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  1. 4 points
    How does using less renewables help us when gas and coal prices have shot to the moon? In terms of the UK our biggest mistake was not building another PWR every 2-3 years after Sizewell B. Had we done now we would have about 15GW of nuclear in total, a good fleet of wind and solar with gas, a bit of coal, hydro and biomass to provide some flexibility.
  2. 4 points
    The price increases are because of the UK's dependence on FF not because of renewable subsidies. UK power generation was 44.1% FF of which roughly 55% was imported over the last 12 months, 27.8% was from renewables. The horrific price hikes for energy are down to FF and the fight for them in Ukraine and questionable successive government policies. Renewables are cheaper than FF even from our own wells. Your right that there will be mass unemployment and civil unrest like we havent seen for generations with interest rates mooted to rise to 22%+ next year there will be many many homeless people having lost their houses due to the inability to repay mortgages. If your country uses plenty of FF then expect a world of financial pain heading your way. I'm not a climate change fan at all and I think its this hysteria that has contributed to the lack of investment by banks and oil majors over the last 5-10 years which has largely caused an over dependence on the likes of Russia and the Middle East for supply
  3. 3 points
    Green energy zealots have been so busy trying to avoid a projected (and probably illusory) climate Armageddon by promoting renewable energy and relentlessly demonising fossil fuels to the point where investment in such projects in advanced countries is drying up, that they have brought on a very real energy Armageddon. The activists are not to blame for the trigger point, of course, the Russian-Ukraine war and Russian weaponising of gas on top of a surge in demand and wind droughts in Europe. The problem is that they have pushed energy supply systems to the point where large shocks can turn into energy disasters. Gas and coal prices go through the roof, and renewable energy fails miserably as a substitute for renewable energy. This is particularly evident in Britain. Here is a sample of some recent articles. They are mostly behind paywalls so I can't link them, but you should get the idea from the excerpts. Sunday Times, August 28 Business leaders have warned of a jobs bloodbath as soaring energy bills threaten to force hotels to close for the winter, pubs to slash their opening hours and factories to shut down. The starkest estimates put the number of jobs at risk in hospitality at 500,000, while thousands more are under threat in industry and agriculture as employers increasingly find that it costs more to stay open than it does to close. The Times, 29 August 2022 After 20 years of government-promoted eco-socialism half of Tory voters want energy to be nationalised Nearly half of Conservative voters support the renationalisation of Britain’s energy industry, a poll has found, putting pressure on the incoming prime minister to embrace radical solutions to the cost of living crisis. Forty-seven per cent of Tory voters favour returning the energy companies to public ownership, with 28 per cent opposed to such a move and 25 per cent unsure. Among those who voted for the Conservatives in 2019, including many in the red wall seats of the northeast and the Midlands, the figure rises to 53 per cent in favour of renationalisation. The figures, from a YouGov poll conducted for The Times, provide a stark illustration of the choices facing squeezed households after it was announced that energy bills will rise to an average of £3,549 a year from October. Economists and energy experts urged the government to take action to avoid widespread blackouts this winter. The Independent, 27 August 2022 UK faces ‘catastrophe’ after energy bills soar 80% amid warning price cap could hit £7,000 The government has been warned that lives will be put at risk unless it takes urgent action The scale of the squeeze Britons face on their incomes has been laid bare, with the energy price cap confirmed to increase average bills by more than 80 per cent in October – and forecasts predicting annual costs of £7,000 by April. Regulator Ofgem has revealed that the price cap, which is supposed to protect consumers from unfair energy bill increases, will rise to £3,549 per year for an average household – more than three times last winter’s level. That is expected to leave some 8.9 million households in fuel poverty, charity bosses have said, with a “real risk” that children will go hungry as Britain’s poorest see almost half of their income taken up by gas and electricity. There's lots more where that came from but you get the idea. The ruling Tory party is said to face a wipe out at the next election unless it does something about all of this, starting with ending all support for green projects. In the UK energy bills include some sort of impost for renewable energy, I suspect that's not going to last. This Armageddon has yet to reach Australia, at least not in force, but another huge coal powered plant is due to close next year and already the grid is showing signs of major strain. The worst may be yet to come.
  4. 3 points
    📢 📢 📢 The greenest vehicle show case.............. animal carts.... e.g. horse, cow, etc.
  5. 3 points
    Not only have China’s coal imports from Russia risen in recent months but so have the country’s production levels. According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics, China mined 2.19 billion tonnes of coal from January to June, an increase of 11 percent year on year. Falling?? Re-read plz.
