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Bye-bye Longannet? [image credit: BBC]

Bye-bye Longannet? [image credit: BBC]


Does the UK Business Secretary know something the rest of us don’t? Despite fears of the UK as a whole being unable to meet peak electricity demand in some circumstances, he appears confident there’s capacity to spare if Scotland’s windmill culture (not his words) can’t do the business.

The UK government’s Business Secretary Vince Cable has said there is no threat to the security of Scotland’s electricity supply, reports the BBC.

His comments came after BBC Scotland’s disclosure that the huge coal-fired power station at Longannet in Fife was facing a renewed threat to its future.

Mr Cable said energy could be imported from England.
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The BBC is trumpeting a joint statement by David Cameron, Ed Milliband and Nick Clegg which spells economic doom for the UK. If ever there was a good reason to vote on May 7th for the only party committed to scrapping wind farm subsidy and nonsense ‘climate targets’, this is it.

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The three stooges write Britains economic suicide note.

The battle lines are drawn for me now. Energy policy is an important element in my campaign platform. Let’s take apart the statement’s key bullet points and assertions below the break.

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Whose Moon is it anyway?

Posted: February 8, 2015 by oldbrew in Legal, moon, Politics
51st state? [image credit: NASA]

51st state? [image credit: NASA]

Who is going to police the Moon if or when its resources begin to be exploited?

Phys.org notes that the UN ‘…passed an Outer Space treaty back in 1967, which among other things, stipulates that no one country can claim sovereignty over any part of the moon.’ More from phys.org:

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has caused a bit of stir by hinting that it plans to expand its authority to include exploration of the moon and the use of its resources. News agency Reuters has reported that it has obtained a copy of a letter composed by officials with the agency and sent to U.S. based Bigelow Airspace—in it, the agency said it plans to leverage its launching authority by adding licensing authority of moon assets — all to encourage private companies to invest in such activities.

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Gas heating [image credit: CVO Fire]

Gas heating [image credit: CVO Fire]

A committee of MPs has been accused of listening to “ill-informed” green groups instead of scientific evidence, after it called for a ban on fracking for shale gas, citing health and environmental fears, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) on Monday called for fracking to be put on hold indefinitely, and at a minimum banned in national parks, amid “huge uncertainties around the impact that fracking could have on water supplies, air quality and public health”.

Developing shale gas is also “incompatible” with the UK’s legally-binding climate change targets, it claimed.

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Nigel_Farage_MEP-sIf we want to go from Little England back to being Great Britain, we must leave the EU. But it’s people like John Major and other fake Europhiles who keep us tied to a weak and crippling Union.

Every time I’m in the chamber of the European Parliament, I have to listen to people stand up and talk about what a great success the EU has been.

But I’m not sure anybody saying it really believes it anymore.

It’s the same when I listen to John Major saying Britain is better off inside the EU than out. He is an intelligent man, so does he really believe it?

Okay, Sir John has to carry the shame of being the British prime minister who signed the Maastricht Treaty – and, you know, he signed it and then had to ask his civil servants to tell him what he’d agreed to – so of course he has to go on believing.

Otherwise he’d have to admit that when he signed that treaty he allowed the creation of the single currency, the ghastly euro monstrosity that has destroyed the economies of the EU’s Mediterranean members and left Germany – again – with huge political sway over the Continent.

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I’ve had a look at the Green party’s mini manifesto, and thought it might be useful to highlight parts of it in a series of articles. We’ll start with what they say about energy.

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So, leaving aside the question of where the money will come from for now. Lets examine the claims and plans.

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rogThe most important general election in my lifetime is just a few months away. At stake are weighty issues of national sovereignty, which is being rapidly eroded by EU legislation and an expanding EU membership. Issues around principles at the heart of our British culture, of tolerance, the rights of individuals to express themselves freely, the right to trial by jury and freedom from arbitrary arrest under EU warrants from overseas. Issues around our economic future, having home produced energy which can improve our national balance of trade, and improve our exporting industries’ competitiveness as well as the living conditions of people struggling to pay high gas and electricity bills.

I have been adopted as a parliamentary candidate by the only party with a sound energy policy. It’s also the only party which takes our sovereignty seriously. We will fight for everyone’s rights of equal treatment before our common-law, a time tested and developed system of case law and charter suited to our British temperament, with its innate sense of justice and fair play. A system which presumes innocence and places the burden of proof on accusers, unlike the continental system our leaders are stealthily trying to introduce..

