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'Put that down, cancel that': the Guardian tracks Philip Green to Monaco | Business | The Guardian
Philip Green
another big employer with a nearly a billion-pound pension deficit, which might mean the gov had to bail the scheme out.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/23/philip-greens-retail-rescue-plan-torpedoed-by-pension-watchdog - Philip Green's retail rescue plan at risk over pension scheme

24hrs later - 60 stores close incl USA, less pension contribution, less pension payout, lowered rents for existing stores, still to be agreed.
- restructuring
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48406854
Philip  Green  Arcadia  1%  tax  evasion  avoidance  Retail  crisis  highstreet  pension  deficit  bailout  scheme  greed  plutocracy  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  oligarchy  Aristocracy  inequality  poverty  trap  minimum  wage  working  poor 
may 2019 by asterisk2a
Theresa May urged to halt Universal Credit rollout - BBC News
Conservative MP Stephen McPartland said his concern with Universal Credit was that for "every pound these people earn, extra, the government's taking 63p back off them".
"To me that is an effective tax rate of 63%, which is ridiculous. So the lowest paid are effectively having to pay some of the highest taxes," he told BBC Radio 4's the World at One. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41278248
Universal  Credit  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Austerity  Theresa  May  DWP  JSA  ESA  Damian  Green  UC  tax  working  benefit  taxcredit 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Homelessness expected to rise further as Government scraps housing benefit for young people | The Independent
cutting benefits will push up payments and cost of homelessness, destitution, drug abuse, crime, etc. - http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/housing-benefit-under-22-young-people-cut-theresa-may-save-money-ideological-cruel-a7612321.html?cmpid=facebook-post - Getting rid of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds won't even save us that much money – it's ideological cruelty
When just 11,000 people will be affected (small fry in financial terms), it’s hard to escape the conclusion that the goal isn’t really to help people at all, but to punish them
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
Renewables investment in UK will fall 95% over next three years – study | Environment | The Guardian
“This cliff edge needs to be avoided if the UK is to meet its world leading carbon budgets and Paris agreement pledge,” Green Alliance said in its analysis.
UK  Austerity  renewable  energy  green  underinvestment  infrastructure  investment  SmartGrid 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
No end in sight: more austerity for the poor and disabled - YouTube
DWP is asking NHS (CRISIS, active rationing, months long wait lists), public services, community services to support chronically ill MORE! to be able, eventually, possibly, go to work in any capacity. ie part time. to reduce welfare bill. scroungers bill. feckless bill. // [ instead should get qualified ppl in HMRC to hunt down tax evasion and avoidance, duh! ] THUS shows it is ideological. // bc track record so far w private (and public) companies to get the feckless and scroungers into full-time gainful above minimum wage/working poor, has failed! failed miserably. they think there is a huge gap, where there is not (similar to output gap). // TRIPLE LOCK PENSION! SEEMS TO STAY AT LEAST TILL 2020. // & https://youtu.be/Z8fQ2G5TWBU - Ken Lochar "turning working poor and unemployed against each other." &! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/oct/31/sick-pay-and-work-assessments-to-be-reviewed-jeremy-hunt-reveals
DWP  Concentrix  privatisation  WCA  Universal  Credit  Triple  Lock  Pension  Damian  Green  Theresa  May  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Austerity  Disabled  JSA  ESA  UK  long-term  unemployment  structural  low  pay  minimum  wage  working  poor 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
No more welfare cuts to come under Theresa May, says minister | Politics | The Guardian
Lady Tanni Grey-Thompson, an 11-time Paralympic gold medallist, was among those who spoke out in the House of Lords against the controversial welfare reform bill, which proposes to cut disability benefits by £30 a week.
Iain  Duncan  Smith  Damian  Green  Stephen  Crabb  DWP  ESA  JSA  poverty  Theresa  May  welfare  Council  austerity  George  Osborne  David  Cameron 
september 2016 by asterisk2a
Ofgem approves Scotland-Norway power cable
The developers plan to build a £1.3bn power cable between Boddam in Aberdeenshire and Eidfjord in Norway.
