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Snow falls in Yorkshire – In October!

Snow fell as far south as Yorkshire as drivers were stranded in cars following blizzards in Scotland as winter came early to Britain.

Published: 7:26PM BST 20 Oct 2010

Richard C (NZ)

Andy says:
October 27, 2010 at 10:19 am

Frozen Britain braves coldest October night for 17 years

Parts of Britain have suffered their coldest October night for 17 years, with temperatures plummeting to -6.6C, reports the Daily Telegraph

Richard C (NZ)

The central England Temperature (CET) from the 1st-7th of December is -1.9, making this the coldest opening week of December since 1772

Joe Bastardi European Blog

POSTED: 3:29 p.m. December 9, 2010

Richard C (NZ)

Snow Might Cover 90% of U.K. by End of November With Six Inches in London Nov 24, 2010 Snow is forecast to cover as much as 90 percent of the U.K. by Nov. 29 with six inches in London as cold weather approaches, according to weather forecasts. There may be as much as six inches (15 centimeters) of snow in southeast England, northeast England and much of Scotland, British Weather Services, which sells forecasts to businesses including energy companies, said in an e-mail. “We expect the country to be whitened out,” Jim Dale, a senior meteorologist at British Weather Services in High Wycombe, England, said by telephone. “There’s a good chance we could be waking up to large volumes of snow.” Snowfall is also forecast across the rest of Europe, particularly across the Alps and Scandinavia, he said. Weather forecasters use models which can predict trends in weather. The models can change. The U.K.’s Met Office issued a heavy snow warning on its website at 11:30 a.m local time. Cold weather can spur demand for natural gas, used to heat more than half of the country’s homes and businesses. Snow is going to… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

Heavy snow to blanket Britain as bitter cold weather heralds arrival of winter 24 Nov 2010 More than eight inches of snow are set to blanket parts of Britain as the bitter cold snap triggered the first Cold Weather Payments of the winter. Temperatures were due to plummet well below zero as freezing winds swept the country amid warnings “treacherous” roads remain not gritted after salt supplies failed to be delivered. Forecasters, who said it was the earliest significant snowfall since 1993, warned no part of Britain was “going to be immune” from snow over the coming days. [Snip] The Mercury was set to plummet to -9C (18.8F) in northern Scotland while temperatures will fall to about -4C (24.8F) in many other parts as easterly winds hit the country from Scandinavia and Russia. The country will be as cold as Iceland for the rest of the week as day temperatures struggle to reach 2C or 3C, which is about eight degrees lower average. The freezing temperatures triggered the first Cold Weather Payments of the winter with almost 80,000 households set to receive £25 each over the coming days to help cover the cost… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

UK record low temperatures – Google Search


Biased BBC (B-BBC)

Richard North Blog


Hottest Year Ever : UK’s Barbecue Summer

Richard C (NZ)

Climate sceptics launch campaign to overturn green targets Climate sceptics, including a number of high profileTory backbenchers, are launching a campaign to overturn the Coalition’s green targets. By Louise Gray, 27 Oct 2010, Telegraph UK The ten challenges sceptics have asked ‘supporters of the hypothesis of dangerous human-caused climate change’ to prove: 1. Variations in global climate in the last hundred years are significantly outside the natural range experienced in previous centuries. 2. Humanity’s emissions of carbon dioxide and other ‘greenhouse gases’ (GHG) are having a dangerous impact on global climate. 3. Computer-based models can meaningfully replicate the impact of all of the natural factors that may significantly influence climate. 4. Sea levels are rising dangerously at a rate that has accelerated with increasing human GHG emissions, thereby threatening small islands and coastal communities. 5. The incidences of malaria and other infectious diseases are now increasing due to recent climate changes; 6. Human society and natural ecosystems cannot adapt to foreseeable climate change as they have done in the past. 7. Worldwide glacier retreat, and sea ice melting in polar regions, is unusual and related to increases in human GHG emissions. 8. Polar… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

Climate Fools Day in the UK Parliament a Success

October 28, 2010 The Hockey Schtick

email received from analytical chemist Hans Schreuder reporting the Climate Fools Day meeting in the UK Parliament was a great success. Perhaps a US version will occur in the US House of Representatives following the Nov. 2nd midterm elections.

The Climate Fools Day in London meeting was superb.

Will write a proper report on the event yet, when various video clips have been posted.

Attached two pics from the event. The room was nearly fully booked.

Lots of good contacts and a call for a monthly meeting at Parliament and for MPs to attend.

Wind energy in particular was demolished as the greatest waste of time and money. The momentum is building now.

Kind regards,
Hans Schreuder

Richard C (NZ)

Andy says:
October 30, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Without the Hot Air

Sustainable Energy – without the hot air
Prof David J.C. MacKay

“The Freakonomics of conservation, climate and energy.”

Richard C (NZ)

Insurance that kills

10:10 threatened to kill people, but Piers points out that their incompetence already does.


From Piers Corbyn

Richard C (NZ)

Met Office says 2010 ‘among hottest on record’ 26 November 2010, Roger Harrabin, BBC [Snip] Climate sceptics say that until now, warming has plateaued over the last decade. The Met Office agrees that the rate of warming has slowed – but it maintains that is due to natural variability, not because man-made warming has stopped. [Snip] “The long-term warming trend is 0.16C,” she says. “In the last 10 years the rate decreased to between 0.05 and 0.13. “There are a number of things that are affecting short-term temperatures. A lot of the heat could be distributed to the deep oceans and we don’t know what’s going on there.” ‘No proof’ There is a question over how many times the Met Office has forecast a record previously. Dr Pope said they had not done so from her recollection. But a Met Office press release shows a forecast that 2007 would probably beat 1998. And a BBC report implies that they made the same prediction for the other El Nino year of 2003. Sceptics say this could prove the third time they have been wrong. But it is impossible to be wrong with a probabilistic… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

World May Record Warmest Year as U.K. Meteorological Office Adjusts Data

Nov 27, 2010 Bloomberg

The decadal rate for the 2000s may be 0.03 degrees higher once adjustments have been made to compensate for an increase in the use of buoys to take sea temperature measurements, Pope said. The buoys measure sea temperatures as being slightly lower than ships, which were used more in the past, according to Matthew Palmer, an ocean scientist at the Met Office.

[So, adjust and splice – Et Voila! – global warming]

Richard C (NZ)

What happened to the ‘warmest year on record’: The truth is global warming has halted MailOnline Last updated at 4:17 PM on 5th December 2010 A year ago tomorrow, just before the opening of the UN Copenhagen world climate summit, the British Meteorological Office issued a confident prediction. The mean world temperature for 2010, it announced, ‘is expected to be 14.58C, the warmest on record’ – a deeply worrying 0.58C above the 19611990 average. World temperatures, it went on, were locked inexorably into an everrising trend: ‘Our experimental decadal forecast confirms previous indications that about half the years 2010-2019 will be warmer than the warmest year observed so far – 1998.’ Met Office officials openly boasted that they hoped by their statements to persuade the Copenhagen gathering to impose new and stringent carbon emission limits – an ambition that was not to be met. Last week, halfway through yet another giant, 15,000delegate UN climate jamboree, being held this time in the tropical splendour of Cancun in Mexico, the Met Office was at it again. Never mind that Britain, just as it was last winter and the winter before, was deep in the grip… Read more »

val majkus

I wonder if the Met works with raw or adjusted data; oh silly me!

