Politics

Nazi government slashing renewables funding forcing fracking on unwilling population

On 27 Nov 2015, at 12:11, ‘David Hirst’ david@davidhirst.com [Claverton] wrote: So it will still go ahead, even if the local area is devastated. There is no possibility that Greg Clark will risk the wrath of Osborne or Cuadrilla by turning it down. Something so far undiscussed in the latest dash for gas is the relationship with fraking. If we have a stack of new gas plants planned, the... »

What is going on in Syria?

On 27 November 2015 at 15:06, Alan Simpson alan@alansimpson.org [Claverton] wrote: Dave. Here is my take on what is happening. Alan Syria: The Devil’s Delusion Claims that the world can bomb its way towards a sustainable peace are a perilous delusion. The urge to bomb invariably gets dressed up as ‘compassion’. In reality, it lives closer to ‘fear’. Grand talk of R... »

Nonsense from Dieter Helm – Energy Futures Network: The Coalition Effect – Energy Policy and the Coalition

11:27 (16 minutes ago) to Claverton Excellent Alan .. good to have some first hand evidence .. I think Helm is seeking controversy for his own ends .. it is important that this version of the “truth” does not take hold ..kind regards m On 15 April 2015 at 16:59, Alan Simpson   I’m on holiday and have just skimmed through the Helm paper. Helm’s occasional accuracies sho... »

Why Sellafield costs us all a bomb After a private consortium tried, and failed, to rescue the power station from decades of neglect, it is back in the arms of the public sector once again  Read more Geoffrey Lean only partly explains what happened this week: what went wrong, but not why nor how such a poor private consortium was able to secure the contract in the first place. The known facts in t... »

Smart Metering is FCUKED, a disaster

   Smart Metering is FCUKED   Nick Hunn WiFore Consulting nick@wifore.com +44 7768 890 148 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence. This allows you to copy, distribute and display the contents of this paper, or make derivative works. Acknowledgement of the author is appreciated.   The Fiendishly Complicated United Kingdom Enduring Deployment of smart meters hit a problem earlier thi... »

List of proposed new projects in the Government’s New Infrastructure Project – Zombie projects

In my professional life until very recently I have been heavily involved in business development for major civil engineering companies. Looking at this list of proposed new projects in the Government’s New Infrastructure Project one thing strikes me very forcefully is that most of these projects are not at all new.  In fact there are projects on the list that I was visiting the promoters a d... »

Open letter to Tony Hall and Director General of the BBC

Open letter to Tony Hall, Lord Hall of Birkenhead and Director General of the BBC, on the platform given to Prof Bob Carter on the World at One programme (Fri 27th Sept 2013). Instigated by the Claverton Group.   We, the undersigned scientists and engineers, write to condemn the appearance of Prof Bob Carter on BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme, and to urge the BBC to seriously rethink the trea... »

Green Earth: Renewable Energy as a Solution to Global Terror

The terrorist attack in London this week demonstrated the importance of maintaining constant vigilance. Similar attacks have occurred in Europe and around the world, and the ensuing backlash against Muslim communities has alienated huge tracts of the population of European cities. Violent clashes involving anti-Muslim protestors are not uncommon. But treating this event (and the growing threat of ... »

"There is no alternative" – TINA – this is bxxxxxxxxxxx – we need to invest in money producing energy infrastructure

Cameron says there is no alternative to austerity….This is complete nonsense – we can borrow money at 3% on international markets  and then invest it in infrastructure which makes 6%, combined heat and power district heating,chpdh being one, then this will make us richer, employ people, take them of the dole and please the markets who will see for once we are doing something sensible, ... »

The stupidity of mass burning of biomass to replace coal.

From the Claverton Gmail threads: Dear all, David Weight kindly copied me in to this thread. I hope you don’t mind me adding my thoughts. I am only going to comment on the use of biomass for electricity-only, and not the question of DH and or CHP. My position is that UK, EU and US policy makers are wrong to be supporting new big-biomass, enhanced co-firing and full coal conversion (Tilbury a... »