  6. 3 points
    This is exactly what @Tomasz and the Russians dont understand. This energy crisis is forcing the whole of Europe to implement longterm decisions that are long overdue. Hydrogen, Nuclear etc. Where is the longterm market for Russian gas outside China ?
  7. 3 points
    In Denmark energy consumption over winter is expected to drop by 20% due to low hanging fruits... Why are you so anti-Europe and pro Russia. I get in the short term Russia / Putin are winning financially. What about the longterm?
  8. 3 points
    You mean like the largest offshore wind farms in the world are fantasy with the largest turbines in the world? I believe those plans were ridiculed when proposed. Come back to me in 5 years time and lets see instead of saying they are fantasy when all youre doing is guessing. If you know the future why dont you win the lottery every week? We will be mixing 15-20% hydrogen into the NG pipelines in a couple of years. The pipelines have already been lined to stop embrittlement and hydrogen loss (which has taken years to do). This will further reduce our reliance on NG and the exhorbitant cost whilst reducing our Co2 emissions at the same time. We certainly already have the wind power in place to do this with this set to expand enormously over the next few years so its just about building enough eloctrolyser capacity.
  9. 3 points
    In America, and elsewhere, multiple energy sources have been applied for electricity generation: hydro electric, nuclear, geo thermal, fossil fuels. Solar energy and wind are now commodities being added to the mix. Hydrogen is also being added to the mix. Adding new sources, even intermittent, does not harm to a power grid's ability to produce energy. Electric output is throttled up and down daily, in response to demand. Germany, the 4th largest economy in the world, has been sourcing half of it's electricity generation from renewable energy for several years. And, during that time, it has sustained economic growth. If it had not adopted new sources of energy, the natural gas shortage faced by Europe this winter would be a lot worse. Fossil fuels are facing competition they didn't have a couple of decades ago. Regardless of what politicians advocate for more or less production of fossil fuels, the competition will continue. Total cost of operation will be a consideration. When my car was designed to include a lithium battery in the power train, it's gas mileage was effectively doubled to 52 mpg (that's 52 mpg every tank). That's a lower cost of operation, and the car has over 200,000 miles on it. So, new power sources are here, and they will continue to be adopted. No political debate or ideological based discourse is going to prevent it.
  10. 3 points
    This highlights the importance of energy independence by whatever energy resource each and every country has. NG is now being used as a weapon by Russia (not surprisingly), Germany's ridiculous energy policy instigated by Merkel will always be her legacy and a model never to be followed again. The demonisation of nuclear in Germany was also a stupid policy as they are not blessed with oil & gas reserves like many other countries and this should have been ramped up not decommissioned. Again a diverse energy mix where possible is the best way to go
  11. 3 points
    Yes. If we had kept building PWR's as I suggested the UK would still be more or less self sufficient in gas without the potential supply issues we now face. Dash for gas was so wasteful of a premium fuel. Had I been in power: New PWR every 2-3 years Gas power generation limited to 50MW peakers / only larger if genuine CHP plant Much better efficiency programs Wind and solar programs similar to what we have seen Acceptance that a limited amount of coal burn would be needed for the forseeable and allowed the construction of 4-5GW of new coal plant. Instead of spunking hundreds of billions on the banksters in 2008/9 we could have built the Bristol Channel Tidal barrage - a gift to many future generations and a massive flood defence barrier for the Severn - Wye estuaries.
  12. 3 points
    Mark Ive stated very recently that the world should adopt ALL energy supplies where the climate and geography and resource dictates that type of energy is the most economical. I'm absolutely NOT against FF, my company supplies mainly to the oil & gas industry so It'd be very hypocrytical of me if I was. You cant just cherry pick certain countries as having a rubbish government policy for the last 15 years (ie Germany) Other countries like Norway are almost solely renewable and larger GDP countries like my own are only 44.1% (as of last year) reliant on FF power generation. I hope that the recent news about 100 new licenses being issued to drill in the North Sea will happen, I'm not demonising FF but trying to give a balanced view. I could argue that you are demonising renewables based on whats relevant to OZ and maybe Germany and Italy but thats hardly a global view. The issue I think you have which I agree is that MM has demonised FF and as such the banks do not want to invest in FF leaving the oil majors no choice but to stop oil and gas exploration and diversify into renewables. Greta and her clan have a lot to answer for IMHO, she and her climate change clan will indirectly kill thousands if not millions this winter in Europe alone as people wont be able to afford heating. However saying this is all renewable energy's fault is wrong as this is a valuable resource that we absolutley should be adopting to reduce the deaths from pollution if nothing else.
