QUEEN TO MISS COP26
ZOOM, ZOOM - The Queen is lucky to be able to communicate in a world where the internet makes it possible to keep socially active from the security of your own palace.
YAHOO NEWS 26 OCTOBER 2021
The Queen faced preliminary tests in hospital on October 20 during her first overnight stay at a medical facility in eight years.
POPULATION GROWTH - Human population is set to rise to 9 billion souls, with corresponding rise in global warming, at which point the planet might not be able to sustain life, given that we will have caused the deaths of millions of animals, including extinctions, as a result of a lack of family planning. There is no equivalent of carbon offset, for producing more children per person.
The Queen was due to attend events in Glasgow as part of a series of Cop26 engagements by the royal family including the
of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke
and Duchess of Cambridge from November 1-5.
WHAT A JOHNSON - One of the potential problems for the UK, is the lack of action on the part of the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, who is widely known giving great rallying speeches that amount to nothing in real terms, just hot air. But he has approved an executive house building boom (no affordable homes) and expenditure on Trident nuclear submarines. Why we have petrol shortages and electricity price rises - where we are rich in windy coastal areas, to be able to generate enough green energy to supply the whole nation - is a mystery. Load levelling Mr Johnson. Have you heard of that. The oldest generating station in the world, had battery load levelling in 1909. It's nothing new. Today, we can have hydrogen and battery load levelling. For goodness sake, Jules Verne predicted that in 1874.
On the positive side, the UK enacted some ground breaking environmental statute, under Theresa May's government, such as the Automated and Electric Vehicle Act 2018, and amendments to the Climate Change Act 2008, setting targets for 2050, even though that may be too late, it is still ahead of other nations such as Argentina, China, Russia, Brazil, India and even Australian coal guzzlers - who seem bent on raising the temperature of our planet. No wonder so many billionaires are obsessed by space travel. If the state of a nation can be measured by their roads, we are in for a bumpy ride. There are no incentives for electrolyzer, green hydrogen production, where such policy might conflict with party supporters investments in fossil fuels. Imagine giving 100% tax breaks to green hydrogen companies, for 10 years, review-able. Sir Jim Ratcliffe, of Ineos fame, might then be investing in the UK, rather than Europe.
With COP26 looking more like FLOP26 by the minute, it is hardly surprising that would be supporters are feeling less inclined to be associated with what could be a fiasco. Several big players are addicted to coal and oil, refusing to change to renewables, but instead building new coal fired generating stations. Australia, with deserts aplenty for solar panels, is still mining coal for export by the bucket load, rather than investing in green hydrogen. Much of the Middle East suffers the same myopia, and Brazil keep cutting down rain forests. While Argentina keeps pumping methane into the atmosphere.
The UK is not much better. Why policy makers don't toughen up legislation is beyond us. Just put a massive carbon (import) tax on anything produced using coal or oil, and use that revenue, undiluted, as direct grants to hydrogen infrastructure technology development. Not for pure research, for innovation action.
A HARD TARGET - Missing hard targets in China can have serious implications for a local official’s career prospects. So in response to these alerts, several provinces have been imposing electricity usage restrictions, particularly on companies in energy-intensive industries like steel, printing, textiles, wood, chemicals, plastics and goods manufacturing. In many cases, companies were indiscriminately told to restrict production to two or three days a week – compounding the problems from generating companies shutting down power. With activities like cryptocurrencies soaking up coal generated power for immoral earnings from bitcoin mining, it is hardly surprising the China will not be able to meet climate change targets for 2050. They can't get enough of the black stuff, even though it is causing carcinogenic smogs in their cities.
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