Monday, November 25, 2013

EU will throw €180 billion to the climate loo

Jo Nova has pointed out that the European Union plans to spend a staggering 20% of its budget for the years 2014-2020 for totally wasteful projects justified by nothing else than the climate pseudoscience.

You should understand that the EU is just an international structure "above" the member states so its budget is a small fraction of the total budgets of the individual governments. But the figure 20% still translates to unbelievable €180 billion i.e. €30 billion a year. And be sure that the EU clowns would love to be "role models" for national governments in the whole world, anyway.

There are lots of media that confirm these sick numbers.

Ordinary people sometimes have trouble to visualize amounts such as this €180 billion that is going to be wasted. Let me pick a particular project to compare: a railway modernization project that starts in the neighborhood of Pilsen where I live, Doubravka.

This promotional video is a part of the project.

Pilsen is about 90 km Southwest from the center of Prague so it takes less than an hour to get from Pilsen to Prague (or back) by a car (well, the traffic inside a large city is problematic, so let's say that you get from the city limits of Pilsen to the city limits of Prague in 50 minutes).

For various reasons, the path of the Pilsen-Prague railways tracks is suboptimal and it takes almost 2 hours to get from Pilsen to Prague (main railway station to main railway station) by an express train. It's still sort of pleasant to take a train – castles, forests around the tracks etc.

At any rate, by 2020, the Pilsen-Prague tracks will be improved so that the time needed to commute will essentially drop to 1/2, not too much above one hour! The most important update is the modernization of the Pilsen-Rokycany segment (the direct distance is 15 km) which is described in the video above.

Some part of this path is composed of two sides of an unilateral triangle ABC, AB plus BC, and it will be replaced by AC, saving 10 minutes by itself even if you don't speed the trains up. But the better tracks will enable even higher speeds, and so on.

The modernization of the Pilsen-Rokycany segment involves the reconstruction of several bridges, some new railway station, completely new tracks almost everywhere, and – most importantly – a 4.2-kilometer "double" tunnel which will become the longest railway tunnel in Czechia in 2016 for a few years, before it will be beaten by two almost 5-km tunnels in 2019-2020.

I have doubts whether similar modernizations are a good investment – trains are mostly used by people who may afford to spend an extra hour in the train, you know. As an undergraduate student who lived in the hostels in Prague, I have taken the Pilsen-Prague train something like 30 times a year (times two, for directions, times 5, for years), so if this project had been completed at that time, I would have saved something like 300 hours of my life which is not Earth-shattering and I was clearly among those who have used the railway much more than an average citizen of Pilsen, Prague, or (surely) other regions.

But no doubts about that, I was still immensely impressed by the total price of this project. In most cases, I tend to think "holy cow, that's expensive: most of the money goes to the pockets of the people who have friends in the city hall", and so on. But this project looks genuinely cheap to me.

Now, do you know what's the total price of this modernization of Pilsen-Rokycany, after some price increases and (later) price reductions? It's just €150 million (a part of it is paid by the EU; it was supposed to be nearly 1/2 but the fraction may have changed). One could build shocking 1,200 projects like that for the money that will be wasted for the climate superstitions between 2014 and 2020. They would include many thousand of new railway stations and 1,200 new tunnels all of which would be the longest ones in the Czech Republic (well, tied). ;-) About 30 of these long tunnels would actually be in Czechia.

You may surely invent hundreds of other representations of €180 billion. For example, this destruction openly planned by the EU is approximately two times higher than the total damages by hurricane Katrina in 2005. It's shocking and it's just the money that is being collected from the member states (their taxpayers) and "directly wasted". On top of that, the EU is forcing the citizens and companies to waste tons of additional money in different ways.

The EU represents only about 20% of the world's GDP. If everyone were wasteful as the bureaucrats in Brussels, the world would be "directly wasting" €150 billion ($200 billion) a year for the climate superstitions. And I am generously assuming that no money is being directly spent for this "stuff" (or, more precisely, for the reduction of some essential "stuff") at the national or regional or local level in the EU member states.

In any decent empire, the likes of Commie Hedegaard would be assassinated in one of the speediest and most human ways. The EU isn't a decent empire so stupid brainwashed arrogant bitches such as her are destroying huge amounts of our money. Each five years, they're bombing tens of thousands of our bridges, thousands of multi-miles tunnels. They're a natural catastrophe that dwarfs the most damaging tropical cyclones in the human history.

Some funny cartoons about another failed preposterous climate summit.

Or this recursive one.


  1. O/T,
    Latest meme is that heat from global warming is hiding in the arctic. That would mean a large amount of heat concentrated in a tiny area. Barring some strange, coincident anomaly that traps the heat in addition to the greenhouse efffect, the temperature must be far above the equalibrium temperature for the region.
    If most of the "missing heat" was concentrated in arctic as sensible heat, how long before most of it is radiated away?
    Now, if it is on the other hand hidden in the deep ocean, what are possible mechansism that would move this heat back into the atmosphere? If heat is going into the deep ocean, why we be concerned?

  2. It may be more than 180 billions, because they will probably take that money from other projects...
    so if this 180 billions come from smart projects....
    imagine that this money was invested or spend first to build coal fire electricity plants than invest to build huge solar ones...

