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German Village Produces 321% More Energy Than It Needs?
Umm, this claim seems too good too Ideal, perhaps they are only considering “electrical needs” for things like Lights, Televisions, Computers and other Gadgets? Does this include Car & Truck transportation, Food, Farming & Fertilizer, Heating, and energy to produce stuff imported to their village that they don’t manufacture, . . .
It doesn’t really matter what you think. India and China plus al the rest of the BRICS are building more and more coal powered plants because they know that is THE only way to lift their people out of poverty by giving them access to cheap power. In a few years your arguments will be ignored, because 1) the Climate is not performing as the models predict and b) many more factors than CO2 drive Climate Change. At present people who point to the later are derided, like Soon, Singer, Lindzen Nir Shaviv etc. Including Lockwood who 8 years ago was saying that the sun had no influence to now saying that the lack of sunspots will cause a cooling. (But not you note a warming when we have large number.)
I am quite disappointed tat a noted scientist such as yourself can place the changing climate down to just Anthropomorphic influence. And incidentally renewables cost 5 – 6 times the cost coal and without cheap electricity there would be now stainless steel or aluminium in theatres.
Who are you responding to, an imagined Robert Wilson?
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Just wanted to thank you for your recommendation of the book “Future Babble.” It’s brilliant!
Thanks. You should read Gardner’s book Risk as well, if you haven’t already. Even better.
What are your thoughts on the claim that over vast regions, aggregate wind resource is rather consistent?
I myself have seen only evidence to the contrary at looking at the performance of US statewide wind turbine fleets in California and Texas….. Yet some people will suggest that the region needs to be larger yet than these states and the aggregate wind resource will surely be more consistent.
While I realize the idea of vast arrays of wind turbines uniformly dotting the landscape is a bit unrealistic to begin with, I am wondering if some simple information on meteorology, or some set of data might demonstrate the reality regarding the geographic expanse of real time wind resource and how it changes over the course of a year.
Surprise, surprise: China Burns Much More Coal Than Reported, Complicating Climate Talks (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/04/world/asia/china-burns-much-more-coal-than-reported-complicating-climate-talks.html)
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