Farewell, Renewables Advisory Board

It seems that the Government of the United Kingdom will be abolishing the Renewables Advisory Board. Forgive me if I shed no tears but first I must declare my interest. When the Renewable Advisory Board was established I put my name forward as a member of the board. I did not seek a fee for the work or recognition but thought I could offer something to help the government get a sensible policy for renewable energy. The powers that be decided that I was not clever enough. Continue reading

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the greenest of them all?

The competition seems to be underway for the greenest politicians. It is a bit like a beauty contest and there are plenty of competitors from all over the world. I think I shall try to be the magic mirror and review the contestants. Continue reading

The Advertising Standards Authority – re arranging deck chairs on Planet Titanic

If a large ocean liner runs against an iceberg and is damaged as a result, the captain will order to crew to try to fix the damage. Indeed, if necessary, all the passengers should help to keep the vessel afloat, as their lives depend upon it. However, there will always be someone, who while most people are busy trying to keep the vessel afloat (often at great sacrifice), busies himself with re-arranging the deck chairs. When challenged, that person will defend himself with “but that is my job” which is the defence and mantra of scoundrels and incompetents.

Who are the latest people who are re-arranging deck chairs on our Planet Titanic? For me the award must go to the Advertising Standards Authority. Continue reading

Green mortgages are coming to England

I heard the Energy Secretary, Ed Miliband, speak on BBC radio about the possibility of bringing in “green mortgages” – loans for green energy technology. Genersys has been part of the Mexican Government’s green mortgage program for about a year now, under which the government provides long term loans that are paid out of the savings. It is an excellent idea, although (I cannot pass without directing a mild criticism at least at the government) one which should have been adopted years ago. Apparently the Conservatives had the idea over a year ago and similar ideas have been promulgated by the Liberal Democrats and of course the green party. Continue reading

Belief, and the siren voices denying climate change

We have heard a great deal about “belief” recently in the United Kingdom. Tony Blair has a great belief that fighting the war in Iraq was better than not fighting a war in Iraq. Mr Cameron has a belief that evil acts are evidence of a broken society and Mr Brown has a number of beliefs including the belief that his and his Government are leading the world on climate change. The problem with “beliefs” is that they involve an element of emotion, and when a belief is directed on oneself, it is only human nature to regard oneself in the finest possible light. When belief involves something that might require the point to be argued, the belief is put forward as a means of making the argument superfluous; who, after all, can argue with a belief? Continue reading

The energy crunch is coming

Ofgem, (the Office of Gas and Energy Markets) the body responsible for protecting consumer’s interests in gas and electricity supplies, has warned that by 2020 energy prices would rise by 20% and that we in the United Kingdom may face energy shortages. Continue reading

A final judgement on Copenhagen’s Climate Change Conference

Rather as many of us expected the “accord” reached at Copenhagen in December turns out to be not an accord, which implies something contractually binding, but a voluntary expression of pious hopes mixed with spin and propaganda that would put the late unlamented Josef Goebbels to shame. Continue reading