Energy

Renewable energy = death

The hipsters, the left-wing and the green taliban always bang on about “clean energy and renewables.

But it is very expensive and it won;t get any cheaper.

By insisting on abandonment of fossil fuels they are really insisting on removing cheap and viable fuels from those who most need them.

They are actually condemning poor nations and their populations to more poverty, more subsistence living and more disease by preventing them from accessing the very fuels that have enabled us to move into the first world.

This video focuses on the unintended consequences of marchers demanding an end to fossil fuels.

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Small cars are gay

Everyone know I drive a utes, a proper man sized vehicle that can load up burly blokes, their guns and dogs and travel in comfort.

Green taliban types will tell you that I am wasting the earths resources in owning and driving such a vehicle.

Turns out their preferences, gay little cars are actually the least fuel efficient.

Drivers looking for savings at the petrol pump could be making a mistake if they swap their estate or 4×4 for a smaller car, according to research which suggests that fuel economy estimates are biased against larger vehicles.

Motorists are usually advised that smaller cars can travel more miles per gallon (mpg) than those with larger engines, making them cheaper and more environmentally friendly to run. ¬† Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photograph: Sebastiao Salgado/Amazonas Images/nbpictures Greater Burhan Oil Field, Kuwait. Canadian firefighters in Kuwait battle to seal an oil well.

Photograph: Sebastiao Salgado/Amazonas Images/nbpictures
Greater Burhan Oil Field, Kuwait.
Canadian firefighters in Kuwait battle to seal an oil well.

Oil Well Burhan Kuwait

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Photo Of The Day

This is a photo of a now dead man next the 'Elephant' Foot' at the Chernobyl power plant. The image distortions in the photo are created by intense level of radiation almost beyond comprehension. There is no way the person in this photo and the person photographing him could have survived for any more that a few years after being there, even if they quickly ran in, took the photos and ran out again. This photo would be impossible to take today as the rates of radioactive decay are even more extreme now due to a failed military experiment to bomb the reactor core with neuron absorbers.

This is a photo of a now dead man next the ‘Elephant’ Foot’ at the Chernobyl power plant. The image distortions in the photo are created by intense level of radiation almost beyond comprehension. There is no way the person in this photo and the person photographing him could have survived for any more that a few years after being there, even if they quickly ran in, took the photos and ran out again. This photo would be impossible to take today as the rates of radioactive decay are even more extreme now due to a failed military experiment to bomb the reactor core with neuron absorbers.

The Elephant’s Foot at Chernobyl – Hell on Earth

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How about that Green Energy huh?

This is the sort of nonsense you get when the green taliban pushes their pet projects onto ratepayers.

A wind turbine which cost the taxpayer £48,000 and generated an average of just £5 worth of electricity per month, is being removed.

It was put up at the Welsh government’s Aberystwyth office when it opened in 2009 as part of a range of environmentally-friendly features.

But ministers came under fire last year over its output and now it has gone.

They say the turbine’s manufacturer went into liquidation and they were not likely to find someone to maintain it.

Last year, the Welsh government confirmed in a response to a Freedom of Information request that between January 2012 and July 2013 the turbine generated 585 kilowatt hours of energy (kWh) – an average of 33 kWh per month.

Taking 16p as an estimate for the price of electricity per kWh in the consumer market, that worked out at a value of £5.28 per month.

At that rate it would have taken hundreds of years for the turbine to offset its cost. ¬† Read more »

Wendyl is the Green’s Goddess

Our favorite Green Goddess appeared yesterday on the Good Morning show trying to convince people to install solar panels.

Quite clearly she has been inhaling too many baking soda fumes lately, along with whoever it is at TVNZ that allows her on the show in the first place.

I’ve taken some quotes from her interview yesterday which do not make ANY sense.

“Couples as they get older and they’re heading towards retirement, might have a little bit of money stashed away. ¬† They spend $10,000 on a conservatory, or an overseas trip, or a swimming pool. None of these have a return. Whereas solar power, you get a return on it. ¬† It takes about six years to pay for itself and then you’re in your retirement and you’re not paying for any power.”

