In this blog I tend to fight shy of the Climate debate because of the almost religious fervour of those that believe. Only two days ago the 97% consensus figure was quoted to me as a reason that we need Wind Farms. This despite the fact that many scientists have denounced that assumption as a mis-quote of their response. I won’t dwell on that as those of the Religion will denounce my comments as heresy. Climate Changes- FACT. Does man have anything to do with it or is it a natural variation over millenia? With our carbon sinks in Asia and the Amazon being ripped out to plant bio-fuels and our peat lands ripped out for turbines there will be cause and effect. In that area we are interfering with nature’s capacity to manage our environment. We are destroying the vast rain forests where CO² is changed to Oxygen, natures natural carbon sink. Do cows burping, fossil fuel energy generation, cars and airplanes; the anthropogenic influence; cause Global Warming/Climate Change/Climate Chaos? Extremely unlikely as, however important we may consider ourselves, humanity is but an ant on an elephants back in the Global scheme of things. Solar activity, the oceans and the Ring of Fire(our Volcanic sub-strata) can change Climate far more effectively than man ever will. Climate Changes – FACT. Human activity will be countered by nature more effectively than any Turbine ever will. The words of Christopher Booker below are apposite. It really is nothing more than a massive scam. Read the full article. But the old saying “fiddling while Rome burnt” comes to mind. We are closing down our fossil fuel and nuclear power stations before we have a viable alternative. We are not grabbing the nettle of Fracked gas with the urgency needed and nuclear has become a sense of the bizarre. A country that was a leader in the nuclear race is now reliant on some deal struck with China to design our future nuclear industry. China has bought nuclear from Westinghouse and Canadu. They have no effective nuclear construction industry. If reliant of fracked gas where are the new gas power stations. Coal is at it’s cheapest for decades. Why are we not extending the lives of our coal generation as is Germany. Why, in a Country not blessed with miles of forest as in Canada, are we turning our generation over to bio-mass which needs importing from South Carolina. The energy density of such bio-mass in comparison to coal is far lower and storage problems create a JIT(just in time) mentality. As anyone in Industry will tell you JIT often is translated as TBL(too bloody late). As our historical power sources are taken out of operation we are going down the line of unreliable renewables at a rate only previously seen in lemmings!
When I first began examining the global-warming scare, I found nothing more puzzling than the way officially approved scientists kept on being shown to have finagled their data, as in that ludicrous “hockey stick” graph, pretending to prove that the world had suddenly become much hotter than at any time in 1,000 years. Any theory needing to rely so consistently on fudging the evidence, I concluded, must be looked on not as science at all, but as simply a rather alarming case study in the aberrations of group psychology.
Chistopher Booker – 21st June 2014