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Posts from June 2023

Andrew Dessler on Texas Heat: Vague but Exaggerated

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 29, 2023

“Rob, your question makes zero sense & and I don’t have the patience to deal with people like you. Please crawl back under the rock you emerged from or I’ll ban you from my substack. Seriously: your next comment that displeases me is your last, so make sure it’s a doozy.” (Andrew Dessler, below)

Climatologist Andrew Dessler, a leading figure on the alarmist side of the debate, is a piece of work–extremely smart and knowledgeable but biased and short-tempered. His personality is akin to that of Joe Romm of yesterday and Michael Mann today–arrogant, condescending, petty. Dessler is certain that he knows what is to be known about all things climate and energy. But, really, he does not know what he does not know. (Yes, climate science is highly uncertain, and climate models are a mess.)…

Europe’s Crisis:  Blame Green Energy Policy

By Steve Goreham -- June 28, 2023

“The lesson from Europe is that reliance on wind, solar, and imported natural gas is expensive and risky energy policy. If you experience a low-wind year, a cold winter, an embargo, or a war, you can’t turn up the wind and solar.”

The year 2022 was an energy disaster for Europe. Citizens and businesses suffered from astronomical prices for natural gas and electricity, sky-high home energy bills, shuttered industrial plants, and bankrupt companies. Observers have blamed COVID-19 supply chain disruptions and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but Europe’s green energy policies was the elephant in the room.

For the last two decades, closures of traditional power plants and renewable energy policies made European countries highly dependent upon a combination of intermittent wind and solar sources and natural gas. More than 100 nuclear plants had closed or were scheduled to close, including 30 in Germany and 34 in the United Kingdom.…

Pretty Industrial Wind Turbines? (eco-activist reports from the pristine)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 27, 2023

UK Climate campaigner Andrew Griffiths, recently posted (with pictures) about his vacation bike tour.

One great things about cycling for hours at a time through beautiful countryside is your mind getting space to creatively wander. Over the last couple of days I found a few more parallel lessons that felt worth sharing…

Similarly in working life, when I have a large and daunting task (like manually coding the conditions for 50+ pieces of legislation in Planet Mark‘s soon to be launched Carbon Policy Tracker 🤫) I find it helpful to break down the task into the smallest possible pieces, ignore how much there is to do and just celebrate each little milestone as it comes before setting my sights on the next one.

The idyllic pictures of green mountains inspired me to comment:

No wind turbines or solar farms … But greenery from CO2.

Wind Fails Texas Again

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#bill-peacock">Bill Peacock</a> -- June 26, 2023

‘Global Warming Has Begun, Expert Tells Senate’ (1988 exaggerations vs. today)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 23, 2023

So What Has Changed? (Revkin/NYT Alarmism in 2006)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 22, 2023

In Search of the “Greenhouse Signal” in the 1990s (and when did they know?)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 21, 2023

“In Climate Debate, Exaggeration Is a Pitfall” (NYT article revisited)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 20, 2023

Energy and Environmental Review: June 19, 2023

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#john-droz">John Droz, Jr.</a> -- June 19, 2023

Private Property Rights vs. Industrial Wind/Solar: Reply to Giberson

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 15, 2023