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by JavaScriptDonkey
Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Someone doesn't understand EROEI
Replies: 48
Views: 9116

However, if the energy input is cheap and abundant gas yet the energy out is expensive and rare oil then it changes the equation. Indeed, akin to manufacturing Duracell batteries. A useful and profitable process - but lets not be kidding ourselves we can run the world on Duracells. Absolutely. it c...
by JavaScriptDonkey
Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Real Changes?
Replies: 9
Views: 3884

Re: Real Changes?

Our mess is the fact that we are extracting and burning an excess of fossil fuels so cleaning up our own mess would involve leaving them in the ground. If, in several hundred years time, the CO2 levels in the atmosphere had dropped to a safe level again our great, great grand children might be able...
by JavaScriptDonkey
Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Someone doesn't understand EROEI
Replies: 48
Views: 9116

Although if what you are mining with fossil fuels is viewed as feed stock for production rather than as fuel itself his argument does make sense. EROEI is useful but doesn't tell the whole story. Obviously if we have to burn 2 barrels of expensive and rare oil to get 1 barrel of expensive and rare o...
by JavaScriptDonkey
Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:53 pm
Forum: Government and Society
Topic: Robin Williams rant
Replies: 15
Views: 3772

Climatic stasis is unnatural.

Hardly relevant though.

As I read it Robin Williams was just trying to be funny although it does sound like he's trapped in the 80s.

Still.
by JavaScriptDonkey
Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:45 pm
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Real Changes?
Replies: 9
Views: 3884

Re: Real Changes?

And the answer is to work to stop fossil carbon being extracted from the ground, thus preventing anyone burning it. No, no, no, no, no. The answer is to clean up your own mess first and then worry about what the next generation does with their planet afterwards. Granted that stopping other people a...
by JavaScriptDonkey
Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:41 pm
Forum: Transport
Topic: Why is cycling so popular in the Netherlands
Replies: 86
Views: 26928

cubes wrote:Then close one lane of some roads, make them one-way with the other lane a bi-directional cycle lane. Give people financial encouragement to cycle to work rather than (pretty poor0 disincentives to drive.
I think you just invented the bus lane.
by JavaScriptDonkey
Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:38 pm
Forum: Climate Change
Topic: No news is not good news
Replies: 10
Views: 4147

To be fair though it isn't really news. What headline would you use? 'Scientists bang on about some future emergency.' 'Oopps we don't know why the world isn't hotter despite increasing CO2 but we're sure it will be soon.' 'You and your way of life is killing the kittenz'. The DM carried a piece tho...
by JavaScriptDonkey
Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:30 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Syria watch...
Replies: 587
Views: 121941

Yes. It really does feel like we are at some kind of pivotal moment regarding the international order. It looks like the US can't just go into Syria and drop some bombs, and for reasons unlike any I can remember. They are no longer credibly "the world's policeman", and it seems that even ...
by JavaScriptDonkey
Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:10 pm
Forum: Transport
Topic: Why is cycling so popular in the Netherlands
Replies: 86
Views: 26928

Which probably brings us to a point where we should consider why cycling should be considered a door-to-door activity. We have embraced the concept that cars have restricted access in towns to account for pedestrians so why should we believe that cycling everywhere without getting off is a given? Ce...
by JavaScriptDonkey
Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:55 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Colorado fracking disaster media blackout?
Replies: 13
Views: 3260

I'd be much more worried about agrochemicals and other stuff the the sewage. Did you find a spare envelope back. I gather getting on for half a million cubic metres of rain fell per square kilometre. Trouble is that some pesticides are still dangerous at a few parts per million. As you should well ...
by JavaScriptDonkey
Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:10 pm
Forum: Government and Society
Topic: uk's new gagging laws
Replies: 17
Views: 7796

I have little desire to wade through the opinions of campaign groups on this proposal - has anyone actually read the text of the bill or are we all to rely on 'feelings'?
by JavaScriptDonkey
Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:44 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Russians Board Greenpeace
Replies: 52
Views: 9918

Boarding a ship that isn't yours at sea sounds a lot like piracy to me.

Perhaps it wouldn't be trespassing if I camped in Biff's living room for a week or so in protest at something he might do.
by JavaScriptDonkey
Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:15 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Russians Board Greenpeace
Replies: 52
Views: 9918

That always depends on your take on morality which as we have discussed before is not universal.

However this is just about the law. GP committed piracy in Russian waters and must face the Russian legal system.
by JavaScriptDonkey
Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: Government and Society
Topic: Labour Party Policy on Energy Pricing
Replies: 40
Views: 9939

Well, 20 months is the time horizon labour have given themselves to put a new regulation regime in place. The idea is to freeze prices until "Ofgem 2" can start to be effective. I think the idea is just to buy enough votes to allow Labour to get their hands on the treasury again so the gr...
by JavaScriptDonkey
Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:37 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Colorado fracking disaster media blackout?
Replies: 13
Views: 3260

A fuel storage tank overturned?

That's your 'fracking disaster'?

Not a word about the millions of gallons of fuel and heating oil that will be lost from farms and homes or the damage caused by flooded cess pits and sewage works.

No wonder people have a hard time believing the claims of activists.