Vegans Fall Out Over Gretaburger

By Paul Homewood h/t Dave Ward People are calling out the “tone deaf” decision of Australian restaurant Lazy Gramps to name one of their burgers the ‚Greta Thunburger‘. The plant-based burger’s description on Uber Eats says it’s “full of hot air, light on facts and high in carbon monoxide”. It also says […]

Vegans Fall Out Over Gretaburger — NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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People are calling out the “tone deaf” decision of Australian restaurant Lazy Gramps to name one of their burgers the ‚Greta Thunburger‘.

The plant-based burger’s description on Uber Eats says it’s “full of hot air, light on facts and high in carbon monoxide”.

It also says “you ruined my meat”, a reference to Greta Thunberg’s 2019 speech to the UN in which she said “you have stolen my childhood with your empty words”.

https://www.indy100.com/article/vegan-greta-thunberg-burger-lazy-gramps-restaurant-9573326?preview=true

I’m sure we could think of other things to name after St Greta!

Climate Statistics 101: see the Slide Show AOC Tried, and Failed, to Censor

This is the slide show and 20-minute talk that Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Chellie Pingree tried to censor at the LibertyCon 2020 conference in Washington, D.C. After Dr. Rossiter gave a climate talk at LibertyCon 2019, they wrote to sponsors of the event, such as Google and Facebook, and asked them not to fund any […]

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This is the slide show and 20-minute talk that Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Chellie Pingree tried to censor at the LibertyCon 2020 conference in Washington, D.C. After Dr. Rossiter gave a climate talk at LibertyCon 2019, they wrote to sponsors of the event, such as Google and Facebook, and asked them not to fund any event with an appearance by “climate deniers” from the CO2 Coalition. See http://co2coalition.org/2019/01/30/representatives-ocasio-cortez-and-pingree-and-climate-change-debate/

LibertyCon indeed lost some sponsorship, but because of its commitment to the free exchange of ideas still invited Dr. Rossiter back to speak in 2020. This is the talk he had prepared, before the coronavirus crisis forced the cancellation of the conference.

As background to this topic, we suggest that you watch the CO2 Coalition’s “CO2-Minute” video, “Carbon Dioxide: Part of a Greener Future,” at https://co2coalition.org/studies-resources/video-and-media/.

Now, on to the talk! (You can also download and distribute the slides themselves in a PowerPoint file at: http://co2coalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/LibertyCon-Rossiter-Presentation-final_6-16-20.pptx)

Slide 1

I’m Caleb Rossiter, executive director of the CO2 Coalition of climate scientists, and a former statistics professor. Welcome to Climate Statistics 101, which shows how to test hypotheses about the impact of emissions of greenhouse gases like CO2.

Statistics uses logic and probability to test for causation, for whether one thing affects another. We take nothing on faith, everything on proof. Only in the law school do they teach ad homimen arguments – attacking or praising the messengers. Scholars just analyze their message.

Slide 2 – Normal Curve

This is life! It’s called the Normal Distribution or Bell Curve. It shows how far away from the average most physical and statistical things are. Things like people’s heights or the number of hurricanes in a decade.

We use the Normal Distribution to test the null hypothesis, the claim that there is no “statistically significant” difference between the average and what we actually observe. Most of the time, 68 percent of the time, observations are close to the average, within one standard deviation – the average distance of the data from the average itself. As you move farther from the average, you get less of whatever it is you are counting. There are a lot more six-foot guys than seven-foot guys.

Slide 2A

This formula, derived from our mathematics and amazingly confirmed in nature, determines the height of the Normal curve at every point. It tells us just how often what we observe will be, simply by chance, a certain number of standard deviations away from the average.

Slide 2B

This “Z-table” tells you exactly, to the third decimal place, how likely it is that an observation happened by chance. When we run an experiment, we only reject the null hypothesis, and say there is a statistically significant correlation, if the outcome would happened anyway one time out of 20, or five percent of the time. That makes us 95 percent sure that the two variables are correlated, or move together.

Slide 2C

Now, correlation is not necessarily causation. Life is not bivariate – based on just the two things you are measuring. Unless you can randomly assign subjects, life is multivariate, with other variables causing changes too. This is the most common error in public policy. In Latin it’s called post hoc ergo propter hoc: this thing happened after that thing, so it was caused by it. Here’s an example.

