This gets Greta Thunberg about right

Or at least the people abusing her while pulling the puppet strings:

Is this democracy’s death spiral? Are we, in this country and others, falling into a lethal cycle of fury and reaction, that blocks the reasoned conversation on which civic life depends?

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In every age there have been political hucksters using aggression, lies and outrage to drown out reasoned argument. But not since the 1930s have so many succeeded.

Amazingly that’s not what George Monbiot is talking about.

Interesting thought

Bombardier has struck a deal worth €100m (£89m) to power trains with lithium batteries, in a major milestone that could cut the cost of a multibillion-pound government commitment to fully electrify Britain’s railways by a third.

The train maker has picked Swiss battery specialist Leclanché as its preferred supplier for the next five years.

The deal comes after 18 months of testing and will see the first commercial operation of lithium battery-powered trains on Britain’s railways.

Fewer than half of Britain’s train lines have electrified rails or overhead wires installed, meaning large sections of the network are reliant on more dirty diesel-powered locomotives.

Does the cost of hauling the – heavy – batteries around beat the cost of adding the wires or rails to electrify the line?

I can imagine it does on some very lightly used line crossing some howling wasteland in the middle of fuck all. Say, Cardiff to Newport. And quite possibly not on a major route in London’s suburbs. Say.

But then are the extra costs of the batteries, over diesel, worth the reduction in emissions? Probably not, eh?

Greta love, do try to look at the science

This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be standing here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to me for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!

In the science of climate change we have some facts. Even some models of what will happen. Just to keep this simple for a non-specialist teenager.

In RCP 8.5 we don’t beat climate change. In RCP 2.6 we do beat climate change. In RCP 2.6 we have more – much more – economic growth than in 8.5.

Economic growth is not a problem in beating climate change, it’s the cause of doing so.

Not a manipulated young girl at all, oh no

Greta, 16, who began the “climate strike” movement encouraging children to miss school to protest on Fridays, also launched legal proceedings against five countries on Monday, arguing that they did not prevent climate change despite being aware of the damage it does.

The Swedish campaigner joined 15 other teenagers from countries including France, India, Germany and the Marshall Islands to file the suit at the UN.

“The petitioners do not seek compensation; no amount of money could compensate for the harm children are and will be suffering from climate change, both now and in the future,” the suit reads.

Instead they want the five countries – Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and Turkey – to accept their mistakes, and pledge to do better in the future.

The five were chosen for being the biggest polluters of the 45 countries that ratified the third optional protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The UK, USA, China and Australia have not signed.

No, no, don’t look behind the curtain there! No one’s directing this at all¬

The Green New Deal learnt nothing from the 20th century, did they?

You know, that experiment conducted between directed and market based economies? The one we tested as we looked east from the Brandenburg Gate in 1989?

From the Green New Deal report:

First, we need to transform the way
the economy is managed, so that our democratically elected government, not the ‘invisible
hand of the market’, set our future direction. With government back in the driving seat,

Cretinous fuckers.

The Green New Deal we proposed in 2008 has the same fundamental structure as
the Green New Deal that we propose now, although it has evolved. The challenges
we face have shape-shifted, but the fundamental issues remain the same:

That the problem has changed but the solution remains the same is a certain signifier of Woo, is it not?

The way our financial system is currently structured means that government
has given away the ability to make big decisions about the availability and
mobilisation of finance.

We must stop allowing people to spend their own money as they themselves wish.

Yes, they’re cretins:

To make that possible, we will need to do
what governments do in war time and bring offshore capital back onshore to
make sure that government, not markets, can make the big economic decisions
we need.

The UK’s net balance sheet position is that foreigners have already invested more in the UK then Brits have invested in foreign.

We’ve already got more than our own capital onshore that is. You twats.

Since the introduction of austerity, monetary policy has been expansionary,
and has enriched the 1%. Fiscal policy, which benefits the public, has been

Taxing people more benefits the public? Increasing the national debt does? Sure, some sorts of fiscal policy might benefit the majority at the expense of the minority. But seriously, this as a bald statement of fact?

This requires greater coordination between the Bank of England, the
treasury and the debt management office

Abolish the independence of the Bank of England so as to make sure there’s no voice questioning the policies we’re going to enact.

The most important point
is that there is no excuse, economic or political, not to invest in a Green New Deal.

That it’s a ghastly waste of money suggested by idiots is apparently not an economic reason these days.

Agro-ecological farming
methods deliver multiple benefits. They are rich in employment,

A translation – more peasants will have to work in the fields.

Once, unearned income was
enjoyed by the minority in Britain who had significant assets which went up in value, it was a case of ‘to those
who have shall be given’. But trials of a version of basic income scheme revealed a wide range of benefits that
made economic and social sense. It released an entrepreneurial spirit

The entrepreneurs then recreating inequality you useless, stupid, toads.


Increase the propaganda Comrades and all will be well!

Greenhouse gas emissions could be halved in the next decade if a small number of current technologies and behavioural trends are ramped up and adopted more widely, researchers have found, saying strong civil society movements are needed to drive such change.

If Greenpeace can get the hippies out protesting then unicorn farts really will power the world!

Sadly, the analysis really isn’t any more sophisticated than that.

Isn’t this just great?

The most powerful known greenhouse gas has been leaking into the Earth’s atmosphere due to the green energy boom, it was reported on Friday night.

Sulphur hexafluoride, or SF6, is widely used in the electrical industry to prevent short circuits and accidents.

It is 23,500 times more warming than carbon dioxide (CO2), and just one kilogram warms the Earth as much as 24 people flying London to New York return.