Cooking The Books At The Met Office
World temperatures in 2010 may be the warmest on record, the U.K. Met Office said, as it plans to calibrate a decade of data to account for newer sensors.

The average temperature for the year through October shows 2010 will be one of the two warmest years in a series that goes back to 1850, said Vicky Pope, head of climate science at the Met Office. Scientists at the agency are preparing to revise data since 2000 to adjust for a new method that masked some of the rising temperature trend, she said.

Richard C (NZ)

“I wonder if the Met works with raw or adjusted data”

They “calibrate” and “revise” data – apparently. This seems to be a process of adjustment and splicing of disparate datasets.

It’s getting ridiculous:-

Micheal Mann’s hockey stick adjust and splice,
UK Met, ship – ARGO adjust and splice
Land record adjust and splice

Law Dome – Mauna Loa GCM spin-up splice

Adjust, splice, revise, calibrate………… and so it goes on

Richard C (NZ)

“Scientists at the agency are preparing to revise data since 2000 to adjust for a new method that masked some of the rising temperature trend”

They are running out of ways to extract warming from the records.

All of these trends in the metrics depend entirely on the initial pivot point selected so what is really masked is warm/cool phase change – they just have not got a clue.

If they would just place intermediate trends on the data the picture emerges but that’s not the warmist way of course.

Richard C (NZ)

Cancun climate change summit: scientists call for rationing in developed world By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent 7:30AM GMT 29 Nov 2010 Telegraph UK In a series of papers published by the Royal Society, physicists and chemists from some of worlds most respected scientific institutions, including Oxford University and the Met Office, agreed that current plans to tackle global warming are not enough. [Snip] In one paper Professor Kevin Anderson, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, said the only way to reduce global emissions enough, while allowing the poor nations to continue to grow, is to halt economic growth in the rich world over the next twenty years. [Snip] But Dr Myles Allen, of Oxford Universitys Department of Physics, said this might not be enough. He said that if emissions do not come down quick enough even a slight change in temperature will be too rapid for ecosystems to keep up. Also by measuring emissions relative to a particular baseline, rather than putting a limit on the total amount that can ever be pumped into the atmosphere, there is a danger that the limit is exceeded. [Snip] Other papers published on… Read more »


In response to the observations about Kevin Anderson above, there is quite an interesting thread at Bishop Hill where Prof Anderson pops up in the comments and answers questions.

It’s well worth reading all the comments. Well mannered and reasonable, mostly.

Richard C (NZ)

BRITAIN IS FREEZING TO DEATH Sunday December 5,2010 – Express UK MIDDLE class families are among millions of Britons who cannot afford to heat their homes this winter, as elderly ride on buses all day to stay in the warm. After a week of snow and freezing temperatures a shocking picture has emerged of the bleak months ahead for 5.5 million households. Pensioners, who are among those most ­vulnerable to the cold, are resorting to ­extraordinary measures to keep warm. Many have been using their free travel ­passes to spend the day riding on buses while others are seeking refuge from the cold in libraries and shopping centres. Dot Gibson, spokeswoman for pressure group the National Pensioners’ Convention, said: “Now that we have one of the coldest winters, older people are going to have to make the unenviable decision whether or not to put the heating on. The Government should guarantee that they won’t cut the winter fuel allowance.” The death toll from the big freeze rose to seven yesterday. They included two men who were killed in a crash on the M62 in Humberside and two teenage girls who died when their… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

Britain’s big freeze death toll hits 300 every day

Dec 25 2010 – METRO UK

Nearly 300 more people a day died when freezing temperatures hit at the start of this month, new figures show.

A total of 11,193 deaths were registered in England and Wales bet­ween December 3 and 10, the Office for National Statistics has revealed.

This is a 21 per cent rise on the previous week, which works out at 282 extra deaths every day.

It has also emerged flu rates have more than doubled in the past week with children the worst-hit.



Carbon capture coal firm Powerfuel calls in administrators

Powerfuel £635m short of money required for CCS scheme

Yet another “green” initiative bites the dust.

Richard C (NZ)

But the madness continues

“The government in October finally committed £1bn for the UK’s first CCS demonstration plant, likely to be developed by ScottishPower. It says it remains committed to putting levies on consumer bills to fund up to three more projects but it is not clear when the funds will be made available.”

All the plants need is scrubbers – the carbon’s no problem.


Even The Guardian is reporting that the UK may suffer its coldest winter since 1963.

The weather maps look horrendous, cold air coming straight off the North Pole.

Richard C (NZ)

An interesting development – from the Guardian no less. There is still objectivity there from time to time,

The photo of cycling/walking on the frozen river wont go down well in some quarters and I see the Met Office is still holding out for warmth in January, ‘too early to warn of another 1963″ apparently.

But a “national summit of government leaders’?

Maybe some realisation setting in.


On top of this in today’s Mail

Energy bills could double to pay for green power as ministers plan minimum carbon price

Proponents of the scheme insist the carbon ‘floor price’ is meant to reflect pollution caused by fossil fuels, and will encourage investors to pour their money into ‘green’ energy instead.
But experts warned it could lead to a doubling of energy bills, hitting the poor and elderly the hardest.

There was a separate warning yesterday that winter energy bills are already at a record high of £630 for the average family after most suppliers hiked prices.

Website said families have been hit by a combination of higher tariffs and plunging temperatures


£500 on electricity bills to pay for green energy
Electricity bills will have to rise by up to £500 a year to pay for a new generation of environmentally friendly power stations, it emerged.

Scroll down to the comments. How long can this madness last?

Richard C (NZ)

Christopher Booker: Chris Huhne has a blueprint for a green, cold, dark Britain Saturday, December 18th 2010, 2:31 PM EST – Climate Realists The government’s new energy policy will lead to widespread power cuts and economic disaster, As much of the northern hemisphere last week froze under the snows of the fourth unusually cold winter in a row, our ministers, led by David Cameron and Chris Huhne, the Climate Change Secretary, laid out a blueprint that promises to inflict on Britain a social and economic catastrophe unique in the world. They chose this moment to announce what Mr Huhne called “a seismic shift” in Britain’s energy policy, the purpose of which, according to Mr Cameron, is to replace our “clapped-out” electricity supplies by making Britain “the greenest economy in the world”. The chief driving force of the policy is the EU’s requirement that, within 10 years, 30 per cent of our electricity must come from renewables, mainly through thousands more wind turbines. This would be so expensive that the Government accepts it could only be made economical by massively rigging the market against any form of electricity derived from fossil fuels, such as… Read more »


Arctic freeze to last another month as AA warns of ‘worst driving conditions imaginable’ for Christmas getaways

The Big Freeze will hold us in its grip for at least another month, forecasters warn.

Arctic conditions are expected to last through the Christmas and New Year bank holidays and beyond.

With temperatures expected to fall to -15c (5f), the Met Office said this is ‘almost certain’ to become the coldest December since records began in 1910.

Yesterday’s snowfall was largely in the South and West, and in Wales while the South was braced last night for another 10in of snow accompanied by treacherous ice.