  13. 3 points
    Rob - it always help to read the source material, then your comments will be more relevant. The problem is that despite decades of talk about and massive investment in renewable energy, particularly in Germany, fossil fuels are still the only real energy source. That is likely to remain so for decades to come, if it ever does change. The failure to recognise this and endless demonisation of fossil fuels meant that the energy systems had been mismanaged to the point where they had become vulnerable to major prices shocks, such as imposed by Russia (read the original post). Of course fossil fuel subsidies in and of themselves are not the problem. But ending an impost on energy bills put there specifically by the UK government to fund renewable energy projects is one way to cut fuel bills in the UK. Whether the government then elects to subsidise such projects with other funds is up to them. UK and Europe now urgently need to stop the demonisation of fossil fuels and develop new sources of coal and gas and nuclear (the nuclear part is happening already). As for the bit about renewables being cheaper let's stop all subsidies and quotas and see if any green projects (apart from Hydro) survive. You will be sorely disappointed by the results, but whatever the market decides is fine by me. Hope that clarifies your thinking.
  14. 2 points
    Dear noread; CAN YOU READ? The ALL TIME HIGH, was from, uh hem, FROM China's own National Development and Reform Commission..... Not some "idiot" IEA political whore "estimate"... Only Low IQ fools publish/tout "computer models" and "estimates" as facts... EDIT: Now, noread, maybe you can say the Chinese are LIARS, but last I checked in this specific case, they have no reason to lie.
  15. 2 points
    Here in reality renewables are growing faster than fossil in China: China could exceed renewables generation target of 33% by 2025 Renewables likely to reach 36% of electricity consumption by 2025 China's renewable resources concentrate in north and west regions Cross-provincial trading key to boost nationwide renewable consumption China is on track to meet its 33% electricity consumption target from renewables by 2025 and could comfortably exceed it amid ongoing efforts to debottleneck the power grid to accommodate more renewables, analysts and clean energy project developers said. China's energy regulator National Energy Administration, or NEA, Sept. 16 published its 2021 annual evaluation report for renewable power development under which it stated that renewable electricity consumption totaled 2,444.6 terawatt-hours in 2021, accounting for 29.4% of total electricity consumption. This is already close to China's 14th Five-Year Plan target of requiring 33% of electricity consumption to come from renewables by 2025 that has generally been considered a conservative target by market participants. The five-year plan was unique in that its renewable energy target was consumption based, instead of generation based, which improves the likelihood of increasing actual clean energy consumption and changing demand-side behavior. "We forecast renewable energy's share could reach 36% by 2025. The [33%] target is certainly achievable considering current solar and wind development momentum," Caroline Zhu, senior analyst of low-carbon electricity at S&P Global Commodity Insights, said. https://www.spglobal.com/commodityinsights/en/market-insights/latest-news/energy-transition/092322-china-could-exceed-renewables-generation-target-of-33-by-2025
  16. 2 points
    For many, many months and well before Ukraine-Russia, I have been saying that Europe is DELIBERATELY being destroyed. This is not accidental. It is an intentional controlled demolition of Europe's economy in order to further enslave its populace. --TomNolan https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Europes-Energy-Crisis-Has-Ended-Its-Era-Of-Abundance.html Europe’s Energy Crisis Has Ended Its Era Of Abundance By Irina Slav - Aug 29, 2022, 7:00 AM CDT In a somber speech last week, French President Emmanuel Macron warned that France has come to the end of its “era of abundance” and said hard times are ahead. The Prime Minister of Belgium has said that Europe will have five difficult winters in the coming years due to an energy shortage with no short-term solution. While European gas storage is filling up ahead of schedule and it may be able to survive the coming winter, the suffering is far from over for the continent. Join Our Community European gas prices broke yet another record last week, driven by the anticipation of production outages in Norway, lower nuclear energy production in France, and, of course, Gazprom's planned shutdown of Nord Stream 1 for three days beginning on Wednesday. Benchmark prices in the Netherlands hit close to 316 euros per megawatt-hour earlier this week, which is equivalent to about $315 per MWh. In addition to the Nord Stream news, planned gas field maintenance in Norway also contributed to the latest price spike, as did news of planned outages at export terminals. Citi analysts this week forecast UK inflation could reach 18.6 percent by January as energy costs continue up inexorably. These costs prompted several energy executives this week to warn of social unrest in the country. French President Emmanuel Macron, meanwhile, dropped a bomb in his first speech after the government's summer break, saying France has come to the end of the "era of abundance," warning that hard times were ahead and blaming them on climate change and Russian President Vladimir Putin. "What we are currently living through is a kind of major tipping point