Guardian Does Not Understand CCS

July 16, 2013

The Guardian’s Fiona Harvey has an article today “42% of UK population unaware of carbon capture and storage – poll” (see

Ms. Harvey says:

About 42% of people had no knowledge of CCS, which is posited by the government’s climate advisers as a way of helping the UK take carbon out of electricity generation, while continuting [sic] to use fossil fuels such as gas, within the next two decades.

First, CCS takes “carbon di-oxide” … a molecule with two oxygen atoms connected to one carbon atom … out of the exhaust of the power plant.

The purpose of CCS is not to remove carbon.

Second, I don’t think it important that the public know about CCS. It’s an industrial process and there are many very important industrial processes that 42% of the population are unaware and that causes no problem that I’m aware of.

Third, Ms. Harvey (and many others) are focusing on the wrong thing. They talk and promote the “how” without any discussion of the “what”. If CCS were to be implemented to the extent proposed, exactly how many degrees in C will the earth be “not warmed” by having removed a quantity of carbon dioxide missing from the exhaust of these power-plants? What is the benefit? How much will that benefit cost us now?


I have Never Known It So Average

July 15, 2013

Matt Ridley on the so-called abnormal extreme weather than people in some parts of the world say they are experiencing:

The fact that people have short memories about weather events is what enables this game to be played. The long Australian drought of 2001-7, the Brisbane floods of 2009-10 and the angry summer of 2012-13 stand out in people’s minds. People are reluctant to put them down to chance. Even here in mild England, people are always saying “I have never known it so cold/hot/mild/windy/wet/dry/changeable as it is this year”. One Christmas I noticed the seasons had been pretty average all year, neither too dry nor too wet nor too cold nor too warm. “I have never known it so average,” I said to somebody. I got a baffled look. Nobody ever calls the weather normal.

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July 11, 2013

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Difference in perspective

July 6, 2013

I had the opportunity to be away from home in the UK last week while on a business trip to USA. I was struck by the difference in coverage on the on-going Snowden saga. The UK press gives relentless coverage on what they say is heavy-handed actions by the USA to “get” Snowden back; where as in the USA the coverage is more on the spectacle of his difficulty in getting asylum somewhere and a debate on if he is a whistle blower or a spy.

I also notice that the UK press takes exception to the what Snowden says the NSA has been doing, yet they say nothing of the ubiquitous video surveillance on everyone in the UK. Far as I’m aware, even the USA does not have ubiquitous video surveillance of the entire population as we have in the UK.