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Blowout Week 127

Global temperatures falling, two Illinois nuclear plants to close, UK solar house-holds to pay insurance for grid access, more threats from Niger Delta Avengers, gas guzzler sales rise, first oil shipment from Yamal, Merkel puts brakes on the Energiewende, fule shortages in France, UK to reconsider coal shutdown, more islands seek 100% renewables, a brighter future for North Sea oil, microbe energy storage, Brexit, US-Russia nuclear cooperation, the Fukushima “ice wall” and why the world isn’t going to meet the 2˚C warming goal. Continue reading

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Do clouds control temperature, or does temperature control clouds?

Previous Energy Matters posts that have dealt with the cloud/temperature relationship (here and here) have concluded, as have most other studies, that cloud cover acts as a control on global surface temperatures. In this post I dust off a widely ignored but apparently robust cloud cover series – the ICOADS ocean series – which suggests that ocean surface temperatures may in fact be acting as a control on cloud cover rather than the other way round. Continue reading

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Blowout Week 123

A few careless campers who forgot to extinguish their campfire, or maybe a few kids playing with matches, or a cigarette, or an arsonist, a piece of glass, whatever, have in the last few days done more to bring the global oil market back into balance than OPEC and the rest of the world’s producers put together. Continue reading

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Drought, El Niño, Blackouts and Venezuela

It’s fashionable these days to blame everything that goes wrong with anything on human interference with the climate, and we had yet another example last week when President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela fingered drought, El Niño and global warming as the reasons Venezuela’s lights keep going out. In this post I show that his Excellency has not a leg to stand on when he makes these claims, but that because no one ever looks at the data everyone believes him. Continue reading

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Blowout Week 111

This week’s Blowout features the US supreme court’s surprise decision to block Obama’s clean power plan and how it might cause the Paris Climate Accord to unravel. Below the fold a message from US shale producers to OPEC, China’s meltdown-proof reactor, wind and solar in the EU, South Australia, Scotland, California and Morocco, the CSIRO layoffs, the Rugely shutdown, Scotland’s dwindling tax revenues, Swansea Bay tidal takes a hit, Friends of the Earth in trouble over anti-fracking campaign, WWF accused of “involvement in violence & abuse”, the waning El Niño, Christians give up fossil fuels for Lent and UK rig workers no longer fit through escape hatches. Continue reading

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Blowout Week 108

This week’s lead story speculates that climate change killed off all the aliens. It is an award-winner even by climate change standards, but I’m not sure what the award should be. Suggestions are solicited. Below the fold more on OPEC and the Middle East, oil industry job losses, Obama concerned about methane emissions, wind overwhelms Merkel, Hinkley doubts and the Greens want to shut down the North Sea. Continue reading

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Blowout week 106

We kick off with “Climate Change” and the recent UK floods? Below the fold: Saudi Arabia considers privatizing Aramco, earthquakes in Oklahoma, a natural gas leak in California, TransCanada sues Obama over Keystone, North Sea oil & gas production up, EU investigates Drax subsidy payments, Ed Davey knighted, military intervention to forestall ISIS in Libya, uranium outlook brightens, Greenland wants out of the Paris Agreement, more battery storage in UK, more renewables in Scotland, the 2015 El Niño ties for strongest on record and the new geologic epoch – the Anthropocene. Continue reading

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UK Winter Storms 2015

On Sun 4th as the main body of rain cleared away to the East, anyone caught on the Southern flank of this low pressure was going to witness some strong winds during the day. The wind gusts were typically reaching 90 mph on exposed Southern and Western coasts but even inland away from coastal areas, gusts of wind were reaching 70 mph. It was not quite on the scale of the Great Storm of October 1987 but was the worst one to hit the UK since the Burns Day Storm in January 1990. Continue reading

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Kiribati, sea level rise, and poverty

According to reports the Pacific island nation of Kiribati is heading for a watery grave, courtesy of rising sea levels caused by man-made climate change. It sounds as if Kiribati is doomed, and a part of it may well be. But if so it will be because of too little water, not too much. Continue reading

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Where El Niño Makes It Rain And Where It Doesn’t

Does El Niño affect rainfall everywhere or just in a few places? And what does its widely ignored twin sister La Niña do? I looked into this question a few years ago, and here is a brief summary of the results. Continue reading

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Blowout week 72

This week we focus on the squabble between the UK and Austria over Hinkley Point, which threatens to escalate into a full-blown confrontation that could have far-reaching effects on UK energy security and on the future of nuclear power in Europe. Certainly if an EU member state can delay or stop construction of a nuclear plant in another EU member state simply because it doesn’t like nuclear then the future of nuclear in the EU is gloomy indeed . Continue reading

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Blowout Week 62

Drawing one of the strongest links yet between global warming and human conflict, researchers said Monday that an extreme drought in Syria between 2006 and 2009 was most likely due to climate change, and that the drought was a factor in the violent uprising that began there in 2011. Continue reading

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Blowout week 46

The main stream media is full of low oil price stories this week and is suitably alert to the risks this poses to the oil industry and global economy. Normally low oil price would be viewed as a positive thing, but on the back side of Hubbert’s peak things work differently. Continue reading

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