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Five ways to power the UK that are far better than Hinkley Point
These alternatives to the troubled planned nuclear plant will be faster to build and cheaper for energy consumers, say experts
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Hinkley: Why do we need the new nuclear power station? - BBC News
[ strike price ] Why is a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point running years behind schedule and the cause of seemingly endless debate? Here are some answers to the questions surrounding the world's most expensive power project. [ prob w renewables is energy storage systems and capacity! ] [...] However, the UK needs to build more power stations if it is to meet growing demand for electricity and the government wants to ensure consumers foot the bill no matter where the electricity comes from.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Hitachi boss issues warning over Wylfa subsidy deal - BBC News
[ giving extortionate (for consumer) strike prices, while cutting renewable feed in tariff 95% and 500m subsidies for Oil/Aberdeen ] The head of the company behind a new £8bn nuclear power station on Anglesey has warned it may walk away from the project if a subsidy deal with the UK government cannot be reached. Hitachi chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi told the Telegraph he voiced concerns about Wylfa Newydd's expected cost to Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. It followed problems a rival faced for the Hinkley Point plant in Somerset. The UK government said it wants low-cost nuclear power. Hitachi owns Horizon Nuclear Power which is behind the plans to build the new power plant, which could be operational by the early 2020s. Horizon is in talks with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on issues such as the strike price, which will be key to attracting additional finance.
energy  price  energy  policy  renewable  energy  fossil  fuel  nuclear  power  UK  Westminster  Tories  austerity  Smart  Grid  underinvestment  foreign  direct  investment  Amber  Rudd  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Hinkley  Point  C  nuclear  subsidies  subsidizing  corporate  welfare  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  transparency  accountability  white  elephant  white  lies  PR  spin  doctor  Positioning  COP21  carbon  tax  carbonfootprint  carbon  trading  scheme  carbonemission  climate  change  global  warming  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  nuclear  waste  short-termism 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Credit rating: why George Osborne has got his name on Star Wars: The Force Awakens | Film | The Guardian
[ still, after all the cuts to culture and arts. this is a Politicians Prestige 'celebrity-like' Object, for Disney Company (who bought Star Wars franchise for 4bn) which avoids taxes through several loopholes and deals; cbsn.ws/1IoxfGW & bit.ly/1641Jvx & bit.ly/165eVQM & bbc.in/1GeICMa ] [ competitive devaluation - tax - for jobs. it is always jobs. easy claim to create jobs ] The prominent credit that George Osborne and Ed Vaizey received in the final roll of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has turned into something of an embarrassment for the government – not only because of the government’s persistent attempts to associate itself with the record-breaking Hollywood blockbuster – which led to Osborne getting booed at the premiere for the film in London’s Leicester Square – but also because of large-scale reimbursements the film is expected to receive from HMRC under the government’s film tax-relief scheme.
lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  white  elephant  corporate  welfare  subsidies  subsidizing  Hollywood  Career  Politicians  culture  austerity  crony  capitalism  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  capitalism  Wall  Street  Disney  George  Osborne  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  No  Representation  fairness  Generationengerechtigkeit  Policy  Makers  folly  short-termism  corporate  tax  rate 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Fast jedes Großprojekt sprengt Zeit- und Kostenplan - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Sie werden in der Regel später fertig als geplant und überschreiten den gesetzten Kostenrahmen deutlich: teure Prestigeprojekte. Eine Studie liefert jetzt eine Erklärung dafür, die die Verantwortlichen entlastet - zumindest ein bisschen. [...] Sie seien komplex und bahnbrechend, sodass Standardverfahren kaum möglich seien und die Herausforderungen erst mit dem Fortschritt des Projekts ans Tageslicht kommen. "Das führt dazu, dass 90 Prozent aller Megaprojekte ihr Budget und ihren Zeitplan überschreiten".
white  elephant  HS2  BER  Hinkley  Point  C  public  investment  infrastructure  investment  public  transportation 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Deutsche Telekom darf das Internet schneller machen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Es gibt in der Frage auch starken politischen Druck: Die Bundesregierung will den Breitbandausbau bis 2018 durchbekommen, dann soll es überall im Land Zugänge mit 50 Megabit pro Sekunde geben - es ist ein Prestigeprojekt des Ministers Alexander Dobrindt (Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur). Und ohne die Vectoring-Pläne der Telekom wäre das sehr viel schwerer zu erreichen. Zur Entscheidung der Netzagentur können die Marktteilnehmer noch einmal formell Stellung nehmen, auch in einer öffentlichen Verhandlung. Auch das Kartellamt und die europäische Regulierungsbehörde, die Vectoring kritisch sieht, werden gehört. Erst dann fällt im Frühjahr 2016 die endgültige Entscheidung.
infrastructure  investment  infrastructure  Net  Neutrality  Germany  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  short-termism  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  digital  economy  White  Elephant  Policy  Makers  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  public  utility  Good  monopoly  antitrust  regulators  Consumer  Protection 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
In the loop October 2: Flemish separatism, F1 and the Juncker plan by POLITICO Europe
min 17 - behind-the-scenes fight in the European Parliament over the appointment of top managers for the so-called Juncker Plan: a €315 billion EU investment plan. // threat of White Elephants, roads and bridges to nowhere ... only politicians can put themselves in front of photojournalists for photo op. no productive investments into the future. renewable, smart grid, private public paternerships, carbon emission reduction projects ie urbanisation planning projects to half city traffic and put cycling network in place, and zero emission public transportation, ... --- no accountability, no oversight no transparency. risk of corruption, bribery, dirty handshakes, ...
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
State of Flux
Elephant Butte Reservoir, New Mexico Left: June 1994 - 89% full. Right: July 2013 - only 3% left thanks to drought. Elephant Butte is New Mexico's largest reservoir. It provides water for about 90,000 acres of farmland and nearly half the population of El Paso, Texas. If that doesn’t make you stop and take notice, nothing will.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a

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