Skip to comments.Global Warming News From The Brits (UK dooms itself)
Posted on 05/29/2011 10:08:34 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
CHURCHVILLE, VAMy colleague Bennie Peiser, of Britains Global Warming Policy Foundation, offers some of his latest man-made global warming news:
The Sunday Times noted on May 22 that the UK government has agreed to cut its greenhouse emissions 50 percent by 2027. As a result, Tata Steel last week announced it was cutting 1,500 jobs at its Scunthorpe and Teeside plants. The company, which employs 21,000 in Britain, has held high-level talks with government in recent weeks over its energy plans. . . . Ineos founder Jim Ratcliffe warned that he could be forced to shut the firms Runcorn chlorine plant, a big energy user . . . and employer of more than 1,000 people. According to Civitas [the think tank] . . . total energy bills . . . could rise by 141 percent by 2020.
The Henley Standard said May 23 that houses and business premises as of 2016 must qualify for at least an E energy rating. At least 682,000 properties will need to be improvedand this will radically increase rental costs as landlords withdraw their properties from the rental sector.
Homeowners will also have to retrofit their houses with required energy-saving features such as double-glazed windows and more insulation, said The Guardian May 19. The householder pays nothing up front, but the equipment and installation costs will be added in installments to the households energy bills for years. At the moment, says the Guardian, householders will be charged market interest rates, which could mean 8 percent annually. Germany has attracted homeowner cooperation with subsidized loans as low as 2.65 percentbut the British government probably cant afford to offer that.
The Sunday Telegraph of May 22 says the Welsh Assembly faces the biggest consumer demonstration so far in Britain if it goes forward with a plan for 800 giant new wind turbines on mid-Wales hills. In the Welsh Parliament, Glyn Davies said the two-megawatt turbines would cost at least [$2.7 billion, plus another $500 million] for the infrastructure. In contrast, a far bigger gas-fired power plant near Plymouth will produce power without subsidy at one fifteenth the costand without disfiguring the Welsh hills. How many of those assembly members, he asked, will manage to step outside the bubble of illusion surrounding wind power? David Rose in The Mail on Sunday, May 22, reported a remarkable meeting of climate skeptics and warmists. He asked John Mitchell of the British Meteorological Office how long the planets non-warming would have to continue before [Mitchell] would start to question the computerized climate models. Mitchell replied, People underestimate the power of models. Observational evidence is not very useful. In other words, dont doubt the coming disaster of man-made global warming just because the planet has stopped warming.
Henrik Svensmark of the Danish Space Institute told the meeting, a key determinant of climate is the level of cosmic rays from outer space that hit the earth: these high-energy particles seed the clouds. . . . More rays mean more clouds, and in turn a cooler climate. Svensmark has demonstrated that quite small variations in the amount of cloud cover have a big effect on temperature, leaving only a small residual role for man-made CO2.
Finally, Briton Matt Ridley in the May 21 Wall Street Journal reported, Haiti meets about 60 percent of its energy needs with charcoal produced from forests. Even bakeries, laundries, sugar refineries and rum distilleries run on the stuff. Full marks to renewable Haiti, the harbinger of a sustainable future! Or maybe not: Haiti has felled 98 percent of its tree cover and counting. . . . Haitians are now burning tree roots to make charcoal.
Whoooops! Could you repeat that, please???
So they will spend at lest 3 BILLION dollars to build wind turbines, that will only work when it is windy, yet they can use natural gas at 1/15 of the cost. That makes sense.
IIRC, the last nuclear plant built in the US cost around 6 billion, and that works with or without wind and sun.
If their treatment of global warming doesn’t do them in, their treatment of crime will, and if that doesn’t work there’s their treatment of Islam. They are doomed in three different ways. Four if you count socialism.
They’re worried sick about “greenhouse gases,” but apparently being overrun by radical Pakistani Muslims is of no great concern.
Suicide for nothing. There is no Glowbull Warming but it does no good to tell them that.
Your point is so very true. They fret and hand wring over carbon which holds NO THREAT TO ANYONE, but gladly hand over the keys to the Jihadists.
Churchville, VA made the news? What next? Buffalo Gap?
Maybe Smithwick or Dewey, too.
The whole meat of this disgusting, destructive new religion is summed up by the Met Office's John Mitchell (and probably heartily endorsed by NASA's James Hanson): People underestimate the power of models. Observational evidence is not very useful. .
When evidence is discounted and discarded in favor of failed computer modeling "predictions", it is no longer science that is being practiced.
this would all be insane, even if AGW was real.
...but since the world has been getting COLDER since 2003
(and the leaked Hadley CRU emails prove they KNOW it,
when they discussed how to “hide the decline” in temperature)
insanity doesn’t even describe it.
Worth a reminder that the British Government is committed to building 10 new nuclear plants in the next decade - that's rather more than are planned in the US, the last I heard.
Thanx for the ping ApplegateRanch !
Wow, I missed that quote. That is stunning in its cluelessness and the anti-science mindset that it reveals. These people are really, really dangerous.
Any hint of sunlight getting through the clouds would doom the UK.
Meanwhile China burns ~50% of the annual global coal production and will do NOTHING of that kind. They must be laughing their a$$es off in Beijing.
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