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Robin - I am on 'makeweathhistory' (as fjpickett) but you seem to be giving Jeremy quite enough to think about as it is! I wonder how many windmills will get built when the subsidies have gone? There's a planning application for a large offshore installation in Navitus Bay (off the Needles) which is teetering a bit, I'm glad to say..


Jun 20, 2012 at 3:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames P

The Bish's twitter timeline points to an Adam Smith Institute article on the raving-mad Happy Planet Index (data: )

A quick analysis of the values indicates good eco footprint anticorrelates 71% with life expectancy and self-assessed well-being (61%).

In other words, "the Greens wish you a sad and early death". Literally!!

Jun 20, 2012 at 11:22 AM | Registered Commenteromnologos


The Charity Commission's policy on the eligibility of self-proclaimed terrorist organisations for charitable funding is given here:

Tell the Charity Commission if there’s a risk of harm to a charity or its assets or the people it is set up to benefit. Serious issues include:

threats to national security, eg terrorism

criminal activity within or involving the charity

sham charities set up for illegal or improper purposes

when a charity is not following charity law and this has serious
consequences, damaging charity reputation or the Charity
Commission’s reputation

Bang to rights, apparently.

Jun 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM | Registered Commenterflaxdoctor

Changes in the IPCC

The IPCC decided for the first time to impose strict geographical quotas on the scientists who author its major assessment reports. There will also be a push to increase the representation of women among its authors.

After the scandals, some called for grey literature to be banished from IPCC assessments. Instead, the meeting embraced it, and set criteria for its use. From now on, for instance, any grey literature used in an IPCC report will have to be put online so that reviewers can assess its quality.

Jun 20, 2012 at 8:35 AM | Registered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

If our government has signed up for the UN Biodiversity Framework. the Sustainability Framework and the Climate Change Framework on top of the EU treaties then it has signed away everything we own.
The biodiversity framework for the USA would have meant that about 50% of the land would be permantly off limits for human beings and a further 15% - 20% would be off limits to all but a few humans.
The UN says all humans have a right to health and productive employment, nothing about property, happiness, wealth etc.
It makes 1984 look like a holiday camp.

Jun 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterDung

It seems that the wind's changing...

Subsidies to the turbines to be cut by 25%

Jun 19, 2012 at 10:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterCumbrian Lad

@ RL, 1730 12 Jun. A Georgian bandit tried it too. Currently, there's a lot of people think he had the right idea, but didn't try hard enough.

Jun 19, 2012 at 8:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterGrumpy Old Man

Anyone interested in joining me in this discussion about the problems of intermittent renewable energy (especially wind)?

Jun 19, 2012 at 5:49 PM | Registered CommenterRobin Guenier

"Principle 8: To achieve sustainable development and a higher quality of life for all
people, States should reduce and eliminate unsustainable patterns of production
and consumption and promote appropriate demographic policies."

An Austrian Corpral once tried that, and caused all sorts of trouble....

Jun 19, 2012 at 5:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoger Longstaff

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