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Well I found myself driving up North through Scotland for the first time in many years this week. Flipping 'eck they have carpeted the place haven't they, turbines everywhere you look. What a great idea to boost the Tourist industry.

My kids are of an age where natural scenery holds no attraction ("seen one tree, seen 'em all") and found it all fascinating, thinking it was like something out of a Sci-fi movie. I explained they were Wind factories meant to produce electricity from the wind: "So how do they do that if they're not twirling then?" (they weren't). My youngest was a bit mixed up, "they have to put electricity in them to make them spin!" (many a true word etc...).

So how does it work then, on the way driving back in the rain we saw maybe 40 or so together with not one spinning, then a few miles later there were twenty or so all spinning slowly, then a few miles later a load of still ones again. Is it really that localised or is there some management going on?

(Oh and we did break through to the unspoilt Loch Goil area and had a wonderful few days in the sun with breathtaking scenery.)

Aug 30, 2014 at 1:54 PM | Registered CommenterSimonW

Nice one, Tiny. :)

Aug 30, 2014 at 1:39 PM | Registered Commenterjohanna

I don't know if anybody has already posted this excellent article about ECIU by Ben Pile entitled "Does the UK Need Another Climate ‘Unit’?" at Climate Resistance.

Aug 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

johanna, harold - is a crusading warmist a cataclysmate converter?

Aug 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Robin Guenier
Recommending done. Looking forward to the next commentable blog article at the ECIU.
After the BH Boys’ recent smash hit success at the Statesman, I’m feeling optimistic about the policy of swamping warmist articles in the mainstream media with intelligent sceptical comments. It’s obviously deeply embarrassing to the journalists and editors when almost no commenters turn up to defend the warmist line. I expect that sooner or later they’ll launch some kind of counterattack, possiby accusing Bishop Hill of organising gangs of sock puppets or something. I imagine they haven’t done it already because they don’t want to give us the oxygen of publicity.
Meanwhile there are other things to explore at the ECIU site, including news articles, which so far are all about the ECIU

Aug 30, 2014 at 11:16 AM | Registered Commentergeoffchambers

Not if he's a "mate" as well, Harold.

Aug 30, 2014 at 9:06 AM | Registered Commenterjohanna

johanna -
Wouldn't a believer in cataclysm be a cataclyst?

Aug 30, 2014 at 8:42 AM | Registered CommenterHaroldW

Friends, can I present a superb neologism, courtesy of Vukcevic at WUWT:

"It is more than clear that these changes have nothing to do with CO2, and that what Gavin Schmidt, and his sorry band of cataclysmates, are advocating is a nonsense."

Cataclysmates. Love it. Vuk is obviously one of those rare people whose verbal and scientific skills are both in good working order.

Aug 30, 2014 at 7:15 AM | Registered Commenterjohanna

An item on R4 TODAY this morning got me thinking about analogies. It was a report that said overall house prices in the UK are rising at an annual rate of 11%. This followed from the latest house price analysis which said house prices had risen 0.8% this month and that the average house price in the UK was currently just short of £180,000.

Now, I don't know about anyone else but I've always felt the use of a figure for Global Average Temperature (GAT) was a nonsense, and just as nonsensical was the talk about how much this is rising per decade/century.

And then it came to me: Climate scientists have now achieved the same level of trust and public approval as Estate Agents. I think estate Agents should be concerned with the company they keep.

Aug 29, 2014 at 6:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Passfield

There was the beginning of what could have become an interesting discussion developing on Richard Black's ECIU blog. But, although it was posted only on Wednesday, "Comments for this thread are now closed". Apparently they're doing this so as to "keep the conversation topical". Hmm ... if alleged "misconceptions among the British public on some key aspects of the climate change and energy landscape" were topical two days ago how can they have ceased to be topical today?

A HINT: it's still possible however to vote for a comment you like.

Aug 29, 2014 at 6:55 PM | Registered CommenterRobin Guenier

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