Do These People Even Read Their Own Articles?

As we know Naomi Campbell didn’t even read the novel published under her name let alone write it. Something to think about as we regard these academics and their ruminations upon electricity generation:

Fast-forward to 2019: onshore wind is the UK’s cheapest form of electricity,

OK, excellent, therefore people will be building it in preference to other forms of ‘leccie generation.

So, are energy policymakers listening to the public? The short answer is: no. At present, the UK government is pursuing the energy technologies which receive the lowest levels of public support (nuclear and fracking), while cuts to various subsidy schemes are making it more difficult for popular onshore renewables such as wind and solar to get built.

Why does the cheapest form of generation require subsidies?

It would appear that they’re not even reading what they themselves write:

Pip Roddis
PhD Researcher, Public Attitudes Towards Energy, University of Leeds

Doesn’t bode well for that forthcoming PhD, does it?

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Can someone decode this – https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/geography/pgr/2024/philippa-roddis?

All I get from it is grant farming activities.

Leo Savantt
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Beyond my abilities to make any coherent sense of any of it.

In all seriousness her methodology “my use of mixed methods, combining spatial-statistical analysis and GIS with social-science informed case-study based research” sounds like complete and utter gobbledegook, probably because it is.

Can we get a tax refund?

Quentin Vole
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Quentin Vole

And that’s Leeds, one of the better ‘red bricks’. I wonder what the equivalent looks like at Islington technical College?

Phoenix44
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She’s not studying a real thing so it doesn’t matter what her methodologies are.

Phoenix44
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I just don’t understand why we have all these non-scientists (her BA is in English Lit) doing pseudo-science about how people think and communicate about climate science? There is no value to any of it. It’s worse than Grievance Studies, just not veryet bright people pretending they are super clever researchers when they are producing stuff no better than Guardian articles.

Matt Ryan
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Matt Ryan

It’s clearly not about the science – it’s the feelz that matters.

Dodgy Geezer
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Dodgy Geezer

Solar and wind are certainly the cheapest form of energy (at the point of generation), because they require no fuel.

Just so long as you ignore the large investment required to create systems capable of using the wind and sun, and ignore the maintenance costs, and ignore the requirement to provide new energy transmission structures and ignore the fact that the energy is generated when it is not wanted, and ignore….

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literate3

And you also ignore the cost of running the most-efficient generators on standby in order to cope with sudden drops in wind-produced energy and also the higher cost of coal-fired power substituting for CCGT stations that are on standby instead of producing power, and the extra transmission costs – e.g. from the Inner Hebridies to Glasgow passing a closed-down hydro-electric power station whch could have been reopened and run at a fraction of the cost.

You forget that Hydro requires no fuel at the point of generation.

Dodgy Geezer
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Dodgy Geezer

I ignore lots of other things, and didn’t mention many others. However, the point stands well, I think…

Leo Savantt
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Leo Savantt

One imagines his/her/its PhD will be awarded based not on his/her/its scientific acumen, but on the quality of the virtue that he/she/it signals. Dr. Doesn’t Know Much About That Which He/She/It Speaks Off will no doubt be able to look forward to a long and well remunerated career producing that which is expected of him/her/it. Let the rest of us just hope that the lights don’t go out on calm days.

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discoveredjoys

PhD – Piled Higher and Deeper.