Richard C (NZ)

Heathrow management under fire after week of chaos 8:00 AM Thursday Dec 23, 2010 – NZH [Snip] Airports on Europe’s northern fringe are models of cold-weather resilience. Scandinavian airports stay open in bitter cold and waist-deep snow. Authorities in Sweden say they can clear a runway in 6 to 10 minutes, compared to 25 at Heathrow. Reijo Tasanen of Finavia, which runs Finland’s 25 airports, said preparedness is the key. “We are ready. We brief the staff on weather conditions, we work overtime if necessary and simply put, we have enough equipment – we have to,” Tasanen said. That doesn’t come cheap. Canada’s biggest airport, in Toronto, spends almost $15 million a year dealing with winter. Heathrow won’t give a comparable figure but said it has 6 million pounds ($9 million) worth of snow-clearing equipment and is spending 500,000 pounds ($770,000) this year upgrading and maintaining it. Heathrow faces a choice: invest tens of millions in snow-clearing equipment, or gamble that this year’s wintry weather was a one-off event. “BAA has to make a decision for the future: do we throw more equipment at it?” said David Learmount of Flight Global magazine. “Then… Read more »


In private, the best-informed analysts now agree that Britain’s environmental policies have put the country on track to have the world’s most expensive electricity. This is mainly because our competitors are almost certain to choose cheaper routes to emissions reductions, such as natural gas, or to shun emissions reductions altogether. The Coalition’s own Annual Energy Statement for 2010 concedes that by the year 2020, nearly one third of the average domestic electricity bill will consist of green energy charges imposed by law (£160 out of £512, or 31 per cent). Business will be hit even harder, with environmental charges for the average medium-sized non-domestic user accounting for £404,000 out of £1.224 million, or 33 per cent.

Richard C (NZ)

Where do all the UK subsidies come from? If some 30 per cent of UK electricity were renewable in 2020, this would require an ongoing annual subsidy of upwards of £6bn(assuming an average subsidy of 5p per unit). The lifetime cost of the Feed-in Tariff scheme is £8.6bn, while its benefits, including climate change benefits, amount to only £420m (technically, the Net Present Value is negative £8.2bn). Government’s figures for the revised Renewables Obligation needed to meet the 2020 targets shows that costs exceed benefits by £33bn. The emissions savings fail the government’s own cost-effectiveness tests. I have to highlight this stuff – it defies belief. Spain’s experience is even worse. In a May 2010 document, the country’s Ministry for Industry showed that businesses were paying 17 per cent more for electricity than their European competitors, largely as a result of subsidies to renewables, which were €5bn in 2009. Moreover, because Spanish energy companies do not recover the full cost of renewable generation from consumers, but accumulate government debt instead, one company alone, Endesa, was owed €8.3bn by the state at the end of September 2010. The total “tariff deficit”, as it is… Read more »


The Hijack of the Met

North and Booker on the Green Hijack of the UK Met Office

Richard C (NZ)

Andy, i can’t link to the Booker article “The green hijack of the Met office is crippling Britain”. Is it not in print yet or something? Not in Google or Bing or UK Telegraph.

The EU Referendum article is definitely bookmarked though.

Works for me, Richard.
The heading is just: “The hijack of the Met.”

Richard C (NZ)

No that’s North writing on Booker’s article. If you click on the image of the article you can see it but not read it and I don’t know where to access it.

It might be only in newspaper form at this stage and will go online later – no point giving it away before it goes on the stands.

Ah yes. I beg your pardon.


Worthy of note is the data on wind output during the cold snap. sometimes reaching zero percent for the entire country.

Richard C (NZ)

The wind maps showed the wind bringing the cold down from the Arctic, but once the cold system is in place there’s no wind and they have to stoke coal.

My (limited) understanding is that wind occurs at the interface between high and low pressure systems but at the centre of either there’s no wind.

Not much of an alternative when it’s not there are the time it’s needed most.

Richard C (NZ)

UK Generation by Fuel Type last 24 hours (when I looked)

COAL 39.1%

CCGT 34.2%


WIND 1.9%

PS 0.9%


Richard C (NZ)

The green hijack of the Met Office is crippling Britain

By Christopher Booker 8:00AM GMT 26 Dec 2010 – The Telegraph

The Met Office’s commitment to warmist orthodoxy means it drastically underestimates the chances of a big freeze, says Christopher Booker

By far the biggest story of recent days, of course, has been the astonishing chaos inflicted, to a greater or lesser extent, on all of our lives by the fact that we are not only enjoying what is predicted to be the coldest December since records began in 1659, but also the harshest of three freezing winters in a row. We all know the disaster stories – thousands of motorists trapped for hours on paralysed motorways, days of misery at Heathrow, rail passengers marooned in unheated carriages for up to 17 hours. But central to all this – as the cry goes up: “Why wasn’t Britain better prepared?” – has been the bizarre role of the Met Office.



A potentially big story is brewing that the UK Met Office knew about the cold winter in October, but withheld the information from the public


Climate change means we will be skiing in Yorkshire rather than sunbathing under palm trees, experts warn

We are more likely to be skiing in Yorkshire than basking under palm trees, a leading climate change expert has warned as global warming will actually lead to Britain getting colder.

Dr Simon Boxall, of the National Oceanography Survey, said that while the planet as a whole will get much warmer, this country will see temperatures plunge as the ocean currents and weather patterns around the world change.

Yet, 10 years ago, we were told that snow “would be a rare and exciting event” in Britain.

“Kids just won’t know what snow is”

Richard C (NZ)

I notice that GR has taken Don Easterbrook to task over grape vineyards in Britain at present (and rightly so, DE was incorrect, Britain is producing wine at present)

They have also planted kiwifruit vines but I wonder whether it is a long-term proposition now that the climate in Britain seems to have taken a dive. I know kiwifruit require a certain amount of cold but not extreme cold or frost. The NZ South Island grape vineyards seem to cope OK but I don’t think they have anywhere near the cold as in Britain now.

Richard C (NZ)

I’ve just crunched three articles at Climate Realists, the first is the Met Office data manipulation for the “2010 – a near record year” press release, the second is blatant BBC misrepresentation of AGW sceptics in the Horizon “Science Under Attack” programme and the third is the Met Office/Roger Harrabin (BBC) untruth stemming from the Met Office Oct 2010 winter weather forecast to the British government.

Manipulation, misrepresentation and untruth, what an indictment on these institutions and personnel.


Christopher Booker: Is Met Office again playing games with its weather data?

Christopher Booker: How BBC warmists abuse the science

BREAKING: The Met Office Winter Forecast Lie Is Finally Nailed: Updated

All on one weekend !


Lobbyists who cleared ‘Climategate’ academics funded by taxpayers and the BBC
A shadowy lobby group which pushes the case that global warming is a real threat is being funded by the taxpayer and assisted by the BBC

h/t Bishop Hill

Richard C (NZ)

Climate change ‘could disrupt wi-fi and hit power supply’

Climate change will disrupt wi-fi connections, cause regular power failures and lead railway lines to buckle unless Britain spends billions of pounds, Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary has warned.


That’s brilliant!

Richard North has a good summary of this story

It was Caroline Spelperson that suggested that hospitals would have to be built on hills because of rising sea levels.