or a great upheaval … we are living the end of what could have seemed an era of abundance … the end of the abundance of products of technologies that seemed always available … the end of the abundance of land and materials including water," Macron said, as quoted by The Guardian this week. France has been suffering greatly reduced nuclear output, on which the country depends for most of its energy consumption and which it also exports. With about half of its reactors down, France has resorted to electricity imports from Germany. And then there have been droughts, which Macron referenced in his speech. Droughts have indeed taken an additional toll on Europe, affecting hydropower production in large producers such as France and Norway and consequently fueling the price rise in fossil fuels utilities have to lean back on in times of lower hydropower production. In Germany, droughts interfered with oil and coal supply to utilities as the level of the Rhine remained too low for many vessels to reach the storage sites and power plants where the coal and oil will be needed this autumn and winter. "Due to very reduced domestic shipping, accumulated coal stocks could quickly fall," a document produced by the German economy ministry and cited by Reuters, said. "Additional storage sites which have been and are being procured in southern Germany will probably not be filled by winter," it warned. Meanwhile, Chancellor Scholz returned from Canada without a commitment of more LNG supply as Ottawa demonstrated it would much rather partner with Germany on hydrogen, which is touted as the cleaner alternative to natural gas that will dominate the market after the transition. In fairness, even if Canada had made a commitment to supply Germany with LNG, it would not have come soon enough to secure supply for this winter. Yet it would have alleviated fears for the future as Belgium's Prime Minister warned Europe was looking at not one but rather five to ten difficult winters ahead. "The key is energy, energy, energy. There is an energy crisis, let's be honest about that, electricity prices are 10 times pre-COVID levels, that is a shock to the system," Thomas Costerg, a senior analyst at Pictet Wealth Management, told Reuters this week. Since the start of the year, gas prices have surged by close to 30 percent, with the August gain alone at 40 percent. This has, of course, pushed electricity prices higher, too, with national day-ahead averages breaking all-time records and adding to mounting pressure on governments to find a way to avert the worse of the crisis. Expectations are not very high, however. Recession is a word that is being used increasingly frequently with regard to the immediate future of Europe as energy prices continue to fuel inflation that seems to be getting less and less manageable. The only good news so far is that European gas storage is filling up ahead of schedule, so there will be some gas in case Gazprom decides to leave Nord Stream 1 shut. According to analysts, however, this will only postpone the worst of the crisis rather than avert it. Morgan Stanley delivered that last warning, saying that "If Nord Stream 1 flows fall to zero, this winter's inventories should also still be manageable," but adding that “if those flows don't recover, the accumulating loss next year would then create an exceptionally tight winter 2023/24," in a note cited by MarketWatch. It does look like the age of abundance that much of Europe had enjoyed for a couple of generations is coming to an end. In his speech, Macron said that he would prioritize the energy transition this autumn instead of finding ways to make energy prices more manageable for the millions of Frenchmen struggling to pay their bills. If those bills keep climbing, then the UK might not be the only country facing civil unrest. By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com More Top Reads From Oilprice.com: Europe’s $280 Billion Support Package Could Make Energy Crisis Worse TotalEnergies Denies Accusations That It Supplied Fuel To Russian Army Canada Set To Miss Out On A Massive LNG Opportunity
  17. 2 points
    In recent months, China has significantly boosted its coal production, following government orders for more coal supply. Faced with power shortages last autumn, Chinese authorities ordered an increase in domestic coal production as global coal prices soared. China has put more emphasis on energy security since the autumn of 2021. Earlier this year, China said it would continue to maximize the use of coal in the coming years as it caters to its energy security, despite pledges to contribute to global efforts to reduce emissions. China gave the green light to as many as 8.63 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-fired power plants in the first quarter of 2022 alone
  18. 2 points
    This does not include existing underground fossil fuels under the land or under the lakes and oceans. It is continuously being produced. Mankind is very small compared to all the methane (natural gas), oil, coal, peat, etc. produced by the dead bodies of living things.
  19. 2 points
    https://justthenews.com/world/lithium-prices-skyrocket-posing-headache-electric-vehicle-manufacturers
  20. 2 points
    Yes you said the dealers would sue and win and yet they aren't suing and they aren't winning. All you have done is point out another thing you were wrong about.
  21. 2 points
    Ford CEO Farley explains why the brand isn't going all-electric like GM Ford CEO says the future of the auto industry isn't "monolithic" Your franchise agreements are collapsing, dealer agreements are about to take center stage.
