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August 28, 2014

Europe To Burn Dirty Filthy Lignite Instead of Clean Fracked Natural Gas (or Nuclear)

Green fanatics have worked really, really hard to prevent fracking in Europe. And to shut down nuclear power plants.

So what happens? A huge number of lignite power plants are being built. Lignite is filthy coal. High CO2 coal.  Lignite produces 80% more CO2 per kWh than natural gas.

Stupid Green Policies have consequences.

Lignite – also known as brown coal – power stations currently make up more than 10% of the EU’s total CO2 emissions. Greenpeace said that if Europe is to continue to play its part in keeping the world within the internationally accepted limit of 2C of warming, 90% of the carbon contained in its lignite reserves must remain buried.

Despite this, lignite-fuelled power stations are still being built, locking in consumption of the fuel for decades. There are 19 such facilities in various stages of approval, planning or construction in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Germany, Poland, Romania and Slovenia. Greenpeace figures show these new projects alone would emit almost 120m tonnes of CO2 every year – equivalent to three-quarters of the annual carbon output of the UK’s energy sector. The average lifespan for a coal power station is about 40 years, meaning the plants could release nearly 5bn tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.”

 

http://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/guardian-panic-over-new-coal-power-stations/

August 27, 2014

Indian Village Demands Real Electricity, Not Solar Gimmick

Filed under: Humor,India,Mockery — sunshinehours1 @ 9:33 AM
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This is very funny:

“Former Chief minister met by village youngsters carrying placards demanding “real source of energy”, and “not the fake solar powered” one.

The least you would expect when you bring electricity to an entire village, ending over three decades of darkness, is a ‘thank you’ from its residents. But no such niceties here in Dharnai, a nondescript village tucked away in the Naxal heartland of Bihar.

The residents of Dharnai are far from satisfied to see lights for the first time in 33 years, courtesy a solar-powered micro-grid set up by the environment watchdog Greenpeace India. They now want asli bijli (real electricity) from the government.”

http://www.thegwpf.org/indian-village-demands-real-electricity-not-solar-gimmick/

 

August 24, 2014

Solar Power Plant Needs To Burn Natural Gas 5 hours per day to Warm Up The Boilers.

Filed under: Mockery — sunshinehours1 @ 9:48 AM
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This is hilarious.

“Each of the 4,000-acre facility’s three units has gas-fired boilers used to warm up the fluid in the turbines in the early morning, to keep that fluid at an optimum temperature through the night, and to boost production during the day when the sun goes behind a cloud.

The project’s managers, BrightSource Energy and NRG Energy, originally estimated that the plant’s main auxiliary boilers would need to run for an hour a day, on average, to allow the plant to capture solar energy efficiently. But after a few months of operation, they’re now saying they need to burn more gas, with the boilers running an average of five hours a day.”

 

Gas fired / solar powered bird incinerators.

 

http://www.thegwpf.org/worlds-largest-solar-power-plant-wants-to-burn-a-lot-more-natural-gas/

August 10, 2014

Global Warming Causes ‘nearly ideal conditions’ For Growing Corn

Filed under: Humor,Mockery — sunshinehours1 @ 10:24 AM
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If  “global warming” causes drought or floods then certainly when the weather is perfect that too is caused by global warming … right?

“In a typical growing season, at least some corn-growing states would have experienced drought or other production problems. But the 18 states that grow 91 percent of the nation’s corn have experienced nearly ideal conditions this year, as adequate rain fell when plants emerged and cooler summer temperatures minimized heat stress.”

 

(h/t Suyts)

63% of Plants Prefer It To Be Warmer!!!!!!!

Filed under: AGW is a Cult,Cold Kills,Mockery — sunshinehours1 @ 9:00 AM
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This is huge. And logical. Only idiots thought plants prefer freezing to death.

“Not all species flee rising temperatures. As the mercury has inched upward across western North America over the last 40 years, many plant species have moved downhill, toward—not away from—warmer climates, according to the results of a new study.

The finding adds to growing evidence that temperature isn’t the only factor influencing how Earth’s life will respond to climate change.”

 

Isn’t that last sentence hilarious? “Temperature isn’t the only factor …’ Well DUH! But unfortunately the AGW cult has twisted science so much that many are surprised that plants might like it warmer than colder.

 

“The results of the analysis were unexpected. More than 60% of plants shifted their distributions downward, toward warmer, lower elevations—despite significant climate warming across the regions under study, the team reported online on 24 July in Global Change Biology. Even more striking, all plants within a region—regardless of species—moved in the same direction.”

