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SandyS: as for Mr Levy, he's publishing my comments (good), but not responding (bad).

Mar 29, 2013 at 6:14 PM | Registered CommenterRobin Guenier

@Robin Guenier
Yes that's my conclusion, but it is hard to get the likes of Mr Levy to admit this.

Mar 29, 2013 at 6:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

For those interested in such things, there's a good post over at Jo Nova's site on the technical progress the Chinese are making with coal-fired power plants: increasing generator outputs; rising efficiencies; lower CO2/kWh (not that I view the last as of any significance).

Mar 29, 2013 at 5:53 PM | Registered Commentermikeh

SandyS: well, the answer is to have lots of coal, gas, hydro and nuclear - as they do in Spain. And as we don't.

Mar 29, 2013 at 5:51 PM | Registered CommenterRobin Guenier

Grumpy: I thought for a moment you meant Tony Crosland, who died in 1977. But then I realised it was the wretched timbird84. (Is "entering into a discussion" even possible on Twitter? Not in my experience.)

Mar 29, 2013 at 5:48 PM | Registered CommenterRobin Guenier

@Robin Guenier
"especially solar." shouldn't have been covered by solar at night :-)
Still only 9% for wind compared with the usual ~25%.

Interesting that for a country that includes this rainfall data
Alicante 336 mm
Zaragoza 357mm
San Sebastian 581mm
Toledo 596 mm
Madrid 515mm
Girona 1236mm

Has so much Hydro capability,
Compared with the UK,

Birmingham   681mm
Newquay 1017mm
Aberdeen   866mm
Londonderry 1027mm
Cardiff 1152mm
Sheffield   835mm
Ipswich 614mm (alledgedly low rainfall East Anglia)

Just shows what you can do with land resources to store water and build solar arrays and wind farms.

I still don't think they have the answer to my no wind, no sun, no tide question though.

Sandy

Mar 29, 2013 at 5:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

@Mar 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM | Robin Guenier.

No. It's another silly Greenie who knows everything being confrontational to avoid entering into a discussion that may include facts that dissonate with his prejudices. Such are all over the internet like flies round a dustbin. Ignore, they are beyond help.

Mar 29, 2013 at 5:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterGrumpy Old Man

Brownedoff: yes, the very same Crosland. But he was right about environmentalism.

And your timbird84 reference reminds me why I've stopped using Twitter.

Mar 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM | Registered CommenterRobin Guenier

@Robin Guenier
I agree about the mix, they also seem to have more wind than the windiest country in Europe (aka UK), at least according to recent months generation. I haven't heard about them being down to 36 hours reserves of gas either.

It was the wind that interested me, still does in fact.

Mar 29, 2013 at 4:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

Mar 29, 2013 at 3:52 PM | Robin Guenier

Would that be Charles Anthony Raven Crosland who famously remarked:

"If it's the last thing I do, I'm going to destroy every fcuking grammar school in England. And Wales. And Northern Ireland."

BTW, His Grace has been attacked on Twitter by timbird84, a "sometime writer for NLP", - is this a conspiracy?

Mar 29, 2013 at 4:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterBrownedoff

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