The project aims to link hydro power from Norway with wind energy from Scotland.
It is scheduled to start operating from 2022.
NorthConnect have said that the cable will have a capacity of 1.4GW - about 25% of Scottish peak demand.
UK  Scotland  Smart  Grid  renewable  energy  green  energy  energy  security  energy  price  energy  storage 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
DO NOT SIGN UP WITH FULLSCREEN
on.recode.net/1Rz7kLl - Fullscreen launches own subs platform. [ Pubs and Bingohalls - as you don't take sponsorships and brand deals etc. thus don't need help w that via a MCN! go community funding! ] take 15-30% of youtube (revenues decline 5% y/y, according to hank green - techcrunch. ).
"Since publishing this video, Fullscreen has released it's copyright claims on my videos."

>> !!! rather than go w MCN. hire an assistant and build up, grind it out. and hire, rinse repeat. grow organically. cross promotion. hustle. etc. //&! YouTube: Hank Green tells fellow creators to aim for '$1 per view'
Online video veteran sees crowdfunding as the answer to his peers’ complaints about YouTube’s low advertising rates - http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/08/hank-green-youtube-1000-cpm-vlogbrothers
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Privatisation of Green Investment Bank could 'damage its reputation' - BBC News
The UK's "green" bank should not be privatised unless the government can ensure it keeps its environmental purposes, a committee of MPs has said. In June Business Secretary Sajid Javid announced plans to part-privatise Green Investment Bank (GIB). But the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee warned this could cause the bank to lose its "green identity". This could "damage its reputation" and "undermine its leadership role in the green economy", the committee said. [...] The bank's projects are required to make a contribution to one of the its five "green purposes": reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the efficiency of the use of natural products, protecting the natural environment or biodiversity and promoting environmental sustainability. But the projects are also required to provide market-based commercial returns. [...] Environmental Audit Committee argued privatisation could encourage the bank to shift its focus towards more conventional projects
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
RWE: Aufsichtsrat gibt grünes Licht für Aufspaltung - SPIEGEL ONLINE
RWE macht einen radikalen Schnitt: Vorstandschef Terium bündelt die zukunftsfähigen Geschäftsfelder in einer Tochtergesellschaft und will diese an die Börse bringen. Nun hat der Aufsichtsrat den Plänen zugestimmt.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Residents fight new homes plans amid housing crisis - BBC News
Campaigners in Saffron Walden in Essex have formed their own political party to oppose a new housing project. Experts say that not enough new homes are being built to meet demand in the UK. One difficulty is that local communities - such as the dissenters in Saffron Walden - often oppose new developments, as Reeta Chakrabarti reports.
green  belt  UK  Housing  Crisis 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Nuclear Power: Burke on Hinkley Point, EDF and China - BBC News
Adds 1bn£ for consumers to energy bills, an expensive dogmatic folly by mercenaries. //&! UK energy wholesale energy price twice that of Germany - bbc.in/1PAKyWl //&! The coming era of unlimited — and free — clean energy wapo.st/1MEYF71 via https://redd.it/3pmorw // A highlight of Chancellor George Osborne's visit to China was the announcement of £2bn of Chinese investment for a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. But critics point to progress at other EDF projects, and doubt the Somerset scheme can be built on time and on budget. In a personal film, the chairman of environmental think tank E3G Tom Burke claims it would be "a very bad deal for Britain" - for both the environment and taxpayers - describing it as an "expensive folly". //&! bit.ly/1OIhJHv "sheer folly" &! about people living there - bit.ly/1Rph8Ic &! why would edf sell some of its stake? EDF was only one left 2 agree 2 build it 4 a price X after all other bidders backed out - bit.ly/1W4dqoQ &! on.fb.me/1PBwfRk
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Hinkley Point nuclear agreement reached - BBC News
