Climate Deniers

While addressing KPMG in Ireland last week I paid tribute to the climate deniers who did such a magnificent job of telling the big lie before Copenhagen last year.

The deadly deniers took a couple of isolated facts, added them together, as one would add 2+2, and convinced everyone that the answer was 293.

It was an easy sell. India wanted to burn coal, the US wanted to pass a health bill, the third world wanted to follow us polluters in the developed world and get rich. Very few of the leaders there had an appetite for decisive action. The EU did not speak with a united voice. China, the great change agent, pursued its own agenda, even if it is suffering the worst of any country from the effects of human induced global warming.

Vested Interests

There had been some changes in leadership in the big oil companies. Out went the softly softly approach of the previous generation of oil company CEOs. They were not going to allow science to ruin their share options. Big coal, particularly in the US, saw its chance, and won concessions from a President trying to correct the injustice of a lob-sided health system. Billions of $’s were spent on a press campaign, peaking nicely in December, which discredited the science of global warming created by humans.

Human induced global warming is good science

We are burning 85,000,000 barrels of oil per day. We are burning 18,630,000 tonnes of coal per day. We are burning 296,000 million cubic feet of natural gas every day. All of these cause the release of 36,590 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. In pre industrial times none of this happened. It is a fact that carbon dioxide changes the frequency of light and causes heating (the Dutch put carbon dioxide into their glasshouses to increase the temperature). In two independent pieces of research in the UK and California it was postulated that this would cause heating of the atmosphere. The actual results bore “a scary correlation to the postulated calculations” (Financial Times).

There are 400 million individual readings on land stations and 140 million individual sea surface temperatures used to calculate global surface temperature calculations. They have yielded the temperature curves below.

Climate deniers

One Response to Climate Deniers

  1. Patrick McCartan July 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm #

    “The Responsibility of the Global Electricity Industry to ensure a World-Class Transmission Network across all Nations & Continents”

    A Programme to tackle Climate Change

    Climate on the Brink
    With Electricity being the lifeblood of modern society, the Electricity Industry has the responsibility to ensure globally efficient networks and to lead the campaign in tackling climate change. The world is in trouble and we are running out of time. Serious measures must be taken if the planet is to survive. We must limit the rise in temperatures to 2C or less. Thus we need to cut global emissions in half between now and 2050. The Electricity Industry is major contributor to the changing climate. Energy loss, inefficient transmission networks, major greenhouse gas emissions (CO2, NH4, N2O) and poor network infrastructures are adding to this collision course between humanity and the global environment. Can we combat this confrontation? This is the great challenge for humanity. The Electricity Industry must accept its responsibility by stepping up to the plate to meet these challenges. From energy production efficiency to upgrading the world’s electrical infrastructure to high tech connected transmission network, a structured and committed organisation/ programme must lead it. This will play a pivotal role in meeting these challenges.

    Global Unification
    I propose the Global Electricity Community Programme (GECP). This model will involve a unified Electricity Industry across all continents with a communal ideology committed to a common goal of ensuring an efficient, world-class electrical infrastructure. It will lead the way in meeting our energy targets ratified by the Kyoto Agreement, ultimately helping to tackle climate change. It involves the coming together of all the electrical utilities, organisations and nations on a global scale to work together towards this goal. This industry led programme will ensure all members are adhering to industry standards and to assist in funding to ensure the transmission networks infrastructure are upgraded to agreed levels. The GECP will target, monitor and manage this up scaling.

    Continental Interconnection
    The GECP proposes that an electricity transmission system connects each country within each continent, by Interconnectors (by HVCD converters & cables). Similar to “Friends of the Super Grid for Europe”, this Continental Super Grid is designed to make possible large-scale sustainable power generation for transmission to centres of consumption ie to the cities. Each country and city will possess an industry standard smart electrical infrastructure, which will be connected to the Continental Super Grid. This Smart Grid City will support energy growth patterns and cater for increasingly energy hungry cities and support expanding growth patterns. It is envisaged the Smart Grid will accommodate 100% electricity powered by renewable energy.

    Electricity Management
    The goal is to manage electrical energy on a global scale and to empower consumers by providing unparalleled visibility and control over energy usage and which will change the way we all think about and buy energy. This new system will also transform the relationship between the utility and consumer from a one-way transaction into a mutual relationship that benefits both, and ultimately the environment. The intersection of new energy and information technologies is critical for the industry. The creation of a more reliable and high performance grid will start at the micro level, making inverters and converters more simpler, smarter, more integrated and more dependable. Transformer efficiency, energy waste avoidance and efficient operation of plant and networks are key.

    Commitment is key
    Upgrading the worlds electrical infrastructure to the highest standards is a multi trillion-dollar operation, thus political backing and funding are key to its success. Once in place it will combat energy losses and inefficiencies that occur in current outdated networks, saving billions in capital. We need every nation in every continent to commit to the goal of the GECP and for all global political representatives to work on the cohesive and unified plan to implement the relevant energy policies for each country. The construction of new high tech network will create tens of thousands of jobs and will enable countries to become exporters of energy to neighbouring countries on the continental grid. This will no doubt lay the foundations for economic prosperity.

    Leading by example
    A transition to a low carbon, resource efficient, global green economy is the challenge but also the opportunity for us all. Let the Global Electricity Community be the industry that leads by example by setting the highest standards in our unified effort to tackle climate change.

    Patrick McCartan 06-10, Energy Management Student, DIT Dublin, Ireland. pjmccartan@gmail.com

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