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Fracking and what it means for Britain

November 13th, 2013

The Great British debate about wind turbines has always perplexed me because I think they are very elegant and in tune with our historical roots as depicted with the windmill clad landscapes of the acclaimed artist called Constable. However, fracking is the real enemy of the Great British countryside, and wind turbines may be the lesser of two evils.

Fracking in full-scale production.

Fracking in full-scale production.

The threat of black-outs by the big six energy suppliers has already begun. Threats of withdrawal of investment for the future of the nation’s energy and the political ‘vote-buying’ is leaving a bewildered British public scared for the future.

There has never been a point in history where investment in research, development and implementation of newer energy technologies not reflected in the consumer’s final energy costs – So why all the fuss now? Read the rest of this entry »

Is a Soviet Union style collapse imminent?

November 6th, 2013

A paradigm shift is occurring, and America’s wealth has gravitated East, and China’s once renowned poverty is also moving West. Being America’s 51st state has always been beneficial to Britain, but could this cosy relationship also become a curse?

A brighter road ahead with a quality solar installer.

A brighter road ahead with a quality solar installer.

America defaulting on its debts is just around the corner. America defaulting on its obligations will change life for every person in every state including the 51st.

The ball has again been kicked down the road until January by the successive administrations, with their debt ceiling debates, but the day of reckoning is coming.

What is happening here, is the American government is telling the rest of the world including China, “keep lending us more money, or we will default on our debts, and this is a road you don’t want to go down!” Read the rest of this entry »

The powerlessness of being in power

October 30th, 2013

The recent statements by David Cameron about reducing households energy bills by sacrificing alternative energy support reminded me of the tales of King Cnut who also attempted to change the course of an inevitable tide without success.

Politicians are powerless to prevent unaffordable energy costs.

Politicians are powerless to prevent unaffordable energy costs.

To be fair to the Norse King, who apparently was trying to prove to his people that he wasn’t all-powerful at all and that he was just an ordinary man.

Mr Cameron and George Osborne’s policies are still attempting to hold back this wave of inevitability while going against the tide, as the rest of the world is striving to become less dependent on fast depleting fossil fuels including oil-rich Saudi Arabia.

After waves of relentless hikes in the cost of powering and heating our homes, the level of arrogance must overshadow even Canute’s most defining moment. To use a Viking analogy, Mr Cameron is blaming the bail bucket for the ship taking on water. If the boat is sinking, then you don’t throw the bucket overboard, you increase the size and number available. Read the rest of this entry »

Energy drinks, you’re 11 years old!

October 24th, 2013

An overheard conversation at a supermarket checkout inspired me (without the aid of coffee) to write this funny but also serious article about energy drinks.

A mother while struggling to bag her weekly shop suddenly shouted.

“No you can’t have an energy drink you’re 11 years old.”

A generation addicted to caffeine.

A generation addicted to caffeine.

What I chuckle was the follow-up statement of

“if you’ve got no energy at your age then there’s something seriously wrong with you.”

On hearing this statement, I wanted to high-five this lady.

This scenario highlights a severe problem in our modern-day society today. Our children are getting addicted to this seemingly harmless beverage type, but I feel we are storing up problems for the up and coming generation if this is not dealt with soon.

High caffeine energy drinks

are not

on the same level as the Lucozade drinks of my generation. Read the rest of this entry »

The energy tariff switch game!

October 19th, 2013

When the prime ministers only advice for yet another round of increasing energy costs is to switch tariff and wear a jumper, you know that he is as helpless as the rest of us.

Although there are things you can do to shield yourself from future rises, the prime minister is keeping this information under his hat.

What Mr Cameron should have said was,

“The future of energy within the UK is uncertain, but what is certain is that we cannot guarantee to keep energy down because of a variable factor at home and abroad. Everyone should now begin to look at alternative ways to protect yourselves from the higher costs of future energy in this country.”

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Fukushima may be out of the headlines

October 16th, 2013

When most people saw the devastation of the Fukushima plants, they rolled their eyes and thought, “just another Chernobyl” and got on with their lives. I, however, saw the beginning of the end as our last big hope for generating large-scale power, which wouldn’t accelerate the global warming problem, goes into meltdown.

The end of the nuclear-powered dream.

The end of the nuclear-powered dream.

If you think you are half a world away from danger, then think again. The blue-fin tuna and other food resources you take for granted will now be contaminated!

For a real sense of the Fukushima disaster, the Japanese authorities asked the outside world for help. For anyone who knows Japanese culture, they would know that this culture does not allow much for asking for help on an individual or governmental basis. Read the rest of this entry »