Is it time to be a little optimistic about the environment?

Picture of a wind turbine

Renewable energy from wind turbines and solar could be the gold mines of the future. Photo: Iamoix

 

The immediate outlook might not look so bright. Floods and a heat wave have swept Britain this year. Globally the average temperature has risen by nearly one centigrade over the last hundred years. Sea levels are rising and ice caps are melting away and more people than ever suffers from extreme weather. According to theWorld Meteorological Organization, climate change related disasters have taken over 1.94 million lives.

So can there possibly be some good news out there? I will try to give you some.
Renewable energy is on the rise. In many countries across the globe investment in renewable energy is rising. Spending on solar and wind power are increasing their shares of the market. The cost of solar energy is now less or equal to the cost of energy produced by from other sources in at least 79 countries. By 2020 more than 80 per cent of the world’s population could live in areas where solar will be competitive with energy from other sources.

It’s accelerating. Improved batteries and grids are altering the way we think of renewable energy. Electric cars are getting better and more competitive with their fossil fuelled cousins. You don’t need to drive an anonymous Nissan Leaf, when you can drive a pure-blooded Tesla S sports car. The number of energy consumers who are also producers, are increasing too. Investing in renewables has become very lucrative too. Shareholders in companies on Bloomberg’s solar energy index last summer can now pick up 33 per cent profits.
Previous climate summits have been ridden by conflict’s and lack off resolve. When the parties meet again in Paris 2015, hope is regaining some ground because president Obama has shown to take some leadership on important issues. This spring he imposed new regulations on the coal industry to reduce their emissions. The US and China, the two countries producing the most carbon emissions in the world, has agreed a series of minor climate deals between them, raising hope that new agreements can be reached globally.

Saving the world could be surprisingly cheap, writes the New Scientist magazine. It claims the global spend on green energy must be increased by $1 trillion a year, but a lot of it could be made using the subsidies currently given out to fossil duels. Such spending currently stands at $200 million a year. Overall, global investment in energy is already over $1 trillion.
Cutting subsidies to fossil fuels while supporting more accessible and renewable energy combined with rapid development of technology could see some serious ground being claimed by the green cause. There are definitely reasons to be optimistic, now politicians’ musts step up their game.

Lib Dems better off with Nick Clegg staying put

Should I stay or should I go now?
Should I stay or should I go now?
If I go there will be trouble
An’ if I stay it will be double
So come on and let me know
– The Clash

The Liberal democrats were a routed army Monday morning. After losing 10 of their 11 MEPs and a chunk of local chancellors the previous week, the mood was gloomy. Despite being continuously battered since entering the coalition pact with the Tories, the party has remained remarkably united always deployed an effective shield wall around their leadership.

Nick Clegg “gutted and heartbroken” after election defeats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Euro election was the straw that broke some camels backs and knives were out when some members called for Cleggs resignation. Then The Guardian got hold a of a poll financed by a party member showing that the Lib Dems is heading for disaster in 2015 and may lose important seats like the one help by Nick Clegg.

The political reporters was on it as bloodhounds to reveal who was behind the poll. The whodunnit chase traced it all back to Lord Oakeshott, a Lib Dem peer with known grudges against Clegg. After being revealed he resigned his party membership and took a leave of absence from the House.

Th question many has been asking is if the Lib Dems would be better off with a new leader in the year leading to the general election in 2015. What we have of published or leaked polling shows that a change of leadership would not do much to change their dire situation.

The party members should instead prepare their local campaigns for reselection in the seats they hold. Extremely well targeted and focused campaigns have resulted in many strong local party branches with several councillors to its name able to challenge the two established parties. With a colossal effort and a bit of luck they will hold on to enough seats in 2015 to be potential king makers again. If Ukip succeeds in splitting the vote for both the Conservatives and Labour a hung parliament is likely and the Lib Dems might find themselves in a new coalition.

Budget Bollocks and Pension Potholes

George Osborne presented his new budget last week with liberalisation of the pension system.

Spinners and losers had a ball this week with Osborne’s budget. Gold and glory was promised to the old folks, and the rest could lavish in reduced tax on bingo and a 1p cut in beer duty. So for every hundred pint we buy, we save a quid. Thanks George that really changed my life!

The new pension reform is supposed to grant bucketloads of freedom to the walker-brigade. Apparently old proles will cruise around down-town in their new Lamborghinis, picking up blonde chiquitas gold digging for their pension pots.

George Osborne is a full blooded radical right-winger with wet dreams of a marginal state outsourcing services to international corporations, and he don’t hide it. Given permission by the voters in 2015, he will push for a shrinking of the public sector to a size not seen since the post-war era.

The old system needed reform but not in this direction. The reform will affect millions who have saved for a stable future. Now they are expected to carry the risk themselves, not all of us together as a society.

Sadly there is no organised opposition to the new reforms in the Commons, as Labour insists on it’s conformism and letting the coalition dictate the rules.

 

Gove’s War

Education Secretary Michael Gove has recently been the man of the front pages and column inches. Gove wants to revert educational method and bring back some kind of classical system with more “chalk and talk” and stricter discipline.

Gove is a former journalist and very good at making headlines. His recent ventures has as usual been controversial and angered many like teacher unions and modern pedagogues.

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Power to the people

The big energy companies are hiking their prices, would we be better off without them? Photo: Telegraph.co.uk

Britain’s energy supply is far to important to be left in the hands of private companies putting profit before people.

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Strangers at the gates

Festung Europa must open its gates and end this inhumane policy on immigration.

The human cost of emmigration to Europe. Map from 2006/2007

Each year tens of thousands of people risk their lives to enter Europe by sea from Africa. They are on the move for a myriad of causes. Poverty, war and natural disasters are some of the main push effects making people pack up and leave. Sadly the European nation’s attitude towards these immigrants and refugees has not been good. Despite evidence of how many actually die trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, action is nowhere to be seen.

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