Saturday, 8 September 2012

Dud Desalination Defects

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The Courier Mail reports on "Queensland's biggest lemon."
Long after its expensive water slowed to a trickle, the Gold Coast desalination plant is still leaving taxpayers with a bitter aftertaste.The $1.2 billion desalination plant, all but mothballed since 2010, is now the centre of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit after insurance giant Lloyds of London refused to provide cover for major defects.

Plant operators and builders have launched Supreme Court action against Lloyds seeking payment of up to $8.2 million.
The lawsuit is the latest chapter in the sorry history of the plant, which was meant to be the showpiece of the previous government's $9 billion water grid designed to "drought-proof" Queensland.
Read more at the Courier Mail.

Global Warming brings less Storming

The Heartland Institute reports:
Cyclone Katrina: Image NOAA
When Hurricane Isaac made landfall in southern Louisiana, the storm provided a rare break in one of the longest periods of hurricane inactivity in U.S. history. Seeking to deflect attention away from this comforting trend, global warming alarmists attempted a high-profile head fake, making public statements that the decline in recent hurricane activity masked an increase in strong, damaging hurricanes.

“The hurricanes that really matter, that cause damage, are increasing,” John Abraham, a mechanical engineer on the staff of little-known University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, told Discovery News.

Let’s go straight to the data to find out if major hurricanes are indeed increasing.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) provides information on major U.S. hurricanes during the past 100-plus years. According to the NHC, 70 major hurricanes struck the United States in the 100 years between 1911 and 2010. That is an average of seven major hurricane strikes per decade.

According to the NHC data, not a single decade during the past 50 years saw an above-average number of major hurricanes.

Statistics from NHC here.

During the past five decades, an average of 5.6 major hurricanes struck the United States. During the preceding five decades, an average of 8.4 major hurricanes struck the United States.

Wind Subsidies in the US

The Wall Street Journal is running a poll on (US) Wind Subsidies. (link)
What should happen with U.S. government subsidies of renewable energy development?
The choices are:  (Four Hours later - the good guys are winning!)
  • They should be Increased (40%)       (37.2)
  • They should remain the same (5.9%) (5.6)
  • They should decline (4.5%)              (4.7) 
  • They should be eliminated (49.6%)  (52.5)
Can you imagine who are the 40% of the population wanting to pay more for such an inefficient, bird and bat killing, human health-hurting source of power?