Richard C (NZ)

Tata cuts 1500 UK jobs over ‘double whammy’ of carbon targets * From: The Times * May 21, 2011 11:14AM TATA, the Indian steel giant, has blamed the UK government’s environmental policies as it cut 1500 jobs in one of Britain’s poorest regions. The company, which took much of the former British Steel business five years ago, will axe 8 per cent of its British workforce. Its Scunthorpe plant is to close with the loss of 1200 jobs. A further 300 jobs will go in Teesside. Unions described the cuts as a “devastating blow” to the region, which is already home to some of Britain’s worst unemployment blackspots. Karl-Ulrich Kohler, Tata Steel’s head of Europe, blamed the cuts on the decline of the construction industry, but added that new EU environmental laws and planned British legislation had compounded the company’s problems. “Europe’s steel industry is in danger of being made uncompetitive in the world market because of European taxes on UK emissions,” said Dr Kohler. “But here in Britain we are facing a double whammy of carbon targets.” Under the coalition deal, the government plans to bring in the toughest carbon emissions targets… Read more »


This story was also covered by Richard North at EURef

Note that there will be no net CO2 emissions as a result of these closures, as the jobs will be “offshored” to India


Note also that Pachauri has links with Tata

I think these allegations might have ended up with Booker and North in court against Pachauri

Richard C (NZ)

Lessons in climate change ‘should go’ says schools adviser who tells them to remove pseudo-science

14th June 2011 – MailOnline

Climate change propaganda could be cut from the classroom, as a government adviser demands pseudo-science is removed from the national curriculum.

Tim Oates, who is leading an overhaul of school syllabuses for five- to 16-year-olds, has signalled the end of ‘climate wash’ in schools.

He is calling for a return of ‘science in science’ and for children to be taught facts, not fads.

And he accused Labour of replacing traditional physics, chemistry and biology with ‘topical issues’ such as global warming.

At present, seven-year-olds are taught that the world is overheating, and told this will cause floods and kill polar bears.


However, climate scientists have accused the anti-green lobby of influencing education.

Bob Ward, of the Grantham research institute for climate change and the environment, said the removal of climate change from the curriculum may not be in pupils’ best interests.

He added: ‘Certain politicians feel that they don’t like the concept of climate change. I hope this isn’t a sign of a political agenda being exercised.’

Read more:


BBC, Prof Steve Jones and the push for censorship

The BBC have made a decision to push the sceptics further out into the fringe

Autonomous Mind sums it up

Guardian article here:


Booker on the BBC decision to be even more biased:

“Steve Jones tells the BBC: don’t give ‘denialists’ so much air-time

In his report for the BBC Trust, Steve Jones actually attacks the BBC for having too little global-warming bias.”

Mike Jowsey

UK House of Commons: Science and Technology Committee – Eighth Report
Peer review in scientific publications
Paragraph 10:

The report begins in chapter two with an overview of the peer-review process in publishing, including common criticisms and new innovations in publishing. Chapter three explores the roles of the editors, authors and reviewers. Chapter four examines the challenges involved in reviewing data associated with submitted work and storing it after publication. Chapter five looks at the growing area of review and commentary after publication. Finally, chapter six explores public debate and trust in science. It also assesses the role of peer review in preventing fraud and misconduct, as well as the broader ways in which research integrity is overseen in the UK.

Mike Jowsey Is the BBC trying to rehabilitate Phil Jones? Posted by TonyN on 22/07/2011 at 9:15 pm Last month, the BBC’s Richard Black posted a story that looks very much like an attempt to rehabilitate Phil Jones, the University of East Anglia scientist at the centre of the Climategate scandal. The report’s rather surprising headline was Global warming since 1995 ‘now significant’, and looking at the context of this claim is quite revealing. Conclusion: There are two points here. Black acknowledges that Jones and his colleagues were criticised for not involving professional statisticians in their work, which of course depends heavily on statistical analysis. Therefore isn’t it rather strange that the BBC should be prepared to give Jones’ claim about a statistically significant rise in temperature when this research has apparently not even been peer reviewed let alone signed off by a professional statistician. And is it really fair-minded to say that nothing has emerged since Climategate to challenge the mainstream on global warming as exemplified by the IPCC? The window that the Climategate emails has provided on the characters, ethics, state of mind, competence and behaviour of top climate scientists should be… Read more »


Flagship UK carbon capture project ‘close to collapse’ Scottish Power expected to pull out of government-promoted scheme to build a £1bn prototype CCS plant at Longannet A £1bn flagship government project for fighting climate change – the construction of a prototype carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at Longannet in Scotland – is on the verge of collapse, it emerged on Thursday. Talks between the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) and Scottish Power have run into deep trouble and the electricity supplier is expected to pull the plug on the government-promoted scheme, which hoped to bury carbon emissions from the coal power station in the North Sea. The potential demise of the scheme comes amid growing fears among renewable power enthusiasts that David Cameron and George Osborne want to scale back the “green” agenda on the grounds that low-carbon energy schemes such as CCS and offshore wind cost too much at a time of austerity. Osborne told the Conservative party conference in Manchester that if he had his way the UK would cut “carbon emissions no slower but also no faster than our fellow countries in Europe”. Scottish Power, and its… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

Austerity has its benefits – the largesse gets trimmed.

I see the BBC is to cut 20% of its £3.5 bn budget. Still leaves £2.8 bn from which to allocate to climate change propaganda.

I wonder though, that the inability to facilitate CCS poses an even greater threat to coal power and UK energy security?


I don’t think CCS was ever a viable proposition. It was just designed to make coal ridiculously expensive.

I think NZ is still putting money into CCS research but nothing like the scale of the UK project.


Rural idyll threatened by ‘monstrous’ plan for wind farms

From his farmhouse in mid Wales Jonathan Wilkinson looks out across a glorious stretch of the Vyrnwy valley, rolling hills and acres of woodland rich in wildlife.

But it is a view that could soon be lost forever

The valley and the hills are under threat from huge wind turbines and electricity pylons that will stretch for miles in both directions in the biggest concentration of onshore wind farms in England and Wales.

The proposed scheme will extend across up to 42 miles of unspoilt Welsh and English countryside. It will include 800 turbines up to 600ft tall – some visible from the Snowdonia national park – a network of electricity pylons, and a substation spread over 28 acres.

Areas under threat include the Severne valley in Powys, the Vyrnwy valley in Montgomeryshire and parts of Shropshire.

Mid-Wales will be the worst-hit but many other areas to the north and south face a rash of wind farm development under the Government’s plans to encourage an expansion of renewable energy.

