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Why Wind Farms Can Be Relied On For Almost Zero Power

Modern society is fundamentally dependent on a reliable and on-demand supply of electricity. This electricity comes almost entirely from burning coal and natural gas, fissioning uranium or by large hydro-electric dams. On aggregate, these power...

Posted November 17, 2014    

The "Historic" US-China Climate Change Deal Confirms that We are Failing in the Fight Against Climate Change

Optimism has broken out among those concerned about climate change. Secret negotiations between America and China have given us a "game changing" deal, one that gives us a "fighting chance" to limit global temperature rises to 2 °C. As an old-...

Posted November 13, 2014    

It is Time to Stop Measuring Fuel Efficiency in Miles Per Gallon

Due to the absurdities of history, America uses what is essentially a mediaeval unit system that appears completely untouched by the scientific revolution. Corn yields are measured in bushels; slabs of meat are measured in pounds; distances are...

Posted November 3, 2014    

A Case Study in how Junk Science is Used by Anti-Nuclear Environmentalists

In opposing nuclear energy environmental groups draw on a wealth of imagery and deeply ingrained fears. There is no better demonstration of this than simply uttering the words Chernobyl and Fukushima. We all know these words and the fear they...

Posted October 27, 2014    

Britain's First Nuclear Power Plant In A Generation Isn't A Great Deal, But Neither Are The Alternatives

The European Commission announced this week that Britain's first new nuclear power plant for over twenty years does not violate state aid laws, and it now appears certain that it will be built. Hinkley C has been described as the "most expensive...

Posted October 9, 2014    

Climate Change: Is Failure Now Inevitable?

Later this week, the world's leaders, or at least some of them, will meet in New York to discuss what is to be done to limit future temperature rises on the only planet we have. Once again we will be greeted by opinion pieces telling us that an...

Posted September 22, 2014    

Reality Check: Germany Does Not Get Half of its Energy from Solar Panels

The rise of the Internet means that simple factual issues can be checked quicker than would have been believed possible a generation ago. The rise of social media means that facts are not checked, they are retweeted.Such is the case with renewable...

Posted August 18, 2014    

Which Countries Produce The Most Fossil Fuels?

Which country takes the most fossil fuels out of the ground? The answer to this question is relatively predictable: China. Today China is the world's biggest consumer of energy and the vast majority of that comes from burning coal mined in China...

Posted July 30, 2014    

Why China's Energy Consumption Will Keep Rising

In 1997, the Kyoto Protocol was signed. This was to usher in an era where the planet was to tackle climate change, and we were to see an energy transition from dirty, polluting fossil fuels to their low-carbon alternatives.Instead, here is what...

Posted July 9, 2014    

America Versus China: The New Reality Of Global Energy

In 1999, the International Energy Agency produced its annual forecast of the future of global energy production and consumption. Here is what it predicted would be China's annual carbon dioxide emissions in the year 2020: 7,081 million tonnes. In...

Posted May 12, 2014    

Biomass: The World's Biggest Provider Of Renewable Energy

If I asked you to think of renewable energy what comes to mind? I imagine it is skyscraper-sized wind turbines, solar panels on suburban roofs or massive hydro-electric dams. You probably do not think of burning wood or converting crops to liquid...

Posted April 23, 2014    

How Big Is The World's Biggest Solar Farm?

In the last few months we have seen both the world's largest solar bridge and the world's largest solar farm open. The bridge was opened in London, a city so famous for its fog that they named a fashion label after it. The farm was built in the...

Posted April 8, 2014