Slide 3 – Scouting and Delinquency

Does being a Boy Scout keep you out of trouble? Quick, hold a press conference: only nine percent of scouts are delinquents, versus 15 percent of non-scouts.

Slide 3A

The probability of getting such a big difference from the null expectation of no difference at 12 percent is …

Slide 3B

… less than one percent. You can see that in the column labeled “Probability?” 0.009 is less than 0.01, which is one percent. Scouting works!

Slide 4 – Subgroups

Now let’s control for another important variable in life, a family’s income level. But this slide shows that there is no difference in the low-income families in delinquency rates for Scouts and non-Scouts; both are at 20 percent.

Slide 4A

And in middle-income families, again no difference, at 12 percent. I guess all the difference in delinquency must come from the high-income families.

Slide 4B

Huh? No difference here either, with both groups at four percent delinquency.

Slide 4C

So, oops, the correlation disappears when controlling for income, which unlike scouting, is truly correlated with arrests.

Slide 5 – Trends in Crime

Another way that correlation is confused with causation is in trend lines. You see the drop in violent crime in a city. The mayor, of course, calls a press conference to take credit.

Slide 5A

Everybody has their own explanation.

Slide 5B

But they agree something caused the drop to happen.

Slide 5C

A rising trend line seems to say so.

Slide 5D

But a flat trend line …

Slide 5E

… or a falling line would seem to indicate that it’s all just random fluctuations. Cancel the press conference.

But the point here is that NONE of these things we are seeing with our eyes have ANY proof in them. A simple bivariate chart is inherently misleading. All these graphs are actually worse than useless, because they trick people into thinking they aren’t!

Slide 6 – Sea Levels

Let’s apply what we’ve learned to “climate change.” Take sea-level. There weren’t enough emissions for CO2 to be a factor until 1950, so we compare the rate of sea-level rise before and after 1950, and see if it has increased.

But the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change agrees that the difference in the two slopes isn’t statistically significant. No “climate change.” [See Testimony of Caleb S. Rossiter, Ph.D. before the Subcommittee on the Environment of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform]

Slide 7 – Sea Level by Presidents

Here’s a fun way to look at the same sort of data: sea-level has actually been rising since the 1800’s after the Little Ice Age ended, at the same rate for all sorts of presidents and levels of emissions!

Slide 8 – Hurricanes

How about hurricanes? If you just look at the trend from 1970 to 2010, you’d see a rise. But from 1940 to 2010, you’d see a drop. And from 1850 to 2010, you’d see no trend at all. It’s the same for floods, wildfires, and droughts: no long-term, statistically significant increases from the CO2 effect. “Detection and Attribution” studies claim to detect a rise in some extreme weather variable like hurricanes and then they attribute that rise to increased temperature from human activity. These studies lie in the realm of politics, not science, because there’s no way to tell if the increase in temperature was natural or based on industrial emissions.

Slide 9 – Global Mean Surface Temperature

And speaking of temperature, here is an iconic but misleading UN IPCC graph. It shows the average change in temperature at ground stations, along with uncertainty and a long-term trend line, in blue.

There’s a half degree rise from 1910 to 1940, a flat period until 1980, and then another half degree rise to 2010. With COlevels barely rising until 1950, and then zooming up since then, that’s a lot of variation that’s not explained by COemissions. Chaos, natural fluctuation, and unknown or hard to quantify cycles are all part of this picture.

What’s so misleading? First, it’s hard to estimate a global or even local average temperature in tenths of a degree. You can see that by the uncertainty, which itself is a guess. Ground temperature stations are problematic, not just in 1880 but today. Second, the data from decades ago are constantly being adjusted with new rules to show more rise.

Slide 9A

We really should be looking at global surface temperature today, let alone in 1900, on a scale of degrees rather than tenths, like here. These are the exact same data. Hard to see a trend at all.

Slide 9B

Satellite and balloon readings of the troposphere are much more credible than the surface data, but they have only been gathered since 1980, so we can’t use them for longer trends.

Slide 10 – Warm days in Ohio

Here’s a typical temperature trick, courtesy of Tony Heller. The number of days per year over 90 degrees in this town has been decreasing from 1890 to 2017. Tony shows us how to reverse that.

