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Anyone know how much Millibands energy price promise is costing each Labour voting family p.a. ?
- Without it energy corps wouldn't be afraid to drop prices and since world oil prices have halved in a complete ly free market each customer should have benefitted from 10s or 100s of pounds by now

Dec 22, 2014 at 5:16 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen



re: Heavy snowfall in Japan. This is a hardy perennial phenomenon, re-discovered by breathless journalists every winter.

This is the weather system which has brought the snow. Low pressure systems passing across Japan draw polar air from the Siberian High, across the Sea of Japan. That airstream loads with moisture, and it causes very heavy snow along the western edge of the Japanese archipeligo. This system is identical to the North American "lake effect". There are differences. The Sea of Japan is much larger than the great lakes, is relatively warm, and doesn't freeze, so we get more snow.

Normally the snow starts in late December, and doesn't stop till early March. Unusually, this year the snow started in early December.

There is nothing unusual about heavy snow. Here is a photo taken in my town in 1931. Without any means of removing the snow, it has built up and been hard packed so that the townspeople enter and leave their houses via the first floor windows.

This is a photo I took of my wife's factory in February 2006. It's the single story building on the left. On the right is the carpark, which I had filled with snow cleared from the roof over the course of the winter.

The photos above were taken in a low-lying part of Yamagata where we only get a modest 12-18 metres of snow. In the
mountains (Gassan) they get serious snow. Gassan opens for skiing in late April, when they are able to get the road open. I took this in 2005.

Dec 22, 2014 at 3:49 AM | Registered CommenterHector Pascal

Another albatross that has not yet come home to roost: Labour attacks street light cuts.

Perhaps when they drafted the climate change act they had another cunning plan to make them run on solar power by now.

Dec 22, 2014 at 3:03 AM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

Martyn on Dec 21, 2014 at 3:05 PM

"It seems to me Norway is spending a lot of money laying a deep water pipeline joining oil fields to export more gas to us mugs who have to buy it."

Why would the purchasers be mugs?

Dec 21, 2014 at 9:21 PM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher

Have we flagged up this one before?

Climate Course run by nutters

What a motley crew behind it and what a monumental waste of resources gazing at navels.

Anyone signed up?

Dec 21, 2014 at 9:19 PM | Registered CommenterSimonW

Alan Reed:

Are you sure you are not Bogbrush?

Dec 21, 2014 at 8:36 PM | Registered CommenterRadical Rodent

lapogus -
Thanks for copying that comment from Icarus62...goes to show that all sorts have no idea about the science.

Dec 21, 2014 at 8:01 PM | Registered CommenterHaroldW

Ref the booker piece yesterday.

Nyhamna pumps 25.5 billion cubic metres of gas per year to the UK through the world’s longest subsea pipeline, the
1 200 km Langeled, providing 20 per cent of our country’s natural gas needs.

With the expansion of Nyhamna underway, the plant will service a new pipeline, Polarled, and convert gas from different fields on the NCS.

Polarled gas pipeline is a 480km long pipeline planned to be laid between the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea and the Nyhamna gas processing facility in western Norway. The pipeline will have a diameter 36in and capacity of 70 million cubic metres per day.

The project, which was earlier known as the Norwegian Sea Gas Infrastructure (NSGI) scheme, will require an estimated investment of Nrk25bn ($4.3bn). It is expected to set a world record in deep water installation of a pipeline. The pipeline is expected to become operational in late 2016.

It seems to me Norway is spending a lot of money laying a deep water pipeline joining oil fields to export more gas to us mugs who have to buy it. To me Bookers piece doesn't quite nail it all.

Dec 21, 2014 at 3:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartyn

Lord Beaverbrook

Thanks for the dashboard! Hours of fun!

On ENSO "peaking now". If the Darwin and Tahiti weather forecasts are correct then SOI is going to bomb, serious low forecast around Tahiti. Maybe then we find out how much "fuel" is in the tank? I suspect not much. I think it might be quite a plus to have 2015 declared an El Nino year!

Dec 21, 2014 at 1:57 PM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

Getting warmer on explaining, but still paying a high price

" Politicians were more concerned about boarding a plane without buying carbon offsets than about security of supply

It is a quite startling fact that when I became chief executive of Centrica eight-and-a-half years ago there was no government department for energy and no cabinet minister to go with it. Responsibility for energy rested alongside business and enterprise within another ministry, until the Department of Energy and Climate Change was created in 2008, with Ed Miliband at the helm..........

.......Affordability remains the immediate priority. While still recognising the need to tackle climate change, it has become an increasingly divisive issue and one that offers no short-term wins to politicians facing an election in a few months. Security of supply tended to come a poor third. But that’s changing.........

........ On the flip side, while today’s lower oil and gas prices will give a welcome boost to disposable incomes, they will also mean that consumers are paying a higher premium than expected to fund low carbon technologies........"

Well worth a read

Dec 21, 2014 at 1:36 PM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

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