Why don't they Listen to the Fishermen?

I’m extremely grateful for Orkneylad who pointed out this story to me, because I know many of the characters involved because a long while back when the Marine test centre in Orkney was still just an idea, I was lobbying various people involved in renewables trying to persuade them to carry out the kind of […]

Wind industry – greatest scam of our age?

From the Daily Mail: Scarcely a day goes by without more evidence to show why the Government’s obsession with wind turbines, now at the centre of our national energy policy, is one of the greatest political blunders of our time. Under a target agreed with the EU, Britain is committed within ten years — at […]

The lies about Green Jobs

Back in 2000/1 when I used to attend the Scottish Parliamentary Renewable Energy Group I regularly pushed them to look at the economic impact of wind energy on Scotland. I knew there was a problem, because despite the 45,000 jobs (sometimes the figure was 35,000) that were supposed to come “if we invested in wind”, […]

Let them Walk

Just one quote says it all: Central Taxis estimates it will save around 4,000 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere by signing up to a project capturing methane gas from China’s Tieling coal mines. (Guardian) Apparently this is all the rage these days. Saving the planet from impending climate doom supposedly caused by fossil fuel, […]

Irish Elections a Warning for Scottish Greens?

Thanks to Bishop Hill I learnt the supprising fate of the Irish Greens which seems to point the way things will go in the May Scottish elections. Funnily, enough I was just talking to my better half yesterday about the Greens last night when Patrick Harvie appeared (yet again) on the BBC. The original Scottish […]

Herald Letter: Does Wind Need Hydro?

There is a letter in the Herald replying to a previous correspondent’s “several criticisms of wind power”. (Herald letter) I’ll start with the interesting bit which is a debate about whether Hydro or Pump Storage should be a priority. On the one side are the wind maniacs who say that we should do everything to […]

Eyes, Eyes, and yet more Eyes

The title seemed pretty unambiguous: “Study on connection between global warming and eye health” How odd? How, I wondered could the minuscule changes in global temperature be linked to eye health. Perhaps it was the outbreak of some deadly eye eating bacteria? A well known medical phenomena whereby millions of people just spontaneous loose their […]

A Blast from the Past

A long time ago before Al Gore “invented” the internet and climate change meant “global cooling”, the environmentals having failed to persuade the world that impending nuclear war would be the end of civilisation they invented a new threat called a “nuclear winter”. The scenario seemed plausible: the detonation of a number of nuclear weapons […]

How Green and Sustainable is Wind?

With recent announcements of plans to use forestry commission land for yet more industrial wind complexes, Scotland is going to see further areas of former green forest cleared to make way for foreign wind machines. The real irony, is that if you wanted green energy, then the trees themselves are far better at capturing natural […]

The Heretic

At London’s Royal Court Theatre last week, a new play opened to rave reviews. It’s about an environmental scientist who doesn’t believe in global warming. Dr Diane Cassell is a lead academic in Earth Sciences who is at odds with the orthodoxy over the climate change. She finds herself increasingly vilified and is forced to […]