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The Overton window will leave us cold

UK energy driving off a cliff

Listeners to the BBC Today programme this morning will have heard the interview with Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), about the company’s plans to introduce several new lines of electric and electric hybrid cars.  In the course of the interview, Speth dropped three bombshells that threaten to …

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Smart meter roll out dropped

Smart Meter

Britain’s hi-tech clean energy future was going to be built around a smart grid of interconnected household and business smart meters.  Connected up to smart equipment like domestic heaters and freezers, the smart grid would enable National Grid operators to balance supply and demand by remotely operating the equipment; for …

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The distinct whiff of ministerial greenwash

Solar Power

Green virtue signalling has become so prominent that even Tory ministers are getting in on the act.  Today, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark will announce a new Industrial Strategy that, apparently, aims to power the UK economy with solar panels. What’s not to like? Except, of course, that this …

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Let’s boycot these evil polluters

Glastonbury aftermath

It turns out that just 100 companies are responsible for 71 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.  According to the Carbon Majors Report 2017: “Over half of global industrial emissions since human-induced climate change was officially recognized can be traced to just 25 corporate and state producing entities.” This …

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Falling Net Energy destroys fossil fuels *and* green energy

Tar sands

While businesses and journalists readily understand (and often misunderstand) the idea of return on investment (“there is no magic money tree”) they seldom make the intellectual leap to apply the concept to the far more important area of energy.  Currency, after all, really can be printed out of thin air …

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In Britain, unprofitable fracking is green energy

Green electricity relies on inertia

Renewable energy is usually presented as the sensible alternative to domestic (fracking) gas.  However, in Britain at least, the two are essential components of the same suite of technologies.  This is because of the poor choices made by the UK government that force solar and wind energy to go hand …

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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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