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Good questions, in the comments at Watts from Andrew Harding:
The warmists forgot one thing when they tried to persuade the world that AGW is happening and that is common sense. They were unable to provide answers to the following questions: 1) Why should I be paying a fortune for my gas,electricity,petrol and flights and have my countryside disfigured by windmills when industrial giants like China and India do nothing and have booming economies? 2) What % of CO2 in the atmosphere is regarded as “safe”? 3) 3% of CO2 in the atmosphere is man made, how do we deal with the other 97%? 4) Why have we had three cold winters in a row (with a fourth predicted) when we were told that AGW would mean that snow in the UK would be a thing of the past? 5) Likewise with the cool and wet summers? 6) Why are we building more wind turbines when we need power stations running in the background to provide power when the wind doesn’t blow? 7) Why are people who question AGW derided, insulted and described as “mentally ill” by AGW supporters? 8) If the science is “settled” why do we need more money pumped into research? 9) Is AGW as likely to end the world as HIV, bird flu, swine flu, tobacco, alcohol, mad cow disease, the millennium bug, 2012 and whatever date this year that some idiot told us would end mankind? 10) Climategate, hockey sticks, lawyers paid vast sums to prevent data paid for by the public, being seen by the public? 11) The global economic meltdown will be nothing in comparison to what will happen to the worldwide
I recently read a piece about wind and solar, which started with noting that one such might overcome the storage problem by heating salt and using that heat in off-line times. Which was interesting, if not persuasive (another plant stores power by using excess to pump water uphill into a reservoir and using it as hydro-power - no water or hills nearby, too bad). Around the fourth page in came the kicker: yes, almost everyplace would have to have fossil-fuel backup of at least ninety percent but that is no problem since these plants already exist! This was written in all seriousness by someone who appears to be much better educated than I, yet sees no "Oops!" in this.
This was almost as funny as the bunch raising money to put up baloons so as to release things like sulfates - I am sure they would be horrified if someone suggested just removing the sulfate capture devices from power plants.