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Reduce energy prices two ways with the “merit order effect”

The "merit order effect" is a term to describe the how the energy market operates (here in the UK, also Australia and other places) such that the addition of more renewables into the grid will lower the cost of energy overall. I won't try to re-descibe what has already been adequately described by people who … Continue reading Reduce energy prices two ways with the “merit order effect”

When “Friends” manipulate

In the Herald Scotland today "Climate concern: Scotland burns four times more waste than five years ago" https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/19771720.climate-concern-scotland-burns-four-times-waste-five-years-ago/ For me, the main issue in the article is the constant characterisation of Energy-from-Waste as "incineration". This is emotive language, designed to elicit a negative view of Energy-from-Waste. Friends of the Earth are using this approach to manipulate people who read these media … Continue reading When “Friends” manipulate

Carbon Capture and Storage, honestly

Great to see Juice Media and their “honest” Australian Government announcements getting some traction here in Scotland. Robin McAlpine in a recent Common Weal blog post wrote about carbon capture and storage (CCS) and how the tech doesn’t work, can’t work and merely delays action to phase out fossil fuels. https://commonweal.scot/carbon-capture-and-storage/ The Juice Media video … Continue reading Carbon Capture and Storage, honestly

Strategies for Zero Carbon Heat in Buildings

The Folly of Hydrogen as a Source of Heat in Buildings An industry group representing heavy carbon emitting industries (such as oil and gas) as well as Carbon Capture and Strorage (CCS) players and hydrogen technology developers has proudly published a report back in July. The "Scottish Cluster" commissioned the report to explore the role … Continue reading Strategies for Zero Carbon Heat in Buildings

Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds (DIFs) of Economic Policy

A great article on the #MintTheCoin campaign; which is a proposal to side-step the US government’s self-imposed (and weaponised) debt ceiling by having the government instruct the Mint to create a $1 trillion platinum coin. Well worth a read. https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/22711346/trillion-dollar-coin-mintthecoin-debt-ceiling-beowulf?__twitter_impression=truehttps://www.vox.com/platform/amp/22711346/trillion-dollar-coin-mintthecoin-debt-ceiling-beowulf Included in the article is some discussion about how Republicans know full well that they … Continue reading Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds (DIFs) of Economic Policy

The Memex Method (Hello World)

Cory Doctorow's inautural article on Medium with the title "The Memex Method”, describes a 20 year blogging habit. https://doctorow.medium.com/podcasting-the-memex-method-7b54e5a0de6d The article showcases his online, public version of a commonplace book, "the auctorial equivalent to the artist's sketchbook", and the benefits this brings. I had to look up the definition of “auctorial”, which means “of or … Continue reading The Memex Method (Hello World)