Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Idiocy on two continents

In India, 600 million people endured blackout chaos for second day running;  coal miners were trapped underground, train passengers stranded on tracks, patients stuck in dark hospital rooms and residents cut off from communication means and water supply as life was thrown out of gear across 19 states.(LINK)
 Indian anti-nuclear protest: Reuters

Think of it. 600 million people without power, there was chaos in the streets as traffic lights weren't working; people were sweltering without air conditioning.

National Geographic (LINK) points out:
The government quickly announced it would appoint a three-member panel to study the causes of the massive failure and submit a report within 15 days.
But observers have long warned that India faces a major energy challenge, with its economy growing at rate of about 9 percent annually, while 56 percent of households in rural India—some 400 million people—have no access to electricity at all. 
With per capita energy consumption expected to double by 2020, India needs urgently to generate more power and deliver it more efficiently. But the government has faced public opposition and spiraling costs for both of the  sources on which it hoped to fuel its energy future: nuclear power and coal.
Violent protestors have stalled a new nuclear plant. (From Reuters - April)
An angry mob attacked a hospital and torched buses as protests against a proposed nuclear plant in western India turned violent on Tuesday, local media said.

Although coal provides 70% of India's energy and the government wants to up this to 75%, there are problems.

Tata, India's giant conglomerate and largest private electric utility, has been building what it hopes will be one of the largest coal power plants in the world, the 4,000-megawatt Tata Mundra, in Gujarat State, 500 miles (805 kilometers) northwest of Mumbai.
But the Tata Mundra project has brought to light a harsh new reality: Coal power is no longer looking like cheap power.
SO, even the head of the IPCC doesn't seem to be able to help Tata. SPPI point out that "The original power base from which Dr Pachauri has built up his worldwide network of influence over the past decade is the Delhi-based Tata ..." (Link)

Fox Business reports: (link)

The (second) power outage came despite assurances from the power minister about restoring normal electricity supply after Monday's grid failure. 

........... a speedy overhaul of the power infrastructure (is) crucial to boosting economic growth. But efforts by India to build new power plants haven't yet yielded much result because of a shortage of coal.
More than half of India's power generation capacity of 205 gigawatts is coal-based, and Coal India Ltd., the world's biggest coal producer, is unable to produce enough because of delays in getting environmental clearances for mining.

Half the country without power because of environmental protests and pandering to the watermelon environmental movement. Thank Heavens that couldn't happen in Australia.

Or Could It?

Greenpeace, the environmental organisation that started off with good ideas but was hijacked by the Communists is trying to do the same thing to Australia. Patrick Moore, in his book  "Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist" wrote
The truth is Greenpeace and I underwent divergent evolutions. I became a sensible environmentalist; Greenpeace became increasingly senseless as it adopted an agenda that is antiscience, antibusiness, and downright antihuman.
The collapse of world communism and the fall of the Berlin Wall during the 1980s added to the trend toward extremism. The Cold War was over and the peace movement was largely disbanded. The peace movement had been mainly Western-based and anti-American in its leanings. Many of its members moved into the environmental movement, bringing with them their neo-Marxist, far-left agendas. To a considerable extent the environmental movement was hijacked by political and social activists who learned to use green language to cloak agendas that had more to do with anticapitalism and antiglobalization than with science or ecology.

We should thank our lucky stars that we are in a country blessed with cheap energy. However, the Greens want you (although probably not themselves) to live in caves. In a press release, these anti-science ant-humans are gloating:

How people power stopped a new coal power station

Greenpeace, Environment Victoria, Quit Coal and many others united to stop the last proposed coal-fired power station in Victoria.
The last proposed new coal power station in Australia – the ‘HRL’ power station in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley – has lost its vital lifeline. On Friday, the Australian Government announced its taxpayer-funded grant of $100 million to HRL would be cancelled. This money was keeping the dirty project alive, and for five years we have been campaigning for it to be cancelled.
This announcement essentially ends new coal fired power stations in Australia!

Prepare ye for the blackouts. And never, never, never vote for the Neo-Marxist "antiscience, antibusiness, and downright antihuman" Greens.

Peer reviewed study: Winters Warmer in MWP in Northern Norway

CO2 Science reports on a paper published in Polar Research 30:

Thousand years of winter surface air temperature variations in Svalbard and northern Norway reconstructed from ice core data

Dmitry Divine, Elisabeth Isaksson, Tonu Martma, Harro A.J. Meijer, John Moore, Veijo Pohjola, Roderik S.W. van de Wal, Fred Godtliebsen
Citation: Polar Research 2011, 30, 7379, DOI: 10.3402/polar.v30i0.7379

Full Text:

What was learned
The winter surface air temperature reconstructions, which are depicted in the figure above, begin at the peak warmth of the Medieval Warm Period at approximately AD 800, and they decline fairly steadily to the coldest period of the Little Ice Age at approximately AD 1830, after which they rise into the 1930s, decline, and then rise again, to terminate just slightly lower than their 1930s' peaks near the end of the 1990s.

What it means
Not only is there nothing unusual, unnatural or unprecedented about the most recent surface air temperatures at Longyearbyen and Vardo, it is pretty clear that it was significantly warmer at both locations during the peak warmth of the Medieval Warm Period, when there was way less CO2 in the atmosphere than there is today. And this observation suggests -  that anthropogenic CO2 emissions are not the great threat to humanity and the biosphere that climate alarmists claim them to be, for something in the environment appears to be effectively counteracting whatever "greenhouse effect" they may produce.

Read More at CO2 Science (LINK): See also CO2 Science's Medieval Warm Period Project