Richard C (NZ)

BRITAIN FACES A MINI ‘ICE AGE’ BRITAIN is set to suffer a mini ice age that could last for decades and bring with it a series of bitterly cold winters. And it could all begin within weeks as experts said last night that the mercury may soon plunge below the record -20C endured last year. Scientists say the anticipated cold blast will be due to the return of a disruptive weather pattern called La Nina. Latest evidence shows La Nina, linked to extreme winter weather in America and with a knock-on effect on Britain, is in force and will gradually strengthen as the year ends. The climate phenomenon, characterised by unusually cold ocean temperatures in the Pacific, was linked to our icy winter last year – one of the coldest on record. And it coincides with research from the Met Office indicating the nation could be facing a repeat of the “little ice age” that gripped the country 300 years ago, causing decades of harsh winters. The prediction, to be published in Nature magazine, is based on observations of a slight fall in the sun’s emissions of ultraviolet radiation, which may, over a… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

The Sun And The Winter Of 2011 10 October 2011 Dr. David Whitehouse I’ve said it before. If you are not confused about the Sun’s role in global and regional climate variations, you haven’t been paying attention. The latest manifestation of the Sun-climate debate takes place in the pages of Nature Geoscience (paywall), here and here. The UK Met Office also issued a press release on the subject a few days ago. The conclusion is that the Sun’s low activity, in particular its low ultraviolet (UV) output, is influencing the stratosphere in such a way as to produce unusually cold winters in parts of Europe, including the UK. […] The problem with this “confirmation” was demonstrated rather dramatically the very next year. In October 2009 the Met Office predicted a mild winter because of El Nino. Temperatures in December would be above average, they said. In reality December temperatures were a whopping 1.1 degrees below the recent average. The Sun’s Influence This Coming Winter There are other problems with the Met Office’s latest research. Firstly, it refers to 2008-2010 when the Sun’s activity was low, and the UK experienced three severe winters in… Read more »


A quarter of all UK families could be in fuel poverty by 2015

Richard C (NZ)

UK Fuel Poverty Solved!

by Roger Pielke, Jr

Last week I noted the projected increase in “fuel poverty” in the United Kingdom and speculated that such a trend might have political consequences. The UK coalition government and their creative policy analysts have come up with a solution for this difficult situation — they are proposing to redefine “fuel poverty” in a manner that shows it to be decreasing, not increasing (see figure above from the FT).

Voila, problem solved!

Richard C (NZ)

Britain scrambles to avoid future blackouts

If the promise of wind was real, the UK wouldn’t need to spend £5 billion on new undersea cables linking it to more reliable power from European nations like nuclear-powered France:

The Government plans to spend more than £5billion laying 11 undersea power cables to allow Britain to import electricity from neighbouring countries and prevent blackouts in the next decade. The giant cables would provide up to 10GW of electricity, enough to power 2.4 million homes a year. Ministers are said to be alarmed at Britain’s likely energy shortfall, made worse by the fact the country has less capacity to import power than any other in Europe.

With Germany already importing from France (and others) and Britain planning to, France sure seems to be on to something (that’s if they have a surplus to supply what’s needed if it really gets cold).

Richard C (NZ)

Britain’s solar energy boom is built on unsustainable foundations By Greg Barker, UK minister for energy and climate change The government is proposing measures to reform the feed-in tariff scheme and ensure the industry has a long-term future […] It’s easy to see why solar is so attractive: it’s simple, accessible, reliable and fits discreetly into homes and communities. It’s a vital component of our decentralised local energy revolution. But however convinced we may be of the long-term potential of solar, we have to face up to the economic reality that every other sector of the economy is challenged by. The green economy does not exist in a bubble. The huge subsidised returns for people investing in solar photovoltaic panels – funded from everybody’s energy bills – have now broken double figures and cannot continue. The good news is that the costs of the technology have plunged – by at least 30% – since the scheme started in April 2010. A home installation can now cost around £9,000 or less. A similar installation would have set you back an extra £4,000 less than two years ago. With installed capacity nearly three times that… Read more »

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Solar subsidies to be cut by more than half

Government documents prematurely published online reveal feed-in tariff cut will double the payback period for householders

Solar subsidies will be dramatically cut by more than half, according to government documents that were prematurely published online and quickly taken down.

The cut will almost double the payback period for householders, the document revealed, meaning someone installing £10-12,000 solar panels will only be in credit after 18 years rather than the current 10. The rate will be reduced from 43.3p per kilowatt hour of solar electricity to just 21p, the document revealed, cutting returns from around 7% to 4%.



Here are two video’s from a meeting headed by Prof. Em. Philip Stott which totally tears down the IPCC, the UK policies on CO2 Emissions and the renewable energy policies and totally ridicules the fiction of peak oil (great job performed by Matt Ridley)

Each speaker covers a specialized subject and has 15 minutes to make his or hers case and what a splendid job each of them performed.


Part 1:

Part 2:


great stuff, a must see. thanks for the tip Andy.

Richard C (NZ)

Seen at WUWT:-

Spen commented on Kyoto – in the past for Canada.

It has just been announced that the last UK aluminium smelter is to close because of unstainable energy cost increases. These include costs arising from the UK Climate Change Act (the most expensive piece of UK legislation ever passed), subsidies to renewable energy producers and EU and UK carbon taxes.
Net results – loss of jobs, increase in trade imbalance as all aluminium will now be imported, loss of tax receipts. Although the UK carbon footprint will be reduced, the carbon dioxide will simply be produced elsewhere..
Well done Canada for avoiding this economic madness.
PS Can you give the UK a special deal on aluminium.

Richard C (NZ)

One person dying every five minutes in Britain due to cold weather

Britain reels from a winter death rate twice as high as some of the world’s coldest countries, according to the Department of Health’s Chief Medical Officer.

Professor Dame Sally Davies said the average increase in winter deaths in England and Wales is 1,560 per week compared to non-winter months, with a “substantial” increase on top of that total expected due to extreme cold this week.


“Nearly £1.5 billion has been spent tackling man-made climate change by Government department responsible for fighting poverty abroad”
“… funding available for projects now 45 times higher than four years ago. The department now also employs 66 specialist climate and environmental advisers. ”
“… encouraging Indian farmers to use manual foot pumps to draw water from underground for their fields rather than using diesel powered pumps … ”
etc etc


Maurizio Morabito has obtained the details of the BBC climate 28. It had been published by the International Broadcasting Trust.

Greenpeace, Tearfund, Television for the Environment (one of the companies involved in the BBC free programming scandal), Stop Climate Chaos, Npower Renewables, E3G, and dear old Mike Hulme from UEA. Just the group you’d want guiding climate change coverage

All this on the back of the latest BBC scandals.


Richard C (NZ)

Any comment will be an understatement but here goes – now we see why the BBC sent six lawyers to keep this list from public view (Ha!). The “best scientific experts” is “2500 scientists” stuff. From JN (lots of links):-

In mid 2007 Tony Newbery of Harmless Sky started asking who was at the seminar, but the BBC wouldn’t give up the names. In fact the BBC thought the names were so significant that when Newbery sent them an FOI, they not only refused to hand over the list, but they used six lawyers against him (see The Secret 28 Who Made BBC ‘Green’ Will Not Be Named). The BBC, improbably, argued they weren’t “public” and even more improbably, they won the case. Who knew? The BBC could be considered a “private organisation”. Where are the shareholders?

When read in conjunction with Climategate 2.0, this list removes even the pretense of the impartiality (there’s that word again) required by their Charter – huge as you say Andy.