More than £30bn worth of deals between the UK and China are expected to be struck during the four-day visit. [...] 'Security concerns' The Hinkley Point project has come under fire over its cost and the delays to investment decisions and the timetable for building. The government has also been criticised for guaranteeing a price of £92.50 per megawatt hour of electricity - more than twice the current cost - for the electricity Hinkley produces. [<< death knell 4 UK consumer & heavy industry! In 10 years as other countries invested in renewables heavily, energy prices will be much higher in UK, a country which did not invest heavily in the Smart Grid & renewables when it was cheap to borrow to fund private public partnerships; 5-10 year mega projects. Bc nasty party is mercenary, not visionary. &! china is deep in renewables. why not renewables!? build smart grid] The Treasury hopes that within 10 years China will be UK second biggest trading partner. //&! Steve Hilton - bbc.in/1krBjLp
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
UK's most expensive city facing 'catastrophe' - BBC News
shortage of supply = unaffordable = nobody can afford to live there, work there, study there. or have to commute from out of town for 1 hour or more. // this is not only a problem in Oxford. NHS Grampian has problems of recruiting because unaffordable house prices and rents pushed up by Oil Industry and the lack of new housing. Same for teaching jobs. // all the while building companies make pumper profits and even skirt around the edges to lower the ratio of social and affordable housing they have to provide with each new big project. its in their interest, if prices were to fell, they would make less money. so they build not enough to keep up with demand at all. and not enough so each new builds profit rises because of risen demand and people willing to pay more for the same house or flat from previous year or two or three despite no real improvement in the build technically/energy efficiency wise/or architecture wise - modern, wide open, big windows. //
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
What's going on in UK manufacturing? - BBC News
Manufacturing abt 10% of UK output. The rest of the production industries: mining, quarrying, gas, electricity, water and sewage account for another 5%. The service sector accounts for 79%, with construction making up the final 6%. In the last decade, manufacturing grew gradually from 2005 to 2008, at which point it took a dive in the financial crisis in common with the rest of the economy. It recovered from 2010 until the start of 2012 and has been pretty volatile since then. The sector is still below its pre-crisis peaks, unlike the service sector, which is well above its pre-crisis level. [...] the sector had been "stunned by a triple combination of a sharp slowdown in consumer spending, weak business investment and stagnating export order inflows". But most of the big headlines have been about one sector: steel [ energy price not competitive & bust of commodity prices blown up by ZIRP, NIRP & QE ] [ why not lower energy prices for all!?] & bit.ly/1hPrPrn &! bbc.in/1jRMjRF
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The political power of bricks and mortar - BBC News
Few deny that the UK is facing a housing crisis, the subject has become a hot political topic. But the best way to solve it is still widely disputed, as national ambition confronts local anxiety and tradition.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The government seems intent on ending the solar power industry. It’s madness | Howard Johns | Comment is free | The Guardian
saving on the wrong end of the stick. // &! One solar executive says the 87% cut in state subsidy is ‘obscene’, and will lead to thousands of job losses - bit.ly/1Xdgl0V - “We are all paying £100 for nuclear decommissioning costs in our bills. Solar: five quid? It is nothing to do with the energy bills of hardworking families it is entirely ideologically driven by George Osborne. It is nothing to do with the cost to the energy consumer.”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
What is the outlook for Britain's steel industry? - BBC News
UK steelmakers want lower business rates, a relaxation of emissions targets for heavy manufacturers, more compensation for high energy prices and a commitment that British steel is used in major construction projects. "We've set out some of the things government can press ahead with now to send out a clear signal of support in the very short term," said Gareth Stace, director of UK Steel. [...] How does the government act without going against its free market principles and breaking EU rules? It has already provided steel makers with millions of pounds in compensation for carbon permit costs. Beyond that it says its hands are tied by strict European Union state-aid rules. [ << targeted welfare vs lower energy prices and a smart grid for all ] //&! bbc.in/1GhJaoH - Unions want the government to take "urgent short-term action" to support the industry. [...] the steel industry globally was facing one of the most difficult times in its history. [...] we can't change the price of steel.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The rush for solar power: buy now, before it's too late | Environment | The Guardian
