Extreme Poverty USA: The True Cost of Climate Madness

By Eric Worrall – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

While various US governments continue to waste unimaginable sums of public money on pointless climate schemes, real problems ranging from third world poverty in Alabama to an explosion of the skid row population of Los Angeles are being allowed to fester.

Human Intestinal Parasite Burden and Poor Sanitation in Rural Alabama

Hookworm infection affects 430 million people worldwide, causing iron deficiency, impaired cognitive development, and stunting in children.

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Aussie Politicians Panic Over Coal Closures

By Eric Worrall – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

Australia’s green conservatives are panicking that after years of political vilification, coal businesses are abandoning their plants, leaving a gaping hole in Australia’s baseload power reserves.

AGL digs in on coal plant closure as Turnbull government warns of ‘colossal failure’

Nicole Hasham James Massola
SEPTEMBER 6 2017 – 2:38PM

Energy giant AGL has issued a further snub to the Turnbull government, insisting it does not plan to sell its ageing Liddell power station nor keep it open beyond 2022.

In a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange on Wednesday, AGL said it was committed to closing the NSW coal-fired power station – Australia’s oldest operating coal plant – as planned.

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Can a Napa Winery Run on a Generator, Not PG&E, Forever?

From The Napa Valley Register – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

I’m not a Californian, and this raises questions.
1. The stated reason for the generator is the high cost of running power lines. Is the cost of the power to be delivered just as large a concern?
2. How competitive is a private generator with PG&E rates in Napa?
3. Is California power so expensive that people will begin considering diesel self-generation?

582a47598073c.imageA winery inside caves in hills above Soda Canyon that has generated controversy is facing questions about how it generates electricity.

The Caves at Soda Canyon relies on a generator, not Pacific Gas & Electric, for power. It recently learned that the Bay Area Air Quality Management District won’t give a permit for the existing generator and that it needs a newer, larger model, a county report said.

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Wind Power–Some Basic Facts

By Paul Homewood – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

We see many glowing articles about wind power, and renewable lobbyists, such as Renewable UK, are often given undue space in the media to peddle mistruths.

This article is designed to lay out some of the basic facts. It will naturally concentrate mainly on the UK, but I believe it will have relevance elsewhere too.

 

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #281

The Week That Was: August 19, 2017 Brought to You by www.SEPP.org

By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project


Quote of the Week. Physics has a history of synthesizing many phenomena into a few theories – Richard Feynman


Number of the Week: $4 Trillion


Blackwaters: Blackwater rivers and bogs belie the claims that ocean carbonization, foolishly called “ocean acidification”, will eliminate life. Blackwater rivers are common to the Amazon and the Southeast US, and found in Europe, Africa, Australia, Indonesia, and elsewhere. A blackwater river is a slow-moving current running through forested or highly vegetated swamps or wetlands. Decaying vegetation, particularly leaves, release tannins into the water, making a comparatively transparent, acidic water into one darkly stained, resembling tea or black coffee.

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Top Electric Grid Regulator Will Make Keeping Coal Plants Online One Of His Main Goals

By Michael Bastasch – Re-Blogged From Daily Caller

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee said he would look for ways to “properly compensate” coal plants for providing reliable electricity during his time as a top energy regulator.

“These are essential to national security. And to that end, I believe baseload power should be recognized as an essential part of the fuel mix,” Chatterjee said in a video interview FERC officials posted online Monday.

“I believe that generation, including our existing coal and nuclear fleet, need to be properly compensated to recognize the value they provide to the system,” Chatterjee said.

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Drilling Set to Begin in British Shale

By Daniel Graeber – Re-Blogged From https://www.upi.com

Cuadrilla Resources says its drilling rig is on site and ready to tap into a natural gas basin in Lancashire.

Drilling is set to begin in a British shale natural gas basin, where Cuadrilla Resources said there is no precedent in the country. Photo courtesy of Cuadrilla Resources