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Can’t grow, won’t grow

Zero growth

While politicians and “Westminster Village” journalists trumpet the latest headline employment figures, the UK economy continues its post-2008 slump.  We know this because within the Office for National Statistics (ONS) employment report is this incongruous fact: “For August 2017 in real terms (constant 2015 prices) average regular pay (excluding bonuses) …

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Britain goes nuclear

NuScale

The UK government looks set to embrace a new fleet of nuclear power plants as the solution to Britain’s growing energy predicament according to Alan Tovey at the Telegraph: “Ministers are ready to approve the swift development of a fleet of ‘mini’ reactors to help guard against electricity shortages, as …

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UK Government axes climate change staff

Drought

Figures released under a Freedom of Information request indicate that climate change has been a victim of the UK government’s austerity cuts.  The request to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) – which plays a lead role in assisting people in some of the most at-risk countries on earth on …

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When the party comes to an end

Empty bottles at the end of the night

  Nicole Foss famously compared the oil industry to a late night drinking binge.  The early oil found in pressurised deposits just 70 feet beneath the ground was the best booze.  The North Sea was the cheap stuff.  Hydraulically fractured shale oil and tar sands, though, are the last-ditch equivalent …

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Electric cars: more disruptive than we bargained for

Electric car chassis

The UK is the latest in a growing list of countries to announce bans on petroleum vehicles.  This has led to understandable concerns about the ability of national electricity grids to cope with the massive demand for additional electricity that such a ban implies.  The thinking appears to be that …

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Energy is a bigger problem than Brexit

Electricity crisis

The temptation is to jump on the bandwagon and attack British Gas owner Centrica for profiteering and for participating in a cartel in the wake of its 12.5% hike in electricity prices.  It is certainly difficult to feel any sympathy for a multinational corporation that raked in profits of £816 …

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Adding hot air to global warming

disused cars

Make way for yet another tedious round of green virtue signalling as people who should know better celebrate the UK government’s ban on new petrol and diesel cars.  At first glance, it sounds like a great idea.  The billions of cars and vans around the world that pump out noxious …

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Why “The Consciousness of Sheep”?

Sheep to slaughter

The name of this website may seem a little odd to anyone who was not around two years ago when it was launched.  The Consciousness of Sheep was the title of the book about the current economic, ecological and energetic collapse that humanity is hurtling toward.  Drawing on psychology, sociology, …

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Not so renewable Britain

Fossil fuel

Read the headlines and you could be forgiven for laughing in the face of climate change and resource depletion.  Renewable energy, it seems, will win the day.  Take this example by Ian Johnston in the Independent: “Renewable energy is a mainstream technology, which is cheaper and more advanced than ever. …

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