Rent-seekers would have it that giant lithium-ion batteries are the simple answer to wind and solar’s hopeless intermittency, but that notion doesn’t stand first contact with the wind and solar industry’s nemesis: arithmetic. The wishful claim that we’ll all soon be powered by nothing but wind and solar is, of course, utter nonsense. And, as […]Numbers Game: Smashing The Wind & Solar Power Storage Myth With Arithmetic — STOP THESE THINGS
Month: April 2022
‘It will be hard to find a farmer left’: Sri Lanka’s organic-only experiment collapses harvest and economy
Hannah Ellis-Petersen | Guardian | April 26, 2022
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There is barely a citizen of [Sri Lanka] who hasn’t felt the bite of catastrophic inflation and fuel, food and medicine shortages in recent weeks.
The full implications of the ill-advised policy – which has now been reversed – are only just being realised. Farmers say their livelihoods are under threat and for the first time in its modern history, Sri Lanka, which usually grows rice and vegetables in abundance, could run out of food as harvests drop and the government can no longer afford the food imports the country has become overdependent on in recent years.
For the farmers of Sri Lanka, their problems began in April last year when President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who now stands accused of pushing the country into financial ruin, implemented a sudden ban on chemical fertilisers.
“There was no proper plan, no training or education, so it’s clear to the farmers there was an ulterior [motive] here,” said Vimukthi de Silva, an organic farmer in Rajanganaya.
“Prior to this policy, the government had unsuccessfully tried to commercialise farm land, which is the biggest commercial asset the country has. So many of us think this was another way to try and get farmers to leave their land, or to weaken the farmers’ position and enable a land grab.”
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Several farmers told the Guardian that last season they barely sold any of the rice or vegetables they cultivated, instead keeping it just for their own consumption to ensure the family wouldn’t go starving. It was a decision that led to a drop in the amount that went to the markets to feed the rest of the country, further driving up prices […]
Study quantifies metal supplies needed to reach EU’s climate neutrality goal — Watts Up With That?
Meeting the European Union’s Green Deal goal of climate neutrality by 2050 will require 35 times more lithium and 7 to 26 times the amount of increasingly scarce rare earth metals compared to Europe’s limited use today, according to a study from Belgian university KU Leuven.Study quantifies metal supplies needed to reach EU’s climate neutrality goal — Watts Up With That?
Kamala Harris is not qualified to be President
Copied from November, 2020. If anything happens to President Joe Biden, God forbid, Kamala would be president, although she is clearly not qualified. See the post below and references. Even more worrying is the fact that she has yet to utter a serious thought not already provided by others in the administration. She has yet to accomplish anything of substance unless you count being a member of committees as a Senator or tie breaker votes as President of the Senate. In my opinion, the lights are on, but it appears that no one is home. Has she had too many hits of marajuana or other recreational drugs, or is she just that stupid? That she might actually become president is a really scarey scenario.
by Kay Kiser, 11/14/2020
Kamala Harris is ineligible to be President because she is not a “natural born Citizen” as required by the Constitution. As such, she is also ineligible to run for Vice President. Here’s why.
Father: Donald J. Harris, a Jamaican American, arrived at the University of California, Berkeley on a colonial (UK) Jamaican government scholarship in the fall of 1961. According to Wikipedia, in the fall of 1962, he spoke at a meeting of the Afro American Association—a students’ group at Berkeley whose members would go on to establish the discipline of Black studies, propose the holiday of Kwanzaa, and help form the Black Panther Party. He graduated from Berkeley in 1966 with a PhD in Economics. Quoting from Wikipedia: “Harris’s economic philosophy was critical of mainstream economics and questioned orthodox assumptions; he was once described as a ‘Marxist scholar’ and said to be ‘too charismatic, a pied piper leading students astray from neo-Classical economics’” and “He eventually became a naturalized United States citizen.”
Mother: Shyamala Gopalan, from India, a United Kingdom colony, graduated from Berkeley in Jan. of 1964 with a PhD in Nutrition and Endocrinology.
