Renewitchery

“In the last decade, the share of renewables in the energy sector has doubled every 5.5 years. If doubling continues at this pace fossil fuels will exit the energy sector well before 2050.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/23/moores-law-carbon-would-defeat-global-warming

Double, double, oil in trouble; Fossils burn till carbon bubble.

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Renewellbles

“Scotland has the potential to produce well more energy than it needs from renewable sources…” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/in-scotland-gusts-of-wind-usher-in-a-quiet-energy-revolution/2016/10/15/e5da2f5a-8a57-11e6-8cdc-4fbb1973b506_story.html)

…without more wells:
“The Scottish Government will not support underground coal gasification (UCG) developments in Scotland.” (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Underground-coal-gasification-blocked-2c9f.aspx)

“The country’s next challenge … is to figure out how to translate success in electricity production to lagging areas, such as heating and transport.” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/in-scotland-gusts-of-wind-usher-in-a-quiet-energy-revolution/2016/10/15/e5da2f5a-8a57-11e6-8cdc-4fbb1973b506_story.html)

Lagging is of course usually deployed as insulation – the Scottish climate giveth and it taketh away.

Unclear Nuclear

“When Hinkley [Point C, a planned new nuclear plant in Somerset, England] was first announced, we were told that electricity generated by the power station would be ‘cooking Christmas turkeys by 2017’.” (http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/climate/8-reasons-george-osborne-let-hinkley-nuclear-go-20160216)

Not conventionally, of course, just any within a 100 mile radius.

Please sign Greenpeace’s petition asking Chancellor George Osborne not to waste £billions on this deeply flawed nuclear power project.

Nuclear Confission

“A right-wing British government has invited companies controlled by the Chinese Communist Party – and in one case, the Chinese military – into the heart of the UK’s strategically vital energy infrastructure.” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2986180/uks_nuclear_deal_with_china_is_a_boon_for_bankers_and_no_one_else.html)

Less Eco, more £.co

Re-peat

“Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has proposed a 39-turbine development at Strathy South in Sutherland, which would only operate for a maximum of 25 years … [and yet] could take up to 24.8 years to ‘pay back’ the carbon impacts of its construction … [because it] would be situated on a peatland site.” (http://www.rspb.org.uk/media/releases/398890-sse-windfarm-at-strathy-south-could-take-over-20-years-to-become-carbon-neutral)

Renewable — capable of being renewed, on a 25 year contract, without perceivable benefit.

Towerbine

“One of the world’s most iconic sites has become the latest high profile venue to embrace renewable energy, after the installation of two vertical axis wind turbines as part of the Eiffel tower’s high profile renovation project.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/25/eiffel-tower-embraces-wind-power)

Vive la revolution.

Shell Shock

“The Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, located in Riverside County about 170 miles (273 km) east of downtown Los Angeles, was operating at full capacity and providing 550 megawatts of electricity to the grid. … To minimize environmental impact, the Bureau of Land Management was finding ‘suitable habitat’ for desert tortoise and other wildlife impacted by the farm’s construction.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/02/10/us-usa-california-solar-idUKKBN0LE2UF20150210)

i.e. move along or we’ll attach solar panels to your shell.