As the second phase of the Guardian’s Keep It in the Ground campaign has highlighted, solar power has gone through a remarkable period of growth since the demoralising Copenhagen climate summit in 2009: in the intervening six years, the cost of panels has fallen by 70%, with the government’s target of 750,000 domestic solar installations by 2020 reached this year. Following her promotion in May, energy secretary Amber Rudd promised to “unleash a new solar revolution”, singling out commercial rooftop developments, still a relative rarity in the UK, and perhaps thinking too of her Hastings constituents with their sun-kissed, southern roofs. But just three months later, she was announcing drastic cuts. In the next few weeks, Rudd, who used to work under chancellor George Osborne in the Treasury, will decide whether or not to reduce by almost 90% the feed-in tariff that subsidises small-scale solar installations, such as household roofs, from 1 January 2016. A consultation closes next week
renewable  energy  wind  energy  Solar  Panel  power  energy  energy  price  energy  policy  energy  security  energy  efficiency  green  energy  UK 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Erneuerbare Energien: Industrie nennt Ökostrom-Umlage Kostenmonster - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die EEG-Umlage steigt auf Rekordniveau - und die Kritik ist groß. Die Industrie bezeichnet die Umlage als "Kostenmonster" und Gefahr für den Standort, die Opposition kritisiert zu viele Ausnahmen für energieintensive Betriebe. // "Standortsicherung"
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
OECD: leading countries spend $200bn a year subsidising fossil fuels | Environment | The Guardian
Thinktank says member states and six biggest emerging economies should use sum to tackle climate change instead //&! Company emerges as Europe’s worst climate policy wrecker, according to a new table ranking firms by their records on lobbying and opposition - bit.ly/1Qtfq8j //&! 'its always about jobs' how about reframe it and retrain these people vs putting them directly on the dole, funded by government - long-term investment! duh. there is always an alternative. //&! nyr.kr/1W8YWpH - What Exxon Knew About Climate Change - The influence of the oil industry is essentially undiminished, even now. The Obama Administration may have stood up to Big Coal, but the richer Big Oil got permission this summer to drill in the Arctic;
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
How Legal Immigration Failed Silicon Valley | TechCrunch
Our immigration system hinders entrepreneurship, innovation and productivity. Success in the tech industry, where whole new job categories are created overnight, requires deep familiarity with trends, products and technologies. Learning opportunities abound — if you’re willing to transition to new roles, educate yourself, work on different products or switch companies altogether. Building your own startup, or even joining one, can be the best career move; it offers remarkable potential for growth by wearing multiple hats in an expanding organization. The labor market benefits from this flexibility not just with an improved and adaptable workforce, but also one that creates jobs. The immigration process impedes all these possibilities. [...] [ reset process when switching companies ] [...] And that’s not even the worst part. If you get laid off, you must leave the country. Immediately. [...] Try telling your VC you spent $25,000 of their $1 million funding on immigration fees
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
North Sea oil giant - do not risk the UK's 'engineering legacy' - BBC News
The whole sector is important, worth £27bn to the British economy. Malcolm Webb, the former chief executive of Oil and Gas UK, described it as a "core component of the UK's engineering and manufacturing base" which "enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence and innovation honed over 40 years at the cutting edge of exploration and production". And it is for that reason that it is worth listening when Mr Keiller says that - despite the rapid fall in the oil price - the North Sea is still a vital part of the UK's manufacturing future. "We have a fantastic engineering skills base here in the UK," Mr Keiller said. "It creates high quality job opportunities that can be exported to many different countries around the world. I have people in Aberdeen designing the most sophisticated sub-sea oil and gas developments for deep water offshore for South America and Africa and elsewhere. "These high quality jobs can exist way beyond the life of the North Sea." [...] sector still employs 400k
