Global Warming Shutting Down China and Britain

You think I'm joking? I'm not. First let's look at the shutdown.

The heaviest snowfall to hit northern China in nearly six decades continued to snarl traffic yesterday, stranding thousands of passengers on railways and at airports.

The unusually harsh winter weather also caused coal shortages, forcing some provinces to cut power supplies.

And what are the people of China doing? The obvious. Trying to keep warm. With disastrous results.
With people turning up the heat indoors to fight the extreme cold across the country, many provinces are reducing electricity supply due to the shortage of coal.

Since December, power has been cut or reduced to more than 2,000 factories in Wuhan, Hubei province, to ensure supply for household use, while most parts of the south face electricity shortages, Han Xiaoping, an energy analyst, said yesterday.

With power demand surging this winter, coal stocks in 349 power plants across the nation have decreased to around 27 million tons, or barely enough for 12 days of generation, while stocks in the north have declined to less than a week, the Shanghai Securities News reported last month.

Generally, coal stocks should be enough for at least 20 days, Han said.

But in Hubei province, things are much worse. The local electricity supplier faces a shortage of 760,000 tons of coal before March this year, Yang Yong, assistant chief engineer at Hubei Electric Power Company, told China Business News yesterday.

Nearly 2.4 gigawatts, or some 17 percent of the coal-fueled power generation capacity in Hubei, has been shut down due to coal shortage and there is a risk of even more output cuts, the newspaper reported yesterday.

Britain is getting similar treatment.
For the second time ever, the National Grid yesterday issued a warning to energy providers that demand for gas is threatening to outstrip supply.

The ultimatum comes after a 30 per cent rise on normal seasonal demand as snow and freezing conditions continued their stranglehold on Britain.

The concerns caused natural gas prices to jump to their highest level in 10 months yesterday, touching 45p a therm.

While it is unlikely that households will find their supplies restricted, a shortage could lead to higher bills.

Ah. Higher bills. What are the Brits doing about it? Burning books.
Volunteers have reported that 'a large number' of elderly customers are snapping up hardbacks as cheap fuel for their fires and stoves.

Temperatures this week are forecast to plummet as low as -13°C in the Scottish Highlands, with the mercury falling to -6°C in London, -5°C in Birmingham and -7°C in Manchester as one of the coldest winters in years continues to bite.

Workers at one charity shop in Swansea, in south Wales, described how the most vulnerable shoppers were seeking out thick books such as encyclopaedias for a few pence because they were cheaper than coal.

One assistant said: 'Book burning seems terribly wrong but we have to get rid of unsold stock for pennies and some of the pensioners say the books make ideal slow-burning fuel for fires and stoves.

A lot of them buy up large hardback volumes so they can stick them in the fire to last all night.'

If they are burning copies of the Communist Manifesto it may actually be a service. No way to tell.

Now we come to the very best part. To what do some Chinese attribute the cooling to?

BEIJING: Freak snowstorms and record low temperatures sweeping northern China are linked to global warming, say Chinese officials.

But, unlike the unseasonal snow falls that hit Beijing at the start of winter, the dump this week appears to have no link to the Government's relentless efforts to change the micro climate.

There are about 2000 weather modification offices in China, according to the media, which are responsible for bombing the skies with silver iodide to induce precipitation.

More than 2 million Beijing and Tianjin students were given the day off school yesterday because traffic was in chaos. On Sunday the capital received its biggest snow dump since 1951, immediately followed by the harshest Siberian winds in decades.

Tomorrow morning the mercury is forecast to plunge to minus 16, a 40-year low, after a day-time maximum of minus 8.

The head of the Beijing Meteorological Bureau, Guo Hu, linked the blizzard-like conditions this week to unusual atmospheric patterns caused by global warming.

So if it gets warmer - it is global warming. If it gets colder - global warming. How convenient. Evidently there is nothing Global Warming Can't do.

H/T Icecap

Cross Posted at Power and Control

posted by Simon on 01.08.10 at 10:20 AM


Any dependance on Solar and/or wind power will sentence populations in our climates to freeze in the dark during
these colder than expected periods.

This will definitely help the CO2 balance as or no population equals no human generated CO2. Are the AGW and Green Peace people moving???

Hugh   ·  January 8, 2010 10:52 AM

A single nuclear reactor requires about 5 truckloads on nuclear fuel assemblies every 2 years.

In the US they produce about 90% of maximum theortical capacity a year. The 10% of non-production is three to four weeks planned and required every 2 years to shutdown and replace some of the fuel.

Just to calibrate us all.

Whitehall   ·  January 8, 2010 12:54 PM

"Nothing global warming can't do"?

OK then! Global warming had me from "Hello", but then Tom and Katie and Suri went shopping. What the hell is THAT about?

Anonymous   ·  January 9, 2010 4:20 AM

Oops, sorry, again, eric and Simon.

My anonymous just keeps on calling.

Penny   ·  January 9, 2010 4:25 AM

Global Worming is obviously a religion, one of the more intolerant, fire-and-brimstone ones.

In it a vengeful god, Gaia, is sending plagues (drought, flood, heat, cold, etc) on an imPrius world and we need to listen to the prophets (Gorequemada, Erlich, Hansen, etc.) or WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!

Veeshir   ·  January 9, 2010 10:24 AM

Ain't no time to wonder why, whoopeee we're all gonna die.

country joe and the fish   ·  January 9, 2010 10:28 AM

Of course we're all going to die. That's life.

Here ya go!

LadronesMentira   ·  January 9, 2010 12:15 PM

I could be paddling a rowboat down Market Street in San Francisco after the poles have melted, and there will still be conservative fanatics who deny that humans are responsible for Global Warming or that it is even real. Please, read this article on this urgent issue:

David Scott   ·  January 9, 2010 1:04 PM

Oh, and look at what they do to heretics.
I bet Bjorn Lombord is checking under his car before he starts it.

Veeshir   ·  January 9, 2010 2:41 PM

The EPA will start closing down Coal Power plants starting this spring using the Clean Air Act. The EPA will start with Government run power plants such as TVA. What is not shut down by the Government will be hit by lawyers suing for damages from Global Warming. Next winter will only be a little bit colder then this winter, but without the coal power plants, the remaining power plants will start burning out transformer trying to replace the electricity. As a result, around 30,000 to 40,000 people will freeze to death, mostly from the south because of the use of heat pumps. And the people running the power companies will get the blame.

shunha   ·  January 10, 2010 8:27 AM

So if it gets warmer - it is global warming. If it gets colder - global warming.

That's my plot summary for the movie "The Day After Tomorrow."

Jim   ·  January 10, 2010 8:54 AM

I live in London and withn about 3 hours of us dragging our Christmas Tree to the curb yesterday it was gone. I wouldn't be surprised if someone grabed it for fuel.

Anthony   ·  January 10, 2010 10:57 AM

With all the coal plants in China, I hope they have some cogeneration facilities to use the waste heat from the electrical plants for residential heating. From the thermodynamics of electricity generation, some 60-70% of the energy used in fossil fuel electricity generation goes to waste heat. As Mr. Simon well knows.

Gringo   ·  January 10, 2010 9:42 PM


True. However you trade the heat for thermodynamic efficiency in the conversion of fuel to electricity. And then you have the maintenance of all the pipes.

M. Simon   ·  January 10, 2010 11:57 PM

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