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How to be a vegan without giving up meat

Breakfast

Some months ago I decided to be a vegan.  I didn’t do it for any ethical or environmental reasons.  I simply noticed that all of the fittest women are currently attracted to vegan men.  So I figured that if I wanted to succeed in the dating stakes, I’d better dispense …

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Fracking because Russia

Putin

These days, simply uttering the word “Russia” or the name “Putin” is considered sufficient for all critical thought to go out of the window.  Unlike the rest of the world – upon whom we place a high burden of proof – British exceptionalism dictates that any official accusation or claim …

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Meanwhile back in the real world

Wind Turbine base

In a society where the “right” not to be offended takes precedence over factual evidence, it is all too easy to believe that we are well on the way to a 100 percent renewable energy future.  This, after all, is what all of those happy clappy green-tech articles that get …

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You know things are getting desperate when…

Fracking waste

The financial failure of the British fracking industry is becoming painfully obvious to all concerned.  In large part this is because – unlike its US counterpart – the UK fracking industry did not have access to the trillions of dollars of central bank stimulus conduited via the Wall Street Banks …

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Why I focus on the economics of fracking

Profitability

Amid the contested claims and counter-claims over the environmental damage that might result from widespread hydraulic fracturing in the UK there is a single, glaring (and erroneous) point of agreement for Britain’s frackers and their opponents: that fracking is economically viable.  It follows, therefore, that opponents must take every lawful (and …

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UK energy policy puts lives at risk

UK Snowstorm Deaths

Journalists are quick to tell us about the days on which we burned little or no coal at all (for electricity generation).  They are more reticent when it comes reporting times when coal provides a quarter of our electricity and prevents a national catastrophe. That, in effect, is what happened …

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Remind me again, what was Plan B?

Gas flame

Plan A, you will remember, was that the UK was going to use its massive reserves of gas as a transition fuel to fill the gap between phasing out coal and bringing in a new generation of renewables and nuclear power.  Hydraulic fracturing was going to be the game changer; …

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Fracking weakness exposed

Fracking finance

It is – as the former directors of Carillion can attest – entirely possible to simultaneously make and lose money hand over fist.  All you have to do is to persuade gullible investors to loan you vast sums of money against the promise of future riches.  Only when it becomes …

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US shale oil and the Seneca effect

Drilling rig

Behind the “good news” story of the US fracking boom is a darker problem that haunts us all. The mainstream narrative is that advanced recovery technology has allowed US oil companies to unlock vast reserves of newly discovered shale oil.  This has brought about a rapid volte-face in American economic …

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UK government wary of fracking finances

Fracking finances

In a surprise move last week, UK Business Secretary Greg Clark made approval for fracking conditional on an assessment of company finances.  This seems to mark a distinct shift in policy compared to the gung-ho approach to fracking under David Cameron. The apparent cause of Clark’s caution concerns Third Energy’s …

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