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Portugal – The perfect example of how the ”Green” economy destroys a country and sends it into the Abyss

19 april, 2011

Below is an insider’s perspective of Portugal’s “Green” madness from EcoTretas. With ALL the NOW so well-known and typical ingredients from this Global Warming Hysteria.

Read, and be truly horrified over how our “intelligent” politicians on purpose are committing economic hara-kiri (Seppuku) for “our” countries.

And, as I have sad on many occasions, it is we the common people who have to pay the gigantic price for this madness.

The end result of a “Green economy”

Your country next?

http://ecotretas.blogspot.com/2011/04/dark-economy-inside-perspective.html

A Dark Economy – an inside perspective

Many of my international readers should know that Portugalis seeking a rescue package. The reason for the bailout? Strange as it may seem: a green economy that has gotten dark, so much darker… Portugalwill be the ONLY country in the World, according to the IMF (check out Table 2.2), that will have a GDP negative growth in 2012! José Sócrates, Environment Minister between 1999 and 2002, and Prime Minister since 2005, is the person behind this tragedy. His green vision has brought Portugal some recognition amongst greenies, but mainly a dark future!

Almost everything imaginable in this Green promise has gone wrong. Murphy’s law at its best:

Portugal was the first country with wave power in the world, at Aguçadoura; it broke down only two months later. Portugal has one of the biggest solar photovoltaic power stations in the World, at Amareleja, owned by Acciona, a Spanish company. The huge feed-in tariffs being paid for this solar energy is being sent to our neighbors…

Wind power has been a big bet. Big promises included green jobs, but the truth is that they are only a few thousands… The reality is that the more the wind blows, the poorer we get. This is true because wind feed-in tariffs are much higher than energy prices in the spot market.

With such a high share of wind energy, dam construction has started, so that they can be used for energy storage. A double cost, which would not be needed, if wind energy was not so big. But it doesn’t stop here: gas power stations had to be paid for being in standby, rising even more the indirect costs of wind power.

Portugal has boasted that it exported electricity energy for the first time in 2010. The truth is that most of that energy was exported at zero cost, a strange concept with an easy explanation: when wind blows, especially at night, energy consumption is low; the same does occur also in Spain, so they don’t need the energy. Spain exports it through France, and gets our excess energy for free. Once again, Portuguese consumers and taxpayers are subsidizing other richer countries…

It isn’t no surprise that electricity prices are very high in Portugal. Despite slightly above the European mean value, the low income means that energy is comparably much more expensive in Portugal. And this is only half of the picture, as the KWh energy price accounts for only about 40% of the electricity bill, the rest being taxes and subsidies…

Gasoline and Diesel also have very high prices in Portugal, amongst the biggest in the World. The reason: multiple taxes and subsidies paid at the gas pump. All this has a great impact on the Economy, and is the main reason behind fuel tourism to Spain, where prices are much lower. In fact, they are so much lower, that near the border, people drive 50Km or more just to fill the tank!

Lately, things have gotten even worse. Sócrates is pushing for electric cars, but nothing in those cars is being made in Portugal. Once again, we are effectively paying for R&D being made somewhere else, without any advantage for the country. Despite being one of the countries with the highest lithium reserves in the World, no value is added in Portugal.

Portugal also has some well proven gas reserves. Despite that, they are not being explored, with tourism fears being invoked. My view is that Sócrates wouldn’t go this way, as it is not green… And despite potential shale gas reserves being pointed out, no one talks about it in Portugal!

And I could continue. Talk about CO2 compensations sent to other countries, projects involving offshore wind or even more expensive solar energy. The truth is that the green promise has brought us a dark future. Remember this the next time someone tries to sell you a green economy…

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Temperature Trend/Decade for the 4 Largest U.S. Cities – It is getting Cooler and Cooler

12 april, 2011

I have written before on the largest states and on regional temperature trends. So therefore I thought it would be interesting to look at the recent 3 months (January-March) temperature from a “historic” perspective for the 4 largest cities.

New York (8,175,133), Los Angeles (3,792,621), Chicago (2,695,598) and Houston (2,099,451). All population figures from the 2010 census.

Especially to see how the decade trends have evolved during the last 31 years. The period that according to the Global Warming Hysterics and computer models they worship should show a steady and accelerated increase in temperature.

These four cities also are very well geographically spread over the country which means the data is even more interesting.

And as I always point out:

Remember, these are the official figures. With the poor placement of stations (91 % of the stations are CRN 3 to 5 = bad to very poor); where they have purposely taken away the urban heat island effect, use huge smoothing radius, the historical “adjustment and tweaking” to cool the past etc.

Not to mention the great slaughter of GHCN stations 1990-1993 – roughly 63 % of all stations were “dropped”. Oddly enough many of them in cold places – Hmmm? Now the number of GHCN stations is back at the same numbers as in 1890.

Also remember that the US stations are now nearly a third of the all GHCN world stations.

Another point to remember is that these data are from big cities. This means big Urban Heat island effect. The very obvious effect that it is warmer in the middle of big cities compared to the suburbs. And even more so compared to the countryside outside city limits.

