Ed ~ This is the second and final part of the series. You can read the first part here on UKIP Daily.
So why does the climate/temperature change?
There are literally hundreds of minor reasons causing hotter, colder, wetter, drier climate. However, the reasons for these comparatively minor changes pale into insignificance with the most important and powerful reasons for climate change; albeit these are very long-term cycles. These extreme changes to an ice age then back to extreme global warming such as those producing a tropical climate in our islands, then back again to another ice age and so on.
They are the three cycles controlling the earth’s relationship with the sun. These are known as the Milankovitch cycles after the Serbian scientist who discovered and analysed them, Milutin Milankovitch – who died in 1956.
The cycles are
- Eccentricity (every 100,000 years)
- Obliquity (every 41,000 years)
- Precession (every 26,000 years)
During the Eccentricity Cycle, the earth’s orbit around the Sun goes from its closest point, the Perihelion, to its most distant point the Aphelion. At the Aphelion a period of extreme cold is experienced on Earth while during the Perihelion a period of great warmth is experienced.
To complicate the patterns of the Earths movement further, during the Obliquity Cycle, the Earth tilts towards the sun and then away from the sun over a period of 41,000 years. The angle of tilt is very small; only two degrees, but at its extremes of tilt; a greater or lesser area of the Earth is exposed to the Sun’s energy and rays. An even more complicated period of movement is produced as the Earth wobbles, on its axis much like a child’s spinning top, this is called Precession, which again exposes or reduces the amount of the earth’s surface exposed to the sun. This cycle repeats itself every 26,000 years.
It will now be realised by the reader that the combinations and overlapping changes of these cycles are complex, but never the less, these forces far outweigh anything that man can do.
In discussing the subject of ‘Climate Change’ people have said to me, “Well if there is any doubt about it; why not play safe and go for renewable energy anyway?”
The reason is very simple. It has been calculated by the organisation ‘Scientific American’ that this could cost up to £315 billion in 2030. It looks like this when put into figures:
In addition to the money being spent on it, renewable energy is not as environmentally friendly as its protagonists make out.
Windmills need a concrete block to hold them in place, and the manufacture of concrete is the most Carbon Dioxide producing process known to man. The Windmills block must weigh anything from 10 tons to 50 tons depending on location.
Even before the blades start spinning the average wind farm clocks up thousands of tonnes of CO2 emissions from their manufacture. An estimate by a scientific organisation of a breakdown of just how much CO2 goes to build one giant windmill is about 241.85 tons of CO2.
The magnet in their dynamo, which produces the energy, is made of Neodymium-Iron-Boron alloy (Nd2Fe14B) a combination of rare earth metals. To make these metals requires huge amounts of energy and the process is extremely toxic. There is a lake in China 5 miles by 5 miles approximately which has poisoned the surrounding farmland and made many people ill and contracting cancer at an unusually high rate. This toxic lake poisons Chinese farmers, their children, and their land. It is what’s left behind after making the magnets for wind turbines.The lake of toxic waste is at Baotou, China, on the outskirts of one of China’s most polluted cities.
The process used to extract neodymium has an appalling environmental impact that raises serious questions over the credibility of so-called green technology.
In reality, as Britain boasts about its environmental credentials by spoiling its coastlines and beautiful moors and mountains with thousands of wind turbines, it is contributing to this vast man-made lake of poison in northern China. This is the deadly and sinister side of the massively profitable rare-earths industry that the ‘green’ companies profiting from the demand for wind turbines would prefer you knew nothing about.
The author has found that obtaining factual information about the amount of energy installed (Capacity) and the amount of energy produced, by windfarms both offshore and onshore is extremely difficult. It required many hours of research.
However, the salient and most up-to-date figures are as follows:
The energy produced by windmills and solar panels is still extremely low, very expensive, and above all intermittent, so traditional power stations still have to be built as back up for when the wind is not blowing or the sun is not shining.
As a typical example of the electricity generated by wind power in the UK, from 16th to 22nd January 2017, wind power generated 3% of all energy produced and solar 1%. In the same period, coal produced 18%, nuclear 18%, while Combined Cycle Gas Turbines produced the major share at 52%
The lessons which should be learned:
Wind and solar power systems are very expensive to make, install and run, produces very little electricity, is intermittent so that the traditional power stations must still be built (further cost) to fill in the gaps left by renewables. Windmills and acres of solar panels blight the most beautiful parts of our country, killing birds and fish, produce a dreadful droning sound, and the reduction in carbon emissions by running renewables has no effect on climate change anyway.
Meanwhile, in distant countries like Africa, Latin America, USA, Canada, Australia, China, and India; some 2,100 new coal-fired power stations are being planned.