Monthly Archives: November 2011

Where the UK really matters

As any intellectual property rights consultant will tell you, when you register an Internet domain name you should also register any obvious similar names to avoid any potential confusion and/or prevent direct competitors doing so in the future. Clearly, when … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with Renewables?

OK then, what is wrong with renewable energy? Well, if you can say what is bigger than the Universe and more powerful than God, then you already know… However, if you are not sure, the answer is depicted in the … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with Oil?

Obviously there is nothing intrinsically wrong with petroleum (crude oil); it’s what we choose to do with it that is wrong. This is easy to say, but is proving very hard to act upon. I think I touched on the … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with Gas?

Over the last 12 months, I have written 3 letters to Chris Huhne, the British Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. From the replies I have received, it is clear that our government is not only determined to … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with dirty Coal?

If we cannot persuade oil- and gas-rich nations to leave their resources in the ground (if it is their main source of income), then we must do the responsible thing – leave our coal in the ground – because it … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with Clean Coal?

In the main, the problem is that is does not exist! The concept of Clean Coal is almost certainly an invention of the marketing departments of coal mining companies (analagous to “safe cigarettes“). In most cases, coal-burning power stations have … Continue reading

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There is no future in fossil fuels

As they are a non-renewable source of energy, this is obvious. However, unless we leave a large proportion of them in the ground (just as we decided to do with asbestos), we will be history – as may well be … Continue reading

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