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These items caught my eye – 19 May 2013

Only a few items in this edition. I’ve ignored the nonsense that is the John Cook ‘survey’ for the sake of our sanity. All I can offer is another excellent piece by Tony from Oz – although focused on South Australia, the lessons apply anywhere these useless things are built. I have another in a long line of great articles by Paul Homewood, showing how Government Agencies manipulate the truth to keep it hidden from the population. Finally, we take a look at CET (Central England Temperatures) and find a correlation with the sun’s activities. Don’t forget that correlation doesn’t imply causation (unless you are the IPCC) but, nevertheless, there is a closer match than there is with carbon dioxide. Please remember to read the comments, as the information (and the links) contained in them often put the main article into context.. If you follow a site that is, maybe, a bit off the beaten track and think it would be of interest, please contact me and I’ll take a look.

Is South Australia’s Wind Power Cheap? Well, No

Posted on May 18, 2013 by TonyfromOz


While this Post specifically discusses wind power in one State of Australia, it is indicative of wind power wherever it is being brought into use. Those hidden costs I mention above are for the cost of replacement power for when wind power is not delivering power because of the variability of the wind itself….TonyfromOz.

Lake Bonney Wind Plant, South Australia

Part of Lake Bonney Wind Plant, South Australia.
Image Credit – Stuart Stansfield.

There’s been debate recently here in Australia about the cost of power for consumers. There have been a number of rises in the cost for the provision of electrical power, and some wild claims have been made as to why it has become so expensive.

Those supporters of Renewable Power have come out and said that Renewable Power is in fact quite cheap, and the cost rises are not related to the increasing number of mainly Wind Plants being constructed, and supplying power into the grids here in Australia.

So, then are those Renewable Power supporters correct when they say that Wind Power is cheap?

In this Post, I will look specifically at the State of South Australia, (S.A.) because that State currently has the largest number of these Wind Plants of any of the States here in Australia. That State proudly claims that Wind is supplying an ever larger proportion of power to the grid for the State, so we can in fact use that as our guide to actually checking the claim that Wind Power is cheap.

What this shows, and shows quite dramatically is that not only is power more expensive in that State, but there are times when all that Wind is supplying very little power.

Because of that, other forms of power have to be brought on line to cover for when that Wind is not supplying power. That adds considerably to the cost of power in that State, and there are times, in fact, quite regularly when South Australia has to have quite large amounts of its power supplied by the neighbouring State of Victoria, and that power is from traditional sources, mainly large scale coal fired power.

Now, it’s easy for me to make this claim that power costs more in South Australia than anywhere else in Australia, but here I can actually back up that claim with data. I can show you this data and explain exactly how this is in fact true.

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Additional articles, on this site by Tony from Oz, can be found here.

How NOAA Deceive–Claims Of Record Temperatures Not What They Seem

Posted on May 17, 2013 by Paul Homewood

NOAA article

National State Of The Climate Report for 2012

In their National State Of The Climate Report for 2012, NOAA highlighted a list of all-time temperature records that had been tied or broken during the year.

Altogether, the list ran to 355 records, which would leave the innocent observer believing that many places had been hotter than “ever before”, or, at least, since official records began in 1895.

But is that really the case? We have already seen that top temperatures in Kansas during, the summers of 1934 & 1936, were much higher than 2012 at nearly every location, despite NOAA claiming 22 new records last year. Let’s now take a look at Ohio.

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New paper finds remarkable correlation between solar activity and the longest temperature record, spanning 350 years

Posted on May 17, 2013 by THE HOCKEY SCHTICK

CET and Solar

Central England Temperature [CET] shown in blue, solar activity [TSI] shown in red.

A recent paper presented by Dr. Ka-Kit Tung, professor of applied mathematics, University of Washington, finds a remarkable correlation between solar activity [TSI or total solar irradiance] and the longest continuous series of instrumental temperature measurements in the world, the Central England Temperature [CET] record spanning 350 years since 1659.

Dr. Tung also finds there has been no acceleration of alleged “anthropogenic” warming over the past 100 years, despite an exponential increase in CO2 emissions, and that the rate of alleged “anthropogenic” warming is “less than half of the accepted values.” Dr. Tung finds much of the global and Northern Hemisphere temperature variability of the past 350 years can be explained by the natural Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation [AMO].

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