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Reality Checkpoint 2020
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CONSTRAINT PAYMENTS 2019
In December an analysis by the Renewable Energy Foundation, a charity monitoring energy use, showed that the operators of 86 wind farms in Britain were received approximately £136 million in constraint payments last year; the highest annual figure so far. This is money paid to the wind farm owners at times when the Grid cannot receive the energy being generated.

There are around 25 million households in the country so this is about £5 per household.

6 Mar 20


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize.

Voltaire

5 Mar 20


A NOTE FROM AUSTRALIA: RELATIVE COSTS OF DIFFERENT FUELS
On the CSIRO's own figures, the cost of 100MJ of energy in various forms is as follows:

$9.17 Hydrogen from solar electricity .
$5.42 Hydrogen from coal fired electricity .
$2.11 Petrol.
$2.36 Diesel.
$0.34 Coal.

"Climate change is coming at us!" is the contribution from Minister MacTiernan who has already spent $10m of taxpayer's funds on hydrogen. Note that the price is thirty times that of coal. Hydrogen is also exceedingly difficult to store and to handle. This is another clear indication that more scientists are needed in positions of political responsibiliity.

4 Mar 20


RENEWABLES PRICES
Thought for the day - If wind and solar are so cheap, why is electricity in Germany more expensive than anywhere else?

14 Feb 2020


BREXIT
What a surprise. Brexit has happened, on 31 Jan. Who would have believed it?

1 Feb 2020


WHICH DIRECTION FOR AMERICAN ENERGY POLICY?
To embrace the possibilities of tomorrow we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the Apocalypse. They are the heirs of yesterday's foolish fortune tellers, and they want to see us do badly but we won't let that happen. They predicted an overpopulation crisis in the 1960s, mass starvation in the 70s, and an end of oil in the 1990s.

These alarmists always demand the same thing: absolute power to dominate, transform and control every aspect of our lives.

President Trump, World Economic Forum

21 Jan 20


DATA FROM AN ELECTRIC CAR USER
I own a VW eGolf 2016. The automobile came pre-owned from California and in summer here it did 180-190 kilometres (my best was 194 km) on a full charge. Now in winter I average 120-140 kilometres and more recently 100-110 kilometres in colder weather. I barely use the heater, to preserve mileage. I rarely use the air conditioner in summer, either. (BT, living in Amman, Jordan)

18 Jan 20


OPEN FOR BUSINESS?
Brexit Britain must decide: is it open for global business, or does it prefers to pull up the drawbridge in pursuit of carbon neutrality, which inhibits enterprise and loses jobs? The right balance must be struck between (a) protecting the environment and (b) working hard to create a prosperous society for all by supporting industry. Constant predictions of climate catastrophe undermine what should be a serious debate.

15 Jan 2020


BBC ENVIRONMENTAL PROPAGANDA CONTINUES
BBC and Channel 4 have just broadcast two programmes: 9pm 'Meat The Family' and 10pm 'Apocalypse Cow:How Meat Killed The Planet'. It is time that the BBC was called to account regarding its misleading and inaccurate coverage of farming-related issues. Its Charter requires it to be objective.

11 Jan 2020


PUBLIC AWARENESS
Even the most ignorant members of the public are becoming aware of rising electrical power costs and the accelerating climate hysteria, especially by the BBC. They are becoming more sceptical of the unrealistic claims of the climate activists. It will not be long before Greta Thunberg's words are forgotten.

An objective measure of scientific competence is the ability to predict, and the activists have a rather poor track record – each of their climate catastrophe predictions has failed to materialize.

6 Jan 2020


ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTEOUSNESS
There is currently a strange climate of environmental righteousness. For example, the Guardian feels able to ask Britain's political parties questions like this:

Will your government implement a policy to reduce red meat consumption in the UK?

Instead of getting a brusque one-word response, the answer from the Conservatives was:

"The meat that British farmers produce is already significantly less carbon-intensive than meat produced elsewhere in the world. We will back our farmers to match their own net-zero by 2040 ambition with funding to develop new agri-tech to reduce emissions and farm in an even more environmentally friendly way."

Why do political parties pander to environmental activists in this way? It ought to be obvious that it is not the business of government to interfere with people’s diets.

4 Jan 2020


BATTERIES FOR ELECTRIC CARS
According to a report from the MIT Energy Initiative, the price of electric vehicle batteries will not be sufficiently reduced for mainstream adoption in the coming years. It is becoming clear that electric cars will not be able to compete in the same price range as fuel-driven vehicles while they rely on lithium-ion batteries.

2 Jan 2020



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