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A new dark age in of times

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Last updated on April 5th, 2019 at 10:51 pm

“How long would take our governments to react to the catastrophe which could wipe out millions of billions of lives and see an end to our modern civilisation.”

Power My Home PV Solar Panels UKIf the ‘global warming’ issue is anything to go by, then probably never. With 40 years of advanced scientific knowledge, the most significant problem facing humanity is still swept under the rug even today.

Therefore, it comes as no surprise that we now see the world’s governments currently undertaking in public denial about peak oil too. Peak oil is the point at which high demand for oil, outstrips supply and like a ‘must have’ toy at Christmas, scarcity and substantial price hikes will be the norm. (more…)

Today’s struggle after peak oil

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Last updated on November 3rd, 2018 at 11:40 pm

“As our politicians squabble about over the nuclear versus wind turbine debate, the real issue is global oil supply.”

What will life look like after oil supply has peaked, how will we know when we have reached this pinnacle moment and did Saudi Arabia know something we don’t?

Power My Home PV Solar Panels UKThere comes the point in everyone’s lives when you hit an age as decline begins. After an experience so far, of unlimited quantities of youthful energy, the world is a more colourful and fun place to be, but at some point, without realising it, the scales tip and a prolonged descent into old age begin.

As depressing as this sounds, this analogy is what has occurred to our civilisations lifeblood. Oil! (more…)

The golden age of cheap oil

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Last updated on November 3rd, 2018 at 05:38 pm

“Did you realise you were living in the golden before the downward turn occurred?”

Power My Home PV Solar Panels UKA very deep and philosophical question, I am aware, but the need to ask that question is at the heart of the challenge of which humanity and its civilisation now faces.

Listening to our politicians in this country abroad, you’d forgive for thinking that the good times are only a belt-tightening a few years away, however, the truth of the matter is that we (western civilisations) no longer have the tools to recreate the golden age of the last century.

Our industry doesn’t have the abundance of cheap oil and energy which previous generations benefited. Our industries and our manufacturing, which puts the great into Great Britain, now belong to the Chinese people. They’re new found wealth and status is solely down to them inheriting our manufacturing industries. (more…)

Filling over the cracks with solar panels

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 09:28 am

“As an old, neglected house with inadequate maintenance spent on it over many years, the cracks are showing in our country’s energy infrastructure, which is why a solar panel installation has become a wise investment.”

Can cheap oil be sustained?

Can cheap oil be sustained?

Living Memory and learning from it are one of the things that give human beings the edge over the rest of the animal kingdom. Using experience, and our living memories from the 1970’s blackouts, when Britain’s energy infrastructure was last updated, we can see the upcoming issue’s that will occur.

With new infrastructure updates now required in 2012 and beyond, and one-third of our countries’ power-generating capacity needing to replace, the additional costs and inevitable further rise in our energy bills, will yet again, see fuel poverty brought to the doorsteps of millions at best or blackout situations at worst. (more…)

The Chinese dragon is cunning and dangerous

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Last updated on November 3rd, 2018 at 11:43 am

“A wise man once said, Leave the dragon to sleep, for once it has awoken, it will crush us all. There is a transition in progress that we in the west are only just waking up too.”

Should have let the dragon sleep.

Should have let the dragon sleep.

This transition began 15 years ago, and in such a short time, we (The UK, Europe and America) have suckered them into transferring our prosperous economies, as a gullible pensioner sweet talked into transferring their life savings in the guise of benefiting their grandchildren.

The promise of cheaper goods for our old economies was too good an opportunity. For a while, the western economies thought, we were the ones taking advantage of the new younger upstarts. (more…)

Britain’s road to ruin so God save The Queen

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Last updated on October 31st, 2018 at 09:16 pm

Whether you agree with global heating predictions or not, what is clear is that Great Britain kick-started the industrial revolution.

We, the British Isles, led civilisation out of the (so-called) dark ages, through the industrial revolution and into the lightly polluted ages of modern culture. We did that Britain. Great Britain!

A dependent nation

A dependent nation

We have, however, lost our way a bit. In the ultimate pursuit of a cheap toaster, we have sacrificed our whole manufacturing industry to China and India for that £9.99 toaster.

So getting into the spirit of the queen’s diamond jubilee year, the need for British manufacturing to return to these shores is paramount.

Manufacturing costs are now rising abroad as the living standards we have enjoyed as a nation in recent times, soon become a necessity for our Asian cousins too. The advantages of manufacturing overseas now eroded. (more…)

The business of staying in business

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Last updated on November 3rd, 2018 at 11:38 am

A car driver continues down the road, foot down to the metal until he has he ran out of fuel.

Never once stopping to gauge the tank and never easing off the accelerator to conserve or use the remaining fuel more efficiently. Not clever eh?

There's nothing more powerful than when a PV's time has come.

There’s nothing more powerful than when PV’s time has come.

Well, this is precisely how our modern civilisation is burning the last of the world’s oil.

In fact, the consumption rate is increased tenfold as everyone travels into the second decade of the 21st-century, alongside another disappointing year for a new oil field finds. The smooth tuned engine of commerce will soon begin to splutter as demand eventually outpaces supply. (more…)

A longer term view of energy

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 09:43 am

“I would like to begin this article with a simple plea.”

Power My Home PV Solar Panels UKThe terms alternative energy, micro-generation and green energy doesn’t inspire one or cut the mustard. A better way to describe solar panels, wind turbines and other similar technologies would be self-generation technologies.

These phrases used within our industries, are doing us a disservice because they demean, belittle and merely paint an incorrect picture of the benefits which these types of systems provide. (more…)

How Iran could cause an energy crunch

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 01:33 pm

“Could Iran cause an energy crunch? It’s been said that the line between order and disorder is the thin blue line of the law. I would also like to enhance this saying by exchanging the word line for the pipeline.”

Power My Home PV Solar Panels UKThe pipeline concerned is the one carrying oil supplies from Iran, on which, over the last decade, European countries such as Spain, Italy and Greece have become very dependent.

These countries also have to deal with the fact that their ailing economies are dependent on this risky and possibly unstable state, with other European and British communities facing problems too if these countries’ economies fail.

The golden age of civilisation

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Last updated on November 3rd, 2018 at 05:40 pm

Ask a thousand people of varying ages, and you will get a thousand different answers, but what everyone will all agree on is that the golden age was in the past.

Sunrise or sunset for the industry?

Sunrise or sunset for the industry?

Watching a program from the mid-1990’s (the Adam & Joe Show), one of their comedy sketches consisted of trying to claim the free extra offers you got with food products – the 25% additional free offers which were commonplace in those days.

The significance of giving away food or products in those times, that our older people remember, but didn’t appreciate at the time, suddenly struck me. (more…)