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Climate change: Pope urges action on clean energy

The headline is from a BBC article which said: Quote.

Pope Francis has said climate change is a challenge of “epochal proportions” and that the world must convert to clean fuel.

“Civilisation requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilisation,” he said. […]

Modern society with its “massive movement of information, persons and things requires an immense supply of energy”, he told the gathering.

“But that energy should also be clean, by a reduction in the systematic use of fossil fuels,” he said.

“Our desire to ensure energy for all must not lead to the undesired effect of a spiral of extreme climate changes due to a catastrophic rise in global temperatures, harsher environments and increased levels of poverty.”

The world needed to come up with an energy mix that combated pollution, eliminated poverty and promoted social justice, he added.

As many as one billion people still lack electricity, he said. End of quote.

Yes, well, give them access to cheap energy then, not expensive solar, wind, wave or whatever.  Problem solved!

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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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Gov. Spitzer resigns in wake of prostitution scandal

According to A Newspaper New Zealand sex workers have written an open letter to the government asking for the election of a Minister of Prostitution. […]  (Just as well that sentence wasn’t spoken in a Japanese voice, or the letter written in French.)

Imagine the ‘fact finding missions’ the Minister would need to undertake.

Think of all the ‘working parties’ the Minister would need to attend.

Would the Minister need diplomatic protection or would ordinary protection be OK?

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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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From the department of the bleeding obvious

Breaking news: Face tattoos lower your chances of getting hired.

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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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University bans gendered words

Without a hint of irony the University of Queensland has banned gendered words from student assignments.

The University of Monarchsland (as it shall henceforth be known) has joined other Australian universities in marking down students who use words which upset snowflakes.

The Daily Mail reports: Quote.

Top universities across Australia have taken to slashing students grades for using banned ‘gendered language’.

Terms such as ‘man’, ‘she’, ‘wife’, ‘mother’ and any other terminology that angers the PC brigade have been blacklisted.

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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

Hurry up James, the oceans are beginning to boil

As James Hansen from NASA famously said in a video on 31 August, “the oceans will begin to boil”  (2:11 into the video)

The Guardian, 20 July 2015. “The oceans are warming faster than climate models predicted.” Quote.

As I have said many times on this blog, if you want to know how much “global warming” is happening, you really have to be able to measure “ocean warming”. That is because more than 90% of the excess energy coming to the Earth from greenhouse gases goes into the ocean waters.[…] End of quote.

Motherboard blog, 14 August 2015. “By 2100, Earth Will Have an Entirely Different Ocean.”  Quote.

[…] Water can absorb far more heat than air, which is why the ocean has sucked down the bulk of the heat that has resulted from climate change. This is a good thing for the climate; it means air temperatures aren’t heating up as rapidly as they otherwise would—and it’s the reason there was a so-called “pause” in planetary warming. But it also means the ocean is beginning to heat up in a serious way.    

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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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Ok, James; you win: Let’s do this

Convinced by James’ recent erudite exposition of the benefits of the zero economy and how we should be divesting ourselves of oil and gas and all the petroleum-based products that are holding New Zealand back from being truly Green, I have decided to come over from the dark side.  I have had my renaissance and, as an enlightened citizen, the MG has to go!

With all the zeal of a recent convert to the green faith, I set off to the dealership to buy an electric vehicle.  We all have to do our bit and since I was not going to give up one meat meal per week, the least I could do for the cause was to buy an EV.

It’s a snazzy little beast, wouldn’t you say?

Sitting in the dealership with my pen poised over the purchase papers; I had a thought. Which led to this discussion with the salesperson:

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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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Virtue signallers ban plastic

A dead turtle is surrounded by plastic, including a plastic straw.

Before getting into the post proper, let’s have a quick look at the photo used in the Stuff article: A dead turtle on a beach; not good, and the turtle is surrounded by:

  • One blue plastic milk bottle top, to contrast with the sand colour
  • One blue rubber jandal thong, to contrast with the sand colour
  • One blue plastic bag, to contrast with the sand colour
  • One blue plastic drink bottle, heart-tuggingly tucked under the turtle’s flipper
  • One blue plastic straw stuck in the sand for artistic effect

Not another piece of plastic, of any colour, to be seen anywhere else on the beach.

Far be it from me to, cynically, suggest that this picture was posed.  (But see here)

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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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Catwalk Models 2.0

*Satire

In solidarity, with the enlightened organisers of Miss America, 2.0 fashion designers around the world have come together to ensure that fashion models are no longer selected on the basis of their looks.

A spokesperson for the consortium of designers, which to date has backing from: Cocoa Chunnel, Donna Karbab, Gogo Arminarmi, Kelvin Clean, Don’cha tella Archie, Rough Laurence, Christian Door and Timid Ford, said that the concept of supermodels and catwalk models selected simply for their appearance on the catwalk was no longer appropriate in the 21st century.

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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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Environmental Protection Agency 9 : Coalition of Losers 1

In an email from Elizabeth Tate Bennett (who is the Associate Administrator for Public Engagement and Environmental Education of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), there is a list of the promises the EPA made and how they have been kept.

  1.  Withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords
  2.  Ensure clean air and water
  3.  Reduce burdensome government regulations
  4.  Repeal the so-called “Clean Power Plan”
  5.  Repeal the Waters of the United States rule
  6.  Promote energy dominance
  7.  Promote science transparency
  8.  End Sue and Settle
  9.  Promote the Auto industry

How is our Coalition of Losers matching up on this score sheet?

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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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Now we know what James, Julie and Megan have been reading

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Quote: It is well-known that societal energy consumption and pollutant emissions from transport are influenced not only by technical efficiency, mode choice and the carbon/pollutant content of energy but also by lifestyle choices and socio-cultural factors. However, only a few attempts have been made to integrate all of these insights into systems models of future transport energy demand or even scenario analysis. This paper addresses this gap in research and practice by presenting the development and use of quantitative scenarios using an integrated transport-energy-environment systems model to explore four contrasting futures for Scotland that compare transport-related ‘lifestyle’ changes and socio-cultural factors against a transition pathway focussing on transport electrification and the phasing out of conventionally fuelled vehicles using a socio-technical approach.[…] End of quote.

Nope – I didn’t understand it either.

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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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