Archive for the ‘energy’ Category

A Fossil Fuel Free World is Possible

June 7, 2015

The reality is that climate is getting warmer, the weather is getting more extreme and unpredictable, and we have to become more resilient, more efficient, and more innovative.  — Governor Jerry Brown

Across the world we are starting to see the impact of extreme weather events.

In California a prolonged drought has prompted a 20% cut in water usage by Executive Order.

We’re in an historic drought and that demands unprecedented action. For that reason, that I’m issuing an executive order mandating substantial water reduction across our state. As Californians, we have to pull together and save water in every way we can. People should realize we’re in a new era. The idea of your nice little green grass getting lots of water every day, that is going to be a thing of the past.

But, if Californians are expected to cut their water consumption, why is a Nestle bottling plant exempt, why is fracking exempt?

If California is in trouble then so is the rest of America, because they truck fresh produce from California. Fresh produce is even airfreighted to Europe.

Why? Is this not insane?

We have such an insane system because agriculture can externalise its costs, because Big Businesses controls our food production and distribution system. Food is grown for profit not to feed people.

A Song of Oil, Ice and Fire

June 6, 2015

Would we set fire to works of art, destroy manuscripts, smash ancient ruins with a sledgehammer?

When Isis and the Taliban destroyed symbols of our culture, we were shocked, more shocked even than by the gruesome brutality of their beheadings.

If we are shocked, then why are we tolerating Shell setting fire to the planet?

We have seen the last week extreme temperature in India, with many thousands dying. That is of nothing with what we will experience with thermal runaway if global temperature rise goes beyond 2C. Even with 2C, we are going to see more violent and extreme weather events.

If we are to keep global temperature rises below 2C, we have to keep 80% of known carbon reserves in the ground.

The worth of a company such as Shell, is the value of its known carbon reserves. If it cannot recover, then Shell is worthless.

More extreme and hazardous carbon deposits, mountain top removal, tar sands, fracking, deep water, Amazon, Arctic, are more expensive than renewables (and the cost of renewables is falling).

An oil spill in the Arctic is unlikely to be recoverable.

Shell has already had one major incident on the Arctic.

Why are we permitting Shell to drill in the Arctic?

Advertising Standards Agency bans Greenpeace anti-fracking ad

May 6, 2015
banned Greenpeace anti-fracking ad

banned Greenpeace anti-fracking ad

The banning of a Greenpeace anti-fracking ad by the ASA is indicative of the revolving door and how corrupt the political system has become.

Chris Smith used to be a Labour government minster.

On leaving office, jobs for the boys, seats on the board of Big Business or on a quango, true to script he heads the Environment Agency.

As boss of the Environment Agency he gave the OK to frack in National Parks.

Now he heads the ASA.

As head of the ASA he banned a Greenpeace anti-fracking ad.

Greenpeace:

The ASA just banned our anti-fracking ad!

Here are the facts:

A few months ago we published a newspaper ad stating: “Experts agree – [fracking] won’t cut our energy bills.”

The ASA asked for evidence to back up the claim — so we submitted statements from 22 experts and commentators including leading academics, the energy secretary Ed Davey, and even quotes from fracking firm Cuadrilla.

This wasn’t enough for the ASA and they still said the ad was misleading. But the only evidence they could provide to back that up?… A quote from the prime minister.

Oh and one other thing… the chair of the ASA, Lord Chris Smith, happens to be the head of the Task Force on Shale Gas (a group funded by the fracking industry).

Chris Smith heads an independent inquiry into fracking. An inquiry financed by the fracking industry.

Murdoch, Lord Rothermere, Barclay Brothers, and the porn baron who owns the Express, are doing their best to pervert the course of the election.

But that is ok, they have money, and money buys our corrupt politician system.

If you think this is wrong, then please share the image, share this article.

Tories, Labour and LibDems, all support fracking.

Fracking, climate change, airport expansion, have not featured in the election campaign.

If we do not drastically cut our carbon emission, there will be no future.

If you want to know more about fracking, please watch the talk by Dr Ingraffea, a leading industry expert on fracking.

Conférence de Naomi Klein à Paris

April 14, 2015
Conférence de Naomi Klein à Paris

Conférence de Naomi Klein à Paris

Le 30 mars dernier, Naomi Klein présentait son dernier ouvrage « Tout peut changer, capitalisme et changement climatique », publié par Actes Sud, à Paris. Une soirée organisée par 350.org, Attac, Actes Sud en partenariat avec Bastamag et Mediapart.

Divest It Like It’s Hot

April 13, 2015

A silly video, but with an important message, the need to divest.

If we are to avoid thermal runaway, we must limit global temperature rise to less then 2C, and it we are to limit global temperature rise to less then 2C, then 80% of known carbon reserves must be left in the ground.

If we cannot extract the known reserve why are we exploring for more reserves?

The value of companies like Shell and BP, is dependent upon their claimed reserves. If 80% of those reserves cannot be extracted, the worth of those companies plummets overnight.

Hence the move to divest.