The drive to use mixed sources of power, including wind, solar and gas, rather than coal as fuel has resulted in a rise in the number of electrical devices that use SF6, the BBC said.

A study from the University of Cardiff found that across all transmission and distribution networks, the amount used was increasing by 30-40 tonnes per year.

Emissions of the gas in the UK and the rest of the EU in 2017 were the equivalent of putting an extra 1.3million cars on the road.

We’re also looking forward to seeing the emissions and financial costs of disassembling all those concrete bases at the end of life…..

Salon does it again

This economist debunked all the right-wing talking points about the Green New Deal
Salon spoke to an economist about the practical implementation of a Green New Deal

Actually, he does no such thing.

But this did interest:

and participating in things like a community-oriented provision like Victory Gardens,

That we’ll all have to go back to digging our own veg in the communal fields doesn’t sound all that much like a refutation of the worries over the Green New Deal to be honest.

Umm, no, not really

Greta Thunberg arrived in New York on Wednesday, stepping on to dry land after crossing the Atlantic in a zero-carbon yacht with a passionate message to tackle global heating.

Crowds had gathered to welcome her for hours beforehand, ready to welcome Thunberg’s arrival on the unconventional solar-powered craft.

Pretty sure the propulsion is wind powered. Which is how we’d normally refer to it, the propulsion, not whatever feeds the navigation lights.

No, no, of course this is all just one brave teenager taking a stand:

Her vessel had been welcomed by a flotilla of 17 sailing boats, each with one of the 17 sustainable development goals written on their sails.

My arse.

Tell us it ain’t so!

Infrastructure investor John Laing is putting on hold fresh investment in renewable energy projects in Europe and Australia because of a lack of wind.

Olivier Brousse, chief executive, said: “Wind in Europe over the last 18 months has been lower than anticipated. We’ve commissioned a long-term forecast on wind in the region and it is a lower number than we thought.”

This means its windfarms are not generating as much power as expected. As a result it took a £55m hit on the value of its European windfarms.

You mean renewables calculations have been based upon errors about reality?

Surely not…..

How lovely about Greta

The 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist, who left Plymouth aboard Malizia II on Wednesday on a two-week voyage to New York, where she will speak at a UN climate change meeting, had vowed not to fly to cut her carbon footprint and set an example.

However, Team Malizia, which operates the 60ft yacht, said two of her crew would be flying to New York to bring the yacht back to Europe.

In addition, the two sailors travelling across the Atlantic with Greta and her father, Svante, an actor, may fly home, a spokeswoman said.

Well, yes, but this is great:

Miss Thunberg’s team had gone to great lengths to ensure that her trip would be seen as zero emission, with electric-powered rigid inflatable boats taken to Plymouth to ferry her to the yacht.

“Taken” eh? And the emissions from that being higher or lower than just using an outboard to get out to the thing?

Great Speaks!

“If no-one else has succeeded, I’m not that special. I can’t convince everyone, so instead of speaking to me and to the school striking children and teenagers, he should be talking to actual scientists and experts in this area,” she said.

On climate sceptics, she added: “There’s always going to be people who don’t understand or accept the united science, and I will just ignore them, as I’m only acting and communicating on the science.”

Well, yes, like every economist ever on the subject……

I dunno, do you?

The comforting chug of a steam train may be left in the past under government plans to crack down on coal, heritage railway operators have warned.

As the country moves towards a carbon-neutral future, officials plan to shut down every coal plant in the UK by 2025.

Members of the £400m steam train industry have said they face an “uncertain future” and have asked for government help, as they fear the coal price rises that will be caused by the plant shutdown will put them out of business.

I’m under the impression – but don;t know – that steam trains and power stations use different types of coal. Not just different sized lumps, but stuff different on the bituminous to anthracite spectrum. The reason I think this is true is that a few years ago there was some fuss about the steam enthusiasts not being able to get British coal any more, it wasn’t good enough for them what was being produced…..

You what?

Greta Thunberg to sail across Atlantic for UN climate summits


But she said she did not yet know how she was going to get there. “It’s on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean,” she said. “And there are no trains going there. And since I don’t fly, because of the enormous climate impact of aviation, it’s going to be a challenge.”

Owned by a German property developer, Gerhard Senft, based in Brittany and sponsored by the Yacht Club de Monaco, the 18-metre (60ft) yacht is a high-speed planing monohull built for the 2016-17 single-handed, non-stop round-the-world Vendée Globe race. The club said on its Facebook page it was “honoured to be able to sail Greta Thunberg emission-free over the Atlantic”.

The yacht is fitted with solar panels and underwater turbines to generate zero-carbon electricity. Greta will be accompanied on the voyage by Malizia II’s skipper Boris Hermann, her father Svante, Pierre Casiraghi, the grandson of Monaco’s late Prince Rainier III and the actor Grace Kelly, and a film-maker.

Greta told the Associated Press before the announcement that she had not wanted to travel to the US by cruise ship because of their notoriously high emissions, while the Atlantic could be dangerous for sailing boats in August because of the high risk of hurricanes.

Anyone want to try proving that taking a 60 ft yacht across the ocean for two weeks is going to have lower emissions than a seat on a plane or boat that’s already going there?

Not a lot

How the climate crisis will change your plate in 2050

Really, between not very much and none.

In her new book, Amanda Little explores what it will take to continue feeding 7.5 billion people in the world

Grow exactly the same crops but perhaps 100, or 200, miles further north or south of their current locations.

Next problem please……