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  • Post-Fukushima Japan Chooses Coal Over Renewable Energy

    • Date: 20/04/14
    • Chisaki Watanabe and Masumi Suga, Bloomberg
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    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing Japan’s coal industry to expand sales at home and abroad, undermining hopes among environmentalists that he’d use the Fukushima nuclear accident to switch the nation to renewables. The Joban Joint Power Co. Nakoso coal-fired power station stands illuminated at night. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg A new energy plan approved by Japan’s […]

  • Christopher Booker: The BBC’s Groupthink Is An Enemy To Free Speech

    • Date: 20/04/14
    • Christopher Booker, The Sunday Telegraph
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    On pretty well every issue, the BBC has its ‘party line’, dictating what can and cannot be said   When Jeremy Paxman joins the growing chorus of those who criticise the way the BBC has become a “smug”, dysfunctional, over-blown bureaucracy, run by overpaid unaccountable apparatchiks, one might think that they are describing the European […]

  • Judith Curry: Worst Case Scenario Versus Fat Tail

    • Date: 19/04/14
    • Judith Curry, Climate Etc.
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    This post is motivated by an essay by Kerry Emanuel published at the Climate Change National Forum, entitled Tail Risk vs. Alarmism, which is in part motivated by my previous post AAAS: What we know. Excerpts: In assessing the event risk component of climate change, we have, I would argue, a strong professional obligation to estimate and portray the […]

  • Climate Brainwashing Of Children: A Rough Guide To Spotting It Happening

    • Date: 19/04/14
    • John Shade, Climate Lessons
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    Way back in 1992, Thomas Sowell wrote about brainwashing going on in the American education system, and he defined what he meant by that emotive term.  As I shall show below, his insights are relevant today when examining materials aimed at children about climate. Extracts from Chapter 3: “A variety of programs used in classrooms […]

  • Japanese Scientists Develop New Fracking Method: Extracting Shale Gas Using CO2

    • Date: 19/04/14
    • The Japan News
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    A Kyoto University research team developed a new basic technology to extract shale gas trapped deep underground by injecting carbon dioxide into shale bedrock instead of water, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. The research team said it plans to start a large-scale substantiative experiment to verify the technology in autumn, aiming for practical use of […]

  • Four Stages Of UK Shale Gas And Oil Exploration & Development

    • Date: 19/04/14
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    This infographic by The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) shows the stages of exploration and development of shale gas in the UK. The UK government believes shale gas can provide the UK with energy security, economic growth and over 200,000 jobs. Full story  

  • If Only We Had Your Problems! Labour Shortage Threatens To Bust The Shale Boom

    • Date: 19/04/14
    • Isaac Arnsdorf, Dan Murtaugh and Jack Kaskey , Bloomberg
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    How high is demand for welders to work in the shale boom on the U.S. Gulf Coast? So high that “you can take every citizen in the region of Lake Charles between the ages of 5 and 85 and teach them all how to weld and you’re not going to have enough welders,” said Peter Huntsman, […]

  • Climate Change Proponents Using ‘Medieval’ Tactics: Australian Attorney-General

    • Date: 19/04/14
    • Lisa Cox, The Sydney Morning Herald
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    George Brandis has compared himself to Voltaire and derided proponents of climate change action as “believers” who do not listen to opposing views and have reduced debate to a medieval and ignorant level. In an interview with online magazine Spiked, the [Australian] Attorney-General also declares he has no regret for saying Australians have the right to be […]

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