Feb 04

India environment minister’s parting shot as it pulls out of IPCC: ‘There is a fine line between climate science and climate evangelism. I am for climate science.’

By Editor India, IPCC Comments Off on India environment minister’s parting shot as it pulls out of IPCC: ‘There is a fine line between climate science and climate evangelism. I am for climate science.’

Via the UK’s Telegraph:

The Indian government has established its own body to monitor the effects of global warming because it “cannot rely” on the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the group headed by its own Nobel prize-winning scientist Dr R.K Pachauri.

The move is a significant snub to both the IPCC and Dr Pachauri as he battles to defend his reputation following the revelation that his most recent climate change report included false claims that most of the Himalayan glaciers would melt away by 2035. Scientists believe it could take more than 300 years for the glaciers to disappear.

In India the false claims have heightened tensions between Dr Pachauri and the government, which had earlier questioned his glacial melting claims. In Autumn, its environment minister Mr Jairam Ramesh said while glacial melting in the Himalayas was a real concern, there was evidence that some were actually advancing despite global warming.

He announced the Indian government will established a separate National Institute of Himalayan Glaciology to monitor the effects of climate change on the world’s ‘third ice cap’, and an ‘Indian IPCC’ to use ‘climate science’ to assess the impact of global warming throughout the country.

“There is a fine line between climate science and climate evangelism. I am for climate science. I think people misused [the] IPCC report, [the] IPCC doesn’t do the original research which is one of the weaknesses… they just take published literature and then they derive assessments, so we had goof-ups on Amazon forest, glaciers, snow peaks.

Love it! They are saying to to group think and junk science. Hopefully this is a tipping point that causes the collapse of the IPCC.

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Aug 13

Wind farm biz needs to get "serious about generating power, and not just installing wind farms and reaping benefits from fiscal incentives. . . . "

By Editor India, Planet Gore, wind power Comments Off on Wind farm biz needs to get "serious about generating power, and not just installing wind farms and reaping benefits from fiscal incentives. . . . "

That’s a quote from Sunita Narain, of India’s Centre for Science and Environment.

Hat tip to Planet Gore who also reports:

Turns out that many wind-energy installers in India might be in it just for the government largesse, rather than to produce power. Wind energy accounts for 6 percent of India’s total installed power capacity yet just 1.6 percent of the country’s power.

And, of course, Al Gore’s beloved wind power has the same problem in the US.

Planet Gore:

U.S. wind-energy installation is, likewise, driven chiefly by federal and state subsidies and incentives, namely the 2-cents-per-kWh Production Tax Credit, along with accelerated depreciation for wind equipment, and state renewable-energy mandates. Wind-energy developers can recoup their investments quickly, so long as the PTC remains in effect. If the PTC expires, not only will we see a drastic drop in wind-energy investment and installation, but existing wind-power providers are likely to cease operations, leaving stranded not only plants but potentially transmission infrastructure. But for now, from the U.S. to India, the gettin’ is good.

Yes, wind is sustainable, but one of it’s Achilles’ heels is that it is not sustained – not to mention that wind farms also kill birds and fish.

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