Richard C (NZ)

Full “best scientific experts” quote for the record (H/t The Register):-

“The BBC has held a high-level seminar with some of the best scientific experts and has come to the view that the weight of evidence no longer justifies equal space being given to the opponents of the consensus [on anthropogenic climate change]”

– Filmmaker John Bridcut


More on 28 gate:

Melanie Phillips

And Richard North has more to add. This kind of stuff is right up his alley as he unearthed the Amazongate scandal

Mike Jowsey

Bloody good links Andy, thanks. The update at the bottom of Melanie’s excellent piece is a response from the BBC. It is the only one I have seen so far. Typical corporatees proclaiming the virtuous impartiality of the Beeb and a “Nothing to see here folks…. move along” approach.


more from Dellers

How many of you reading this were abused by Jimmy Savile? Few if any, I would hazard. And while I don’t wish to play down the misery wrought over four or more decades by that loathsome perve, the BBC scandal I’m about to describe has resulted in damage, pain and destruction far more widespread than anything Savile managed.

It may have affected you, for example, if: you’ve had your view ruined and your property value trashed by a wind farm; you’re one of the 2,700 people killed in Britain last year by fuel poverty; you can’t get a job; you’ve lost your job; you’re skint; your kids can’t sleep because they’re so worried about the pets that are going to be drowned by the carbon monster; you’ve ever wondered why occasionally — even once would be nice — the BBC doesn’t make a programme about ‘climate change’ which isn’t relentlessly alarmist.


UK Climate Madness: Two billion pounds just pissed up the wall:

Britain yesterday pledged almost £2 billion in “climate aid” to help finance foreign projects including wind turbines in Africa and greener cattle farming in Colombia.

Each household will contribute £70 to schemes to tackle climate change in developing countries before March 2015, under plans championed by Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary.

Conservative MPs were furious last night at the scale of the bill, which was unveiled as George Osborne prepares to announce a series of tax rises and spending cuts in today’s Autumn Statement.

Lord Lawson of Blaby, a former Chancellor, also criticised the “appalling waste of money” at a time when household budgets are already squeezed.

Senior Conservatives were also dismayed at the timing of the announcement, but Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, hailed the cash as “fantastic news”.

The question, is, of course, who are they going to have to borrow this 2 billion from?


another excellent article by Christopher Booker. Let’s hope there is a swift return to sanity.

“[…] 2012 has been the year when long-dominant belief systems and fondly held illusions have been conspicuously falling apart, portending a time of agonising reappraisal when familiar certainties give way to greater realism and painful rethinking. […]”…-were-slowly-waking-up-to-reality.html


Now Britain is bracing itself for more cold weather with temps of -15 forecast

Richard C (NZ)

Boris Johnson:- “When the solar acne diminishes, it seems that the Earth gets colder. No one contests that when the planet palpably cooled from 1645 to 1715 — the Maunder minimum, which saw the freezing of the Thames — there was a diminution of solar activity. The same point is made about the so-called Dalton minimum, from 1790 to 1830. And it is the view of Piers Corbyn that we are now seeing exactly the same phenomenon today. Lower solar activity means – broadly speaking – that there is less agitation of the warm currents of air from the tropical to the temperate zones, so that a place like Britain can expect to be colder and damper in summer, and colder and snowier in winter. “There is every indication that we are at the beginning of a mini ice age,” he says. “The general decline in solar activity is lower than Nasa’s lowest prediction of five years ago. That could be very bad news for our climate. We are in for a prolonged cold period. Indeed, we could have 30 years of general cooling.” Now I am not for a second saying that… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

For the record, the SkS response including the continued (and highly uncertain) use of PMOD, complete ignorance of accumulation theory (think Rawls, Stockwell), and solar-ocean-atmosphere thermal lag:-

Note the opposing posited reasons for NH (and UK in Particular) winter cold:-

Corbyn (via Boris),

“Lower solar activity means – broadly speaking – that there is less agitation of the warm currents of air from the tropical to the temperate zones, so that a place like Britain can expect to be colder and damper in summer, and colder and snowier in winter”

NOAA/Francis and Vavrus (2012) (via SkS),

“…some research has suggested that changing atmospheric patterns due to the human-caused decline in Arctic sea ice could be responsible”

Take your pick.


“…some research has suggested that changing atmospheric patterns due to the human-caused decline in Arctic sea ice could be responsible”

is the same statement as

“…some research has suggested that changing atmospheric patterns due to the decline in Arctic sea ice could be responsible”

The attribution in the Arctic sea ice loss is irrelevant to the scientific discussion. Unless, of course, you are an activist.

Richard C (NZ)

Climate Change Plan For Yorkshire & Humber By Paul Homewood In 2008, the UK government asked every region to set up their own Climate Change Plans. The one for Yorkshire was funded by a series of quangos, themselves publically funded such as Yorkshire Forward, and the Regional Assembly. It seems that Friends of The Earth also got themselves involved. The purpose of the plan was to “set a strategic direction for managing and combating climate change in the Yorkshire and Humber region”. […] But let’s take a look at what climate changes they were predicting for the region, and compare that with what has actually happened since. Annual Temperatures CLAIM – Increase of 1.8C – 1.9C FACT – Annual average between 2008-2012 was 0.58C lower than 2003-2007, and only 0.11C higher than the 1981-2010 baseline. Summer Temperatures CLAIM – Increase of 2.1C – 2.5C FACT – Summer temperatures between 2008-2012 averaged 0.67C lower than 2003-2007, and 0.02C lower than 1981-2010. Extreme Hot Temperatures CLAIM – Extreme hot temperatures up 2.8C to 3.2C FACT – Absolutely no upward trend in either the number of hot days, or their severity. There have been no days… Read more »


Interesting thread at Bishop Hill on the Oxford Union debate with Myles Allen, Richard Lindzen Mark Lynas and David Rose

Many well known scientists in the comments


Bookers Mail column describes the Eco madness of switching Drax from coal to wood chip burning, requiring 4600 square miles of forest to be felled in the USA and shipped to the UK.

Also, friends of the earth are against this policy, even though it fits withing the sustainable energy directives of the eu.–wont-help-planet-jot.html

Richard C (NZ)

Didn’t see your reference to Booker’s article Andy. I just did same below.

Greenpeace think it’s a REALLY good idea for Fonterra.

Richard C (NZ)

SATURDAY ESSAY: Eco madness and how our future is going up in smoke as we pay billions to switch from burning coal to wood chips at Britain’s biggest power station By Christopher Booker Read more:–wont-help-planet-jot.html#ixzz2N57PdTis “As from next month, Drax will embark on a £700 million switch away from burning coal for which it was designed, in order to convert its six colossal boilers to burn millions of tons a year of wood chips instead. Most of these chips will come from trees felled in forests covering a staggering 4,600 square miles in the USA, from where they will be shipped 3,000 miles across the Atlantic to Britain.” + + + “This month sees the closure of several of our remaining major coal-fired power stations. Plants such as Kingsnorth in Kent, Didcot A in Oxfordshire and Cockenzie in Scotland (capable of generating nearly 6,000 megawatts a year — a seventh of our average needs) will stop production as a result of an EU anti-pollution directive. This means that, to keep Britain’s lights lit, we’ll soon be more dependent than ever on expensive gas-fired power stations.” + + + “The fact that Drax,… Read more »


Former energy secretary Chris Huhne and his wife both jailed for 8 months

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The ice fields of GUERNSEY! Record-breaking cold spell sees 8ft-high snowdrifts on usually mild holiday island

Temperatures dropped to -8.7C in some parts of Britain

These incredible pictures show that even the warmest corner of the UK has fallen victim to this week’s unseasonably cold weather.

