There’s unforseen and then there’s unforseen

Quite obviously somethings do indeed have unforseen effects. This must be so otherwise we humans would never make a mistake, would we? However, there’s unforseen and unforseen:

As a Green party member in Germany’s national parliament, Fell eventually helped create a policy that looks a lot like part of the Green New Deal some Democrats are proposing in the US. His law allowed Germans to sell the renewable energy they create to the grid at a high fixed price — a price that would more than cover the cost of installing a solar panel, or investing in a wind turbine.

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The Difficult Thing Is, Greenpeace Are Extremists

Greenpeace, along with Sea Shepherd and some others, appears on a list of extremist organisations alongside varied other nutters like Neo-Nazis. The point here being that this is a list of extremists – and Greenpeace are extremists. They’re not neo-nazis, that’s true, but they are still extremists.

A counter-terrorism police document distributed to medical staff and teachers as part of anti-extremism briefings included Greenpeace, Peta and other non-violent groups as well as neo-Nazis, the Guardian has learned.

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Plastic And Chesterton’s Fence

Of course plastic to this modern world is the very devil, the use of it needs to be expunged from our society. And yet we still face that logical problem exemplified in Chesterton’s Fence. Why did we start using it in the first place?

This is the idea put forward by the early 20th century writer, GK Chesterton, and it’s a logical structure. Imagine two walking in the countryside and coming across a fence. Looking around, they see no use for it and think perhaps that it should be abolished, destroyed.

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An Interesting Thought About St Greta’s Demand

OK, perhaps not interesting to all but it is to me. What would actually happen here in the financial markets if this were to be done?

We demand that at this year’s forum, participants from all companies, banks, institutions and governments immediately halt all investments in fossil fuel exploration and extraction, immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies and immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels.

We don’t want these things done by 2050, 2030 or even 2021, we want this done now – as in right now.

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It’s Amazing What Journalists Don’t Know About

This is one of those lovely American pieces of journalism. The “long form” stuff which they insist is the very apex of the professional life. The sort of thing that wins awards and all that, the stuff that everyone coming out of journalism school thinks themselves armed to write. It’s also the stuff that gets the big bucks. A dollar or two per word plus hefty travel expenses. Because nothing is ever done by looking it up.…

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Lanthanum Is Not A Valuable Metal

The German Greens have a sensible enough idea here. If you want things to be returned for processing then charge a deposit on them. You can then leave it to poor teenagers – or Bob a Job Week – to make sure all things get returned.

However, this is stupid:

Environmental groups say that throwing away electronics not only leads toxic chemicals to seep into the water table but also deprives the industry of valuable rare earth metals such as lanthanum and palladium.

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Of Course We’ve A Competitive Electricity Market

That prices are rising in a marketplace doesn’t mean that said market is uncompetitive. It could mean just that the general cost of providing or producing the thing is rising. This being one of those difficult little things about economic diagnosis. From the point of view of prices and prices alone it’s impossible to tell the difference between a perfectly competitive market and a perfectly monopolistic or cartel controlled one. Both will show prices moving in lockstep.…

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When Is Renewable Energy Not Renewable Energy? – When It’s Nuclear

Or rather, when is nuclear energy renewable energy and when isn’t it? The answer being when someone wants to big up the contribution if renewables to the country’s energy supplies nuclear is a renewable and when someone wants to discuss how to provide the country’s future energy supplies nuclear isn’t a renewable:

Zero-carbon energy outstrips fossil fuels in Britain across 2019
Rise in renewables and decline in coal-fired power leads to cleanest energy year on record

OK:

Zero-carbon energy became Britain’s largest electricity source in 2019, delivering nearly half the country’s power and outstripping fossil fuels for the first time.

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The Earthshot Prize – Kennedy’s Space Race Didn’t Do That

A claim that Kennedy’s Space Race produced all sorts of lovely things. When, in fact, well, not quite so.

The point they’re attempting to make is that if lots and lots is thrown at directed research then we’ll get spin offs. Which indeed we might well do. But even so it’s important to claim as spin offs things which actually were:

It is hoped that its launch will spawn new technologies, systems and policies just as the moonshot that John F.

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Completely Missing The Point About The Lake District And Diversity

Yes, yes, we all know that diversity is the mantra of our age, the value above which nothing can be placed. It’s still entirely possible for people to misunderstand matters though, as here:

The head of the Lake District National Park Authority in Cumbria says the rugged landscape excludes too many people and must change to attract a more diverse mix of visitors.

The entire point of heritage sites and national parks is that things must not be changed.…

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