There is now a worldwide campaign to divest, with pressure being put on universities, on municipalities, on pensions funds, to divest their holdings in fossil fuel companies.

To have freedom to breathe, we must go fossil free

April 10, 2015

Freedom to Breathe

Freedom to Breathe has been set up by two asthmatic guys, both called Guy. (It’s a small world.)

Our message is simple. Burning fossil fuels worsens asthma and other respiratory diseases. To be able to breathe freely, we need to go fossil free.

There are millions of asthma sufferers in the UK, and millions more worldwide. Asthma has multiple causes, both genetic and environmental, and there are different treatments of varying effectiveness. But it’s clear that air pollution caused by the burning of fossil fuels worsens asthma attacks, and can contribute to the onset of asthma in the first place.

We can reduce air pollution with things like low-emission zones and tougher vehicle pollution standards. But whilst we still burn fossil fuels, we can never end air pollution. To get to the root of the problem, we have to ditch a transport system that’s hooked on oil and an energy system dependent on coal…

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Greenpeace occupy Shell Arctic drilling rig

April 9, 2015

The easy oil and gas is known and claimed.

Any future exploration is dangerous and hazardous: Arctic, Deep Sea, Amazon, tar sands, fracking.

An oil spill in the Arctic would be nigh impossible to clean up.

We know that to stop thermal runaway, 80% of known carbon deposits must be left in the ground.

The value of fossil fuel companies like Shell, is the value of their known reserves. If these reserves cannot be recovered, then the value of companies like Shell become worthless overnight.

There is a worldwide movement to divest from oil and coal, on ethical, environmental and economic grounds.

If we cannot recover known reserves, why is Shell exploring for more oil?

BP and Shell agree to give up their tax concessions

April 2, 2015

In a surprise joint announcement to Russia Today, BP and Shell agree to give up their tax concessions.

Oil exploration has to be on the way out, says Shell.

Why?

Climate change.

We do not want to be part of, bad for our image.

BP do not see jobs in oil.

Tough for those in oil, but who guarantees jobs for life?

Shell agree to shut down Arctic drilling.

It is in the interests of both companies to give away their tax concessions, as who wants a revolution?

Before you get over-excited, note the date of broadcast.

It was broadcast yesterday, 1 April 2015.

Illegal to erect rooftop solar arrays

March 22, 2015

In Galicia, the system used to be, generate your own renewable electricity, instead of selling it to the big energy company, supply them, they supply you, and all you pay for is the difference.

That was the system, it worked. it encouraged the installation of rooftop solar arrays.

That was the system, but it was scrapped. Not only was it scrapped, but the regional government at the behest of the big energy companies who cannot compete with rooftop solar arrays, has made it illegal to install rooftop solar arrays.

Time for Podemos, time for local, community controlled grids. Fair price for suppliers, fair price for consumers. Only the surplus from the local grid would be fed into the national grid.

Local, community controlled grids put local communities in charge, put out of business big grids, big power companies.

Is the ConDem Government fracking us?

January 31, 2015

George Osborne has told his colleagues to intervene, intervene, intervene on behalf of fracking.

George Osborne has provided fracking with generous tax allowances.

David Cameron falls over backwards to promote fracking whenever he can.

A government acting for fracking, not the public, not the environment.

A government that censors a report on fracking.

A government acting for their paymasters.

A government in bed with the fracking industry.

Time to get dirty money out of politics.

Chris Smith is to carry out an independent study of fracking. This is the same Chris Smith who has suggested fracking take place in National Parks. The ‘independent study’ is to be funded by the fracking industry. So much for an independent study.

New York carried out an independent study, found fracking was not safe, and imposed a ban. So what use a study by Chris Smith funded by the industry?

Fracking is not safe, is bad for the environment:

  • pollution of ground water
  • high demand on local water sources
  • earthquakes
  • release of methane
  • industrialisation of the countrsyide

Fracking releases methane a greenhouse gas. Fracking opens up cracks in the rocks to release the fracked gas, toxic chemicals are injected into the fractures.

Fracked gas will be sold in Europe, it will have little if any impact on gas prices in UK.

Strange how ‘misinformation being spread’, the phrase used by David Cameron, is the same phrase used by his paymasters, same phrase used by apologists for fracking.

The only misinformation being spread is that by the fracking industry and its apologists.

No problems, been used for decades.

Not true, novel techniques, hydraulic fracking, horizontal drilling, toxic fluids. Not the same as conventional drilling.

Little evidence of water contamination or other problems.

Little evidence due to light touch regulation, little monitoring, exemption from reporting, exemption from protection of water sources.

And we do of course trust the industry.

We saw this with BP and Deepwater Horizon disaster.

We have seen it in the Amazon, with massive oil spills and toxic dumping by ChevronToxico.

The future lies with locally controlled and owned power grids, fed by renewables, with guaranteed feed-in tariffs, only the surplus fed into the National Grid. There are several hundred such schemes in Germany.

One such scheme is REPOWERBalcombe. Balcombe having seen mass anti-fracking protest a couple of years ago.

Such schemes of course attract generous tax concessions, as does fracking? Er, no.