Trump Derangement Syndrome: Advice From A Fellow TDS Victim

Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin

Dear TDS Victims,

I’m on your side.

I know exactly what it feels like. The very thought of how on earth it came to this makes you shudder and wince: this monstrous, overwhelming and overbearing presence, dominating and devastating everything you once held dear; displaying no obvious sense of compassion, no empathy, no class, and less grace than an ostrich let loose in a One Stop…

How anyone in their right mind could be a fan of this blight upon humanity eludes you… they must be stupid, gullible, brainwashed or just plain nasty people to support such an obviously divisive, offensive manifestation of politics, right?

Every news story, meme or monologue you come across seems to reinforce your negative opinions about this grotesque scam, which only makes you more and more incandescent with rage that such a travesty could have been allowed to happen.

All in all, it just makes you feel so MAD!

I get it. I feel your pain. I really do.

The good news is: you can help yourself!

By understanding TDS – in my case, the T stands for Turbine, but it applies equally to all other Derangement Syndromes – you can really get under the hood of your own negative feelings and make some positive changes. By applying some critical thinking, you can begin to understand that things aren’t always as clear-cut as they first seem, with at least two sides to every story; and from that more balanced perspective, you can start to hone and focus your rage into a more constructive and useful emotion.

(As I’ve said before, what a shame we cannot harness anger and turn it into electricity… TDS could fulfill well over 50% of our daily power needs!)

First and foremost, Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferers, understand that your mental chemistry has literally been changed by the presence of this man and his impact on your life. Maybe we all do this to each other, maybe we all have the power to recircuit people’s brain chemistry. Everyone we ever meet adds to our knowledge base, our memories, our subconscious understanding of the world.

Some people have so much power that they can reroute millions of people’s neurological pathways without even having met them. Mr Trump is one such person! Since his election as President of the United States in 2016, the collective consciousness of the whole world has been totally rewired.

Of course, whilst many of us were only too ready and willing for this psychological transformation, or at least well-prepared for it, many of us were not. To those of us who predicted a Trump victory (regardless of how we would have voted ourselves), external reality resonates with our own perceptions of the world, which is a fundamental of good mental health. When our perceptions are starkly contradicted by external reality, however, and the man who has zero chance of winning “mathemathically” ends up winning mathematically, then that’s a surefire recipe for trauma and confusion.

All you TDS Victims have thus had a nightmare two years, and basic human compassion means that even the most ardent Trump fans should acknowledge the very real psychological strain you have all been under. I’ve always said that the wind developers should acknowledge the stresses they’ve caused by imposing their twisted blades on people against their will, and by the same token it’s only right to acknowledge just how tough it has been for those whose mental health has been adversely affected by Trump’s own brutal aesthetics.

If Trump drives you mad, I’m genuinely sympathetic because I understand exactly what he’s done to your psychological state. Wind turbines do the same to me. I’m here to help.

Once you understand that you now have altered brain chemistry as a direct result of Trump, you should realise that the fundamental emotion behind your TDS is in fact FEAR. Fear of death, ultimately, fear of being de-energised, of having the very life force sucked out of you. Those of you most genuinely affected by Mr Trump are probably those whose worldview, identity, self-esteem or even basic human survival is threatened by what he represents.

What you experience every time you are exposed to Trump is an “amygdala hijack”, the brain’s response to fear. I’ve discussed amygdala hijacks before, and having spent so much time over the last few years deliberately exposing my amygdala to the “fear” stimuli of wind turbines, so I can analyse the results, I am by now pretty damn good at recognising the cognitive and physiological processes behind an amygdala hijack, and working out how this negative, de-energising sensation can be harnessed and turned into a force for good (just like the wind, ahem).

Trump Derangement Syndrome basically means that exposure to “The Donald” gives you an amygdala hijack every time you see him, hear him or come across any mention of him. You might not consciously think you’re scared of Trump, but the vehemency of your reactions would imply otherwise. With good reason, you might argue, should you feel under specific threat from his policies.

In the name of research, I merely ask you to analyse your own psychological reactions to the the photo at the top of the page. Here it is again. Remember, we’re doing this to help YOU understand what’s going on in YOUR mind and to help you turn any negatives into positives. So take a long, hard look into his soul…

OK… 3, 2, 1… go!

Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin

How many of you suddenly feel the following symptoms:

Sudden feelings of aggression

Rush of blood to the muscles

Shaking

Pounding heart

Rapid breathing

Aching chest

If the photo triggers any of these physiological reactions, then it’s probably an amygdala hijack taking place, a perfectly natural animal reaction to a “perceived” threat. Yes I use those quotes deliberately, because the amygdala is notorious for getting real and perceived threats mixed up. Not that the reaction isn’t real, but the link between stimulus and reaction may well be out-of-proportion to the actual threat. I have to remind myself to do this with wind turbines.

Bear with me, while I now deliberately give my own amygdala something to get worked up about… the following photo affects me in exactly the same was as the above photo affects those of you who are still frothing at the mouth.

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(Ooh look, it says “Daily Mail” in the bottom left corner. I wonder if those two words trigger another hijack in some people!)

The amygdala is in fact a cluster of nuclei located towards the base of the brain, and it plays a vital role in our survival. When people talk about intuition or instinct, or “having a bad feeling about something”, it’s more likely they’re referring to their amygdala starting to go into overdrive; the pre-rational, animal part of our minds that is just as important in our decision-making as the purely logical element.

When aroused into a state of fear, the amygdala can block off the pathway to logical analysis in an instant – either by creating a “flight” response (intuition telling us to run a bloody mile) or alternatively by creating a “fight” response (intuition telling us this is a fight we can in fact win through strength alone, without the recourse for logic!)

Something about both Trump and Turbines gets many people’s amygdalae working overtime, in most cases either/or, but maybe there are some poor people who get triggered by both Trump AND Turbines, in which case they may have to relocate to Mars to escape. Maybe there are some lucky people who are triggered by neither!

What causes the amygdala to spazz out in fear (well, to release an adrenal chemical called epinephrine) is related more to memory than logic, hence people with bad experiences will naturally relate any new danger to what has occurred in the past, occasionally seeing threats where none exist, solely because they are so used to bad things happening. Perfectly understandable!

When people see Trump and get bad vibes, what’s going on is a connection is being formed by their amygdala, with Trump reminding them of something bad. Similarly, wind turbines fit a pattern in my own mind which connects their presence to some kind of remembered negativity.

Vitally though, we must remember that the amygdala on its own can be, and indeed often is WRONG! And again, I stress, that’s not to say that the bad sensations are invalid, but that they might well be based on an outdated pattern or missing information of some sort. This is the specific journey this blog has taken me on with wind turbines, and therefore that’s a major piece of advice I can give Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferers:

Your feelings are valid, but the cause of them may not be what you think it is. I know that wind turbines give me cognitive dissonance (the technical name for “bad vibes”, that initial sense that something is not quite as it should be), which can in certain circumstances escalate into a full-blown amygdala hijack. What I’ve been trying to understand is what it is specifically about the turbines that triggers this reaction?

To reach the answer, I have to apply critical thinking and logical deduction (aka Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) in order to forensically challenge my own feelings. Some people really have a problem with this, and can literally go no further with their thinking than their basic, instinctive, primal emotions. This is particularly an issue with Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Now if you don’t want to be mired in hatred, anger and stress, then you really need to move your thoughts forward beyond the state of fear. It’s only when your amygdala guard dogs have piped down and are back in their kennels that the neural pathways to your neocortex become available again, from which the actual higher processing functions of your brain can now take place.

It’s very, very hard when you feel under attack, but this is exactly why unspoilt natural landscapes are so important, to give us somewhere where our thoughts are afforded breathing space.

This is why wind farms are bad for mental health – they damage our places of healing equilibrium, and they increase the amount of landscapes that trigger fear reactions.

Many of you suffering Trump Derangement Syndrome will have forgotten what it feels like to have your amygdala on holiday and your neocortex running the show. It’s been two long years of continuous bombardment by the Trump train coming round and round the tracks, and I can empathise. Imagine how I’d be feeling right now, had the government not effectively stopped any new wind blight from screwing up the English countryside; I’d possibly be in very, very bad mental health by now, if every week I found a new threat of wind blight I was required to fight against, a new moor or mountain under the Sword of Damocles from speculative wind developers.

