Environment

  • Scotland’s oil and gas expertise earned £11.4 billion in 2015/2016 supported by Scottish Government investment June 17, 2017 It’s not just the oil and gas exports that make the money now. After decades of experience gained in the North Sea and in west of Shetland’s deeper stormier waters, Scotland now earns just over half of its income from international business supplying equipment and expertise across the globe. I’ve written about this already: Happy New Year Story: Scotland’s ‘renewable energy expertise’ in demand worldwide, says new research. At least 14 news agencies report it but BBC Scotland, STV? In the above nearly six months ago, I quoted the Aberdeen Evening Express: ‘Scotland’s “expertise in renewable energy” is in demand around the world, with businesses working in more than 40 countries, according to new research. Projects include advising the government of Japan, providing cranes to build wind ... Read More
  • North Sea oil prices will boom as fracking faces three insurmountable barriers June 17, 2017 Currently, massive supplies of shale oil from the USA are holding back a boom in prices for North Sea crude though the latter is nevertheless recovering to around $50 per barrel. However, the shale oil boom cannot last, for three reasons. First, the supplies are actually quite limited: ‘Shale’s best days are coming to an end. U.S. shale oil production, which reshaped the global energy equation, will begin to wane in less than a decade as reserves are drawn down and well output decreases, the Energy Department reported.’ http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Shale-s-best-days-are-coming-to-an-end-10942307.php Second, fracking requires vast quantities of ‘frac sand’ to be pumped along with other materials into wells to break up shale rock and produce oil. Fracking needs a small uniform round form of sand ... Read More
  • Why it’s good to be still ruled by London? June 10, 2017   Under the Common Agricultural Policy, The UK receives £190 million per annum to support struggling farmers. However, it is only the Scottish hill farmers average rate of income which brings the UK figure low enough to justify the payment. So, what happens to the money? Agricultural policy is devolved so It goes to the struggling Scottish hill farmers, yes? No, the money is split between England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland even though only Scotland qualifies for it. Scotland gets only £30 million. Scottish rural affairs secretary Fergus Ewing said: ‘ ‘Farmers doing the same job in different parts of the UK do not presently receive comparable levels of payments for their hard work. This money rightly belongs to Scottish farmers and should ... Read More
  • Tories will sell-out Scottish fishing industry and endanger offshore wind power as part of Brexit deal. June 9, 2017 I’ve already suggested that the Tories are more focused on saving the London financial sector and UK car manufacturing exports than any other element in the UK economy. In particular the UK government Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Andrea Leadsom, will offer no guarantee that they will not trade away our Economic Exclusion Zone or EEZ as part of the Brexit negotiations despite repeated requests from the Scottish Government. See this explanation ‘An exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is a sea zone prescribed by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea over which a state has special rights regarding the exploration and use of marine resources, including energy production from water and wind.’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exclusive_economic_zone It’s one of ... Read More
  • There’s no Plan(et) B June 2, 2017 Trump has pulled out of the Paris Accord, which is is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to deal with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance. It aims to keep global temperatures “well below” the level of 2C above pre-industrial times and “endeavour to limit” them even more, to 1.5C. 195 UNFCCC members have signed the agreement, 148 of which have ratified it. By October 2016 there were enough countries that produce enough of the world’s greenhouse gases for the agreement to enter into force with it going into effect on 4 November 2016. But now the US – the world’s second largest producer of greenhouse gases has withdrawn. It has been estimated that this could add up to 3bn ... Read More
  • Tories BOW to wealthy antiques dealers and DROP ban on elephant ivory in manifesto May 21, 2017 Foxes, badgers, robins and now ELEPHANTS: hidden manifesto plan by Tories to allow ivory trade Under David Cameron the Conservatives had pledged – along with other UK political parties – to put into place a ban on ivory trading. This follows bans by China, the US and other important ivory trading countries to end domestic trades in ivory by the end of 2017. But there is no mention of the ban in Theresa May’s Tory 2017 manifesto. Sneakily, the Tories have decided to DROP their previous commitment to introducing a total ban on ivory trade in Britain. This comes after heavy pressure from wealthy antiques traders who have been lobbying Teresa May hard to drop the ban on ivory. The most powerful UK ... Read More
  • The-west-coast-of-scotland-a-land-and-sea-nuclear-death-zone-the-real-reason-the-unionists-are-desperate-to-hang-on-to-scotland-part2 – This is heartbreaking May 3, 2017 Scotland – Beautiful above – but deadly below and at sea The Westminster government handed the USA large areas of Scotland’s mainland, islands and maritime areas forming part of a long term lease lend scheme ensuring the UK would be provided with nuclear weapons at an advantageous price. Weapons currently include the Trident and around 200 nuclear warheads. Successive Westminster governments routinely claim the weapons systems provide the UK with an independent nuclear deterrent but this is not the case since all systems fall under the control of the USA at all times and as such their use could never be authorised by a UK Prime minister. The fore-going begs the question, why the hell do we have them?       It is  fact that the US ... Read More
  • UK Fracking: Job Estimates “plucked out of thin air” April 21, 2017 Thirty-one miles south of London, nestled amongst the southern English countryside and almost entirely surrounded by woodland, rests the little village of Balcombe in West Sussex. Not particularly well known for anything, if you’d have looked up Balcombe on the web before say, 2010, It’s more than likely that your search would have predominantly produced pictures and information on the Balcombe Estate, a collection of relatively well-to-do looking buildings that were built way back in 1856. Over the past few years, however, this has changed dramatically. Any search of the web for Balcombe now becomes saturated with online articles detailing the fierce protesting of hydraulic fracturing by environmental groups and local people. Opposition to the controversial technique reached its peak ... Read More
  • The Unfair Narrative on Global Warming and Development: Why it must be challenged April 15, 2017 The industries that have primarily caused, are still causing, and will continue to cause climate change, are the recipients of huge subsidies.According to Kevin Anderson, deputy director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, global subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, both indirect and direct, amounted to $5.3 trillion dollars in 2015. Or to frame it another way, 6.5% of global GDP. Roughly $10m per minute. That’s right you read it correctly- 10 million dollars per minute. These figures are from the IMF, hardly a hotbed of radical thinking as Anderson points out. This astronomical figure also includes the cost in health terms of air pollution, high coal use in China and India and, “broader externalities from vehicle use like ... Read More
  • THE GREEN MAN July 30, 2015 I drift on the threshold of a dream but the rumble of a passing chemical tanker shakes the room and I am pulled kicking and screaming back to waking consciousness. I lay in the semidarkness, the orange glow of the fracking flares send hellish shadows dancing across the ceiling. I reach for the bottle at my bedside and swig deeply, flushing the greasy aftertaste of airbourne pollution from my over-dry mouth. My sinuses throb and I blow my nose in vain, trying to clear my airways. The tangy metallic taste of blood trickles down my throat again, over-thinned blood vessels rupturing once more. “I can’t go on like this…” I repeat my mantra for the thousandth time. The loud tick of the wind ... Read More