Slide 10A

He moves the start until you can declare an increase! At 1955 you get the “climate change” graph you need. This sort of misleading shopping for a start date is often done in UN and U.S. climate reports. [See U.S. Government Climate Science vs. U. S. Government Climate Crisis]

Slide 11 – CO2 and Temperature

Here’s a famous UN slide of carbon dioxide and Antarctic temperature from ice cores.

Slide 11A

Well, the slide became infamous when Albert Gore Jr. gave us “correlation means causation”at its worst. Vice President Gore says COdrives temperature, but it’s mostly the other way around: lengthy cycles in earth’s orbit change the Sun’s impact and drive temperature, which drives CO2. Gore hops on a riser to convince us that as COkeeps going up from industrial emissions, it will drag temperature along.

Slide 11B

That prediction is already false, since temperature has barely budged on this scale.

Slide 12 – A Thousand Years of Temperature

Now, is it hotter now than any time in the past 1,000 years? It’s a silly question, because of minimal coverage for old data. But even if the answer were to be yes, it wouldn’t prove anything about what caused the recent rise. We have a lot of the “hottest years on record” recently only because the record is just one hundred years old and we happen to be in a period of slight natural warming. That started in about 1800, well before the COera. Of course, during warming more recent years tend to be hotter than earlier years!

This graph appeared in the first UN report on climate change, in 1990. It represents a reconstruction by climate historians from diaries and proxies of what was roughly happening to the globe. It goes up about a degree in a Medieval Warm Period and down about a degree in the Little Ice Age, and then back up again as that ended, all from natural causes. Many in the public claimed that the image was embarrassing to the “climate change” narrative.

Slide 12A

Rather than try to educate the public about why this bivariate graph has no bearing whatsoever on what has caused our recent multivariate warming, the climate change establishment decided that the graph had to go, and in 2001’s UN report, it did.

Slide 12B

In place of Medieval warming we got a “hockey stick” with the blade rising only in the industrial era. Temperature, it seems, was naturally constant until bad fossil fuels came along.

Now, for all the creative math used in creating this chart from a few tree rings, it’s no better or more certain than the previous, hand-drawn one.

Slide 12C

And I’ll show you why.

Slide 12D

A key UN proxy set estimated by a researcher named Briffa shows that in recent years, temperatures calculated from tree rings go down, while we know temperature was rising. Rather than rethink using tree rings at all, the UN crowd – as revealed by their own emails in the Climategate scandal – just threw out the recent data to “hide the decline.”

We have a saying about complex calculations that rely on uncertain data: Garbage in, garbage out.

Slide 13 – Climate Models

Speaking of problems with data and calculations, let’s end with the mathematical computer models that drive the debate about dangerous warming. Global Climate Models are based on the General Circulation Models that predict local weather conditions on your TV every night. Weather models start with excellent local data on conditions and look at probabilities based on previous, actual weather in such conditions. For a few days then they can make an educated local guess.

The global models, though, use average data for very large blocks of air, land, and sea, then add in carbon dioxide emissions and run for decades into the future, where there can be no comparison to actual conditions. The models also use thousands of estimates, called parameters, to represent with just one number the effect of many complex and chaotic physical processes, like the Hadley cells, wind systems that move heat from the lower latitudes to the poles.

Legendary physicist Freeman Dyson dismissed such parameters as “fudge factors.” They’re all just guesses, like the Medieval warming graph, which are twiddled and tweaked until the temperature output in past decades is “tuned” to match the surface temperature record then.

Now, of course, the surface record is going to be wrong at the start – it’s a rough estimate itself – and the parameters are also going to be wrong as well– they’re guesses. What a mess! And then the true parameters will change both cyclically and chaotically as the model is run into the future, but the modeled parameters will not. Yikes!

The crucial output of these models is an estimate of “climate sensitivity” – the degrees of warming we’ll get from a doubling of CO2 – but that is completely determined by the modeler’s choice of the input parameter for how powerful CO2 molecules are at warming! Crazy … but true. Like the hockey stick, this turns out to be a waste of time. Again, how do we know?

Well, first we can test these models against their own projections, and these consistently run about three times too hot over the past 30 years. So the modelers constantly have to “retune” the parameters and project the future all over again.

But this graph here can’t be tuned away, because it tests even the up-to-date surface models against their projections in the troposphere, up to about 40,000 feet, where they can be checked by the far better satellite and balloon readings. Take a look: the models’ projections for the troposphere, the thick red line, also run three times too hot compared to actual temperatures, the line purple line, right now, without even waiting for the future.

