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

  • Savills say new version of Land & Buildings Transaction Tax 27% higher than rest of UK
    Not all rural areas are suffering depopulation, and some of the ones most affected by population decline are in the Central Belt like Helensburgh and Lomond.

    Scotland needs a debate on rural re population and if it is deemed a good thing then rural Scotlandhas to be promoted as a great place to bring up your family and work. We probably need some positive discrimination in favour of rural living as a enticement for what would be social engineering. It doesn’t just need government help though.

    Within the general programme each community would promote its own niche selling points.

    Thus far one of the more depressing features of potential and selected candidates for the constituency is a failure to communicate evidence of an exploration of what each community might offer. Perhaps it’s fear of being presumptuous.

    I wish they’d share their dreams and we’d all make positive noises regardless of our politics. “But” is such a draining word.

  • Savills say new version of Land & Buildings Transaction Tax 27% higher than rest of UK
    My firm deal with around 5000 purchases and sales in Scotland every year from first time buyers to houses over £1m. I’ve never found the cost of SDLT an impediment to a purchase of a higher priced property. Higher priced property in Scotland are cheap for what you get for property in the South.

    I don’t recognise the term “heavily taxed middle class”. People on higher than average salaries are not highly taxed. It’s not so long ago that taxation levels exceeding 80% for higher earners were in force in the UK. That was heavy taxation.

    Lowering the level of duty on property prices is inflationery as it provides the prospective purchaser with a bigger deposit so in a competitive situation he can offer more.

    Most folk in the price range up to £150000 have higher loan-to-value mortgages than prices above that level so it makes sense to raise the threshhold for payment of the tax since they will have less available funds to buy and pay the other costs (even though our legal fees are very reasonable at £320 + vat!).

    For those concerned about purchasers with aspiration I’d suggest that such purchasers are usually well able to expend some extra perspiration at work to make up any extra tax liability.

    The wealthier in the UK do rather well out of the tax system.

  • BBC ALBA revisits the story of Jessie King, the last woman executed in Edinburgh
    Interestingly in those days Scotland had corroboration but no court of criminal appeal
  • Sturgeon hammers nail in coffin of SNP hopes of coalition at Westmister
    Coalition was never an option for the SNP. This is a non story.

    Why shoudn’t the SNP vote on matters affecting the Scottish Budget?

    The SNP did not create the system. Don’t blame them for working a system created by others.

    Im sure it’s not beyond the wit of the negotiators to put certain legal protocols in place to address the point. It could of course be addressed by giving Scotland all tax and spend power and have a defence and foreign affairs mechanism to share the the cost of these.

  • Council Planning Committee meeting on 21st January promises to be lively – as 2 MSPs call for postponement
    So Canada and 24 otherNato states are hypocrites?

    Babcock admitted that 2500 service personnel don’t live in the area. That’s at least £64m lost to the local economy each year. Meantime the population is falling dramatically.

    Why doesn’t the MOD provide relocation packages and convert the accommodation blocks into a residential conference centre to increase the local economy? Is that not what Better Together is all about?

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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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