Joe's mate Jeff Spross said: The Massive Demand For Solar In Asia Shows Us Where The Industry Is Headed in August 2013Joe's just got some bloke called Jeff Spross onto his blog to tell us all that there is an explosion of demand for solar panels out in the Far East. Jeff was wetting his pants with excitement at the possibility of thousands of solar panels carpeting China and Japan as they produced lovely 'green' power day and night (whoops, maybe not at night). Jeff got all his predictions of solar nirvana from research carried out by Deutsche Bank.Hmmm. You'd think Deutsche Bank would look a little closer to home before they raved about solar power. If they just bothered to look out of their office windows in Germany they would see the following mess (h/t Joe Nova):
In other words, Germany has led the way with solar energy and it has ended up in a terrible state. So, why would Deutsche Bank be so stupid? Why hype a useless technology? Perhaps it's because they have quite a lot invested in renewables. 1.9 billion Euros, to be exact. No wonder they wrote a report hyping solar power. If a bank had invested nearly 2 billion Euros in fossil-fuel projects you can bet Joe and Jeff would be tearing their hair out as they raged about the funding of 'Big Oil'. However, it seems they don't mind quoting from an obviously financially biased report when it comes to fighting 'global warming'. Mind you, if you look more closely at DB's report you might notice they tacked-on the following little caveat:
- German’s electricity bills have doubled since 2000. (Germans pay about 40c a KWH.)
- Up to 800,000 Germans have had their power cut off because they couldn’t pay their bills.
- Germany’s renewable energy levy rose from €14bn to €20bn in one year as wind and solar expanded. German households will pay a renewables surcharge of €7.2bn this year alone.
- Germany has more than half the worlds solar panels. They generated 40% of Germany’s peak electricity demand on June 6, but practically 0% during the darkest weeks of winter.
- Seimens closed it’s entire solar division, losing about €1bn. Bosch is getting out too, it has lost about €2.4bn.
- Solar investors have lost almost about €25bn in the past year. More than 5,000 companies associated with solar have closed since 2010.
- Germany has phased out nuclear, but is adding 20 coal fired stations. Gas power can’t compete with cheap coal or subsidized renewables and 20% of gas power plants are facing shutdown.
- Despite the river of money paid to renewables, emissions have risen in Germany for the last two years.
...we expect sustainable demand to ramp accordingly as governments adopt more sustainable policies and consumers recognize the value proposition.
In other words: renewables will only be 'profitable' if governments force investment in 'green' technologies through the introduction of mandatory legislation that requires power companies to chuck money down the drain by building useless wind turbines and solar panels. The problem is, as noted by Benny Peiser at the GWPF, European countries are starting to drastically scale back their support of renewables by removing subsidies for 'green-tech' companies. I'm afraid it's not looking too rosy for Joe and Jeff's rich pals at Deutsche Bank!BTW You might be wondering who this solar 'expert' Jeff Spross is. Surely for Joe to go to all the trouble of inviting someone onto his blog to talk about solar you'd think that Joe would spend some time finding a real expert in the field of renewables. Maybe he's someone who works in the renewable energy sector? Maybe he works for Deustche Bank ? Perhaps he owns a solar panel manufacturing company? Maybe he even works for a university studying the economics of the renewables industry? Nope. Jeff is actually a camerman who has worked on such culturally important films as National Lampoon's 'Dawn of Sex' and 'Blue Suede Wings' (a film all about the Tooth Fairy). On his twitter page Jeff admits to being a 'smart-ass'. I couldn't agree more Jeff (although I think it's less 'smart' and more just 'ass')
Well, it seems one of Joe's mates is quite happy to take Big Oil's cash. Will you publicly disown Dana in a post on your blog Joe? Nah, thought not, you hypocrite.
NB In reality, it shouldn't matter who Dana works for, in the same way that I would rightly argue that it doesn't matter if a sceptic works for an energy firm. However, it's the exposure of Dana and Joe's hypocrisy that is important.H/t WUWT and Bishop Hill
Joe said: DC Court Bluntly Affirms Michael Mann’s Right To Proceed In Defamation Lawsuit Against National Review And CEI in July, 2013Oh whoops....Joe's just written a post crowing about the fact that the DC Court has allowed Mikey 'Hockey Schtick' Mann to go ahead with his defamation case against both the CEI and National Review.What Joe hasn't realised is that all sceptics want this case to go ahead so that Mike can hopefully be forced to reveal stacks of data and emails that he currently refuses to let the public see. Aside from the fact that the public pays for his 'research' and has every right to see his data and correspondence, most importantly we need to ask, "what have you got to hide Mike?".The National review can't wait and said all the way back in August 2012 that they were looking forward to "exposing more of his methods and maneuverings to the world."
