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CCNet – 4 April and 7 April - Coal and Gas

CCNet – 4 April 2011

The Climate Policy Network

Forget Global Warming: Germany Goes Back To Coal

Germany’s nuclear policy U-turn leaves it little choice other than to rely more heavily on coal power, and that could boost its annual carbon emissions by as much as 10 percent. The loss of some 7,000 megawatt (MW) in nuclear power capacity prompted utilities to resort largely to coal power, and this could boost Germany’s annual carbon emissions by 45 million metric tons, or around 10 percent, analysts have estimated. Germany simply cannot fill the nuclear gap with the cleaner gas option. --Henning Gloystein and Jackie Cowhig, Reuters, 4 April 2011

It is the intention of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) to turn Lower Saxony into the first nuclear-free state in Germany, according to a SPD position paper seen by NDR 1 Niedersachsen. As a replacement for nuclear energy, the SPD intends to build conventional coal and gas power plants, but also the development of renewable energies. NDR News, 4 April 2011

Should the French Socialist Party win next year's presidential elections, it will lead, at least, to a partial abandonment of nuclear energy generation in France. "Split between supporters and opponents of nuclear power, the Socialist Party this time tends to favour shutting down nuclear power plants," said the Sunday paper. -- Der Standard, 3 April 2011

Japan signalled Monday it may review ambitious climate goals amid a nuclear disaster that has crippled reactors and highlighted the radiation risk of the low-carbon energy source. Top government spokesman Yukio Edano said Japan's carbon emission reduction goals were open to review after the quake, tsunami and nuclear calamities struck over three weeks ago. --AFP, 4 April 2011

Australia's national science agency research commissioned by the federal government suggests climate change could dramatically reduce the number of tropical cyclones in the Australian region and decrease wave heights on the nation's east coast. The surprise findings, which appear to contradict some common predictions about the impact of climate change, are contained in scientific papers on “Projecting Future Climate and its Extremes”, obtained under Freedom of Information laws by The Australian Online. -- Ben Packham, The Australian, 4 April 201

There is hope. Mr. Flannery has basically admitted there is no need for the climate war to continue. By revealing that the temperature drop would not be realized for perhaps a thousand years there simply is no pressing need to transform the way we make energy today, tomorrow or twenty years from now. The collateral damage resulting from such a forced and rapid transformation would likely far, far exceed any guessed at benefit of unknown magnitude hundreds of years in the future. To risk the prosperity and safety of billions of people on such tenuous assumptions is reckless and irresponsible to the extreme. The climate war should be declared over. –Art Horn, Energy Tribune, 31 March 2011

1) Forget Global Warming: Germany Goes Back To Coal - Reuters, 4 April 2011

2) Forget Decarbonisation: Now Even France May Abandon Nuclear Power - Der Standard, 3 April 2011

3) Japan May Revise Climate Targets Over Nuclear Crisis - AFP, 4 April 2011

4) Oxford Literary Festival: 'Are We Fiddling While the Planet Burns'? - The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival

5) FOI Request Reveals Hidden Research Findings - The Australian, 4 April 2011

6) Art Horn: The Climate War Should Be Declared Over - Energy Tribune, 31 March 2011

7) Allen Sanderson: Declaration Of Independence - Chicago Tribune, 30 March 2011 

If you read nothing else, read no 6.
[...] "Apparently at this point the moon’s stronger gravity effect kicked in. Upon further questioning Flannery blurted out “If we cut emissions today, global temperatures are not likely to drop for about a thousand years.” The first time I read this I had to go back and read it again, I was that stunned. Bolt was not satisfied with this answer. He was simply looking for an actual number, not a vague statement of generalities. He pressed Flannery to give a number like the cost of buying a car. He said you need to know the price of the car before you spend real money to buy it right? Flannery agreed."

CCNet – 7 April 2011

The Climate Policy Network

Shale Gas's WOW! Moment

The importance  of the US Energy Information Administration's report on World Shale Gas Resources cannot be understated.  Paradigm shifting, game changing, even mind-boggling doesn't do justice to the revelations in this report.  As I've said a number of times:  Shale gas doesn't change everything,  it's much more important than that. --Nick Grealy, No Hot Air, 6 April 2011

The U.S. government’s lead envoy on climate change said the United Nations talks aimed at negotiating a binding treaty to curb global warming are based on “unrealistic” expectations that are “not doable.” The comments were the strongest criticism yet from the U.S. of the process aimed at capping greenhouse gases. Stern suggested the U.S. may circumvent the UN process saying it’s “not the sole platform” for climate protection. --Jim Efstathiou Jr, Bloomberg, 7 April 2011

Over the past few years it has gradually become clear to me that climate change is a nosebleed, not a severed limb, and that the remedies we are subsidising are tourniquets round the neck of the economy. --Matt Ridley, The Times, 5 April 2011

In his private life, Ragendra Pachauri is entitled to his personal political views. But no one in their right mind should trust the scientific judgment of a scientific body when its chairman indiscriminately lends that body’s good name to publications involving Greenpeace, animals rights activists, Friends of the Earth, and the World Wildlife Fund. --Donna Laframboise, No Frakking Consensus, 5 April 2011

1) Nick Grealy: Shale Gas's WOW! Moment - No Hot Air, 6 April 2011

2)  World Shale Gas Resources: An Initial Assessment of 14 Regions Outside the United States - U.S. Energy Information Agency, 5 April 2011

3) UBS: Fukushima Is Worse For The Nuclear Industry Than Chernobyl - Financial Times, 5 April 2011

4) US May Abandon UN Climate Talks Over $100 Billion Finance Demand - Bloomberg, 7 April 2011

5) Matt Ridley: Green Cure For A Nosebleed: Choke The Patient - The Times, 5 April 2011

6) Rajendra Pachauri: The IPCC’s Activist Chairman - No Frakking Consensus, 5 April 2011

Thanks Dr Peiser GWPF

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