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

  • Promising start for Kezia Dugdale on North Sea oil as SNP front bench reverts to Salmond’s schoolyard
    What effect is the low oil price havig on ye UK economy?

    Where are the broad Unionist shoulders ?

    More money is made for the UK economy through exporting oil related expertise than bringing it ashore.

    That’s where the money is.

    I’m sitting in the middle of Vienna. Regularly named best city in the world to live. I don’t see any oil rigs.


  • With 4,000 children homeless in Scotland Baillie calls for National Housing Action Plan
    There are plenty of family houses in Scotland at modest cost; less than £100k. Innovative councils could buy them or lease them from owners and rent them out or offer them on various easy sale or let arrangements.

    New house completions are a diversion.

    The temptation to jump at the most expensive option is a serious error beloved of all politicians and their fellow travellers.

    There are thousands of owners who are willing to sell decent houses considerably ünder value for a quick sale as they look on them as liabilities.

    Therein the opportunity for social landlords.

    I’m happy to buy them in for them at legal fees of only £250 + vat and outlays.

    Where’s the problem?

  • Jim Murphy’s dilemmas
    Given the revelations by Mr Sinclair in the Times that Scottish Labour MPs looked on a Westminster constituency as a way out of Scotland what Jim Murphy proposes in his clause 4 is a bit of a mouse.

    He is not seeking control over election procedure for Scots MPS or macro economic policy or the host of other policies which will be reserved to Westminster.
    So in the case where the UK interestis different from Scotland’s UK will always prevail.

  • Stuart Hill challenges Supreme Court to test security of jurisdiction for Shetland
    In international law there comes a point where de facto governance becomes accepted by the international community as de iure governance.

    In the absence of the UK granting Shetland its I dependece it is not internal legal challenges which will determine its legal status but it’s acceptance by other states.

    From a practical point of view that won’t happen till the Shetlanders vote for indipendence and it is legislated for by the UK Parliament.

    I suggest there is more chance of Bute declaring UDI and having a chance of international recognition quicker than the Shetlands. A casino in the Winter Gardens would be a winner and the Marquis could stage a Grand Prix.

    Noma could open a restaurant given the abundance of ferns at Ascog and other foraged foods

  • Labour go for Murphy and Dugdale – now for the political Himalayas
    O/t setting aside party affiliation who do you think would be a good MP for Argyll and Bute?

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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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