Commenter Rich Kozlovich sums it up nicely on a blog post at Junk Science when he says:
...lawsuits are like riding tigers. You can’t just get off and say I was only kidding!
....Mann will now have to produce papers and e-mails he has been trying to hide for years, including all the e-mails he has been hiding from Virginia Attorney General Cuccinelli with the help of the University of Virginia, claiming this is an attempt to infringe on scientific freedom.
Jo said: Scientist: ‘Miami, As We Know It Today, Is Doomed. It’s Not A Question Of If. It’s A Question Of When.’ in Jun 2013
Sorry, I'm just wiping away the tears from laughing too much.
Joe's recently written this completely fruit-loop post that has some idiot called Jeff Goodell writing an equally fruit-loop article in that learned journal 'Rolling Stone' that foretells Miami being washed down the plughole by 2100.
Jeff Goodell quotes some rent-seeking alarmist scientist called Harold Wanless, who believes that Miami will be inundated by a six foot sea level rise by the end of the century. He also seems to believe that levels will continue to rise by a foot a decade after that.
Sounds really scary doesn't it? If sea levels are going to rise by six foot (1.8m) in 90 years that would mean current levels must be rising at 2cm a year. Right?
No, wrong. Current sea levels are rising at just 3.2 mm/year. At the real rate it would actually take 560 years to rise six foot. To look at it another way, at the current rate sea levels will have risen just 30cm in 90 years. The following graph of the real-world situation sums it up nicely:
So where did Joe, Jeff, and Harold get their data from to make such wild-ass claims? Well, it seems the following graph is what has got their collective knickers in a twist:
I'm sorry Joe, you can't just take the real world data, slap some stratospherically rising curve on the end of it, shove some text next to it that uses the intentionally vague words "suggests" and "likely", and then expect the citizens of Miami to start donning their waders and manning the life boats. It's just alarmism of the worst kind.
One important thing to note here is that Joe, Jeff, and Harold are making predictions that are only expected to come true in the distant future when all three of these alarmist morons are long dead and buried. Just like so many of the other doom-mongers, they are safe in the knowledge that when their stupid predictions fail miserably to come true they won't be there to take the derision and anger from Joe Public. However, in the present day, political monsters such as Barrack O'Bambam use this alarmist 'science' to justify taxing the hell out of all the little people.
It's just a scam, pure and simple.
Joe said: ‘Invest, Divest’: Obama Goes Full Climate Hawk In Speech Unveiling Plan To Cut Carbon Pollution in Jun 2013
Just recently, Bambam made a terrifying speech that threatened (amongst other things) to refuse to finance coal-fired power plants in poor countries unless they used the useless and v expensive folly called 'carbon capture' technology. In other words, the little poor people wouldn't be allowed the benefits of cheap energy that the rich West enjoys.
Laughably, Bammer also promised to reduce US 'carbon' emissions by 17% by the year 2020. Needless to say, Joe was getting his knickers completely soaking wet at such climate-porn posturing.
So, if Obummer's 17% reduction target was successful, how much would our allegedly hot-as-a-furnace world actually cool? Well, according to some climate change policy wonk called Chris Hope, it would lower the earth's atmospheric temps by....
...wait for it....
I posted a comment on Chris's blog and called Obama's plan madness. In truth, it's madness wrapped-up in pure evil.(Massive h/t to Willis E. at WUWT)
Annie-Rose Strasser said: The 21 Percent: One Fifth Of Households Generate Half The Carbon Pollution in Jun 2013
Just recently, one of Joe's cronies had a post about how some homeowners produce a lot more 'carbon pollution' than other householders. If you were a rabid warmist, Annie's post would have you up in arms with indignation, as you railed against the nasty excesses of Western Imperialist energy-using fascists.
What Annie's article didn't tell you is that some of those with the biggest 'carbon footprint' are those gallant green knights that Joe and Annie are so in love with. Here's a few for you to view:
The King of the Global Warming scam, who lectured us all in his film about our evil wicked western ways, has not one but two massive abodes. ABC News reported that "gas and electric bills for the former vice president's 20-room home and pool house devoured nearly 221,000 kilowatt-hours in 2006, more than 20 times the national average of 10,656 kilowatt-hours"
Here's a couple of pictures of Al's two houses (and his private jet):
David SuzukiGrand Green Wizard David has not one but four homes. Some are in Canada and one is in Australia. Trying to spread himself between them all must mean David has to fly around in gas-guzzling jets a lot.