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Royal Dutch Shell cuts 6,500 jobs - BBC News
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has announced it has shed 6,500 jobs as part of cost-cutting plans as it seeks to counter falling oil prices. // &! bbc.in/1OPYI2I - British Gas owner Centrica cuts 6,000 jobs [...] However, the strong performance at British Gas was offset by a collapse in profits at Centrica's oil and gas production division. Profits in this unit fell 78% to £116m as a result of lower oil prices. [...] Centrica appointed Iain Conn as chief executive at the start of this year. He has been conducting a strategic review of the business over the past five months, which has concluded Centrica should concentrate on the British Gas side of the business and reduce its activities in actual energy production, which takes major investment. That is a less attractive business currently, as raw energy costs, such as oil, are around $50-60 a barrel, half the levels of last year. Centrica said it was assuming the oil price would not move far from that for the foreseeable future.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
What do the numbers say about trouble for China’s economy? - YouTube
As the second-largest economy in the world, China's official growth rate is one of those statistics that people around the world pay attention to. But some say there is evidence that its economy is in greater trouble than can be seen by the numbers. Bloomberg reporter Ken Hoffman joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss. [...] out of property/real-estate (speculation) into stock market gambling [...] question if they can engineer economy into adding more added value output (changing type of growth, one off vs multiples (higher wages = more disposable income/discretionary spending) to feed more than one mouth once) ... before the tipping point, deceleration and falling off a cliff - bust. >> &! Hank Paulson: China's Economy Is Running Out of Steam - youtu.be/-JWySfeR1W8 &! youtu.be/iUtEZcKdFhU // &! atfp.co/1Ht8Kp4 wapo.st/1NttkGD &! youtu.be/jq8moMvfj4I - Stock Market full of gamblers is not reflective of facts/real world. Still, real economy did lost momentum very fast.
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
End of wind farm subsidies 'could cost Scotland £3bn' - BBC News
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the decision was "wrong headed, perverse and downright outrageous." [...] "I think it severely undermines any Tory claims to be pro-business." [...] "This decision comes despite the UK energy secretary admitting on radio this very morning that onshore wind is one of the most cost-effective ways of developing renewable energy." Ms Sturgeon argued that the move would also send out the wrong message ahead of a conference in Paris later this year aimed at getting a new global agreement on climate change. The Scottish government believes the decision would have a disproportionate impact on Scotland, as about 70% of onshore wind projects in the UK planning system were in the country. [...] The move was part of a manifesto commitment by the [Tories] ahead of the general election in May. "We are driving forward our commitment to end new onshore wind subsidies and give local communities the final say over any new wind farms."
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Imports to keep the lights on - BBC News
low energy prices are a competitive advantage in the western world. period. // "The evidence reflects a lot of progress made on closing down the risk that the lights could go out, with next winter being the riskiest of all, and the problem of tight capacity margins persisting at least until 2018."
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Rifkin at the #CGC15: “The Zero Marginal Cost Society” - YouTube
