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Wind Power Fluctuating Wildly Today

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By Paul Homewood

Just a quick snapshot of the electricity mix over the last 48 hours:

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https://www.bmreports.com/bmrs/?q=eds/main

Wind power has swung wildly from next to nothing on Wed night to 11 GW last night.

And, of course, it is CCGT which has taken up the slack, ranging from 3 to 17 GW. Nuclear, by necessity, sends all of its available power to the grid, and other sources are too small to make a difference. (Other than coal of course).

I have yet to see a rational explanation as to how CCGT can be replaced in this role of grid balancing from anybody in charge of our energy policy.

Am I missing something?

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Pinker on free speech and academic freedom

Why Evolution Is True

Here’s a short Big Think talk by Steve Pinker, much demonized by the success-hating Pharyngula crowd as well as those who make their living by prognosticating the demise and degradation of humanity or our lack of social progress. Here Steve advances the well-known arguments for both free speech and academic freedom, which is simply free speech (as well as freedom of inquiry, the right to pursue what interests you) in a university setting. The arguments may not be new, but in this generation need to be repeated endlessly, for many young people and Leftists are beginning to mutter darkly that free speech is overrated.

And so Steve’s rationael for free speech is worth hearing again:

“We just don’t know any route to knowledge other than what Karl Popper called ‘conjecture and refutation’: throwing an idea out there and seeing if it withstands attempts to falsify it.”

This of course refers…

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Renewables alone by 2030 will not mean zero emissions but blackouts

From https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2019/10/04/lettersrenewables-alone-2030-will-not-mean-zero-emissions-blackouts/?WT.mc_id=tmgliveapp_androidshare_AtMdwTb1fYfj

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