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Monday, 20 September 2021


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The second paragraph of that article hits the nail on the head: "...the solution is more zero-carbon energy, not less." Of course, what he wants is more windmills, what we need is more nuclear.

His conclusion: "...countries must accelerate their build-out of renewables—which, when the sun is shining and wind is blowing, are by far the cheapest source of electricity..." also contains an element of truth. The important words are "when the sun is shining and wind is blowing". When the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing they're just so much unrecyclable junk.

The question is: How much "cheap" electricity can we afford?

Damn! I agree with every word!

Don't worry. Soon politicians and scientists will conjure up a vaccine for those who are insufficiently alarmed over the looming climate catastrophe.

Had we not listened to the eco zealots disguised as NIMBYs we would have had natural gas from fracking on line by now. Because of delays and obfuscation nuclear in UK is decades away, whereas if we start now supplies of natural gas from fracking could be online within a couple of years.

Cheap dreams, expensive realities

In the dawn of the nuclear era, cost was expected to be one of the technology's advantages, not one of its drawbacks. The first chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, Lewis Strauss, predicted in a 1954 speech that nuclear power would someday make electricity “too cheap to meter.”

A half century later, we have learned that nuclear power is, instead, too expensive to finance.

The first generation of nuclear power plants proved so costly to build that half of them were abandoned during construction. Those that were completed saw huge cost overruns, which were passed on to utility customers in the form of rate increases. By 1985, Forbes had labeled U.S. nuclear power "the largest managerial disaster in business history.”

Bob, let us face it there are far too many on this little planet including us. Not enough energy to supply all of us unless a genius is born. The military build up in the East and West is onerous.

Glesga, geniuses and military buildups are born all the time, but it is more crowded lately.

Glesga, who’s this “us”, kemusabe?

Some fine writing:

The UK, EU, US, Oz, China.

I disagree with the Brexit analysis, Whiters.

The Nordics, Baltics, Ost Blockers and even PIIGS are fed up to the back teeth with Franco-German hegemony, and at last they were willing and able to do something about it - and under Blighty's stewardship as an alt-powerbase in the EU.

Blighty would've been running the EU show by now, with Uncle Sam 50 paces right rear keeping our back.

But just at the moment the Syrian migration crisis, embracing of Vlad, and wokery, all reached their Franco-German inspired Zenith's to the disgust of Nordics, Baltics, Ost Blockers, and PIIGS, the very Carpe Diem moment Blighty could have fronted an alt-powerbase to support those disgruntled allies, we did a runner.

Instead of doing a D-Day back in 2016, we did a Dunkirk.

The sacrifice of all those boys who lie in Flanders, the ones who gave their lives so we didn't have to, so that we could use Anglo-American diplomacy via the EU, so that we could use Jaw-Jaw instead of War-War to keep Franco-German hegemony in check, all that blood and treasure was in vein.

Now we, Blighty and Uncle Sam, are on the outside again. So when it goes bad in continental Europe again - which either it will as Russian and Chinese influence the divisiveness, or a truly consolidated Franco-German United States of Europe stands up in the world as at best a non-aligned super-power or at worst an enemy to us, the West will be seen to have been truly rent asunder. We may even have to go back in there with cold steel, not the mere hot air bequeathed us by our fallen.

So not trusting the French to Oz's sub defence is absolutely the right thing for the Anglo-sphere to do now, for starters. Bringing the Kiwis and Canadians right in on board too is next up.

And the task of preparing to split the EU by enticing the Nordics, Baltics and Slavonic Ost Blokkers (Poland, Czech, and Slovak Republics) to leave and join with us must be the long term plan.

The Hungarians, Romanians, Bulgarians, Balkans and PIIGS are lost to Vlad and the Franco-German hegemony. They will never be tempted to leave. Their lead weighted begging bowls are more of a drag to the Franco-German enemy than a plus, so no loss to us there, rather damage to our enemies.

But the Nordics, Baltics, and Slavonics are us. The feelers need to be going out now. Our antagonisms to Franco-German hegemony should be starting to be felt daily, increasing, a mounting crescendo of pressure and pain.

And what goodies can we offer the Nordics, Baltics, and Slavonics?

A functioning multi-market and defence pact for them to join with, is what it will take. CAUNZUKUS: -

(1) The full Monty of the Anglo-sphere: CAUNZUKUS, should immediately join together in a multi-market. Accept all our standards, rules and regs, professional bodies, in all our countries, with no tariffs or quotas. Just label the products and services as to the origin and the governance bodies they subscribe to, and let the people choose. Freedom of movement.

(2) A replacement of NATO with the same "attack against one is an attack against all" CAUNZUKUS alliance.

Then offer that to our friends in the EU and see what happens.

At best we'll have an empire on which the sun never sets again, with free and willing member states. A true band of brothers.

In the middle, a pain in the arse to the Franco-German hegemony that a tyrant in Europe has not felt since the Spanish ulcer we gave Bonaparte, as the Nordics, Baltics, and Slavonics tout their permanently available CAUNZUKUS green card in exchange for respect and care from the Franco-German overlords.

And at worst, beyond which there is nothing worse, we have to fight our way back in there because the Frankish empire won't let the leavers leave. The Brexit debt Nige and Dom kept schtum about and bequeathed us. Another acreage of Flanders fields filled.

Well I've told you so once before. Let's see how this one pans out.


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