How China became a Global Winner

I nearly choked on my rice crispies when I read it. It was even more unbelievable than Cheryl Cole and her serial adulterer ex-husband getting back together. But then I remembered two recent items in the news:

(1) The quiet period that the sun is having means the world is actually cooling down, not warming up as all the doom-sayers predicted. [I could feel a corporate shudder going down the spine of the climate-change gurus.]

(2) Britain just had a visit from the Chinese Premier.  (Shown here smiling, and no wonder!)

And then the bizarre news story that I’d just read fell neatly into place:

“Sulphur from Chinese power stations ‘masking’ climate change”

“The huge increase in coal-fired power stations in China has masked the impact of global warming in the last decade because of the COOLING effect of their sulphur emissions, new research has revealed.”

Hang on a mo. What did I just read? Coal-fired power stations actually have a COOLING effect on the environment? So WHY in the name of all that’s sane, are we closing down Europe’s coal-fired power stations? Come on, stop nagging about (gasp) FOSSIL FUELS like they are the spawn of the devil; let’s solve our looming energy crisis, open up the mines again, repair the ailing power stations, burn coal like there’s no tomorrow and heal the planet at the same time. However, as always there’s a downside…

The report continues: “…But scientists warn that rapid warming is likely to RESUME when the short-lived sulphur pollution – which also causes acid rain – is cleaned up and the full heating effect of long-lived carbon dioxide is felt.

“Within the last decade” (the one they told us would result in doom and disaster, remember?) “global surface temperatures DID NOT not show a rising trend, leading some to question whether climate change had stopped.”

(PANIC!!! Maybe the hockey-stick chart really IS a scam and all the nagging to wash clothes in cold water and recycle envelopes was in vain?? Surely not?)

“The new study shows that while greenhouse gas emissions continued to rise, their warming effect on the climate was OFFSET by the COOLING produced by the rise in sulphur pollution. This combined with the sun entering a less intense part of its 11-year cycle and the peaking of the El Niño climate warming phenomenon.”

“Michael E Mann, at Pennsylvania State University and not part of the research team, said the study was “a very solid, careful statistical analysis” which… demonstrated that “the claim that ‘global warming has stopped’ is simply false.””

AHA!! That’s number (1) scary news story laid to rest, then. Phew. Although the earth is cooling down, the global warming evangelism isn’t false, because all the sulphur that we tried to prevent in fact has had the opposite effect than it was believed a few years ago. A triumph of getting it completely WRONG and still coming out on top. Don’t you admire their skill?

Before we move on to scary news story number (2) – did you notice one little factoid that could have been passed over? Sulphur emissions “cause acid rain”. Hmmm… well I recall the brainless idea that was mooted last year of cooling the planet by pumping huge amounts of that very same sulphur into the atmosphere! The same substance that in their own words, “causes acid rain”.

(** Please, I beg you to read this article so you know I’m not exaggerating. I don’t think any amount of exaggeration could come near the truth.)

The report continues: “The cooling effect of sulphur pollution on climate has long been recognised by scientists studying volcanic eruptions, which have, for example, caused failed crops and famines in the past.” (oh, lovely) “Sulphur dioxide forms droplets of sulphuric acid in the stratosphere, which increases the reflection of the Sun’s heat back to space, cooling the Earth’s surface.”

Which would YOU prefer – a suphurous environment with permanently hazy skies, corrosive rain, dying vegetation and crops, starving animals, polluted lakes and seas, all in the name of “saving the planet”;  OR continuing to live with the increasingly unsustainable threat that some day the earth might warm up a couple of degrees, as it has done many times in the past.

Now, China…

For so many years, China has been the bad boy. Forget human rights, forget the communist dictatorship, the REALLY bad thing about China (according to the experts) was its refusal to cowtow to the demands of the Greenies, and cripple its own industry for the sake of the environment. After all, Europe’s done it and now is the envy of the world for being unable to meet its own energy demands, and creating the highest unemployment and financial defecit ever.  So why shouldn’t other countries follow suit?