Wendyl’s ideas, as usual, don’t quite add up here – even the Green Party Solar scheme says that a $10,000 system will produce $1000 worth of power per year and will be financed over 15 years.

“Your energy supplier will pay you for the power that you feed back in the grid. ¬†So on a big sunny day, you’ve got more than you need, it goes back into the supplier and¬†they pay you, not much actually, ‘cos its not really in their interest. ¬† And then at night, if you need a bit extra you can take it back so it ends up¬†pretty much breaking even”

They don’t pay much, you pay more and then you break even? ¬† Now I’m really confused. ¬†Didn’t you just say we weren’t paying for any power in our retirement?

“The thing you have to think about is increasingly we’re still using coal throughout the world to make electricity. ¬†54% of the power in the world is made from coal. ¬† So if you’re worried about spending $10,000, you’re also doing a really good thing for the planet because its free energy”

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Green movie producer caught in sting arranging funding from “big oil” donor

There is nothing like green sanctimony and corruption.

There are advantages to being a video guy rather than an ink-stained wretch. James O‚ÄôKeefe is currently in Cannes, where he is premiering his latest video prank. O‚ÄôKeefe‚Äôs targets are Josh and Rebecca Tickell, producers of environmental documentaries including ‚ÄúFuel.‚ÄĚ Ed Begley Jr. and (former?) actress Mariel Hemingway appear, but are mostly along for the ride. And there isn‚Äôt actually much video; it‚Äôs mostly recorded conversations.¬† Read more »

Green taliban seeking to silence George Monbiot for his ‘treason’

The leftwing around the world are the most undemocratic organisations to be found. You wither conform or you shut up. They constantly try to silence opponents using any means possible.

Now they are turning on their own, attempting to bully and silence George Monbiot.

James Delingpole explains.

Green campaigners¬†have offered a ¬£100 reward for the arrest of environmental activist and journalist George Monbiot for “crimes against the environment and humanity.”

His support of nuclear power has earned the wrath of an anti-nuclear campaign group in the Lake District which is trying to have him arrested for his “criminal irresponsibility.”

Oh dear. Where should our sympathies lie?

On the one hand it’s one of those¬†Judaean People’s Front v People’s Front of Judaeafactional squabbles that the environmental hard-left does so well and which really we should applaud and relish in a delicious, “if only they could both lose”¬†Schadenfreudekind of way. ¬† Read more »

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than petrol for global warming

Uh oh…more bad news for those proponents of biofuels…the so-called green fuels are actually worse for the environment.

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years compared with conventional gasoline.

While biofuels are better in the long run, the study says they won’t meet a standard set in a 2007 energy law to qualify as renewable fuel.

The conclusions deal a blow to what are known as cellulosic biofuels, which have received more than a billion dollars in federal support but have struggled to meet volume targets mandated by law. About half of the initial market in cellulosics is expected to be derived from corn residue.

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Want to combat global warming? You need to agree to fracking and nuclear power

I wonder if Gareth Hughes would care to comment on this news.

To be consistent with the MSM breathlessly reporting all doomsday IPCC predictions (most of which never eventuate) will we see headlines of fracking saving the environment and insightful comment from global warmists backing the IPCC findings ?

I think probably not.

Climate¬†scientists have backed Britain‚Äôs shale gas revolution ‚Äď saying it could help to slow¬† global warming.

The world’s leading experts on climate change say fracking will cut greenhouse gas emissions and should be made central to the country’s energy production.

It will help the UK move away from ‚Äėdirty‚Äô coal and contribute to saving the environment, according to a report by the influential Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The report says it is ‚Äėquite clear‚Äô that fracking is ‚Äėvery consistent with low-carbon development‚Äô and the technology could ‚Äėsignificantly‚Äô reduce emissions.

The unexpected endorsement from 235 eminent United Nations scientists and economists will be a welcome boost to David Cameron, who is a keen advocate of the new technology.

It is also a blow to green activists, who seek cuts in greenhouse gas emissions but are concerned about the effects of fracking.¬† Read more »