New Science: Clouds And Solar Cycles Play Greater Role Than Thought

A new paper published by researchers form the University of Turku in Finland suggests that even though observed changes in the climate are real, the effects of human activity on these changes are insignificant. The team suggests that the idea of man made climate change is a mere miscalculation or skewing the formulas by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Full article here.

via The Global Warming Policy Forum

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Peter Ridd Wins Court Case

This is the best news I have heard in a long time. Well done to Peter and everyone who supported him. I have never contributed towards someone’s legal fund before but this was an easy decision. The university needs to understand very clearly that should it decide to take this to appeal, that we are ready and willing to continue supporting the fight.

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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Dear All,
Excellent news.
My lawyers have told me that the judge handed down his decision and we seem to have won on all counts.
It all happened very quickly and we had no warning , and because I live almost a thousand miles from the court, I was not able to be there. I have still not seen the written judgement and will update you all when I have that information.
Needless to say, I have to thank all 2500 of you, and all the bloggers, and the IPA and my legal team who donated much of their time free for this success. But mostly I want to thank my dearest Cheryl, who quite by chance has been my bestest friend for exactly 40 years today. It just shows what a team effort can achieve.
The next chapter of this saga must now be written by…

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BREXIT | A FAILURE OF THE SOCIAL CONTRACT?

An excellent summary of how we got here with sound advice for Remain Voters to make a positive case for rejoining the EU rather than fighting a democratic decision.

Moraymint Chatter

Social Contract-2Some years ago when travelling I met Frank Dowd IV and his brother Roddey. The Dowd family established the Charlotte Pipe and Foundry company in 1901 in Charlotte, North Carolina; Frank and Roddey are directors of the company today. Both men are interested in, and active politically in the USA. Recently, Frank shared with me an article published by Geopolitical Futures entitled, ‘The Instability of Britain: Brexit is Less Important than the Increasing Fragility of Britain and the British Isles’. The article got me thinking and resulted in me writing this post.

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Power and Influence

‘Power is the capacity to restructure actual situations. Influence is the capacity to modify the perceptions of others. Power and influence in combination determine political capability’

I C MacMillan
Strategy Formulation: Political Concepts
West Publishing Company
1978

The chances are you’re not a Member of Parliament (albeit if you are, I hope you’re reading…

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Misconceptions About Battery Storage

It really is astonishing that politicians are simply unable to understand simple projections like this. And it isn’t just the land requirement of course, there is the obvious environment disaster waiting at the end of life when it comes to disposal as well as the huge risk of fires during operation.

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

There is a very common misconception that battery storage can solve the problems of intermittency arising from renewable energy sources.

For instance, there was this little exchange on the Telegraph article today about wind farms along the HS2 route to power the trains:

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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/01/26/wind-farms-could-built-along-route-hs2-confidential-government/

What the public at large, represented by Mr Truth, don’t seem to understand is just how limited the amount of energy that can be stored really is.

As we know, Elon Musk sold his 100MW battery storage system to South Australia a couple of years ago. 100MW sounds impressive, but as his own specifications made clear the maximum output was only 129 MWh. And for this tiny amount of storage, the Australians paid an estimated A$150m, about £80m.

Hornsdale Battery Storage – South Australia

The only way to increase this capacity is keep building more and more batteries.

To put storage into perspective…

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