-proclaimed “philosopher” who advocated murder to an audience in a Nobel Institute talk, all of whom lapped it up. That the talk was about the “evils” of oil, while they sat in their heated luxury, having travelled there in fossil-fuelled limos, gazing up at a hi-tech screen, predominantly made from…? You guessed! Not a whiff of hypocrisy troubled their sanctimonious noses. She also confidently declared herself a soothsayer and prophet, with none of her audience expressing any doubt. That, and the delight of his devotees over the perceived ignorance of a Pennsylvania miner (possibly on another thread, I can’t remember, nor can be bothered checking), led me to the conclusion that he is not really what the real world would call a scientist; he is a huckster.

Feb 1, 2015 at 11:20 PM | Registered CommenterRadical Rodent

Not that curious.

The serially toxic Greg Laden is at work again. Anthony Watts especially detests him because Laden compared him to "tobacco deniers." Anthony's parents died of tobacco-related diseases. To say that he holds no brief for the tobacco industry is putting it mildly.

This happened some years ago. It seems that Laden hasn't changed his spots. He's a creep of the first water.

Feb 1, 2015 at 11:02 PM | Registered Commenterjohanna

On my weekly trawl around Climate Etc I came across this thread and Judith's report on the PhD thesis of the former FInnish MEP Eija-Riita Korhola on that subject to which she supplies a link.
The dissertation is well worth reading if you have the time. In effect it traces Korhola's journey from belief (because like many people she never really gave it a great deal of thought) to scepticism based on the premise that nothing which we do is likely to work and why we are tackling the problem (to the extent that there is one) from the wrong direction.
I was particularly interested in this statement which sheds light on the environmental movement and its misguided philosophy and serves to reinforce the argument that several of us have made over time here and elsewhere.

Poverty will not save the planet, unlike the environmental movement often seems to assume. Poverty forces people to think shortsightedly and destroy their environment, the same way as limitless and irresponsible greed. Secondly, poverty makes us more vulnerable to extreme weather conditions and weakens our ability to be prepared for all kinds of catastrophes.
As I have said many times, our grandchildren will not thank us for impoverishing both ourselves and, by extension, them by applying dubious remedies to problems the gravity of which is still an unknown quantity on the spurious grounds that "we must do something".

Feb 1, 2015 at 2:01 PM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

Thanks to the Galileo Movement for this. WARNING: does contain distressing images.

Feb 1, 2015 at 1:12 PM | Registered CommenterRadical Rodent

Interesting that a science story on the bbc concerning evidence of a Big Bang signal contains the phrase "data trumps models". Strange how these words are never allowed anywhere near the climate change area of science.

Feb 1, 2015 at 10:05 AM | Unregistered CommenterAbc

That post ends "I joined a left-wing online discussion forum." .." nouns expressing the emotions of anger, aggression, and disgust, and verbs speaking of destruction, punishing, and wreaking vengeance, outnumbered any other class of words." The left seems full of hate.

Feb 1, 2015 at 8:05 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

The Greens have announced their election slogans
: "Think Globally
................ Screw up Locally."

: "Talk of Love for Humanity
......................Demonstrate Hate for People."

Feb 1, 2015 at 7:44 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Robertt: Your link to the mail article doesn't work. It should be this

Feb 1, 2015 at 7:14 AM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

" best replies ever to a Climate hysteric"

Feb 1, 2015 at 7:07 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

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