Renewable equivalence has nothing to with eggs in …

Comment posted Morphing Scotland: Saudi Arabia to Silicone Valley by Graeme mccormick.

Renewable equivalence has nothing to with eggs in one basket

Recent comments by Graeme mccormick

  • Chair of VisitScotland a member of HIAL board – with no marketing of unique flight experiences
    Simon I generally share your view on Newsie’s opinion pieces but on this occasion I think she’s on the button.

    I’m lucky in that I’ve taken most flights to Scottish islands. The flights are breathtaking and unlike Norway every island flown over offers great variety.

    As someone who doesn’t enjoy the hanging around airports for hours island flights are a real tonic of informality and ease.

    We really need to market it properly

  • Economic case for more national parks in Scotland – obstructed by Scottish Government
    I went to a stakeholder meeting sponsored by the NP two years ago. The officials were very proud of some projects which involved public grants over a long period.

    I asked them what review had been made to assess how this public money had increased the population to make the communities sustainable.

    There were blank faces and open mouths. No one had ever thought to link grant giving to population growth. Someone suggested I do the research for them.

    Scotland is one big national park. Why should the environment of someone in Shotts be treated with inferior planning regulations than my environment?
    Surely if ones natural environment is not as spectacular as some others then planning should ensure that the built environment be spectacular to compensate for the deficiencies of God Hand?

  • Where are the SNP minders in white coats?
    When Unionist politicians say that if SNP MPs vote in a certain way they are “trying to sabotage the democratic will of the British people” does that mean that in the eyes of the British Establishment a Scottish MPs vote is or should be of less value than the vote of an MP from England if those Scottish MPs votes produce a majority which is different from the vote of a majority of English MPs?
  • Economic case for more national parks in Scotland – obstructed by Scottish Government
    I think you should ask the folk who live in a national park what they think of it.

    It is the most undemocratic form of government in Scotland and in my experience acts against the economic and social interests of residents and does nothign effectively to prevent blots on the landscape. Just have alook at the large number of illegal permanent signs at Arden roundabout whuch it has failed to have removed.

    In Luss all communities groups and Luss Estate proposed a development plan to build around 40 family homes to encourage young families to live so that the school could be sustainable. Up to now the NP said that only tourist related accommodation was permitted.

    The Np were not interested when I offered to relocate my business to the Luss area which would have produced 20 well paid inobtrusive jobs and brought guaranteed income to the businesses in the village and help counter the depopulation.

    Depopulation is rife in the NP park of A & B.

    Give small local communities the power to control and develop their communities. They know more about what makes their communities tick and how best to let them flourish.

  • Isle of Coll gets 4G connectivity
    Another reason to visit this fabulous island.

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11 Responses to Renewable equivalence has nothing to with eggs in …

    • Silicone Valley is so much more redolent of Hollywood than Holyrood!

      (in the interests of research I Googled “Silicone Valley” and, sure enough, it brings up a lot of rather sleazy sounding websites)

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  1. “Nothing like putting all your eggs in one basket”
    The not so infinite and polluting fossil fuels accompanied by Nuclear power are old eggs in one basket, very short sighted indeed. Shame on Scotland for striving towards non reliance on these polluting fuels, for striving towards lowering our carbon footprint and aiming to sustain our lifestyles with 100% green energy. Whether we manage this within the timescale we are looking to achieve to me is not as important as leading the way and by example, influencing others, showing there is another way. The fact that we have this ‘out of sight out of mind’ way of dealing with spent uranium, burying it in tonnes of concrete until we know what to do with it, is just not good enough. Countries like Japan and Germany are now turning their backs on nuclear energy with the latest contamination in Japan making these and other countries think again. Providing energy from green sources is definately the way ahead but will take time to develop as many are still in their infancy yet to be harnessed to their full potential.

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  2. “sustain our lifestyles with 100% green energy”

    You might want to check your facts here….we are talking renewables not “Green”…there has never been a plan to goo 100% green…and FYI Japan has just turned some nukes back on….

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    • Green, renewables, harnessing the elements and what nature provides with the aim to have less or eventually no reliance on polluting dirty fossil fuels, hope I am still around in the decades to come to see this come to fuition Globally. Regarding Japan, they are backing off their commitments on climate change such is the sudden rise in consumption of fossil fuels since their nuclear lower station problems. They may have turned a couple of nuclear power stations back on rather than risk blackout but this country are far from happy about continuation of the reliance on this power. A vote put to the Italians last year threw up a 90% vote against going down the nuclear power station route, a result many other European countries I am sure would echo. Last I read on Germany they plan to phase out their nuclear power stations within the next 8-10 years.

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      • The US amongst others have also backed off Kyoto agreement.
        The harsh fact is:Onshore/offshore Hydrocarbon production: Coal Oil Gas etc…is rising faster than ever, there has been no slow down due to environmental concerns, maybe just a few minor dips due to economics.
        Also: Production of hydrocarbons is currently not on par with exploration, new ‘commercially viable” reserves are been discovered all of the time/methods of removing oil are improving all the time which leaeds to re-visits of old reserves once thought commercially non-viable…production capacity cannot keep pace with demand, this is not because of limited reserves it is due to limited production facilities (which in turn is due to the intervention or lack of intervention by OPEC) There are massive easily accessible Iraqi reserves which will flood the market within the next 7 years…Iraq will become number 3 in OPEC once the Saudi’s let them in. Zubair area for example is one of the largest reserve in the world. Over the past 20 years or so it’s daily production capacity has been around 10%
        There is a lot of spin in the Oil business but basically prices are high because production is kept low, not because the big players are running out of oil.
        Our future as a species seems unfortunatelly be determined by economics and greed…not sense and respect for our planet.

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  4. Unfortunately it’s not greed it about choice.

    I choose to ride my bike to work every day rather than drive.
    My boss chooses to drive an electric car. And my summer present this year was an solar panel to charge my phone.

    Do I work for a renewables company nope I work for one I the 4 largest global contractors in the oil industry.

    It’s about choice

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