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Monthly Archives: January 2019


Can wind and solar replace fossil fuels?

By Richard D. Patton Statements implying that wind and solar can provide 50% of the power to the grid are not difficult to find on the internet. For example, Andrew Cuomo announced that “The Clean Energy Standard will require 50…

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More wind and solar than SA can use — we threw away 10% of the generation

But we have so much wind power, too much, that in South Australia the AEMO had to intervene to curtail excess wind and solar generation. (This curtailment wouldn’t need to happen if people weren’t so persnickety about blackouts. Honestly, South…

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Happy Arctic New Year 2019

  With the end of December, Arctic ice is rebuilding in the dark up to its annual maximum before the beginning of dawn in March.  Since many of the seas are already at their maximum extents, the coming months will only…

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More Tornadoes? Capital Weather Gang Plug Flawed NOAA Study

By Paul Homewood     https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2018/12/26/will-be-first-year-with-no-violent-tornadoes-united-states/ As I noted earlier today, the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang have reported that last year is the first on record to have no EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes in the US. The Capital Weather Gang…

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