January 8, 2010

Y2Kyoto: You Don't Need No Stinking Coal Generation

Stories from ice-bound Britain....

Michael Dukes, the forecast manager at Meteogroup, says the Nasa satellite image of Britain shows snow over almost the entire country. He says that the swirl of cloud over East Anglia is the cumulus cloud system that caused snow showers today.

Meanwhile... wind speed as measured over the last 48 hours at Hilbre Island weather station.



Posted by Kate at January 8, 2010 9:57 AM

But where is all that stored power from these little gizmos?

Posted by: Justthinkin at January 8, 2010 10:08 AM


4.58pm Icy conditions have caused so many accidents in the Hartlepool area that the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton has run out of crutches.

Posted by: jcl at January 8, 2010 10:24 AM

And they want the world to be COLDER, right??? Not warmer COLDER....yeesh....this article reads like something right out of Ayn Rand.....

Posted by: jcl at January 8, 2010 10:27 AM

The Ants and the Grasshoppers is a wonderful Aesop's fable. Perhaps it should be tweeked abit to describe the frolicking grasshoppers as global warmist and the hardworking ants remain the same with their view of the world...prepare for winter or persish.

Posted by: The Glengarrian at January 8, 2010 10:32 AM

At article from the Times saying that the UK ain't ready for wind power:

Posted by: rabbit at January 8, 2010 10:34 AM

Unfortunately, thanks to movies like The Day After Tomorrow, the well of rationality has been poisoned. I've already had people invoke that idiot film as explanation for why it's so damned cold this winter. It's *colder* because of the *warming*, you see.

Posted by: Daniel Ream at January 8, 2010 10:35 AM

Where did that 9 knot gust come from?

Did Gore burp or something?

Posted by: AtlanticJim at January 8, 2010 10:49 AM

One big gust knocked out the anemometer, or is that what they call dead calm?

Posted by: gobi desert at January 8, 2010 11:14 AM

And at Accuweather a poll of meteorologists reveals the majority skeptical of man made global warming and fully a third believing it's a scam:

Posted by: DrD at January 8, 2010 11:21 AM

Canada signs Copenhagen pact.

"The plan commits developed economies to provide the developing world $100 billion U.S. by 2020 to help them deal with their greenhouse- gas emissions."

Utter fools.

Posted by: Sounder at January 8, 2010 11:27 AM

Wind and tidal are not the answer, but most folks down here in Nova Scotia can't seem to do the math. For sure our NDP gov will not be moving away from the green vision anytime soon.

11.796 cents a KWh from my last bill, up from 10.67 in 07/08, and 09.22 in 06, biomass is the next big thing, and that's not the answer either.

Wish they would read this, and maybe apply some common sense.

Posted by: mitchel44 at January 8, 2010 11:31 AM

If you check the 7-day record, it doesn't look much better...

Posted by: dcardno at January 8, 2010 11:37 AM

It looks like a spring day. Here in Alberta a 5 week cold snap. -20 for weeks on end. And 6" of snow... whoopee.

Posted by: tewchip at January 8, 2010 11:49 AM

Nuclear, nuclear, nuclar if you prefer. Faster please.

Posted by: Erik Larsen at January 8, 2010 11:56 AM

Hope and Fear have been buried in the left-liberals' AGW-PET Cemetery.

Captains Courageous* has arrived to assist Daniel and his band**.

"Climategate: Here Comes Courage!

(Is climate catastrophism losing its ‘politically correct’ grip?)

by Robert Bradley Jr. from
January 4, 2010

The times are changing in the wake of Climategate. And more is to come as the polluted science embedded in the email exchanges gets reviewed by talented amateurs and pros alike on the blogosphere (see Climate Audit, Roger Pielke Jr., and WattsUpWithThat, in particular).

Given time, the rethink will go mainstream. Scientists are truth seekers at heart, but an entrenched mainstream of climate scientists–so many of them friends and political allies–will need to be nudged out of their denialism.

Old voices are challenging their ‘mainstream’ colleagues, and new voices are coming forth. I have seen this clearly here in Houston (examples below), and I expect it is happening elsewhere.

Consider what Andy Revkin, the recently retired climate-change science writer at the New York Times, told the public editor at the Times regarding Climategate: “Our coverage, looked at in toto, has never bought the catastrophe conclusion and always aimed to examine the potential for both overstatement and understatement.”

Sounds like the Times will report both sides of the issue now, rather than just trumpet alarmism as it was prone to do in the past (remember William K. Stevens?). Joe Romm at Climate Progress (Center for American Progress) is furious at this development, but just maybe over-the-top Joe has himself to blame for getting Revkin and the like to want to report on both sides more than ever before. And Romm himself is now considered damaged goods by the Left, thanks to the four-part expose by the Breakthrough Institute.

Climategate, in short, is making quite a difference. But much more courage is needed."

*Captains Courageous:

"Captains Courageous Biography Summary

Captains Courageous is an 1897 novel, by Rudyard Kipling, that follows the adventures of fifteen year old Harvey Cheyne Jr., the arrogant and spoiled son of a railroad tycoon."

"**Dare To Be a Daniel

Standing by a purpose true,
Heeding God’s command,
Honor them, the faithful few!
All hail to Daniel’s band!"

Posted by: maz2 at January 8, 2010 12:12 PM

A hospital running out of crutches? No doubt they have some limp excuse...

