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I know one wind farm that isn't taking advantage of the strong winds we're having in the south-west. It'll be out of action for at least 5 weeks, due to a faulty electrconic component. Brand new it is too! No spare part - what idiots.

Jun 8, 2012 at 6:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

"In a report today, Policy Exchange argued that the government should scrap 4GW of its planned 13GW target for offshore wind generation by 2020:"

Jun 8, 2012 at 4:42 PM | Unregistered Commenternot banned yet

Does this explain why diesel costs more per litre than petrol in the UK, whereas in France it costs less per litre?

Jun 8, 2012 at 3:34 PM | Martin A

Not researched it enough but it has something to do with the refining capacity and Govt policy changes, many years ago Diesel was promoted as being green as it had better mpg so it was made cheaper, then they decided it wasn't due to soot so they returned it to the same rate as petrol. Trouble was there were a lot of diesel cars around and with the better mpg they are still the biggest sellers but refining capacity cant keep up due to the low sulphur requirement so market forces mean its now always higher priced.

Jun 8, 2012 at 4:40 PM | Registered CommenterBreath of Fresh Air

Law of unintended consequences strikes again.

Jun 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM Breath of Fresh Air


Does this explain why diesel costs more per litre than petrol in the UK, whereas in France it costs less per litre?

Jun 8, 2012 at 3:34 PM | Registered CommenterMartin A

This interview with Judith Curry took place three months ago - so apologies to those who've already seen it. But I found it sensible and balanced. Two extracts:

The key scientific issue is determining how much of the climate change is associated with humans. This is not a simple thing to determine. The most recent IPCC assessment report states: “Most [50%] of the warming in the latter half of the 20th century is very likely [>90%] due to the observed increase in greenhouse gas concentrations.” There is certainly some contribution from the greenhouse gases, but whether it is currently a dominant factor or will be a dominant factor in the next century, is a topic under active debate, and I don’t think the high confidence level [>90%] is warranted given the uncertainties.

As I stated in my testimony last year: “Based upon the background knowledge that we have, the threat does not seem to be an existential one on the time scale of the 21st century, even in its most alarming incarnation.”

The IPCC might have outlived its usefulness. Lets see what the next assessment report comes up with. But we are getting diminishing returns from these assessments, and they take up an enormous amount of scientists’ time.

And comments by an alarmist troll (Mel Tisdale) put icing on the cake.

Jun 8, 2012 at 3:33 PM | Registered CommenterRobin Guenier

James Evans

V.good. Snufkin's self-aggrandised follow-up was rubbish, too!

Jun 8, 2012 at 2:19 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

This must be the worst drought we've had for some time...


I am strangely comforted by the MO's forecast of a wet Wimbledon, though. If anything can make the sun shine...

Jun 8, 2012 at 2:11 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

Has anyone looked at the output of the wind turbines since we have had all this jolly wind?

According to GridCarbon (a neat little App on my Android phone) wind is at 1900MW 5% of total and about one sixth of output from coal powered stations.

Sandy Sinclair

Jun 8, 2012 at 1:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

Having just suffered two nights of power cuts, the worst one being from 6pm to 10am this morning, I am mightily relieved to have power restored and it certainly makes you appreciative of it as we are totally reliant on having the damn stuff. I have kept a gas hob to be able to do some cooking, but last night I had a roast scheduled and I'm not sure how to cook a leg of lamb in a saucepan and didn't fancy boiled mutton, so decamped to the nearest pub with power. Fortunately, my iPad was fully charged and I was able to read a book when we came home and decamped into bed (no telly, no computer, no Internet, etc, etc). No shower either until 10am as it is a power shower. No heating - thank goodness it's the summer (with lashing rain and a fierce wind) but I am well prepared for heating next winter with my full log store.

I suppose we had better get used to this as once our power stations get turned off in the next couple of years this will become a regular occurrence. Has anyone looked at the output of the wind turbines since we have had all this jolly wind? No doubt it will be able to compensate for the loss of our power stations?

Jun 8, 2012 at 1:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterBiddyb

Do these idiots in Brussels not know how cold it gets in Eastern Europe in the winter?
Jun 7, 2012 at 9:57 PM | Registered Commenterlapogus
Look, old son, they don't know how cold it gets in Brussels in the winter outside their centrally-heated apartments, offices, and limousines.
Half of them don't know where Eastern Europe is anyway.
I find it ironic (if that's the word) that after all these decades, it might finally be the Poles that come to our rescue.

Jun 8, 2012 at 11:39 AM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

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