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

  • Professor James Hunter on land reform in Scotland
    Land reform will have a very marginal effect because of the costs to the public purse. We need to know who wants to live where if work could be created and then develop a rural repopulation strategy to encourage inward migration from Urban Scotland and beyond Scotland. Forget HS 2 , that’s justa quicker way to head South. Money would be better spent on a Clyde Global Port and rural infrastructure.
  • The Trident Whistleblower incident
    I’ve not had the chance to read his report yet but it does suggest that it’s time for all UK Armed forces to have a reality check and stop suggesting that ours are the best in the World. That suggestion must hack off our allies somewhat. I have no doubt that we can all be proud of some of what has been achieved but can we have less of the superlatives when they are invariably used by government ministers who are constantly undermining the services with budget cuts and oversea’s commitments for which they are not properly resourced?
  • Fred Flintstone owns up to stone age politics
    AS did not lie. He had at least three lawyers in his cabinet one of whom has international law as part of her degree.

    When u have experts in your cabinet why not use their expertise?

  • Type 26 contract for BAE has ensured good news for both BAE Clyde yards
    Malcolm

    It was always going to happen according to a senior insider. BAE always have the UK government over a barrel. They have no competition.

  • Local IT businesses pitch ‘Argyll can do it’ to local SMP and MP
    Richard.

    We can’t force people to stay or come or go and come back, but I think it would help if we knew how many folk might be interested in living in rural Scotland and the find out what’s needed to satisfy that need. Housing is one issue , so is low pay and poor infrastructure.

    Land owners are daft not giving away modest parcels of land to folk to build their own homes. Such action would reinvigorate their communities and benefit their estates too.

    You can buy a spacious timber three bedroom chalet for £42000 from a dealer in Dumbarton. With utilities uou could have a house to bring up a family for £60k.

    If government was to do a deal with landowners releasing land in exchange for the government diverting it’s help to buy funds to help the purchase of these chalet homes would transform rural population.

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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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