  3. Any blogger who describes Commie Hedegaard as a "stupid, brainwashed, arrogant bitch" is OK by me. I will be back, Lumo. Most of the other blogs insist on being civil but civility is over-rated if you ask me. Sometimes it is good to let your opponents know that you view them with contempt.

  4. Government outlaws keeping the money you earn lest you breach a monopoly of spending it unwisely.

  5. Hehe. I realized how silly that comment was, but wasn't able to delete/edit it. (I think due to web browser/network).

  6. I hope some of the money is used to buy thermometers that will improve the spatial resolution of the temperature record. I have always found it puzzling that climate scientists never agitated for improving the quality of observations, preferring in-filled data, eigenvalues, and Frankenstein data grafting.

  7. Europe Petition: No to EU!

    Kind regards


  8. Europe Petition: No to EU!

    Kind regards


  9. WC = Water Closet . Euphimism.

  10. Here is an article that asks for this type of policy : . I found it searching for photos of how these panels disfigure the land, as bad as the wind farms, but hey do not kill birds.

    The whole system is based on feed backs and possibly kickbacks :(.

  11. Hi Kashyap, I am not ruling out 100-GeV physics. Many particles in that range are not only compatible with all the bounds but I actually still think that an LSP of mass comparable to 100 GeV is the most likely character of LSP and dark matter.

    Yes, new physics to SM may be up to 10 billion times more than the SM contribution. I am sure I have explained this basic point because I had to fix this number 10 billion at about 5 places. You didn't read carefully.

  12. OK, I won't comment on this non-story because I haven't read the book and I don't find it important, whether it is OK or as bad as expected from other writings by Carroll.

  13. The OO stands for "object-oriented," reflecting the fact that toilets were invented to handle poops - pee is not such a big problem. :-)

  14. This paper by Efstratios Manousakis, Dept. of Physics, Florida State Univ.take lanza theory a step further.

  15. Hi Lubos: Thanks. Will read the article carefully. Earlier I was not thinking about multi-loop diagrams. Those make lot of difference. I also did not realize that CP violating effects in SUZY can be different.Such explanations make your blogs so much more informative than others.

  16. Yes, MS has it exactly upside down...

    Yuri Milner, who really loves and knows himself quite some fundamental physics, has installed the FFP in such a way that only really good physicists who have done cool things can obtain it, whereas other book, (popular) science writine, etc prizes are rather dubious because the people deciding who should get one neither know enough physics, nor like it as we do ... :-/

    Honestly speaking I am not too much interested in reading Sean Carrolls book ...
    Since quite some time I prefer sources that explain things with the help of LaTex :-P

    Good more popular presentations and texts I still like and consider fun are the talks the FFP winners load up on the home page, or texts written by Prof. Lüst, Gordy Kane, etc, in summary everything MS does NOT appreciate :-D

    I once really liked Matt Strassler's site, but now I have seen way to much of his true colors, intentions, etc ...
    And even when he tries to explain things like effective field theories, his trying to avoid too much (in his opinion!) technical terms by all means, that I need to see to understand what he really is talking about, rather confuses me ... :-/

  17. SteveBrooklineMANov 26, 2013, 5:57:00 PM

    What will it be spent on exactly? What sort of projects are "climate related?" Is mass transit climate related, for example? How about nuclear power? It's not easy to think of what they will do with all that money.

  18. To my humble opinion, SUSY could live by assuming that the big bang left over: supersymmetric entangled particles inside mirror symmetric dual univrses in raspberry shape..
    So entanglement at a very large distance of mirror symmetric real particles
    SO I call this:
    The Raspberry Shaped Super Symmetric Multiverse

  19. kashyap vasavadaNov 27, 2013, 8:57:00 PM

    Hi Lubos; I understand PR=(−1)2J+B−L= + - 1 for SM and SUSY particles. But is it easy to understand how this came up? Is there some theory behind it?

  20. Dear Kashyap, the assignment

    P_R = (-1)^{3B-L+2J}

    is simply a way to write down the *solution* for a parity (sign) operator that is +1 for the SM particles and -1 for their partners.

    Because the sign must flip when the spin changes by +-1/2, there has to be 2J in the exponent because +2 Delta J is odd for a change of J by +-1/2.

    However, this 2J in the exponent means that the fermions of the SM will have (-1)^{2J}=-1. So something has to be added to the exponent. Noticing that the fermions are either leptons or quarks so they have B=+-1/3 or L=+-1, it's clear that adding something like 3B+L or 3B-3L etc. to the exponent will do the job.

    Don't forget about the 3 in front of B because B is a multiple of 1/3.

    The R-parity is (approximately?) conserved quantity so it should not be surprising that it is a function of other (integer-valued, perhaps) conserved quantities.

    The arguments above may be interpreted as "clever tricks" or "subtleties" that one has to notice or reproduce. There isn't any systematic procedure to discover all tricks or subtleties in the world although Stephen Wolfram keeps on trying. ;-)

  21. kashyap vasavadaNov 28, 2013, 3:30:00 PM

    Thanks. I understand. keep up the good work of explaining theoretical physics!