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After Mark Reckless MP’s spirited defence in parliament of what most people want (66% say no to 0.7% of gdp being earmarked for foreign aid, only 7% in favour), I considered our recent story on £1Bn of our climate fund donations being used to build coal fired power stations in Indonesia, and decided to set up this petition on the govt’s e-petition system.

I don’t for a moment think it’ll achieve enough signatures to force a debate, but at least it might have made some govt person think for a minute while they decided whether to approve it. Click the image or visit the link.
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/72814

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Ed Miliband has set out his stall at last. Now we know what his priorities are if he is elected as prime minister.

miliband-solarFrom the Standard

The environment may not be as fashionable an issue now as it was when David Cameron attached a wind turbine to his house. But I believe tackling climate change is the most important thing I can do in politics for the long-term future of my kids and their generation.

I will not leave those principles behind at the door to Downing Street. That is the choice the country will face at the next election: a Conservative government that … makes Britain a laggard on climate change, or a Labour government that leads.

So there you have it. By conflating ‘the environment’ with ‘global warming’, Ed Miliband hopes to hoodwink the British public into supporting his rich mates in their quest to rob us into poverty and ruin the country’s economy with the international wealth redistribution scheme which masquerades as ‘climate action’.

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This is the second half of an article on the UK website Conservative Woman. Check out the link to Jo Nova’s article too.

bbc-greenpeace-medBack in October, behind the masquerade of what the BBC’s army of 180 publicists claim is the world’s ‘most trusted media brand’, the Corporation launched with a glossy release a multi-pronged initiative to broadcast to Australia material about the G20 summit.

Chris Davies, Director of Sales and Marketing, for BBC Global News Limited, one of the BBC’s subsidiaries that is the engine of the growth, said: “Australia is a priority market for us and with this local market investment together with our large network of international journalists, we are uniquely placed to offer readers stories they don’t normally hear from local media, giving them the full picture on news that affects them.”

Excuse me? That sounds very like the BBC believes ‘local media’ are not doing their job. How very patronising.  Those colonialist oiks have not had the benefit of the BBC’s version of ‘impartiality’.

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This is a reblog of UKIP PPC for Watford Nick Lincoln’s write-up of the IEA meeting I attended yesterday in Westminster. I shot the video clip below of Mark Reckless’ contribution, during which he notably states that a UKIP Government would abolish DECC.

The subject was Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement of the previous day.
Leading MPs from all the main parties were present, including our own Mark Reckless. The recurring theme of the debate was the deficit and the public sector debt.
For those that don’t know – and this includes our Prime Ministerthe deficit and the public sector debt are two different things.

Emblematic of changing political tides

Posted: December 2, 2014 by tallbloke in government, Incompetence, Politics
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In 2006 the Cameron led Conservative party turned over a new leaf and redesigned its logo to reflect a new emphasis

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In 2010 Cameron declared that his would be “The greenest government ever”. By 2013 he was muttering about needing to  “get rid of this green crap”.

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Image collages have been doing the rounds on social media of empty green benches where MPs are debating serious issues like child abuse or low pay, juxtaposed with a packed house of commons where MPs are allegedly debating MPs pay or expenses. Telegraph journo  who also edits the coffeehouse blog at the Spectator has been taking the facebook and twitter denizens to task for gullibly believing these memes, which she ascribed to ‘two anarchist sites’ while on on Radio 4 ‘today’, where she discussed her coffeehouse article this morning. She told us that it was odd but true that people didn’t believe what they were told by the BBC or other MSM, but believed uncritically what they saw on facebook or twitter. One of the meme images as seen below has been shared 65,000 times or more.

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But has Isabel done her due diligence here? Lets take a look.

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Reposted from Reform.co.uk

Energy policy and the return of the State
Rupert Darwall

RupertDarwallEnergy policy represents the biggest expansion of state power since the nationalisations of the 1940s and 1950s and is on course to becoming the most costly domestic policy disaster in modern British history. By committing the nation to high cost, unreliable renewable energy, its consequences will be felt for decades to come. Energy is an iceberg policy: its implications for the demise of a competitive market in electricity – the final achievement of the Thatcher years – are poorly understood and tend to be consigned to footnotes and annexes of policy documents.

Like its predecessor, the Coalition Government has three policy objectives:

Keeping the lights on;
Keeping energy bills affordable; and
Decarbonising energy generation.