Posted by: ebt at January 8, 2010 12:14 PM

ebt, you're casting health care in a bad light

Posted by: Erik Larsen at January 8, 2010 12:24 PM

I hope this gives a small reminder of why we use a lot of energy in Canada. If you think about it these are the people that want to reduce us to their level. See.. because at your level nothing works. A 'normal' day here leads to a National crisis.

Posted by: Speedy at January 8, 2010 12:25 PM

Brietbarts new site: Big Journalism is hitting this hard.

Posted by: James at January 8, 2010 12:34 PM

Sounder @ 11:27 "Canada signs Copenhagen pact."

If I would have known that yesterday, I would have given the guy that phoned looking for money a much bigger earful.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at January 8, 2010 1:07 PM

Europe is in AGW's embrace, Al Gore's Weather survey shows. CARE (Committee for AGW's Relief in Europe) announces all sessions cancelled.

"Germany prepares to face blizzard

German households have been advised to stock up on food, medicines and drinking water as the nation braces for a blizzard that is heading its way."

"In Switzerland, heavy snow has cut the flow of lorries through Alpine tunnels."

"Spreading south

In the UK, the worst winter for decades has led to a fear for energy supplies as temperatures dropped to -22C (-8F)."

"In the Netherlands, icebreakers have been deployed to clear shipping routes such as the Twente canal, the harbours of Almelo and Enschede and the Ijsselmeer inland sea.

Northern Spain is expecting more heavy snowfalls while the country's south has been hit by severe floods.

France is also braced for more snow. Meteo France warned: "The amount of snow expected is significant, exceptional even"."

Posted by: maz2 at January 8, 2010 1:09 PM

Note the "big gust" was only 9 knots. Not so big at all.

Posted by: wendy.g at January 8, 2010 1:10 PM

From above:

Canada signs Copenhagen pact.

"The plan commits developed economies to provide the developing world $100 billion U.S. by 2020 to help them deal with their greenhouse- gas emissions."

Shoulda read the fine print first before signing up. Seems that there were reports around that the agreement was to "provide the developing world $100 billion per year U.S. by 2020".

Posted by: foobert at January 8, 2010 2:19 PM

Gazing west out the window [instead of preparing for a two o'clock], one ponders how the pidgeon population maintains equilibrium in this snow globe called the Plains. The wild birds are attacking all our feeding stations at home like there's no tomorrow. With the little falcon hanging around, they could be right.

Posted by: Mazzuchelli at January 8, 2010 2:52 PM

Update to AGW, Al Gore's Weather.

Correspondent: Bishop Hill.

The heavies from the Socialist Circus are on the hunt: "National Domestic Extremism Team".

"Statement from Norfolk Police

This morning I contacted Norfolk Constabulary with a view to finding out if they had yet ascertained whether the breach at the Climatic Research Unit was a leak or a hack. I have just received a response which is frankly amazing:

Norfolk Constabulary continues its investigations into criminal offences in relation to a data breach at the University of East Anglia. During the enquiry officers have been working in liaison with the Office of the Information Commissioner and with officers from the National Domestic Extremism Team. The UEA continues to co-operate with the enquiry however major investigations of this nature are of necessity very detailed and as a consequence can take time to reach a conclusion. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.

The National Domestic Extremism Team? Words fail me."

Posted by: maz2 at January 8, 2010 4:04 PM

"...11.796 cents a KWh from my last bill..." and don't forget mitchel44 that the power utility actually asked for a 1.5% rate decrease but the guvment added a 1.5% greenie tax so the consumer got shafted... again.

Posted by: Texas Canuck at January 8, 2010 5:07 PM

If anyone cares to notice there is a status alert on the web site dated December 24th stating the wind sensor is malfunctioning and recording too low of wind speeds. (Right, nudge nudge wink wink say no more)

In True UK fashion, we will then install a wind senor that adds 2 knots all the time, to "hide the decline" in wind speeds.

Posted by: Illiquid Assets at January 8, 2010 5:14 PM

I guess those wind farms would work better here in Montana, but it is going to take a bunch of them.
HARLOWTON N/A 34 10 37 W29G38 N/A WCI 20
LIVINGSTON CLOUDY 36 7 30 W31G40 30.11F WCI 23
BILLINGS CLOUDY 25 7 46 SW26G32 30.08S WCI 9
MILES CITY CLOUDY -2 -13 59 NE3 30.15F
BAKER N/A 0 -8 68 SE9 30.16F WCI -15
* EKALAKA APT N/A 16 -6 37 SE15 30.08F WCI 1
* REED POINT N/A 22 9 57 SE3 N/A
* ABERDEEN HIL N/A 27 -3 27 SE11 N/A WCI 17

Posted by: Mike Kelley at January 8, 2010 5:24 PM

I'm not a believer in AGW but here in Vancouver temps are going up to 11 this weekend and right now its pouring rain. It better get cold for the Olympics.

Posted by: tranio at January 8, 2010 10:04 PM


3 freakin' times I've been to Whistler. Every time it's been the same; cold, grey, cloudy, and snowing at the top, and cold, grey, cloudy, and raining at the bottom.

I sincerely hope they get the right kind of weather for the Olympics, but I'm not holding my breath.

Posted by: KevinB at January 8, 2010 11:49 PM