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

  • Powerful Baillie speech nails Scottish Government inadequacies on child poverty
    Jackie Baillie has no shame.

    According to the UK Treasury Dumbarton and thecVale were not deprived areas in 1987. I have a letter from the Treasury confirming this.

    In 2006 Scottish Executive statistics showed these two towns as the third most deprived in Scotland.

    In Lord Robertson’s words, a cataclysmic change of fortune.

    During this period Labour and Conservatives ruled Westminster while Labour lorded it over the local Council and Scottish Parliament.

    This change is Lord McFall’s legacy since he was the local MP throughout this period. Jackie Baillie was his handmaiden.

    It’s difficult to think of any other area which has suffered such a demise.

    Thank you, Jackie.

  • SNP Spring Conference in 80th birthday week – but with unfortunate slogan and Argyll business on the side
    Newsie

    While I would have loved for Helensburgh to host the SNP spring Conference or indeed one from any political party there just isn’t a hall big enough.

    In the spirit of A & B solidarity I think the time has come for Oban to get a new Conference and multi purpose venue adaptable to take large conferences and other events.

    Oban is arguably the most spectacular place to host such events and could take its economy to another level

  • Cable says housing has become unaffordable
    Houses are a affordable in Scotland. In virtually every council area in Scotland you can buy a 2 bed roomed flat , cottage flat or terraced house for under £100k. I buy and sell them for clients every week.

    I agree we need to expand self build and a land value rental could encourage the release of land towards that.

    Help to buy is helping but a better would have been for government to indemnify lenders for say 5 years for the top 20% of a mortgage provided that the purchase price did not exceed 90% of the Home Report valuation thus providing a sensible buffer to discourage profligate lending.

    Affordability also involves maintenance, repair and heating. Help to make existing properties energy efficient and compulsory maintenance funds should be established by legislation if necessary.

    Time limited planning permission would provide the impetus to release rural land for housing building on every farm in Scotland.

    Lenders look on Scotland as low risk. Repos, Loan to value percentages and size of mortgages are all lower than in the rUK.

  • Business Secretary Westminster favourite as unnamed minister in currency union gaffe
    The people who are driving the Indy debate in Helensburgh and Lomond are not full time politicians. Of the ten meetings set up so far of which we have had three not one speaker has been an MP, MSP or MEP and few are members of any political party.

    This is intentional and it’s diversity is our strength. Where are the Better Together public meetings open to all; why won’t they debate in village halls ; why won’t they put forward people to put their point of view?

    I’m all for keeping the politicians away and having a conversation with everyone else.

    The result of that conversation will decide the
    referendum.

    We have to talk and only one side is prepared to

  • Donors, public money and funding the independence referendum campaigns
    The No campaign has given up as the UK Westminster elite are so pre occupied with the General Election in 2015, It’s a sign of its arrogance and total detachment fro what is happening. I’m almost sorry for the BT foot soldiers in Scotland Who are being left to their own devices. If the truth be told the BT campaign in Scotland is almost exclusively ScottishTory worthies with Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs going public In a half hearted attempt to keep their highly paid jobs

    How many public meetings have even held by BT with speakers who are not politicians? Meeting times are not published. It’s a closed society.

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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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