But there is a solution: “China  is ready to help European countries achieve a stable economic growth.”  When Chinese premier Wen Jiabao arrived, he promised to offer Europe a helping hand with its debt crisis, prop up the faltering Euro, buy Spain’s debt, support European trade and industry and assist Europe in the Middle East crisis as well.

So now China is NOT the biggest polluter of the skies, it’s a world saviour instead. It’s managed to avoid cutting carbon emissions, defy the Kyoto Protocol, and still come out a winner.

Yet a few short years ago things were very different. In 2005, The Grauniad printed an alarmist piece (written by the BBC Newsnight science editor) about China’s coal-fired power stations that said:

“Eighty per cent of China’s electricity comes from coal, yet coal is a prime source of carbon dioxide – the global warming gas. If the power plants go ahead, it will be all but impossible to avoid dangerous climate change….

“China wants to be seen as a vibrant, go-ahead nation. It’s tearing down the Hutong courtyard homes of Beijing’s poorest, eager to banish their “Dickensian” alleyways. In their place come modern flats and all the energy-guzzling domestic appliances that go in them.”  Pan Juihua, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences:  “When you have many problems you have to prioritise. When you have poverty you have to tackle poverty first.”

Quite so. Chinese people apparently hanker for a nice modern centrally-heated apartment instead of a rat-infested hovel and who can blame them?

The Science Editor comments: “Nearly 80% of China’s electricity comes from coal. That’s twice the average, worldwide. And for the time being, as the demand for power grows, this means one thing – more emissions of climate-changing gases.”

China replies that, “We are a country with a lot of coal, very little oil and very little gas. The development of coal is the basis of the development of the country. There is no way that we can replace our production of coal or use alternative sources of energy to totally replace it.”

(Why not just close down all your coal mines  and decommission your nuclear plants as Germany has decided to do.  They too have “no alternative source of energy”, but it didn’t stop them. They lead the way in closing their eyes and ears to the facts.)

But the wise editor at the Beeb in 2005 continues to warn that “What China does now will decide how much damage it causes the world’s atmosphere. If it builds these coal-fired power stations it will push carbon dioxide concentrations right up to the 400 parts per million level at which scientists expect dangerous climate change.”


How wrong could you be, dear Science Editor? If you listen to the news reports today, it seems plain that burning coal was the answer after all, not only for the wealth and comfort of China (now in a position to bankroll the rest of us who did our bit for the environment) but they have staved off global warming for the forseeable future.

That is, if you believe everything you read.

Climate Change Religion Destroying Nations and Lives

Never has there been a world religion so evangelical, so ludicrous, so biased, and so contrary to common sense as “climate change”. (It used to be called “global warming” until even its supporters realised that name was unsustainable in light of factual research.)

This week it has been announced that all gas and electricity bills are to go up by an average of 15% and in most cases more like 20-30%. Those who use LEAST power will pay MOST! (Way to penalise those who ARE trying their best.)

The news media have been very slow to tell us why, and the electricity companies are throwing out every deception they know to cover the real truth: we are all being made to pay billions for the “green agenda” this country has adopted in defiance of the rest of the world.

Energy companies are required to buy a proportion of their energy from “renewable resources” and they pass the cost onto the customers. Then there’s the kickbacks paid to wind-farm owners, which again come off our energy bills. They are also obliged to keep the price of energy high as a sort of energy-tax on consumers, and a deterrent to industry.

The greatest energy-users (and thus supposedly the greatest polluters of the atmosphere) such as China, India and America have all refused to set targets or to close their power plants. Alone in all the world, the UK has committed itself to a binding, legal obligation to de-carbonise this country, and to produce power from “renewables”, aka wind power.

Yet the UK’s contribution to global carbon emissions is a tiny 2 percent, and is more than wiped out by China’s annual increase in energy needs. Even if we completely shut down all industry in this country, closed every power-station, and went back to using candles and ox-carts, we would STILL not have solved any global problems (if you accept they exist in the first place.)

We contribute bumpkiss to global warming, yet we are destroying our nation to resolve it.

