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I doubt many here would have made a date to watch Ed Davey's speech at the Lib Dem conference today? I accidentally ran into it when I turned on the news. Incredibly he was asking his audience to look at Germany as an example of how green energy can work, this on the day Booker pointed out the problems the Germans are having for exactly that reason. Davey's speech was well populated by half truths and downright lies, unfortunately he also appears to have been coached on presentations by the same person who taught Lew all he knows.

Sep 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM | Registered CommenterDung


It would of been better to see the "source material" and perhaps formulate our own answers.

Sep 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM | Registered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

Yes Lord B - but arguably the most worrying part of Booker's contribution is his observation that, in last June's General Studies A Level set by AQA,

Candidates were asked to discuss 11 pages of “source material” on the subject of climate change. Sources ranged from a report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to The Guardian, all shamelessly promoting global warming alarmism. One document from the Met Office solemnly predicted that “even if global temperatures only rise by 2 degrees C, 30-40 per cent of species could face extinction”. A graph from the US Environmental Protection Agency showed temperatures having soared in the past 100 years by 1.4 degrees – exactly twice the generally accepted figure.

The only hint that anyone might question such beliefs was an article by Louise Gray from The Daily Telegraph, which quoted that tireless campaigner for the warmist cause, Bob Ward of the Grantham Institute, dismissing all sceptics as “a remnant group of dinosaurs” who “misunderstood the point of science”.

Booker fears (I'm sure correctly) that anyone not coming up with the desired answers "would have been among the tiny handful of candidates given an unequivocal “fail”". Sigh.

Sep 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM | Registered CommenterRobin Guenier

Booker on form again

Meanwhile, firms such as RWE and E.on are going flat out to build 16 new coal-fired and 15 new gas-fired power stations by 2020, with a combined output equivalent to some 38 per cent of Germany’s electricity needs. None of these will be required to have “carbon capture and storage” (CCS), which is just an empty pipedream. This makes nonsense of any pretence that Germany will meet its EU target for reducing CO2 emissions (and Mrs Merkel’s equally fanciful goal of producing 35 per cent of electricity from renewables).

Sep 23, 2012 at 12:05 PM | Registered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

The dash for.......Coal?

Power producers from EON AG to RWE AG (RWE) will open six times more coal-burning plants than gas-fed units by 2015, UBS AG said in a Sept. 5 research note. Profits at coal-fired power stations may more than double by then, according to a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. report published on Sept. 13.

Coal plants can boost profit 58 percent by using UN offsets instead of EU permits for as much as 20 percent their compliance needs, according to a Bloomberg clean-dark spread calculator, which takes the cost of the fuel, power and carbon into account. German profits based on prices for next year will reach 15.69 euros a megawatt-hour with a CER, compared with 9.96 euros using an EU permit. Stations burning natural gas make a loss under both scenarios, the calculations show.

Sep 23, 2012 at 6:47 AM | Registered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

"Revealed: Salmond's forest wind farm plans"

"LARGE swathes of Scotland's forests are being sold off on long-term leases to wind-farm developers as Alex Salmond surges ahead with his vision to make Scotland a world-leading green energy powerhouse."

"An increased emphasis on turning over state-owned woodland to the renewables sector will quadruple the number of power-generating wind turbines in forests from about 850 to more than 3200 over the next eight years."

"Data shows that since 2007 about 26,000 acres of publicly owned woodlands have been sold off, generating a profit of more than �28m."

Sep 23, 2012 at 12:27 AM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

Speaking of (self-declared) recipients of ig Nobel prizes ...

Canadian IPCC-nik, Andrew Weaver has recently declared that he will be a candidate for the Green Party in BC's spring 2013 election. And as we know James Delingpole has entered the political fray as an independent anti-windfarm candidate in a U.K. by-election.

I would be extremely surprised if Weaver would ever declare that human generated CO2 is anything less than the equivalent of a “barrage of intergactic ballistic missiles”. I would be equally surprised if Delingpole would ever declare that CO2 – whether generated by humans or mother nature – is anything less than crucial for the survival of our planet.

If an election slate were to be limited to Delingpole vs Weaver, it’s probably not too much of a stretch to suggest that those who might favour one or the other would consider the opponent as “extreme”. But I wonder if there is a correlation (if not causal relationship) to be found in fear of CO2 and “extreme” voting.

So I invite you to step outside the earth bound voting booth and imagine a virtual constituency for which an election is pending: Delingpole vs Weaver.

Survey participation invited: Does fear of CO2 cause extreme voting?

Please cast your ballot ... and spread the word :-)

Sep 22, 2012 at 7:58 PM | Registered CommenterHilary Ostrov

JoNova's been hit again.

Just shows she's being effective. Warmists aren't very bright, are they?

Sep 22, 2012 at 7:53 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

1408 GMT
JoNova's been hit again.

Sep 22, 2012 at 3:09 PM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

This won one of the Nobel prizes - the Ig version.

Just like paleoclimate

Sep 21, 2012 at 1:30 PM | Registered Commentershub

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