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

  • Gigha community ownership on brink of failure

    I think you will find that over many years I have been arguing against the national planning framework which sees the cities as the drivers of our economy.

    As recently as last week I took part in a seminar on land reform encouraging a non bureaucratic way of repopulating rural areas by 500,000.

    I might live only 40 minutes from Glasgow but my village school is really struggling and depopulation particularly of the young family variety is not helped by planning policies which control rather than encourage local efforts.

    Tourism is often seen as the main provider of economic activity. It may have a part to play but why exclude other types of business?

    Connectivity both transport and Internet transform areas.

    As regards Gigha it will need support but why not ?. in proportionate terms the failure may be of greater significance to it than the collapse of the Banks was to the UK economy.

    Don’t be so sour and exclusive

  • Gigha community ownership on brink of failure
    There is more than one way to effect land reform. Community ownership as currently modelled is not a universal way. It could never be in a democracy.

    There are bound to be failures or challenges. There are never absolutes.

    In a national sence we need to agree what we seek to achieve.

    If this rural re population then what is the strategy? Is the national planning framework overly dependent on our cities being the driver of our economy?

    Are we fighting against the tide of two hundred years which has encouraged the drift to urban living?

    Big questions which need to be debated especially where communication technology could provide the infrastructure to reverse the drift.

    How many people would want to live in rural Scotland if they had the opportunity , and how rural?

  • With her government team completed, how will Nicola Sturgeon’s set do the job?
    Don’t be so uncharitable. I suggest you read the Book of Revalation and observe
  • Swinney the perfect choice as Deputy First Minister
    Richard, why is Ireland paying less for interest on its debt than the UK?

    You are very economical with your size of the world. USA, UK and the EU.

    The answer is that despite the idea of a global economy there are several trends to be bucked and several countries doing it differently in the positive and negative way.

    In conversation with Rupert Soames two years ago (not a friend of Independence) he was fulsome in his praise of John Swinney.

    Nicola will not have made her commitments without John’s approval. That’s how they work.

    Immaginative use of the fiscal system can bring considerable revenue resources to the Scottish government to fund advances in childcare. Landowners are a sitting duck. Land value rental is on the horizon,much to the displeasure of Mr McGrigor no doubt, and a variation to inheritance rates and the conditions re the destination of bequests leaching funds from the Scottish economy are two examples or rich painless takings

  • Asset management company advice to Scottish savers, investors and pension pot-holders
    Why do so many successful business people support independence? Do you honestly think that they would choose Independence if they thought their business would be damaged?

    Is really be interested to know the considered answer to this question.

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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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