This Government brags about how “green” they are, saying the UK is the only nation legally committed to imposing severe and binding carbon-reducing requirements on the country. At a time of global recession, is this wise? Certainly, other more sensible countries have said no.

How much more deluded can our Government be – they are worshipping a false god (mother earth) with beliefs that can be scientifically challenged by a schoolchild. And the result is policies that impoverish the nation and endanger the faltering economy at the worst possible time to do it.

While cutting back on social care, hospitals, education and benefits, they hand out huge subsidies to anyone greedy enough to erect a windfarm or plaster their house with solar panels.

Companies have sprung up on the promise of a fast buck, aggressively advertising such schemes, and offering tax-free windfalls for the participants. If you really want to annoy the neighbours, kill wildlife, and irretrievably destroy your local environment why not just set off a small nuclear explosion that will power your farm for decades? It would be far more effective for your energy needs I promise you. (Possibly not so lucrative however, and there’s the rub.)

No greater delusion can be found than the Government’s plan to decarbonise the country. To do so they need to pour billions  into raping our beautiful landscape to erect thousands of ugly wind farms. But that doesn’t matter according to the official reports. “Wind power MUST be made to work“, a report by the Sustainable Development Commission has said. The report’s authors accept wind farms will alter the British landscape, but “probably not as much as climate change would“.

This is like saying I should burn down my house because that is less destructive than the tornado or tsunami that “could possibly happen” in the future.

In February 2011 there were 283 UK grid-connected wind farms containing 3,153 wind turbines with the “capacity” to generate 5204 MW. Of course they don’t do anything like that. No wind farm works “to capacity”. Last winter these blights to the countryside give us less than 0.2 percent of what we needed to keep warm.

It’s been estimated that, in order to meet their commitment, the Government would have to erect ten wind turbines per DAY for the next two decades, and that figure is based on an incorrect estimate of how much power they might produce. The truth is, they are totally inefficient!

At the same time as producing minimal amounts of electricity, they need power drawn from the national grid to keep going. Coal stations are used as a back-up when there is a surge in demand for gas and the wind does not blow – which both tend to happen a lot in this country. But this need for backup coincides with a European Union directive to CLOSE Britain’s coal and oil fired power stations!

The UK has committed to switching off these stations by 2015, leaving it uniquely vulnerable to gas shortages and the intermittency of wind farms. Industry will have its gas supply shut off first – and then what will it use?

The Government’s over-optimistic strategy predicts it will save “750 million tonnes of CO2 between now and 2030“.  BUT even the official figures represent a saving of just SEVEN seven per cent of the UK’s annual CO2 emissions and only 0.1 per cent of world emissions.

The latest and most deluded doctrine of this religion is the abhorrence of shale gas. If you believe in God and his provision, then shale gas might just be seen as his answer to the world’s energy crisis. All around the world, huge amounts of oil and gas can be found in the shale layers underground. This has always been known but until recently the technology did not exist to extract it. That problem has been solved and now every nation is looking into commercial extraction to meet their energy shortfall.

But the UK is dragging its feet.

According to the British Geological Survey there could be around 150 billion cubic metres of onshore shale-gas in the UK. This the equivalent of 1.5 years of total UK gas consumption and is worth around £28bn at today’s prices. But already the green gurus are throwing up their hands in despair and calling for exploratory drilling to halt.

A report by Kevin Anderson, professor of energy and climate change at the Tyndall Centre at Manchester University, says the shale gas should be left in the ground. “In an energy hungry world any new fossil fuel resource will only lead to additional carbon emissions. In the case of shale gas there is also a significant risk its use will delay the introduction of renewable energy alternatives.

The shale gas reserves have only become available because of breakthroughs in both drilling techniques and chemical products but it has transformed the energy market in America and sent the price of natural gas plunging downwards.

Britain and the rest of Europe have much higher gas prices currently and a link with oil prices have sent them to very high levels.

Now as you open your fuel bill in August and see your already-high payments shoot up by as much as 30 percent, will you pin the blame on the climate-change “religion” or will you blame “rising wholesale prices” or “expenses to our infrastructure” as the Electricity Company wants you to believe?