Daily Archives: April 11, 2017

Christopher Hitchens asks a question of Ayaan Hirsi Ali


SA’s Wind Farms Guilty: 28 September ‘Black System’ Caused by Wind Power Output Collapse


Wind power output collapse the culprit.


Whichever way you slice it (and it’s been cut from every possibly exculpatory angle), South Australia’s infamous Statewide blackout on 28 September 2016 was due to the inability of its 18 wind farms to tough out a typically vigorous spring storm front.

Where conventional generators have no difficulty chugging away in bad weather, ‘systems’ that depend entirely upon the vagaries of nature will always struggle. Tinkering with wind turbine software settings doesn’t make the wind blow fast enough to get these things up and running or to stop blowing too hard: at 25m/s – or 90km/h turbines shut down for reasons of self-preservation.

In its final report – available here: Integrated Final Report SA Black System 28 September 2016 the AEMO (which pushes wind power because its members do) went to extraordinary lengths in its attempt to exonerate SA’s wind farms, but the…

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Where is the currency going? Why are ATMs dry?

Mostly Economics

The cash crunch is back. There are again news of bank branches/ATMs showing no cash option. Though, as cash moved into deposits during the demon, banking system liquidity is high. It is all so ironical.

Coming back to cah crunch, Sucheta Dalal wonders what is going on?

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Did India get the idea for its recent demonetization by watching old episodes of M*A*S*H?

Mostly Economics

Another fascinating post by Jim Koning. He  has written some amazing stuff on India’s demonetisation drawn from monetary history.

In this post he points how US Army had also tried to demonetise notes  in the Vietnam war. The epic serial M*A*S*H was also based on the war. Though, chances are highly remote that the war serial had anything to with India’s demonetisation. But the Vietnam war surely has parallels:

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McKitrick on Air Pollution: The models get ‘more deaths from air pollution than you were death from all causes’


By Paul Homewood

Further to today’s comments about deaths from air pollution, it is worth noting what Ross McKittrick had to say on the subject in 2014:

McKitrick on Air Pollution: The models get ‘more deaths from air pollution than you were death from all causes’ – ‘Particulates and soot are at such low levels in the U.S. — levels well below what they were in the 1970s. The health claims at this point are groundless coming from this administration.

I noticed these numbers coming up for Ontario for how many deaths were caused by air pollution. What struck me — was knowing that air pollution levels were very low in Ontario — but they were extremely high in 1960s. So I took the same model and fed in the 1960s air pollution levels into it: How many deaths would you get? I did the calculations and you quickly get…

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“Earth Hour” by Ross McKitrick

Cat Rotator's Quarterly

A belated welcome to Instapundit readers stopping by!

Anthony Watts of Watts Up with That (a science and climate and weather blog) suggested copying and posting this in honor of Earth Hour. I heartily agree. I’ve gotten to live without electricity for a week in winter after an ice storm. No thank you! I’m a firm believer in conservation and stewardship of our resources, which Earth Hour does not do.

Earth Hour: A Dissent

by Ross McKitrick

Ross McKitrick, Professor of Economics, Univer...

Ross McKitrick, Professor of Economics, University of Guelph, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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In 2009 I was asked by a journalist for my thoughts on the importance of Earth Hour.

Here is my response.

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Green Paradox


The Green Paradox is a phrase coined by German economist Hans-Werner Sinn to describe the fact that an environmental policy that becomes greener with the passage of time acts like an announced expropriation for the owners of fossil fuel resources, inducing them to anticipate resource extraction and hence to accelerate global warming.
The Green Paradox’s line of reasoning starts by recognizing a fundamental, unavoidable fact: every carbon atom in the gas, coal or oil extracted from the ground to be used as fuel ends up in the atmosphere, in particular if high efficiency combustion processes ensure that no part of it ends up as soot. About a quarter of the emitted carbon will stay in the atmosphere practically forever, contributing to the greenhouse effect that causes global warming.[1]
Apart from afforestation, only two things can mitigate the accumulation of carbon in the atmosphere: either less carbon is extracted from the…

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