Matt McGrath’s Latest Howler!

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By Paul Homewood

h/t Joe Public

Is this the best Matt McGrath can come up with?

New research suggests that power companies are dragging their feet when it comes to embracing green energy sources such as wind and solar.

Only one in 10 energy suppliers globally has prioritised renewables over fossil fuels, the study finds.

Even those that are spending on greener energy are continuing to invest in carbon heavy coal and natural gas.

The lead researcher says the slow uptake undermines global efforts to tackle climate change.

In countries like the UK and across Europe, renewable energy has taken a significant share of the market, with 40% of Britain’s electricity coming from wind and solar last year.

But while green energy has boomed around the world in recent years, many of the new wind and solar power installations have been built by independent producers.

Large scale utility companies, including many state and city owned enterprises, have been much slower to go green, according to this new study.

The research looked at more than 3,000 electricity companies worldwide and used machine learning techniques to analyse their activities over the past two decades.

The study found that only 10% of the companies had expanded their renewable-based power generation more quickly than their gas or coal fired capacity.

Of this small proportion that spent more on renewables, many continued to invest in fossil fuels, although at a lower rate.

The vast majority of companies, according to the author, have just sat on the fence.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-53951754

If you want this translating, he is saying that, while Europe has been heavily subsidising renewables, the rest of the world has stuck with what works – fossil fuels and hydro.

Surely even McGrath must understand the reasons why, yet he and his go-to expert seem to believe it is all some sort of conspiracy!

But what I really wanted to focus on was this ludicrous claim by Mr McGrath:

In countries like the UK and across Europe, renewable energy has taken a significant share of the market, with 40% of Britain’s electricity coming from wind and solar last year.

Perhaps before McGrath makes a fool of himself in future, he should learn how to look up the actual official data.

According to BEIS, renewables only contributed 37.1% of the UK’s electricity last year:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/electricity-chapter-5-digest-of-united-kingdom-energy-statistics-dukes.

But not all of that renewable generation was wind and solar. Again according to BEIS, wind and solar only accounted for 23.8%, not the 40% figure, which McGrath appears to have just made up out of thin air:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/electricity-chapter-5-digest-of-united-kingdom-energy-statistics-dukes

One wonders where Matt McGrath gets his “facts” from. St Greta’s Book of Fairy Tales maybe?

Needless to say, another complaint will be zinging its way to the BBC tomorrow!

You would have thought that the upper echelons of the BBC might have started getting a bit concerned about the general clamour to abolish the licence fee, following widespread complaints about their abysmal left wing, remainer bias.

If they have the slightest jot of common sense, they could start tomorrow by getting rid of their climate clowns, McGrath, Harrabin and Rowlatt.

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September 1, 2020 at 03:54PM

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