What a shocker eh? Given a choice between the cold of the 1970s, plants like it warmer. Who would have thought? …. Only people with a brain thought that!

http://www.thegwpf.org/plants-have-unexpected-response-to-climate-change/

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.12697/abstract

August 4, 2014

Leaking methane from coal-seam gas wells … about the same as four cows

Filed under: Humor,Methane,Mockery — sunshinehours1 @ 7:23 AM
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I love the idea of using a cow as a unit of measure.

“Leaking methane from coal-seam gas wells was not as high as feared, with each well emitting about the same as four cows, a CSIRO study has found.”

“A review of 43 CSG well sites in Queensland and NSW undertaken for the federal environment department found leaking from the Australian industry was much lower than in the US.

All of the methane leaks were from equipment and none due to the release of gas from outside of the well casing. The worst leaks were from well sites that were under pressure after being put out of production.”

http://www.thegwpf.org/new-study-leaking-methane-from-gas-wells-not-as-high-as-feared

July 5, 2014

If AGW Theory Had Started in 1936

Filed under: AGW is a Cult — sunshinehours1 @ 8:23 PM
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If_AGW_Started in 1936

Nanaimo Hot and Cold Day Histograms – So Much For Extreme Weather

Filed under: AGW is a Cult,Extreme Weather,Mockery — sunshinehours1 @ 12:17 PM
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You all know that the AGW cult likes to go on and on about “Extreme Weather” because the warming stopped in 1998 and they like to think the world is coming to an end and only they can save us. Just another end of the world cult.

So I thought I would look at the same data for the weather station closest to my hometown on the west coast of Canada. The data only starts in the late 1940s so there is no extreme’s from the 1930s and 1940s.

One thing to remember. The 2361 Days Over 25C number (for example) includes the 506 Days Over 30C etc.

I don’t see any increase in extreme hot days. I don’t see any increase in extreme cold days.

Aside from 2 hot days in July 2009 (matched by the 3 days in the 1960s) and 1 cold day in 2008 matched by a day in 1968 it seems to have been getting less extreme.

HotDay_Histogram_NANAIMO A - Hot Day Histogram

ColdDay_Histogram_NANAIMO A - Cold Day Histogram

 

 

June 14, 2014

NRDC Recommends Gas Dryers

Filed under: Clothes Dryer,Humor,Mockery,Morons,NRDC — sunshinehours1 @ 6:22 PM
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The National Resources Defense Council went on a little rant about clothes dryers in the USA.

A couple of items stood out:

“natural gas dryers typically cost 50 percent to 75 percent less to operate.”

“A typical household pays over $100 in annual utility bills to operate an electric dryer and $40 for a gas dryer.

Clearly, to me, the NRDC is telling people: Buy A Gas Dryer!

“If all of America’s electric dryers were updated to the most efficient models sold in other parts of the world, U.S. consumers would not only save $4 billion worth of energy per year”

The NRDC are certifiably insane. An “Eco-Dry” dryer costs 1,199$.  There are 89,000,000 dryers in the USA. That would cost 107 billion dollars to save 4 billion dollars. Does that make sense?

And if the USA did have a spare 108 billion dollars to send to Korea or China or Europe for new dryers:

” it would prevent roughly 16 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, equivalent to the pollution from three coal-fired power plants””

Or one natural gas power plant. Unless the 107 billion dollars was spent on gas dryers (as the NRDC recommends) in which case it would probably increase the amount of CO2. Just kidding. Gas dryers produce less CO2 than electric ones because a large portion of US electricity comes from coal.

“How a consumer uses a dryer is almost as important as which dryer is purchased. Choosing a lower operating temperature can slow the drying process a little, but it cuts energy use significantly. Stopping the dryer before all of the clothes are bone-dry saves time and energy, while reducing wrinkles and helping clothes last longer.”

Sure. Lets spend 107 billion, burn more natural gas (actually I like that recommendation) so we can have slow drying wet clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 23, 2014

3 Down … 15 to go. Nome Wind Farm.

Filed under: Mockery,wind turbines — sunshinehours1 @ 11:23 AM
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3 Down … 15 to go.

“Wind power in Nome is taking a slight decline after a wind turbine at the Banner Wind Farm toppled this weekend.

At Tuesday’s Nome Joint Utility meeting, Utility Manager John Handeland said the welding anchoring a tower failed, and the 50 kilo-watt unit was destroyed.

That leaves 15 of the original 18 wind turbines at the Banner Wind Farm still standing.

Handeland explained, “One was destroyed during first the winter. One had delaminated blades. A then a third one was taken down and used for parts. And now this one.””

The wind farm went live in Nov 2008.

(h/t Small Dead Animals)

 

A crew is arriving this week to conduct maintenance on the turbines. One of their top priorities is ensuring all the bolts on the units are tight and the foundations are secured. NJUS workers will work alongside the maintenance crew to gain additional experience in turbine upkeep.”

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