  22. 2 points
    TUESDAY SEPT 13th, 2022 https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/another-russian-energy-exec-found-dead-fell-overboard-boat-full-speed Another Russian Energy Exec Found Dead, 'Fell Overboard' Boat At Full Speed by Tyler Durden Tuesday, Sep 13, 2022 - 08:10 PM Another one bites the dust... Less than two weeks since Ravil Maganov, the vice president and chair of the board of directors of Russian oil giant Lukoil, died after falling out of a sixth floor hospital window in Moscow, another Russian energy executive has been found dead in mysterious circumstances. 39-year-old Ivan Pechorin, managing director of Putin's Far East and Arctic Development Corporation, fell off the side of a boat while sailing in the waters close to Russky Island near Cape Ignatiev, according to Russian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda. For two days, rescuers searched for a man at sea near the coastline - unfortunately, he was found dead. "On September 12, 2022, it became known about the tragic death of our colleague, Managing Director for the Aviation Industry of the Far East and Arctic Development Corporation Ivan Pechorin. Ivan's death is an irreparable loss for friends and colleagues, a great loss for the corporation," representatives of the Development Corporation said. According to The Mirror's Russia correspondent, he was personally selected by Putin for his role, and was described by Newsweek as Putin's "key man" in the region. Interestingly, Pechorin's death comes just months after the corporation's former CEO Igor Nosov, 43, also died suddenly in February, reportedly from a stroke. Pechorin's death is the latest in a string of unexplained or untimely deaths of Russian magnates connected to the energy industry in the last months. From link above - May 2022... These are all the Russian oligarchs who have died suddenly, some in suspicious circumstances, in recent months https://www.businessinsider.com/these-are-all-the-russian-oligarchs-mysteriously-died-in-2022-2022-4 Russian executive with Gazprom contracts found dead in his swimming pool after being shot in the head https://www.businessinsider.com/russian-gazprom-linked-executive-found-dead-in-his-swimming-pool-2022-7 Ex-company of Russian oligarch found dead with his wife and child throws doubt on murder-suicide theory, saying he was a 'wonderful family man' https://www.businessinsider.com/russia-oligarch-death-novatek-doubts-sergey-protosenya-murder-suicide-theory-2022-4?r=US&IR=T
  23. 2 points
    Europe accepts 14 Dec C internal temps this winter (cool but not freeze to death territory) it doesn't need a kwh of russian gas.
  24. 2 points
    I dont believe in the climate change protagonists as Co2 levels are actually at a very low level in earths history if anyone cares to research it. We also need Co2 to survive, as does every other living thing on this planet we call home. However renewables arent the devil and will save lives as pollution is a killer and thats a fact. Thank God we dont still all burn coal to heat our homes. The 1962 London smog was a severe smog episode that affected London, England in December 1962. It occurred ten years after the Great Smog of London, in which serious air pollution had killed as many as 12,000 people. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1962_London_smog#:~:text=The 1962 London smog was,as many as 12%2C000 people.
  25. 2 points
    Russian terrorism on civilian targets that wreaks of desperation, well done. Oh and most of the power has already been restored. Ukraine forces are now less than 10 miles from Kherson and advancing. Do you really think Putin is going to survive the fall of Kherson?
  26. 2 points
    Here is how the Chinese populace reacts to having the wrong registration: Mystery of the black ‘Shanghai’ Audi prowling streets of Hong Kong Police follow up after several sightings of vehicle, which breaches city law as it only has mainland Chinese plates Hong Kong police are following up on the case of an Audi with only Shanghai car plates that was spotted in various parts of the city in recent days. Photos of the vehicle, in clear violation of city laws, were posted on social media by shocked pedestrians and drivers. The pictures showed the black Audi roaming Mong Kok, Kwun Tong and the Tolo Highway in the New Territories without a Hong Kong car plate or a cross-boundary licence. The car plate bears the Chinese characters for “Shanghai” and the number “G0133”. anyone who drove an unregistered vehicle in Hong Kong could be fined HK$5,000 and thrown into jail for three months https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2026353/mystery-black-shanghai-audi-prowling-streets-hong-kong
  27. 2 points
    That’s one way to spin it. Another is in spite of hardship claims the European economy is still growing including Germany. You boys put in a lot of time and effort wailing away why the bottom line is still fine. Even if Europe struggles a few months it’s not like Russia, Germany the UK and Europe after WWII. You whimps would have struggled back then. Look into a 5 year window most countries will be in better shape than Russia. Your proud of pollution like you are Russian tank commanders. A weird set of values indeed. The US has taken out militaries for less provocation. Enjoy your war, your pollution and feel free to join at the hip with China, Iran and N Korea. Y’all deserve each other.
