I had earlier mentioned the review of the “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States” report that Climate Skeptic was doing. In that review, Climate Skeptic called the following graph and the stated conclusions from it BS.
Evidently the original author didn’t like his review and challenged him publicly. This is fantastic as it allows for the open sharing and discussing of the ideas, thoughts and conclusions. There needs to be more of this type of exchange on critical issues such as climate change.
Climate Skeptics basic charge is that the increase in disruptions is more a result in differences in data collection over time than it is a change in climate disruptions. Such a rapid increase in events is almost surely not solely due to weather.
So, in keeping with this dialogue, Climate Skeptic has replied. The reply is almost better reading and more educational than the original so please click through and read the Climate Skeptic review.
Which leads one to wonder if there is a better source of data for understanding power outages over time? Is there a reputable source that keeps track of disturbances in the system? Of course there is! One company that makes a living out of providing real-time information on the health of the utility industry is Genscape. I don’t know how far back Genscape’s data is gathered but you would think the government would make efforts to use a better source – unless of course the government doesn’t like the conclusions that real data will lead to!