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Open Climate Letter to UN Secretary-General

Current scientific knowledge does not substantiate Ban Ki-Moon assertions on weather and climate, say 125 climate scientists. Policy actions that aim to reduce CO2 emissions are unlikely to influence future climate. Policies need to focus on preparation for, and adaptation to, all dangerous climatic events, however caused.



The EU Green Hell

The European Union's utopian scheme of transforming itself into a green energy powerhouse is faltering as its fantasy plan is colliding with reality. As the EU's economic and financial crisis deepens and unemployment continues to rise, what used to be an almost all-embracing green consensus is beginning to disintegrate. The green folly was founded on two apocalyptic fears: firstly, that global warming was an urgent threat that needed to be prevented at all cost, and secondly, that the world was running out of fossil fuels, which meant that oil and gas would inexorably become ever more expensive. Both conjectures, however, turned out to be bogus.



The High Cost of Low-Value Wind Power

Subsidizing wind generation is grossly inefficient: wind produces low-value electricity. Wind generation can never be “counted on” to be available if needed. In the USA, wind-generated electricity is least available when demand is greatest. As more wind power is generated, suppressing market prices, existing competitive generators will realize lower economic returns and will exit the market. The highest priced peaking generators will increase supply to meet the peak demand. Subsidized wind generation leads to higher prices in the long run.



The Performance of Wind Farms in the UK & Denmark

This study of wind farm performance shows that the normalised load factor for UK onshore wind farms declines from a peak of about 24% at age 1 to 15% at age 10 and 11% at age 15. The load factor for offshore wind farms in Denmark falls from 39% at age 0 to 15% at age 10. Few wind farms will operate for more than 12 to 15 years.



Ontario's Power Trip: The failure of the Green Energy Act

The Ontario Green Energy Act (GEA) was proposed as both an environmental policy and a job-creation policy. Dr. Ross McKitrick says it is misguided on both scores. The GEA will raise electricity costs and decrease employment. In Ontario, residential wood-burning fireplaces emit 33 times, and dust from unpaved roads put nearly 130 times the amount of aerosols from coal-fired power generating plants into the air each year. The Clean Air Alliance claims Ontario's coal-fired power plants cause 316 deaths per year. Using the same method for computing deaths, country-road dust kills 40,739 people per year, quite implausible considering there are only about 90,000 deaths from all causes in Ontario each year.




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