In order to transform your fear-based emotions into something more positive, the trick is to find a way of sneaking your negativity past your amygdala and out onto the sunlit plains of your neocortex, where you can take a step back and see things more through the prism of nature. In fact, this is the basic recipe for happiness IMO: better out than in! Get it out of your mind and into the world – whether via writing, speaking, singing or making movies!

(The irony is, of course, is that the more outwardly violent and aggressive the placards and slogans against Trump, and the more people are free to express their negative emotions towards him, the less he is acting like the totalitarian fascist dictator the very same protestors accuse him of being! But because the insults and name-calling originate from people’s pre-rational amygdalae rather than their higher thinking neocortexes, they rarely lead anywhere near logical dialectic.)

Ask someone for a discussion about how President Trump is performing, regardless of their personal opinion. Ask them to apply an objective SWOT Analysis to his first couple of years. If they are able to have a cogent, calm and sensible conversation about Trump’s performance, using critical thinking to evaluate his strengths and weaknesses – even if they’re not personally a huge fan – then at least you know you are dealing with someone whose mind is no longer under the control of their rabid amygdala. Whereas if they start to swear and shout, losing all sense of proportion, and literally cannot give you a sane and adult response, then you know that their thinking hasn’t quite gone on the complete journey yet, and their amygdala is still responding in fear to a perceived threat from Mr Trump.

A friend of mine who the other day called Trump a “Ginger wankmaggot” didn’t even notice my ashen-faced disgust at this dehumanising, demeaning, real-life instance of Hate Speech, so consumed was he by his anti-Trump amygdala hijack. I don’t really think badly of my friend for his misjudged outburst, because he clearly wasn’t thinking straight. It was effectively a panic attack, dressed up as a witticism.

When you see this sort of thing happen in real-time, you immediately recognise that what’s going on with TDS is the same type of psychological warfare that I maintain wind turbines waged on rural communities – THE DELIBERATE IMPOSITION OF BRUTAL AESTHETICS AS A “FUCK YOU” TO ONE’S POLITICAL ADVERSARIES.

Now, if it’s morally wrong for wind developers to do this to country dwellers, then how can it be right for countryfolk to inflict their tough-talkin’ “redneck” aesthetics on sensitive metropolitan souls?

Well, here’s the answer. You see, both sides claim to have democracy on their side, and indeed they both have a point. Turbines and Trump were both INVITED IN. This is the absolutely pivotal lesson in how to change the world: you need to accept that the things you oppose exist for a reason, and you need to know and understand that reason like the back of your hand. It’s usually because someone or something else failed to fulfill our needs, which is why whatever it is that triggers us gets introduced in the first place.

In the case of wind turbines, they are with us because we as a society decided that polluting, unrenewable energy sources clearly needed cleaning up and replacing with more sustainable alternatives (or so we were led to believe). In the case of Trump, he is with us because Hillary Clinton was a poor candidate who lost the election by alienating a good half of her core voters, through a mixture of arrogance, sleaze and incompetence.

Now, whatever we may think of the solutions on offer, the problems – the needs still unfulfilled by our previous efforts – are REAL.

Identifying the underlying problems that led to the introduction of whatever we are triggered by is essential in understanding why these so-called “solutions” have been offered to, or possibly imposed on us.

Remove the problems at source, or find a superior way of handling them, and you’re well on your way to changing the world.

You could almost boil down TDS (in all its forms – maybe even Turnip Derangement Syndrome!) into one sentence: the fear that what is touted as the solution to our problems may in fact do more harm than good.

That’s why you don’t like Trump and I don’t like Turbines. These twin icons of Millennial Life have both been promoted as the antidote to problems of dirtiness of some sort, whether it be Mr Trump’s pledge to “drain the swamp”, or the “clean, green energy” of wind turbines.

TDS sufferers of both types are basically frantic with worry that these promises may be empty at best; downright toxic at worst.

Now hopefully you have a deeper understanding of exactly why you react the way you do to Donald Trump: based on remembered responses, your amygdala perceives him as a threat to your survival in some way. You realise that this threat is only in your life right now because enough people believed in him as the solution to at least some of society’s problems, but you are terrified that instead of offering genuine solutions, he only promises to do more harm than good.