Read more:

Danielle Stonebridge, 21, took these pictures of her father Dave, 61, waist deep in the snow.

Miss Stonebridge said: ‘I have never seen snow like this before, my dad can remember something like this when he was around 10 years old, but there is just so much of it.


Booker on Margaret Thatchers conversion to climate scepticism:

Richard C (NZ)

John Ashton Speech to the Met Office, April 11, 2013

“Moreover, the consequences of climate change could still be catastrophic if the climate sensitivity were zero, as the global mean smoothes out local departure.”

Richard C (NZ)

Climate change: united in lunacy

Richard North, 19/04/2013

Peter Lilley took on the climate change committee, the government and the whole intellectual establishment in this country in a Westminster Hall debate yesterday, complaining that they were living “in a dream world on energy and climate change issues”.

The debate was about last July’s report from the Energy and Climate Change Committee on “The Road to UNFCCC COP 18 and beyond”, available also on Parliament TV.

“COP” in the jargon beloved of the Warmists, stands for Conference of the Parties, the periodic jamborees at which decisions are supposedly taken to save the planet from the dreaded scourge of global warming. To these Lilley was referring and, of course – unlike Dellers – was speaking to the deaf during this debate.

Nevertheless, making the most of his opportunity, Lilley opened his contribution by remaking that those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. One of the early signs of madness, he then said, “is an indulgence in compulsive displacement activity, which could not be a better description of the whole COP process”.


Richard C (NZ)

The low carbon fairy story

Bishop Hill, Apr 20, 2013

It seems there were actually two debates on climate at Westminster last week. In second, on the subject of Low Carbon Cooperation with China, Lilley was again on fine form:

Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden) (Con): Criminologists have observed that the victims of confidence tricksters are often willing—indeed, eager—to believe the story to which they fall victim. The more absurd, fantastic or fabulous the story, the more willing they are to believe it.

This Select Committee report – Low Carbon Cooperation with China – and the government’s reply prove that Ministers and Members will willingly believe any delusion as long as it is sufficiently fabulous. It contains all the characteristics necessary for the sort of fairy tale in which one wants to believe: it has a faraway country, mysterious powers that we attribute to ourselves, and pots of gold—green gold—at the end of the rainbow.



Not strictly a climate topic, except that UKIP are the evil denier party of the UK

Just scroll down the live coverage and look for UKIP

South Shields by election results

Emma Lewell-Buck (Lab) 12,493 (50.51%, -1.51%)
Richard Elvin (UKIP) 5,988 (24.21%)
Karen Allen (C) 2,857 (11.55%, -10.04%)
Ahmed Khan (Ind) 1,331 (5.38%)
Phil Brown (Ind Soc) 750 (3.03%)
Lady Dorothy MacBeth Brookes (BNP) 711 (2.87%, -3.65%)
Hugh Annand (Lib Dem) 352 (1.42%, -12.79%)
Howling Laud Hope (Loony) 197 (0.80%)
Thomas Darwood (Ind) 57 (0.23%)

So the Lib Dems got 352 votes, half that of BNP and only a hundred or so more than the monster raving loonies


I had to laugh at this screenshot of the ballot paper for the election of Prince Andrew to the Royal Society

Richard C (NZ)

Secret UN ‘ZOD’ climate deliberations: UK battles to suppress details Lone engineer battles climate science Omertà By Andrew Orlowski […] The case for transparency The IPCC is the United Nations organisation’s process for providing climate advice to policy makers. Every few years it updates this advice, which takes the form of three gigantic reports: one assessing the physical basis (called Working Group 1, or WG1); another considering the impacts (WG2); and the third the mitigation options (WG3). None of the groups does any original science. They’re supposed to write fair summaries of the state of the science – although you’ll notice that WG3 already plays with loaded dice: it is about “mitigation”, not “adaptation” nor “economic costs” or even “low carbon technological innovation”. Each of these groups writes three drafts in a rolling process before they’re signed off as official UN policy. What Holland is seeking the “zero order draft” – aka Draft No. 1 – of Working Group 1. He couldn’t care less what’s in it, but wants to establish the principle that citizens can see it. As it happens, much of this material is already all over the web. But as… Read more »


Prince Charles has yet another dig at us corporate sponsored Evil Deniers


An anti wimd farm article in The Guardian no less

The Eco fascists are out in force in the comments


The true cost of wind energy in the UK

Works out at an effective £100,000 subsidy on each job.

Richard C (NZ)

Nasty but it gets worse in the US:

“….for the over $26 billion spent since 2009, DOE Section 1703 and 1705 loan guarantees have created only 2,298 permanent jobs for a cost of over $11.45 million per job”

“Energy-related tax preferences cost taxpayers about $13.5 billion in FY 2012, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation. But solar and wind power, for which the majority of the tax preferences for renewable energy were directed, produced only 3.6 percent of the nation’s generation in 2012. In addition, the Treasury Department’s 1603 grant program, which offers cash payments to renewable energy companies, cost taxpayers $5.8 billion in 2012”


“Why do I call them bat-chomping, bird-slicing eco crucifixes….? ”

Nice picture of decapitated gull

Richard C (NZ)

‘When it comes to climate change, we have to trust our scientists, because they know lots of big scary words’ By Sean Thomas [Image: Huddersfield, 2017 Whither the weather? As you may have heard, a conference of national forecasters assembled this week in Exeter: to discuss the future of the British climate, following the spate of harsher than expected winters, and unusually wet summers, since 2007. Already, commentators are asking if global warming is to blame. In particular, some are wondering if the direction of the Jet Stream is being altered by Arctic ice melt. Others are speculating that natural variations, such as the “Atlantic multi-decadal oscillation”, might be responsible for recent evolutions. However, most of this reportage has been second-hand. Unprecedentedly, I had direct access to the meteorologists concerned, as I was in Exeter in spirit form, and I managed to speak to the principal actors. First, I asked Stephen Belcher, the head of the Met Office Hadley Centre, whether the recent extended winter was related to global warming. Shaking his famous “ghost stick”, and fingering his trademark necklace of sharks’ teeth and mammoth bones, the loin-clothed Belcher blew smoke into… Read more »


Brilliant, I saw that on Bishop Hill and it is still making me laugh.
We have big coldy coldy here in central South Island with 1.5 metres of snow on the ski fields and plenty in town to cross country ski on.

Meanwhile, Ed Davey in the UK claims that

“Climate change deniers are ‘crackpots”

Clearly we are off our heads, big coldy coldy

but i did get a good practice for the “low carbon economy” yesterday, when we lost power for 8 hours, generator powered the computer and I wore my mega goose down jacket to keep warm.

