Wrap’s Full Of It, Food Waste Is Worth Nothing – It’s Waste, Right?

Wrap – the busybodies who get paid out of our tax money to wibble about waste – fail a very simple economic test here:

More than £1bn of food destined for UK supermarkets is thrown away or fed to animals before it leaves farms every year, according to a study highlighting the scale of the country’s waste problem.

People don’t throw away a billion pounds. Even when we’re talking about economy side numbers, that’s real money.…

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Clean Air Has Costs, Even If It Does Kill Us All

A sad sign of the times in, well, The Times. An insistence that we should all have air just as clean as it can be. With absolutely no understanding of the costs associated with having that lovely clean air:

This newspaper’s Clean Air for All campaign is right to call for an independent regulator with strong powers of enforcement rather than vague targets pushed into the foggy future. Yes, there is a political cost to cleaning up cities and industries while getting dirty cars off roads but the rewards are great, whether saving NHS cash or creating a greener and more pleasant land for us all to live in.

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HMRC Blamed For EU Vat Hike On Solar Panels

According to the Grauniad those rotters at HMRC have done something totally ungreen:

HMRC pushes steep VAT increase for new solar-battery systems

Treasury proposes rise from 5% to 20%, while the tax on coal will stay at lower rate

Don’t they know there is a climate emergency on? The ‘Independent’ does:

Climate crisis: Huge VAT rise on solar panels makes installation ‘entirely uneconomic’, say experts

‘We could not have a clearer sign the government has failed to even begin to grasp the urgency’, says Green Party co-leader

Sian Berry, co-leader of the Green Party told The Independent: “A climate emergency has been officially declared, yet we could not have had a clearer sign that the government has failed to even begin to grasp the urgency.

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World Population Day – It’s Not Contraceptives That Matter

One of the little amusements of current day fashionable opinions is the manner in which they collide. For example, we are told that mere technology just won’t save us on the grand environmental questions. We must change our ways, it is necessary to become New People in order to save Gaia.

Yet when we come to population then it’s all technology, technology all the time. Everyone gets contraceptives and the problem’s done. Rather than, for example, thinking that we all become new people by shagging a bit less.…

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Do These People Even Read Their Own Articles?

As we know Naomi Campbell didn’t even read the novel published under her name let alone write it. Something to think about as we regard these academics and their ruminations upon electricity generation:

Fast-forward to 2019: onshore wind is the UK’s cheapest form of electricity,

OK, excellent, therefore people will be building it in preference to other forms of ‘leccie generation.

So, are energy policymakers listening to the public? The short answer is: no. At present, the UK government is pursuing the energy technologies which receive the lowest levels of public support (nuclear and fracking), while cuts to various subsidy schemes are making it more difficult for popular onshore renewables such as wind and solar to get built.

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As Science Shows, It’s Fishing Gear, Not Plastic Bags, Causing Problems In The Oceans

That we should all stop using plastic bags has become a commonplace assertion of our times. That we should do so in order to stop the sharks and rays and whales from drowning is given as the reason. The problem with this is that it’s not the plastic bags causing the problems in the oceans:

Sharks are getting tangled up in plastic rubbish and dying in horrific pain, scientists reveal

OK, but which plastic rubbish?…

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How Idiotic Can People Be About Lithium, Minerals And Recycling?

That lithium is getting more exciting as a mineral to go dig up is true. All those batteries for electric cars. Unfortunately, the world’s supply of idiocy also seems to be rising.

Just how ignorant do you have to be to get to this point?

There are also concerns around how to recycle it. Eco-nonprofit Friends of the Earth notes that lithium recycling is fraught, as the metal is “toxic, highly reactive and flammable.”

Not particularly toxic, no, but flammable and reactive, yes.…

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Environment Agency Blamed For Catastrophic Flooding At Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, Not Badgers

This isn’t quite being said out loud at present, it’s only being hinted at. But it looks like we could have the Environment Agency itself to blame for that catastrophic flooding at Wainfleet in Lincolnshire. As with their insistence that the Somerset Levels shouldn’t have been drained in the first place so why not let them flood back to marshland?

The actual story being told is their nonsense with badger setts.

Badgers burrowing into river banks in Lincolnshire has been blamed for the catastrophic flooding which saw hundreds of people evacuated.

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Welcome To The New Food Fascism

That some people think we should use – or no – plastic in the supermarkets, well, fair enough. Freedom and liberty do mean differences of opinion are allowed.

Except, of course, that there are fascists in every line of work. Yea, even, whether we should use more or less plastic in the supermarkets:

The first key step towards this vision is widening the packaging-free philosophy to all stores of all the major supermarkets, and, crucially, not giving consumers who might resist change the option to stick with the polluting packaged goods that feel so familiar.

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Yes, You’re Right, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Is An Idiot

We could be a little kinder here and declare instead that Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is just a confirmation of Feynman’s Contention. That off their specialist subjects experts are just as dumb as the rest of us. But why the hell be kind? Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is an idiot.

Take this from his latest crusade:

But what they all wanted most was simply to come home with less plastic when they did their regular supermarket shop. But the stores are not making that easy.

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