Monday, July 23, 2012

[30-minute video]: "You people are screwed": Donna Laframboise Melbourne - YouTube
Canadian investigative journalist Donna Laframboise speaks to IPA members in Melbourne about the flaws she has discovered in IPCC reports.
Dan R. Fink: Solar Electric Backup for Disasters? Not as Easy as You Think
Unfortunately it's not that simple, and not cheap. The problem is, how do you store energy for when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing? A solar array and wind turbine with no battery backup will not power anything in your house if the grid goes down. Only a battery bank or engine generator can do that...
Even worse, all batteries wear out. Pull a battery bank down too low too often or leave it that way for too long, and you might get only one to four years of life instead of the eight to 10 normally expected. Amortize the cost of the batteries and installation over the years, and you can rack up a pretty expensive "battery bill" each month, just for the privilege of owning them.
British Chancellor Demands End To Unilateral Climate & Renewables Targets
The Chancellor has demanded that the Energy Secretary Ed Davey abandon the UK's pathway towards climate targets. In a leaked letter, George Osborne says renewables are too expensive and suggests expanding plans for gas-fired generation. James Murray, editor of said: "Make no mistake this is an all-out assault on the entire green energy sector."

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