Solar activity crashes – the Sun looks like a cueball

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Right now, the sun is a cueball, as seen below in this image today from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and has been without sunspots for 10 days. So far in 2018, 61% of days have been without sunspots.

IMAGE: NASA SDO

Via Robert Zimmerman, Behind The Black

On Sunday NOAA posted its monthly update of the solar cycle, covering sunspot activity for March 2018. Below is my annotated version of that graph.

March 2018 was the least active month for sunspots since the middle of 2009, almost nine years ago. In fact, activity in the past few months has been so low it matches the low activity seen in late 2007 and early 2008, ten years ago when the last solar minimum began and indicated by the yellow line that I have added to the graph below. If the solar minimum has actually arrived now, this would make this…

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The Road To Hell Is Paved With Solar Panels – “Solar Road” fails miserably

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$4.5 million project generates just $36.86 worth of electricity so far

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

Back in 2014, Anthony Watts pointed out an upcoming project called “Solar Roadways”. This was a project to put solar panels on roads. Hey, what’s not to like? Plenty of roadway space, put it to double use, we get free energy from the sun, right?

Well, as Anthony presciently commented at the time …

All in all, it’s a colossal green tech train wreck, but these clowns may be laughing all the way to the bank, or they may be shysters, either way, there’s a sucker born every minute.

Since a few years have now passed, I thought I might update the information about the project. The first rule of investigations, of course, is “follow the Benjamins”. This saying comes from the fact that Benjamin Franklin appears on the US $100 bill … so…

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Regrets: Fritz Vahrenholt – German RE Pioneer Demands End to Chaotic Wind Power Push

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Fritz Vahrenholt: finally sits down to a banquet of consequences.

If the tech savvy Germans can’t make wind and solar power work, no one can.

The Germans love cobbling together endless, guttural syllables to create nouns longer than the Autobahn.

‘Energiewende’ roughly translates as ‘energy transition’, which Germans have taken to mean a new path with energy. Germans were told that instead of coal and nukes, they’d run on sunshine and breezes, as if by magic.

Except that it didn’t quite pan out that way.

Germany has policies in place that will squander close to €1 trillion in subsidies ladled out to wind and solar.

Years ago, its brains trust determined to shutter its safe and reliable fleet of nuclear power plants by 2022; hypocritically, Germany still imports plenty of nuclear generated electricity from France and will do for decades to come.

Coupled with its push kill off its nuclear…

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US Wind Power Outfit Busted for ‘Mining’ Native American Land in Oklahoma

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A mine by any other name is still a mine.

Riding roughshod over the rights of indigenous peoples and desecrating their sacred land is all in a day’s work for the wind industry.

At places like the Bald Hills (in Gippsland, Victoria) and at Cape Bridgewater (in western, Victoria) wind turbine construction resulted in the desecration of sacred Aboriginal burial grounds: Bad Blood: Fatal Brawl Follows Pacific Hydro’s Desecration of Aboriginal Sacred Burial Site at Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm

In Mexico, wind power outfits have treated locals with the same kind of contempt, crushing human rights with absolute impunity: Mexican Wind Farm Madness: Wind Industry Crime & Corruption Crush an Ancient Culture

Danish wind turbine manufacturer, Vestas has blood on its hands, too; smashing Kenyan farmers resisting the outright theft of their land or, as they might call it, engaging in firm and effective “community consultation”: Africa’s Wind Power Scandal:…

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An “Exceptionally large amount of winter snow in Northern Hemisphere this year”

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From the Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past department and the Finnish Meteorological Institute comes this press release today.

Exceptionally large amount of winter snow in Northern Hemisphere this year

The new Arctic Now product developed by the Finnish Meteorological Institute shows with one picture the extent of the area in the Northern Hemisphere currently covered by ice and snow. This kind of information, which shows the accurate state of the Arctic, becomes increasingly important due to climate change. The Arctic region will be discussed at the Arctic Meteorological Week which begins in Levi next week.


In the Northern Hemisphere the maximum seasonal snow cover occurs in March. “This year has been a year with an exceptionally large amount of snow, when examining the entire Northern Hemisphere. The variation from one year to another has been somewhat great, and especially in the most recent years the differences…

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Never Ending Story: Texans Forced to Shell Out $Billions More in Wind Power Subsidies

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One thing you’ll never, ever hear from wind power outfits is a call to cut the subsidies that sustain them.

Remarkably, whether in Germany, Australia, Ontario or Texas, renewables rent seekers all speak the same language.

When talk turns to subsidies, you’ll only ever hear words like ‘more’. Challenge them about their nonsensical claims that wind power is cheap and truly competitive with coal and gas, they’ll start pleading about not doing away with subsidies, ‘just yet’.

Some cynics might suggest a needy form of addiction. STT likens it to the Never Ending Story.

Wind power outfits speared thousands of turbines across the Texas Panhandle. Now they want taxpayers to foot the bill for building the infrastructure that might enable them to deliver wind power to consumers, on those occasions when the wind is blowing just right, and not too fast (wind power doesn’t deliver during Texan Hurricanes, but…

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Study claims: Current deforestation pace will intensify global warming

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From the FUNDAÇÃO DE AMPARO À PESQUISA DO ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO and the  “worse than we thought” department.

In a Nature Communications article, international group of scientists affirms the prolongation of an annual deforestation of 7,000 square km can nullify the efforts for reducing GHG emissions

The global warming process may be even more intense than originally forecast unless deforestation can be halted, especially in the tropical regions. This warning has been published in Nature Communications by an international group of scientists.

“If we go on destroying forests at the current pace – some 7,000 km² per year in the case of Amazonia – in three to four decades, we’ll have a massive accumulated loss. This will intensify global warming regardless of all efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Paulo Artaxo, a professor at the University of São Paulo’s Physics Institute (IF-USP).

Reaching the conclusion

The group reached…

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