So exactly what, may I ask, is your specific fear about Trump? What worries you most about his impact on your well-being? What do you cherish that he threatens to damage?

With regard to my own TDS, the answers are simple: I’m terrified of the industrialisation, corporatisation and degradation of the Pennine uplands that energise us all. I cherish the Green Belts, the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks that keep this country a largely green and pleasant land. Wind turbines directly violate that Green idyll, all the more so by pretending to be “Green” themselves, when in reality they devour truly Green landscapes for breakfast, lunch and tea. I pointed this out to Sajid Javid and various other ministers, and they seemed to agree. A few months later and the threat of any further wind blight has subsided (for now).

The root problem that caused the “false solution” of wind power is – in reality, when all the BS is scraped away – our need for only a tiny amount of additional electricity; barely reaching a few GW at any given moment over the course of last week, right now only 1.08GW (http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk).

I am thus able to change the world by proving that this small amount of energy would be better generated by other means, and persuading those who make the decisions that following my guidance is in everyone’s best interests. You can do the same, there’s nothing stopping you!

Assiduous research, fieldwork and above all engaging in constructive dialectic with those holding differing opinions are all essential. Doing everything through the system, then pointing out with real evidence how the system is failing and what needs fixing. I’m now at the point where I believe maths are my best weapon against wind blight, so silly names are largely superfluous if the stats tell their own story. But it does take time and effort to get to this point and stay there (after all, things change continually, and sometimes just one new variable can transform your entire worldview). You need to be dedicated, focused and flexible enough to be able to modify your case at any time.

I like that word “case”. Think of your individual case as a briefcase. The overall shape and size of the case may stay the same (or indeed you may throw the whole thing in the bin if it starts leaking!), but the documentation and paperwork it contains are updated all the time! Letters are sent and received. Forms are submitted and reports returned. Laws evolve. Research constantly supplies new data. Ultimately, a successful case is one which is tightly packed with relevant facts, figures and evidence.

Finally, play the ball, not the man. In all my millions of anti-turbine rantings, I’ve not personally insulted a single individual, other than to eviscerate their comments or actions that specifically relate to the support for inappropriate wind blight (such as the “freaks” and “weirdos” who like wind turbines, but that’s the only thing about them I’m insulting). I certainly don’t care about their personal lives, and neither should you. Concentrate on your own!

The net result of all this? Well, as a consequence of the research and fieldwork passed onto the government by myself and my friends, although no new law was introduced specifically banning wind farms, a few little tweaks here and there have between them made it virtually impossible to build a new wind farm onshore in England right now!

It’s worth remembering that when I was first triggered by wind turbines, less than four years ago, there seemed to be no end in sight to the continuing onslaught of the wind developers. Now they’re going bust left, right and centre!

So, TDS Victims, this is your homework for today. What is it about Trump that you are most afraid of? What is it that you hold dear that he seems to threaten most? How real is the threat? How sure are you that Trump is the real source of the threat? What practical steps can you take to protect yourself from that threat?

(Clue: identify the root problems that led to Trump’s election, and come up with some solutions that you think could lead to a different outcome in 2020!)

And finally, if you’re feeling really up for some Advanced Critical Thinking, try running an OBJECTIVE SWOT Analysis on Trump’s time in office. You’ll feel better for it!

What have been the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of the Trump Presidency so far?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWOT_analysis

I don’t expect the above to transform anyone’s opinion of Trump, and that’s not my aim anyway, as you’re all adults, and you can all make up your own minds. All I want is for you TDS sufferers to analyse your own amygdala hijacks, and to help you move your thinking on from pure fear and hatred to a place of higher understanding, positivity, and practical solutions.