From Top-Down Corporations to Prosumer (ProAm) to everybody being a potentially player! thus entrepreneurship, differentiation, being remarkable (Seth Godin). Distributed. Collaborative. Open. Transparent. (Open Source). Lateral Power. (TaxiOS project (collaborative) vs Uber (top-down Wall Street proprietary profit maximisation shareholder value with no shared economic interest, crony capitalism [ youtu.be/wCLPizjSe6I ]). // GFC 147$/barrel of oil. Started at 90$/barrel of oil --- globalisation/economic growth has a ceiling its 147$ and its starts to get prohibitive at 90$ // aggregate energy efficiency // Transport, Smart Grid, Internet, IoT; moving power, thus economic power. economic value chain // human capital; economic activity entity // digital goods = zero marginal cost of additional unit sold // Share Economy transforms Capitalism which will not be the primary exclusive arbiter of economic life // favours electricity cooperatives, E.ON, EDF, RWE & Co have to pivot //
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Rifkin: The Third Industrial Revolution - YouTube
fossil fuels // 148$/barrel of oil followed by GFC = peak globalisation based on price ceiling of 148$/barrel of oil "peak oil per capita" << affordability! THUS only renewable energy can sustain globalisation and economic growth! meaning affordable prices for long-term // Alarm bells are Unilever and P&G! // post-88 recession (definitive end of American boom years and baby boomers) and coming globalisation build on Americas purchasing power based on savings & debt (living off credit & debt [fictional economy]) till 2008 // climate change is the defining moment in our species history; extreme weather, ecological environmental disaster, mass extinction of life on planet earth possible. loosing 70% of species by 2100. there is no guarantee that WE will remain! have to be off carbon in 30 years. its down to the wire. Wall Street has no shared, long-term, economic interest in that. Corporations are no stakeholders in earth // democratisation of energy creation "Energy Internet" //
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Sam Pepper Exposed - YouTube
The barrel flows over. Finally. Now the shitstorm. || bit.ly/Zg3UsJ + bit.ly/1pvX87b Sam Pepper isn't the only one + buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/youtube-star-sam-pepper-accused-of-soliciting-nude-photos-fr#2o3jkh5 +!+ Laci Green @gogreen18, Sam Pepper called her a cunt and threatened her. >> bit.ly/1roACRW & bit.ly/1u32r4v & bit.ly/ZWYovg & bit.ly/1roALVr & bit.ly/1utsOlH & +!+ ind.pn/1DxudtV +!+ bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/29312669 +!+ bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/29332775 +!+ youtu.be/oucbGT_mNcg - Boogie "Sam, you done goofed." makes it sound harmless. But isn't considering there is a whole genre on YT about harassing and assaulting women, making them the object to conquer. The trophy. The challenge. A challenge where everything goes, for the sake of page views. Bc page views are what makes money. This is not Entertainment. Not substantive. This is exploitation of women, as object. Period. +!+ facebook.com/officiallacigreen/photos/a.284745684212.144562.221909329212/10152554506019213
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
The Daily Show - Burn Noticed - YouTube
ransacking the planet. +!+!+!+ Politics can't be taken serious any more (campaign election promises) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8rnjNJ9GYE +!+!+!+ Steward is right, how do you even try to explain that all when Aliens come visit us?
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Warum Öko-Energie für Stadtwerke oft ein Verlustgeschäft ist | REPORT MAINZ | DAS ERSTE - YouTube
2/3rds of Wind turbines/Wind parks on land make losses, despite subsidies, due to weather/wind conditions. No substantial research by investors has been made into risks. Into the possibility that the investment is a mal-investment because of continued losses year after year, because of 'low' wind conditions usual for X Region. Wind conditions are usually optimal - offshore. Future Wind parks have to be build offshore predominantly. And who pays for the policy mistake guided by the lobby? The consumer!
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Rockefellers to switch investments to 'clean energy'
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is joining a coalition of philanthropists pledging to rid themselves of more than $50 bn (£31 bn) in fossil fuel assets. The announcement will be made on Monday, a day before the UN climate change summit opens on Tuesday. Some 650 individuals and 180 institutions have joined the coalition. It is part of a growing global initiative called Global Divest-Invest, which began on university campuses several years ago, the New York Times reports. Pledges from pension funds, religious groups and big universities have reportedly doubled since the start of 2014.
