Earth ours

“Earth Hour was first unveiled by an Australian ad agency in 2007, when global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide had reached 385 parts per million, their highest level in some four million years. Since then, CO2 levels have broken through the symbolic 400ppm barrier and continue to rise sharply.
The impact has been stark. Eight of the 10 hottest years ever recorded have all occurred since 2007. Last year smashed all previous records, pushing Earth systems into what the World Meteorological Organisation this week called ‘truly uncharted territory’.
If homo sapiens really has the wit and ambition to survive this century, from here on every hour has to be Earth Hour.” https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/lights-out-at-earth-hour-don-t-waste-your-energy-1.3022129

Blogging on battery power seems a decent analogy for stealing resources from our future selves.

Angle-tear

“Offline [nuclear] reactors could lead to a ‘tense situation’ for energy supply in France, in the event of a cold snap this winter.
The situation is likely to be exacerbated by damage during Storm Angus to the main cable that carries electricity back and forth between the UK and France. It is believed a boat dropping anchor during the storm may have been responsible but National Grid is investigating the cause and working to repair the Interconnexion France-Angleterre, which is buried in the seabed and heavily armoured.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/nov/29/french-nuclear-power-worst-situation-ever-former-edf-director

‘Brexit means Brexit’ means severing all connections to the continent.

Smart Metarse

“An independent report … for the government stated smart meters would not be cost effective as they would bring a £4 billion net present value cost – the civil service, in contrast, inflated this figure by £8 billion, claiming there would be a £4 billion net present value benefit instead. … How will the shoddy testing impact on our health and our privacy as well as our wallets? Who will be liable – landlords, energy companies or taxpayers when it all goes wrong?” (http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2983240/stop_the_11_billion_smart_meter_ripoff.html; emphasis added)

Create an electronic system that costs more to install and run than it saves, falsely inflates bills, collects unnecessary personal data about households, and emits unhealthy levels of radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation in homes. Label it ‘smart’. Job’s a good ‘un.

Plus, in the case of Scottish & Southern Energy / Scottish Hydro Electric, issue identical advertising letters and leaflets to customers three times in one month to overwhelm any concern about unnecessary costs.

Scottish Hydro Electric smart meter mailshot

Scottish Hydro Electric smart meter mailshot – in triplicate

Carboff

“The Chancellor has just effectively put a carbon tax on carbon free electricity, which will mean fewer renewables and more uncertainty for the industry.” (http://www.foe.co.uk/blog/like-making-apple-juice-pay-alcohol-tax-clean-energy-faces-carbon-tax)

Snappy name: car-bon, like ‘good car’. Have I stumbled upon the fossils fuelling this oxymoron? Or am I just another fool who’ll be paying it?

Cloudy

“Apple is the most aggressive in powering its data center operations with renewable energy, and continues to lead the way toward a green internet. … The report also highlights the ‘continued lack of transparency’ by ‘cloud’ giant Amazon.” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2866566/coalheavy_utilities_stand_in_the_way_of_a_green_internet.html)

Apples are often green. Clouds generally lack transparency.

Lunar Power

“If the weather is clear on Friday morning the European grid will suddenly lose the equivalent generation of eight to ten very large coal power plants as the moon passes between solar panels and the sun. … In the UK, more than half of the solar generation could be lost. But this will be largely offset by the drop in demand caused by people stopping what they are doing.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/18/solar-eclipse-unprecedented-test-european-power-grid)

In Scotland, Stratus Power and productivity will continue entirely unabated.

Target

If the Australian renewable energy target is cut, “it’s the type of jolt to industry that basically would create such an upheaval that you would have a mass exodus.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/02/09/us-australia-windfarms-idUKKBN0LC00C20150209)

Perhaps the target fixers need an electrical jolt up the mass exodus.