 

 

 

 

 

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Defeating The Wind Scam With Statistics

If the pen is mightier than the sword, then maybe the calculator is deadlier than the shotgun! After all, it was the use (or misuse) of stats that originally allowed wind operators to bamboozle us all into believing their companies could “save the world”, in exactly the same way that the nice man who says he works for Microsoft calls and offers to “save your computer”…

Live by stats, however; die by stats too. The following snapshot, captured at 13:00 pm on Friday 13th July 2018, introduces this diary segment, in which I monitor the real-life performance of the UK’s wind industry and share with you the results. I’d love to be able to break down these figures even further, so we know specifically which wind turbines are generating power, and which turbines are doing absolutely nothing…

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All in all, every wind turbine in the UK combined, both onshore and offshore, is currently generating less than 1% of our power! In real terms, that’s 0.19GW, out of our total current power demand of 38.62GW. By comparison, nuclear power is generating 6.59GW, and CCGT is generating 18.95GW.

This figure is even more pathetic when you look at it in terms of capacity factor (if I understand it correctly). The total installed capacity of all our turbines combined is approximately 19GW, which means our turbines are currently operating at 1% efficiency. People say, “Well, there’s no limit to the wind, what does it matter if we only harness a fraction of it?” But there IS a limit to our ever-decreasing amount of unspoilt, health-giving, natural landscapes.

When looked at in terms of LAND pollution rather than AIR pollution, suddenly the wind industry’s 1% efficiency rate reveals its vast, bloated, oversized and hugely destructive footprint: so much natural desecration for so, so little benefit to humanity.

Therefore when 10:10 Climate Action ask whether you would prefer to live next to a wind turbine or a nuclear power station, it’s not really like-for-like. A fairer question would be: are you happy with the current amount of turbine blight required to generate 0.19GW of power, or would you rather we replaced some (if not all) of these turbines, by generating the same amount of power via other technologies?

I’ll keep monitoring the stats over the next week and together we can analyse wind’s performance in real time. What we’re asking is: exactly how large or small is wind power’s contribution to our energy demands? How sustainable is our wind supply? Are there any wind farms that do especially well, or especially badly?!

SATURDAY 14 July 2018 16:30 pm:

Total demand is down to 30GW

Wind is currently generating 2.56GW (8.29%)

Nuclear is currently generating 6.39GW (20.69%)

CCGT is currently generating 12.30GW (39.62%)

Wind is producing significantly more power today than at the time of yesterday’s reading, but being a Saturday afternoon, demand is 8GW lower today than as of Friday lunchtime! Nuclear’s contribution remains more or less the same (now THAT’S what I call sustainable…) CCGT is significantly lower, in line with reduced demand.

Although wind’s 8% contribution looks reasonable, it appears as if its small total output has “queue-jumped” to the front of our energy mix, meaning power generated from wind turbines is being given priority over power generated by other methods. This decision needs investigating further: WHY? Is it cheaper? Cleaner? More efficient? Feel free to educate me if you have more info!

SUNDAY 15 July 2018 12:00 pm

Total demand is again 30GW

Wind is currently generating 1.33GW (4.36%)

Nuclear is currently generating 6.61GW (21.66%)

CCGT is currently generating 11.22GW (36.76%)

Wind power generation is back to half of what is was yesterday, whereas again nuclear and CCGT are more or less unchanged. Bearing in mind all the land pollution caused by our 19GW of installed wind power capacity, there must be something really special about that trickle of 1.33GW generated by turbines, to justify its continued use. It must surely be significantly cheaper or cleaner than any other form of power; or is it that maybe we simply don’t have the means to generate that 1.33GW by any other method?

If we could, eg by boosting our nuclear output by just a couple of GW, then surely it’d make sense to scrap wind power altogether and use a better alternative?

MONDAY 16 July 2018 14:00 pm

Total demand is back up to 37.79GW

Wind is currently generating 0.68GW (1.80%)

Nuclear is currently generating 6.42GW (16.99%)

CCGT is currently generating 19.12GW (50.60%)

Gas is steamrollering ahead today, basically powering the lion’s share of our economy. Nuclear power is as reliable and regular as ever. Wind has dropped right back to under 1GW, particularly poor for a business day, and raising serious questions about these advertised “capacity factors”. Scout Moor, for example, has a published capacity factor of 27%, meaning that in real-life conditions the turbines should be able to generate just over a quarter of their total capacity.

