Scotland generated most of its electricity from nuclear and fossil fuels in 2015


By Paul Homewood


Readers will recall yesterday’s post, Scotland generated more than half of its electricity in 2015 from renewables.

I was kicking myself afterwards, as I should have more accurately titled it “Scotland generated most of its electricity from nuclear and fossil fuels in 2015”!

I have a few more thoughts on the matter:

The article in Science Alert (no, I have not either) comments:

“This is great news and an important step in creating a fossil-free Scotland. Despite the UK government’s ideological assault on renewable energy, Scotland is storming ahead, smashing through our 50 percent target for 2015,” said director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, Richard Dixon. “Clean, green energy is essential in the fight against climate change and Scotland needs to continue to be a champion of renewables while David Cameron continues to chase the nuclear dream in England.”

Ouch! All we…

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Potential Tata Buyer’s Involvement In Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon


By Paul Homewood

Thanks to Climanrecon and Stewgreen


A potential buyer for Tata Steel in the UK believes he could take over all the business without mass job losses.

Sanjeev Gupta, the head of the Liberty Group said he had “very encouraging” talks with the UK Government so far but there was still a lot of work to do.

Mr Gupta told the BBC he believed jobs at Port Talbot could be saved if at least 700 workers in its blast furnaces were retrained.

He now wants detailed talks with Tata and ministers.

Mr Gupta, who flew back to the UK on Monday evening, said it was a complicated deal, with a lot of components to it, from pensions to other liabilities.

Tata’s rolling mills and downstream businesses were relatively easier to tackle and he believed there was potential for expansion.

But he said the steel-making, heavy end of the…

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Tasmania’s LRET Inflicted Power Crisis: its 308 MW of Wind Power Capacity Deemed Utterly Worthless


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Lunatics, like those that people Australia’s Labor Party and the so-called ‘Greens’, continue to delude themselves that, not only is wind power a ‘meaningful’ power generation source, but also that, if we would all simply have faith and ‘believe’, our modern, first world economies could be run entirely upon the whims of the Wind Gods.

South Australia, an economic basket case that took up the ‘faith’ back in 2002, now enjoys the ignominy of having an unstable grid – prone to mass blackouts whenever its wind power output plummets – businesses grappling with another 90% hike in power prices (with worse to come); and a forward spot price of over $90 per MWh, more than double what their neighbours in Victoria will be paying.

Tasmania, half of which is a National Park, with most of the balance devoted to organic berry farms and…

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Three Reforms for the Outsourcing Industry

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Earlier today I put up a piece about how the members of the Nazis’ industrial advisory had to swear an oath of eternal loyalty to Adolf Hitler, and to use their industries and its profits to building up the Volksgemeinschaft, and so serving the whole community, rather than their own private interests. Well, the Nazis had a kind of outsourcing, in that they appointed the head Allianz, the biggest of the German insurance companies, to head the economics ministry. Hitler also sought the active co-operation of big business, deliberately toning down the anti-capitalist rhetoric and moving to stop the SA and the Nazi ‘left’ wing from doing anything radical like socialising industry.

I do wonder, however, how popular outsourcing would be if the heads of the industries involved had to swear a democratic version of the oath, in which they vowed to serve the democratically elected prime minister and…

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