  28. 2 points
    No you are just clueless and incapable of doing economic research preferring just to make stuff up. New car sales nearly tripled during that time period so a 400% increase in used car sales tracks just fine. Oh and this graphic of new vehicle sales includes all busses and trucks: http://en.caam.org.cn/Index/show/catid/32/id/1716.html Although China has more than 270 million vehicles on its roads, only an estimated 15 million secondhand models were sold in 2019. That’s in sharp contrast to places such as Australia, the U.K., and the U.S., where people buy more used cars than new ones. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-06/china-wants-to-build-a-306-billion-used-car-market Oh and only a moron doesn't know that almost all used car sales are "officially registered". In the US there is this place called the Department of Motor Vehicles that...
  29. 2 points
    And we reprocess that waste which eats nearly all. That using ancient garbage nuclear reactors. Not breeder reactors which literally eat 95% of said "waste" leaving only short term products. All that before we talk Thorium breeder reactors eating even more leaving even lower length products. If you were honest, you would be putting up $$$ to produce a breeder reactor to eat said "nuclear waste" if you were actually "environmentally conscious"
  30. 2 points
    ? How is less energy consumption back to the dark ages? More football, less playstation is bad? more exercise, less candycrush is bad? Better insulation of houses is bad? More efficient use of resources is bad? I fail to see the logic in how this stresses anything.
  31. 2 points
    Agree with most of that! Germany not quite at 50% renewable, I make it 40% , but still pretty decent and its a bloody good job they have diversified ot theyd be even more in the brown stuff. https://www.destatis.de/EN/Themes/Economic-Sectors-Enterprises/Energy/Production/Tables/gross-electricity-production.html Ive got a hybrid too, my commute is all electric (charge at work so its free) and its saved me a fortune in fuel bills!
  32. 2 points
    I bet a lot of people would have higher quality of life if they used less electricity. Put down your phone, turn off Netflix, go outside, exercise, actually interact with others.
  33. 2 points
    Sad day for the UK 🇬🇧 Rest Lilibet you did your bit…..
  34. 2 points
    Yeah we do import that from Norway predominantly. We now have the North Sea Link (1.4GW interconnector) where we can buy power from Norway's hydro and when they need more they buy from the UK's wind power, (as I type Norway are using 1.13GW). we have 8 interconnectors that can supply 8.4GW of power if needed, or we can sell to those connected. With the new gas field operational since March with phase 2 round the corner they will ramp up production and that will make us pretty much self sufficient especially with loads of renewable projects underway which will produce green hydrogen which we will be mixing (15-20%) into the NG for heating and cooking further reducing the need for NG. https://www.airswift.com/blog/offshore-wind-energy-projects-uk https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1092555/hydrogen-strategy-update-to-the-market-july-2022.pdf Renewables made up 28.1% of all powergen in the UK last year and that will increase dramatically https://grid.iamkate.com/ Your article is from April before any data had come from the new gas field. We do buy and sell OZ LNG though as we already import enough for our needs. As Rasmus says if we have to have a couple of years of pain to get the desired result then thats fine by us. Its OK my bubble isnt popped as you may not be aware of all that is currently happening in the UK right now.
  35. 2 points
    Check these out: https://wildlife.org/jwm-vehicles-lead-poisoning-cause-michigan-bald-eagle-deaths/ https://www.bto.org/sites/default/files/bto_rr733_hanmer_robinson_-_road_mortality_in_raptors_final_web.pdf Actual counting of dead birds/necropsy studies. Vehicle fatalities are a very large proportion of the deaths of birds of prey. Apparently, they do a significant amount of hunting immediately adjacent to roads. The lead poisoning cause of death for eagles was something I had never considered. Would the only proof of cause of bird deaths you would accept be when someone actually witnesses the deaths as they happen? Most of research involves approximation. Even tightly controlled double-blind studies used to determine cause and effect involve estimation/approximation--the inferential statistics used to evaluate the results typically involve estimating parameters (means, standard deviations, etc.) of the population based on the sample data one has collected.
  36. 2 points
    Footinmouth said "I was never the one claiming wind turbine bird deaths were a problem." And yet YOU were the one who raised the issue of bird deaths due to wind turbine strikes, claiming it was a "gargantuan problem". Make your mind up or have you got demetia? Also wildly claiming that nobody cares about predatory or sea birds in Europe due to your ignorance. Surely even you can now see that wind turbines are a miniscule percentage of bird deaths compared to cats, buildings and vehicle strikes! if you cant then I pity you. No wonder you lost your job!
  37. 2 points
    Yellon wish will not work. The Russian may have some additional Companies in Egypt, Morocco, south Africa - take a dart and shoot to a globe all except Europe and North America. Those Companies import (buy) Oil Russian or a mix and sell it from Egypt to France, Greece, Bulgaria for 100% (MaxPrice). They share for every Tanker the additional profit. Bye, Bye Yellon and Biden An Oil Price change of 3% is about 2-3 USD nothing compared to 85 - 110 USD.
