15 September 2010

Another Positive Review of The Climate Fix: "Pielke is unusual ..."

Library Journal has a capsule review of The Climate Fix.  Here are my favorite bits:
Pielke is unusual, as he neatly separates the science of climate change from the rhetoric, bringing the issue back to the realm of rational discussion. . . Overall, an excellent primer for getting past the politically charged debate clouding the issues. Recommended for readers confused by the deluge of conflicting climate information and willing to revisit the quandary and make their own assessments.


  1. There si a new development that tends to support your viewpoint. The government of Ontario has spent over a billion dollars on the installation of smart electricity meters. These meters were supposed to be pat of an effort using time of day pricing to move people to sue electricity in off peak hours and to discourage growth in demand. There has been no change in electricity usage. The government now says that the ratio between peak and off peak usage must be increased greatly. Something around 10 times is required. This would mean a day time price of around a dollar a kilowatt hour. This would be political suicide for any government that proposed it and economic suicide for the province.

  2. Is there a pointer to the claims made by dlvjbsl about Ontario's smart grid?

    Another concerned Ontario resident

  3. The smart meter fiasco\\\\\issue has been reported in the Toronto Globe and Mail and in the Ottawa Citizen. It has been brought up in the legislature by the NDP opposition party which has claimed that the entire 1.5 billion dollar amount was wasted since there has been no change in electricity consumption. The government in the form of Prime Minister McGuinty has spoken of the need to change the "pricing signals".

    From the Globe and Mail


    “There should be an appropriate price differential in place that in fact rewards people for changing their behaviour,” Mr. McGuinty told reporters. “We want to make sure that the pricing signals are right so that there is a real savings associated with using electricity in off-peak periods.”

    From the Ottawa Citizen


    Even with higher peak rates, there is no guarantee power users will change their habits. A Hydro Ottawa trial of 375 households found time-of-use pricing had minimal impact even when peak rates were three times greater than off-peak. The average household saved just $1.44 per month through the scheme.


    So there you are, people are expected to dramatically change their behavior to save $1.44 a month.