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Today’s struggle after peak oil

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

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 the lifeblood of our civilisation. Oil! (more…)

The golden age of cheap oil

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Did you realise you were living in the gold 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 newfound wealth and status is solely down to them inheriting our manufacturing industries. (more…)

Over the cracks with solar panels

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

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 dragon is cunning and dangerous

Friday, July 6th, 2012

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

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

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

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…)