  38. 2 points
    Fusion discoveries are imminent and they will be so for decades.
  39. 2 points
  40. 2 points
    So are analgesics, antihistamines, antibiotics, antibacterials, rectal suppositories, cough syrups, lubricants, creams, ointments, salves, and many gels. What is your point, DDT, analgesics, antihistamines, antibiotics, antibacterials, rectal suppositories, cough syrups, lubricants, creams, ointments, salves, and many gels are bad? I disagree.
  41. 2 points
    Okay, I take you point on fossil fuels. My apologies for that. However, I never said that the present crisis was the result of renewables as such. It isn't. The problem is the demonisation of coal and gas and so on and the fact that such fuels are impossible to get rid of in any of the time frames proposed has created problems which renewables cannot solve. As for Norway having 100 per cent renewables its all hydro so its no problem. Its a similar story with New Zealand, incidentally, and some smaller places which are all hydro. If you've got hydro on the system then you claim emissions virtue. Otherwise its horribly difficult and/or horrendously expensive. Germany was certainly mis-managed but it is difficult to see how proper management could have changed much. Anyway, we agree on a lot but I'll move on. Thanks for teh discussion.
  42. 2 points
    The bald eagle was once an endangered species. There were approx 72,000 prs, now up to 300,000 prs. The addition of wind turbines may have killed some eagles but in comparison with 50-60 years ago they are doing great. Do yourself a google. Let’s multiple wind by 50x then do a recount. See if we need a breeding program or take guns outta eagle shooting rednecks. Poisoning is a major eagle killer. Sleepy is giving FF 10’s of millions to cleanup and cap old abandoned,leaking wells. Finally something. Now, what about flaring……….
  43. 2 points
    do you even bother to do a little research before you post BS? surgical examinations of eagle carcasses to determine causes of death — from 1986 to 2017. Almost 1,500 eagles’ causes of death were reviewed........ The results: The leading killer of bald eagles was vehicular trauma — being hit by cars. Study: Many eagles die from being hit by cars COMMUNITY AUG 17, 2020 DETROIT (AP) — America’s iconic national bird, the bald eagle, has made an impressive comeback from its days as an endangered species. But its leading threats remain rooted in human activity, the most comprehensive study ever of bald eagle mortality in Michigan finds. Researchers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in conjunction with Michigan State University, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and others, reviewed a huge trove of bald eagle mortality data collected from DNR necropsies — surgical examinations of eagle carcasses to determine causes of death — from 1986 to 2017. Almost 1,500 eagles’ causes of death were reviewed, according to the Detroit Free Press. The results: The leading killer of bald eagles was vehicular trauma — being hit by cars. Second on the list was lead poisoning, related to eagles ingesting lead ammunition fragments from hunter-shot animals, or lead sinkers from fishermen. “The bald eagle population in Michigan has made a tremendous comeback since the ban or phaseout of DDT and PCBs,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Kendall Simon, a lead author on the study. DDT was a widely used synthetic pesticide from the 1940s until 1972, when the federal government banned its use over its impact on the environment and threats to human health. Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, were primarily used as insulating fluids in heavy-duty electrical equipment in power plants, industries, and large buildings from the late 1920s until the late 1970s, when their use was phased out, also over environmental and public health concerns. In 1961, bald eagle populations in Michigan were at their lowest point, only 52 breeding pairs. But the chemical bans and protection on the federal endangered species list prompted a major turnaround. The federal government removed the birds from the threatened and endangered species list in 2007. The last full aerial survey of bald eagles in Michigan, conducted in 2017, found 835 breeding pairs. But with that progress over the latter 20th century came a great deal of human development, Simon said. “The good habitat along the waterways is being filled,” she said. “New breeding pairs have to settle, breed and nest in lower-quality habitat. It’s usually inland, not along the water where they can fish.” That leaves the bald eagles looking for alternative sources of food. And one of those main sources is roadkill, Simon said. The data showed vehicular trauma deaths increased in the fall, coinciding with deer hunting season and the rut, a breeding period for deer when they are more active and less careful. That’s also when most car-deer accidents happen. “Eagles, especially bigger females, are a little clumsy taking off” from a roadkill carcass, Simon said. “It’s such a big bird, it takes them longer than people would think.” The mortality data also showed lead poisoning was greatest in bald eagles in late winter and early spring months — when waterways are often iced over, hampering fishing, and the carcasses of deer shot by hunters but not recovered, preserved in the snow over winter, become a supplemental food source. James Sikarskie, a professor emeritus retired last year from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine — and Simon’s stepfather — is a co-author on the Michigan bald eagle cause of death study. Sikarskie worked with bald eagles for 44 years at the university, and as a wildlife clinician. “If they eat enough lead, it will kill them, just like kids with lead paint,” he said. “Lead poisoning causes damage to the liver and kidneys, and the treatment to draw the toxin out, chelation, is also traumatic on them.” The federal government banned the use of lead shot in waterfowl hunting nationwide in 1991. Lead ammunition is banned for some other types of hunting, in particular states and areas. But only California bans its use for all hunting statewide. “All of the (Michigan) DNR’s hunting digests recommend the use of non-lead shot and bullets, so we encourage voluntary hunter support for that practice across the state,” agency spokesman Ed Golder said. “This is largely a hunter preference issue. One of the factors for hunters is cost. Non-lead ammunition typically costs more than lead ammunition, although copper bullets in many people’s opinions perform better than lead.” The study, published in April in The Journal of Wildlife Management, recommends moving road-killed animal carcasses to the far edge of rights of way, and a further transition from lead ammunition and fishing tackle to nontoxic alternatives.
