Very tee hee

Eco-activists targeting fossil fuel firm barricade offices of green energy company by mistake

Sigh. But ain’t this the truth:

A worker at the company told the Evening Standard: “They’re protesting against Drax, but they don’t live here anymore. I understand [the protester’s aims] but it helps if they check the facts.”

But then if they checked all the facts then they’d not be eco protestors, would they?


The inequalities of race, class, and gender that lace through fossil fuel capitalism would be challenged head-on.

To take just gender. There was more or less inequality of gender before the use of coal? Before or after that freeing of labour from the necessity for male musculature? Or perhaps race, it being the steam engine that did more than anything else to kill off slavery.

Ignorant pillock.

Mathew Lawrence is director of Common Wealth


Talking crap

Demand for luxury toilet roll trumping shopper’s environmental concerns, new analysis shows

Hmm. Seems that they’re using less recycled in current bog roll:

The major brands are using far less recycled paper than they did in 2011 amid a growing trend for high quality ‘four-ply’ toilet roll known for its softness.

Only five of the nine major supermarkets, including Sainsburys and Waitrose, are offering their own-brand recycled toilet paper, analysis from Ethical Consumer magazine found.

In 2011, just under 30% of total fibre used by Kimberly-Clark, one of the biggest suppliers of toilet tissue worldwide, was from recycled fibre, but by 2017 this figure had fallen to 23.5%.

Well, OK, if that’s what the punters want then why not?

It recommends Ecoleaf, Essential, Traidcraft and Who Gives A Crap as more environmentally friendly alternatives to the fashionable quilted toilet rolls.

Because the manufacturers of the more expensive and worse stuff would like some sales please, that’s why not.

And this bit is entirely talking crap:

It comes as experts warn that the large-scale use of virgin paper in the production of “luxury” quilted toilet roll is heavily contributing to deforestation rates and destroying animal habitats.

Bog roll comes from especially manufactured plantations. Which wouldn’t exist if they weren’t to be cut down for bog roll. It’s like saying don’t eat bacon to save pigs – pigs wouldn’t be farmed if we didn’t want bacon.

Suppose so really

We’re running out of sand says Nature. With this piccie:

OK, so, water inflow at the top remains the same, logically. Meaning that a deeper and wider channel creates slower water flow. Which leads to greater sand deposition and…..

What’s the bit I’ve got wrong here?


What’s the point of voting Tory then?

Fracking should be banned, the UK must take global leadership on the climate emergency and a royal commission should decide how to build homes in an environmentally sustainable manner, an influential group of Conservative MPs has said.

The Conservative Environment Network (CEN) set out a manifesto on Tuesday that they said must govern the UK’s policies to prevent climate catastrophe and allow for greener economic growth.

If you get the same idiocy from them as everyone else?

Say that again?

Last month, Carrefour and waste recycling company TerraCycle launched an initiative to tackle the problems of plastic waste threatening to destroy the environment.

To litter the environment, yes, obviously, to pollute it, sure, but destroy? Slightly de trop in the rhetoric there, no?

Amazing, eh?

When Tony Juniper was interviewed for the job of Natural England chairman, he vowed to leave decades of eco-activism “in the past”.

The former Green Party candidate is now facing questions, however, over whether he may have broken that promise on his very first day.

MPs and campaigners have raised concerns over the timing of a controversial decision to ban the shooting of a number of birds widely acknowledged as pests, including pigeons and crows.

The announcement was made without warning last month only hours after Mr Juniper, the former head of Friends of the Earth and self-described “eco warrior”, took up his post.

Who could have guessed that Tony Juniper would do something stupid?

Good point

Far from prosperity being the problem, it is the answer. It weans people off habitat-destroying dependence on burning wood, and it leads to reforestation, the creation of nature reserves and the return of wildlife. Why are wolves increasing, lions decreasing and tigers now holding their own? Because wolves live in rich countries, lions in poor countries and tigers in middle-income countries.

No doubt the Senior Lecturer will come by to prove causality to us – lions make a place poor, wolves rich.

Err, George?

And I’m struck by the amazing variety of ways in which cars have ruined our lives.

Let’s abandon this disastrous experiment, recognise that this 19th-century technology is now doing more harm than good, and plan our way out of it. Let’s set a target to cut the use of cars by 90% over the next decade.

It’s a classic, isn’t it? George gets by just fine without a car – although as I recall he didn’t in rural Wales with a small kid – and therefore the rest of us should. Project much George?

Erm, why?

Unlike plastic waste, there is a ready market for used tyres within the UK. They are – or were – compressed into tight blocks to make road foundations, embankments and drainage beds. It’s not the closed-loop recycling that should be applied to everything we consume, let alone the radical reduction in the use of materials required to prevent environmental breakdown.

Doesn’t rubber grow on trees? You know, it’s a renewable resource?

Aren’t we about reaching the time when we just throw this society away?

Dump it in the ocean, burn it, bury it, summat? For it’s clearly well past its sell by date:

We’ve a useful sign here that we’re in the grips of a religious mania – the government is to ban the kiddies using clingfilm to wrap their packed lunches. This following on from another arm of government’s announcement yesterday that they’re to make the Big Mac illegal. That this is mania of the religious kind is easy enough to show. If we begin with a standing start, that government should insist upon a law to make children’s sandwiches stale, one to make them fall apart, then we’d all insist that the ergot has got into the bread again. Perhaps that some other madness inducing chemical was infesting the water supply in the committee rooms. And yet we’ve got here by stages, as religions do. The same way the Catholic Church ends up saying that condom use is indeed permissible but only between a married couple, only if one or other has HIV and even then there must be a hole in it.

That is, it’s entirely logical assuming that we accept the initial claims but we end up somewhere ridiculous – thus it’s the initial claims which require the analysis.

It’s not waste, you idiot

Charity shops are being flooded with poor-quality clothes that they have to turn away, because of fast fashion, the head of the environment select committee has said.

Mary Creagh, Labour MP and chair of the Environmental Audit Committee said the fashion industry is failing to cut waste, leading to tons of clothes clogging up landfills.

She explained: “the whole industry is based on us buying more than we need, and not valuing an item of clothing when it comes to the end of its life.”

Things that people desire are not waste. It’s their utility that matters, not what you think they should value.