Maybe the rather creepy David likes to boast about all his big properties to all the young nubile schoolgirls he asks teachers to supply him with when he visits schools to lecture impressionable young minds.
Leonardo DicaprioAl Gore's pet, Leo D, who loves to tell us about living a frugal green lifestyle owns quite a few properties: The actor owns properties on both coasts. His Tinseltown compound lies in the Hollywood Hills, comprised of two adjoining land parcels (one purchased from Madonna ) and touting a massive basketball court the movie star built. He also owns two Malibu beachfront homes, including a seven-bedroom Malibu Colony home asking $75,000 per month in rent. In New York City, DiCaprio inhabits a apartment in eco-chic Riverhouse, a Battery Park City condo that pumps out twice-filtered air and filtered water to residents, who include Tyra Banks.
Joe said: James Hansen 1, Michael Crichton and Pat Michaels 0 in 2007
In this post, Joe was touting some useless article on the website RealClimate that tried to claim uber-alarmist Jim Hansen's famous 'Scenario A, B, and C' model from his ridiculous 1988 testimony was actually reflecting real life. (Un)RealClimate said that "Scenario B is pretty close and certainly well within the error estimates of the real world changes."
However, fast forward to 2011 and RC were rather inconveniently forced to admit that "the Hansen et al ‘B’ projection is running warm compared to the real world". Whoops!
In the same year, Jo Nova had a superb graphic that compared real satellite UAH temps to Hansen's wild-ass predictions:
If we look at data from just last year we can see that the real world is moving further and further away from Hansen's fantasy land promises of a burning world. Note that the real-world temps are miles away from scenario A - this was the scenario that most accurately reflects the current situation with regards to our global CO2 emissions:
Joe said: Farming Fuel to Fuel Farming in 2007
In 2007 Joe was singing the praises of bio-fuels being the new source of 'clean energy'. However, the growth and use of bio-fuels has been a BIG mistake.
Farmers switching from growing food crops to bio-fuels has:
Most interestingly, and unfortunately for Joe, the US EPA has been forced to admit that ethanol burns hotter than gasoline, causing catalytic converters, which help clean engine emissions, to break down faster. In other words, bio-fuels in cars are a polluting nightmare.
Joe said: Summary of the IPCC Summary for Policymakers, Part I in 2007
The IPCC released their 2007 summary for policymakers report and Joe was getting all over-excited about some of the juicy alarmism it contained. He was particularly pleased with this following assertion that the IPCC made:
- Models, some of which account for non-anthropogenic sources of warming (solar and volcanic activity) and others that do not. The results show that, “models with combined natural and anthropogenic forcings simulate observed responses significantly better than models with natural forcing only.”
... six years later, and the following graphic demonstrates that those models really aren't doing 'significantly better' than a set of tarot cards:
C'mon Joe, admit it. The models you warmists worship so much are actually completely useless, aren't they?
Joe's mate Climate Guest Blogger said: Gore Heats Up the House in 2007
Six years ago some crony of Joe's came onto his blog to waffle on about Al Gore's joint House Committee testimony. The money quote from 'Climate Guest Blogger' is this one:
Gore exuded intelligence this morning — he was beyond well-versed in the diplomatic, scientific, economic, environmental, political and moral issues at hand.
Is he really talking about Al Gore 'exuding intelligence? Is the post some sort of parody?
Let's look at some of Al's choicest mistakes:
I could list more of Al's many mistakes, but quite frankly, I can't be bothered. However, the following graphic of Al's 'report card' shows that Al does not 'exude intelligence' at all.
- Al said the Earth's interior had a temperature that was 'millions of degrees'
- In 2009 Al said the Climategate emails were over 10 years old
- In 2009 Al massively misrepresented scientific predictions of polar ice-loss
- Al ended a 50-50 tie in the Senate by voting in favor of an ethanol tax credit that added almost $5 billion to the federal deficit
- Al's environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth contained nine key scientific errors, a High Court judge ruled in 2007
- Al's book cover depicted a picture of the Earth with one storm off the coast of Florida turning in a clockwise motion, an impossibility in the northern hemisphere. Another hurricane was shown near Peru and the equator, a place where hurricanes cannot form.