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What's the Met Office for?
Denying the Science

Says it all, really.

Apr 21, 2014 at 8:45 AM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

Well that's it! Scratch me off the list of sceptics. There's no alternative but to join the consensus. This is serious!

Best to knock back as many as I can before the inevitable occurs.

Apr 21, 2014 at 4:58 AM | Registered CommenterGrantB

We hear a lot about wind turbine operators being paid for switching off but isn't that just the tip of an iceberg.
Presumably, non-renewable sources would be compensated for reducing output when demand is low and the wind is blowing.
From what little I understand,in Germany operators get paid at 90% of their nominal capacity when switch off is requested which when considering typical operating efficiency of 20%, or so, means that they get 3-4 Times the amount they do when actually working!
As for STOR, or whatever it's called, the backup to the grid that comprises a multiplicity of diesel generators either in planned standby or as existing industrial or commercial use, then how much does that all cost?
If part of the grid goes down as it did in the North of Scotland recently then are affected renewables compensated?
Yes, too many questions for unthreaded but maybe a suitable topic for a Discussion thread started by someone who has good working knowledge of the renewable/baseload generation (Philip Bratby?)
It may prove illuminating to give numbers to the real costs to the UK economy of Government Energy Strategies as of now and in the past.
It may even provide references for interested journalists (David Rose?) who may be in a position to lay the facts before a wider audience:)

Apr 21, 2014 at 12:08 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoyFOMR

GrantB: "the word "quantum" appears frequently in the generated text. Perhaps Alan Sokal was involved in the hermeneutics of the project."
He was, and was not.

Simon: Excellent, and illuminating, joke! Thank you for the Pâques-ish humour.

Apr 20, 2014 at 5:23 PM | Registered CommenterHaroldW

Such fun playing with the generator. I can hardly wait for the iplayer version.

Apr 20, 2014 at 4:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlan Reed

The link didn't make it:

Apr 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterSimon

A historian's view of Peer Review

Happy Easter all, and Thanks! to the Bishop!

Apr 20, 2014 at 3:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterSimon

HaroldW - the word "quantum" appears frequently in the generated text. Perhaps Alan Sokal was involved in the hermeneutics of the project.

Apr 20, 2014 at 1:19 PM | Registered CommenterGrantB

Make yourselves ready!

Fracking to deliver tens of billions to UK supply chain

" Firms must start equipping themselves to ensure they capitalise on the potential for tens of thousands of jobs the industry could create, according to a major report "

Apr 20, 2014 at 9:46 AM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

Whoots I have done it again Sorry Paul Paul Homewood's Blog.

Apr 20, 2014 at 9:18 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoss Lea

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