Based on the first four days of diary-keeping, the entire UK wind industry’s average performance has so far barely even averaged 10% of its overall capacity! Its high point in this research period so far has been 2.6GW, out of a total installed capacity of 19GW. I make that 13.6% AT BEST, not even half of the claimed capacity factor of Scout Moor. Surely in order to meet the capacity factor claims, there will have to be an equal and opposite period of seriously above-average wind power generation in order to bring up the mean?

I eagerly await the PROMISED (*based on the above stats) day that the UK wind industry is generating 7.6GW of power! Actually I don’t – the state of the country were we to have that many turbines would be uninhabitable.

Another question worth asking: was this paltry amount of wind power generated by just one in ten of our turbines actually doing a decent job, the other nine doing sweet FA? Or was it generated by all our turbines combined, ie hundreds, if not thousands of wind turbines each generating tiny, erratic amounts of energy: on, off, on, off, half what it was yesterday, twice what it will be tomorrow, unpredictable, unconservable, unsustainable?

How we deal with wind blight really depends on the answer: if some of our turbines have been doing all the work but the rest are a waste of space, then let’s study the successes and work out why they’re doing well. And once we’ve isolated those specific turbines that have done NOTHING, they’ll need to go. Like, yesterday. No ifs, no buts… if they’re not generating sufficient power then they’re not fit for purpose and need removing, pending legal action for gross fraud.

If however, almost all the turbines are doing a little, even if just a tenth of what they should be capable of, then that leaves us with another problem: is wind power innately, intrinsically dependent on far too much equipment, capable of generating far too little electricity… BY DESIGN?

If that is the case, and our turbine blight has been approved knowing full well just what an inefficient and wasteful use of land it really is, then we as a society have officially declared War On Nature…

… with Friends of the Earth and 10:10 Climate Action leading us into battle!

TUESDAY 17 July 2018 12:30pm

This week has been been full of non-stop media scaremongering about a giant whirlwind crashing into the UK from the direction of the Atlantic, obliterating everything in its path and leaving in its wake a path of pure destruction.

But enough about the press coverage of Trump’s visit… what about the weather?

Total demand is currently 36.22GW

Wind is currently generating 0.94GW (2.56%)

Nuclear is currently generating 6.44GW (17.78%)

CCGT is currently generating 18.01GW (49.72%)

Coal is currently generating 0.87 (2.4%)

For some reason coal is back in the mix today. I wonder why? Could it be that wind simply isn’t stepping up to the plate when it’s actually needed? What’s interesting about wind’s contribution is that in real terms it’s doing better than it was on Sunday, but in percentage terms it’s providing significantly less of the mix. That’s because demand is greater by approximately 6GW on a business day, but wind power has no correlation with demand whatsoever, so on a quiet day like a Sunday the wind could be going full-throttle, whereas the very next day, a Monday when we actually need considerably more power, there’s simply no way of relying on the wind. Hence the need for coal backup.

I would posit that the sole reason we are relying on coal today is because the wind has let us down just when we needed it most.

WEDNESDAY 18 July 2018 20:30pm

Total demand is currently 32.85GW

Wind is currently generating 0.45GW (1.37%)

Nuclear is currently generating 6.64GW (20.21%)

CCGT is currently generating 18.94GW (57.65%)

Coal is currently generating 0.89GW (2.71%)

Wind racks up another very low score indeed tonight, surpassed even by coal for the first time in this survey period. Exactly how many coal-fired power stations are currently contributing 0.89GW to the grid? We only have eight left: Drax, Eggborough, Fiddler’s Ferry, Ratcliffe-on-Soar, West Burton, Cottam, Aberthaw and Kinroot; whereas we have around 8,900 wind turbines.

You do the math:

8,900 wind turbines = 0.45GW

8 coal-fired power stations = 0.89GW

I make that 2,250 wind turbines (about 200 wind farms) for every coal-fired power station.

THURSDAY 19 July 2018 22:30pm

Total demand is currently 29.76GW

Wind is currently generating 1.40GW (4.70%)

Nuclear is currently generating 6.68GW (22.25%)

CCGT is currently generating 16.08GW (54.03%)

Coal is currently generating 0.21GW (0.71%)

A late-evening look at our power generation stats (the rock’n’roll lifestyle, eh!) reveals over three times as much wind power today compared with 20:30pm yesterday evening, a mahoosive 1.40GW woop woop. And yet our total demand is actually 3GW less than it was yesterday! Surprising to see a really, really small amount of coal power in the mix. I wonder what determines when we need coal: why tonight when demand is low, but not during peak hours earlier in the week?