Slide 14 – The Elephant Paper

You can understand models’ weaknesses from a cautionary tale about an elephant. John von Neumann was a legendary mathematician and atomic bomb maker who tried to build a climate model after World War II. He wanted to use it as a weapon, to create a drought in the Soviet Union.

When von Neumann gave up, he laughed that: “With four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk.” Recently, though, three mathematicians wrote this paper showing how it could be done with functions of complex numbers. See https://publications.mpi-cbg.de/Mayer_2010_4314.pdf

Slide 15 – The Elephant

The first four functions draw the elephant on the left. Then, in the graph on the right, a fifth parameter is added and adjusted, giving us some different placements of the trunk…it wiggles, as required! The point here is that mathematical climate models are controlled by their thousands of convenient choices of parameters, and you can make those parameters do anything you want. And because models can’t be tested statistically, all we are left with again is art, not science.

Slide 16 – Questions

Well, this is Professor Caleb Rossiter, and I hope you have thought a lot and learned at least a little with this lecture on Climate Statistics 101. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments, at info@co2coalition.org.

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June 18, 2020 at 04:01PM

Guardian’s Energy Storage Delusion

By Paul Homewood The Guardian has finally caught up with the story AEP was peddling a year ago! Construction is beginning on the world’s largest liquid air battery, which will store renewable electricity and reduce carbon emissions from fossil-fuel power plants. The project near Manchester, UK, will use spare green energy to […]

Guardian’s Energy Storage Delusion — Iowa Climate Science Education

By Paul Homewood

The Guardian has finally caught up with the story AEP was peddling a year ago!

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Construction is beginning on the world’s largest liquid air battery, which will store renewable electricity and reduce carbon emissions from fossil-fuel power plants.

The project near Manchester, UK, will use spare green energy to compress air into a liquid and store it. When demand is higher, the liquid air is released back into a gas, powering a turbine that puts the green energy back into the grid.

A big expansion of wind and solar energy is vital to tackle the climate emergency but they are not always available. Storage is therefore key and the new project will be the largest in the world outside of pumped hydro schemes, which require a mountain reservoir to store water.

The new liquid air battery, being developed by Highview Power, is due to be operational in 2022 and will be able to power up to 200,000 homes for five hours, and store power for many weeks. Chemical batteries are also needed for the transition to a zero-carbon world and are plummeting in price, but can only store relatively small amounts of electricity for short periods.

Liquid air batteries can be constructed anywhere, said Highview’s chief executive, Javier Cavada: “Air is everywhere in the world. The main competitor is really not other storage technologies but fossil fuels, as people still want to continue building gas and coal-fired plants today, strangely enough,” he said.

The UK government has supported the project with a £10m grant. The energy and clean growth minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, said: “This revolutionary new facility will form a key part of our push towards net zero, bringing greater flexibility to Britain’s electricity grid and creating green-collar jobs in Greater Manchester.

“Projects like these will help us realise the full value of our world-class renewables, ensuring homes and businesses can still be powered by green energy, even when the sun is not shining and the wind not blowing,” he said.

The UK government is being urged to make the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic a green one. “We owe it to future generations to build back better,” said the prime minister, Boris Johnson, recently, while the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is reported to be planning a “green industrial revolution”.

Alex Buckman, an energy storage expert at the Energy Systems Catapult group, said polluting gas power plants were the main way the UK electricity grid was balanced. But a net zero carbon system would need more than the 30% renewable energy of today and therefore more storage.

“There is likely going to be a need for one or more of the medium-to-long duration electricity storage technologies to fill a gap in the market, and liquid air energy storage (LAES) is right up there as an option,” he said. Pumped hydro is limited by the need for a mountain reservoir, while gravity storage – where you raise a weight and then let it drop to power a generator – is less developed, as is large-scale production of hydrogen fuel from green energy.

“The combination of being more developed and more scalable provides LAES with an opportunity to be competitive, if they can prove that they can reduce costs with increased scale,” Buckman said.

The Highview battery will store 250MWh of energy, almost double the amount stored by the biggest chemical battery, built by Tesla in South Australia. The new project is sited at the Trafford Energy Park, also home to the Carrington gas-powered energy plant and a closed coal power station.

