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Coal 1, Sierra Club 0

Can someone hide me from the Sierra Club before they sue me?

The Sierra Club, who seem to be enemies of everything and anything, lost a round today in their lawsuit against a coal plant in South Dakota. Seems they filed too late and the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw it in the round file cabinet. I’d wager that had this been a nuclear power plant or a natural gas power plant they would have sued, too.  I’d even wonder if they’d sue over solar or wind power plants, too.  Seems they just don’t want anyone to have anything, regardless what it is. I’m surprised they haven’t sued the Eveready Energizer Bunny, too.

Yet more CO2 Insanity.

Source: NYT

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Think Solar and Wind are the Way to Go?

Think solar and wind are cheap alternatives to coal power plants? Per this paper from Peter Lang, Emission Cuts Realities – Electricity Generation they’re not as cheap as you think, not to mention as feasible.


Five options for cutting CO2 emissions from electricity generation in Australia are compared with a “Business as Usual‟ option over the period 2010 to 2050. The six options comprise combinations of coal, gas, nuclear, wind and solar thermal technologies.

The conclusions: The nuclear option reduces CO2 emissions the most, is the only option that can be built quickly enough to make the deep emissions cuts required, and is the least cost of the options that can cut emissions sustainably. Solar thermal and wind power are the highest cost of the options considered. The cost of avoiding emissions is lowest with nuclear and highest with solar and wind power.

Peter Lang is a retired geologist and engineer with 40 years experience on a wide range of energy projects throughout the world, including managing energy R&D and providing policy advice for government and opposition. His experience includes: coal, oil, gas, hydro, geothermal, nuclear power plants, nuclear waste disposal, and a wide range of energy end use management projects

I hope you enjoy his paper, which goes to show you again, that the people in charge need to start looking before they’re leaping.  Per this paper they’re wasting time and money on boondoggles, when they should be building nuclear power plants that will reduce CO2 with the best cost-benefit and quickest effect.

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Coal Stays On in UK or Blackouts will Occur

Well, so much for all that wonderful wind and solar that’s going to save us all from non-existent anthropogenic global warming, or man-made climate change, or whatever term you prefer to use. Seems the UK can’t shut down it’s coal-fired plants or they’ll have a gigantic power shortage.  Per this article from Telegraph.co.uk

A number of old coal combustion stations were due to close in 2014, putting the UK in danger of running out of power in the second half of this decade.

Experts had warned that taking this back-up generation off the system before nuclear power plants are built would risk an “energy gap” and potential black-outs.

Of course they try and place the blame on the power company lobbyists, but the reality is no coal generated power means you’re not going to be watching TV, heating your house, playing on your PC and perhaps not even working, unless you’re a grave-digger with a shovel and pick.

But furious lobbying by UK energy companies forced the EU to back down on its directive on Tuesday, with MEPs on the body’s environmental committee voting to recommend that the power stations another four years of life.

One regulatory source said British lobbyists had put by far the most pressure on the EU to re-think its rules, warning that the UK would simply have to flout the law if no changes were made.

Ian Parrett, an energy consultant at Inenco, welcomed the decision, saying that the previous timescale “simply wasn’t realistic and threatened the UK’s energy security.

But he warned against complacency about the UK’s energy needs, with around £200bn of investment in new generation and networks needed by 2020.

“A postponement will at least provide breathing time,” he said. “But even with the delay, any new Government will face energy as one of its top priorities to avoid a looming energy gap casting a shadow over any economic recovery.”

It isn’t the easy task to convert things as some who desperately want to believe.  It takes planning and time.  You can’t put millions of people in the dark or you’re going to have some massive problems as they will justifiably be pissed-off.

It isn’t cheap either, it’s estimated the UK needs to invest $200 billion pounds by 2020 just to keep up with the demand.  There go your taxes up…up…and…away, not to mention your power bill.

Source: Telegraph.co.uk

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Clean Air Causes Global Warming

In today’s WFT CO2 Insanity we have an article in the Los Angeles Times titled “Why cleaner air could speed global warming”, a premise I find amazingly ludicrous. An oxymoron.

You’re likely to hear a chorus of dire warnings as we approach Earth Day, but there’s a serious shortage few pundits are talking about: air pollution. That’s right, the world is running short on air pollution, and if we continue to cut back on smoke pouring forth from industrial smokestacks, the increase in global warming could be profound.

OK first CO2 is bad, it’s going to cause global warming. Second, we had years  back everyone worrying about aerosols creating a large ozone gap in Antarctica that was going kill everyone. Now that the IPCC, CRU, NASA, GISS, et al are getting their inconvenient data busted daily, someone suddenly invents a new “crisis” for the “alarmist” to latch on to.

In another amazing oxymoron we get this information.

But even as industrialized and developing nations alike steadily reduce aerosol pollution — caused primarily by burning coal — climate scientists are beginning to understand just how much these tiny particles have helped keep the planet cool. A silent benefit of sulfates, in fact, is that they’ve been helpfully blocking sunlight from striking the Earth for many decades, by brightening clouds and expanding their coverage. Emerging science suggests that their underappreciated impact has been incredible.

See? It just gets better.  Sounds like the author is saying coal is good?  Hasn’t the “warmer” crowd had their panties in a bunch over coal power plants?

In a recent paper in the journal Climate Dynamics, modelers forecast what would happen if nations instituted all existing pollution controls on industrial sources and vehicles by 2030. They found the current rate of warming — roughly 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit per decade — doubled worldwide, and nearly tripled in North America.

OK, so we need India and China to keep pumping that pollution out, we need more coal plants in the US, let’s all drive diesels, and cap and trade is dead.  Makes me want to go out and remove all the pollution control devices from my cars.

The author then goes on to advocate we may have to do some geoengineering.

We might need geo-engineering to stave off the worst effects of the warming. But most climate scientists think we’re not there yet. And so the most important thing we can do now is to train our sights on both the unexpectedly helpful sulfates and the unexpectedly pernicious carbon. We can’t continue to only focus on traditional pollutants without reducing greenhouse emissions. We simply have to find a way to clean our air of both.

Oh I forgot he’s the author of a book.

Eli Kintisch is the author of the just-published “Hack the Planet: Science’s Best Hope — or Worst Nightmare — for Averting Climate Catastrophe.”

My how convenient.  He just published a book on geoengineering, then we mysteriously get this article on how clean air is causing global warming. Think this guy might be trying to increase book sales?  The LA Times is probably a strategic place for this article as all the loonies in LA like James Cameron will no doubt be reading this over their morning coffee and issue a call to arms by 12 Noon.

The Goracle needs to hop on this bandwagon, I can forsee a new book or two from him soon. Title suggestions would be:

  • An Inconvenient Clear Sky
  • Clean Air Kills
  • Geoengineering for Dummies
  • Coal is Cool

Goes back to my theory that no matter what it is, some “alarmist” will say it either causes global warming or is caused by global warming.  Like the claim I wrote about yesterday titled “No Planes Causes Warming.”

It all goes back to follow the money.  Eli is trying to sell books.  No doubt papers are being written by scientists all over the world to get grant money to research how clean air will kill us.

Based on this article I’m doing something different for Earth Day this week.  I’m going to eat beans, turn on all the lights and appliances in my house, and let my cars run all day.  If you’re really serious about saving Mother Earth, please pollute on Earth Day or we’ll soon be burning up. Anyone want to buy a diesel and save the Earth?

Source: Los Angeles Times

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