SATURDAY 21 July 2018 12:00pm

Total demand is currently 31.08GW

Wind is currently generating 0.43GW (1.38%)

Nuclear is currently generating 7.17GW (23.07%)

CCGT is currently generating 14.28GW (45.94%)

Coal is currently generating 0.21GW (0.68%)

Wind power has dropped back once again to below 0.5GW, rounding off this week’s performance with another almost negligible contribution to our grid. Maybe if I just shut down my laptop, we could do without any wind power at all! Of course, if we all used just a little less electricity a day then we could easily do without wind blight, so it’s all of our responsibilities to use power as sparingly as possible.

Another interesting thing about today’s stats is the increase in nuclear generation to over 7% for the first time, on a low demand day to boot, PROVING that we have additional nuclear capacity that could easily displace wind power should we so desire. If today’s nuclear output of 7.17GW had been generated last Friday, we literally wouldn’t have needed a single wind turbine. So why oh why can’t we keep our nuclear generation nearer the 7GW mark than the 6GW, every day of the week, thus instantly removing the need for the <1GW routinely generated by wind turbines?

http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/

 

Moulins Et Éoliennes

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It’s a very hot evening and I’m on official business in Paris for the week. The Moulin Rouge is just a few doors down: an archetype for my previously touted Turbine Traffic Light Scheme, with underperforming wind turbines compulsorily painted red as a demonstration of their proven uselessness. Maybe, however, red is too sexy a colour to use as code for condemned wind turbines (those that should never have been built in the first place). Maybe black is more fitting, more symbolic of death.

I had a fascinating flight over much of England (from Leeds to Eastbourne), then barely a few minutes later into France and the gradual descent to Paris Charles De Gaulle. From what I could see out of the plane window, Northern France seems to have had more than its fair share of wind blight – it really is popular on the continent, isn’t it? I was hoping to see Rampion from the air, but alas my window was looking out in the other direction.

No real overriding topic today, just a catchup on the various different wind-related conversations I’ve been having these last few weeks!

In a classic “meta” social media exchange the other day, I came across yet another commenter using the word “majestic”, and so I pointed them to the article I’d already written just a few weeks ago debunking the use of this stupid term to describe wind blight. I ended up getting stuck right into a fascinating dialogue, once again. I really do enjoy debating wind power with its supporters, and once we get past the “comedy” insults, we can usually settle down into a robust discourse.

Yet again part of 10:10 Climate Action’s continued (and doomed) campaign for the resurgence of rigged planning policies in favour of wind turbines, against the wishes of those communities who’d have to host them (in 2015 the Conservatives swung the balance of power back to local communities…yes, really!), this debate saw the usual fantasists mixed in with a healthy number of realists. I’m never the only one in a group to criticise wind power, there’s always a fair few of us (many from the fields of engineering and science).

Did anyone say anything that really got through to me and helped me see things differently? Well, nobody was able to defend the aesthetics of wind turbines, other than the usual “it’s subjective” crap, which I was able to refute immediately by pointing out that our planning policy is not, never was, and never will be “subjective” – justice under the law is by its very nature objective and therefore fair to everyone.

Up until 2015 the law presumed in favour of renewable energy development, resulting in vast numbers of successful appeals despite local communities saying “no”; since the changes the law now presumes in favour of those NIMBYs like me (bearing in mind as I’ve said before: my back yard is your back yard; mi casa su casa!). Subjectivity doesn’t come into it; how do we as a society objectively view the aesthetic impact of wind turbines? Mercifully, right now, we officially view them as unwanted blight. But it could change again in the future, if the likes of 10:10 and Ben & Jerry’s have their way.

