Marvelously Resilient Coral

By Jim Steele – Re-Blogged From WUWT

Published October 2, 2019 in California’s Battle Born Media newspapers – the Pacifica Tribune, the Novato Advance, the Sausalito Marin Scope, the Mill Valley Herald, the Twin Cities (Larkspur and Corte Madera) Times, the San Rafael News Pointer and the Ross Valley Herald.

What’s Natural?

Imagine if today’s magnificent coral reefs all dried up and died – from the surface down to a depth of 400 feet. Horrifying! But that was exactly the case 20,000 years ago when growing glaciers of the Last Ice Age lowered sea level 400 feet. Yet coral reefs fully recovered as the earth warmed. So, what makes coral so resilient?

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Coal to Remain ‘King’ in Southeast Asia

By David Middleton – Re-Blogged From WUWT

Making Southeast Asia Great Again…

‘Coal is still king’ in Southeast Asia even as countries work toward cleaner energy

KEY POINTS

• Not only will coal continue to be the dominant fuel source in power generation in Southeast Asia, its use will grow and peak in 2027 before slowing, according to a Wood Mackenzie study.

• The Indonesian government has targeted generating 23% of electricity from renewable sources by 2025 — almost double the 12% now, but it will be “difficult to achieve because capacity expansion plans are still dominated by coal,” Moody’s analysts say.

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Coral and the Great Barrier Reef

By Mike Jonas – Re-Blogged From WUWT

I recently had a (fairly short) conversation with an acquaintance, who was stunned to discover that I did not think at all highly of the position that Professors Terry Hughes and Ove Hoegh-Guldberg at James Cook University, Queensland, have taken on coral science and the Great Barrier Reef.

“Have you seen the documentary Chasing Coral?” I was asked, “There seems to be a lot of evidence that the reef is dying.” (or words to that effect).

I agreed to watch the documentary (if I’d known it went for a whole hour I might not have agreed so readily), and to report back when we next happened to be at the local cafe at the same time – an event which occurs from time to time. A bit like coral bleaching, perhaps.

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Aussie Clean Energy Investment Falling as Political Support Falters

By Eric Worrall – Re-Blogged From WUWT

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The Duck curve. By ArnoldReinholdOwn work based on data from caiso.org, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

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Disconnect From the National Grid in Queensland, Oz

By Eric Worrall – Re-Blogged From WUWT

h/t JoNova; Aussie Federal MP Keith Pitt has urged the coal rich Queensland State Government to disconnect from the national grid, to stop demand from states which make “poor decisions” from driving up electricity prices when their renewable systems fail to deliver.

Imagine if states like California were cut off from their imported power, if they had to generate their own reliable electricity.

Critics of Keith Pitt’s plan have suggested that coal rich Queensland only built all that capacity because they service demand from other states.

But looking at the Energy Action website, it seems likely that by servicing demand from the renewable heavy grids of other states, Queensland may be importing some of their electricity price volatility.

As the recent WUWT BlueScope Steel article demonstrates, messing up your electricity grid with virtue signalling renewables, even indirectly, has real economic consequences.

Before entering politics Federal MP Keith Pitt was an electrical engineer.

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BlueScope Invests $1 billion in the US Steelmaking

By Ross Greenwood – Re-Blogged From 2GB

Steelmaking giant BlueScope is investing in a $1 billion expansion in the United States, with energy costs one-third of those in Australia.

They have announced a huge expansion to a key mill in the United States which has the benefit of lower energy costs.

BlueScope CEO Mark Vassella tells Ross Greenwood he is concerned about the impact of energy prices.

SA Blackout Blows Wind Farms Into Court

The Australian Energy Regular will take four South Australian wind farm operators to court accusing them of failing to perform properly during SA’s statewide blackout in 2016.

The action in the Federal Court will allege AGL Energy Ltd, Neoen SA, Pacific Hydro Ltd and Tilt Renewables all breached the National Electricity Rules.

“The AER has brought these proceedings to send a strong signal to all energy businesses about the importance of compliance with performance standards to promote system security and reliability” chair Paula Conboy said.

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