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11:18 AM | Phillip Bratby

STOR >>> FoI ?

Oct 10, 2015 at 11:34 AM | Registered Commentertomo

Here is a clear expression of part of what I have been driven to conclude from my fruitless search for an admirable prominent climate alarmer:

A vociferous belief in the danger of climate change may be a marker for a shallow thinker. It doesn't take a lot of research to realize that the "we are doomed by climate change" story is full of holes.

The writer, Norman Rogers, goes on to consider the possibility that the 'ruling classes' in their support for climate alarmism are merely demonstrating a 'loss of vigour and sense of purpose', in Pareto's sense that all such classes inevitably degenerate as a group and will be replaced by others forming a new group in due course. One such indication of this process he notes as:

Crackpots and eccentrics have always been part of the privileged classes. But no one took them seriously, least of all the members of their same class. Now the crackpots are in high positions and are taken seriously by the elite media. In some regions, like California, it's gotten to the point that common sense has been turned upside-down, and unless you believe in fashionable crackpot causes like global warming, you are the crackpot.

It is a short essay, but it sure struck a chord or two with me:

Oct 10, 2015 at 11:19 AM | Registered CommenterJohn Shade

The murky world of dirty diesel STOR.

Even the Grauniad says:

Neither the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the grid nor many of the companies involved are keen to provide much information about this shadowy new industry.

UK energy bill subsidies driving boom in polluting diesel farms

There is about 1.35GW of STOR provided by small generators, of which about 22% is dirty diesel - say 300MW. But nobody (DECC) publishes the data on this dirty, 'carbon emitting' and 'climate destroying' industry.

Oct 10, 2015 at 11:18 AM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby


"fire up vast numbers of diesel generators"

But have they passed their emissions tests? I think we should be told.

I see wind is flatlining again (since Thursday). Those pesky anti-cyclones...

Oct 10, 2015 at 10:45 AM | Registered Commenterjamesp

DECC spokesperson on BBC news: lights definitely will stay on.

We're doomed.

Oct 10, 2015 at 9:06 AM | Unregistered Commenterssat

Good heavens- whatever is going on?

Radio 4 Today at abut 8.10am. Sarah Montague interviewed Greg Barker, previously a minister of state at DECC (but didn't mention he was implicated in the 2009 expenses scandal ) She carefully announced that he was now involved with solar panels and batteries as an adviser, and proceeded to forcefully challenge much of what he said about the recent collapse of two green energy companies. He had declared that green subsidies needed to continue at least for rooftop solar and managed to not to reply when she asked him how to differentiate between suitably and unsuitably- sited roofs.

Not a perfect interview but at least a positive attempt to get to the bottom of his green waffle.

Oct 10, 2015 at 8:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterMessenger

Congratulations on an excellent article Robin.

Oct 10, 2015 at 8:15 AM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby


"Dominoes are lining up nicely."

O yes, but doubt there will be any outages this winter, our politicos and their officials (or is it, our officials and their politicos?) have it covered. They will use the most polluting and CO2 generating means of keeping the lights on.

They (we) will pay mega bucks to fire up vast numbers of diesel generators, one of the most polluting and inefficient means of power generation available. A means that, for the last 2 decades, they have legislated against! Proving once and for all that this nonsense was never about CO2 being a sure and certain danger.

If they were so convinced they would insist the lights went out before using such a means.

And everybody knows they won't, they will burn oil and rejoice at their 'new innovation'.

I find it hard to envisage a time when my respect for our politicians and officers could sink any lower

Oct 9, 2015 at 11:52 PM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

" Analysis by Ofgem, the energy regulator, suggests that without the emergency interventions, a blackout during a cold snap would be highly likely.

The risk of “controlled disconnections”, in which customers’ power supplies are cut off, could have been as high as a “one in one year” event – implying an incident would have been expected at some point during the winter. "

Dominoes are lining up nicely.

Oct 9, 2015 at 9:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Paul Matthews has what I (er ... unsurprisingly) think is an interesting post here: LINK

Oct 9, 2015 at 9:09 PM | Registered CommenterRobin Guenier

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