These do not require the policies the Government is implementing. Indeed, energy policy militates against having cheap, reliable energy. Worries about the lights going out have intensified as the country becomes more dependent on the weather for its electricity. The market is the best way of providing reliable and affordable electricity. Converting the electricity system to wind and solar power does neither. Even on favourable assumptions, these are inefficient ways of reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

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Coal: back to the future [image credit: BBC]

Coal: back to the future
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The penny has finally dropped at the top political level in Germany that abandoning nuclear power and setting stiff carbon dioxide reduction targets is impossible, without severely damaging the economy and risking mass power shortages.

Of course the usual fanatics continue to insist that such a price has to be paid, seemingly oblivious to the long-term standstill in global temperatures that suggests so-called climate policy is largely irrelevant anyway.

Breitbart London reports: Germany’s Vice Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, has indicated that the country will abandon its commitment to reducing CO2 emissions by 40 percent by 2020, from a 1990 base level.

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David Cameron PROMISED a House of Commons a vote on the European Arrest Warrant last night. Guess what? He lied. AGAIN.

This government has consistently treated the British people with contempt. Even the Conservative Party’s own Members of Parliament accused it of “deception”, and Speaker Bercow, with whom I rarely agree, called it a “sorry saga”. He was right.

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From Steve Crowther – UKIP Chaiman. This is too important to be UKIP members only. Get in touch with your local branch via UKIP.org and join us at Old Palace Yard, opposite the House of Lords, from mid-day on MONDAY.

Mass Lobby of Parliament – MONDAY

THE TIME HAS COME: it has now been announced that on Monday afternoon (10th) the House of Commons will debate the hand-over of 35 Law and Justice powers to the EU – without a referendum.

These include the infamous European Arrest Warrant, used recently to handcuff and imprison the parents of Ashya King.

These powers – part of the 135 powers that the UK can opt out of this year under the Lisbon Treaty – are being handed back to the EU voluntarily, without a referendum.

  • They end the tradition of Habeas Corpus which has protected British citizens from arbitrary arrest for 900 years.
  • They open the door for UK citizens to come under the power of the new European Public Prosecutor, even though the government has opted out of this.
  • They constitute a clear hand-over of powers to the EU without a referendum. Given the opportunity to ‘repatriate’ powers, the government is doing the opposite – and again breaking its pledge to ask the people by holding a referendum before handing over more of OUR sovereignty.

JOIN US ON MONDAY FOR A MASS LOBBY OF PARLIAMENT.

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Energy made in Germany

Energy made in Germany

The already high cost of Germany’s ‘energy transition’, which includes a lot of new coal power stations as well as vast expense on renewables, looks about to get even higher. Nuclear power station operators want some of their money back.
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Nuclear Power Daily reports: Germany’s phase-out of nuclear energy has triggered over 20 lawsuits by big power companies who have demanded billions of euros in damages, said a government paper released Tuesday.

Berlin after Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster moved to immediately shutter the country’s eight oldest reactors and close all others by 2022 while boosting renewable energy such as wind, solar and biomass.

Three large electricity companies — EON, RWE and Vattenfall — have responded with a spate of court challenges, which the environment ministry has listed for the first time in response to a request by the Greens party.

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Opportunity Cost is the Achilles Heel of High Speed 2

Posted: November 5, 2014 by tallbloke in Politics, Travel

tallbloke:

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Short and to the point, this article contains very useful reference links. Which way our public transport systems?

Originally posted on Richard Wellings:

An economically rational transport investment policy would allocate scarce resources to those projects with the highest returns.

Yet even if one accepts the official estimates – and in reality there are major doubts as to whether the benefits will actually outweigh the costs – it is clear that High Speed 2 offers poor value for money compared with alternative transport schemes (data on rates of return on transport schemes here).

The issue of Opportunity Cost is therefore the Achilles Heel of HS2. Clearly the vast resources required would be far better deployed elsewhere.

If the aim is to cut journey times, then other schemes would deliver more valuable savings for less expenditure.

If the objective is to address overcrowding then there are far more cost-effective ways of increasing capacity and making more efficient use of existing links.

And if regeneration of the North is the priority, then greater…

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ccaA hard hitting article appears in the Mail which slams the climate change act.

Six years ago today, an ambitious Labour politician, newly appointed climate change secretary, set Britain on a ruinous path that threatens our energy-dependent civilisation with collapse.
Such is the devastating conclusion of Owen Paterson, the Tory former Environment Secretary, who yesterday joined Lord Lawson among the highest-profile critics of the political consensus on energy policy.
For it was on October 16, 2008, that the new secretary of state – Ed Miliband, by name – set us the legally binding goal of meeting the EU’s wildly ambitious target to cut carbon emissions by 80 per cent before 2050 (and how significant that no other country has followed his lead).
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