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Fachkräftemangel Warum nicht mehr Facharbeiter nach Deutschland kommen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
http://www.arbeitsagentur.de/web/wcm/idc/groups/public/documents/webdatei/mdaw/mta4/~edisp/l6019022dstbai447048.pdf +++ Zwar gibt es Informationsangebote wie die Internetseite >> www.make-it-in-germany.com. << Doch dass Deutschland inzwischen nicht nur um Ingenieure und Informatiker wirbt, sondern auch um Lokführer und Leitungsinstallateure, dürfte in weiten Teilen Chinas oder Indiens noch unbekannt sein. // +++ Same as USA Green Card - Labor Certification Category ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permanent_residence_(United_States)#Green_card_holders_and_families ) // q is still, how is the image around the world about germany and its people towards immigrants and the possibility to be folded in, mesh-in into Germany!? And certainly about the language barrier? Germans know their basic english in the job - should that be communicated - that if all fails you can use english? 2nd how about offering free German language courses for 3 years? and an assistant to help through bureaucracy? //
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - UK's oil, coal and gas 'gone in five years'
"Britain has just 5.2 years of oil." Aberdeen companies (whole region) got 2 pivot 2 off-shore windfarm tech and maintenance and tidal wave technology [clean tech - clean energy technology]. PLUS there is the decommissioning business, decommissioning of oil and gas platforms. Plus the option of building/solidifying itself as knowledge and skill hub for global oil and gas business - the mobile creative / skill-based worker. Otherwise it could turn sour quiet quickly like the areas where the coal mines and other post-heavy industry locations in the UK were - them being still smudge of economic inactivity on UK's economic landscape and economic history. "Ministers are hoping that enough shale gas - extracted by fracking - will be obtained to make a difference, the BBC's environment analyst Roger Harrabin says." The gas amount from fracking in UK is negligible, not comparable to USA even if accounted 4 landmass size & energy usage/capita. + http://econ.st/1n8oyAZ http://econ.st/1gdiesV
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Google buys up games controller firm Green Throttle Games
Mobile Market is saturated. Now comes the fight for the living room and making the living room/TV/Movie/Surfing experience more like 21st Century. And cable companies (middle man) will become obsolete in the coming years. "More recently, the company announced the low-cost Chromecast dongle. The device allows content from a mobile device to be played out on a television. Joining Google from Green Throttle Games will be co-founders Matt Crowley and Karl Townsend. Mr Townsend was lead engineer for the Palm Pilot, a pioneering handheld device. + http://pando.com/2014/03/11/google-buys-the-ghost-of-green-throttle-games-as-tv-arms-race-gathers-speed/
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
Pandoras Promise - YouTube
+ Q&A - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiOlz4C5Alo + final remarks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DgBZZ9bVUo - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinkley_Point_C_nuclear_power_station + http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaP9GuGK8r4 + Michael Moore & Robert Stone discuss Pandora's Promise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvJyvsKcfr0 + http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0832134/?ref_=tt_ov_dr + http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1992193/?ref_=nv_sr_1 + till 2050 at current growth projection, world needs 3 times more energy - this can not be achieved with energy efficiency (energy austerity), and conventional/current renewable - even at scale - as at the same time we close down coal, oil and gas power stations to reduce emissions to 'slow' climate change. only achievable if we include a honest holistic mix that include nuclear '4th generation generators' power. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljoerI8F9y0 + http://youtu.be/2tt6e_VA5gg + http://youtu.be/6pXiiQBknHM + Bill Gates http://youtu.be/_HxI3-DzPWU
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
▶ Fracking: Die Methode und die Folgen - YouTube
Fracking ist keine loesung. sollte kein geld reingesteckt werden. unknown unknowns. siehe Gorleben. ist auch keine loesung - nuclear power.
resources  Fukushima  finite  resources  complexity  energy  security  Europe  renewable  energy  Atommülllager  Gorleben  history  Gorleben  USA  unknown  unkown  energy  policy  nuclear  power  Lobby  ecology  resource  depletion  Germany  green  energy  ecological  disaster  fracking 
september 2013 by asterisk2a
Why Might Vegetarians Have Less HPV? - YouTube
some Cervical Cancers are Caused by an SDT >> called HPV. + green tea fights off genital warts. + vegans have substantially lower risk of dying of cancer
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july 2013 by asterisk2a
In Search of Energy Miracles - NYTimes.com
“They’re doing laps around the track, and we haven’t even decided if we’re going to lace up our shoes,” Mr. Sorensen said. Yet not even the speedy Chinese are likely to get a sizable reactor built before the 2020s, and that is true for the other nuclear projects as well. So even if these technologies prove to work, it would not be surprising to see the timeline for widespread deployment slip to the 2030s or the 2040s. And climate scientists tell us it would be folly to wait that long to start tackling the emissions problem.
