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by mobbsey
Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:09 am
Forum: News
Topic: The rise of the "zombie power station"
Replies: 7
Views: 2221

I don't see the problem of keeping generators available for the times when the demand exceeds what those wonderful wind turbines fail to deliver, because the wind has stopped blowing. Why indeed build new power stations? You probably have a valid point, but I am missing it. Can you clarify? Perhaps...
by mobbsey
Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:00 am
Forum: News
Topic: The rise of the "zombie power station"
Replies: 7
Views: 2221

The rise of the "zombie power station"

The neoliberal energy liberalisation gig continues to malfunction! -- and OFGEM's caving in... Looks like we're seeing the rise of the "zombie power station" -- dead, but not yet out of action because it still might turn some valuable profit in a crisis! Why build new power stations when y...
by mobbsey
Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:03 am
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: the frack thread
Replies: 736
Views: 187236

Oh no, not so! In Lincolnshire the planning permissions granted at Laughton and applied for at Biscathorpe are for conventional oil BUT the company (Egdon Resources) is interested in the gas-rich shale of the Bowland-Hodder Formation Just because they're booking the reserve on their balance sheet d...
by mobbsey
Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: Nuclear Power
Topic: Fukushima meltdown hastens decline of nuclear power
Replies: 154
Views: 83920

Radiation levels at the water leak now thought to be an order of magnitude greater than previously announced! What's more significant, in one of those great 'Spinal Tap' amplifier moments, was that the meter they were using only went up to 100mSv, hence why they were not registering 1,800mSv! I've ...
by mobbsey
Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: the frack thread
Replies: 736
Views: 187236

www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/resources/images/2583595/ Yeah, lot of crap that map. Most of the N. Yorks licences are for onshore oil and gas production, and a number have been producing for a few years. Main interest is for fracking/coal-bed methane is for Lancashire, Carlisle/Border, South Wales, Sco...
by mobbsey
Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Interesting peak minerals lecture from Oz...
Replies: 2
Views: 1158

Interesting peak minerals lecture from Oz...

Watch this video, a lecture presented a couple of weeks ago by an Australian geologist -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFyTSiCXWEE Note, it touches on CSG in Australia, uranium production and nuclear power, as well as metal mining -- because ultimately all energy technologies are reliant upon mini...
by mobbsey
Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: News
Topic: DCLG have just published the NEW planning guidance on shale
Replies: 11
Views: 2813

DCLG have just published the NEW planning guidance on shale

"And so it begins..." 8) Yes that's right, NEW! -- this is THE new planning guidance because the Department for Communities and Local Government IS NOT holding a consultation on its content. It is being imposed! What a gift!! No need to waste our time on con-sultations, we can just get st...
by mobbsey
Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:40 pm
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: The Good Life: Couple spend just £50 a YEAR on bills
Replies: 8
Views: 4831

As is said, survivalist porn!
by mobbsey
Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:25 am
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: The Good Life: Couple spend just £50 a YEAR on bills
Replies: 8
Views: 4831

The Good Life: Couple spend just £50 a YEAR on bills

Not quite sure if this is survivalist porn or a threat to consumers if the economy goes belly up :wink: : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2360180/The-Good-Life-Couple-spend-just-50-YEAR-bills-collect-rain-water-flush-toilets-grow-food--detached-bungalow-Basingstoke.html The Good Life: Couple...
by mobbsey
Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:19 am
Forum: News
Topic: Thatcher dies
Replies: 85
Views: 16352

For those of us in our sixties, it's sometimes hard to remember that anyone younger than that almost certainly has no memories of Margaret Thatcher My kids (in their teens) not only know who she is, but they seemed to be pretty happy she was an ex-ex-prime minister. And for my contribution, here's ...
by mobbsey
Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:42 am
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: the frack thread
Replies: 736
Views: 187236

:roll: :lol: http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/Quebec+shale+opponents+have+come+under+police+surveillance/7818434/story.html Quebec shale-gas opponents have come under police surveillance Monique Beaudin, Montreal Gazette, January 14th 2013 Quebec shale-gas opponents were surprised to learn ...
by mobbsey
Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:03 am
Forum: Books, Magazines & Film
Topic: Scythes, Kingsnorth and Dark Mountains
Replies: 21
Views: 10151

I’VE RECENTLY BEEN reading the collected writings of Theodore Kaczynski. I’m worried that it may change my life. :shock: :roll: :lol: Yeah, I put Kaczynski's magnum opus on my web site in the late 90s. Unfortunately the text can be interpreted in different ways, especially in those culturally bankr...
by mobbsey
Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:53 am
Forum: News
Topic: 3-D Printing; the next digital Industrial Revolution
Replies: 29
Views: 6163

Such standardisation might also lead to stagnation of innovation as well however due to finance imbalances and market inertia What complete tosh! It's the threats of action under IP law which act as a bar to innovation today, especially in the mismatched use of IP courts between the largest compani...
by mobbsey
Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:06 pm
Forum: News
Topic: 3-D Printing; the next digital Industrial Revolution
Replies: 29
Views: 6163

Catweazle wrote:It all sounds a bit Stalinist, but it's true.
No, it was standardisation which enabled the second phase of the industrial revolution and the expansion of the railways -- e.g. see the impact of Joseph Whitworth
by mobbsey
Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: News
Topic: 3-D Printing; the next digital Industrial Revolution
Replies: 29
Views: 6163

When it can print in high-carbon hardened tool steel, get back to me! If you want to "re-engineer" the industrial revolution that's what's required... you can't re-engineered the world in low density plastic :roll: I would also presume (as I haven't found anyone who has the LCA) that 3D pr...