The project will cost £85m, and Highview received £35m of investment from the Japanese machinery giant Sumitomo in February. The liquid air battery is creating 200 jobs, mainly in construction, and employing former oil and gas engineers, with a few dozen in the continuing operation. The plant’s lifetime is expected to be 30-40 years. “It will pass to the next generation,” said Cavada.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/18/worlds-biggest-liquid-air-battery-starts-construction-in-uk

As with AEP’ Telegraph articles, for instance here, Damien Carrington shows his utter lack of understanding about what storage systems such as this actually work. (Why, by the way, do “Environmental Editors, such as Carrington and Harrabin, even get the job of reporting on energy matters, for which they are totally unqualified to talk about?)

So let’s look more closely at Highview’s claims.

 The new liquid air battery, being developed by Highview Power, is due to be operational in 2022 and will be able to power up to 200,000 homes for five hours, and store power for many weeks. Chemical batteries are also needed for the transition to a zero-carbon world and are plummeting in price, but can only store relatively small amounts of electricity for short periods.

This is a grossly dishonest claim, Mr Carrington.

Chemical batteries can store power for just as long as Highview’s system. However, you are right that chemical batteries can only store relatively small amounts of electricity. What you have not got the gumption to realise is that exactly the same is true of Highview’s supposed ground breaker.

The claim about “number of homes” is as ever a red herring, though five hours should give the game away!

As I revealed last October, this new Highview plant will store only 250 MWh. This, as anyone with the slightest knowledge of the power system will tell you, is a pitifully small amount. On a normal day, demand is close to 1 million MWh, so you would need 4000 Highviews to cover that if we did not have proper backup capacity for when renewables were not producing.

And, of course, the system would need time to recharge the next day, which would be impossible without surplus renewable power available.

Carrington compares Highview with mountain pumped storage. But Dinorwig can store 9.1 GWh of energy, thirty six times as much. Even so, all of the pumped storage in the UK still only provides half a percent of our electricity.

Highview themselves admit that their system cannot fill the gap when the wind does not blow and the sun does not shine. It will simply help with short term balancing of the grid, typically for an hour so so, just in the same way other small scale peakers do, such as OCGT, diesel engines and batteries:

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Sadly, the likes of Carrington, Harrabin and Evans Pritchard, are so fanatical in their obsession with renewables, that they only see what they want to see.

Interestingly, this project will cost £85 million for 50MW of storage. If wind farms had to pay this cost for every 50MW of capacity, I doubt whether any would be built!

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Stop Facebook, Twitter, and Google

I don’t know whether this symbol was used by nazies, and don’t want to know. We don’t know all symbols used by nazies and other bad people throughout the history. If it were, and Facebook knows that, it is its problem. There are certain symbols publicly associated with the nazies. A triangle is not one […]

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I don’t know whether this symbol was used by nazies, and don’t want to know. We don’t know all symbols used by nazies and other bad people throughout the history. If it were, and Facebook knows that, it is its problem.

Innocent Triangle

There are certain symbols publicly associated with the nazies. A triangle is not one of them. There are only so many simple geometric figures, and unintentional repetition is inevitable.

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June 18, 2020 at 02:24PM

New Studies Suggests Sea Levels Are Lower Today Than They Were Even During The Little Ice Age

Coastal history analyses increasingly suggest sea levels are lower today than at any time in the last 7000 years – even lower than the 1600s to 1800s. Recently we compared cartology from the 17th to 19th centuries to direct aerial images of coastal positions today. Rather surprisingly, there seemed to be more land area below […]

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Coastal history analyses increasingly suggest sea levels are lower today than at any time in the last 7000 years – even lower than the 1600s to 1800s.

Recently we compared cartology from the 17th to 19th centuries to direct aerial images of coastal positions today. Rather surprisingly, there seemed to be more land area below sea level a few hundred years ago.

For example, an 1802 nautical map of New York City and Long Island shows there may have been more open waters in this region during the Little Ice Age than in 2019.

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Shoreline analysis from India also suggests the coasts were further inland during the 1600s than they are today (Mörner, 2017).

Image Source: Mörner, 2017

In another new study, the borehole sea level history for the Italian port city of Salerno reveals the coast was hundreds of meters further inland compared to today’s 7000 years ago. Even 300 years ago the coast was still much further inland (Amato et al., 2020).

