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?

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Billionding Obvious

“Europe could have saved itself $100 billion by installing solar power panels in sunnier countries and wind turbines in windier places,” reported the World Economic Forum. (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/20/us-utilities-europe-davos-idUKKBN0KT2BC20150120)

How much did the report cost?

Dinosaurs

“One of the advantages the fossils still have over renewables is capital.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/22/fossil-fuel-firms-accused-renewable-lobby-takeover-push-gas)

An apposite label for geologically embedded industry representatives embracing the erosion and ultimate extinction of their energy market share like a continent welcoming drift.

Repipe

“A trillion dollars of investments in various oil and gas projects around the world are at risk – or stranded – due to the fall in oil prices.” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2696475/investors_falter_as_fossil_fuels_face_perfect_storm.html)

However, “the current pipeline of renewables projects will be ‘more than adequate’ to hit the decarbonisation target” in Scotland. (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/05/scotland-fossil-fuel-free-by-2030-says-report)

Bonus points for reusing the pipe.

Electrice

“A subsea cable – which would be 1,000km long and sunk to depths of 1,000 metres – could meet 1.5% of UK electricity demand … [from] the highly reliable potential energy in Iceland’s hydro dams.” (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/27/iceland-seeks-uk-funding-cable-project)

Provided the cable can be constructed so as not to be susceptible to the marine equivalent of geese flying into it.