  44. 2 points
    Hate to tell you this Ron but the world doesnt just revolve around the needs and wants of the US. You can blame Kofi Annan and the UN for ESG However ESG should be a good thing if universally adopted, obviously it isnt and never will be as there is a cost to it, so poorer countries will just not participate to the levels wealthier nations would like. Blaming China is frankly not going to get the baby washed (sorry UK expression), when you look at the most polluting countries per capita China's pollution is half of what it is in the US. https://www.countryliving.com/uk/news/a37266476/most-polluting-countries-un-report/ Maybe stop finger pointing and get your own house in order first.
  45. 2 points
    Have you never heard of Equinor and the North Sea? Recent major projects there are Johan Sverdrup and Johan Castberg I agree location and government policy are instrumental in an effective renewable energy policy, but then again effective government policy has to be robust in whatever you have legislation for or it doesnt work effectively. Regarding wind turbine bird strikes. "Merriman concludes that 1.17 million birds are killed by wind turbines in the US each year. This is a lot of birds, but it is only 0.016% of the estimated 7.2 billion birds that live in the US.31 Jan 2022" https://www.energymonitor.ai/tech/renewables/weekly-data-how-many-birds-are-really-killed-by-wind-turbines#:~:text=Merriman concludes that 1.17 million,in the US each year.&text=This is a lot of,that live in the US. How many birds do cats kill every year? Just in the United States, outdoor cats kill roughly 2.4 billion birds each year. This is the result of tens of millions of outdoor cats. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers. https://petkeen.com/how-many-birds-do-cats-kill-statistics/ How many birds are killed by cars in the US? Of the collision deaths of more than a billion birds annually, between 89,000,000 and 340,000,000 are killed by vehicle collisions on U.S. roads. https://urbanbird.org/reducing-bird-strike-mortality/ So IMHO wind turbines arent really a massive problem compared to cats and vehicle strikes. Maybe US policy should ban cars and cats?
  46. 2 points
    More than 70% of pubs do not expect to survive winter as energy costs soar Independent brewers and pub operators warn of ‘doomsday scenario’ unless government takes urgent action Britain’s independent brewers have urged ministers to step in to save the sector, as research revealed more than 70% of pubs do not expect to survive the winter if nothing is done to ease energy costs.
  47. 2 points
    Never mind the 100's of conventional energy plant's shut down by Europe, replaced by green ideology. Failing at level never seen before in the history of mankind. And now the entire world pays for that design..implementation and malfeasance.
  48. 2 points
    do you understand the EU internal market at all? Andrei - why do you spend time on this forum? Why just to back to Russia?
  49. 2 points
    I am actually quite fond of the bears, just not in that way Look at the facts. Outside the zombified West, this particular war is perceived as a war like any other. Those come and go. Stealing a major economy's currency reserves is an event of a much larger, enduring effect that is relevant to everyone in the world. I think, the very concept of "first class" currency reserves is now void and nil. After what you've done with the Russian oligarchs, you are going to have a hard time convincing any other oligarchs to keep their stashes in the West anymore. Because what is there to prevent you to find a weakness in their moral fiber and take their stuff? They are hiring you as a banker, and not as a shrink. You just defaulted on your fiduciary duties as central bankers for the rest of the world. The dollar is growing because you just ripped off the rest of the so-called "free world" Their capital is fleeing to you. Non-Western capital is running in the other direction, which is the more important trend.
  50. 2 points
    Commies? All the Poles. Romanian's, Czechs, Estonians, & Slovaks I personally know have one set of things in common They hate the Soviet Union / Communism They don't trust and are frightened of Russia They see their futures aligned with western nations and its institutions namely the EU and NATO. .