Monthly Archives: November 2014

Overbergse Landerye

Overbergse Landerye

Overbergse landerye
Met vore in gelid geploeg
Soos rymende kwatryne:
Metafore vir landelike skilderye.

©vuurklip 28Nov 2014


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Renewable energy ‘simply WON’T WORK’: Top Google engineers


Blowing in the Wind

Renewable energy ‘simply WON’T WORK’: Top Google engineers

Windmills, solar, tidal – all a ‘false hope’, say Stanford PhDs

By Lewis Page

Comment Two highly qualified Google engineers who have spent years studying and trying to improve renewable energy technology have stated quite bluntly that renewables will never permit the human race to cut CO2 emissions to the levels demanded by climate activists. Whatever the future holds, it is not a renewables-powered civilisation: such a thing is impossible.

Both men are Stanford PhDs, Ross Koningstein having trained in aerospace engineering and David Fork in applied physics. These aren’t guys who fiddle about with websites or data analytics or “technology” of that sort: they are real engineers who understand difficult maths and physics, and top-bracket even among that distinguished company. The duo were employed at Google on the RE<C project, which sought to enhance renewable technology to the point where it could produce energy more cheaply than coal.

RE<C was a failure, and Google closed it down after four years. Now, Koningstein and Fork have explained the conclusions they came to after a lengthy period of applying their considerable technological expertise to renewables, in an article posted at IEEE Spectrum.

The two men write:

At the start of RE<C, we had shared the attitude of many stalwart environmentalists: We felt that with steady improvements to today’s renewable energy technologies, our society could stave off catastrophic climate change. We now know that to be a false hope …

Renewable energy technologies simply won’t work; we need a fundamentally different approach.

One should note that RE<C didn’t restrict itself to conventional renewable ideas like solar PV, windfarms, tidal, hydro etc. It also looked extensively into more radical notions such as solar-thermal, geothermal, “self-assembling” wind towers and so on and so forth. There’s no get-out clause for renewables believers here.

Koningstein and Fork aren’t alone. Whenever somebody with a decent grasp of maths and physics looks into the idea of a fully renewables-powered civilised future for the human race with a reasonably open mind, they normally come to the conclusion that it simply isn’t feasible. Merely generating the relatively small proportion of our energy that we consume today in the form of electricity is already an insuperably difficult task for renewables: generating huge amounts more on top to carry out the tasks we do today using fossil-fuelled heat isn’t even vaguely plausible.


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Bootjie na Kammaland


Bootjie na Kammaland. Marionette van die Handspring Puppet Company.

Bootjie na Kammaland

Roei met jou spane,
Verberg hulle nie
Onder die maatemmer.

Eers links, dan regs.
Gly ritmies deur
Deinende golwe.

Kom ons om,
So kom ons om,
Al roeiende na Kammaland.

17 November 2014.

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Another Climate Change Ransom Note

A small voice in the desert – to which too few listen.

Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: threatening us with hellfire and damnation.


This piece was written for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy – which published and distributed it to Canadian news outlets last week. It has since appeared in the Calgary Beacon.

On November 2, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sent humanity a ransom note. In the words of the UK-based cartoonist known as Josh, its message was: “Give us trillions or you will fry!! There will be storms floods droughts winds and pestilence. We really mean it this time.”

The IPCC’s most recent document is is a 100-page summary of a multi-thousand-page opus released in three instalments over the past 14 months. While the public is told this report – the fifth of its kind – is a scientific assessment of the state of the world’s climate, the truth is more complicated.

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Gogga maak vir baba bang.



HL Mencken het gesê:

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

Lees nou hier hoe die warmistas ons die skrik op die lyf jaag.


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Iewers langs die spoor

” … leef holderstebolder
want die kis wag op die solder,
die lewe is ‘n skadu reen die muur …”

Koos du Plessis


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Onlangs gesien op die staproete van Pollenys, vuurklip en The Great White Hunter.

Die roete neem ons van punt A na punt B al langs die spoorlyn, iewers tussen Simonstad en Vishoek.

‘n Vastrapplekkie in die son.


Metro Rail se Blomtuin

Jou belastinggeld.

Row, row, row your boat …

Hierdie outjie het dit nie gemaak nie.

En die skeerbekmuis ook nie.


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Deur die lens
Van hierdie klein sfeer
Stroom fotone
Vanaf die verste sterre
Die oogbal binne.

Bots teen sensitiewe binnewande
En skep so ‘n beeld
Binne die beperkte ruimte
Van die brein.

‘n Beeld van die
Oneindige sfeer
Van die Heelal.

3 November 2014

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