Image Source: Amato et al., 2020

Citing previous studies, another new paper has today’s sea levels about 2 to 3 meters lower than they were 4000 to 5000 years ago along the coasts of Brazil (Martins et al., 2020). And, again, today’s relative sea levels seem to be the lowest of the record – lower than the Little Ice Age.

Image Source: Martins et al., 2020

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June 18, 2020 at 11:47AM

Massive Saharan dust plume headed for the Gulf of Mexico, Florida

From WeatherBell Analytics: A mean looking dust plume will meander across the Atlantic during the next 10 days. It will help to keep a damper on any early-season tropical formation in the main development region. It isn’t uncommon for dust from the Sahara Desert to make its way to these regions, but this is a […]

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From WeatherBell Analytics:

A mean looking dust plume will meander across the Atlantic during the next 10 days. It will help to keep a damper on any early-season tropical formation in the main development region.

It isn’t uncommon for dust from the Sahara Desert to make its way to these regions, but this is a larger than normal event, this is a predictive model for aersols that shows where it will reach to. Click the play button to watch.

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Massive Saharan dust plume headed for the Gulf of Mexico, Florida — Iowa Climate Science Education

From WeatherBell Analytics: A mean looking dust plume will meander across the Atlantic during the next 10 days. It will help to keep a damper on any early-season tropical formation in the main development region. It isn’t uncommon for dust from the Sahara Desert to make its way to these regions, but this is a […]

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From WeatherBell Analytics:

A mean looking dust plume will meander across the Atlantic during the next 10 days. It will help to keep a damper on any early-season tropical formation in the main development region.

It isn’t uncommon for dust from the Sahara Desert to make its way to these regions, but this is a larger than normal event, this is a predictive model for aersols that shows where it will reach to. Click the play button to watch.

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June 18, 2020 at 11:46AM

EPA passes on perchlorate regulation

Here is the news from E&E News. My 2002 FOXNews.com column on perchlorate is below. Here is the EPA decision. A rocket fuel component has been detected in drinking water sources in 18 states. It’s a limited problem the Environmental Protection Agency’s junk science is about to make much worse. U.S. missile and space programs […]

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June 18, 2020 at 11:32AM

Despite pandemic China increases coal production, has 5,000 coal mines, and a glut of new plants

Due to the pandemic fully eighty percent of China’s economy ground to a halt in February, but even despite that — coal use still grew in China by 0.9% in 2020. Another nine billion more tons of coal was discovered in 79 northern regions. And China has as much coal generation being built or planned […]

Despite pandemic China increases coal production, has 5,000 coal mines, and a glut of new plants — Iowa Climate Science Education

Due to the pandemic fully eighty percent of China’s economy ground to a halt in February, but even despite that — coal use still grew in China by 0.9% in 2020. Another nine billion more tons of coal was discovered in 79 northern regions. And China has as much coal generation being built or planned as the USA has in total.

The numbers are still the conversation stoppers they always were. Ponder that China uses half the worlds coal. While the USA closed 32 GW of coal plants over the last two years, China added 43 GW just last year.

China has promised a few meaningless deck-chair-type vows which it then ignores anyway. The government vowed to cut the number of coal mines,  as if that matters. It’s just closing the smaller less efficient mines and opening larger ones instead. As it happens, the number of coal mines was 3,373 in 2018 but now China is aiming just to cap it at 5,000.

Talk of reducing coal use is still just a performance for the West. Two years ago China was caught building coal plants that it said it had abandoned.

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June 18, 2020 at 02:02PM

When It Comes to Fracking, Which Biden Should We Believe?

My latest column at RealClearMarkets.com. Joe Biden says he wouldn’t ban fracking. But the Democratic National Committee’s climate advisory panel, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, says fracking should be banned. What are we to believe? Biden is the candidate, of course, and the position should be his to stake out. But there’s a lot more […]

When It Comes to Fracking, Which Biden Should We Believe? — Iowa Climate Science Education

My latest column at RealClearMarkets.com. Joe Biden says he wouldn’t ban fracking. But the Democratic National Committee’s climate advisory panel, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, says fracking should be banned. What are we to believe? Biden is the candidate, of course, and the position should be his to stake out. But there’s a lot more … Continue reading When It Comes to Fracking, Which Biden Should We Believe?

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