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Wind Power is a Dead End

meeting America’s current demand for electricity alone—not including gasoline or jet fuel, or the natural gas required for things like space heating and fertilizer production—would require covering a territory twice the size of California with wind turbines.

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Robert Bryce reports on the end of wind power hopes in City Journal.  Why Wind Power Isn’t the Answer  Excerpts in italics with my bolds

As a new study confirms, turbines would have to be stacked across state-sized swaths of the American landscape.

On October 8, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report warning that nations around the world must cut their greenhouse-gas emissions drastically to reduce the possibility of catastrophic climate change. The report emphasizes “fast deployment of renewables like solar and wind” and largely ignores the essential role nuclear energy must play in any decarbonization effort.

Four days earlier, to much less fanfare, two Harvard researchers published a paper showing that trying to fuel our energy-intensive society solely with renewables would require cartoonish amounts of land. How cartoonish? Consider: meeting America’s current demand for electricity alone—not including gasoline or jet fuel, or the natural gas…

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Letting fees are curbed but Twyford has ruled out rent controls

Nice summary

Point of Order

After Parliament voted to ban agents and landlords imposing letting fees on tenants, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said the change will make a real difference to struggling families.

The ban was a good first step in improving the life of renters while the Government continues its broader review of the Residential Tenancies Act, he said.

Twyford foreshadowed tenancy reforms earlier this year, when he said New Zealand tenants had fewer rights than any in the Western world – really? – and said he wanted to modernise the law to improve their lot and to encourage longer, more settled tenancies.

The reforms he discussed then were likely to include restricting rent increases to once a year, banning letting fees and abolishing no-cause terminations, but …

…Twyford has also confirmed that rent controls will not be part of the reform package.

That’s because he thinks rent controls are bad…

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Wind Farm Victims Vindicated: WHO Declares Turbine Noise ‘Serious Health Hazard’

STOP THESE THINGS

The World Health Organization’s declaration that wind turbine noise is a serious health hazard, is a liability bombshell for developers and governments, alike.

No longer can wind power outfits and those that make a living running propaganda for them claim that ‘there’s nothing to see here, move on.’ The wind industry’s victims – mocked and denigrated for years – have been vindicated. Now comes the vengeance. Litigation is already on foot in Victoria, with more claims to follow.

The significance of the WHO’s new noise guidelines hasn’t been lost on STT Champions Alan Jones and Liberal MP, Craig Kelly.

Liberal MP Craig Kelly on renewables and the Paris agreement
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Alan Jones and Craig Kelly
19 October 2018

Alan Jones: Look, this Wentworth stuff, seriously. Dave Sharma is an outstanding candidate, but you’ve got Kerryn Phelps. She has a profile. They’re saying in Wentworth, climate change is an issue. If…

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#NYTimes summary of Nordhaus on #climatechange @jamespeshaw @Oxfamnz @GreenpeaceUSA

1996 Welfare reforms were predicted to leave countless destitute children to freeze in the streets overnight @SenSanders

From http://povertymeasurement.org/dashboard/

Maybe Bertrand Russell was not a complete prat on politics after all

From https://www.carillonregina.com/reformist-russia-bertrand-russells-visit-ussr/

Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg – No Relief from Debt Relief

How Being Obsessed with Health Can Make You ill

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