Richard C (NZ)

>”…we lost power for 8 hours, generator powered the computer and I wore my mega goose down jacket to keep warm” I wondered when I saw the news clips of the Coldy Coldy around Fairlie and report of power outage. Sitting in one place for extended periods is not conducive to body warmth I find. Brilliantly fine but windy day in the BOP today but I’m glad I haven’t been on nightshift in the packhouse lately (I go back next month). The guys outside the actual enclosed space but under a canopy (forkies mainly) are in wind tunnels and they have to wear layers of thermals and wind protection which makes little things like going to the loo a bit of a chore. One biker guy just leaves his leathers on. The forkies that go into the coolstores (about 2 – 5 C) have special issue gear that makes them all look like big green Michelin Men. There’s people there at the moment standing in one place repacking cold fruit from out of the coolstores. I don’t involve myself in that needless to say. I tried it once a few years ago for… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

‘Have weather patterns really been unusual?’ Paul Hudson There’s been much in the press in recent days following the widely publicised ‘Unusual weather’ conference held at the Met Office. The Independent headline was similar to others in the media, advising readers to ‘Stand by for another decade of wet summers’, continuing that the UK was in the midst of a ‘rare’ weather cycle. This cycle, scientists announced, was the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO). But as it turns out, there’s nothing rare or unusual about it at all. The AMO was first identified by researchers nearly 20 years ago, incidentally when I had just begun my career as a forecaster at the Met Office, and describes a natural, cyclical warming and cooling of the North Atlantic Ocean over time. This cycle is known to affect temperatures and rainfall, and alter North American and European summer climate. In the UK, it leads to an increased risk of summers that are wetter than average. It’s also linked with changes in the frequency of Atlantic Hurricanes, and of North American droughts. The 1930’s and 1950’s in North America are dominated by heat records and correlate almost perfectly… Read more »


“Energy, the Backup Bonaza”

The UK is pushing ahead with its plan to roll out thousands more wind turbines, and to provide the backup for when the wind is not blowing, will use diesel generators

Unbelievably insane energy policy


In other news.

Chrissie Hynde’s daughter arrested after supergluing herself to her boyfriend during protests against fracking

Richard C (NZ)

‘Rare solar cycle has cold implications for UK climate’

Paul Hudson

“But despite some temporary warmer interludes, historical weather records give a good indication of the type of weather the UK could experience should current solar activity continue to mirror that which was observed during the Dalton minimum over 200 years ago.”

“And it’s sobering to remember that the Dalton solar minimum lasted for 25 years.”


The View from 22 – Ed Miliband’s last laugh, the IPCC’s latest climate change report, and Lib Dem party conference

Meanwhile, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will be publishing their latest report next week, which appears to show that there has been no statistically significant rise over the past 16 years. Benny Peiser, of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, and journalist Sunny Hundal, joined Fraser Nelson to talk about what this means for green activists and for climate change sceptics. Could it be that the 3% who don’t believe in global warming are, in fact, right?


The hadCET temperature record showing a rapid cooling for the UK over the last decade or so

Richard C (NZ)

Global warming in the UK:

‘HEAVY SNOW WARNING: Shock long range UK weather forecast for winter 2013’

BRITAIN faces months of freezing winds and heavy snow as long-range forecasters predict a “horror winter” ahead.

By: Nathan Rao

James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said Britain is braced for “copious” snowfall this winter with extreme cold expected to last into the spring.

He added that Britain faces “an incomparable scenario to anything we have experienced in modern times”.

Mike Jowsey

Yikes! I can just hear the caterwauling from the alarmists now….


A giant wind turbine near Peterborough has been switched off after its frozen blades threw shards of ice crashing into nearby homes.

Mike Jowsey
Eat or Heat: Britons angry at energy prices amid soaring ‘winter deaths’.
.Where’s that warming they promised us?

Richard C (NZ)

‘The fatcat ecocrats exposed: Web of ‘green’ politicians, tycoons and power brokers who help each other benefit from billions raised on your bills’

* Four of nine-person Climate Change Committee, official watchdog that dictates green energy policy, are, or were until recently, being paid by firms that benefit from committee decisions

By David Rose

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Richard beat me to it.

The parasite classes trouser our money and laugh at us, while their useful idiots shake their pom poms for “the cause”

Richard C (NZ)

‘BBC’s six-year cover-up of secret ‘green propaganda’ training for top executives’

* Pensioner forces BBC to lift veil on 2006 eco-seminar to top executives
* Papers reveal influence of top green campaigners including Greenpeace
* Then-head of news Helen Boaden said it impacted a ‘broad range of output’
* Yet BBC has spent more than £20,000 in legal fees trying to keep it secret

By David Rose

PUBLISHED: 23:52 GMT, 11 January 2014 | UPDATED: 23:52 GMT, 11 January 2014

“The controversial seminar was run by a body set up by the BBC’s own environment analyst Roger Harrabin and funded via a £67,000 grant from the then Labour government, which hoped to see its ‘line’ on climate change and other Third World issues promoted in BBC reporting.”

Read more:

Richard C (NZ)

‘UK freezes carbon tax plan for electricity sector’ – SMH U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne froze a tax on carbon emissions from electricity generation starting in April 2016 as part of a 7 billion-pound (A$12.8 billion) plan to cut consumer energy bills. The package is aimed at boosting “British manufacturers, with benefits for families and other businesses too,” Osborne said in a speech in Parliament in London today as he delivered his annual budget. “We need to cut our energy costs.” Prime Minister David Cameron’s administration has come under pressure to rein in rising energy costs. Ed Miliband, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, vowed in November to freeze energy prices if he wins the next election in mid-2015, prompting the government in December to announce measures cutting green levies by 50 pounds per household a year. The chancellor’s announcement may boost the biggest carbon polluters, such as Drax Group Plc, which mainly burns coal in its power plant in northern England. It may weigh on utilities with a bigger proportion of renewables and nuclear power in their mix, such as Infinis Energy Plc, SSE Plc and Centrica Plc. Read… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

A UK politician who has identified the inconvenient truth: ‘Government Policy on Climate Change Ignores Facts That Even the IPCC Recognise’ Written by Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart London on 15 June 2015. David T.C. Davies, the Member of Parliament for Monmouth, has told the House of Commons that government policies on climate change, which have massively increased the cost of energy for homeowners and businesses, are based on the assumption that all the global warming that has taken place in the last two centuries is down to humans – an assumption that not even the IPCC makes. (Video after the jump) Addressing the Deputy Speaker and his colleagues, Mr Davies said: “No one has ever denied that carbon dioxide is a global warming gas. No one has ever denied that there is more CO2 in the atmosphere since we started industrializing. Not many people are bothering to deny the fact that there has been an increase in temperature of about 0.8°C over the past 250 years, and although it is a bit more questionable than some would have it, there is no need to question it at the moment. It follows that CO2… Read more »

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘We’ll All Be Dead Before Climate Change Orgs Admit They’re Wrong’ Says MP by Oliver Lane16 Jun 2015124 Member of Parliament David Davies has warned of the stubborn nature of organisations like Britain’s Royal Society – the oldest grouping of eminent scientists in the world – who have admitted that they will not accept any other thinking on global warming for at least “fifty years”, even if the data shows otherwise. Attending a speech on climate change in the House of Lords, the Welsh Tory MP spoke about on his surreal experience meeting two men from the Royal Society whom he said had been sent to persuade him and fellow climate realists Peter Lilley MP and John Redwood MP to embrace the idea of man-made climate change. He said that representatives from the Society – often lauded as the most eminent grouping of scientists, founded in the 1600s – told him that they would not change their mind for at least fifty years, regardless of the evidence. After the meeting, which was chaired by Margaret Thatcher’s former Chancellor Lord Lawson, and also attended by former environment Secretary Owen Paterson MP, Davies Spoke… Read more »