This UHI effect on official temperature data has always been denied by the Global Warming Hysterics. And they have done their best to “adjust”, “tweak” or “reconstruct” the data to hide that effect. So that it doesn’t need to be accounted for in the “official data”.

So keep that in mind when you see the data below. This is the warmest of the warmest – temperature data from inside big cities.

I have written extensively about the UHI effect, see for example my posts:

Climate Gate – All the manipulations and lies revealed 60

Climate Gate – All the manipulations and lies revealed 222

Climate Gate – All the manipulations and lies revealed 223

Climate Gate – All the manipulations and lies revealed 243

Climate Gate – All the manipulations and lies revealed 268

Climate Gate – All the manipulations and lies revealed 269

Climate Gate – All the manipulations and lies revealed 342

Climate Gate – All the manipulations and lies revealed 354

How the world temperature “record” was manipulated through HUGE smoothing radius

How the world temperature “record” was manipulated through dropping of stations

Here is a good picture shoving the UHI effect

And here is a picture of an actual measurement in Reno, NV October 28, 2008. Shoving the Urban Heat island effect very clearly.

And remember this effect does not exist according to the Global Warming Hysterics. And does not in ANY SHAPE OR FORM affect the “official” temperature “records” according to them.

So here are the trends:

New York temperature recent 3 months (Jan-Mar) 1980-2011

The trend for 1980 to 2011 is 0.73 F / Decade

New York temperature recent 3 months (Jan-Mar) 1990-2011

The trend for 1990 to 2011 is – 0.30 F / Decade

New York temperature recent 3 months (Jan-Mar) 2000-2011

The trend for 2000 to 2011 is – 0.72 F / Decade

Wouldn’t you say that this is a prime example of rapid warming? Urban Heat island effect and all?

Los Angeles temperature recent 3 months (Jan-Mar) 1980-2011

The trend for 1980 to 2011 is – 0.27 F / Decade

Los Angeles temperature recent 3 months (Jan-Mar) 1990-2011

The trend for 1990 to 2011 is – 0.15 F / Decade

Los Angeles temperature recent 3 months (Jan-Mar) 2000-2011

The trend for 2000 to 2011 is  0.35 F / Decade

Some warming here. Interestingly the trend for the entire period (1944 to 2011) is0.51 F / Decade

Chicago temperature recent 3 months (Jan-Mar) 1980-2011

The trend for 1980 to 2011 is 0.63 F / Decade

Chicago temperature recent 3 months (Jan-Mar) 1990-2011

The trend for 1990 to 2011 is – 1.50 F / Decade

Chicago temperature recent 3 months (Jan-Mar) 2000-2011

The trend for 2000 to 2011 is – 2.97 F / Decade

So the “warming trend” 2000-2011 is exactly 2.97 F degrees COOLER a decade.  That is a whopping – 29.7 F COOLER in 100 years. Warm yourself!

Wouldn’t you say that this is a prime example of rapid warming? Urban Heat island effect and all?

But nothing to see here – Move On – You need to worry about the Predicted rise of 3- 4 F according to the computer models. Take no notice of the Actual trend. Trust us!

Houston temperature recent 3 months (Jan-Mar) 1980-2011

The trend for 1980 to 2011 is 0.88 F / Decade

Houston temperature recent 3 months (Jan-Mar) 1990-2011

The trend for 1990 to 2011 is – 0.12 F / Decade

Houston temperature recent 3 months (Jan-Mar) 2000-2011

The trend for 2000 to 2011 is – 1.27 F / Decade

So the “warming trend” 2000-2011 is exactly – 1.27 F degrees COOLER a decade.  That is a whopping – 12.7 F COOLER in 100 years. Take cover!

Wouldn’t you say that this is a prime example of rapid warming? Urban Heat island effect and all?

According to the computer models that the Global Warming Hysterics love so much, worship and blindly follows (especially our intelligent politicians), it should be EXACTLY the opposite.

And remember, this is the official data from the warmest of the warmest – temperature data from inside big cities.

And we are supposed to be very worried about a predicted rise of 3-4 F?

But not these ACTUAL trends?

And for this predicted trend the politicians want to take our societies back to the Stone Age. But, as usual, they DO NOTHING about the actual trend.

An interesting ”science” wouldn’t you say.

So to summarize this evidence of this “accelerated warming” trend:

New York trend 2000-2011 is exactly – 0.72 F degrees a decade

Los Angeles trend 2000-2011 is exactly 0.36 F degrees a decade.

Chicago trend 2000-2011 is exactly – 2.97 F degrees a decade.

Houston trend 2000-2011 is exactly – 1.27 F degrees a decade.

Another telling example of RAPID WARMING and an eminent treat to humankind!

That is truly “Global Warming” US style.

This is the “stuff” that “Global Warming” is made of.

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Recent 3 Months U.S. Temperature trend/decade – It is getting Cooler and Cooler

11 april, 2011

As a complement to my previous post March U.S. Temperature – 6.6 F cooler than the warmest March, I thought it would be interesting to look at the recent 3 months (January-March) US temperature from a “historic” perspective. To see how the decade trends have evolved during the last 111 years. Especially during the last 31 years.