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march 2013 by asterisk2a
Energiewende: Ökonomen und Verbände kritisieren Bundesregierung - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Mächtige Wirtschaftsverbände und renommierte Ökonomen üben harsche Kritik an der Umsetzung der Energiewende. Der Vorwurf: Die Bundesregierung hat kein schlüssiges Konzept für den Ausbau der Netze und der erneuerbaren Energien, die Kosten schießen unnötig in die Höhe.

- should have invested in research to optimise renewable energy, make it more efficient, to increase future ROI ...

- at fault are policy makers/polititicans that got lulled by certain domestic manufactures/companies back in the days to provide subsidies w the promise of new jobs and more votes in election ... but behind it was short-term thinking from Lobby&Companys; and Politicians ... 5 years on, China is the manufacturing Titan for renewables, investors lost money bc of bankrupt companies, ... it is and was a farce.
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december 2012 by asterisk2a
Tim O' Reilly - Renegade Economist Talkshow - YouTube
Tom O' Reilly rocks ...

Post-Modern Economics is about Supply-Demand, artificial economics.
But digital economy and green/renewable energy (future) can be and is to a certain extent abundant. Which changes lots of relationships in-between the economy.
On the same page, the world, people take lots of things for granted, as free, that isn't free - that is actually scarce (clean water, oil (and all by products), time, ...
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october 2012 by asterisk2a
If you don¿t like windfarms, look away now: Study suggests we should DOUBLE the size of turbines to 1,000 feet in diameter for better efficiency | Mail Online
With the size of the turbines growing every year, Swiss and Dutch researchers looked at whether building larger turbines makes wind energy more or less environmentally friendly.
Their study, published in ACS’s journal Environmental Science & Technology, showed that bigger turbines do produce greener electricity — for two main reasons.

First, manufacturers now have the knowledge, experience and technology to build big wind turbines with great efficiency.
Second, advanced materials and designs permit the efficient construction of large turbine blades that harness more wind without proportional increases in their mass or the masses of the tower and the nacelle that houses the generator.
That means more clean power without large increases in the amount of material needed for construction or fuel needed for transportation.
research  renewable  energy  green  energy  windturbine 
june 2012 by asterisk2a
Q-Cells-Insolvenz: Das Ende der deutschen Solarzelle - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wirtschaft
Germanies lavish subsidies for solar/renewable energy did support dying firms (producing in Germany) during the Renewable Industry change - that China for over 5 years can produce cheaper, and does, than Germany.

Without these subsidies, many firms would have never existed for so long.
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april 2012 by asterisk2a
"Germany’s Sunshine Daydream" by Bjørn Lomborg | Project Syndicate
There is a fundamental problem with subsidizing inefficient green technology: it is affordable only if it is done in tiny, tokenistic amounts. Using the government’s generous subsidies, Germans installed 7.5 gigawatts of photovoltaic (PV) capacity last year, more than double what the government had deemed “acceptable.” It is estimated that this increase alone will lead to a $260 hike in the average consumer’s annual power bill.
According to Der Spiegel, even members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s staff are now describing the policy as a massive money pit. Philipp Rösler, Germany’s minister of economics and technology, has called the spiraling solar subsidies a “threat to the economy.”

Solar power is at least four times more costly than energy produced by fossil fuels. [with current technology, not counting long-term use I guess]

What governments should do instead is to focus first on increasing research and development to make green-energy technology cheaper and more competitive.
Germany  renewable  energy  green  energy  politics  folly  policy  solar  subsidies  subsidizing 
february 2012 by asterisk2a
Fixing the economy the scientific way - latimes.com
Take jobs first: This has been a theme hammered home by the National Academy of Sciences. In its two "Gathering Storm" reports released in recent years, the academy has argued strongly that our future prosperity depends on investments made now in research and innovation.
The basic premise rests on the work of Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Solow, who documented that advances in technology and knowledge drove U.S. economic growth in the first half of the 20th century. If it was true then, it's even more so in today's information economy.
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december 2010 by asterisk2a

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