Kamala was born Oct. 20, 1964 in Oakland, California, making her a citizen at birth, although apparently both parents were noncitizens on student visas at the time.
To hold the office of president, you must be a “natural born citizen,” not just a citizen.
Constitution, Article II, Section 1, part 5: “No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President, neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained the Age of 35 Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”
According to Lawrence B. Solum, Georgetown University Law Center, in a 2007 article Originalism and the Natural Born Citizen Clause, “What was the original public meaning of the phrase that establishes the eligibility for the office of President of the United States? There is general agreement on the core of its meaning. Anyone born on American soil whose parents are citizens of the United States is a “natural born citizen.” According to a Harvard Law Review ForumCommentary by Neal Katyal & Paul Clement, On the Meaning of “Natural Born Citizen,” The meaning of “natural born Citizen” in English common law and to the founders at the time of the writing of the Constitution is that both parents must be citizens of the United States, regardless of her birthplace. As a child of citizens of another country, the child is not a “natural born citizen.” In this case, her parents were citizens of the United Kingdom, since both Jamaica and India were at the time colonies of the UK. She is a citizen but not a “natural born citizen.”
Kamala Harris is not eligible to be President of the United States on these grounds because both parents were citizens of other countries on student visas at the time of her birth.
PS. This also applies to Barak Obama, but was ignored, over the protests of the opposition. That is, unless his real father was Frank Marshall Davis, a well-known Communist and friend of the family, and not Barak Obama Senior, a foreign student in need of an extended visa, as claimed.
 Barry, Ellen (August 21, 2020). “Kamala Harris’s father, a footnote in her speeches, is a prominent economist”. The New York Times. Retrieved 24 August 2020.”
 2007 Originalism and the Natural Born Citizen Clause, Lawrence B. Solum Georgetown University Law Center, firstname.lastname@example.org
 Harvard Law Review Forum,On the Meaning of “Natural Born Citizen,” Commentary by Neal Katyal & Paul Clement, MAR 11, 2015, 128 Harv. L. Rev. F. 161
‘Little hope’ of material new energy supplies by 2025, but US LNG is best bet in long term – analyst — Upstream
Neither renewable nor fossil fuel projects will impact energy market by 2025, but big schemes favoured to cure post-2030 shortfall‘Little hope’ of material new energy supplies by 2025, but US LNG is best bet in long term – analyst — Upstream
Sorry, Nature, Associated Press, etc., Climate Change Is Not Making Hurricanes ‘Wetter’ — Watts Up With That?
With the current limited state of knowledge, attribution studies are sideshow carnival crystal ball gazing, tea leave reading stuff, not serious scientific research.Sorry, Nature, Associated Press, etc., Climate Change Is Not Making Hurricanes ‘Wetter’ — Watts Up With That?
Week in review – climate edition — Climate Etc.
by Judith Curry A few things that caught my eye these past weeks We find that ocean warming and ice shelf melting respond to long-term changes in the atmosphere – specifically the Southern Hemisphere westerly winds. [link] The magic and mystery of turbulence [link] Interpreting extreme climate impacts from large ensemble simulations – are they…Week in review – climate edition — Climate Etc.
Melting ice caps may not shut down ocean current, say researchers — Tallbloke’s Talkshop
A portion of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation [image credit: R. Curry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution @ Wikipedia] Another supposed climate tipping point, popular with the alarm-loving media, floats away? A feature that’s “built into many models” was found not to work as advertised. – – – Most simulations of our climate’s future may be […]Melting ice caps may not shut down ocean current, say researchers — Tallbloke’s Talkshop
IPCC World’s Last Chance (Again) — Science Matters
Getty Images James Macpherson reports on the latest deadline in his Australian Spectator article The IPCC say the world is ending! (Again?) .H/T John Ray. Excerpts in italics with my bolds. In the latest ‘now or never!’ since the ‘last now or never!’ the United Nations has warned the world that it is once again ‘now […]IPCC World’s Last Chance (Again) — Science Matters