And as I always point out:

Remember, these are the official figures. With the poor placement of stations (91 % of the stations are CRN 3 to 5 = bad to very poor); where they have purposely taken away the urban heat island effect, use huge smoothing radius, the historical “adjustment and tweaking” to cool the past etc.

Not to mention the great slaughter of GHCN stations 1990-1993 – roughly 63 % of all stations were “dropped”. Oddly enough many of them in cold places – Hmmm? Now the number of GHCN stations is back at the same numbers as in 1890.

Also remember that the US stations are now nearly a third of the all GHCN world stations.

So here are the trends:

US temperature recent 3 months (Jan-Mar) 1900-2011

The trend for 1900 to 2011 is 0.18 F / Decade

US temperature recent 3 months (Jan-Mar) 1980-2011

The trend for 1980 to 2011 is 0.3 F / Decade

US temperature recent 3 months (Jan-Mar) 1990-2011

The trend for 1990 to 2011 is – 0.66 F / Decade

US temperature recent 3 months (Jan-Mar) 2000-2011

The trend for 2000 to 2011 is – 1.99 F / Decade

So the “warming trend” 2000-2011 is exactly 1.99 Fdegrees COOLER a decade.  That is a whopping – 19.9 F COOLER in 100 years. Take cover!

According to the computer models that the Global Warming Hysterics love so much, worship and blindly follows (especially our intelligent politicians), it should be EXACTLY the opposite.

And we are supposed to be very worried about a predicted rise of 3-4 F?

But not this ACTUAL trend?

And for this predicted trend the politicians want to take our societies back to the Stone Age. But, as usual, they DO NOTHING about the actual trend.

So to summarize this evidence of this “accelerated warming” trend:

The recent 3 months trend 1980-2011 is exactly 0.3 F degrees a decade.

The recent 3 months trend 1990-2011 is exactly 0.66 F degrees a decade.

The recent 3 months trend 2000-2011 is exactly – 1.99 F degrees a decade.

Another brilliant and glorious example of RAPID WARMING and an eminent treat to humankind!

That is truly “Global Warming” US style.

An interesting ”science” wouldn’t you say.

This is the “stuff” that “Global Warming” is made of.

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March U.S. Temperature – 6.6 F cooler than the warmest March

10 april, 2011

The official March temperature figures are out.

And remember, these are the official figures. With the poor placement of stations (91 % of the stations are CRN 3 to 5 = bad to very poor); where they have purposely taken away the urban heat island effect, use huge smoothing radius, the historical “adjustment and tweaking” to cool the past etc.

Not to mention the great slaughter of GHCN stations 1990-1993 – roughly 63 % of all stations were “dropped”. Oddly enough many of them in cold places – Hmmm? Now the number of GHCN stations is back at the same numbers as in 1890.

Also remember that the US stations are now nearly a third of the all GHCN world stations.

For the February figures see my post:

February U.S. Temperature – 8.26 F cooler than the warmest February

For the January figures see my post:

January U.S. Temperature – 9.74 F cooler than the warmest January

For the 2010 figures see my post (where you have links to all US temperature posts):

2010 U.S.Temperature is -1.32F Cooler than the Warmest Year

See also my state and regional figures here:

California’s “hot spell”

Texas Cold’em

Catastrophic Climate Change – All human activity ceased in Florida and Georgia!

November Temperature – Continental U.S. and a Regional Analysis

March 2011 departure from normal temperature

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/cag3/cag3.html

And as I said in the beginningalways remember that these figures are based on the official data that has been tweaked, “adjusted” and manipulated to fit their agenda (cool the past, ignore UHI and land use change factors, huge smoothing radius – 1200km etc.)..

March temperature 1900-2011

“The average temperature in March 2011 was 44.0 F. This was 1.4 F warmer than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average, the 39th warmest March in 117 years. The temperature trend for the period of record (1895 to present) is 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit per decade.”

This year, the March temperature is – 6.6 F cooler than 1910, the warmest March. And if we compare this year’s March with 2007 it is – 4.49 F cooler.

If we compare with 1946 this year’s March is – 3.96 F cooler. And if we compare with 1921 is – 3.64 F cooler.

And the “warming trend” 1900-2011 is exactly 0.16 F degrees a decade.  That is a whopping 1.6 F warmer in 100 years. Take cover!

And notice the dramatic rise from 1906 to 1907. A rise of 9.47 F degrees.

And the dramatic rise from 1910 to 1911. A rise of 9.07 F degrees.

Or the rise from 1960 to 1961. A rise of 7.69 F degrees.

That’s what I call RAPID WARMING and an eminent treat to humankind! 

And we all know what happened – USA ceased to exist because of this catastrophic rise in temperature.

Except it didn’t – nothing happened. Everything went on as normal.

There are other years in the chart when the temperature increases 6.77 – 7.52 F in one year. And still, somehow mysteriously, USA went on as normal.

So a “predicted” rise of 3- 4 F degrees in 100 years is a total catastrophe for humankind.

But an ACTUAL RISE OF 9.5 F degrees IN ONE YEAR is nothing.

Interesting ”science” wouldn’t you say.

This is the “stuff” that “Global Warming” is made of.

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