Ben & Jerry’s? The ice cream people? Yup. For some reason a bunch of Californian hippies (I’m guessing) seem to feel it’s their duty to stick their oar into whether we allow wind turbines on appeal in the Fens and the Wolds. This is yet another company promulgating the use of wind turbines. WHY??? Maybe they’d be better off sorting out the problems of the dairy industry rather than interfering in matters which have got nothing whatsoever to do with them. I’ve given Ben & Jerry a piece of my mind, anyway. I’m sure they appreciate my customer feedback 😉

On my “Remove All Wind Blight” YouTube channel, somebody came along and started calling me rude names, so I bantered with them and tried to up the standard of debate to a point where it actually becomes interesting and useful for the general public. Name-calling is fine for the opening attack, but you do actually need some empathy towards the person you’re debating, otherwise it merely ends up alienating the public. A great public debate is absolutely not about hurting or upsetting your opponent, indeed it’s not really even about changing their mind… it’s about persuading the audience as a whole to reconsider its own assumptions about the world we live in.

Once again I was asked “What would YOU do, instead of wind power?” My answer has involved analysing the mix of the National Grid over the last few weeks, a habit I now find quite compulsive. You can study it yourself. Here, have a look…

http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/

My first observation is that wind is currently providing around 11% of the UK’s power needs, feeding a total of 4.05GW into the grid. However last week, wind was barely providing 3% of our power. What this tells us is that the amount of power generated by wind turbines is highly erratic, ranging from almost zero to a good 10% of the UK’s overall power supply. In fact, today’s figure of 11% is the highest I’ve seen it. Woopy Doo!

My next query is to break down that 11%, that 4.05GW, and see if it’s possible to find out exactly which turbines contributed most to that total? Taking this research further, I’d love to look at the total output of every single wind farm ever constructed in Britain, and I’d love to see if there are some turbines that have genuinely done their owners proud. Conversely, I’d love to know if there are some freeloading turbines that do buggerall but try and nab some of the glory.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the bad wind turbines spoil the reputation of the good ones. Let’s root out the underperformers, and I for one will give more credit to the genuine high achievers.

In an ideal world I’d rather see that 4.05GW of our energy generated from other sources that don’t have as much negative impact upon our landscapes as wind power does, gigawatt per gigawatt. I’d be happy with a mass cull of our lowest-performing 75% of wind farms, and instead of relying so much upon the wind, we simply ramp up the contributions made by our other key energy sources: nuclear and CCGT. Bearing in mind nuclear is already generating of 7.33 GW, and CCGT a whopping 16.45GW, would it really take that much innovation or investment to bump those figures up by a couple of GW each, thus removing the need for wind power altogether?

What would the implications be of replacing all (or the vast majority) of our wind turbines with just enough additional nuclear and CCGT capacity to cover the shortfall?

How can it be Green to have an entire industry and infrastructure, blighting pretty much every county in the UK, unable to provide much more than a tenth (at most) of our energy supply? 

WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO OURSELVES??? 

EDIT: 

Safely back in the UK after a frenetic few days in sweltering Central Paris,  I’m continuing to monitor the state of the National Grid, and the 11% high point from a few days really does seem like an unsustainable spike in wind’s output. Remember the definition of “sustainable”: able to be maintained at a constant rate. Well, that 11% sure ain’t sustainable, as right now wind’s contribution is down to a measly 3.86% (that’s 1.37GW). Nuclear is contributing 18.74% (7.08GW) and CCGT 47.02% (17.77GW).

The biggest downside with nuclear power is the safety factor, but exactly how much greater is the risk of generating an additional 1.4GW to the 7GW nuclear power already provides for us? It’s that M62 analogy again: adding a couple more lanes to an existing six-lane highway is clearly nowhere as near as destructive as building eight brand new single-lane routes across the moors.

The more I gaze upon the National Grid status in real-time, the more convinced I am that wind power is nothing but a parasite, an almost entirely worthless addition to our power mix that AT BEST can possibly save a thimbleful of CO2 emissions. The fact is, literally one or two more nuclear and CCGT power stations could vastly outperform wind with little or no extra risk or pollution than we already have.

I cannot get my head around how on earth we ended up going down the wind power route.

Never in the field of human endeavour has so much been squandered, for so many, to generate so little, for so few.

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS??? [several links that prove the absolute idiocy of promoting wind turbines]